Are sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy a good place to promote my brand to consumers? Why or why not?
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1. BuzzFeed Is Popular and Free
My company recently started making BuzzFeed posts as a consumer acquisition strategy. With 75 million unique visitors each month, BuzzFeed’s posts can drive a lot of visitors and shares and are free to make. To give some context, a post made by one of my employees with our content drove 5,300 Facebook shares, 1,700 tweets and thousands of visitors to our site.
– Matt Ehrlichman, Porch
2. Both Sites Receive Heavy Traffic
These two websites have received some negative press as of late, but they are both great options to promote your brand to consumers — as long as you have a consistent content strategy.
– Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
3. BuzzFeed Brings the Traffic
Chocomize was featured on BuzzFeed in October, and although we were actually at the bottom of the article that listed “7 Delicious Mail-Order Snacks You Can Get Custom Made,” it brought more than 5,000 new visitors to our site that day. It’s a great way to generate new interest. Go for it!
– Fabian Kaempfer, Chocomize
4. Sites Are Good for Promoting Stories
Blatant advertising on sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy don’t usually convert very well, however, creative content from a brand does. Sites like these that are filled with fun and unique content make it hard for you to stand out. If your brand can tell a unique and entertaining story quickly, then you’ll capture a lot of eyeballs and win over a lot of readers in the end.
– Logan Lenz, Endagon
5. It Depends on Your Audience
Both BuzzFeed and Upworthy have huge audiences, but they reach very specific people. You need to take a close look at your ideal customer before committing to any particular site (or even an offline campaign). If you deal with younger audiences who engage heavily on social media, then BuzzFeed and Upworthy may be a good fit. But if your audience isn’t there, don’t bother.
– Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting
6. BuzzFeed Reaches Target Audiences
7. These Sites Let You Be Creative
The idea is to sponsor fun content that people want to read and share. You have to stay away from blatant advertising because people will mostly ignore it. However, if you carefully position your brand in a crafted piece of content that’s either informational, humorous or provocative, then you can subtly earn a lot of attention for your brand.
– Andy Karuza, Brandbuddee