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December 18, 2014

Figure out the Best Hashtags to Use With These Tips

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The value of a great hashtag is vastly understated in the social media marketing scene, even though they’re becoming more and more common. People, businesses and brands can benefit greatly from having one that is memorable, impactful and useful in more than one setting. Choosing a truly great hashtag for your social media outlets, however, isn’t as easy as some might think. There are some key components to finding the best hashtags to use. Read about some of those below.

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November 26, 2014

Is Paid Social Media Advertising Really Worth It?

Whether you love it or hate it, social media really is a revolutionary way to connect with an audience, convey a message, or stay in touch with friends. That said, it didn’t take very long before social’s popularity led invariably to the trend of social media advertising. The first wave came with company pages and profiles, which then evolved into the paid, campaign-based platforms we have today. Though all trends point to “Yes, invest more” when it comes to these social media advertising campaigns, the question of whether they’re worth your budget still stands.

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To click or not to click?

This week, we break it down to see if it’s really worth it in the end. read more

November 24, 2014

A Review of this Year’s Newest Social Networks

Another year’s nearly in the books and a slew of new social networks are working to catch our attention in their respective app stores. Whether you’re looking to make new friends or find another avenue to share an opinion or tell a great story, 2014 had something for everybody. Here are a few of the budding social networks you may want to give more than a passing swipe.

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SUPER is a new take on well-known features of social networks.

The latest brainchild of Twitter co-creator Biz Stone, SUPER is a funky social networking app that brings its own style to sharing life’s moments. The function of the app is actually very simple–just snap a picture, choose the appropriate ALL-CAPPED caption, write some text, add a filter, and send. The app itself is praised for its superior, yet simple design, and it carries with it a certain self-awareness to the social space. read more

November 19, 2014

The Biggest Social Media Game Changers for 2015

As 2014 starts winding down, it’s important to look forward and capitalize on the latest trends coming down the social media pipeline. For marketers and bloggers alike, social media networks can be a veritable springboard for great products, services, and ideas. In case you missed it, here’s a list of the biggest social media stories that are going to make a splash in 2015.

1. Wearables

Wearable technologies will have an affect on social media in 2015.
Image courtesy of Giuseppe Costantino. Used in conjunction with Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

As if we couldn’t get more attached to our smartphones, the increasing popularity of wearable technology now allows us to stay connected all hours of the day. From Google Glass to Android Wear and the Apple Watch, these ultra-portable smart devices afford new ways to post, share, and check in seamlessly.

How might this affect the social media savvy? Most important, these devices bring a new sense of immediacy to social media. With sharing that’s even more instantaneous, more visually-driven content will be critically important. As devices become smaller and more integrated “in the moment,” you can forget reaching your audience with pages upon pages of text. read more

November 17, 2014

5 Important Social Media Metrics You Aren’t Measuring

Social media can be a harsh terrain to navigate. Whether for businesses or freelancers, the social media landscape is often fraught with uncertainty and only one unfortunate constant…change. The best way to understand where to start or where to go next is through consistent measurement. No, the number of “likes” or favorites is not useful, nor are they any indication that you’re “doing” social right.

In an attempt to shed some light on the subject and steer individuals and businesses back on a path toward meaningful social media marketing, here’s a list of 5 social media metrics that are actually worth measuring.

  • Resolution Rate

It’s a pretty well-known rule that if you have an idea on the Internet, there’s at least one person who will criticize it. Businesses on social media know this feeling all too well, as miscommunication among staff and outright faux pas have received intense backlash from followers. Anticipating these types of interactions and developing processes to resolve them quickly is a great step toward a more successful social media presence. Enter Resolution Rate: the ratio of inquiries that were resolved to all other inquiries. This social media metric allows you to ensure you’ve got a grip on the two-way street that is social media interaction. read more

September 24, 2014

5 Dead Simple Tips That Will Bring You Tons of Traffic from Twitter

Editor’s note: This post was written by Tim Soulo, who calls himself an MMA marketer (which stands for “Mixed Marketing Arts”) and his focus is tactics and strategies that bring you either money or clients. Make sure to visit his personal blog at: BloggerJet.

Get tons of traffic from Twitter

How come Twitter is so simple and yet every social media expert on the planet tries to make it look so complicated?

Twitter marketing is not a rocket science, and obviously you don’t need a PhD to run your Twitter account, right?

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However, many bloggers seem to misunderstand how Twitter works and as they try to milk it for traffic they end up doing totally ineffective things: change their profile picture 3 times, order a custom twitter profile design, and rewrite their twitter bio twice a week. But all of that doesn’t help. read more

July 31, 2014

This Common Practice & Mindset May be Sabotaging Your Online Marketing Efforts

Never before in history has the potential of commerce been so ripe and rich with Billion dollar possibilities for marketers. Social media has given us unprecedented reach and influence on international markets and given rise to tools that make delivering the right products to consumers a win-win experience. There’s glory everywhere and everyone wants a piece of the pie and is ready to do all that it takes to achieve victory. More businesses are realizing the benefits of social media and online marketing and budgets and teams are transformed.

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However, as usual, there are a few problems that seem to be holding back the average online marketer. And as we’ve witnessed time and time again, in the words of Gary Vaynerchuk, “marketers ruin everything.” As he explains in the video below and the one here, we certainly have the wrong approach. read more

July 3, 2014

How to Use Twitter’s Advanced Search Engine for Networking & Marketing

Twitter cannot be ignored, point blank. If you and your business have written it off as a site simply for teenagers or idle youngsters to rant, make noise and post about every meal they’re having, you’re dead wrong. Any website that has 645 million active users with 58 million public conversations per day is not something you should be ignoring in your marketing strategy; and if you have an account but are not using it, I’m going to convince you to start doing otherwise.

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June 30, 2014

10 Tech, Digital, and Social Media Conferences to Attend in 2014

We’re halfway through the year, and a lot of things have happened in the tech, digital, marketing, and social media scenes. The landscape is in a constant state of flux, with brilliant minds from all over the world contributing to its evolution.

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One thing that every professional in these niches has to prioritize is professional improvement, and that may include learning on one’s own by reading, networking online or via conferences, among other things. That is why we decided to put together a list of tech, digital, and social media conferences you can still look forward to this year.

While some are pretty near (in terms of date), others are still some months away, so you can plan your trip – choose cheap flights via comparison sites, find an affordable hotel via sites such as Uyora, and of course, plan other touristy stuff you can do when not participating in a session. read more

June 4, 2014

5 Strong Reasons Your Blog’s Social Media Marketing Campaign is Failing

Practically everyone is using social media today, and for many bloggers and businesses, this medium has proven to be one of the most powerful platforms for spreading ideas, raising awareness, discovering new customers and generating sales. Social media is here to stay as it continues to seamlessly provide a doorway to great content while giving everyone a chance for their voice to be heard.

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The viral potential and reach of social networks is attractive for any marketer, knowing well that the perfectly placed article can lead to a flood of visitors as content is shared instantly and in real time across millions of people. Going viral is the goal. Unfortunately, virality is rare for most and publishing great content that ends up on popular social media news sites isn’t a certain formula for success without any means of it being discovered. read more