Tag: storytelling in social media

#TeamBuilding – Finding the Right Social Media Team

A true sign that you have finally started making waves in your business is when you get to the point that you need to add people to your team. Being the CEO of every aspect of your business only works for so long. In order to grow professionally, you will need to bring people into the fold that can manage various areas of your work. Many entrepreneurs and small business owners find that they actually become more profitable once they begin to delegate certain time consuming aspects of their business to team members.

Why do you need a social media team?
Social media marketing is definitely an area that many companies, especially those without internal marketing staff, look to experts for assistance.  To be effective at social media, there are several factors that go into consideration:
  •        Must understand the different social media platforms, the best times to post, the demographics, the purpose, and the individual tactics and lingo.
  •        Need to remain consistent in social efforts since a lapse in content will cause a loss in followers.
  •        Knowledge of advantageous social media practices and concepts such as like/know/trust, 80/20 rule, prospecting, analytics and platform advertising is extremely helpful.
  •        Keeping on top of engagement such as thanking people who share content, responding to messages, and being reciprocal with favorites and likes is a necessary element of generating followers in social media.
  •        Understanding the various social media tools to help automate certain elements of social and save time.
  •        Responding quickly and appropriately to any bad review or other potential social media crisis. 

That is a lot to keep on top of for just one task. Unfortunately, to be truly efficient at social media, all of these elements need to be handled on a regular basis.
So, who do you want on your team?
You have some options. You can hire a full-time person in house just to handle social media. Most companies aren’t quite big enough yet to justify a full time staff member. This means outsourcing the work to a social media company who will give you a plan based on your business needs and who will be able to maintain most of this for you.
What you may find when you are seeking your own social media manageris that they tend to specialize in different areas. Some of them are experts in a specific field or niche. Others are great on content creation but may not tackle engagement. There are companies out there that offer all of the above. Make sure you know what type of assistance you are looking for before you begin interviewing potential social professionals.
The tasks can also be divided into different fields or specialties. It’s possible to hire a content creator to write, design and publish various content but then also bring a SEO expert on board to get the most bang out of that content. If you are attempting to build a tribe or community, hiring someone to manage your engagement should be the goal. There are other possible roles such as a public relations individual or expert at reputation marketing to manage your online presence, a data driven team member focused on analyzingresults, or a IT person well versed in web development and coding for blogging and website assistance.
Don’t hire a team member or company that can only provide pieces of what you are seeking. There are enough people out there in the field that finding one to meet your needs should not be too difficult.
Remember that your social media marketing is a part of your brand. The story you tell in social media is vital to how the public views you and what you do. If you think of social as anything other than elaborate storytelling in order to build relationships, then you don’t really understand what social media can accomplish.
Want to learn more about social media and storytelling? Contact The Social Media Advisor team. We’d love to chat with you about how you can #BeAwesome online!
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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 LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagramand the tools to manage them.

Are you looking for Social Media Speakers in 2016 for your Groups or Teams?



Are you interested in hosting a Social Media Speaker for 2016? We would love to meet your group and discuss top online marketing trends of 2016!

Can you relate to any of the following questions?

?         We want to know … what are the latest trends for social media marketing for 2016?
?         How do we incorporate a relationship and retention building strategy with our clients in social media?
?         What are tools we can incorporate today to help build the “Like, Know, Trust” with our customers TODAY?
 This presentation is an ideal fit for your business and the people in our group!
Telling an effective story in your brand will make or break your online presence. 
  
In our research, 9 out of 10 Corporate Profiles in social media are not enriched with anything relevant to their brand, their potential clients or their ideal target market. 
  
Anyone can build a Social Media Profile Page, but do they know how to build them correctly?

This talk will discuss the importance of a story in your marketing, the key components social platforms utilize to make your brand searchable and tools to establish your true “voice” which will guide your brand on the journey of building a solid foundation for a successful social media relationship with your audience. Launching these principles into your business will immediately improve your credibility with your customers by building a long standing relationship with your clients so your competition isn’t claiming them from you. 

  
Workshop Take-aways:  
  
?         Your Story Matters: Defining the social media algorithms and how they can help or hurt your brand  Content is KING! 
?         Discussing the proper ways to integrate the power of native video, branded images and keyword rich storytelling into your online brand  
?         Tools of the Trade: Top tools for creating and scheduling content, monitoring engagement, and processes to keep you on top of your marketing funnel. 
  
Let us know if this workshop would be of benefit to your business, networking group, mastermind, business development or sales teams.

#BeAwesome In Storytelling For Your Brand

Your Trainer: Hollie Clere at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clerecomm

  
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303-847-7070 

Top 3 Reasons to Use Images on Your Facebook Page


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Top 3 Reasons to Use Images on Your Facebook Page

Facebook is, hands down, the cornerstone of a company’s social media platform. There are plenty of social media sites out there to choose from – each with their own purpose, strengths and weaknesses. However, Facebook boosts over 1.23 billion active users. That’s quite an audience!

Unfortunately, that audience has a lot to look at. In a sea of virtual competition, how can a lone Facebook page hope to stand out and grab attention?

There’s a lot that goes into a great Facebook page. Professionally crafted bios with the most appropriate keywords, branding, consistent posts with interesting and viable information, links to products and partners, and attention grabbing graphics are all part of what makes a business page great. When balancing all those components, why are the images such an imperative aspect of a standout Facebook page?

The Power of Images
A picture is worth so much more than a thousand words these days. In an age of digital warfare, cell phones, televisions and computers are all vying for our limited attention spans. It’s no fluke that social media platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram thrive on the abundance of photos and memes.
A business has mere seconds to capture the attention of a potential or new customer or follower. To use those seconds wisely, high quality images that draw the eye are essential. This is true for any kind of marketing, but especially on a Facebook news feed where individuals are scrolling through so much information.
The image is the hook – the text is how you close!
The Impact of Images
Today, just about everyone has a cell phone and are taking pictures. Then those pictures and screenshots are being uploaded to visual boards like Pinterest, or feeds like Tumblr and Reddit. Who has time to read a bio or a description these days? Twitter limits its character limit for a reason. People would need to set aside time to digest information like that and companies simply can’t convince users to stop and read how great they are on initial engagement.
This is where a high quality image or meme becomes vital. It’s the page owner’s responsibility to come up with a way to draw their viewers in. And that’s where images make the most impact, introducing Facebook users with the pages they will soon come to love and trust!
The Versatility of Images
An image can be so much more than just a picture these days. One picture can host a variety of links or can carry other embedded photos or multimedia. These interactive images not only grab attention, but can even keep it! Extend those few seconds of an individual’s attention to minutes of connection. Imagine how much value those minutes can bring to a Facebook page – leaving an impression that will keep people coming back again and again.
If that isn’t enough, Google has spearheaded the image search engine trend making it simple to find what one seeks simply by looking through images. That means that SEO today is for more than just keyword density and written content. Properly executed SEO on your images gives people more avenues to locate your online content.  Even Facebook is getting in on the SEO game and pages are popping up more frequently on search engine feeds.
Now that you understand the impact of images on your Facebook page, you might need an expert to make sure your social media content shines! Let us know how we can help increase the presence of your business on Facebook.

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Why should you develop consistency in Social Media?

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Social Media folk talk about consistency frequently.  But realistically, what does that mean?  We are tackling this question with 5 strategies to help you battle consistency in Social Media


Webster defines the term as: harmony of conduct or practice with profession

Consistency with your Brand

We talk often about your brand.  We frequently see Profiles and Pages built with generic images and inconsistent wording.  Usually Pages and Profiles are merely created with a non-specific purpose, without keyword or target focused branding.  Images should be aligned with the mission, services and products, stories should be in alignment as well.  Creating a Page without purpose or updates, leaves your visitors wanting and curious.  Define your brand by understanding your niche and target market.  You may quickly find that a general tagline or “name” of a service doesn’t clearly encompass the image of the brand as a whole.  Leaving blank spaces and images that don’t really say much about your target audience, will leave you undesirable, unclear and your viewer will lose attention with your brand as a whole.

Consistency with your Message

What does your message say about you and your brand?  Does it speak to your ideal audience?  Can you read over your mission or message and know exactly who, how and what you are offering is a good fit for your viewer?  In more cases than not, your BIG WHY probably doesn’t speak to the true gifts your company offers, the solutions you are offering or pains you are trying to solve.  These are the things that your ideal client is wanting to learn.  A properly crafted message to your niche will clearly tell an appropriate story to your target market and will draw the right audience to your brand.

Consistency with your Posts

We get the question, “How often should we post an update in Social Media?”  Followed up by, “I only want to post once each week or once a month to not bother my clients.”

Due to the nature of information in the world of “Internet of Things”, this suggestion is far too small to build a consistent visibility for your brand.  It will take planning, editorial calendars, offers and calendar alignment to maintain a successful consistent stream of activity for your audience.  Every single platform has a variety of “suggested” post intervals.  Example: You can post once or twice in Facebook each day vs seven to ten times each day in Twitter – both are appropriate, but you will also have to measure engagement, times of day and views to gauge the proper intervals based off your target market and type of content you are wanting to share.  

A discovery session to understand your goals, time and reach is necessary for anyone to consult you on the best options for your brand. PET PEEVE: a SMM (Social Media Manager) who will suggest 5 times each day on Facebook blindly without understanding your budget and target reach – is doing you a disservice.  It is better to post on a regular schedule than to not post at all.

Consistency with Communication and Responses

If you are posting in social media, you should expect responses and engagement.  How and what you share will determine the frequency of opportunity you will have to respond and monitor engagement.  Bottom line … if you share something in social media, expect to be prepare to respond in a timely manner.  Timely means same day, in most cases within an hour.  Outside of that time frame, apologize for the delay in response.  If you don’t have a response plan in place and reply within a week, you have lost the opportunity in that engagement.

Consistency with Routine

Developing an editorial calendar is relevant in this response to routine.
  
  1. A calendar will keep you in tune with themes, focus, events, relevance and will help you avoid randomly sharing or becoming too self promotional.
  2. A routine will help you focus on the best times of day to post, highest engagement and will help you to not flood your audience with too  much content at once.
  3. Use tools to keep you organized (HootSuite, Buffer, Commun.it, HubSpot, Tweetdeck, etc) are great resources you should consider adding to your tool belt to maintain the routine you are trying to develop.

Build a solid brand by using the living, breathing circle of consistency and your audience will keep you top of mind as an expert, trusted vendor and key connection in their list of resources.

Are you needing a brand analysis or strategy consulting to build your editorial calendar and consistency?  Give us a shout!

~ Social Media is changing the way people do business.  Don’t get left behind ~ 

Hollie Clere, of The Social Media Advisor is a “Be Awesome” Developer, Social Media Brand Builder, Content Manager, Trainer and Author in LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google+ , YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and the tools to manage them. Click here for her Social Media Workshops, Classes and Seminars


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