20 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

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Would you like to improve your social media marketing?

Are you up to date with the best social media tips and tools?

We asked 20 social media experts to share how they’re getting results with social media marketing today.

Here’s what they had to say.

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Get 20 social media tips from the pros.

#1: Mine Twitter to Grow Your Audience

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Mark Schaefer

While “if you build it they will come” is a great line from a movie, it’s a terrible marketing plan. To succeed on the Internet today, you have to create content that ignites and engages an audience. However, if you are a new blogger, you should probably spend more time developing an audience than creating your content.

Here are three easy but overlooked tactics you can use to build an audience on Twitter, which is arguably the best platform for this.

Once you’ve been on Twitter for a while, you’ll notice people will place you on public Twitter lists. Lists are generally categorized by a special interest or geographic location. For example, I might be on lists for “marketing experts,” “bloggers” or “business educators.” Find a relevant person to follow, and then dig into his or her lists. You’ll likely find a goldmine of interesting people to follow who will hopefully follow you back.

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How to Use Instagram Hashtags to Expand Your Reach

social media how toIs your business marketing on Instagram?

Do you want your Instagram posts to be seen by more people?

You can make it easier for people who don’t follow you on Instagram to find your content by using hashtags.

In this article you’ll discover how hashtags make your Instagram images and video more discoverable.

How Instagram Hashtags Work

While hashtags originated on Twitter, they quickly became part of each social media channel. At this point, Instagram hashtag density tends to be much greater than Twitter’s because companies realize the success of their Instagram marketing depends on proper hashtagging.

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Hashtags have become an integral part of Instagram marketing.

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10 Twitter Tactics to Increase Your Engagement

social media how toDo your tweets get noticed?

Are you getting enough engagement on Twitter?

Twitter’s true value is in its engagement. Unless people are engaging with you on Twitter, you’re wasting your time.

In this article I’ll share 10 tweeting techniques that lead to better engagement.

#1: Keep Tweets Under 110 Characters 

Twitter’s legendary character restriction seems short, but if you’re maxing out your character count, your tweets are too long.

Shorter tweets with around 110 characters get 17% higher engagement, and there’s a reason for that. When you leave room in a tweet, it makes it easier for people to retweet you and add their own commentary.

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Learn 10 tips for increasing engagement on Twitter.

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11 Ways to Get More Followers for Your Google+ Business Page

social media how to Do you want to grow your Google+ Page?

Are you looking for ways to get your Google+ Page noticed?

Most people broadcast their content on Google+ and hope for engagement, but there are better tactics to grow your audience on Google+.

In this article you’ll discover 11 ways to get more followers for your Google+ Page.

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Find out how to get more Google+ Page followers.

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26 Creative Ways Brands Use Facebook Status Updates

social media how to Does your business have a Facebook marketing plan?

Do you need inspiration for Facebook updates that excite your fans?

Do you treat each and every update as an opportunity for engagement?

In this article we’ll take a look at 26 brands, an A-Z guide, that use Facebook status updates that combine visual content and brand messages to create buzz, excitement and interaction.

#1: Audi USA

When Drive (a TV network that celebrates the culture of cars and is geared toward car enthusiasts) highlighted Audi USA on their YouTube channel, Audi ran with it.

In the status update below, Audi USA shared that media recognition for their brand’s history and culture, but made sure to show appreciation by including a social link to the brand that drew attention to them.

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Sharing company-branded media highlights and linking to related brands is win-win.

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How to Encourage Fans to Create and Share Visual Content

social media how to Are you leveraging your community to bring attention to your brand?

Have you asked your customers and fans to contribute pictures and images to your social platforms?

If you’re not involving your community in creating and sharing visual content, you’re missing out on massive organic reach and engagement.

In this article I’ll show you how brands are empowering their fans to create and share visual content about them in really cool ways.

Why Ask Fans to Create Visual Content?

If you want organic sharing and big traffic, you need stunning and remarkable images that stand out in social feeds. But that doesn’t mean you have to rely on brand-generated visual content.

There’s been a shift in who creates visual content (and how). Mobile platforms have made it easier for consumers to create and share images on the go.

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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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8 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Engagement

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Are you looking for fun ways to get your Facebook fans engaged?

Wondering how other pages are developing their posts to increase likes, shares and comments?

In this article I’ll show you eight examples of how to create Facebook posts that drive more engagement on your Facebook page.

#1: Solve Problems With Photos

Posts with a simple image and a caption that shows fans the solution to a problem or a way to improve their daily lives receive marked engagement.

Whole Foods uses this post tactic to encourage fan discussions about product-related solutions to common problems.

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Whole Foods boosts engagement by sharing lifestyle tips.

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4 Ways Marketers Can Use Facebook Hashtags

social media how toHave you started using Facebook hashtags for your business?

Are you wondering how to best use a Facebook hashtag?

In this article, I’ll reveal four important benefits of using hashtags on Facebook.

I’ll also explore important considerations when putting together your hashtag strategy.

Why Facebook Hashtags?

As you’ve undoubtedly seen, hashtags are now clickable and useable on Facebook.

Using a hashtag # (or pound symbol) in front of a word or phrase turns the word into a clickable link.

When you click on the link, you’ll see a feed of public posts (or posts that are visible to you due to a friend relationship on Facebook) that include that hashtag.

Here’s how you can use Facebook hashtags:

#1: Expand Your Reach

As hashtags gain momentum on Facebook (they’ve been in use on other platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+), they’ll help you expand your reach to people who are looking at posts in your topic.

Hashtags have been a great way to help people interested in niche topics find each other and find the conversation.

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The #WalkingDead hashtag connects people interested in this show.

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