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.

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How to Use Social Psychology to Improve Your Marketing

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Are you planning a social media campaign?

Do you wonder why some marketing campaigns are more successful than others?

The recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral because they used powerful psychological concepts to influence participation.

In this article I’ll share the concepts ALS used to achieve overwhelming success and how you can use them.

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Find out how to use social psychology to improve your marketing.

#1: Appeal to Indirect Public Commitment

We are more likely to act on and complete a task when we promise ourselves we’ll do it. The obligation is amplified when we make a commitment publicly—we put even more pressure on ourselves to follow through so we don’t risk both personal and public letdown.

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Six Ways to Supercharge your Contests with Social Media

social media case studiesDo you want to promote your company’s mission and vision to your target audience?

Are you wondering how to get the most out of your contests with social media?

In this article you’ll discover how Intuit QuickBooks used social media to supercharge their Small Business Big Game contest, promoting their mission and vision to their target audience.

The Story

In July 2013, Intuit QuickBooks announced the Small Business Big Game contest. One small business would win a 30-second television commercial that would air on February 2, 2014 during the third quarter of football’s biggest game, the Super Bowl.

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Intuit announced the Small Business Big Game contest in July 2013.

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8 Ways to Improve Customer Relationships With Social Media

social media how to Do you tell your fans how much you value them?

Are you looking for new ways to say thank you on social media?

Give and take is part of any successful relationship–online or off, business or personal.

In this article I’ll show you eight ways companies are using social media campaigns to thank their customers and foster better customer relationships.

#1: Pay It Forward

Hotel chain DoubleTree is known for their cookie welcome at check-in–it’s their way of “bringing the human touch back to travel.”

On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, they not only offered cookies to anyone who visited one of their hotels, they also used their social channels to invite others to spread the love by suggesting people who could use a cookie pick-me-up.

People could pay it forward by answering the question, “Who else deserves some Cookie Care?” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and including the #CookieCare hashtag.

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Everyone loves free food and everyone gets to see it passed along in social media.

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How to Design a Social Media Campaign

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Do you need to set up a social media campaign?

Do you know how to get started?

Establishing a strong team and a day-to-day plan are important for any successful social media campaign.

In this article I’ll show you the five core elements you need to build a social media marketing campaign that works.

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Read more to discover what you need for a strong social media campaign.

A Social Media Campaign Example

Throughout this article I include examples from a campaign Whole Foods Market used when they launched a new larger store in Memphis, Tennessee to replace an existing smaller one.

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How Brands Can Leverage Holidays for Their Social Campaigns

social media how to Do you plan marketing campaigns around major holidays?

Do you need ideas for your 2014 holiday social media marketing?

From Valentines Day to Easter and beyond, holidays are an important time for brands to engage customers and promote products in new and exciting ways.

And holiday-themed storytelling is an especially great way to build and cultivate a growing and engaged audience.

Here are four ways brands use social media to create and promote holiday campaigns throughout the year.

#1: Show the Fun Side of Your Brand With a Holiday Vine

Because Vines show up in Twitter’s main feed, they’re eye-catching and easy for people to share across Twitter and Facebook. Marketers have been quick to adopt Twitter’s 6-second video looping app to show a lighter and more creative side to the brands they promote.

Home improvement store Lowe’s used Vine to animate everyday household tools to look like bursting fireworks and wish their followers a happy 4th of July.

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Lowe’s has used Vine in a number of ways to reach their followers.

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3 Simple Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results

social media how toAre you looking for better ways to measure your social media activities?

Do you know if your social media efforts are worthwhile?

Social media measurement is one of the most frustrating challenges business face.

In this article I’ll show you three simple measurement strategies that can fit into one of your future campaigns.

Why Measure?

In order to measure the effectiveness of your social campaigns, it’s critical that you know your objective.

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26 Social Media Marketing Tips from the Pros

social media how toAre you looking for actionable tips to improve your social media marketing?

Are you wondering what the common themes of social media experts are these days?

This April, 1,100 passionate marketers from every corner of the world traveled to San Diego for Social Media Marketing World (#SMMW13), to find out.

The number of conference takeaways and buzz was immense.

For this article, I’ve focused on 26 takeaways from SMMW13, including notable quotes by presenters and their session titles.

CATEGORY: Calls to Action

#1: Get More Leads With Calls to Action

Throughout the conference, the topic of calls to action (CTAs) came up in numerous sessions. What is a CTA?

social media call to action is an integral and often overlooked element of an effective social media strategy. Social media gets prospects, customers and the public primed to want to find out more about your offering or to engage with you further, but you must lead them to the next step in your sales or other conversion process.

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How to Generate Leads With Video Marketing

social media how toDo you want to attract high-quality leads with social media?

Many business owners see a drop-off in new leads because they stop thinking strategically about conversions.

One way to enhance your social media marketing is to create a short, shareable social video—and implement a strategic “mini-campaign” around it to drive opt-ins.

In this article I’ll show 3 ways to supercharge your social media marketing with video.

#1: Create a Short Social Video

Converting social media fans into actual customers starts with getting fans off your social platforms and onto your email list.

First, you must move your fans from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest onto your landing page.

Use a short social video. Videos are quick, they’re visual, they’re personal, they work like gangbusters across multiple platforms and they’re very share-worthy!

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