6 WordPress Plugins That Ensure Your Posts Look Good When Shared on Social Media

social media toolsDo you blog?

Are you looking for WordPress plugins to help control how your content looks when it’s shared across social media?

In this article, I’ll share the best WordPress plugins you can use to make your social shares look great everywhere.

Why WordPress Plugins for Social Sharing?

To get the most mileage out of every social share, you need to optimize a few key elements of your content so it looks great on every social network, including search results.

While many websites have to rely on adding rich snippets to the HTML, WordPress users have almost unlimited options when it comes to easy-to-use plugins for social media optimization.

Keep reading to take your blog to the next level:

#1: Implement Twitter Cards for Rich Media Tweets From Your Website

Whenever someone shares content from your website on Twitter, you hope for at least two outcomes: 1) You want their tweet to bring other Twitter users back to your content and 2) you want your username added as the publisher and/or author.

Unfortunately, a lot of the tweets you get for your content can look like this.

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How to Use Twitter Ads for More Exposure, Leads and Sales

social media how to Are you interested in learning more about advertising on Twitter?

Have you followed the latest on Twitter ads?

Twitter has many paid options to help you gain more exposure.

Keep reading to discover three ways to use Twitter ads to grow your business.

Why Twitter Advertising?

When Twitter released their advertising platforms, there was a huge lack of functionality when it came to targeting your ads toward specific audiences.

While it’s still not as detailed as Facebook or LinkedIn advertising, Twitter has come a long way in making sure your advertising reaches the right audience.

In this post, we’re going to look at how to create a high-performance Twitter ad campaign for your business.

#1: Gain Visibility With Promoted Tweets

One of the most popular uses of Twitter advertising is to promote a specific message (tweet) on Twitter. For example, if you search Twitter for a particular keyword, you’re likely to see a promoted tweet at the top of search results.

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Example of a promoted tweet from Buffer.

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How to Create a Social Media Strategy By Spying Your Competitors

social media how to Are you struggling to create a social media strategy for your business?

Lacking insight into the social behaviors of your customers?

No data, no problem!

Chances are your competitors have done all the hard work and all you need to do is look for it.

In this post, I’ll show you how to research the competition’s social game plan so you can build a solid social media strategy of your own.

Finding the Fundamentals

When it comes to social media marketing, you need to answer a few fundamental questions:

  • Should your business be on social media?
  • What networks should you choose?
  • How do you create a great profile?
  • What type of content should you post, and when should you post it?

Everyone must answer these questions, including business owners who want to create a strategy for their own business, marketing managers who need to convince their CEO to invest in social media and consultants who create strategies for clients in a wide variety of industries.

Fortunately, you can find answers through the process of competitor research.

Keep reading to discover how to get insight on your competitors.

#1: Comparing Audience Size

While you shouldn’t obsess about how many fans or followers your competitors have, noting these numbers at the beginning of your campaign can help you answer the following important questions.

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Noting the number of fans your competitors have can help you answer a few important questions relevant to your own business. Image source: iStockPhoto

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5 Ways Twitter Chats Can Help Your Business

social media how toDoes your business use Twitter?

Have you considered using Twitter chats as a marketing tool?

As the use of hashtags on Twitter continues to flourish, conversations built around specific hashtags—or Twitter chats—have become commonplace.

While you may be familiar with how to use Twitter chats for personal networking, you might not know they can also be used by brands to achieve business goals.

In this post, I’ll show you 5 ways your business can benefit from Twitter chats.

#1: Connect With Customers and Prospects

Hosting an event is a great way for a business to bring its potential and current customer base together to learn, engage and build a deeper relationship. Not all businesses can host a conference or seminar, but every business can host a Twitter chat.

The key to hosting a Twitter chat that helps your business connect with potential and current customers is to choose a topic that resonates with your customer base. Whole Foods, for example, hosts a weekly Twitter chat that discusses (you guessed it) food.


HubSpot hosts a weekly Twitter chat that discusses the science and data of inbound marketing. Their Twitter chat is run in conjunction with a weekly webinar on inbound marketing, which makes it a great lead generation tool for their business. Especially considering that, according to the Hashtagify tool from CyBranding, the #scichat hashtag gets an average of 12 million weekly impressions.

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HubSpot combines lead generating webinars with Twitter chats.

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4 Tools That Improve Your Social Media Analytics

social media toolsDo you want more insight about your social media activities?

Are you looking for a tool to bring important analytics to one place?

In this article, you’ll discover four social media analytics tools that deliver clear insights about your business’s social media activity.

Why Analytics?

Social media analytics are more than numbers.

Analytics give you the data you need to improve your social media engagement, make marketing decisions and tie social media to your bottom line.

To use analytics effectively, the data needs to be presented in easy-to-understand formats.

Here are four tools worth checking out:

#1: Receive Automatic Reports Daily Via Email With Social Report

The one thing we check every day is our email. So it makes sense to get social analytics and updates automatically delivered to your inbox.

Social Report is a comprehensive analytics tool with a very affordable starter account that lets you to monitor up to five projects, each with an unlimited number of social accounts for only $9 per month.

To get started, sign up for a 30-day free trial of the plan that best fits your business.

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6 Creative Ways to Use Embedded Facebook Posts

social media how toWould you like more people to see your Facebook posts?

Have you used Facebook’s new feature to embed posts on your website or blog?

Embedding Facebook updates on your website can help you increase visibility and engagement.

How can you creatively use embedded posts as a part of your Facebook marketing strategy?

Let’s find out!

Here’s How It Works

Twitter isn’t the only embeddable social media. In July, Facebook announced the ability to embed public posts onto your website with a few lines of code.

You can embed most public posts from a personal profile or a page. To do so, go to your news feed, profile or page and click on the drop-down arrow at the top right of the post. You’ll see the option to embed the post.

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Locating the Facebook embed post option.

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6 Ways to Use Embedded Tweets to Help Your Business

social media how toAre you looking for creative ways to embed tweets on your website?

Do you want to show off your customer’s kind words about your business?

Since Twitter allows the ability to embed tweets on websites, people have discovered lots of creative ways to use them.

In this post, I’ll show you six ways to use embedded tweets to enhance your content, drive engagement and establish social proof.

How to Embed a Tweet

From sharing spontaneous customer testimonials to increasing traffic and promoting events, embedded tweets can capitalize on or support engagement with your brand in a number of ways.

Before we get started, let’s quickly review how to embed a tweet on your website.

When you find a tweet you want to embed on your website, hover over that tweet and click on the More link. Then you should see an Embed Tweet option.

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Finding the Embed Tweet option on Twitter.

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5 Ways to Use Video to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

social media how toAre you thinking about adding videos to your social media mix?

Do you want to boost your awareness and increase engagement?

Social media networks provide a lot of video options.

From Google+ Hangouts to Twitter’s Vine and Facebook’s launch of Instagram Video, video is fast becoming an essential part of any business’s online marketing strategy.

In this post, I’m going to show you how to incorporate video from 5 platforms into your social media strategy.

#1: Vine Video

For those who aren’t into complex video production, Vine lets you create simple, six-second looping videos to share on Twitter and Facebook.

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Showing off products at Walgreens in a Vine video.

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How to Setup Social Media Discussion Groups for Business

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Is networking a big part of your job or business?

Have you participated in or considered starting a discussion group?

The good news is LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ all offer options.

In this post, we’re going to look at how social media groups work for businesses and how you can benefit from them as both an owner and a participant.

#1: Google+ Communities

Let’s start with the newest kid on the block for social media groups: Google+ communities. When Google+ launched communities in December 2012, they grew at lightning speed. You can now find thousands of communities that cover every topic.

Benefits as a Member

One of the nice parts about Google+ communities is that you can participate in them using your personal profile or your business page—an option you won’t find on any other social network. This means that you can build your business’s authority on a particular topic within communities.

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Google+ page participating in a Google+ community.

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