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3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR. However, most of what’s written about social media functionality on a professional level tends to be focused on businesses that work directly with consumers (B2C) rather than B2B enterprises. Employ Someone Who Knows Social Media, Not Just Your Business.

How your personality aligns with social media content types

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have always had this fantasy about trying to align Myers-Briggs personality types with people successful on the social web, but alas I have not had the time or resources to do so. believe there is some alignment between where you choose to publish and your personality type. A few data points to illustrate my theory: I marvel at the people creating fun and effective content on Snapchat.

Social Media Explained. Really.

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With every client I meet, every class I teach, and every speech I give, there is always a group of people who desperately need to understand social media marketing but don’t have the time to do it. If you are thinking to yourself, “This world does NOT need another social media book,” you’re partially correct. The post Social Media Explained.

5 Ways User-Generated Content Amplifies Your Social Media Strategy

B2B Marketing Insider

Social media brings online conversations to life. According to a research study, 74% of all Internet users use social media. And with social media, content emerges. The post 5 Ways User-Generated Content Amplifies Your Social Media Strategy appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media Social Media Campaigns

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. social media. content.

How to turn social media connections into an actionable audience

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Probably the biggest myth — and mistake — I see regarding social media marketing is the idea that audience equals action. Most of the time, your social media connections begin as “weak relational links.” Social networks are effective at increasing participation —by lessening the level of motivation that participation requires. Fowler.

Why you are just a resource & how you’re failing to drive demand with your content & social media marketing efforts

Biznology

So, why aren’t business, sales, and marketing leaders focused on providing specific thought leadership content that’s relevant to extremely targeted, specific audience? Why are we going for reach and pushing out content (in many cases other people’s content) just to get the like, share, comment and exposure? You see there was no content to drive demand. Like this post?

Why it takes so long to achieve social media success

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If you’re impatient, social media is probably the wrong marketing channel for you. This is data from the recent research released by  Social Media Examiner. Let’s take a close look at what we can learn from the feedback provided by these active social media marketers. Social media success takes time. Weak relational links.

There is no community on social media

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Speaking at the  Lithium Technologies  LiNC conference in San Francisco, Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst  Nate Elliott  dropped a bomb on brand managers: you don’t build a community on social or have any meaningful customer relationships on Facebook: There’s no community there. focus on content + connection, not platform. They’re not archived. Your thoughts?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. social media. content.

20 Ideas to super-charge your social media network

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Behind every social media strategy you must have a content plan and a network plan. Most businesses are starting to understand the content part. To succeed on the Internet today, you have to create content that ignites and that takes an audience. It is really, really hard to get content to move. Building your social media network. By Mark W.

Your social media strategy plan: Where do you START?

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When I work with businesses, there is often an enthusiastic attitude about moving on to the social web but confusion about how to actually get started. And by the way, your social media initiative doesn’t start with a Facebookpage. Assess the company culture You might be wondering what the company culture has to do with social media success. What did I miss?

23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides

Webbiquity

Though the use of social media and social networks for marketing is now nearly ubiquitous, and 78% of companies have dedicated social media teams, many marketers sill struggle with certain aspects of social marketing, such as formalizing strategies and measuring results. What trends and changes in social media do marketers need to stay on top of?

The first step in social media marketing is not social media

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“I’m kind of overwhelmed,” he wrote me, “I’m trying to get a social media program going and I really don’t know where to start.” Shouldn’t I dive into social media for them? Sometimes the first step in social media marketing … is NOT social media! I had an email from a young guy recently.

What is Social Media Marketing?

Biznology

Social Media Marketing  — according to Wikipedia , “social media marketing is the process of gaining website traffic or attention through social media sites.” ” This is a broad practice, encompassing social media strategy (what are your goals?), The post What is Social Media Marketing? Like this post?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

They expect content to be relevant, easy to find, and mobile- friendly. B2B marketers are expected to use that data, in combination with new tools for content. relevant and carefully targeted) content. Collaborate with industry influencers: marketers must creatively build advocacy and content amplification outside the company as well. social media. content.

25 Nuggets of Essential Social Media Wisdom

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So here are some perspectives on digital marketing, content creation, and social media that might connect with you in a helpful way. Content is no longer the finish line. How are you going to get that content viewed and shared? Maybe the most important social media measure isn’t ROI. Content fuels the social web. Just write.

How to Calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

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Quick: Can you list the goals of each and every one of your social media efforts? So much of social media is on the fly—a response rather than a plan—that it can become a slippery planning slope for companies, especially those that are understaffed. In fact, setting goals is a key component of establishing a process to measure social media profitability.

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7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

Writing on the Web

A Note from Patsi: This week’s guest post is about social media  and it’s really important. Because if you want to engage your business blog readers and grow your reader base, you need to use social media. We’ve been writing about the CAST system for effective blog content: C ontent (compelling). ocial Media. Only using social media to advertise.

Email marketing versus social media – once more

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If we can believe the people of Email Delivered there is a “heated debate inside marketing circles” about what’s the best option when it comes to focusing your marketing efforts: social media or email marketing. Email marketing Integrated marketing Social media marketing content marketing Email Delivered Social Media Today social versus email

70 Rising Social Media Stars

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Sometimes I weary of social media lists that are simply popularity contests or a cheap way to promote some start-up or PR agency. Who are the unknown stars who will be rocking the social media conferences two or three years from now? 70 rising social media stars. She is currently Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at CVS Caremark. Jay_zo.

Three Types of Goals and KPIs Needed for Social Media Analytics

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Good social media analytics are needed for businesses to understand the social consumer. Companies looking to garner better social media results need to start with those two questions — and from my experience, these are the three areas that need addressing when looking to grasp social media analytics. The KPIs Needed For Social Media Analytics.

4 Ways to really engage your customers on social media

Biznology

It isn’t too tough to get your fans to like and share your posts on social platforms, but it is trickier to get them to leave comments. Many businesses really want to interact with their fans and ignite more engagement on social media to build relationships and loyalty. Contests on social media are a dime a dozen today, so do something atypical to make your brand stand out.

Case study: Social media engagement as a point of differentiation

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There was an intersting article in the Sloan Management Review recently about how active social media engagement might be more important than marketing (or maybe it IS marketing). The thing is, Brian and Rachel understand social media and content marketing – indeed, marketing generally as it pertains to 2015 – better than most high-priced marketing directors.

33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats

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B2B marketing budgets are shifting to digital and social. But spending on digital marketing programs is projected to rise three times as fast, and over the next five years, the share of budget dollars dedicated to social media marketing will more than double. Social media benefits are unclear. Iconsive ). 3 B2B Content Marketing Stats and Facts. Iconsive ).

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Deleting Your Social Media Business Page? Read This First.

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Let’s say you’ve had it up to the heavens with Facebook and you want to delete your social media business page. Option A: Deleting Your Social Media Business Page. Whether we’re talking Facebook, Twitter, or SnapChat, it’s a tough call to decide to delete ANY of your social media business pages altogether. Let’s discuss. Yikes!

36 Sensational Social Media Stats and Facts

Webbiquity

Though social media marketing has become ubiquitous, most companies and brands still struggle to achieve their desired results. Those are among the conclusions it’s fair to draw from the collection of social media marketing facts and statistics below. Social media needs to be part of an integrated strategy. Social is for customer service.

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Re-thinking social media engagement

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In this edition, I re-visit the idea of social media engagement and the notion about approaching it strategically. So whether you are an experienced community manager or somebody just starting out in the field, I think you’ll enjoy this entertaining take on social media engagement (with really cool slides from my art director Sarah Mason ).

Social Media is Complicated [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

As introduced to us by Business Insider , Buddy Media’s Social Enterprise Software is a suite of products is “designed to help brands build and maintain relationships with consumers to accelerate their business.” Start sharing content and use social media as another channel to amplify it. ” Why do brands need help with this?

22 Expert Guides and Reviews of 200+ Social Media Tools

Webbiquity

As social media marketing has become ubiquitous ( 88% of marketers say social media is important for their businesses), hundreds of new tools have developed just in the past few years: tools for social media management, monitoring, measurement, automation, identifying influencers, creating graphical content, and more. Image credit: Buddy Media.

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7 Ways social media has changed leadership

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The shrill, noisy, and extemporaneous nature of the social web is not exactly an ideal environment for the traditional notion of leadership. I’ve been thinking about this a lot and have listed below a few ways I believe social media presents challenges for leadership. I’d love to hear what you think … 1) How do you exert leadership in an environment that disdains leadership?

15 Amazing ways social media is changing the world

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Ignore the hype that we’re all becoming more superficial and narcissistic because of our obsession with social media. Nine anthropologists  spent 15 months living in nine communities around the world , researching the role of social media in people’s everyday lives. Social media is not making us more individualistic. Here we go. 1.

HR and social media: 7 Ways HR needs to act like marketing

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The competition for the bet talent is fast and furious and, in many cases, that battleground is the social web. Increasingly, it’s social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn … perhaps review sites like Glassdoor. On the marketing side, we frequently dream about networks of employees who post stories about our products, leading to massive new views to our content.

Why content marketing is a “do-over” for social media

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My friend Stanford Smith wrote a thought-provoking article last week,  The Difference Between Content Marketing and Social Media and Why You Should Care  and it got me thinking about how these trends are intertwined. think the buzz on “content marketing” is an opportunity for redemption from years of social media silliness. Intimidating. Agree?

Social media giants tighten their grip on small content producers

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The digital age is supposed be the era of the solopreneur, allowing ordinary human content producers like you and me to start their own online media empire. The promise was: Be passionate, work your face off, and you can create your one (wo)man media empire. The squeeze on content producers . By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Start a podcast. Go self-pub.

How to set up a Social Media Command Center

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Many organizations have established a social media command center as a means to amplify and speed up their marketing and engagement with customers. One particular client established a social media command center without a detailed purpose or dedicated and accountable team members. Social community management. Building the social media command center.

Finally, the truth about social media and customer engagement

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The amount of content on Twitter literally exploded. This is Content Shock in an intimate setting … my setting. As the amount of content dramatically increased and my attention span remained finite, my ability to engage on Twitter declined, and it was more difficult for anybody to get my attention there. It’s simply the next opportunity for Content Shock.

25 ideas for your social media network strategy

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Behind every social media strategy you have to have a content plan and a network plan. Most businesses are starting to understand the content part. To succeed on the Internet today, you have to create content that ignites and that takes an audience. It is really, really hard to get content to move. Building your social media network. building.

Too Much Crappy Social Media Content!

Digital B2B Marketing

Of course, most businesses and professionals don’t share information like this in social media, but another kind of oversharing pervades social media: oversharing content. The Oversharing Trap Oversharing generally starts with a reasonable purpose: share valuable content in order to serve and grow an audience. We all know people that overshare.

A 6-step plan to determine your social media strategy

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6 Questions to Lead You to a Social Media Strategy from Mark Schaefer. Some time ago, I wrote one of the blog posts I am most proud of, describing a six-step process that will lead you to a social media strategy. This valuable content that can be helping thousands of people is now buried in the social media dust bin of “old posts.”