Are small tasks taking up too much of your time?
When you know where tools can help you most, you can decide which tools best suit your needs.
In this article I’ll address three time-consuming areas and share social media tools to help you save time.
#1: Streamline Daily Tasks
Not every task is created equal. It would be so helpful to have an organizational tool that lets you work more efficiently and effectively, wouldn’t it?
HootSuite, Sprout Social and SocialFlow are all tools that fill the bill. They help you streamline some of the more basic items on your daily list so you can have more time to spend on your growing to-do list.
Tracking social mentions, finding interesting content and following industry news is important, but time-consuming.
In this article you’ll discover six ways to optimize your listening tasks and the tools to get it done.
Why Social Listening?
To build community, start conversations, deepen existing relationships, keep up with brand mentions and watch for customer service opportunities, you have to listen.
As you probably know from experience, social listening can be a job in and of itself, nevermind your other social media marketing duties.
Want to know the best ways to leverage social media for your small business?
If you haven’t used social media to market your products and services, you’re going to love how easy it is to get started.
In this article, I’ll show you seven steps you can take to make social media marketing work for you.
Why Social Media for Small Businesses?
As a startup or small business owner, you know there’s a lot to accomplish with limited resources.
Traditional marketing can be a drain on your funds. Social media marketing, on the other hand, is pretty low-cost and gives you a direct line to current and prospective customers.
Are you wondering how to be human with your social marketing?
To learn why so many marketers struggle connecting with people via social media and what you can do to fix it, I interview Bryan Kramer for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
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).
Bryan shares what it takes for marketers to connect on a human level online.
You’ll discover the techniques that work best and examples you can use in your social marketing.
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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 know if your social media efforts are worthwhile?
Social media measurement is one of the most frustrating challenges business face.
In this article I’ll show you three simple measurement strategies that can fit into one of your future campaigns.
In order to measure the effectiveness of your social campaigns, it’s critical that you know your objective.
The first step when considering social analytics is to establish a listening strategy.
In social media, listening acts as a guide through the ever-changing and interesting world of the blogosphere.
Why? Because listening is an ongoing process that is necessary to keep a strategy fresh and competitive. It enables decision-makers to find and better understand opportunities and stakeholders.
So, exactly how do you go about listening?
#1: Determine your target audience
Once an organization has determined whom to target, it’s critical to understand where to engage them online. A common misperception is that all social networks are the same and therefore everyone is on the same platform.
Keep reading to learn how…
Google Alerts has its uses, but it is simply not effective as a stand-alone tool for monitoring social media conversations on a day-to-day basis. Dozens of paid options exist, including Radian6, SAS and Lithium.
However, with an RSS reader and some Internet savvy, you can build a powerful social media listening post at no cost. This article will show you how.
Knowing where your company is mentioned online, who’s doing the mentioning and how others are responding is crucial to 1) understanding the “buzz” about you, 2) addressing complaints and negative mentions quickly, 3) knowing the impact (or lack thereof) of your marketing efforts, and 4) shaping social media marketing efforts to reach the right people (key influencers) on their preferred platform.
You’ve likely heard stories about how big companies are using Twitter as a powerful listening tool. And although Chris Brogan has been telling us to grow bigger ears for a while, what are you actually doing about it?
Do you want to improve your Twitter listening skills? Here’s a closer look at how to monitor your brand, yourself or your competitors using Twitter (and you don’t need to be a big business!).