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No Website, No Social

Somehow it seems both ironic and perfect that our 100th blog (Whoo hoo!!!) doesn’t deal with social media at all, but with probably your most important digital marketing tool: your website.

I have been contacted by several potential clients recently who have come to me for help with their social media marketing, but for whatever reason, they don’t yet have a website. Or, perhaps they have a website, but it’s old or overly simplistic. This is most definitely a misalignment of priorities.

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Diversify Your Social Marketing Strategy

explore other options

Is this the end of an era?

I can hear the gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair from here. Facebook has changed its News Feed algorithm again, and this time, there’s no getting around the fact that Page Reach is going to be affected. How much it falls remains to be seen, but your Page posts just aren’t going to be seen by as many people — and many folks were already complaining about low Reach. It’s just going to get worse. Facebook, no doubt to quell some fears, says that Pages which consistently put out good content won’t see much difference. But let’s face it, that’s not most people. The rules we’ve been playing by (use video, use images, post at certain times of day, etc.) just aren’t going to pull much weight any more. But instead of crying into your coffee, it’s time to restrategize. If you haven’t tried out other social platforms yet, there’s no time like the present. Diversify your options and reach more fans.

Explore other options

While Facebook’s announcement will surely drive people to explore other social platforms, you should have been doing that already. I know a great many people use Facebook alone for their social marketing, but that’s a mistake any day, not just in situations like this. Why? Because your fans are spread out among several platforms too, and you want to be where they are. If your customers are big Instagram users, you want to be on Instagram as well. The same applies to Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Pinterest – even (snicker) Google+. Facebook was already making it hard for you to reach all your fan base, so trying different platforms is the answer.

Let’s look at this from a case study point of view. A popular local housewares boutique has been using Facebook to advertise its products, sales, news, and other important updates. It has a good number of followers because it’s a well-liked store and its customers are devoted. Some of its posts do very well and get a good response. Some of its posts get almost no response. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to which posts do well. What does our boutique do? It tries paid promotion. It pays Facebook to promote posts on a regular basis, and that does seem to help. These posts seem to reach most of its audience and get a good response. Then, slowly, even paying for promotion doesn’t seem to be producing as much of a result. What should our boutique do?

Our boutique should definitely add Instagram to its strategy, and possibly Pinterest. Housewares, especially unique and highly visual items, do very well on Instagram. No doubt a good many of the people who follow the boutique on Facebook would also follow it on Instagram. In fact, this boutique may find that its daily posts on Instagram do a much better job of reaching fans than its posts on Facebook. If it learns all the tips and tricks to delighting its audience on Instagram, it may do very well indeed.

Don’t be afraid to get help!

There are rules and guidelines to using Instagram (or any of the other platforms) for marketing. If you’re not familiar with them, consult with a digital marketer. I know many businesses signed up for accounts at all the major social networks, never to use them again. That’s not going to be very helpful. You don’t need to be on all social networks, just the ones that will work for you. Learn one or two more platforms and put energy into using them well. If you don’t have the time or desire to learn them, then hire a firm to do it for you. You simply can’t keep all your eggs in the Facebook basket. It’s time to change it up – and that’s honestly a good thing.

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Your Customers Are Talking About You

Your Customers Are Talking About You

Your Customers Are Talking About You.

Are You Listening?

All year long, we have been focusing on the importance of providing a good customer experience on social media. Many digital marketing experts will tell you that the best way to build a following on social media is to post videos, to post at peak times, to ask questions. Yet, in our experience, nothing will grow your fan base as powerfully or fruitfully as providing excellent customer service via social media. Your customers have smart phones and they want to use them. They love social media, and they love telling their friends about their experiences – good and bad. When they do business with you – whether you offer B2C or B2B services – they will talk about you. Are you listening? More importantly, are you responding? You absolutely must be listening, you must be responding, and how you respond is very important.

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The Story of Stories

The Story of Stories

The Story of Stories, or How to Use Stories for Social Marketing

Chapter 1: What is a Story?

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a spunky little social media platform called Snapchat was born. Snapchat offered a great new social product: people who used Snapchat could send photos or short video messages to their friends privately. These messages could only be viewed once and disappeared in 24 hours, allowing people to document moments of their days and share them with a select group of people. Snapchat was also a lot of fun! Photos and videos could be enhanced with filters, geotags, text, drawings, and more. Users could even track who had seen their posts. Snapchat was completely different from Facebook (almost the Anti-Facebook) and gained popularity among the young folks very quickly.

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The Summer of Social

The Summer of Social

With the official beginning of summer for many local school children, most people’s minds are focused on fun in the sun, vacations, and relaxation. For social media managers, however, there’s always work to be done. Yes, you may find us enjoying an outdoor cafe or a day at the beach, but we’ll probably be checking our phones constantly, because social media never sleeps. In the spirit of refusing to slow down just because it’s summer break, the weather is beautiful, and we’d rather be sipping cocktails on the porch swing, we have some tips for keeping your social media marketing game strong all summer long. Let us spell it out for you…

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The Proof is in the Posts

The Proof is in the Posts

The Proof is in the Posts, or Why Quality Social Media Marketing is Worth the Investment

In marketing, as in all things, quality matters. I’ll be frank, sometimes when we sit down with a potential client, they’re very enthusiastic about the quality and breadth of our services until they see the price. Then sticker shock sets in and suddenly they are sure they can manage their social marketing themselves, or they head somewhere else to sign up for a cheaper package. Does this mean we think we should lower our prices? Sorry. No.

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Handling Online Complaints

One of the biggest advantages of social media marketing is the ability to conduct a conversation with your audience. You can reach out to your customers 24 hours a day, 365 days year, and they can do the same. That being said, your company is now also open to receiving complaints at all hours of the day (and night). While some may look at this as a drawback to social media marketing, we see it as a unique way for your business provide excellent customer service and engage with your audience in a way that is impossible with more traditional forms of marketing. How you handle this negative feedback, however, is crucial to your success and must be handled with care. To learn how to make the most out of a bad situation, keep reading.

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Social Media Marketing

Benefits and Drawbacks of Social Media Marketing

You no doubt know by now that social media marketing is an essential part of any marketing plan. Businesses and organizations both large and small need to include social media marketing when they’re plotting how to best inform the public about their products and services and attract new clients. While social media is a potent way of connecting with the public, many simply jump into it without a coherent plan and see few results. Thinking through the benefits and drawbacks of social media marketing can help you create a social media marketing plan that will be effective and provide good return on your investment.

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Better Social Media in One Week

 

“I just don’t have time to do social media.” If we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard this phrase, well, we wouldn’t have to be in business any more. But we are here to help just those types of business people. We do understand that many small businesses can’t afford to hire a social media manager, which is one of the reasons we are passionate about educating anyone who is willing to learn. (That, and both Darlene and I have worked in education in past lives, so it kind of comes naturally.) While good social media marketing will absolutely take time and effort, I’m here to let you know that you can make a real difference in your marketing efforts with just 20 minutes a day. With my plan, your social media marketing will be much improved in just one work week. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

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Four Social Media Marketing Misconceptions

Social Media Marketing Misconceptions

Four of the Most Common Social Media Marketing Misconceptions

Despite the fact that social media marketing is everywhere, some misconceptions about it linger. Experience tells us that our clients are still confused about some of these points, and we’d like to help set the record straight.

It’s Free

While it’s true that social media accounts are free, most social media platforms have recognized the economic value of social media marketing and have tweaked their algorithms to encourage businesses and organizations to pay for decent exposure.

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