Here is what happens with most businesses, they hear about how social media is a great place to find customers so they create a twitter and Facebook account.

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They tweet a few, “hey we have X for sell, come get it” type of posts. After months of doing this they lament on how social media marketing doesn’t work and how it is a waste of time.

If this is how you use social media, don’t feel bad, most business mistakenly use social media in this way. They have people who don’t understand social media running their accounts and those people can’t really be blamed either. Marketing is a skill that has to be developed.

If that is the wrong way to do social media marketing, then what is the right way to do it? Thank you for asking! To understand the right way to do social media marketing, you have to change your reason for doing social media marketing.

The average business owner is only doing social media marketing because they were told that they should do it and they heard about people finding new customers from social media. Those are all good reasons to use social media but if that is all you understand about social media, then you will fail to attract new customers.

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So, I mentioned that you have to change how you think about social media and now I will tell you why. Social media marketing should not initially be used to try and make money.

 

Everyone likes to buys but no one likes to be sold to. People get on social media to have a good time and to joke around.

Today’s consumer knows how to locate your business or one like it, what they need are reason to do business with you. They also want to know more about your business on a somewhat persona level. Social media marketing should be used to build rapport with people. You should share interesting and funny things. You should share your office culture with the world and share your new ideas with them and even ask them for new ideas.

There was one restaurant owner who used social media to show himself in the kitchen making meal and he would ask his friends and followers on social media for new menu ideas. Guess who packed his restaurant to try this new creation? Exactly!

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Rapport, is you build it, they will come.

This is a topic I love to write about because it gets right into the nuts and bolts of how to use social media. Please apply some of these ideas to your own business and put your own spin on them. Remember that social media marketing is more about building relationships than advertising your products. Your goal with social media is to build a large group of loyal fans who will take a serious interest in what your company does.

Think about fans of Apple computers and have they care just as much about the Apple brand and culture as they do about the products.

 

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Facebook is by far the most popular social media site out there.

A movie has even been made about the founder. That is why it is a perfect place for you to market your business and interact with your customers. However, it can be a challenge to interest people when your page first goes live. That’s why you need to read this article: if you want to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that Facebook offers, you need to have the right information. Keep reading to get more people to go to your page, and ultimately your site.

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Show people your personality. You should not forget that you are a professional, but don’t go the extreme route and forget that you have a personality.

It’s your personality that is going to set you apart from everyone else, so make sure you capitalize on what makes you fantastic. Post cute stories once in a great while, and use some non-offensive humor every now and then.

Post a lot of pictures. Pictures are quickly becoming the most popular thing that is shared. If you can come up with great pictures that have relevant captions that you create, give them a try. You’ll find that pictures have a much higher share rate than regular text, and that people tend to like pictures a lot more too. Think of keeping your site address in the pictures if at all possible. That way, people will be able to head off to your site and hopefully make a purchase.

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Remember that people can share your information. Every time one of your fans shares something with their networks, you get a lot of free publicity.

If that doesn’t remind you to be relevant and interesting, I don’t know what does. The possibility of hundreds of new customers in just a few minutes is something that simply shouldn’t be passed up by people who want to make a few dollars of profits.

Share discounts and coupons in order to make your fans know that you are happy they are there. In fact, you should always be pointing out how happy you are that your fans follow you. The best way to do this is to provide them with excellent information and relevant content that enriches their lives.

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Engage with your customers. If they ask you questions, reply. Ask them questions and get to know them.

If you can do that, you are going to be way ahead of the game. It’s very important to know about your audience, and when you can do it in a low key way like Facebook, all the better.

Make sure that you don’t respond to negative words. If you ever come across a “hater”, just ignore them.

Facebook is a great way to build relationships with your customers, if you do it right. That’s why you need to use these tips and give them a try. You might be able to get the business you’ve been waiting for.

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Making a living with your business, or with websites that you have created, can be an uphill battle for some people.

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The key to succeeding with any business is driving targeted traffic to what you have to offer. If you send the wrong visitors to your website or brick-and-mortar business, you can have the best offer in the world, and no one is going to buy it. However, if you had a way to only send targeted traffic to your business, individuals that would be very interested in what you have to sell, you could actually improve your bottom line quickly and dramatically as a result of this targeted traffic. One of the best solutions for getting targeted visitors is to use social media marketing. Although it is typically reserved for people that like to talk with one another, it is also a viable solution when it comes to making money, selling more products, and building a list for your business.

Here are a few tips that you need to use to improve your sales using social media marketing.

One thing that many people tend to forget when considering social media is that people are not just interested in talking with each other. Just like forums, people join certain social media groups to interact with people that are just like them. Perhaps they have the same type of hobby, or similar interests. This motivates people to join online groups and forums, and the same is true for social networks. With Facebook having so many people, you’re bound to find individuals that would be interested in what you have to sell. The problem is motivating them to actually buy what you have to offer.

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The best way to go about using social media marketing is to do so in a manner that does not cause people to run.

For instance, if they see an advertisement, or a link pointing to one of your product or money sites, the last thing they are going to do is visit the site and purchase what you have for sale. You need to be subtle with your marketing, which usually means joining groups on social networks that are related to your product, or actually starting your own page on a social network and inviting people to join you.

If you really want to make this work, you really can’t sell people. What you want to do is build their confidence in you as the go to person for this particular niche. Provide lots of free information for them, and links to interesting sites that are all about the same type of niche that is related to the things you sell.

This will cause people to think of you as a provider of information, not someone trying to sell them a product and make money. By doing this, you can actually sell more products than you would imagine simply because they trust you and look forward to everything that you have to post.

By using these tips on social media marketing, you should be able to start making sales shortly. It depends upon how much effort you put into working with social networks and the groups within them. Inevitably, you will gain the trust, and you will be able to sell to them on a regular basis.

To your success!

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Facebook is by far the most popular social media site out there. A movie has even been made about the founder. That is why it is a perfect place for you to market your business and interact with your customers. However, it can be a challenge to interest people when your page first goes live. That’s why you need to read this article: if you want to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that Facebook offers, you need to have the right information. Keep reading to get more people to go to your page, and ultimately your site.

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Show people your personality. You should not forget that you are a professional, but don’t go the extreme route and forget that you have a personality.

It’s your personality that is going to set you apart from everyone else, so make sure you capitalize on what makes you fantastic. Post cute stories once in a great while, and use some non-offensive humor every now and then.

Post a lot of pictures. Pictures are quickly becoming the most popular thing that is shared. If you can come up with great pictures that have relevant captions that you create, give them a try. You’ll find that pictures have a much higher share rate than regular text, and that people tend to like pictures a lot more too. Think of keeping your site address in the pictures if at all possible. That way, people will be able to head off to your site and hopefully make a purchase.

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Remember that people can share your information. Every time one of your fans shares something with their networks, you get a lot of free publicity.

If that doesn’t remind you to be relevant and interesting, I don’t know what does. The possibility of hundreds of new customers in just a few minutes is something that simply shouldn’t be passed up by people who want to make a few dollars of profits.

Share discounts and coupons in order to make your fans know that you are happy they are there. In fact, you should always be pointing out how happy you are that your fans follow you. The best way to do this is to provide them with excellent information and relevant content that enriches their lives.

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Engage with your customers. If they ask you questions, reply. Ask them questions and get to know them.

 

If you can do that, you are going to be way ahead of the game. It’s very important to know about your audience, and when you can do it in a low key way like Facebook, all the better.

Make sure that you don’t respond to negative words. If you ever come across a “hater”, just ignore them.

Facebook is a great way to build relationships with your customers, if you do it right. That’s why you need to use these tips and give them a try. You might be able to get the business you’ve been waiting for.

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Business owners have discovered social media to be an effective way in spreading the word about their business. The very nature of social media fosters easy sharing of information by anyone with his social network. As a business owner, you have a great opportunity to interact directly with your customers and encourage them to spread the word about your products.

People see social media as a way to interact with a real person.

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When you establish a presence, avoid a lot of corporate speak. Present yourself as a real person, like someone talking to a friend. Use natural language in the first and second person. Your customers will be more drawn to the less corporate style.

When your customers make a comment or a post, be sure to read it and thank them for taking the time to post. It does not matter if their opinions differ from yours. If someone posts a dissatisfaction about your product, acknowledge your regret, and offer to contact him personally by email to resolve any problems that he had with the product. This is how you earn the trust and respect of your customers. When they see that you are taking personal responsibility for their satisfaction, they will tell others about your excellent customer service and your reputation will improve.

Be patient when you are building up your presence.

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It will take time for people to get to know you and spread the word about your brand. Just keep up with the interaction and be proactive in starting a conversation online.

People like getting incentives. Every now and then, create a promotion or a contest and announce it in social media. Make the prize worthwhile. Gift certificates always attract attention. This is one way to motivate people to share the news with their network.

Look for other opportunities for you to start a conversation. There are plenty of forums and online communities that are frequented by your target audience in which you can also participate. Peruse through the forum threads and see where you can share your expertise. When you make your first post, introduce yourself and be open about what you represent.

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Do not make your post sound like a sales pitch.

If you are offering advice, do it in a way that addresses the question without emphasizing on what you are selling. Just include a link to your website at the signature line. People will make the connection. If they like the advice you gave, they will go to your website to find out more.

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Be sure to maintain a tone of humbleness when you post in social media. Avoid a lot of hype. Customers will respect you and trust you more.

Be ready to change your strategy if the social media marketing scene changes. New platforms pop up all the time, so you have to be ready to jump on the bandwagon quickly to seize the opportunity. If you stay ahead of the game, you will reap benefits for your business.

To your success!

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Do you use social media to promote your brand? You should think about launching a social media marketing campaign to make your brand more accessible. If you need help with this new campaign, you should review the following article.

Learn more about your audience and their relation to social media. Some target groups are not likely to use social media at all while other audiences check social networks several times a day. You should launch a social media marketing campaign if you find that a significant portion of your customers use social media regularly.

Choose which social networks you will use for your campaign.

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Facebook and other popular networks are a good choice if you have a very diverse audience. There are many other social networks that might be popular in the niche you are targeting. Use surveys to learn more about your customers’ habits and find which social networks they use.

Let your audience know about your new campaign by placing links to your social media profiles on your website. You can easily integrate social media in your other campaigns by sharing links to your profile or adding some sharing buttons to your updates so readers can share this content on a social network. Your social media marketing campaign will be successful if all your customers are aware of it.

Your customers should see this campaign as valuable. You can build value for your social media marketing campaign by offering discounts to your subscribers. Share a weekly update that contains a coupon code or some exclusive information about a new product or a promotional offer. You could also give a small immediate discount to the customers who subscribe to your social media updates while ordering one of your products.

Share quality content with your audience.

Your subscribers will stay interested in your campaign and will share your content with their friends if you post interesting and entertaining updates. Try sharing some pictures and videos to grab the attention of your subscribers. Share three or four weekly updates at times when your subscribers are likely to be online. Count how many subscribers react to your updates so you can create more content similar to the updates that generate a reaction from your audience.

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Use social media to interact with your audience. You can learn a lot about your audience and put a human face on your brand thanks to social networks. You could for instance share some questions, polls or ask your subscribers to share an anecdote with you. Organize some contests and giveaways on social networks, for instance by asking your audience to tag you in a picture. You can also use social networks for customer service purposes by letting customers know they can send you questions and comments on this platform.

These different methods will help you develop a successful social media marketing campaign. You should apply these tips to launch your campaign and keep looking for ways to improve your strategies.

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Only a few years ago search engine optimization tactics to elevate websites higher on search engine ranking results and attract Internet users to specific sites was based around some extremely dubious practices. These so called SEO ‘black hat’ tactics included articles that were spun, (that is the same article changed slightly and issued in many different versions, on many sites. Keyword filled articles and other tactics such as keywords that were in actual fact hidden in backgrounds. Other underhand tactics were widely employed.

The common thread was that this content did not add value to the Internet experience of those who were searching for content that added value to their professional and personal lives.

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Google, as custodians of the most powerful and popular search engine took note of this and has released continuously updated versions of their algorithms (think of them as tiny robots that scour the Internet looking at content)that now punish these practices. The latest of these algorithms, called Panda (and the associated update, Penguin)have changed the playing field.

Today a company’s search engine ranking is determined by and large by the quality of its content. Creating engaging content on social media sites is part and parcel of what is today known as ‘content marketing.

This content can consist of video and images (in fact there are entire studies around what sort of content is best – a combination of types seems to be best) as well as copy.

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Senior Google executive Matt Cutts has stated that the content provided must add value to the user experience, must be creative and unique and engaging. This means that content providers need to go that extra mile when they are developing the content that they showcase on social media sites, or the content on blogs and websites that host the content that is promoted by the organisation’s various social media channels.

Social media marketing can be tremendously powerful.

Sites like Twitter and Facebook have the ability to increase the reach of the organisation’s sales efforts, as well as the brand itself through the sharing of key messages and the promoting of the brand. A single Tweet can potentially reach thousands though retweets and the reach of extended networks. Many of the other social networks operate in the same way through likes and +1’s, in effect the impact is the same.

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The advantages of using the social media are relative cost effectiveness over traditional marketing platforms. However care now needs to be taken to ensure that marketing efforts create value, rather than concentrate on keyword promotion.

Without paying attention to the creation of rich content which is now required by Google the company runs the risk of not taking advantage of the power of the social media.

If the organisation insists on maintaining a reliance on SEO (articles should now contain around 3 – 4% SEO keywords) they run a very real risk of being delisted (or banned) from the search engine ranking. That would spell doom for those companies that are relying heavily on the power and reach of the Internet in order to feed sales funnels.

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Social Media marketing is the fastest growing platform for online marketing.

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Next to video, it is making waves and almost everybody is rushing to get involved. Whether you have already embraced it or not, you will do well to understand the opportunities and potential involved with a solid social media campaign.

Exposure

For the start-up business, whether online or offline, social media is an incredible chance to get valuable exposure for your business. Given how competitive and expensive other campaigns, such as paid advertising can be, a chance to get free exposure to potentially thousands of people is not one to easily dismiss.

A successful social media campaign during the early stages a a new business’s life can make the difference between success and failure.

One thing to be careful of is not going too far and “over exposing”. In other words, don’t spam so much that your product, service, or business is disregarded and not taken seriously. Getting it right is a delicate balance.

There is already a lot of *noise* on the social media scene, don’t add to it.

Interaction

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Another unique aspect of social media is the ability to interact on a person level with your customers. Everybody has a mobile and your app or social media accounts let you get right in their pocket. This should not be underestimated.

Too many businesses turn their mobile app or social media campaigns into miniature versions of their .com or offline campaigns. A mobile app (or social account) is a separate entity and should be treated as such.

There are many unique features, and different ways to organize your app that will encourage more interaction and personal engagement. This is key to social media.

Engagement

There is a massive amount of engagement within the social media world. Some of it is just token gestures though.

 

Many apps, websites, and social accounts have cottoned on to the idea that getting more social “shares” results in better rankings, increased popularity, and definitely more attractiveness.

Keeping up appearances is important and something that even the most established of brands cannot fail to embrace.

You’ve probably noticed now how almost everyone is asking for “likes”, “shares” and comments, sometimes even in exchange for prizes. While this may appear cheap to some, it is starting to appear that the ones who successfully employ these strategies do end up reaping more benefits later on.

Engagement is not just about chasing “likes” though. There is much more to it than that.

By keeping engaged with your audience, you can achieve many things:

1. Keep them updated of latest news and events in your business.

2. Let them understand your business more.

3. Understand them more (vitally important)

4. Keep them interested.

5. Increase your opportunities to turn them into customers.

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All of the above are the core principles of successful business, and are very much achievable within the social media world.

Final Thoughts

Social media marketing is growing rapidly and is not a fleeting fad. Over the next few years, while many new social platforms will rise and fall, the fact will remain that social media will dominate the online and offline worlds. If businesses do not embrace and engage with these worlds, they risk being left behind.

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It’s easy to realize the importance of social media marketing today, when everybody and their mother are on Facebook or Twitter. Every business owner agrees that social media is awesome for gathering leads and gaining credibility and awareness. The hardest part, though, is to reach those people with a message so vibrant that they will want to share instantly with their peers.

The biggest challenge of social media marketing is to develop pieces of communication that have the potential of becoming viral. This is why big companies pay special attention to their social media presence. They hire specialists to handle their profile on social media networks. They choose the best writers and art directors to tailor their messages for those people who belong to the core target group.

Analysis is important. Each campaign brings a new opportunity of seeing what worked and what didn’t.

Social media marketing is sometimes a trial and error process. Only by determining what you did well and by repeating it will you manage to build scalable campaigns and make the number of fans skyrocket.

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Being inexpensive, advertising on social media channels is very tempting for many businesses, even for those who don’t have big advertising and marketing budgets. Nonetheless, it is very important to select very carefully the ads you’re going to show to your public. The audience is not stupid. They will realize you paid to have them see your words, so you need to make sure they are damn good, if you want to get results. The result in this case is the desire to share. This is what you want to awaken in your followers’ eyes: a sparkle that makes them click Like and click Share or maybe send your ad via email to their friends.

You don’t have to fake it till you make it. In social media, it is important to be genuine. Your product must have something that resonates with your consumers’ mind. Find that little something, bring it to the light, dress it in appealing words and images and let it fly free in the virtual world.

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One of the social media marketing goals should be to build relationships.

This is what social media is about, in the first place. People are there to interact with each other. They want to share their beliefs, their opinions and the things they love or hate. You want to be the thing they love so much that they can’t refrain from sharing. You want to be their partner and their friend, to support them when they are down and to enjoy their victories together.

This is not an easy task. It requires a big deal of time and attention. If you can’t make a proper effort into the direction of getting closer to your fans, you may lose the battle even before you start it. Try to spot the leaders in your community and get closer to them. Leaders are good, because once convinced they like you, they are going to be your spokespersons without any doubt and they will bring you even more followers.

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Whether your business is marketing a service or product, social media is an effective tool to help reach a worldwide audience of individuals all at the same time. For many companies, using social media is crucial. It allows a platform to maintain communication with customers and clients.

As companies begin to develop effective social media marketing strategies, they understand how it can be used effectively to improve service and add to the company brand.

Adding Significant Value

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Instead of taking the approach to just promote the business using social media to connect with followers and friends, it is important to offer them valuable content that is meaningful to their lives. This is done by updated post on a daily or weekly basis. Anytime you or your company finds an interesting article or content from other site that might be significant or relevant to your loyal customer base, it is imperative to post a connected link on the site.

Part of the social media network is about engaging with customers by offering tips and encouraging discussion. If the company has a blog, it is important to update it with posts that are designed to assist the customer base. This can be affected tips on how to get the most out of the company services or products. By offering the customer base smart, valuable content, you will have the ability to position the company as an online expert. Over time this will create a substantial following.

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Customer Only Discounts

By rewarding followers and friends specifically with “customer only discounts” you can use social media marketing to entice more individuals to sign up or subscribe to the company social media site. This might be a percentage off of an initial purchase once they become a “friend”, or simply send out an invitation to every follower that directs them to a special sale.

It is important to advertise company promotions on the site using social media marketing. This will help pass the word concerning the company promotions all across the blogosphere. This one effective tactic will add value to existing friends. It will also generate new followers for the company.

Increasing the Company Reach

There is incredible power in using effective social media marketing tools that lie far beyond the reach of traditional promotions and advertising. Social media marketing can quickly gain an enormous audience in an informal setting. An effective tool in social media marketing is to begin a campaign designed specifically to gain more followers.

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This effective tool can help increase the contact list. It can be achieved by using multiple social media networks across a variety of platforms.

The Social in Social Media

The social aspect of social media is that it works as an effective two-way street. It allows the company to disperse positive messages, while allowing the customer base to freely leave comments and feedback about the products and services the company provides. It is how the company responds to the public and their feedback and comments that will quickly create the ideal reputation as being helpful, responsive and quick.

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