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Best Social Media News You Can Use – July Wrap-up

While here in Phoenix the kids are getting ready to go back to school, the heat is still in the 100s. I had all good intentions to provide these best picks of the social media news weekly, but thank God, business is booming. So, this will now be a end-of-month wrap-up.

One of challenges of social media marketing is that the networks are constantly changing. They either change the layout of the site or they add or remove features and services. For you, the business owner or social media manager, it’s tough to keep up with them. No worries. I’ll sort through all the social media marketing expert blogs and hand pick the ones that I feel are important and might affect your marketing.

Here’s July’s Best Social Media News You Can Use (in no particular order):

Social Network Updates:

Great Social Media Marketing Tips (I couldn’t have said it better myself!):

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How to Use Branding and Color for Your Online Image

Branding in today’s digital age is way more than just having a nice logo, a catchy tag line and a pretty website. Whether you’re just starting out or your business needs a new look, this is the place to start.

In this video, I show all aspects of online branding covering:

  • websites
  • social media graphics – updated!
  • psychology of color
  • reputation management
  • online image

 

 
Click here to download a PDF of the slides with notes.

Related Video: Website Planning 101 by SonFisher Web Studios

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How to Measure Your Social Media Marketing with Analytics

Social media marketing analytics and insights are your friend! They play a crucial role in your marketing success. Basically, they tell you what’s working and not working. Each of the social media networks has their own analytics or insights. Moreover, they give you data — information about your followers or fans to help you market to them more effectively. Here are all the analytics classes.

Note: These are advanced classes! You should go through the individual network classes first!

First an overview of the information available to you and then below are some of the individual networks and where to find their analytics and insights. Some networks offer better analytics than others.

Analytics 104: An Overview


Class notes: https://azsocialmediawiz.com/wp-content/uploads/Analytics104.pdf 

Facebook Insights:

Facebook Insights tell you the demographics of your fans, where they’re located, what posts got the most engagement, even the best time to post.

Pinterest Analytics:

Pinterest Analytics tell you a lot about your followers and which of your pins got noticed and saved. It also gives you info on what else your followers like as well as data from anything pinned from your website.

Twitter Analytics:

Similar to Pinterest, Twitter tells you a lot about your followers: where their located, what else interests them and which of your tweets got the most engagement.

WordPress JetPack Site Stats:

WordPress JetPack site stats tell you how many people visited your website or blog, where they came from and which posts or pages were most popular.

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Video: What You Need to Know about Content Marketing

Today’s marketing is all about Content Marketing. This is the first class of the Master Class series that explains the basics of content marketing and how it works in combination with Social Media and Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Master Class Boot Camp 1: Content Marketing

Here are the class notes:
https://azsocialmediawiz.com/wp-content/uploads/BootCamp1-ContentMarketing.pdf

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How Much Should a New Business have in their Marketing Budget?

Marketing is an essential function of any business who wants to draw new customers. Whether B2B or B2C, you have to promote your business so people know you exist. Today’s marketing is way more complicated than before which makes it crucial for small business owners to carefully plan and research what marketing options will be most effective both with cost and results.

But how much does it cost? 

How Much Should a New Business Budget for Marketing?That depends.

For a local business, you should consider print as well as digital. For an online or consulting business, the Internet holds a lot of choices that may work for you.

Let’s look at all the aspects of marketing: 

First, you need a website. Your website should be a 24/7 functioning sales person for you. It needs to be branded properly with calls-to-action to capture leads and most importantly, optimized for the search engines (SEO). Yes, there are free and do-it-yourself (DIY) platforms out there, but I don’t recommend them.

Budget for a website:

How Much Should a New Business Budget for Marketing?Depending on what you need it to do, ie, shopping cart or booking system, it may cost from $1200 – $2500+. Do your due diligence before you hire someone. Google them, read reviews, look at other websites they’ve done. Just because they say the can build a WordPress site, doesn’t mean they know everything about WordPress and follow best practices. Social media needs to be integrated in the website. Check out their social media accounts. Are they active? How many followers do they have? What do they blog about? Does it seem like they know what they’re talking about?

Domain names cost about $12/year. You don’t need to buy up all the versions. Try to get the .com. (Related: Website Planning 101)

Hosting is next. Shop around. Compare apples to apples. One company is cheaper for the first year, but more when renewal time comes around. Another gives you 25,000 visitors per month when another only gives you 10,000. That’s something you need to think about. Typical costs are around $4.00/m and you pay annually. You can usually save if you buy 3-5 years worth. I host with SiteGround (affiliate link).

Website Security. The last think you want is to find out that your site has been hacked. It has to be rebuilt. Major headache! I recommend Sucuri (affiliate link). They protect your site and they’ll clean it up if it gets hacked. This site hacked twice in 2014 which is why I’m on SiteGround and use Sucuri. They charge $199/year. It’s insurance for your website.

SEO: 

Yes, you can hire someone to do your SEO, but you can do it yourself with keyword research, regular blogging and being active in social media. However, if you want to outsource this, figure on anything from $350 – $500 upfront fee for optimizing your site, and then an ongoing fee of $100 – $200 a month for monitoring. See social media below…

Graphics: 

Sure you can use free tools like Canva.com to create graphics if you are so inclined, but you may want to have your logo and social media cover graphics professionally done. Depending on the designer, they can charge from $50 – $100/hr and based on how many redos, can cost from $200 – $1000+.  You want to have quality graphics as these portray your online image.

Market Research and Planning: 

Because there are so many marketing channels, you need to determine your target market niche(s). This requires some research. You can do it yourself by searching online for the information you need on your specific target(s) and the economic overviews of your particular industry. Then based on the research, developing both strategic and tactical marketing plans. Hiring this out will cost anywhere from $500 to $1000 depending on the type of business it is.

Social Media Marketing:

You don’t have to be on ALL the networks. Just the ones that your target market frequents the most (you’ll learn this from your research) and where you’ll get the most exposure and SEO. You can learn how to do this all yourself, but know that it takes more work up front to build a following and search for your target market on the networks. You also need to produce content. (See the next section). Just posting willy nilly on Facebook is not social media marketing. That’s a waste of time. If you hire someone to do it for you, plan on spending from $500 – $750 up front for setups and ongoing from $750 – $2500 a month, again, depending on your business and target(s).

Blogging, Videos, and Other Content:

How Much Should a New Business Budget for Marketing?Google wants fresh relevant content written for the human reader. Video marketing is also hot and fairly easy to do. Pictures and podcasts are also good content. Much of these you can do yourself, but again, it’s time-consuming. AND they need to be good quality as these reflect your company’s image. A good content marketer/blogger will cost around $50 per post (300-500 words) and you need to have a fresh post at least once a week, 2-3 times a week is optimal. Depending on the extent on the type of video marketing you want done, a short, professionally 2-minute video can go for $100 – $250. Longer, more complex productions will be, of course, cost more. Doing podcasts requires some sort of recording, hosting and distribution system which also have a cost. Podcasting also takes planning and maybe even having other people involved.

There are many free online tools, but keep in mind that as with learning any new software program, there is a learning curve. It will take you more time at first until you get used to it. The majority of these free tools have upgraded versions with more features. They can cost from $10 – $50+ a month or $50 – $400+ a year.

Print and Direct Mail:

You may want to use some old-fashioned print and direct mail advertising. Especially for local businesses, these may be an effective option. Postcards are the most affordable. Depending on how many you are sending, printing and the paper stock they can cost from $250 – $2000. You also need to buy a list and that cost will vary with how many names and what contact information you want. Shop around. And, no you can’t buy email lists. It’s against the law. Build your email list organically with a lead capturing offer on your website and draw them in with good content.

Paid Online Advertising: 

If you want to get more instant exposure, especially for a local business, you might want to invest in some Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads on Google and on the Social Media Networks. Again, based on your research, you’ll determine which networks are best for reaching your target market. With PPC, you get charged unless someone clicks on your ad. You have to pay up front, say, $25 for one week, and on most of the networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, you can target people by location, age, gender and in some even likes and interests. Furthermore, having a strategy on what you want to accomplish with the ad beforehand increase your chances for success. What’s nice is that you can track it and the networks have comprehensive reporting systems.  So, for budgeting purposes, set $25/week. Any less than that won’t give you the reach you need.

By now you’re probably thinking, “Why do I want to get into business?” Well, I highly recommend working with a SCORE mentor for FREE. Yes, some things are still free! Both SCORE and the SBA have tools and offer assistance in getting funding so you can put all this in a business plan that makes sense.

One thing you must remember….

Put Your Best Foot Forward — Always! 

There’s a lot of competition out there. And not just your direct competitors, but competing for people’s attention online. Prepare, plan and be patient. It doesn’t work overnight. 

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This post original appeared on the Greater Phoenix SCORE blog

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The New 80/20 Rule of Marketing and How to Get it Right

The 80/20 rule of sales and marketing has been around forever.

80% of your business comes from 20% of your target market.

So what does that mean?

Basically, you need to get to know that crucial 20%!

The New 80/20 Rule of Marketing and How to Get it RightEspecially now when you’ve got so many marketing choices out there. Who’s your perfect customer? Who’s your most frequent customer?

Here’s how to apply the 80/20 rule to your business:

  1. Clearly define your target market personas – that 20%. You can have more than one! Do some research. What are their buying habits? Likes and dislikes? What devices to they prefer? Which social networks do they frequent the most? What are they going to enter into the search box to find you?
  2. Brand your business so that you speak directly to that 20%. This does not mean using your favorite color. There’s a whole psychology of color that you need to understand to be effective.
  3. What’s your strategy to build the brand and get exposure? That’s where your website, blogging and social media come in.
  4. Educate your target audience on why your product or service will make their lives better or solve their problems. That’s what content marketing is for.
  5. Lastly, setup a buying process that makes sense to them. To do this, you have to step into their shoes and see EVERYTHING from their perspective. Knowing and understanding your target’s buying journey is critical.

This might sound complicated to you. Do you have to hire a business or marketing coach? No, not if you are willing to learn.

That’s the beauty of Your Social Savvy Solution Online Training Center! We’ve got it all here in one place. We have easy, online video classes that guide you through:

  • Defining and researching your target market – start with this free Workbook.
  • Branding and the psychology of color as well as how to setup, optimize and brand your social media profiles
  • Understanding the social media networks and where your target market is hanging out
  • Putting together a strategy on how to best reach your target, draw them to your website and reel them in.
  • How to educate them through effective blogging and content marketing
  • Tools, tips and tricks to get it all done in a reasonable amount of time!

You have a responsibility to your business to learn how today’s marketing works!

We’ve made it simple for you with easy-to-follow online classes. Click here to get started for only $20/m!

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Is the Content You’re Creating Effective or Just Noise?

I read somewhere, “Content without a strategy is just noise.”

Wow. So, are the blog posts or videos that you’re producing good content of true interest to your target, or are they adding more noise in a noisy world?

Is the Content You're Creating Effective or Just Noise? Is what you’re writing or creating what you think your target would be interested in or what you know they need?

How do you find out if your content is effective?

The first telltale sign is your website statistics and analytics. You should review these stats every month:

  • How many people visit your site per day and month?
  • How long do they stay?
  • What’s your bounce rate?
  • How many pages do they view while they’re there? (Hint: the longer they stay on your site, the greater the chances they will do something.)
  • Which pages or blog posts were the most popular?
  • How many people converted from a visitor to a lead? That is, they downloaded an ebook, a coupon, whitepaper or signed up for your newsletter.

Is the Content You're Creating Effective or Just Noise? Do you really understand your target market?

Have you done your research?

One thing all this technology has provided is a lot of data. You can easily find statistics on any target market and industry. Don’t skimp on this if your marketing is going to be effective. As a member of Your Social Savvy Solution, you get all the resources you need to guide you while you do this research.

You want to learn:Social Media Confusion happens when you don't have a strategic plan

Have you set goals?

  • What do you want to accomplish? Set SMART Goals.
  • Do you want to grow your email list? Yes!
  • Would you like to drive more traffic to your website? Absolutely!
  • How about increasing conversions? Of course!
  • Would you like to increase sales? Who wouldn’t?
  • Do you want to get more followers on the social networks? All of the above!

Now, based on your workbook results, research and goal-setting, you can come up with a content strategy on how best to reach your target.

  • What are you going to blog about?
  • How often are you going to blog?
  • Are you going to do videos? Professionally produced or self-produced on your cell phone?
  • How often are you going to share it on the social networks?
  • What other sources of quality content (not yours) would be of interest to your target? And how often are you going to share it?

The idea of blogging often is to make people want to come back for more.

Furthermore, at the end of each month, you must review your analytics. There is an excellent, easy-to-understand video in the Social Savvy Solution Training Center on exactly how to do this. You don’t have to hire a geek to help you go over your analytics. Trust me. I created these videos especially with the non-techie people in mind.

For any online marketing to be effective, you can’t skip any of these steps!

Learn to do it right or hire someone who knows what they’re doing. But that’s way more expensive. Figure a content marketer worth their salt will charge from $500/m and up. A good social media marketing guru, from $750/m and up.

Our online training center is only $20/m and you will learn how to do everything yourself and with practice, you’ll be able to manage your social media in 30-minutes a day and a create a blog post in about an hour.

What are you waiting for? Start learning now and be more effective tomorrow!

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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 MediaSo, 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 on my YouTube Channel. There you’ll find, FREE, 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.

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

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Video: How do I Know if my Marketing Efforts are Successful?

Wouldn’t it be nice if as soon as you posted something on social media or wrote a great blog post that you would get dozens of new customers coming through your door or visiting your website immediately? Maybe in an alternate universe. I wish today’s marketing were easier instead of getting more complicated every day. However, if you want new customers and if you want your business to grow, then you need to get your marketing efforts into full gear — done properly and effectively. Yes, it can be done!

For you, the small business owner, it makes no sense to simply post content on Facebook, without a plan expecting that it will entice people to take some action. How do you know if that’s what someone saw and then went to your site? How do you know if they Googled, “How do I _______?” and found your blog post that answered their question? How do you know if that person found your website by accident or someone recommended it?

You need to know!

In this Q&A video, I answer the pressing question, “How do I Know if my Marketing Efforts are Successful?”

Unless you have a way to monitor and measure your marketing efforts, how are you going to know what’s working?

Doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is the definition of insanity. You’re not insane. You just need a little guidance and training so can get grip on your online marketing and actually measure results as they roll in.

Joining the Social Savvy Solution Members Only Club will provide you with the necessary training so you can get those results.

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Top 15 Facebook Mistakes You Need to Correct Now

Face it! Facebook is the Big Daddy of the Social Networks. They turned 13 this month! Even B2B businesses should have a presence on Facebook. You want exposure, you need to master marketing on Facebook. You can’t ignore over 1.5 billion people logging on daily! And you can’t make these Facebook Mistakes.

Here are some of the most common Facebook mistakes I see companies making…

  1. Creating a Facebook account in a company name or a fake name. It’s against Facebook’s rules to use a personal account to primarily promote a business. That’s why there are business pages.
  2. Ignoring comments on Facebook – “If you want to build a brand, you have to be accessible to your customers.” ~Robert Herjavec
  3. Not completing the about section. They give you a lot of space – use it.
  4. Trying to upload a rectangular logo into the square. You can’t. It gets cut off.
  5. Having a fuzzy cover graphic. This is your online image. Use quality graphics.
  6. Not inviting your Facebook friends to like your business page. Be selective when you invite them. There will be some that will like it to support you and some that will truly be interested in your business.
  7. Not posting daily on Facebook. Their algorithm is based on people liking and engaging with your posts.
  8. Not taking advantage of Facebook Live Video. This is a great tool to broadcast yourself and gain exposure. Facebook gives more exposures to videos.
  9. Not uploading videos directly to Facebook. FB gives top priority to “native videos”.
  10. Not having a call-to-action button. Every business page has this feature. Use it! Tell people what you want them to do — otherwise, they won’t do it!
  11. Not checking insights once a month. Insights tell you a lot about your audience – what posts they liked the most, where they’re located, demographics, etc. You need at least 30 likes to see insights.
  12. Not using their free Audience Insights tool to see how your target market uses Facebook. Though these are part of their advertising program, you can access them for free and look at demographics of your target audience.Top 15 Facebook Mistakes You Need to Correct Now
  13. Not monitoring your competition’s Facebook pages. You need at least 100 likes to add “Pages to Watch” to your Insights.
  14. Not asking people to check-in at your location. The Facebook Business and Places Directories brings up listings based on reviews and check-ins as well as likes. Popular places get top priority.
  15. Ignoring Facebook. Come on! It’s the largest network. It’s where the people are! Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean your target isn’t there. Yes, I’m repeating myself.

This is just Facebook Mistakes. How many more mistakes are you making in your online marketing? Download this free ebook to find out….

Are You Making These Social Media Mistakes?

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