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5 Ways to Turn Twitter into Your Most Powerful Social Media Tool

5 Ways to Turn Twitter into Your Most Powerful Social Media Tool | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

What do you use as your daily Social Media dashboard every day?


Most likely not Twitter.com I am guessing.

 

Yet, in recent months, there were a great number of browser extensions released, specifically for Twitter.com. They help you create a much greater experience right inside Twitter.com.

 

What I like best about this is that you are in charge regarding how many bells and whistles you are adding. You can basically fully customize your own Social Media dashboard.

 

So here are my top 5 finds you can use to make Twitter.com a truly powerful Social Media tool for you:...

 

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The Bro’s Guide To Pinterest

The Bro’s Guide To Pinterest | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Pinterest is the social media plateform where, not to be or not to be on the right way can make the difference for those who want to use this platform for their business. This guide should support you in your approach. [note mg]

 

Just because Pinterest is a female-dominated network doesn't mean men don't fit in. In this post, learn how to leverage this network as a male user or male-focused brand.

 

Pinterest’s popularity has exploded in the past few months. Their traffic and user base has grown exponentially, bringing it to the attention of marketers around the world.


One of the most unique factors of Pinterest is the fact that its user demographic is made up mostly of women. This key factor has forced many male-oriented brands to rethink their marketing strategy if they want to leverage this social network.

 

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100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User

100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

CNNFortune reported 100 million Twitter users log in at least once a month. Half of those, 50 million, log in every day. About 55% check in with mobile devices, while about 40% just check in without actually tweeting.

 

Those numbers are huge for anyone who’s marketing online. But that’s not all.

 

Thirty-four percent of marketers who use Twitter have generated leads from its use…with 20% of those closing deals.

 

But how do you take advantage of this growing audience of Twitter consumers? You have to become a power user. So here are 100 proven tips to help you do just that.

 

And to make it easier to follow along, I’ve broken them up into 10 sections that each contain 10 tips.

 

Read more: http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/01/30/100-ways-to-become-a-twitter-power-user/


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Everything we know about the newly released WordPress 3.3

Everything we know about the newly released WordPress 3.3 | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

With a new version of WordPress out and about, one might wonder just what’s new under the hood. Wonder no longer dear friend, because in this post I’m going to walk you through everything about WordPress 3.3 “Sonny” that we’re aware of. Before you know it you’ll be the coolest kid on your block.

 

You know, assuming relative coolness where you live is decided by how much you know about the latest version of WordPress. In which case you might already be the coolest kid there. So. Yeah.

 

The real fun starts after the jump.


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7 Reasons You're Not Generating Leads From Social Media

7 Reasons You're Not Generating Leads From Social Media | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Social media is a great inbound marketing tool that allows businesses and marketing teams to interact with prospects, cater to customers, promote their content, and yes, generate leads. When a business uses social media right, prospective customers have the opportunity to access great content and information via a platform they already populate and actually want to gather said content and information.

 

Additionally, when prospects do “bite,” many of them are willing to provide their contact information, click to obtain more valuable content, and then come back for more, illustrating the concept of effective use of social media for lead generation beautifully.


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50 Questions To Determine Social Media Marketing Success

50 Questions To Determine Social Media Marketing Success | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

To maximize your organization’s social media effectiveness, here’s a set of fifty questions. Depending on where your organization is along the social media adoption curve, these questions can help you develop your social media marketing plans going forward by determining where you need to improve.

 

50 Questions to determine your organization’s social media success

 

Social media monitoring. Before diving into the social media waters, it’s critical to listen to the conversation.


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Martin Gysler's comment, November 28, 2011 9:49 AM
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11 Tips You Can Use Today to Develop Outstanding Content for Your Blog

11 Tips You Can Use Today to Develop Outstanding Content for Your Blog | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

How often should I post on my blog?... How long should my posts be?... Can I have other people write articles for me?... How far can I stray from my chosen topic?

 

How do I create incredible content that attracts hundreds of comments and shares? How do I keep people coming back to read everything I publish?

 

At some point, all bloggers have these and dozens of other questions about developing content. Maybe you’re struggling with some of them right now.

 

As we gear up for the launch of our new blog Expert Enough as part of the Million Dollar Blog Project, we’ve been thinking a lot about content strategy. I’m going to share our content strategy for the new blog later in this post, but first, here are 11 of my top tips for developing outstanding content for your blog:


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Excellent thanks for sharing this today.
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Developing a Twitter Workflow

Developing a Twitter Workflow | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

I’ve been noticing a common thread running through many of the conversations I am having with clients and colleagues regarding Twitter.

 

Despite all the great content available online regarding Twitter do’s and don’ts, there still seems to be a significant amount of confusion (across my network) about “what to do on twitter.” People seem to be struggling with the actual day-to-day tasks that pull together all the best practices.

 

This post is designed to highlight Twitter workflow and aims to help you organize and plan your own “twitter routine”...


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What Will Get Your Facebook Page Banned

What Will Get Your Facebook Page Banned | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Do you work a lot on Facebook to sell your Brand / Business? This is well appreciated since this is strong platform to get into Community Engagement mode. Add to this most people seem to be on Facebook. What's more is that Search Engines do like Facebook.

 

Facebook has its own rules and guidelines on what you are allowed to do and what will get your Brand / Business Page banned. The rules are not too difficult to understand however they end up making you ask what then can you do. Banning of your Page can be a little troublesome for you, reason being that you may find it difficult to get your Page back...


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how to use google alerts - 10 Ways to Use Google Alerts for Business and Social Media (Plus Tips for Improving Search Results)

how to use google alerts - 10 Ways to Use Google Alerts for Business and Social Media (Plus Tips for Improving Search Results) | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it
Keep track of your business, personal name, industry news and more. Here's how...

 

One of the most useful services released by Google in recent years is its powerful Google Alerts (http://Google.com/alerts). This free tool allows you to receive e-mail notifications when keywords and phrases that you specify appear on websites, blogs, online news channels and more.


Here are 10 ways to leverage Google Alerts for your business...


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How To Create Facebook Subscription Lists

How To Create Facebook Subscription Lists | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Facebook introduced subscriptions last month, and the social network followed suit with a way for users to create lists of users they are subscribed to (Sound like Twitter?).


The lists appear in the left-hand column of the homepage, as a subsection of favorites. Whenever you click on a list here, you can see news feed updates from just the people on that list.

 

Here’s how to create a custom list, based on advice and screenshots we’ve garnered from the Facebook + Journalists page and our own surfing of the site.

 

Click on “Lists” in the left-hand on the homepage. That takes you to a page showing lists you already have. Even if you think you don’t have any, you do: Facebook’s smart friend lists appear here...


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10 Essential Social Media Tips for Ecommerce Sites

10 Essential Social Media Tips for Ecommerce Sites | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Social media is impacting how we do business online in new and exciting ways. Customers are sharing more and more data about what they’re doing online and the things they like. Getting people to share your products on social networks is a great way to bring in traffic and find new customers.

 

But ecommerce sites are stuck in a hard place because the number one goal of an ecommerce site isn’t sharing, it’s selling.

 

Take the “King” of ecommerce sites, Amazon.com, as an example. They have sharing tools on their product pages, but it’s not quite what you’d think:

 

While the sharing links are above the fold, they’re in the bottom-right corner of the screen. And you can bet that Amazon has tested that spot and found that it’s the best place for those links...


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Direct Sellers: The Social Seller

Direct Sellers: The Social Seller | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

The direct selling model has been around for more than 150 years, and it continues to be an effective model for getting sales and obtaining profit. It is basically the original social networking business, since it is driven by word of mouth marketing, through the relationships and trust that people form with each other.
Though the main tools of the direct selling trade are basically the people themselves, the technology of today has definitely changed the way people form connections with other people. In the past, direct sellers were limited to physical locations. They literally had to go door-to-door, organize a party in their house, or conduct a meeting at a restaurant or local café.


Nowadays, technology has made it possible for direct sellers to conduct their business anywhere. They can now reach hundreds of people with just one click, and they don’t have to be physically next to the other person to interact with him and talk about the benefits of a product they’re selling...


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48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Even if this list is from 2011, you'll find a lot of interesting tools for today. [note mg]

 

If you want to know what’s happening in the social web you need monitoring tools. Before you get out your credit card and start to spend money try out some of the free social media monitoring services. This way you get a taste of what is available and if you need paid services.

 

I have collected 48 free social media monitoring tools. In the Group A are the services that I use regularly or seem interesting to check out immediately. The Group B is an alphabetical list of tools for you to play with. Here we go:...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IDzrqr


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A Stalker’s Guide to Competitive Research

A Stalker’s Guide to Competitive Research | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Competitive research is an area that’s either completely overlooked by a brand, or taken to an extreme level while missing the basic goals that need to be reached. Because competitive research becomes a cornerstone for strategy development, it’s important to research from inside the trees, and outside of the forest.


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How to Share Content More Efficiently by Integrating Google Reader and Buffer

How to Share Content More Efficiently by Integrating Google Reader and Buffer | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

This piece is from Martin Geysler's collection - Social Media What We Think About it.

 

Excerpt:

 

If you subscribe to a lot of blogs and invest time in sharing useful content with your audience this workflow will help you streamline your process.

 

 

One of the most powerful dynamics of social media is the democratization of information. The more you can read, learn and share, the more value you should be able to extract from various digital channels.

 

Tapping into Web 2.0 to stay educated and informed is a labour intensive proposition.

 

**The tools are free but your time comes at a cost, so the more efficiently you can mange the process the better.

 

**If you subscribe to a lot of blogs (and other RSS feeds) and invest time in sharing useful content with your audience this workflow will help you streamline the process.

 

Before getting started there is one important caveat I need to mention.

 

**This is a broadcast tactic that will help you become more efficient at scheduling and sharing information. It’s one small piece of digital communication puzzle.

 

**To get the most out of social media you need to make connections and build relationships by engaging in real time. Enough said, let’s proceed.

 

Read more: http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-marketing/buffer-and-google-reader/


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Beth Kanter's comment, January 23, 2012 3:53 PM
I saw an article like this from Christopher Penn over the summer, he uses his iPad and flipboard to do this. I'm using buffer and find one of my best Twitter tools - if I can discipline my self to use it. The Chrome plugin helps a lot. But one of the things I've noticed is that I don't systemmatically read blogs as much as I did a few years back. Now, I look for particular Twitter lists, honed keywords, and specific sources. I need to get my discipline back around this ...
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How Stumble Upon Works and Why I Won't Stumble your Post

How Stumble Upon Works and Why I Won't Stumble your Post | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Stumble Upon is the biggest driver of traffic to blogs and websites on the net, far surpassing facebook.


It is an important tool for traffic generation to your blog. A lot of people complain that it does not bring loyal readers to your blog because most people are quickly stumbling through giving random thumbs up.

 

The more I use it the more I see this to not be necessarily true. And if you use it in this way, Stumble Upon won’t reward you.

 

Stumble Upon is where I do most of my online reading, it is where I most discover new blogs, blogs that I have become loyal readers of and who I have now written guest posts for, which have driven me more traffic.


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25 Google+ tips and tricks

25 Google+ tips and tricks | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Google+ unveiled itself to the public amidst a chorus of praise and adulation from techies all over the globe. Unfortunately, it also earned a good amount of scorn from individuals who were not ready to grasp the unique philosophy Google+ was promoting. That philosophy is one of openness.

 

Unlike Facebook, Google+ is designed to connect strangers, and inspire collaboration and contribution. It has proven to be an amazing platform for promoting ideas, brands and people.

 

Since its early rollout, Google+ has forced competitors to begin evolving, inspiring platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to develop new ways of thinking about social media and the functionality they offer.


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21 Twitter Tips From Socially-Savvy Companies | Fast Company

21 Twitter Tips From Socially-Savvy Companies | Fast Company | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it
Adapted from his book "Engage," Brian Solis presents his list of suggestions to help businesses learn how to engage customers on Twitter through the examples of those companies, from Dell to Zappos, already successfully building online communities.

 

Number 1. Special Offers
We live in a society that is as distracted as it is informed. People are making decisions on what to read, view, purchase, visit, and sample based on the information that filters through their attention dashboards...


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The 7 Biggest Conversion-Killing Website Mistakes – and How to Fix Them

The 7 Biggest Conversion-Killing Website Mistakes – and How to Fix Them | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Getting targeted traffic to your website is just half of the journey towards making it profitable. The other half? Turning that traffic into customers that stick around and buy stuff from you!

 

Regardless of what market you’re in, you should develop a solid plan and sales funnel to help you monetize your blog. Don’t worry – it doesn’t mean you have to depart from your blog’s persona and ideas to squeeze money from your visitors. In fact, you should stay within the spirit and tone of your blog when selling! Offer relevant products, t-shirts, books, seminars, or services that appeal to the wants and needs of your readers...


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The Great Twitter Automation Debate

The Great Twitter Automation Debate | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

More Than One Way To Communicate

 

Of course, communication can take many forms. For example, you can reply to emails when you have time, rather than chain yourself to a device to reply to every one when it arrives.

 

In that vein, Gray compares Stratten’s insistence about using Twitter primarily for real-time communication to be “like saying all conversations should be on the phone.” He further points out that email or letters (what he calls asynchronous communication) are valid forms of communication.


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3 Stats to Think About When Crafting Your Social Media Campaign

3 Stats to Think About When Crafting Your Social Media Campaign | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

"The numbers speak for themselves and do not betray the poor quality that is provided by most companies in the area of social media. To convince you, read this article, which says a lot, supporting figures!"

 

There’s a lot involved with building your social media presence–so much so, that it’s easy for small business owners to feel overwhelmed and become unsure of what they should be focusing on. And then you come across some startling stats that show just how big the disconnect really is.

 

I present you with three social media stats to ponder. Think about how they may reflect your own social media strategy.


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7 Quick Ways to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Social Media Marketing Workhorse

7 Quick Ways to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Social Media Marketing Workhorse | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it
In my opinion, the most powerful social media profile you can use is the LinkedIn profile. Most powerful that is, if you are looking to do more business and/or achieve your professional goals.

 

There’s a certain mindset LinkedIn members have when they spend time there.


They don’t browse through pictures and videos of their friends.

 

They don’t go there to share 140 characters of their current status.

 

And they don’t go there to watch panda bears sneeze or talking dogs say “I love you”...


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How Timing a Blog Post Can Increase Your Exposure

How Timing a Blog Post Can Increase Your Exposure | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Is timing all that important in the world of online marketing where information flows freely twenty four hours a day, seven days a week?

 

Some bloggers and users of social media are satisfied to hammer out a post or send a tweet whenever they can. Others stay up late editing the next day’s blog post and setting it to auto-post at 4 AM. Is there really any advantage?

 

In a word, yes. In two words: definitely maybe.

 

Online marketers and community managers want to know one simple thing: when can they put their information, products, and special offers in front of the greatest number of people at one time...


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The Art Of Seductive Landing Pages

The Art Of Seductive Landing Pages | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

People don’t just want to be educated about what you offer. They want to be seduced.

Yes, seduced.

Being seduced is an exhilarating experience. 

 

First, recognize that seduction is not synonymous with deception. Being seduced is fun. Being deceived is not. It’s unfortunate that shady advertisers have conflated the two. But the world’s best brands pursue “honest seduction,” touching us emotionally as a way to begin a genuine, mutually rewarding relationship.

 

So while I fully recommend incorporating the best principles of content marketing in your conversion optimization — educating, informing, and leading thoughts — I implore you to communicate more than that. Impart the spirit of your organization, your brand, speaking to the heart as well as the mind.

Here are two suggestions to make your landing pages more seductive...


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