The-Simple-Truth-About-How-to-Effectively-Use-Hashtags

Frequently, when hashtags are being discussed – in blog posts, books, whitepapers, as part of campaigns, in meetings, or wherever – their importance is held so high that I find it verging on laughable.

A hashtag, plain and simple, is a tool for sociability.

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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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How-to-Create-Facebook-Interest-Lists

Creating interest lists on Facebook is the very best way to control the content you consume on the world’s largest social media network.

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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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Take-Control-Enhance-the-Potency-of-Your-Facebook-Experience

Facebook’s control over the content that appears in users’ news feeds has rightfully been a hot topic of late, but the impact this has on our social media marketing efforts is really only half of the story.

The other half of the story, of course, is the impact it has on users.

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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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Let’s-Quit-This-Little-Dance-We-Do-For-Twitter-Followers

The ill-advised focus that some organizations and people give to acquiring masses of Twitter followers, and the tactics they employ to inflate their numbers, is sometimes mind boggling.

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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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Is-the-Recent-Twitter-Update-a-Precursor-to-Something-Bigger-to-Come

Unless you’ve been spending the last couple of months on ICQ or MySpace, you know that Twitter recently launched a massive new redesign for user profiles. But is this just a precursor to an even bigger, more meaningful update?

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_Organizing-the-Web-One-Page-at-a-Time-Pocket

Use of Pocket has been beneficial for me both personally and professionally, and if you’re looking for a solution to help you to navigate and organize content more efficiently, I implore you to check it out.

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Amp Up the Sociability on Your YouTube Channel

YouTube shouldn’t be viewed solely as a video publication platform.

It should be just as socially driven as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other social media network.

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Barriers to Content Creation

Creating meaningful social media content on an ongoing basis is a common challenge for SMBs, large corporations and agencies alike.

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Optimize Blog Visuals

A problem that many of us have is that we create or crop our images to look best on the original site of publication, but don’t take into account the many places our content may be spread.

There is a work around for this, however, which is pretty simple, and will all but guarantee that wherever you see the image associated with your blog post, that it will look great.

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Wearable Tech and Social Media

Predictions about what impact wearable tech will have on the social interactions brands have with, and digital utility that brands provide to, their audiences.

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Social Media Content Publication Time

As the volume of content being created and published continues to explode, finding every opportunity to place your content in front of as large a proportion of your audience as possible is of utmost importance to maximize results.

You shouldn’t simply follow best practices.

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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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Initiate Conversation on Social Media

For a medium that is supposed to be intrinsically social, much time can be spent on social media without having meaningful conversations.

This is particularly so for businesses and brands, where many use social media platforms not necessarily to be social, but to broadcast their message.

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Social Media Customer Service

How can businesses effectively provide customer service on social media while not having their profile be overrun by negativity?

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Boost Interaction with Blog Content

Spurring interaction and greater levels of engagement are effective for growing the loyalty and strength of your audience, as well as attracting new people to your brand.

Following are 4 methods to gain higher levels of interaction with your blog content.

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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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Week off of Social Media

Believe it or not, while I took the week off of social media, the world kept spinning, my business survived, my face didn’t melt off, and no other catastrophes occurred as a direct result (as far as I know anyway).

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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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Facebook Currently Doesn't Allow Status Updates

Here are 15 things you can do – some productive, some not so much – while Facebook is experiencing technical issues.

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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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Facebook Post Edit

Roughly two weeks ago – I know, I know… ancient news – Facebook added functionality allowing users to edit posts.

For many, this is a long overdue feature. It seems like pretty basic functionality to allow users to edit their posts following publication.

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Being Social

For some businesses on social media, being proactively social can be fraught with organizational challenges.

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Social Media Creative Opportunity

Listen up agency friends!

I know there are some of you that find the ongoing creation of social media content to be a bit of a drag, but there is huge creative opportunity here that you really should be excited for.

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Blog Posts to Pinterest Pins

Your blog should be feeding your social media content pipeline, including Pinterest.

I know it seems counterintuitive that a largely text-based medium, your blog, could feed your content pipeline for Pinterest, which is such a visually based platform, but it’s certainly not impossible.

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Ignore twitter tips for retweets

Unfortunately, for all of the awesome Twitter tips that are shared, there are a number of recurring tips that I feel are ill advised.

Following are 5 common Twitter tips that your business should ignore.

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Xbox One Social Media Lessons

From a social media standpoint, Microsoft has been lambasted for the direction they’ve taken the Xbox One, and many decisions they’ve made regarding the aforementioned policies.

What hurts most is that so many of these blunders could have been easily avoided.

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Social Media Product Development

There a huge number of ways that your community can contribute to product development, so I’ll just highlight a few to serve as thought-starters for the next time you plan to expand your product or service offerings.

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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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YouTubeTrueViewVideoAds

There are many great sources of information about what Google TrueView ads are, about the value they offer, the various types of TrueView ads, and generally how to use them. However, after the searches I recently conducted, there aren’t a great number of sources to inform you about the results you can achieve with TrueView ads.

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SocialMediaSpringCleaning

Here are a few things you can do quickly to ensure that your social media presence is giving your audience and consumers the amazing first impression your business or brand deserves.

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Social Media Promotions

There are a few key characteristics of promotions on social media that make the best stand out from the rest.

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Edible Teacup

I’ve been paying attention to lists of top pins for a few months now and have noticed some trends.

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WhoAreYou

15 benefits that can be experienced by having a complete social media profile.

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PinnedPosts

Pinning a post on your Facebook Page keeps an update at the top of your Timeline for 7 days which keeps it visible to your community, encourages engagement, and allows you to increase impressions for the pinned content amongst other benefits.

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Skull

To many, the thought of maintaining a blog for business can be daunting. Contributing to a blog, keeping a regular posting schedule, ensuring content is relevant and topical, and figuring out how a blog can fit into your social media marketing strategy are just a few of the many perceived barriers.

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Encouraging Sociability

Even if you are producing amazing content, there are reasons for why comments, re-tweets, replies, +1’s, ‘likes’, and pins can wane. To overcome this, there are many strategies and tactics that community managers can employ to incent and encourage social behaviour.

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Photos

7 thought-starters for how to generate more photo content to share with your social communities.

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AtoB

5 ideas for how to drive your social media community to your retail locations or brick and mortar business.

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