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social media how toIt’s obvious that Facebook pages are quickly becoming an essential part of most businesses’ marketing strategies. But how can you find ways to differentiate yourself from the competition?

In this article, I’ll take a look at how brands are standing apart from the crowd on Facebook. And how you can employ some low-cost techniques to grow your fans.

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Our little dude is one step closer to getting a real name! And literally more than 500 names were suggested.

We poured through the entire list and came up with five that we really like.  Now we need your help picking the final name.  Keep reading to see the finalists and how you can vote.

But first, I’d like to give a public tip of the hat to the core team that helped Social Media Examiner become the site it is today.

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social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Kelly Thul, Director, Enterprise Internet Solutions at State Farm Insurance.  Kelly shares insights into how State Farm has over a million views on YouTube, how they communicate using YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

You’ll learn how State Farm took advantage of a partnership to get started in social media and learn about the environment three years ago.  You’ll also find useful tips for your corporate social media strategy. So be sure to read the takeaways below and leave your comments below once you’ve listened to the video.

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social media how toDo your Facebook fans have questions they want answered? Would they like to have access to industry experts who can answer their questions?

Are you aware of the Facebook Friday expert sessions Social Media Examiner has been doing?

Here’s how they work.  We bring an expert to our Facebook wall for an hour to answer questions.  The expert gets great exposure and the fans get their questions answered.

These sessions  are a great way for fans to quickly get the information they need. And you can model this for your business. These open Q&A sessions with industry experts are a great way to encourage engagement with your fans and get your updates to show up more in your fans’ news feeds.

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