The Red Dot Design Museum Singapore is currently located at the former Traffic Police Building in Tanjong Pagar. The building was painted in red to signify the brand of the Museum as a creative hub.
Red Dot Singapore hosts a monthly flea market MAAD (Market of Artists and Designers) since July 2006. The MAAD was established to provide aspiring artists, designers and entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their products. The art market is the longest and largest recurring art market in Singapore.
Goal and Mission
The Red Dot Singapore’s ultimate goal is to create a vibrant art community in Singapore. By spreading awareness about art and design, the company hopes that more people will start appreciating the arts and view it as a viable career option.
Thus, our strategies follow the goal of Red Dot Singapore and the three strategies works together to create a vibrant art community in Singapore.
Social Media Analysis and Evaluation
MAAD’s current social media platforms are Instagram, Facebook page events and Google plus.
Lack of Emphasis on Artists and Creations in Social Media Posts
The posts do not explain what the product is or who the artist is. There is little to no backstory and merely mentions which artist will be at that month’s MAAD. Thus, MAAD’s content is one-dimentional and lacks engagement.
Use of Weak and Unmemorable Hashtags
MAAD’s current use of hashtags, while unique to their event, are not easily memorable neither are they catchy. #LateNightShopping, #CreativeMarketPlace, #PlanYourFridaysWisely and #NotYourUsualFlea are some examples that are too long and cumbersome to remember.
Lack of Proper Representation in Photos on Instagram and Facebook
Photo posts on Instagram and Facebook are currently poorly curated as firstly, not all are informative to followers. These posts do not accurately represent the types of products that will be sold.
The following shows the sources of social media which MAAD gets the most number of mentions
MAAD gets 77% of it’s mentions from Instagram, 11% from Twitter, 6% from I – S Knows Singapore, 4% from Facebook, 1% from Plush Asia One and 1% from Her World.com, and has had no negative sentiment, with the bulk of it’s sentiment being neutral (323 mentions) and a small portion being positive (59 mentions). The reason for the large number of sentiment being neutral is because most of the mentions are informative in nature, as compared to positive reviews or feedback from the event.
Identification and Analysis of Competitors
Emphasis on Featuring Artists and Creations in Social Media Posts
Both competitors, The Local People and Maker’s Market put heavy emphasis on publicizing the artists that showcase at their events, the types of products these artists sell as well. These competitors also link the social media accounts of these artists in their Instagram and Facebook posts to allow followers to access more information about these artists easily
Event Collaboration and Joint Publicity on Social Media
One of MAAD’s competitors that we have identified is The Local People – similar to MAAD, they are an independent monthly art market that encourages artists to display their works for sale. However, our group has identified that they have a much bigger following of 17.2 thousand followers on Instagram alone as compared to MAAD’s meagre 1.8 thousand followers.
The target audience we are hoping to direct our social media strategy at involve two distinct groups: Artists & Designers and Members of the public
Our Proposed Social Media Strategy
- Raising Awareness
- Attracting more artists and visitors
- More people to join the arts community
Strategy 1: Leveraging on stronger hashtags on Instagram and Facebook to promote artists and designers: #MAADTalentedArtists
Our first social media strategy involves the use of the hashtag on both MAAD’s Facebook and Instagram – #MAADTalentedArtists. It is aimed at being shareable content which will initially be rolled out on MAAD’s own Facebook and Instagram accounts and then hopefully be further shared by the account’s followers.
Strategy 2: Publicizing MAAD’s Workshops Using Simple Call-to-Action Hashtags: #MyArtStory
The second strategy aims to engage with the general public. In order to connect the artists and designers with the general public, classes by the vendors will be held once a month during MAAD. At the end of each lesson, the participants will have a product that they created and the pictures of each person and their product will be posted onto the MAAD Instagram and Facebook page with the hashtags #MyArtStory. To generate more awareness, the participants are encouraged to post their own photos on their personal social media accounts with the same hashtag
Strategy 3: Creating Informative Shareable Video Content To Generate More Publicity on Social Media
Short time-lapse videos are to be created monthly, aiming to feature the highlights of MAAD. These will be shared on Facebook, MAAD’s own website as well as YouTube. It aims to connect with visitors on a deeper level and will focus on the visitor experience of attending a MAAD event. These videos will feature the details of the activities happening during the event.
There might also be possible synergistic gains with the second strategy of #MyArtStory when combining the 2 strategies together, as consumers feel more engaged when they are shown the possible activities they can participate in during the event.
Ultimately, we hope that MAAD can achieve the goal of creating a vibrant art community!