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Create a Facebook Business Page – 20 Tips That Guarantee Success

Create a Facebook Business Page – 20 Tips That Guarantee Success | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

With over 800 million active users, Facebook is by far the biggest social networking website at present. The number of users is increasing on a daily basis, with thousands of people setting up Facebook accounts. The traffic and usage is sufficient to judge Facebook’s stature in the social media industry. It has grown in leaps and bounds and is far ahead of the competition.


For the past few years, businesses have gauged the potential of Facebook for marketing and creating a brand image. The trend towards online marketing has increased, with internet based promotion becoming a major part of businesses’ marketing strategies. Through Facebook, businesses can target their market segment and attract customers. Already, a majority of the businesses are using Facebook to increase awareness about their products and services. A corporate Facebook page can enhance the popularity and sales of your business.

 

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Cassy Dave's comment, May 30, 2012 1:22 AM
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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:...

 

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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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7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Business

7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Business | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

YouTube continues to be the most valuable video marketing and advertising tool for businesses of all sizes. Here's some great tips from Smedio . . .

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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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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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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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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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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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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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6 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results - from the Altimeter Group

6 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results - from the Altimeter Group | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

How to develop a robust framework for tying your social media performance to your business goals  . . .

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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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The secret to success on Twitter: Link sharing.

The secret to success on Twitter: Link sharing. | Business Wales - Socially Speaking | Scoop.it

Brands’ approach to Twitter is in many ways more of an unknown than Facebook. With the way that Facebook Pages have developed, there is a very clear structure to how you run your business presence on Facebook. There is a place for your photos, video, wall updates, then tabs on the side to do pretty much whatever you want with and a clear distinction between friends and Likes. With Twitter, it’s not so straightforward.

 

Sure, everyone has the same basic tool to use: 140 character messages, but there’s little direction for brands. Do you post news, facilitate customer service, are you meant to @reply people who don’t follow you, how do you grow followers, when should DM and not @reply? It causes many problems for brands, who open up a Twitter account, only to leave it to die a slow death as they realise they’re not really sure how to use it for their brand or what value it can drive. A few interesting studies have been published lately that all seem to point to the same conclusion – the secret to Twitter success is driving links...


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