Have you integrated your blogging with your social activities?
Blogging can help you improve your social media marketing.
In this post, you’ll discover four tips to enhance your social media efforts using your business blog.
#1: Share Your Blog Posts in Your Social Status Updates
Not sure what to post on your Facebook wall or Twitter profile? How about links to your blog posts?
The rule of thumb is to have a 80/20 split with 80% of your updates not self-promotional and 20% self-promotional. If you use the 20% self-promotional updates to share links to your blog content, you’ll give your followers something more valuable to read than a product or service sales page.
Then social media and content marketing are a match made in heaven.
The key to success is to make the connection between content marketing and social media.
Let’s look at the content needed to get your marketing to that lucrative intersection.
#1: Attract Prospective Customers
The first question on a prospect’s mind when considering a purchase is, “What solutions are available?”
Your goal is to create awareness and make sure that your solution meets the buyers’ need when they’re ready to make a decision.
According to data from Google and Shopper Science’s Zero Moment of Truth report, consumers in 2011 consulted an average of 10 sources before making a buying decision. That’s up 100% from five sources in 2010.
Could your business benefit from connecting to the 80% of online teens using social media?
In this article I explore how Sharpie has successfully garnered 89% market share with the aid of social media.
The Teen Market
Instagram is now the most popular photo-sharing site among teens age 12-17. One million of them visited the site last July alone.
Add to that the 93% of social media–using teens who have a Facebook account (according to Pew Internet research), and the 16% who use Twitter (a figure that has doubled in recent years), and you’ve got a lot of teenage eyeballs.
But to connect with a teen target market, you must do more than simply have a presence on the sites they use. You must also pay attention to what motivates and inspires them.
Take some tips from permanent marker manufacturer Sharpie. Their successful 2012 Back to School campaign helped grow their market share to 89% of their category through a savvy understanding of how teens use social media.
Did you find any particularly useful for your business?
We asked our writers to share their favorite social media blog posts.
Here are 31 blog posts worth exploration.
#1: The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012
This post includes some major updates to the top social media networks this year. Although I feel I’m usually on top of the latest social news, there were a few things I had missed that were covered in this post for Facebook and LinkedIn.
Although it doesn’t mention the changes to LinkedIn professional profiles, it covers the main things businesses need to know about changes to their social media.
Measuring your social media impact can be overwhelming.
A tried-and-true favorite social media measurement tool is Google Analytics.
Google Analytics can track the impact of social media traffic on your site, going beyond clicks, retweets and other vanity metrics.
Here’s how to measure your social media traffic using Google Analytics.
#1: Identify Where Your Social Traffic Comes From
Google Analytics can help you understand the users’ social networks and their physical location.
To see your social media traffic, you need to first set up an advanced segment in Google Analytics.
When you’re logged into your Google Analytics account, head to Advanced Segments, +New Custom Segment, then add your social media traffic sources to the segment.
You can see this below.
Are you looking for an easy way to identify and connect with industry thought leaders?
If so, keep reading for a simple system you can immediately deploy.
Why Focus on Influencers?
Social media is a great way to develop strategic partnerships with key influencers and stay informed about what’s happening in your industry.
But you must focus your efforts to ensure that time spent in social media packs a punch.
A study from Forrester Research confirms that 13.4% of U.S. adults online create 80% of the content that influences people. And 6.2% of these web users are responsible for 80% of the influence in social media.
Getting your posts seen by your fans should be a top priority.
But in order for your fans to see what you post on Facebook, they must first interact with your posts if you have any hope of getting a bottom-line return on investment from Facebook.
Why EdgeRank Matters on Facebook
Facebook has a news feed algorithm (often referred to as EdgeRank) that hides a significant portion of your updates from your fans, even when you’re getting good interaction. Most pages aren’t reaching a very high percentage of fans.
PageLever’s seminal research on this topic revealed that the average page only reaches 7% of its fans daily.
When some marketers see this, their knee-jerk reaction is to use ads to acquire more new fans. But if you already have a decent fan base, it makes more sense to first focus on reaching your fans before you shift your focus to growing your audience.
In this article I’m going to share with you the tips learned by examining a recent social media success story.
BrandGlue‘s client Jackson Kayak was only reaching 20.1% of their fans in January 2012, but they were able to increase that to 39.8% within 3 months. They accomplished this by using the same tips shared in this article.
Social media can provide a free treasure trove of data about your customers.
With the right social media tools, you can learn what questions your customers have and which types of content they’re sharing.
This information will help you answer their questions, solve their problems and define your social media and content strategies.
In this post, you’ll learn how to quickly conduct research on social media and put it into action.
Find Out What Questions Your Customers Are Asking
Hearing the questions your prospective customers are asking and problems they’re facing can help you find new customers, support existing ones and outline a content strategy that will appeal to both.
The best products solve problems. If you can solve someone’s problem, they’ll be much more likely to check out your products, because they already trust you as an expert.
Listening on the social web isn’t hard to do.
What’s hard is creating an effective response system so that when something goes wrong (and it will!), a crisis can be averted, or at least resolved quickly and transparently.
The Johnson & Johnson “Motrin Moms” Crisis
Unfortunately, Johnson & Johnson learned this the hard way.
In November 2008, the giant pharmaceutical company created a Motrin ad for moms who experienced regular back pain from carrying their babies in backpacks, slings, carriers and so on.