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Diversify Your Social Marketing Strategy

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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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Social Media Contests to Avoid (and Some to Try)

social media contests to avoid

Social media contests are a great way to grow and engage your following and drive leads for your business. There are fun ways to structure a contest and build excitement for your brand. However, there are pitfalls to avoid when running a contest on your social media accounts.

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Five Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Social Marketing

Sabotaging Your Social Marketing

Search for advice about running a social marketing campaign, and you’ll find countless blogs, articles, videos, and white papers offering wisdom. The enormous body of work that’s been created about the topic can lead new marketers and business owners feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Nonetheless, they jump in and try to do their best. Here are 5 mistakes we often see novice marketers making which can sabotage their social marketing efforts.

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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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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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5 2017 Social Media Marketing Resolutions

5 Social Media Marketing Resolutions for 20172017 social media marketing

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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Consider Video

Video is hot. All the major social media platforms support it now, with either their own video functions or compatibility with other applications. I’m not just talking about YouTube, although that platform remains the most powerful video posting platform. There are loads of other options for creating and posting compelling video now, and they aren’t as difficult to learn or use as you’d think. Vine and Instagram are the natural runners up for video content, but applications like Meerkat, Periscope, and Snapchat make video feeds fun, and even Facebook is getting in on the action now.

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Social Media and Job Searching

Social Media and Job Searching

Today’s a big day. It is the day that I, Brianna Reeves, write my first blog for D. Cohn Communications. When brainstorming ideas for a topic, a myriad of thoughts came to mind: ninjas, kittens, llamas, ninja kittens chasing llamas. Unfortunately, none of these topics have much to do with social media, although the need to create a ninja-kitten-chasing-llamas meme is strong right now. I digress…

jobsearchBeing a young professional, there are two things I know to be true. 1. Social media is an all-encompassing being that permeates every aspect of one’s life. 2. It can be really hard to find a job. So, with my knowledge in social media management and human resources, I give you this: Bri’s Top Tips for Using Social Media to Aid in Your Job Search. Yes, the title needs some work, but hear me out on what I believe are the most important aspects of job searching in the social-media-centric world in which we live.

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