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What SMG Learned at Hubspot’s World’s Largest Webinar

 

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SMG recently had the opportunity to tune into the World’s Largest Webinar: Secrets to Success on Social Media in 2014 (#WLW14) presented by Hubspot. The webinar focused on sharing professional insight into three of the biggest social networks out there, Facebook , Twitter, and LinkedIn.

 

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We couldn’t wait to share what we learned from the three social media experts who presented – Jed Clevenger, Russ Laraway, and Scott Engelman. They each spoke about their specific expertise and provided incredibly valuable information. Here are the top three things we took away from #WLW14 that we feel could help you succeed with social media!

 

1. Facebook: Jed Clevenger reminded us that Facebook is based on communicating. Meaning, it’s not always a platform for selling, even on a business page. Facebook for business is about talking to your customers, not at your customers. Use your page to familiarize your customers with what your company represents as well as your human side. Company pictures are a great way to do this! It builds trust in a way that no other medium can. Need an example? Check out Morgan Miller Plumbing or Dusterhoft Family Stores.

 

2. Twitter: Twitter expert, Russ Laraway made an excellent point. Tweet like you would email. With Twitter, you only have 140 characters to make an impression on your audience, if something doesn’t catch their eye quickly, they will keep scrolling through their feed. This is quite like email. With email, your subject line is so important, that if it is not relevant or enticing, your customers will likely never open it. When tweeting, consider how you would email the same information, how would you grasp your audience’s attention right away in the subject line?

 

3. LinkedIn: A big takeaway we took from LinkedIn expert, Scott Engelman, was about sharing content. Many believe that since you are representing your business, all of the content should come from your company. However, sharing content from other companies in your industry or those you do business with is invaluable. This will also allow your company to engage with other industry insiders and link your company to theirs. Plus, they will appreciate the mention. Think of it this way: the most valuable content should win.

 

We took away many great pointers from #WLW14 and now hope you did too! Social media is constantly evolving and keeping up with industry experts and best practices is certainly a helpful tool.

 

What are your biggest social media concerns? Were these tips helpful?

 

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4 Ways to Create Your Own Luck with 4 Social Networks

 

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4 Ways to Create Your Own Luck with 4 Social Networks

 

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, we can’t help but wish on a four-leaf clover for some Luck of the Irish. Who couldn’t use a bit of extra luck now and then, right?

 

Here at SMG, we don’t rely on luck with much, and especially not with social media marketing. We steer clear from the belief that marketing success stems from luck, chance, and mere guessing, but rather a combined effort of strategizing, timing, and content creation.

 

But who’s to say we can’t position ourselves to get lucky more often? Let’s check out SMG’s 4 Ways to Create Your Own Luck With 4 Social Networks.

 

 

Facebook Facebook: To create more Facebook luck, give your fans something to talk about! It’s one thing to get them to like your page; it’s another to get them to stay. Share content that matters to them, and share what they can’t get from simply looking at your website. Let them feel like they are a part of an exclusive club by posting various check-in offers, contests, sweepstakes, etc.

 

Twitter Twitter: Similar to Facebook, the best way to create your own luck on Twitter is to engage. Engage with those in your industry, especially thought-leaders. Whether it’s replying with an answer to their question, or bringing up a new talking point, you’re ultimately getting your name out there. You’ll gain more followers and retweets from people that appreciate what you have to say!

 

Pinterest Pinterest: To create and sustain Pinterest followers (and even increase traffic to your website), pin less of the products and services you sell, and more of what makes you, you! Creating boards about your brand’s lifestyle and what it looks like to work in your office will express a personality followers can identify with. It’s not your store – it’s a social network.

 

LinkedIn LinkedIn: Because this network is positioned as purely professional, it’s best to use this opportunity to show your company’s industry knowledge and expertise. Try creating content that pertains to what is trending in your industry or any big ideas you may have. Distinguish your company as unique from the rest and you will find yourself with more connections and influence in your industry.

 

What are your biggest concerns with your social media profiles? What works for you and what have you struggled with? Share with us!

 

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10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Facebook

 

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10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Facebook – In honor of Facebook’s 10th Birthday.

 

Happy Birthday, Facebook! The social network reached their 10th birthday on February 4th – celebrating a decade of being the glue that keeps us all together.  Whether you ‘like’ or dislike the social network, it’s impossible to deny that is has changed our lives – and our jobs!

 

Facebook for businesses has seen great strides in the last couple of years and we can’t wait to see it advance further. So, in honor of Facebook’s birthday month, we’ll share with you 10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Facebook (in no particular order):

 

Birthday-candle  New Customers – With over 1 billion users, you’ll reach an audience you didn’t even know existed (or who didn’t know you existed!).

 

Birthday-candle Business Connections – You can connect with other local or industry-related businesses by liking, sharing and mentioning their company’s content in relation to yours.

 

Birthday-candle Personal Interaction – Since the network is in real-time, you are able to reply to customers instantaneously and establish a personal connection with them. (Great for responding to customer reviews & complaints!)

 

Birthday-candle Analytics – Facebook gives you a detailed play-by-play of how your business page is performing daily. From reach and likes to # of visits and types of visitors- you’ll be able to see areas for improvement at no cost!

 

Birthday-candle Engagement Opportunities – You can create contests, sweepstakes and more while building your fan base. This allows you to reach out to your customers and have them establish an interaction with you!

 

Birthday-candle Photo Albums – Your business can upload as many company images as it would like. This gives fans an inside look at your company and introduces them to a playful side they otherwise wouldn’t have seen.

 

Birthday-candle  Drives Traffic – You can use your Facebook page to drive traffic to your webpage and other links. This is great for introducing new customers to promotions, company updates, etc.

 

Birthday-candle Experiments – Because Facebook is inexpensive to operate; it lends itself well for experimenting with promotions, contests and the like. If something doesn’t attract attention – no great cost is lost.

 

Birthday-candle More Visibility – The more time your business puts into Facebook – the more recognition it will receive. This will help when potential customers search for your business online (Search Engine Optimization!).

 

Birthday-candle Brand Recognition – A Facebook page (or any social network, for that matter) will only help build brand recognition. Facebook assists in sculpting your reputation by showing your company’s values in a new light.

 

Here’s to you Facebook, happy 10 years and many more to come!

 

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