TikTok is more than just an entertainment and social platform—it’s a powerful discovery tool that unites niche communities. Brands that tap into these conversations with authentic messaging see serious results. In fact, 76% of users enjoy when brands are participate in special interest groups on TikTok.
Here’s how to leverage the power of communities on TikTok for your brand:
- Use your brand’s passion points to identify potential communities and subcultures (BookTok? TechTok? FoodTok?) Try TikTok’s Keyword Insights tool to reveal relevant hashtags related to interests, and test the Top Products tool to scope out what works for other brands.
- Try the Stay and Play Framework to identify opportunities. A luxury retail brand might partipate in expected (Stay) communities like FashionTok and, more specifically, GorpCore. Alternatively, the brand could explore more unexpected categories (Play) like FoodTok and, more specifically, Miniature World.
- Drive results through value (entertainment, education, connection, relevance) and variety (by serving different need states, like planning or buying).
- Ensure your content is optimized for TikTok. This typically means content that is lo-fi, vertical, and high-resolution; makes use of popular sounds; has a narrative; and follows the general format of its category and community (Get Ready With Me for BeautyTok, for example).
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