Are 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.
Are you looking for creative ways to use your blog content to improve your conversion process?
In this article, you’ll discover how to identify and patch the weaker part of your funnel by writing the right type of content.
How Content Drives Leads
Written content works in many ways.
Some writing pulls your audience toward you, building awareness.
Other content builds trust and compels your audience to take action. In other words, content can be useful at strengthening different parts of the conversion funnel.
The “funnel” is just a metaphor for the path that visitors take on their way to becoming leads, starting with awareness and ending with action. If you’re not getting leads, it’s because there’s a weakness in your funnel.
What follows are many tips to help you generate more leads with your written content.
Have you considered using Twitter chats as a marketing tool?
As the use of hashtags on Twitter continues to flourish, conversations built around specific hashtags—or Twitter chats—have become commonplace.
While you may be familiar with how to use Twitter chats for personal networking, you might not know they can also be used by brands to achieve business goals.
In this post, I’ll show you 5 ways your business can benefit from Twitter chats.
#1: Connect With Customers and Prospects
Hosting an event is a great way for a business to bring its potential and current customer base together to learn, engage and build a deeper relationship. Not all businesses can host a conference or seminar, but every business can host a Twitter chat.
The key to hosting a Twitter chat that helps your business connect with potential and current customers is to choose a topic that resonates with your customer base. Whole Foods, for example, hosts a weekly Twitter chat that discusses (you guessed it) food.
HubSpot hosts a weekly Twitter chat that discusses the science and data of inbound marketing. Their Twitter chat is run in conjunction with a weekly webinar on inbound marketing, which makes it a great lead generation tool for their business. Especially considering that, according to the Hashtagify tool from CyBranding, the #scichat hashtag gets an average of 12 million weekly impressions.
Do you know how to build your business network on social media?
Before you can sell, you have to create a trusted relationship with your future customer.
In this article, you’ll discover four ways to use social media to find and establish relationships with new prospects and leads for your business.
#1: Join a Conversation on Twitter
You can consult a number of lists to quickly locate chats that are relevant to you. These lists include hashtags and other key information like date, time and the name of the host or owner of the chat.
The best thing about tweet chats is that while almost everyone starts out a stranger, over time the participants begin to know one another and develop relationships that extend beyond the regularly scheduled chat.
Do you want to learn about social selling tactics on LinkedIn?
Social selling is the use of social media to discover and connect with new leads and new clients.
In this article, you’ll discover a 6-step process to find new leads and attract new clients on LinkedIn.
Are you wondering how to use LinkedIn Sponsored Updates?
Does your business have a LinkedIn company page?
Do you want to grow your following outside of your company page?
In this article I’ll show you 6 steps for creating and measuring the impact of your first LinkedIn Sponsored Update.
Why Sponsored Updates?
If you’re one of the 3 million companies that have a LinkedIn company page, you’ll know that you can post updates directly from your company rather than as an individual. And you can like and comment as your company as well.
And now, just like Promoted Posts and Sponsored Stories on other social sites, LinkedIn has launched its own Sponsored Updates function, which runs on the same principle.
If you’re a B2B marketer, Sponsored Updates allow you to promote your message to others outside your company page following. At the same time, you can target who sees that message, so your marketing efforts can be focused on the right people.
Here’s how to use Sponsored Updates:
#1: Create Your Post
Post your update to your company page as normal. You’ll need to wait a few minutes and then refresh your page until you see the Sponsor Update button.
Are you unsure about where and how to focus your efforts to meet your lead generation goals?
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.
Or perhaps you were there but weren’t able to attend all the sessions you would have liked to.
In this article I’ve assembled for you 15 actionable social media marketing takeaways from some experts who presented at the event.
Here’s what they had to say.
#1: Prepare for Social Displacement
With maturity of any new industry comes disruption. Just as email, the web and search disrupted entire industries several years ago (e.g., the postal service, print publications and traditional sales), we can also expect a lot of online disruption to happen because of social media.
- Facebook messages are displacing email (it’s becoming easier to send your friend a Facebook message rather than find their email address).
- Asking friends rather than searching (more and more people are asking their Facebook friends or Google+ circles for referrals instead of searching online for a product or service).
- Listening to podcasts is beginning to replace radio.
Are you looking for more leads?
To learn how SlideShare can help marketers, I interview Todd Wheatland for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
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).
Todd shares his insights into how SlideShare can be used to generate more exposure and leads for your business.
You’ll learn the tactics to use and the mistakes to avoid to ensure you get the most out of this platform.
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