3 Ways to Use Humor to Keep Your Audience Coming Back

social media how toIs humor part of your brand’s personality?

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.

tone of voice triangle

Which two elements fit best with your brand’s voice?

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16 Resources to Generate Leads With Social Media

social media how to Do you want to get more business through social media?

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.

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Discover several ways to generate leads on Entrepreneur.com.

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Marketers Not Prepared for Negative Feedback: New Research

social media research Do you have a plan to handle negative feedback?

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.

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Remember the old saying—no one plans to fail, they fail to plan.

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.

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How To Build a Content Strategy Using a Social Media Audit

social media how toDo 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.

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Identify your competitors using SEMrush.

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How to Promote Your Content With Social Media

social media how to Do you put a lot of time and effort into the content you create?

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?

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5 Tips for Developing Better Blogger Outreach

social media how toAre you looking for new blogger outreach tactics?

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.

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Bloggers have wide networks that can work for your brand. Image source: iStockPhoto.com.

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Stop Marketing, Start Engaging: How to Get Social Media to Really Work

Do you use social media marketing to grow your business?

Are you wondering how to get others to say great things about your brand or product?

To discover the common mistakes social media marketers make and how to fix them, I interview Scott Stratten for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

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).

In this episode, I interview Scott Stratten, author of UnMarketing and co-host of the UnPodcast. His latest book is QR Codes Kill Kittens.

Scott shares how marketers can improve social media by engaging their audiences.

You’ll discover how to use social media marketing effectively, and how brands can get talked about in a positive way.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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10 Social Media Tips to Enhance Your Marketing, From the Pros

social media how to Are you serious about kicking your social media marketing up a notch?

Do you want tips that will help you stay ahead of the social media marketing curve?

Here’s some great advice from ten social media pros.

In this article I share 10 social tips from the pros to improve your social media marketing in 2014.

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5 Ways to Use Pictures to Tell Visual Stories With Social Media

social media how toAre you sharing your stories with your fans?

Do you use pictures in your social marketing?

People want pictures in their social channels.

When done right, these pictures become visual stories.

In this article, I’ll show you how five brands are using pictures to share their stories and why that’s important.

Great Marketers Are Great Storytellers

As a marketer, you know the importance of stories, but do you know how to tell a story with few or no words at all?

“We’ve now entered a phase in which visual communication is supplanting the written word,” says Bob Lisbonne, CEO of Luminate and former SVP of Netscape.” Some are now calling it the dawn of the Imagesphere.”

Our brains process pictures 60,000 times faster than text. When your brand shares a picture, your fans decide in a split second whether they want to see more.

People upload about 250 million photographs to Facebook every day, and Twitter has become more visual, showing photos and videos right in your feed.

The growth of other image-rich sites like Pinterest has been stratospheric, and apps such as Instagram, Vine and even Snapchat aren’t just for teenagers–savvy marketers are using them too.

These channels help you tell stories that create engagement, build communities and ultimately help nurture brand loyalty and long-term relationships with customers.

Below I’ll show you how five brands are using visual stories to engage their audiences.

#1: Give Life to Your Products

Stories don’t have to be history and they don’t have to be long. In fact, quick-moving social platforms encourage using fewer words. Twitter has always limited you to 140 characters, but now you can add a picture or video to your update to reinforce your message.

Whole Foods Market used this picture on Twitter to emphasize how their products fit into customers’ lifestyles:

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Whole Foods Market connects with followers by sharing pictures of their products.

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