How to Increase YouTube Engagement [Infographic]

Is YouTube marketing worth it?

How to improve YouTube engagementMore than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. It is the second most popular search engine and the third most popular site in the world. Nielsen says that it reaches more U.S. adults ages 18-34 than any cable network, a sweet spot for advertisers. Mastering the art of YouTube marketing will help your target audience discover you in an entirely new way.
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Optimize Your Posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and More

Creating great content isn’t enough.

Create shareable contentIf you want people to share it, you must consider the dynamics of each of your social networks and optimize your posts for each. This will maximize sharing and help you build your brand, engage with your target customers, create brand ambassadors, and ultimately improve lead acquisition and sales. Failing to polish your posts means that your content won’t be shared as much, limiting your ability to grow your audience.
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Social Media Image Dimensions: The Ultimate Guide

Visual marketing plays an important role in brand awareness and outreach.

Social media image dimensions for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTubeBrands experience almost 50% more audience engagement when sharing an image or video on their social media platforms, which is why social networks are increasingly featuring and promoting visual content. Optimizing your visual space online is key to achieving maximum exposure for your name and your brand, and helps build your fan base.

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20 Social Media Marketing Blogs You Should Read in 2013

Looking for some great social media marketing blogs? You’ve come to the right place!

20 Social Media Marketing Blogs You Should Read in 2013Social media is now mandatory for businesses. I’m always trying to keep pace with the evolving social media marketing landscape, and reading many of the fantastic blogs out there helps me stay on top of best practices.

Here are some that I read on a regular basis — I think you should, too! The authors all have unique voices and offer timely information about tools, strategies, and trends that you can use to jumpstart your marketing efforts.

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Find and Reserve Your Social Media Name

Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does

Find and reserve your social media nameA consistent social media identity across the Web is crucial for brands. Whether you’re trying to develop your company’s personality or your own, having many different names  creates confusion and dilutes the impact of all of your social media marketing activities.

There are hundreds of sites that can host your profile, but being the first to claim your name on every one can be difficult. Most of them prevent automated sign-up processes, so you need to manually create a profile for each.

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube: Strategic Marketing Best Practices

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are, without doubt, the Big 3 of social media. They are important avenues for building brand engagement and influence. If your company has a presence on all of  them, you’re on the road to creating a name for yourself on social networks.

5 marketing strategies to rock Twitter, Facebook, and YouTubeBut these 3 platforms are very different from one other. Do you know how to effectively approach each one to achieve the best results?

Social media software firm Awareness has researched best practices for these dominant networks. 5 Killer Strategies to Dominate Social Media’s Big 3: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, a new white paper from the company, looks at the 3 social media platforms and examines 5 strategies marketers can use to grow brand awareness, foster brand advocacy, and generate leads and sales.

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The Social Media Landscape [Infographic]

Last year, I posted a great infographic from CMO.com that did a terrific job of roadmapping the social Web. The graphic has been updated to reflect the landscape in 2011. As social media continues to evolve, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the changes. This infographic will help marketers to quickly understand how each tool/platform can help in the execution of online campaigns.

The acceptance of social media’s importance by consumers has increased very quickly. People who believed it was relevant to digital marketing were thought to be overreacting and exaggerating its significance. These days, a social-media marketing strategy has clearly become a a vital part of advertising and customer outreach. Marketing channels, platforms, and tools that lack a social component — a way for consumers to actively engage with brands — are probably doomed to fail. But what worked last year may not work today, which is why it’s important to track this ever-changing space.

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