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Identifying And Growing Your Target Social Media Audience

One of the biggest mistakes made in social media marketing is building the wrong communities. What we mean by that is that many brands and marketers build followings of their peers, competitors or incorrect prospects, rather than their target audience. Subsequently, the time spent on social networks engaging, creating and posting content doesn’t achieve the level of desired results that they had hoped.

Why is the proper targeting and growing of your social community so important?

Our experience tells us that any marketing that is being executed, no matter how skillful, creative or unique is always limited by improper targeted of audience. For example, if your intended audience is nurses, yet you attract, connect with, follow and engage with mostly healthcare vendors like yourself, your results will be minimal. Furthermore, if your company is a restaurant in Chicago and you send direct mail advertisements to homes in Boston, do you think your marketing resources will achieve a return?

Social media marketing is very similar from the audience targeting metrics of other marketing mediums in that you need to know specifically who you are trying to reach. By specifically, we mean you need to be able to clearly outline all facets of your prospective social connects three ways:

Geographically – Specific location or locations, including city, state, region, county or country.

Demographically –  Things like gender, age, ethnicity, language, home ownership, employment status, etc.

Psychographically – Personality, values, opinions, attitudes, interests, and lifestyles

If you do not specifically know who you need to connect with and/or know but are connecting and engaging with others instead, your social media results will suffer greatly. Therefore it is important that the community you build is made up of the of people you need to reach for the product/service you are marketing.

It makes doesn’t it? Please tell me it does… If in fact it does make sense, why do so many do the exact opposite of these things in their social media efforts? The answer is, it is not easy and being humans we often take the path of least resistance, to our own detriment.

Identifying and Growing Your Social Community

Let’s attempt to change the difficulty factor of growing a targeted community through knowledge.

1) Identifying Your Target Audience – The first and most important step to growing a targeted community is to define it clearly. As we stated above, you really need to know who you are trying to reach, where they are located and what interests them. Since we know effective social media marketing is not about you, but rather your audience, then nailing the details of who you need to reach is imperative!

Be very specific about the location(s), demographics and interests of your intended audience. The more specific you are in defining who you want to reach, the more effective you can be. Though geographic and demographic can often be easily determined with experience, psychographic interests can sometimes stump even the most experienced marketer.

There are two tricks to help you identify the more vague psychographic targeting. They are;

  • Competition: One way to determine more about your prospective target audience is to watch your peers and competitors social accounts. Watch for the non-business related topics and interests that drive your prospects to engage, like and share. Taking this further, look at the personal profiles of your prospective customers and take note of the topics that thread through everything they engage with online. The list that results from investigating several prospective customers and competitors social accounts will result in identifying 4-8 key interests or topics that drive your audience.

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  • Existing Customers: Speak with existing customers and known prospects about their interests on and offline. Discover that drives them in their life. Those are the topics you want to share content on and use to find your target audience.

2) Growing Your Target Audience – There are two distinct ways that marketers should be actively growing their target audience. Attracting new connections and proactively connecting. Having a community that is constantly growing with new connections, while engaged with conversations and relationship building is crucial for numerous reasons and should be a strategic part of any social media marketing program.

Let’s define these two community growth elements.

  • Attracting – If you desire to have organic growth within your social community, ensuring that you are attracting the right connections is imperative. To do this effectively, you will want to be sure you know who you are trying to reach and what topics drive their activity on social media (as we discussed above). Using this information and the other research we suggested, you will want to tailor your content curation, creation and hashtagging to these interests. Be sure that the content you are sharing and the hashtags you are using to attract your following is correctly focused on your prospects needs and interests, not that of your company, peers or competitors.

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  • Proactive – Supplementing your attraction growth should be an extremely consistent and highly targeted execution of proactive connecting. If you know who you are trying to reach and have defined this very clearly, social media profile searches, viewing friends of your connections as well as connecting with your competition’s following is extremely effective.

At the end of the day, you must be providing value to your community, engaging in conversations and building relationships if your social media marketing efforts are going to see real results. If your strategy is on point, being executed properly and conversations are a daily part of your process, adding audience growth and targeting methods into the mix will add substantial results to your bottom line.

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How To Create Reusable Marketing Message Campaigns To Drive Website Traffic

Would you like to learn how to schedule social media posts about YOUR website in Bulk? If you don’t share things about you, who will? Lately I’ve been doing what seems to be fishing expeditions online, trying to figure out who or what folks are about. Seems to be we have one extreme where folks share all about themselves only and the other extreme where they share nothing at all. Why would someone not share about themselves on social media? Especially with regard to their business and what they do.

Yes, this is yet another blog about self promotion! Bare with me as I share with you a tool, our very own BundlePost to help you schedule your social media posts about your website, or otherwise your marketing messages and content! What we refer to as our “My Content” section in BundlePost.  This BundlePost feature enables social media agencies to easily store and schedule marketing content for their clients and themselves.

Let me simplify all that for you – It’s not just for social media agencies. If you have a website that you need to share on social platforms then BundlePost is the perfect tool to allow you to schedule posts, efficiently, strategically and in bulk.

There’s no question whether you should or shouldn’t self promote. It’s a must! According to GlobalWebIndex “A quarter of internet users say that social network-based retail stores make them more likely to purchase online. Globally, 7 in 10 active Facebook users say they have bought a product online in the past month, with the equivalent figure among Twitter’s active user base climbing to approach the three-quarter mark.”

Without getting into great detail of why, what or when to promote yourself, I thought I would instead get into the ‘How’ to promote yourself by using a friends website as an example (But for those of you who want the details, I highly recommend reading -> How to Maintain Consistent Website and Content Traffic through Social Media)

Step by Step on how to schedule YOUR Marketing Message Content

1. Add our Google Chrome extension – please add to your browser if you haven’t already. Here is the link – Bundlet

2. Set up a campaign schedule in BundlePost – for example I have set one up for my friend on Twitter and LinkedIn for now. Selecting 3 specific times for posting her content to Twitter and 2 specific times for LinkedIn

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3. Using The Bundlet – Now the fun begins! Open up a new tab in your browser and go to you website, then click on the Bundlet extension in your Chrome browser. You will see that the Bundlet has grabbed the URL for the webpage you are on. Next to the ‘Save Content to’ click on the drop down and scroll to the bottom where it has the “My Content” and add a new folder. I added one for my friend called “Travel Website”, since as you can see she is a travel agent. In the text box you will see a brief description of the webpage that you are on. Here is where you need to get creative! Highlight and replace what is there with something you want to say about this webpage when posting on social media.

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The brief description that appeared in the Bundlet for this webpage was –  “Caribbean Cruises from HEARTS ON THE GO TRAVEL – a division of Cordially Yours Travel” I replaced it with something that might make more sense for Jeanne’s audience on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, like “Did you know that you can make payments on your next vacation through us? Ready to thaw out in the Caribbean?”

4. SUBMIT to save that post in your new My Content folder inside BundlePost. (before closing the Bundlet and moving to step 5, we suggest writing and saving multiple posts for the same URL/page with different creative text)

5. Repeat Process – Go to another webpage on your same website and repeat the process. As you can see my friend Jeanne has a ton of fun content on her website. I could literally be here at my laptop all week long adding things to her My Content Travel Website folder. I can also set up several different folders for her if I wanted to.

Side note* – here is a good resource for other ‘My Content’ ideas – How To Use Your Legacy Social Media Content To Get Results

6. Start Export – After you have your folder full of 40 or more posts, click on the ‘Start Export’ button inside your BundlePost account in the navigation header and select which schedule you would like to use. Then select the day in which you want to start scheduling posts for this campaign and click ‘Continue’

7. Export Table -Congratulations you are now on the export table! On the second level, light blue navigation bar click on the My Content Button dropdown and select the content folder you created in the earlier steps. EXAMPLE: Jeanne’s Travel website. Next, click on “Select all” followed by the “Move Selected” button.

You should see a screen that looks similar to the image below, with all of your tweets, scheduled and formatted for you! No spread sheets…. how beautiful is that?!

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8. Hashtags – I hashtagged things as I created otherwise we would have used our hashtag folder at this point. Another amazing feature in BundlePost

9. Drag and Drop – You can move things around by dragging or dropping the different posts or click on the randomize buttons to mix up the order of the scheduled posts as desired.

10. Edit – Glance over everything and if you need to edit just double click on the text of a specific post, make changes and click off to save it.

11. Download – We are almost done!! Now you want to select the dashboard you use by clicking on their icon on the top of this export page. Jeanne is a big Hootsuite fan, so I clicked on the Hootsuite logo to download the formatted and scheduled posts for the multi-day promotional campaign. (note – never open the download file, simple save it where you want it on your computer)

12. Upload – Inside your Hootsuite pro account you will find a Bulk message uploader link under scheduling in your compose message area. A pop up will then ask you for the csv file you would like to use. Locate the file you downloaded from BundlePost and then select the second date format and the social profile you wish to schedule your content to. Submit!

13. You have successfully scheduled – 40 (or up to 100) new messages! Since this was sent to Jeanne’s Twitter account, that means for the next 13 days she will have her marketing messages going out on Twitter without having to do anything else. Just think if we created more? The 40 posts  that I created for Jeanne will remain in her BundlePost account, so she has the ability to schedule them out again and again if she would like. What’s more, she also has the ability to modify them at anytime by editing them.

Once you have input your marketing message posts into your BundlePost My Content folders, you are not only saving a ton of time, but can be extremely consistent in your promotional sharing. You will drive traffic to your website on a daily basis, with limited effort.

“My Content” is an important part of effective social media marketing and an incredible feature of BundlePost.

It is important to note that you should share about yourself, what you do and your marketing message content. Using BundlePost My Content folders is one way to ensure that we always have something going in our feeds about us. However, it’s important to also share other content as well. You don’t want to have that Me Me Me syndrome going on. So, this is where you can explore our Feed Channel and queue folders features for efficient content aggregation and curation.

If you currently do not have a BundlePost account and would like assistance in setting up your account please let us know. If you have been with BundlePost for awhile now and would like additional training in how to get the most out of it, we are here to help.

 

PerfectJuliaBy Julia Hull @PerfectJulia

Director of Customer Support at BundlePost

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

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Millennials and Social Commerce By The Data [Infographic]

Interest and discussions surrounding the 76 million millennials and their impact on social media, marketing and social commerce are seemingly increasing every week. Brands and marketers are seeking data to bolster their digital marketing efforts around this group, their interests and online patterns and rightly so. Millennials are unique in that they are not influenced by traditional ‘push’ marketing strategies as other population segments have been in the past and more importantly they have been raised with the digital world in place, rather than migrating to it as those before them.

Using data published in a report by UMass, we have created an easy to consume Infographic that contains the key points every brand and marketer should know. Following the infographic we break down some of the data points and include some takeaway action steps you may want to consider.

Millennial Social Commerce Infographic

The Data Highlights:

  • 35% of Millennials are likely to use a “buy” button on Facebook and 24% are likely to use one on Twitter, should those be provided by the platforms.
  • Facebook declines but is still the most popular platform among Millennials when looking to interact with companies/brands online. While their numbers have fallen slightly, Twitter and Pinterest have made modest gains. Fifty-five percent of respondents currently like at least one brand on Facebook (down from 62% last year). Twitter has 29% (up from 23%) and
  • Pinterest has 16% (up from 11%) of Millennials following or pinning a company/brand.
  • Hair, Beauty and Apparel continues to be the category in which most products are purchased by Millennials across all platforms studied.
  • Relative to users of larger platforms, Pinterest again has the highest online sales conversion rate. Fifty-one percent of Pinterest users make their purchases online exclusively compared to 16% of Facebook users and 35% of Twitter users. The user-friendly, highly visual design of the website facilitates information search and evaluation of alternatives. Pinterest makes the transaction process flow with optimal ease for consumers.
  • 48% of Millennials use smart phones to make purchases online and 21% use tablets.

Action Plan Takeaways:

If millennials make up part or all of the target audience you are trying to reach through social and digital channels, there are a few things you need to consider:

1) You will not be successful pushing your marketing on them. They have been raised in the digital and social worlds and therefore relationships, conversations, trends and transmedia approaches are required, not optional.

2) You will have to be highly active and effective on multiple social media channels if you wish to get and keep the millennial attention.

3) Having a clear and optimized mobile strategy that works with millennial usage patterns is also required. They spend far less time on desktops and therefore the channels and media types you employ must be optimized for mobile and tablet.

4) A strategy and plan for social commerce is required. This is how millennials want to purchase. Make it easy for them to do so.

5) Curate and Create content at much higher frequencies for this group. They are online more frequently and consume content when and how they want.

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Want to Delete the Social Media World?

Want to Delete the Social Media World you are in? There are times I have wanted to drive to the beach and throw my laptop and cell phone in the ocean. Then just sit and listen to the roar of the ocean as it swallows up the noise. Listening as the constant ping noise of notifications from across the social graph transforms into a simple refreshing ocean mist. The waves ripping apart the newsfeeds that contain a roller coaster of emotions from everyone’s daily lives. Political battles and discussions drifting away and lost at sea forever more. Oh and glory be, no more talk about ‘Content Marketing’! Just the peaceful yet powerful sound of the ocean. How heavenly! Wiping everything away like hitting a giant reset button. Can you feel that sigh of relief? I know I’m not the only one that feels this way at times. Right?

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There could be several reasons a person might feel this way. Having experienced all of these since I personally started Twitter in 2008.

1. No Social Media Goals – No Direction

2. Wrong expectations – Results not coming through fast enough

3. Bad or Wrong Content

4. Not enough Content

5. Wrong Audience – Focusing on numbers instead of a targeted audience

6. Not enough time to get it all done

The list goes on and on.

These negative reasons can be down right frustrating and can lead to notifications that we don’t want. The one’s that consume our valuable time!

The one thing we all have in common is ‘Time’ and I don’t like my time wasted and I know people don’t either.

How can we turn this feeling of wanting to delete the Social Media world into something pleasant and effective? With TOOLS! With the PROPER tools we can turn those unwanted ping notifications into notifications that we do want and need if we’re going to be successful with social media marketing.

What are Proper Tools?

1. Tools that help us locate and connect with our target audience.

2. Tools that help us communicate with our audience.

3. A tool that helps us save time and be more effective.

For those three things I have three tools to share with you!

Looking  for that target audience can be achieved best on Twitter with an amazing tool called ManageFlitter! Sure there is a free version to this software. However, if you are looking to be productive and save time going with the Pro version is the best bet! The power mode on ManageFlitter will give you the ability to find and easily follow the perfect prospect. Narrowing down everything by filters that will give some folks the ability to gain around 100 new followers a day or more.

Second tool for communicating with your audience…. is Hootsuite. This tool can take the chaotic noise out of twitter. With the stream feature you can become very organized in who or what you are following. Replies and Retweets are much smoother and far more visible than working through Twitter itself. Their best time-saving feature  is the Bulk Message Uploader. Again…. you will need to go with the Pro version for this.

Third tool that helps us save time and be more effective is Bundle Post! Social Media Content 1544577_738731136157337_590658856_nManagement System. Easily manage numerous content sources. Efficiently discover, schedule and hashtag curated content in minutes. Consistently share your own marketing messages.  A couple of testimonials from some Bundle Post users

 

Or how about “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 coming from Twitter.

These are three main tools that the BundlePost team uses faithfully. These are the tools that have helped us share content that has created conversations, that has helps us build relationships, that has resulted in ROI!

So don’t Delete the Social Media world quite yet.

There is a path to follow to obtain the results you are looking for.

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PerfectJuliaBy Julia Hull @PerfectJulia

Director of Customer Support at BundlePost

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

 

 

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Are You Truly Thankful With Your Social Media?

It’s that amazing time of year again when we all consider our blessings and those that are blessings to us. As I considered what we were going to post this year I started thinking about all of the people and brands we are connected with, those that read and share our Being and showing you are Thankful In Social Mediacontent and our amazing loyal users. We are truly grateful to all of them and we make considerable attempts to show it every single day of the year.

This Thanksgiving, I wanted to dive deeper into the meaning of the word “Thankful”.

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adjective: thankful
  1. pleased and relieved:
    “they were thankful that the war was finally over”
    synonyms: grateful · appreciative · filled with gratitude · relieved
  2. expressing gratitude and relief:
    “an earnest and thankful prayer”
    synonyms: grateful · appreciative · filled with gratitude · relieved

I also wanted to better understand the opposite of being Thankful. That is being ungrateful.

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adjective: ungrateful
  1. not feeling or showing gratitude:
    “she’s so ungrateful for everything we do”
  2. not pleasant or acceptable:
    “he turned to the ungrateful task of forming a police cordon”

I found this exercise pretty telling. If you don’t feel thankful, you tend to not show it and therefore are ungrateful. I would take it further as it relates to social media marketing and say that “If you are ungrateful for the generosity and mentions of your community and ignore their sharing of your content, there is something clearly wrong.” In fact, I would go further and say that if you’re not thankful, it is because you tend to think you are entitled, better than others or arrogant. Is that a harsh statement? I think it’s pretty accurate.

Think about the brands, celebrities and industry “guru’s” that you’ve mentioned over the past year. Specifically, consider the ones that show appreciation when you mention them or share their content. When they display Thankfulness, how does it make YOU feel? Aren’t you far more likely to engage them again in the future, share more of their content or recommend them to others? Of course you would be.

On the contrary, when you share or RT content from a brand or individual and they never show they are Thankful, how does THAT make you feel? This is the entire point we are attempting to make here.

As we considered whether we are truly thankful and whether or not we put that gratitude into action, I decided to have the team run some numbers. As a rule, our entire team make an attempt to thank every single mention, share or RT across all platforms in the social graph. When you consider that we average around 2,000 of those on any given day, it requires time, resources and a commitment. For us it is not a question of whether it should be done or not, it has to be done. When you are really thankful for the efforts that others make on your behalf, it isn’t an option or a question of resources, but a conscious act of being and showing thankfulness. We are truly thankful…

Taking it further I had our team run some numbers. Here’s what we discovered about how we use our BundlePost system to show our grateful appreciation. Currently we share content from 472 RSS Feeds from BundlePost. Really. Part of being thankful is showing through sharing other people’s great content, and we do that quite actively. There are 472 RSS Feed channels that we actively share content from, containing articles from people we engage with, use BundlePost, share OUR content, etc. Fortunately BundlePost makes managing so many feeds easy, allowing us to attribute posts from each RSS to the author, schedule and hashtag the social media posts in seconds. I’m not sure how we could even do this any other way.

Want more of these kind of connections in your community? Here are just a few folks we consistently see that show they are Thankful. We suggest you connect with them also.

 Rob Peters @StandardofTrust – Social & Digital Skills Coach for Executives. How We Connect, Keep Promises, & Earn #RelationshipCapital #RC is Source of Distinction.

 Lynn Abate-Johnson  @peoplefw – #SocialBusiness Specialist | Pro #SocialMedia Mgmt | Kickass Community Director | Content Curator | LinkedIn | FB | Google+ | Instagram |

 Andrew M. Smith @andrewsmith1443 – Social Media Manager @TSL_Marketing, passionate about social media, B2B, digital marketing, technology, data, red wine & bourbon lover, foodie, Brit.

 Timothy Hughes @Timothy_Hughes –  Top 35 UK Blogger, Speaker, Market Influencer, Forbes Top 100 #SocialSelling – Prefer Algebra to Sets – Work @oracletim Music @SM_Sounds –

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Hyper Local Marketing – Did you know?

Unique content for Hyper Local MarketingDid you know the BundlePost team works daily with Social Media agencies and Internet marketers? Folks that are working hard to get the word out about goods and services or hired to get the word out for others. One of the biggest concerns I hear among these folks is about hyper local marketing. Here is a strong accusation on the matter – Many agencies miss the mark entirely and are only concerned about taking money from small business owners. Sad, but true.

However, many small business owners miss the mark too by thinking everything is about the amount of ‘Likes’ and ‘Follows’ online. This is mostly because they have listened to folks that just want to take their money. Until one day the small business owner wakes up and says….. “my priority is getting my services and products sold or getting people in the door of my shop!!

The pressure is on!! The Agency now has to get to work because Small Business owners have found out – Social Media: It’s Quantity AND Quality, Not Either or

Likes and Followers are NOT sales by themselves. So we know we need quantity and quality, but what exactly do we share for the hyper local market? You can set up Google alerts to feed into BundlePost on any topic. Alerts for local are news, local events in the area, or content aggregation on any subject you’d like for that matter. However, I want to introduce you to a few things that I know will get the conversation going with your hyper local target market. The kind of things that are outside of box thinking for the typical social media marketer.

When I think hyper local marketing I think ‘Community’. When I think ‘Community’, I think history, community spirit, friends and family. Wouldn’t it be awesome for hyper local marketing to reflect that? What do you know about the history of your community? When and how was the local town established? There might be some in the audience saying ‘Who Cares’, but please remember hyper local marketing is about the community, where locally owned brick and mortar businesses actually still care about the community,  otherwise why would they have invested the time and money there.

If you can’t feel the community spirit, please know you’re not alone and I can totally understand. I was born and raised in Modesto California. I used to tell people, “Yup, born and raised, but was able to escape a few times.” Which obviously says that I wasn’t happy here. I could drive by the hospital and cemetery within five to ten minutes of each other and be overwhelmed with “Born here… died here”.

A couple of years ago I isolated myself in the mountains. Away from family, friends and community. For the very first time I spent a Christmas entirely by myself. One of the worst feelings ever. Loneliness. My only community was online. Shortly there after I decided I needed to go ‘Home’.

I am not saying to isolate yourself so that you learn to appreciate things more. Please don’t do that! What I am saying is that maybe it’s time to get re-acquainted with your surroundings. Time to do a little research like I have and possibly fall in love with where you or your client businesses live like I have.

Start looking for the positive things, the community spirit, the history and the fun trivia facts that most folks don’t know. By the time you are done with your research, you will feel like the town historian. That my friends can give you the cutting edge above your competition!

Seems like my favorite way to start a conversation lately is with… “Did you know?”

Example

Did you know that Modesto was established in 1870? Common knowledge for a local, but did you know that Paradise City and Tuolumne City literally picked up their homes and business buildings and moved them to Modesto? They placed everything on wood planks and wheels and drawn by horse to relocate for the new railroad city.

See, anyone can find out what year a town was established, Wikipedia is pretty good for that. If you want to sound more interesting dig deeper. Remember, I lived here my whole life and I didn’t know about the cities that disappeared. I was so curious about it that I looked up a map from the late 1800’s at the local library to see exactly where they were and drove to the sites, no sign of a city ever being there. NONE.

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Did you catch that in the last paragraph that yes, I said LIBRARY. Your local Library is a wealth of untapped content dying for you to share! The only hard part is that there usually isn’t a ‘Share’ button. You actually need to read, learn, take notes and CREATE content that is not easily found online. The amazing part is that your librarian is eager and ready to help you. When I started asking questions about our community, I soon had a small audience of volunteers ready to assist with research.

Another Example

Did you know that Modesto is home to world’s largest winery? Again common knowledge for a local. But taking it one step further, did you know that Boone’s Farm wine is a Gallo product? Remember the Blue Hawaiian and Fuzzy Naval? Some folks probably don’t want to remember. LOL Okay, so still pushing the common knowledge for some here. So let’s get the inside scoop with this. SO, Did do you know how Boone’s Farm got its name? Here my friends is a great piece of inside scoop trivia for you. Boone’s Farm was named after a horse called Boone. Boone belonged to Julio Gallo’s granddaughter, Gina Gallo. Between the Gallo family estates was a small stall/shed for Boone on the property. Above the stall door hung a sign that read, “Boone’s Farm”

So in the last example I used the ‘Inside Scoop’. What large companies do you have in your community? Do you know someone who works for the company? Is there possibly a factory that offers tours? My inside source for this last example was my father. Dad used to work for the Gallo family in the early 70’s as a personal body-guard to the Gallo family. Awesome resource, right?

Step away from your computer and start asking the community about its past. You’ll be surprised about the awesome things you will find to share. You just might be able to rekindle the community spirit with your hyper local marketing.

In the end when we take pride in our community and we will often support our community by shopping local.

 

PerfectJuliaBy Julia Hull @PerfectJulia

Director of Customer Support at BundlePost

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

 

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An Effective Way To Add High-Level B2B Connections On LinkedIn For #SocialSelling

More than ever, Business to Business (B2B) marketing requires one-on-one relationships. Making real, human connections with your business prospects to forge relationships that open doors to social selling. Being effective within social media to achieve this all important task is paramount to short and long-term success.

Add High-Level B2B Connections On LinkedInOne of the key social networks for effectively forging B2B relationships is LinkedIn. Unfortunately, as the most formal business social network, higher level connections are sometimes not as open to connecting with people they don’t know. All too often, the decision makers many B2B companies want to connect with, are also bombarded by contacts that are pitching them and sending them spam, without first making the all important relationship connection. This can lead to executives denying or ignoring friend requests.

So what is an effective way to improve your LinkedIn connections?

We have found that if you leverage the most informal social platform WITH the most formal one, amazing things can happen. Twitter is the most informal social network there is and you don’t have to already be a “friend” to engage with someone. When you want to build a relationships with a B2B connection on LinkedIn there are steps you can follow to do this very effectively.

1) Most LinkedIn users display their Twitter account name if they also have a Twitter account. Go connect with them on Twitter first.

2) Spend a few weeks commenting, retweeting and getting into conversations with the person on Twitter. Start slow and build the daily amount up to about 3-4 daily interactions over at least a two-week period.

3) Build rapport and name recognition with the person without coming across needy or as a stalker.

4) Once you have invested a few weeks in building a relationship, then friend request on them on LinkedIn with a personal message that references your conversations on LinkedIn.

Ok You’re Connected, What Now?

When the connection on LinkedIn is accepted, don’t make the newbie mistake of sending your sales pitch or requesting a call or meeting. You’re not done yet. You will want to continue the escalated engagement on Twitter, and add the same slowly ramped up activity of liking, sharing their content and commenting on the posts of your new connection for a few more weeks. The goal here is to build a deeper rapport with your connection that focuses on conversation around common interests. Only when you have accomplished that do you bring up a potential discussion out of the social graph.

Wrap Up

Providing that your contact is at least fairly active on social media, this process is highly effective. People that would never respond to you or accept a friend request on LinkedIn will often follow, respond and engage with you on the far more informal Twitter. Putting in the time and effort using this process breaks down the barriers that they have within the formal LinkedIn ecosystem, making them far more receptive to an add.

Remember that Business to Business connections are human. People often do business with people they feel they know and like. Today, business IS personal and not the cold fiscal only decision-making process of earlier times. When connections become relationships through conversation and mutual interests, those relationships become friendships and potential customers.

If you take a different view of LinkedIn as part of the overall social media flow, rather than a prospecting tool, your B2B efforts will be rewarded with incredible relationships, sales and customers.

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