3 Steps to Determine if Social Local Mobile Is Right for Your Business

social media how toThere’s a new buzzword marketers are using and, unlike some buzzwords, this is one that you should probably learn.

The term is SoLoMo and it stands for “social, local and mobile.”

What it describes is the convergence of social, location-based and mobile marketing into a new category of tools that many businesses are using to acquire new customers.

The odds are you’re already familiar with some SoLoMo tools such as Yelp, Foursquare and Groupon. But you may not be familiar with how to use these tools to attract new customers. That’s what we’re going to talk about here. But first, let’s take a look at how SoLoMo works.

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You're probably familiar with many SoLoMo tools already.

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26 Tips for Success With Location-Based Marketing

social media how toSocial, local, mobile are three words marketers are hearing more and more these days.

And sometimes we may even hear them uttered together in one breath as SoLoMo.

With an increase of users relying on mobile phones, tablets and their accompanying geo-location technology, businesses today are increasingly finding the need to think locally. So, how does SoLoMo work for businesses?

In this post, we’ll introduce 26 tips, an A-Z guide for location-based marketing.

#1: Analytics

If you’ve been wondering about location-based marketing, chances are that you’ve thought about how you’ll go about measuring performance.

Mohamed Kahlain suggests five tools to help get a handle on how well your efforts are doing: Geotoko, Titanium + Geo, Momentfeed, WebTrends Mobile and Fourscore.

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An example of Webtrends Mobile Analytics Insights.

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7 Creative Social Media Marketing Mini Case Studies

social media reviewsAre you looking for some creative social media marketing ideas from businesses?

Look no further.

This article highlights seven mini case studies of businesses that have stood out by implementing innovative social media marketing practices.

You’ll find inspiration for your social media marketing efforts here.

So let’s dive in!

#1: Sharpie

Sharpie is the permanent marker company. Through social media and other marketing efforts, this company has taken an ordinary commodity and turned it into a common noun.

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Mobile Marketing With QR Codes and MS Tags

social media toolsConsumer behaviors are changing, and mobile technologies are among the predominant influences affecting the shift.

More than 50% of all local web searches take place with mobile devices.

That spells opportunity for businesses that have a mobile marketing strategy.

Does your business have a mobile strategy?

Why QR codes/MS tags?

Success with mobile marketing starts with understanding your customers and then implementing an appropriate strategy. Although some marketers are known to embrace new technologies without first considering their full impact on the consumer.

This has proved to be true with QR codes.  Notwithstanding the buzz surrounding QR codes’ ineffective applications have chilled some of the enthusiasm for their use as mobile marketing triggers. To help solve this problem, technology giant Microsoft, creators of the MS tag technology that competes with QR, has stepped forward.

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Why Google+ Will Become a Social Media Powerhouse

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Jesse Stay, author of Google+ For Dummies and Facebook Application Development For Dummies.

He has a unique experience with both Facebook and Google.

Jesse shares insights behind Google+ and how it compares to Facebook. You’ll discover what Google is doing, how Google+ is different and why Google+ is a social media powerhouse.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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What Are Mobile Marketing Opt-ins and Why Are They Important?

social media toolsAre you considering mobile marketing? Wondering how mobile opt-ins differ from social opt-ins?

Keep reading to discover how mobile opt-in marketing is unique from social media marketing.

In a previous post discussing how to combine QR Codes with Facebook, I received a lot of questions about opt-ins. Given the importance consumers place on spam management across all media, and brands place on tracking digital marketing’s effectiveness, understanding social and mobile marketing opt-ins is imperative.

Opt-in Marketing Defined

Traditional opt-in marketing, often called “permission marketing,” requires marketers to get explicit permission from consumers before they can deliver marketing collateral to them. This approach contrasts with “interruption marketing” where consumers receive messaging from a brand without giving consent (which, when done badly, reminds us of a certain meat product).

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9 Tips for Optimizing Your Website for Mobile Users

social media how toIs your website meeting the needs of on-the-go mobile users?

When you’re developing your first mobile site, you may be at a loss. That’s understandable—a mobile website is an entirely different animal from a traditional website.

Given that, it’s important to keep some best practices in mind as you develop your mobile presence.

What follows are 9 best practices you can use to ensure your mobile site is as good as it can be.

About Mobile Users

But before we dive into the 9 best practices, it’s important to keep one thing in mind—the person viewing your site is mobile.

That may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget that simple truth.

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How to Combine QR Codes With the Power of Facebook

social media how toAre you looking to leverage the popularity of QR (Quick Response) codes with the wide-spread adoption of Facebook?

Over the past several months, QR codes have inserted themselves squarely into digital media conversation (even appearing on late-night TV).

In this article, I’ll unpack how to get your QR codes to go viral on Facebook.

I’ll start by walking you through the process and an example campaign, and conclude with an analytical discussion examining five need-to-know success factors.

Setting Up a Viral QR Code Campaign

Step #1: Generating the QR code

For the uninitiated, QR codes provide a means to open a URL on a mobile phone.

However, a closer look reveals that most QR code generators provide functionality for executing a host of mobile phone actions, including creating a calendar event, sending an SMS or providing contact information.

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5 Simple Steps to Getting Started With Mobile Marketing

social media how toAre you thinking about mobile marketing? Wondering how you can use mobile marketing to connect with customers?

The good news is that mobile marketing is not all that complex.

Here are five things you can do to get started in mobile marketing. Once you’ve mastered the steps below, you’ll see that mobile marketing is a great way to open up new revenue streams for your business.

Ready to get started?

#1: Set up your mobile website

This is actually easier than you might think. One option is to use the automated systems offered by many companies. They essentially take your existing website content and auto-format it for a mobile screen.

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