Six Tips for a Killer Hashtag Marketing Campaign

social media case studiesDoes your company use hashtag campaigns?

Would you like to get the most out of your hashtag campaigns?

In this article you will discover how Travelocity successfully implemented the most successful social campaign in the company’s history.

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Follow these 6 tips for a killer hashtag campaign.

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How to Run a Successful Instagram Contest

social media how toIs Instagram part of your social media marketing?

Do you want to run contests on Instagram?

Adding Instagram contests to your social media mix can quickly expand your reach.

In this article I’ll explain the different types, as well as how to create and run a successful Instagram contest for your brand or business.

Types of Instagram Contests

There are many kinds of Instagram contests. Here is a rundown of the top three:

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Learn how to run 3 different kinds of contests on Insagram.

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How to Capture More Email Leads With Social Media Contests

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Do you want to capture more email leads?

Are you running social media contests to grow your email list?

Whether they’re run on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, social media contests and giveaways are a great way to collect emails.

In this article you’ll discover how to make sure your social media contests and giveaways attract and convert more email entrants.

Why Collect Emails as Contest Entries?

You know social media is effective, but it’s rented land. Your email list is something you own.

The good news is that you can use social media contests to collect emails for that list by asking people to enter with their email address.

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Find out how to capture more email leads with social media contests.

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5 Tips for Running Successful Social Media Campaigns

social media how toDo you use social media campaigns to engage with your customers?

Do you need tips on how to create more effective campaigns?

Whether you want to build better campaigns or are ready to try your first one, there are certain pitfalls you should avoid.

In this article I’ll share five tips for building and running successful social media campaigns.

#1: Choose and Build the Right Campaign

Social media campaigns offer a wide array of options, from voting contests to newsletter signups to interactive quizzes—and everything in between.

Different campaigns deliver different results, so before you begin, have a clear idea of what you hope to accomplish. With your goals in mind, research and choose the type of campaign that works for you, and then decide how you’re going to build it.

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Find tips for running a successful social media campaign.

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Win Free Tickets to Social Media Success Summit 2014

***UPDATE (9/17/14): We have our winners. The blog post winner of two free tickets is Selene Francesca for this post. The Twitter contest winner who receives one free ticket is @Kuvy.***

Want to win a free ticket to the largest online social media marketing event of the year?

Social Media Examiner has worked hard to bring you our sixth-annual Social Media Success Summit. This is our biggest event ever!

And we’ve come up with a fun way to get you involved.

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Find out how to win a ticket to #SMSS14.

First, what is this event?

Social Media Success Summit 2014 is a large online conference dedicated to helping marketers and business owners master social media marketing.

More than 2000 businesses have already signed up! Hundreds of small businesses and well-known brands such as AAA, IBM, Dell, Disney, Target, Staples, CBN, 3M, LexisNexus, Discovery Financial Services, MGM Resorts, Master Card, US Air Force Academy, Adobe, Discovery Communications, Autodesk, ABC Television, Purdue University, University of Texas and the Nashville Symphony will be attending this year’s summit.

Forty-five of the world’s most respected social media experts will share their strategies with you.

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How to Use Tumblr for Business

social media how toHave you used Tumblr as a social marketing platform?

Would you like to reach an audience ready to share your creative content?

For companies with strong visual content Tumblr is a largely untapped opportunity.

In this article I’ll show you five companies using Tumblr to reach a new audience that values creativity and fun.

Why Tumblr?

If you had the chance to market on a site with upwards of 300 million unique visitors every month, would you do it?

What if that same site extended post life beyond a few days and catered to a younger demographic more interested in sharing content than creating it (thus giving you a better chance at going viral)?

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Tumblr holds a lot of marketing potential.

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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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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 Stop Facebook Contest Fraud and Deter Prize Hunters

social media how to Did you know that some Facebook contest entries are fake?

Have you thought about how fake entries can hurt your campaign?

Left unchecked, phony entries can negatively impact your contest and drag down your page’s reach and credibility.

In this article you’ll discover how people cheat, and more importantly, how you can guard against prize hunters.

The Ugly Truth About Facebook Contest Fraud

With Facebook’s recent changes to its news feed algorithm, it’s harder to reach your audience organically. If you can’t reach your audience, you lose interactivity and engagement–and your spot in the news feed.

A Facebook promotion (i.e., a contest or giveaway) is widely thought to be a good tactic to get people’s attention, engagement and more eyes on your page. But if you’re planning to host a Facebook promotion, be aware of potential fraudulent behavior so you can protect your fans and your brand.

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A quick look at a scammer’s profile reveals a sparse or completely blank page.

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