Top 10 Pamorama Posts of 2013

These 10 social media marketing posts will help you hit the ground running in 2014! 

Top 10 social media marketing blog postsI’d like to wrap up 2013 by sharing the posts on Pamorama that resonated the most with readers this year. This list is based on page visits and isn’t limited to articles I’ve published in 2013, since some of my older posts are still popular and helpful to brand marketers. I hope you learn something new that you can put to work in your marketing initiatives next year. Many thanks to all of you for reading and sharing my content!

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7 Ways to Get More Facebook Likes [Infographic]

Community breeds success on Facebook.

Get Facebook LikesWithout a community, you have no listeners to help you build brand awareness and deliver ROI. You must have a community filled with people who like you and share your content with their friends. Your goal shouldn’t be to merely increase the number of your Facebook Likes — it should be to attract quality fans from your target audience. Their activities, in the form of comments and endorsements, can increase your shares on Facebook.

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7 Steps to Successful Content Marketing [Infographic]

Content marketing is a way of communicating with your customers and prospects without pitching your products or services. 

7 steps to content marketing successAlso known as inbound marketing, content marketing is non-interruptive. Instead of overtly trying to sell something to your audience, you consistently create and deliver valuable information that educates them. Ultimately they reward you by purchasing your products, recommending them to friends via social media channels and word-of-mouth, and acting as brand ambassadors.

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37 of the Best Facebook Page Apps for Brand Marketing

One of the easiest ways to use your Facebook page to its fullest potential for social media marketing is to employ third-party Facebook applications. 

Facebook apps for businessDoing so makes your page significantly more appealing to your audience and improves user experience. This translates to more visitors who interact with and share your content, which then appears in their activity streams and is more virally discoverable. Facebook page customization can dramatically increase your visibility, improve your branding, and create more leads and sales.

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Content Marketing Editorial Calendar

It is vital to plan, manage, and optimize your content marketing initiatives. 

Essential Editorial Calendar TemplateThe pressure to publish timely, engaging, content has never been higher. Brands have evolved into media companies that must think like publishers. Today’s portfolio of content channels  — websites, blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, SlideShare, Flickr, etc. — is constantly growing. Each one requires constant care and feeding, and content is at the core of every conversation. 

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9 Steps to Creating Good Content for Your Brand

Writing good content is crucial to delivering value and creating thought leadership for your brand. 

9 Steps to Creating Good Content for Your BrandContent marketing is a key element of today’s marketing landscape. It’s vital to create and share valuable free content in order to attract customers and turn them into repeat buyers and brand evangelists. The content you produce should be closely related to what you sell — your job is to educate people about your brand and products so they get to know, like, and trust you enough to do business with you.

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120 Marketing Tactics for Blogs [Infographic]

Part of a good content marketing strategy, blogging helps you position yourself as an expert in your area. 

120 Marketing Tactics for BlogsContent marketing consists of producing and publishing information that builds trust and authority among your ideal customers. It is a way of creating relationships and community so people feel loyal to your brand, and it helps you become recognized as a thought leader in your industry. Successful blogs play a pivotal role in delivering your brand message, and help drive sales without using traditional hard-sell tactics. They don’t merely push out your sales pitch over and over — they offer insights, answer common questions, and help readers make better decisions.

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The Importance of Brand Recommendations in Your Marketing Strategy

Knowing why and how consumers use recommendations will help you create more effective marketing programs.

Facebook likes are viewed as recommendations by consumersAccording to research conducted by Nielsen, we know that 92% of consumers report that “word-of-mouth and recommendations from people [they] know” are the leading influence on their purchase behavior. Only 37% trust search engine ads, and just 24% trust online banner ads. They trust their friends and family the most when looking for brand recommendations. But what types of recommendations carry the most weight?

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60+ Content Curation Tools

Find and manage quality content to share with your audience, build relationships, and improve your social media branding.

Deliver the best, most relevant content to your audience with these social media content curation toolsGetting and retaining the attention of customers in a meaningful way is essential. Part of a good one-to-many content marketing strategy, content curation is the art of continually finding, grouping, organizing, and sharing the best and most relevant content with your brand’s audience. Good content curation consists of sifting through the fire hose of online information and being very selective, with a laser focus on your brand message — this helps you become a thought leader in your industry/category and a trusted resource.

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The 4 Most Effective Twitter Calls to Action

What should I tweet?

4 Most Effective Twitter Calls to ActionThis is one of the most common questions that brands ask. Data from a recent study conducted by Optimal indicates that Twitter delivers a smaller — but more active — audience than Facebook. But Twitter is less understood as a marketing channel, and many social media marketers are unsure about what to do when it comes to executing well-planned promotional strategies on the platform. So what can you do to jumpstart a Twitter initiative using 140 characters or less?

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