Crowd at SXSW 2021 – The Secret Language of Social Media

March saw the first SXSW Online, a fully digital version of the annual conference which featured a busy program of keynote speakers, panel discussions, music showcases, and film screenings.

After first attending the event in Austin two years ago, Crowd was excited to have the opportunity to take part again, forming part of the UK House. This is a program of events, organized by the UK Advertising Exports Group (UKAEG) and supported by organizations such as the British Government’s Department of International Trade, that showcases the very best in UK creativity.

Crowd made their own SXSW debut this year, joining a panel of industry professionals to discuss how the pandemic has put social communities back in the spotlight, and the wealth of insights available to brands within these communities.

Community is what social media was built on from the beginning, providing a way for people to connect on a scale that hadn’t been possible before. While Crowd doesn’t believe this ever got lost as such, the pandemic meant that digital interaction became the only way for people to have this connection.

For me, the sweet spot for any brand looking to grow and nurture a community is to strike the perfect balance between offering value without explicitly selling. Depending on your sector, this value can mean to inform, to support, to entertain, or to solve a problem. During the pandemic, there is the added complexity of achieving a positive, yet sympathetic tone when facilitating a community of people likely to be experiencing heightened emotions.

One of the most effective ways to find your brand’s sweet spot is to listen outside of our own channels. Audiences speaking to brands are just part of the story, but audiences speaking to each other is a gold its – and one that is often untapped. This data not only informs the marketing strategy, but can drive product development and more effective business operations.

If you’re looking to develop your brand’s community strategy or would like to discuss more how online listening can deliver insights for your business, please get in touch with Crowd.

About Crowd

Crowd is a global creative agency that specializes in amplifying demand for brands around the world.

Crowd’s dynamic, multi-national team fuses rich data, digital innovation, and creativity to ensure your message hits harder, budgets go further, and sales reach higher.

Crowd combines localized knowledge with the support and reach of a worldwide network, allowing your brand to succeed both at home and internationally.

From San Francisco to Sydney, Crowd is already helping clients amplify demand.