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 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.
Do you know how to measure your engagement?
These issues and more are faced by many social media marketers.
In this article, I’ll share research and tips to help you overcome common challenges social media marketers face.
#1: Marketers Lack Plan for Negative Comments
When it comes to dealing with negative social buzz, more than half of marketers still aren’t sure what to do.
Research published on eMarketer shows only 45% of marketers currently have an effective strategy to deal with negative social media posts; 23% don’t have any kind of plan; 25% are working on getting a plan; and 8% have a plan that doesn’t work.
Dealing with negative social media posts can be time-consuming and uncomfortable, particularly if you don’t have a written policy for handling them. Rather than waiting until disgruntled customers or anonymous haters (you should be able to tell them apart!) show up, make a plan for handling those situations before they arise.
Do you want to create a strong social media content strategy?
Are you looking for tools to help you analyze the content on your competitors’ social media profiles?
To create a content strategy that engages and motivates your audience, you need to do a comprehensive social media audit.
In this article I’ll share how to perform a social media audit to build a successful social media content strategy.
#1: Identify Your Competitors
Most businesses have already identified the main players in their industry by searching Google or social networks.
If you don’t already have a list of competitors at hand, just search for your site on SEMrush to see a list of related providers. SEMrush automatically sorts them by competition level based on how many common keywords the sites rank for in Google.
Do you want that content to be seen by as many people as possible?
A master chef can present the same meal in 100 different ways, and you can do the same thing with your content.
In this article, I’ll show you the best practices of presenting the same piece of content in multiple ways on the same networks.
#1: Feature It on Facebook
Facebook offers you three different ways to post your content: links posts, posts with images and video/rich media. Let’s dive into your options with the different post formats possible.
Facebook Link Posts
A link post is when you want to share a link in your Facebook update. Did you know that you’re able edit the headline, link description and preview image on any link post?
Have you considered working with bloggers as ambassadors?
In this article, I’ll show you five ways to promote your brand through blogger outreach.
Why Blogger Outreach?
Marketing has evolved into P2P (person to person) instead of B2C or B2B. It’s no longer about pushing your message out to people; it’s about making a connection with people who will tell others about you.
Bloggers have a distinct advantage when it comes to spreading your message. They have direct access to your target audience and can influence purchasing decisions with word-of-mouth marketing.
Research from BlogHer has shown that 81% of the online population trusts information and advice they get from bloggers and that 61% have made a purchase based on a blogger’s recommendation.