5 Marketing Lessons From the Fastest-Growing Businesses on Instagram

social media how toAre you using Instagram for business?

Do you want to know what works?

You can maximize your chances of Instagram success by watching what’s working for others.

In this article I’ll show you five examples of businesses growing their Instagram followers.

#1: Invite Engagement

Starbucks definitely doesn’t have a growth problem. They’re one of the largest retail chains in the world and they have an internationally recognizable brand.

However, the Starbucks brand was built on the ethos of the small local coffee shop. In order to preserve this idyllic brand image, it’s important for Starbucks’ marketing to downplay size and create a more personal, familiar voice.

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One of many posts in the #whereintheworld series.

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5 Ways to Grow Your Email List With Social Media

social media how to Do you want more email subscribers?

Are you looking for ways to move social media fans and followers to your email list?

In this article, I’ll show you 5 ways to use social media to build your email list.

Why Email?

At least 91% of consumers check their email every day.

One of the most heavily used communication channels to date, email marketing is considered the third overall most effective channel for lead generation for marketers in 2013, producing 13% of all leads.

To grow your email list, there are ways you can make use of the engagement you have with your social media audience to turn your followers into subscribers who’ll become long-term customers.

Here are five tips:

#1: Use a Simple Sign-Up Form

Businesses of all sizes should set up a simple email sign-up form on their social channels to make it easy for your most invested fans to easily subscribe to your list.

On Facebook, dedicate a tab at the top right-hand side of your page for an email form. Then, people simply have to click on the icon to visit the sign-up form.

Make sure to use an image and call to action in this tab to incite people to click and subscribe.

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This tab can live at the top right of your Facebook page to make it easy for fans and non-fans to subscribe to your list.

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4 Ways to Use Social Media to Generate Leads

social media how toDo you use social media to generate inbound leads for your business?

Are you unsure about where and how to focus your efforts to meet your lead generation goals?

According to HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Annual Report, social media produces almost double the marketing leads of trade shows, telemarketing, direct mail or PPC.

If you’re starting a lead generation campaign, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are all excellent places to begin, but knowing how to pull leads from the conversations that happen on these platforms takes some knowledge and practice.

In this article, I’ll share 4 ways you can use social media to generate inbound marketing leads for your business.

#1: Twitter Chats

Twitter chats are frequently scheduled discussions hosted by a Twitter account. Each chat uses a particular hashtag so that other Twitter users can follow the conversation even though topics change with each discussion.

Because of the focused audience communities that participate in Twitter chats, they are a great place to generate leads for your business.

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The #SmallBizChat is an example of a Twitter chat that successfully engages its community every week.

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How to Use Pinterest Analytics: 6 Metrics Worth Measuring

social media how toIs your business using Pinterest to reach your audience with one-of-a-kind visuals?

Are you measuring your Pinterest marketing effectively?

It’s crucial that any business understands whether their time spent on a social network is generating results.

Why Pinterest Analytics?

Consistently measuring your activity on Pinterest can also help your business identify what types of content resonate best on this channel and with your specific audience.

The number of followers your account has is important to note, but it’s certainly not the final indicator of a successful Pinterest strategy.

pinterest analytics tool

Pinterest’s new analytics tool offers insights into how your website’s content is performing.

To gain access to your Pinterest account’s analytics, verify your website and then from the Settings drop-down menu at the top right-hand corner, you’ll be able to check your stats by clicking Analytics.

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3 Ways to Grow an Instagram Community

social media toolsIs your business effectively using Instagram?

Are you making the most of your community on Instagram?

Forty percent of top brands have adopted Instagram as part of their marketing strategy.

Instagram helps give your business a personal touch through visuals, so it’s important to bolster your community as best you can for continued growth and interaction from your audience.

Here are three tips on how to strengthen your community management efforts on Instagram.

#1: Use Tools to Manage Your Account

Instagram’s interface, whether on mobile or web, doesn’t offer the best options for brands to effectively engage with their community. Before the launch of the web version of Instagram, many tools were developed to fill in the gaps left by the network.

There’s Statigram, Instagrid, Webstagram, Nitrogram, Simply Measured and many other helpful tools for making the most of your Instagram community.

Let’s focus on just two, Statigram for community and giveaway management, and Nitrogram for measurement.

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10 Ways to Market Your Business With Foursquare

social media how toAre you wondering how Foursquare could help your business?

Are you interested in rewarding your loyal customers?

To this end, Foursquare is the ideal platform to bridge the gap between your offline and online audience in an affordable and scalable way.

Why Foursquare?

As the leading location-based social network, Foursquare offers a plethora of opportunities for businesses both big and small.

There are many alternatives to using Foursquare, but when it comes to location-focused social apps, Foursquare is the king of location with its 20 million users and robust features for users and businesses alike.

foursquare for business

There are 20 million people using Foursquare to connect with places. Don't miss this opportunity to connect your online and offline experiences.

People use Foursquare to check into locations they’ve visited by using the app on their mobile phones. Once they’ve checked into a location, it can be shared with their Foursquare friends, Facebook friends and Twitter followers.

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8 Ways to Use 15 Second Videos to Connect With Your Customers

social media how toAre you using video to connect with your audience?

Do you think 15 seconds is too short to convey your message?

Think again.

The rise of mobile users has brought new tools to help marketers connect with on-the-go consumers.

Viddy is one such tool.  It’s a relatively new social network centered on creating and sharing 15-second video clips.

Taking advantage of the rise in mobile use, Viddy is used mostly on smartphones and other mobile devices by its user base of 22 million people who create and interact with video content daily.

Since the network limits your video uploads to 15-second clips, it’s a similar experience to Twitter’s 140-character limit, ensuring your quality content is concise.

Why add Viddy to your business’s existing social media regimen?

  • Video streaming has increased 93% via mobile phones from 2010 to 2011, according to Ooyala.
  • Americans spend 2.7 hours a day socializing on mobile, according to Smart Insights.
  • Viddy needs less maintenance as compared to other social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
  • Fluid integration with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube help bolster your video content and presence on Viddy.
  • There’s less competition on Viddy for getting your content seen as compared to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter because the social channel is still young.

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8 Ways to Track YouTube Video Performance

social media how toAre you wondering how to analyze the reach of your YouTube videos?

YouTube’s video statistics and analytics tools help you measure results of your videos.

Why measure your YouTube marketing efforts using these tools?

These tools give you the analytical know-how to help create improved branded content to more effectively get your videos:

  • Discovered in organic search in both Google and YouTube results
  • Watched by the largest and most relevant audience possible
  • Shared across social networks, email and embedded on other websites

To improve results with your future content, dive into your YouTube Insights in the following ways.

video statistics

The public statistics found below any YouTube video.

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