8 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy

social media how toDo you need help getting started with your social media marketing strategy?

Do you know what to include?

Goals and objectives guide your social media strategy to help you successfully connect with your customers.

In this article I’ll share what you need to include in your social media marketing strategy so it works from day one.

#1: Identify Business Goals

Every piece of your social media strategy serves the goals you set. You simply can’t move forward without knowing what you’re working toward.

Look closely at your company’s overall needs and decide how you want to use social media to contribute to reaching them.

You’ll undoubtedly come up with several personalized goals, but there are a few that all companies should include in their strategy—increasing brand awareness, retaining customers and reducing marketing costs are relevant to everyone.

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First, set your goals and objectives. Image: Shutterstock.

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How to Use Google Analytics Audience Data to Improve Your Marketing

social media how toDo you need to learn more about the Audience reports in Google Analytics?

Do you want to know more about your website visitors?

Understanding the demographics, behaviors and interests of your website visitors improves your online marketing.

In this article I’ll share what data is found in the Google Analytics’ Audience section and how it can apply to your online marketing strategy.

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Take a deeper look into your audience data on Google Analytics.

Note: One way to get the most out of any Google Analytics data is to set up conversion goals. If you haven’t done this already, set up the easiest goal type by reviewing the first point under the Google Analytics Admin header in this Google Analytics Basics post.

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Google Analytics left sidebar menu with Audience section.

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How to Test Blog Post Titles With Twitter

social media how toAre you choosing the best titles for your blog posts?

Would you like an easy way to test headlines before you publish?

Good titles lead to higher engagement and more click-throughs.

In this article you’ll discover how to use Twitter to choose the best titles for your blog articles.

Why Test Blog Post Titles?

According to the American Press Institute, 6 in 10 people don’t typically go beyond reading titles when they follow the news on a daily or weekly basis.

It follows that effective headlines are absolutely essential to the success of your content when click-throughs are on the line. To find the best headlines, you need a place to test them.

While your website, blog and social media audiences may not be exactly the same, the overlap of what your readers on each platform click on is likely larger than you realize. That means testing headlines on one platform can help you predict success or failure across others.

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Test your headline first. Image: Shutterstock

Twitter offers a fast, easy and flexible way to test headlines for your blog content. Follow the steps below to get started.

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3 Tools to Better Manage Your Blogging Editorial Calendar

social media how to Have you tried using a blog editorial calendar?

Do you have a central place to track blog topic ideas, manage writers and schedule publish dates?

Blogging is much easier when you have your content planned out. Knowing what you’ll write about and when you’ll publish it helps you stay on track.

In this article I’ll share three editorial calendar tools that help you deliver better content in less time.

What Is a Blog Editorial Calendar?

A blog editorial calendar shows you all of your blog posts and where they are in the production process. It sounds simple enough–perhaps so simple you may think you don’t need one. But an editorial calendar has a large impact on your overall organization and productivity.

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Use an editorial calendar tool to organize, track and plan your blog content.

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How to Use the Facebook Pages to Watch to Track Competitors

social media how toDo you know what your competitors are doing on Facebook?

Have you used the Facebook Pages to Watch feature?

Comparing what other Pages are doing on Facebook can give you useful information on current trends.

In this article you’ll discover how to track what’s working for other pages and adapt your own Facebook tactics accordingly.

Why Pages to Watch

The Pages to Watch feature in Facebook Insights allows you to watch other Facebook pages so you can compare their activity, engagement and audience growth to your own.

Pages to Watch is particularly handy if you want to see what’s working for your competitors or similar niche pages. You can see exactly what content they’re posting, how often they’re posting and when they’re posting—and the resulting engagement. Armed with that information, you can tailor your own updates accordingly.

You can watch any brand page on Facebook you want—you don’t even have to like the page. If you have 100 to 10,000 fans, you can create a list of up to 100 pages to watch.

Most page admins won’t need to watch that many pages, but it’s nice to have one place to keep track of your top competitors or brands that inspire you.

How to Set Up Pages to Watch

To find the Pages to Watch feature, go Insights and click on Overview. Scroll down the page to the Add Pages section (it’s just below the Your 5 Most Recent Posts box).

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Facebook Pages to Watch monitors other pages’ content.

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9 LinkedIn Marketing Tips From the Pros

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Would you like to improve your LinkedIn marketing?

Are you wondering what LinkedIn marketing tips the pros like to use?

We asked top social media pros to share their hottest LinkedIn marketing tactics.

In this article you’ll discover strategies the pros use to boost their LinkedIn marketing.

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Find out what’s working in LinkedIn marketing today.

#1: Use LinkedIn Sponsored Updates

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Melonie Dodaro

One of my hottest LinkedIn tips for marketers would be to make use of LinkedIn sponsored updates.

Sponsored updates provide a better way to put your content in front of key influencers and decision makers on LinkedIn, which will ultimately help you build your credibility as an expert in your niche and increase your exposure to people who are not in your network.

Because of the ability to narrowly limit the audience for the update, you’re able to make the best use of the investment you choose to allocate to sponsored updates.

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Target your sponsored update by location, company name, company category, job title, job category, schools attended and LinkedIn groups.

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5 Ways to Find Blog Topics With Social Media

social media how toDo you need ideas for new blog topics?

Do you use social media to find them?

Social media conversations can lead to topics that feed your blog.

In this article I’ll share five ways you can use social media to find new blog topics your audience will love.

#1: Expand on Social Discussions 

Combining your social and blog efforts doesn’t have to be a one-way street. You can use them to play off of each other.

After you publish blog content, promote it on each of your social media channels. Tweet out a link to new (and old!) blog posts and ask for your audience’s opinion on the topic. Or post it to a LinkedIn group and ask the members for their thoughts.

When Copyblogger publishes an article on their website, they also create a discussion on LinkedIn asking for opinions on the blog post.

Their staff then checks in and engages with the commenters, asking for additional opinions or coming up with new questions to keep the conversation going.

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Keep the conversation moving forward to get ideas for new blog topics.

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How to Retarget Content to Facebook Custom Audiences

social media how toHave you considered using Facebook to reach your existing customers or those who visit your website?

Have you tried Facebook’s custom audience options?

Retargeting to the right audience is a must if you want to see more conversions from your Facebook ads.

In this article you’ll discover four Facebook custom audiences you can create to retarget your content to the most relevant Facebook audience.

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Retarget content to a your audience with Facebook Custom Audiences.

Why Retargeted Content?

The goal of retargeted content (also known as remarketing) is to place your brand top of mind. Common strategies remarket to people who have already visited your website.

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How to Use Tumblr for Business

social media how toHave you used Tumblr as a social marketing platform?

Would you like to reach an audience ready to share your creative content?

For companies with strong visual content Tumblr is a largely untapped opportunity.

In this article I’ll show you five companies using Tumblr to reach a new audience that values creativity and fun.

Why Tumblr?

If you had the chance to market on a site with upwards of 300 million unique visitors every month, would you do it?

What if that same site extended post life beyond a few days and catered to a younger demographic more interested in sharing content than creating it (thus giving you a better chance at going viral)?

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Tumblr holds a lot of marketing potential.

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