Nick Westergaard

By Nick Westergaard on January 18, 2016

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Why Think-Big Brands Need to Have Fun with Amy Schmittauer

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“It’s too possible to be personable.” Live streaming video via platforms such as Periscope and Snapchat have presented marketers with an amazing opportunity to deepen the relationships they have with their customers. However, many brands are apprehensive about this very public, immediate form of content. How will we tell our story? How will we engage with our audience? This week video expert Amy Schmittauer joined us with the answers to all of these questions. 

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About Amy Schmittauer

Amy Schmittauer is the Founder & Face of Savvy Sexy Social, an online show helping rising stars and think-big brands embrace their amazing personality and share it with the world. Amy writes, hosts and produces the show, which airs weekly and has an archive of more than 500 episodes. Impacting businesses in almost every country in the World, these advocates have helped Savvy Sexy Social amass more than 2 million YouTube views, giving her a portfolio of work on the platform totaling over 10 million views.

Amy’s strategies have led to her career as an internationally-acclaimed public speaker, voted #1 Best Speaker at Social Media Day San Diego in 2015 and with high marks at events such as Tropical Think Tank, Hubspot’s Inbound and Social Media Marketing World.

Episode Highlights

So what is a “think-big” brand? In her speaking and consulting, Amy notes that she helps think-big brands find their personality. I couldn’t wait to ask her more about this. “A think-big brand may not be big but they want to have an impact. They want to produce authority.”

Beyond the founder videos. While these are great, Amy was quick to note that “there are many stories within an organization. When you can leverage that it’s really special. Even if it’s something as simple as taking people behind the scenes.

“You have to be fun if you want to stand out.” As we joked, this week’s show might stress listeners out. We touched on a lot of concepts that many today might be afraid of — creating video, involving your employees in video, and then (GULP!) having fun with it. While this is tongue in cheek these are very real concerns. Though different than the tall-order of being ‘funny,’ Amy reminded us that having fun keeps us inviting and approachable in our work.

Why the live streaming video movement matters. “YouTube is old. Live streaming is old. You may be sweating over video but it’s getting easier. (With the tools you have in your pocket) you can go live from anywhere. And getting live with your customers is amazing.”

Amy’s advice on getting started with video for your brand. “Never buy equipment unless you need it. You are already have everything you need. There’s no reason you can’t start today. A bigger question is what questions do your customers want the answer to.” That’s the secret of great content.

What brand has made Amy smile recently? “I feel like I already said it but I’m obsessed with Starbucks.” While the coffee giant gets a lot of cred as a great brand, Amy focused on their role as an early adopter of mobile technology. “I’ve been buying coffee from my phone forever because of them. It makes me smile and I have caffeine and I never have to pull my wallet out.”

To learn more about Amy, check out Savvy Sexy Social. You can also follow her on Twitter.

As We Wrap …

Before we go, I want to flip the microphone around to our community …
Recently previous On Brand guest Denise Lee Yohn, author of What Great Brands Do and the all-new Extraordinary Experiences, gave us a shout on Twitter about our recent episode featuring a guest she introduced use to — Mark Di Somma. Thanks for listening!

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Nick Westergaard
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is a strategist, speaker, educator, and author of Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small. He is the Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, where he helps build better brands online. He also teaches at the University of Iowa and is host of the On Brand podcast. More about Nick.


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