3 Steps to Build a Social Media Marketing Sales Funnel

social media how to Are you looking for a smart way to use social channels for lead conversion?

Are you tracking and leveraging your target customers’ path to buying your product?

Collecting fans and followers is one thing, converting them to paying customers can be quite another. That is, unless you have a customized sales funnel in place.

In this article you’ll discover how to put together a marketing and sales funnel with the right channels and key trackable metrics. You’ll also find advice on how to test and tweak your funnel for maximum boost.

Why Is Your Marketing and Sales Funnel Such a Big Deal?

Social media marketing is about using social networks and tools to guide prospects through a series of steps–a funnel–to get them to take the actions you want (e.g., becoming a fan, sharing their email address or buying your products or services).

There are tons of social media tools, networks and options that include everything from Facebook and Twitter to landing pages and email marketing to SEO and ads. Each of these social marketing channels is one more way to guide your prospects through your sales funnel.

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Use varied social marketing channels to guide your prospects through your sales funnel.

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4 Ways to Profit From LinkedIn

social media book reviewsAre you a LinkedIn newbie?

Do you struggle to network and show off your expertise?  Do you want to secure new business?

If so, the most important thing to know is that LinkedIn is not just a modern Rolodex or a glorified resume.

It contains more valuable information about a contact than you could imagine.

All this information can be used to start an interesting conversation that could lead to great business opportunities between you and him or her.

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LinkedIn contains information that offers great business opportunities. Image source: iStockPhoto.

LinkedIn Relevance

Bill Waterhouse is a regional director for Technical Innovation, a company that provides audiovisual products, streaming media, videoconferencing and other services. He has a sales background and was the first person at his company to use LinkedIn.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook News Feed Exposure

social media how toDoes your business have a Facebook page?

Getting your posts seen by your fans should be a top priority.

But in order for your fans to see what you post on Facebook, they must first interact with your posts if you have any hope of getting a bottom-line return on investment from Facebook.

Why EdgeRank Matters on Facebook

Facebook has a news feed algorithm (often referred to as EdgeRank) that hides a significant portion of your updates from your fans, even when you’re getting good interaction. Most pages aren’t reaching a very high percentage of fans.

PageLever’s seminal research on this topic revealed that the average page only reaches 7% of its fans daily.

When some marketers see this, their knee-jerk reaction is to use ads to acquire more new fans. But if you already have a decent fan base, it makes more sense to first focus on reaching your fans before you shift your focus to growing your audience.

In this article I’m going to share with you the tips learned by examining a recent social media success story.

BrandGlue‘s client Jackson Kayak was only reaching 20.1% of their fans in January 2012, but they were able to increase that to 39.8% within 3 months. They accomplished this by using the same tips shared in this article.

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Facebook Marketing Mistakes: What to Avoid and Why

Are you struggling to make Facebook marketing work for your business?

Many marketers don’t know how to connect with their audience on Facebook in a meaningful way for their business.

To learn how to get Facebook marketing right, I interview Brian Carter for our new Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This New Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a brand-new show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

In this episode, I interview Brian Carter, author of The Like Economy and LinkedIn for Business.

Brian shares insights into the common struggles and misconceptions marketers have with Facebook marketing today.

You’ll learn what to focus your efforts on and a few simple tactics that work.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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7 Ways to Prospect for New Customers With LinkedIn

social media how toDoes your company sell to other businesses?

Are you looking for leads?

There’s likely more new business for you on LinkedIn than you’re currently tapping.

LinkedIn now boasts 161 million members, including executives from each of the Fortune 500.

No matter the job title of your best prospects, you can find them on LinkedIn.

Here are seven ways to find new customers with LinkedIn.

#1: Develop Connections and Meet Second-Degree Connections

The people you’ve connected to directly on LinkedIn are called first-degree connections. This is your immediate network.

You can increase your network by clicking on “Add Connections” and giving LinkedIn temporary access to your email or by pasting your emails in.

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Automatically access your email contacts temporarily to invite them to connect with you on LinkedIn, or add emails manually.

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