How to Create Amazing Videos for Your Business

videoAll you hear about is how important video is for marketing your business. But, how can you quickly and easily create videos that provide a return on your investment? Keep reading and I’ll tell you…

You don’t need any technical skills to create amazing videos for your business. All you need is one nifty tool…Animoto. It’s an affordable tool with a 14-day free trial that’s easy to use and allows you to create amazing videos, fast.

Don’t want to show your face in your video? Don’t worry about it! With Animoto you can use images, which makes repurposing content a breeze.

Before you can create a video with Animoto, you need to have an account. Sign up for the free trial (no credit card is required) and you’ll have access to all of the pro features for 14 days. This allows you to try it before you buy it, which is always good.

This tool allows you to create two different types of videos; a slideshow video or a marketing video. From there, you can choose one of the pre-built storyboards. Each one has a few template options to help you decide which one is more relevant to your message.

It’s wise to take some time beforehand to select the images and content you want to use in your video; it just saves time to have everything on-hand before you begin.

Tip: Choose your global settings in Animoto before creating your video so that you don’t have to manually make those changes on each slide.

Now it’s time to put your video together based upon the template you chose and the message you want to share. Your video doesn’t have to be long; in fact, it can be one image with a quote that runs for 6 seconds to be effective.

Create your free account and start creating amazing videos today! Feel free to contact me for more information, or to schedule a consultation.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

Best Practices for Using Facebook LIVE for Your Business

Since it’s launch, Facebook Live is making it much easier for businesses to speak to consumers. It’s a great way for your business to interact with your audience in real-time. As with any other marketing initiative, there are some best practices you should follow.

Have a Clear Purpose

Just because live broadcasting is available, doesn’t mean you have to use it. You need to have a clearly defined purpose for using this feature in order for it to be effective. Whatever topic you choose to broadcast, make sure you stick with it.

Include Live as Part of Your Marketing Mix

Your marketing efforts are much more effective when they’re integrated. Some members of your audience may not have time to participate in a live broadcast so it’s important to make sure that all of your other marketing channels are included in your campaign.

Be Prepared

Preparing for a live broadcast includes setting the stage. Make sure that there’s little to no background noise that would keep your audience from hearing what you have to say. It’s crucial to make sure that you’re broadcasting in an environment that doesn’t compromise any confidential information or privacy.

Branch Out

Although your purpose for going live may be to promote your business, you should never just talk about that. Your audience will quickly lose interest and move on. Be sure to speak in general terms that the majority of your audience can relate to.

Be Positive

There’s already enough negativity in the world so focus on being positive during your broadcast. Do not use Live to rant; not only is it unprofessional, no one wants to hear it.

Be Consistent

If you’re thinking of creating a Live series, be sure that you go live consistently on the same day at the same time. Your audience will grow over time and each stream will attract past viewers.

If you follow these best practices for Facebook Live, you’ll ensure a much better experience for you and your audience. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.

Cheers, Love, and Success
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

7 Steps to Increase Facebook Shares

While many businesses are moving their social media marketing to other platforms, Facebook is still the largest network. With over 1 billion active users, it’s the most used social media platform. In order to leverage your Facebook efforts, you need to increase your reach and engagement, and these 7 tips will help you do just that!

1. Choose the Right Post

It doesn’t matter how interesting your content is, it’s all about how it’s presented to your audience. If it doesn’t catch your audience’s eye, they’re going to scroll on by and not give you or your business a second thought. Here are some engaging type of posts that can help you increase your engagement:

Questions

These are designed to provoke thought from your audience. They work well to increase engagement and you get to learn more about your fans.

Images

People are drawn to visual content, so images work well for increasing engagement. Your audience is much more likely to share an eye-catching image than they are anything else.

Videos

A great way to add entertainment is by using video. Your fans are likely to share your videos, especially if they find it helpful.

Links

Sharing content from your blog or your website is a good way to share valuable content with your audience. Be sure to write a captivating comment with your link to increase the chances of it being shared.

2. Videos

Videos perform the best in terms of shares, which is what you want. If you’re looking to increase shares, video is your best bet. The average Facebook shares of video content have doubled, making videos the most popular shared content on Facebook.

3. More Visual Content

That’s right – your audience wants more visual content. This can be in video or image format. To increase your visual content, you can share infographics, create custom images and share video tutorials.

4. Timing

None of this matters if you’re posting at the least popular times. To find the times your audience is most active, take full advantage of the Insights section on your Facebook fan page. To give you a little help, the most shares occur on Saturday. Makes sense since most people have more time to spend on social media on the weekends. According to Facebook, there’s a spike in shares at noon (lunch break) and a slight increase after 7:00 pm.

5. Keep it Short

Your fans don’t want to read a book every time you post. There’s nothing wrong with sharing great content, just make sure you’re succinct. A recent study found that posts with fewer than 50 characters have the most engagement. And you thought 140 characters was short!

6. Use Emojis

If you think this is juvenile, think again. Emojis (emoticons) add a personal touch to your content and make you appear friendly. That’s a win-win! Using emojis can improve your share by 33% and increase your comments by 57%.

7. Contests

I know you’ve seen those like and share for a chance to win posts on Facebook. That’s because they work! People are drawn to winning freebies so play into it. Be sure you clearly define your rules, decide on a prize, and display the details so there’s no confusion.

If you’re not using any of these already, you need to start…NOW! Facebook is always making organic reach difficult to achieve so you need to work at it. Your numbers aren’t going to jump overnight but you will see progress. Remember, social media marketing is a marathon, not a sprint. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

7 Social Media Marketing Tips for Chiropractors

7 Social Media Marketing Tips for ChiropractorsSocial media is a powerful tool for any business, in any industry. You can make your chiropractic practice more powerful through social media. Follow these 7 social media marketing tips and watch your practice grow!

 

 

1. Use Videos

Education is an important part of daily life. What better way to teach your audience than using videos? You can upload your videos to YouTube and Facebook, and you’ll notice that your profiles will become the go-to place for chiropractic education. Facebook Live is a great way for you to share tips, tricks, how-tos and tutorials with your audience in real-time.

2. Q&A Sessions

Many social networks, including Facebook and Instagram, offer live videos, which are perfect for Q&A sessions. You can even broaden your social reach to include Periscope. Going live allows your audience to ask you questions in real-time for you to answer. You can notify your followers on Twitter to participate as well by using a unique hashtag, such as #AsktheChiropractor.

3. Keep Your Branding Consistent

It’s crucial to keep your brand consistent across all marketing avenues to encourage brand recognition and continuity. Be sure that your current logo is being used and that all of your cover photos are consistent with your brand.

4. Use Images

It’s no secret that images are hugely popular on social media and facilitate a great deal of engagement. You can use images to communicate inspirational quotes and share health tips. Images are most often shared by your audience, especially on Facebook, which helps to build your social media presence.

5. Encourage Check-Ins

As a chiropractor, you have a brick-and-mortar practice and should encourage your patients to check in when they visit you. The check-ins will build awareness of your practice on social media and may even bring in new patients.

6. Engage with Your Audience

When a member of your audience mentions your practice or shares content with you, it’s crucial to acknowledge it. Always, always, always reply to every comment, answer every question, and keep the conversation going.

7. Share Content from Your Audience

More than likely, your audience is active on social media, too, so encourage them to submit photos and reviews of your practice. Other members of your audience will view you as the leading chiropractor in your area.

Social media is a great way to grow your practice so don’t hesitate a minute longer. If you’d like to learn more or to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact me today.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

How Social Media Improves SEO

How Social Media Improves SEOSocial media is about being social, communicating with the fans of your business, and being more visible to potential clients/customers. But, social media has a huge impact on other areas as well, including SEO.

 

What is SEO?

SEO is an acronym for search engine optimization. The higher your SEO, the more visible your website is in the search engines. Have you ever wondered how certain websites get on the first page of Google without paying for ad space? It’s because of good SEO. Social media can help you improve your SEO in a number of ways. Here are a few…

Social Media Has Authority

We all know Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on. We trust them and know they are legitimate websites. That’s what creates authority. Your website, no matter how long you’ve had your domain name, isn’t going to be considered as much of an authority as Facebook. So, it’s time to take advantage of the authority social networks have and use it to increase your own.

Sharing content on social media makes it searchable in all search engines. If you share a link on Facebook to a blog post on your website, that link is going to show up in search results if the proper keywords are used. These links will help drive traffic to your website, which is going to increase your SEO.

Search Engines Love Social

Search engines, like social networks, use algorithms to search, crawl, and index content. If you’ve ever searched for yourself, you’re likely to see your social profiles come up first. That’s because the search engine pulled your social profiles before anything else.

SEO isn’t what it used to be; keyword research, page optimization, and link building are things of the past. Today, SEO is all about social media. Sharing content regularly on social media will increase your SEO because you can reach more people in a shorter period of time. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

How to Back Up Your Social Media Content

How to Back Up Your Social Media ContentIt’s wise to make back ups of everything, including your social media content. It’s valuable to your marketing efforts so don’t risk losing it. Social media is always changing and you never know when or if a network will be available. Here’s how you can back up your content.

Save Your Content

I always recommend writing blog posts in Word instead of writing them directly on your website. This accomplishes a couple of things: 1) you get to draft, proof, and edit without making changes to your website, and 2) it creates a back up of your post. Your back up can be saved locally on your machine or in the cloud. Be sure to use a consistent naming convention for these back ups so that you know the title of the piece and where it was published. For example, your filename could be LinkedIn Publisher – Title of Piece – Publish Date.

Back Up Mobile Videos

Whether the video was for Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or YouTube, it’s important to save a copy after you publish it. Facebook Live allows you to save a copy, depending on the app you use. Instagram and Snapchat also allow you to save your stories. These videos can be used elsewhere and backing them up means you don’t have to spend time searching for them.

Capture Testimonials

This is very important for your business because testimonials can be used for a number of marketing efforts. Be sure to screenshot your testimonials/reviews placed on social media so that you have a copy and can use them in other marketing materials. Jing and Open Screenshot are great programs to use to capture your testimonials.

Download Profiles and Pages

Did you know that you can download a copy of your Facebook data? You can download your data from your personal profile and Facebook will email you when your file is ready. You can do the same thing with your Facebook business/fan page. Twitter will also allow you to download a copy of your entire Tweet history as well as LinkedIn.

Don’t let your social media content get lost, back it up today and you’ll save yourself a lot of worry in the future. Backing up your marketing materials is essential to the progress of your business. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

3 Ways to Recycle Popular Social Media Posts

3 Ways to Recycle Popular Social Media PostsSome of your social media content performs better than others and it only makes sense that you’d want to recycle it on other platforms. How can you do that across the various networks?

 

 

Find Your Popular Posts

Each network offers analytics on your content so you can see how it’s performing. To find your popular posts, you’ll need to check each network, as follows:

• Facebook: Insights and click on posts
• Twitter: Analytics dashboard to find top tweets
• Instagram: No built-in analytics but several third-party tools are available, such as Iconosquare

To determine your most popular posts, look for those that have the most engagement. Once you’ve narrowed them down, use the tips below to recycle your content.

Pin Your Top Instagram Photo

Your Instagram content can be pinned to various Pinterest boards to gain extra traffic. You can do this by uploading the popular Instagram photo to your website and pin it. It’s important to pin it directly from your website so that it links back to your page. Be sure to edit the description to make it catchy.

Repurpose Tweets as Graphics

Many popular tweets are stand-alone text quotes, which means its super easy to recycle them. You can add the quote to an appropriate image and tweet it again. Or, you can also use the text quote again and simply add a photo that goes with it. Make sure your image is the correct size for Twitter. If you need help with this, you can use Canva, Adobe Spark, or another image tool to help you choose the correct size.

Turn a Popular Facebook Post into a Blog Post or Video

The Facebook posts that get the most engagement are generally longer posts about opinions, research, or inspiration. If you have a post like that, you might consider turning that post into a blog post. You can then turn your written blog post into a video, which will further increase your traffic.

It’s important to recycle your most popular social media content to gain more traffic. You’ll also increase your SEO and generate more visibility for your brand. You may just increase your leads, too! For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact me today.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

8 Reasons Engagement is Crucial

8 Reasons Engagement is CrucialSharing content on social media is only one aspect of social media marketing. In order for you to be successful, you need to be engaging with your fans and followers. What’s the point of sharing content if you’re not going to engage? Many people will actually stop following you because you’re not engaging with them. Here are 8 reasons engagement is crucial to your success.

1. Helps You Get More Social

If you don’t know, Facebook is constantly changing its algorithm, making it more and more difficult for your content to be seen, especially if you’re not posting regularly. Facebook isn’t the only social network doing this, however. Instagram also uses engagement metrics to determine what’s put in front of your followers. If you’re engaging with your audience, they’re much more likely to share your content, which helps to increase your audience through additional likes.

2. Helps You Build Trust and Loyalty

Adding testimonials to your website is great but there are always going to be people who question if those testimonials are legitimate. When you’re engaging with your audience, you’re building trust and loyalty from your fans/followers. People like to connect with people, not products or services. Be sure to show your audience who you are, what they can expect from you, and that they can trust you.

3. Helps to Inspire Emotions

Don’t be afraid to ask your audience questions to spark discussion. Eliciting emotions from your audience is a great way to increase engagement. Be sure to keep it friendly and take control of any unruly fans or followers.

4. Helps You Stay in Touch

Clearly, engaging with your audience helps you stay in touch with them, and you’ll learn more about them in the process. People like to be entertained and to feel like they’re connected. Don’t be shy!

5. Helps Increase Attention

Have you ever come across a post in your news feed with hundreds or thousands of comment and felt compelled to read it? Of course you have! This is a perfect example of how engagement increases attention. Not only on social media, but your website as well. Your audience will likely hop over to your website and subscribe to your newsletter or blog.

6. Helps Make You More Human and Personal

People don’t like communicating with robots – they want to connect with real people. Show yourself and your personality off to your audience through engagement. Let your audience get to know who you are, within reason, and why you do what you do. You never know just whom you may inspire.

7. Helps Make Your More Memorable

The more you interact with your audience, the more memorable you’re going to be. People are going to remember that you’re social and engaging and they’ll keep coming back.

8. Helps Your Audience

Statistics show that an engaged audience is more likely to be a buying audience. Once your audience knows that they can trust you, they’re more likely to make a purchase.

So, if you didn’t know how important engagement is before, now you do! Being engaging on social media is just like building relationships in person; you need to be consistent. If you would like more information or want to schedule a consultation, feel free to contact me today!

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

5 Things You Need Before Starting Social Media Marketing

5 Things You Need Before Starting Social Media MarketingSocial media is wildly popular, whether you have a business or not. Many small businesses still discount the impact social media marketing can have on their marketing simply because they’re not aware of what needs to be done or how to keep up with it. I’ve listed 5 things you need before starting social media marketing so you’re ahead of the game!

Branding

You wouldn’t create a business card without a logo, would you? Your branding must be consistent across all marketing channels, online or offline. It’s how you build recognition and awareness for your business. If you haven’t solidified your branding, don’t get into social media marketing just yet. Take some time to devote to finalizing your brand and then get started.

Website

Your website needs to be in order before launching any marketing campaign because you’ll be driving traffic to it. Your website must tell the story of business, what customers can expect from you, be user-friendly and mobile optimized, and be consistent with your brand.

Message

If you don’t know what you’re going to talk about on social media, it’s best not to get involved right now. Your message needs to be consistent across all channels for a few reasons. Your fans or followers want to know that you’re consistent as a business, as a brand. Your message should be synonymous with your business values, vision, and mission. You need to define a clear message to convey to your target audience. Speaking of which, have you done that?

Defined Audience

You know the message you want to convey, but have you defined to whom you want to convey it? You need to have a clearly defined target audience for your marketing; otherwise you’re talking to yourself. You can start this process by asking yourself these questions:

1. Who do I want to serve?
2. What does my business do well?
3. What problem(s) can my business solve?

Once you’ve answered those questions, you’ll have a pretty good idea who your target audience is and you can begin to craft your message. But, no good marketing ever happens without a strategy.

Strategy

Once you’ve clearly defined all of the above elements, you need to determine the best social media marketing strategy for your business. This strategy must answer the following questions:

1. How often and when will I post?
2. Which social media networks work best for my business?
3. What type of content will my business share?
4. Will I need to hire a social media marketing manager or can I do this on my own?

The answers to those questions will help you build the foundation of your strategy. You may need some help along the way, which is where I come in. I’ll help you determine the best networks for your business and the proper posting times and frequency. I keep up with all of the latest changes in social media so you don’t have to! To learn more or to schedule your consultation, contact me today.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

6 Tips for Social Media Marketing this Holiday Season

6 Tips for Social Media Marketing this Holiday SeasonIt’s the holiday season and our minds are focused on giving, the lights, the cooler temperatures, and the pure happiness that exudes us. It’s very easy to get distracted this time of year, which is why I’ve put together this helpful list of marketing tips.

 

 

1. Share Your Story

Sharing the story of your business and brand is a great way to connect with your audience. Use the holiday season to your advantage here and showcase your employees or share photos of your office decorated for the season.

If you’re involved in your community, you could also share any events you sponsor during this season, photos of your community involvement, and so on. The important thing is to tell your brand’s story to your audience.

2. Let’s Get Visual

Social media is about being social and that includes sharing photos, videos, and even animated GIFs. Since it’s the holidays, lights, cookies, and other seasonal items would fare very well on social media. Be sure that your visual content is in line with your brand. Images perform very well on social media and produce a lot of engagement.

3. Create an Emotional Connection

Your content should be engaging and create an emotional connection with your audience. You should be blogging at least once a week so make sure to write about things that will create this connection. Even the content you share on social media should invoke this type of connection. Share stories, tips for combating stress, and more on social to engage your audience.

4. Create Engaging Content

The goal of sharing on social media is to get a lot of engagement. It’s important to be deliberate with the type of content you share. With that in mind, ask yourself the following questions when creating content:

  1. Does it offer entertaining or educational content?
  2. Does it meet the needs of your audience?
  3. Does it stand out or fit within the context of what’s trending or currently being shared?
  4. Does it capture your audience’s attention?
  5. Does it inspire your audience?

5. Go LIVE on Facebook or other Live Streaming Channels

Take full advantage of the plethora of video options currently available. Facebook Live allows you to live stream to your audience, which helps you create a deeper connection with them. This could be a Q&A session, an announcement, showcasing a new product or service, or a few tips and tricks to handle the holiday season like a champ.

6. Mobile Ready

Almost everyone visits social media via a mobile device. In fact, roughly 80% of social media time is now spent on a mobile device. What does this mean? It’s means that you need to ensure that your content is optimized for mobile devices.

We live in such a fast-paced environment and the holidays seem to make the time much faster. It’s crucial to grab the attention of your audience while you can and make the most of it. Social media marketing can seem overwhelming but that’s why I’m here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need help or would like more information.

Cheers, Love and Success,
Amanda Brazel
Amanda Brazel

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