Would you like to grow your business using social media?
In this article you’ll discover the social media “Secret Sauce” that anyone can use to grow their business without spending money on advertising.
The Cheapskate’s Guide to Marketing
Alison Prince–a self-described “cheapskate at heart” and owner of Pick Your Plum, an online retailer specializing in limited-time discount deals–grew her business 800-fold using what she calls her “Secret Sauce”.
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.
Do you want more people sharing your content across social channels?
Blog posts are the hub of your social media presence.
In this article you’ll discover how to use your blog to improve social media shares on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
#1: Integrate Blog and Social Media Comments
Many bloggers are discovering something interesting: When they update Facebook with a link to a new blog article, fans are leaving comments on the Facebook update instead of the blog.
Do you need to set up a social media campaign?
Do you know how to get started?
Establishing a strong team and a day-to-day plan are important for any successful social media campaign.
In this article I’ll show you the five core elements you need to build a social media marketing campaign that works.
A Social Media Campaign Example
Do you appeal to your audience’s emotions to drive sales?
Our brains are hardwired to base decisions on emotion and familiarity.
In this article I’ll show you four ways you can use behavorial triggers to get more out of your social media marketing.
Visual and Emotional Content Inspire Action
As a marketer, your job is to drive behavior in others–whether it be a click, like or purchase.
It can be a challenge to know how to inspire those actions, but a little background on how people process and react to their surroundings can help you do just that.
I’m going to tell you about the basics of our “brain biology,” and then give you examples of how you can use it to your advantage.
Wondering if you should focus on Instagram or podcasting, or put more effort into blogging?
In our sixth annual social media study, more than 2800 marketers reveal where they focus their social media activities, which social tactics are most effective and how content plays a role into their social media marketing.
Watch this video overview:
Do you wonder if it should be?
When humor fits with your brand’s online identity, it can be a powerful social media tool.
In this article I’ll show you examples of three ways you can use humor to grab attention.
Define Your Online Tone
Humor is an excellent addition to your social media toolbox. It makes your brand memorable, invites conversation and improves shares, likes or retweets.
If you want to use humor as a social media marketing tactic, you’ll find good examples later in this article, but first let’s talk about the importance of defining your online voice (or tone). Humor relies on having the right tone.
Are you looking for new ways to generate leads?
As marketers and business owners, you’re constantly looking for potential customers.
In this article you’ll find 16 resources to help you generate leads with social media.
How to Generate Leads
Before you boost your social media lead generation, it’s essential to make sure you’ve established yourself as an authority in your field through your website, blog and enewsletter, as well as your business practices.
These points of contact are incredibly useful for generating leads, and at the very least, are perfect for maintaining contact with your readers, subscribers and customers.
10 Ways to Turn Your Blog Into a Lead-Generation Machine: This “10-step prescription to increase your visibility and attract more qualified folks to your site” by Ann Handley on Entrepreneur is a matter-of-fact way to look at your blog strategy through the lens of lead gen.
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.