I’m so thrilled by the success that one of my clients has achieved recently. Stephanie O., a Denver fashion designer, has received a lot of media attention in the last several months due to the social media efforts we have put forth. Her Twitter and Facebook following is growing at a rapid rate, she’s gaining more and more Pinterest followers each day, and she’s been mentioned with high accolades on several media platforms.
There are various ways to create content for your social media campaign, but my go-to is always the social media calendar. I like to create an editorial calendar for each of my clients. If you’re managing your own online marketing, than creating a calendar should be simple. You just have to sit down and do it! Here are a few tips that will help you get started:
It is tragic what the fires have done (and are still doing) to Colorado. Yes, nature has its way of doing things and it might be the natural order, but they have devastated so much in the last month.
People have lost their childhood homes, animals have been displaced, and as a result of the chaos vandalism has ensued in some areas. My thoughts are with the crews battling the fire and those who’ve been affected by it…in the deepest way.
Only my closest friends and family know about my dive into the realm of social media, so I thought I’d share a little bit about how I got into it with some of my peers, colleagues, and potential clients.
Have you ever had the opportunity to guest blog? It’s pretty exciting! If you’re a blogger, it’s a sign that you’re really making strides in the blogging world. I ghost blog for a client (whose identity will remain confidential), and I was recently asked by a competitor of my client’s to write a blog post.
It felt really good, being recognized in that way. Anyway, I realized after the fact that I probably should have done a few things to promote the guest blog better on my client’s site. But, he didn’t mind, and it’s all a learning curve anyway, right?! I was just happy that my skills as a writer were recognized and desired.
Anyway, here’s what I learned. These are the things you should do as a guest blogger, tips gathered from Matt Ragland (@mattragland for you Tweeps):
Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media networks around, so it makes sense to use it if it’s remotely applicable to your business. If your company connects visually with consumers or clients (e.g. fashion designers, photographers, artists, retailer, restaurants, etc.), having an active presence on Pinterest could do wonders for your bottom line. Pinterest has helped many online retailers considerably since its debut; start thinking about how it can potentially help your business.
To be successful on this network, there are best practices to follow (e.g. repinning, commenting, liking, etc.), but it’s also very important to grow the number of people following you. The more followers you have, the more exposed and viral your content could become.
Pinterest is still comprised of mostly female pinners, but the number of males has grown significantly since its inception. And no, they’re not all gay.
The following four tips will help you gain more followers on Pinterest:
If you’re not on Twitter, you’re seriously doing your company a disservice. It doesn’t matter what kind of company you work for or own, you should be actively on Twitter to further the company’s interests.
Once you sign up for an account, it’s time to build followers. It’s easy to build them online, but what else can you do to build them outside of the Twittersphere?
The following 5 tips will help you gain more followers than you ever imagined:
Likes aren’t the end all, but they are crucial in gaining access to news feeds. Meaning, if someone has liked your page, they (in most cases) will see your posts. I say most cases because a lot of what people see is based on Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm, which you can read more about here.
Back to the “like”. I’m here to help you get it. Here are 5 ways to do so:
Twitter can definitely help propel your business forward; however, tweeting occasionally to get followers and getting your message out isn’t always enough.
You have to understand your target audience: what they like, value, and enjoy seeing in their Twitter feed.
Make no mistake about it, if you tweet just for the sake of tweeting (without having much of a purpose), you can alienate your followers to the point of unfollowing you.
This is somewhat of a tangent, but an important side note: I have a fairly low tolerance for annoying Twitter behavior.If someone is tweeting more than once an hour (and has nothing smart to say), I will un-follow them. If they send me an automatic Direct Message (DM) after I follow them, I will un-follow them. If they don’t have a bio, I won’t follow them. Simple as that.
With that said, here’s what I think you should do to gain followers and keep them engaged:
Pinterest is the hot new social media network. And while you might be thinking that you’ll rip out your hair if you have to manage one more online networking platform, seriously consider this one before turn your back.
There’s a reason why this one’s so popular. It has helped retailers, among other businesses, launch products in the most innovative and creative ways. If used correctly, it can be an awesome marketing tool. It can propel your business forward in ways you never imagined.
If it does nothing else for you, you’re sure to get some killer style, recipes, and home decor ideas. You might also pick up a new addiction.
Here are 5 ways you can market your brand using Pinterest:
We all know how crucial social media is to get ahead in today’s market. Many of us also know how overwhelming and time-consuming it can be.
There’s a reason why a lot of small businesses haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. They may feel as though they don’t have enough resources to dedicate to social media efforts; or perhaps they just don’t know where to begin.
The truth of the matter is that yes, it can be a challenge to give the public an accurate portrayal of your brand.
But if you learn how to do it, and do it right, you’ll gain advocates and evangelists who will start doing the work for you (so to speak). Here are 10 rules of engagement to get your started:
I’ve met so many small business owners who are overwhelmed by the demands of social media. We live in an age where we must constantly be aware of what people are saying about our business because we can’t afford one negative comment going viral.
And when we have a positive comment, we want to do whatever we can to build the momentum and help it go viral. Let’s start with Facebook.
Pinterest is now the third most popular social media network. Are you surprised? I’m not. It’s helping retailers (especially e-commerce ones), growing among the male population, and extremely addicting.
For some businesses, it’s the leading referring traffic source. If your organization is one that benefits from displaying images, then you should definitely consider this network.
Here are a few strategies for launching your brand on Pinterest:
More and more brands are using social media to promote and grow their business. Small businesses that don’t have an advertising budget can easily hop on the online networks to give away valuable goods that require little out-of-pocket cost for them.
So, how can you go one step further to acquire more customers? Simply put, you need to be socially active all the time. Here are 5 ways:
I guess it’s fairly clear by all of my previous posts how much I value Twitter. You’d think I was an addict, monitoring my stream all the time.
I normally spend about 20 minutes a day tweeting, retweeting, replying to tweets, following new people, etc.
I spend about the same amount of time for each of my clients, unless they’re paying for additional monitor time. So I swear, I’m not obsessed.
Don’t get me wrong, Yelp is great in that it obviously helps users search and find service-based businesses that meet their standard of quality. I check it all the time. So, what seems to be the problem?
I have interacted with so many interesting and engaging people since opening my Twitter account.
I typically don’t follow everyone who follows me. If you take a look at my “Following” list, you’ll notice that it’s inundated with social media people, Boulder people, and Boulder/Denver restaurants. A girl’s gotta eat!
I decided to do a cost-benefit analysis on Groupon and other deal sites like LivingSocial and Google Offers. I wanted to determine how beneficial or detrimental these discounted venues would be for local businesses.
Companies used to spend tons of money on print advertising-snail mail campaigns, coupons, ad spots in mainstream media, etc. And now? The practice of paying for print advertising is becoming obsolete. It kind of makes sense-we’re not using paper like we used to, so why would it be logical to pay for print ads?
SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) is a pain in the butt. PIPA (Protect IP Act), its partner in crime, is no better. That’s why we need to stop it TODAY, or we set ourselves back almost 20 years.