4 Ways to Use Social Media to Generate Leads

social media how toDo you use social media to generate inbound leads for your business?

Are you unsure about where and how to focus your efforts to meet your lead generation goals?

According to HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Annual Report, social media produces almost double the marketing leads of trade shows, telemarketing, direct mail or PPC.

If you’re starting a lead generation campaign, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are all excellent places to begin, but knowing how to pull leads from the conversations that happen on these platforms takes some knowledge and practice.

In this article, I’ll share 4 ways you can use social media to generate inbound marketing leads for your business.

#1: Twitter Chats

Twitter chats are frequently scheduled discussions hosted by a Twitter account. Each chat uses a particular hashtag so that other Twitter users can follow the conversation even though topics change with each discussion.

Because of the focused audience communities that participate in Twitter chats, they are a great place to generate leads for your business.

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The #SmallBizChat is an example of a Twitter chat that successfully engages its community every week.

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How to Generate More Leads With Your Blog: 5 Tips

social media how toDoes your business have a blog?

Would you like your blog to bring in more leads for your business?

You already know you need to create awesome blog content, but there’s more to business blogging than just that.

You also need to include a few tactics to help you bring in the leads you want.

Here are some useful tactics to entice and capture leads used by top marketing business blogs!

#1: Place Opt-In Forms Around Your Blog Content

There are several areas on your blog that you can use to introduce visitors to calls to action such as free trials, free consultations or a simple mailing list opt-in form. These areas include your header, sidebar, the end of blog posts, your About page and your footer.

Unbounce, a landing page software creator, encourages people to try their software or sign up for their mailing list in their sidebar and post footers.

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Unbounce has lead generating calls to action in their sidebar.

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26 Social Media Marketing Tips from the Pros

social media how toAre you looking for actionable tips to improve your social media marketing?

Are you wondering what the common themes of social media experts are these days?

This April, 1,100 passionate marketers from every corner of the world traveled to San Diego for Social Media Marketing World (#SMMW13), to find out.

The number of conference takeaways and buzz was immense.

For this article, I’ve focused on 26 takeaways from SMMW13, including notable quotes by presenters and their session titles.

CATEGORY: Calls to Action

#1: Get More Leads With Calls to Action

Throughout the conference, the topic of calls to action (CTAs) came up in numerous sessions. What is a CTA?

social media call to action is an integral and often overlooked element of an effective social media strategy. Social media gets prospects, customers and the public primed to want to find out more about your offering or to engage with you further, but you must lead them to the next step in your sales or other conversion process.

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How to Improve Your Social Media Calls to Action

social media how toIs your audience responding to your social activities?

Have you integrated the right calls to action into your social media strategy?

A call to action is a way for you to entice your social media audience to focus their attention on the next action you want them to take.

Here are seven steps for crafting calls to action to get your social community to do what you’d like them to and transform your social media marketing to get the results you want.

#1: Determine What You Want Prospects to Do

Your call to action should encourage readers to engage with you further.

You’ll want to break the activity into smaller steps that make sense to your audience. You can lose prospects at each step of the process, so you want to make it very easy for them.

Make readers an offer they want. What will get prospects to commit now? Your offer will vary based on your business and where the prospect is in the sales process. You can consider offering white paper downloads, ebooks, ongoing emails, discount coupons and/or free consultations.

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8 Ways to Get More Leads for Your Business on LinkedIn

social media how toDo you want to acquire more traffic and leads from LinkedIn?

According to Experian Marketing Services, LinkedIn received 94M total U.S. visits in December 2012, an increase of 40% in traffic compared to December 2011.

So, whether you’re a B2B and/or B2C company, now is a great time to start leveraging LinkedIn to find and attract your target market.

Here are 8 ways to attract high-quality leads with LinkedIn.

#1: Add a Strong Call to Action and Link

Did you know you can add custom banners to your company page for free? And did you know each of these banners can link back to your site?

You can add up to three different linkable product banners (646 pixels x 222 pixels) to the Products & Services section of your company profile. This is a great way to funnel LinkedIn traffic to a webinar, case study or other type of targeted landing page.

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HubSpot product banner with Request Demo button driving traffic to a landing page.

Many businesses are missing this opportunity. If prospective clients make an effort to visit your Products & Services section, you should provide a simple way for them to contact you by linking to your site or targeted landing page with your banner.

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10 Content Marketing Tips You Can Employ Now

social media how toAre you looking for content marketing ideas?

Need some actionable tips you can put to use today?

We asked 10 content marketing experts for their best content marketing tips.

Here they are:

#1: Leverage the Power of Interviews

Without a doubt, one of my hottest content marketing tips is to do interviews… especially video interviews. In fact, it isn’t just hot… it’s downright freakin’ sexy.

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David Siteman Garland

Here is why you should add interviews to your content repertoire (big word!) in a fun numerical order:

  1. If you can ask questions and like talking to people, you can interview someone. No need to come up with blog topics, just ask away.
  2. Interviews are an incredible relationship-builder. Want to meet your favorite author? Connect with the influencers in your space? Nothing builds a relationship like a good ole interview (especially on video, as you will REALLY get to know someone).
  3. Replicable, replicable, replicable. There are plenty of interesting people out there in your niche to interview. I doubt you will run out of content. Not running out of content? That’s a good thing!
  4. Credibility by association. Ahhh, this is a good one. When people see you interviewing awesome people, they assume you are awesome. This is good. For example, people assume I’m probably pretty neat as I can be seen on-screen with Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk and more. You can be pretty neat too.

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3 Ways to Use Social Media to Improve Your Search Rankings

social media how toAre you happy with the traffic coming to your blog or website?

Have you kept up with the changes in search engine optimization (SEO)?

This is essential for most businesses today.

Keep reading to learn how Google changes are making social media more important and what you can do about it.

Recent Google Changes Put Spotlight on Social Media

On April 24, 2012, webmasters around the world were dinged by the Google “Penguin” update—one of the latest in a series of algorithm modifications designed to weed out low-value results from the natural search engine results page (SERPs).

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Google's Penguin algorithm update was a recent search engine change designed to eliminate spam from the natural search results.

Whether or not your website’s traffic flow was affected by this update, it’s important to understand what this change entails, why it came about and how you can compensate for it using social media marketing—as Google’s heightened focus on web spam is likely to result in similar updates in the future.

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4 Ways to Create Content That Sells

social media how toLet me just cut to the chase here: When it comes to business blogging, there is content, and then there is content that sells.

Ask any business owner or marketer which they’d prefer and the obvious answer would be the latter.

The fact is, all the business blogging in the world doesn’t help a bit if it’s not increasing sales. Make no mistake—a business is a business and it needs to make money.

In this article I’ll discuss 4 ways companies can create blog content to bring in more sales. Adapt the principles here to your industry or niche to get more business with your company’s blog.

Here goes…

#1: Teach With Story and Sell With Subtleness

Of all the things I’m going to discuss in this article, teaching with story and selling with subtleness is really the most important. It’s incredibly underutilized by businesses around the world.

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3 Steps to Determine if Social Local Mobile Is Right for Your Business

social media how toThere’s a new buzzword marketers are using and, unlike some buzzwords, this is one that you should probably learn.

The term is SoLoMo and it stands for “social, local and mobile.”

What it describes is the convergence of social, location-based and mobile marketing into a new category of tools that many businesses are using to acquire new customers.

The odds are you’re already familiar with some SoLoMo tools such as Yelp, Foursquare and Groupon. But you may not be familiar with how to use these tools to attract new customers. That’s what we’re going to talk about here. But first, let’s take a look at how SoLoMo works.

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You're probably familiar with many SoLoMo tools already.

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