Are you looking for ideas to improve your social media marketing over the holiday season?
Whether you sell a product or service, social media can help you engage with holiday shoppers and generate more sales.
In this article I’ll share resources for building a social media campaign this holiday season.
Why Social Media for the Holidays?
Chances are high your audience will be on social media during the holidays.
In addition, a recent MarketLive survey shows social media will influence half of holiday shoppers this season.
According to the survey, customers take part in several social activities when they shop online. They review products, look for gift ideas on Pinterest, seek product referrals from friends and more. The incentive campaigns that influence purchases by these customers range from free shipping and exclusive discounts to loyalty points and deals.
Are you struggling to figure out how you can better use the data?
To know which of your marketing efforts are most successful, you need to look beyond the numbers. Explore what they mean and figure out what parts of your strategy need to be adjusted to increase your reach.
Here are five ways metrics can improve your social media marketing.
#1: Determine Which Stats Matter
Before you enter into any metrics analysis, decide what you need to track and how you’ll track it. Google Analytics is clearly the go-to, although there are other analytics sites. Most social channels have their own insights, as well.
Do you have the right social media strategy for your business?
The challenge of social media is that it’s constantly changing.
In this article I’ll share five ways to adapt social media for your business.
#1: Do a Social Media Audit
To determine what is and isn’t working in your social media strategy, go over the analytics for your posts.
Would you like to create attractive images to share?
When creating images for social media, quality makes a difference.
In this article we’ll share tools and resources to create professional and engaging social media images that you can use on multiple platforms.
Why Create Images for Social Media?
In this visual-centric world, it’s more important than ever to create high-quality sharable images.
Getting Visual With Your Content: 10 Effective Ways to Use Images: In this infographic from Fresh Take on Content, Lane Jones visually suggests different ways you can use images in your social media. Share product pics, recipes, team photos, location, checklists and more. “It’s amazing how by just taking ordinary words… and putting them on a background makes the difference between a post that barely gets noticed and one that gets liked, shared, retweeted or reposted,” she says.
Are you looking for new ways to generate leads?
As marketers and business owners, you’re constantly looking for potential customers.
In this article you’ll find 16 resources to help you generate leads with social media.
How to Generate Leads
Before you boost your social media lead generation, it’s essential to make sure you’ve established yourself as an authority in your field through your website, blog and enewsletter, as well as your business practices.
These points of contact are incredibly useful for generating leads, and at the very least, are perfect for maintaining contact with your readers, subscribers and customers.
10 Ways to Turn Your Blog Into a Lead-Generation Machine: This “10-step prescription to increase your visibility and attract more qualified folks to your site” by Ann Handley on Entrepreneur is a matter-of-fact way to look at your blog strategy through the lens of lead gen.
Do you have a LinkedIn profile, but want to improve it so you can get better exposure?
Over the years, LinkedIn has evolved to include several elements that improve their users’ experience.
If you want to use these elements to create a stronger LinkedIn presence, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article I’ll share expert tips and resources that will help you create a killer LinkedIn profile that gets noticed.
Why Improve Your LinkedIn Profile?
Whether you use your LinkedIn profile to generate leads, be searchable or maintain your expert status, you should have a profile that reflects who you are.
You need a multitude of items to make your professional profile stand out. A professional photo should be a no-brainer. Also, use your full name and fill in as much of your experience as you can.
Are your clients constantly clamoring for social proof?
If you haven’t already done so, you need to find a strategy to measure your social media return on investment (ROI).
In this article I’ll share tools and tips to measure the ROI of your social media efforts.
Why Measure Your ROI?
ROI is proof that your marketing efforts are working. Clients and supervisors need to know if you’re successful… and you do too!
This is important for social media companies, consultants and in-house staff.
The main challenge in measuring ROI is keeping up with changes in algorithms, implementing the new tools that hit the marketplace and proving to your clients that they’re getting the most out of their investment in you.
Here are five steps for your ROI measurement strategy.
#1: Set Social Media Goals
ROI can be measured in a variety of ways: through customer acquisition, lead generation, clicks, revenue, contest entries, etc. It all depends on your goals. Before you can track and measure your ROI, you need to determine your goals so you know which factors you’re measuring and what success looks like.
Top 5 Metrics for Auditing Your Social Media Marketing ROI: Beyond revenue, participating in social media has many “beneficial business applications, such as facilitating customer service and boosting public relations.”
Reach, traffic, leads, customers and conversion rate are the metrics Pamela Vaughan on HubSpot suggests you consider to determine social media marketing success.
Do you want to be considered an expert in your field?
Whether you are a marketing pro, business owner or professional, a blog could significantly boost your career or business.
In this article you’ll find all of the tips and resources you’ll need for getting started with blogging.
#1: Create Your Blog
There are a variety of blogging platforms; however, the only real option for a business blogger is WordPress. You want something that looks and feels professional, because your blog should be a reflection of your brand, mission and business. And these days, some business owners even opt out of a traditional website altogether in favor of a company blog.
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to register a domain and decide on hosting for your blog. Those who already have a company website may just need to add a blog. WordPress is easy to use and the site will basically walk you through the process. Sign up, choose your theme and you’re ready to go.
How to Choose a Domain Name: Although it’s likely you’ll use your name or the name of your company as your domain, there are other options. This post from Amy Lynn Andrews offers no-nonsense tips for naming your blog.