Social 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.
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…
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, 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,
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
Some 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?
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.
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.
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.
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,
Sharing 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
Social 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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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,
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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,
Facebook just released a brand new feature. It’s AWESOME!!! Instead of just being able to reply you can now leave a private message to anyone that posts on your business page.
This is going to be great for gaining new sales and creating a deeper relationship with your fans. Take a look to see what I mean.
When you click message a box pops up like below. Then you can type your private message below.
Here are a few reminders…don’t engage in negative banter. Keep it professional and light. Be genuine and not too over the top salesy. Take your time to write a good message. Remember this could be a potential lead and you don’t want to blow them off with a quick note. Take your time and show them you care. Okay, enjoy the new feature and be successful!!
Cheers, Love and Success,
Concerned with your Facebook Page not reaching enough fans?
One key way to combat that is to create a reason for them to come and interact with your company Page on Facebook. By running a simple contest or giveaway in the news feed that involves interaction, your Page can become a buzzing hive of “Likes” and “comments”. Plus, by getting those fans to interact, this sends a message to Facebook that those fans really enjoy your page and Facebook can show them more of your posts in the future!
5 Facebook Contest Ideas You Can Run on Your Timeline
If your business is looking to run a quick Facebook contest to reward fans, the “Like to Win” giveaway is a simple way for fans to participate.
As the name suggest, fans only need to Like a certain post to enter the contest & stand a chance of winning. Photos, status posts, links & videos can all be used to run this contest.
2. Comment to Enter
A closely related option to the “Like to Win”, the difference here is that fans must “comment” to enter. Announce the contest and simply instruct visitors to make a comment on the post to be entered. Tools like the TabSite Timeline Contest App let Pages download all the comments and generate a winner randomly from those entered.
A benefit of “comment contests” is that by commenting their is greater reach to friends of that commenter than a simple “Like” offers.
3. Trivia! Answer Correctly to Win
Yes, consider a quick and easy trivia question. Your post would outline the question and possible answers, entrants have to comment and answer correctly to have a chance to win. This brings in a bit of game fun to the contest. See examples below for example ideas. TabSite’s Timeline Contest App at Platinum level allows you to filter a post comments by a keyword (your correct answer)! So, once again, it’s easy to pick a winner.
A combo option of #1 and #2 above is to run a timeline contest where the fan can like for one entry and comment for an additional entry, thus giving them two entries and a greater chance to win. TabSite’s Timeline winner tool allows for (a) keeping each entry separate or (b) merging them so the winner is someone who has Liked or Commented. Lots of options!
5. Photo Comment Contest
Another creative timeline contest option is to create a post and ask fans to enter by submitting a photo comment. Since Facebook allows photos as a comment, this works well! A Page could have fans load a fun image for the Page to (a) judge the winner, or (b) randomly pic a winner from submitted photos. Ideas could include to have a contest of photos submitted with fans using your product, or why they need your product, or some variation of these.
So those are some of the possibilities for using a Timeline contest! Want a complete guide? Click below to go get the free eBook with more details and information.
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About the Author:
Mike Gingerich is a Digital and Social Media Marketer, Speaker, Consultant, and TabSite Co-Founder. Part geek, part marketer, and total social media junkie, Mike has over 10 years of experience in integrated Digital and Social Media consulting. You can Follow him on Twitter, at @mike_gingerich.
Snapchat said no sale and Facebook said, okay we will go ahead and add a new feature to Instagram. Facebook has now unveiled the new Instagram version that allows a new sharing feature that enables users to direct message photos or videos.
Up until recently we’ve only be able to share our photos or videos on our feed all at once. However, sometimes there are moments that are meant for one person, or a few close friends: an inside joke among friends, or a picture sent to someone you love just to say hello,” said Instagram in a blog post.
I received several this week with personalized Merry Christmas messages from several of my Instagram friends.
Instagram direct messaging allows you to send one message up to 15 people. I think the key here will be to use it sparingly and only to reach out to folks in a genuine way.
I love Instagram and it is my new social media obsession. It’s like telling the story of your life, brand and business through photographs. There are over 150 million followers on Instagram and according to recent report by Simply Measured, Instagram is the fastest growing social network worldwide.
Do you think people will start taking advantage of this new feature and start spamming?
Thank you for being here with me today. Happy Instagramming and feel free to reach out and connect with me. I’d love to get to know you better on Instagram!
Cheers, Love & Success,
Amanda Brazel | Digital Media Marketing Done For You