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Content “Rules” for Social Media – Here’s Your List

Tuesday September 18, 2018 - David Gaskin

If you are a social media content manager, you understand the challenges. You must know your audience intimately; you must communicate with that audience on its terms; you must entertain, educate and inspire; you must motivate followers to take action and to share.

It’s a tall order. But know this. You are up to this challenge, once you understand some very basic “rules” of social media content creation.

And here they are:

1. Build Trust

Don’t talk to your audience; talk with them. Be honest, transparent, and genuine both in what you say and in how you respond to comments, complaints, and issues.

Your job is to educate, entertain, and even inspire. It is also to give your audience voices of their own. Ask questions, solicit opinions, encourage discussions. When you do these things, audiences see you as genuine, as someone who can be trusted and who will listen.

2. Be Social

It’s called social media for a reason. You are not a teacher in a classroom; you are not a lecturer at a conference or workshop. If you can approach your audience as you would any personal friends that you have, and speak with them from this vantage point, you will keep them with you.

Professional writer and creator of Brainished blog James Daily suggests to use humor and create great visuals to engage readers. ”Treat them as friends; let them get to know you with great stories about yourself and your team and what is important to you. Again, trust and relationships are built on these things,” he emphasizes.

3. Differentiate by Channel

You may not “speak” the same language on LinkedIn as you will on Instagram. Wherever you go on social media, you need to adapt your content and your language to that channel.

Your message can be the same across all channels. Your presentation, though, will be different.

If you have talent in a specific style and tone but struggle with another, then you may want to contract some of that content out. Work with us or check out some freelancers or agencies – from resources such as Vidyard Studio, or individual freelancers from such sites as Upwork and Freelancer.

The point is you want your content presentation to be the right “fit” for the users who hang out on those channels.

Sylvia Giltner, content marketer for ResumesCentre puts it this way: “Our social media marketing efforts were pretty standard. We had single messages and posted them on every channel we had. What we came to realize is that there are very different demographics who access these various platforms. We altered our message accordingly, and our conversion rate increased almost immediately.”

4. Visuals Work

So much of social media content is visual, it just cannot be ignored. Consider Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube as clear examples. Many studies show that, when visuals are used, people stay focused and they retain the content that is presented.

In a study conducted by Accenture Interactive, over 1,000 consumers were asked about their content consumption habits and preferences. Video is actually fast becoming the preferred method of finding information, although other visuals (photos, infographics, etc.) are also preferred to text.

Creating those visuals can be a challenge. If you struggle with this, get help. Either find the tools that will make visual creation easier for you, or get in touch with a service to do this.

You should note that the above-mentioned study states that by the end of this decade, video will account for 80% of marketing content on social media.

5. Content Curation Really Works Too

There’s an ocean of content out there. And you can find all of the content that relates to your niche. Some of it is really good. But can you make it even better? You can take an exciting topic about which someone else has created a piece of content, review it carefully, and figure out how you can do it better.

You can access tools like Feedly, Buzzsumo, and Flipboard to find content that is most popular in your niche. Review that content for topics and ideas that you may be able to present better or with a more unique perspective. When you find those topics and ideas, you can then turn them over to professionals and tailor them according to your audience and goals.

6. Measure

If you track the effectiveness of your social media posts, you will gain great insights into what is working and what you need to change. The types of things you want to measure are as follows:

  • Numbers of followers, increase in numbers of followers;
  • From what channels visitors have arrived at your website;
  • Conversions from those who have arrived from each social channel

When you take the time and use the tools to measure effectiveness, you will know what you should continue to do and what you should remodel.

7. Nurture and Solve

A lot of customer service takes place on social media. Followers do comment on their experiences with brands on those brands’ social media pages. They often present their complaints and issues with the company.

It will be your job to monitor comments and feedback on your social media channels. Alyssa Holder, chief marketer at BestWritersCanada, speaks from experience: “We were not too concerned about the comments our followers were making. We looked at them perhaps once a week or so. But damage was done in that week’s time. Finally, we got a social monitoring tool that alerted us immediately, as soon as comments were posted. We could then respond immediately and publicly resolve issues that our customers presented publicly. This has been a huge improvement in our customer relations, and other know we are addressing issues immediately.”

In terms of nurturing, how often are you engaging your followers on your social media channels? How often are you asking them for feedback? Are you providing surveys for them to express their opinions? Followers do want to participate – give them as many opportunities to do that as possible.

Amanda Sparks, marketing specialist and author of TopDownWriter blog, puts it this way: “Once our company realized that we had to engage our followers more, we began to openly solicit their participation in our pages. The response was pretty amazing, actually. Our analytics showed that our current following increased its visits, and there were more shares. It’s definitely a win for us.”

8. Reciprocation

One thing that social media marketing managers should consider is offering up incentives for visitors and followers to share their content with others. Nathan Chan, who founded Foundr Magazine, an online journal for entrepreneurs, is a master of this. He not only runs contests but provides free issues and subscriptions if followers re-post his Instagram posts to their tribes. This is a great way to spread your brand and gain new followers.

Conclusion

These eight rules will make a difference in your social media marketing – guaranteed. It really is all about the target audience, what it wants in the way of content, and how you can engage each of your audiences on their social media channels of preference. It’s work, but it’s also inexpensive and highly effective.

Author Bio: Jessica Fender is the Marketing Director for OnlineWritersRating. In that capacity, she is very active in social media marketing and has much to share from her experiences. When not at work, Jessica loves reading self-coaching books and aims to relate her professional experience to her readers.

The Top Local SEO Strategies in 2018

Wednesday August 22, 2018 - David Gaskin
the most important local seo tips in 2018

The world is getting smaller, especially online.

Spurred on by many of its users, tech titans like Facebook are re-adapting their platform to serve a more local context. Google  – since its possum algorithm update – is modifying its search behavior to serve users location-specific results.

In fact, location is becoming so important that on many devices, you can’t turn device-location-awareness off!

It’s no secret that AI in search and Voice-Assisted technologies are becoming a mainstay in the digital era but what does this mean for local SEO today? And how can local businesses succeed while the landscape continues to shift under our feet?

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The New Generation of Mobile Apps

Wednesday May 16, 2018 - David Gaskin
The New Generation of Mobile Apps: How PWAs marry the best of Native Apps with the best of the Web.

The Web is changing all the time. Though mostly imperceivable to everyday internet users, behind the scenes, the way the Web works is progressing: new technologies are emerging, promising to make the Web faster, more secure, and more performant.

We already know the impact that a poor user experience has; one of the goals of the web is to make the experience better, from a quality and performance point of view, forming a frictionless interaction for casual browsers and consumers alike.

On the frontlines of these technological advancements are the web browsers themselves. Made for everyday people yet built with web developers in mind, there are five main browsers in contention today: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer’s Edge, and Opera. These browsers are the primary tools we use, whether on desktop or mobile, to get what we want out of the Web.

As the demands of internet users continue to unfold, browsers must adapt to these new requirements to remain competitive. Technology is evolving on a global scale and the humble Web browser must remain in lock-step, paving the way for growth and defending their right to exist. And they are doing just that.

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How to Save Time Working on a Content Marketing Strategy

Thursday May 3, 2018 - Guest Post

If you’ve spent any time working on a content marketing strategy for your business, you’ll know just how powerful it can be to push out material that’s valuable and educates your readers.

The bad news, though, is that writing well-researched content that’s a cut above the rest takes time.

In today’s article, we’re going to show you just some of the ways that you can save time when working on new blog posts for your website.

And let’s face it – we could all do with some more time to work on other marketing tasks, or just to take a break from our business for an hour!

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The Good Neighbor Linkbuilding Technique [STEP by STEP]

Sunday January 28, 2018 - David Gaskin
The Good Neighbor Linkbuilding Technique

Rarely do SEOs jump at the chance to link-build. Afterall, link building is often time-consuming and labor-intensive.

You’ve gotta dig around the internet, find articles that make sense to link from, then convince the person on the other end to grant you a link, if they even open your email at all. Hard to feel motivated about that!

But one thing’s for sure: backlinks have a serious impact on your SEO! In fact, if you haven’t heard already, Google flat came out and said it, links are the #1 ranking factor.

Although many of us hate doing it, link building must be done.

In my pursuit to make link building easier and more reliable, I’ve put together a link building technique that I think makes link building more sure-fire and less painful to do.

I call it the Good Neighbor Linkbuilding Technique and in this post, I’m going to walk you through the whole thing, step by step.

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Why Content Is The Best SEO Strategy

Thursday January 11, 2018 - David Gaskin
My #1 SEO Tip for 2018

Everybody wants better SEO because better SEO means more visibility in search engines like Google and that means more visitors to your site and more growth for your business.

But SEO can be a long process as most results take time.

Wishing they had a way to skyrocket their results, SEO professionals all over the world are always looking for that one thing that can produce the greatest results in the shortest amount of time.

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SEO in 2018: Know the Trends and Stay Ahead of the Curve

Thursday November 23, 2017 - David Gaskin

2018 is rapidly approaching and, from what I can tell, things are about to change BIG TIME on the SEO front.

Today, I’m here to walk you through what’s making waves in the SEO world in 2018 as well as give you practical tips and techniques you can implement right away to make sure you stay ahead of the competition!

Here’s what we’re going to cover in this article:

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