How to Infuse Your Personality Into Your Social Media Marketing

social media how toDo your readers see you as a logo instead of a real person?

Are you sharing the real you in your social marketing?

It’s tough to walk the fine line between being professional and being yourself. With social media those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

In this article you’ll discover four ways you can infuse your personality into your online marketing efforts.

#1: Tell a Really Good Story

Everyone loves a good story. In fact, stories stimulate the brain and change how we act.

As a marketer, part of your job is to tell a story that leads to long-term relationships and sells a product or service. The trick is sharing the right story to draw readers in, but keeping it short enough that they don’t lose interest.

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How to Get Started With Social Media Marketing

social media how to Do you need a beginner’s guide to social media marketing?

Looking for something to help you get started with social media?

Social media is a conversation you can join any time. Join now. You’ll be welcomed.

In this article I’ll help you blast through the hardest part of social media: getting started. Right here. Right now. Here you go: the essential how-to guide, no experience required.

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Advice for beginning social media marketers.

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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 Community Managers Can Build Lasting Relationships With Fans

social media how toDo your fans feel like they know you?

Do you show genuine interest in your audience?

People connect with others when there’s an emotional tie.

In this article you’ll discover how to use four traits to win audience engagement and help your business thrive.

Why Commit to Your Fans

Being a good virtual citizen requires basic housekeeping like thanking people for engaging with you and promoting excellent content.

But if that’s the only effort you’re putting out there, it’s likely you have low engagement because your audience doesn’t have a true connection with you. They can tell you’re just going through the motions.

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Kickstarter’s genuine engagement has amassed over 900k followers on Facebook.

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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 Enhance Social Engagement for Your Website

social media how to Do you want more social engagement on your website?

Would you like visitors to tell their friends about you?

In this article I’ll show you six ways to integrate social visibility into your website.

#1: Start with Social Share Buttons

The easier your site is to share, the more likely your visitors are to share it. Whether you want shares for a blog, an ecommerce product or a conversion landing page (such as an ebook download or a contest), code in prominent sharing options.

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Social share buttons come in all shapes and sizes.

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Network With Social Media

social media how to Do you want to quickly find and meet contacts related to your industry?

Are you looking for ways to establish a long-term relationship with those connections?

It can be tough to make first contact without coming on too strong.

But if you engage with someone before you pitch and let them get to know you a little bit, you have a better chance of creating a solid relationship.

In this article I’ll show you four ways you can use social media to meet market influencers and expand your network.

Why Social Networking?

Even if you live in the middle of nowhere (like me) you can build a network of influential colleagues. How great is it that we live in a time where you can meet anyone from anywhere without leaving the comfort of your office?

The usual networking methods still apply, of course: attending conferences, joining or starting mastermind groups and meeting friends of friends.

But social media opens a larger sphere of opportunity.

Below I show you how Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn—and a combination thereof—ensure your first interaction with a potential connection is a lasting one.

#1: Leverage Your Facebook Connections

Given that half a billion people use Facebook, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to find networking opportunities there.

To start your search, use Facebook’s graph search to find potential friends by using the People I May Know option. This works best if you already have business contacts on Facebook.

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Search for influencers in your market with Facebook’s Open Graph.

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Stop Marketing, Start Engaging: How to Get Social Media to Really Work

Do you use social media marketing to grow your business?

Are you wondering how to get others to say great things about your brand or product?

To discover the common mistakes social media marketers make and how to fix them, I interview Scott Stratten 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 Scott Stratten, author of UnMarketing and co-host of the UnPodcast. His latest book is QR Codes Kill Kittens.

Scott shares how marketers can improve social media by engaging their audiences.

You’ll discover how to use social media marketing effectively, and how brands can get talked about in a positive way.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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4 Steps to Building an Engaging Presence on Social Media

social media how toDo you want to increase awareness of your brand online?

Are you ready to take the plunge and use content to connect with your audience on social media?

If you shift your thinking and perception about what makes your brand successful, you can tease out great content that will undoubtedly catch the attention of potential customers.

In this article, I’ll show you how to start building an engaging presence on social media in four easy steps.

#1: Build a Targeted Community

The first step is to build a community of people who care about what your brand has to offer.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ page or all of the above. As long as you have a starting point, you can start building your audience on social media.

Haphazardly trying to build a large community won’t be very helpful. Your best bet will be to build a targeted community. How do you build targeted communities? Generally speaking, there are two ways.

Organic Community-Building

To build a community through organic means, you must provide share-worthy and useful content that’s relevant specifically to the audience you want to reach. The more your content (on any social network) gets shared, the more eyes see it.

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Whole Foods shares recipes that its food-based community will enjoy and then share with others.

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