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3 Simple Ways To Show Thanks To Social Media Followers


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are three simple ways you can show your followers you appreciate them. #1 Respond. Answer their questions and address their complaints. Thank them for their compliments. Nobody likes to feel ignored. No response is a response—it says you don’t care. #2 Retweet. Retweet, regram, repeat! Chances are, your customers share your content. We can help!

Social Media Management Must-Have: Sprout Social


I’m often asked about my favorite social media management tools. Starting with this post, I’ll be sharing them in a must-have series on our blog. Must-Have: Sprout Social. I’ve used many social media management systems over the years. Each has pros and cons, but Sprout Social is my favorite. love the desktop and mobile app interfaces. Must-Haves Social Media Management

Lauren Johnson Joins Firebelly As A Social Media Manager


We’re excited to announce that Lauren Johnson has joined the Firebelly team as a social media manager. Get to know a little bit about her below! Describe yourself in 140 characters or less: “I always knew in another life I could fly which is why in this life I dance.”. Favorite social network(s): Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat. Favorite emoji(s): I am not shy about using emojis.

We’re Hiring A Social Media Coordinator


We are currently seeking seeking to fill a full-time entry level social media coordinator position within our company. Could it be you or someone you know? PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES. Create monthly content calendars of status updates and images for clients’ social media channels. Publish content to our clients’ social media channels. Provide clients reports on program performance.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

The Dark Side Of Social Media


A rant posted to an Indianapolis bar’s Facebook page on New Year’s Eve went viral and became international news. The woman who posted the complaint, as well as women who share her name, have received threats since then. Fox 59 recently interviewed our CEO Duncan Alney about this incident and “the dark side of social media.” ” You can watch the story below.

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A Clever Way One Retailer Brings Pinterest From Online To In-Store


This weekend I walked in to World Market, a speciality retailer selling mostly home decor, and walked out with something I wasn’t planning to purchase—all because of Pinterest. I don’t even follow World Market on Pinterest, but while I was perusing the lamps, something caught my eye. ” This is a great example of extending the online Pinterest experience in-store. It Stood Out.

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Pinterest And Instagram Make Shopping Easier


I’m really excited (my husband is slightly terrified) that Instagram and Pinterest announced they will soon make it easy for people to buy products directly from their sites. PINTEREST’S “BUYABLE PINS” Blue means you can buy! Businesses will be responsible for customer service and shipping of their products, and Pinterest promises to not take a cut of the sales (so far).

Why Facebook Is Still the Hottest Social Network for Brands


Mobile users spend 30 minutes a day on Facebook. Read on to find out why this matters for your brand. This just in from Business Insider ‘s Matt Rosoff: “ When it comes to mobile social network usage, there’s Facebook, then there’s everybody else. That’s the conclusion from this Statista chart. and the total mobile minutes spent on each network every day in the U.S.

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Leadership: The Firebelly Retreat


Our team went to Lake Michigan on vacation together. People matter more than infrastructure, processes and protocol. We had a great time. As an entrepreneur, I’m guilty of not taking taking enough time for myself. This year, I’ve reset. I’m putting the oxygen mask on first. And I decided to break a few rules along the way. rented a house on the beach on Lake Michigan. invited my core team along.

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3 Ways You’re Scaring Customers On Social Media


Halloween is almost here. Is your brand tricking customers more than treating them on social media? WHY YOU’RE SCARING PEOPLE. 1. You’re inaccessible and hard to find. Your customers can’t find you. Your social profiles aren’t optimized for search. There may by duplicate, unofficial or “rogue” accounts not managed by you. 2. Your publishing approach is inconsistent. You ignore them.

Firebelly Begins Work With Gnarly Grove Hard Cider


We’re excited to announce that we have recently started working with Gnarly Grove Hard Cider. Gnarly Grove Hard Cider, crafted in Indiana, is naturally gluten-free, made from 100% fresh pressed apple cider and available in two flavors—Original Blend and Legendberry. Firebelly will be providing a combination of social media strategy, social media management and social ad management services.

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Apartment Marketing Predictions 2014: The New Breed Speaks


2014 is upon us. Here’s some of the top players in apartment marketing sounding off on what’s important. Mark Juleen, VP Marketing, J.C. Hart  . The website Apartment Ratings  will continue to gain ground on the traditional ILS.  If they can come up with a solid mobile plan they could overtake all of them, in my opinion. Sarah Greenough, VP, Princeton Properties  . Okay, it won’t.

Twitter Best Practices For 2016


Brands ask their customers for a lot on Twitter—follows, likes, retweets—all the time, but they’re awful about returning the love. How can this be remedied? Check out my three Twitter best practices for 2016 and beyond! Twitter Best Practices For 2016. 1. Respond. It says you don’t care. You do care , don’t you? 2. Retweet. You love it when customers share your content. Reward.

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Stop Making This Common Social Media Marketing Mistake


I’m surprised at the number of brands who keep making this common social media mistake. Despite years of warnings, and even some embarrassing revelations (think “Great Instagram Purge of 2014″), brands continue to be seduced by a shortcut that gets them nowhere in the long run. What am I talking about? They’re almost always embarrassed to respond. We can help!

7 Instagram Marketing Tips For Bars, Restaurants & Breweries


We receive a lot of questions from bars, restaurants and breweries about marketing on Instagram. want to share quick answers to seven of the most common questions below. 1) Why should we be using Instagram to connect with customers? Instagram is the fastest growing social network—with 400 million users, it’s bigger than Twitter. Search for those tagging your brand in their photos or updates.

Using Social Media To Promote Your Products & Services


Firebelly CEO Duncan Alney recently appeared on an episode of Living By Design to discuss how businesses can use social media to promote products and services with host Cathy Holloway Hill. You can watch his interview in its entirety below. Video URL: vpff-9xJwEk ]. Need help promoting your brand’s products and services on social media? Get in touch !

10 Instagram Best Practices For 2015


Last month, I talked about 10 Twitter Best Practices For 2015. This month I decided to take on my favorite app, Instagram. Here are my ten tips fellow Instagrammers! 1) Tell your story . They say a picture is worth a thousand words. By sharing what your brand is doing on Instagram, you’re telling your brand’s story more effectively than with just words alone. 2) Go behind-the-scenes. Videos?

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Best Days And Times To Post To Your LinkedIn Company Page


It’s a question we get a lot—what are the best days and times to update a LinkedIn Company Page? To answer that, let’s first take a look at what several different studies on the subject have to say. Best Days And Times To Post To Your LinkedIn Company Page. Feel free to click on each to see the source. Tuesday—Thursday, 7am-9am. Tuesday—Thursday, 7-8am, 10-11am + 5-6pm. Midweek is best.

How To Know Which Social Networks Are Best For Your Brand


10 FACE / Which social networks should your brand be on? There are a lot of them, but the answer to that question largely depends on where your customers are located. To make things easier for you, the good people at Sprout Social have created this infographic detailing demographics on the most popular social networks. Are your people on the platforms you’re using?

Is It Time To Remove Social Media Links From Your Website?


Bloomua / Those little social media icons—they may stand alone or be adorned with a message like “Let’s get social”—are found on almost every website these days. But is it time to remove them? For some brands—yes. Are you one of those brands? Read on to find out! Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. So what do you do now?

9 Social Media Marketing Twitter Chats You Shouldn’t Miss


Twitter chats can be a great way to solicit (and share) social media marketing advice. Here is a list of my nine favorites that I think you’ll enjoy too! BLOGCHAT. What: Different blogging topics are discussed each week. Learn more ]. When: Sundays at 9pm EST. Sample topic: Finding Your Blog’s Target Audience. CONTENTCHAT. Learn more ]. SOCIALCHAT. Learn more ]. INFLUENCERCHAT.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

How Brands Should Prepare For Facebook’s Dislike Button


For years, people have been asking for a dislike button on Facebook. It seems that Mark Zuckerburg is finally ready to give the people what they want. In a Q&A last Tuesday, Facebook’s founder said “I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.”. Not sure how?

Running, Kinesiology & Marketing: The Rachel Smith Interview


When you hear about a student majoring in Kinesiology working at a marketing agency, you might think that’s illogical. But for Rachel Smith, it’s proving to be a significant career catalyst. The Hanover College student, and daughter of an entrepreneur, Rachel has spent the last two months working as an intern at Firebelly. How do you describe your role? My role at Firebelly is a diverse one.

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4 Free Social Media Spring Cleaning Tools


Spring has sprung and it’s time to clean up your social media channels! Use these four free tools to gauge how you’re doing and how you can improve. For Blogs: HubSpot’s Website Grader. Simply enter your blog URL, click ‘Get Your Answer’ and the HubSpot Website Grader will give your blog a grade on a scale from 1-100. Get your blog audit here. For Facebook: LikeAlyzer.

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9 LinkedIn Best Practices For 2015


LinkedIn is still the go-to social network for business professionals and job seekers. It’s a great tool to showcase your business and your employees. To To make sure you’re using it effectively, follow these nine best practices. #1 Optimize Your Profile. Make sure your profile is complete! Make this your first priority before you start networking or sharing your business on LinkedIn.

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

Get started on truly maximizing your LinkedIn presence with this informative eBook.

The #1 Quality Of Amazing Social Media Managers


Social media managers are multitasking maestros that know and do a lot of things, but the best ones have one quality in common. So what is the #1 quality of amazing social media managers? They’re fluent in using both sides of their brains! That really sums it up. The best social media managers are creative when developing content and compassionate when dealing with customer service issues.

3 Sure-Fire Ways Non-Profits Can Increase Awareness With Social Media


Last week, I spoke at Kiwanis International’s annual convention on the topic “3 Sure-Fire Ways To Increase Awareness With Social Media.” ” Below are my slides from that presentation. Slideshare URL: [link] ]. If you’re a non-profit struggling with the pain points featured in these slides or with channel management, social ads and influencer outreach,  we can help you

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How Brands Land On The Social Media Naughty List


Not feeling the love from your customers or followers on social media? These three common mistakes may have placed you on the naughty list. #1 Not Responding. You ignore your audience’s questions and don’t address their complaints. You never thank them for their compliments. Not responding to customers is a response—it says you don’t care about them. #2 Not Sharing. Get in touch!

Agile, Data-Driven, Burgers And MixWest: An interview With Duncan Alney


Your Current Approach to Marketing Could Make You Irrelevant. If you and your marketing team are still operating in a paradigm of business as usual, you are in a very difficult position. In fact, you might be facing extinction. These strong words are part of Duncan Alney’s upcoming keynote presentation — Agile Marketing: How. Blog Interviews Social Media agile marketing; duncan alney; mixwest

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How Social Media Generates Sales You Can’t Track To Social Media


A friend recently tweeted a selfie of her holding a Starbucks coffee with the following caption: “There is just no iced coffee with sugar and cream that compares to @Starbucks.” ” I had sworn off Starbucks in a resolution to be more frugal this year, but after a busy morning of spring cleaning, I was hot and sweaty and that coffee just looked so good. They just can’t.

Are You Doing Influencer Marketing Right?


In a marketing and public relations world that is constantly evolving, it is imperative to keep up with the latest terms, lingo and vocabulary associated with the current trends. Here are a few of the key points I took away from it. What is influencer marketing? Basically, amplifying content in a meaningful and authentic way. How do you know if you are doing influencer marketing right? Go mobile!

Social Media Management Must-Have: ScheduGram


In my first must-have post, I wrote about Sprout Social —my favorite tool for scheduling content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. It doesn’t schedule posts to Instagram. That’s where ScheduGram comes in. Must-Have: ScheduGram. ScheduGram doesn’t just send you a reminder to post to Instagram like Hootsuite and other platforms, it actually posts to Instagram for you.

Facebook and Ferraris: An Interview With Emeric Ernoult, Agora Pulse


Emeric Ernoult was recently named one of the Top 40 digital strategists in the world by Online Marketing Institute. He’s the founder of Agora Pulse, a platform that manages Facebook pages by measuring apps, statistics, moderation, and qualifications. Words that I’d use to describe Emeric: serial entrepreneur, Facebook marketing fanatic, Ferrari driver, and French (very).

8 Favorite Memories From My 8 Years At Firebelly


LinkedIn recently reminded me that it’s my eight year work anniversary with Firebelly. To celebrate, I thought I’d do something a little different with my blog post this week—a retrospective on eight of my favorite memories from the past eight years. How could I not love that? This was my first time traveling to speak at a conference. It was in San Francisco and I was nervous.