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Hash It and Tag It: 7 Hashtag Tips for Businesses

It all starts with millions, or even billions of persons punching letters on a screen or on a keyboard. Some are ranting about celebrity gossip, others are talking about the latest episode of scandal and others are just trying to win tickets to that concert that’s been sold out for months.

The one thing that links one person talking about the same thing to another is a hashtag.

So do you know what a hashtag is?

Some of you reading this will be like “DUUUH who doesn’t know what a hashtag is pssh.” Truth is hashtags are widely used whether it be personally or through a business.


For those who don’t….


I bet you’ve never thought of it like this before.

Think of our solar system, all planets move around the sun. Let’s think of the sun as a hashtag, it’s at the center pulling all other users that are interested in that conversation to it. In other words it makes your posts more visible. A person searching for a specific hashtag will see all posts where that hashtag was used.


So as a business it is important to draw people to your topics online. Hashtags are also necessary for tracking the performance of campaigns and your overall efforts. We have been looking and many businesses and brands have been making a few simple and unforgivable mistakes with hashtags.

With that said it’s important for businesses to have a more comprehensive understanding of hashtags and how to use them.

  1. Always Have Purpose

It’s always best to develop your hashtag with a certain objective in mind. While at the same time remembering that hashtags have a specific purpose online. Picking a hashtag from thin air could be a major waste of time and would not have any use to you based on your objectives. Whether it’s to link conversations or for tracking performance or even just to extend your reach, this step will help you to choose the right hashtag for your business.

  1. Keep It Simple

When it comes to hashtags it is always best to keep it simple. When creating a hashtag it needs to be easy to spell and easy to remember. The longer the hashtag the harder it is to follow, let alone to use; especially on twitter where you only have 140 characters.

Bad campaign hashtag


This hashtag definitely swept us away. It’s a miracle it didn’t take up the entire 140 characters.

 Good campaign hashtag


See the difference? One is easy to spell and easy to use, the other is just…painful.

  1.  Keep It Unique

The hashtag you come up with should be unique to your brand or situation. There’s no use choosing a hashtag that is already widely used. Keeping it unique helps you to control the conversation surrounding your brand, as well as, to track conversations, performance and effectiveness of your campaign.


We created this tag for our client in the Cayman Islands; it is a perfect example. It named the event with an easy to remember and unique hashtag. That was used exclusively by persons engaging with the event.

  1.  Proof Read It                                 

You really are doing yourself and your business a huge favour by checking over your hashtag. Read it, write it…Sniff it if you have to. Anything that can be misread or misinterpreted, will be. It also helps to capitalize the first letter of words in a hashtag.


Talk about leading fans somewhere else! Here’s an example of a hashtag that was used to mean one thing to the user, but clearly has another meaning to the world. Save the date (#STD) becomes a nasty transmitted disease with one click. Yikes!!

  1.  Consistency Is Key

So you have a nice well thought out hashtag and you would like fans and followers to jump on it like ants on a piece of cake, right? Well all you have to do is use it. Hashtags can take weeks or even months to gain traction. So your hashtag has to be included in every single tweet related to your campaign, product, service or topic.

Please for the love of all things good, don’t leave off a letter or misspell anything, because then it becomes a completely different hashtag leading fans somewhere else. We don’t want that at all!

  1. Make It Searchable

After you create that awesome hashtag you’ll need to pair it with another hashtag or a pool of hashtags to get the desired reach. Your created hashtag may be new, so not many persons will be searching for it. This is where trending hashtags and other widely used hashtags come in.

These will give you the reach you need. The idea is to use hashtags you know persons will definitely be searching for. Hashtags like #Sports, #Marketing and #Tips usually do well on Twitter. On Instagram you have tags like #Instadaily, #PicOfTheDay and #Instagood to name a few. Then there are a few gems like #TGIF, #MCM, #TBT, #WCW that are used and searched no matter what platform.

  1. Don’t overdo it

Now that you know more about hashtags don’t go tag crazy and slap all the best hashtags in the world on your post. No!! Only use the best ones that are related to the topic or event. Using #Sports at a fashion show is a sure way to get unfollowed, so don’t do it. Try to keep it at 2 per post on Twitter and Facebook. For Instagram you can use up to 15 hashtags if you want.


Like most things, hashtags take a lot of thought and a bit of planning. Follow these 7 basic tips and save yourself the trouble and embarrassment of a poorly thought out hashtag.

Shoot us a comment with the funniest or weirdest hashtags you’ve seen.

Real Entertainment Television (RETV) Social Media Coverage of Reggae Sumfest 2015

Quick Summary

With their competitors Hype TV and BOJ TV doing live coverage of the 12th Annual Reggae Sumfest in Catherine Hall Montego Bay, RETV wanted to ensure that they had social media coverage of Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night since the station promotes and carries dancehall music and they were also media coverage sponsors. This was to be done on their social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the focus being mainly on Instagram. After the success of Dancehall Night, the client decided that they also wanted coverage for International Nights 1 and 2. This case study represents the IPP execution of a live social media campaign in the area of entertainment.

  • Goal/Problem

To assess if maximum social media coverage was achieved by It’s Pixel Perfect for the project Reggae Sumfest from July 16-19, 2015 across three social media platforms for RETV Jamaica.

  1. Increase RETV’s followers on Instagram by 500 followers.
  2. To provide light coverage on Facebook and Twitter
  3. To provide media (photos & videos) of every performance for each night.
  • Context

What originally should’ve been a 3 day campaign turned into a 5 day campaign. The first two days were used for lead up promotion and ticket giveaways and the last three nights for live social media blogging executed on site at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay. Each night’s coverage varied with a minimum coverage of 8 hours and a maximum of 11 hours. Coverage on Dancehall Night included the use of two live bloggers and coverage on International Nights had one live blogger.

  • Strategy/Tactics

  1. Start the promotion two days before the actual event on all platforms
  2. Provide ongoing, concise and accurate updates of every performance
  3. To promote the Reggae Sumfest Recap that would come on RETV one week later.
  4. Post photos of RETV’s host, Alexia, and publicize her wardrobe sponsor for the weekend, Flirt Boutique.


  • Returns


  • Followers increased by 77 



  • There was no growth shown  on Facebook


RETV’s Instagram followers increased by 542 followers at the end of Reggae Sumfest. On Thursday July 16 before Reggae Sumfest, they had 4,508 followers and on Sunday July 19 they had 5,050 followers.


The following photos were reposted by performing acts at Reggae Sumfest

Common’s Supporting Vocalist Mumu Fresh



The photo of J. Hud in black was taken by RETV (Source: Jennifer Hudson Instagram ) 




Lessons Learned

  • Being further away from the stage in the VIP section gave a wider shot of the stage in photography.
  • Instagram proved to be the best platform for an event such as Reggae Sumfest as during the early hours of the morning (between 1 am – 7 am) interaction on Twitter and Facebook were low.
  • Having one social media manager at the event for International Nights 1 & 2 had its disadvantages as the main stages and the mini stages were too far from each other to go back and forth.
  • Start querying about accreditation/transportation/accommodations at least 3 weeks prior to an event.


Overall the social media coverage on RETV’s social media was successful. 90% of the performances were captured and the quality photos and videos made them stand out among other brands that covered the event. To make an event of this nature be more successful, social media preparation would need to start at least a month before the event.


Case Study: TVJ Champs Report

Television Jamaica’s Social Media Coverage of ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championship 2014

  • Quick Summary


TVJ wanted to dominate the media coverage of the highly anticipated annual Boys and Girls Champs. Live television broadcast with their on site reporters, in house analysts and radio reporters meant that social media was the only missing link. TVJ realised that they are highly engaged by their followers on their Facebook and Twitter social media platforms and wanted to maximise this presence through live coverage. This case study represents the IPP execution of a live social media campaign in the area of sports. This type of coverage was the first for the IPP team.


  • Goal/Problem


To assess if maximum social media coverage was achieved by It’s Pixel Perfect for the project ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships from March 25-29, 2014 across three social media platforms for Television Jamaica.

  1. Increase TVJ’s followers on Facebook by 2000 persons.
  2. Provide timely and consistent updates across the three social media platforms.
  3. Post live pictures and videos everyday of the event.
  • Context


This was a seven-days campaign. The first two days were used for lead up promotion and the remaining five days for live social media blogging executed on site at the National Stadium in Kingston. Each days coverage varied with a minimum coverage of 10 hours and a maximum of 13 hours. Coverage each day included the use of two live bloggers and one photographer.


  • Solution


Overall Assumption:

This campaign will increase Television Jamaica’s followers on social media and also establish it as a reliable source for real-time track and field event information and other events sponsored by the group. This noted reliability would result in current followers spreading the brand’s praises to others and making a commitment to get results/updates from only TVJ moving forward.

Though IPP was only given a specific target for Facebook, the company thought it necessary to include TVJ’s twitter account and create an Instagram account to have maximum social media coverage.

  • Strategy/Tactics

  1. Start the promotion two days before the actual event on Facebook
  2. Paid advertisements on Facebook page
  3. Provide ongoing concise and accurate information/updates for every event on the track and the field via Facebook
  4. Link the Facebook account to twitter
  5. Create an Instagram account
  6. Have a photographer on the track at all times to capture the events up close
  7. Use mobile devices instead of laptops
  8. Post pictures with Facebook posts on the final day of the championships, to give the followers visual content and an eye at the stadium.
  • Return


  • Followers/ Likes increased by 2,997.
  • Through the use of paid advertisements, there was a reach of over 40,000 persons each day over the period.




  • Followers increased by 636 followers.

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  • The coverage ended with 121 picture posts and 314 followers.

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  • Reviews

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  • Lessons Learned

  1. Large outdoor events for long hours require additional human resource by the IPP team.
  2. The IPP team must be equipped with additional resources
  3. Ensure that the company (person who contracted IPP) delivers on demands necessary to the completion of the assignment (example: accreditation, press passes) so as to limit the need for improvisation.

Gleaner vs Observer: Who’s Better On Social Media?


Nine months ago, we measured the social media presence of Jamaica’s top newspapers – The Jamaica Gleaner and Jamaica Observer – to see which company was doing the better job. Jamaica Gleaner had won the social media brands war over Observer last July.

Read more

In this issue, we have updated our statistics and will re-assess the brands. Will Jamaica Gleaner retain their win? Let’s find out.



April 23, 2014 July 17, 2013

Increase (%)

Jamaica Gleaner 150, 158 likes25,934 talking about this 28, 583 likes10, 992 talking about this 425.3 % likes135.9% talking about this
Jamaica Observer 106, 300 likes14, 600 talking about this 13, 080 likes1597 talking about this 712.7% likes814.2% talking about this

Jamaica Gleaner continues to have more likes and persons talking about their page than Jamaica Observer. However, over the period Jamaica Observer had a much greater increase in numbers than that of Jamaica Gleaner. Observer had a 713% increase in likes compared to Gleaner’s 425%. There was an 814% increase in persons talking about Jamaica Observer compared to the 136% increase in persons talking about Jamaica Gleaner.

As noticed last July, regular updates are made on The Gleaner’s Facebook page, with trending news stories being dominant. Posts continue to be paired with visuals which is a recommended technique used to keep fans engaged. Generally, fans seem pleased with the Gleaner’s offerings on the page.

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Photo posted on April 23, 2014 received 206 likes, 47 shares, 21 comments



The persisting problem from last year, of mostly sharing the links of stories from their website, continues to prevail on Observer’s facebook page. Again, there are virtually no likes/comments/shares on these posts. They should notice the stark difference when they make posts with engaging and captioned photos.

Observer - fb
(left) Shared post from website had 7 likes, 2 shares, 0 comments; (right) Captioned photo post had 327 likes, 34 shares, 13 comments



April 23, 2014 July 17, 2013

Increase (%)

Jamaica Gleaner 103, 820 followers 75,889 followers 36.8%
Jamaica Observer 97, 247 followers 71, 213 followers 36.6%

Both The Gleaner and Observer continue to show that they use the same strategy, of posting links to their news articles, not quite 24/7 but very very very regularly, on this social media platform. They had an equal increase of followers by 37% over the period.

It can be noted that The Gleaner uses hashtags for almost every post, which is a twitter technique used to engage, manage and track conversations with followers. Yesterday’s featured Gleaner hashtags were: #GleanerTop5, #GLNRjainvite, #GLNRbudget, GLNRSuperMom, #GLNR180, #GlobalJamaica.

gleaner- twitter
Embedding videos is also a technique used by Gleaner on twitter

Observer on the other hand, isn’t much of a hashtag user on twitter, but they have linked their Instagram account to twitter, which facilitates the sharing of photos across both platforms. This allows their followers to get pictorial updates with some of their posts.

observer - twitter


Company April 23, 2014 July 17, 2013 Increase
Jamaica Gleaner 12, 966 subscribers

11, 602, 126 views

7, 628 subscribers




Jamaica Observer 7,269 subscribers

8, 883, 888 views

4,535 subscribers




Jamaica Gleaner continues to dominate Youtube, with increases of 70% in subscribers and 37% in views, when compared to Observer’s 60% and 25% respectively.

On YouTube The Gleaner is the clear leader here with almost double the amount of subscribers and over 1 million more views than the Observer. Both brands use the medium to give subscribers and viewers short snippets of current news stories.

Gleaner is able to be more visible on youtube with regular updates from featured playlists like: The Gleaner Minute, Jamaica Now, Erica’s Edge, Corporate Coffee, Parliament Report.

gleaner- youtube

Observer doesn’t have a dedicated web series or make regular posts. This is noted in the below screenshots,a comparison of last year and this year. Nothing has changed in the uploaded videos for these sections.

Screenshot from 2013 blog post
Screenshot of youtube page from 2013 blog post
Screenshot of current youtube page
Screenshot of current youtube page



April 23, 2014 July 17, 2013

Increase (%)

Jamaica Gleaner 2649 followers 292 followers 807.2%
Jamaica Observer 3629 followers 28 followers 12,860.7%

On Instagram The Gleaner now has less followers and is less active on the mobile photo sharing site than The Observer. Observer has over four times more posts than Gleaner, with a 12,861% increase in followers compared to last year. Gleaner increased their followers by a mere 807%.

Last year, Gleaner clearly outbranded Observer. But this year, the race is to the finish line. While Observer is the clear leader in Instagram and Gleaner is the clear winner on Youtube, we have a tie for Twitter. So the deciding factor is the Facebook platform. Should Observer be declared the winner of Facebook for their superseding increases, or should Gleaner get the win for consistently being more engaging in their posts (getting more overall likes, comments and shares) and still maintaining more followers and persons talking about the page?

This is a really difficult one. I think we need more time to declare who was “out-branded” on social media. Ok fine, we’ll choose a winner ………..

In the war of brands on social media between print media companies The Jamaica Gleaner and The Jamaica Observer,  the better brand for a second time is The Jamaica Gleaner. A facebook fan page is for engagement, and Gleaner is clearly dominating. Furthermore Observer created their facebook page long before the Gleaner and therefore should not be caught in this dilemma.

Congratulations to The Jamaica Gleaner on having the stronger overall social media presence to date, and Happy Birthday #GLNR180.



Statistics used for this post were retrieved from the social media platforms on April 23, 2014 between 7:00-7:05pm.

7.5 easy ways to improve your instagram

         Instagram is your life through pictures and videos, collated,                                                           stored and shared online.                                                                    Gone are the days of having a physical album.                                      There is no need to print, post or email pictures anymore.            So how can you possibly choose a few memories to potentially share with 150 million active users, when everything in your life seems totally amazing and worth posting?

                                                         *pause*                                                             Don’t be misguided

Not everything in your life is worth posting, nor is it necessary to post the same thing from six different angles.

Knowing how to improve your posts on your instagram profile can increase your followers, likes and comments; build your confidence and allow you to have fun while taking pictures.

Here are 7 easy ways to find your best pictures for Instagram:

1. Selfies

Everybody loves a cute selfie. Take those great selfies by playing dress up and looking pretty.  Or take those shameless selfies with quirky expressions. You could even be creative and take a group selfie like Ellen.



2. Post your interests

If you are a car junkie, fashionista, designer, makeup artiste, then this is a great way of gaining followers and clients. Post cool pics of your cars, fashion, makeup hauls and outfits of the day/night. You’ll be sure to catch the eye of other junkies like yourself.


3. Use Filters/Photo Apps

Use 1 of 14 instagram filters to make your pic look more awesome. If you’re not satisfied with the instagram filters then use a photo app such as snapseed to add that extra touch to your photo. To post full length pictures then use instasize and for all your memories in one photo, use instacollage.

4. #Hashtags

Using hashtags are a great way of gaining likes and followers since IG users search for hashtags related to their interests. So for the fashion lovers, try using #ootd (outfit of the day) or give your crush a shoutout with #MCM (Man Crush Mondays) or #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesdays) and don’t forget #TBT (Throwback Thursday/Tuesday).

5. Food!

We all like food, so share your delicious meal from your favourite restaurant with your friends or show off your chef skills while you are home. They’ll probably envy you.

6. Capture Great Moments

Don’t forget to upload pics or videos or both from parties, out and about, award ceremonies, special occasions such as weddings, baby/bridal showers, graduations, etc


7. Show off your body

Been working out or just naturally hot? Well upload a pic or two to get those likes. Just avoid thirst traps ….. or try to -winks-


7.5 Bluestacks (Bonus)

For those who don’t own a smartphone or tablet, then you can try BlueStacks App Player for PC/Mac. Bluestacks is an emulator that allows you to run Android apps including Instagram!

2 thing to know about using Instagram on Bluestacks:

  • For Bluestacks to recognize the photos on your PC, download the ES File Explorer
  • Instagram on Bluestacks doesn’t allow you to record videos

We hope our 7.5 easy tips will help you to make better picture posting decisions on Instagram.

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How Restaurants Can Use Social Media To Boosts Business

By Renee Gauntlett

One industry that will never fade away is the food industry. The competition there is the most intense and as a result, marketing and promotions are extremely important to set your brand apart. I’ve said it many times and in many ways that social media is an easy-to-use marketing platform, so why wouldn’t restaurants use it too to help boost business?

Your main purpose of using social media is to interact with existing customers as well as to attract new customers. In doing so, restaurants should promote their products and prove themselves to be better than their competitors. The most popular social media networks for restaurants include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here are a few tips on how to make the best of your social media marketing efforts.


Offer Specials and Discounts

From time to time, restaurants offer special deals and discount on meals. You can use social media to promote these specials.

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Promote Menu Items

Restaurants can post the entire menu, the daily specials or just the most popular items. It would be best to post photos of these items which will generate responses from your fans. These photos could also feature real customers enjoying the meal. Take the photos yourself or have your fans submit them.

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Here is where social proof comes into play… if a certain amount of fans ‘LIKE’ or leave positive comments on a menu items, chances are many more of your fans may be more willing to come in and try it.


Use Employees as Brand Ambassadors

Your very own employees can be your best brand ambassadors. People can be very critical of where their food comes from and if an employee doesn’t eat there or at least enjoy working there, its a big turnoff for potential customers. So use your best employees to help promote your restaurant. Remember, using real people as representatives will add personality to your brand.

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Encourage Fan Reviews

Though it may be scary at times to ask for reviews because you might not always get the feedback you hope for, but its something to consider when using social media. Ask questions about your restaurant and embrace the responses. Some responses could even help you improve your business.

Give Peaks of Behind-the-scenes Activities

As I said, people can be picky about their food. Post photos or short videos of the behind-the-scenes processes of food preparation to let fans see that you have a family of employees who take care and pride in preparing and serving their food. many customers will be very happy to see these.



Monitor Your Reputation Against Your Competitors

Restaurants can use social media to keep an eye out for any warning signs for problems that may arise in business. These problems may arise in the form of reputation or your competition. Once you know your rank, you will know the next step to take to boost your business.

These are just some very basic ways that restaurants can use social media to help boost business. Feel free to add your own spin and techniques to this list. As I always say, creativity is NECESSARY when using social media. Learn about your audience and give them what they want to see and hear.

Scotia Bank Jamaica vs NCB Jamaica: Who’s better on social media?

A lot of people may think that banks don’t need to have social media profiles. With the rise of mobile and online banking, banks such as Scotia Bank Jamaica and NCB Jamaica are utilizing Social Media. While they aren’t the only banks using social media, let’s see who does social media better between the two biggest names in Jamaican banking.



With 45,754 Likes, Scotia Bank Group Jamaica post frequently including pictures, texts, and links to their website. They also utilize the advertising feature that Facebook offers which helps them to get more likes. They receive quite a few comments from their fans. However, their responses to these comments (though excellent) are few and far apart.

Scotia FB Page


With 15,589 Likes, NCB Jamaica Limited has a lot of ground to cover in the Number of Likes Category. However, their page has a personality that captures information inside NCB and outside in the world around them. One of their recent posts spoke about Emancipation Day. Their posts include text only, photos & links to their website. They receive quite a few comments under their posts & on their page, most of which they respond to. They also feature a lot of giveaways which help to get new fans & keep current fans involved.




Having 4,592 followers @ScotiabankJM  respond to all tweets they are mentioned in. They actively engage and assist the followers through their tweets. They tweet frequently and consistently often including links to products and photos of posters. They also show followers the 2 ladies that manage the page which gives them a sense of familiarity allowing them to match a tweet to a face.
However, they don’t seem to feature anything other than answering customer questions. There are very few tweets that are not replies (and we all know we only see replies to people we follow) which can make their page seem inactive.

Scotia Twitter


Having 5,235 @ncbja has an active twitter page. Tweets are frequent and consistent. They linked their Facebook page to their Twitter account so most of their tweets are actually forwarded Facebook posts. This helps to keep major messages uniform across all platforms in addition to getting twitter followers to Like their Facebook page. . They RT & respond to tweets they are mentioned in which shows that actually keep track of their Twitter account. However, while it’s good to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts, you should have posts that are Twitter-exclusive

NCB Twitter



With 299 videos and 76 subscribers, the Scotiabank Jamaica YouTube channel features videos of commercials, special projects, sponsored events, corporate seminars & every other thing they can possibly video. Their YouTube efforts are commendable. However, there is very little integration of these videos into their other social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter. Additionally there is no easy to find link to their Facebook and Twitter pages on their YouTube Channel page.

Scotia YouTube


With 42 videos and 34 subscribers, the NCB Jamaica YouTube channel includes commercials, videos showing internal company changes, & videos of competition winners.  They also integrated their other social media account directly into their channel’s banner.  However, their YouTube account is not frequently active with their last activity being 5 months ago, w think it’s time for a new video NCB.

NCB Youtube


Neither brands are on Instagram or Vine



In terms of overall followers Scotia Bank Jamaica has the edge over NCB Jamaica by a clear margin. In terms of Facebook it would have to be a tie because NCB has the better online personality & is better at interacting with fans but their 15,000+ fans are no match for Scotia Bank’s 45,000+ fans. In terms of Twitter Scotia Bank wins. Scotia responds to mentions which is a big thing to twitter followers (who WILL unfollow you if you don’t reply to them) and their personality is felt (especially with them telling us who we’re talking to). NCB’s Twitter account was too robotic, especially because of the lack of supplementary tweets to add to the Facebook-post-turned-tweets. In terms of YouTube, while both Scotia & NCB have very few subscribers, Scotia Bank wins hands down. They have more views and are FAR more active (come on NCB… “Last Active 5 Months Ago” ???).

That means that overall Scotia Bank Jamaica does social media better when compared to NCB Jamaica.

However, to be quite honest both Scotia and NCB have a far way to go in terms of efforts.


Stop relying on the fact that you have a lot of customers. You need to be more hungry for fans, followers, subscribers. Integrate all your social media pages and give them all equal attention. Respond to comments on Facebook frequently and consistently (not just when you see or you feel like it). Tell the 2 ladies managing your Twitter page their doing a great job, but they need to find ways to get more followers (which I know is easier said than done).  Invest in your videos a bit more. Better quality. Better editing. YouTube could be what makes Scotia unique among all other banks capitalize on that.


Your efforts are excellent. However, when it comes to social media, the turtle doesn’t win the race.  Your strategies are excellent but the fans won’t come to you, you need to go to them.