Using Social Media To Promote Your Products & Services
JANUARY 19, 2016
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. Need help promoting your brand’s products and services on social media? Firebelly News Social Media Social Media Marketing
Can Publicly-Traded Social Media Companies Survive?
JULY 29, 2012
During my career , I have worked for a couple of big Fortune 500 telecom companies and the challenge was always working to balance the wants and needs of the customer with the wants and needs of the shareholders. Customers wanted better customer service and new, innovative products which usually meant more investment headcount and pilot projects. One simple word. Alignment. Cheers!
9 Productivity Tools I Use to Run My Company
Convince & Convert
MARCH 31, 2015
And the Convince & Convert Media division provides digital advice to marketers and business owners via this blog (10 posts per week), our daily email ( The One Thing ), our 4 podcasts, ebooks, books, speaking and beyond. that causes so many companies to waste time and leak effectiveness like a 1973 Gremlin dropping oil in the driveway. Teamwork Like Basecamp, but better (for us).
Who Owns Social Media?
DECEMBER 17, 2015
When I received a master’s degree in social media in 2010, it was a pretty unique degree to obtain. Today, everyone is a social media expert (degree or not). Which begs the question, “who owns social in an organization?” Is it advertising agencies? To be effective, your social strategy should include insight from all of the above. PR Owns Social Media.
Your Complete Social Media Checklist
AUGUST 1, 2016
Have you ever wished you had a social media checklist? The amount of work that goes into growing and managing a social media presence is immense, and it can be hard to make sure you’re staying on top of everything that needs to get done. Today I have Michael Patterson of Sprout Social sharing a guest article and social media checklist. Enjoy! .
Who “Owns” Social Media Data at Your Company?
JULY 26, 2016
Ways to Make Social a Critical Part of Your Marketing Strategy Download. Email marketing, media buying, marcomm, social, content, performance marketing…Each team is working to drive the most value, and this can create a sense of competition. Breaking Down the Social Data Silo. Awesome Things That a Social API Enables Download. Social Data?
10 Company and Product Branding Tips from Microsoft
Convince & Convert
AUGUST 5, 2014
At Rival IQ, we see tens of thousands of companies, products, and people come through our system. One thing I’ve noticed is very few companies are doing a good job at both their corporate and product-level branding across social media channels. Here are a few tips to help guide you as you build out both your branding and social media strategy. 1.
How can using social media as an employee help my company?
DECEMBER 14, 2011
You’re happy in your company, so why build a personal brand through social media? Here are just a few reasons building your personal brand can support the goals of your company in any industry. What industry is your company in? You’ll find a community of other people working in that very same space participating in social media somewhere.
23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides
DECEMBER 16, 2014
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?
33 Thought-Provoking B2B Social Media and Marketing Stats
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
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. B2B product marketing budgets are expected to increase on average 3.1%
Don’t Make These 9 Social Media Marketing Mistakes
NOVEMBER 8, 2014
Social media marketing should be part of your strategy. Social networking is the most popular online activity, so it makes sense for businesses to try to engage that audience in an attempt to increase sales. But even large corporations with top-notch marketing departments make mistakes when it comes to leveraging social media. Follow her on Twitter at @pamdyer.
How to Measure Social Media Success for Your Small Business
JUNE 20, 2014
With social media marketing, you can undeniably grow your audience, gain visibility and exposure for your company/products/services, provide outstanding customer service, and – yes – generate business and increase sales. Social Media Referral Traffic and Visitor Increase to your Website. 5. Social media measurement comes in different levels.
22 Expert Guides and Reviews of 200+ Social Media Tools
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
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.
15 Fantastic Books on Social Media Marketing
MAY 16, 2015
Do you want to learn more about social media marketing? By now it’s clear that whether you’re promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is essential in determining your success or failure. There are many books out there that purport to teach you everything you need to know about social media marketing. 15 Must-Read Social Media Marketing Books 1. Fire up your brand via social media, Kindle ebooks, or podcasts using this guide from Tara Ross. You’re not alone. Ann Handley and C.C.
10 Examples of Social Media ROI [Infographic]
SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
Does social media drive ROI? The immediacy and visibility offered by social media marketing has convinced most business owners that it’s worth their time and effort, but calculating its effectiveness is another story. Traveling salespeople knew their audience well, and went door-to-door to deliver custom personal messages about their products to willing buyers.
Building Trust Behind a Company’s Social Media Account
MAY 23, 2012
We never really think about who is behind the social media accounts of our favorite companies. but someone has taken on the personality of the Old Spice famed spokesperson in order to promote their product in an entertaining fashion. Very rarely do owners and CEOs of companies take on the responsibility of running their own social media accounts.
36 Sensational Social Media Stats and Facts
DECEMBER 1, 2015
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.
Social Media Updates: May
JUNE 4, 2016
After the slow month of April, May seems to be back on track with every other fast-paced, exciting month in the world of social media. It’s awesome because live video removes the barriers between brand and customer, allowing you to put a face to the company and to speak directly and casually to them, whether you are offering thought leadership, or insights into your solutions.
103 Compelling Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2013 (and 2014)
NOVEMBER 12, 2013
As the use of social media in marketing has become ubiquitous, marketers have turned their attention to making the use of business social media more sophisticated and strategic. They are refining tactics, integrating social with other marketing channels, taking a hard look at new networks, and continuing to refine their measurements of success. Relevanza ). 2.
Social Media is Complicated [Infographic]
MAY 18, 2012
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. Build champions in your company and get them on-board.
An Introduction to Social Media for Business
AUGUST 23, 2016
Despite the growing popularity, social media for business is still put on the back burner for a lot of organizations. However, social media can benefit businesses of any size. Many small- and medium-sized companies see growth in brand awareness, site traffic, shares and customer engagement when there’s a plan in place. Social media traffic is on the rise.
Social Media Crisis Management for B2B
MAY 29, 2014
This remains true in the world of social media. social media risk strategy should be created and in place well before your company experiences any sort of crisis that may affect its relationships with its industry partners and contracts. Develop a Social Media Presence. Then, keep the updates coming accordingly and across all social media sites.
31 Sensational Social Media Marketing and PR Stats and Facts
JULY 14, 2015
Business and consumer marketers are nearly unanimous in their belief in the importance of social media to marketing activities. As noted below, the money is following that belief: social media now accounts for about 11% of all digital marketing outlays, and spending on social media marketing will total nearly $10 billion this year. Get social PR right.
The Basics of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy
MARCH 29, 2016
Although more than three-quarters of B2B technology marketers use social media to market their products, less than half say they can tie social channels to revenue generation for their businesses. But it may also be a problem with basic B2B social media marketing strategy. Cross-Platform Social Media Strategy. Social Audience Strategy.
The FTC and Social Media: You Have to Disclose
JANUARY 6, 2015
You work for a company with lots of employees. Your company participates in social media and you often share the work your organization does on your personal social networks. One day, a colleague sends a company-wide email encouraging everyone in the organization to share the latest product, widget, client campaign, or even hashtag contest. Always.
7 NEW Social Media Solutions to Grow Your Business
OCTOBER 16, 2014
You want to hit your social media marketing out of the ballpark , but with so many changes, updates, and new features, how can you know you’re leveraging every avenue available? Here are seven new tools and solutions that you should be aware of when marketing your business on social media. 1. Put These New Tools to Use in Your Social Media Marketing.
Managing Social Media Campaigns
MARCH 5, 2013
Social media marketing has become the third most popular form marketing as of 2013. Needless to say, it will only gain more popularity as social media marketing campaigns are far less expensive to create and maintain than traditional advertising campaigns. Creating a social media campaign is not a one time event. Tips on managing social media campaigns.
3 Easy DIY Social Media Content Creation Tools
MARCH 8, 2016
You don’t have to be a graphic designer or a Photoshop pro to create stunning graphics for your social media channels. Pablo is an image creation product designed by Buffer, the popular social media management tool. Bonus feature: If you’re a Buffer user, you can easily schedule your newly-created images to publish on your social networks.
Burn your social media strategy
DECEMBER 17, 2015
I recently came across an amazing post that I urge everyone to read about the current state of social media. Burn It Down, Start From Scratch And Build a Social Media Strategy That Works. DOING SOCIAL MEDIA RIGHT. Most companies are doing social wrong and have done it wrong from the beginning. Toss out your social media scorecard immediately.
87 More Vital Social Media Marketing Facts and Stats for 2012
OCTOBER 16, 2012
Though social media marketing is now used in about 90% of companies, techniques, platforms and best practices continue to evolve. What will likely be the hot trends in social media over the next couple of years? Social Media Stats and Demographics. 1. 56% of Americans have a profile on at least one social networking site. MindJumpers ). 3.
Why Most Social Media Departments Fail
Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg
OCTOBER 25, 2011
A few years ago, a colleague of mine was given a tremendous responsibility to oversee the social media department at a prestigious well known NYC-based public relations firm. Less than a year later, she was sent packing up her desk, a casualty of a company that jumped into that shiny toy syndrome that people call social media. Goal Setting. What are SMART goals?
Most Employees Have No Idea if Their Company Has a Social Media Policy
AUGUST 6, 2011
A company is a legal entity. Production, communication and all other activities are done by the people within the company and within businesses that collaborate with it. The people in the company operate within a market environment. A [.]. Social media marketingIt does not produce anything. It does not communicate, and it has no activities. That’s obvious, right?
How to Produce Social Media Content for Your Business
NOVEMBER 29, 2014
If your business already has a presence on your chosen social media profiles or if you are just starting out, you know that you have to post great valuable content continually and consistently to attract new followers and retain the ones you have. You also know that social media is a hungry content machine! Ideas for Content on Social Media. Viola! Videos.
4 Steps to Boost Your Social Media Engagement
Convince & Convert
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Simply too many brands use social media as a free advertising platform where they can sell, sell, sell. While the drive to push sales on whatever platform available is admirable, social media (as most of us have realized by now) plays by different rules. Social media instead demands a symbiotic relationship between brands and their fans. You should, too.
How to Learn Social Media Marketing: 15 Blogs for Beginners
MARCH 14, 2015
The Internet has become the primary means for prospective buyers to evaluate products or services. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest can take your marketing to the next level. Of the brands that *are* using social media marketing, many of them don’t do much planning regarding their social media activities.
Is Your Social Media Strategy Truly Agile?
JULY 24, 2012
Social media isn’t without these nebulous phrases or buzzwords either. My latest favorite buzzword that is invading both the business and social vocabulary is “Agile” As an ex-software developer, it makes me giggle a little when people use it incorrectly. Sustainable development, able to maintain a constant pace – Social media is a long-term commitment.
Five Ways to Measure Social Media Efforts
MARCH 8, 2012
He asked if that included social media. said it did and he relayed a story to me about how many cold calls he gets from social media experts wanting to start Facebook and Twitter accounts for his business. Well, anyone with a Twitter account and a keyboard is a social media expert.” And trust can be built through the social networks. Leads.