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Social Media Tracking for Small Business Guides Time and Effort

Tracking performance in social media accounts can range from a small effort to a big one.

Small efforts make sense for small businesses that simply don’t have the time, staff and budget to do any more. (more…)

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Social Media Conversion Rate Beats Email Marketing

Coca Cola on FacebookSocial media is worth doing only if it results in converting likes or followers into some benefit for the business.

That benefit can be in the form of driving traffic to Web sites, which is one of my main interests because I build and consult mostly content-rich sites.

That benefit also can be in the form of advertising clicks, ecommerce transactions, subscriptions, etc.

The Coca Cola company famously said not long ago that it couldn’t measure any discernable benefit to its bottom line from social media. (more…)

What is Social Media Advertising?

Social media advertising is a category of digital advertising that places ads on social networking sites.

The five largest social media companies at the time of this writing are in order of audience size according to Quantcast are:

  1. Facebook
  2. Twitter
  3. Linkedin
  4. Pinterest
  5. Google+

What makes these sites attractive to advertisers starts with their vast reach.

“Worldwide DAUs (Daily Active Users) increased 19% to 864 million on average during September 2014 from 728 million during September 2013,” Facebook said in a quarterly report. (more…)

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Newspapers on Facebook Deliver Great Results

Newspapers on Facebook defy the conventional wisdom of when and how often to post.

They also run counter to the recent trend of Facebook distributing fewer and fewer posts to people who Like a page.

The above two statements are conservative. Newspapers do fantastically well on Facebook, even ones that don’t pay any attention to their Facebook pages. (more…)

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5 Steps to Understanding Facebook Page Insights

Facebook logoFacebook Insights is an aptly named tool that provides useful information about a company’s Facebook page. But understanding it can be a challenge.

Page administrators can click on “Insights” at the top of the page above the cover photo to access the product.

The first page is the Overview, which contains five sections: Page Likes, Post Reach, Engagement, Your 5 Most Recent Posts and Pages to Watch.

Although the administrator can click into more details information for each section, a newcomer will find it is better to stay focused on the Overview page in the beginning. (more…)

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Use Social Media Marketing Strategy to Generate Ad Revenue

A marketing strategy for social media is often used to build brand and drive traffic to the parent Web site, but it also can be used to boost advertising revenue.

Isn’t that the ultimate goal of the strategy anyway? A limited view of social media is that Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc., simply acquire followers who like the company’s product or service. Job done. Ego gets a boost.

But the real goals should deliver value and benefit for the company sponsoring the social media accounts. Just take a look at Coke’s Facebook page — it’s packed with followers making comments about the product. (more…)

Facebook Targeting Works Like 18th Century Newspapers

Targeting is a concept in marketing that goes back to the beginning of media.

Even newspapers in 18th century America and elsewhere knew the concept of targeting — topically and geographically.

Topical targeting appealed to groups with a like-minded interest, especially politics. Geographic targeting of course reached out to the citizens in a town or city. The Boston Gazette, which lived from 1719 to 1798, obviously appealed only to residents of Boston. (more…)


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