First, search engine optimization (SEO) can be understood as “the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural search results on search engines.” This includes things on your webpage such as substantial, fresh and engaging content that includes specific keywords likely to be Googled often. The architecture of your webpage is another important SEO factor: how quickly does your site load? Is your site secure (think: HTTPS); can various search engines “crawl” your site easily? Lastly, does you site utilize HTML efficiently? For example, HTML title tags should contain keywords related to page topics. Is your meta-description tag descriptive of the page it’s associated with? Even the color and design of your page matters for SEO – if your color and design template hide the words you want pages to be found for, your ranking on Google and other search engines is sure to fall. [Read more…]
With the popularity of sites like Instagram and Snapchat, many people assume that Twitter is on its final leg; it’s allegedly “dying” of the same disease that killed Myspace and Friendster: disinterest. However, while more novel sites certainly have the attention of certain demographics, Twitter isn’t obsolete. In fact, there are several elements that attest to Twitter’s longevity. So, if you’re thinking of logging off, think again. Tweeting isn’t over yet, and here are a few reasons why: [Read more…]
Twitter is an excellent place for your company to raise brand awareness, increase conversions, and build relationships with your customers. Not only is it beneficial for big name companies, but it has also become a necessity for building your personal brand and growing your professional network. Ultimately, it is a powerful tool that any company and entrepreneur should be utilizing!
One of the most important elements of posting on social media is getting shares. The logic is simple: the more eyes you get on your content, the more likely you are to see an increased return on investment. Shares are also an excellent indicator of what resonates with your audience. With that in mind, it’s important to know what platform will give you the best results, in terms of sharing.
Facebook advertising is extensive, to say the least. The countless targeting options may seem overwhelming if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking at, but learning to navigate them is crucial. As we’ve mentioned many times before, reaching the right audience is a major step in successful advertising and, according to Facebook, 1.09 billion people are active on the site in an average day. Chances are, your customers are on Facebook – you just have to get in front of the right people.
As we recently mentioned, Twitter is changing basically everything. Twitter recently announced an update that will truly change the way marketers, business owners, and everyday users engage on the platform. If you’ve ever tried to condense a lengthy message into 140 characters, you know first-hand just how aggravating this limitation can be. Another frustration that many users have faced is that when you reply to someone’s tweet, it doesn’t appear in your followers’ newsfeed.
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…]
When it comes to social media, the hashtag is one of the most powerful tools around. Although it was originally used on Twitter, the hashtag is now used across several social media platforms. It can be used to carry on a conversation with a broad and diverse audience by linking your posts to users who are interested in that particular topic. Tagging keywords, phrases, and other strings of text helps other like-minded individuals keep track of conversations and topics. [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…]
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…]
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…]
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…]
Twitter is a popular social networking option that revolves around the concept of short, 140-character messages, referred to as “tweets”. Created in 2006, it has grown exponentially with over 255 million active users posting approximately 500 million tweets each day. This is an exceptionally large audience for a business to connect with, especially if you are looking to market outside of the U.S. or create a mobile campaign as 77% of Twitter accounts are from outside the country and 78% of active users are logging in from their mobile devices. [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!
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…]
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Twitter can be a great asset for businesses. If used properly, it can be a very beneficial tool for marketing, customer service, communication and sales. Whether your twitter is for personal or business use, this ultimate guide to best Twitter practices will give you the information you need to get the most out of Twitter.
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.
It seems like everywhere you look nowadays there are #hashtags coming at us in every direction. The concept that was started on Twitter, has grown into a social media phenomenon, showing up everywhere from social media outlets to corporate advertising. While hashtags can be very beneficial to its users, many of us are completely unaware of how to use them and why they were created. Hashtags have gained a recently popularity among social media users, so here is a quick guide on how to properly use a hashtag.
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.
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.
This past Sunday, Hollywood’s greatest gathered at the Dolby Theater in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the highly anticipated 85th Academy Awards. While the industry’s finest enjoyed the show, viewers from around the world came together on social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram to catch up on their favorite celebrities, as well as to join the global conversation.
Technology has made its mark at 2013 New York Fashion Week with the rise of social media on the runway. Not everyone is able to hit the tents to attend the ultra exclusive and incredibly posh fashion shows.
But now, thanks to social media, fashionistas can keep track of events and viral moments of their favorite designers through various social media platforms.
Musician and celebrities from all industries gathered in Hollywood this past Sunday to celebrate the 55th annual Grammy awards. While awards were given to the top musicians chosen by expert panelists, another group of winners was being crowned in the social media sphere.
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.
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).
Those of us who’ve been online since the early days have watched the Internet turn into something of a monster. Back in the early days if we wanted to catch up with a friend, relative or colleague we’d fire off an email and eagerly await a reply. It may have taken a few days before we received a response, but it worked after awhile.
Wednesday night’s presidential debate that took place at Denver University between President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has officially been deemed the most tweeted about event in U.S political history. The presidential debate even topped record numbers that were set from the Republican and Democratic National Convention.
Blogging is an art form, and a skill that takes time to perfect. With the influx of blogging being a relatively new concept, there are important do’s & don’ts to become familiar with in the blogging sphere in order to make your posts successful and frequently visited.
Any person can use a blog, whether it be for business or personal use, and it offers a platform to speak to readers on a more personal level than say, the New York Times. Whether you are just beginning or a blogging regular, here’s a list of important blogging faux pas you should never commit:
In this ever-evolving technology-driven world, marketers need access to information about what social media strategies are able to rake in large amounts of engagement and what cannot.
It is important for marketers to utilize social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest in the most productive ways possible.
Businesses are slowly realizing the strong influence social media can have on their company and it is important to strategically plan social media efforts in order to meet the company’s marketing goals.
Sometimes it can be a challenge for companies to figure out how the business should engage on specific social media platforms, and it makes it even more difficult considering that social media is still a relatively new realm and no official protocol has ben set.
As a result, many companies are failing to maximize the benefits of engaging in social media and maximizing their efforts. Here are a few of the most common mistakes made by social media marketers:
The 2012 London Olympics will be remembered for so many great events by some of the world’s most talented athletes. From the ‘Fab Five’ in gymnastics, to Michael Phelps becoming the most celebrated Olympian by winning his 19th medal, to Usain Bolt tearing up the track at lightening speeds, these 2012 Olympics in London are truly something to remember.
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:
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:
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:
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: