***Winners Announcement***

Free Ticket Contest Results

Congratulations to the winners of the Social Media Success Summit Free Ticket Contest 2015.

Kelley Stephenson (@StevensonKelley) won the written contest, with a humorous description of her biggest marketing challenges that starts, “So I’m a ‘milennial’ and I’m supposed to have this whole social media game figured out already…” Read Kelley’s full winning entry here.

Teressa Morris (@teressamorris) won the Twitter contest by random selection.

Kelley and Teressa will be enjoying admission to the Social Media Success Summit–the online mega-conference designed to empower and inspire you with social media marketing tactics, brought to by Social Media Examiner.–for free!

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2015 contest.

****End of Winners Announcement***

 

NOTE: This contest is now closed.

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Social Media Examiner has worked hard to bring you our seventh-annual Social Media Success Summit. This is our best event ever!

And we’ve come up with two fun ways for you to get involved.

First, what is this event?

Social Media Success Summit 2015 is the world’s largest online conference dedicated to helping marketers and business owners master social media marketing.

Thirty-five of the world’s most respected social media experts will share their strategies with you.

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social media how toDo you sometimes feel like a gerbil in a cage, watching the world of social media change as you’re stuck in place?

Are you looking for a solution to fast-track your social media marketing skills?

Understanding the underlying cause of your marketing friction can help free you to make real progress.

In this article I’ll reveal the five major challenges social media marketers face and a way to overcome them.

5 Reasons Social Media Marketers Struggle

Is social media a key part of your business?

If it is, then you’re likely very busy. Your to-do list is never-ending.

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social media toolsAre you looking for new social media marketing tools?

Do you want to know which tools today’s social media professionals recommend?

It’s not always easy to know which tools are worth checking out or how to use them. We asked 15 top social media marketers to share the tools they find most useful right now.

In this article you’ll discover 14 tools to add to your social media marketing toolbox and why you should consider using them.

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Find 14 social media marketing tools recommended by the pros.

#1: Quill Engage for Automatic Google Analytics Reports

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Ian Cleary

Google Analytics is full of valuable information, but sometimes there’s too much data to sift through. There are times when it would be easier to have a simple overview.

Quill Engage is a free tool that connects with your Google Analytics account and emails you a weekly summary of your data. It tells you about your site’s traffic growth or decline, where your traffic came from the previous week, which post got the most traffic and much more.

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***UPDATE (9/17/14): We have our winners. The blog post winner of two free tickets is Selene Francesca for this post. The Twitter contest winner who receives one free ticket is @Kuvy.***

Want to win a free ticket to the largest online social media marketing event of the year?

Social Media Examiner has worked hard to bring you our sixth-annual Social Media Success Summit. This is our biggest event ever!

And we’ve come up with a fun way to get you involved.

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Find out how to win a ticket to #SMSS14.

First, what is this event?

Social Media Success Summit 2014 is a large online conference dedicated to helping marketers and business owners master social media marketing.

More than 2000 businesses have already signed up! Hundreds of small businesses and well-known brands such as AAA, IBM, Dell, Disney, Target, Staples, CBN, 3M, LexisNexus, Discovery Financial Services, MGM Resorts, Master Card, US Air Force Academy, Adobe, Discovery Communications, Autodesk, ABC Television, Purdue University, University of Texas and the Nashville Symphony will be attending this year’s summit.

Forty-five of the world’s most respected social media experts will share their strategies with you.

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social media reviews Could your social media marketing efforts use a boost?

Are you looking to improve your professional development when it comes to social media?

Are there social networks you’ve been avoiding because you don’t have time to figure out what works?

If so, Social Media Examiner has just the event for you.

In this article I’ll share seven reasons you should attend the upcoming Social Media Success Summit.

Why Attend Social Media Success Summit 2014?

Social Media Success Summit is a live online conference spread out over four weeks—October 7, 2014 to October 30, 2014. The conference empowers you to use social media to gain more exposure for your brand, increase traffic to your website, cultivate more responsive audiences and grow your business.

Watch this “behind the scenes” tour.

These techniques give you tactics and latest techniques that will speed your path to marketing success.

Last year, 3,000 marketers attended the conference from around the globe, including thousands of small business owners and marketers from leading brands. Here’s what some of them had to say about the conference:

“Incredible value for [the] money! Love that this quality of knowledge and expertise was available to me from my home office. Incredible job, Michael. Thank you.” – Vanessa Carrington

“The convenience of being able to attend remotely makes the event well worth your time, and with so many industry experts makes it well worth your money.” – Michelle Drewek

“As a first-timer, this was a great experience. Thanks for the awesome content! The sessions provided solid, detailed and actionable information for all the different platforms that will be invaluable as we implement a social business strategy.” – Kelli Hoffman

Still wondering if the online conference is for you? Trust me, it is. Here are seven compelling reasons you need attend Social Media Success Summit 2014.

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social media toolsAre you looking for social media tools to get more out of your marketing?

Are you wondering what tools marketing pros are using successfully?

We asked fourteen well-known marketers to share the latest social media tools they’ve been using.

Discover how you can use these tools to help you to get more out of your social media marketing.

#1: Mention

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Todd Wheatland

Mention was developed as a user-friendly replacement for Google Alerts. They’re a textbook example of how to build a platform by doing one thing better than anyone else.

As well as being an absolute joy to use, it captures so many more, ahem, ‘mentions’ online than any other platform I’ve used that it’s become my #1 go-to social mention reference tool.

There are many clever things behind the way Mention is set up. They’ve taken the Apple approach to clean and simple UI to give you great functionality as a default and the power to modify settings to really hone in on what’s important to your circumstances.

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Mention provides clean and simple functionality.

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***UPDATE*** Congrats to our winners: Andie Shaw (blog post winner) and Melyum (Twitter winner).

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Social Media Examiner has worked hard to bring you our fifth-annual Social Media Success Summit. This is our biggest event ever!

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First, what is this event?

Social Media Success Summit 2013 is a large online conference dedicated to helping marketers and business owners master social media marketing.

More than 1900 businesses have already signed up! Hundreds of small businesses and well-known brands such as Wells Fargo, Motorola, AT&T, 3M, World Vision, United Way, US Chamber of Commerce, Dell, Dow Jones, Penn State, US Air Force and PBS will be attending this year’s summit.

Forty-five of the world’s most respected social media experts will share their strategies with you.

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social media reviewsCould your social media marketing efforts use a boost?

Are you looking to improve your professional development when it comes to social media?

Do you feel overwhelmed by endless social media platform changes?

If so, Social Media Examiner has just the event for you.

The Social World is Changing

One of the biggest challenges marketers face these days is keeping up with the dizzying rate of change in social media marketing.

This year alone, Facebook has introduced Graph Search, Hashtags, Power Editor and recently, new Facebook Insights.

YouTube is another example. In March 2013, they significantly changed the layout for brand channels, forcing marketers to go back to the drawing board and rethink their strategies.

It can be unsettling trying to keep up with all of these changes, not to mention how much time it takes to learn and make the necessary adjustments.

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social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Introduces Embedded Posts: Facebook’s Embedded Posts “make it possible for people to bring the most compelling, timely public posts from Facebook to the rest of the web.”

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"When embedded, posts can include pictures, videos, hashtags and other content. People can also like and share the post directly from the embed."

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