Facebook-Local-Awareness-Ads-Take-Geo-Targeting-to-the-Next-Level

Facebook recently announced a new advertising product that will surely be of great interest to small and medium sized businesses: local awareness ads.

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Are-We-Aiming-High-Enough-With-Our-Brands

Frequently, we gauge brand-related success on social media on awareness, perception, affinity, or other similar measures.

But, is this good enough? Is this what we want for our businesses and brands?

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Why-You-Shouldn’t-Give-Your-Social-Media-Audience-the-Content-They-Want

It may seem counterintuitive, but there is actually good reason for why the content your business’ social media audience wants, is not the content your organization should be creating and publishing.

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How-to-Dedicate-the-Time-Required-to-Achieve-Social-Media-Success

Why are we all so eager to spend as little time as possible on our business’ social media marketing efforts?

There tends to be a strong correlation between the time, energy and effort put toward implementing a smartly crafted social media strategy, and expected results.

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Facebook-Testing-a-Way-for-Users-to-Buy-Products-on-the-Platform

Facebook announced late last week that they are testing a new method for people to discover and buy products directly on the platform, and there’s good reason to be excited for this potential new feature.

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Twitter-Analytics-Slicing-&-Dicing-Data

Twitter’s downloadable analytics are far from being as robust as social media juggernaut Facebook’s, however, there are still a number of ways that you can slice and dice the data provided to glean deeper Twitter insights.

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The-Importance-of-Social-Media-Strategy-vs-Tactics

It is important to be clear about the distinction between strategy and tactics because misinformation leads to bad decision-making. There is too much at stake for this to not be perfectly clear.

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How-Social-Media-Can-Be-A-Boon-For-Your-Career

Even if ‘social media’ isn’t part of your job description, dedicating time to social media can be a boon for your career and enhance the value that you offer your organization, clients or customers, and coworkers.

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_Automating-Content-Curation-Just-Because-You-Can-Doesnt-Mean-You-Should-

There are numerous tools and services available that make filling your social media feeds with content incredibly easy, but just because it’s easy, doesn’t necessarily mean you should use them.

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Learn-to-Embrace-Failure-on-Social-Media

Failure is not an option, it is going to happen, which includes some of your efforts on social media. And that’s okay… it’s maybe even good.

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5-Ways-to-Kill-It-On-Social-Media-That-Have-Nothing-to-do-With-Content

There are many ways that you can use social media to great effect that have absolutely nothing to do with creating content.

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Overview-of-Twitter-Analytics

An overview of what you can find within Twitter’s native analytics, as well as how to find them, so that you too can benefit from having additional insight and information about your tweets and Twitter followers.

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Instantly-Boost-Trust-on-Social-Media

Building trust can lead to increased loyalty, build advocacy, create evangelists, improve the potency of your marketing messages, mitigate customer churn, and generally strengthen the emotional connection people have with your brand.

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Increase-Purchase-Intent-Through-Social-Media-Responsiveness

Investing in social media customer service support and responding to consumer feedback can have a dramatically positive influence on purchase intent, and not just for the consumers you interact with.

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Why-Engagement-isn't-a-Definitive-Indicator-of-Anything

The problem with ‘engagement’ is that it doesn’t tell us much at all. It’s not really a definitive indicator of anything except that someone clicked a button, or mashed a few keys on their keyboard.

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Consumer-Training-as-a-Method-to-Improve-Organic-Reach-on-Facebook-

What if the solution for declining organic reach had more to do with user behaviour than complicated News Feed algorithms?

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Thinking Small About Social Media Marketing

Thinking small about social media marketing is about dedicating yourself to affecting real business results in small increments, day after day, for great long-term impact.

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Blogging Guest Post Support Plan

There are actions you can take to support your content, amplify its success, enhance your returns from having made a meaningful contribution, and maybe even increase your chances of having subsequent guest contributions published.

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Super Bowl Spots Debut on Social Media

Visible Measures reported that Super Bowl ads saw a total of 370 million online views last year, and ads released ahead of time received between 200-600 percent more impressions than those that didn’t

So, this is all well and good, but what can be learned from this phenomenon and applied to your business?

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Supercharge the Value of Twitter Followers

In effort to shed some light on how Twitter can help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Twitter engaged Market Probe International to conduct research in hopes of proving how their platform can lead to real business results.

Some interesting findings emerged that – surprise, surprise – demonstrate that Twitter can indeed have a positive impact for SMBs.

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Social Media Considerations for Job Descriptions

In my experience, job descriptions tend to kind of just… well… be job descriptions.

What I mean by that is that they’re not exactly the first thing that businesses think about when conceiving of ways to push their business forward, promote and lead innovation, build and sustain brand advocacy, and ensure employees and coworkers are driving forces behind organizational social media success.

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Top 10 Blog Posts

Of the 104 articles published on the RGB Social blog in 2013, the following 10 received the most number of views.

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Social Media Goals and Objectives

Setting goals and objectives to guide your social media marketing activity is critical to ensure that your efforts are making a meaningful and positive impact on your business.

Without well-defined goals and objectives, there is no way to determine what success looks like, no way to measure success, and no way to optimize. In short, without established goals and objectives, you’re completely flying blind.

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Redefining Social Media ROI

If we stop thinking about the ‘return’ of ROI as end sales, and start thinking about ‘return’ as a sum of the value of all of the relevant aforementioned factors – which ultimately lead to sales – then calculating an ROI of social media can be much more achievable; not simple, but achievable.

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Rethinking Social Media Best Practices

By their nature, best practices tend to be generalizations. Typically, they don’t specifically address your unique situation, opportunities and challenges. And getting too caught up in following best practices can affect your comfort and willingness to take a chance and do something amazing that may be contrary to conventions.

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3Links12

The close proximity of this 3 Links post to the last works out quite well because I’ve read some really great content in the last week or so that is certainly deserving of your attention.

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Get the most out of your blog posts

Whether you’ve spent a couple of hours, or a couple of days working on your latest post, you’ll want to ensure you get as much as you can out of it.

Following is a post-publication action plan that you may want to consider the next time you publish a new blog post.

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Amplifying and Supporting Events on Social Media

Interacting and engaging with your current and prospective consumers at events gives you opportunity to further prove your brand’s promise, build affinity and awareness, showcase your value proposition, humanize your brand, and much more.

Additionally, the proper utilization of social media can serve as an amazing support and amplification tool to optimize your results and ROI when running events.

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Promoting Social Media Promotions

The secret is out! Running promotions on social media can be an effective way to reward existing fans of your brand, further prove your brand’s promise, and attract new people to your brand.

To maximize the ROI of running a promotion, however, you’re going to want to promote your activity to boost awareness and attract a maximum number of relevant participants.

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Social Media as a Litmus Test for the Strength of your Business

Through social listening, reading reviews and comments, and paying attention to competitive communities you can learn what you’re doing well, what needs improving, and gain a stronger understanding of what you can do to enhance the performance of your business.

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Nobody Cares that You're on Social Media

Nobody cares that you have an account on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

If you’re solely broadcasting and republishing readily accessible information, nobody will care because there is no added value to ‘liking’ your Page, following your business, or subscribing to your social media channels.

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Stressed About Blog Readership

Success isn’t about the thousands of people that read your blog but never take action. Success is about the one person who reads your blog and makes a purchase.

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Facebook Ads Image Selection

Testing is the best way to maximize the efficiency of your spend, achieve the best possible results, and learn what copy and visuals users find to be most motivating.

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Influencing Post Market Consumers on Social Media

Social media marketing is perfectly suited to sustain relationships with your consumers, even after they’ve made a purchase.

An effective social media strategy that accomplishes this will result in sustaining and strengthening loyalty, and will ultimately result in higher repeat purchase intent.

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Get Social on Social Media

Most businesses that invest heavily in social media tend to forget one key component to maximizing their success in developing direct relationships with their audience;

They forget to be social.

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3Links10

Here we are with another installment of 3 Links, a collection of three blog posts on social media, digital and content marketing related topics that I feel are worthy of your attention.

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Social Media Content Promotion Plan

Failing to properly promote your content means you’re missing out on maximizing the ROI of your social media and content marketing efforts.

So, what to do?

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Pre-Market Consumers on Social Media

Consumers’ brand preference and purchase intent is being influenced in the pre-market stage of their purchase path. That is, they are making critical decisions that will influence their purchases even before they are thinking about making a purchase.

Powerful stuff.

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Get more online and social media reviews

For 72 percent of consumers, online reviews are the number one driver when making a purchase decision.

Let’s discuss how you can go about getting more online reviews from your consumers or clients to favourably influence consumer purchase decisions.

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Dissecting Twitter Profiles that Convert

Here’s what it takes to have a great Twitter profile that will convert viewers to follows, and maybe even followers to customers.

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Social Media Influencing Purchase Behaviour

While I certainly don’t have a silver bullet response to help everyone understand the actual quantitative value of social media marketing, there are some incredibly compelling stats I’m going to share here to help you understand just how important social platforms can be to your business.

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Starting a Blog

It’s roughly 1 year, and 100 posts ago today, that I started the RGB Social blog.

This blog most certainly remains in its infancy, and I still feel as though I’m just getting started, but I thought this as good a time as any to reflect back and share a bit about my experience with it thus far.

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Social Media Embrace Imperfection

There are a huge number of variables that are influenced by the quality and value of your content, so it’s understandable that you might feel compelled to obsess over every detail of your latest video, photograph, blog post, Facebook update, tweet, pin, or podcast until it is absolutely perfect.

But, when creating social media content, the pursuit of perfection – for most businesses – will yield diminishing returns.

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Location on Social Media Profiles

Depending on what business you are in, your location can be critically important to your audience when making purchase decisions, and therefore, including your business’ location on your social media profiles is of utmost importance.

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Quality vs. Quantity

For some time, the inclusion of the word ‘media’ in ‘social media’ has sort of rubbed me the wrong way.

It’s that word ‘media’ that I find causes some people to lose sight of how social media can most effectively be used and how it should be measured, and instead they start trying to compare ‘media’ and ‘social media’ on common ground.

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3Links8

Here we go again… another grouping of blog posts that you should read if you’re interested in social media, content or digital marketing.

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BlogOverInvestment

When you get your business blog started, it’s tempting to invest in a custom blog design, theme customization, or other features that will set your business’ blog apart from the rest.

My advice on this is quite simple; DON’T.

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3Links7

It’s as simple as this… If you’re into social, digital or content marketing, you should really read the following blog posts.

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LowBlogReadership

It can be discouraging to those who are contributing content, and working like crazy to keep a blog afloat to not see unique visitors, page views and subscribers come in droves from the get-go.

Additionally, it can be tough to justify the ROI of your business’ blog to supervisors, management or ownership without having incredible reach.

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