Five Ways a Business Grew 800-Fold With Social Media

social media case studiesDo you want to increase your sales, but don’t have money for advertising?

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”.

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Discover 5 ways you can use social media to grow your business.

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4 Ways to Maximize Your Network With Social Media

social media how to Do you want to quickly find and meet contacts related to your industry?

Are you looking for ways to establish a long-term relationship with those connections?

It can be tough to make first contact without coming on too strong.

But if you engage with someone before you pitch and let them get to know you a little bit, you have a better chance of creating a solid relationship.

In this article I’ll show you four ways you can use social media to meet market influencers and expand your network.

Why Social Networking?

Even if you live in the middle of nowhere (like me) you can build a network of influential colleagues. How great is it that we live in a time where you can meet anyone from anywhere without leaving the comfort of your office?

The usual networking methods still apply, of course: attending conferences, joining or starting mastermind groups and meeting friends of friends.

But social media opens a larger sphere of opportunity.

Below I show you how Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn—and a combination thereof—ensure your first interaction with a potential connection is a lasting one.

#1: Leverage Your Facebook Connections

Given that half a billion people use Facebook, there’s a very good chance you’ll be able to find networking opportunities there.

To start your search, use Facebook’s graph search to find potential friends by using the People I May Know option. This works best if you already have business contacts on Facebook.

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Search for influencers in your market with Facebook’s Open Graph.

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How to Use Social Media to Promote an Event

social media how toAre you wondering how to promote an event with social media?

Whether you’re planning a small local gathering or a large conference, social media can be used to get the word out in a powerful way.

In this article I’ll reveal seven creative ways to use social media to increase your chances for a gangbuster event.

Start With a Marketing Plan

The first thing you need to do is develop a high-level marketing plan. This will include answering the “who, what, where, when, why and how long” questions for your event.

Check out this video on how to create a marketing plan.

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10 Reasons You Should Attend Social Media Marketing World 2014

social media reviewsDo you attend conferences?

What if you could rub shoulders and soak in knowledge from the social media pros you follow online?

Imagine networking with 2,000 fellow marketers in beautiful San Diego, California.

Now add the waterfront Manchester Grand Hyatt, an opening-night party on a naval aircraft carrier and 60 expert-led sessions.

You can now bring this vision to reality.

Introducing Social Media Marketing World 2014…

Social Media Examiner founder and CEO Mike Stelzner and his team have prepared the social media marketing conference of the year—Social Media Marketing World 2014!

Running from Wednesday, March 26 through Friday, March 28, 2014 in San Diego, California, this in-person conference is designed to offer outstanding content infused with a truly social experience.

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6 Tips for Finding Prospects on LinkedIn

social media how toAre you using LinkedIn to connect with new leads and clients?

Do you want to learn about social selling tactics on LinkedIn?

Social selling is the use of social media to discover and connect with new leads and new clients.

In this article, you’ll discover a 6-step process to find new leads and attract new clients on LinkedIn.

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Start social selling on LinkedIn with these 6 simple steps. Image source: iStockphoto

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How to Use the LinkedIn Contacts Feature

social media how toAre you looking for a smarter way to stay in touch with your most important business relationships?

What if you could store all of your contacts in one place?

Well now you can with LinkedIn Contacts.

In this article, you’ll discover how LinkedIn Contacts looks and take a tour through its features.

What is LinkedIn Contacts?

LinkedIn announced the new LinkedIn Contacts in April.

This new feature brings together all your address books, emails and calendars, and keeps them up to date in one place.

From these sources, LinkedIn will automatically pull in the details of your past conversations and meetings, and bring those details directly into your contact’s profile.

Contacts hasn’t been rolled out to everyone yet, so you may have to check back later or join the waitlist.

To see if you have this new feature, click on Contacts in the top navigation. If you’ve been given access to the new functionality, it will look like the screenshot below.

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The first screen in the new LinkedIn Contacts feature.

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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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10 Ways to Use Social Media to Promote an Event

social media how toAre you wondering how to promote an event with social media?

Whether you have a small local gathering or a large conference, social media can be used to get the word out in a powerful way.

In this article I’ll reveal 10 creative ways to use social media to increase your chances for a gangbuster event.

#1: Create Video People Will Share

Because events take place in person, they engage the senses in a way online content can’t.

Creating a stellar video with great visuals and sound can not only help drive people to your event, it also increases the chances people will want to share it with friends.

Check out this video from Social Media Marketing World 2013 for creative ideas.

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How to Build Powerful In-Person Networks From Your Social Contacts

social media how toWould you like to make lasting contacts from your social media friends and fans?

According to a Harvard Business Review blog post entitled, “Three New Networks for the Digital Age,” just having an online network isn’t enough.

In this post, I’ll explore steps you can take to turn those online contacts to offline business relationships. I’ll use the thought of heading to a large event or conference as the stake in the ground so you have a “when and where” for connecting with some of your online contacts.

Here are 8 things you can do to turn social media contacts into offline business relationships.

#1: Get Clear on Your Goals

Start out by using a tool like Evernote to capture some of your thoughts.

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Evernote allows you to create your plans in a linear fashion.

Capture what you’re currently working on, your current goals, the people you think can help you move your goals forward and what you’re currently looking to learn. (You may or may not actually have a name for your direction, but a title will do—think of creating a networking persona.)

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