Business Tips: #AskGaryVee Episode 68: Optimizing Hashtags, Recycling Old Content & Bookstore Marketing

Business Tips: #AskGaryVee Episode 68: Optimizing Hashtags, Recycling Old Content & Bookstore Marketing

Awesome Tip: #AskGaryVee Episode 68: Optimizing Hashtags, Recycling Old Content & Bookstore Marketing

#QOTD: What animal scares the crap out of you?

1:24 – How do you optimize the use of hashtags for campaigns?
4:18 – You’ve talked before about ‘recycling’ a tweet, but what about other content such as a blog post? How often do you pull a piece from the archives to dust it off and republish?
6:39 – If you were going to market for a brick-and-mortar bookshop, where would you start?
10:03 – How do I overcome my people pleasing nature?
11:18 – As a b2b manufacturer of building products, how much time/$$ should we spend on marketing to consumers vs customers?

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Hashtag culture is very important, especially to Instagram and Twitter. Those are really the two places that it massively over-indexes. It’s an incredible way to get discovered.

If you’re asking “How do I get my hashtag going”, you might be in for a surprise with my reply. I have the #AskGaryVee hashtag, but it’s really a way for me to gather questions, as well as create a community that people can talk to each other on. For a campaign, it’s different. You need to understand two things. One, hashtags are not ownable. Maybe some of you didn’t get it, so I’ll say it again: hashtags are not ownable. It is insane to me that people in 2015 still think you can own a hashtag. I walk into a lot of brand meetings where people will say things like “Let’s own the #GetEm hashtag.” My usual response is: what the hell are you talking about?

First and foremost, any hashtag you create could be taken tomorrow by someone else and used differently. If you can remember all the way back to 2009, Skittles put out a hashtag and ended up with a lot of really crude things on their hashtag. Even worse, Skittles made their homepage a feed of that hashtag, where everything that was posted using it showed up. Yikes. It still happens today.

So, how do you optimize hashtags for a campaign?

Flip it. Instead of trying to own or establish a hashtag for a campaign, look at hashtags that are trending and very popular on the two main platforms already and try to figure out how to reverse into them by putting out your piece of content, storytelling. Ride the wave. Be creative.

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.

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21 Replies to “Business Tips: #AskGaryVee Episode 68: Optimizing Hashtags, Recycling Old Content & Bookstore Marketing”

  1. Wow this episode was full of so many nuggets and key information.

    From practical steps like ride the wave of a hash tag I'm literally doing that now in 2019. Also to the feedback you gave the young man asking how does he stop being a people pleaser and you said simply thats not the problem the problem is you don't ask for the biz. That distinction is so huge and it did a lot for me. For some reason.

    What I think could be better from this episode would have been to have people Twitter / IG handles when they are in the vid. Q $ A IS YOUR MONEY MOVE.

    QOTD: Im scared of a lot of sea creatures stingrays, jelly fish, sharks etc. And I'm sure if be scared of more animals just can't think.

  2. Animals do not scare me, like none of them so that is my answer to your #QOTD, but I wanted to comment on the book you will eventually write "The Human Empire"… when you get there, I want to be a part of it, writing it, editing it, or quite possibly inspiring it because I might write something about it first 🙂 Thinking of the long game

  3. Bought your book. Great work. Why don't my Twitter tweets show up when I try to find them minutes later using the hashtag search?? They NEVER show up. All my settings are correct. Thanks

  4. snakes… wild and poisonous ones
    pokemon… adictive ones
    humans… weirdest animals ever
    sharks… hungry ones

    Yeah, Humans! All very nice and so, but there lives this capacity for destruction and illogical negativity in those things…

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