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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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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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Managing Change

Managing Change with Social Media

Change is bound to happen in your organization. Whether it’s small changes, like a new employee or a new menu item, or big changes, such as a total restructuring of your business, change is an inevitable and unavoidable aspect of business (and life, for that matter). Tons of books have been written and research has been done by organizational psychologists and business experts on the the topic of change management. (See John Kotter’s book, Leading Change, for my personal favorite.) What you might not find in most of the literature, however, is how to manage your social media accounts during these changes. No need to read a whole book or find as many peer reviewed articles as you can on the subject. We’re here to give you a quick guide on getting the most out of your social media while undergoing organizational changes.

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Wendy’s Social Media Snark

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Wendy’s fast-food chain has been the darling of the Twitter world this week. After a particularly salty reply (see what I did there?) to a troller, citizens of the Twittersphere have been begging Wendy’s to roast them, write their bios, throw memes at them, and respond to random questions — which Wendy’s is actually doing with humor and sass while still keeping up with its customer service and marketing duties.

We’ve written recently about how important it is to inject personality into your social media marketing. People want to know there are actual human beings behind the posts they see, and respond better to fresh, custom-created content. Dry marketing content is just boring, so the more you can let your personality shine through, the better.

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5 2017 Social Media Marketing Resolutions

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Bucking the already tired trend, I’m going to skip the usual 2017 Social Media Marketing Predictions article and focus a little more closely on this week: 5 Social Media Marketing Resolutions to Make for 2017. Just like cutting down on sugar and working out more often, these are things we know we should be doing, but maybe haven’t gotten around to yet. No time like the present to start the New Year off right.

  1. Create a Social Media Use Policy for your company or organization.
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Help, My Social Media Marketing Isn’t Working

Shelp beatles album coverocial media marketing sounds easy, but it’s not. Everyone knows it’s necessary, which is why everyone from international corporations to the corner barber shop has social media accounts. But not everyone is sure WHY it’s necessary. What exactly is a Facebook page supposed to be doing for your business? What good will come of keeping a Twitter account?

Your social media marketing should absolutely be helping you generate business. There are ways to track this. If your social media marketing isn’t generating business for you, it’s time to take a hard look at your strategy and perhaps call in experts.

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