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5 Common Social Media Myths Debunked

Social media can be a powerful tool in your marketing and relationship building arsenal, however it is important to not see it simply as a magic bullet. It has to be used strategically and with realistic expectations about what it can and cannot accomplish. Whatever your goals for social media, you need to plan to be in it for the long haul –showing up every day, providing great content, building and engaging with your community. All too often I get contacted by companies that are doing a launch or an event in the next 30+ days, they’re panicking and they’ve decided that social media is what will fill their event or sell out their product/service. However, they have yet to build a loyal community on social media. Yes, is possible…but ONLY when you have built a community of people who know, like and trust you. You need to have earned this through long term and consistent efforts. When done correctly social media can certainly provide to a steady stream of leads and sales. However, if your brand or business starts out with unrealistic expectations and certainly when those expectations are not realized, your company can lose faith in the power […]

7 Old School Lessons That’ll Help You Rock LinkedIn

Do you remember those fundamental social skills that we were taught as children back in kindergarten? Being told to “play nice” with the others on the playground or to use “please” and “thank you”. Who would have guessed that many of these vital skills could be directly applied to your LinkedIn activities and increase your success with engagement, relationship building and establishing your authority on your topic. By consistently applying these seven primary social skills, you’ll more quickly and easily develop relationships with potential clients as well as create a powerful and invested community of connections. 7 Key Social Skills To Utilize For More Success On LinkedIn SKILL 1: Uses words like please, thank you and excuse me Never underestimate the power of good etiquette. All too often I see people breaking the written and unwritten rules of LinkedIn etiquette – aka common sense and good manners. While in a few cases these can get you in trouble with LinkedIn, for the most part these simple etiquette rules simply aid you in better relationship building with your connections and keep you from making mistakes that can hurt your brand personally and professionally. When in doubt always error on the side […]

What YouTube Sensation Sierra Furtado Can Teach Brands About Marketing

The realm of marketing is once again a brave new world for anyone bold enough and creative enough to tackle it head on, authentically, and with the goal to truly connect with their community. Someone just like Sierra Furtado, a young YouTube sensation who literally started with nothing, making videos in her room in the middle of the night. She has since grown her YouTube channel to over 2.3 million loyal subscribers and has just written a novel, Life Uploaded. The novel, while fiction, does include many elements of her own life experience as a YouTube star as well as the normal everyday experiences that all young girls have growing up. Sierra has grown her channel by staying wholesome and not provocative. She tries to provide a clean and positive message empowering young females. This book is a testament to that message which provides a good moral message in a somewhat clouded space in the social media vertical. While this young woman has done some amazing things, what I want to focus on is how she and other millennials similar to her are able to create loyal communities (she calls her fans Sierranators) with no marketing strategy or budget. Just […]

Complete Guide to Navigate LinkedIn Publisher Changes

You may have heard about or seen the recent LinkedIn Publisher changes. Don’t panic! While the look is different and there are some changes to the usability, with the aid of this guide, you needn’t worry about the changes hindering your ability to post your next article. New LinkedIn Publisher Changes: A Step-By-Step Guide When you start a new LinkedIn Publisher post, it will look something like this. As you can see, LinkedIn is aiming to clean up the interface and streamline the look with the rest of the site. The best place to begin is by adding your cover image. To get the best results, ensure your cover image is 744 x 400 pixels. To add your image, click the icon at the top of the page with the “+” sign and photos. You may notice that your image takes up the whole top portion of the screen When you publish your article, it will look similar to this. If you have a striking image or have created an image specifically for your post, you will want to keep it at this size. If the image is not one you want to highlight, you can click the button at […]

Visual Marketing: How To Use The Canva iPhone App

Whether you are just getting started with visual marketing and creating graphics for social media posts or are an experienced designer, you can now make easy, eye catching graphics with the Canva iPhone app. While Canva for desktop and iPad have been around for some time, they have recently released an app version for iPhones. The app includes much of the functionality that you love in the full Canva desktop version, simplified to work on a smaller workspace with an iPhone. The reason that this and other graphic design apps like it are so important is that in order to catch the attention of your community and engage with them, you need to create graphics that you can share on your social media platforms. These graphics can be quotes, stats or tips that you can pull from your existing content. Ideally your images should provide some kind of value, share something meaningful or help your community to connect with you on an emotional level. Make Social Media Images Quickly With The Canva iPhone App When you first open the Canva iPhone app you will need to login or sign up. If you already have a Canva account, you can login […]

7 Simple Changes To Ramp Up Your Social Media Marketing

Are you getting the kind of results you want from your current social media marketing activities? What if there were some small and simple changes that you could implement that would save you time, increase your effectiveness and bring you more success with achieving your social media marketing goals? I am going to share seven tips that can help you do just that. Making these seven simple changes to your social media marketing activities can make a huge difference in the results you are getting. 7 Easy Changes To Improve Your Social Media Marketing Activites 1. Turn Your Best Quotes & Tips Into Graphics Want to get new eye balls on an old post? Repurpose it by turning your best tips, tidbits and quotes into a graphic. Find an article you want to increase traffic on. Then review the article for some small, helpful piece of information. Take the quote or tip and using a tool such as Adobe Spark Post or Canva, turn it into a graphic that can be shared on your social media platforms. For optimal sharing, use these tools to create a couple of different sizes to suit the different platforms (this is relatively quick and […]

6 Guaranteed Ways To Position Yourself As An Authority

There are so many choices and options today when people are looking to solve a challenge or problem. So just how do they make that choice? They go to the trusted expert or authority who has built a relationship with them and has proven their expertise on their topic. So when your community needs someone that offers the products or services that your do, will you be the authority that they turn to? Perhaps you are unsure on how to establish yourself as an authority on your topic? Fear not. I am going to share six guaranteed ways you can position yourself as a trusted authority with your community, industry and/or topic. 6 Key Strategies To Become an Authority On Your Topic 1. Focus on a Niche Don’t be a Jack-of-all-trades and master of none. If you want people to see you as authority, specialize in something. Pick a niche that narrowly focuses in on your ideal clients and what they need or want. For example, while I provide a variety of social media marketing and content marketing services, my specialty and what I’m best known for is LinkedIn. This is where 80% of my focus and energy is spent […]

4 Proven Customer Retention Strategies [Increase Profits by 25-95%]

There’s so much emphasis on new forms of communication, contact, and customer service. But when it comes to clients returning to your business again and again, old-school strategies are more important than ever. That’s because repeat clients hold a lot of potential value for future profits and revenue—and they’re a lot easier to convert than brand-new clients. Customer retention doesn’t have to be complex; in fact, there’s a simple four-part strategy that’s easy to implement and use. It involves making the experience for the customer valuable, simple, impactful, and personal. How can you improve retention, and ultimately improve your business? This graphic helps you discover a process that works. Graphic and intro provided by and included with permission from Salesforce. It’s Easier to Get Sales from Existing Customers Than a New Customer Considering that 80% of your profits will come from 20% of your existing customers, that makes a huge case for the importance of being able to retain your existing customers. When you combine this knowledge with your actual probability of converting an existing customer (around 60 to 70%) to the much smaller probability of converting a new customer (about 5 to 20%), it should be clear that your […]

Find & Connect With Your Ideal Clients On Social Media

Have you ever wondered how to find your ideal clients on social media? If you are like most business people or marketers, locating your ideal customers and prospects is often a challenge when using social media. In fact, a key finding in the 2016 Social Media Marketing Industry Report by Social Media Examiner discovered that one of areas that marketers (and most other businesses) struggle with most, is locating their ideal customer and prospects. This was true for 86% of the people who took the survey. Thankfully, this task will be much easier if you have worked through my two previous articles on ideal client, How To Get Your Marketing To Attract Your Ideal Clients and Speak Directly to Your Ideal Clients in Your Marketing. The content in this series will help you to attract, speak to, locate and connect with your ideal clients. Locating Your Ideal Clients Your first objective is to find out what social media platforms your potential clients spend their time on. If you already have access to your ideal clients, such as through a brick and mortar store or email list, take advantage of this and ask them what platforms they prefer to use. If […]

Speak Directly to Your Ideal Clients in Your Marketing

Do you ever wonder why your marketing messages do not produce the kind of results that you were hoping for? Have you started to question the effectiveness or value that you are getting from your social media and other online marketing efforts? If this is true for you, you are not alone. But have you ever considered that you might not be speaking to the right group of people, or alternatively that you are not speaking the right language to get the attention of your ideal clients? In my last article How To Get Your Marketing To Attract Your Ideal Clients, I shared how to define and identify your ideal clients. While being able to define who your ideal clients are is an important first step to being able to market successfully, it is not enough if you hope to connect with this community and build a relationship with them. “Profitability depends on delivering pertinent content and desired solutions to a specific audience.” ~Steve Olsher Once you know who your ideal clients are and how they identify themselves, you need to go deeper and understand them – what is important to them, the challenges they face and the language that […]