Facebook has added the ability to schedule posts for a later date from the status update box. This allows businesses to type a status update, but not post it to their timeline until a specific day and time.
On March 30 Facebook will convert all pages to the new Timeline design. This design change will not only affect the layout of your Facebook page, but also some of the functionality you’ve probably used to grow your online community.
In the upcoming week we’ll review these changes in detail and explain what they mean for your business’ Facebook page. We’ll detail the ins and outs of these changes and how to best utilize them to continue to grow your online community on Facebook.
We’ll start with a few important keywords you’ll hear repeated so you will understand what we’re reffering to.
Industry leaders know that content marketing and social media campaigns are crucial to success on the Internet. However, given that content marketing is a qualitative, rather than quantitative concept, how can you measure the success of something that, at first glance, can’t be measured?
That’s where this article comes in. Let’s take a closer look at the intricacies of deploying your content marketing and social media campaign, including how you can measure its contribution to your company’s bottom line.
Launch Your Content Marketing and Social Media Campaign
One of the most crucial aspects of launching your content marketing and social media campaign is to ensure that you don’t lose interest in the progress you’re making, particularly in the earlier months when you might not be seeing the results you’ve been expecting. Remember, content and social media marketing is a qualitative concept, not a quantitative one – you won’t be able to immediately measure ROI within the first months of use. Therefore, be sure to continue with your content marketing efforts even when you feel as though your readers aren’t paying attention to what you have to say. Believe us, they are!
Monitor Your Chatter
While you should have a dedicated team to monitor your content and social media marketing efforts, there’s no denying that you can’t monitor your efforts 24/7. That’s why it’s important to invest in resources that allow you to automate some of the process, including tools that monitor activity, engage with your readers and aggregate content. This will allow your social media team to keep on top of your progress without feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do.
Keep It Fresh
Ensure that your content marketing and social media campaigns remain fresh and relevant to your readers. Stale and uninteresting platforms will cost you valuable customers.
Measure Your Success
Finally, be sure to measure your success in terms that make sense to content marketing and social media. For example, rather than focusing on dollars, focus on client satisfaction and brand loyalty, and how your campaigns have contributed to these vital components of running a successful business.
Once your company has determined the most successful content marketing and social media campaign, you’ll need to put those great ideas into real-time action. As the old saying goes, it’s easier said than done. How can you transition your content marketing ideas to the Web? What platforms should you be using to increase your social media campaign’s ROI?
This article will explore the specific steps involved in developing your most successful content marketing and social media campaign:
Identify Your Best Platforms
In the world of social media, there are literally hundreds of platforms you can use for your content marketing campaign. With so many Web 2.0 sites jostling for your time and attention, how can you know which one is the right one for your company?
First, you’ll need to identify if your company wants to engage in content marketing on specific niche social media sites, or on general sites. Additionally, you’ll need to eliminate the Web 2.0 sites that won’t allow you to maximize your social media campaign. For example, LinkedIn Marketing is a great platform for individuals looking to connect in their respective industry, but it might not be a great tool for companies looking to market content to the average customer. No matter which social media platforms you identify and use, be sure that your company has a Facebook account, a Twitter profile and a blog, as these are the most popular – and consumer-trusted – social media platforms online today.
Develop Your Best Team Possible
Once you’ve identified which social media platforms you’ll be using for your content marketing, you’ll need to find talented professionals who can help your campaign come to life. Your readers want to feel as though they’re communicating with real representatives of your company – and that’s where your team comes into play. A dedicated content marketing team can post regular updates, respond to reader comments and garner the kind of client feedback that can help your company improve its products and services.
Defining what kind of content you’ll be offering your readers is crucial to the online success of your business. However, once you’ve defined what you consider to be content marketing success, how will you ensure that you get there?
That’s where content marketing design comes into play. Content design is simply another way of determining what your overall content strategy will be, the types of content you’ll offer your readers, and what kinds of resources you’ll need to achieve your content marketing goals.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at designing the ins and outs of your content marketing strategy.
Developing A Content Strategy
Before you can develop content to offer your readers, you must first be able to identify how that content will fulfill their needs. In other words, to devise a strong content strategy, you’ll have to understand their fears, frustrations, hopes, and needs.
Monetizing Your Campaign
Once you’ve identified the fears and needs of your audience, you’ll need to decide how you can transform your content marketing strategies so that they bring in real-time income. Monetizing your social media and content marketing campaign means you’ll need to bridge the gap between offering free content to your readers and encouraging them with a strong call-to-action. For example, will you place a link on your social media account to your product’s landing page? Will your blogs be embedded with an affiliate link? These are all steps you can take to monetize your social media and content marketing campaigns.
Developing a Marketing Timeframe
An important part of developing your content marketing and social media campaigns is to identify how often you’ll be interacting with your readers. How often will you post updates? When will you post updates? Based on this editorial calendar – and the reactions of your readers – you’ll be able to determine which posts are more successful at optimizing your content marketing ROI.
Resources and Content Formats
Finally, you’ll need to isolate which content formats (i.e. audio, visual, or textual) will deliver your most successful marketing ROI. Be sure to pinpoint which content formats will require additional resources and how much those resources will cost.
As a leader in your industry, you understand that content marketing offers loyal clients relevant information that pertains to your specific industry. When it comes to delivering that content, nothing disseminates more efficiently than social media platforms.
When providing your clientele base with highly valuable information, how do you ensure that your content marketing efforts match your business goals and objectives, all while forming genuine connections with your targeted audience?
The key to successful content marketing is to define your company’s goals and objectives before building your social media strategy.
Not sure what we mean here? Don’t worry – this article will examine why defining your company’s goals and objectives is key to successful content marketing.
What are your company’s needs?
Before you start using social media platforms to pass on highly relevant content, it’s important to understand your company’s overall objectives and missions. For example, if you’re a Fortune 500 company that offers investment advice, what are your main goals? Do you want to expand your clientele base? Do you want to attract more high-value clients? Do you want to increase brand awareness?
Understanding your own needs before focusing on that of your readers will help you not only use the right marketing platforms for your business, it will also help you develop the kind of genuine content your readers will be thrilled to get their hands on.
Look at your current online presence.
Content marketing and online marketing go hand-in-hand; therefore, to deliver the kind of content your readers expect, you need to assess your own online marketing efforts. To accomplish this, you must look at this from three different angles:
• Look at your current online marketing efforts;
• Review your current social media uses;
• Research how you’re using your company’s website.
With this online research, you’ll begin to understand what kind of information your readers are looking for – and if your company can deliver. Additionally, it will give you a better idea of where your content marketing needs to go to be considered successful.
By defining your own content marketing goals and objectives, you can provide the kind of highly engaging and relevant information that will transform readers into loyal clients.
Let’s face it, in today’s competitive business world an entrepreneur can’t afford not to include content marketing as part of their marketing strategy. Unlike traditional marketing techniques (e.g. magazine ads, billboard ads, TV infomercials, telemarketing, etc.) content marketing has the potential to reach tens of thousands and even millions of potential consumers.
What is Content Marketing?
Content marketing is the technique of creating and distributing high-quality, relevant and valuable information to attract and engage a particular target audience; this is with the purpose of generating profitable customer action.
Rather than ‘selling’ your products or services, you’re actually delivering valuable information your consumer is searching for online. Content marketing helps your consumers become more educated about your products and services. As a result, the consumer rewards you with their business and their loyalty.
According to statistics taken by Roper Public Affairs, 80 percent of buyers prefer to get company information in the form of articles instead of traditional advertisements. Seventy percent say content marketing gives them a sense of closeness to a company. Sixty percent say content marketing helps them to make wiser buying decisions compared to traditional marketing mediums.
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Is Google+ the greatest thing since sliced bread? That’s actually a pretty strange standard by which to measure innovation these days. But depending on what Internet buzz you’re reading you could certainly come away thinking that Google+ is the greatest thing since… well… Facebook. If that’s what you’re leaning toward then you might also be wondering what’s in it for your businesses. Well the short answer is nothing! In fact it appears that Google is actually sending a warning to businesses: No profiles, or else! Or else what?
To date Google+ has been an invitation-only project solely open to individuals, not businesses. But that hasn’t stopped companies like Ford and Coca-Cola from jumping on board – perhaps for no other reason than to begin doing some recon. But there may be consequences to disregarding Google’s request that businesses refrain from getting in right now.
Some companies who’ve begun experimenting with the commercial use of Google+ have amassed small armies of followers, or “circles of friends” as it were, in the new social medium. But gathering some early intel appears to come with a price – one that these companies aren’t overly concerned about right now. Google has made it clear that none of the data from those rogue business profiles, i.e. business masquerading as humans, will be able to be transferred to the new business pages when they arrive sometime in the third quarter of 2011. Is that a big deal? Eh, maybe. Maybe not.
If you are still getting used to the features in Google+, you are certainly not alone. Everyone is in the same boat. Here are a few basic features to consider when using Google+:
Before the birth of social media, we called certain groups of friends a social clique. For instance, you have your 9 to 5 friends, your religious friends, political friends, entrepreneur friends, clients, family, and then you have those who you prefer to keep at arm’s length.
If you invited all of your friends and acquaintances to a dinner party, to announce details of your private life, certain individuals would take it out of context. That’s why you share certain things with one group of friends and keep it on a hush-hush with others.
When Facebook emerged, it seemed as if all friends and clients were grouped into one category. Everything posted on a wall was put out on display for a free-for-all critique session. For many, having a Facebook account is like a full-time job monitoring every single detail of one’s social life. Many Facebook users have learned that once private information gets out in the open to the wrong people, it can sabotage a good reputation.
Google+ is becoming a popular favorite among business owners because it gives you complete control over who is allowed to be a part of your social circle.
“Likes” are the lifeblood of Facebook. They expand your communication reach and allow your message to be shared with people you already know are interested in your product or service. However, the question remains:
How do I get more people to like your page?
The tried and true method is to simply ask, which has proven time and again to be effective. But instead of just accepting the status quo, here are five creative ways to get more Facebook likes that you may not have thought of before.