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Author: Hollie Clere

#GrowYourBusiness – How to Use Paid Ads to Generate Leads in Social Media

You may love your job but you aren’t just working for the fun of it. You also want to make money. Moreover, to make money, you need to get sales. To get sales, you need leads.

Until the last few years, you could rely on getting leads organically through your website and search strategies. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of these tools has been on the decline over the last few years. Nowadays, to make the most of using the web to generate leads you need to take advantage of social media advertising.

Of course, you want to make sure that you’re using your dollars effectively so before jumping in you need a plan. Here are six key steps to using paid ads to generate leads in social media:

  1. Set a Budget: When it comes to cost, social media advertising is relatively inexpensive when compared with traditional media. Best of all, you can set a target for how much you want to spend. Based on the results you can either increase or decrease the amount. You’ll need to be aware of the pricing structures for the various platforms and decide how you want to allocate your resources.
  2. Think About Your Targets: When you purchase social media advertising you select the target audience. Consider your audience carefully and make your selections based on who is most likely to need your products or services.
  3. Decide How To Measure Success: Unless you have goals and metrics established you have no way to determine if you’re getting your money’s worth. Is it hard sales, leads, clicks, shares or some other number that will determine if your campaign is working?
  4. Analyze Your Options: Study each platform carefully before launching. Each platform (Facebook versus Twitter, for example) has its own unique strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Develop Your Content: The exact type of content that will work best depends on a variety of factors. Your best bet is to use a balance of different media.
  6. Rinse and Repeat: It may take time to develop the right combinations of spending, platforms, and specific content. Evaluate your progress and make adjustments to your strategy.

To use social media paid advertising successfully you need to understand the basics as well as what makes each platform tick. The quickest, most effective way to do that is to consult with a professional.

The Social Media Advisor can help you jump-start your effort by helping you build a solid foundation. The Social Power Program will give you the tools you need to make sure that you are not spinning your wheels and wasting money. Best of all, for a limited time, you’ll receive a FREE Social Media Analysis with your Discovery Session.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#GrowYourBusiness – How to Build Your Business Using Social Media

As a business owner, you know how important it is to take advantage of all the tools available to you. These days, one of the most important of these tools is social media. It’s likely that you already have pages on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and perhaps Instagram and Pinterest.

But are you actually using social media to build your business? If not, now is the perfect time to fine-tune your strategy to make the most of these critical marketing assets.

Here are five key ways you can use social media to help you build and strengthen your business:

  • Strengthen relationships: As social media has evolved engagement has become the mantra for success. When you engage with your audience, you build and strengthen your relationships. Strong relationships can do a lot for you both personally and professionally.
  • Generate Leads: Of course, you want to get sales or else you wouldn’t be in business. Social media can help you get more visibility, reach a broader audience, and yes, make sales.
  • Strengthen Your Brand: You work hard to build your brand. Why not protect and strengthen it. When used to its full potential, social media can help you strengthen your brand and, in turn, make inroads in the marketplace.
  • Drive Traffic to your Site: If you are like most small businesses today, your website is your lifeblood. While social media is great for increasing your visibility, it’s also the perfect way to get your audience to click through to your website.
  • Establish your Authority: There are many reasons that you want to be perceived as an authority in your industry. Aside from getting customers to turn to you when they need your product or services, Google places a premium on authority when it comes to search rankings.

The decision to use social media to help you build your business is an easy one. But committing to it consistently and effectively is another story. Unless you’re a social media pro, you may need some help. That’s where the Social Media Advisor’s Social Power Program comes in.

The Social Power Program is the perfect way to up your game no matter what your level of social media expertise. As a bonus, as part of your Discovery Sessions, you’ll get a FREE social media analysis. Your analysis is the perfect way to get on the right track to using social media as a key tool for building your business.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#GrowYourBusiness – How to Build an Editorial Calendar for Your Social Media

Despite our best intentions, day-to-day responsibilities can push content creation to the bottom of the to-do list. Before you know it, you’re behind schedule and struggling to get caught up.

As if the stress from getting behind isn’t bad enough, an effective social media strategy requires not just top quality content, but also that it’s consistent. A good editorial calendar can help you plan your content and post the right amount at the right time.

When you break it all down, an editorial calendar is simply a way to organize your work. Sounds easy enough but how do you go about building a calendar that will help you get the job done? Here are six steps to building a great social media editorial calendar.

  • Think about your audience. The key to creating engaging content is knowing what’s right for your audience. If you don’t know your audience, then you should step back and learn.
  • Think about your goals. Different goals require different types of content. You’ll need a mix of content that is promotional, informational, and educational. What is most effective for you will depend on your business, your objectives, and your audience.
  • Budget time for planning: It’s not good enough to fit creating your calendar in where you can. Set aside time to create, monitor, and revise your plan. Whether it’s once a week, once a month, or once a year, treat your social media calendar with the same importance as financial planning.
  • Consider the requirements for each platform: Each platform has its own unique characteristics. What works best on Facebook may not work well on Pinterest or Twitter. That’s not to say that you have to create brand new content for each platform, but you will likely need to reformat it to fit the place where you are posting it. You should also keep the platform in mind when you decide how often to post.
  • Keep a master calendar: You don’t need a different calendar for each platform. In fact, keeping one calendar works best.
  • Put it in print: Once you have reviewed your goals, your audience, and the requirements of the platforms, put it in writing. Share your calendar with the other members of your team and stick to the plan.

In the long run, developing an editorial content system will make your job much easier. Not only will you have help if you get stuck for ideas, but you’ll also be able to assess what is working and what isn’t. To help you get started, take advantage of the FREE social media analysis that you’ll receive when you sign up for the Social Media Advisor’s Discovery Session. It will help you jump-start your effort and get you headed in the right direction.

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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#LearnSocialMedia – Why Reviewing Social Media Reports is Essential for Your Online Strategy

Whether you consider using social media for business a bonus or a burden, there’s no denying that creating content can be fun. However, as anyone who does it will tell you, it can also be extremely time-consuming.

That’s where social media reports come in. Reports can help you determine if you’re meeting your content goals and using your resources wisely.

Each social media platform has its own set of analytical tools to help you understand if your content and timing are effective. Of course, there are also professionals and third-party tools available to do additional analysis, but let’s assume you want to do your own analysis.

At a minimum, you should be using Facebook and Twitter.

With the reports these two platforms have built-in, you’ll be able to determine how many people are viewing your content and whether or not they are sharing your content with others.

Facebook

Facebook’s reporting tool is called Insights. It’s automatically available if you have a business page. When you view Insights you’ll be able to see how many people are viewing individual posts, determine how often each item is shared, and if it’s been commented on. Over time, you’ll be able to understand what type of content works best with your particular audience. You’ll also be able to break down your information along demographic lines. 

Twitter

Twitter’s reports are called Analytics. Like Insights, you’ll be able to track what elements of your content are performing well. If you’re purchasing paid advertising, you’ll also be able to track which ads are giving you the best return on investment.

Other platforms such as Instagram and LinkedIn have their own reporting tools and carry similar information, and you should be taking advantage of them. By monitoring each of these analytical tools, you can make sure that your social media strategy is working. If not, it’s time to make some adjustments.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the data that comes along with your social media pages. Luckily, you can get a head start on learning what it all means and how to best use it with the Social Media Advisor’s Social Power Program. Right now, when you enroll in the Social Power Program, you’ll get a FREE comprehensive social media analysis. This analysis will give you a complete picture of your strengths and weaknesses and a snapshot of what your audience sees. Don’t you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this free benefit today?

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Hollie Clere of The Social Media Advisor is a “#BeAwesome” Developer, Social Media, Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedInFacebookTwitterBlogGoogle+YouTubePinterestInstagram, and the tools to manage them.

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