Social Media 101 for Old Schoolers

For the older crowd, which is pretty much anyone born before 1990, social media may seem bizarre to them. Growing up, the older crowd didn’t have five hundred friends. They had a few friends because quality beats quantity any day.  The best moments of their youth were captured in photographs or permanently stored in their memories, not uploaded onto Instagram for everyone to “like.” Though we advance to new levels in technology, we seem to lose something very human along the way. But there’s no use crying over spilled milk. Social media has heavily integrated itself into everyone’s lives. Grandparents use it … Continued

How to Choose the Right Marketing Firm

There may come a time when your company will grow beyond its own marketing capabilities and when that time arrives, you will need to hire a marketing firm. However, the idea of hiring a marketing firm is easier said than done. Not every marketing firm may fit your business goals and company needs. So where do you start? Start by establishing how you will evaluate different firms so you can avoid wasting time exploring options that turn out to be unfruitful in your key decision making. Below are key factors that you should take in account when considering a marketing … Continued

How to Avoid and Resolve SEO Penalties

The launch of Google’s Penguin and Panda algorithm update has made Google the search-engine law enforcement and in turn, has changed the overall focus of website development and maintenance, and social media marketing (or SMM). Penguin was designed to decrease the search engine rankings of websites that violated Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and Panda was designed to decrease the search engine rankings of low-quality websites. Thanks to Penguin and Panda, websites with a high search engine ranking possess valuable content, is intuitive, is user-friendly, and is original. Websites that do not abide to Penguin and Panda guidelines can potentially face one … Continued

Social Media Marketing Tips: Measure your results

If you don’t measure your results you will never learn what or when to post , you will never see if your social campaigns are working. Tracking is paramount, Google analytic will provide you with a good starting point and it is free; if your not able to setup Google analytic or get a professional too do it for you you can always fall back on the social networks , most of them provide a way for you to see tracking information , one example of this is Facebook Incites.. study your audience behaviors , get to know their habits … Continued

Social Media Marketing Tip: Engaging Promotions and Contest

The best way to reward your loyal social media followers and to obtain a new audience is promotions and contests. You can run specials and promotions that offer cash prizes or free products and services for the users that shares your content the most (Leader-board Contests) or offer a prize for the most likes obtained in a specific period of time. There are endless possibilities for social contest and promotions use them to your advantage.

Social Media Marketing Tip: Build social post around your business / holiday schedule

Don’t forget to schedule post for the holidays and for your company milestones. If you own a gym , make sure your class schedule is part of your post rotation, if your a restaurant owner make sure to post your daily specials in the morning, if your selling a product make sure to send your specials out via social media. Information is king, provide it for your members and they will engage with you more often and visit your page more frequently.

Social Media Marketing Tip: Timing is Everything

As in life so goes social media, timing is everything. Analyze your businesses social media pages to learn when your audience is most active and then plan your posting schedule around your audience not your convenience. Knowing the best time to make a post is as important as the content that is in it.  There are many analysis tools that can help you make this decision like; Google Analytic , Facebook Incites and a myriad of others.  It is your objective to get the most eyes as possible to see your content , time it right and you will.

Social Media Marketing Tip: Don’t Be Pushy

Users are more social media savvy then ever before, they don't want push marketing. Provide them with solid information about your product or services , tell your story in a natural organic way and let them decide to engage you. If you believe in your product or service and you get that information across in your content, your audience will believe in it as well.

Social Media Marketing Tip: SMM is a Marathon Not a Sprint

Any company  who promises you a ton of likes or fans quickly is LYING to you. There are no shortcuts to social media marketing, its a slow moving strategy with a huge long term payback.  Once you have a captive social media audience built you will reap the benefits of social marketing; Re-Marketing. Take your time and provide your audience with useful content they want to share and your audience will build slow and steady and they will be an audience that is interested in your business or market.

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