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.
Maybe it’s time to reconsider Pinterest for your business right now. If you want do so, follow the step-by-step lesson from Jeff Bullas, useful. [note Martin Gysler]
Pinterest is booming. The site grew to 26.7 million unique visitors last month. This rapid growth has drawn businesses, especially retailers, to expand their presence on the site. Pinterest has just announced Pinterest pages for business.
My, those folks over at Pinterest have been busy! In the space of a few short weeks, users have been surprised by 3 new rollouts – verification of Pinterest accounts, the introduction of secret boards and now, the ability to create business pages. So what does this new update mean for business owners? After all, it was not too long ago that Pinterest was warning us about self-promotion and commercial usage was downright prohibited. Nevertheless, thousands of businesses have flocked to Pinterest since its inception in 2009 to create accounts and drive brand awareness in the hope of boosting sales.
This blogpost is an extract of the interviews conducted for my master thesis on Social Media Business Usage with some of the world’s leading experts on social media.
You can find the first and second part of the interviews here: Are Your Marketing Efforts Really Aligned? World’s Leading Experts Answer and Leading Experts Discuss Social Media ROI
The questions are preceded by my initials KCP, Kelli-Carolin Parkja, and the experts’ answers are indicated with their names. To contact me, write to me on Twitter @kellicarolin
Andrea Colaianni, Social Media Consulting Director, SAME SAME Agency, David Meerman Scott, Marketing and Leadership Strategist, Jay Baer, Social Media Strategist at Convince and Convert, Jen McClure, Senior Director, Social Media Strategist at Thomson Reuters, Michael Hopps, Social Media Specialist at Cisco Systems and Peter Kim, Chief Strategy Officer at DachisGroup.
If you don't have your own blog, maybe you should do it now. In this post you'll read why! [note mg]
So, if you’ve crossed the hurdle of really understanding exactly what blogging is, it’s time for stage two. It’s time to understand why blogging is important for you as a business person.
The excuse of “I just don’t have time to blog” borders on the absurd when you really start to consider the benefits you can reap from devoting yourself to it. When the words, “I don’t have time for blogging” begin to roll off of your lips, you are really saying that you don’t have time for the activities below. Because if done right, blogging is the single greatest tool for making these things happen.
Have you become desensitized and disillusioned with Twitter?
Do you feel like you are suffering from Twitter Tiredness?
Do you feel like you are “tweeting in the dark”, spending more and more time on Twitter but getting less and less out of it?
I know the story. A few months (or years) ago, you signed up for a Twitter account. You dutifully wrote a clever bio, uploaded your picture and started tweeting. Maybe you followed some accounts and learned a bit about the culture and etiquette of the network before sending your first tweet.
After following a few people and building a following of your own, you started following more and more and retweeting more and more, all while spending less and less time engaging in conversations and writing original tweets.
There is a Twitter tool that synergizes, feeds and enhances the Twitter and Blogging ecosystems that promises to make your tweets live longer and as a marketer and a blogger that sounds like something I may be "very" interested in!
The web is a seething mass of people sharing on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and they are monster networks with hundreds of millions of participants that drive billions of shares and tweets.
It is estimated that every 20 minutes on Facebook, 1 million links are shared and each month 30 billion pieces of content are posted.
On Twitter this hyperactivity continues with 1 billion tweets shared every week.
Underneath these social media giants sits secondary and tertiary social networks and applications that feed off their activity. These platforms provide niche communities with places to play, share and explore in an ever changing landscape of ecosystems that tempt you with features and tools that are designed to engage you and addict you.
Are You a Hyper Active Social Media Participant?...
Here are ten concrete steps to finding and growing the social media influencers in your particular market. Because, as you know it's often the most difficult step in our business. [note mg]
Why is an influencer strategy so important?
It can help drive your social media execution. It can be a core part of your search engine optimization strategy. Ultimately, if done correctly, it will drive sales and position your organization as one of the leading experts in the field.
There is no right way to developing and cultivating relationships with the influencers in your industry, but here are 10 steps to get you started in the right direction.
To maximise a tweet's effectiveness you need to use the 140 characters in the most efficient manner possible. This post offers five simple suggestions to optimise tweets for engagement and ultimately CTR.
The number one rule before applying these quick fixes is ensuring your tweet content is relevant to your audience. Although these are generic tips applicable to any industry your tweets must communicate the value of your product/service to your customers.
The Modern Media Agency Series is presented by IDG. Both marketers and users are very interested in social media. Buyers told IDC that less than one in five use social media to make purchase decisions. To learn more about the research, click here.
Whether your company is just getting its social sea legs or excelling in the digital world, there is a niche and opportunity for every brand on social media.
OMD, one of the top media agencies in the world, works with clients of various size and social media exposure. Within the agency, OMD Word is the social intelligence arm that helps amplify clients through social media. The department ensures the client’s social channels are leveraged and optimized to support traditional and digital solutions.
According to Word’s U.S. Director Colin Sutton, your level of understanding impacts your brand’s ability to perform on social media. Generally, this is the first thing that brands should be thinking about when they want to launch a social campaign.
Ok, back to Social Business. After the last few days where I have been blogging a number of different times about some musings on redesigning and refining further along the workplace of the future, it’s time to get down to business again and continue to share further insights around social networking / computing for business or the good old Social Business itself.
By the way, stay tuned because very soon I will be putting together an article where I will explain why I’m going to move away from the social business concept into another one that I think is much more accurate and fitting in helping explain where we are today with the whole mantra behind Social. But till then, how about if one of these days you come to work and you bump into a rather controversial article, a superb read, actually, that questions the whole social business industry, right where it hurts the most: Social Networking for Business doesn’t count much on today’s CIO’s top priorities, after all. Disappointing or a huge opportunity? Both, eventually!
In recent posts, I have taught our readers how to grasp the basic concepts required for monitoring and managing social media so they can be more effective in marketing their businesses on these channels. As the last in my three-part series, this post discusses how to measure the information received through the first two processes to provide actionable insight required to carry out successful, long-term social media strategies.
In earlier posts, I explained how to develop a social media strategy and carry it through and how to track social media efforts and reach your benchmarks. Your strategy should include your social media goals, determined by analyzing your business to decide what you want and are able to achieve through social media and what you are able to offer your audiences as well as other businesses to understand what they are doing successfully so you can compete.
A tactical guide for Google Plus covering page creation, daily management, and key optimizations with other Google products... You can start right now with your Google+ [note mg]
Taking full advantage of the SEO and PPC benefits associated with a strong Google Plus presence requires creating a complete Google Plus Brand Page. The following post serves as a tactical guide for Google Plus covering page creation, daily management, and key optimizations with other Google products.
For more detail on the SEO benefits of Google+ for individual user accounts, check out AJ Kohn’s amazing and comprehensive post.
Creating a Brand Page
Brand Pages are created only after logging in to an existing Google+ personal account.