How Big Brands Keep Their Social Media Audiences Engaged

social media how toLooking for ideas to spark conversation with your fans?

Want them to pay attention to your updates?

Big brands know how to engage people on a regular basis.

In this article I’ll show you five ways nationally known companies keep their audiences coming back for more and how you can too.

#1: Host a Video Contest

For the last seven years, Doritos has run its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest asking customers to create commercials for its crunchy treats. The incentive that really caught attention? The winner gets his or her commercial aired during the Super Bowl.

The response is huge. Hundreds of commercials are submitted. The company narrows it down to a pool of five, and then asks everyone to vote for their favorite.

The result is a viral campaign driven by finalists sharing their entry with friends and encouraging them to vote, as well as customers and fans who want to see the best videos (which are usually the funniest).

In 2013, Doritos brought the video contest to Facebook (they had previously used a microsite) and went beyond the success of all previous years.

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Facebook increased entries for Doritos’ yearly video contest.

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How to Increase Your Social Media Click-Through Rates

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Want more traffic to your website?

What if you could double the click-through rates of your social media updates?

Extra traffic from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter would be nice, right?

In this article you’ll discover four steps for crafting a great call to action that improves click-throughs.

Why Driving Traffic Matters

Your website is the hub of your online marketing efforts. It’s where your audience can find the answers to their questions and where you deepen relationships with readers, offer value to visitors, and yes, maybe even encourage email signups and purchases.

In an ideal world, you’d be funneling all of your social fans and followers to your website so you could do just that.

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When you share your latest blog post on Facebook, you want your fans to click through and read it on your website.

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LinkedIn Publishing Platform: What Marketers Need to Know

Do you publish long-form content?

Are you wondering if the new LinkedIn publishing platform can help your business?

To learn about the LinkedIn publishing platform and why you may want to consider it, I interview Stephanie Sammons for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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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).

In this episode, I interview Stephanie Sammons, who is a LinkedIn marketing expert and CEO of Wired Advisor, a digital marketing platform that helps financial advisors create and publish content. She blogs at Build Online Influence.

Stephanie shares how marketers can make the most out of the LinkedIn publishing platform.

You’ll discover what type of content works best, when to schedule posts and how you can use the platform to grow a following.

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How To Build a Content Strategy Using a Social Media Audit

social media how toDo you want to create a strong social media content strategy?

Are you looking for tools to help you analyze the content on your competitors’ social media profiles?

To create a content strategy that engages and motivates your audience, you need to do a comprehensive social media audit.

In this article I’ll share how to perform a social media audit to build a successful social media content strategy.

#1: Identify Your Competitors

Most businesses have already identified the main players in their industry by searching Google or social networks.

If you don’t already have a list of competitors at hand, just search for your site on SEMrush to see a list of related providers. SEMrush automatically sorts them by competition level based on how many common keywords the sites rank for in Google.

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Identify your competitors using SEMrush.

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How to Promote Your Content With Social Media

social media how to Do you put a lot of time and effort into the content you create?

Do you want that content to be seen by as many people as possible?

A master chef can present the same meal in 100 different ways, and you can do the same thing with your content.

In this article, I’ll show you the best practices of presenting the same piece of content in multiple ways on the same networks.

#1: Feature It on Facebook

Facebook offers you three different ways to post your content: links posts, posts with images and video/rich media. Let’s dive into your options with the different post formats possible.

Facebook Link Posts

A link post is when you want to share a link in your Facebook update. Did you know that you’re able edit the headline, link description and preview image on any link post?

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How to Create Written Content that Generates Leads

social media how to Do you need more leads?

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.

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Create the content you need to strengthen your conversion funnel. Image source: iStockphoto

What follows are many tips to help you generate more leads with your written content.

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How to Create a Social Media Strategy By Spying Your Competitors

social media how to Are you struggling to create a social media strategy for your business?

Lacking insight into the social behaviors of your customers?

No data, no problem!

Chances are your competitors have done all the hard work and all you need to do is look for it.

In this post, I’ll show you how to research the competition’s social game plan so you can build a solid social media strategy of your own.

Finding the Fundamentals

When it comes to social media marketing, you need to answer a few fundamental questions:

  • Should your business be on social media?
  • What networks should you choose?
  • How do you create a great profile?
  • What type of content should you post, and when should you post it?

Everyone must answer these questions, including business owners who want to create a strategy for their own business, marketing managers who need to convince their CEO to invest in social media and consultants who create strategies for clients in a wide variety of industries.

Fortunately, you can find answers through the process of competitor research.

Keep reading to discover how to get insight on your competitors.

#1: Comparing Audience Size

While you shouldn’t obsess about how many fans or followers your competitors have, noting these numbers at the beginning of your campaign can help you answer the following important questions.

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Noting the number of fans your competitors have can help you answer a few important questions relevant to your own business. Image source: iStockPhoto

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6 Marketing Trends to Watch in 2013: New Research

social media researchAre you looking for the latest marketing trends?

Wondering how the wide choice of devices and platforms are impacting marketers and consumers?

According to the 2013 Infinite Dial Report by Edison Research, media usage is not a zero-sum game.

Consumers want to use all channels simultaneously, and as a marketer, you have to keep up by tracking them down wherever they go.

To do that, you’ll need to understand these 6 emerging trends that will have a significant impact on your marketing strategies.

#1: Media Fragmentation

Consumers are everywhere, all at the same time. According to the Edison report, there are 256 million U.S. users on TV, 243 million on radio, 232 million on the Internet, 182 million connected at home via broadband, 177 million connected at home via wi-fi, and 139 million smartphone users.

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Media multitasking is the new normal.

In this age of multimedia consumption, consumers are using more devices across a common set of platforms to do more things than ever. That means marketers have to play catch-up and shift away from strategies of the past. Today, the “e” in ecommerce means “everywhere.”

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26 Ways to Create Engaging Content

social media how toAre you looking to create content that engages?

Does your content connect with people and encourage them to engage?

In this article I’ll show you 26 ways to make content that engages people, in an A-Z guide of tips.

#1: Authors Matter

Written content doesn’t exist without authors, whether constructing 140-character posts or 1000-word articles.  Not only do you want people who can write well (e.g., clear points, proper spelling and grammar, active voice), you need writers and team members who can think strategically about the content that will resonate most with your audience.

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Creating good content is important for social media engagement.

We’ll talk about more specifics as we go down the list. For now, think strategy.

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