What if you’re not Apple or Nike? What if you’re a CPA, interior designer, real estate agent, architect, consultant, or insurance agent? What if you don’t have a huge marketing budget? Good news! A social media tool you’re already familiar with, LinkedIn, can attract new clients and customers–and, if you use it right, it’s much more powerful than you thought.
Jamie Turner is Chief Content Officer for The 60 Second Marketer, an online magazine providing resources for marketers and entrepreneurs. For 20+ years, he has helped firms like AT&T, Cartoon Network, CNN, Motorola, and Coca-Cola grow sales and revenue through high-impact marketing. A frequent media guest and speaker, he was recently profiled in Advertising and Promotion, a leading marketing text. He is the coauthor of How to Make Money with Social Media: An Insider’s Guide on Using New and Emerging Media to Grow Your Business.
How to set clear objectives for your social media initiative that link tightly with your overall marketing strategies.
Common objectives for a social media program range from driving Web site traffic to increasing customer engagement. But whatever your stated objectives are, only one thing is important: You need to integrate your social media campaign into your marketing campaign so that they can both show a quantifiable ROI.
Make sure your social media initiatives and your broader marketing and branding programs work together and support each other
What do Geico and The Shane Company have in common? They’re both well-known brands that have made their mark with clever, catchy advertisements. But they also share a less flattering characteristic: They have largely failed to integrate their communications campaigns with strong, long-lasting brand messages that resonate with customers over time....
Understand the broad range of social media tools and platforms available to you–and how to weave together a campaign that works.
Social media is similar to a snowball. When it gets going, it builds. With a little luck and a good amount of work, your campaign will create its own momentum. But it’s not just about uploading a YouTube video or creating a LinkedIn profile. It’s about creating a wide variety of channels through which customers and prospects can connect with you.
Social media marketing has many advantages, but it ain’t easy. Dollar and capital investment costs are often low, but time and resource costs can be very high. How can you find energy to do all this stuff? foursquare is different. With less than one hour of work on foursquare, you can see bottom-line results that are immediate and measurable.
You’ve probably watched video on YouTube or other user-generated video sites such as HowCast, Flickr, or DailyMotion. But did you know you can make money using these platforms? It’s not easy, but if you follow the path I’ll outline, you’ll find that user-generated video is a real, viable way to grow revenues and build your business.
2D Codes are two-dimensional ways of representing digital information. They’re similar to Bar Codes, except they can provide much more information. Many newer phones come with 2D Code Readers pre-installed; millions of people are downloading 2D Code Readers from iTunes, BeeTagg, Microsoft Tag and other websites. What are the best ways to use 2D Codes for business? How can you incorporate them into your business plan?
It’s no longer enough to launch a social media program: Your company needs to gain clear and substantial value from its social media investments. Getting results begins with monitoring. In How to Use Social Media Monitoring Tools, leading social media marketer Jamie Turner offers a fast-paced primer on social media monitoring and realistic, low-cost methods for getting started. You’ll learn how to go beyond mere “snapshots” of who’s talking about you, determine whether your social media presence is actually achieving results, and use what you learn to drive more revenue. Turner begins by introducing both quantitative and qualitative tools for monitoring performance, and linking them to ROI through the crucial concept of Customer Lifetime Value (CLV). You’ll discover how to align measurement with business objectives; measure the effectiveness of branding and direct response; quickly capture emerging performance trends; and more. Turner briefly introduces many of today’s most valuable monitoring tools, including Google Alerts, Google Analytics, Spiral16, Radian6, Bit.ly, Visible Technologies, SWIX, PeopleBrowsr, SocialMention, BrandsEye, Heartbeat, and Alterian. He concludes with a practical eight-step social media monitoring plan that can be implemented quickly by virtually any company or marketer.