Social media is a powerful way for us to interact with our friends, our fans and our family. But to a lot of us, interacting on social media doesn’t come naturally. This quiz will help you to identify which type of social media personality you are and what you can do to improve your daily..
Are you contemplating buying Twitter followers or maybe followers on Facebook, Instagram or other social media platforms? Answer this question first: Is it more important to have thousands of fans/followers or 100 who actually share, like, comment and engage with your business? This is one question you will never hear from the plethora of social..
Is social media marketing on your restaurant’s menu? It should be. These days a social media campaign is an essential component of any marketing plan and this is especially true for restaurants. Unlike many other industries, restaurants have the unique opportunity to meet their customers face to face with every single transaction, and in today’s..
Understanding how to market your business on social media can be daunting, to say the least! So many social sites – which one to choose. How to measure ROI. What about SEO? To help you out, here is a great infographic outlining 36 rules of social media:
Want an increased number of followers and a dramatic change in engagement of your online audience? Yes, you can use content and social media marketing to help you out. However, success is achievable only if you proceed about it in the right manner. Needless to say, you need to grasp the fundamentals so that you..
Do you remember the last time you changed something on your social media profile? Ages ago, right? Here is how you can improve your social media presence in just four days. Day 1: Analyze your current presence Review all of your social media accounts; make sure you appear professional and everything is up-to-date. List all..
Do you make use of video marketing to increase your brand awareness? If you still have not done this, you really should start now. Video marketing promotes your brand better because anything visual is more appealing than anything written. Realizing the significance, video marketing has enjoyed increased popularity in recent times and will continue to..
The best strategy to promote your business and increase your customers has always been and will always be – word of mouth publicity. Any marketing tactic that you try just won’t have as much impact as this strategy. According to a research conducted by a prestigious marketing company, only 53% of the population trusts the..
Have you tried every social media strategy you could think of, yet failed to get the results you wanted? Take a step back and go over your marketing campaign once more; you might have actually missed out on a few small tricks here and there that could have otherwise had a significant impact. While you..
In the past, the ‘@’ symbol was just used to separate your email id from the domain name. Then Twitter adopted it, and now it seems to be present on the entire social media network. So what caused the evolution and the success of ‘@’? It started in the year 2006, when a freelance designer..
If you were hoping and praying that social media marketing would die away, you can continue thinking that way in vain. As 2013 drew to a close, statistics support that social media has left behind an impressive trail of growth and will continue to do so in the upcoming years. Take a moment to absorb..
Wanting to look up similar businesses and connect with them? On paper it was always possible to pick up a directory and find what you were looking for. Online? Not so much. This is what drove the young entrepreneur Jake Tipper to come up with Total Socials. A recently launched website that lets you find..
Here is a simple guide to use the popular social networking site Pinterest to work for your businesses’ advantage. Having already attracted 10 million users in just 10 months and being used by more than 100 brands, Pinterest is sure to become every business’s need for social media marketing in 2014.
You have a successful business and you’ve spent money on a cool website. It has all the relevant information regarding your products, an about us page and you have even managed to connect it to social media. And yet you’re still missing one very important ingredient that makes you look like a business dummy –..
Being active on social media is no doubt effective and important for your business, but what concerns businesses is the complex task of measuring the return on investment from social media campaigns. It can be a daunting task but it is not impossible. While it’s important to know exactly how much worth social media marketing..
Posting on Facebook, tweeting, sharing pictures on Instagram, or creating a LinkedIn profile; all of it seems very easy, but when it comes to doing it for your business, it becomes challenging. When it comes to social media marketing, organizations and individuals need to know their game as conventional marketing techniques may not work on..
The technology takeover is here. As a small business owner, you know you can’t fight it anymore. Whether you’re excited, apprehensive, or both, you’ve decided that the best thing for your business is to get tapped into the opportunities available to you online. But where do you even start? From building your own website to..
According to an infographic designed by J6Design, 2 billion people are online. 85% of customers expect businesses to be active in social media. Word of mouse = word of mouth. Online culture is THE CULTURE. You can hate social media BUT you can’t ignore it. Here’s 7 reasons and some thought provoking questions to get you..
Costco recently had their social media policy invalidated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Costco’s policy basically prevented employees from making statements on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter that could damage the company or other employees’ reputations, reports Inside Counsel.
What can we expect after Google Hummingbird? Here are some predictions on future Google updates now that hummingbird has taken flight.
While the practice of marketing your content becomes mainstream, you’ll see a lot of marketers use it in a way that won’t work – forgetting that educating the audience is the primary goal. Make your content marketing better If you look at each platform as the traditional classroom and that you’re the teacher, you can..
Twitter users use acronyms or abbreviations in their tweets. For those of us who are not avid Twitter users, may not know what they mean. Some of the abbreviations and acronyms may be common on all social media sites, but others are unique to Twitter. Here’s a list of terms you may see in tweets..
Having your content or post go viral on social media means that it’s exploding in popularity and getting passed around by people on various sites. Typical viral posts include a great meme, a funny video clip, or a facepalm-worthy story. Here are some tips for creating a viral post:
Karen Leland, author of Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business, gives advice to help you drive website traffic, build your brand, and increase business on the Pinterest platform. To optimize your appearance in search and attract more traffic, give each pin a perfect description and include relevant keywords. You can be deliberate with what you..
If you’ve heard it once over the last couple of years, you’ve heard it a million times – if you’re marketing strategy doesn’t include social media marketing, it’s time to add it. Even though the majority of people in the US still use traditional search engines to find anything they’re looking for online, users, especially..
Social Media Marketing strategies continue to evolve and marketing professionals are constantly having to change their methods. In addition, Google’s algorithm continues to be updated. So it’s important to improve your content marketing strategy continuously. Stay focused on producing high-quality content that works to engage your audience. This way you will remain relevant in your..
On July 1, Facebook silently removed the 20 percent text rule required for Page Cover Images from its page guidelines. However, the 20 percent rule for Cover Images remains in two sections of Facebook Help. It’s possible that these sections haven’t been updated to reflect the change yet. In Facebook Help the sections are: What..
In a recent article on Yahoo, a social media expert gives advice on “How to Quench Your Social Media Thirst in 60 Minutes a Day.” I know you’ve heard this before and it may get old, but Social Media is an important aspect of any business. If you’re not on it yet, now’s the time..
Do you remember when teens left MySpace to join Facebook? Shortly after, adults also joined Facebook. Even though adults didn’t really join MySpace, they joined Facebook by the hundreds of millions. This resulted in the Facebook platform not being as popular for teens. So what social media platforms are teens joining now, and what can..
Utilize your employees in your social media marketing strategy. Don’t let your Facebook posts go unnoticed and unshared. Ask your employees to help share your content. Employee social sharing can be done with automated features that are triggered by each post or blog publishing. The value of employee social sharing isn’t only about the likes..
Facebook’s popular photo-sharing app ,Instagram will now have video. Facebook is trying to stay competitive, since Twitter’s video-sharing app, Vine is growing. On Thursday, Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder said users will now be able to record and share 15-second clips. All they have to do is tap the video icon in the app. Users will..
A new study published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EUI) and sponsored by Lyris, found some noteworthy information about purchasing decisions and preferred marketing channels. Here’s what consumers had to say:
Recently, Christopher Litster, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Constant Contact shared the top 10 reasons that people don’t like your Facebook status updates. Here is the advice that he gave: Questions that are too broad or personal According to a recent Inc. article, Twitter messages with a question mark had 52 percent..
Consumers are now using social media and emails to voice their concerns. In addition to getting promotions/free gifts, one of the major reasons people like a brand’s Facebook page is so they can voice their complaints online. Using an online forum to deal with customer service is a fast and easy way for otherwise shy..
Today, everyone is using smart phones. Do you know how to connect with them using mobile social media marketing techniques? You can use the social media tools that you’re already familiar with to create mobile marketing ideas. LinkedIn Mobile You can connect with customers and prospects with LinkedIn mobile. Use the LinkedIn mobile application to..
Social Media Examiner recently released its annual Social Media Marketing Report. The study reflects that 80 percent of marketers aren’t planning to use daily deal sites in their future campaigns. In this study 3,025 marketers were surveyed. The most significant points determined by this report will be highlighted in this article. There’s been a decrease..
Twitter limits its tweets to 140 characters. However, you should not look at this as an issue. Instead look at it as an opportunity. It may be hard to get your point across within that limit, and getting people to act on your tweets might be even harder, yet if you use the right approach,..
Social Media Today recently interviewed Ted Shelton, a strategy consulting leader at PwC and author of Business Models for the Social Media Cloud to discuss topics that will come up at the Social Shake-Up Conference where Ted will be speaking. When asked to describe why companies should focus on how they use social, mobile, and..
Now that Facebook allows you to include calls-to-action (CTAs) on your cover photos, you can use your cover photo to drive actions and conversions. Following are a few ways to turn your cover photo into a CTA that converts: Promoting a Facebook Page Tab Based on Facebook studies, users on Facebook want to stay on..
Developers and tech-geeks nationwide attended the annual Google I/O Developer conference in San Francisco for three days this week. This is where Google rolled out the new updates for its Google+ platform. The company added 41 new features. Even though Google+ has 190 million monthly active users, it’s still not as popular as Facebook, Twitter,..
Social media marketing presents a challenge to all businesses. It seems that as soon as you learn how to do one thing it’s evolving into something different. So, what are the most effective social media tactics? This is what every brand looks for in the analytics of their social campaign. Following are seven social media..
Today businesses use social media to enhance their marketing efforts and to meet other objectives such as brand recognition, sales, increasing customer base, improving their customer service and increasing loyalty. However, the majority of companies activate social media campaigns without a clear strategy. According to new research, 72% of businesses don’t have a clear strategy..
Are you ready to jump on the social marketing bandwagon but you’re wondering how to target your market on social platforms? Today we’re going to discuss the Facebook platform and what tools it offers to help you target your market. There are three ways to build your target market on Facebook that will cost you..
Are you ready to take your marketing campaign to the social world? Are you wondering where to start and what type of dashboard you will need? To implement your social media marketing strategy you will need a good dashboard. There are several key factors that need to be considered when shopping for dashboards. You need..
Businesses today need to focus on a more specific media marketing strategy. The internet and social networking platforms have opened the doors for brand recognition and marketing strategies. Following is a sample social media plan that any company can use to put together its marketing strategy:
You need to plan and organize for your social marketing. Once you’ve established your brand and executed your social marketing well, you win the loyalty of social users. Following is a list of brands and the area of social marketing that’s worked for them:
Are you following a brand in social media? Are you enjoying it? If you find you’re enjoying brands that you’re following, their strategy may be one of the following: connecting with one of your passions or interests, entertaining you with their engaging personality, or providing interesting and/or important information to you. As a business or..
The emergence and widespread infiltration of social media has dramatically changed the public relations industry (PR). This isn’t the first time the PR industry has had to evolve its way of doing business. Orlaith Finnegan (author) on Social Media Today remembers a PR director who relished telling his new interns how fax machines were the..
Do you take the time to consider your online reputation? Not only as an individual, but, do you consider your business’ online reputation? It’s important to think about this before something negative happens. A few keys to managing your reputation lie in social footprints, knowing what others are saying about you, and staying positive online.
Social Media marketing strategy is crucial to a company’s brand recognition. Businesses need to understand social media marketing and which social media platforms to utilize. Based on recent studies, a business’ brand needs social media marketing. The study conducted in 2012 by Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Ipsos ASI, and Bloomberg determined there is a..
Social media is visible in all advertising. Company websites are including links to social media platforms while TV commercials are including the symbols to social media platforms and hash tags for Twitter. For example, Mercedes uses the hash tag, #youdrive, in their TV commercials.
Consider for a moment the annoying, interruptive, often obnoxious nature of traditional marketing. Dinnertime phone calls from strangers in noisy call centers. Glossy pictures of the latest fashions worn by models who barely look human. Crowded store shelves with head-spinning arrays of options arranged in no discernible order (“I just need some toothpaste!”). Company websites..
Press releases are an essential public relations tool. Whether using an online press release to create widespread news coverage, or as an internet marketing tactic to gain backlinks and boost SEO or as a combination of both, press release distribution will help boost the reach received with each news release. But how can you extend..
Social media is the most rapidly changing aspect of communications to begin with. Throw in an IPO (Facebook) and a major overhaul (LinkedIn) and modifications are barreling ahead so fast, even the techies seem unable to keep up.
The smartphone market continues to reach milestones both here and abroad. As of March 2012, over 50 percent of all U.S. mobile subscribers now owned a smartphone, according to Nielsen. A new report published by HIS indicates that global smartphone adoption will reach 54 percent by the end of 2013; two years faster than previous..
Mobile malware is becoming a bigger problem every day. Especially now, considering some Americans use their phones more than their computers. Putting a stop to mobile malware isn’t that easy. What is malware? It’s essentially viruses or programs that can wreak havoc on your phone. Malware can cause lags and system errors, and can introduce..
It happens all the time: The hard-working crew at a small business loses customers thanks to the sour grapes of one person. It could be a disgruntled employee, an angry customer or even a competitor, says V. Michael Santoro, coauthor with John S. Rizzo of Niche Dominance: Creating Order out of Your Digital Marketing Chaos…
“Why can’t I just keep doing business the old way?” This is a question that I hear so often from business owners who fall in the “boomer” category – those born between 1946 and 1964. The fact is, in certain, important ways, the old ways still work. Really? I know what you’re thinking but let..
Like most businesses, you own/operate a website, or at least you should! Most business owners are familiar with the term search engine optimization but are you also aware of the term “social media optimization”? According to Enterpreneur.com, now we need to add social media optimization to our to-do lists! I know what you’re thinking, “But..
(eM+C)—New communications channels have changed how brands and their customers interact, making it a necessity for businesses to adapt and create stronger digital relationships that extend and strengthen their customer connections. Where and how consumers spend their time online has changed.
When it comes to your online habits, are you a Content King or a Social Butterfly? The difference matters to businesses who want to capture your attention on digital devices. A new IBM study of the media and entertainment market reveals that as consumers adopt an increasing number of digital devices, four distinct new “digital..
Customers have always been fickle, but never before has it been so easy for them to channel discontent into social-media campaigns with potentially disastrous consequences for companies. In The Conference Board Review cover story, “Anger Management,” writer John Buchanan explores how technology has helped spur “a massive power shift,” emboldening consumers to express their outrage…
Why are we talking about social media? Apart from the fact that today’s youth are being referred to as the ‘Facebook generation’ and that 65% of adult Internet users claim to use social media platforms? Social media has altered our interactions within our community and our perceptions of our relationships. It is in our homes,..
According to a new study, “SocialShop,” released by Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, 42 percent of Americans are using social media to shop – this equates to nearly 95 million social shoppers in the U.S. – and that number continues to rise. In fact, when asked how often social media is used to shop today versus a..