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Coaching: Social Media

You know that you need social media for your business but there are so many options. Where do you begin? How do you ensure you are getting the benefits you need without busting your budget? How do you make sense of all the different things this expert or that expert say you need?

Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Social media can be a real jungle and if you’re not careful, it can also be a money sink. But the cold, hard facts prove that social media works. When you have a solid social media strategy and the right resources to implement it, you can gain a great deal for very little investment. It all begins with the right plan.

This is where social media coaching can help. No matter where you are in your journey – launching a new campaign, creating a strategy, improving an existing strategy or even overhauling your entire social media process – a coach can help.

Here are some things that a social media coach can assist you with:

  • Create a social media strategy or examine your current strategy
  • Audit your current accounts to look for improvements
  • Walk you through set-up or improvement of your existing accounts
  • Answer questions about content, conversions and interaction
  • Teach you to use social media as a customer service tool
  • Train and/or lead your social media marketing team
  • Help you create a social media marketing team if you do not currently have one
  • Assist you in any areas of social media marketing you require help

How a social media coach helps you will really depend on where you are in the process and what  your personalized needs are. In fact, that’s really the main point of a coach: having someone who can give you a personalized, expert opinion and advice on things. You can read generic info for yourself online and from books but when you need more than that, a coach is a great option.

If you are seeking a social media coach or have questions about the coaching process, contact us today!

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Ever Wonder…What are Good Facebook Statuses for Your Page?

Even the most skilled Facebookers start to fumble when it comes to posting a good status on a business page. The same status that might earn you 20 likes on a personal page will earn a big ‘who cares’ on a business page. Even though it’s a lesson most people don’t investigate, if you are a business owner, you need to know how to craft good Facebook statuses for your business page.

How to Craft Good Facebook Statuses
Bad Facebook statuses can make your business page look unprofessional, lose likes and will certainly lose potential customers. In order to avoid these pitfalls and losses, it’s time that you learn how to craft an expert level Facebook status for your business page:

Ask Questions. Simply asking questions can go a long way in engaging your audience and conveying that you are an actual person, not some faceless company who jumped on the Facebook bandwagon. Make sure that you avoid questions that can be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’. People will simply think their answer and rarely leave a comment. Instead, ask something more insightful and engaging. If you want engagement from your fans, ask them for it upfront, but not in the smarmy “’Like’ if you agree” way. Get creative with posts like “Tell us what you think: Does this information make you change your mind?”

Share Business Milestones. Don’t post about reaching a certain amount of likes. Nobody cares but you and your social media manager. Instead, post about new products or services. Post about moving locations. Post about any milestone that you believe your audience will find interesting. Avoid sharing sales numbers, unless your brand is built on teaching people how to make money. A real crowd pleaser is when you post a picture of your staff doing something interesting, or post a picture of the latest employee with some interesting tidbits about them.

Show Your Personality and/or Emotion. People want to engage with real people. Try to avoid narrating your posts and links you share; instead, share your feelings about what you are sharing. For example, don’t be afraid to say something like, “Oh! This made us laugh so hard!” or “We are not embarrassed to say we nearly cried when reading this story.”

Post Interesting Facts. Interesting facts are Facebook fuel. People love sharing new information that they found interesting and intriguing. However, you must make sure that the fact / information is true. Posting a made up fact or something that is found out to be false will greatly damage your reputation and authority. Do some research and link to your source to minimize any repercussions. Bonus points for creating a branded image or meme out of the fact. Images reign supreme on most social networking sites.

Monitor Feedback. This is perhaps the most important step in crafting good Facebook statuses. Monitor your comments, likes and shares. See which posts were most engaging and which posts were barely seen. You may discover that the above tips don’t even work for your audience. Keep exploring and keep experimenting. One of the biggest mistakes you can make when managing your Facebook page is to think you have it “dialed in” and you stop taking risks. Keep it fresh. Constantly try to “surprise and delight” your fans and followers. If you continuously monitor feedback, you’ll learn how to craft amazing statuses for your business.
It’s not impossible to post engaging Facebook statuses for your business. It will take time, effort and regularity. Consistently post something new and see how people react. Then, adjust your future efforts from there. In less time than you think, you’ll have cracked the code to your perfect Facebook status.

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2Q Benchmarks for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Social media analytics provider Quintly  arrived at some benchmarks for social media managers in the second quarter of 2015 for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The company said in a blog post introducing its findings:

Due to the uniqueness of every social network, we split the study in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To make the comparison easier, we chose the same metric three times within the infographic across all three networks. With this in mind, you are able to compare the number of posts and see the amount of interactions as an average. To make the numbers applicable for everybody, we clustered profiles in different-sized groups dependent on their fan or follower count.

Quintly’skey findings for Facebook were:

  • The average page posts twice per day.
  • That number fluctuates in a big way, depending on page size: Pages with 1,000 or fewer likes post an average of eight times per month, while those with 1 million or more post 229 times.
  • Links and photos were the most popular post types, with photos generating the highest interaction.

For Instagram:

  • Accounts posted an average of once per day, with that figure doubling for those with more than 100,000 followers.
  • The interaction rate for photos and videos was roughly the same.
  • Pages with 1,000 or fewer followers averaged 23 interactions, while those with 10 million or more averaged 570,000 per post.
  • Posts received 29 times more likes than comments.

Twitter:

  • Accounts tweeted an average of five times daily.
  • Profiles with 100,000 or fewer followers rarely used replies to interact.
  • Pages with 1,000 or fewer followers averaged four interactions per tweet, with favorites accounting for 1.25 times more than retweets.

 

Source: http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/quintly-2q-benchmarks-facebook-instagram-twitter-infographic/624127

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How to bookmark links on Facebook to read them later

There’s a lot going on on your Facebook News Feed, from shared news stories to status updates and videos. Have you ever wanted to save something to read later? But you probably didn’t realize there’s a handy little tool on each post which lets you bookmark content so you can go back and read it later.

Last year, Facebook quietly rolled out a feature allowing users to flag things like links, videos, videos, events and places. Saved content is then housed in a private folder only you can see. This little-known feature is a helpful way to manage your Feed and make sure you’re not missing the things you actually care about.

Case and point: if you’re secretly browsing Facebook during a meeting and don’t have time to watch a video everyone is talking about, you can Save it to your folder and check it out later.

Here’s how to use the feature: tap the chevron arrow in the top right corner of a post, video or event (note: as of now, you can’t save photos) and select Save. To later find that content, visit your Saved folder via the left column in your News Feed (if you’re accessing the site on the web) and via the More tab when on a mobile device. That’s it; it takes two steps.

The feature is, of course, part of Facebook’s ongoing effort to keep users tethered to the site, but it’s a good one. The ability to create your own curated bookmarks list based on what people in your network are sharing is a smart way for Facebook to continue its mission to become a news hub in addition to a place where people share updates and one day, shop.

Facebook confirmed it will be adding the ability to save more content soon, such as posts from friends, groups and Pages.

Source: http://mashable.com/2015/07/21/how-to-save-facebook-links/

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Worst Social Media Fails of 2014

They happen every day, but taking a look at some of these mistakes can help your business avoid them. Remember, always review and think of potential double meanings before you post.

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5 Mistakes You Might Be Making on Social Media

Have you ever wondered if your social media and content marketing strategies were the best they could be?

Social media and content marketing, you see, are always changing. There are few “right answers” and best-in-class strategies for capturing leads and converting followers into customers. Instead, half the battle is using your gut to find what works best for your brand, budget, and style.

To help, we decided to compile these “I might be doing this wrong” tips to avoid common marketing pitfalls.

1. When you don’t engage with followers…

A lot of businesses on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are so overwhelmed with creating content they forget to interact with their followers. Followers are the ones who actually promote your content, too, because each like, share, and comment boosts your post’s (on Facebook, of course) visibility.

To optimize your follower engagement, you need to check Facebook a few times a day and answer any comments and re-share and like content your followers may have posted. The same goes for blog comments.

2. When you aren’t consistent…

Consistency is key on social media and blogs. This is the only way to bring back repeat readers and eventually turn them into leads.

To stay consistent, the best advice we give our clients is to follow an editorial calendar. We create these ourselves, too, and provide clients with social media content we post throughout the week. This ensures that your channels are active and your brand is always showing up on newsfeeds.

3. When you publish subpar content…

Publishing content that is just “OK” is a bad idea. Not only does this risk the chance that followers may be displeased, it makes your brand look bad. This is why it is crucial to work ahead on editorial calendars and to create engaging, informative content.

4. When you ignore certain platforms…

Another flaw unexperienced business marketers make is to stretch themselves thin. This often happens if you are trying to engage customers on every level through multiple platforms. But when you think about it, isn’t it better to emphasize two or three marketing strategies rather than five or six?

This is why we encourage our clients to focus on only a few platforms like Facebook, WordPress, and Twitter. It is much easier to stay organized this way, too.

5. When you give up…

One of the leading reasons people give up on online marketing is when they don’t see results. The thing to remember is that it takes time and a lot of patience, especially when it comes to blogging and social media.

In the beginning, it’s often best to think of social media and content marketing as building blocks. Your first goal should be to build up a base that will later allow you to launch bigger, further-reaching campaigns that actively convert followers into customers.

By Amanda Clark
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