Category : Social Media Marketing

MArketing Automation Do's & Don'ts

Marketing Automation Do’s & Don’ts

Now that we’ve detailed out what marketing automation is, we want to give you a few tips as you think about implementing a new platform into your process. This will outline what you should and should not be doing with your marketing automation.

Social media goals

Top 3 Social Media Goals to Achieve in Your Business

Your brand or business is on social media– but have you figured out why or what you want to get out of it?

Setting goals is a great way to stay on track and give you direction when creating content and posting on your social channels. In this post I’ll show you 3 common and simple social media goals you can set for your business, and how you can keep track of your success with them.

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Social Media Explained with Ice Cream?

(A cool explanation of Social Media Marketing via local ice cream shops:))

I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz. Social Media may be the next big thing. What’s it all about? Let’s take a visit to Scoopville, a town that’s famous for ice cream. For over 20 years, Big Ice Cream Company has been making high quality ice cream with a big factory in town.

A few years back, the company did focus groups and found out that they could maximize profits by offering three flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry.

The residents of the town were content. They never thought it could be different. Then something happened in Scoopville – A new invention came to town. Suddenly, everyone could make their own ice cream for only a few dollars.

This changed everything. The Smiths decided to make pineapple ice cream. The Jones’ made ice cream with pecans. Soon, every kind of ice cream imaginable was being made by Scoopville’s residents at very little cost. Of course, some ice cream was more popular than others and that was okay.

Sylvia’s pickle ice cream had a very small but loyal following. That was fine. She only needed enough income to buy ingredients for her next batch. Jarret’s red velvet ice cream became so famous, he created his own store. Over time, people started to think differently about ice cream. It didn’t always come from a factory. It also came from friends and neighbors. It became something to share, something to bring people together, something to celebrate. Big Ice Cream company still made the best vanilla around, and to their surprise, demand even grew.

But it was the unique, original and authentic flavors made by the residents, that brought people to Scoopville. When they arrived, however, there seemed to be a problem. There were too many flavors. Visitors felt overwhelmed. They needed ways to find the new, the popular, the flavors that were interesting to them. Franklin had an idea for his ice cream. Outside his house, he erected a board and invited his customers to share their thoughts on his ice cream. They could use words to describe it, stars to rate it, and leave messages for others. People loved it. At a glance, visitors could tell what his ice cream was all about, and learn from people like them. Over time, each resident had their own board. Sylvia’s board showed that her pickle ice cream didn’t please everyone, but was very unique and interesting. Jarret’s board overflowed with positive reviews and ratings. Soon, a few things became clear.

First, their ice cream got better because they could learn directly from customers. Second, free customer reviews were more valuable than costly advertising. And third, the boards created a way for customers to find exactly what they wanted.

The combination of new technology and new ways to work with customers helped the residents feel like a unique community. So, this is social ice cream – by the people, for the people. It turns out that ice cream and social media have a lot in common.

Today, everyone has a chance to make their own flavors, thanks to free tools like blogs, podcasts, and video sharing. Plus, we now have new ways for real people to play a role in providing feedback, organization and promotion. Whether you’re a big established company, an individual with loyal fans, or simply someone with ideas and opinions, social media means new ways to create and communicate with people who care.

New tools are arriving in cities and towns around the world. When this change comes to your neighborhood, the choice is yours. What flavors will you make?.

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Social Media Marketing, Web Video & The End of Cold Calls

Have you ever sauntered up to a complete stranger and had them look at you like, “Hey, don’t I know you from somewhere?” Or better yet, “Hey, I know you !” It happens to me all the time. Why? Because, I understand the influence of internet video.

I use web video for more than YouTube commerce. I use online video commerce as part of my website commerce strategy, email commerce expeditions, mobile commerce expeditions, internet branding and social media marketing tools as well.

It’s great stepping into meetings with business owners I’ve never met and having them smile and salute me like a acquaintance they’ve known for years.

It’s always fun to hear them remark, “Hey, you’re the guy on the videos .” If there is a better course to help build a tribe of online followers, acquaintances, fans and purchasers, then I’d like to see it.

I want to encourage that “you’ve got to” do the same. This can help make viral commerce possible. Your videos will be accessible 24 hours a day all over the world to everyone with a computer or mobile design and Internet access.

When you make good videos often, prospects will want to become your purchasers. When people feel like they already know you, they respect your knowledge, then cold calls can become a thing of the past.

Germinating your business can become much easier and happen much faster than ever before, thus eliminating cold calling when you really think about it.

Of course, if you find all this new media and social media material baffling and you need help finding out how everything strings together in order to allow MASSIVE scale to your business, without spending A TON of cash testing and retesting, then check out our proven training system here that will teach you everything that you need to know and construct in order to have your IDEAL customers coming to YOU!

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Pinterest for Business

Social Media Marketing: Pinterest for Business

 

On Pinterest, the social platform built on beautiful, shareable imagery, opportunities for shopping come cleverly disguised as outfit inspiration, smoothie recipes and DIY centrepieces.

For consumers, it’s a place to hunt and gather. For brands, it’s a goldmine. Consider this: we analyzed data from over 529, 000 Shopify store orders to find that Pinterest was the second largest social source for traffic, and resulting visits had the third highest average order value. Also, according to research done by Piqora, sales and traffic from Pins can occur long after the item is pinned.

In fact, 50 percent of visits happen after 3 and a half months, which respectively, is more bang for your buck than twitter or Facebook. The reasons for using Pinterest for your business are impossible to ignore. In this video, we’ll show you seven concrete methods, that you can use to drive sales and traffic with Pinterest. One, Use Rich Pins – Rich Pins are enhanced Pins that make your images even more shoppable because they contain additional information right inside the Pin.

There are five types of Rich Pins – Movie, Place, Recipe, Article and Product. And Online retailers can benefit from Product Pins because they include real-time pricing and stock availability. Rich Pins can also improve click through rate and discoverability of Pins, by making them eligible for Pinterest’s own curated feeds. Another advantage of Rich Pins is price notifications. If you reduce the price of your product, customers who repinned that product image will receive an email from Pinterest notifying them of the price drop and prompting them to buy. Also, if you’re using Shopify, we have partnered with Pinterest to automatically enable Rich Pins for our merchants.

That means any images Pinned from your product pages will now be published as Rich Pins. To enjoy the benefits of Rich Pins, be sure that you sign up for a Pinterest business account. Two, Pin Smarter – Knowing what types of images work best on Pinterest is extremely important. I’m sure you’ve all heard of the importance and impact of great product photography and Pinterest is yet another place where it can really pay off. Shopify store Sycamore Street Press, for example does product photo shoots and creates blog posts specifically to create highly pinnable images that will draw people to their sites from Pinterest.

Most months, Sycamore Street Press gets most of its referral traffic from Pinterest over any other source. Another great example is Designer Moorea Seal, who has built an audience of over 900,000 on her beautifully-curated Pinterest account, which is responsible for 50% of her store’s sales. Her approach is to provide “Clear, clean product images on a white or light grey background plus an editorial view of products either in a natural environment or on a person to give customers two styles of photography options for pinning to their boards.” When shooting and choosing photos for your product pages, strive to make them highly repinnable. So, What makes an image Pinterest-worthy? Well, let’s dig into the data: Keep it Anonymous – Images without faces receive 23% more repins than those with faces. Use Color Wisely – Pins with multiple dominant colors are repinned times more than those dominated by a single color, and red images fare better than blue. Image Size – Images on your product pages should ideally be at least 600 px wide with the optimal Pin width being 736 pixels wide, which is the maximum display size.

Taller images are more likely to be repinned. Listen – Pay attention to your analytics, either through your Pinterest business tools or via other apps like Piqora, Tailwind, or Curalate. While summer salad recipes and DIY treehouses may have high virality potential overall, be relevant – find out what resonates with your audience specifically. Timing is Everything – Pin and engage when your customers are doing the same. The time periods 2-4pm and 8-11pm are roughly the best times to Pin, but it can depend on where and who your customers are. We’ve also linked to some Pinterest research which suggests that certain categories perform better on specific days of the week. You Need a Blog – A blog is the perfect place to create beautiful content for your Pinterest boards.

We’ve linked to a great article in the description of this video that will help get you started creating a blog that Pinterest users will love. Three – Sell the Lifestyle. Create boards around lifestyle themes that include your products, rather than just product boards. Great brands understand their customers and the kind of content that they crave. Inspire your audience, don’t just sell to them. “A Great Outdoors” board for example will be much more compelling than a board that simply highlights the outerwear your brand carries. Holly Castro for example, of Charm & Gumption fills her “For the Home” Board with curated pins that complement her own products, which are peppered throughout.

Nordstrom takes a similar approach with their “Pick Pink” Board, which is entirely dedicated to the rosy hue. It’s filled with hyper-feminine picks from around the web – with subtle inclusions from Nordstrom’s own offerings. After all, 92% of all pins are made by women. Four – Piggyback on Popular Content. While you should use caution when pinning content simply based on viral potential, you shouldn’t ignore opportunities to tap into the most popular pin types and search terms if they’re actually relevant to your audience. Here’s a great example. Sony Electronics, has a product category that doesn’t rank high on the list of popular categories. So, they’ve cleverly jumped on the virality of cute animals and humor to create their board “I Can Haz Gadgets”.

Consider your audience. Are your customers predominantly men? Well, your slice of the Pinterest pie is smaller, so maximize your efforts. Create boards and pin content in the categories of photography, art, design, and home decor. Do you sell food or beverages? Develop easy recipes containing your products. Are your products related to fitness, health, or beauty? Pin aspirational and inspirational content with quotes.

Is your eCommerce store a source for tools, craft supplies, or fabric? Use them to create DIYs and tutorials. Remember, a pin can contain your products and a link to a step-by-step tutorial on your blog. Five – Run Pinterest Contests. Contests are a great way to increase engagement on Pinterest. When done well, and within the platform’s parameters, Pinterest contests can drive sales and traffic for your eCommerce site. Travel website, Jetsetter for example, used contests to effectively increase site traffic by 150%. We’ve linked to that case study in the description of this video. Brands, however, should pay attention to Pinterest’s contest guidelines.

Certain types of contests are not permitted, nor is spammy behavior. Contest these tips: Make it Worth it – Forever 21 asks followers to create an entire board, but puts a $1000 gift card on the table as incentive. Get Inspired – Look to other brands for contest ideas that might work for you. Use an App – Apps like Gleam.io, Wishpond or Woobox can help organize your contest and host it on your site or Facebook.

We’ve linked to a few of these in the description of this video. Six – Leverage the Power of Influencers. Partner up with Pinterest influencers and bloggers to give your product some clout on the social network. Many brands get access to new audiences by inviting Guest Pinners to create boards on their accounts. Often, influencers will charge a fee for this service, but social media love in exchange for your product may be possible, too.

Choose to work with Pinterest users whose audiences resemble your desired customers. Martha Stewart Living for example strategically partnered with the mommy bloggers behind Cool Mom Picks. Seven – Engage Your Community. Involve your community to help increase engagement. Group Boards can be comprised of many contributors – customers, staff, a select group of influencers – or can even be open to anyone to join. The contributors to your group boards become brand ambassadors, creating content on your behalf. You can also encourage your customers to share images of themselves with your product. This is an especially useful tactic for fashion brands to gather alternate, accessible images of products worn by real people. Fashion brand – The Whitepepper collects customer photos via email and features them on their “Who’s Wearing The Whitepepper” board. All pins link back to the brand’s eCommerce store where Pinners can shop the looks. There you have it – 7 methods that you can put into practice with your business. Be sure to keep us posted on your progress and if we missed any tips or techniques that you’re using to reach your customers on Pinterest, please share them with us in the comment section.

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Why Hiring Teenagers to Handle Your Social Media is a Bad Idea

As the owner of a busy company, social media can become just one more thing you have to fit in.

This is why many business owners decide to hire someone to manage their social media for them. This person is usually responsible for all aspects of social media — and sometimes content marketing. Their tasks and responsibilities may include:

– Coming up with new content to share on social media
– Regularly creating new blog posts
– Managing the company’s online community
– Answering questions/responding to comments
– Monitoring relevant conversations on social media
– Often, the social media manager will also be responsible for higher-level tasks like defining goals and tracking KPIs,         coming up with a social media strategy, managing the company’s online reputation, etc

As you can see, we tend to expect a lot from our social media managers!

Not surprisingly then, it isn’t cheap to hire a dedicated, experienced social media manager. According to PayScale.com, the average annual salary for a social media manager is around $47,000 … and this doesn’t include benefits and bonuses!

To work around this, some business owners decide to hire an internet-savvy teen to manage their accounts. They know how social media works?

Sometimes it’s a nephew who’s great with computers, or a local high school student who’s a whiz with social media. In any case, they tend to have one thing in common: they’re CHEAP!

As in all areas of life, we often get what we pay for.

This is especially true with social media!

This article shares why hiring a teenager to manage your social media is a big no-no!

Social media experience doesn’t equal business or marketing experience…

While many teens are great at knowing the ins and outs of various social media platforms, this doesn’t make them business or marketing experts.

Using social media for business purposes is FAR different than using it as an individual user!

An experienced social media manager will know how to:

– Use social media to meet specific business goals
– Use the business-related functions of different platforms (analytics, social ads, etc.).
– Monitor the ROI of social media campaigns.
– Optimize accounts/posts for SEO.
– These are skills that just don’t develop without lots of business experience and training!

Consistency is key with social media management.

Fully understanding how a brand works and what it stands for can take a long time. For this reason, anyone you hire to run your social media should be willing to commit for the long term.

What happens when your teenage social media manager graduates high school? Or wants to take the summer off to hang out with friends?

Training someone to represent your brand online is a big investment of time and money. Hire someone who’s willing to commit to the job for at least a few years, or you could be back to square one sooner than you ‘d like!

A social media manager must be able to handle social media crises like a pro.

When everything’s going well, a teen may be able to competently handle basic social media tasks. If things start to go sideways, you need someone in there who knows exactly what to do, what to say, and how to react.

Take this well-known social media snafu as an example: A Red Cross employee accidentally posted a personal tweet from to the organization’s official Twitter account. It read:.

“Ryan found two more 4 bottle packs of Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch beer … when we drink we do it right #gettngslizzerd.”

Red Cross didn’t miss a beat.

Why Hiring a Teen To Do

One has to wonder if an inexperienced teen could have come up with such a direct, clever and humorous response!

Your social media manager needs to be on top of industry and platform changes.

Social media management isn’t just about posting random updates on Facebook or Twitter. What you post and how you post it can be greatly impacted by changes in your industry and in the individual platforms you use.

Is your teenage social media manager likely to monitor what’s happening in your industry? To know which ones your audience is most likely to be on?

A teenager may not have the necessary filters in place yet to manage your social media.

Your social media manager is the face and voice of your brand online. This is a HUGE responsibility!

An inexperienced teen is far more likely to behave or respond in ways that aren’t flattering to your brand.

What if a disgruntled customer makes a particularly mean or rude remark? An experienced social media manager will have faced this many times before and will know exactly how to respond to diffuse the situation. A teen, however, may be more likely to respond quickly and without the appropriate level of professionalism.

And since social media posts have a way of sticking around– even if you delete them– the impact of an unprofessional post or comment can impact your business for a very long time!

Conclusion

I hope this post has convinced you that hiring a teen to manage your social media just isn’t a great choice. The benefits (namely, the low cost) don’t even come close to outweighing the risks.

If you decide you need to hire some outside help but just aren’t able to pay a lot, I ‘d recommend hiring someone more experienced for even just an hour or two a week.

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Google AdWords

AdWords Basics – What you need to know about starting AdWords

 

In this guide, we’ll define what online marketing is — and what it isn’t to help you make sure your website is ready to deliver results, and finally, explain how AdWords works and what it takes to be successful.

So, let’s start with some of the basics of what online advertising is — and what it isn’t.

When you search for something on Google, you’ll generally see 2 kinds of results on the page:

The first are paid AdWords ads, which can appear on the top, side or bottom of the Google search results page next to or under an “Ads” label. AdWords determines the order and position of these ads based on a few things, including how relevant and useful the ads are to what the person searched for, the advertiser’s bid on the keywords used in the person’s search, and a few other factors.

The rest of what you see on the page is made up of what we call “organic” search results. These are unpaid links to websites with content related directly to what the person searched for. The more relevant the site is to the search term, the higher the link will appear in the list. Your related website could appear here, but your ad won’t.

If you’re an AdWords advertiser, how much you’re willing to pay for your ad could have an impact on where your ad appears in relation to other ads when a person searches for a particular term.

BUT, your payment will have NO impact on the organic search results that person’s search produces. Now that you know the difference between paid ads and organic search results on Google, generate a small test budget and choose some very specific (in demand) keywords that relate to your particular business and begin testing them out with AdWords.

After all, marketing is all about testing…

Let’s put it this way, at the end of the day, spending a small budget on paid traffic with measurable ROI is a heck of a lot more cost effective that throwing money at a billboard that you have no clue your ROI (at least not anything like paid traffic).

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2017 social media following

13 Ways to Grow Your Social Media Following in 2017

The new year is here, so I wanted to list some of the most effective ways to boost your social media audience, incorporating some of the key 2016 updates into the mix to keep you up to speed on what’s working right now.

Instagram

Strategically comment on posts

To gain exposure and gain social media followers organically I always recommend getting out there and interacting with social media accounts from other brands, as well as your own your audience. Choose five brand accounts that are similar to yours and leave one genuine comment on their three most recent photos every week.

Like post comments

Popular accounts can get hundreds of comments. Look for posts on those target accounts that resonate with your audience and go through and like the good comments.

Instagram recently rolled out an update which enables you like specific comments– just as you can on Facebook. This adds an extra (and easy) opportunity to get some more interaction for your account.

Don’t forget to like comments left on your own photos.

Use Instagram Stories and Live stories

Instagram Stories and live-streaming can seem a little scary, but they should absolutely be part of your 2017 social media strategy. Not only will you be able to give more context about you, your posts or your business, but creating this kind of content can also see you featured in Instagram’s Explore section. Imagine all the exposure you can gain from that.

Facebook

Use Live Video

Again, video is a big deal and Live videos get the most reach by far compared to other content formats. There are so many ways to use Facebook Live Videos – you’re only limited by your own creativity.

Facebook is also rolling out 360 degree live videos and audio-only broadcasts.

Invite Post Likers to Like Your Page

A feature which has been around for a while (but not everyone knows about) is the option to invite folks who’ve Liked your posts to also Like Page. We’ve used this method with my clients and it’s an easy way to get some quick wins in 2017.

Since videos are getting so much reach and interaction I suggest adding more videos to your 2017 social media strategy. Don’t be nervous, you can create simple videos that still deliver great impact. Here are a few ways on how to easily create great video content.

Live videos add a layer of personality and an element of surprise and delight for your fans. You can create a live video on Twitter directly from the app and the video will stream on your Periscope account as well, which will help your following on that platform simultaneously.

General Tips.

This past year Twitter released an update to their 140 character limit, meaning you can now use all of your 140 characters, even when including a link or photo.

This is the most time consuming, but most effective way to get in front of new followers. Interact with brands similar to you, related brands, influencers, and folks from your target audience.

Surprise and delight your audience (and show them you know how to use the network) by not being afraid to test new features that roll out. They may not always work out for your business, but if you can use them effectively they add an extra element to your social media presence.

Keep your images as high quality as possible or use stock imagery where appropriate.

Use live video.

Since videos are getting so much reach and interaction I suggest adding more videos to your 2017 social media strategy. Don’t be nervous, you can create simple videos that still deliver great impact. Here are a few ways on how to easily create great video content.

To do this navigate to your Facebook Page, click on the post Likers listing on any post and a light box will pop up. Next to each person’s name will be a little wheel, clicking on the wheel will give you the option to invite the person to like the Page if they haven’t already. Easy peasy.

Good luck in 2017.

The new update gives you more wiggle room to add hashtags, or just get a full thought out.

Think about your story.

Have fun and test new features.

Tired of reading that? Live videos add a layer of personality and an element of surprise and delight for your fans. You can create a live video on Twitter directly from the app and the video will stream on your Periscope account as well, which will help your following on that platform simultaneously.

Use high-quality images.

Incorporate video.

Keep Consistent.

Twitter.

( Note: This option only works for Pages with fewer than 100,000 total Page Likes).

Keep interacting.

Twitter’s also just launched the ability to post Live 360 degree videos to the mix for those of you more advanced content creators out there.

Take advantage of the 140 Character update.

When you develop your posts or campaigns think about the story you want to tell. This should help you craft ideas about content and messaging for your channels.

Remember that consistency is key and letting an account go dormant or not posting enough will not help your presence grow. My rule of thumb is to post at least three times a week.

 

To Your Success in the New Year!

Alex, MPeMG

Co-Founder

www.MPeMG.com

(412) 374-1558

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