LinkedIn is becoming the major networking website for businesses. It has grown from simply being a collection of resumes to a beneficial tool for furthering one’s career. By taking advantage of LinkedIn’s features, professionals can improve their profile and network. Here’s how we recommend using LinkedIn: [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!
Blogging is sometimes overlooked as a strategic marketing tool, but it has so much to offer businesses! It is a low cost yet highly effective method that can help increase your business through digital efforts. This infographic will show you why blogging is good for your business, tips and strategies for blogging, and even ways it can make you money. [Read more…]
Google+ is more than a social media platform; it can also be a useful tool in increasing your search rankings. The first link posted onto a Google+ page provides link equity to the website that is being shared. This is called a DoFollow link. DoFollow links make up a key portion of SEO rankings and they work with PageRank, link context, and others to decide your rank under certain keywords. By taking advantage of these links you can boost your SEO rankings. [Read more…]
A new year means new strategies to help drive your marketing campaign. The digital world is taking over a lot of marketing efforts and things like social media are expected to double this year! These statistics will help you grow your marketing efforts in the right direction this year and stay on top of the digital trends for your business! [Read more…]
Whether you don’t know where to start with social media marketing or you’d like to set and maintain goals (New Year’s Resolution, anybody?!) this checklist is sure help you boost business. One of the major aspects of this type of marketing is maintaining a presence, being active, and consistent. That’s why we love this checklist, it is sure to help you do just those things. Go through it to help set goals and start seeing a positive ROI from your social media marketing efforts! [Read more…]
The statistics say it all: blogs have improved businesses across the board. Did you know that B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads per month than those who don’t? We are reading blogs, we are talking about blogs, and we are sharing blogs. If you are looking to expand your business and your name, blogging is a great and low cost tactic to add to your marketing plan! [Read more…]
Over the years, Pinterest has become an incredibly useful tool, both for personal and business use. For businesses in particular, Pinterest has provided a tool for marketing and communicating with not only potential clients, but other businesses as well.
For any business, no matter how well established or new, Pinterest is a tool that should certainly be used to its full extent. [Read more…]
Social media is always evolving and it is important to look forward as the year comes to a close. Businesses will need to reevaluate their strategies and look to the new trends that are emerging to keep up with consumers.
2014 is going to be an important year for social media and the following trends will be needed to take into consideration when planning your overall strategy.
2013 has been an exciting and expansive year for social media. From personal use to small business or corporations, it has been growing and people are finding new uses for it and unique ways to use it! And no matter who you are these days, social media marketing has probably found its way into your business plan. Here is a look at how it has grown into our every day lives over the past year: [Read more…]
On November 12, Twitter announced the new custom timeline on Tweetdeck. This feature will allow users to organize tweets into groups that create a timeline based off of the topic. Twitter believes that this will help tweeters customize their experience on the site. The timelines can be shared on Twitter, blogs, and other platforms. [Read more…]
Twitter has become an invaluable tool in marketing, for big and small businesses alike. While social media for personal purposes seems relatively simple, there are different strategies for small businesses to use. Check out the interactive flowchart below to help you get a grasp on how to benefit from this social media channel with the small business guide to Twitter. This guide can help you with a range of questions you may have about Twitter and your business, from simple to complex! [Read more…]
LinkedIn has recently released the use of mentions in status updates. Starting in April, the LinkedIn Mentions option has allowed users to link to another user, a feature very similar to that of Twitter or Facebook. Once the status is posted, the mentioned user gets a notification. Currently, this is only available for personal updates. [Read more…]
Just like any other social media channel, Instagram has become a great tool for business marketing. With the ability to capture an audience with the use of images, which are extremely powerful in social media marketing, it is a tool that should be used correctly to gain the viral effect it has. Here is how to utilize Instagram for your business: [Read more…]
Hashtags have been widely used on many social platforms as they allow users to join conversations on a particular topic. In May, Google+ was the latest social media player to introduce hashtags. Recently, Google has announced that their search engine will feature these hashtags, meaning users will be able to search for hashtags shared on multiple social platforms.
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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When browsing through Pinterest, have you ever found something you just had to buy? Or perhaps you find a recipe you’re just dying to make. However, when you click though, often times your product or recipe of interest leads to a dead link, with zero product information on how to make it or where to buy it. Well, those days of frustration are over.
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.’
In our ever technologically advancing world, Google Local reviews are gaining importance in a variety of ways. For the younger generations, and those tech savvy older folks, online reviews are almost as trusted as word of mouth.
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.
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:
Social media photo and video services have been in circulation for a number of years, and we have all seen our fair share of popular apps that turn the amateur smart phone user into “semi-professional” creators. For example, apps such as Instagram and iMovie allow the everyday user to enter the creative world.
All webmasters worth their salt understand the value of good, solid SEO to rocket their sites to the top of the SERPS (search engine results page), and we all know the value of attaining a coveted top spot for a valuable search term.
However, while most of us spend our days building backlinks, tweaking metadata, and creating keyword rich content to appease the gods of Google, the truly successful among us will always be looking for new and untapped sources of traffic beyond the search engines.
So how can you join them? How can you move beyond the bounds of SEO to attract visitors to your site using new, exciting, and productive methods? Well, here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Acting as a virtual pin board, Pinterest is a social media site that allows users to visually curate and share images and videos of the things they like in a unique and engaging way. Members can create boards on a variety of topics that interest them, pinning relevant content to form online collections of themed collages. Individuals often use their boards for a variety of purposes such as planning and inspiration.
Over the last 12 months, the world of social networking has been turned on its head by the incredible success of Pinterest, the world’s first purely image-based social site.
Nobody expected Pinterest to become so huge so fast. Why would they? On the face of it there isn’t much to the site, but beneath the surface, the reason for the success is clear: it’s all about inspiration.
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:
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.
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?