The following is a guest blog by Gail Gardner, a small business marketing strategist and freelance writer at Growmap, sharing proven strategies for growing businesses and blogs through blogging, link building, and social media. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter to learn more! [Read more…]
Periscope is one of the newest social platforms out there, so it’s exciting to see how brands and businesses are using it to promote themselves. Aside from developing content, growing your Periscope audience is an important step to fostering your social presence. This exciting new app can open the door to new ways of connecting with your clients and potential customers—why not see what everyone’s talking about and learn what Periscope can do for you! [Read more…]
If you’re a small business owner and/or use the internet regularly, you’ve probably noticed how popular visual content has become. In an ever-changing world of technological growth, keeping up with current digital marketing trends is absolutely vital. These days, countless successful companies are creating their own custom graphics and videos, and they’re excelling at it. Is your business doing the same? [Read more…]
The latest app to join the social media crowd, Periscope, is the next big social marketing tool. It came on the market a year ago, and Twitter quickly snapped it up because it saw the potential in live video streaming. Periscope was developed to let people see the world through other’s eyes and it certainly does that. Now, it’s time to use this live streaming technology to grow your business. [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…]
Twitter has become more and more important for companies to increase their exposure. With almost 300 million active users, this network is an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs and large businesses alike. This means that, theoretically, you could get your message across to millions of individuals just by tweeting. While that fact alone is incentive enough to start putting your thoughts into the Twitter-verse, you should keep the following tips in mind and strategize first! [Read more…]
If you’re a small business owner, you know how important stylish and effective digital and/or print graphics can be in marketing. Luckily, it is possible to work on the look of your website or make your own eye-catching images without having to spend a lot of money on a professional designer. Here are the top five online resources that can help you with your graphic design needs: [Read more…]
If you’re starting a small business, don’t assume that you can manage your online presence on your own. Social media marketing is not an easy task; Even the savviest business owners and most successful companies still require assistance from the experts. With search engines like Google and platforms like Facebook constantly evolving, hiring a skilled social media guru is a wise investment with long-term gains. Here are five ways your small business will benefit from a social media professional: [Read more…]
It’s no secret that visual content has started to take center stage in content marketing. Images and videos receive many more likes, favorites, and shares on social media, which has caused an evolution in marketing. As companies turn to social media as a way to connect with and capture the attention of consumers, there is a growing need for new content. To stand out above your competitors, you need to share fresh and exciting information that your followers will find shareable. [Read more…]
Google+ is a great platform for marketing your business and boosting your online visibility. You can use it as your business page, in the same vein as you would Facebook and LinkedIn. There are a handful of easy ways to expand your reach via Google’s social network. Here is a simple guideline to help you improve your Google+ presence: [Read more…]
Retweets are the backbone of the Twitter community, so theoretically, your content could be exposed to the millions of people who use Twitter daily, all through the power of this mechanism. The countless micro-communities are intertwined, so every user is connected somehow. There is an art to getting retweets, however. Just like with any other social network, it requires work on your end. [Read more…]
With over 300 million users, Instagram is an incredibly popular social media platform for both personal use and professional marketing. It’s a great place to build an audience for your business or product and expand customer outreach. Here is how you can gain a more engaged following on Instagram: [Read more…]
As one of the largest social media networks, LinkedIn is a great place to promote your work and connect with other professionals. If you’re serious about marketing yourself or your business online, then you need to make your profile more easily accessible. Here are five steps to improving your visibility on LinkedIn: [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.
SEO guidelines have been changing over the years. Now, the key to a successful website is less about utilizing keywords and more about relevant content. In fact, Google Panda, the search engine’s ranking algorithm, is designed to sift out websites with thin content. If you want your website to rank well on Google, you’ll need to post high quality content. [Read more…]
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…]
Staying in touch with the ‘young people’ has always been extremely important for businesses to maintain relevancy within trends & keep pace for the future ones. And quite frankly, it’s getting harder and harder to escape the Millennial conversation as it is! Don’t ignore this conversation, Millennials are a huge buying force. Being part of the dot com era, businesses can learn a lot about leveraging technology in their marketing efforts by discovering how to connect with this generation. Spend time learning how to get your content to connect with Millennials to ensure you are appealing to the ‘spending’ masses now and well into the future!
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.
From the profile and header image, to videos and backgrounds, making sure your images are the right size is key to having an eye-catching Twitter profile! We’ve all heard that images are the king of content, so no matter what or where the image is, it is crucial to have it the right size and looking good.
Once you have your Twitter profile all scaled correctly, do the same for your Facebook profile and make sure you are using the right image sizes! Another reason having the correct dimensions is important is because many social media users access these channels on a mobile device, and images can look especially wonky if they aren’t done right! These dimension guides are good to bookmark and keep handy (until they change them again…!) and are easy tools to help keep your social media profiles pristine. [Read more…]
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…]
Your Facebook Business Page is getting an exciting new feature: the call-to-action button. The new addition, which started rolling out in December for select users, was designed to help you better meet your business goals. Choosing from one of several button options, which will appear on your homepage, you can directly link visitors to any site affiliated with your professional objective. Here’s more information about this convenient new tool and how you can make use of it to benefit your business: [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…]
Pinterest isn’t just a place to bookmark good Internet finds; it’s also a great place to increase your visibility and interactions with clients by re-pinning content relevant to your business. Searching for new content to pin corresponds to being reachable by new potential customers. Following Interests on Pinterest can help expand your pin content, and by extension, your marketing reach. Here are a few details on the new Pinterest Interests feature, along with tips on how to use it to benefit your business: [Read more…]
What do thousands of the most successful LinkedIn Publishing posts have in common? How can you help grow your business through LinkedIn? What do you need to do to leverage LinkedIn publishing to ensure a prosperous marketing plan? Well, the groundwork has been done and the stats are impressive. No need to face skepticism of your social media marketing ROI, these are the cold hard facts about what’s working. The next time you are posting on LinkedIn Publishing be sure to keep these 10 tips in mind to optimize your posts! [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…]
A new year means a lot of things, including new trends for B2B marketing! From our small business to yours, we sincerely want to provide the most effective and up-to-date services. That means we are keeping up with the trends and incorporating them into our strategies and turning focus to those. By understanding the current trends and keeping in mind your brand’s needs and goals, we can develop a marketing plan for your business that yields positive results. So what can we expect to see in the new year? Here are the B2B content marketing trends for 2015. [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…]
You may think the rules are simple for social media, but this marketing outlet for businesses is more than just having a profile online. Engagement, correct followers, personality, etc… are not only areas that mistakes are made, but not making these errors can act as rules of thumb for creating an effective strategy! With access to virtually free marketing, businesses should shift their focus to social media marketing because it is the future for advertising, brand management, customer relations, public relations and so much more. Avoid these mistakes to improve sales and engagement for your business! [Read more…]
In this technological day and age, social media is playing a bigger part than ever in keeping people connected. With this technology, it is also possible for businesses to leverage the power of social media to create strategic partnerships and land lucrative business deals. LinkedIn is one social network that, when used effectively, is an essential tool for any professional. For those wondering how to utilize LinkedIn to maximize their success, these helpful tips should come in handy. [Read more…]
It’s nearly impossible to find a business that is not on at least one social network. Well, it’s for a reason. Social media provides a remarkable platform for marketing- and advertising, and public relations, and reputation management. It serves a huge purpose for businesses and is extremely beneficial for them, too. So how are small businesses leveraging social media marketing and what should you implement into your plan ASAP?
Social media marketing has become a huge industry and professionals spend a lot of time and money strategizing, posting, planning, promoting, and more for their clients. With all the work that goes into this, one should understand what is actually coming out of these efforts. Is all this work effective? The ROI of social media is astounding. Here is how to measure the results of this fruitful marketing. You are definitely getting out of it, what you put into it!
Hashtags on Google+ can be a very useful tool for directing more traffic to your posts. Google+’s hashtags work a little differently than Twitter’s or Facebook’s do, however. By learning the ins and outs of hashtags on Google+, you can reach more people from outside your circles and expand your overall visibility. [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe we are coming into the holiday season already! Well, ok, we aren’t exactly there quite yet but now is the time to start planning your business strategies for the holidays, which is a very big deal. Which networks do you need to spend the most time on? How is your current strategy going to change? Stay the same? These are a few things to think about when planning your social strategy this holiday season; here’s what else your business must consider: [Read more…]
LinkedIn publishing is a great resource for increasing your professional audience. Publishing articles on this network requires knowing how to use its channels, headlines, and images effectively. [Read more…]
Social media isn’t just good for business- it is business. Marketers work hard to generate leads, help develop the brand, create invaluable connections and showcase the value of their product. Social media has become the overlap between marketing, public relations, advertising, sales, and much more. In other words, it is extremely important for a business to have it. See why else social media is crucial for you business and what it is doing to help benefit you! [Read more…]
Why is social media more important than ever? Social media pages are taken into account when search engines ‘tally’ up signals for SEO. They are creating a huge impact in how your pages can be ranked with the big search engines, which makes it hard to ignore. Do you know which platforms are the most effective at improving your SEO? What about authorship? Learn about all of this and how you can improve search engine optimization with social media in this infographic! [Read more…]
Also known as Hero Images, LinkedIn had previously allowed their premium account holders to use larger header images and are now working to release this feature to all users. Utilizing this header image feature allows business pages to further their branding strategy and increase their visibility among the other LinkedIn users. For reference, these header images will look and function similarly to the banner images on Facebook or Google+.
Instagram is not only a hot social media channel, but it’s now an invaluable tool for businesses. Whether you are looking to develop a professional account or one for your small business, you can create the perfect account with this step-by-step blueprint!
This is easy to follow and will ensure you’ve created the perfect account. Hey, you may learn a thing or two about Instagram, too! Grab your smart phone, your favorite pictures, and create the perfect Instagram account! Once you’ve set up your new profile, learn how to maximize your Instagram account for big business! [Read more…]