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.

lowes-holiday-vine

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

0 comments

 
 

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.

17 comments

 
 

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.

30 comments

 
 

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!

12 comments

 
 

8 Tips for Running Social Media Promotions

social media how toHave you thought of using social media contests and sweepstakes to build and engage your audience?

Previously I wrote How to Run a Successful Social Media Contest outlining some important foundational steps: be clear on your marketing objectives, know your audience, understand different promotion types and plan ahead!

If you’re looking to gain even more traction with social promotions, here are eight additional tips to enhance your next social media campaign.

Ensure Your Promotion Doesn’t Get You In Hot Water

It’s difficult to run a successful campaign if your promotion is blocked, removed or challenged in a court of law. So before we get to the fun part of marketing, there are a few logistical tips to keep in mind.

12 comments

 
 

26 Tips for Integrating Social Media Activities

social media how toAre you seeking ideas to integrate your social activities?

To be successful, no social media effort can truly exist as an island.

Today, more and more businesses are seeking ways to integrate components of social media to achieve optimal benefits.

In this post, I’ll cover 26 tips, an A-Z guide, on ways to blend, mix it up, get the most bang—and create an integrated social media campaign.

#1: Apps Increase Brand Awareness and Customer Loyalty

“Anyone can start a page on a social networking site, but it can be incredibly difficult to gather support on that page,” writes Alight Design Agency.

They suggest that businesses devise a strategy that is effective and flexible so it can be altered to meet the demands of a market that can change significantly in less than 24 hours. “The right smartphone application or app can help businesses increase brand awareness and customer loyalty.”

Would a smartphone app be a viable option for your business?

20 comments

 
 

How Microsoft Leveraged Bloggers for a Successful Product Launch

social media case studiesSoftware giant Microsoft launches dozens of products and services every year.

The company typically relies heavily on advertising and PR to get the word out.

But for its Office 365 product, the team took a different approach.

Using partnerships and social media, Microsoft connected specifically with women business owners – a key audience group.

Rather than directing promotional messages toward them, Microsoft involved them in the process from start to finish.

“It’s definitely innovation within a large matrix organization like Microsoft that hasn’t really done this in the past,” said Penny Delgadillo, senior product manager at Microsoft.

In just a two-month period, the entirely social Office 365 “Your Office, Your Terms” campaign garnered 5.8 million overall campaign impressions and four times more traffic from social sharing than the typical Microsoft campaign.

8 comments

 
 

4 Ways to Measure Social Media Success With Free Tools

social media how toDo you know if your social media promotions or campaigns were successful?

For many businesses, it can be easy to label a social campaign a huge hit or a blatant blunder, but which elements made the campaign successful?

There are an array of powerful and free tools that can be used to help you understand the successes and failures of your social media promotion or campaign.

Let’s dive into four easy ways you can use free products to break down the different elements of a social promotion.

#1: Track Actions Visitors Take

One way to better understand your social campaign as a whole is to understand how your users find out about it.

15 comments

 
 

Can Social Media Actually Make You Money?

social media book reviewsIf you’ve ever asked the question, “Can I make money with social media?“, you might have heard a variety of answers such as, “No!”, “Maybe” or “It depends.”

Rarely (if at all) have you heard the confident and unwavering response, “Yes, you can!

In their book, How to Make Money with Social Media—An Insider’s Guide on Using New and Emerging Media to Grow Your Business, Jamie Turner and Reshma Shah explain that there’s a big difference between people who make money with social media and people who don’t.

7 comments

 
 






Check out the Social Media Marketing Podcast!
Check out our Blogging workshop!
Join our Social Media Marketing Networking Club
Download the free Social Media Marketing Industry Report
Check out our sister publication: My Kids' Adventures