7 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Engagement

social media how toIs your company’s social media as stale as last month’s bread?

Would you like to get more people-to-people interaction and begin a real conversation with your audience on social media?

No matter your company’s industry or size, you can encourage these deeper connections and improve your social media engagement.

Here are some tips to help you encourage people-to-people interaction, whether you are on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Foursquare or Instagram.

#1: Use Facebook to Highlight Employees and Reach Out to Fans

Your company is only as good as your hardworking employees—so don’t be afraid to highlight them.

SEOmoz uses Facebook photo albums to highlight their employees.

The SEOmoz Facebook Page does an excellent job of this. Two examples in particular really jump out.

The “Then and Now” photo album: Employees provided photos from their youth along with recent photos of themselves. This is a great way to show fans the human side of SEOmoz. Plus, the baby pictures are adorable.

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SEOmoz does a wonderful job of featuring employees, like in this “Then and Now” photo album.

The “What are Mozzers listening to?” photo album: All it took was snapping photos of employees with their headphones on and asking them what they were listening to. The result is an inside look at company culture.

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How to Improve Your Social Media Calls to Action

social media how toIs your audience responding to your social activities?

Have you integrated the right calls to action into your social media strategy?

A call to action is a way for you to entice your social media audience to focus their attention on the next action you want them to take.

Here are seven steps for crafting calls to action to get your social community to do what you’d like them to and transform your social media marketing to get the results you want.

#1: Determine What You Want Prospects to Do

Your call to action should encourage readers to engage with you further.

You’ll want to break the activity into smaller steps that make sense to your audience. You can lose prospects at each step of the process, so you want to make it very easy for them.

Make readers an offer they want. What will get prospects to commit now? Your offer will vary based on your business and where the prospect is in the sales process. You can consider offering white paper downloads, ebooks, ongoing emails, discount coupons and/or free consultations.

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5 Mobile Video Apps to Boost Online Engagement

social media toolsDo you want to use videos to market your business?

Are you wondering if there are simple mobile apps to make this possible?

In this article I’ll review five mobile video apps and share how they can boost your online engagement.

Why Mobile Video?

Vine, Twitter’s mobile video app, has business and marketing professionals considering the numerous ways video apps can be used to increase engagement.

Ekaterina Walter, social innovator at Intel and author of Think Like Zuck, recently predicted that “2013 will be the year of visual marketing”. Walter based this prediction, in part, on the fact that “…visuals and video done right are highly effective in cutting through the noise.”

This prediction has already proven true with a burst of new video apps and upgrades hitting the market. And some of these offer unique opportunities for savvy marketers.

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How to Make Your Facebook Contests Stand Out

social media how toDo you run contests on Facebook?

Would you like to make your next Facebook contest stand out?

This article will give you 4 ideas to improve your next Facebook contest.

Why Facebook Contests?

Facebook contests are a popular way for you to get your audience engaged and excited about your brand. More and more companies have adopted the use of Facebook contests to better track participation and engagement.

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Contests are a popular marketing tactic for businesses on Facebook.

With so many companies using contests, even if you’ve read 9 Tips for Running Successful Facebook Contests, it can be hard to differentiate yourself. Your Facebook fans are pummeled with tons of advertisements and other promotions. So it’s important to stand out against your competitors.

Simply giving out a free iPad or a gift card isn’t enough to attract the attention of social followers.

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10 Mobile Apps No Conference Attendee Should Be Without

social media toolsAre you wondering what apps can enhance your networking at conferences?

There’s something about a “real-world” conference that can’t be duplicated.

However, your experience can be enhanced with the right apps.

When attending a real-world conference, you benefit from the energy of a room full of like-minded people, the ability to grab lunch with a favorite presenter and the opportunities to network with other attendees.

In this article I’ll reveal mobile apps that can help you maximize your time and results when attending your next real-world conference.

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16 Ways Businesses Are Using Twitter Vine

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Are you wondering how the new Twitter Vine (think ultra short videos) could work for your business?

Vine is a new mobile app that allows you to capture life from your mobile device in short, six-second looping videos.

You can share these short videos with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends.

Think of it as Instagram, except with videos instead of pictures.

In today’s post, I’ll show you some creative uses of Vine for business.

Editor’s note: You can click on any video to pause it.

#1: Engage Your Followers in Conversation

Start a conversation with your followers using a Vine video.

Simon & Schuster does this by not just asking what followers will be reading this weekend—they give them visual cues on what they could be reading.

It could spark any reader to go to their local bookstore or order a new title online. Hence this update is great for engagement and sales.

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21 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

social media how toAre you struggling to keep up to date with the best social media marketing tips?

Would you like to know how to get the best results with your social media marketing?

We asked twenty-one social media marketing experts to share their best social media tips today.

Here’s what they had to say.

#1: Attract Leads With Facebook Offers

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Amy Porterfield

If you’re looking for a new way to attract quality leads using social media, try Facebook Offers.

Facebook Offers are a type of Facebook ad, but they work a bit differently than a traditional Facebook Ad. You can set them up directly from your Facebook Page (no need to go into the Ads dashboard) and they can be created for offline and online businesses.

Although you can use them for many different promotions, I’ve seen the highest conversion rates when marketers use Offers to attract quality leads.

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Here's an example of a lead generating Facebook Offer.

Here’s why they work:

  1. Offers are promoted in the news feed (as opposed to being placed in the right-hand column on Facebook where you usually see marketplace ads).
  2. Ads in the news feed can get up to six times more engagement than ads in the right-hand column on Facebook.
  3. You can hyper-target your Offers to ensure that only the Facebook users who will have a genuine interest in your brand see them.
  4. When a user clicks on your Offer in the news feed, Facebook sends that user an email to their personal email account outside of Facebook. That means that your Offer is not only seen on Facebook, but now you are getting into the email boxes of interested prospects.
  5. When prospects open their email, they will see a link to your website or an opt-in page (wherever you choose to send people to claim your offer).

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How Ford Engages Customers With Social Media

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Scott Monty, head of social media at Ford Motor Company.

Scott shares how to connect and engage  your customers with social media. He also explains how Ford uses Google+ and blogging to engage customers and what this means for their business.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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What Makes Videos Go Viral?

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Scott Stratten, author of the book Un-Marketing. Scott talks about why he believes businesses need to stop marketing and start engaging.

You’ll discover the biggest marketing mistakes businesses make today and how to remedy them. Scott also talks about some of his successful video marketing campaigns and shares great tips on how to make viral videos.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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