4 Steps to Building an Engaging Presence on Social Media

social media how toDo you want to increase awareness of your brand online?

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.

Organic Community-Building

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.

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Whole Foods shares recipes that its food-based community will enjoy and then share with others.

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3 Ways to Boost Your Lead Generation With Social Media

social media how toAre you looking for new ways to generate leads with social media?

Could your online lead generation program use an upgrade?

If so, you’re not alone. Only 40% of marketers feel their current online marketing mix meets sales pipeline needs.

In this article, I’ll show you three ways marketers can increase and track qualified leads via social media.

What’s the Real Lead Generation Problem?

B2B marketers often peg social media as a brand awareness vehicle, not a lead generation tool. But if you haven’t given social lead generation a shot, your business is missing out on a lucrative marketing channel.

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Social media can help you generate leads. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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How to Drive More Facebook Traffic to Your Website in 5 Easy Steps

social media how to Would you like to drive more Facebook traffic to your website?

Is quality Facebook traffic important to your business?

Getting Facebook fans to your website (and then hopefully onto your email list) is even more critical with Facebook’s recent announcement of decreased organic reach for pages.

Use these five steps to help you get more traffic Facebook to your website.

#1: Make Sure You Have a Steady Stream of Shareable Content on Your Website

If you have a website that never changes, you’re going to struggle to get much traffic to it. Posting links to the same page on your site over and over is as futile as Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill.

These days, the name of the game is content marketing and you had better figure out how your business can participate.

The fresh, new content you post on your site is important—not only for social media marketing, but also for search engine optimization. Google rewards sites featuring fresh content with higher ranking. But you don’t have to post epic blog articles three times a week to win at the content marketing game. Posting something new and helpful once a week or even once a month can benefit your website traffic.

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Facebook Page for the Holidays

social media how toHave you prepared your Facebook page for the holidays?

Are you looking for tips on how to use your Facebook page this holiday season?

If you haven’t even started thinking about the holidays yet, it’s time!

In this article, you’ll find five ways to make your Facebook page festive for the holidays.

Why Customize For Holidays?

According to Mashable, 65% of shoppers tap social media looking for the perfect gift.

Any day now, your fans will start to look at your business’s Facebook page for holiday offers, promotions, events and deal information.

To make the most of these page visits, it’s important that your Facebook page is ready for the season.

Here’s how:

#1: Holiday-themed Cover Photos

When visitors land on your Facebook page, the cover photo is the first thing they see. Use this 851 x 315 px banner-style image to get your visitors into the spirit of the season!

You should change the cover photo of your page on a regular basis, especially during holidays. Why? Because people are browsing more than usual, looking for special offers and gift ideas, and checking out friends’ recommendations. Fresh cover photos motivate them to check your page often.

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Facebook Graph Search Adds Posts: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Adds Posts and Status Updates to Graph Search: “Now you will be able to search for status updates, photo captions, check-ins and comments to find things shared with you.”

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"Search for the topics you're interested in and see what your friends are saying, like “Dancing with the Stars" or "Posts about Dancing with the Stars by my friends.”

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6 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Social Mobile Marketing

social media how toAre your customers and prospects wandering around with smart phones?

Do you want to tap into the social power of mobile users?

Leveraging the power of mobile apps that are already installed on many people’s smart phones allows you to connect with people you may be overlooking.

Why Mobile?

Mobile is unavoidable—that much is clear.

Over half of US residents own a smartphone or tablet, and around half of those are using the top social media apps available on those devices.

Leveraging these mobile social networks can be challenging.

In this article you’ll discover six engaging mobile apps and learn how to leverage your mobile presence to generate both brand awareness and ultimately new customers.

#1: Tweak Your Facebook Activities for Mobile Users

Facebook is the number-one mobile social network. In fact, it was the number-two most-used mobile app overall for the second quarter of this year, second only to Google Maps, according to GlobalWebIndex.

However, Facebook Mobile has been a tough area for advertisers and marketers to capitalize on.

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Many Facebook users browse the network from a mobile device.

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How to Use Facebook Power Editor: A Detailed Guide

social media how toAre you looking for a better way to manage your Facebook ads?

Do you want access to new Facebook advertising features as soon as they’re available?

Facebook offers a powerful and often overlooked way for marketers to do amazing things with ads.

In this article I’ll show you what Power Editor is, explore its benefits and show you how you can create campaigns using Power Editor.

What Is Power Editor?

The most powerful way to target your ideal audience on Facebook is with Facebook ads.

But clicking the “Boost Post” button and using the self-serve ad tool only scratches the surface. If you want to thrive and direct profits with your Facebook ads, you need to use Power Editor.

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Use Power Editor to have full control over your Facebook advertising.

Power Editor is a free browser plugin created by Facebook that lets you bulk-edit your ads. It was initially created as a Chrome plugin. Although it does sporadically work in other browsers, you’ll likely want to use the Chrome browser when working with Power Editor.

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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 Target Only Your Customers With Facebook

social media how toWhat if you could reach your existing customers while they’re on Facebook?

Does the idea of displaying a Facebook ad only to your prospects list sound interesting?

This could give your marketing a boost and help build your brand’s image on Facebook.

In this post, I’ll show you two ways to use Facebook’s Custom Audiences to connect with your customers and prospects on Facebook.

And I’ll also show you how to create and use your first custom audience.

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How do you build your brand's image on Facebook?

What’s a Custom Audience?

Your business undoubtedly has a database of customers. You may be using that database to keep email addresses, phone numbers, Facebook user IDs and app user IDs.

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