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7 Effective Ways To Increase Your Social Media Traffic and Conversions

by · March 6, 2015

If you look at your blog’s traffic stats, social media is likely to be among the top three traffic sources. In fact, for many blogs, social media traffic is even more important than search engine and direct traffic. On the other hand, you’ll find many bloggers complain about the ineffectiveness of social media and how it’s just over-hyped.

In reality, however, the amount of traffic you manage to attract from social media and the level of engagement you manage to drive from it depends largely on how you structure your social media posts and the share worthiness your content.

To help you understand this better, here are some of the key points you need to keep in mind while creating a strategy for driving traffic and conversions from social media.

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Listen To This: Stories We’re Telling Ourselves, inspired by The Beancast

by · February 13, 2015

I am an avid listener of The Beancast, so I’m excited that this week’s “Listen To This” post is inspired by Bob Knorpp and his guests (Winston Binch, Scott Monty, and George Parker). Per usual, the entire episode is worth a listen, especially for the digital marketing and advertising crowd. This year’s analysis on the analysis surrounding the Super Bowl is funny, honest, and on-point. Definitely check it out.

For this post, the ah-hah moment came about 37 minutes in, when talk of the industry echo chamber briefly surfaced. It was a moment that spotlighted storytelling. What kind of storytelling? The bad kind. The self-deceiving kind. The kind that oftentimes doesn’t seem like storytelling at all.

But first, a bit of context.

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Can Haters Post Death Threats on Facebook?

by · December 9, 2014

On Dec. 1, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Anthony Elonis, a 31-year-old Pennsylvanian convicted of posting violent, threatening statements on Facebook. A jury found Elonis guilty of communicating threats to injure another person in violation of a federal statute. The Supreme Court’s ruling on what constitutes a criminal threat on social media websites, like Facebook, has potential consequences for the way that people express themselves on social media.

In 2010, Elonis – operating his Facebook account under the pseudonym “Tone Dougie” – posted threatening rants on his own page about killing his estranged wife, slitting the throat of an FBI agent and even shooting up a kindergarten. For example, he posted the following remarks about his wife, Tara, shortly after she obtained a restraining order against him:

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Why the Photo Explosion Isn’t a Technology Story

by · September 16, 2014

Nearly one trillion photos will be taken in 2014 alone, equal to a quarter of all the photos snapped in the first 170 years of photography’s existence. From retina-resolution selfies to lo-fi cityscapes, this body of content is not just more abundant, but also more diverse in subject matter, style, and authorship than ever before.

But how can brands put this powerful content to work for them? The first step is to get to know the people behind the photos.

Our new ebook The Rise of The Visual Creators focuses on the rise of a new creative class, and the incredible numbers it leaves in its wake.

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Why Candy Is Crushing Your Social Marketing

by · August 6, 2014

I admit it: I play Candy Crush Saga. For some reason, this admission is harder to make public than my last. But now, it’s out there. Since embracing my love of the five-minute game breaks that CCS provides me, I have spent a good deal of time wondering why it has become my go-to distraction. And if you want your fans/followers to pay attention to you and your brand, you should ponder this, as well.

Now, you might be a CCS player or you might be someone who’s super annoyed at your friends asking you join in (don’t worry, I won’t), but either way, there is no denying that King is doing something right. And that means that those of us involved in Social Media Marketing can learn a thing or two (unless you already have over 71,000,000 Facebook fans). Sure, it’s unfair on some level to compare your brand and your Social efforts to a simple game, but is it really? During the sporadic times of the day when I need a 5-minute break, ask yourself where you want me to turn my attention: CCS or your Facebook Page? If it’s the latter, then you need to do some work.

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There Is No Reason To Like A Facebook Page

by · July 23, 2014

Full disclosure: I “like” 256 brand pages on Facebook. Further disclosure: I actually don’t like how the majority of those 256 Pages are using Facebook. A cursory glance shows that many of these Pages haven’t posted a thing in several months, and many, many more haven’t posted an interesting thing in a much longer than that. So why am I participating in such massive apathy and fraud? Why am I acting like I care when I really don’t? Why am I doing a disservice to so many Social managers and brands? Indifference and laziness, mostly. But today, I quit, and I’m calling you to the carpet, too.

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Facebook Doesn’t Suck, Your Strategy And Attitude Does

by · April 16, 2014

Fellow marketers, quit crying about your organic reach suffering from Facebook’s ever-evolving (and predicted) shift to the pay-for-play sandbox. We all know Facebook is a public company with a fiduciary responsibility to earn profits. Boo hoo! We also know advertising costs are rising while organic results are falling.

We saw this day coming. But the fact is, advertising by promoting a post from your brand’s page remains reasonably priced. It’s very targeted, and it’s easy to set up. Don’t believe me? Spend $47 anywhere else to advertise and tell me if, for 65 cents a click, you reach nearly 15,000 targeted people as I did this past week for one of my clients. That’s an absurd return – OK, not absurd– but it’s pretty damn good for less than $50.

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The Great Facebook Swindle And What To Do About It

by · March 24, 2014

As if we didn’t expect this would one day happen, Facebook is apparently about to blackmail brands even more so than they have to date, ratcheting down organic exposure of brand page content to 1-2% at best. Valleywag reported it last week based on an anonymous and internal source with Facebook marketing. It has since been reported by the likes of Time and others.

Ogilvy & Mather has even tested and found that organic brand page content on Facebook was exposed to about 12 percent of those that “Like” the brand in October. That number dropped to six percent by February. Facebook is basically eliminating the chance your brand’s content will be seen by your Facebook fans. Unless, of course, you pay to have it exposed.

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Three steps to nailing channel strategy

by · March 6, 2014

Last week we had a great conversation about social media marketing being at risk because we are not yet nailing the content and listening side of the equation. I completely skipped channel relevance because I feel it is a bigger challenge. Having a strong channel strategy scares a lot of marketers because they know in their hearts that a solid approach to channels take more time and energy than they may be ready to commit.

I am here to tell you that these thoughts are partly true and partly false. You see, the mistake I think marketers make in channel strategy is a three-part problem. One, the belief that one status update fits all. Second, that all channels are created and function equally. And finally, that you have to be on ALL of them. Let’s break it down a bit.

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