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Personal and Expanded Accounts Get Randomize Function In BundlePost

There are several distinctions between the different BundlePost account types. Though the majority of BundlePost users are Pro accounts that provide unlimited feeds, schedules, hashtags and upgraded functions, our Expanded and Personal account users are no less important to us. We recently evaluated the different social content management account types, their features and capabilities and came to a realization that we needed to make a few changes.

Pro accounts have always had the efficient Randomize function and recently were also given the new Mix algorithm, which makes shuffling up to 100 scheduled posts by curated source, topic and marketing messages in a single click a real breeze. This new feature was also designated as a Pro account only function, leaving Personal and Expanded accounts to continue to drag and drop scheduled posts, without any automation. We decided this needed to be changed…

Randomize feature for BundlePost Expanded and Pro UsersToday BundlePost is announcing that we have reconfigured Personal and Expanded accounts to include the Randomize feature.

Now Expanded and Personal account types can single click randomize their 40-50 scheduled posts. When managing curation for social media from multiple sources, RSS Feeds and marketing repository messages, the drag and drop capability becomes a more fine tuning strategic function, instead of the only way to mix posts from various sources. Clicking the Randomize button will randomize your scheduled posts to ensure a more random order of the content and subject matter you are posting to social media, and do it in a much more efficient way.

Though the new Intelligent Mix algorithm will remain a Pro Only feature, the Randomize feature will definitely infuse a substantial boost in efficiency to our other user types. Let us know what you think!

 

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More BundlePost Upgrades And Added Features Go Live

BundlePost releases new upgradeYou know that huge wish list you have in a spreadsheet somewhere on your computer? The things you would really like to get done that improves your product or service, but might not be the highest priority. Things that make it look better, work better or even just flow better. That list you keep adding to, but never seem to have the time to tackle? Ya that…

BundlePost quietly launched a substantial package of upgraded interface, features and enhancements late last week that had been on our wish list for some time. While a few other large development projects were moving to their next phase, our team focused on some massive improvements that any savvy application user would expect from a social media tool.

What’s New?

Interface – We have unified all navigational buttons across the platform. We chose a clean format that is something you would expect to see in an app of our caliber. We cleaned up a lot of nagging inconsistencies throughout the system with button wording, positioning and sizes. Clean, simple, unified. We think you’ll like it a lot!

Content Search – Yep, we added search across the entire system. Every folder list, content list and table now has a search function right above the table. The search feature will search every post, folder, or list on your screen in realtime and display the matching results as you type.Bundle Post Interface Upgrade

We can’t count how many times we’ve had a My Content marketing post saved, but could not remember the actual text of the post or when we had added it to our marketing message repository in the system. Scrolling through hundreds of posts is no longer a problem.

Column Sorting – We have added column sorting throughout the system. You can click on the column header of any section in BundlePost and sort all information by that column A-Z. The headers toggle Z-A as you click again. Can you say handy?

Upgraded Export Table – Not only have we unified the interface across the board on the main export table, but we have also enhanced the post buttons and more. Here are the main things you will notice;

1) Main Buttons – unified with new button interface design

2) Active schedule displayed – which schedule are you managing content for right now

3) New post action buttons – very clean look and layout.

4) Feed Source Icons – click the feeds drop down to select a feed channel of content and make visual choices faster based on the feed source/type icons appearing next to each feed.

Feed Channels - We also gave the feed channels page itself a needed upgrad, making it more user-friendly and easier on the eyes. All of the other system-wide enhancements can be found within your feed channels page.

With a consistent focus on improving social media management, content curation, scheduling and hashtagging, you will find that these new BundlePost enhancements represent our continual focus on improving the efficiency, effectiveness and results of our users social media marketing. This upgrade lays the foundation for our next system developments you will see in the next few weeks, along with other major innovations to follow.

Stop managing content and start getting real results with your social media marketing!

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8 Social Media Pros Give Their Expert BundlePost User Best Practices

Expert Social Media Professionals Give Best PracticesWe recently reached out to a few of our expert BundlePost users that are also social media professionals to get their tips and best practices. These are industry professionals that spend their time actually doing effective social media marketing, not focusing on teaching, speaking, or trying to be an industry celebrity. The folks you are about to hear from execute social media professionally and their revenue comes from doing this effectively for clients and/or their brand. These professionals don’t make money teaching, speaking and writing about social media marketing theory, rather they quietly get real results in an industry fraught with many bullhorns that have no legs.

You will find this to be one of the longest blog posts we have ever generated, however you will also find that the knowledge, experience and advice these BundlePost experts provide will be invaluable. Join us as we celebrate these professionals and their experienced use of the BundlePost technology. They are listed below in no particular order.

 

Rainy Liang

Lynn Abate-Johnson

Rainy Liang is runs Get Social With Rainy, a digital marketing agency that specializes in social media marketing for midsized to large companies and celebrity personalities.Twitter LinkedIn About.Me

BundlePost is one of the most used tools in my social media toolbox. Without a doubt it is the easiest and most efficient way to organize and manage large amounts of content for sharing over multiple social media platforms, but that’s not the only reason I use it daily. Since Facebook’s decision to reduce the amount of organic Page traffic down to 1% and 2% I’ve had to find other ways to generate traffic to Facebook Pages. One way is by using BundlePost to repurpose content and boost traffic to fanpages from other social media platforms like Twitter and Google+. This process has eliminated the need to purchase Facebook ads and I’ve been able to restore a lot of traffic back to pre Edgerank percentages for a number of my clients.

How to Build Traffic to a Facebook Page Using BundlePost:

Maximize Your Effort:

  • Post at the optimal time for each social media platform. Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest Page analytics can help you determine time to repurpose content.
  • Utilize BundlePost content folders to get creative and change titles for your repurposed content to avoid sounding repetitive when re-sharing multiple times.
  • Build your following on all your social media pages. The more followers you have the easier it will be to direct more traffic to a Facebook Page.

Pinterest and Google+:

At this time there are limitations with scheduling links from Facebook Pages to other platforms like Pinterest and Google+. You will find the images do not populate. Keep this detail in mind when you are choosing the right Facebook Page content to schedule for Google+.

You can use this strategy to link pins back to a Facebook Page but I don’t recommend doing it through BundlePost at this time because Pinterest posts need an image to be effective. I suggest scheduling a pin with an image and a link to the Facebook post you wish to repurpose with Sendible.  However, there are limitations to scheduling pins via Sendible at this time. For example, all scheduled pins will be pinned to your first board by default, but you can easily change the order of your boards with Pinterest’s drag and drop function. I like to change the order of my client’s boards each week based on the content I plan to repurpose.

This is just one of my favorite uses for BundlePost that makes it possible for me get the most out of my time and effort and avoid unnecessary costly fees.

 

Erika Jones

KP Kelly

I think BIG while executing every detail with a passion for growth. I love the creativity of what I do and believe in getting into more than just the image of the business or brand but rather develop a long-term strategy for social and digital success. As a marketing evangelist I believe that marketing is a living breathing moving thing that you cannot wait for change, you go out and make it happen. I operate a fluid digital idea factory that practices skillful social media and marketing strategy every day. We move, you grow.Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin www.gosynergymc.com

When I was first introduced to BundlePost I was spending HOURS finding content for my clients and our agency was “stuck” at a certain point of growth because of the amount of time put into finding content rather than engaging and communicating and growing. After seeing BundlePost in action it was clear that we were going to save a lot of time scouring the Internet for hours finding content. In just a few short weeks we were able to spend ½ the time generating content for all our clients social media outlets and we spent that time growing their following and engaging with them instead of stuck behind a screen of bookmarked articles.

Understanding that social is about sharing and providing value to your “tribe” of people who chose to follow you, we knew that the content needed to be up to date, current and of course follow the trends in each industry we have clients in. By understanding that, and using the feed channels in BundlePost our clients can now post such a variety of information and resources on such a consistent basis they look like marketing rock stars. For example, we have a Realtor who we have educated that social media is not about the listings, but rather the value you provide on a daily basis and when the time comes that someone in your tribe knows someone looking to buy or sell, you are the person they go to! We use the various feed channels set up in BundlePost to put such a variety of information out to his followers that the amount of RT, likes, shares, and +1’s immediately jumped. By interacting with those people and continuing to build a relationship this realtor has connected and sold to people he would have never been able to touch via traditional advertising.

Another amazing BundlePost feature that has made our clients and us look like Rockstars is the hash-tagging feature. With one click, I can auto-hashtag posts making it look like we spent hours re-writing the said posts with the appropriate hashtags. One trick that we have used is the attribution feature, while it is to be used for giving credit to the author or source, we have also used it for creative hash tags that normally wouldn’t be used to replace, rather add to the post. For example a feed from a real estate digital blog is always hashtagged with #digitalgenius as well as the attribution. By using this feature we have also created some self-made and branded hashtags for our clients. We also use this feature for promoting our clients own blog posts and utilizing hashtags when sharing. One local real estate office has been using #RM4K for RE/MAX 4000 on all content generated from the office as well as they brand it online and in what little print they do. The time saved by having that hashtag auto post when posting their bundle feed from their blog has been remarkable.

Not only has BundlePost helped us be incredibly efficient with our social media time management, but the results we have shown clients from our social media efforts has created a strong hold on the market and allowed us to raise our prices. That’s right! Not only have we raised our prices, but we also now have a waiting list of clients that want to work with us. In a world of so much competition in social media, and constantly changing platforms, the one thing you need is consistent content, BundlePost provides that in an easy to use format that saves time, money and of course stress.

 

Lynn Abate-Johnson

Lynn Abate-Johnson

Lynn Abaté-Johnson runs a thriving global Social Business Agency called People Forward and a vacation rental home in Wellington, New Zealand, called Kainui Heights.Twitter,Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+

It made sense for me to go with a software product conceived and built out of the pain points of a Social Media Agency.  The minute I saw the live demo, I knew this was the tool I needed to make my brands shine in the realm of social business content curation, engagement, and relationship building that leads to real results. BundlePost has made it much more efficient for me to combine traditional and digital marketing practices; seamlessly woven together now, throughout my business.

My 3 BundlePost tips:

1. Campaigns happen daily, not in a silo. Integrate every post to be more cohesive with your branding year-round. Eliminate the stress of one big push here and there. Rather than forcing a campaign, try something different, using BundlePost “My Content” folders.

Events, such as – Book Launches, Fundraisers,  and Timed Offers are all attached to due dates.

Be sure to have your My Content folders and saved posts set up BEFORE (trickle them through starting months ahead, so your audience becomes familiar, and has time to share your messages), DURING, and AFTER (I always say that effective Follow Through makes all the difference and it’s never more true than in relationship building).  BundlePost provides the tools to set all this up in advance, while freeing me up to engage in real-time along the way.

2. Make it EASY for others to share/reTweet.  If you really want something shared, keep it brief, to the point, and frequent enough (top-of-mind), without being obnoxious.

Example:  My New Zealand Vacation Rental is one of my most frequently shared posts. I created a variety of short posts, including many of my guest’s testimonials (linked to my website landing page), in a “My Content” Folder within BundlePost, so it’s showing up in my feeds according to my carefully planned strategy. Isn’t New Zealand on everyone’s bucket list? J

3. Use the Force Bundlet! J  Just like building real-life relationships, effective social media marketing takes time and effort, and must include these elements:

- Pre-scheduled posts, strategically placed,

- Real-time thought-starters and engagement.

Use the Bundlet to pull timeless content from any web page and save it in a Queue folder for your next export. The Bundlet chrome extension makes it super easy and fast to keep up with the relevant content I come across daily. One click and it’s added to my BundlePost queues.

For example, I like to inspire people into action with positive stories and quotes. I make a habit of “collecting” these types of posts, created by others who are brilliant and talented, as well as creating my own.

These are just a handful of the ways I use BundlePost to increase the time, efficiency, and fun I bring to my business practices. The best part is that BundlePost is so progressive that I’m always picking up more tricks that I hadn’t tried yet. For me, as a forward-thinking entrepreneur, it’s exciting to have my fingertips on the pulse of software developers that understand exactly what I need and implement crucial elements for my ongoing success.

 

Daniel Hebert

Lynn Abate-Johnson

Daniel Hebert is an award-winning graduate of Mount Allison University, Growth Manager, Social Media at /newsrooms, and Co-founder at SteamFeed.com. He has a passion for digital marketing and entrepreneurship. If he wasn’t a marketer, he would take his love for food and become a chef.Twitter Linkedin

BundlePost is a great tool to use if you want to save time scheduling and curating social media content. However, if you don’t organize it properly, you can lose out on some of the efficiencies. Here are 6 organizational tips that could help you get more out of your BundlePost set-up:

1. Schedules: You’ll need to first set-up schedules in BundlePost. You should set-up multiple schedules for every account you manage. E.g. SteamFeed – Twitter, DanielGHebert – Twitter, SteamFeed – Facebook, SteamFeed – LinkedIn, and SteamFeed – Follow Friday. You could also set-up promotional schedules for each account you manage, based on specific campaigns. You might want to use a tool like Tweriod.com or anything that can show you optimal times to tweet for each account, and set-up your BundlePost schedules based on this.

2. Feeds: Feeds get sorted/grouped by alphabetical order in BundlePost exports, so keep this in mind when setting up your feeds in your dashboard. The best way to enter it is tagging accounts/people that will be using the feeds, then whether it’s a blog, news, or alert, and then the source name. E.g. @danielghebert – Blog – SteamFeed. When you’re looking specific feeds in your export, you can just scroll down to the right account, and all your feeds will be grouped together, instead of having to sift through 100s of feeds that are randomly tagged.

3. Attribution: One of the best features of BundlePost is the automatic attribution to each post you curate. But you need to be strategic about it. Mention the sources with either “by @handle” or “via @handle”. You can also add hashtags in this field. E.g. “via @SteamFeedcom #SMB” will be appended at the end of each tweets if you set it up this way. This is a huge time saver, and if used strategically, it can greatly help with reach.

4. My Content: Same concept with My Content folders, you need to organize it by account. Also, indicate what the folder is for. E.g. SteamFeed – videos, Steamfeed – Everygreen Blog Posts, SteamFeed – Newsletter Signups. This will make it very easy for you to find the right content to choose from when you’re ready to do an export.

5. Hashtags: Think about the different ways you could group hashtags. You can create hashtag folders by accounts you manage, or group them by topics. E.g. DanielGHebert, SteamFeedCom, Marketing Hashtags, SEO Hashtags, etc. Grouping it this way will make it quick and easy for you to use the right hashtags during an export.

6. Follow Friday Folders: This folder can be used strategically in several ways. You can target specific people you want to build relationships with (i.e. influencers, prospects, existing clients), add a personalized follow Friday in a folder, and then every few weeks run a follow Friday schedule that mentions these people. It creates an automatic touchpoint, and can be very useful in building and maintaining relationships with key prospects.

The key to BundlePost is efficiency. It can save you a ton of administrative/scheduling time if you do it right. Think about the different ways you’ll be using BundlePost, and which accounts or campaigns will be entered into the system. For every minute of planning you spend, you can save 10 minutes of execution. Don’t waste away your newly gained efficiencies by not spending time thinking about organization.

 

Cadi Jordan

KP Kelly

Cadi Jordan is an Internationally respected social media & marketing strategist. Her forte is in training, coaching and online management in the the spa, health and wellness sectors. Cadi is a regular contributor at Spa Inc Magazine. www.cadijordan.com Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest

Unlocking The Content Curation Key With BundlePost

It’s no secret it takes a little bit of work when you’re getting started on social media. Wondering where to start, what content to share and should you blog? There are a handful of components to consider as you’re moving through the process of your plan. BundlePost can help save you time on the content curation portion of it all. Time is key for almost anyone. I rank it above coffee. ;)

Curating content doesn’t have to take up too much time. RSS feeds and the Bundlet will probably become your best friends to help you curate content! After curation you will download it into a CSV file and upload it through your social media management platform. This allows you to share great content and frees you up time to engage!

These two key components of BundlePost will allow you to rock your content curation in no time!

RSS feeds are not dead!

They’re alive, well and still very useful for you! You’re still going to read some of your favorite blogs in real-time and share from the social sharing buttons but you’re also going to be able to take that RSS feed and add it straight into BundlePost.

Adding your favorite RSS feeds from those you love will create a feed that pulls from the most recent blog posts so that you have them all in one easy spot!

Here’s how to create a content feed.

Creating an RSS Content Feed

Click on Feeds and Add a Feed Channel. Fill out the information as you see it below. If you ‘check this box’ at the top then your content from that feed will not be purged after use. It is important to remember that it will take approximately 24 hours before the feed pulls content here.

Clearly name your feeds so that you can easily find them later. You can add as many feeds as you like.

The feed URL will look similar to the one in the above image. Be sure to use the correct one so that the feed will curate properly.

Attribution is for the twitter handle of the author or company. This will be pulled in when you download your CVS file.

As with many things social media related this part will take a little time. Sit down and make your wish list so that you can easily go in and add your feeds when you begin as this too will save you time. After you’ve got many feeds curated it will become easy to drop in as you find new ones and quickly add more.

Everyday I’m Bundling!

Ok, maybe not every day…. but the Bundlet allows easy access to curating more content!

Here’s how…

First you’ll need to go the support column on BundlePost and click on ‘install the Bundlet’ then walk through the steps there. You will then have a Bundlet extension in the top right of your Google Chrome browser as you see here.

The BundlePost Bundlet

Go to the website that you wish to curate content from and click on the Bundlet. You can do this from any page on the website.

As you can see from the image you can now save this URL to one of your ‘My Content’ folders and type whatever lead sentence you would like in to the text box. This is an easy way to curate the same URL content from one location, multiple times with varying copy!

RSS feeds and the Bundlet are a time saver. Do you have time-saving tips? Do you need more time-saving tips?

 

KP Kelly

KP Kelly

KP Kelly is a Marketing Consultant based out of Ohio that focuses on social media marketing, email marketing and blogging.  He specializes in barand growth and works with companies of any size, from solo-preneurs to Fortune 500 companies.  Twitter, Facebook

I am a social media marketer that manages the content of over 20 different companies and brands. I’ve known about BundlePost for a year or two, though I have always had my own method and systems for social media marketing and never looked too serious at BundlePost or any other tools outside of what I have been using for years. A few months ago, I decided to jump right in with both feet and try something different. I signed up for BundlePost and it has become a vital part of what I do as a social media marketer.

I could go on and on about why I like BundlePost, but I thought what might be most useful is for me to go beyond the obvious benefits of BundlePost and share a few tips and tricks that I have implemented.

First, I love that I can select the times and frequency of which my content will post. Every brands audience is different, and therefore the optimal times to post will vary. However, one thing I do that has helped increase my posts visibility and shares that I highly recommend for you is to schedule your posts to post at time other than on the hour, quarter-hour or half hour. By this I mean, instead of scheduling posts for 1:00, 1:15 and 1:30, schedule the posts for 1:05, 1:20 and 1:35. The reason for this is that auto scheduling is becoming more widely used, even by the casual users, and most everyone who auto schedules posts, schedules it to post on the hour or on the half hour. If you wait and post 5 minutes after everyone else does, you’re content will have a lot less noise to compete with and your visibility and shares will increase.

Second, I like that I can save the content that I want to repost every week or every day. With some of my clients, I will post content such as their website or Facebook page in a tweet every day. If you send out 20+ curated tweets a day, there will be a few marketing tweets that you want to send out also. My tip is to use the randomize function to alter the times that those tweets post. Though those of you reading this are probably like me and spend a great deal of time on social networks all throughout the day and night, most people don’t. The person who sees your tweets at 8-10am on a Monday has probably never seen what you post at 7-10pm on Tuesday. When you use the BundlePost randomize function for scheduled posts that you consistently share and post the content at different times each day, you open your content up to a broader audience.

Last, I encourage you to get on BundlePost, play around with it and request a one on one setup/training meeting. Listen to all the best practice tips you can, but then find a system that works for you. The best thing about BundlePost is that it has the automation and flexibility to allow you to incorporate your own strategies and systems, while providing complete control over what goes to your streams. Have fun with it and find a system that works for you.

 

Ahna Hendrix

KP Kelly

Global Social Media Marketing & Consultation. God-lover. @Share4Kids Co-founder. Traveler. Compulsive reader. Dancer. Writer. Motivator. Loud laugher. BIG smiler.  Twitterwww.ahnahendrix.com

BundlePost rocks. It aggregates content feeds, allows me to keep folders of direct brand content, and hashtags everything in a few seconds before packaging it in a fabulous little .CSV file.

But the real power of BundlePost was introduced to me during the re-launch of its brand. I was asked to assist with spreading the word for BundlePost’s launch, and then given a .CSV file to upload into Hootsuite containing all the promotional tweets scheduled out for seven days at different times.

That’s it – all I had to do. It blew my mind. Rather than asking me to tweet something or giving me several posts I had to manually copy, paste and schedule, I was given a single file to upload into my social dashboard with everything done for me.

In 2013, my friend @KP_Kelly (another BundlePost Pro user) and I created a nonprofit, @Share4Kids that grants the wishes of terminally ill children through the power of social sharing. It began slowly utilizing Facebook and Twitter, and was just officially launched a few weeks ago when KP ran across the state of Ohio to raise awareness and money for our organization.

In the next few months, we will launch our partner program where we ask other social media professionals to help us spread wishes and promotional information about #S4K on a regular basis, but the heavy lifting will be done by BundlePost.

We will create one BundlePost export file containing all the wish information, links, and pictures to distribute to everyone. This will make it very convenient for our partners to be involved while we are able to effectively manage the campaign and maintain control of the information going out.

What business can’t use such a method for their promotional campaigns??

 

Andrew Smith

KP Kelly

Andrew Smith is Digital Marketing Director for CaerVision, the only company that offers a complete suite of turn-key video communication solutions to help veterinary, podiatry and chiropractic practices attract prospective patients and clients while staying connected with current ones. Our solutions feature on-demand streaming, social marketing multimedia, video email and custom educational content delivered to waiting rooms and treatment rooms using the latest technology.  http://about.me/andrewsmith1443 Twitter

As a Digital Marketing Director for a company with many different vertical markets, one of my challenges is finding fresh, “curatable” content that my audience will be interested in. BundlePost is an integral part of my company focused digital marketing strategy, as well as a great tool I use for my own personal branding.

The best feature I love is the unlimited feed channels. This means I can be very specific as well as broad on the types of content I want to see. Using both keywords and RSS feeds from specific sites, I end up with a boatload of content that I pick the best from to post on my personal and company social media channels. Every day my feed content selection has thousands of highly relevant posts, from which I select roughly the top 1% to post.

One tip I have is to be derivative in your keyword selection when using Google Alerts. For example, create several forms of a topic like B2B, BtoB, B2B’s, business to business. This helps you get a much wider selection of content to choose from. I prefer to manually select from content, rather than schedule out in advance, since it only takes me 15 minutes or so to curate, hashtag, randomize the posts and schedule for export to Hootsuite for an entire day, over multiple social accounts.

So what are my results? Since I have many different profiles, I use about.me as my outbound URL across my social channels. Prior to using BundlePost, I was averaging around 35 views a week, now my views average 520 a week, as well as a substantial increase in Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections and Google+ page views. In and of itself that is great, but BundlePost has done what I wanted it to do, drive traffic to the different properties I manage, generate interest in our products and services as well as create a compelling online portfolio showcasing our knowledge of the market sectors we are involved with.

 

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Why You Should Stop Curating From Top Content Sites

stop sharing curated content from top content sitesLet start off with a question:

Why would you share the most popular content from high traffic content sites that most people are already reading and sharing?

Recently we found a new study released by eMarketer that details the curation sharing from top content sites across the social graph. In one example, Nearly all Upworthy articles go on Facebook. Did you read that? Nearly ALL.

Articles Shared on Social Networks by Publisher Here are some of the numbers:

Nearly 100% of Upworthy articles were shared on Facebook

Nearly one in 10 BuzzFeed articles were shared on Pinterest

With Facebook being the largest social network, it is pretty clear as to why the numbers are skewed heavily in their favor. However, the point is that content from the top sites is being heavily read AND shared by social media users. The top sites garner the largest amount of subscribers, traffic and readers.

It is really important to understand the purpose for content curation and the intended effect you should want it to have with your social media audience. It is also imperative that your social media strategy is inline with that desired intent and can be coupled with an efficient set of tools within your social media management.

Why Should You Share Content From Lesser Known Sites and Authors?

The Purpose Of Content Curation - There are several reasons you should be properly deploying unique content curation into your social media strategy. A few of them are:

1) Providing selfless value in your streams – Relevant content that your audience will find interesting.

2) Sparking conversation – If your content is always interesting to your audience and is “off the beaten path” from what everyone else is reading and sharing, it will spark conversation. This can come in many forms, but one way a conversation opportunity arises is through a RT or share of unique content you have curated. Use these opportunities to thank and open a discussion and remember that conversations build relationships.

3) Thought leadership – If you always have unique content in your streams that your peers do not, you will build more thought leadership, faster.

The Intended Effect From Content Curation - Unique content curation drives action.

1) Clicks/Views – When the content you share is unique, you will get more clicks and views of what you post. Again, this leads to more repeat and new conversations with your audience.

2) Shares - When the content you curate is unique, more people will Retweet and share your posts. Additional opportunities to engage in conversations and build relationships.

3) Discovery – When you curate unique content that result in more of 1 and 2 above, you will see a rise in the number of people who wish to discover more about you. This will translate into looking at your bio, learning about what you do and clicking to your site, landing pages and content.

Social media has a considerable amount of “noise”. If you are going to be successful using content curation, then you need to be able to cut through the noise effectively. If you are curating the same content everyone else is, from sources that everyone is already reading and sharing themselves, you end up amplifying the noise, not cutting through it.

We all want to be unique in life. We all want to display our individualism and be set apart from the crowd. In our real life circumstances this has been ingrained in many of us from a young age. Unfortunately, too many in social media do the exact opposite and are unwilling or thus far unable to spend the time to ensure they are different in this medium.

To make matters worse, tools like Hootsuite, Buffer, Klout and many others are now “suggesting” content for you to share. The problem is that they are suggesting POPULAR content based on what everyone else is already reading and sharing, adding more noise to your stream. To be effective with content curation, you need to be both efficient and strategic. These platforms are furthering the problem, not improving the net results.

To be clear, I am not saying to NEVER curate content from the top content sites. I’m saying that these sources receive a ton of traffic and social sharing of their content already, therefore making it less effective for your strategy. Be unique.

Curating UNIQUE content is an important way to add value, cut through the noise and be unique. So what should YOUR answer to our opening question be? “I wouldn’t want to frequently share content from popular sites my target audience is already reading and sharing.

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You Charge This Much Money For Social Media ??? by @smconnec

A Guest Post By Samantha Cangelosi

You charge how much for social media marketing?Who doesn’t like referrals from current clients? Having your social media agency referred to someone else shows that your current clients are obviously happy with your services, and that’s ultimately what any business owner would want, right?

When I received a referral from a client last week, I was excited about the potential business. This, however, wasn’t a typical referral call. Rather than calling about hiring me, this man reached out to me about a potential partnership between him and me. (He is a web designer with several clients looking for help with social media.)

Couldn’t hurt to talk to him about it… so I thought.

Our phone call began on a somewhat normal note — him asking me questions about how I long I’ve been doing what I do and how I came to work with the client we have in common. Simple stuff.

Briefly explaining that he had no interest in learning how to do social media “ever”, he praised me for how well we could potentially “fit together”.

Things were all fine and dandy until he started to describe his clientele. He referred to them as “mom-and-pop shops located in small strip centers.”

Red flag.

Oh, and “they hate to open their checkbooks”.

Bigger red flag.

This man continued on with how marketing agencies over-price everything, and therefore, someone like me would be great to help. I knew I had to lay out my pricing soon because the more this man talked, the more red flags appeared.

Soon after I explained my pricing, silence met me on the other side of the phone followed by, “Wow! You’re telling me that clients would pay you this much for 6 months?”

Ok. This response isn’t too uncommon for those unaware of what social media marketers do, so I proceed to share my thoughts on social media and describe how I help my customers with not just the daily management, but also strategy building. I explain that social media needs to be where business are now since their customers are on there connecting with the competitors. If businesses don’t have a presence on social media nowadays, they will get left behind.

Despite what I said, he continued to greet my answers with long awkward silences. Clearly this guy didn’t know what I was talking about, nor did he care to learn.

He finally responded, “So you’re telling me that you charge [referring client] this much money?” By this point, I was starting to get slightly offended by his attitude and tone and, frankly, it was none of his business what I charge them.

After several minutes of this back-and-forth he gave me the quotes of all quotes. The quote that launched a (865 word) blog post:

I’m sure you went to college and majored in Marketing or something.” Pause.

Me: “Journalism”

Him: “Yeah. Same thing… And I’m sure you’re book smart…but let me give you some advice”

I was in utter shock. This gentleman decided to give me unsolicited business advice on how to price my services because, apparently, mine was somehow flawed. Weird how he knew how to price my services, yet knew nothing about the industry, how it works, what I do or how I do it. Hmm…

I had to take deep breaths, remembering that a client of mine had recommended me and I didn’t want this man to talk bad about me to my current client; or any potential clients, for that matter.

I can go on and on sharing the awkward and offensive things that happened during this conversation, but I think the point has been made: this man clearly had no understanding of social media and absolutely no interest in learning.

It Takes Time

It’s our job as social media managers to help businesses realize the potential social media has, and when done right, how successful it can be. Social media requires time to do that, though. I’m not just talking about time for building relationships — we all know that doesn’t happen overnight. I’m talking about actual time. It takes time to create a social media strategy. We research their competitors, their industry, what they are currently doing with their marketing strategy.

It takes time to build accounts, optimize them, create and edit graphics, etc.

It takes time to find their business’s target audience and follow them and connect with them.

It takes time to find content to share with their target audiences — content that they will actually find interesting.

It takes time. If you want to hire someone who spends 2 minutes a day on your social media management who charges $99 a month, then be my guest, but odds are that they probably won’t have the knowledge or ability to execute a proper strategy, let alone achieve anything resembling real results.

Yes, I went to college and I’m proud of it (Go Mustangs)! Yes I consider myself “book smart,” and shocker: I enjoy learning. If you don’t then you shouldn’t be in this business because social media requires marketers to learn something new every day. I also know that I can’t live without a paycheck, just like you, “man on the other side of the phone”. This is my livelihood. This is my “bread and butter”. This is my business. I get my clients real results and I don’t work for free.

About Samantha:

Samantha CangelosiSamantha Cangelosi is a social media marketer based in South Texas. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in journalism, she has always had a passion for telling and sharing stories with audiences. Now, she gets the chance to tell brands’ stories on a daily basis all while connecting with people just like you. She loves food of all kinds, coffee with a little cream, and her Corgi-child.

Twitter: @smconnec
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Scheduled Post Mixing Algorithm Arrives On Bundle Post

In Social Media Efficiency improves time allocation and resultsOne of the features loved by our users is the Randomize/Auto-sort function on the export table. The existing app allows you to randomly scramble up to 100 schedule social media posts with a single click. It’s used to mix up numerous posts you have selected from various RSS feeds, blogs and content curation sources to ensure that you are spreading out the content from various sources or topics throughout each day, rather than grouping them from the same sources consecutively.

The existing Randomize automation feature is truly a random algorithm. Usually some manual drag and drop fine tuning is required to ensure that the 3-5 days of social media posts you are managing are spread out by topic and source of content. The system makes this an easy visual process by color coding all posts differently that are selected from each RSS feed or content source you are using.

Bundle Post Announces The New “Proportional Mix” Tool

Let’s break this down for you in detail…

New Mix Option – This additional sorting option will automatically and intelligently calculate the number of social media posts from the different feed channels you have selected for the export and the number of posts from each of those RSS feed channels and proportionally mix your scheduled posts.

The Mix feature is most useful when you’re scheduling social media posts from numerous feed channels and my content folders, where your export table has two or more colored content groups. When you click the new Mix button, the Bundle Post algorithm with calculate the number of colored posts from each RSS feed source and the percentage of posts as compared to the total number of posts on-screen. It will then mix up your scheduled posts (max 100) proportionally based on the percentages it calculated in the first step. Hit the Mix button once and you’re done!

The result of the new Mix function will be a substantial additional savings in time managing your scheduled, curated and marketing posts. You will need even less time using the drag and drop capability on the export table to ensure that your topical social media posts are evenly spread out across the 3-5 days you are scheduling. We are saving about 5-10 additional minutes on each muti-post scheduled export.

Just like the existing Randomize function, the new Mix feature is for Pro level accounts only.

mixing up curated posts for social media

Existing Auto-Sort – The existing Randomize function will remain active and can be used in conjunction with the new Mix option. Our testing shows that the randomize feature is now best used for content exports that are comprised of posts coming from a single feed, follow friday or my content folder source. For example, if you are doing an export for a specific my content campaign and only using content from that folder for your export, use the randomize function before exporting.

We have labeled the Mix feature as beta for the time being and may continually make improvements based on its use and the feedback from you, our users. Let us know what you think.

P.S. – We would like to thank @W_Goddard of @GoToMarketers for requesting this feature and our BundlePost staff for pushing us hard to get it developed and implemented.

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The Social Media Connection Cycle Explained [Infographic]

After many years in the industry, first as a social media agency, and now as a social media marketing software application, we have observed many cycles. As with most industries, there are cycles and flows that appear over time and social media is no different. Though not all social media accounts, brands or industry niches will experience the identical cycles, we have determined that those that really understand social media and are executing it well, will quickly recognize the flow I am about to explain. This concept is something that we have observed, modeled and used for many years, and still do today.

The cycle of engagement with your social media connectionsWithin your community there are ebbs and flows or “cycles” that occur. Though most social media managers are not consciously aware of this cycle, it is occurring nonetheless. So it is very important to understand the cycle, the components included within it and how it should affect your overall focus and subsequent results.

The Social Media Connection Cycle is a natural process that occurs within most social media communities. By community, we are specifically referring to the friends, followers and likes that are connected to you and/or your brand within the various social networks. All of these combined connections can be referred to as your community.

What Is The Social Media Connection Cycle?

The social media connection cycle is the flow of community connections in and out of the relationship sweet spot. This natural cycle is very similar to a businesses prospect, current and past customer flow and can even be seen in one’s individual relationships. Made up of the 5 components of your community, the connection cycle concept will help you visualize the sweet spot within your social following where the magic happens and the activities you can do to continue and grow that sweet stop.

Your Community – As stated above, your social community is “the combined connections you or your brand have within the social graph.” It is the envelope that contains the additional components and other elements of the cycle. The main “bucket” if you will.

Inside of this bucket are the 4 segments of the connection cycle including Relationships, New and Older Connections as well as Highly Targeted Connections. We will define these separate components and discuss their specific role within the cycle, then we will wrap up with the big picture.

First, the above Infographic shows that a “typical” social community is made up of 50% of Older Connections, 30% from Newer Connections and 20% from Highly Targeted Connections. Though the percentages from each of these segments may not be exactly the same for every company, marketer or niche, we have observed this to be a fairly typical scenario that makes up your overall community.

Active Relationships – At the center of the connection cycle are your real, active relationships. These are the connections that you know and engage with regularly.

The active relationship group within the cycle is comprised of portions of your connections that come from Older Connections, Newer Connections and Targeted Connections. Typically the percentages of these groups that migrate into your relationship bucket are as follows:

New Connections – 20% of these flow into active engaging relationships

Older Connections – 20% of these flow into active engaging relationships

Highly Targeted – 60% of these flow into active engaging relationships

It is really important to understand that Active Relationships are often not a substantially growing number or percentage of your overall community. What typically happens is that connections flow into and out of the active relationship cycle from the various connection types, while the overall number or percentage remains fairly constant. This is especially true when your community size is fairly static and not growing at a daily conscious pace. In fact if your social community is static or decreasing, it will often have a direct impact on the quantity and percentage of your active relationships within your social media efforts.

Older Connections – The ebb and flows of your connection types within the connection cycle are often least impacted by older connections, however by no means does that make them any less important. Think of your older connections as fluid relationship connections that periodically move in and out of the active relationship bucket over time. I often think of them as those friends that you get together with a few times a year, and it seems like you start right where you left off last.

The interesting thing we have discovered about older connections is that though only around 20% are inside the active relationship bucket at any given time, they represent about 50% of our new upgraded users in Bundle Post. The important point here is the confirmation that social media is a marathon, not a sprint. Long-term connections, even if they are not inside the active relationship bucket TODAY, do pay off in social media.

New Connections – New connections are made up of new followers, likes and friends that have “recently” connected with you on social media. Often times you can’t immediately establish whether they are a highly targeted connection, nor can they be considered an older connection, however they do represent one of the most important connection types within a healthy social community.

When your social media marketing consciously executes an effective strategy to grow your community, it has a powerful impact on your active relationships. Though new connections typically only make up 20% of your active relationship segment it is one of the factors you actually have control over. When you’re actively and continually focused on growing your overall community with new connections your audience grows, the number of engagement opportunities increase and it directly impacts your active conversations and relationships.

Highly Targeted Connections – The final segment of the connection cycle is made up of Highly Targeted Connections. I say “IS”, but I think the word SHOULD is probably more appropriate. If you are not consciously focusing on the connections within your community that are your highly targeted customers, prospects and influencers, you are dramatically and negatively impacting your social connection cycle. More importantly, your are likely not achieving the kind of results your social media marketing should be realizing.

The Wrap Up

The concept of the social media connection cycle is intended to help you visualize the dynamic flows within your social community. They are active, not static cycles that flow in and out of the central relationship zone, which is the “sweet spot” and where you should be spending your time, focus and energy.

Everything we discussed within this post is predicated on a few things. We are assuming you have a proper social media strategy in place and that you are executing it well. We also assume that you understand the quantity AND quality concepts related to consistent content in your streams every day, all day. And finally, we expect that you have set communication, conversation and rapid response as priorities for your daily social activity. If these assumptions are accurate, then visualizing the social media connection cycle throughout your daily social media management will bring new focus, understanding and opportunities to achieve improved results. Of not, then you are likely experiencing another kind of cycle that has nothing to do with real results…

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