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Influencer Marketing for Small Business: 7 Steps to Finding the Right Influencers (+ Free Templates!)

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When it comes to growing your business on Instagram, influencer marketing has proven to be a huge growth asset. We have a complete Influencer Campaign Kit for Small Businesses that includes free worksheets, checklists and email templates for you to use every step of the way: .

Change or Die | Fast Company

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Fast Company. Connect with Fast Company. Business Networking. The companys top executives had invited the most farsighted thinkers they knew from around the world to come together in New York and propose solutions to some really big problems. CEOs are supposedly the prime change agents for their companies, but theyre often as resistant to change as anyone -- and as prone to backsliding. The UPS Store® Visit theupsstore.com for all your small business needs.

Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011

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Small Business SEO: 46 Experts on the Biggest Mistakes SMBs Make with SEO (and How to Avoid Them) : What have small businesses done wrong in the ways of SEO? Your strategies must employ content creation, community management, local/maps optimization, among others.

103 Compelling Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2013 (and 2014)

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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. How does social media use differ in B2B vs. B2C companies? Between large and small businesses?

Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media.

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is Crucial to your Content Marketing Strategy May 19th, 2010 |Written By: russhenneberry | View Comments Tweet Guest post from Russ Henneberry , who writes, speaks and executes on content marketing plans for small businesses. He writes a daily blog about how tiny businesses can make mighty profits using a personal computer, a little imagination and a few well placed dollars. Many businesses today are holding onto the hopes that this is all a fad, that this will all go away.

Is Your Social Strategy Proactive or Reactive | Social Media.

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there’s a schism coming in social media between companies using it for marketing, and companies using it for customer service and CRM. Brand communities, contests, most social listening, and non-promotional tweeting fits into this category. Match Your Social Media Tactics to Your Social Media Goal The problem we’re faced with today is that very few companies seem to be thinking about their efforts in this way.

Why You're the Key to Social Media Success

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New research from White Horse of 104 companies found that in 86% of companies, executives are not using social media. Would a company launch a major television campaign if the CEO had never watched TV? Never Heard Of It This is of course a situation that is most acute in B2B, where White Horse found that 60% of companies either have low executive interest in social media, or have modest interest but a lack of education. A B2B software company, or Skittles?

Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media.

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Because our behaviors on the social Web leave a noticeable fingerprint, smart companies can modify the way they engage and interact with us, based on our social graph, purchase history, etc. But now, social media is enabling companies to make influencer outreach a foundational marketing tactic. If you have income in your database, isolate customers in the upper middle tier (for most companies).

How Do I Keep My Facebook Group Alive?

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It can be a phenomenal business asset. My audience is interested in blogging, so my Facebook group focuses on blogging for small business. It’s disheartening to build an active Facebook group only to realize that no one knows it’s connected to your business.

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How Do I Keep My Facebook Group Alive?

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It can be a phenomenal business asset. My audience is interested in blogging, so my Facebook group focuses on blogging for small business. It’s disheartening to build an active Facebook group only to realize that no one knows it’s connected to your business.

Ultimate Guide to Instagram For Fashion

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When it comes to brands using Instagram for fashion, it’s a fast-paced, competitive world that has tons of business benefits. . A fashion-forward Instagram strategy can drive traffic, make sales, and attract a loyal community of followers.

An Open Letter to Facebook

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As such, this letter serves the purpose of reminding Facebook that they should focus on current affairs — especially for businesses — before launching new initiatives. Facebook announced Facebook Pages, too, for businesses to have a real presence.

Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media.

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link] Go2Mach2 Thanks Jay…Your chart is a good description of how the “process&# of Social Media Marketing should be viewed by most companies. We can see other companies taking advantage of Social Media; but, we are still trying to find the best way to develop more meaningful relationships as we integrate social media strategies into our own marketing mix – [link] The key to the process is “willingness.&# link] jaybaer Congrats on the new company!

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Inevitably, when corporate America seeks a PR agency to support their communications effort, the Request for Proposals (RFP) asks for critical capabilities that can help a company sift through the myriad of options available and narrow them down to the few that make sense for their specific needs. But “sound” judgment needs to back up every tactical path taken – and not just when a company is in a crisis mode.

How to Match 10 Key Success Metrics to Your Blogging Strategy.

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However, even within the business (non cat) blogging arena, there are a wide variety of potential measures to gauge your momentum. This sounds simple, but it’s shocking how many bloggers aren’t clear on the core business rationale behind their blog initiative. Blogging for Community These blogs seek to guild a consistent readership that interact with the blogger(s) and advocate on behalf of the content on other social outposts.

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When was the rule written that business had to be all-business? Personality I am compelled by the fact that the bottom line objective of social media is to add human elements to companies that have acted like inhuman, robotic cyborgs for the past 40 years. The anthropomorphization of business is an interesting, satisfying challenge because it runs directly counter to what most businesspeople have been taught, and their corresponding comfort zone. For business?

Is Twitter for Business Even Worth the Trouble | social crm.

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Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to footer Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media Consulting Social Media Strategy Blog Social Media Consulting Blog Social Media Consulting Speaking Newsletter Free Social Media Tools Twitter Interviews About Lijit Search Is Twitter for Business Even Worth the Trouble? Nobody forced companies to get involved with their customers in this way. The company can’t ignore me then!&#

Why Influence Mining is the Next Gold Rush | social crm | Social.

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JB : How are companies incorporating influence metrics into their marketing? JB : In addition to influencer outreach, how can companies engage in influence mining for customer service? Should companies treat customers differently? JF : We hope that companies will treat every customer well, but the reality is that we’ve always categorized people, whether it’s how you’re dressed at the mall, to the car you drive.

Do You Have the Guts to Expect Social Media Failure | Social Media.

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Swept up in a frenzy created by mainstream and business media, companies rush to adopt the hot new thing, to ensure that the competition doesn’t have some sort of secret weapon. The graveyard of digital marketing is littered with the bones and business cards of those that dove in head-first with high expectations, no strategy, and no plan for testing and optimization of results. Social media for me is like selling PR to a company who had only done advertising.

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Within 12 months of its invention, 1,200 companies entered the radio “business&# in some form or fashion. Social media adoption is happening at an extraordinary rate, and I believe every company will have some sort of social media presence within the next 24 months. Yes, thanks to social media, business is faster than ever. However I don't agree that every company will have some level of social media in the next 24 months.

Would You Try It With a Fox?

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Last night while reading the story, it occurred to me that many small business decision-makers are like Sam- saying no to social media, without even being sure why. Could I get you to reply to the people who like you and your company on Facebook if we can demonstrate that it strengthens your brand recognition? For small business, the costs of social involvement are dwafted by the potential benefit, yet the psychology of stubbornness remains.

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The point of tracking software isn’t to determine how many tweets were sent mentioning a company, it’s to figure out what those tweets say, and what the business ramifications are. I interviewed Adam Schoenfeld , President and Co-founder of RowFeeder to learn more about the company and its plans. “We think we’re ideal for companies needing that next level of insight into online conversation,&# he said.

Facebook Success Summit - 22 Sessions on Everything Facebook.

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Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to footer Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media Consulting Social Media Strategy Blog Social Media Consulting Blog Social Media Consulting Speaking Newsletter Free Social Media Tools Twitter Interviews About Lijit Search Facebook Success Summit – 22 Sessions on Everything Facebook August 2nd, 2010 |Written By: Jay Baer | View Comments Tweet Is Facebook important to you and your business?

Co-op SEO and the Future of Websites | Guest Posts | Social Media.

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Each of the 27,000 companies that use the service had the same goal – to share their pitch. The more one company shares their pitch, the more views it has, the more backlinks it provides, and so on. Let’s say you’re a small business owner who wants your brand to appear in Google when someone searches for your product or service in your area. But what if you’re a big business with lots of SEO already? Does that drive business to you?

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Are You Ready for the Opportunity Economy | social media case.

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But while companies are rightly trying to get their heads around the concept that every customer is now a secret shopper and a potential reporter, not enough attention is being paid to the positive ramifications of real-time business. The ability of companies to win hearts and minds through contextually appropriate, just in time marketing is the hallmark of the Opportunity Economy, and it has never been healthier. Love this awesome time in business/marketing!

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I know that different companies provide different amounts of historical data at the start of the campaign (another item I should have included – may need to do a follow up on this on my own blog later on as I get all this great feedback on items to include!) Socialmention.com is basically a social search engine, if the business name is unique it can be a good option. This can be a problem if a business doesn't have a management tool in place.

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You have to create content, be part of many communities, and proceed incrementally. Your company needs to be part of that conversation. It’s about having a strategy for making your company or organization more like a person and less like a machine. If your customers and prospects feel like your company is more human and actually cares about them, they’ll want to be part of it. going so our COMMUNITY INFLUENCERS ?can

Get Your Social Media Operations Act Together | Blogging and.

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Something along the line of “we tried a blog but it wasn’t a success” or “we have a Facebook page, but it isn’t doing anything for our business.” Digging deeper into the failure, many times it is because the business did not understand who is doing what. Amazing to see how many companies use Facebook as a one way communication when its real strength is to create a dialogue (engagement). Ive founded 5 companies, and spent 15 years running digital marketing agencies.

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Advanced social media analytics and ROI calculations often require tying together disparate systems, and looking for causation (or at least correlation) between social media success and business outcome. On the ROI front, Swix CEO Scott Lake ( @scottica ) told me that the company puts as much emphasis on tracking the “I&# as they do the “R&#. Great for small businesses. Ive founded 5 companies, and spent 15 years running digital marketing agencies.

3 Ways Facebook is Killing Your Website | Social Media Marketing.

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Facebook took a major (yet curiously underreported) move in this direction last week, when they enabled companies to publish to Facebook members’ news feeds for anyone that has “liked&# a Web page. One of the reasons companies continue to put a lot of emphasis on their websites while still maintaining a robust Facebook page is that Facebook couldn’t do all the things a website can do. A company rang me recently to say that Google black listed them.

RIP 3 Ways Facebook is Killing Your Website

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Facebook took a major (yet curiously underreported) move in this direction last week, when they enabled companies to publish to Facebook members’ news feeds for anyone that has “liked&# a Web page. One of the reasons companies continue to put a lot of emphasis on their websites while still maintaining a robust Facebook page is that Facebook couldn’t do all the things a website can do. A company rang me recently to say that Google black listed them.

14 Things I Think I Think About Social Media

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Create a social media steering group (cross-functional) for your company. Social media is fueled by passion, and too many companies try to take elements of their company that aren’t passion-worthy, and attempt to build a social media program around it. Content creation and content marketing will continue to allow companies to capitalize on the fact that every customer is now a reporter. The reviews business will be transformed by geo-location.

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49% of monthly Twitter users follow brands or companies, compared to just 16% of social network users overall. Brand Interaction is a Major Part of Life on Twitter In addition to following brands, Twitter users research and engage with companies. I maintain that as Facebook continues to tie together the real-time Web with the open graph, Twitter usage will inexorably shift from person to person connectivity, to customer to company connectivity.

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Sure, you can tell your company story ad infinitum in social media, but ultimately you’ll benefit so much more if you can make your customers part of your marketing team. Show them aspects of your company that they didn’t already know. Businesses on Twitter should just read some Harvey MacKay books. Oh yeah, my husband used to work for Tony Robbins and he's a hypnotist and business coach for small businesses and professionals.

Ignore Foursquare at Your Peril - An Analysis of Potential.

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But, if you are a business with a physical location (or you have clients that fit that bill) you need to pay attention to how Foursquare and geo-location can help you – and it can. Because it was well understood by most participants, we didn’t talk too much in the chat about the impact of customers “checking in&# and posting updates to Twitter and Facebook, and how those check-ins drive awareness of local business. (I’ve How much is that worth to businesses!?

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Agencies should also be working with clients on using social media as a market research tool, by surveying fans or creating dedicated, invite-only brand communities that serve as a living focus group. Remember, the most important customer of EVERY company is Google. Companies often get so close to their own knitting that they cannot see the knots, and that brand of myopia is especially difficult to overcome in social media.

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Sure, social media differs from the marketing we’re used to in that it puts the company and our customers on the same – rather than opposing – teams. The average Facebook member becomes a fan of just two companies per month, yet is exposed to thousands of brands during that same period. Social media is not some other discipline that should warrant throwing business concepts out of the window.