Facebook Announces Secret Videos for Publishers: 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 Announces Secret Videos for Publishers
“Secret videos give Page owners the ability to upload videos that are accessible only via a direct URL, but which are not searchable for people on Facebook. This is useful for publishers who want to host videos on Facebook, embed them on third-party sites or share them with anyone who has the URL, without posting them anywhere else on Facebook.”

Facebook Introduces Video Ads Creative Spotlight: Each month, Facebook’s Video Ads Creative Spotlight will highlight and share the “best practices for creating video ads on Facebook that grab attention and drive business goals.”

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“To further inspire advertisers and showcase great video ad creative, Facebook IQ launched the Video Ads Creative Spotlight, which, each month, will highlight video ad creative.”



How to Improve Your SEO With LinkedIn and SlideShare

social media how toDo you use LinkedIn or SlideShare for your business?

Did you know you can improve your search engine optimization (SEO) with these channels?

With a few simple techniques, you can optimize your LinkedIn and SlideShare assets to achieve higher search rankings organically.

In this article you’ll discover four ways to optimize LinkedIn and SlideShare for search engines.

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Discover how to improve your SEO with LinkedIn and SlideShare.



6 Habits of Successful Social Media Marketers

social media how toDo you want to improve social media productivity?

Are you interested in finding ways to energize your marketing?

Daily activities separate successful social media marketers from their peers.

In this article I’ll share six social media habits to improve your marketing.

#1: Build Meaningful Relationships

Successful marketers know that relationships are the fuel behind business success. To keep the pipeline full, you must build meaningful relationships with both consumers and other business owners.

6 habits of social media marketers

Discover 6 habits of successful social media marketers.



How to Create Influential Content With Social Media

social media how toDo you want to be seen as a social media leader in your industry?

Is content marketing part of your strategy?

Providing valuable content to your audience can help you stand out on social channels.

In this article I’ll show you six ways to raise your social media influence with content.

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Discover how to create influential content with social media.



How Researching Competitors Can Improve Your Blog Content

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Do you need ideas for blog topics?

Do you know what content performs best for your competitors?

When you know what content works for your competitors, you can use those topics to brainstorm ideas for your own blog articles.

In this article I’ll share five ways to research your competitors’ content and tools to help you do that.

#1: Identify the Most Shared Content

You and your competitors are trying to attract the same audience. If people are sharing content from competitors’ sites, there’s a good chance they’ll share similar content from your site as well. That’s why it’s important to research what content competitors are publishing and where they’re finding the most engagement.

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Find out how to improve your content by researching your competitors’ content.



14 Tools to Streamline Your Social Media Marketing

social media tools Do you want to manage social media more efficiently?

Do you have the right tools?

To streamline your approach, you’ll need resources that work well with your business.

In this article I’ll share the best tools to manage and optimize your social media marketing.

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Find 14 tools to streamline your social media marketing.



45 Social Media Tools and Tips to Improve Your Marketing

social media tools Are you looking for some practical tips and tools to help with your social media marketing?

Do you find it difficult to keep up with how quickly social media is evolving?

In this article, I outline a collection of technology tools and tips you’ll want to consider using to improve your presence across social media.

Why Tools?

It takes a lot of time to create quality content, engage on social profiles and sustain online relationships that support your business goals.

Larger businesses and corporations often have teams of people dedicated solely to these tasks.

For smaller businesses that don’t have the luxury of staff or financial resources, there are tools to help. But there are also efficient shortcuts and tips to help you get more out these technology tools.

By using some of these tips to strategically choose your tools, you can get more out of your social media marketing.

Here we go.



The 5 Pillars of Business Blogging Success

social media how toAre you looking for practical tips for blogging success? Are you wondering what to avoid? While my position is generally that there are no “rules” in blogging, there are best practices that will help your business blog succeed.

There are a lot of obvious elements you need to include to make a blog reader-friendly: quality, compelling content, good navigation, a contact page, an about page, focus and clarity about the subject of the blog… and there’s a lot of not-so-obvious or overlooked things that can really help make a blog stand out if they’re implemented.

While I do have my own list of do’s and don’ts included, I decided to get input from other smart, savvy bloggers. I posted a request on LinkedIn Answers and received many great do’s and don’ts. I’ve grouped the tips into five categories: Planning, Content, Design, Marketing and Engagement.



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