I'd love your opinions on my new social media marketing startup

by snrpro
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Hey guys, I'm brand new here. A friend of mine recommended this board as a place to get some feedback on a new website (app coming soon) startup I just launched the other day.

The website is https://shoutoutpost.com/

It's a social media marketing website to trade shoutouts with other users on Instagram and Twitter (Facebook coming soon). I know there are buy/sell shoutout sites out there but there are none where you can trade for free.

I'd really appreciate any constructive criticism from you guys. Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author elmo033057
    There's not enough pull or influence in your copy to get someone to try this.

    Personally, I shy away from glitzy looking sites like this that don't really show or tell me what I'm getting involved with.

    But hey, that's just me.

    I think it would be great or better if people could see what your interface looked like so that they had an idea of what you're offering.

    Honestly, I read through this several times and I did not understand it.

    If you could create an infographic (Use Venngage it's great) that demonstrates how this works or a video would probably be even better.

    You have to make it basic so that even a moron could understand it. Most people can't read above an 8th grade level, so you really have to make it simpler.

    So, what I think you should do, is have a way that people can see exactly what your social media platform looks like while showing them how they can use it.

    You need to hammer down exactly what the benefits to the user is going to be. If a person hasn't got a strong reason to use your social media site, then they will go elsewhere.

    I wish you much success, my friend!

    God Bless!
    Elmo
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  • Profile picture of the author snrpro
    Thanks for the constructive, well thought out criticism Elmo. Cool name btw.

    Through getting the word out, I've found that if people know what a shoutout is then they know what the site is, but if not then they just don't get it. I'll have to do a better job of explaining how it benefits visitors who don't know what a shoutout is.

    If you're unfamiliar with a shoutout, it's basically plugging another user. So for example, on my Instagram or Twitter account, I would say "Hey go follow @Elmo, he's a great guy!". Then in turn you would hopefully get a bunch of new followers and you would return the favor. Our site facilitates the trades of these. Hope that makes more sense now.

    Thanks for the link to the infographic site...it's pretty darn cool! I'll work on one of those or a video.
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    • Profile picture of the author rritz
      Originally Posted by snrpro View Post

      Thanks for the constructive, well thought out criticism Elmo. Cool name btw.

      Through getting the word out, I've found that if people know what a shoutout is then they know what the site is, but if not then they just don't get it. I'll have to do a better job of explaining how it benefits visitors who don't know what a shoutout is.

      If you're unfamiliar with a shoutout, it's basically plugging another user. So for example, on my Instagram or Twitter account, I would say "Hey go follow @Elmo, he's a great guy!". Then in turn you would hopefully get a bunch of new followers and you would return the favor. Our site facilitates the trades of these. Hope that makes more sense now.

      Thanks for the link to the infographic site...it's pretty darn cool! I'll work on one of those or a video.
      I agree with Elmo, make your copy simple, show off benefits, tell people: You simply do THIS and THAT will happen on this platform here ...
      You can get into the concept of what an influencer is or does deeper into the page.
      The four columns below 'Welcome to ShoutoutPost Beta' should be used for sweet simple bold headlines telling people exactly what your offer is about

      And I am pretty sure that sponsored facebook shoutouts are against TOS !
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      • Profile picture of the author snrpro
        Originally Posted by rritz View Post

        I agree with Elmo, make your copy simple, show off benefits, tell people: You simply do THIS and THAT will happen on this platform here ...
        You can get into the concept of what an influencer is or does deeper into the page.
        The four columns below 'Welcome to ShoutoutPost Beta' should be used for sweet simple bold headlines telling people exactly what your offer is about

        And I am pretty sure that sponsored facebook shoutouts are against TOS !
        Thank you for your feedback

        I'm almost certain it's not unless I'm missing something. I wouldn't imagine Facebook would have a problem with someone plugging another page on Facebook.
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    • Profile picture of the author elmo033057
      Originally Posted by snrpro View Post

      Thanks for the constructive, well thought out criticism Elmo. Cool name btw.

      Through getting the word out, I've found that if people know what a shoutout is then they know what the site is, but if not then they just don't get it. I'll have to do a better job of explaining how it benefits visitors who don't know what a shoutout is.

      If you're unfamiliar with a shoutout, it's basically plugging another user. So for example, on my Instagram or Twitter account, I would say "Hey go follow @Elmo, he's a great guy!". Then in turn you would hopefully get a bunch of new followers and you would return the favor. Our site facilitates the trades of these. Hope that makes more sense now.

      Thanks for the link to the infographic site...it's pretty darn cool! I'll work on one of those or a video.
      To be totally honest with you, in the context of what your business is, I'm not really sure what a shout out is.

      And that's the point.

      A very large number of people use the Internet regularly but are not Internet savvy. My wife uses the Internet all of the time and I guarantee you that she will not understand what your site is about.

      Not only do I write advertising copy, but I'm also a technology teacher and instructional designer.

      The one thing I know for a fact is that you have to break down everything and make it very simple for everyone to understand.

      I can tell you from experience that when someone goes to a site, watches an instructional video, or even takes a written test, questions come up that you would never have thought of.

      If l were you, I'd grab some people I had access to and send them to the site.

      Write down every question that they have or write down what they tell you that they don't understand and adjust the marketing, site or both to address the things they can't figure out.

      Once you do that, then you'll have to have another group of people repeat the same process and tell you what they didn't understand.

      Rinse and repeat until you've fixed most of this stuff.

      (What I basically told you was instructional design in a nutshell. Ha - ha!)

      Anyway, you've got a great start and I wish you the best!


      God Bless,
      Elmo
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    I think that's really cool seeing people are always looking for shoutouts.

    Do you have a section where shoutouts can be categorized by niche?
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  • Profile picture of the author snrpro
    Hey James, yea, the trades section can be sorted by category (niche). Thanks btw
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  • Profile picture of the author snrpro
    Thanks again Elmo. I appreciate you taking the time to give your advice. My mom would probably be a good candidate for that lol. Cheers man!
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  • Profile picture of the author avowzone
    I would go for twitter
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  • Profile picture of the author snrpro
    Give it a shot and let me know what ya think. Any reviews or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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