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Ready for the Social Holiday Season? My Secret to Christmas Content Curation

“City sidewalk, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of #SocialBusiness.”

Easy content curation for Christmas social media marketingThat little line in the famous Christmas song is something I will be enjoying this year since all of my content for the Holiday Season is selected and curated. While I am shopping on the busy sidewalks, laughing and smiling there will be some of you that will probably be stuck at your computers. Christmas is a time for friends and family not a time to search and curate content. Especially when you have the ability to create, search, curate and schedule things ahead of time with BundlePost.

I will show you how I quickly and easily completed this task so that I can actually enjoy the Season this year. Wouldn’t you like to know how to save time and actually be able to accomplish more in the process? What’s more, this is something that you can use throughout the entire year, not just during the Holidays.

BundlePost has a Google Chrome extension called the Bundlet. The Bundlet allows you to grab and curate anything online and save it as a social media post in folders for scheduling.

Did you catch that? ANYTHING online. Some of you might be saying … “But I can do that with the Hootsuite Hootlet or with Buffer app”. Yes, that is true, you certainly can. However, I am not talking about scheduling things one at a time, each article or blog post separately. I am talking about Bulk Scheduling the content, graphics and blog posts you come across every day.

Using the Bundlet to save content for later bulk scheduling, there are two folder options

1. My Content – Create folders for all you or your clients marketing content and marketing messages.

2. Queues – Create folders for supplemental content. Content that you know will resonate with your audience. (Example – Christmas folder)

Christmas Queues in BundlePost

As you can see I selected to go with the Queue folder for my Christmas content. The possibilities and uses for Queue folders are actually endless. You can create a folder for any subject, client or category, then as you come across articles that you know will resonate with your audience, you can easily add them to that Queue and schedule them all in minutes. Doing research for a blog? You can use your Bundlet and Queue folders as a bookmark if you like. One place to have everything.

Now, back to Curating Christmas Content.

The Secret

Find the (2)1. Search for Content …. For things you know would interest your audience.

2. Click Chrome extension – Bundlet (Should see the content URL in the lower left hand corner and the title for the content you are queuing)

3. Drop down Save Content to – Add queue folder

4. Name folder (If you have Holiday product to share you might want to name it ‘Holiday Product’) You are the only one that will see the folder name. (So don’t stress over it LOL)

5. Select folder you just created or folder you want your content to be placed in. If folder is not selected your efforts will go to cyber space. Not even the Magic of Christmas can retrieve it for you. Sorry.

6. If box is checked, this content won’t be deleted if exported … that way you may share on multiple social platforms.

7. Curate Content. #TisTheSeason …. so have fun with it! I would suggest adding the authors Twitter handle as you see in the graphic. Great way to give them credit and possibly start a conversation. Have a special #Hashtag for Season? Be sure to include.

8. Click Submit

It only takes seconds to do these steps with the Bundlet. Now you just repeat those steps again as you find additional content for your holiday strategy! Keep going until you feel you have enough content in your Queue folder.

Let’s say you wanted to start your Christmas Content the day after Thanksgiving. That would give you a total of 28 days you need Christmas content. And let’s also say you wanted to post two Christmas items a day in between your normal content curation and marketing message posts. You would simple Queue 56 items into your Queue folder, create a schedule that contains two posting times per day, then merge the content in the Queue with that new schedule, run hashtags and your scheduled posts for the holidays are complete.

Want more help on executing with the Bundlet, Queues or BundlePost? Message me directly on Twitter and I will be happy to help!
PerfectJuliaBy Julia Hull @PerfectJulia

Director of Customer Support at BundlePost

Social media marketing professional that joined the BundlePost team early in it’s transition from social media agency to a software company. She is an expert in social media tools.

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Leveraging Multiple Social Media Accounts For Better Results [Infographic]

Last week as we were going through our normal social media marketing processes, and we began discussing one of the reasons our social media has been so successful in a very crowded space of social media tools. Many marketers, brands and individuals have multiple social media accounts, but often do not consciously integrate them to achieve the best results. The BundlePost brand executes a very specific procedure for leveraging all of our personal and brand social accounts to achieve the maximum reach, exposure, views and impressions.

This daily process involves cross promotional posting between our teams personal social accounts, back to the brand accounts as well as a consistent system of cross promoting to and from multiple brand social accounts to each other, our content and web properties. Sound a little complex? It can be…

Some of you may be reading this a thinking to yourself, well duh, of course you have to cross promote and you’re right. However the difference between cross promoting across the social graph and having an effective process for doing so is what makes all the difference.

We have created an infographic that depicts a typical day of the BundlePost social media marketing process. Below in the infographic we will detail an example of our process using Instagram as well as an overview of what we do across all platforms.

leveraging multiple social media accounts across the social graph

Instagram Example:

Using our Instagram accounts as an example, here is the flow of our cross promotional process…

1) Morning post of our created/branded graphic that consists of funny, coffee or social media related content.

2) All day we link back to that graphic on all other personal and business social accounts.

3) Our teams personal Instagram accounts post the same graphic to their Instagram accounts later that day/evening.

4) On days when a new blog post is live, the graphic for the blog is also shared late morning on the brand Instagram account with the URL for the blog home page.

5) Our teams personal Instagram accounts post the same blog graphic to their Instagram accounts later that day/evening.

6) At various other times of the day, the brand Instagram account posts other non-brand graphics.

Overview of the Process:

The overall intent of the process is to ensure maximum impressions over the course of the day. Regardless of which platform your target audience happens to be on at any given moment, your content will have the opportunity to be viewed. Just like with television, repeated impressions are what get the audience to take action or remember the brand message.

It is important to note that none of this works without consistency and selfless value incorporated into the strategy. Meaning, if you are going to get the benefits of following this process you must have a social content management system that can execute three specific things efficiently:

1) Consistency – The process needs to be executed daily, across all social accounts.

2) Selfless Value – You need to have enough curated, valuable, selfless content in your streams everyday, all day.

3) Repeat – You need to frequently infuse your legacy/evergreen blog, graphic and other content into your streams.

You want to take a holistic view of your social media marketing efforts. An approach that incorporates all accounts that cross promote and drive traffic where you want it to go. The result of executing this process consistently is that you can stabilize and even predict the traffic to your content, blog and landing pages from day-to-day. You will remove the massive swings of new unique visitors to your website, blog and landing pages, without spending money on ads.

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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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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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4 “Not So Obvious” Reasons Good Content Curation Is Important

We all know, or at least you should, that having enough relevant, selfless, valuable content in your streams is highly important. Curating great content from sources outside of your own, in large enough quantities on a daily basis is the center of any effective Reasons Good Content Curation Is Importantsocial media marketing strategy. That selfless value provided to your audience is what tends to spark conversations, establish thought leadership on various topics and earns you the right to “pitch” your stuff.

Beyond the more clear reasons that curated content is effective and used by so many in social media, there are a few not so obvious reasons that you need to be aware of. Understanding these additional objectives when curating enough content in your streams will help you expand what you are doing and the results you can achieve.

But first, what do we mean by “good” content curation?

1) Enough volume in your streams every day, all day. For example, if you don’t have 20 posts a day on Twitter, you’re not being seen much. People aren’t logged in all day watching their newsfeeds, so you have to ensure no matter when they login on any network, one of your curated posts fly by. More about posting quantity

2) Relevant – The content you curate into your streams should be focused on the 3-5 topics that drive your audience when they’re on social media. What are THEY interested in? What drives them to click, comment and like? It’s not about you and what you do, it’s about them and their interests.

3) Unique – The curated content you post in your streams will get the best results if it’s “off the beaten path”. In other words, don’t share the same popular content and sources as everyone else. Be sure the content you curate in your streams is unique and not something your audience has likely already seen, read and shared themselves. You may also want to check competitors streams to ensure your topical curated content is unique from the sources, sites and authors that you are sharing.

So let’s get a little deeper and discuss other human responses that normally occur when your content curation is really good.

4 Not So Obvious Reasons Good Content Curation is Important

Timeline Checks – New connections that you friend or follow often first check your timeline before accepting your request or following back. When your social streams are consistently full of interesting, relevant content, no matter when a prospective connection happens to check your timeline, they will see value and accept/follow back at a MUCH higher percentage than if you don’t have good, consistent content curation in effect.

Attraction – A huge advantage to the proper execution of a great content strategy is attraction. Nailing your topical curation strategy and executing it every day, all day will result in more of your target audience finding YOU. As your consistency and strategy align, you will grow an extremely targeted community at a much faster pace.

Under The Hood – Really good content curation will spark conversations with your audience. If it doesn’t, your strategy or topics are off and you need to make adjustments to your topics, sources and volumes.

You want your audience to learn that no matter when they look, your streams will always have something valuable for them. When you’ve got it right, conversations will result. As your conversations increase, you build relationships and get your connections to want to know more about you. Most do so by clicking to view your bio on that specific social network.

Click – If you’re properly curating, attracting and engaging with the right audience AND your bio is well thought out, it can also drive your connections to click-through to your site from your bio.

Do you see the natural relationship flow that content curation done well can facilitate in your social media marketing?

Do you understand the nuances that proper social media management can achieve?

What changes do you need to make in your social media execution to leverage human behavior to improve your results?

These not so obvious advantages to exceptional, consistent and valuable content curation represent the culmination of what is called social selling. Understand the underlying human activity the typical social network user completes as a normal course of what we discuss in this post, then take the time and effort to ensure your targeting, strategy, quantity and consistency are inline to realize the additional benefits consciously.

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4 Significant Advantages You Have Over Big Brand Social Media

Social Media AdvantagesSocial media marketing often gets media attention and viral activity when big brands create a big budget video designed to attract attention and be shared. Consumers often connect with humor or emotion contained within such videos, share them and the next thing you see is the media and news sites writing about how awesome or effective the campaign was and what you need to learn from the situation for your brand. Sound familiar?

Big brands are also singled out when they commit an epic fail within social media marketing. Writers and the media love to jump on the bandwagon for these situations and turn another company’s misfortune into traffic, viewers and subscribers.

In both cases, there are often few connections between these fortune 500 companies and your business or personal brand. Nothing they do within social media can seriously be translated over to what YOU should be doing. In fact, it is my belief that most major brands are largely clueless about social media marketing, engagement, relationships, selfless value and their audience. And you know what? They don’t have to.

Large brands have spent millions and probably more like billions on branding, major media advertising and exposure over the last 15 years prior to the heydays of social media. Their purpose and focus for being in the social graph is more liken to being forced into it or solely to further their other advertising efforts, rather than a corporate culture shift that compels them.

Let’s be very clear here. I am not speaking about EVERY major brand out there, but certainly MOST. Don’t believe me? Just mention your favorite major brand on Twitter, or comment on a post on their Facebook fanpage and prepare for the ignored silence you will receive. For most it is about branding and additional impressions, not relationships, conversations and connecting with their audience.

Having said this, there are several distinct advantages that small and medium-sized business (SMB) marketers and brands have over large behemoth corporations that you may not consider. Understanding these advantages and leveraging them within your social media management is paramount to winning in your space. Let’s outline a few of these advantages.

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4 Significant Advantages You Have Over Big Brand Social Media

Decision Making – One massive advantage you have as an SMB is a lake of corporate bureaucracy. You have the freedom to make decisions and execute on them without committees, corporate politics and meetings. You can perceive needs, identify opportunities and respond to them as you see fit.

Nimble – In business there is something to be said about having speed. Speed to market and the ability to shift, change and pivot are distinct advantages online. Having the freedom to make decisions and the ability to quickly act upon those decisions is incredibly valuable to a social business. Market changes, trends and the latest news provide opportunities to the nimble brand within social media. Your ability to act upon these information pipes faster than the larger brands should be an important part of your social media strategy.

Relevant Value – As we defined above, large brands often make their social media marketing an extension of their media advertising and branding efforts. YOU have the ability to transcend branding and elevate your efforts to the human level. You are able to share relevant, selfless content with your audience that big brands don’t. You’re able to comment on your target audiences posts and open communication channels that build real and lasting relationships.

Understanding this point and executing it properly, provides your SMB with numerous opportunities to out maneuver big brands and gain traction far more rapidly than they ever could.

Mistakes – Finally, you can make mistakes with your social media marketing efforts with far less impact to your brand. You’re not a massive publicly traded company with executives that are far more afraid of what could go wrong within social media, than how to make it effective. You can make mistakes, own them, apologise and move forward without a massive media or social graph backlash that requires thousands of dollars, public relations repairs and time to heal from the impact. You can press your social efforts ahead without fear of making a brand-killing mistake. Talk about freedom!!!

As you finish reading this blog post and go back to your day, I would like to challenge you to consider these advantages. Ask yourself if you are actually leveraging them in your favor. At the end of the day, you have many opportunities to be more effective than these big brands. Maybe not in raw numbers, but certainly with more speed and as a percentage.

Stop trying to emulate what big brands do in social media and instead focus on being human, engaging and with selfless value. At the end of the day THIS is where you can outperform your biggest competitors.

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