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How and Where to Best Reach Different Generations on Social Media [Infographic]

I asked a new client, “Who’s you’re target market?” He replied, “Everyone!” Yikes! Unfortunately, not like back in the day of the Yellow Pages, you can’t place an ad or two in the local paper or the YP and expect to get results. Each social media network has its own audience — a distinct user base. Understanding the different generations and how they use social media, is crucial for effective marketing.

The particular client I mentioned wants to reach a broad audience of different age groups and occupations. Which is fine, however, you market to someone under 40 (Gen Z & Millennials) differently than you would to someone over 40 (Gen X & Baby Boomers) – and on different social networks.

In a nutshell, here’s how, when and where to reach each of the generations: Use Snapchat to reach the under 21 crowd.

Gen Z (<21):

SnapChat and Facebook – the prefer to see real people (authenticity) in marketing rather than celebrities. (Go figure.) Use short, positive content – mostly videos. Best time is early morning and late afternoon.

Use Instagram to reach MillennialsMillennials (22 – 40):

Facebook (their primary news source), Instagram (for the younger half), LinkedIn and Tumblr (Yes, Tumblr is still around!) They’ll skip video ads as soon as they can. 87% own smartphones and will turn to social media when making purchasing decisions. Post relevant, credible content, that they care about.

Gen X (41 – 52):

Use Pinterest to reach Gen XersFacebook (They spend almost 7 hours on there a week!), Pinterest and YouTube. Reach them between 9pm and midnight. They are more brand-loyal than other age groups. Gen Xers have the 2nd largest disposable income and they go for nostalgia and comfort. Use videos and visual content with straight-forward clicks to website. Moreover, they prefer to use a computer rather than a mobile device.

Baby Boomers (53 – 71):

Everyone's on Facebook! These folks prefer email to communicate, yet, they spend 11 hours or more on Facebook each week! They’ll respond to quizzes and polls more so than the other generations. They are vocal and opinionated and prefer slower, informational video content.

 

What stands out to me, besides the fact that they ALL USE FACEBOOK, is that missing from here are Twitter and Google+. That calls for another blog post!

However, not everyone falls perfectly into each of these groups. Individual preferences will differ. That’s why you need to clearly define your target markets’ personas, taking into consideration their habits and preferences first (Get a FREE Workbook!).

This infographic from CitiPostMail, breaks down the generations, which social network they prefer and what type of message will catch their attention:

(Note: There is a discrepancy in the age brackets.)

How and Where to Best Reach Different Generations on Social Media

So, now that you have an idea where your target market hangs out, your next step is to learn everything you can about Facebook and the networks that they prefer. Best place to start is right here in your Social Savvy Solution Online Training Center. Here you’ll find, easy-to-follow videos covering all you need to know about each of the major social media networks, their culture and differences, along with strategies for each of them. Also included are videos on how to use hashtags and how to see what’s working and not working. All for just $20/m! Yes, you can, if you commit yourself, watch all the videos in one month then cancel if you wish.

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This  infographic How to Market to Different Generations on Social Media appeared first on Top Dog Social Media.

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How to Simplify Marketing that is More Complicated than Ever

How Often Should You Blog for Marketing Success?I just watched a webinar on “The Future of Marketing” (this link will take you to the slides). The first presenter, Mark Schaefer made me realize that the “marketing wheel” graphic I use to explain how today’s marketing works is obsolete. Ah, the challenges of keeping up with this stuff!

Before, you wrote a blog post, then shared it on the social networks. Ideally, your target market saw the post, was enticed to click on it, which led them back to your website. Well, that kinda-sorta still works, but it seems like the social media networks, predominantly Facebook, LinkedIn, and I’ll throw in Google+, want publishers to create content just for them. They want to be the content magnets. They want the attention. So your website isn’t the center of it all anymore — the social networks want to be your source of information.

How to Simplify Marketing that is More Complicated than Ever

Source: The Future of Marketing Webinar with Mark Schaefer

What’s up with the Social Media Networks?

The social media networks are in this to make money. They rely heavily on user analytics and data. Moreover, they make changes to their platforms based on that data.

Their objective is to…

  • get people on their platform
  • keep people on their platform
  • collect personal information (yeah, I know, Big Brother)
  • then take that data and use it for advertising

What you need to do in your marketing:

You can’t get around this. To quote the Borg, “Resistance is futile. You must comply.”

  1. Go where your customers are
  2. Focus on building awareness
  3. Give people a reason to go to your website

Because content and information are so readily available — between digital media and apps — people have what they need at their fingertips.

So what’s a small business marketer to do?

  1. Now more than ever you MUST start with narrowing your target market niches. Write up personas, give them names. Get to know them. How do they use social media? What devices do they prefer?
  2. Do some research. Once you’ve narrowed down the niches, you have to study their habits. Breaking them up in to basic age groups is the first key:
    1. Under 25
    2. 25-40
    3. Over 40
  3. What are their pain points/problems that you can solve? How can you make their lives better, easier, more fun, happier, etc.?
  4. Come up with the content that gives them what their looking for — blog posts, videos, podcasts, pictures. What you choose depends on the networks they frequent and what each age group prefers.
    1. Blog posts at least 300 words
    2. Videos that you upload directly to Facebook or Facebook live videos
    3. Short Instagram videos
    4. Short opinion, motivational, inspirational or advice pieces/text accompanied by a picture
    5. Original articles for LinkedIn — especially if you’re B2B
  5. Write this all down in strategic and tactical plans.
  6. Implement the plan
  7. Monitor and measure — check your analytics monthly to see what’s working and not working. Adjust your strategic and tactical plans accordingly.
  8. Plan for the next month – set new goals and benchmarks
  9. Repeat steps 4-8 every month.

By this point you’re probably thinking, “I can’t do this!” “There’s too much!” “I just want to quit!”

That’s why I created Your Social Savvy Solution SIMPLIFIED! Marketing made simple.

Your Social Savvy Solution Simplified! Marketing made easy!Yes, I added another “S”!

If you follow the steps, in that order, you will be able to reach your target market, draw them to your website and convert them into a sale. I outline everything for you. From optimizing your website and profiles for the search engines — both Google and the social networks — to strategizing for each network — to how to measure your efforts. Each step is covered in detail. Even how and where to do research.

Best of all, it’s affordable! Just $20 gets your started! You can watch the all the videos, download all the materials 24/7. Go at your own pace, in your own time. If you’re a morning person, get up early and watch a video or two. If you’re a night owl, watch them at 1am. Whatever works for you! The individual classes are around 15-35 minutes. Everything is in a logical progression. You can view the videos covering where you feel you need more help first then check out the others later on. You have full-access to all training materials.

What’s more, there are new, updated videos each month. As the networks add new features and change things around, I’ll record both presentations and demonstration videos explaining the changes, what they mean to you and what you need to do to adapt it to your business.

Face it. In this age of modern technology, you have to go at the speed of change or definitely get left behind. It’s your choice.

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How Not to let Today’s Marketing Technology Drive You Crazy

Let’s face it, business owners, Marketing Technology (or MarTech to the techie folks) can get out of hand. What happened to the days when putting your shingle outside your store and an ad in the Yellow Pages (remember those?) was enough?

Take a look at the infographic depicting all the marketing technology choices out there in 2016:

You can click on it to view a larger image, but don’t go cross-eyed trying to make sense out of it.

How not to let today's marketing technology drive you crazyThis goes to show you the ridiculous amount of marketing technology choices out there.

You can’t be on all the networks all the time!
It’s impossible!

Here are 10 Logical Steps You Need to Follow to keep Yourself Sane in this crazy MarTech world.

  1. How not to let today's marketing technology drive you crazyClearly Define Your Target Marketing Niches – You can have more than one target market! But you MUST identify them. Start with this FREE Workbook.
  2. Do some research on your target, which social networks they use most often and figure out the best way to reach them. Create personas for each niche.
  3. Get to know your target audience. What do they like or don’t like? What are they looking for? How can your product or service make their lives better, easier, more fun, etc.
  4. Get to know the networks. Each one has its own culture. What works on Twitter doesn’t work on LinkedIn. Do you even have to be on Snapchat?
  5. Make a plan. Brainstorm with your team or a mentor. Work out some strategies on how to engage your target audience on the social networks. You don’t have to be on all the networks! Focus on the ones that your target market frequents the most.
  6. Make a content calendar. What are you going to blog about? What does your target audience need to know that will make their lives better…. etc.? (What’s in it for them?)
  7. Optimize EVERYTHING. Each and every description, about section, bio, web page and blog post must be optimized not just for Google, but for the powerful internal search engines that each network has.
  8. The first step towards getting somewhereTake time to learn. You can never waste your time learning how to do something better and more efficiently.
  9. Use it or lose it. Apply what you learn right away so you don’t forget it. Don’t be afraid to wander around Facebook or LinkedIn even Twitter and Google+. You’ll get faster and savvier, the more you participate and engage.
  10. Have confidence. As you learn how to properly and effectively use the social media networks to engage with your target; as you get more comfortable creating the content that your target audience wants to see, you will feel more confident with your marketing efforts and you’ll also start seeing results.

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  • Drive traffic to your website
  • Generate more leads
  • Grow a following
  • Become an influencer
  • Increase sales
  • Get on the first page of Google
  • Be more effective

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Beware! Google Mobilegeddon 2017 is Coming! Mobile Popups Be Gone!

Google Mobilegeddon 2017 will block sites with popupsI hate popups! I had one on this site till I read that Google Mobilegeddon 2017 is coming.

It will block websites with popups on mobile devices!

I don’t blame them. Consider that I was in my car trying to find the address for a company. I was on their website on my phone and the stupid popup kept blocking my access to the address that I needed.

Popups are annoying. Remember a few years ago when popups used to come up in a new browser window. What did the browser developers do? They added popup blockers. So the advertising people came up with code for websites to add popups within their site. It didn’t cause a new window to open, so people started using them as productive calls-to-actions (CTAs).

Some popup plugins have a way to not have them come up in their controls, but not the free ones, like the one I was using. With the fact that 83% of mobile searchers use Google, I’m not going to risk it. Deleted!

The problem is that annoying as they are, popups are effective in getting people to opt-in or convert from a visitor to a lead.

So what can we use to replace popups for free?

  • Add an opt-in form at the end of your blog post – this will take a bit of coding. Your webmaster should be able to do it for you. Make sure it connects to your email program.
  • Create a small graphic ad and link it to the landing page for your offer. Put it at the at the end of each blog post and in your sidebar. Make the offer enticing, like if it were an ad on Facebook. Use the free online graphics tool, Canva, to create the ads. Test different sizes of the ads on various devices.
  • Use text link calls-to-action. People still click on good, old-fashioned links.

I’m sure some clever developers will come up with new ways to get a visitor’s attention without being so “in your face”.

I’ve heard that Google Mobilegeddon 2017 will happen January 10, 2017, so you have no time to waste!

Google’s goal is to help the searcher find what they’re looking for quickly and effectively. They focus on fresh, relevant content. So blogging often about your topic will keep Google happy. And turn off the popups to keep readers happy.

 

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An Excellent Example of Clever Viral Marketing

I know you want it! Viral Marketing! That one post, picture or video that everyone who sees it has to share it with their friends.

Here’s an outstanding example of a viral marketing video that has went viral:

And they followed it up with the Darth Vader interview:

An Excellent Example of Clever Viral MarketingDo a search on Facebook for Forth Worth PD and you’ll see that dozens of news networks shared their videos with millions of views and shares. That’s what you want.

OK, you’re probably thinking that it was the fact that it was a police department and that these were professionally done videos. There’s no way that you have the budget for it, right?  Actually, hiring a professional video production company is not as expensive as you may think. I’ve had several professional videos done all under $300. Although, I didn’t have costuming or professional actors in them. That will jack up the cost.

You should have at least one professionally done video.

That video can serve as the intro to your business on your website. It’s proven that visitors to a website stay longer when there’s a video. HOWEVER, don’t have it play automatically when the site loads. Allow the visitor to click on it if they want to watch it. And don’t use Flash!

“Skip the flash and Flash, and let people get right in [to your website] unless you want them to abort their visit or only visit once.” ~ Guy Kawasaki in [ad link] “Enchantment

You can use that professional video also as your YouTube channel ad. Yes, you get a free ad for your YouTube channel. It has to be under 2 minutes. Keep in mind that you have to deliver on what that video promotes. If you say you’re going to be doing weekly videos, then do weekly videos!

Here are some tips and ideas on how to create some viral marketing videos:

  • Brainstorm – get together with your team and throw some ideas around. If you lack a team, hire a marketing coach to help you with ideas.
  • Search for videos from other people and companies in your industry or your competitors and see what they’re doing. Look at their views and likes. Also, how often are they uploading new videos. Fresh content makes Google happy. 
  • Use a cell phone or tablet to record – you have high-quality cameras in your mobile devices. Make sure you have plenty of storage space on the device before starting to record. The last thing you need is your phone stopping you in the middle of recording with a “Sorry, you are out of storage space” alert. (That happened to me when I was live-streaming once. Oh, and the battery died, too. So make sure it’s charged!)
  • Use the free video editing software in your computer. Windows 8 and above users have Movie Maker and Mac users have iMovie. YouTube also has a free video editor.
  • Have fun with it.
  • Go for the views emotional triggers:
    • make it funny
    • tug at the heart strings
    • anger them

Remember: People prefer to watch a 3-minute video rather than reading a 300-word blog post.

An Excellent Example of Clever Viral Marketing

In conclusion, don’t over think it. Having a video go viral is usually a fluke. Nevertheless, if you keep creating clever, awesome content, you’ll get the attention of your target audience and the exposure you want.

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Analyze your Marketing: What’s Working and Not Working

Help! My social media efforts are not working! What am I doing wrong!

I recently got an email from someone who said that he had thousands of followers on social media, but his book wasn’t selling. I offered my free 30-minute phone consult and analysis, but he’s too busy and asked if I could do it via email. Well, that takes more time. However, that prompted me to offer another service.

I will analyze your current marketing efforts and present you with a written report for $125 – which is the hour it would take me to analyze your website, blog, and social media efforts and write it all up. This is a report that you can present to corporate or use as a guide to update your strategy. Sometimes an outside, objective opinion is needed to see why what you’re doing isn’t working.

In this Facebook Live video, I explain how I analyze your marketing efforts:

What You Need to Know About Social Media and Website Analytics

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11 Powerful Benefits of Video Marketing

You’ve got the latest webcam in your pocket in your smartphone. Why aren’t you using video marketing to promote your business?

Here are 11 Powerful Benefits of Video Marketing:

  • Video increases conversions by 52%.
  • Shoppers who watch a video are 174% more likely to buy than shoppers who don’t.

  • Video increases front-page Google Results by 53x.

  • Web visitors stay twice as long on pages with video.

  • People prefer watching over reading.
  • 
Video in an email increases click-thru rates by 96%.

  • Video appears in 70% of the top 100 search results.

  • Explainer videos increase conversion rates by 20%.
  • The human voice conveys emotion.

  • The brain is hot-wired to trust the human face.

  • Movement captures & keeps people’s attention.


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Marketing makes your Small Business Successful. Do it!

learning social media marketing is like learning how to drive a car

My first car – a 1974 Plymouth Duster.

Unless you don’t need to get new customers, marketing is a crucial part of your business. In this Wednesdays with the Wiz Facebook Live Video, I explain the importance of marketing for a small business. I get it. I’m a small business owner myself. I’m busy running my business. However, you still have to make time for it.

Think of marketing as the oil that makes your car engine run.

You have to change it regularly so you car doesn’t die. You have to make sure it’s good quality so it doesn’t muck up the works. It can’t run without it.

 

Posted by Giselle Aguiar on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I remember when I got my first car, my dad told me to always check the oil regularly. There’s more to owning a car than just putting gas in it. I feel bad for small business owners because I see so many of them making silly, stupid mistakes that are hurting their online reputation, wasting their time and money, and not producing the results they need. And it’s all because they don’t know what they don’t know!

That’s why I wrote this ebook: 216 Mistakes Small Businesses Make in Social Media Marketing. It’s a free download. Go get it.

Here’s a challenge:

If you find that you’re making 20 of these mistakes, then ask yourself,

Isn’t it time for you to start getting Social Savvy?

Check out Social Media Boot Camp 101! Easy, online video tutorials. Get started today!

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The #SocialSavvy Consumer

“Buyer Beware”

Back in the day, whenever you purchased something, the advice was, buyer beware. Before you bought something or hired someone, you had to see credentials, check reviews, or asked a friend or colleague.

Today’s buyers are savvier and more demanding. They expect more. And, if you can’t provide content they can actually use, they will go elsewhere. They are…

Social Savvy

They know where to look. They know who to ask. They know.

They buy from those they know and trust.

Why You Need to Become Social Savvy

To be successful in today’s marketing, you need to know your target market inside and out. You need put yourself in their shoes. Where are they hanging out online? What are they going to enter into the search box to find you? When they have a problem (a pain point) where are they going for answers? How are you going to solve their pain point?

People get online for a variety of reasons:

  • To be entertained
  • They need or want something
  • They have a problem and are seeking help
  • To know what’s going on, see what happened, curiosity, see what’s trending
  • To keep up with their friends and family
  • To learn about the latest products
  • To keep up with fashion and style

The Social Savvy ConsumerWhen your potential customer discovers your website, what do they find?

Articles with answers to their problems? Stories about people like them who have the same issues and how your business solved their issue? An easy-to-see, clear, call-to-action where they can join a list, get a freebie or more info? Entertainment?

When that person finds your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page what will they find?

A logo graphic that’s cut off? A cover graphic that’s fuzzy or has text that is blocked by page features? Or good quality graphics that instantly tell them what it is that you do? Your last post was over 2 months ago, a few minutes or hours ago? The posts are all about how great the business is — selling, selling, selling?

Having an incomplete or fuzzy-looking social media page is like having a sloppy lobby.

These pages are your company’s façade. They’re your online image. Everything from pictures, the about section and what your posting is part of your brand. What does it say about you?

Are you Social Savvy? Or does it say that you clearly don’t know what you’re doing?

Folks, it’s 2016. Social Media is not going away. You either have to have your act together and get in game or start planning to close or sell your business (if that’s where you have to go, I have someone who can help you).

Start here: Download the Free Define Your Target Market Workbook to find your niche.

Then do some research – where are they hanging out online? Which networks do they prefer?

Learn about the networks. They are like foreign countries with their own culture and lingo. Find communities where your target markets are as well as referral sources.

Make sure your social media profiles and website are optimized for search. Each of the networks has their own powerful, internal search engine.

Think Keyword-Centric

Develop a strategic and a tactical social media marketing plan. This will be updated every month based on your analytics and insights, which tell you what’s working and what’s not working.

If you keep doing what’s not working expecting different results – that’s insanity!

Remember, not being Social Savvy is no longer an excuse. You can learn, practice and succeed at social media marketing with a little help from your friends at AZ Social Media Wiz.

We can do it for you or teach you how to do it yourself.

Click here to schedule a free, 30-minute phone consultation so we can analyze your current online efforts and help decide the best direction for your company.

 

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Videos – the Condiment to Your Marketing

By Taylor Luke, Financial Potion, Guest Blogger

Videos-the Condiment to Your Marketing Who doesn’t love condiments? Ketchup, ranch, BBQ, buffalo; all condiments that add more flavor and flare to a meal to make it that much more memorable. Videos are your condiments to marketing.

By now every business owner knows they need a mobile website, and active social media sites to truly survive. However in order to thrive, businesses needs to pour videos onto these platforms like BBQ sauce to a rack of ribs.

It’s proven that when a video is on the top fold of the home page of a website, visitors will stay on the site at least three times longer than when there isn’t a video on the home page. Videos are first impression clones that allow people to get to know you and your business faster; making them one step closer to a confident buying decision. Sure, you probably have a lot of great content on your website, and you need that for SEO, however people retain 60% of the information given in a video versus only 20% when read. If someone decides to only visit your site once, how much information would you like him or her to retain?

People love to use videos for research because it’s a fun and easy way to obtain information.

According to comScore 45% of all Internet users view 1 video a month and the average views 32.2 videos in one month. If your target demographic includes Millennials, then you need to have video to educate them since 98% will watch at least 1 video a day to research content.

In 2006 Google bought YouTube because they knew it would be the future for communication. Google favors websites that have videos on them, and we all know Google runs the search world.

More social media platforms are leaning on video because it’s what people enjoy. Videos that are uploaded to YouTube can be simultaneously posted on Google+ and Twitter as well. Contents posts with a visible video attract three times more inbound links. On Instagram people can post short 15 second videos because of that fact alone. Periscope, a link of Twitter, is becoming very popular. This app allows people to live stream and become a reporter anywhere at anytime.

People want to work with people they know, like, trust and would hang out with. Videos create transparency for a business, and allow viewers to get an authentic view into the culture. A single video can be placed on multiple platforms to clone your message that could provide you a higher ROI than any other marketing tactic. Marketing is like a recipe, stick to a few basic rules, add your own ingredients and personality, then make sure to add plenty of video for flavor to make that meal, or your business, that much more memorable.

About the Author:

Taylor Luke of Financial PotionTaylor Luke has been practicing the art of video production for over ten years. Originally from the East coast, she moved to Arizona in order to get a way from the snow, cold, rain, humidity and expensive living.  In Arizona she earned her bachelor’s degree in Film and Video Production at Collins College. During school she was a project manager at a video marketing company in Phoenix, then worked two years at a studio in Scottsdale, and since July of 2014 has been co-owner of her own video production company; Financial Potion. Her and her business partner believe video is the potion to relieve business owners of their financial worries. It’s an entertaining and effect way to communicate and educate people, and what she loves most about video production is the opportunities it grants to interact with so many different people and industries.

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