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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How to Drive More Facebook Traffic to Your Website

social media how toAre you using Facebook ads to drive traffic to your website?

Did you know that when people share your website content on Facebook, you can turn that shared content into a Facebook ad?

You can do that with Domain Sponsored Stories.

Domain Sponsored Stories are inexpensive and easy to run, and you don’t need a Facebook Page to start a campaign.

In this blog post, you’ll learn what Domain Sponsored Stories are and how you can create your own today.

What Are Domain Sponsored Stories?

A domain is a website that you control.

A Sponsored Story is a Facebook ad that promotes the action performed by a Page or user’s friend, follower or fan.

A Domain Sponsored Story, then, is a Facebook ad that will promote a Facebook user’s interaction with a website that is under your control.

What Do Domain Sponsored Stories Look Like?

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This Domain Sponsored Story came from my friend Emeric, but it could have just as easily come from a public figure I follow or from a Page that I like.

As you can see, the only difference between this Domain Sponsored Story and a typical post is the “Sponsored” tag at the end.

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Facebook Reduces Ad Options: 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 Streamlines Ad Offering: Facebook says they plan to “streamline the number of ad units from 27 to fewer than half of that” while mapping all of their ads to “the business objectives marketers care about—be it in-store sales, online conversions, app installs, etc.”

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Facebook will eliminate redundant ads. "This includes removing the Questions product for Pages because marketers can simply ask a question in a post and get answers in comments."

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How to Convince Your Skeptical Boss That Facebook Marketing Works

social media how toIs your business on Facebook?

Do you need to convince your boss—or a client—that Facebook is a worthy marketing investment?

In this article I’ll show you 7 things you can do to convince decision-makers of the value Facebook.

#1: Assess Your Goals

Before you can convince anyone that they need to be on Facebook, you’ll need to understand what they want to accomplish.

Remember that not every business needs to be on Facebook.

If you are in a B2B that sells concrete to two or three huge companies, LinkedIn might be a better fit.

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Not all businesses need to be on Facebook. Assess your business goals first. Image source: iStockPhoto.

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How to Track Your Facebook Ad Conversions

social media how toDo you know how to measure your return on investment (ROI) on Facebook ads?

Do you know how to tell if your Facebook ad is accomplishing your objective?

In this article, I’ll cover what Facebook conversion tracking and offsite pixels are, why they matter and how to start tracking the conversions of your Facebook ads today.

Facebook Ad ROI?

You’ve probably heard the refrain that you can’t measure ROI on Facebook.

Let me be clear—measuring the ROI of all of your Facebook efforts is dangerous. You are performing more than just a sales role—one of customer service as well.

And you absolutely can measure the ROI of your Facebook advertising efforts, particularly when you’re looking to drive an action that can be assigned a value. This is done with conversion tracking and offsite pixels.

Return on investment is when you consider profits in relation to capital invested. Image: iStockPhoto

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