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MyKidsTime.ie Are Building A Viral B2C(2B) Facebook Community & Business – #TYBspotlight

MyKidsTime.ie is a listings website for parents and their children in Ireland and their continued success on Facebook offers wonderful insights to other SMEs on how to use digital to grow business. In this #TYBspotlight, I find out how this Irish SME is building a viral Facebook community and business. [Disclosure: I’ve been advising Chief Executive and Founder: Jill Holtz and her team for nearly 4 years]

MyKidsTime.ie Are Building A Viral B2C(2B) Facebook Community & Business – #TYBspotlight

MyKidstime with a staggering 2656 % engagement rate on Facebook above (The average is 2%).

When I first started to work with Mykidstime we decided to concentrate our efforts on building an engaged and localised Facebook community. Social media and Facebook in particular quickly became a significant source of traffic sending 10s of 1000s of visitors to their website every month.

Mykidstime Facebook Strategy

When we first devised the initial Mykidstime Facebook strategy – we knew that:

  • There wasn’t a big budget available.
  • The team were prepared to invest their time provided they saw results, i.e. increased sales.
  • The social media strategy needed to align with the business strategy – they should be complementary.

The Mykidstime Facebook community now numbers a collective 42K fans across their Facebook pages and this fanbase has been built organically. The average Facebook page engagement rate is 2% whereas the Mykidstime ER consistently runs at between 100% – 200% and in recent months – a number of their posts have gone viral on Facebook.

Mykidstime  viral postJill, tell me about those viral Mykidstime posts – how many have there been and how regularly are they happening?

Our new website and brand arrived at the start of October and we were keen to re-focus our Facebook efforts to help with getting the word out. Since then, we’ve had 4 images go viral:

What impacts are you seeing?

There has been 3 noticeable impacts:

  • Fans – Firstly, an acceleration of new fans. On the main Mykidstime Facebook page we now have over 20k fans – so we have gained 11k fans in the last 3 months with 1k coming in just one week.
  • Reach – There has been a collective increase in reach with all our posts, which are now getting seen by more fans leading to an increase in the number of likes and comments per post.
  • B2B – Interestingly, a third impact has been our ability to get B2B to now respond via Facebook. Prior to this, our Facebook page was mainly a B2C vehicle but now we are able to use it to directly drive sales leads from businesses.

For example, we’ve just recently launched the Mykidstime Store – Ireland’s first online marketplace for parents – and we were quickly able to secure our first 15 suppliers/customers via Facebook. We have also sucessfully used Facebook to secure new advertisers for our digital Christmas Gifts Guide.

MyKidsTime Store

So why have these Facebook posts gone viral?

The images appeal to our target audience and we’ve always achieved high levels of engagement without posts going viral on Facebook.

  • Promotions – When Facebook relaxed their promotion rules in September this offered us an opportunity to give away fun prizes legally directly on Facebook (we have always been hyper careful to abide by fb rules!). The downside is that if we get people to enter on our website we gain on our mailing list but don’t via Facebook entries so there’s always a trade-off.
  • Engagement – I believe the momentum generated by those giveaways on our already engaged Facebook page created the opportunity for posts to go viral but we’re still very surprised by the how frequently they now appear to be happening for us.

What challenges does achieving virality on Facebook bring?

Challenges I see are:

  • Sustaining engagement levels  – While I think we are good on Facebook and know what our audience likes, maybe our new fans are different from our old fans, and we don’t yet know if they will stay with us.
  • Keeping new fans – Many of the recent fans are from other countries, so maybe we have gained fans that we will lose because they are not interested in our localised content?
  • Converting engagement into sales – Continuing to monetise the effects of the engagement, so keeping sales leads coming in.

Lastly, what’s next for MyKidstime?

Now that we’ve launched the Mykidstime store we need to grow and test it with our local and established audience. Our aim is to expand the Mykidstime brand and store over time to eventually become a global business, starting with entry into the UK.

Well done to Jill and the Mykidstime team on their understanding of social media and their continued success on Facebook. Again, they’ve proven that you don’t have to be a significant brand or have a big budget if you apply the right approach on Facebook and truly value your community.

Thanks for reading,

Niall

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Digital expert, top 10% influencer with over 10 years’ senior management experience - including managing projects and teams, and growing companies in the Irish, international and online marketplaces. Co-founded one of the largest B2B blogs in the world, helped grow a B2B social media to over 1,000,000 members, created the strategy for one of the most effective SME Facebook pages in the world and have grown 3 business websites (TweakYourBiz.com, BizSugar.com & MyKidsTime.ie) to in excess of a 100,000 unique visitors per month. Have consulted and worked with both corporate and SME clients on leveraging digital to drive business KPIs. Speaker at industry events, have authored several industry reports on the Digital Economy and appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Insider and other leading online and offline business publications. Specialities include: Entrepreneurship Business Development, Start-ups, Business Planning, Management, Training, Leadership, Sales Management, Sales, Sales Process, Coaching, Online Advertising, Blogging, Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Strategist, Digital Strategy, Social Media ROI, User Generated Content, Social Customer Care. http://tweakyourbiz.com/

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  • Jill Holtz

    Thanks Niall, that was a great summation of what’s been happening lately.

  • It’s obvious that Jill and her team go the extra mile to make MyKidsTime a success. It’s also clear that each business stream is well-though out and executed. Despite not having children, I follow all the MyKidsTime campaigns, updates and activities. I’ve also advertised my clients on the website. Great work Jill and an excellent interview as usual Niall.

  • Hi Jill, seems like an age ago when we were plotting Facebook domination and now it seems like it’s coming to pass. Pound for pound – Mykidstime have to be the most effective Irish SME on Facebook!

  • Thanks Christina, I’ve always loved working with Jill because she really gets social and is not interested in short-cuts or silver bullets. She and the team were prepared to do it right from the start and they’re now reaping the rewards.

  • Well done for an amazing success story. I don’t think I’ve ever seen PTAT figures like that before. You should be chasing down Facebook who would love that story!

  • Thanks for the head up, Ian – can you suggest a contact?

  • Sorry Niall, don’t know anyone in the Dublin office!

  • Ok, cool – thanks for suggestion anyway!

  • Joan Hamilton Reilly

    Hi Niall, I am offically professionally jealous of MyKidsTime now! Great to hear an Irish success story, they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so will do my best…

  • Hi Joan & thanks for comment. We’d love to see another Irish SME achieve on Facebook so by all means 🙂

  • Elish Bul-Godley

    Amazing Reach internationally from what I can see – what a great success story! Can’t believe its not in the social media news more often

  • Thanks Elish, and seeing as you’re a valued member of the Mykidstime community, it’s double-ly great to get your input!

  • Elish Bul-Godley

    So whats the secret behind the Cross Atlantic traffic?

  • As regards the post you are referring to. Anything that goes truly viral will always include an international input, or else it wouldn’t have gone viral in the first place. The key was in creating the opportunity for a post(s) to go viral and that was a combination of already having an such an engaged page – a Launchpad and then adding the fuel – in this case the promotions & images.

  • By the way, Google is a different matter!

  • Hi Dipanjan,
    Yes, I agree with Sian, video is on the increase and not just for cute kitten virals either. I wonder could you share some of the creative ideas you may have for social media for 2015. I’d love to hear them, thanks for the post

  • Thankfully, with built-in mobile capabilities in some of the blogging platforms, there’s no excuse not to have a mobile compatible website/blog, even for the starter business.

    Great post Addison, what platforms do you see winning out in 2015? Will twitter still be as important, do you think?

  • Hi Steven, thank you for another great post and congratulations on becoming a #TYBinfluencer

  • These are great tips Kanika. Thanks for sharing them with our readers. I look forward to your next post for us.

  • Glad, you like the post! 🙂

  • Thanks for another great post Steven. For once I understand completely and have “tethered” to my iPhone a few times when I don’t have wifi available. And I’ve felt pretty proud of myself too 🙂

  • DonegalGirl

    We’ve been doing that in our house for ages. Living rurally, the ‘box’ wifi is appalling – our teens on the other hand have unlimited data on their phones. So we hook into their hotspot, and they always have great coverage. Happy Days 🙂

  • I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. This post is truly amazing, keep posting this kind of article.




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