Do you wonder how Twitter can help your business?
By being an active part of the Twitter community and sharing the right mix of content, you can reach a larger audience, generate more leads and become the go-to source when customers are ready to buy.
In this article I’ll show you how nine small businesses use Twitter to cater to their audiences, find prospects and expand brand recognition.
Why Twitter for Small Businesses?
Twitter has evolved a lot since 2007. It used to be about conversations, but these days some would say it’s just another way to push out marketing messages and links without true engagement with customers.
Are you ready to take the plunge and use content to connect with your audience on social media?
If you shift your thinking and perception about what makes your brand successful, you can tease out great content that will undoubtedly catch the attention of potential customers.
In this article, I’ll show you how to start building an engaging presence on social media in four easy steps.
#1: Build a Targeted Community
The first step is to build a community of people who care about what your brand has to offer.
It doesn’t matter if you have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ page or all of the above. As long as you have a starting point, you can start building your audience on social media.
Haphazardly trying to build a large community won’t be very helpful. Your best bet will be to build a targeted community. How do you build targeted communities? Generally speaking, there are two ways.
To build a community through organic means, you must provide share-worthy and useful content that’s relevant specifically to the audience you want to reach. The more your content (on any social network) gets shared, the more eyes see it.
Do you feel as if you’re spending lots of time on social media with little direction and few results?
In this article, I’ll show you how to streamline your social media marketing to achieve your goals.
#1: Set Realistic Goals for Your Business
When you set goals for your business, set one realistic goal that’s measurable.
For example, if you own a local flower shop and you sell 20-25 flower arrangements per day, try starting off with a goal of selling 30 per day.
Adding an extra 5-10 sales a day is certainly more realistic than adding 30.
Are you looking for creative ways to use your blog content to improve your conversion process?
In this article, you’ll discover how to identify and patch the weaker part of your funnel by writing the right type of content.
How Content Drives Leads
Written content works in many ways.
Some writing pulls your audience toward you, building awareness.
Other content builds trust and compels your audience to take action. In other words, content can be useful at strengthening different parts of the conversion funnel.
The “funnel” is just a metaphor for the path that visitors take on their way to becoming leads, starting with awareness and ending with action. If you’re not getting leads, it’s because there’s a weakness in your funnel.
What follows are many tips to help you generate more leads with your written content.
Do you want to take your content marketing to a new level?
Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs just published their latest report, B2B Content Marketing: 2014 Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends – North America. The report shows two sides of content marketing.
Where Are We Headed?
On one hand, the industry is still growing and has a long way to go. On the other hand, things are looking up and confidence is growing as many marketers start to get it right!
What’s clear from the report is that the most successful B2B marketers are doing more! “More what?” you ask. Well, they’re spending more money, paying more attention to strategy, using more tactics and social media platforms and even producing more content.
Are you wondering how to attract customers with your content?
To learn about the power of content marketing, I interview Joe Pulizzi for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Joe Pulizzi, founder of the Content Marketing Institute, the Content Marketing World conference and author of the new book, Epic Content Marketing.
Joe shares why a content marketing strategy is important for your business.
You’ll learn how content marketing works and what you need to do to get started.
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It isn’t always easy to generate the buzz you’re looking for.
Knowing what to publish, when and where can greatly increase the visibility and reach of your content.
In this article, you will find 26 topics, an A-Z guide, with key points that will help you create a social media content strategy that resonates with your audience.
#1: Align Content Development With Social Media Metrics and Goals
Understand the goals of your company’s social media content delivery to help you develop a more attainable strategy.
Jayson DeMers suggests, “First you need to know what to measure. The end goals dictate the measurement metric.”
He offers metrics for four social media goals:
- If you’re looking to generate traffic, your metric should be: unique visitors from social websites where you’ve run your social media campaigns.
- If you’re looking to create a following, your metric should be: subscribers, followers on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
- If you’re looking to generate interaction, your metric should be: quantity and type of commentary (Facebook comments, Twitter replies/mentions).
- If you’re looking to generate revenue (which is the ultimate purpose), your metric should be: the precise dollar value of every lead a social post generates.
Does your content connect with people and encourage them to engage?
In this article I’ll show you 26 ways to make content that engages people, in an A-Z guide of tips.
#1: Authors Matter
Written content doesn’t exist without authors, whether constructing 140-character posts or 1000-word articles. Not only do you want people who can write well (e.g., clear points, proper spelling and grammar, active voice), you need writers and team members who can think strategically about the content that will resonate most with your audience.
Are you wondering what the common themes of social media experts are these days?
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?
A 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.