TikTok is available in over 150 countries, has over 1 billion users, and has been downloaded over 200 million times in the United States alone. If your brand’s target audience includes anyone between the ages of 13 and 60, you should be on TikTok right now. To get the best out of TikTok you need to know what you are doing and in this article, we will explain the best way to approach it.
Understand The TikTok Platform First
Just jumping on to the TikTok platform not knowing what you are doing will turn users away so you need to study it carefully before you get involved. Take a look at the most popular videos on TikTok and work out why users are attracted to them.
You also need to know how to interact properly with TikTok users. If you get this wrong then you will drive users away in droves. It is essential that you realize that TikTok is all about fun and entertainment. There are a ton of mini music videos that do well as well as humorous videos too.
There is no place on TikTok for pushy sales messages. In the United States, most users are between 16 and 24 years old and are not interested in sales pitches. You have to be creative in the way that you connect with TikTok users.
Your Content Must Be Fun
You have to be prepared to create really fun content for TikTok. Once you get used to doing this you can create really inexpensive videos that have a major impact on the platform. TikTok users are not expecting top-quality Hollywood-style videos so you can record on your smartphone and this will be totally acceptable.
It really is best to keep it simple and not try to be too clever. Create light-hearted videos that showcase your products used entertainingly. TikTok users will really appreciate this and believe that you are authentic and will trust you.
Use Hashtag Challenges
Many brands and organizations have had a lot of success with hashtag challenges. You create a branded hashtag and then use it to promote a challenge where users create their own videos using your hashtag.
A good example of this was the hashtag challenge created by Guess Jeans. Their challenge was to ask TikTok users to create videos of themselves wearing their Guess clothes “their way”. Their hashtag was #inmydenim.
There are already influencers on TikTok that have huge followings of millions. This is a great way to extend your brand reach on the platform. Not all influencers will be willing to work with you. Your brand and style need to fit with theirs or they will turn you down.
Influencers need to be comfortable with your products. If they like them then they will be willing to showcase them to their audience. Do your homework here and use external tools to check on potential influencer bios before you commit to working with them.
Recently TikTok launched its ads program. Here you can pay for different ad types which are all in short-form video format to extend your reach. There are four types of TikTok ads:
- Native Ads (in feed)
- Hashtag Challenges
- Brand Takeovers
- Branded Lenses
By using these ads strategically you will be able to reach out to many TikTok users. There are targeting options for you to narrow down your audience and these will improve over time. Time will tell how effective TikTok ads are.