Top 10 Social Media Marketing Posts: This Year in Social Media

social media researchIt’s not always easy to stay up to date with social media.

Here’s what was really hot in 2013.

As you scan these articles, you’ll find great ideas you can put to use today.

Here are 10 of our most popular articles of 2013.

Top 10 Social Media Marketing Articles

#1: New Facebook Marketing Research Shows What Works: The latest research on Facebook marketing shows interesting trends and opportunities. Use this to update your Facebook marketing with the latest findings.

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Read more about this research to help you improve your Facebook marketing.

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18 Social Media Marketing Tips From the Pros

social media how toWould you like to improve your social media marketing?

Are you wondering what social media marketing tactics the pros like to use?

We asked top social media pros to share their hottest social media marketing tactics.

In this article, you’ll discover strategies the pros use to boost their social media marketing.

#1: Stay Top of Mind Using LinkedIn Tags

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Viveka Von Rosen

On LinkedIn, you shouldn’t send an email blast to every one of your connections. However, you can create lists of “tagged” groupings so you can send relevant and helpful information to your contacts at strategic times.

When you tag your connections on LinkedIn, you can sort/filter them by Tags and—wait for it—send a message to up to 25 people at a time.

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You can filter by tag and then send a message to up to 25 people.

For example, if one of your niche markets on LinkedIn is marketers who target medical professionals, all you have to do is:

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26 Tips to Create a Strong Social Media Content Strategy

social media how toAre you looking for ways to strengthen the impact of the content you create?

It isn’t always easy to generate the buzz you’re looking for.

Knowing what to publish, when and where can greatly increase the visibility and reach of your content.

In this article, you will find 26 topics, an A-Z guide, with key points that will help you create a social media content strategy that resonates with your audience.

#1: Align Content Development With Social Media Metrics and Goals

Understand the goals of your company’s social media content delivery to help you develop a more attainable strategy.

Jayson DeMers suggests, “First you need to know what to measure. The end goals dictate the measurement metric.”

He offers metrics for four social media goals:

  • If you’re looking to generate traffic, your metric should be: unique visitors from social websites where you’ve run your social media campaigns.
  • If you’re looking to create a following, your metric should be: subscribers, followers on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • If you’re looking to generate interaction, your metric should be: quantity and type of commentary (Facebook comments, Twitter replies/mentions).
  • If you’re looking to generate revenue (which is the ultimate purpose), your metric should be: the precise dollar value of every lead a social post generates.

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How to Improve Your Social Media Marketing Return on Investment

social media how toHave you ever been asked to show the return on investment (ROI) for your social media work?

Have you had trouble giving an exact number to explain your ROI or even set quantitative goals for your social media?

25% of marketers said that their biggest marketing challenge was finding the ROI of their marketing activities.

In this article, I’ll show you how to tweak some of your social media actions with your business goals in mind and make them easier to tie to your ROI.

#1: Use Social Media to Promote Your Offers

Social media is an important channel to promote any content you create. Whether you’ve created an ebook, blog post, webinar or white paper, you should promote it through social media.

Tap into your social audience whether you’re on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or Pinterest.

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Social Media Examiner uses Twitter to share content and generate traffic.

As you can see on Twitter, it’s important to link to all of your content with your tweets. And remember to include hashtags to gain further visibility on Twitter.

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3 Steps to Getting Started With Social Media

social media how toWith so many social networks to choose from, how do you decide the best social networks for your company?

Not all networks are created equal; each comes with its own specific benefits, features and uses.

This 3-step guide will help you choose the best social networks based on your business, experience and community.

#1: Find Your Community

If you’re just getting started in social media and are weighing which platform to join first, search for your business on various networks to see if you’ve already got a community there.

Does your product have user videos on YouTube? Did someone create a Yelp profile for your restaurant? Are you mentioned on Twitter? Wherever you find your community is where you should start investing your time and resources.

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