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. One of the key social networks for effectively forging B2B relationships … Continue reading An Effective Way To Add High-Level B2B Connections On LinkedIn For #SocialSelling

Social Media Conversations That Become Leads

Conversations within social media is what builds relationships. Those resulting relationships are what lay the foundations for real results like sales, revenue and customer acquisition. But the question I hear most often is "How do you get into conversations that become leads?" One way to get into conversations is to simply start them with others. … Continue reading Social Media Conversations That Become Leads

Should Engagement Be Valued Over Sales In Social Media Marketing

In a word, NO!  Engagement should not be valued over sales in social media marketing. Engagement is simply part of the required functions of social media marketing that leads to Sales, but only when done properly. A report published by eMarketer last year states that brands believe consumer engagement and brand lift were the number one goals of … Continue reading Should Engagement Be Valued Over Sales In Social Media Marketing

The Drastic Difference Between Social Selling And Spam

Social Selling continues to gain popularity as a term and an action within the social media marketing space. Social selling has many definitions, but I like the one by @JulioVisko in a Social Media Today article from 2012 that says "staying connected with your prospects and build a relationship with them that goes beyond a vendor toward a trusted advisor." … Continue reading The Drastic Difference Between Social Selling And Spam

Customer Service “IS” Sales In Social Media – 2 Examples and 3 Tips

Customer service is at the core of effective social media marketing. The beginning of effective customer service is  listening to your customers and prospects, but more than that, it's showing that you're listening by responding. Even further, it's responding in real-time that delivers the message of responsiveness, authenticity, priority and that the your connections are … Continue reading Customer Service “IS” Sales In Social Media – 2 Examples and 3 Tips

Reality Check: Daily Required Social Media Marketing Activity

I am frequently seeing articles explaining how to do social media marketing in 30 minutes or an hour each day and decided it was time to deliver a reality check. Unless you are a social media "guru", "author", "celebrity" or #fauxpert that has never done social media marketing outside of self promotion and has a huge … Continue reading Reality Check: Daily Required Social Media Marketing Activity

Social Media Is NOT About Engagement

The definition of Engagement in social media marketing is sometimes a bit cloudy. I would describe social media engagement as listening, responding and communicating with your social community. It is being real, ever present and responsive to conversations taking place within your social presence. Engaging involves responding to activities that happen to you, like: 1) … Continue reading Social Media Is NOT About Engagement

Social Media Content And The Social Selling Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Content is so incredibly important in social media marketing. Many marketers and sad to say social media agencies don't realize the true impact it has on getting to the all important return on investment results that are often missed. Social media content is a crucial part of the "social selling" process as well, so I … Continue reading Social Media Content And The Social Selling Process [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Selling Gets A Boost From Nimble Integration Within Hootsuite

As I have written many times, the last thing we need are more social networks. What we need are improved ways to manage relationships over the long-term. For us, using the social customer relationship management, or CRM application Nimble is a requirement. Think Salesforce for social media marketing and you will have a good understanding of … Continue reading Social Selling Gets A Boost From Nimble Integration Within Hootsuite