3 Ways Sharpie is Engaging Teens With Social Media

social media case studiesAre you wondering how to connect with the younger generation on social media?

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.

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31 Must-Read Social Media Blog Posts

social media reviewsWhat were the best social media articles you read in the last 12 months?

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

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Kristi Hines

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.

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The 16 Most Important Social Media Updates of 2012.

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How to Measure Your Social Media Traffic Using Google Analytics

­­­­­social media how toDo you have a grip on your social traffic?

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.

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Use one catchall segment to capture all of your social media traffic at once.

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How to Find Influential People With Social Media

social media how toDo you want to build relationships with key influencers in your niche?

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.

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This Forrester Research study illustrates the power of connecting with the right people.

How can you monitor and create relationships with the influencers relevant to your business?

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5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook News Feed Exposure

social media how toDoes your business have a Facebook page?

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.

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How to Use Social Media for Customer Research

social media how toLooking for a low-cost way to conduct consumer research?

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.

Here are three places to easily find which types of questions are being asked.

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4 Steps to Transform Your Brand Into a Social Business

social media book reviewsDo you listen to customer conversations about your brand online? If so, how do you respond to those conversations?

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.

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7 Tips for Creating a Social Media Plan for Your Business

social media how toDo you have social media plan?

Are you looking for an easy to follow guide to formulate a plan for your business?

Keep reading for seven tips to help your business develop a social plan…

Why Businesses Fail With Social Media

Businesses often fail in their social media efforts for the same reason New Year’s resolutions fail: It’s a good idea, but there’s no structure or commitment.

Then, when there are no immediate results, or the goal ends up being more difficult to attain than previously thought, it goes by the wayside.

Has this happened to your business’s social media presence? You aren’t alone. Very few people can simply choose to be active in social media and stick with it.

For the rest of us, we need something to keep us honest. That’s why I advocate you create a social media plan—a checklist, if you will—complete with daily maintenance, recurring tasks and milestone projects.

These seven tips will help you design a social media plan that will keep you on track, active and moving forward.

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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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