Connecting With People: How to Be Human With Your Social Marketing

Do you struggle to connect with people on social media?

Are you wondering how to be human with your social marketing?

To learn why so many marketers struggle connecting with people via social media and what you can do to fix it, I interview Bryan Kramer for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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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 Bryan Kramer, a social business strategist, CEO of PureMatter and host of the From the Author’s Point of View podcast. His new book is called Human to Human.

Bryan shares what it takes for marketers to connect on a human level online.

You’ll discover the techniques that work best and examples you can use in your social marketing.

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4 Fun Ways to Improve Your Facebook Engagement

social media how toDo you need to increase the visibility of your Facebook page posts?

Are you looking for fresh ideas to quickly create engagement on your Facebook page?

In this article, you’ll discover four ways you can create better engagement on your Facebook page using social game.

Why Games?

If you’re tearing your hair out worrying about the number of fans interacting with your Facebook business page, moderating your page may not be much fun. Worse still, you may be missing out on getting to know your fans on a deeper level.

The good news is that initiating simple social games on your page’s timeline gives your page interaction a boost.

Social games on your timeline encourage comments, shares and likes, and build a sense of community around your brand. Plus, as a side benefit, they are also a lot of fun for you and your fans.

Why Engagement Matters on Facebook

There are more than 15 million business pages on Facebook. Add in Facebook’s hundreds of complex algorithms that work behind the scenes to help people see what matters most to them, and it’s little wonder that page owners find it frustrating to maintain news feed visibility. Because of the algorithms, fans don’t see all updates from every page they like in their news feed.

But every time a fan likes or interacts with a particular type of post on your page, Facebook uses that information to determine what content your fan likes most, and makes that content more prominent in their news feed.

So if your fans are mainly interacting with your images, they’ll see more of your images; if they’re mainly interacting with your text posts, they’ll see more of your text posts. Get the picture?

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How to Analyze Your Facebook Metrics to Improve Your Marketing

social media how toAre you tracking your Facebook metrics?

Are you wondering what works best on your Facebook page?

In this article, you’ll discover how to find and interpret five valuable Facebook metrics that help measure the results of your Facebook marketing.

Why Facebook Metrics?

The typical Facebook marketer keeps close tabs on two main stats: Post Reach and Page Likes. While you should be conscious of these stats, they should not be central to measuring your marketing goals on Facebook.

It’s more important to understand the number of fans your posts reach, how many of those fans you engage and what types of clicks your posts receive.

While Facebook’s new and improved web Insights does share some great new information with page admins, you need to dig within the export files to find these useful stats.

Accessing the Exports

Before we get to the five metrics you should be checking, let’s cover some basics on how to find them.

From your Admin Panel, click on Insights.

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Click on Insights within your Admin Panel to view your web Insights.

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How an Auto Repair Shop is Winning Female Customers With Social Media

social media case studiesHow does a small auto repair business develop a thriving Facebook page–with over 60 percent female fans?

Owner Jeff Matt started Victory Auto Service and Glass in 1997 with one shop in the suburbs of Minneapolis.

He always made an effort to develop personal relationships with his customers who trusted him with their cars.

The business grew to three locations by 2010, and Matt found it harder to maintain the small-shop feel. “When you have multiple stores and multiple managers, you can’t be everything to everybody,” he said.

Three years ago, he approached Stephanie Gutierrez, a long-time customer, about helping the business get started in social media.

By experimenting with different approaches, they hit upon a winning formula that promotes the personal connections Matt has always valued.

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Victory Auto and Glass uses Facebook to post photos from their shops.

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6 Ways to Maximize Your Google+ Engagement

social media how toIs Google+ working for your business?

Are you wondering how to increase engagement with your Google+ community?

Google+ is designed to focus on one thing and one thing only: engagement.

So, how can you pump up your Google+ engagement?

In this post, you’ll discover six ways to use Google+ posts to stimulate activity.

#1: Make Your Text Stand Out

You’ll first want to help your content stand out by differentiating the formatting. Instead of publishing a boring block of text, add a little formatting variety to your next Google+ post.

Unlike Facebook, it’s generally acceptable to have longer posts on Google+. If you publish a long post, remember that dense text can be a turnoff for readers. Use appropriate line spacing and paragraph breaks to make it easy for readers to scan your content.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Facebook Contest

social media how toAre you thinking of launching a Facebook contest or giveaway?

Is your goal focused on recruiting new fans? Collecting qualified emails? Engaging your existing fan base?

How can you be sure the type of contest you choose fits your Page and your goals?

Choosing the right type of contest to run on Facebook can be a challenge.

To help you decide what will work best for your goals, here are six types of contests you can run on Facebook.

#1: Sweepstakes Campaigns

A sweepstakes is a great vehicle for collecting email addresses from existing or new fans.

Participants enter and a winner is chosen by a random draw on a specified date.

sweepstakes example

A sweepstakes campaign shows your participating friends and provides various sharing features.

Sweepstakes are the contest of choice if you want to maximize the number of participants without spending a lot of time on the effort. But it has its drawbacks. Here’s what you need to know:

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7 Pinterest Tips for B2B Companies

social media how toHave you used Pinterest to promote your business-to-business (B2B) company?

Many consumer-facing businesses have had a lot of success promoting themselves with Pinterest.

A recent study by SteelHouse shows that “Pinterest Users Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Purchase Than Facebook Users.”

However, many B2B businesses are still wondering how to promote themselves with Pinterest.

Check out how these B2B businesses are using Pinterest. Try to replicate their techniques for your business.

Here are 7 tips for successfully using Pinterest for your B2B business.

#1: Use Infographics

Posting attractive infographics on your blog can be a great way to promote your B2B business on Pinterest. A well-designed infographic with helpful information can get you lots of pins and repins.

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How to Use Facebook Apps to Improve Fan Engagement

social media how toAre you looking for easy ways to engage new Facebook fans using Timeline?

Keep reading to learn how free apps can provide enormous opportunities for your business.

Why Facebook Timeline Apps?

Now that the new Timeline layout is mandatory for all page owners, we’re all beginning to find our way around the new layout.

For many, especially those who just started seeing traction with the old layout, Timeline presents brand-new challenges (and opportunities!) for staying top-of-mind.

Sure, the layout is beautiful, with lots of room for high-res video and photo. But with all the rules and changes (e.g., that your cover photo can’t be promotional, or that there’s no more driving non-fans to a default “welcome” tab prompting them to Like your page), page admins have their work cut out for them in terms of fostering high engagement and moving their fans to take action. Without engagement and momentum, your page is as good as invisible.

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5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Fan Engagement

social media how toWant to increase your Facebook fan engagement?

Keep reading for some simple techniques to get your fans more involved.

Even if you’re active on your Facebook page’s wall by posting regular status updates, interacting with fans and answering questions, you’re still missing out if you aren’t using calls to action.

A call to action encourages or even incentivizes fans’ responses to your content, and it can be as basic as a simple status update.

Your fans will enjoy interacting with your Facebook page and your page will benefit the most with increased visibility, traffic and marketing opportunities.

Many Facebook page admins aren’t quite sure how to foster an active fanbase, so here are five effective ways to call your fans to action.

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