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Why post your blogs to social media more than once

Why post your blogs to social media more than once

So you own a business, and want to create some interest about what you do? Or perhaps you want to position yourself as a thought leader in your industry? Blogs are a simple and effective way to promote what you do in an education way.

A simple definition of blog is that it is a journal or a diary that is on the internet. People create blogs because they want to express themselves; they want their voice to be heard. Sometimes, they wanted to share something about something that they love. And you love what you do, so why not share it!

So you’ve gone ahead and created a blog, now you have to share it with your audience. And social media is the perfect place to share your wisdom. But how often you should post your blog on social media? Is it relevant to share your content more than once? Let’s take a look at why you have to share your blog more than once.

  1. More traffic. Sharing your blog once will reach some of your audience. Sharing it multiples times will make sure you reach more people. Remember to give it a new introduction each time.
  2. Reach multiple time zones, especially if you have customers across Australia, or even the world. By resharing or retweeting your blog post, there is a definite possibility that you will be able to reach those who missed your post the first time around.
  3. Gain more followers. If your blog is engaging, your fans are likely to share it – which means people outside of your community will see your content. If they like your content, you’ll get some extra followers! Also, once you repost your blog, especially if you have evergreen content, it will still be relevant to others even if you posted it few weeks ago.

Now that you know the reasons why you have to share your content more than once in social media, you can use this as an advantage but just make sure that you won’t over do it. Also, make sure that you have different techniques once you repost your blog because if it is always the same format or the same title, your content will look tired. Just always remember than once you create a blog, this will speak about you and you wanted to build credibility and earn people’s trust.

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What social media channel is best for your business?

What social media channel is best for your business?

We can’t underestimate the power of social media today – especially when there are hundreds of social media platforms at our disposal. In almost all areas of life, each social media channel plays a vital role in expanding how we communicate with each other, and even how we share information. No industry or business nowadays is immune to the impact of social media and many are making use of different social media channels to achieve their own goals in a much easier and faster ways.

So if you’ve just started your business, or even if you’ve been around for a while, you’ll want to use your time and resources effectively and use those social media channels that will connect you with your target audience. This way, you are able to market directly to those people that might be your potential clients and to those that matters most to your business.

What you might have some difficulty with, is that you have to determine which among the social media channels is best for your business based upon your target market. To help you along, we have taken some of the well known social media channels below and outlined how they might be used in your business. Take the time to think of what channel could be the most useful to you:

  1. Facebook – this is far and away the most popular social media channel (outside of Youtube). It has more than 15 million users just in Australia alone, with at least half using it on their mobile phones. If you are a retail business (whether online or have a physical shopfront) then I’d highly recommend having a Facebook page as part of your marketing mix.
  2. Twitter – can be useful in driving traffic to your website, if you post regular blogs. It can also be useful in live tweeting events and keeping your followers ‘in the know’. Twitter can be great for B2B industries, but make sure you have the time to dedicate to the platform as you do need to post a few times a day to be seen.
  3. LinkedIn – this platform is the ‘Facebook’ for the professional world. LinkedIn plays an important role in connecting professionals not only in your own industry, but also can connect you with potential clients, or even referral partners. A word of warning – please don’t spam! If you want to connect with someone, make sure you have a specific reason for connecting with them, and if you do connect, don’t start spamming them with your sales pitch.
  4. Instagram – if you have a visual based business, for example, photography, graphic design or food, then this popular photo sharing social media channel could really increase your brand awareness. You can use visual storytelling showcase beautifully crafted photos or videos that demonstrate what you offer, with directly selling your products. This could, for example, be a recipe that include an ingredient you sell.
  5. There are lots of social media platforms you can use. Above are just some of the most popular among them. What you need is to investigate WHERE your target audience is. Meaning, you have to identify if they are fond of using Facebook or Twitter or any other social media channel so you know where to reach them.

Go and discover what channel fits your business best!

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Curating social media content with Feedly

Curating social media content with Feedly

Content curation an important tactic in social media marketing. And when it comes to creating content for your own social media channels, you don’t need to write everything from scratch. It is no secret that there is a lot of information on the internet so in order to be successful in content curation, it is important to display only the most relevant content. This is where Feedly comes in.

When it comes to content curation, there are lot of tools that can be used. There are millions of pieces of content shared each day and to find the most relevant content for your audience and your brand requires a tool that can organise this content in a sensible and easy to read way. One tool that you can use is Feedly. This tool helps you to easily organise all of the feeds and websites you follow in one single stream, making it organised and searchable. Feedly allows you to classify and sort information from hundreds of sources. But how can Feedly help in curating your social media content?

  • Feedly better visualises your information feeds. You can set the display mode to each information feed that you need.
  • The Preferences tab provides useful tools to customise the interface and it allows you to customise the home page and hide categories that are not updated.
  • Feedly can also manage your information. By using keywords that is integrated to Feedly, this will allow you to search in the news feeds. Feedly offers you several keyboard shortcuts that can help you in searching those feeds.
  • It’s also connected to services that can save articles that you can check later. Posts can be shared or added immediately to your queue and be shared at a later time.
  • The platform also includes buttons that can share information. These tools can help you for easy sharing with your audience.
  • Feedly is an awesome tool for finding timely articles on topics you want to share. By using Feedly, you can find content and organise it by categories.
  • Feedly can follow topics that are important for you and your business. You can also create custom configurations to best fit your reading style.

When curating content, you get to provide content and value to your audience way beyond what you create yourself. These connections can help you in increasing your reach, connecings with influencers and it expanding your audience’s experience. Content curation does not only benefit your audience but you as well. It’s faster and cheaper to create unlike always creating original content.

Content marketing is no simple task. Just always remember, that whatever company you are in, make sure that content curation should be personal and it should build value.

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Top 10 tips for using Facebook Live

Top 10 tips for using Facebook Live

There isn’t a day goes by where someone is doing a Facebook Live. Many enjoy this Facebook feature to share special moments or give you an insight into someone’s life or business. It has been beneficial not only to ordinary users but also for broadcasting real time events.

However, to make the most of Facebook live’s function, users should learn the best tricks on how to produce an effective video:

  1. Plan the content. Decide for what topic or content you will be creating and what are you going to talk about. Too, think of your target audience.
  2. Select the best time to broadcast. Broadcast time is also important. You should consider what time works the best. Identify when your audiences are most active and online. With that, you can guarantee that your video will be seen by people right away.
  3. Promote before you broadcast. Let your audience know that you are going to have an upcoming video. You can post image or perhaps a shorter video to tell them you are going to post soon. If it is really an important video, invite and tell your friends to tune out by linking your account/business page.
  4. Consider sound and lighting. During the streaming, looks after the lighting and sound. Make sure people can see you and hear you clearly or else they will get annoyed. With bad sounds and light, they can in any time stop watching the video. Invest with quality microphones and change the angles while recording if needed.
  5. Relax and be comfortable. Make yourself comfortable while doing the recording. Don’t forget to introduce yourself and smile. Also take note to end your live video with a call to action and telling your viewers about your plan for your next video. This way you can have them tuned to your upcoming recordings. You can also ask them to share it or contact you for any follow up questions.
  6. Create an enticing description. Catch your viewer’s attention by writing an interesting description. Drive them to watch your Facebook live video with your killer description.
  7. Monitor the video and respond to comments. Check the reactions and increase engagement or interaction by addressing the comments. You can as well invite them to contribute their thoughts.
  8. Keep promoting. Don’t let your Facebook live video go to waste. You can promote this using other social media platforms. Create posts and link it to the Facebook video so you can direct other viewers from different platforms to see your recording.
  9. Analyse the results. Take a look at the data. See the number of people who watched your Facebook live, how many minutes they spend watching it, reactions, comments, shares and other data to determine how effective it is.
  10. Plan for your next video. Plan ahead of time what you’ll cover next. Based upon your first video, derive the best strategies. Experiment on new and different things.

With Facebook live, you can establish better relationship with your audience. You don’t have to be a professional broadcaster and videographer to produce a nice recording. You just have to state some information with confidence and enjoy the moment!

 

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Why the 80/20 rule matters

Why the 80/20 rule matters

Why the 80/20 rule matters

You may have heard the concept of the 80/20 rule or the Pareto principle. It states that for many events, 80% of the effects come from the 20% of causes. But what is 80/20 rule when it comes to social media and why is it important?

In social media, the 80/20 rule states that 80% leads are generated by 20% marketing effort. This rule is applicable generally in marketing. Engaging your audience on social media is a very tough job; there is no definite formula on this. The basic concept of the 80/20 rule is that; 80% you should post valuable, entertaining content while the other 20% is to promoting your products or services through posts with a strong call to action.

80% – Interact. Inspire. Educate. Entertain. Connect.

This should be on the 80% of your time. Make all your posts about your audience and building that relationship. People rely on social media primarily to be entertained, if you’re not doing that then you’re not having a conversation with your target audience. Audiences always like interesting and educative content, they react to these type of posts and also have time to share this with their followers. So 80% of your social posts should be appealing and interesting, funny and informative.

Your posts should be of course shareable and have quality content. These posts can include articles, videos, photos, questions, interesting facts, news and many more.. This content should provoke your audience interest and engagement and your audience should feel the connection to your brand.

And remember – you don’t have to create all of this content yourself, you can curate it by sourcing content from others and sharing it with your social media community.

But we know that engaging your audience is also a difficult task so let me give you tips on how you can get the 80% educational content.

  • check what kind of posts people are reacting to
  • check what your competitors are sharing on their social media accounts
  • highlight those which is “must read” and don’t just simply share content
  • prioritise visual content, like images and especially video

Just remember that 80% of your posts should be in engaging your audience and not merely talking about your business.

20% – Promote

In the remaining 20%, the content should be about your brand or business. Every bit of information regarding your products, services, offers and all other information should be listed. When you promote your products or services, just make sure that your audience can benefit also from it. You can do this by promoting discount or special offers and you can also remind them about what an excellent experience they have by purchasing from you.

Tips to creating promotional content (20%)

  • develop a persuasive call to action
  • link back to your website
  • include information that benefits your customers: special offers discounts, promos, etc

Having a persuasive call to action is very important because this leads to the growth of your target audience, and is more likely to generate traffic to your website. This is because it will inspire your audience to know more about your product or brand and they will tend to dig deeper.

There is really no universal formula to successfully building a social media presence for your brand and keeping your audience engaged to it. However, in most instances, it is ok to use the 80/20 rule as a guide to ensure that your followers would be interested and will keep coming back for more.

 

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