Social media engagement is a lousy metric

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Thank you for your social media engagement through your generous tweets, blog comments, and likes. My business has increased steadily for a decade, entirely built on content marketing. But almost no one has ever engaged with me on social media. By Mark Schaefer.

The three biggest social media problems are NOT social media problems

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But more often than not, when people think they have a social media marketing problem, it’s not a marketing problem at all. Here are three problems that people may THINK are social media marketing problems … but they’re not. 2) Content Shock.

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Understanding Generational Social Media Preferences

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I’m starting to wonder if marketers are too caught up with millennials to really think about generational nuances on social media. Social works on us too, ya know! According to the Q1 2017 Sprout Social Index. YouTube is their second favorite social platform.

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. But this is not just another social media book. Buy Social Media.

The 17 Best Social Media Management Tools

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Monitoring and managing even a moderately active business social media presence can be time-consuming. The number of people using social media continues to grow, usage is increasing, and more networks require attention. Sprout Social. 4) Sprout Social.

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Why “rich content” is central to your social media strategy

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Today I’m going to explain that not all content is created equal … that there is a certain kind of content you MUST have in your marketing strategy. This was long before “influence marketing” was a thing and I called this new trend “social scoring.”

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. You need rich content.

There is no community on social media

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Here is why companies can certainly build communities on social media and, in fact, they are doing so. In these cases, not only are you creating a private community (not cheap), you would have to produce enough content to transform into a conversational brand.

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. Social media success takes time. But social media connections are weak relational links.

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? Shouldn''t I dive into social media for them?

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.

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.” By Mark Schaefer.

Five social media courses make one social media strategy meal

Biznology

Most social media marketing strategies are like my mum and me in Genova : we were supremely blissed-out happy with our experience of the authentic, delicious, “to the tooth” spaghetti al pesto.

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? Content fuels the social web.

Social Media is Complicated [Infographic]

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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.”

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. The post Re-thinking social media engagement appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}.

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). by Trevor Young, {grow} Community Member. It’s pretty crazy out here in the marketing world.

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. By Mark W.

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.

The new standards for strategy and social media success

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I was recently interviewed for an international business magazine and offered my views of digital marketing transformation, social media success and the skills needed to succeed today. With permission, I’m providing this content to you today. . By Mark Schaefer.

How to Align Content Marketing & Social Media Strategies for the Most Effective Amplification

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Content marketing and social media go hand-in-hand, and sometimes the two disciplines seem interchangeable. For many smaller marketing teams, content and social media marketing are owned and operated by the same person/function, while larger marketing teams separate the two functions entirely. And social media provides content creators with listening capabilities and a delivery mechanism. Content = Horse, Social = Cart.

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. But keeping up with the tectonic shifts of the social web?

Why Every CEO Should Have a Social Media Presence

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We live in a technology obsessed society where your average millennial’s reality blurs into one with their virtual online world; posting anything and everything from their latest fashion purchases, to their selfies and social life goings on. WHY SHOULD I BE ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

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.

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. Are there are benefits to deleting your business pages on social media?

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.

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.

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

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What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. And today even generating leads from social media is no longer impossible.

Social media “engagement” is not a strategy

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Back in the early days of the social web, the leading “gurus” were actively anti-business. They made fun of measurement, strategy, objectives and any hint of trying to monetize a social media effort. How do you budget for social media marketing?

Too Much Crappy Social Media Content!

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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. Set a very high bar for the content you will share.

Use This Surefire Guide To Boost Your Social Media Followers

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Do social media followers matter? We’re supposed to turn up our noses at vanity metrics, but if you’re a social media marketer working on behalf of a client, you know follower growth is always top of mind. Figure Out Your Content Cadence. By Brooke B.

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. Related Stories Social Media Explained.

Does everybody need a social media strategy?

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As the hype of social media begins to die down and companies re-evaluate their efforts with a steely-eyed look at the cost versus benefits, I think it is time to re-visit this important question: Does every company really need a social media marketing plan?

Social Media is Going Corporate [Infographic]

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The following infographic was compiled by MBAPrograms.com and it showcases some recent and interesting findings on how corporations are tackling social media. Below are some of the more interesting highlights from the infographic: 94% of corporates use social media in some capacity.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

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Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1

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Social media employee advocacy is the heartbeat of your company

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On social media. Start your social strategy with your employees. I look at social media for business from a holistic viewpoint. Crafting an effective social media strategy starts with your employees. You have a social media playbook for your company.

What are the best social media platforms for your business?

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One of the most common business dilemmas is figuring our where to start with social media marketing. As with anything in life, there is often a trade-off between effort and business benefits and social media is no different. You own the content.

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. The goal , then, is to increase the numbers of fans or followers on social media, while the KPI gives a specific benchmark to meet or show success of the given goal.

3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

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Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR. But with the right knowledge and strategy, social media can be an invaluable part of a B2B online marketing plan. Use Social Media As a Content Springboard.

How to create an amazing social media marketing workshop

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I receive a lot of questions from people who are creating their first social media class or workshop. Here are some tips, tricks, and lessons for delivering a great social media marketing workshop. I can also mix and match content to handle every situation.