How to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Visual Branding

social media toolsAre you wondering how to visually optimize the new Facebook page layout?

As of March 10, 2011, it became official—the new Facebook page layout was applied to all fan pages. Now that the dust has settled, bugs addressed and some tweaks made, admins can now focus their attention on making the most of what Facebook has given them, which is a LOT of screen real estate!

Essentially, the new page layout gives over two-thirds of the available screen space to brands (see the red boxes in the image below), with Facebook reserving only its narrow blue band at the top and the right column for its own content.



How to Create Your Personal Social Media Brand

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Mari Smith, author of Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day. Mari talks about the Brand of You and how to monetize your personality on social media.

You’ll discover the steps needed to build your own brand equity with social media, along with some great tips for both the self-employed and people who work for large companies.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.



10 Top Business Blogs and Why They Are Successful

social media reviewsDoes your business have a blog? Are you looking to generate engaging comments and new daily visitors? If so, look no further.

This article showcases 10 top blogs in multiple markets. Follow their lead to take your blog from good to great. And if you don’t have a business blog yet, now’s the perfect time to get in the game!

Each of these successful blog examples has incorporated unique features that have attracted thousands of readers. The great news is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel—just model the best. Take a look at these thriving blogs and apply the same success strategies to your own blog.



Busting the Top 3 Guest Blogging Myths

social media viewpointsWhat’s smarter? Putting all your eggs into your own blog basket or placing a few real fine blog posts on another person’s blog?  If you’ve pondered these thoughts, keep reading…

Guest blogging has been around for a long time, but it’s an especially hot topic now. With the concept becoming even hotter daily, it’s quite natural that myths emerge.

This post looks at three myths around guest blogging that have been actively discussed recently.

Myth #1: Guest Blogging Is a Waste of Time

“Why would I spend so much time arranging, discussing and writing a post to get just one or two links from the very bottom of my article?”



Help Name the Social Media Examiner Mascot

Our little dude is one step closer to getting a real name! And literally more than 500 names were suggested.

We poured through the entire list and came up with five that we really like.  Now we need your help picking the final name.  Keep reading to see the finalists and how you can vote.

But first, I’d like to give a public tip of the hat to the core team that helped Social Media Examiner become the site it is today.



How Big Brands Employ Social Media Marketing

social media interviewsI recently interviewed Andy Sernovitz, founder of the Social Media Business Council, an organization that includes many of the world’s largest brands such as Cisco, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble and Wells Fargo, just to mention a few.

Andy is also author of the book Word of Mouth Marketing and founder of GasPedal, a group that advises big brands such as TiVo, Dell, Sprint and Kimberly-Clark.

During this interview, you’ll gain insight into how large corporations are employing social media and you’ll also gain Andy’s insight into word-of-mouth marketing.



How to Discover What’s Trending on Facebook

social media toolsSince Facebook announced the Open Graph API, the response has ranged from “Facebook is the future of the web” to “Facebook is ending privacy as we know it.”

Matt Schlict definitely believes the former.

Matt saw Open Graph API as an opportunity to connect people across the web—not just through personal connections, but also by their connection to the most popular content.  Instead of waiting for users to browse one of the 100,000 sites using a form of the Open Graph, he decided to post all of the most popular content in one place, on

What Is is a site that collects all of the content shared via Open Graph, and ranks it by the number of times it has been shared.  This guarantees that everything on the site is the most popular content of its kind.



4 Proven Steps to Facebook Page Success

social media how toAre you looking to take your Facebook page to the next level, but aren’t sure how to go about it? This article will provide four proven steps to Facebook success.

An interesting thing happened the other day that grabbed my attention.  Three different clients emailed me with a link to a recent article.  All three wrote some version of “Check out this case study. Can you make this happen for my Facebook page too?”

The title of the article was enough to hook anyone: Facebook Case Study: From 517 to 33,000 fans in two weeks (plus media coverage).



How to Create a Custom Twitter Background Design

social media how toAre you still using the standard Twitter backdrop? If you’re looking leave a lasting impression, you should consider swapping out that plain-Jane image for something more exciting.

Your Twitter background helps convey your brand and convey a positive first impression.

This is the second of a two-part series of tips to create a strong Twitter profile.  In the first part, we covered the first five steps to creating your Twitter profile.  Now let’s talk about your image.



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