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How Social Media Certification Can Give You An Edge in the Job Market

Currently, there's a big disconnect between how many companies are using social media, and how many companies feel that their usage is effective. Specifically, a report by Harvard Business Review found that while 79% are utilizing social media, only 12% feel they're doing so effectively. Because most companies now understand the importance of social media but still aren't sure how to properly utilize these channels, it shouldn't come as a surprise that they're looking for employees who do. And if you want to be a job seeker who does have those skills, social media marketing courses can provide the training you need.

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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

How to Turn a Twitter Follower Into a Lead

One of the biggest criticisms that businesses have about Twitter is that for all the hype surrounding it, the platform doesn't drive real results. Although it's easy to understand why plenty of businesses feel that way, it's not actually a problem with Twitter. Instead, it's simply because they don't know the best strategy for fully utilizing this platform. Read the rest of this entry

3 Essential Facebook Post Ideas to Improve Your Organic Reach

When Facebook changed their algorithm and reduced organic reach, a lot of businesses panicked. They worried that this change would torpedo all the work they had put into building a following on Facebook. For businesses that had made the mistake of buying low-quality followers just to boost their numbers, it’s safe to say that their “investments” didn’t pay off. But for businesses who have a real following, things don’t have to be so bleak.

It’s true that even if you have a quality following, you probably aren’t happy when you look at the current reach analytics for your posts. However, what businesses often forget is the reality of Facebook. When you pull up your personal Facebook feed or the feed of any other individual user, the first thing you’re going to notice is there’s no shortage of content. Read the rest of this entry

Top 5 Ways to Increase Sales With LinkedIn Groups

With over 225 million users, LinkedIn has become a central hub for anyone who's serious about their career. While most professionals are aware that this site is a great tool for building their personal brand, many businesses don't realize just how useful it can be for increasing leads and ultimately sales. Read the rest of this entry

How Twitter Brings More Customers to Your Website

The Internet has fundamentally changed the definition of effective marketing. Companies can no longer rely on blasting out mass messages and hoping customers respond. Because the Internet provides people with so many options, effective marketing has to earn potential customers' attention instead of trying to hijack it through brute force. This significant shift in strategy is known as inbound marketing. Read the rest of this entry

4 Powerful Ways to Approach Social Media Training and Get Results

Now that businesses of all sizes have realized that social media is here to stay, a significant percentage want to learn the best way to utilize these networks for promotional purposes. For many businesses, one of the biggest challenges is balancing employee sharing with ensuring that no one does anything that could damage the company's brand. Read the rest of this entry

Pinterest Group Boards – What are the Pros and Cons?

It generally doesn’t take a whole lot of time for new Pinterest users It generally doesn't take a whole lot of time for new Pinterest users to be invited to participate in a group board. One reason those invitations are so common is because it's quite easy to start this type of board. All it requires is for at least two people to pin on the same board. Because group boards are fairly popular among users, many businesses want to know if it's a good fit for their Pinterest strategy. Read the rest of this entry

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. Read the rest of this entry

7 Smart Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers

After you get used to how Pinterest works, one of the goals you'll likely have is to increase your total number of followers. While pursuing quantity simply for the sake of vanity metrics isn't the most effective strategy, there are definite benefits to increasing the number of targeted followers your profile has. As more people who are interested in what your business is sharing start following it, you'll be able to increase repins, likes, comments, impressions, and clicks. That, in turn, can help you with branding, driving traffic, attracting more leads and ultimately increasing sales. Read the rest of this entry

2019 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 »