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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How to Triple Your YouTube Video Views With Facebook


social media how toDo you want more people to watch your YouTube videos?

Are you looking for an easy way to improve the quality of the content you share on Facebook?

All you need is some great content and a cool Facebook technique that I recently discovered.

A Quick Overview

This technique lets you automatically attach your videos to the updates that appear on Facebook after someone likes content on your website.

By leveraging Facebook’s Open Graph and using this technique, I’ve seen phenomenal results!

I shared this tactic with a brand operating in the travel industry and they generated more than one million aggregated views of their product videos on YouTube (and significant website traffic) in a matter of weeks.

marmara open graph exposure

By integrating this Open Graph tactic, Marmara, a French travel company, generated 93K likes on its website, which in turn generated 13 million impressions of their videos in the Facebook newsfeed! Not to mention the 16K clicks they got back to their website. All in just 2 weeks and for free.

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Viral Videos: How to Create and Promote Videos People Love


Do you struggle to create and promote videos?

Are you wondering how to make videos that go viral?

To learn about the creative process of coming up with video ideas and making them happen, I interview Mark Malkoff for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

More About This Show

Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael StelznerThe 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 Mark Malkoff, a comedian and filmmaker.

Mark shares his love and passion for creating videos and several amazing stories behind his viral videos.

You’ll learn about his process for creating video and how to get traction.

Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!

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How to Create Custom YouTube Thumbnails


social media how toAre you frustrated by the default random YouTube thumbnail option for your videos?

Do you wish you could create something custom to improve your views?

Since December 2011, YouTube has been making some radical changes to their site.

Everything from the home page layout, website colors and even the look and feel of the video players have changed dramatically.

But none of these aesthetic changes have had any real impact on the way we need to be marketing videos on YouTube.

However, this latest change may just be the biggest game-changer that savvy video marketers can take advantage of! Introducing the Custom YouTube Video Thumbnail.

From YouTube's Support Portal, instructions for uploading a custom thumbnail.

A Little Background

In April 2012, YouTube quietly rolled out the option for all YouTube channels to become “YouTube Partners.”  This original YouTube Partner Program consists of a selective club of content producers with a large audience and a ton of views.

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8 Ways to Use 15 Second Videos to Connect With Your Customers


social media how toAre you using video to connect with your audience?

Do you think 15 seconds is too short to convey your message?

Think again.

The rise of mobile users has brought new tools to help marketers connect with on-the-go consumers.

Viddy is one such tool.  It’s a relatively new social network centered on creating and sharing 15-second video clips.

Taking advantage of the rise in mobile use, Viddy is used mostly on smartphones and other mobile devices by its user base of 22 million people who create and interact with video content daily.

Since the network limits your video uploads to 15-second clips, it’s a similar experience to Twitter’s 140-character limit, ensuring your quality content is concise.

Why add Viddy to your business’s existing social media regimen?

  • Video streaming has increased 93% via mobile phones from 2010 to 2011, according to Ooyala.
  • Americans spend 2.7 hours a day socializing on mobile, according to Smart Insights.
  • Viddy needs less maintenance as compared to other social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
  • Fluid integration with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube help bolster your video content and presence on Viddy.
  • There’s less competition on Viddy for getting your content seen as compared to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter because the social channel is still young.

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How to Use YouTube Live Streaming to Boost Your Exposure


social media researchDid you know you can broadcast LIVE on YouTube in a few simple steps, right from your webcam?

This is great news for businesses. Imagine what this could do for you or your brand!

YouTube is a social media heavyweight, so you should give live broadcasting on this popular platform careful consideration for your social media marketing plan.

Keep reading to find out why you should consider live streaming on YouTube.

The Google+ Back Door to Live YouTube Broadcasting

Regular readers of Social Media Examiner will remember Mike Delgado’s excellent article “Google+ Hangouts On Air: What Marketers Need to Know.” In it, Mike walked through all of the steps needed to do a Google+ Hangout On Air.

Here we’re going to look deeper into the power and position that your business can achieve by using these same features to publish on YouTube.

The popular web series GeekBeat.TV (part of the Revision3 Network) does a live show almost every Friday afternoon that broadcasts on YouTube. Here’s a direct link to a playlist of the archives of many past episodes.

At the time this was written, their YouTube channel boasted more than 2.7 MILLION VIEWS—and YouTube isn’t even their primary channel of distribution.

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5 Creative Ways Businesses Are Using Google+ Hangouts


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Are you interested in adding a bit of splash to your social media marketing mix?

Google+ Hangouts has addressed this issue.

It might be the versatile platform you’ve been waiting for to help capture the attention of an even bigger slice of potential customers.

With Hangouts, you can:

  • Video chat instantly with up to nine people.
  • Share documents and other files with the group.
  • Watch a YouTube video together and chat alongside it.
  • Share your screen with others.
  • Record sessions for viewing later.
  • Broadcast the chat live to anyone.

How to Get Started

Starting a Hangout is easy (and free!). Just create a Google+ account, and click the “Start a Hangout” button. The technical aspects of Google+ Hangouts are extremely basic and intuitive.

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Starting a Hangout is simple. Click the green "Start a Hangout" button and decide who to invite.

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8 Ways to Track YouTube Video Performance


social media how toAre you wondering how to analyze the reach of your YouTube videos?

YouTube’s video statistics and analytics tools help you measure results of your videos.

Why measure your YouTube marketing efforts using these tools?

These tools give you the analytical know-how to help create improved branded content to more effectively get your videos:

  • Discovered in organic search in both Google and YouTube results
  • Watched by the largest and most relevant audience possible
  • Shared across social networks, email and embedded on other websites

To improve results with your future content, dive into your YouTube Insights in the following ways.

video statistics

The public statistics found below any YouTube video.

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6 Ways to Grow YouTube Subscribers and Your Exposure


social media how toAre you seeking more visibility for your YouTube videos?

Are you wondering how others do it?

If you want the massive views, exposure and targeted traffic that YouTube offers, you need to focus on first building an audience—or as YouTube calls them, subscribers.

Why YouTube Subscribers?

A YouTube subscriber is someone who has chosen to “follow” your channel and your content so they can stay updated with your latest videos. In essence, a subscriber can become a raving fan who watches, comments and shares your videos with others. Building up a strong subscriber base is essential for creating a powerful community online.

The following article will reveal six simple—yet highly effective—methods for getting more subscribers to your channel and your existing videos.

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