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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How Big Brands Keep Their Social Media Audiences Engaged

social media how toLooking for ideas to spark conversation with your fans?

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.

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Facebook increased entries for Doritos’ yearly video contest.

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7 Ways to Increase Your Blog’s Social Media Shares

social media how toAre your blog posts irresistibly sharable?

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.

7 ways to increase your blogs social media shares

Find out how you can improve social media shares from your blog.

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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.

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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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