social media Articles
So you’ve decided it’s time to bring your business to social media. Like many people wanting to try something new, you’re probably unsure where to start. And with so many social media sites calling for your attention, and new ones popping up all the time, it can be overwhelming to pick one and figure out [...]
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Your Page’s Facebook posts are about to get more shareable. Earlier this month, Facebook unveiled a plan to let people embed public Facebook posts from users and Pages onto their own websites. So far, only Mashable, CNN, People, Huffington Post and Bleacher Report have access to Facebook’s embed feature. But Facebook promises access to all [...]
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Foursquare, the popular check-in app for smartphones, recently started rolling out ad placements for small local establishments. The new ads display in the app’s “Explore” tab and in the results when users search for similar local venues. The good news is, you don’t pay unless someone visits your business’s Foursquare page through the ad or [...]
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EdgeRank. You might have heard of it. It’s that magic spell Facebook casts to get your posts either seen or buried in the news feed. Well, almost. Yesterday, Facebook announced a special update to its ranking system to help get your Page’s posts seen more often by more people. This goes along with the news [...]
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Video’s a really effective way to market. No, really – people spent twice as much time on sites with video, video attracts almost triple the monthly visitors, and that’s just the start. And with video apps like Vine and the new addition of video to Instagram, you don’t even need cameras, equipment or a budget [...]
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Facebook users added hashtags to their posts #ironically. That is, until two weeks ago, when Facebook officially added support for hashtags. Now hashtags on Facebook are clickable and organize conversations across the social network. But does it mean anything for your business now that hashtags on Facebook mean something? Or are they just more noise [...]
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Email marketing and social media together are powerful tools for building a following for your business. But how can they help you as a local small business owner? Welcome to the tribe mentality. Your tribe is a fiercely loyal following of customers who are excited about your business. Using the connecting power of social media [...]
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It’s no secret that email doesn’t enjoy the sizzle of social media coverage these days. My own first foray into email was producing newsletters for The Industry Standard back in ’99 — the year after AWeber launched. And when you’ve been around that long (email, not me), there just aren’t a whole lot of newsy, [...]
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In the spirit of March Madness, we pitted 8 online marketing channels against each other to find out which ones small business owners like best. Here’s how they voted, with our own expert analysis of the qualities that make each channel the better choice for marketing a small business. Here’s the final outcome: ROUND 1 [...]
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Fashion designers get them. Auto shops get them. Economists get them. Why shouldn’t you get a marketing trend report? We decided you should, so here it is. Research (as linked to below) shows that new marketing trends this spring are: Long-Form Content For a long time, the experts, such as they are, have been saying [...]
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