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April 24, 2015
As a general rule, I’m not a fan of the term, “growth hacking”. Mostly it’s because it seems to convey some really small hack that somehow will bring about huge results - results that are almost never repeatable. But, if you want to dramatically grow your Facebook followers - then this is one growth hack that you can’t ignore.
April 23, 2015
This latest algorithm update will roll out over the coming weeks and you will begin to see updates highlighting what a friend Liked or commented on either showing up lower in your News Feed or not showing up at all. Max Eulenstein, a Facebook product manager, and Lauren Scissors, a user experience researcher, said that this change was made based on user feedback, “Many people have told us they don’t enjoy seeing stories about their friends liking or commenting on a post."
April 23, 2015
Today’s report appears to indicate Facebook is meeting some of the analysts' expectations, which bodes well for the company’s valuation and the price of its stock. Facebook stock closed at $84.63 today, up $1.01 or 1.21%, but since the announcement was made after the market closed, we’ll have to see what happens to the stock price tomorrow and in the coming days and weeks. Early reports indicate Facebook’s stock has dipped as much as 2% in after-hours trading.
April 22, 2015
The first thing you do after publishing a blog post is to share it with your social network. This typically implies Facebook, Twitter, Email, LinkedIn, reddit, etc. Studies have found that Facebook users engage quite actively during Thursdays and Fridays. On Twitter, the engagement rates are seen to be higher during the weekends. The time of the day your post reaches the community matters too. News and magazine updates (including blog posts) are more likely to be opened during the lunch hours.
content marketing
April 20, 2015
​ Social media has exploded. People of all ages and backgrounds are using social media to share their experiences with their fan base, friends, and even complete strangers. The amount of options for sharing content socially continues to grow. Today I’ll focus on the exact social media outlets you need to incorporate into your online marketing game plan immediately.
April 17, 2015
While most marketers are focused on getting content into the news feeds of the world, it’s important to remember the less obvious functions and marketing applications of social channels. Here, I'm choosing to focus on Facebook and Twitter as they are the most advanced in paid capabilities and therefore starting to be overlooked in other areas.
April 16, 2015
What if I told you that I have an advertising campaign on Facebook that generates over 500 percent ROAS (Return on Advertising Spend)? And that same campaign routinely sees anywhere from six to 15 percent CTR (Click-Through-Rate). Maybe this sounds a bit like advertising folklore, but not only am I doing it - I can show you how to do it as well.
April 16, 2015
In a recent column, I shared 13 ways for marketers to beat the Facebook algorithm and as you may notice, most of those tactics were designed to help make your content catchier and more interesting - more engaging. Now, let’s have a look at three specific, crazy-powerful Facebook publishing features you can use to drive those shares, comments and likes, engaging fans and showing Facebook just how relevant and awesome you are.
great facebook posts
April 15, 2015
Reach used to be the standard measurement for the total audience size available in a given medium for an advertising message, it was then co-opted to help define the earned impressions generated by social media. Now that branded content and owned networks are becoming a bigger part of the marketing mix , there is a need for an updated Reach KPI to measure how well content marketing is driving views and brand loyalty.
organic reach
April 15, 2015
This infographic shows a simplified version of how a business page can grow their page, get more fans, get higher reach and engagement and get more leads and more sales. Each of the 4 areas are necessary to maximize your page and increase reach and profit with Facebook in 2015!
April 14, 2015
For more people to see your posts, your B2b Facebook posts need “likes” shares and comments, collectively known as “engagement”. This concept should drive every single post you make for your business’ page. Facebook marketing can be particularly tricky for B2Bs, who do not have the traditional consumer customer base. Luckily, B2B marketing is my expertise. Here are my top tips for B2B small businesses to beat the organic reach problem on Facebook.
How B2Bs Can Improve Their Organic Reach on Facebook
April 14, 2015
Combined, Facebook's two announcements last week shed light on Facebook’s upcoming ecommerce and mobile commerce strategies. Using The Find, Facebook can create a shoppable search engine that rivals Google and Pinterest, and then, through its payments capabilities, the company can process transactions for those items via mobile –– all without having to leave the app.
the find and facebook
April 13, 2015
Not only is Facebook the biggest social network on the planet, it’s also the dominant force in social advertising. This is the upshot of a recent report issued by Strategy Analytics, which reveals that Facebook accounted for three-quarters of global social network ad spend in 2014.
April 12, 2015
Literally every time I get into a conversation about the value of social media, there is always a non-believer that triumphantly proclaims that Facebook is dead and teens leaving. Facebook is old and lame…it’s not “on fleek”. Well guess what? The kind folks over at the Pew Research Center did a study that found that 71% of teens between the ages of 13 to 17 use Facebook.
April 08, 2015
“Everything you do in public, your behavior, appearance, things you say and even people you associate with, every act is done with self-promotion in mind.” I thought it was a bit of an over exaggeration when I heard it several years ago at a seminar on communication. However, sometimes, and more...
personal branding facebook
April 03, 2015
​Every business has their secret weapon to bring in new customers. Today’s topic of discussion centers around one such secret if you have none for your business. Do you think promoting your brand through your business Facebook page will suffice? Well! There’s potentially a lot more to it than that. Let’s explore the most underutilized aspect of Facebook. The strategy is about creating Facebook Groups to lay the foundation of the best customer service.
April 03, 2015
Boosting your posts on Facebook enables you to reach more of your fans, and you can perform some really interesting testing with a very little bit of money. Here’s an example of a boost test I recently ran and its surprising results.
facebook post boosting
April 03, 2015
Last year, Brian Solis wrote that “Facebook evolves from social network to social ecosystem.” The 2015 edition of F8 went a step forward, with a preview of the next generation of social networks, opening a new frontier between an intricate impact of our real-life relationships, and our private digital secrecies .
April 01, 2015
Media coverage abounds related to last week’s 2015 F8 Developer Conference – an event for app developers put on by Facebook. A few exciting changes seem to be looming, amidst a ton of snooze-worthy hype.
Mark Zuckerberg at F8
March 31, 2015
Integrating social media into your marketing campaign is one of the most effective things you can do to promote your business online. Unfortunately, many businesses remain uncertain as to how they should proceed regarding launching a social media marketing campaign.
March 30, 2015
Facebook can surely be termed as the front runner in the world of social media. With over 1.39 billion monthly users, it is surely the perfect platform to be on if you are looking to connect with the maximum number of people. But what if you want to purchase something? Facebook hardly had the answer even a few days back. However, the Company has found a solution to this problem as well.
facebook ecommerce
March 30, 2015
One reason restaurateurs are hesitant to go with the social media flow is that there are so many different choices. It’s not easy to decide which platforms are right for advertising and marketing a restaurant.
restaurant social media
March 27, 2015
Test your outlets and your audience’s engagement when you begin to use hashtags. Maybe your audience loves hashtags on Facebook but doesn’t engage with you on Twitter when you use them?
March 26, 2015
The next evolution of Facebook has been uncloaked – earlier this week, reports surfaced indicating that Facebook has been working with some of the world’s largest publishers on deals to have them post content directly to Facebook, in conjunction with material published in their own publications. This would mean users would no longer have to click on a link to read the latest news story, keeping them on-platform longer, and enabling Facebook to capitalise on that attention through ads.
March 25, 2015
Facebook announced that they were rolling out a new set of tools (or rather updating old tools) to help publishers better connect with their audience using Organic Targeting. I say updating old tools because Targeting on Facebook has actually been around since 2012, but back then organic reach was easier to achieve than it is now causing few people to actually use these tools. When Facebook made the announcement at the beginning of 2014 that they “expect organic distribution of an individual page's posts to gradually decline over time as [they] continually work to make sure people have a meaningful experience on the site,” many began to wonder if it was time to give up on the idea of a “free Facebook” altogether.
March 24, 2015
At long last, some 1.5 million brands on Facebook will soon get access to the vast amounts of data that has been stored with the launch of the platform’s Topic Data offering. By licensing the data to DataSift, Facebook will use Topic Data to give brands in the US and UK a wealth of insights to better-understand how people are talking about or using their products. Data that includes users’ public and private information, hashtags, links, comments, likes and shares will all be aggregated and anonymized and served to brands on a silver platter.
March 24, 2015
The power that social media and technology can have on a business when used correctly can be incredible. Enough to cement a brand's complete ethos and personality while offering a platform of engagement with customers, both can boost sales and promotional activities to produce unrivaled results. In recent years, 'The Year of the Mobile' has been predestined, each year surpassing expectations to grow into a more powerful necessity in a marketer’s toolbox.
March 23, 2015
One often overlooked activity is the importance of regularly auditing which apps have been authorized to post to your social media accounts. Whenever you click that timesaving “Login with Facebook” button to register with a website or add your social media accounts to a vendor’s platform for managing your social media interactions you’re prompted to authorize that website or platform to do certain things with your social media accounts.
March 22, 2015
Facebook active users are much more likely to be clicking ‘like’ button than Google plus or Twitter active users are to be hitting +1 or ‘favoriting’. Active Facebookers are also more likely to be interacting with their friends, revels new study from Global Web Index.
social media activities
March 21, 2015
Internet marketing and social media are intertwined because the technology is overlapping. It is amazing when you think about it: we can connect on an individual basis to people scattered all over the world. The message we want to communicate can be individualized down to the greeting on an email and we are accustomed to this fact.
social responsiveness