Monthly Archives: March 2013

Blogging: What I Wish I Knew When I Started | Heidi Cohen

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Before starting a blog, most prospective bloggers believe that it’s all about the writing. Yet the reality is that writing is only a small part of the total blogging effort required.

Mike Ellsworth‘s insight:

Social media luminary Heidi Cohen’s 5 P’s of Blogging are worth studying:

 

Plan 

Pen 

Publish 

Promote 

Participate 

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4 Ways to Improve Your Online Marketing Funnel

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Today’s blog post comes courtesy of Jonathan Dempster, a digital strategist based in Leeds, UK. He is focused on providing marketers the tools to justify their marketing spend by understanding the customer journey from online to offline channels.

 

nbound marketing, especially for B2B companies, is difficult to get right. With so many online social outlets, content strategies, and performance metrics, knowing where to begin is a significant challenge.

 

It is important to get the basics right. Once you have a manageable campaign, you can begin to piece together the parts of your marketing puzzle. A well developed marketing strategy enables you to more effectively drive inbound leads to your website. Here are four tips that can get you started.

Mike Ellsworth‘s insight:

Here’s a good article and graphic about how you can transform your marketing funnel with social media.

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5 Alternatives to Unfriending Someone on Facebook

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It’s no secret that people are annoying on Facebook, but unfriending may not be the best option. Here are five alternatives.

Mike Ellsworth‘s insight:

If you feel bad about unfriending someone, you can still prevent their posts from showing up on your News Feed or them seeing your posts. Five options to the dreaded unfriend.

 

Via @msmir

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26 Ways to Use Visuals in Your Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner

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Visual Social Media Marketing: learn how to share more visual content and create a visual conversation with your audience.

Mike Ellsworth‘s insight:

Greatl reasons and suggestions for adding images to your content. With the redesigned Facebook News Feed, images are becoming even more important. Heck, even I, a graphics idiot, have gotten into the act!

 

Via @maxOz

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43 Ideas to Effectively Level Up Your Content Marketing Efforts

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Content marketing is the new SEO and here is how you can take your content marketing efforts to the next level through innovative and practical ideas.

Mike Ellsworth‘s insight:

One of the big recommendations here is to create a blog, yet I’m hearing dissenters on this issue recently. Some say that sharing authoritative content from others is more effective than creating your own. With more than 40 million blogs hosted on WordPress alone, you may be better able to stand out by curating good content.

 

Via @shawmu

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Join Facebook Groups

Join Facebook Groups

In our previous post, Control Your Facebook Privacy Settings, we continued our series on Facebook by discussing the various privacy settings on Facebook and how to control them.

In this post, we continue with our series on important things to do on Facebook with a look at Facebook groups and why to join them.

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Join Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups are a great way to meet your community members. You can search for groups to join or create your own. You are limited to joining or creating up to 200 groups, a much higher limit than, say, LinkedIn, which limits you to 50 group memberships. The Groups application page displays updates from your groups as well as groups your friends have joined recently.

You can join or create a group by clicking on the Groups or Create Group links on the left bar of your main Facebook page. You might need to click More in order to see the links. If you’ve joined any groups, the icons, names, and number of members will be listed there, as in the next figure.

Facebook groups Figure 1 — Facebook Groups Example

You can also see and easily join the Groups your friends belong to by clicking Friends’ Groups. Enter pretty much any term you’re interested in finding Groups for into the search bar and you’ll probably find one or more interesting groups. You can check out the Group and see publicly viewable information before deciding to join.

Facebook group search

Figure 2 — Search for Facebook Groups

Click the Create A Group button to create your own group. You’ll see a form like the following figure.

 Facebook create group

Figure 3 — Create Your Own Facebook Group

Make sure your group’s name and description contain keywords your community is likely to use in a search. After you’ve created your group, invite all your friends to join. You can even create a Like button to post on your Website that will promote the group.

Of course, if you create a group, you need to be the host — or, as we will discuss in the forthcoming post Building Your Community, the experience architect. This means it’s up to you to invite your guests, make them feel at home, and get them talking.

Next up: Try A Facebook Ad


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