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Engagement Is Key For Businesses During The Holidays

 

We can’t preach it enough, social media engagement is king for all campaigns. It’s also the key to a successful holiday social media campaign. If all you do is post the same non-engaging, overly promotional content, potential customers will get bored. Think we’re wrong? Take off your business hat for a quick minute and think like a consumer. What content are you more likely to engage with? Ad-style postings or something more light hearted, and uber engaging?

*note: these ideas can be tweaked to work with any social platform. 

Here are some successful & highly engaging post ideas that can promote a brand while not being overly promotional:
Gift Cards

Take a picture of staff or customers holding your gift cards. Start your post by asking people to tag someone that would love to get that gift card for Christmas, or Hanukkah. Under that you can … Read More »



Make Social Media Great Again

Throughout the years social media has increasingly become anything but social when it comes to brands & businesses. Whether it’s due to lack of time or terrible advice, it seems that the social aspect has become a lost art. Take a look at Twitter and see for yourself. Your feed is bound to be filled with a ton of sales ads, purchase links, affiliate propositions, and partial Facebook fed posts.

It’s Time To Make Social Media Great Again

That’s right, it’s time we start getting back to being social, having real conversations, and building legitimate relationships online. It’s time brands and businesses start putting a little time and thought into engaging, and for the love of all things good in this world, it’s time to stop with the automated DMs, & LinkedIn messages.

How Do You Put the Social Back in Social Media?

We’re … Read More »



You Too Can Incorporate Pokémon GO Into Your Social Media Strategies

Posted on July 13th, by Kim Randall in Be Social, Pokémon GO, Social Media, Social Media Tips. No Comments

Taking advantage of trends online and in real life can set your company and brand apart from the competition almost instantaneously. Take for example the Twitter trend, don’t you wish your company jumped on that bandwagon in 2006?  #ThrowbackThursday is another trend that businesses are starting to finally use in conjunction with their social media campaigns. Fast forward to last week, this past weekend, and today….let’s talk Pokémon GO!

What is Pokémon GO? The real quick, kinda n00b explanation of it is…Pokémon GO is a mobile app version of a card game & cartoon that was popular when I was in high school. I was never a fan to be honest, but now I kinda am. I personally love how it incorporates real world locations & is getting people outside. The goal is to catch the Pokémon, evolve them, battle at … Read More »


Take Your Social Media Mobile With These Helpful Apps

Posted on June 1st, by Kim Randall in Be Social, Social Media Success, Social Media Tips. No Comments

It’s summertime and no one wants to be in a stuffy office let alone behind a desk so why not take one of the tasks you do every day mobile? It’s pretty easy to do, with the exception of one or two hiccups, but we’ll get to those in a bit. Right now we’re going to share with you all of our favorite apps that we actually do use on a daily basis when our clients have us working out of the office.

Social Media Management Apps

Facebook Pages
Twitter (native app for personal account usage)
Echofon (for all client Twitter accounts)
Hootsuite for scheduling directly from the web or content curation platforms
LinkedIn’s native app for personal accounts
Pinterest’s native app
Social Report for deep analytics as well as goal conversions etc…
Sprout Social (we use this for a few accounts based on necessity)
HubSpot (this is used for … Read More »



Learn How One Social Media Professional Finds Success With Twitter

Posted on May 9th, by Kim Randall in Be Social, Featured, Social Media Success, Social Media Tips, Twitter. No Comments

I have always been, and will probably always be a huge supporter, and user of Twitter. I’ve had an account since its early days…you know, the days where there was so little happening that the main page was a live feed of the stream. I remember that after 10pm Central the newsfeed would primarily be in languages I am unfamiliar with. I also remember that people would talk…yes I do mean REAL conversations. Over the years I’ve experienced great success with Twitter, not just for my own personal account, but also for clients. So many ask how, and while the tips are so basic, it’s truly about the follow through.

I never stop building my community – Follow, follow, follow. I use Tweepi to key into conversations that are currently happening as well as to find very targeted accounts that I’m … Read More »



The Many Places We Have Done Social

Posted on March 29th, by Kim Randall in Be Social, Social Media. No Comments

One of the best things about working in the world of social media is that you are able to take your job literally anywhere there is a data cell service or wi-fi/Internet. It’s a perk that was never even considered when I first got started doing social things for clients and now I couldn’t imagine life being confined to one particular location with only a specific number of days allowed to travel/vacation.

Here’s a bunch of pictures taken throughout the years of the many different “offices” we’ve enjoyed working in.

I’ve worked from bed, sick, with this guy.

I’ve updated client accounts on HubSpot from a rest stop in southern Missouri.

I’ve worked from my phone, Tweeting from client accounts from Lake Carlyle in Illinois.

I’ve worked from friends houses…many times.

From airplanes going to all sorts … Read More »


Your Like & Share Facebook Contest Won’t Work

All too often I see people sharing pictures on Facebook with the original message being “Like and Share for your chance to win….” Sounds perfectly easy, but it actually isn’t. Requiring anyone to share the post in exchange for an entry doesn’t always work. With so many customizable privacy settings you’re never going to see everyone who shared the post making those posts hidden and unknown. Not very fair to the clueless fans that just shared your post and promoted your page. Liking a post as an entry to win is OK, but still not the best option because when you’re announcing the winner you’re not able to tag them so they will not be alerted to their winning unless they are watching your page like a hawk.

How To Run An On Page Contest On Facebook

Require the entrants to comment to … Read More »



Successfully Running A Social Media Contest To Build Your Facebook Page Likes

If you own or manage a Facebook page I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s getting harder to organically build it with new likes. One of the best ways to organically build up numbers is to host a social media contest with a prize worth winning. If done right this could be an enormous success, however if not you might be looking at a page inflated with dead likes.

What are “Dead Likes”?

Think of Dead Likes like dead weight. They are there and provide absolutely no value. They slow down the progress of the page, don’t interact and would never be a customer. When you have fans that don’t interact Facebook views it as your content isn’t good enough to engage with and decreases the number of people that actually see your posts through their newsfeeds.

How Do You Prevent Gaining Dead Likes … Read More »


10 Tips To Generate More Views To Your Facebook Content

Posted on December 17th, by Kim Randall in Be Social, Facebook Tips, Social Media, Social Media Success, Social Media Tips. No Comments

We’ve all heard the news and have had ample time to have individual and group pity parties. Some are petitioning online, others are just choosing to complain constantly and then there are people like us that have chosen to point out the positive. Let’s talk about creative strategies to increase engagement to your Facebook fanpages. 

1. Tag your friends in updates that relate to them.

Have a picture update that you know some of your personal friends would like? Tag them in it to increase the virality of the post.

2. Ask questions.

Don’t just post links all the time. Ask questions on your page pertaining to your industry.

Examples:

* Restaurants: Ask what their favorite special or meal is.

* Tech: Ask what their favorite gadget for 2013 has been.

*Industry specific: Ask tips they would give to other professionals.

Other ideas would be to ask what their … Read More »


The Strategy Around Engagement

Posted on May 13th, by Kim Randall in Be Social. No Comments

“Good morning”, “How are you?”, “Good evening” – From the time we wake up until the moment we go to sleep we are social. We interact socially throughout the day in many different ways. Maybe it’s through our body language by waving hello to someone across the street or over the phone talking with a customer, or perhaps it’s on the Internet in status updates, blog comments, videos or Tweets. 

Point is, we are social beings – we thrive in our environments because of the social experiences we have daily. 

This is why we  are so passionate about educating businesses and individuals about engagement vs. promotion on the Social Web via our Be Social campaign. In no way do we believe that by simply saying “Good morning” that your company will find immediate success, but we do know that without these … Read More »