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December 18, 2014

Figure out the Best Hashtags to Use With These Tips

Best hashtags to use

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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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December 15, 2014

The Power of Video Content Marketing

The surging popularity of videos has been increasingly palpable as more website owners use this format to publish their content. If you’re not using this media channel to create and distribute content for your website, you’re missing out on this valuable traffic resource. According to eMarketer, 52 percent of web traffic comes from videos, with 72 percent of website visitors watching these videos as reported by the New York Times. Video-sharing giant YouTube gets over one billion unique visitors on a monthly basis. As you can see, the numbers are staggering, making video content marketing a very effective method to drive traffic to your website.

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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.

Facebook's paid social media advertising platform.

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

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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.

SUPER

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

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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

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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

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November 12, 2014

Engage Visitors on Your Blog Before Turning to Social Media

Editor’s note: This post was written by Dustin Greene, a tech writer based out of North Carolina. He graduated from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson and spends most of his free time golfing… weather permitting. You can follow him on Google+.

A blog is an essential piece of the content marketing arsenal for any business. 57% of companies with a blog have acquired a customer from their blog. Your blog visitors come to your weblog, read your opinions and insights, and if you’re lucky they will share or comment on them before leaving.

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Source: Desi Mendosa

Often, this accurately portrays the depth of onsite blogger-visitor engagement. Most bloggers will turn to social media as a means of gauging their blog visitors. But there are more strategic ways which provide a representative view of readership in order to better understand visitors’ habits and preferences and overall engagement.

Audry Larocque, the CEO of iPerceptions, was quoted on Market Watch last month stating “online communities need to measure more than unique visitors per month, conversions and goal completion to understand how to grow their audience.” Understanding your audience is critical to growing and further engaging with them as a marketer or a blogger. read more

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October 27, 2014

Forming a Winning Social Media Campaign

Social media is changing the way we promote content and generate traffic to our websites. It’s a great way to create buzz online with people who are relevant to your niche. Social media networks have allowed bloggers to increase user engagement on their blogs which is important when trying to accomplish a specific goal like email opt ins, conversions, increase traffic, etc.

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However, many people don’t utilize social media as a tool in growing their blog because they fail to make use of it the right way. If you don’t know how to create a converting social media campaign, you’ll lose out on enormous growth potential, and your blog will become stagnant. read more

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October 24, 2014

Crime and Social Media

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The average social media user may not face any issues with regard to crime. Trolling, sure. That’s what the Internet is for, right? Crime directly related to social media is not that common, though. Or is it?

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In recent times, however, studies have shown that there is a correlation between crime and social media. As early as 2012, the BBC reported that alleged crimes related to Twitter and Facebook have increased eight-fold in four years!

To be fair, the findings of various studies are not always negative. But when it does go wrong, it can get shocking. read more

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October 18, 2014

Finish 2014 Strong by Implementing These 5 Tactics into Your Business

2014 is nearing its close. As we prepare to enter the final quarter of the year, it’s time to reflect on your company’s current standing. With an honest self-assessment, you can enter 2015 strongly with the right plans for improvement.

Every business has unique needs, strengths, and weaknesses — all of which you must assess as the year comes to a close. Here are five essential elements that offer benefits to almost any organization.

1. Improve in-store purchasing with POS software

POS software

Most businesses today have an e-commerce presence. Many e-commerce stores began as a mere supplement to their physical stores, but in today’s commercial arena, e-commerce is developing an ever greater share of the market.

Physical stores are falling behind. While this obviously means greater profits online, no one should make the mistake of neglecting the opportunity to modernize their brick-and-mortar store(s).  read more

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