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How to Promote Your Blog Using Social Media

If you want more traffic for your blog, strategically sharing your posts through social media can accomplish that goal. Since every social platform has its own unique features and audiences, we want to cover the best practices for promoting your blog on four different social media platforms:

 

  1. Facebook

 

The biggest of all the social platforms allows you to share blog posts on profiles, pages and groups. Although posts can be as long as ten thousand characters, Facebook only displays the first 480 in people’s feeds. Case studies have also shown that posts with less than fifty characters do best, so keeping things short and sweet is one best practice for promoting your blog on Facebook. Another best practice is to use an image when you share. One strategy for promoting posts is to upload a relevant image and then link to the post from the text field. The other best practice for promoting evergreen blog posts is to share them more than once. Given that Facebook will only show it to a fraction of your audience, it's worth re-sharing posts every two to three months.

 

  1. Twitter

 

Even though Twitter now allows posts to exceed the 140-character limit, keeping your tweets short is still a best practice for the platform. As with Facebook, including an image will help get people's attention. Two other best practices for Twitter are including a call to action in your tweet and sharing your blog post more than once during the first week after it's published. Since Twitter moves even faster than Facebook, sharing up to four times on different days and at different times can yield very good promotional results.

 

  1. LinkedIn

 

This social platform has evolved a lot over the last few years. Because LinkedIn wants users to share and engage with content, it's a great place to promote your blog posts. With LinkedIn, you can make your descriptions a little longer than is ideal on Facebook or Twitter. You should also ask a question or include something similar to encourage interaction. And in terms of which of your posts will do best on LinkedIn, list and how-to posts are at the top of the list.

 

  1. Pinterest

 

Because Pinterest is such a visual platform, the most important thing you can do to get attention for your posts is to ensure that you use really great images which are optimized for the site. Currently, the ideal pin size is 736 x 1104 to 2061.

 

To learn more about getting the most out of social media promotion, take a look at our self-study social media certification program, which provides exclusive access to every tool and resource you need for success.

Using Instagram Stories to Benefit Your Business

 

When Facebook paid $1 billion in cash and stock for Instagram in April of 2012, a lot of people thought Zuckerberg and his team were crazy. While Instagram's app for Android was downloaded over a million times on the first day it was released that year, those metrics still paled in comparison to the over one billion active users Facebook had by the third quarter of 2012. However, if we fast-forward to the present, it actually looks like Facebook got a great deal. With over 700 million users, Instagram has grown to over twice the size of Twitter. Not only has Instagram rolled out highly targeted advertising options throughout their platform, but they've expanded well beyond photos and filters.

For businesses, the most interesting area where the platform has expanded is Stories. During its initial rollout in August of 2016, Instagram Stories provided a way for users to take photos, add effects & layers, and add them to their Instagram story. Images uploaded to a user's story expire after 24 hours. A few months later, Instagram took a big step by adding live video functionality to Stories. As of a few months ago, Instagram reported that more than 200 million of their users were interacting with Stories on a regular basis.

Although stories have already reached a huge audience, this feature is still quite new. That means it presents a big opportunity for businesses that understand how to utilize it. Here are a few ways to use Instagram Stories to benefit your own business:

Special Offers

A simple but very effective way to get started with Instagram Stories is by delivering a special offer. Because Stories expire after 24 hours, providing special offers give people a very good reason to stay tuned into what you're sharing. Scarcity and time limits are very powerful motivators, and Instagram Stories is a great platform for utilizing them.

Showcase Creativity

Most people don't want to buy from or work with a faceless corporation. Instead, they want to support people they like and find interesting. Since Stories provide a way to be less polished than your main Instagram profile, it's great for showing off what goes on behind the scenes. You can show off creativity and other experiences that make your business unique.

Host a Takeover

A takeover refers to letting someone else "host" your Instagram Stories for 24 hours. While this can work well with another member of your team, what's even more powerful is letting the owner of a complementary business take over your Stories. Taking this approach is a great way to bring a new audience to your Stories.

We hope you will use the information we shared above to start harnessing everything Instagram Stories can do for your business. And if you want to stay in the loop with the latest features and marketing opportunities from all the major social platforms, our self-study social media certification is a great way to make that happen. For a one-time fee, you'll get instant access to every tool and resource you need for success!

 

 

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How to Become a Successful Social Media Manager

With hundreds of millions of people using social media in the United States and billions more across the rest of the world, it’s not surprising that businesses across all industries have taken notice of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. While businesses of all sizes understand that social media is a powerful way for them to connect with potential and current customers, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do. Since so many businesses have personally experienced the challenges that go along with building a meaningful presence on social media platforms, there’s a lot of demand for solutions. One solution that many businesses pursue is hiring a social media manager. Because engagement is such an important driver of social media activity, businesses want someone who can build a thriving community through real interactions.

Whether you’re interested in getting hired as a full-time social media manager for one company or want to work on a contract basis for multiple companies, we want to share some tips on the best approach to finding success as a social media manager:

Be Proactive

One of the main traits that separate individuals who find a lot of success as social media managers from those who don’t is being proactive. Given the ever-evolving landscape of social media, it’s important to take real ownership of your role and always be on the lookout for new opportunities.

Get Comfortable with Tools

Trying to manually do everything that’s required of a social media manager simply isn’t going to work. That’s why you need to be using comfortable using a variety of tools. From spreadsheets to scheduling tools, trying different tools and then fully learning the ones that work best will help you a lot.

Create Case Studies

Regardless of whether you prefer to work as a full-time or contract social media manager, it’s important to have a personal brand. One way to build a brand is by showing what you’ve done for different businesses. Case studies are an excellent way to share this information. And if you do work for any B2B companies, knowing how to create compelling case studies will come in quite handy.

Always Be Learning

Social media is something that continues to evolve at a very rapid pace. If you want to ensure that you’re always in the loop about what’s new and working, it’s essential to make ongoing learning a priority. A simple but very effective way to keep up with the latest in social media is our self-study social media certification. Not only will our program give you all the skills you need to thrive as a social media manager, but it will ensure that you’re able to keep those skills sharp.

Blog SEO – How to Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines

There are a number of ways to drive traffic to a blog. One that has been around for over a decade but continues to be very valuable is blog SEO. By optimizing your blog for search engines, you won't just attract traffic to your blog. Instead, you'll attract visitors that have already expressed an interest in the kind of topics you write about on your blog. So whether you're using your blog to promote your business or are monetizing your blog through different methods like advertising, the right approach to search engine optimization can create a lot of value for your blog. Here's how to get started with getting your blog ranked for the right terms:

 

Do Some Keyword Research

Before you can start optimizing your blog, it's important to know the right search terms to build your keyword strategy around. A common mistake bloggers make is investing time and resources in optimizing for keywords that get very little search traffic. Although long-tail keywords with smaller amounts of traffic can be valuable, there should be a few cornerstone terms with medium to high amounts of traffic that your strategy is built around. You can get this information by using a keyword research tool. Google offers a tool directly through the AdWords interface. There are also a number of free and paid tools that use various data sources to estimate how many people are typing in specific search terms every month.

Write First, Then Optimize

Once you've done your research and know the terms that you want to focus on ranking for, you're going to want to use them in the blog posts you publish. However, that doesn't mean you need to use each term a certain number of times per post. This approach will lower the quality of your writing and not really make a difference with SEO. A better strategy is to write for your audience first, then add any target keywords during the editing process. This will allow you to place them in areas like the meta description, title and opening paragraph without watering down the quality of your posts.

Pursue the Right Links

In addition to the content you publish, links also play a big role in search engine rankings. You'll want to look for opportunities to connect with other publishers and get them to link to your blog. Just be sure that you don't try to take shortcuts. When bloggers attempt to create lots of links by pursuing low-quality sources, they put themselves in a position where they may receive a penalty that cuts off all their search engine traffic.

If you want to learn even more about how to take your blog to the next level, our blog marketing course covers everything you need to know and do to find success.

4 Great Ways You Can Use Content Marketing to Build Your Personal Brand

You've probably read at least a handful of blog posts that talk about content marketing. If you spend a fair amount of time reading about online marketing, you've probably actually come across a few case studies about content marketing. While both blog post and case studies are useful sources of information about content marketing, they're generally focused on how small and large businesses are utilizing this marketing technique.

What most sources of information about this topic don't touch on is whether or not content marketing is a good fit for personal branding. The answer to that question is not only is it a good fit, but if you're serious about building a strong personal brand, you definitely need to be engaged in content marketing. Let's go over four different reasons why this strategy works so well:

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How To Find The Right Twitter Influencers To Grow Your Business

When marketers talk about the power of Twitter, what they're really talking about is the power of people. One of the key lessons of Twitter training for business is that you need to use this platform to target the right people. Although you can drive a lot of traffic without the right targeting, the majority of that traffic isn't going to be people who are likely to become customers.

While having a large number of followers may look impressive, if you want your Twitter for business efforts to have an impact on your bottom line, you need to focus on quality over quantity. Now that you know why it's so important to target the right Twitter users, let's take a look at several different ways to connect with the right people: Read the rest of this entry

10 Creative Ways To Use Your LinkedIn Company Page To Connect With Top Prospects

LinkedIn Training for business isn't just for bringing in new clients. With the right training, you can also learn how to use LinkedIn to attract the best prospects for your company. If you want to bring in talented individuals who can help your company continue to grow, let's go over how to improve your LinkedIn company page, as well as how to use features like LinkedIn Groups to connect with great prospects: Read the rest of this entry

5 Simple Ways To Drive More Facebook Traffic To Your Business Website

Most businesses are aware of the fact that they need to have a presence on Facebook. However, simply putting up a page isn't enough to get results from Facebook. An important part of Facebook training for business is knowing how to not only get attention for your page, but how to get traffic from Facebook to your business website.

If you know that Facebook can do a lot for your business but you have no idea how to get started, don't feel stressed. Instead, all you need to do is keep reading so that you can learn exactly how to utilize Facebook for business by driving traffic directly to your website: Read the rest of this entry

2017 Calendar
Jan: Marketing Plan Development
Feb: Social Media Tools Review
Mar: Social Media Optimization
Apr: Branding and Advertising
May: Content and Article Marketing
Jun: Video and Blog Marketing
Jul: Email and Mobile Marketing
Aug: Pay Per Click Marketing
Sep: Search Engine Optimization
Oct: Social Media Management
Nov: Building Brand Advocates
Dec: Business Networking and Sales
Each month we will be featuring live webinars from our teachers on the above topics. Get exclusive access as a Web Media University member.
Featured Teacher
  • MICHELLE HUMMEL

    MICHELLE HUMMEL

    Michelle was recently nominated for the Women Owned Business of the Year! CEO of her own full service social media marketing agency Web Strategy Plus.  She holds a valuable degree in Internet Marketing with a strong 15+ year background in the field. She has published 2 books in her series titled, “The Social Media Magnet: everything you need to know to attract customers with social media”, where she shares her best kept secrets to success. Michelle travels Worldwide delivering keynotes and in-depth social media certification training to companies. She founded the Social Media Enthusiasts community with chapters Nationwide. Also a current contributing editor to The Social Media Monthly Magazine. Read More »