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How to Create an Effective Hashtag Strategy for Instagram

How to Create an Effective Hashtag Strategy for Instagram | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
To take full advantage of Instagram marketing, you need to incorporate hashtags. Here is how to create an effective hashtag strategy for Instagram.
janlgordon's insight:

I selected this article from Curatti written by Jenn Herman because I'm love Instagram and if you know what you're doing it can be very effective if it's appropiate for your particular business needs.


Hashtags here and on Twitter are a must to keep the conversation going, attract potential customers and/or a following, learn what your competitors are saying and doing........but if you don't use them properly it can work against you.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Hashtags

Instagram allows you to use up to 30 hashtags per post. But that doesn’t mean you should be using that many! Depending on your brand and your audience, you will likely find a sweet spot between 5 and 10 hashtags per post.


Using less than 5 hashtags limits the number of searches in which your post will appear. But using too many looks spammish and can annoy your followers.


Use Relevant Keyword Hashtags

Your hashtags should include relevant keywords that are associated with your post. If you sell jewelry, including tags like #gold, #jewelry, #fashion, and #gemstones would be considered relevant.

These should relate directly to the item or content in your post.


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Alex Watson's curator insight, August 27, 2014 9:56 AM

Thanks. Would like  to start optimising my use go #Insta an #Pin

janlgordon's comment, June 28, 2016 3:38 PM
Thank you @Stan Smith and @Skylly_W :-)
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Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In the World

Twitter Now The Fastest Growing Social Platform In the World | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
The most detailed study of social media ever conducted
janlgordon's insight:

This piece by Globalwebindex has some amazing new information about Twitter, once seen as more of a niche social network according to research in 2009, but not anymore!

 

Jan Gordon: Note, Globalwebindex hasn't revealed the source of their data to date - here is a link from October 2012 with some findings and sources on Twitter and what's going on: http://huff.to/Vw9Pqc - scroll to the bottom of the page.


Here are some highlights from this article:

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**GWI.8, the Q4 2012 dataset from GlobalWebIndex, shows that the number of active Twitter users grew 40% from Q2 2012 to Q4 2012.


**This is equal to 288 million monthly active users (claimed to have used or contribute to Twitter in the past month) across the 31 markets currently


**researched by GWI (representing nearly 90% of the global internet population aged 16 to 65). That marks a whopping growth rate in active users of 714% since July 2009.


An incredible 21% of the global internet population now use Twitter actively on a monthly basis.


 What Does This Mean for Brands?


Using Twitter is becoming more relevant than ever, but we need to be aware of how any given audience engages with Twitter. Difference in usage patterns will reflect the local market norms, generational gaps, and privacy concerns


**it impacts the nature of the target audience who are active and the type of brands for which it would be relevant.


**All of this, of course, is dependent on running detailed analysis of your target audience and the local market context.


We also need to consider the changing nature of usage. The growing interaction with brands makes customer service and staff interaction a must if Twitter is employed as a communication channel.


**Also, the growing usage of Twitter as a discovery tool means that content is absolutely critical for brands.


**Overall, content is the ever growing mega opportunity of the new social landscape.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/14wdC8x]

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:22 PM

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence?tag=Twitter

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Twitter

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:24 PM

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence?tag=Twitter

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Twitter

 

Gaurav Pandey's curator insight, February 16, 2013 8:34 PM

Great study on Twitter!

Here's another link to help you better engage on this platform https://business.twitter.com/en/basics/best-practices/

Also, download their Twitter guide for small businesses, the link's on the top right hand side of the page. The guide comes from Twitter and is very helpful if you want to use Twitter to spread the word on your business.

And finally, thank you Gust MEES (http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence) for sharing some really meaningful stuff! Do follow the guy for some great tips and insights. 

Cheers! And if you like if, please share 'coz social is all about sharing and caring :) 

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Overwhelmed By Social Media? Here Are 7 Ways to Keep Up

Overwhelmed By Social Media? Here Are 7 Ways to Keep Up | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This a timely and important piece from Mark Schaefer of {grow} in which he touches upon several issues which confront all of us who are trying to keep our heads above water in the ever-evolving world of Social Media.


To quote: "Not only do the platforms shift every day, the rules of engagement change constantly, too. Can anybody keep up with the real (and rumored) changes just to Facebook's EdgeRank formula? What we considered best practices six months ago are passé today. Social media is overwhelming, especially when there is pressure to master every new platform that comes along  How do you keep up?."


Remember:


** Platforms may change but marketing fundamentals remain the same


** Absolutely nobody can navigate this changing world alone as there are too many facets to it, so form a mutually beneficial support group.


** There's too much informationfor any one person to keep on top of all of it, so pick a main focus and try really hard to keep mainly to that.


** Know your audience and go where you will find them. This might mean giving up on one of the major platforms.  Swallow hard and do it!


** The more successful you become and the more your reach grows, the less time you will have to engage one-on-one with people. Don't let yourself feel guilty about this as it is inevitable.


** Go to a trusted source for information but be warned: Such a place may not (yet) exist.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


See article here: [http://bit.ly/VcYLb]


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Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic]

Personal Branding With Social Media [Infographic] | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Personal Branding With Social Media Infographic via Chris Voss


Why having the right social media tools matter:


"Social media tools have the tremendous power to put you in contact with thousands of people in order to build your online brand you need to know all of the possibilities, as well as how all of your activities are working together.


It's important to be consistent so that each part of your social media network is contributing positively to the brand you are trying to build.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Busines and Beyond"


See full infographic here: [http://bit.ly/JMXlS0]

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Cheri Ruiz's curator insight, June 11, 11:33 AM
This is simple easy to navigate infographic on how to successfully brand yourself on various social media sites. A good basis to look at when starting to personal brand!
Taylor Smith's comment, June 21, 7:53 PM
This is honestly so helpful! thanks for this!
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How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence

How To Leverage the Science of Relationships to Gain True Influence | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
If you define influence by the size of your Klout score, you can stop reading this right now. If you believe influence is driven by the creation of a re
janlgordon's insight:

This is a great article by copyblogger on how to gain true influence and the "science" behind leveraging relationships.


Here are some highlights:


*. Influence is driven by creating a relationship between two parties - where one sees the other as truly knowlegable about a prticular product or service.


* Establishing influence is a multi-step process that moves the influenced through four key stages


There is a "science" or method to doing this effectively he uses the term Propinquity - the dictionary defines this as:


Propinquity - Noun
  1. The state of being in close to someone or something; proximity.
  2. Close kinship.


There is physical propinquity and psychological propinquity - being that most of us use content to reach, engage and build relationships, he uses content creation as a means of creating influence an building trusted relationshiops.


Propiinquity theory tells us:


* the more often people see your content, the better they get to know you.


*Each time someone is exposed to your content, they are interacting with you, your thoughts and beliefs.


*This leads to a feeling of knowing you, because it mirrors how we get to know people in the real world.


Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering "Curation and Social Business"


Read more here: [http://bit.ly/17jMNZs]

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Caroline Price's comment, July 16, 2013 5:59 AM
yes...some people are worthy of respect; others less so...
Therese Matthys's comment, July 16, 2013 12:34 PM
Caroline - so true!
Philippe Trebaul's comment, September 9, 2013 11:48 AM
You're all totally true. I really agree with you. I would add that "followers" are (normally, except for fake profiles...) persons. And persons MUST be respected. I agree too with you, Sigrid, concerning the fact that influence could be better mesured by interactions. Thx a lot for your reactions. It's very kind from you! Have a great week. Best regards :) Philippe
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30 Ways to Build the “Know, Like, and Trust” Factor that Grows an Audience

30 Ways to Build the “Know, Like, and Trust” Factor that Grows an Audience | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it
Your content is good. You know your material. You know how to put words together in a way people want to read. You're nearly there. But the game isn't
janlgordon's insight:

I loved this article by copyblogger, it's one of those pieces that is full of great insights and strategy to help you focus on why you're online, who you're speaking to and how to create an impact and build a vital community.


Everyone of these suggestions is great, here are the ones that caught my attention:


10 Ways to Get Known Online


Great high-quality content marketing attracts attention, builds your reputation-it lets people see who you are and why you're worth listening to.


**Get a clear on who you're talking to: Identify your buyer personna and tightly position your content for that buyer.


**Be relevant: Listen, research, and ask questions to discover your audience’s pinch points. Package your ideas into thought-provoking blog posts, share solutions on a webinar, or drip ideas through an autoresponder.


**Get your social media ratio right. Remember the 95% relationship building, 5% selling formula.


**Be generous: Share content and promote other people. Don’t expect people to share your stuff if you don’t demonstrate a commitment to do the same.


**Initiate a two-way conversation: Invite your audience to engage and interact with you. Invite comments on your blog posts


10 factors that build trust with your audience


While you’re delivering your truly valuable content, you’re not selling, but you are paving the road to eventually selling a product that’s related to your content down the line.


**When it comes to selling online, authority and likeability alone are rarely enough — you need to become truly trusted.


**Give away (some of) your best stuff: The web is swamped with free content. If you want to stand out, even your free offers must be remarkable.


**Be consistently good: Train your audience to expect a certain level of quality from you and constantly deliver. When you do, they’ll come to you first rather than going elsewhere.


**Give your audience space: Use content to allow your audience to choose you — in their own time. Whether they come to you in a day, a week, or a decade, you’ll get far more respect than that sleazy salesman who just won’t go away.


Takeaway:


**When you combine the elements of know, like, and trust to your content and actions, magic ignites.


**You become an authority on your subject, and you build a tribe of fiercely loyal followers who can ultimately become loyal customers.


Selected and Reviewed by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


See full article here: [http://bit.ly/We01fT]


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Jeff Domansky's comment, January 17, 2013 2:48 PM
Jan, I always enjoy your curation. Keep the great material coming.
janlgordon's comment, January 19, 2013 12:36 AM
Thanks so much Jeff Domansky, I really appreciate your kind words!
Better Homes, Better Life's comment, January 26, 2013 11:19 PM
Outstanding article... blogging is harder than most people think and that is why so many quit.... My blog is finally starting to pay off after a long while.... have to keep going even when only a few are reading... thanks...
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How to Maximize the Reach of Your Posts on Social Networks

How to Maximize the Reach of Your Posts on Social Networks | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This article and infographic was posted by Ted Nguyen for his blog.


Intro:


One of the most pressing questions whether you're new to social media or a social media maven is: What's the best way to post information or share content to optimize your reach


Compendium, a content marketing firm conducted a study of more than 200 companies to determine how social media professionals may optimize their engagement with both business-to-business-to-consumer conversations.


What they found is consistent with what Ted Nguyen has experienced and he has demonstrated that he clearly knows what he's doing

Here are some highlights:


"My experience in sharing more than 21,000 tweets and Facebook posts to my more than 82,000 Twitter followers and Facebook friends is consistent with the study’s findings"

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**I recommend the hours between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pacific Time) or 1 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) are the best times for Twitter and Facebook to optimize social engagement engagement.


**I find that tweets shared earlier in the week do better than those sent later in the week. I also have discovered that Facebook posts do best Wednesday early afternoon.


**if you look at Ted's social shares, they run around the clock. he tries his best to engage with people in real time or near real time.



Selected by Jan Gordon covering: "Curation, Social Business and Beyond


Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/VG0xGL]


Infographic by DKNewMedia


Survey by Compendium

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Images Make Social Media Marketing Unforgettable - Here's Why

Images Make Social Media Marketing Unforgettable - Here's Why | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Bullas, I selected my own image from Thomas Hawk's collection because it's gorgeous and when I posted this on Pinterest many people were drawn to it, repinned it and several of them started following me there, here, and everywhere, it works! It has happened to me over and over again.


I'm retweeting my friend, Robert Caruso but thought I'd put my own spin on it. Jeff Bullas is talking about something that is on the minds of many due to the overwhelming success of Pinterest, Facebook's purchase of Instagram a few days ago and more events to follow in the future because images are hot! as Jeff says:


"It's a well-known fact that people are visual.


**They like things that attract their eyes. Color, images, movement, all these things bring them in and make them stay and brings them back".


Here are some highlights and things we should all be doing to keep our audiences coming back


Drive Traffic from Pinterest


**Everyone can see everything on Pinterest, which makes it ripe for the picking. All you need is one great image and people will come flocking, click on the link and end up on your website -


Generates Likes and Comments


**Facebook likes and comments are great. They get attention, they add to each other and they get the word out.


Promotes Shares


**They take comments and likes and get your name out there in a way t]hat says 'valid'


Gets Attention


**To simplify, pictures get attention and keep it. It takes only a split second to look at an image, versus a few to read a summary or small paragraph


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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