Thought of the day: “All of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called YOU.”

Twitter marketing updates

 

Of all the social platforms, Twitter may be the most interesting. Between being heavily utilized by the now President Elect and boasting 317 million monthly active users, there’s no question that the platform is still relevant. However, Twitter as both a platform and company has continued to struggle to really find their place in the social arena.

As Twitter continues to look for what’s going to give them real traction, we want to highlight four recent updates they’ve made which may affect businesses using the platform for marketing.

Twitter Says Goodbye to Vine

At the end of October, Twitter announced that the Vine app would be discontinued in coming months. In case this name doesn’t ring a bell, Vine was a platform built for looping 6-second clips. Twitter bought the company in 2012 before it had officially launched. Twitter said that for the time being, they wouldn’t delete any Vines that have been posted.

Even though the clips on Vine were extremely short, dozens of Internet personalities had managed to build huge followings on Vine. Many of those personalities could command rates of five or even six figures for producing sponsored Vines. That being said, most of those individuals had diversified their presences to other platforms like YouTube and Instagram over the last year.

New Direct Message Features

Shortly after their announcement that the Vine app will be going away, Twitter shared two new direct message features. The features are quick replies and welcome messages. Specifically designed for businesses, these features make it easier for businesses to use Twitter as a customer service platform.

Highlights on iOS

Twitter originally debuted their Highlights feature to users on the company’s Android app. The purpose of Highlights is to provide users with a simple summary of the best Tweets that are most relevant to them. These summaries are delivered via push notifications. Now anyone using an iPhone or iPad can go into the app settings for Twitter and enable this feature.

Local Twitter Developer Communities Worldwide

Like many platform companies, Twitter’s relationship with developers has been contentious. While much of the platform’s growth has been driven by developers making their own applications using Twitter’s (un)official API or data, there have been multiple cases of Twitter pulling the plug on third-party apps despite their popularity. Going into 2017, it looks like Twitter is working to strengthen these relationships by expanding their Twitter Developer Communities initiative around the globe.

If you want to ensure that you’re able to keep your Twitter marketing strategies relevant to the changes made by the platform, I recommend taking a look at the online training I offer through Web Media University.

webinar promotion on social media

 

Although none of the technologies I’m going to talk about in this post are brand new, we’re at an interesting point with the Internet where several promising forms of technology are really hitting their stride. Those technologies are webinars and social media. (more…)

Best Practices for B2B Lead Generati

In a relatively short amount of time, LinkedIn has grown into one of the biggest networks on the Internet. This platform now boasts more than 400 million users. Not only does LinkedIn have a lot of users, but its professional focus makes it a gold mine for any business that wants to generate B2B leads.

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Success of a Social Media Marketing Campaign

 

When social media started gaining traction, a common hesitation businesses had was being unable to track the results of their efforts. Although social media marketing is now an activity that can be tracked in detail, that doesn’t necessarily mean doing so is easy. Given that much of people’s online activity is spread across multiple devices, plenty of businesses still struggle to with social media measuring (ROI). (more…)

As a social media consultant, I spend a lot of my time helping businesses create strategies to grow their social media presence and convert their followers into customers. A key element of this process is understanding the types of posts that people care about on social media. If a business isn’t posting things that users on a social platform are going to notice and engage with, it’s going to be very difficult for them to build a meaningful presence. (more…)

Tips to Convert Your Social Media Followers Into Customers

Businesses often face two major challenges with social media. The first is getting started. Once a business passes that challenge by gaining some momentum and attracting followers, the next challenge that often comes up is converting those followers into customers.

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Google Business page marketing

Google Plus is an interesting platform. Since its launch, the network Google created has always been more closed than most other networks. And because Google has so many huge projects going on, they don’t always put as many resources behind proactively promoting the platform as other social sites do. (more…)

Michelle Hummel, CEO and founder of Web Strategy Plus LLC, feels her business is an excellent place to work because she offers the best tools and training to the Social Media Community Management team. The company also created Social Apps Match, a directory of social media tools and applications to keep employees up to date, she wrote in her application.

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Customers on Social Media

When social media was first gaining momentum, one of the reasons many businesses were hesitant about establishing a social presence is they had concerns about publicly engaging with customers. But as social media has become ubiquitous, most businesses have realized the value of social media customer support. They know that if they don’t provide a way for potential or current customers to interact, those people are going to use other social media channels to share their negative thoughts or disappointment. And when that happens, a business is in the less than ideal situation of not being able to engage.

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Content Marketing Tips 2016

In 2016, producing great content is no longer enough to build a strong audience. If you want people to know about your content and be interested in consuming more of it, you need a reliable way to reach your ideal readers. This is where content marketing comes into the picture. By understanding how to use content marketing, you’ll be able to build the type of audience you need to help your business grow. So with that in mind,

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