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How to Get Started With Social Media Marketing

social media how to Do you need a beginner’s guide to social media marketing?

Looking for something to help you get started with social media?

Social media is a conversation you can join any time. Join now. You’ll be welcomed.

In this article I’ll help you blast through the hardest part of social media: getting started. Right here. Right now. Here you go: the essential how-to guide, no experience required.

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Advice for beginning social media marketers.

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5 Ways to Find Leads and Customers on Twitter

social media how toDo you need more leads?

Have you used Twitter to find qualified leads?

Does the idea of finding new customers on Twitter peak your curiosity?

Many businesses don’t know how to cut through the clutter and find the people they’re looking for on Twitter.

In this article you’ll discover five ways to find leads and customers, engage with them and drive them to your products.

#1: Search Keywords and Hashtags

Twitter has over 600 million users around the world, so it’s a good bet most of your target audience is on the platform. Are you taking advantage of that by actively looking for and talking with them?

If not, start by making a list of keywords and hashtags related to your business name, your product names and even your competitors and their products. Use that list to conduct a simple search on Twitter.

Sift through the search results to find and follow prospects you think are interested in your business and products. Engage with them by retweeting their content and using @mentions to connect personally.

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A simple Twitter search returns a lot of opportunities.

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How to Use LinkedIn Publisher to Get More Visibility

social media how toDo you want more visibility on LinkedIn?

Are you using the new LinkedIn publishing platform?

Publishing content on LinkedIn Publisher can give your content and your reputation a boost.

In this article I’ll share the best practices for publishing your posts to LinkedIn for more visibility.

Why Use Publisher?

Posting articles to LinkedIn with Publisher makes the content searchable by keyword in LinkedIn’s post search box.

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What you need to know for more visibility on LinkedIn with Publisher.

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Got Fake Facebook Fans? How to Protect Your Facebook Page

social media how to Do you have fake fans on your Page?

Do you know how to tell?

In February, Facebook announced that it had 1.23 billion monthly active users and up to 11.2% of those users are fake.

In this article I’ll tell you how to spot fake Facebook fans and what to do about them.

Fake Fans Hurt Engagement

Facebook has been actively trying to get rid of spam and phony profiles since early 2012, but like weeds, they keep coming back.

When Facebook detects spammy comments on your Page or likes from fake Facebook accounts (whether purchased or not), they remove your Page updates from the news feed. You end up losing a significant part (if not all) of your reach and engagement.

In mid-2013 and early 2014, Facebook made big changes to their news feed algorithm in an attempt to filter out spammy and poor-quality content. Pages that provide the most relevant content and have high true engagement have the best chance of appearing prominently in the news feed.

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Facebook has been fighting spammers and fake profiles for years.

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How to Use Visual Content for Real-Time Engagement

social media how to Is visual content part of your social media strategy?

Is your content flexible enough to engage fans in real time?

Your audience is never more primed to share content than when they’re “in the moment” at an event, on location or while experiencing your brand.

In this article I’ll show you four ways you can use visual content to motivate real-time interaction.

Why Real-Time Interaction

If you want fans to take an action (e.g., share an image, post a picture or enter a contest), you need to tap into the moments when they’re most likely to do it. And those moments are usually during an event, not after.

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Find out how to use visual content for real-time engagement.

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3 Social Media Tools That Help Marketers Save Time

social media toolsHow much of your day is spent on recurring social media activities?

Are small tasks taking up too much of your time?

When you know where tools can help you most, you can decide which tools best suit your needs.

In this article I’ll address three time-consuming areas and share social media tools to help you save time.

#1: Streamline Daily Tasks

Not every task is created equal. It would be so helpful to have an organizational tool that lets you work more efficiently and effectively, wouldn’t it?

HootSuite, Sprout Social and SocialFlow are all tools that fill the bill. They help you streamline some of the more basic items on your daily list so you can have more time to spend on your growing to-do list.

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Use dashboards to help with updating social channels daily.

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10 Changes to the Facebook Page Layout: What Marketers Need to Know

social media how to Have you noticed some big changes in your Facebook Page layout?

Do you know where to find everything?

Earlier this year, Facebook announced a new design for Facebook Pages. It took a while to roll out, but most Page admins had it by June.

In this article you’ll discover 10 changes to your Facebook Page layout.

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Find out what you need to know about the latest changes to Facebook’s Pages layout.

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5 Google+ Tips to Improve Your Networking

social media how toAre you wondering how to meet more people on Google+?

Do you want to find and connect with influencers?

Google+ offers important networking opportunities that set the stage for future partnerships.

In this article I’ll share five ways to cultivate Google+ relationships.

#1: Identify Industry Influencers Fast

I truly love to use NOD3x with my Google+ account. NOD3x is Ripples on steroids with a magnifying glass. It brings you right to the doorstep of people you want to meet.

We’re all looking to build connections with the right people. To show you how NOD3x simplifies that task, go to the site and type in the phrase “relationship marketing” and within five seconds the tool lists all of the influencers posting about that phrase.

Just like that, you have new people to check out and add to circles so you can follow them and start the relationship process.

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NOD3x helps you find influencers associated with specific phrases.

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Twitter Releases Organic Tweet Analytics: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Twitter Introduces Organic Tweet Analytics: “For the first time, advertisers will be able to see how many times users have viewed and engaged with organic tweets, so that they can more effectively optimize their content strategy.”

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“The Tweet Activity dashboard is now available to all advertisers, Twitter card publishers and verified users around the world.”

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