Do you want to start cleaning up your online identity?
Your digital footprint is everything that shows up when people search for you online.
From images to comments and blog posts, this collective first impression can make or break your online reputation.
In this article, I share 5 tips for making sure your online presence reflects well on your brand or business.
#1: Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings
If you use your personal Facebook profile to promote your business, things from your personal life can become public very quickly. To maintain your privacy, it’s important to have your Facebook account set to friends only.
You may think that your account is already on lockdown, but Facebook privacy settings change often. Follow these steps to ensure your profile is ready for potential clients to see.
Specify the audience for future posts
As the default, all Facebook posts are set to Public, so before delving into the past, make sure you privacy-proof your future.
In the privacy settings of your Facebook profile, you can edit the Who can see my stuff? section to choose who’ll see your posts. The choices are Public, Friends, Only Me or Custom.
Do you change your cover image once a month, or once a year?
Here are 25 awesome examples of cover photo ideas you can use to make your brand stand out (there are also some cover photo best practices at the end of this post).
#1: Get Into the Holiday Spirit or Change With the Seasons
Design cover photos that change with the seasons and the holidays. It’s easy—just experiment with seasonal colors or add traditional seasonal images like leaves or snowflakes.
The auto company Pep Boys, for example, created a simple and festive cover photo for the winter holiday season. It would be easy to create a similar cover photo using a stock photo and free tools from PicMonkey or Canva.
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.
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.
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.
How’s your Twitter reputation?
Twitter’s short form messages require the same care you put into Facebook and other longer-form social media platforms.
In this article, I’ll show you six tips to help you protect your Twitter reputation by avoiding some common mistakes.
#1: Verify Everything You Tweet
False information spreads like wildfire on Twitter. Celebrities die and resurrect daily, inaccurate news gets exposure, bad links get passed and misattributed quotes receive thousands of retweets.
Do they auto-populate with information that makes your brand look good on social networks?
To maximize the benefits of social sharing on your website, you need to make sure your social share buttons contain customized messaging that’s easy for your readers to use and benefits your brand.
In this article, I’ll focus on how to optimize the top social share buttons for your website.
What’s an Optimized Share Button?
An optimized share button automatically generates a sharable message with custom information for your brand.
Here’s an example of a social share button tweet that’s not optimized with custom information.
Is your business benefiting from Pinterest?
Pinterest is an effective tool for businesses of all sizes and sectors.
From B2B to B2C, there are a number of goals you can pursue—from driving web and foot traffic to increasing visibility with influencers and consumers.
In this article, you’ll find 26 tips, an A-Z guide for making Pinterest work for your business.
#1: Add an On Hover Pin It Button to Your Images
To drive referral traffic from Pinterest, your blog images have to make it to Pinterest.
The on hover Pin It button appears over images on your blog when a user mouses over them.
In the image below, you can see the on hover Pin It button on Social Media Examiner.
Do you wonder how responsive design can increase customer satisfaction and improve your marketing?
In this article I’ll explore three ways incorporating responsive web design into your online strategy can benefit your business.
What is Responsive Design?
Responsive web design means that your blog or website will automatically appear properly formatted on any device: a desktop computer, a tablet or a mobile device.
In What Users Want Most from Mobile Sites Today, Google reports that 61% of mobile visitors who click through to a non–mobile-friendly website will return to Google to find a site that’s more easily readable from their device. It’s become critical for companies to have a responsive design for their sites.
Let’s explore how responsive design can help your business:
#1: Obtain Higher Conversion Rates With an Easy Mobile Experience
In the same Google report I mentioned above, 78% of users want to find what they’re looking for on a mobile site in just one or two clicks, and 64% of users only want to scroll up and down on a business’ mobile site, not left and right.
Are you looking for creative ways to use Pinterest to benefit your business blog?
Pinterest offers a robust path to help you build your blog.
You can use Pinterest to find content for your blog, grow your audience and increase your website traffic.
In this article, I’ll show you 7 easy ways to use Pinterest to grow your business blog and engage further with your online audience.
#1: Create a Blog Think Tank
Are you constantly clipping articles, studies, posts and pictures and placing them in an idea folder—online or off? Pinterest is tailor-made for doing this quickly and easily online.
Create secret boards for your blog post ideas and use them as placeholders for images, videos, quotes, etc. that you want to blog about in the future. Curate boards for single posts, a series you’re working on, even potential guest bloggers.
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.