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[Free Guides] 9 Great Resources to Improve Your Social Media Presence

9-30offer1) "Content Marketing: 11 Steps to Engage, Entertain, and Inform"

Great content isn't just about producing a well written piece. It's about addressing your audience's relevant pain points and showing that you understand their needs. Show content effectiveness, establish a direct connection to your reader, and grab their attention for good by engaging, entertaining, and informing them. http://bit.ly/1VoM01R

[New Free eBook] The Essential 2015 Social Media Resource Guide – How to Go from Start to Smart!

8-25actonannounEverything you ever wanted to know about the most effective social media venues that will work for you is here: Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and a whole lot more. We all know that social media is an important integral component of any growing business. But with so many social media platforms available, creating and maintaining a social media presence can be daunting. Act-On takes the fear out of it with this great free, easy to digest eBook: http://bit.ly/1gVnKlt

#Oscars 2016 and the Social Media "Ludicrous Theory"

Oscars Ludicrous TheoryOscars night is here. If you spend any time around the ol’ water cooler, it’s likely been a topic of conversation for weeks.

Which of the nominated films did you see?
Will Leo finally receive the Oscar for Best Actor?
And most importantly, what will win Best Picture?

10 Killer Design Tips for More Social Media Shares

socialmediashareSocial media is the best way to get news about your company to spread like wildfire. However, with so much shareable content out there, it can be hard to get site visitors to want to share your post. These tips will help demystify the process of sharing. Use them as you design your site or next post to boost social media shares. Content may be king, but in the click-through world of the internet, design is going to be paramount to increasing your shares.

10 Laws of Social Media Marketing

7-9smmLeveraging the power of content and social media marketing can help elevate your audience and customer base in a dramatic way. But getting started without any previous experience or insight could be challenging.

It's vital that you understand social media marketing fundamentals. From maximizing quality to increasing your online entry points, abiding by these 10 laws will help build a foundation that will serve your customers, your brand and -- perhaps most importantly -- your bottom line.

10 Lessons Learned About Social Media From My Parents

8-12lesson1Some valuable parental life lessons translate well into fundamental strategies for social media. Use these basic principles to effectively connect and engage with your audience.

When I give presentations on social media, I often refer to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. After all, so much about social media is about building strong relationships with others. And that's what Dale preached as well as anybody, especially in his classic book.

10 Social Media Predictions for 2018 [Infographic]

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What's on the horizon for social media marketing in 2018?

With the new year fast approaching, we asked the biggest names in digital marketing and PR to give us their thoughts on what's coming next, to help ensure we get the best start in planning our strategies for the next year.

10 Things I Learned at Social Shake-Up 2017

10 things i learned at social shake up 2017

After a one-year hiatus following the tragic death of its founder, the great Robin Fray Carey, the Social Shake-Up returned to Atlanta this week with the goal of “shaking things up” in the world of social media.

Although it could not possibly have hoped to recapture the magic that Robin brought to the event she called “her baby,” it was still an impressive assembly of nearly 600 social media professionals who work in the trenches for brands and nonprofits every day.

10 Things We Learned About Social Media Users' Charitable Habits

10-9-19As the #IceBucketChallenge campaign showed us, social media can be a powerful medium for charitable organizations.

However, the precise nature of the relationship between social good and platforms like Facebook and Twitter can often be unclear. Do social media users really absorb the message? Do people use activism on a social platform instead of actually donating money to a charitable cause?

10 Ways to Improve Your Landing Page Conversion Rate

10 ways to improve your landing page conversion rate

Landing pages and conversions go hand-in-hand, or at least, they do if your landing pages have been fully optimized and meticulously refined to improve every last element.

Whatever your business and whatever your goals, the purpose of landing pages remains unchanged and will do until the end of time – to convert. Ideally, you want every page on your website optimized for conversions, but landing pages need extra focus.

10 Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Your Nonprofit Email List

10 ways to use social media to grow your nonprofit email list

In the Internet 'Hierarchy of Needs' (I just made that up), there are three main tools that you need to communicate with donors and reach new supporters - they are your website, your email list, and your social media platform(s).

11 Tips for Pairing Images With Blog Posts

11 tips for pairing images with blog posts

Most business owners, and and a few of us online marketers as well – who are concerned about search engine optimization and inbound lead generation – will obsess over the titles, keywords, and internal links used in their blog posts. And yet, many never stop to think about a critical conversion element that immediately draws attention and sets the mood: the image that accompanies the post itself.

While I wouldn’t argue that the image you feature – or pair – with your blog post is the most important piece of your content, I do think it’s a critical factor when it comes to attracting viewers and generating interest. Any way you look at it, it’s certainly not a part of the publishing process you want to overlook.

12 Proven Tactics for Rapidly Growing Your Presence on Social Media

10-13twelveSocial media is not a clean formula. It can either intimidate people who have never managed a company account, or excite them with opportunities to elevate the medium. Over the past three months I've been working hard to grow both my personal and company brands on social media. It's been a big learning curve.

15 Inspiring Entrepreneurs Who Built Careers Around Their Passions and Social Media

5-29entHave you heard this advice before: “Follow your passions!” “Do what you love!”?

And have you thought, what if my passions are my hobbies? Things that I could never be paid for?

For some, the advice to “do what you love” seems possible only if you have a passion for things like finance or accounting or coding. Well, I’ve been happy to find that it’s possible to follow your passions into a career, no matter what those passions may be. With social media, you now have a platform to do what you love—and to make a career out of it.

15 New Social-Media Templates to Save You Even More Time With Your Marketing

7-2215smImagine having a quick and fast way to get up to speed with social media or to get your work done in less time (and with more confidence).

When I’m in a pinch or into something new, one of the first places I turn is toward a template. I’ve built a stash of headline formulassocial media updates, and more to help organize my mind when it comes to working fast and learning something new.

20+ Social Media Video Marketing Trends for 2018 [Infographic]

20 social media video marketing trends for 2018

Are you considering adding video to your social media strategy this year? Need some stats and facts to help you form and execute your campaigns?

BreadnBeyond share their trends for 2018 in this infographic.

 

2015 Social Media Tactical Plan - The Smartest Strategy May Still Fail if You Don't Have the Right Tactics to Back it Up - Free Download

 

1-28MofferTo be a successful social media marketer, you need to develop a rocking strategy that includes high-level objectives and specific action items. Check out Marketo's new 2015 Social Media Tactical Plan to create a social strategy that truly engages and builds relationships with your audience! Use this sample plan to decide:

• Key objectives and action items that help achieve maximum integration
• Individual goals for each social network, including online video and photo sharing sites
• The most important, testable metrics for your campaigns so you know what is working and what is not
• How to best allocate your time and resources

Click here to download free now: http://bit.ly/15E0DpW

2018 Social Media Image and Video Sizes Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

2018 social media image and video sizes cheat sheet

Social media platforms are forever changing the image sizes and formats, and it's important to keep up to ensure your business and personal profiles look professional and present the best first impression for you and/or your brand.

25 Digital-Marketing and Social-Media Experts to Follow on Twitter

9-3twitterTwitter is a great source of information. Every tweet is 140 characters or less, allowing you to quickly scan your feed and engage with the content that interests you. While this eliminates a lot of unnecessary noise, you still need to be following the right people if you want to be constantly flooded with great information.

3 Awesome Reasons Why Businesses Need Social Media

3 awesome reasons why businesses need social media

Social media has revolutionized the way people do business, maybe even more so than the telephone did, way back in the day.

Every day, we find new and potentially better ways to incorporate social media into our daily lives, and this doesn't go unnoticed by most of the social media networks we use.

3 Brands Who Sell Their Culture Through Social Media Storytelling

a guide to creating compelling and engaging social media posts

Why is the digital marketing landscape so hot for storytelling?

The answer is that digital storytelling taps into the same need that readers have to be transported by the power of words and images, but it also does something else.

3 Creative Ways to Address Consumer Criticism on Social Media

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A recent survey found that 72% of businesses admitted that they were not as prepared as they needed to be to respond to social media criticism.

And if you don’t handle it in the right way, your business can become stained with a reputation of not giving a damn about its audience. In the age in which one disgruntled user has the power of thousands, it could trigger an avalanche of negative posts.

3 Examples of How Social Media Influencers Can Hurt Your Business

11 of the best social media management and reporting tools to consider

When you choose social media influencers, you don’t just want to go for the biggest fish in the pond. You want to choose influencers who align with your brand and company culture.

You also want to make sure that you craft smart and non-offensive campaigns with those influencers - or the backlash can be fierce.

3 Examples of Why User-Generated Content Is Blowing Up On Social Media

3 examples of why user generated content is blowing up on social media

'Customer experience' has become one of the biggest buzzwords in digital marketing, and brands are looking for more effective ways to interact with and engage customers in new and exciting ways.

And what better way to do that than by having existing customers praise a company’s products and services, because that provides social proof, which is the tendency all of us have to be more interested in a company when other people recommend it with enthusiasm.

3 Extremely Profitable Types of Facebook Ads

3 extremely profitable types of facebook ads

If you haven’t explored the power of Facebook advertising recently, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the depth of their product offering. The platform is much more than boosting posts and buying likes.

Think about it – other than the NSA, who has more data on you than Facebook? They know what websites you visit, who you work for, where you grew up, your favorite football team – there’s an endless amount of data open to advertisers.

So if you’re still just boosting posts, you’re leaving some of the lowest hanging fruit in the orchard. To really turbo charge your Facebook advertising, try these three Facebook ad campaigns. They’re sure to boost your marketing efforts. After you watch the video, you can get a deeper look into each of our favorite types of Facebook advertising below.

3 Must-Know Steps for a Successful Digital Marketing Campaign

digital marketing articleDigital marketing is a rapidly growing force in the current marketing playing field. Furthermore, it's possible that digital marketing could soon supplant most traditional forms of marketing altogether.

If you haven’t yet integrated digital marketing into your marketing mix for your business, it’s time to adapt, and fast. Not only is digital marketing more affordable than traditional forms of marketing, but it’s also more accountable, with specific tracking and monitoring options at your disposal.

Although developing a comprehensive digital marketing strategy is a complex and time-consuming task, the three following steps are key in creating an impactful digital marketing campaign for your business and will get you started and aiming in the direction for success.

 

3 Social Media Tips For Small Business Saturday Participants

3 social media tips for small business saturday participants

It may be sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Small Business Saturday packs a mighty punch when it comes to doing big business during the holidays.

Now in its eighth year, the November 25th event, originally created by American Express, has consistently grown, with a record 112 million consumers shopping and dining at independent businesses in 2016.

3 Social Media Truths from GaryVee at The Social Video Marketing Summit

3 social media truths from garyvee at the social video marketing summit

For the second year in a row, Animoto livestreamed The Social Video Marketing Summit to thousands of viewers on Facebook. This year, the Summit kicked off with Gary Vaynerchuk presenting a philosophical, yet grounded, keynote regarding the state of social media.

If you missed his talk, here are a few of the biggest takeaways. You can also check out the video of the entire talk at the end of the post.

3 Social-Media Mistakes That Are Killing Interest in Your Company

SM11-11So, you’ve turned your crusade into a cool campaign and now you want to get social-media influencers to not only support the initiative but also spread the word. While that is often the point of launching a social-media campaign, many times an entrepreneur's strategy can backfire -- resulting in more harm than good.

To make your social-media crusade a success, make sure don't do these three things.

3 Steps to Strengthen Your Voice for Social Media

social-media-marketing-voice1Does your organization have strictly defined or loosely understood brand standards? Regardless, when your brand begins engaging in social media, your voice needs to be strongly defined for the variety and volume of conversation you are now involved in.

Taglines and slogans can go a long way through ads in various spaces, but when you are speaking to and with real people in real-time social media experiences, a tagline just won’t cut it. Strengthen that voice and confidently engage in conversation with these 3 steps.

3 Techniques That Will Double Your Social Media Content With Half the Effort

OM10-10Too often, doing social media can become a pain. This is especially true for startup environments, run by busy people with more “important” things to do than post on Twitter and check on Facebook engagement levels.

But we all know, deep down inside, that social media is important. And we know that we have to do it.

So we might as well figure out how to do more social media in less time and with less effort.

3 Times Social Media Can Support Marketing Initiatives

3 times social media can support marketing initiatives

Our freshly updated Social Media Pocket Guide is a great resource for social teams who want to keep current with all things social. In it, you’ll find best practices for the latest in social, like livestreaming and video marketing, and details about the primary goals of social marketing—from building brand awareness to providing superior customer care.

But savvy social teams need to know more than just how and why to use social marketing: they need to know when to use it, too. Here are three times you'll want to include social as an integral part of your planning process—no matter your industry.

3 Top Social Listening Tools You Should Use

3 top social listening tools you should use

If you want to create and execute a flawless social media strategy, you need to be using social listening tools. Regular social media monitoring tools won’t do.

With regular social media monitoring, you only track social media tags/mentions of your brands i.e. when you get a notification because someone tagged your social media account online. But what about the times when people just write your company’s name online without tagging?

3 Ways to Get Business Recognition on Social Media

BR9-30In our increasingly competitive world -- one in which we clamor for the right kind of attention for our companies -- the pursuit of "likes" can become an obsession.

While experts work to define the return on investment, or ROI, of social-media attention and quantify the financial value of social media-fans and followers, entrepreneurs have an innate sense that there is power in gathering a following of likes for our brands.

3 Ways to Get Your Employees to Magnify Your Social Media Reach

3 ways to get your employees to magnify your social media reach

Companies primarily use their social media presence to promote their services, products or organizational news - but is that really a productive way to capture a greater audience?

If the goal is to connect, engage and convert, then maximizing your organization's exposure is vital.

3 Ways to Improve Your Visual Branding on Twitter

3waystoimprovevisualbrandingontwitterSo, by now we all know that the visual elements of social media are important, right? Your brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text, visual cues boost information recall by up to 65%, 90% of the information transmitted to the brain is visual. We all know that images play an important role in building brand and maximizing engagement, which is especially true in the increasingly fast-paced news feeds of our social networks. And, of course, the fastest paced social network is Twitter.

3 Ways to Use Google My Business for Your Marketing

google my businessAre you currently managing a Google+ Business and a Google Local account and are getting confused about the difference between the two? If so, you’re in luck. If you haven’t already heard, Google introduced Google My Business. It combines Places for Business, Google Local, and Google+ Business under the My Business dashboard. Managing multiple Google accounts has never been simpler, and the marketing advantages are endless. Here are three ways you can take advantage of My Business to get a leg up on your competition: 

3 Ways to Use Social Media to ‘Listen’ to the Competition

LI7-20Confession: I have a slightly unhealthy early morning ritual. For the last five years—since I launched Hootsuite—the very first thing I’ve done every day after I wake up is take a peek at what our competition is up to.

I use an appon my iPhone (you can probably guess which one) to see all of the social media mentions of my company and our competition on Twitter, Facebook and other networks. At a glance, I can see what’s being said about all the competitors in my industry and any big news that may have happened overnight. I get the kind of intel that used to take days to gather in a matter of minutes.

3 Ways to Use Social Media to Enhance Your SEO Efforts

3 ways to use social media to enhance your seo efforts

It takes a lot of time and effort to build up a list of high-quality backlinks for your website in order to enhance your SEO, and more often than not, it costs more than just your time, however the benefits it provides makes the process worthwhile.

Google has long maintained that a company’s social media accounts do not influence it’s search rankings - Google’s former head of webspam Matt Cutts released a video back in 2014 which explained that social signals, such as Facebook likes and Twitter followers, have no impact on search rankings. However, even though social signals don't directly influence search rank, there are ways to harness social media to increase backlinks to your website and improve your website’s SEO. In fact 74% of companies and 82% of agencies recently said that social media is either somewhat or highly integrated into their SEO strategy.

30+ professional events in New York, San Francisco and more

6-11evenThe Mashable Events Board is a great place to list and find leading conferences in your industry, whether it's advertising, technology, media or public relations. This week, we're highlighting five events that can help move your career forward. If you don't find anything that's right for you, check out dozens of other events featured in our complete listing.

37 SEO Experts Those in the Know Follow

SEO10-7Here's a collection of influential tweeters in the SEO world that you should follow in order to stay on top of the latest news, trends, tips, and tricks that will help you succeed in search marketing.

I've been speaking at search conferences since 2001 and have spent a ton of time getting to know who is who in the industry. In fact, I look forward to seeing some of you at SES Chicago to discuss Buyer Legends. Every day it seems that there are another dozen experts to follow on SEO. But, who should you really be paying attention to in 2014?

4 Brands That Have Nailed a Silly, Engaging Approach to Social

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What do vegetables, pens, a dictionary, and toilet paper all have in common?

They may be ordinary household items, but they have extraordinary presences in the social media landscape. Their key to success? Playing to the strengths of their products - which means getting creative and sometimes a little silly.

4 free eBooks & Working Templates to Help Boost Social Media Results

 

FR8-6Gotta love our friends at HubSpot... they always come through with really useful guides to help us do our job easier and faster! Here are four really useful resources that I'm sure you will find helpful, no matter the size of your company.

1. Free Template: How to Create Beautiful PowerPoints
Copy: Sharing visual and engaging content on social media is critically important for marketers. That is why HubSpot has created three eye-catching PowerPoint templates and video tutorials on tips and tricks in PowerPoint. Use these when creating all your social media images, and content to go with them!

Link: http://offers.hubspot.com/templates-create-beautiful-powerpoints?source=hspd-socialmediopolis-ppt-template-20140807
Short link: http://bit.ly/1oaE4Av

4 Fundamental Tips to Help Maximize Your Social Media Marketing Process

4 fundamental tips to help maximize your social media marketing process

There’s no ignoring social media in 2017 - it’s how we find, research and interact with businesses.

And, social media isn’t going anywhere. If anything, its usage is only growing.

I’m sure you know you need a social media strategy, but where are you supposed to get started? Well, this blog post has you covered - here's a step-by-step breakdown for building a social media strategy.

4 Key Benefits of a Social Media Display, and the Questions to Ask Before Creating One

4 key benefits of a social media display and the questions to ask before creating one

A bright, beckoning social media display in your lobby or department can be a big hit with visitors and colleagues.

We’ve all seen these displays - large screens showing a map with social media posts popping up from specific locations; shifting word clouds related to a brand or topic; real-time thoughts from consumers crisscross the large screens and trending hashtags materialize.

4 Reasons Brands Should Use Periscope

7-26periWhere else can you see the CEO of T-Mobile jogging through Central Park, a photojournalist reporting from North Korea, author Deepak Chopra chatting from his apartment in New York or a famed UFC fighter answering their fan’s questions?

The answer: Periscope.

4 Reasons Why You Need An Organic Social Media Strategy

4 reasons why you need an organic social media strategyDespite all of the pressure that social networks are putting on brands to spend money on paid social in order to reach their audiences, it’s important to understand that both organic and paid social media are needed to be truly successful.

Organic social media is the use of the free services and tools that each social media platform provides to its users. This includes posting status updates, links, and images with captions for your audience. The purpose of organic social media is to build a community of loyal followers and customers through posting relevant content, and interacting with those who interact with your brand. If you want to show customers your true values and culture, while also learning about the values of your customers, organic social media marketing is the best way to do so​.

4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Strategy

4 simple ways to improve your social media marketing strategyMore consumers today are seeking to engage with their favorite brands on social media networks. In fact, research shows that a third of Millennials actually prefer to communicate with businesses via social networks than through other mediums.

For this reason alone, building and maintaining a strong presence on social media is now vital to connecting with your customers, gaining new ones, and increasing awareness to your brand.

4 Social Media Buzzwords You Should Not Stop Using

7-30smAll digital marketers should keep the following four social media terms in their vocabulary.

Social media, like every other marketing initiative (and some would even argue more so), is full of buzzwords. I'll admit I use them every day, but when I hear others stringing them together in pretentious and increasingly nonsensical sentences, I become embarrassed, not only for the speaker, but for myself as well.

4 Tips for Growing Your eCommerce Business with Social Media

4 tips for growing your ecommerce business with social media

Simply being on social media and earning lots of followers isn’t enough to drive people to your eCommerce business.

According to research conducted by Compass, the average conversion rates from social media to purchases are quite meager.

4 Tools for Social Media Storytelling [Infographic]

4 tools for social media storytelling

Communicating the story about your brand, products or services is certainly made easier using social media - however, it can be difficult to know which social media storytelling features to use on your social media platforms.

While there are various tools available, these tips provide a start to telling your story on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

4 ways to make your social data work for you

Woman pulling graph dataWhat defines social media success? In the early days of social marketing, brands raced to amass legions of fans and followers. The accumulation of likes, tweets, shares, and impressions were considered by marketers as benchmarks of success. For brands, success often meant building, but not necessarily understanding, its social audience.

With the deep pool of data now available to marketers, we've begun to see a shift in how social success is defined: less by volume and more by action. By focusing on social segmentation, brands can use consumer data and social metadata to gauge not only the effectiveness of their content, but also the actual engagement of their audience.

Given the volume of social activity and data associated with some brands, the task of segmentation can seem potentially overwhelming. To help manage it, we've identified four steps to social marketing success.

4 Ways to Use Social Media to Streamline Customer Service

4 ways to use social media to streamline customer service

Most modern businesses are still missing the mark when it comes to customer service - too many employ old and outdated strategies that are no longer effective in improving the client experience.

What some business fail to understand is that many of these older process are now obsolete - there’s a new sheriff in town called social media, and so indomitable is its mark that no business owner can afford to ignore it if they want to reach new echelons in the corporate world.

5 Best Facebook Marketing Strategies

5bestfacebookmarketingMy friends who worked as Facebook managers were literally panicked. This resulted from the last update on Facebook, which determines organic content reach to 6% or less. This update pushed Facebook managers to paid advertising like crazy leading to 2.27 billion dollars profit in the first quarter of 2014 for Facebook. This represented an increase of 82% from the profit of Facebook in 2013.

5 Metrics To Monitor For Social Media Success

5 metrics to monitor for social media success

You’ve had your social media profiles set up for a while. You run campaigns, are participating in chats, maybe you have even begun delving into paid social. But how do you what’s working and what isn’t?

Are you looking at analytics? Tracking metrics?

It’s easy to fall into rabbit holes of looking at numbers and making spreadsheets, but how do you know you’re looking at the RIGHT metrics?

5 Simple Marketing Mistakes Local Businesses Make + Easy Fixes

5 simple marketing mistakes local businesses make easy fixes

I love the 'shop local' ethos and if I can support a local business, I do. The truth is, however, that local businesses sometimes don't do themselves any favors, and are missing out on some simple marketing opportunities - and losing potential business as a direct result.

Investing a little time into making sure that these areas are not overlooked will help a local business to attract more customers, keep their business top of mind, and guarantee repeat business and positive word of mouth. And crucially, none of the following mistakes require a big investment to fix.

5 Social Media Engagement Tactics that will Boost Traffic [Infographic]

5 social media engagement tactics that will boost traffic infographic

An engaged social media following is an audience who know, like, and trust you.

And that is, at its core, how successful marketers help fuel sales - engaging your audience on social is a great way to build a community of fans for your brand.

And while there's no silver bullet tricks or one-size fits all strategy to facilitate such, there are some of the time-tested, proven social media engagement tactics that continually produce results.

5 Social Selling Tips for Better Sales Prospecting on Social Media

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Move over cold calls: there’s a new way of selling in town. But although social selling has been around (as a concept and as a practice) for years now, many businesses aren’t yet grasping its importance and potential for better sales prospecting.

In this post, I’m going to share five social selling tips for better sales prospecting on social media.

5 Steps to Dealing With Hate in Social Media and Customer Service

5 steps to dealing with hate in social media and customer service

Haters gonna hate.

The word “haters” wasn’t particularly common in the English lexicon until the late 1990s, and “haters gonna hate” first appeared in the lyrics of an R&B song in the year 2000. Today, the phrase is the source of countless memes and a recurring refrain in a popular Taylor Swift song. It’s almost become trendy to be a hater, and having haters is something of a badge of honor.

5 Tips for Getting Your Dream Job in Social Media

12-29SMConnecting with others over social media is loads of fun so imagine if you got to make a career out of it!. An increasing number of brands and marketing teams are hiring social media managers to take their social efforts to the next level. If you’ve always wanted to get paid to do what you love, read on for five tips to help you land your dream job in social media.

5 Trends Reshaping Social Media

8-25fivetrendsNot too long ago, observers on the Internet were witnessing Twitter’s revolutionary early days and the cautious caveat emptor notice about Facebook disguised as Academy Award-winning The Social Network. Now there’s Pinterest for the DIY-inclined, LinkedIn for the professional, Tumblr for teenage thinkers, Instagram for millennials exploring their FOMO, and even dating services doubling as social networking sites.

5 Ways B2Bs Can Leverage Social for Success

5 ways b2bs can leverage social for success

I’m convinced those of us guiding social media strategy at B2B brands have to be even more creative than our B2C counterparts in many respects.

No offense to my awesome B2C colleagues - many of whom are creating great social experiences for their fans - but B2B brands have to work harder because they generally don't have the same broad appeal and brand affinity built in that B2Cs typically come with.

Simply put: We’re niche. Moreover, our brand voice is often less playful than our B2C counterparts and, thus, less of a natural fit for the lively, snarky, cacophonous conversations happening on most social networks.

5 Ways CEOs Can Heat Up Their Summer Social Media Strategy

5 ways ceos can heat up their summer social media strategy

How are CEOs planning to make the most of their summer via social media? As it turns out, many might just continue to take a break from it.

CNBC recently reported that only 20% of the Harvard Business Review’s list of 100 Top-Performing CEOs qualified as being engaged on social media. Of that percentage, 18 CEOs are on LinkedIn and seven are on Twitter, with only four on both platforms.

5 Ways eCommerce Businesses Can Get More Out of Social Media Marketing

5 ways ecommerce businesses can get more out of social media marketing

Social media sites might be all about baby photos, celebrity gossip, and selfies for most of the general public, but for eCommerce business owners, they’re tools and channels for driving growth.

In eCommerce, it's becoming increasingly harder to survive without actively participating in social media communities. The expectations from consumers are too high, the competition is too fierce, and the opportunities and potential ROI are too great to ignore.

5 Ways Social Media Monitoring can Enhance Your eCommerce Efforts

5 ways social media monitoring can enhance your ecommerce efforts

Social media monitoring - or social media listening as it’s also sometimes called - is a way to collect real-time mentions of predefined keywords from the online sources.

The best social media monitoring tools gather data from a range of online sources: social media platforms, blogs, forums, news sites, and websites, etc.

5 Ways to Make Pinterest Work for Your Brand

pinterest-7-3Pinterest has become hard to ignore. If you need proof, take a look at this article about how Pinterest has surpassed email in social sharing. That’s a major shift.

Coming up with the right Pinterest strategy--or deciding whether to use the service at all--can be a challenge. The good news is that there are a few basic rules you can use to home in on the right way to employ boards for your brand.

5 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search

5 ways to use social media in your job search

Gone are the days of finding a job you’re interested in, submitting your resume, and hoping for the best. In fact, those days are long, long gone.

As applying (and recruiting) for jobs has shifted to become almost exclusively digital, there's also been increasingly more crossover between our social (media) lives and our professional careers.

5 Ways Top Marketers are Driving Social Media ROI

5 ways top marketers are driving social media roi

We’re all too well aware of how social media has changed the marketing landscape over the past decade. People can now interact with brands in multiple ways, across multiple devices, and through multiple channels.

But while the social media transformation - and larger digital one - has added new opportunities for brands, it has also created unrivaled complexity and increased demand for attribution and measurement.

6 Brands That Raised Their Social Media Game in 2017

6 brands that raised their social media game in 2017

From Twitter’s increased character count to the launch of Spectacles, 2017 has been a game changing year in the social media landscape.

Brands also got a slice of the pie, going all in to engage fans and share their positioning through storytelling.

6 Content Marketing Videos & 7 eBooks to Improve your Social Media Marketing [Free Resources]

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6 Effective Ways to Deal with Social Media Overwhelm

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It happens to everyone. You sit there, head in a fog, not knowing what to post, or simply feeling uninspired to post to your social media channels. And it can be so frustrating and detrimental to your online efforts.

The good news is that there are a few things you can do to deal with social media overwhelm - here are some tips to help break you out of a slump and get you back to your productive best.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Social Media Strategy

6 reasons why you need a social media strategy

Trying to build a brand on social media without a defined strategy can be totally counterproductive.

You’ll find yourself just posting for the sake of it, with little rhyme or reason, and as a result, seeing no return from such efforts.

6 Simple Ways to Improve the Security of Your Social Media Profiles

6 simple ways to improve the security of your social media profiles

As American companies and the American public spend more and more of their time on social media sites, security hazards across social media platforms are on the rise. In 2016 alone, social media scams on the likes of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter increased by a whopping 150 percent. Meanwhile, even more recent reports suggest social medial attacks are only getting more sophisticated.

What does this mean for American businesses that are invested in building their brands on social media? Digital security is more important than ever. Here are six simple ways to improve the security of your company’s social profiles.

6 Social Media Behaviors to Avoid in 2017 [Infographic]

6 social media behaviors to avoid in 2017

In today’s hyper-connected world, businesses who want to engage their customers and convey their marketing message quickly choose social media because of its prevalence in usage. With more than 2.8 billion active social media users worldwide as of January 2017, it truly has become the place where brands and customers can exchange valuable insights, and even initiate direct transactions, in real-time.

But social media, while extremely convenient and useful, can also be a double-edged sword. Because it’s accessible to everyone, it can also be very easy for users to spread vicious and condescending statements, which can have significant impacts for both individuals and brands. When not managed properly, businesses who are unknowingly hosting offensive content on their social media profiles, or have shared a heated exchange of flagrant words with users, can become the subject of ridicule and widespread disdain.

6 Social Media Trends That Will Take Over 2018 [Infographic]

6 social media trends that will take over 2018

As you go about planning your 2018 social media marketing strategy, it's important to have some understanding of where things are headed, to ensure that your approach either incorporates what's coming next, or remains flexible enough to adapt as these new trends emerge.

6 Steps to Promote Your Webinar with Social Media Ads

6 brands that raised their social media game in 2017

Businesses love investing in social media ads to promote their webinars because they have a high registration rate of 51%. Also, around 20% of webinar attendees convert to buyers.

But the only way to achieve these high conversion rates is to ensure your webinars are attended by the right people. As such, social media marketing - with its advanced targeting options, is a great way to hone in your webinar ads and boost performance.

6 Strategies for Pinterest Buyable Pins

7-29PINPinterest just became massively valuable. The brand itself is valuable enough already, with a valuation around 11 billion. Now, they’re valuable for you.

Two words:  Buyable pins.

In June, Pinterest rolled out the highly-anticipated buyable pin feature. Buyable pins are select pins with a “buy” button, allowing users to purchase what they see in select Pinterest pins.

6 Ways Social Media Can Help Build Customer Loyalty [Infographic]

6 ways social media can help build customer loyalty

The digitally connected age has brought a ton of opportunities for many people – ranging from personal endeavors, business goals, to other activities in between. With the numerous benefits that the digital age has provided for all kinds of people and personalities, it’s important to start taking advantage of this, especially when it comes to new platforms, to expand operations and boost business growth.

While it’s true that websites and social media platforms can all be effective for promoting products and services, it’s also just as important to use these channels effectively in order to strengthen one of the most important aspects of any business: customer loyalty.

6 Ways to Kill Your Blog

do not actually kill your blogThe importance of blogging cannot be stressed enough in the social-content marketing arena. If you’re at all familiar with Internet advertising (which I assume you are) you’d know that a well-formed, high-end business blog is capable of pushing a brand’s products and services into the customers’ view more than pay-per-click advertising, social media, and other online marketing techniques.

As a blogger-for-hire, I’ve come to realize the most critical aspect that separates the good and the other business blogs: Mistakes.

 

7 Down and Dirty Ways to Boost Social Media Performance Fast

7 down and dirty ways to boost social media performance fast

Can you believe some people actually think social media as a marketing strategy is dying?

No joke - I've actually listened to experts in the promotional field talk about how oversaturated and useless social media has become and that we should only be using it for social ads.

7 Easy Steps to Increase Employee Engagement In Social Media

7-steps-7-25Employee participation in social media is an influential way of building customer trust and attracting sales leads to your company. According to a SlideShare presentation “War of Words: Myth-Busting Social, SEO & Content Marketing” from Minnesota-based online marketing company TopRank Online Marketing, 82% of customers say they trust a company more when the CEO and leadership team are active on the social web.

Commonly, many of your company employees regularly use social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter. Other employees who love photography may use their smartphones to upload Instagram photos of company events, trade fairs or conferences to their Twitter or Facebook accounts.

7 Predictions for Social Media Marketing on Twitter in 2018

7 predictions for social media marketing on twitter in 2018

As we enter the last months of 2017, it's time to think about what's coming in the next year - and the best way to do that is with predictions.

Given that we follow the latest social trends and changes fairly closely, we feel we're pretty well placed to make some educated guesses as to where each platform is headed. This week, we'll be publishing our thoughts on what you can expect - we started with Facebook yesterday, and today, it's Twitter's turn under the microscope.

7 Questions to Ask (and Answer) Before Building a Social Media Strategy

7 questions to ask and answer before building a social media strategy

Establishing an effective social media strategy for your brand or business can be overwhelming, but you can simplify and improve your process by focusing on the key elements, and keeping them front of mind as you go about implementing your strategy.

7 Selling Techniques for Social Media [Infographic]

7 selling techniques for social mediaThe advent of social media has transformed the way people communicate and interact with others, as well with businesses they follow.

Before social media networks became popular, the only way business could interact with their target audience was via email and through traditional outreach tools, likes direct mail and telephone. Today, every business - from multinational organizations to fresh startups - has the opportunity to bring their brand closer to their target audience, immediately and on a wider scale than ever before.

7 TED Talks Every Social Media Marketer Needs to Watch

7 ted talks every social media marketer needs to watch

TED Talks feature experts in a variety of niches, sharing critical information. These talks are an excellent way to get new ideas, learn best practices, and fine-tune existing strategies.

If you are a social media marketer, you can use these talks to make your ideas spread like wildfire, understand the art of viral videos, and create a better work-life balance.

7 Twitter Tools to Amplify Your Productivity

Are you spending too much time on Social Media?

Are you finding it harder and harder to keep up?

Are you looking for more efficient and effective ways to reach your audience?

I remember the first Tweet I read…My cat ate ____ for breakfast. Really? I love animals, but as a businessman I shunned twitter. Then my curiosity of this new technology prompted me to take a closer look. Over the years I’ve come to learn the power of Twitter.

7 Ways to Grow Your Social Media Presence - Both Online and Off

7 ways to grow your social media presence both online and off

There are so many ways to connect your target audience on and offline, and you could be overlooking some of them.

I’ve come across several brands who generate a decent amount of web or foot traffic, but with no social media accounts, or with fewer followers than I’d expect. If I see these brands at events, or walk into their brick and mortar stores, there's no sign of their social media presence, and when I circle back to their websites, again, no social media icons are present (or if there are icons, they're itty-bitty, or out of date and lost within the layout).

7 Ways to Provide Stellar Customer Service on Social Media

7 ways to provide stellar customer service on social media

In this age of digital connectedness, there is a multitude of reasons to be on social media as a small business. However, one of the more overlooked ways to connect with customers, build brand equity, and humanize your company is by providing customer service on social media.

Customer service may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of establishing a small business, but it should be. When you deliver amazing customer service, people take note. It’s an easy win for small businesses that are likely already delivering this kind of service anyway.

8 Things You Should Never Share on Social Media [Infographic]

8 things you should never share on social media

Do you use social media as a platform to promote your business? Could your posts make you look unprofessional and make people unfollow you?

We share 8 things you should avoid posting on social media in the infographic below.

8 Time-Saving Tools for Social Media Marketing Teams

8 time saving tools for social media marketing teams

Social media has become one of the leading advertising platforms in recent years, and the growth in use as a promotional platform has lead to a spike in tools to help manage it all. Every other week, a new tool seems to be released to help improve your social media management team’s productivity or to help curate the best content, etc.

Instead of making you do the research work on these options, we’ve put together this listing to highlight a few of our favorite tools which our social media team utilizes weekly.

8 Tips for Conducting an Effective Social Media Audit

8 tips for conducting an effective social media auditKeeping track of your company’s social media accounts isn’t easy, especially if there are more than just a handful. You might have different accounts for different markets (Coca Cola) or for different locations (looking at you, Hilton Hotels), or maybe you’re present on every platform from Ello to WhatsApp.

Back in 2011, a study of corporate social media accounts found that large companies had 178 social media accounts on average. Yep, that’s triple digits.

8 Tips for Eye-Catching Social Media Design [Infographic]

8 tips for eye catching social media design

Social media news feeds are constantly being updated with more content, upping the competition for attention, and making it harder to get users to pause for a moment and take in your brand messaging.