Looking for the latest social media trends to inform your marketing?
Based on new research, here are five areas you should start paying attention to right away.
Note: This article is based on Exact Target’s 2014 State of Marketing Report, which shows top marketing objectives, priorities and concerns for 2014.
#1: Social Listening Becoming Important
More brands are beginning to really listen to their customers.
According to the report, 60% of marketers were using social listening strategies in 2013 and 24% plan to do so in 2014. The sad news is that only 31% of marketers think their social listening is fully effective.
Do you feel as if you’re spending lots of time on social media with little direction and few results?
In this article, I’ll show you how to streamline your social media marketing to achieve your goals.
#1: Set Realistic Goals for Your Business
When you set goals for your business, set one realistic goal that’s measurable.
For example, if you own a local flower shop and you sell 20-25 flower arrangements per day, try starting off with a goal of selling 30 per day.
Adding an extra 5-10 sales a day is certainly more realistic than adding 30.
Do you want to get more people inside your organization to support your social media activities?
If so, you’re not alone. Small businesses to Fortune 500 companies find themselves facing these challenges.
In this article, I’ll show you how to create an internal social media structure that will help you develop an effective long-term social media presence.
#1: Define the End Goal
First, identify how and why social media will be used to meet specific business and brand goals.
According to research conducted by Constant Contact, over 50% of small businesses need help with social media.
While many businesses have a social media presence, many are not engaging on those platforms and thus not meeting their goals.
With planning, your small business can use social media effectively.
Here are seven steps to a social media strategy for your business.
#1: Determine Your Business Objectives for Social Media
How do you want to use social media to help your business? What goals do you want to achieve?
Make your goals as concrete, measurable and achievable as possible. For example, if you currently get five new leads a month, setting a goal to get 100 new leads in the next 12 months is more realistic than setting a goal to get 5,000 new leads.
Do you need to convince your boss—or a client—that Facebook is a worthy marketing investment?
In this article I’ll show you 7 things you can do to convince decision-makers of the value Facebook.
#1: Assess Your Goals
Before you can convince anyone that they need to be on Facebook, you’ll need to understand what they want to accomplish.
Remember that not every business needs to be on Facebook.
If you are in a B2B that sells concrete to two or three huge companies, LinkedIn might be a better fit.
Are you wondering what the common themes of social media experts are these days?
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?
A 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.
Do you want to reexamine how you’ve been using social networks?
In this post, I’ll cover 26 tips, an A-Z guide, to help you understand the backbone of successful social media strategies.
#1: Assess and Reassess
One way to assess whether to use one of the “big four” social networking sites as Samson Lov refers to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+, is by looking at the statistics—number of users on each network.
Statistical data is an interesting factor to look at while you decide where to build presences. However, keep in mind it’s one of many perspectives. Some social networking sites may make more sense for your business than others. We’ll discuss this further in Tip #19, Start Somewhere and Start Small.
Social media return on investment (ROI) is simply a measurement of efficiency. It’s a lot of things to a lot of people: “return on inactivity,” “return on innovation” and “return on engagement.”
However, in a stricter sense, social media ROI is defined as a measure of the efficiency of a social media marketing campaign. This definition might sound complicated, but in reality, it’s quite simple.
According to the 2010 Social Media Marketing Report , 67% of marketers plan to increase their use of social media channels including blogs, Twitter, and Facebook.
As more companies integrate social media into their marketing and communications plans, emphasis needs to be on creating a social media strategy. Without a strategy, you’ll undoubtedly be sucked into a social media time sink.
So how exactly do you develop this strategy?