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Use Content Curation To Create Brand Advocates That Sing Your Song

Brand advocates develop within social media marketing, regardless of the size of your business, when multiple components converge to fill the needs of your target market. These needs differ related to the products and Brand Advocateservices you offer, the value they provide and the problems they solve for your customers. However, outside of your product offering, social connections begin to turn into brand advocates as you consistently and effectively deliver selfless value to them before, during and after the sale.

How do you recognize a brand advocate?

The Most Common Traits of a Brand Advocate:

1) They read and share the content you create frequently.

2) They share and comment on the content you curate regularly.

3) They often become customers of your company. (but not always)

4) They tell others about your product/service/content openly and often.

That value you deliver to your audience initially comes in the form of the content you share in your streams, through content aggregation, content curation and content creation. Let’s start by defining the difference between these three, as aggregation and curation are often incorrectly considered as the same.

Aggregation: Finding and collecting content to share

Curation: Editorializing and commenting on aggregated content when you post/schedule it.

Creation: Developing your own articles, graphics, videos and other content, specifically for the online and social media marketing benefits.

When you effectively aggregate, curate and create the content that your audience finds valuable, they will like, share and comment more and more frequently. The difference between making your social media marketing successful and a community full of brand advocates is what you do, or don’t do next. This is where most big brands fail miserably.

When your social media posts have intent and strategy behind them which resonate with your audience the shares, likes and comments roll in. Acknowledging these and moving them into conversations and ultimately real relationships is where everything we have discussed thus far becomes meaningful. There are very few brands that garner brand advocacy on the substance of their products and services alone. Brand advocacy comes from the relationships forged before, during and after the sale that takes a customer from someone who is just a customer to one that advocates for your brand on and offline. Do you see the difference?

Some Of The Benefits of Brand Advocates:

1) They expand your reach on and offline to their friends, customers and communities.

2) By expanding your reach to their communities and advocating your brand, they help you grow your community.

3) They help you organically and virally increase your sales and revenue by way of exposure, testimonial and conversation.

Content Curation SongSo where does the song reference come in from the title of this post? This week, the graphic on the right came in from one of our Pro users, @C4Compete. She wrote (or changed) a song based on the 12 Days of Christmas and turned it into the 12 benefits of Bundle Post. Unsolicited and out of the blue…

We have found that delivering value through our social media content strategy of aggregation, curation and creation, coupled with the users of our technology loving the value of the product and how we conduct customer service, results in not just brand advocates, but advocates that create content about us. That’s right. They write blog posts that mention Bundle Post. They create videos and graphics that promote Bundle Post.

When your social community begins to be made up of true brand advocates and customers that spread your message and promote your brand and products, I can assure you that you are delivering selfless value to them that is paying off in sales and revenue.

How does your content curation work together with your social media management to foster brand advocates to sing your brand song?

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The 5 Most Important Components Of Social Media Content Strategy

When it comes to social media strategy, there is nothing more important than the content element. Often misunderstood or even over looked, content curation is crucial to establishing selfless, relevant value in your stream that sparks conversation, engagement Social Media Strategyand a positive response with your target audience. When it comes to content posting in social media, there are many components that need to work together for the best results and we are going to cover those, as well as the most frequent mistakes that cost marketing results.

The 5 most important content strategy components:

1) Topics – Before you start posting and sharing content for your social media accounts be able to answer a very basic but incredibly important question: What are the 3-5 topics your audience is most interested in when on social media? These are the topics that need to dominate your news feeds.

2) Consistency – No matter when someone steps to the side of the freeway, they need to see you and value coming from your feed. This means EVERY day, ALL day. Consistency increases the speed at which you can make meaningful connections.

3) Frequency – Think of social media posts as cars on a freeway and your audience as standing on the side of that freeway watching the cars go by. You have to have enough cars on the road so your cars are seen. Social media users don’t stand there watching all day long, they login and log off with tremendous frequency. Your content curation and marketing posts need to be on the freeway all day, every day.

Example: Twitter posts per day should be at or above 20 posts.  Yes I said 20. And that’s a minimum bar…

4) Timing – Do you know what time of day your audience is most active on social media? You should not only know this, but you should be posting more frequently during those time periods.

We use a tool called Tweriod to determine these times on Twitter. We have found that they tend to also hold true across the other platforms like Facebook and Linkedin, etc.

Social Media Posting Times

5) Content Mix – Be sure that 80% of the posts you’re making on social media is curated content that is not yours or about you. 20% of what you share should be your content or marketing posts that are about you.

We believe these are the top five content strategy components that you need to understand and use properly if you expect to be effective with your social media management.

Conversely, here are 3 of the biggest mistakes marketers make with respect to their social media posting (in no particular order):

1) Grouping posts  – This is a failing I see quite often in social media. Sending a ton of posts grouped together right after another with little posts/value before or after is not effective. I see this on Instagram and other platforms as well. Now we are all busy, but this kind of laziness will ultimately have the opposite effect. Meaning people will start to ignore all your posts because of this practice.

2) Retweeting only – There are many people out there that have no content strategy of their own and simply RT or share other people’s posts. Again, this is not a strategy, well it’s not your strategy anyway. It is you executing many other people’s strategies that is not going to establish any thought leadership or results.

3) Not enough – Probably the biggest shortcoming I see is folks just not posting frequently enough. Remember that the social network user is not logged in all day long watching your feed. They login, log off various times all day long. If you are post <20 times per day on Twitter and <5 times per day on Facebook, etc. nobody is seeing anything you are sharing.

4) Over self-promoting – At this point this should be obvious common sense to most, but unfortunately it isn’t. If you are posting more that 15-20% in your feeds about YOU, you either have an ego problem or don’t understand social media marketing yet. Provide selfless, relevant value in your streams and you will earn the right to pitch what you do.

5) Nothing human – People connect with people, not brands and logo’s they’ve never heard of. Be human and approachable. Pretending you are some big company, being sterile and corporate-like in your feeds will not build relationships.

In social media marketing content is where everything starts. If you intend on getting the best results understanding what content drives your audience, the proper quantity and timeliness of that content in your streams and consistency are what get conversations and relationships happening. This is where traffic, revenue and ROI comes from.

What components are you executing with your social media content strategy?

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Case Study: One Of The Best Things We Did For Our Social Media Program This Year

The social media marketing program at Transparent Language is unusual because we offer language learning software for over 80 languages and our audience is massively segmented. Instead of pushing everyone into a single community, we’ve created over 30 separate community segments, each focused on a specific language. We have developed valuable content streams to share with these communities like:

• A Word of the Day service for 27 languages
• 30 Different language and culture blogs
• 30 Seperate YouTube channels

Testimonial Case StudyThis approach is beneficial to language learners, because they get a focused experience; the shared content, news, and fellow community members are all focused on the same language of interest. It benefits us to be able to target our communications also.

However, managing that many segments is a challenge for a small social media team. We’ve done a good job with our own content, feeding useful items daily to each segment, but one of the rules of good social media is that you don’t always talk about you. We wanted to provide our communities with interesting and relevant curated content about the language they are studying, as well as cultural news and articles about the country where that language is spoken.

In the past, we would take an afternoon, and go through individual Google alerts and other sources, looking for relevant items to post to each community. This was time-consuming and therefore we were unable to do it consistently. I could only get to the top half-dozen segments of our community due to the time required. It was from doing this exercise manually that I was able to instantly recognize the value of what Bundle Post had to offer when they showed me the demo.

We implemented Bundle Post in February 2013. Here is what the typical results look like for user reach on our Facebook pages:

bundle post social media results

It’s worth mentioning that the reach prior to our Bundle Post case study was quite respectable; we had a good content strategy in place, however Bundle Post substantially changed our game in the following ways:

  • We can now efficiently recycle our evergreen content back to our channels for an encore.
  • We are able to pull in additional streams of our own content (vocabulary lists posted by our Byki List Central community) and incorporate those into our content stream; we hadn’t been able to do this efficiently in the past
  • Instead of hunting through Google Alerts manually and scheduling a couple days of content sporadically, we now quickly identify quality content items for ALL of our communities, and consistently schedule out a week’s worth of content in one session – for ALL segments
  • In addition to feeds, Bundle Post lets us create a collection of our best marketing content, web pages and resources to remind our community about

All of this begs the question, is the higher engagement beneficial? Our communities continue to grow by thousands every month, so obviously higher visibility helps with that, but I wanted to look a little deeper than the raw follower counts. Like, say, web traffic.

We’ve seen a 65% increase in traffic to our website from Facebook since we started using Bundle Post. Even more impressive is the 263% increase in traffic results coming from Twitter.

Content posted to Twitter has a much shorter lifecycle than Facebook content. Our 1 – 2 content posts/day were fairly effective for the relatively slower-moving Facebook content stream, but Twitter gobbled those up much faster and it just wasn’t enough. Bundle Post allowed us to step up the Twitter volume in a way we just couldn’t do manually, and the fact that it lets us create separate schedule templates for the different frequency needs of these two platforms clearly pays off.

The Bottom line:

Signing up for Bundle Post was one of the best things we did for our social media program this year. So many social media strategies and tools are hard to attribute tangible results to, but this one has been a clear and dramatic benefit to our program.

This was an unsolicited case study and guest post by:

LG-1Lorien Green @LorienGreen
Lorien is the Inbound Marketing Manager for Transparent Language, Inc., a language software company with a combined social following of over three million. In her spare time, she makes indie documentaries and obsesses about the pinball resurgence.

*If Bundle Post can impact the results of a business that has such a highly complex and fragmented target audience, imagine what it can do for your market. Get your free trial now.

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Companies With A Formal Content Marketing Strategy Nearly Double

Are you still not convinced that having a clearly defined and executed content marketing strategy is a must in today’s online world? I suggest you think again.

Formal Content Marketing StrategyIn fact eMarketer recently published a new report that showed the changes content marketing is having online. The report from IMN noted that “the number of US companies with formal content marketing strategies in place jumped from 28% in 2012 to 49% in 2013.” As if these numbers are not enough, another 1/3 reported to be working on a formal content strategy.

Way back in February of 2012, I wrote a piece called “The Second Content Revolution – How Social Media Is Changing Again” where I noted the coming change and requirement that was ahead.  The fact that a well thought out content marketing strategy is what enables your online marketing to achieve results, can’t be ignored. It’s no longer a “someday” option that brands large and small contemplate doing, it is a requirement if you intend on competing.

What are SOME components of a formal content marketing strategy every small to medium-sized business (SMB) needs to employ?

1) Content Creation (Blog) – For most SMB’s having an active Blog that regularly publishes content relevant to your audience is crucial. This includes consistently writing content designed to deliver value to your target audience, as well as a small percentage of content that highlights what you do. Create a plan that starts with at least 1-3 new blog posts every week. The traffic, SEO and marketable social media content that results will be invaluable to your online efforts.

2) Content Creation (Video) – Nowadays, a smart phone is as common as tennis shoes and most smartphones are capable of pretty good HD video. There is no longer any excuse to not capture video that can provide a ton of value to your audience. Incorporate video similar to your blog within the overall content strategy by publishing 1-3 relevant short videos on topics your brand is an expert. Feel free to have some of those videos also focus on your products and services, but be careful not to overdue the quantity of promotional videos.

3) Content Creation (Graphics/Photos) – There is no other content type in social media that has more legs than graphics/photos. Funny Meme’s, excellent photos and infographics are some of the most viewed, shared and engaging content online. If you know your audience and what they are into, it is not difficult to figure out the types of graphics to create and photos to take that will get them to respond.

Not good with graphics software? Time to either change that, or hire someone to help you. Graphical and photo content is no longer an option, but a requirement in your content strategy. Simply sharing other people’s work won’t build the following and leadership in your market that is needed.

4) Content Curation – Included in any effective SMB formal content strategy must be content curation. This content should by far be the largest percentage of content you are posting within the social media aspect of your strategy. You should be finding and posting relevant, valuable content that your audience will find interesting. Set your focus on delivering selfless value to your audience on the 3-5 topics they are most interested in, and do it often and consistently, every single day.

Mistakes many SMB’s make related to a content strategy:

1) Not understanding the intended audience – Before any formal content strategy is developed, you have to know every detail about your target audience. Miss on this point and all of your content efforts will not resonate and get little results. Know your audience and your content topics will become obvious and easy to determine.

2) Not providing value – Think of your content marketing as providing selfless value to your audience, rather than a marketing message. Failure to hit the value mark is failure to thrive in content marketing.

3) Lack of consistency – Be consistent, every day, every week, every month. In all content channels you are participating in, ensure your content strategy clearly defines frequency and quantity and then stick to it.

4) Lack of management – You must have the proper tools to manage your content. Your content management and social media management tools need to be able to efficiently and effectively enable you to track, schedule and share the content you have available.

Goals For Content Marketing:

You absolutely need to define your goal and objective for the content strategy you are developing. Be realistic, track and measure, then make adjustments as you learn.

Here are some top content marketing goals:

Top Content Marketing Goals

Beyond the massive jump in formal content marketing strategies, brands are changing the focus of their content marketing with lead generation way out in front.

What are you doing to develop a formal content marketing strategy and how do you plan to execute it?

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Creating A Social Media Drip Marketing Campaign – How We Launched 2.0

Social media marketing campaigns should be common place within your overall social media marketing strategy. A campaign is something outside of your normal efforts and strategy that is specific to an event, launch or other unique marketing goal. Incorporating social media campaigns into your social media marketing efforts are an exceptional way to leverage your existing strategy and community for a clearly defined short-term objective, while maintaining your existing strategy and community expectations.

Social Media Drip CampaignOne example of a social media marketing campaign was the launch of our all new Bundle Post website, user interface and 2.0 system that went live on July 2013. Our entire launch campaign strategy was executed within social media, without using any ads or other means. The campaign created incredible buzz about our platform and ultimately doubled our active user base in less than 60 days. No small results…

So how did we do it?

There were several steps and planning involved in our social media drip marketing campaign that began months ahead of time. Meaning we had already done the work to build a community by delivering value in our streams and the effort to establish and maintain relationships with that community. Had we not first done this, nothing else in the campaign would have achieved such incredible results. Before you plan a campaign, ensure that you have invested the time and effort with your followers and friends. Nothing is more crucial in your social media marketing efforts before you embark on additional campaigns.

As with any effective marketing, time spent planning and preparing will be in direct proportion to the results you obtain. Below we will outline exactly what we did to plan, create and execute our 2.0 launch campaign using Bundle Post and how you can do the same.

Creating A Social Media Marketing Drip Campaign Using Bundle Post:

Step 1: Clearly Define Campaign – Be sure you have defined your objective and the length of the campaign very clearly. Know exactly when you the campaign is to start and end, as well as the goal you are trying to achieve. It is incredibly important that the goals and objectives you set for a campaign is realistic. Not doing so will surely make the campaign unsuccessful and more importantly jeopardize your decisions when creating your campaign based on such false hopes.

Here are the launch campaign details we used: 

  • Objective – Create buzz and awareness of the Bundle Post software for those who had not heard about it, and let those that have heard about it know that a big new release was coming.
  • Goal – Increase active user base by 30% during the launch campaign.
  • Campaign Timeline – 2 weeks (exactly 13 days) prior to the scheduled launch date.

Step 2: Create A List of Supporters – You will want to create a list of people, brands and contacts that are your supporters that will, (without question) be willing to help you with your campaign. You must be sure that you ONLY ask your real friends and supporters to be involved. Don’t include big name social media people, large brands and celebrities that you WISH would be a supporter and help with your campaign, just include customers and relationships you know will be willing to help.

*More on supporters in steps 3 and 7.

Step 3: Create Schedules – This step is the most complicated, so take it slow and make sure you cover all angles.

First, determine the number of posts per day you want to send for all of your related social media accounts and networks. Do not forget your personal accounts if you are a brand.

Here are the schedules we used: 

  • Campaign Twitter (@fondalo) – 4 x’s per day
  • Campaign Twitter (@BundlePost) – 4 x’s per day
  • Campaign Twitter (@PerfectJulia) – 4 x’s per day
  • Campaign Linkedin – 2 times per day
  • Campaign Bundle Post Fanpage – 1 time per day
  • Campaign Personal Facebook – 3 times per day
  • Campaign G+ Page – 2 times per day
  • Campaign Other People – More on this in later steps

Within Bundle Post Schedules, you will want to make a new schedule for each of the social media accounts that will be involved in the campaign. If there are multiple social media accounts on the same network that have the same number of posts per day (Twitter in our example) make separate schedules for each with the time slots different for each. This way they will not be posting at the same time on the same network, though they will be posting 4 times each day during the campaign.

*you can also use the Bundle Post drip campaign for FB pages, Facebook personal profiles, Linkedin and G+ pages and any other groups or social networks supported by Hootsuite.

Step 4: Write Your Posts – This step should be broken into to segments:

  • Number of Posts: Before you begin writing the social media posts for your campaign, you first need to determine how many posts you need for the entire campaign. To calculate this, take the highest number of posts per day in any of the schedules you have made for your campaign (in our example it is 4 posts per day for Twitter) and multiply it by the number of days for the campaign. In our example, we did a 13 day campaign.

4 posts per day x 13 = 52 total posts needed

  • Writing Posts: So now you will want to create a new “My Content” folder in Bundle Post and begin writing the text of your 52 posts and include a URL where appropriate for each post. It is really important that these 52 posts have no duplicates for two reasons; 1) Bundle Post will not allow you to have duplicate posts included in an export (due to Hootsuite’s restriction) and 2) You want all of your posts to be different so they are not intrusive in your streams. Using a small number of URLs mixed across the 52 posts is fine though.

Here are some examples we used: 

  • The All new @BundlePost 2.0 will be launching June 13th!!
  • The brand new Bundle Post 2.0 will have an entirely new website and improved user interface. Are you ready? http://BundlePost.com
  • Get your Free @BundlePost account before they’re gone June 13th! http://BundlePost.com

*Notice that some posts had URLs and some did not. You’ll want to mix it up depending on your specific campaign requirements, product or service.

Step 5: Create Facebook Graphics – We added some creativity to our campaign by creating graphics about the launch that counted down the days like a space shuttle launch. We manually uploaded and scheduled them on our Facebook page and as they posted live each day, we would manually share links to the graphics on all the other social networks.

We highly suggest this for many cases. It not only provides the visual aspect for your messaging, it helps drive traffic and likes on the fanpage, making the graphics you post on the Facebook page linkable from other networks.

Step 6: Do Your Bundle Post Exports –  Once your posts are written, you will need to do your Bundle Post Exports for each schedule you created in the system. This will need to be done no later than the day before the campaign will need to start posting. This step has the following sequence:

  1. Click Export in Bundle Post.
  2. Select the schedule you want to use and the date that the first post for the campaign should start. (in our example the start date was 13 days before launch)
  3. On the Export Table, scroll down to My Content folders and open the “Campaign” folder with your 52 posts in it.
  4. Select all the posts for the export, run hashtags if desired, then export.
  5. Upload the Bundle Post file into Hootsuite, selecting the proper social media account that coincides with the schedule you just used.

*Important Notes:

  • If you have multiple accounts on the same social network (as in our case on Twitter) not only did we use different posting times for each, we also used the Auto Sort function on the Export Table to ensure that the same posts were not posted to the same network by these three Twitter accounts at or near the same time slots.
  • To do the exports for the other social networks, you will also calculate the number of posts you need for them based on the number of posts per day. For Example: In our campaign we posted 4x’s per day on Twitter and only 2x’s per day on Linkedin. Therefore we exported 52 posts for the Twitter campaign from the My Content folder and only 26 posts for the Linkedin schedule export. – *If we exported all 52 posts for the Linkedin schedule, the campaign would run for 26 days on Linkedin, due to the fewer posts per day in the Bundle Post schedule made for our Linkedin account. Make sense?

Step 7: Do Exports For Supporters – Lastly we used a little known ability of Bundle Post to expand the reach and success of our campaign. We created additional schedules and exports for that list of friends and supports and gave them Bundle Post files to upload into their Hootsuite accounts! Therefore we had some 20 other Twitter accounts also sharing our campaign posts at different times and all they had to do was upload our file. Easy and effective.

So there you have it. All the details of how we launched 2.0 using the Bundle Post system to create an effective social media drip campaign. The result of the campaign not only achieved our objectives, it exceeded our goal by a huge percentage. We increased our active user base by 100% instead of the 30% goal and have continued the growth with a smaller, ongoing drip campaign using Bundle Post that continues to drive traffic and new user growth.

How are you going to use Bundle Post drip campaigns for you and your clients?  Get started FREE

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Hashtags Become Even MORE Important On Twitter

On July 3rd, 2013 Twitter announced new API rules for developers that create applications for the Twitter platform. One of the most important changes announced was that “automated following or bulk following is also prohibited.” Twitter HashtagThis is a significant hit to hundreds of legitimate as well as spam-like Twitter applications being used by millions of people worldwide to either “game” their follower counts -or- legitimately increase their targeted following.

What does all this mean for the Twitter User?

There are two sides to these changes, some being positive and some, well let’s just say they create some challenges you need to be aware of. Let’s start with a few of the positive things these rules should produce.

The Positives:

Spammers – If they can’t use these tools to mass follow people, this should positively impact the amount of spam and spammers that are using Twitter in this fashion.

Counts less of a focus – If gaining followers can be “gamed” less, then making your follower count the game will also be reduced.

Focus on content and conversation – Clearly if huge follower counts is less of the issue, people will have to refocus their efforts back to quality social media content and engaging in conversations in order to drive community growth. (Hello Big brands. It’s about time you did this right anyway)

The Negatives:

Community Growth Harder – For every small to medium-sized business and marketer, these changes and the ultimate demise of follow tools will certainly make growing communities more time-consuming and difficult.

Hashtags Become Even MORE Important On Twitter:

This brings us to hashtags… Brands and marketers must really understand their audience better in order to develop more targeted content and hashtag strategies that will attract their followings. You need to know the topics and content subject matter that your target audience is engaged with and therefore what your topical and content strategy needs to be to make it easier for them to find you. Therefore, incorporating hashtags thoughtfully in this mix will be paramount to the future of community growth on Twitter.

Ask Yourself:

1) Do you know the topics that your prospective followers are interested in?

2) Do you know the hashtags that your prospective followers are using and following on Twitter?

3) How are you going to more effectively use hashtags now that follow tools are going to be nonexistent?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you need to figure out the answers, and fast.

For consistent automated hashtag and content sharing tools read this.

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The Most Important Thing A Social Media Agency Can Do For Clients

So you’re a social media marketing agency and you are managing account for your clients, and you are wanting to take the results to the next level. You have set up the accounts, are regularly and frequently sharing valuable content in the various streams and are of course engaging and building relationships. Now you may even be asking yourself a few important questions like;

Social Media ResultsWhat is the most important thing you should be doing to maximize the reach for a client’s social media?

How do I implement it once I know?

Sound familiar? We thought so. We have been there. Previously to becoming a social media software company, we were a social media agency. We dealt with this question frequently and discovered that as it relates to retail client’s, there is one specific thing you can do to make a clients social media marketing more effective, more quickly. What is it?

Teach the client’s staff to understand and leverage their face-to-face contact with customers around social media.

Today’s consumers are incredibly connected online through social media, and an ever-increasing part of that connectivity is through mobile. Ensuring your client’s staff understands this and teaching them to recognize and utilize “in store” opportunities that further the overall social media marketing effort is essential. Using the staff to magnify and multiply the social media exposure is important for a comprehensive strategy that delivers.

Here are some key points to follow for best results:

1) Group Training –  If at all possible do a group training that brings all the staff that has consumer contact together in one place at one time. Be careful to only explain the basics of social media marketing, and not get into the deep details. You just want the group to have a decent understanding of it.

Going too deep into social media marketing will often cause the team to lose interest, get bored and take way too long. Keep it simple and short.

If your client location is not local to you, schedule a Google Hangout or Skype call with the client when they can have their staff together in a room for you to train all at once. Recording the training for use with new staff members can also be very helpful.

2) What You’re Doing – Be sure that the staff understands what the general strategy of the social media program is all about. They should know what you are doing for the client so they can answer basic questions when in a conversation with a visiting customer.

3) Spotting Customers – Teach the staff what to watch for when customers are in the store. Train them to keep an eye out for customers using or carrying smart phones and tablets, etc. If someone has a smart phone or tablet, they are likely a social media user.

Be sure that you cover the things likely to be asked of them about the client’s social media and give them some opening comments or questions they can use to bring it up. Things like:

- Are you guys on Facebook?

- Have you checked in on Foursquare?

- Are you following us on Twitter for our specials?

Prior to doing the staff training, work with the client to establish some kind of discount program for likes and follows, enabling the staff to incent customers to like the company page, follow and mention on Twitter, check in on Foursquare, etc. If the client is agreeable to the incentive program, be sure to have the details for the staff when you do the training.

4) Client SM Accounts – One of the most important things the staff must know off the top of their heads is what the client social media account names are. Make sure to go over all of the networks the client is on and the exact account names customers can use to find them.

Adding signs on the doors and at check out counters with the social media account names will not only aid staff in remembering, but also remind customers that the client is there.

5) Handouts – Prepare handouts with the bullet points that you covered in the meeting so they have something to reference once you leave.

6) Make It Personal for the Staff  **MOST Important**- If there was one thing we learned as an agency going through these steps with a client, was that making it personal and beneficial for the employees to do these things is imperative. In other words, have an answer for “what’s in it for them”.

Example: If the client is a restaurant, help the staff understand how they can make bigger tips by talking about social media with their customers. Give them examples of how they get bigger tips when they connect with customers about sports teams and how social media users are often even more fanatic than sports fans. Making the human connection with a customer about social media can result in bigger tips. If the client is some other kind of business, work with the client to create contests for the staff that enables them to win small bonuses or store credits, etc.

The point is, make it personal and beneficial for the staff to get on the social media marketing program.

Getting staff involved in the right ways with on site customers will make a significant impact on the overall social media marketing effort you are managing for them. If you do it properly, it will make your agency’s job much easier and the community growth, engagement and revenue results considerably larger and faster.

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#Hashtag For #Facebook [And More] Automatically

With Facebook joining the ranks of Twitter, Google Plus and others with hashtag functionality, being strategic and consistent with hashtags across the social graph has become more important than ever. Add the Facebook graph search into the mix and hashtagging on Facebook will become an extremely important venue for the function.

There is another unique factor on Facebook that needs to be considered. I call it the “Newbie Factor”. Facebook not only has the largest social network population in the world, it also has the largest inexperienced social media population in the world. You know, those consumers and SMB’s that have never been on Twitter or Google Plus and are not experienced with social media marketing, let alone hashtags. This could materialize as a massive opportunity for brands and marketers if done properly.

So now that the top three social networks are supporting hashtags, you know you have to do it consistently and strategically. As if you didn’t already have enough taking up your social media marketing time, right?

There is a solution. Bundle Post has the only patent pending automated hashtag and content scheduling system in the world. Here’s how it quickly and effectively handles hashtags:

Hashtags Facebook1) Hashtag Folders: The Bundle Post hashtag system lets you create folders for each of your campaigns, clients or accounts that coincide with a content strategy of topics.

For more on how it works, click here.

2) Keywords/Phrases: Within each folder you designate the keywords and phrases that you know will be found in the text of the content curated by Bundle Post. You can also identify any words or phrases that will be contained in the text of posts and have Bundle Post automatically replace them with a specific twitter name, making it an active link when posted.

3) Replace: With a single click on a specific hashtag folder, Bundle Post will automatically hashtag 100 scheduled social media posts for any platform in just one second! All of the scheduled curated and marketing content displayed on the Bundle Post export table will get hashtagged for you, that easily!

Bundle Post makes hashtags on all social networks fast, easy and consistent for social media agencies and social media marketers that use Hootsuite. Social media management, curation, hashtags and scheduling has never been so efficient and effective. Get your free trial now.

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Social Media Content Curation, Aggregation, Scheduling and Marketing Goes 2.0

If there is one thing I have learned over my years of experience with internet, software and technology startups is that you cannot make a bad product get traction in the marketplace with a really awesome website and messaging. I have also learned that you cannot keep an exceptional product from growing virally, even if the messaging, website and interface are horrible. The Bundle Post Social Content Management System is a great example of that.

Even though we have not spent any time and resources on the Bundle Post website up to this point, our horrid old logo, site design and messaging has not kept the application from growing to thousands and thousands of users. It has not prevented our company from growing revenue, user base and testimonials.

Bundle Post 2.0 websiteToday we are putting all of that on steroids by launching Bundle Post 2.o with a brand new website, logo, messaging and massively improved user interface.

Bundle Post is “A Totally New & Unique Way To Curate & Manage Social Media Content“, and a complete social media content management system that works WITH Hootsuite. The system helps you to more efficiently find, aggregate, schedule, hashtag and manage social media content, as well as your evergreen marketing content in one place.

With Facebook announcing that they are are joining Twitter and Google Plus by including hashtags in their system, Bundle Post’s patent pending automated hashtag function just got even more valuable to our users. Since the Bundle Post system supports all social networks offered by Hootsuite and being the only automated hashtag function available, it will no doubt become an even more strategic element to the Bundle Post system.

Earlier this week, we did a sneak peek webinar with several social media industry professionals and bloggers. Here is the recorded video from that call.

The launch of Bundle Post 2.0 highlights the Patent Pending, Social Content Management System that automates back-office social media content, curation and scheduling functions, resulting in consistent posting, dependable content and improved engagement. The solution provides you with more time to focus on building valued relationships through your social networks, while ensuring you always have relevant, consistent, valuable content that you control.

Bundle Post PricingThe new system removes the largely useless Free Account type and instead offers a full Pro version, 30 day Free Trial period to all users. Existing Free Account holders have automatically been upgraded to the 30 day Free Pro Account status, enabling them to use the brand new Pro version right away! No changes have been made to the pricing on the remaining Expanded and Pro level account types, as we remain focused on delivering massive value to our users.

Hashtags FacebookStart reducing the time you spend on social media content curation, scheduling, hashtagging and posting with Bundle Post 2.0 and instead spend more time building relationships and getting results. Now you can elevate your social media marketing and fully execute a robust social media content strategy in less than 30 minutes every five days.

Welcome to Bundle Post 2.0 – Home Page | How It Works | Pricing

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See A Need, Fill A Need – The Simplicity Of Social Media Marketing

Social Media StategyThis weekend I was watching the movie Robots, with my four year old. If you have kids, you have no doubt seen this comedy filled movie with a great story about overcoming social status, wanting to do something great and believing in yourself. Beside the film being quite entertaining and a lot of fun, there is a great thread of business and social media wisdom throughout the movie, in the form of a quote.

“See A Need Fill A Need” is something Bigweld says that inspires the main character “Rodney” to invent new technology as well as help fellow robots that can no longer obtain spare parts.

Here is a quick trailer for the movie.

If you don’t have kids or have never seen this classic animated film, you’re probably asking yourself , so how does all this kids stuff connect to social media? What’s worse you’re may even be ready to close the post and move on, but I challenge you to stay with me on this one.

Social media marketing must have a strategy for delivering value to your audience to be effective. The strategy should be designed around the topics and interests of that audience that may have nothing to do with what your company actually does. So it is your job in social media to determine the needs of your target audience (their interests) and fill that need with content.

For example: If your target audience is stay at home mom’s and you are sharing posts about your cleaning products without also sharing content about parenting, kid friendly events and funny kid stuff, you aren’t effectively seeing the needs of your audience, nor are you filling the needs they have.

Here are some tips for identifying your target audiences social media content needs:

1) Clearly define your social media audience. 

Be very specific here. Knowing what your target audience really looks like demographically and even geographically is important. Everyone is NOT your target market.

2) Investigate the websites and social media accounts they frequent.

Knowing the brands and social media accounts that likely have communities of your target audience will provide you details about your audience very easily.

3) Observe what content topics they tend to share, comment and like the most. (usually it’s 3-5 topics)

Put yourself in your target audiences shoes. If you were them, what would drive your interests when you logged into social media everyday? Watch your customers and prospects on other social media sites and with other brands to determine the topical drivers.

4) Stay clear of the larger brands for social media marketing and content topics.

Most major brands don’t do social media correctly, and they don’t really care to. They simply leverage the billions in branding and marketing they have already done over the years into the social space as an additional channel to pitch themselves. Everyone else has to do social media properly if they intend on getting any real results.

So, properly seeing and then filling the interest needs of your social media audience is the best and proven way to increase conversations and build relationships with them. The value derived from doing this effectively is that the relationships that result will be your best opportunities to realize increased revenue and ROI through social media marketing.

By Robert Caruso
@fondalo
http://fondalo.com
Founder/CEO – Bundle Post

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