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Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day

Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Content marketing can be an extremely complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I came up with content options for the time-starved!


Let’s face it. Content development can be a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I started thinking about this in the context of my friends and small business customers who simply can’t afford that kind of effort. It led to this idea: micro-content, or creating small bits of marketing content when you don’t have time to blog, create videos or spend all day on Facebook.


Let’s examine ideas about using micro-content for your social media strategy, assuming you are testing the water and only have 15 minutes a day to devote to this activity. Hey, I’m up for a challenge!


Preparation

Like any marketing initiative, you must have a firm idea of your strategy, selling points, and target audience...


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12 Keys to Success on Twitter

12 Keys to Success on Twitter | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Twitter was never designed to be a social network but it has become one.


In fact it was designed initially in 2006 to used by individuals as an SMS type service to communicate with a small group at the podcasting company Odeo.


When I first joined Twitter in 2008, I was underwhelmed and wondered as to its usefulness. Its early attraction to me was its novelty factor.


It has overcome this challenge and four years later it has built an impressive resume.

  • Over 140 million active users as of 2012
  • Generates over 340 million tweets daily
  • Handles over 1.6 billion search queries per day
  • Tenth most visited site on the internet


In the nearly six years since its founding over 600 million users have registered Twitter accounts.


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Create a Facebook Business Page – 20 Tips That Guarantee Success

Create a Facebook Business Page – 20 Tips That Guarantee Success | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | 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
good
Martin Gysler's comment, May 30, 2012 5:54 AM
Thank you Cassy :)
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Progressives Guide to Social Media 1: Intro

Progressives Guide to Social Media 1: Intro | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

This is the first in a series of short articles that are intended to help grassroots activists better utilize social media websites. These are the definitive and comprehensive guides for progressives. Every week after the Intro, there will be a new guide published about how to more effectively use Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Other Sites, and on Advanced Strategies.


Social Media is going to be one of the central battlegrounds in the 2012 election cycle in the US. The corporate right understands this very well, and they have invested mass sums from their war chest to send in legions of mindless astroturfers to try to control content aggregation and spin. It is essential for genuine grassroots supporters of real change and reform to take an active role on this front to fight back. If you believe that all men and women are created equal, that every person deserves to start out on a level playing field in life to succeed or fail on their own merits, if you believe that science, reason, education, and truth are valuable in this world, and that freedom requires ordinary people to stand up and fight, then these guides are for you.


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The New Content Life Cycle: 4 Steps to a More Strategic Approach to Web Content | Content Marketing Institute

The New Content Life Cycle: 4 Steps to a More Strategic Approach to Web Content | Content Marketing Institute | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Every day we are flooded with information about the latest and greatest social and mobile platforms where people hold conversations, voice opinions, or influence others. Whether it’s Instagram, Google+, Path, or Pinterest, people are flocking to these new social networks.


But companies are now left trying to make sense of which ones they should be paying attention to, what they need to be doing in these channels to gain a competitive advantage, and how it all ties into their overall content marketing strategy.


On today’s rapidly shifting web, it’s essential that companies start to take a more holistic approach to content marketing and connect more effectively with their various stakeholders across a number of web and social channels. This “pressure to extend” has created a new strategic online content life cycle that is imperative when competing on today’s unpredictable social web — especially in light of recent changes in Google search algorithms and how they might affect established SEO strategies.


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5 Insights on Facebook vs Pinterest in Driving Sales - Infographic

5 Insights on Facebook vs Pinterest in Driving Sales - Infographic | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Pinterest has been grabbing the headlines recently as its network approaches 20 million users per month.


In March compete.com reported that Pinterest had received 18 million unique visitors with AppData reporting that the visual social network had received a record 4.4 million daily active users on March 18.


There are reports that Pinterest’s growth is slowing but just like Twitter and Facebook reports of its demise maybe slightly premature.


The Power of “Low Friction” Photo Sharing


Pinterest’s value to marketers is that it provides an easy to use platform for “pinning” images, photos and videos to your Pinterest account while also posting and sharing to your networks to Facebook and Twitter in the same process.


Pinterest reduces the effort and friction to share images on the social web which crowd sources your marketing and the spreading of your brand images.


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7 Blogging Mistakes That Small Businesses Make

7 Blogging Mistakes That Small Businesses Make | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Many small businesses have turned to blogging as a way to engage and further connect with customers. But making mistakes in your blog can kill your business. Here are some of the biggest to avoid.


Blogging for your business is important, but doing it wrong can cost you customers and your reputation. As more and more small businesses enter the world of content development, the scrutiny continues to increase. Consumers can be retained or lost simply from your blogging efforts, so its imperative this public-facing activity is done correctly.


In this guide, we'll explore why small businesses should have a blog, a company that is doing it right, the biggest mistakes made by small businesses, and how to avoid those potential pitfalls.


7 Blogging Mistakes that Small Businesses Make: Why Start a Blog?


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Tweet Smarter not Harder – Part Two

Tweet Smarter not Harder – Part Two | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Introduction


If you read Part One of this series, you recall I discussed targeting and third-party applications to save you time and help you market you business and product or service more effectively.


Goals For This Post (Part Two)

  • The beauty of Lists and how they can help you use Twitter more effectively
  • Discuss branding, content tweets, and promo tweets and why you need to understand the difference
  • A note on targeted following


LISTS


I mentioned lists briefly in Part One for the purpose of finding targets but they do so much more. Here are my top ten reasons you should be using lists:


1) The number one reason to use lists: each list allows you to add up to 500 people aka tweeps. You can have up to 20 lists (public or private though I recommend public). I suck at math but even I can figure out that’s 10K people!


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How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers

How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

A simple guide to understanding how to effectively use Twitter hashtags in marketing and how you shouldn't! [note mg]


Every time we host live webinars (and as this long list suggests, that is quite often), quite a few attendees get confused about what to do with the hashtag we provide. What is it? What does it do? How do you create one? Let me explain!


What is a hashtag?


A Twitter hashtag is simply a keyword phrase, spelled out without spaces, with a pound sign (#) in front of it. For example, #inboundchat and #ILoveChocolate are both hashtags.


What does a hashtag do?


A Twitter hashtag ties the conversations of different users into one stream, which you can find by searching the hastag in Twitter Search or by using a third-party monitoring tool such as HootSuite.


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angel Graham's comment, May 8, 2012 7:26 PM
I need to learn more about hashtags and twitter. This should help out a bit more. I'm learning to use a few. Thank you.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 9, 2012 5:20 AM
It's my pleasure Angel! Using Hashtags is finally simple, which is sometimes difficult is to remember to include them in posts ... :)
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Social Media Time Savers: 4 New Productivity Tools and How to Use Them | social media tools | Social Media Consulting - Convince & Convert

Social Media Time Savers: 4 New Productivity Tools and How to Use Them | social media tools | Social Media Consulting - Convince & Convert | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
4 new social media productivity tools reviewed and analyzed. Each can save you considerably time and hassle when you're producing or curating content.


As Jay mentioned in his post yesterday, there’s a serious influx of information out there, plus an increasing urgency to get things done better and faster. It can be overwhelming to stay up on what’s happening in the world while also tending to your day job. Between our new newsletter, the One Social Thing, and the handy tools below, we hope to give you enough time- and sanity-saving techniques so you can go home at 5pm, be with your family, and even take up a hobby.


While a few of these tools can be used solely as a creative outlet, they can also serve as a way to harness creative energy that can be put toward your content marketing efforts so you can maintain a cohesive, high-quality, and consistent strategy.


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John van den Brink's comment, April 19, 2012 3:29 PM
Martin, thank you for this one. More tools to discover :)
Martin Gysler's comment, April 19, 2012 3:45 PM
Yes John, every day we discover new tools, it's an amazing world :)
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How to Improve Your Rankings with Semantic Keyword Research

How to Improve Your Rankings with Semantic Keyword Research | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

An all in one. It's really an extraordinary item for doing the right things to improve your ranking. If you have a blog with great articles, but not many visitors, apply the ideas in this article, it'll help you for sure. [note mg]

Think about semantic keyword research to help you focus your content and and improve your rankings.

From Google’s Panda, Search Plus Your World and Venice updates, in the last year alone the SEO landscape has changed. And while that means your SEO strategy will change, too, there is one thing that remains the same…keywords.

Keywords remain important to your content and link strategies.

But there is one change coming down the Google pipeline that will change keywords…semantic search technology and the human element.

What is semantic search?

Basically, semantic search is technology that tries to determine what users mean when they type in a certain keyword.

They explore the semantics of those words…or the meaning behind them.

For example, if someone typed in “laptop” do they mean:

  • That they want to buy a laptop?
  • Have one repaired?
  • Upgraded?
  • Are they even talking about a computer, but something entirely different?

In the real world most people don’t search with one keyword…additional keywords give additional clues.

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How to Make a Tweet This Link | Social Media Sun

How to Make a Tweet This Link | Social Media Sun | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

That could be very interesting to know how do that. [note mg]

Have you seen those pre-written “tweet this” links and buttons that some websites use to make sharing a tweet much faster, and give additional control to the website that created it? I’m going to show you how to make a Pre-Formatted Re-Tweet Link or Button. When a user clicks on it they will be taken to their Twitter account with your message already filled in. All that is left for them to do is send the tweet! It’s useful in several situations, and isn’t the same as the stock Twitter Re-Tweet button.

Twitter is becoming known as the place to get news before it even becomes news. Getting news before everyone else has made it a premiere place to look for content, which by default has made it a premiere place to share content.

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John van den Brink's comment, April 15, 2012 3:59 PM
Thank you Martin!
Martin Gysler's comment, April 16, 2012 4:39 AM
It's my pleasure John, have a great week!
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25 Timeline Ready Apps for Enhancing Your Facebook Page

25 Timeline Ready Apps for Enhancing Your Facebook Page | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Enhance your Facebook Pages with these timeline ready apps. A total of 25 facebook apps to choose from, including BONUS app suggestions to improve fans engagement.


For page managers who know how to work with Facebook apps, the new Timeline layout for Pages is a great opportunity to highlight their application tab for maximum visibility and increase click through rates. But for those who aren’t, finding those timeline ready apps can be a massive headache.


Before adding any facebook applications to your Timeline (layout) page, there are a few things you should know:


  • NOT all facebook applications are suitable for your Page
  • NOT all facebook applications are free
  • Understand the use of each app before installing
  • Understand each approved facebook app WILL HAVE access to a certain amount of your personal data on Facebook
  • Facebook app is an ADDED advantage to achieve a particular purpose you have for your brand (get leads, customer contact info) but certainly NOT a compulsory
  • It’s OK to NOT install any third party apps on your page if you don’t feel like it
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Facebook and comScore: “This is how to do social marketing”

Facebook and comScore: “This is how to do social marketing” | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

ComScore released a new study with Facebook today explaining “how social marketing works.” If that sounds to suspicious minds like the fox explaining how to guard the chickens, that’s because it pretty much is. However, the study does contain a huge amount of useful information for social marketers.

Here are some highlights.


You’re more popular on Facebook


Social profiles on Facebook routinely get more attention than brands’ own websites. The example comScore gives is Skittles, which had 320,000 visitors to its Facebook page in March 2012, versus only 23,000 visitors to its corporate website. And that’s just visitors to the brand page; it does not count impressions of the company’s updates in fans’ news feeds.


The clear message from Facebook: pay attention to your Facebook presence.


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How to Turn Your Blog Into a Link Generation Machine

How to Turn Your Blog Into a Link Generation Machine | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Once you've created content your audience wants to consume, how can you leverage it for link generation? This post shows you how...


There are many important reasons why one should focus on building an audience on their blog. We’ve already discussed writing for your audience, and reasons to dedicate the time to continue blogging.


With that comes the immeasurable benefits: serving content to your specific audience and catering to what they’re interested in, indirectly selling to your audience, and sharing your brand’s voice.


Then there are the measurable benefits: page views, link generation, conversions and leads.


Once you’ve decided to continue blogging for your business and you’ve created content your audience wants to consume, how can you use that for link generation or content curation beyond what you’re already doing?


Are you Blogging with Intention?


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7 Ways to Be a Successful Social Marketer

7 Ways to Be a Successful Social Marketer | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Social marketing is an advertising art that is widely utilized but less widely successful, forcing marketers who are looking for real, measurable results to hone their tactics. Review our list of seven ways to be a successful social marketer to help give you a leg up on the competition!


1. Build strong, targeted social media accounts.

Your social media accounts are only as useful as the friends and followers connected to them, making the first step of building those accounts absolutely crucial. Instead of simply working to obtain as many connections as possible, work instead to connect with like-minded people who are more likely to have an interest in what you have to offer.


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Official Google Blog: Search, plus Your World

Official Google Blog: Search, plus Your World | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I know a lot of people who have been reluctant to get involved with Google Plus. I’ve heard all sorts of reasons from “I don’t have time to do that as well as Facebook and Twitter,” to “Hrmph. I don’t even like it.” But if you were not convinced already about how important Google Plus data is likely to be for SEO in coming months, then this announcement by Google might change your mind.


Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about. These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search.


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Pompieriitm's comment, May 27, 2012 2:15 PM
Îmi place.
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Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media

Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
How small business can perform better than brands in social media by focusing on simple goals, being human, ensuring satisfaction and measuring ROI...


I currently have the fortune to experience two different fronts of digital marketing. Under Plural, I work with brands and, with SocialMouths I mostly jam with small business, personal brands, and bloggers.


One of the reasons I absolutely love this setup is that they are two different worlds in how the social web is approached, how it’s handled and how success is measured.


So I’m here to tell you that, despite the ridiculous budgets and unlimited resources, small business has a huuuge advantage over brands when it come to social media.


Here are my thoughts:


Strategy. Or Not?


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About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This

About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

It used to be that it was just us writer people that were responsible for publishing blog posts. But, my, how times have changed. As business owners, marketers, and social media mavens, we’re all responsible for publishing content on a regular basis. We publish posts to our own blogs to build our authority and search engine happiness, and we publish guest posts on other blogs to increase your readership and gain new eyes. With all the time we now devote to writing great content, we want to make sure we’re getting the most out of it that we can. And that means taking the time to optimize your content before you ever hit the publish button. Because search engine optimization always works better when it’s a priority, not an afterthought.


Before you hit publish on that post, make sure you’re hitting seven important points. They may just make all the difference.


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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 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | 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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How to Create and Grow Your Influence on a Global Social Web | Jeffbullas's Blog

How to Create and Grow Your Influence on a Global Social Web | Jeffbullas's Blog | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
We are living in a world where influence is migrating from offline to online.


The ability to influence is also moving from local to global. Its reach is also transitioning to mobile devices.


Reputation and influence can now be gained faster and reach further than in any other time in history.


One definition of Influence is “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something”


To be truly successful you must have the ability and power to influence.


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John van den Brink's comment, April 27, 2012 4:38 PM
Martin, thank you for this one!
Martin Gysler's comment, April 27, 2012 4:52 PM
You're welcome John. Indeed, Jeff Bullas blog is full with very interesting stuff.
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The Secret to Getting Highly Targeted Traffic from StumbleUpon

The Secret to Getting Highly Targeted Traffic from StumbleUpon | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Since late 2010, StumbleUpon has been one of the top sources of social media traffic in the US, even surpassing Faceboook as a referrer.


In fact, using StumbleUpon to drive traffic to your site can produce some amazing results. According to Shell Harris, StumbleUpon basically built her website TopTenz. Here are some of her stumble numbers that she shared:


That’s huge traffic that can create some pretty lucrative income stream. The only problem is that traffic isn’t very targeted and your conversion may suck.


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Your Place in the Marketing Mix | Outspoken Media

Your Place in the Marketing Mix | Outspoken Media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

As Internet marketing consultants, I’m sure we’d all agree SEO is a vital part of a successful marketing strategy. Online visibility is essential for both branding and conversions. But I think because we are passionate about what we do (and therefore, perhaps a bit biased,) we can lose sight of the fact that SEO and Internet marketing are not the only ingredients in our client’s marketing mix. Print advertising, radio and TV commercials, e-mail marketing, direct mail – for most businesses, these forms of marketing are still heavily used.

And really, in many cases, they should be. We might all like to think that online is the single best way to reach our client’s audience, but depending on their product or service, that might not always be the case. My job as a Marketing Coordinator in real estate taught me the value of multi-channel marketing, and how different channels spoke to different demographics.

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Is Your Content Worthy of a Like, Share, Pin, Retweet, Google +1? | Social Media Today

Is Your Content Worthy of a Like, Share, Pin, Retweet, Google +1? | Social Media Today | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

This is a question that each person active on social media should ask himself a day or another. Have you ever thought? [note mg]

How many hours have you spent adding buttons, gadgets and widgets to your new blog or website? You research the right tools, share buttons, share bars, analytic tracking tools and more. You install them with a hope and a prayer that someone somewhere is going to use them.

However, unfortunately many business leaders find they don’t get used. The share buttons sit on their site with the lonely zero or default +1. Chances are your pocket book or wallet might be feeling a little lonely too.

What if you took the same time you spend on the share bars, share buttons and tools and instead first focus on something worthy of a share? I know it sounds like a crazy concept because after all it’s far easier to focus on the bright shiny objects, geeky tools and data analytics.

Trust me, I am a data junkie and could literally spend all day helping my clients dig into the heads of their target audiences with a goal of embedding their brand in their brains!

Is your content worthy of a share?

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The Secrets Behind Content With 10,000+ Shares

The Secrets Behind Content With 10,000+ Shares | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
What makes content go viral? Learn the 5 key traits shared by the Web's most popular content.


As Internet marketers, we’re tasked with the often difficult job of helping ourselves or our clients gain visibility online.


As the years go by, the landscape is becoming increasingly competitive and crowded, and standing out amongst the noise is harder than ever. If you’re not a major publication that automatically gets thousands of shares regardless of what you post, this becomes even harder to do.


With everyone competing to create highly shareable content, the million dollar question is:


“How Do I Create Viral Content?”


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