A meaningful social signal can deliver a whole lot more than just marketing exposure. Integrating social media into multiple functions of your organization can benefit operations and yield a distinct competitive advantage.
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Search engine optimization has not been dependent on a minimal number of factors for a long time now, such as number of times a keyword appeared on a page, and it continues to become a more complex web of on and off-page factors every month. One of the more recent factors that has had an impact on search ranking is social media.
This infographic breaks down ways that social media influences the visibility of your website in search results, including:
Social media can help search engines find and index your content faster
Likes, shares, retweets, etc. indicates to search engine that content is new and interesting, often leading to a temporary increase in rankings
Your content will increase in search results for people connected to you
Increases domain authority and the number of inbound links to your website
It is hard to believe that in a digital world where people are so connected, it still seems to be completely difficult for businesses to use that to their advantage to more efficiently maximize their ROI. Companies continue to spend on banner ads instead of on the people who can really make a difference in the way people purchase.
This infographic should help researchers and advertisers see what great potential there is in the power of social media and general online influence. Bloggers, tweeters, and Facebook champions really can be wise investments; read more at the article link.
Excerpted from article by Heidi Cohen published on Social Media Examiner: "Here are seven steps for crafting calls to action to get your social community to do what you’d like them to and transform your social media marketing to get the results you want.
#1: Determine What You Want Prospects to Do: Your call to action should encourage readers to engage with you further. Make readers an offer they want. You can consider offering white paper downloads, ebooks, ongoing emails, discount coupons and/or free consultations.
#2: Create a Great Hook: You’ll need to answer the question, “What’s in it for me?” This is what your prospects want to know. And your request must make sense to them. This means not asking prospects to purchase if they’re still in an information-gathering mode.
#3: Motivate Prospects to Act: Remember, you want to give your readers a reason to act. Provide sense of urgency. Make people an offer they can’t refuse. Give them a one-time offer to encourage a response. Realize, however, they may only buy when you provide coupons going forward.
#4: Optimize Your Call to Action: Like other aspects of your content, formatting matters! Here are some points to consider. - Use a contextually relevant presentation; - Make your call to action stand out visually; - Qualify your offer; - Limit selection choices; - Place calls to action in multiple locations on your pages; - Keep calls to action above the fold; - Put call-to-action options in order of importance; - Include social sharing.
#5: Maintain a Consistent Presentation on Landing Pages: This is one of the biggest reasons calls to action don’t work. Send prospects to the appropriate step in the purchase process. Make sure you use the same wording and graphics. The goal is to show continuity. Don’t let the reader think that you’ve sent them to the wrong place or they’ll leave.
#6: Test to Maximize Results: Every element of your call to action can be tested. When testing, only modify one factor at a time or you won’t know what caused the change.
#7: Measure Results: How can you measure your results? You want to track the impact of your social media calls to action back to your original objectives. Here are some metrics to track: - Impressions; - Click-throughs; - Click-through rate; - Completions; - Completion rate..."
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn can be found in the majority of social media management apps. It is with Google+ that things get a little bit more complicated: very few social media tools support it due to some technical challenges.
However, most social media managers would prefer a solution that would allow them posting to all social networks in one place, Google+ including.
In this post, you’ll find reference to all tools that are to date integrated with Google+. We’ll bring small business editions to a special focus and review social tools that (1) support Google+ and (2) the ones you can use for free or under $10 a month.
Social media is one of the most effective ways for you and your business to get more traffic and generate new leads. Having a presence on all the major networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is a necessity these days for any business. But what tools are the social media gurus actually using to manage these multiple accounts?
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Even if you have little to no budget, you will still able to get the job done with this selection of search marketing power tools.
1. Your Eyes 2. IIS SEO Toolkit 3. Screaming Frog 4. Majestic SEO 5. Adobe Site Catalyst 6. Google Analytics 7. SEMrush 8. Google Webmaster Tools 9. Bing Webmaster Tools 10. SEO Tool Set 11. Google Trends 12. HitWise 13. You Get Signal."
Surprisingly I see much written about social media marketing: spreading brand awareness, reaching target groups, pushing out promotions, even efficient customer service. But one thing that is seldom discussed is the use of social media by sales professionals.
And why not? After all, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ are just communications channels. They serve the same purpose as the telephone, networking conferences or even the front door of a prospective customer. Despite all the high-tech hype, social media is just another way for a sales person to contact and then interact with potential buyers. Here are five reasons why you should consider incorporating social media into your sales process:
It beats cold calling. Cold calling is the traditional technique for hungry, driven sales people. But the effectiveness of this brute force technique is drastically declining. A recent study by Baylor University’s Center for Research found that for every for every 330 cold calls, only one appointment resulted. Social media allows for a gradual, more comfortable warming than a jarring cold call. Rather than knocking on a prospect’s door as a stranger, you can pass in the street, say hello, engage in conversation and gradually win the comfort and trust of the prospect.
You will have an edge over your competitors. According to a recent Harvard Business School survey, only 12% of companies are including the sales team in social media planning. That means that you can have a distinct edge over competing company sales reps as you listen and respond to questions and requests over social media channels.
You get to be a fly on the wall. Everyone is using social media: your customers, your prospects, even your competitors. And they are constantly talking, about what they like, and what is a huge hassle. All that chatter is real information… and much more efficient than eavesdropping on a few conversations at a networking event.
You have a better chance of being at the right place at the right time. With social media you get to be right where your prospects are, listening to what matters most to them. When a prospect complains via social media, they are far more likely to engage with a salesperson who responds to that frustration rather than a cold call product pitch.
You can influence early (rather than defend later) in the buying process. Today, buyers spend far more time researching and moving through the buying process before they engage vendors. Much of the buyer’s journey leverages social media. Social selling allows sales people to engage buyers much earlier in their journey. You get to help shape the solution to the problem rather than being forced to respond as just another “vendor” later in the sales process – where you are evaluated largely on price.
[ For practical reasons, I decided to integrate the contributions of this topic in: "Business know-how" - 01-27-2012 ]
Networking is about meeting and building relationships with people for a purpose. It’s that last part that counts in the definition, the purposeful part. Otherwise we’re all just socializing, which is what much of it amounts to anyway because if you don’t know your purpose, it’s pretty difficult to achieve it.
That’s fine if you just enjoy socializing for the sake of socializing (and, actually, the best social networkers are people like that usually). However, if you’re spending marketing dollars and the prosperity of your business depends on the success of your social networking, you’d better do a bit more than socialize.
1. The Question You’d Better Answer First Why are you interested in social networking? To build your business? How, exactly?Do you sell online or just promote online? Are you locally, nationally, or internationally focused? Do you want people to talk about your business online, share your links, spread the word about you, learn more about you, recommend you, sign up for a program, get a free sample, get your e-newsletter, read your blog, interact with you, ask questions, get a membership, order a product, pay for a service, refer you to their friends?
Wrote this piece almost a year ago and it quickly beccame a "Most Popular ScentTrail" with lots of great comments and over 1100 views. Most of it holds up. There is a reference to LiveStrong and Lance Armstrong that is dated, but main ideas seem more right than wrong.