Don’t Make These 9 Social Media Marketing Mistakes

Social media marketing should be part of your strategy.

9 social media mistakesSocial networking is the most popular online activity, so it makes sense for businesses to try to engage that audience in an attempt to increase sales. Marketers place a very high value on social media: according to a study by Social Media Examiner, 92% of them report that social media is important for their business, up from 86% in 2013. But even large corporations with top-notch marketing departments make mistakes when it comes to leveraging social media.

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12 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing Strategy

Do you need some help to get started with your social media marketing plan?

12 Essential Elements of a Social Media Marketing StrategyIf you want to attract and engage social-media fans and followers — and convert them into paying customers — you need to map out a clear, goal-oriented social media plan. If you don’t, it will be obvious to your fans and target market that you are disorganized. In addition to damaging your brand, you’ll risk losing sales by sending your audience to your competitors.

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8 Tips for Managing a Social Media Crisis

How in the world could this have happened?!

8 tips for managing a social media crisisIt’s the middle of the night where you are but it’s early afternoon someplace else, where a group of angry customers is mounting an offensive against your brand. Negative videos have gone viral and a barrage of inflammatory tweets and Facebook posts are being hurled in your direction. Rage spills over to other social networks and influential bloggers are decimating your reputation. The social media crisis is quickly spreading, but you are silent.

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20 LinkedIn Mistakes That Turn Off Potential Customers

Are you getting good results on LinkedIn?

20 LinkedIn Mistakes to AvoidThe professional social network is a force to be reckoned with. It’s a great tool for businesses looking to increase traffic and leads, as well as for people searching for new career opportunities who want to market their expertise. It’s an easy-to-use portal that facilitates the exchange of ideas whose primary purpose is to cultivate professional relationships, and its mentality and etiquette are vastly different than on Twitter and Facebook.
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When to Post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

 Social media is always on.

When to Post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and PinterestDetermining the best times to post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and blogs is vital to content marketing success. The optimal time to share on each platform may vary depending on your audience, of course. The nature of your business and data about when your audience is active should inform and drive your timetable so that you maximize your reach and virality.

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The Anatomy of Viral Content

Sharing content is an integral part of modern life.

Viral content marketing visualizationWe share more content from more sources with more people more quickly and more often than ever before. That’s quite a mouthful, but it’s true. This sharing activity is not about engaging with content but with other people, with content as the primary vehicle for that engagement. Sharing plays a vital role in information discovery and management. So how do you tap into this behavior and get your content in front of as many people as possible?

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Buyer Personas: The Keys to Content Marketing

Customized content can help drive your prospects through the sales funnel and ultimately convert them to buyers. 

Using buyer personas in content marketing

But first, you need to understand your customers. Do they live in suburbs or in the city? Do they watch reality shows or PBS? Are they always online or are they oblivious to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks? Where do they go for advice when they’re thinking about making a purchase?

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Manage Your Pinterest Account in 10 Minutes a Day [Infographic]

Social media marketing has gone visual. 

Pinterest marketingBrands are increasingly focusing their efforts on using distinct imagery to educate and engage their audiences. A picture really is worth a thousand words and Pinterest, the online pinboard, has taken center stage. Shareholic reports that Pinterest is second only to Facebook when it comes to driving referral traffic. The lifespan of a pin is the longest of any social media post, which is why it’s important to manage your Pinterest account to your best advantage.

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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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