Is networking a big part of your job or business?
Have you participated in or considered starting a discussion group?
The good news is LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ all offer options.
In this post, we’re going to look at how social media groups work for businesses and how you can benefit from them as both an owner and a participant.
#1: Google+ Communities
Let’s start with the newest kid on the block for social media groups: Google+ communities. When Google+ launched communities in December 2012, they grew at lightning speed. You can now find thousands of communities that cover every topic.
Benefits as a Member
One of the nice parts about Google+ communities is that you can participate in them using your personal profile or your business page—an option you won’t find on any other social network. This means that you can build your business’s authority on a particular topic within communities.
Do you want to maximize the impact of your social networking efforts?
Basic housekeeping tasks are necessary for maintaining complete and engaging profiles.
Are you unsure about where and how to focus your efforts to meet your lead generation goals?
If you’re starting a lead generation campaign, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are all excellent places to begin, but knowing how to pull leads from the conversations that happen on these platforms takes some knowledge and practice.
In this article, I’ll share 4 ways you can use social media to generate inbound marketing leads for your business.
#1: Twitter Chats
Twitter chats are frequently scheduled discussions hosted by a Twitter account. Each chat uses a particular hashtag so that other Twitter users can follow the conversation even though topics change with each discussion.
Because of the focused audience communities that participate in Twitter chats, they are a great place to generate leads for your business.
Wondering how the wide choice of devices and platforms are impacting marketers and consumers?
According to the 2013 Infinite Dial Report by Edison Research, media usage is not a zero-sum game.
Consumers want to use all channels simultaneously, and as a marketer, you have to keep up by tracking them down wherever they go.
To do that, you’ll need to understand these 6 emerging trends that will have a significant impact on your marketing strategies.
#1: Media Fragmentation
Consumers are everywhere, all at the same time. According to the Edison report, there are 256 million U.S. users on TV, 243 million on radio, 232 million on the Internet, 182 million connected at home via broadband, 177 million connected at home via wi-fi, and 139 million smartphone users.
In this age of multimedia consumption, consumers are using more devices across a common set of platforms to do more things than ever. That means marketers have to play catch-up and shift away from strategies of the past. Today, the “e” in ecommerce means “everywhere.”
Are you B2B in a niche market and wondering if social media is relevant to your audience?
Drillinginfo, a software as a service (SaaS) company serving the global oil and gas industry, is a B2B provider in a very specialized niche market, which has been actively using social media since September 2012.
Their goals are to emphasize their role as an oil and gas intelligence company and boost the perception of the company as a thought leader in the industry.
Since September 2012, they have increased their blog readership by over 2000% and developed relationships with influential industry leaders through social media.
Current and potential customers have indicated that the Drillinginfo blog is a premier source of information in the oil and gas industry, which is exactly what the company wants.
Want some actionable tips to employ social media in your next launch?
If so, keep reading as I explore nine ways we used social media to help launch a new project.
You’re sure to find unusual tactics that will help you with your next launch.
Why Social Media for a Launch?
Social media has changed everything when it comes to marketing.
Now, instead of spending a ton of money hoping to get in front of the “press,” you are the media. Social media allows you to connect with people and encourage engagement with very little money and only a nominal effort.
Does the idea of displaying a Facebook ad only to your prospects list sound interesting?
This could give your marketing a boost and help build your brand’s image on Facebook.
In this post, I’ll show you two ways to use Facebook’s Custom Audiences to connect with your customers and prospects on Facebook.
And I’ll also show you how to create and use your first custom audience.
What’s a Custom Audience?
Wondering how other businesses are using apps to better serve their customers?
Keep reading to discover many ways businesses are using Facebook apps.
Why Facebook Apps?
There are many reasons why you may want to consider using Facebook apps. They can provide communication between your customers and your customer service team, allow people to sign up for and receive your newsletter or provide your customers with special rewards.
Each of these uses can help you create a deeper relationship with your customers and foster brand loyalty. If you use a fangate to conceal the content on strategic app tabs from non-fans, you can also increase the number of likes your Page is getting.
In this article, we’ll explore 6 ways to successfully use Facebook apps to build the reputation of your brand and reach your customer service goals.
#1: Keep Customers in the Know
Email remains a very popular marketing tool and sending interested users email updates in the form of a newsletter keeps them in the know about your business.
Use a newsletter signup app to collect email addresses so you have an additional way to communicate with your customers when they leave Facebook. You can even ask people to like your Page to reveal the newsletter signup form.
Publish status updates to tease newsletter content and then direct your fans to the app where they can sign up to receive the full newsletter.
The popular yoga and music festival, Wanderlust, has events all over North America, all year long. Wanderlust uses a newsletter signup app as a way to stay connected with fans and tell them what’s happening where and when.
Are they starting to feel drab or dated?
Your social profiles may be in dire need of a refresh!
And are you sharing the types of updates tailored to the latest platform designs and suited for today’s social media marketing?
With recent changes to major platforms, you may be missing out on using some of the cool new options.
To freshen up your social media profiles and take advantage of the latest updates, implement any of the following five ideas.
#1: Optimize Your Google+ Profile for the Platform’s New Design
Google+ social profiles were recently redesigned. This represents a great opportunity to freshen up your Google+ profile and review your Google+ content strategy!