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For a small business owner, knowing where to begin with social media can be overwhelming, especially if it’s a new concept. To start, running a personal Facebook or Twitter is MUCH different than running a business Facebook or Twitter. There are a few rules & regulations to abide by, both to uphold your brand name and reputation, and to grow your overall media presence.
Take a look at the infographic below, and be sure to check out our own pro tips posted beneath!
Everzocial PRO tips on your DO-list:
1) Truly be consistent! We recommend 1-2 Facebook posts a day, and if you even miss one, single day, your Facebook insights will show it! Having a consistent queue of quality content that your fans can scroll through is extremely important to your social media reputation.
2) Don’t just post – ENGAGE. This means respond to all comments and posts on your page, visit the pages you’ve liked and engage on THEIR pages, comment on posts in your newsfeed… the more your business name gets out there, the larger your fan base will grow!
Everzocial PRO tips on your DON’T-list:
1) DO. NOT. SPAM. We cannot emphasize this enough. Your fans want to engage with you on a relational level, not a commercial level. Think about this: why did YOU join Facebook? To follow the people you love, to grow relationships with them, right? Use your business in a similar fashion, and this will gain your fans’ trust.
2) Don’t stick to just one social media platform. Facebook, though the most popular, is not the only avenue or medium for reaching people. Pinterest, for example, attracts a different kind of people with different interests than, say, Twitter. Contemplate which platforms will optimize your business’s reach, and start dedicating a quality bit of time to them to grow your fan base there.
Yes, it’s a lot. Social media marketing is definitely a full-time, non-stop job, requiring monitoring 24/7.
Which, by the way, is why WE exist… so if you want to grow your online presence and simply don’t have the time, we’d LOVE to help, so contact us. 🙂
Have you ever seen a couple and you’re just like, “how about no?” Well, that’s what many are saying about the recent transaction between Yahoo and Tumblr. On May 19th, Yahoo bought Tumblr for a whopping 1.1 billion dollars and many people are not happy about it.
In case you aren’t too familiar with Tumblr, allow us to introduce you. Tumblr is a blogging site that allows users to upload text, pictures, videos, links, and gifs (short little clips on a loop). Users can also follow fellow bloggers which enables them to see their updates on a dashboard similar to a Facebook feed. With that being said, Tumblr has gained quite the following with having over 300 million unique visitors monthly; 120,000 daily sign ups; 900 posts per second; and over 24 billion minutes are spent monthly on the site. That’s a pretty big deal.
Now, most of us are familiar with Yahoo! for being a pioneer of “internetness” and getting in on the first floor of the interwebs (considering it’s been around since 1994); however, many people say whatever Yahoo! touches turns to dirt. Yahoo! has had many acquisitions over the years, at least 77 of them including Tumblr, and many that have failed miserably. Their buyout of Tumblr though, is most comparable to their GeoCities acquisition, and I bet you’ve never heard of GeoCities. Doesn’t sound so good for Tumblr, huh?
But why is this such a bad thing? Yahoo is still around and Tumblr has a faithful following, right? Well, as with most things on the internet, what can be here today may be gone tomorrow. As a matter of fact, in anticipation of the acquisition the previous weekend 72,000 users an hour went to WordPress as opposed to the measly 400 to 600 users that normally transfer their posts over.
So what do they know that we don’t? Let’s stop and think for a moment, why is this such a bad idea? You know, beside the fact it didn’t work with GeoCities before. I mean, Yahoo should know what works now and what doesn’t and hopefully has the ability to learn from their mistakes… right? Well, Tumblr has a very specific business model. Rumors have already started circulating around the internet about Yahoo!’s goals to make Tumblr more family and teen friendly, which is great and all, but because of the super mature and NSFW (not safe for work) content, this can deter many users. Another BIG deterrent may be Yahoo trying to police copyright materials on the blogging site. In other words, if mature content restrictions and copyright content restrictions are placed on this free medium, MANY users may go elsewhere.
Another concern by many “Tumblrers” (and by most social network users) is ad placement. The last thing they want is their sanctuary infested with ads, but if Yahoo doesn’t bring in revenue, buying Tumblr will be a huge waste of money. According to reports, Tumblr only brought in 13 million last year which is a BIG gap in how much they were bought for, which can come back to bite them in the butt.
Although, there are many reasons to deter current users from continuing their Tumblr escapades, the buy alone was great publicity for the company which may in turn greatly benefit the site, propelling it to be the most amazing site in the history of amazing amazingness; but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t concerned. All we know is, we hope Yahoo doesn’t mess this one up because to some of us, Tumblr holds a very special place in our social media bubble.
The other day at work I was desperately trying to get the creative juices flowing…it was one of those days, you know? My mind started to wander to my personal to-do list. My heart rate increased as I remembered what May 12th is, Mother’s Day.
This is a holiday that gives everyone anxiety. So in my dazed state I decided to write a blog posts about the different ways people are using social media to say Happy Mother’s Day. This gives me a chance to figure out what to do for my mom while simultaneously being productive at work. Yes!
Of course, nothing says Happy Mother’s Day like a lengthy phone call or some chitchat over endless mimosas at brunch, however, don’t forget there are other ways you can show your appreciation for mom and you can do it with a click of a mouse.
Here are some creative ways people and businesses are saying, “I love you mom!” using social media.
They are Recording
Some people have a knack for expressing their creativity through videos. Here are some YouTube videos celebrating moms everywhere.\
What a Mom Wants
Remember that really crappy Mother’s Day gift you got your mom? If you said “which one?” then this video is for you courtesy of Teleflora.
Mother’s Day Gift Fail
This guy tried to get mom’s four-legged friend to deliver her gift for Mother’s Day… the gift was attached to a balloon. Do you see where he went wrong?
Biologist Mother’s Day Song
This video says, “I love you”, or at least we think it does. Ladies and gentlemen a song dedicated to the mother of a biologist.
Not really a fan of rap? Take a look at this video of a three-year-old girl rapping about her mom and we guarantee you’ll change your mind.
The Real Mother’s Day
Here is a hilarious rendition of how Mother’s Day usually goes.
Stay tuned for more ways people are giving moms a shout out online!
Small businesses are starting to see success with social media. According to a survey of over 1,200 small business owners, 39 percent saw a ROI from their social media presence in Q1 with 30 percent of that group claiming that it was an ROI of $2,000 or greater. It’s no wonder that small businesses are increasing their social media presence. 26 percent of small businesses are planning on investing their dollars in social media marketing in Q2 2013 and 49 percent are increasing their time spent on social media platforms.
Small businesses are unique in that they have limited resources to allocate in order to achieve success. So, it’s a no brainer that the results they are seeing from social media, which costs little to no money to run, beats out hiring on new employees. Yes, nearly 79 percent of those surveyed are optimistic about their business in Q2 but it seems as though social media is proving to be more valuable and cost effective than manpower.
It makes you wonder, if small businesses are short on resources (time, money, employees) then how do they invest in learning and managing their social media? Well, 36 percent of small business owners refer to online resources (articles and blogs) to help them with their social media. In addition to online resources, 22 percent seek advice from their circle of friends and colleagues. Even though these learning tactics are economical, they don’t capitalize on time management. Knowing how to effectively utilize social media for business is complicated. It is a new marketing tool that has yet to be thoroughly explored.
That’s where we come in. Our goal here at Everzocial is to provide affordable social media services for your small business and free up some of your valuable time. We already know the ins and outs of the industry, it’s not just our job it’s our passion. You have enough on your plate already; let our team of experienced social media managers handle the rest. Feel free to contact us for more information or if you have any questions!
Pinterest’s New Analytics Tool Allows Businesses to Track User’s Engagement…for Free
I know what you’re thinking; nothing in life (worth having) is free, until now. Pinterest launched its free analytics tool for site owners March 12, giving them the opportunity to gain insight into what works and what doesn’t for their fans.
Anyone with a verified business account can access this gold mine of information. Just log in to your account and go to your drop-down menu located at the top right corner of your screen, then click “Analytics”.
While the analytics tool is fairly basic, there’s still a lot of valuable information here. “The free tool allows site owners to track the number of pinners and pins collecting material from their sites, and the number of repinners and repins those initial pins received,” said Lauren Indvik, Mashable’s associate business editor. “Site owners can also track total impressions and reach on the network, as well as referral traffic, both in clicks and unique visitors, sent back to their sites.”
In addition, you can take a snapshot in time by adjusting the metrics timeframe. Go back to a particular day, week, or month to track trends and monitor progress.
So why is this relevant to you?
Even though third-party providers such as Pinfluence and Curalate are still, well, providing more intense and in-depth data, Pinterest’s new analytics tool will hopefully give site owners a better understanding of their “Pinterest potential”, allowing them to really give the people what they want. In addition, to pleasing the pinners, your business/brand will have the opportunity to increase awareness and exposure, increasing traffic to your site and ultimately your sales.
I can’t even express to you how great this news is considering the fact that Pinterest users spend more money, more often, and on more products than any of the other top five social media sites according to comScore.
The analytics tool also sets the stage for an ad platform on Pinterest. It is a mistake to advertise on a site without the tools necessary to show you where, when, and who to advertise to. This is like being at Disneyland for your first time and not having a map, you are forced to wander around until you find what you are looking for…proving to be a very ineffective way to spend your time and money.
Most importantly, it helps support the social media marketing cause. A lot of people are non-believers regarding the power of social media for businesses and brands but with this new tool the data has definitely got our back!
So if you haven’t already, go check out this new feature and start monitoring your Pinterest potential.
YouTube’s One Channel is now available to all users.
First released as a beta test, YouTube’s One Channel is now ready to be used by everyone. The new design offers a lot of great features to YouTube creators, ultimately making it easier to personalize your channel and reach out to non-subscribers.
Say goodbye to custom backgrounds, which kind of reminded us of MySpace before the makeover, and say hello to fun banners otherwise known as Channel Art. Your Channel Art will now scale to harmonize with any screen and device including laptops, tablets, smartphones, TVs…you name it! The branding potential here is exciting.
One Channel also gives users the chance to feature a Welcome Trailer, a video that automatically plays when non-subscribers visit your channel. The trailer, when done right, will give users insight into your content, effectively increasing the number of subscribers your channel will receive.
Not only can you lure prospective fans with your trailer, you can now customize how your subscribers view your content by creating unique playlists and video groups with the new “Shelve” feature. Simply go to the Bulk Actions section in the channel settings to make your videos easier to discover and watch.
But wait, there’s more! Users are just a click away from your other social media platforms. Thanks to the new link option you can have up to four social media destinations in the Channel Art Header. So whether your forte is Pinterest or LinkedIn, they’ve got you covered.
Our hats are off to YouTube’s new design. We have never been so excited about spring-cleaning. If you need any help tidying up your channel or if you have any questions, feel free to visit our website at https://www.everzocial.com/ or give us a ring at 888-859-6156.
Facebook, the Social Media giant, has once again made a change to the business page format in an effort to “better serve” page administrators and business pages. If I had a sling and a few stones, I’d like to shoot a few in the giant’s direction right about now.
The change which you’ve likely noticed is the addition of a “Get More Likes” screen by “Promoting Your Page” option which they’ve positioned on the Page Admin panel right where the NEW LIKES used to be. No doubt this idea originated from an over achiever marketer at Facebook who has never actually administrated a page. Here’s the problem with the new tool. It took the place of an effective and useful old one. Prior to the change, your NEW LIKES screen was easily viewable and you could see by the hour, when fans “liked” your page. This is key, because if you’re running a promoted post, or even a regular post with a bang, your instinct as page admin is to watch whether and “when” any new likes come in. Sure, you can still click the “see likes” option, but it takes you to basic list of LIKES (in order) but without mention of the day or time that the like came in. The worst part is, there’s not an option to remove or hide the new “in your face” screen. Come on Facebook, you can do better than that.
I’m all for change and improvements when it comes to Facebook, but when I begin to feel that the company’s drive for income, surpasses it’s desire to meet the needs of its members…the same members who are ultimately contributing to the success of the company, than I begin to feel ill-used and taken advantage of rather than a contributor to the paramount of social media forums.
Did you know that almost 120 million Americans now own a smartphone, and 80 percent of those use their device to access social networks?
SoLoMo (Social-Local-Mobile) is the addition of local information to search engine results to capitalize on the increasing use of mobile, allowing businesses to push relevant offers to customers based on their location. And the results can be unbelievable – smartphones are expected to influence $200 billion worth of sales in 2013.
This infographic takes a closer look at how retailers are making the most of the SoLoMo opportunity.
For those of us who work in social media, switching gears is something we are used to.
One of the the greatest challenges for small business owners managing their own Facebook pages is determining exactly when to post a given piece of content so it attracts the most “likes,” comments, and retweets. A recent infographic from LinchpinSEO could help crack that code by showing the best days to post to Facebook. Even better, it breaks it down by business type or industry.
For instance, companies considered “general retail” will find more engagement on Mondays, whereas nonprofits will see greater success on weekends, according to LinchpinSEO, which analyzed the user engagement of more than 1,800 Facebook pages from the world’s top brands. The data were collected from April 1 to May 31.
It’s important to remember that each type of business will have a different best day and time to post to Facebook. This infographic could help you identify it. If you need further help with your Facebook Business Page, our team of Social Stagers are here to help do it for you.