For years, and certainly since Back to the Future II hit theaters, we’ve heard talk about virtual reality. Positioned to be the next big thing, its reputation is one of possibilities and excitement. But, reputation aside, it hasn’t reached its potential. Facebook hopes to change that. [Read more…]
Is your eCommerce business advertising on social media? If your answer is no, then you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to showcase products, build your brand, gain new customers, and engage in communities that are full of people who are interested in your products or services. Businesses who have fallen behind marketing trends shouldn’t worry; it’s never too late to begin. This guide will help you get started building a presence on social media in no time. [Read more…]
If you aren’t familiar with the term, social recruiting is the practice of recruiting candidates by using social media platforms as talent databases or for advertising job positions. One popular platform you might be familiar with for social recruiting is LinkedIn, but there are recruiting opportunities on many other social networks as well. This strategy has grown to be more common among small businesses and large corporations alike, and with the extent to which social media has grown, this should come as no surprise.
The key to successful advertising is reaching your audience, and not many platforms provide a larger audience than Facebook. Every day 1.09 billion users log into Facebook, making it the 3rd most viewed website in the world, and the perfect advertising platform. Last year the company took notice and launched Facebook lead ads. If you haven’t started already, utilizing lead ads can significantly improve your business. [Read more…]
The new Facebook Instant Article feature, which launched on April 12, is making it easier and faster for publishers to deliver content to their intended audience, and perhaps even keep them engaged longer. By posting a version of your content on the Facebook platform, instead of linking to a specific webpage, there may generally be less friction when opening articles. The intent of Instant Articles is to increase speed by loading content 10 times faster than standard mobile web articles. The post must first be published on your own website or app, then converted to an Instant Article. When a reader sees your Instant Article in their newsfeed, they are shown a preview of the content. [Read more…]
If you’re looking for a way to make a big first impression with your audience, Facebook Canvas is something you definitely want to look into. This is a new way of serving ads that has been designed entirely for use on mobile devices, and its designers promise higher click-through rates and more conversions. If this sounds exactly like what you’ve been looking for, you’re not alone. Canvas is Facebook’s response to everything that businesses have been saying about the hurdles they face in reaching their current and prospective customers. Don’t miss out on this exciting new way of communicating with all of your favorite people. Here’s everything you need to know about Facebook Canvas: [Read more…]
One of the greatest, and arguably most challenging aspects of social media is that it’s constantly evolving. In 2015, we saw a huge leap from desktop to mobile, the rise of Instagram, and so much more. Based on the growth last year, one thing we can say for certain is that mobile use, and in turn mobile advertising, will explode in 2016.
If you plan to grow your social media presence, you should be paying attention to past, current, and predicted future trends. In the infographic below, you’ll see the trends that have shaped social media at the end of 2015 and the start of 2016. If you have any questions or would like to get started on your social media marketing strategy, contact one of our team members to schedule a consultation!
If you’re new to using social media for business, it can definitely be overwhelming. With so many platforms and a constantly evolving industry, you will quickly find that it’s difficult for a new social media manager to keep up and balance their workload in a way that is effective and efficient. [Read more…]
The majority of companies today understand the need for a strong social media presence, but for many of them, the definition of success in this space still remains a bit hazy. Many organizations aren’t sure of the goals they should be setting, which creates challenges when it comes time to measure their performance. From generating leads, to establishing thought leadership, there’s a lot that can be achieved using this medium. A great rule to live by is that whenever there’s a tough decision to make, you should look at the experiences of those who have done it before. In a recent study performed by Social Media Examiner, almost 4,000 marketers were surveyed, and it was easy to see certain patterns in the way that businesses are using social media and how they are benefitting from it. [Read more…]
Social media is the perfect gateway for your company to directly interact with your customers. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media channels allow customers to give feedback to business owners, whether good or bad. While positive comments are obviously preferred, unfortunately, there will be negative comments, too. Regardless of the comment type, you should always respond. However, there are a few conditions to consider before addressing any negative comments. [Read more…]
All successful Facebook ads start the same way: with a thorough understanding of the customer. Targeting the right people can save you money and get you the best performance possible for each advertisement. Successful targeting can also help keep cost per click low, conversion rates high, and relevance scores higher than ever. Essentially, targeting the right people can give your marketing campaign the boost you’ve been waiting for. [Read more…]
When you post on social media, there are a few key factors you should take into consideration. First and foremost, the content you share should be relevant to your audience. You must ask yourself, “Will my followers appreciate or take away something from this?” If the answer is no, skip it. When it comes to your posting schedule, you should keep in mind that every social network has a different peak time. Let those time frames be your starting point, but make adjustments according to your particular audience. This will get you the highest amount of views, likes, and shares. Once you have a grasp on what and when to share, stay consistent and continue to make things interesting for your followers. Follow these tips and you will build a loyal following in no time! [Read more…]
As you have probably already realized, the way people make purchases has drastically changed over the years. The average consumer is not what he used to be, and we can thank the evolution of technology for that! Your customers are going to do a fair amount of research, and look for the opinions of others, before they even consider buying. People are taking full advantage of the information and social media channels available right at their fingertips. Your marketing strategy must keep up with these changes, or you’ll get left behind. That’s why it’s so important for you, as a brand, to stay connected with your patrons through the online networking world. This infographic will give you an idea of what you can expect from the average customer of today. [Read more…]
Social media has changed the way businesses interact, and the way you do so directly affects your company’s image. If you don’t use the right etiquette, you won’t be getting the most out of using the various social media channels. This is why it’s so important to find a balance between being entertaining and sales-oriented, or you’ll find your business page losing momentum. The following infographic shares tips and tricks for staying on task on each of the popular social media websites.
Hashtags…what are they? How many are you supposed to use? Where should you be using them?! Using hashtags is a great way to attract the right followers to your business. Your social media posts are shown to your current followers, but if you use hashtags correctly, they could be seen by the right people who could turn into your future customers! This infographic explains how you should be using hashtags to increase followers, views, and business! [Read more…]
So many features to explore, so little time. As technology advances, so do the features offered on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Some of these features are strictly for fun and others have a specific function. Here’s a look at some of the most popular social media features you never knew existed.
Define, create, get social! Utilizing social media in your marketing plan is extremely beneficial, but it doesn’t have to be extremely hard. Once you understand the basics, you can develop an online presence and grow your business! But what is it that you need to understand, these ‘basics’?
This checklist is a great start for business owners, and just like any marketing plan you have to define ‘who’? Who is your target market? Some social media platforms even let you delve deeper than age, gender, and location, too, which can really help you zoom in on your potential customers.
The next big ‘basic’ is creating content that is interesting, beneficial, appealing and shareable! Once you determine the right platforms for you to use, you can share your content and start conversations that will generate leads! If you are interested in furthering your social media efforts and learning what the right social media channels are for you and are seeking original and creative content for your biz, contact us today! [Read more…]
When you first learn about a company, you ask if they have a Facebook page or you go online and search for it yourself. A Facebook page is a must for any and all businesses these days, as it serves as a platform for new or return customers to learn and keep up with you!
And from the cover photo to the ads, profile images to post images, visual content is king. While it may be easier to fix your pictures, resize, revamp or add new filters to your photos, it’s a lot easier to create an aesthetically appealing page if you know the right dimensions for each. This cheat sheet with help you understand the correct dimensions for your Facebook page and help you translate your images perfectly for mobile compatibility, as well! [Read more…]
Most of us already know that Facebook is a great marketing tool, but not every user knows how to get the best SEO or search engine optimization results. Ideally, you want both your website and Facebook business/fan page to score a position on Google and other search engines. Focusing on these key SEO tools for Facebook will help improve your exposure on SERPs or search engine results page: [Read more…]
Running ads on Facebook can make or break your bottom line. While Facebook offers an amazing platform through which you can communicate your message, running successful advertisement campaigns through the social media giant can be confusing. The fact is, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it could end up costing you big time. To avoid costly mistakes, follow these tips to demystify the elusive world of Facebook ads. [Read more…]
Inspired by a great article on 10 Shocking Facts About Content Marketing Today, we wanted to repost this information for our own readers. But first, let’s make sure we understand what is meant by the term “Content Marketing.” Content Marketing is simply using informative or valuable content to market a company or product. It is designed to attract a specific audience for the purpose of encouraging customer action. [Read more…]
As more and more businesses are turning to social media as a viable way of expanding their client base and broadening their reach, hashtags are becoming more important than ever. If you wish to brand your business through Twitter, it is important to know the dos and don’ts. Hashtags are one of the most improperly used tools on Twitter—in fact, most people may not even understand the actual purpose of the hashtag. [Read more…]
Facebook has made some changes to its advertising function that affects social media marketers and how they will build their campaigns. With different specifications, the focus on size, images, and text will differ for each type of ad you create and what you want to highlight. This Ampush infographic shows the best dimensions and aspects to use and what sizes will be most effective for your Facebook ad. Determine the technicalities of your next Facebook ad to help you create a successful advertising campaign below! [Read more…]
Do you know the differences between boosting posts and promoting posts on Facebook? It’s important to understand the similarities and differences so you can choose which is right for your advertising budget and marketing efforts.
Think back to 2008. Now, I’m sure one can’t recall exactly what they were doing that year but in 5 years from now, even if we don’t remember parts of pop culture, we can guarantee that whatever we were doing we were all fully engulfed in social media. Social media has changed the way we interact on personal and business levels. This infographic looks back on something that has become part of our every day lives and is still continuing to grow: [Read more…]
There are so many different social media channels these days and with that, you see a variety of strategies for each one. With all of this, social media can seem complicated and overwhelming, especially if you are trying to run a business and their marketing accounts. Here is an infographic we found that will serve as a great tool (hint-bookmark it!), with social media basics for you to refer back to. Not only are these foundational tips for the top social media outlets, but they also are some of the best and basic tips for your business!
Facebook has changed its algorithm for the posts in a user’s News Feed many times, however, its most recent algorithm change has altered the way businesses engage with fans. [Read more…]
In the last year, Facebook has been testing star ratings through desktop and mobile “Local Search” as well as on content on Timeline. It has also randomly asked users to rate locations they had been to on the desktop site’s sidebar.
Now, Facebook is testing these ratings on Pages on their desktop site, allowing users to rate any place they want to. The ratings are then featured on the page. Currently, it is only available for a portion of Facebook’s user population. [Read more…]
Facebook has a network effect, with each user that joins, it becomes more valuable. People expect that Facebook will keep its users engaged for a while to come, which adds even more value when a business integrates with Facebook. Before, you could comment and like a page on Facebook – but now you can take a post from your Facebook page and embed it into your website so people can like and comment directly on the blog. [Read more…]
Facebook Graph Search is a feature that can be used as a great marketing tool for any company using Facebook to promote themselves. Through Graph Search, businesses can learn more about their Facebook fans than ever before. Focused searches reveal results that are more accurate than ever, giving businesses previously untapped insight.
Following suit from social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram, Facebook has launched support for clickable hashtags. Get ready to see a lot more of the # symbol in your newsfeed, because this social networking site is about to start using the widely popular hashtag.
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We have all manipulated our social media accounts and sites to get our names high on the rank list. But what many have not considered in this equation is how powerful author rank is with Google+1’s and the infamous ‘likes.’
Facebook is one of the smartest platforms a company can use to increase their awareness. However, Facebook can also backfire on a business if it isn’t being used efficiently. Here are ten surefire ways to misuse Facebook and lose your followers.
Since its inception, Pinterest has more than proved itself as an effective marketing tool for businesses. Recently, Pinterest revamped its website. Certain features have been added, improving the site’s navigability and overall appearance, while other features have been discontinued. With proper understanding, the new and improved Pinterest will be an even more beneficial tool for businesses to market with.
Being a community manager isn’t just about Tweeting, Pinning, and Facebooking all day long. It takes determination, passion, and an incredible amount of skill. Community managers wear many hats, and their workday certainly doesn’t end in time for happy hour. If you’re considering a career in community management, make sure you have the following qualities in the bag:
Is Pheed the new Twitter? This was the question on all of our minds in November 2012 when the new app was introduced into the social media sphere. Shockingly enough, Pheed is now the number one social media app in Apple’s App Store and giving apps like Facebook and Twitter a run for their money.
The Super Bowl has always drawn a considerable amount of media attention and hype, but for an event centered on football, the night was stolen by surprise power outages, interesting ads, and a jaw-dropping performance by Beyoncé.
Facebook is at it again. As many people have already heard, last week Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team debuted the newest addition to the social media site called Facebook Graph Search. This tool is new, innovative technology that allows users to search topics that gives results that are better integrated within your social-sphere than websites such as Google. The Graph Search has been designed to take a certain query and give you an actual answer, rather than links that may or may not provide the answers.
If one thing is certain it’s that the Internet is here to stay, and any business that fails to understand the importance of a solid online presence is sure to fall behind. While most of us have come to understand that a business needs a well-designed website as a bare minimum, relatively few seem to understand the true marketing potential of a strong presence in social media.
Times are changing. Customers now expect to be able to speak directly with the businesses they deal with. They expect a conversation, and they often prefer not to deal with businesses that don’t listen and respond. Social media is key, and yet all too many businesses farm out the job of presenting their public face to social media consultants who simply don’t know what they’re doing.
So how can you avoid this? What questions do you need to ask your prospective consultant to figure out if they have what it takes to create your social presence? Well, here are ten questions that will help you sort the wheat from the chaff.
Over the past couple of years, social media sites have evolved greatly. Many business owners have started to use social media networking given its huge marketing potential. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+ are only a few of the most popular social media platforms. Here are some social media predictions for 2013:
Over the last few years we’ve seen case after case of social media gone wrong, and it seems as if every day an employee goes off the wall and posts something online that harms the reputation of their employer.
You don’t have to search for long on YouTube before finding videos of fast food employees brazenly breaking health code violations at work. The problem of social media foul-ups goes far beyond the occasional viral video, however.
In this connected age you can expect every one of your employees to have some kind of online presence, and without some sort of code of conduct in place, your business could bleed to death by a thousand electronic paper cuts as those employees alienate customers, complain about working conditions and, yes, occasionally post something so irresponsible that it becomes a deeply embarrassing viral phenomenon.
Why a Corporate Social Media Policy Can Help
Over the last few years we’ve seen a sea of change in the way search engines (primarily Google) rank websites. Until recently, the most effective technique for ranking on page one for any given term was simple brute force: use your primary keyword regularly throughout your content, and build as many links as possible back to your site using that keyword as the anchor text.
As you’d expect, this technique was open to all sorts of manipulation. Those with enough money could simply buy links, and while the algorithms used by the search engines weren’t quite simple enough to be fooled every time, it was common to see poor quality sites at the top of the SERPS (search engine result pages).