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How To Maintain Consistent Website And Content Traffic through Social Media

Maintaining consistent traffic to your content, website and landing pages is crucial to your online marketing success. The ability to understand your top traffic sources and subsequent traffic patterns once they land on your content is key to reducing the frequent ups and downs that are difficult to predict. Am I right?

How to Maintain Consistent Web and Content TrafficIn fact, many marketers and brands experience continual highs and lows of traffic depending on their ability to maintain consistent content creation, Pay per click (PPC) advertising and a consistent social media presence. The challenges that surround these required activities and the resources required to maintain consistency are just a few of the reasons that predictable and sustainable traffic levels are difficult to realize for most.

We all know these challenges and we are continually attempting to improve the results, often without success. The problems brands, marketers and other organizations face in this environment are easy to define, establishing simplified, results driven solutions should be as well. Unfortunately. for many they are not, so let’s try to change that.

How to Maintain and Scale Web and Content Traffic?

We have established processes and technology (BundlePost) that has enabled us to consistently maintain predictable and scalable traffic to our site, content and landing pages every day, week and month. We have achieved the predictability by following a duplicatable process on a consistent daily basis, and you can too.

1) Social Media – If you aren’t doing social media right, nothing else in this post is going to help you. Think of your social media as the foundation of your web, content and landing page traffic. You must have a consistent, active and engaged social presence at the core of your traffic strategy. If you are unsure whether you have this soundly in place, refer to the numerous posts on our blog about what a proper and effective social presence looks like.

Here’s a couple of blog posts that will help, should you need clear definitions of “Doing Social Right”:

– 50 Random Things I Have Learned About Social Media Marketing

– 18 Amateur Social Media Marketing Mistakes To Avoid – Part 1

– 18 Amateur Social Media Marketing Mistakes To Avoid – Part 2

2) Connect – Imagine finding the perfect radio station with your exact target audience you’re trying to reach, but they only had 60 listeners. You would never get ROI if you ran your ad there, even if every single listener bought from you. Likewise in social media, you must have a large enough target audience in order to see consistent, predictable results. You must find and connect with your target audience to continually be growing your community, provide them with selfless value everyday, all day and most importantly build relationships with them through conversation and appreciation.

3) Content Curation – Giving selfless value through curating great content is important. Be sure that you are doing it consistently and the topics are relevant to your audience. Good curation will earn the right to share and promote your own content.

4) Content Creation – If you are not creating good content consistently, you will not build thought leadership or have anything new to deliver to your audience. Consistent new content written for your audience builds a following of loyal readers that rely on you for knowledge and new information.

5) Marketing Messages – When you are doing social properly, you earn the right to pitch what you do. I am not talking about tagging people in your marketing messages, but rather posting about your product or service across your streams. When you have earned relationships through conversations that were started through great created and curated content, people are far more open to click on your marketing messages. You must have your marketing messages in your streams daily that lead to your landing pages.

6) Evergreen Content – When you are creating great content consistently, you build a repository of content to share repeatedly. Remember that people are not signed into social networks all day long and you are adding new connections to your community frequently. Therefore many will not have seen a blog post you wrote months ago and you will want to use that content in your streams again and again in a conscious and strategic way.

The key to all of these important activities is consistency. The more consistent you are, the more each component achieves improved results. When you consistently do them together, the results become dramatically compounded and through measurement and tracking you will be able to scale up and maintain consistent traffic to your website, landing pages and content.

to get consistent traffic, you need to understand where it's coming from and leverage this sources more

To get consistent traffic through your social media marketing efforts, you need to understand where the traffic is coming from and why, then leverage those sources more. When you take the time to understand your top traffic sources, you will be able to spend more time where you are getting the most consistent results, and less time where results are more challenging.

What Is Your Traffic Achieving?

Once you have laid the foundation of your process and are consistently executing it, you need to ensure that you have a plan related to dealing with the consistent traffic you are driving to your pages. If you are going to start achieving consistent traffic to your site, your content and landing pages, you need a plan to convert that traffic.

What is your goal for the traffic? (what are you trying to achieve? example – leads, newsletter subscribers, new trial accounts, etc.)

Is your page messaging and traffic flow conducive to that goal?

Are you measuring and tracking your conversion of new unique visitors that sign up, order, become a lead, etc.?

Do you have lead capture forms and other technology in place to facilitate the intended goal?

 

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The Significant Difference Between Autopilot and Marketing Automation

This last week we had a BundlePost user state that they wanted their social media marketing on “autopilot” and thought that’s what we did or advocated. Nothing could be further from the truth. Marketing automation and the term autopilot have no relation to one another in social media marketing. One is a carefully thought out and actively managed strategic component of an effective social media program, the other is liken to a drone with no pilot, mission or results.

social media marketing on autopilotIn the commercial aviation industry, millions of dollars are poured into the avionics and systems that keep aircraft in the air, comfortable for passengers and controllable by highly trained pilots. These systems are all integrated together to make the function we all know and understand as autopilot, possible. But what we never see is a plane placed on autopilot, without an experienced captain monitoring all aspects of the controls.

Pilots would never put their plane on autopilot, leave their seat and subsequently allow the plane to cruise unattended. Not only is that illegal and against all common sense and regulations, but it’s incredibly foolish and would be an accident going someplace to happen. On the contrary, there are two pilots in every commercial cockpit even though autopilot capabilities are on board. Both professional pilots are present, strapped in their seats and always ready and able to respond to any circumstance that arises.

Autopilot was never developed or designed to fly an airplane unattended, nor was it ever meant to be used as something to replace an experienced pilot. Advanced technology is designed to help efficiently manage some mundane human tasks, freeing up the pilots to ensure a smooth flight and potential problems or opportunities.

Let’s put some clarity to the differences between these two distinctly different marketing approaches as it relates to social media marketing. We will give six examples of each and provide a little detail as we go.

Social Media “Autopilot” Tactics –

Social media success does not appear by accident, or via automation, rather it can only be achieved through consistently executing proper strategy, activities and human interaction.

Accepted social marketing tactics do NOT include the following activity, tools or automation:

1) Auto-posting content from any source – This is not strategic, safe or effective.

2) Auto-tagging and posting messages – This includes things like newspaper posts that tag people you’ve automatically displayed on your Rebel Mouse or other newspaper pages, “top influencers tag messages” or any other similar tools or systems that auto-post to your pages, profiles or timelines. They are clearly automated, provide ZERO value to anyone (including yourself) and most people know this.

3) Automated Timeline or Direct Messages – We all know these are automated and not sincere as a result. We ignore not only the message you have automated, but we will likely ignore you hence forth.

4) Automated Retweet applications – Some of the newest horrid autopilot technology is the automated RT app. This little gem lets you select specific people/accounts and it will automatically RT their tweets at specific intervals. This is like an accident going somewhere to happen. It’s not effective, don’t do it.

5) Automated Pitch Tagging – We just connected (or have no relationship) and your autopilot solution tags me to pitch your link, blog, website, product or service. Have you ever wondered why email spam is now illegal? You’re doing the equivalent on social media and your brand and results will reflect it if you don’t stop. In fact many (including myself) report accounts that do such spamming, every time it happens. Wonder why your account gets suspended? Now you know.

6) Automated Engagement Posting – Imagine going to a networking event and when you introduce someone to somebody else, or tell someone about another persons book or product, the person you were referring to, took out their smart phone and played a recorded message. Or better yet, imagine that you were having a conversation with someone and a person or brand you’ve never heard of, jumped in to the conversation to tell you about their product all because he overheard you mention the word “fruit”.

Whatever you would do in real life, you should do in social media. Whatever you would never do at a networking event or walking down the street, don’t do in social. It’s not more complicated than that. Autopilot does not get real results in social media and will damage your reputation.

Consider this: If you and thousands of others are using such autopilot tactics in their social media marketing and hundreds, if not thousands are connected the same people, your autopilot tagging and posting are also appearing to the same person. What do you think the impression of your brand, product or service is when your automation is just like everyone else’s automation and being seen by the same person? I can tell you. You just became a brand or person they will not be doing business with.

“If your social media isn’t getting results you need less automation, more human & the right tools” ~@fondalo

Social Media Marketing Automation –

If you expect to get results there are a few social marketing automation functions that you need to be doing. Liken these activities as the aviation autopilot explanation we discussed earlier. You, the pilot are always there in the seat, but the plane’s autopilot can be running these functions for you.

1) Landing Page, Lead Capture, Email Drip Campaign – If you are using social media for marketing and do not have a clear marketing automation path for your prospects, you are undoubtedly not achieving the results you should/could be. Understanding your prospects click-through, registration and sign-up/order flow is extremely important and requires sales automation to be most effective.

2) Content Curation Scheduling – You must have enough relevant, valuable content in your social streams every day. It’s part and parcel effective social media. I am not referring to Retweeting or sharing other people’s curated content, but discovering and posting content that resonates with your audience. Though you should sometimes RT and share, you need to build thought leadership around the topics that drive your audience, and that requires you to aggregate and curate content they want. Scheduling these posts is a requirement, unless you have unlimited time and aren’t going to do the things that actually get results, like having conversations and building relationships. (I am being very sarcastic here. You must engage with your community if you expect results) You can either spend time posting content, or engaging and driving ROI from your efforts. Content curation scheduling is imperative!

3) Community Growth Targeting – Using tools that will help you identify your target audience and connecting with them enables you to grow your community and leverage the Social Media Connection Cycle. Finding and connecting with your customers and prospects across the social graph is extremely important. Doing it manually is cumbersome and extremely inefficient.

4) New and Evergreen Content Scheduling – When you create content in the form of blog posts and articles, you need to share that to your streams so your audience is aware. Posting it once is pointless, so you need to strategically schedule new and evergreen content multiple times when it is created as well as on an ongoing basis.

5) Scheduled Marketing Messages – If you have knowledge of something you will be doing on a specific day/time, scheduling your status update about it ahead of time makes perfect sense. Periodically scheduling marketing messages about what you do, that link to your landing pages (without tagging anyone) is appropriate and efficient. If you have done your other social strategy and activities effectively, you will earn the right to do so and people will read, click and share them.

6) Scheduled Graphics – If you are creating and posting graphics and photos to various social sites, you will want to ensure that you’re being consistent and frequent. You can’t be at your desk all the time and you shouldn’t be spending desk time doing such manual tasks. Scheduling this kind of content to your various social accounts is efficient and appropriate.

Wrap Up

There is a massive difference between social media marketing automation and autopilot. You need to know the difference and stop sheepishly replicating the activity other people are doing, when most of them are as broke and ineffective with their social media results as you are. Stop being part of the blind leading the blind and start understanding social media for what it is, not how the popular majority are using it (unsuccessfully). If you’re going to replicate what someone else is doing, you had better be darn sure that it is actually effective on the dollar and cents level and more importantly isn’t hurting your results instead of improving them.

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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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The Top 50 RSS Feeds In @BundlePost

Now that Bundle Post is handling millions of curated, marketing and other social media posts on a monthly basis, trends within our massive database are starting to appear. One of the trends we are tracking is which of the millions of RSS feeds added to the system by individual users are the most popular.

The Top 50 RSS feeds used for social mediaThe Bundle Post RSS engine allows users to add any RSS feed into their Bundle Post account, where we automatically ingest, database and manage the content multiple times per day. This content aggregation and management process dedups posts for every feed, tracks which you have shared on social and enables you to flag content you want the system to keep so you can share again. You can easily schedule, hashtag and manage social media marketing and curation posts in just minutes every 3-5 days.

With thousands of users, millions of RSS feeds and subsequent social media posts, we are now able to easily list the most frequently added feeds and most popular content sources within the system.

*It’s important to note that if you have installed the Bundle Post Chrome extension, you can easily add any of the following RSS feeds into your own Bundle Post account with a few clicks.

The Top 50 RSS Feeds In Bundle Post:

1) Bundle Posthttps://bundlepost.wordpress.com/feed/ – Not a big shock that our users are taking advantage of our blog content. We are honored!

2) Bundle Post YouTube Channelhttp://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/api/users/BundlePost/uploads

3) Social Media Examinerhttp://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/feed/

4) Social Media Todayhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/socialmediatoday_allposts

5) Mashablehttp://feeds.mashable.com/Mashable

6) Entrepreneur http://feeds.feedburner.com/entrepreneur/latest

7) SteamFeedhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/steamfeedcom

8) Copybloggerhttp://feeds.copyblogger.com/Copyblogger

9) Marketinglandhttp://feeds.marketingland.com/mktingland

10) Inchttp://feeds.inc.com/home/updates

11) Small Business Trendshttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/SmallBusinessTrends

12) Jeff Bullashttp://feeds.feedburner.com/JeffbullassBlog

13) Duct Tape Marketinghttp://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog/feed/

14) Hubspot Marketinghttp://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/rss.xml

15) Business 2 Communityhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/B2C_Social

16) Tech Crunchhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/TechCrunch/

17) Danny Brownhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/DannyBrown

18) Hubspot (all Blogs)http://blog.hubspot.com/rss.xml

19) Fast Companyhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/fastcompany/headlines

20) Wiredhttp://feeds.wired.com/wired/index

21) MarketingProfs (all blogs)http://rss.marketingprofs.com/marketingprofs/allinone

22) Search Engine Landhttp://feeds.searchengineland.com/searchengineland

23) The MOZ Bloghttp://feeds.feedburner.com/mozblog

24) Search Engine Watchhttp://searchenginewatch.com/rss

25) Social Freshhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/SocialFresh

26) Content Marketing Institutehttp://contentmarketinginstitute.com/feed/

27) Pro Bloggerhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/ProbloggerHelpingBloggersEarnMoney

28) Life Hackerhttp://feeds.gawker.com/lifehacker/full

29) Kim Garsthttp://kimgarst.com/feed/

30) Razor Socialhttp://www.razorsocial.com/feed/

31) Marketo Marketing Bloghttp://feeds.feedburner.com/modernb2bmarketing

32) The Next Webhttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/thenextweb

33) Heidi Cohenhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/HeidiCohen

34) Harvard Businesshttp://feeds.harvardbusiness.org/harvardbusiness/

35) VentureBeathttp://feeds.venturebeat.com/Venturebeat

36) PR Daily – http://www.prdaily.com/Rss.aspx?sn=RSSHome

37) Jenn’s Trendshttp://jennstrends.com/feed/

38) eMarketerhttp://feeds.emarketer.com/Articles.xml

39) Brian Solishttp://feeds.feedburner.com/BrianSolis

40) 99Uhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/The99Percent

41) Tech Crunch (Social)http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechCrunch/social

42) Curattihttp://curatti.com/feed/

43) Houzzhttp://feeds.feedburner.com/houzz

44) Forbeshttp://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/feed/

45) Digital Trends – http://www.digitaltrends.com/feed/

46) Mediabistrohttp://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/feed

47) Inkling Media – http://feeds.feedburner.com/InklingMedia

48) ConversionXL – http://feeds.feedburner.com/ConversionXL

49) Intuit – http://feeds.feedburner.com/IntuitBlog

50) The John Maxwell Co – http://www.johnmaxwell.com/rss/

What about YOUR content? If you’d like to add your RSS Feed into the Bundle Post Index, click here.

If you’d like to spend 80% less time scheduling, hashtagging and managing curated and marketing social media posts, start your Free 3o Day Trial of Bundle Post Today!

Want to schedule a live demo of Bundle Post in action? Give us a shout on Twitter – @BundlePost

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The What, When and How Of Social Media Marketing Messages – Part 2

Part 2 of the Social Media Marketing Messages seriesIn our previous post we detailed the what and when elements of marketing messages within an effective social media marketing strategy. We outlined the differences between curated content and sales messages, as well as the proper ratio ranges that are generally accepted in the industry. In part 2 of our series, we will discuss how to create and manage a repository of sales messages for social media posting and efficiently implement them within your social media management.

What Is A Marketing Message Repository?

Think of a marketing message repository as a database of social media posts that are about you. They are crafted posts and links that are designed to achieve the overall goals of your social media strategy. This is something we like to call “My Content” posts.

In our previous post, we outlined some of the challenges social media marketers face related to sales messages in their streams, but what are the additional questions you should be asking yourself? Most social media professionals are either not managing a database of sales and marketing content they have available to share, or are using spreadsheets and Word documents in an attempt to do this function.

Though external documents are better than nothing, you still have many obstacles to consistency and efficiency that hinder results. Ask yourself these additional questions about the posting for your social media accounts…

1) How do you effectively manage the 80/20 ratios?

2) How do you execute the two types of message posting efficiently? Curation/Marketing

3) Is there an effective way to manage your marketing messages that will improve your social media success?

If you are like the majority of social media marketers, agencies and brands, honestly answering these questions most likely left you thinking that there is something drastically missing in your workflow. You’re definitely not alone. A social content management application that incorporates an efficient marketing message component is badly needed. Fortunately, there is one…

Bundle Post‘s patent pending system includes a marketing message repository capability unlike anything else available in the industry. The “My Content” functions provide social media marketers with numerous unique capabilities that result in a direct impact on clicks, traffic, leads and ROI.

My Content Capabilities:

Social media marketing message repository1) Segmentation Folders –

The My Content section of the Bundle Post system enables you to segment posts anyway you desire. You can create folders to house social media posts, sales messages, evergreen content, campaign posts and more. Each segmented folder can be named and designated for a specific client, product or segment to ensure you keep every aspect of marketing messages separate.

2) Repository Posts –

A system that manages your marketing message posts efficiently has many benefits. Not only do you have all potential posts in a repository of social media marketing message postsone place, you also know exactly what you have available to share with your community that promotes what you do. Within every My Content folder you make, you are able to create and save an unlimited number of social media posts.

The types of content links and sales message posts you can created and save are endless!

3) Editing –

The text and URL of every post within each segmented folder can be edited, deleted or viewed at any time, giving you complete control of your repository.

4) Tracking –

The system also tracks every time you use a specific post from a specific folder. You will always know when you last scheduled a marketing message from the system and easily select posts based on those dates for future use.

5) Scheduling –

The core Bundle Post content management system capabilities are also integrated with My Content folders. Selecting posts from your My Content folders that you want merged with a specific schedule is easy and efficient. You able to manage 80 curated posts and include 20 marketing posts from your repository folders, schedule and hashtag them all in about 20 minutes!

Efficiency Becomes Strategic – Strategic Gets Results

Efficiency combined with consistency enables you to be more strategic with your social media marketing. Whether or not you are able to strategically infuse marketing and evergreen content posts into your streams is no longer determined by available time or resources. You are never in a situation where you don’t know what you have available to post, are never unsure of when you last shared a specific post and more importantly you are consistent in these efforts.

If your workflow, systems and applications integrate into a finely tuned process, your focus becomes much more strategic in nature. When required tasks take less time and you are able to be strategic with your marketing messages and do it all consistently, the net results of your marketing efforts increase dramatically.

How dramatic?  Here’s one example

Testimonial Case Study

So whether you are taking advantage of the Bundle Post social content system to strategically manage your social media marketing posts or not, having an efficient and effective workflow makes all the difference. It’s important to figure out how to be efficient and consistent with your marketing messages in your streams, so your time and energy can be diverted to strategically improving your results.

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The What, When and How Of Social Media Marketing Messages – Part 1

Most social media professionals are aware that along with sharing curated content and posts it is also extremely important to share your created content and marketing messages at appropriate levels. Though some mistakenly post only their promotional posts, combining sales messaging content with selfless, relevant and interesting posts your audience will find valuable is an essential part of any social media strategy.

The What, when and how of posting social media sales and marketing message posts.It’s perfectly alright to promote your brand and offers within social media. In fact, if you’re using social media for marketing, that should be one of the reasons you’re there in the first place. The issue becomes when and how often you post promotional messages, not if you do.

Many industry leaders tend to state that an effective ratio of shared/curated content is best at a level of somewhere between 75% to 85% of a marketers posts. The remaining 15% to 25% can be made up of your promotional, sales messages and created content. The idea is that since this is SOCIAL media, the goal is to provide selfless value to your audience, and that is done by sharing content and posts that they find valuable, not just your posts. This practice tends to start conversations with your community members. When this value based process is repeated over time, relationships develop that make people more open to what you actually do.

One of the challenges that social media marketers, brands and agencies have related to their marketing messages is not knowing all of the content and messaging they have available to share. This obstacle is magnified due to the fact that spreadsheets and Word documents are frequently the organizational tools used for this purpose. Not only does this make it extremely inefficient, it also tends to spread out workflow across multiple people, documents and platforms. This unorganized and disjointed process often results in less than optimal results, missed opportunities and an inability to take advantage of legacy content and messaging that could be utilized with improved effect.

These human and time intensive processes are often some of the biggest obstacles social media marketers have to deal with when it comes to consistent messaging and real revenue results within their social media marketing efforts. There are some specific steps to take that will diminish these issues and they all start with ONE.

Do you know what you have to share?

Let’s be specific here. What makes up your “what you have to share”?

Examples of social media marketing, sales and/or promotional posts are things like;

  1. Your home page
  2. Secondary website pages (About us, location)
  3. Individual Product/Service pages
  4. Your main blog home page
  5. Specific legacy or evergreen blog posts
  6. Landing/Signup pages
  7. Your other social profiles
  8. Specific created graphics and pictures
  9. Email newsletter list subscription pages
  10. Your text only quotes/sales messages
  11. Etc.

What URLs do you have that contain these kinds of posting opportunities?

  1. Your Website
  2. Your YouTube Channel
  3. Your Blog
  4. Your Facebook Page
  5. Your Facebook Page images
  6. Instagram pics

The intent of marketing and promotional messages in your social stream

should be to drive traffic to your offers, content and landing pages in an attempt to either;

  1. Increase traffic
  2. Convert traffic
  3. Drive sales/leads
  4. Educate on products/services you offer
  5. Branding

As we stated previously, one of the biggest challenges facing social media marketers is efficiently and effectively managing marketing posts. This was one of the reasons that we created the Bundle Post Social Content Management System as an agency. The time-consuming and inefficient methods of managing spreadsheets and Word docs was a nightmare. Something had to change to make it more effective, less time-consuming and require less human resources.

In Part 2 we discuss how to create and manage a repository of sales messages for social media posting and efficiently implement them within your social media management. Click Here for Part 2

 

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How To: Expand Local Business Social Reach Through Content Creation

Even the smallest brands and individual online marketers need to create relevant content for their target audience. It’s about creating thought leadership in certain topics, staying top of mind with your audience and driving traffic to your site through your blog or other social platforms.

Expanding Social ReachThere are many types of content creation that marketers and small brands can and should be doing. Some of the types of created content are; Blog posts, video, images, graphics, infographics, email newsletters, landing pages, events. Most of these kinds of content creation can be done with limited resources, using smart phones or by outsourcing to experienced small agencies.

Expand Your Social Reach:

One of the important and often overlooked reasons consistent content creation is so important is that it provides the opportunity for local businesses and small marketers to expand their social reach. By consistently creating content that is relevant and valuable to your target audience, you also generate content that other social media users want to share.

At the heart of effective social media marketing is sharing or “curating” relevant content from others. In fact, when done properly, about 80% of what a social media marketer posts should come from sources other than themselves. This means that they need recent, relevant content on a daily basis and a lot of it!

Some How To’s:

  • Be consistent with at least 1-2 blog posts per week. Make it easy by using images and videos you capture in and around your daily work and personal activities as the basis for your posts.
  • Optimize your posts around locality and topics both your audience and content curators are interested in.
  • Share your content with hashtags both your audience and content curators are using and following around your locality and topics.
  • Write for legacy, not always events. In other words, create content that is not event-driven but is timeless and can be posted, read and consumed long-term, not just for a specific date or event.
  • Identify and build relationships with social media accounts that post and share about local content frequently. By developing these relationships, they will likely find and share your content as well.
  • On the day’s you publish your posts, schedule shares on Twitter up to 3-4 times across the day and once on other social platforms.
  • ALWAYS include at least one graphic in your posts.
  • Share the graphic from your blog post on image networks like Instagram and Pinterest with a link to the blog post it came from.
  • Share your legacy content in your social streams repeatedly over time.
  • Start conversations with your target audience when they post something that is connected to one of your recent posts. As the conversation develops you can mention a blog post you did on the topic and share the link. (when appropriate)

Some Never Ever’s:

  • Never tag people/accounts when you share it on social media. We call this spam. Earn relationships that want to share your content.
  • Don’t create content that is only and always about you, your company or what you do. Instead create content around what interests your target audience at a rate of 80% and 20% of your blog posts should be about you, your products, services and specials, etc.

Content creation can be a very effective way for local businesses to drive traffic to their website. It is best done when it adds value to the target audience and is not-self centered. Include outreach campaigns to develop relationships that need your content for their social media strategies and always thank those that mention and share your content.

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