Social Sharing: How to Inspire Fans to Share Your Stories


Do you use stories to market your business?

Are you wondering how you can get people to share your content?

To learn how to inspire your fans and followers to share your stories via social media, I interview Simon Mainwaring for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Simon Mainwaring, author of We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World. He’s a consultant who’s worked with brands like Nike and Motorola. Simon also hosts the upcoming We First Social Branding Seminar in West Hollywood in a few days.

Simon shares the importance of tapping into the power of your fans to share your story.

You’ll learn how you can create a story and the kind of content you need to use to succeed.

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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts From Social Networks


social media how toDo you want people to click on your blog posts when others share them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+?

Is your blog optimized for the best visual display when people share your content?

Are your posts are accompanied by a nice picture with an accurate description so they stand out in social media streams?

Why Does This Matter?

When a link to your post is accompanied by an image and description, it’s more likely that people will click on that link to read the content behind it and share it.

There’s an element that lets you control how your post appears in a status update.

It’s called a “social snippet“. You can manage these social snippets and improve social shareability when you add a few tags to the HTML code on your website or blog.

In this article I’ll examine social snippets and show you how to control the images that accompany your posts when they appear in status updates on Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

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How to Improve Your Social Media Marketing With Blogging


social media how toDo you blog? Are you active on social media?

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.

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How B2B Marketers are Benefiting from Facebook


social media case studiesThe story of Apollo 13 astronauts trying desperately to get back to Earth after a failed mission has a lesson for B2B marketers.

Astronauts used the moon’s gravitational pull to slingshot them so they had enough power left to get back to Earth.

B2B marketers: Facebook is your moon.

In the 2012 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, B2B marketers reported that they were far more likely to increase their use of LinkedIn and blogging than Facebook in the coming year.

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Email and Social Media Marketing Integration: What You Need to Know


social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Christopher Penn, director of inbound marketing at What Counts and co-founder of PodCamp.

Christopher explains the power of email marketing and social media marketing and why you need both of these marketing strategies.

You’ll discover how to integrate social media and email to leverage your content.

He also shares insights into podcasting, the marketing benefits of his podcast Marketing Over Coffee and social media trends your business must be aware of.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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Blogging for Business: How Content Can Improve Your Sales


Are you wondering how a blog can help your business?

Are you trying to figure out how content can improve your sales?

To learn more about the connection of blogging and content marketing, I interview Marcus Sheridan for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Marcus Sheridan, founder of The Sales Lion and author of the ebook Inbound and Content Marketing Made Easy.

Marcus shares insights into the struggles marketers have to get results from business blogging. You’ll learn what to focus your efforts on and a few simple tactics that will work.

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5 Ways Online Businesses Are Succeeding With Social Media


social media how toMarketing your online business through social media websites can be a great way to encourage engagement with your brand in a low-pressure setting.

However, getting started with this new type of media can be intimidating for some business owners.

Take a look at the following five examples of ecommerce websites that are succeeding with social media for ideas on how to use social media effectively.

#1: Use Facebook Apps Strategically to Guide Users

As social media expert Amy Porterfield mentioned in her recent “How to Use Facebook Apps to Improve Fan Engagement,” article on Social Media Examiner:

Since page admins can no longer designate a default landing tab (also referred to as the “default welcome tab”), businesses need to get more creative and use custom apps to direct Facebook page visitors to take action.

One example of an ecommerce website that’s taking this principle to the next level is ShoeDazzle, the discount footwear retailer, with its custom Style Profile app.

Once Facebook visitors grant access to the app, they’re able to complete the quiz to find their ideal style matches and are then redirected to specific purchase pages on the ShoeDazzle website, encouraging purchase decisions and eliminating the “tire kicking” that can occur with social media visitors.

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How to Use the New Facebook WordPress Plugin: A Complete Guide


social media how toDo you blog?

Facebook has released a highly comprehensive plugin for WordPress.

With the new plugin, you can perform sophisticated auto-publishing to your Timeline and add many Facebook features to your self-hosted WordPress blog. (This plugin does not work on blogs hosted on WordPress.com.)

This makes advanced Facebook social sharing features accessible to everyone.

This detailed article tells you how to install and use this powerful plugin.

#1: Install the Facebook Plugin on Your Blog

From inside your WordPress admin dashboard, go to the Plugin section and search for “Facebook.” The Facebook plugin for WordPress should appear at the top of the search results.

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Search for the word "Facebook" and the right plugin will be the first to appear in the search results.

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13 Tips to Combine Photos and Social Media for Greater Exposure


social media how toAre you looking for new ways to help your business stand out with social media?

Are you wondering why Pinterest is so popular?

The answer is pictures!

Photos are the perfect social media marketing tool for small- and medium-sized businesses.

Why Use Photos?

Photos are eye-candy that attract and engage readers with your offering. As the Jack (or Jill) of all trades, small business owners tend to have limited budgets—and more importantly, time—to promote their business. Therefore, each marketing element must effectively drive results.

With Pinterest‘s recent growth and Facebook’s purchase of Instagram, now’s the time to expand your social media content with photos.

To put this in perspective, Pinterest has experienced exponential growth as tracked by Nielsen, passing Tumblr and Flickr.

Concurrently, Instagram‘s growth trend monitored by Experian Hitwise has also taken off. Furthermore, don’t overlook older photo social media options like Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

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