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12 #StarWars Quotes and Blog Posts on Social Media Marketing by @PerfectJulia

12 star wars quotes and social media blog postsOne of the most prolific and loved Hollywood film series is Star Wars. From incredible writing and story telling to creative execution and special effects, this movie franchise has captivated millions all over the globe with stunning power.

Throughout the epic film series there are a number of quotes that contain certain levels of intrigue and wisdom that crossover from the silver screen to life and of course social media. I decided to hunt down a few of them and attach them to some of our experienced wisdom. The result is a little bit of fun and a lot of seasoned advice that will not only give you a smile, but leave you thinking.

I hope you enjoy it!

1. “Who’s the more foolish; the fool, or the fool who follows him?” Obi Wan Kenobi – A New Hope

Obi WanWhat and who are you following online? Who are you getting your information from when it comes to social media marketing? What is their success based on… opinions or have they actually succeeded in what they teach?  This blog may help answer some of those. – It’s Nearly Impossible to Become a Social Media Professional Part 3

“Be very weary of anyone that claims being a social media expert or that do not do social media as they tell you and others to do for your social media strategy. Be very careful of those who consult on social media, but their social media is greatly lacking. Beware of those with huge followings that do not respond and engage.”

 

2. “That… is why you fail.” Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back

Do you know why your social media is lacking real results? Let’s talk about ROI… Shall we? Social Media – Your Time Percentage Should Equate To Results Percentage

“Ask yourself a few questions:

Where are you spending your time in the social graph?

What social networks get what percentage of your time and effort?

What network do your target audience spend most of their time on?

Which social network has the highest quantity and concentration of your target audience?

If you can’t answer these questions, you’re probably not being as effective with your social media marketing as you could or should be.”

3. “Laugh it up, fuzzball!”- Han Solo – The Empire Strikes Back

I think you will agree that each of the Star Wars episodes are infused with humor. Laughter is a powerful force! Some of the Most Effective Social Media Is Humorous

“You don’t have to be a creative genius or graphic designer. Just be aware of the effective use of humor in your social media marketing efforts and build better relationships by breaking down some barriers.”

4. “IT’S A TRAP.” – Admiral Ackbar – Return of the Jedi

Social Media “Autopilot” tactics are a trap! Don’t lose control. – The Significant Difference Between Autopilot and Marketing Automation

“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.”

5. “STAY ON TARGET.” Gold Five – A New Hope

Well this one is pretty straight forward! How does one stay on target with their social media marketing? Start by targeting the correct audience! – The How to of Customer Targeting Acquisition and Retention in Social Media

“What small, local and medium businesses lack in the form of resources and budgets, they more than make up for in common sense, nimbleness and the ability to effectively execute quickly. If and only if you understand one simple truth about digital marketing in today’s world…

It’s NOT about YOU!

The reason most of the big brands see the issues outlined in this report and challenging is because most have yet to recognize this fact. Big brands often solely self promote their wares and create a persona of “too good to engage” to their audience. A quick scan of most brands social media feeds and mentions will uncover huge communities that are attempting to engage with their favorite brands and those same brands ignoring the comments, mentions and engagement by the very target customers they say they are trying to find and hold attention with. Is it really this difficult to understand?

6. “A Jedi Knight? Jeez, I’m out of it for a little while, everyone gets delusions of grandeur!” Han Solo – Return of the Jedi

Here is the perfect one for a 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 social following, it’s time for a reality check. Any expectation that real results, revenue and return on investment for any SMB or marketer will be achieved by following such advice is foolish thinking.”

7. “R2-D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer!” C-3PO – The Empire Strikes Back

Is your Social Media Marketing content running on cruise control? Social Media RSS feeds for Dummies AND Pro’s 

R2D2“Why are RSS feeds important? Because they are an incredible way to receive relevant content that you can share with your audience.

Why should a business care about RSS feeds? Because they save a tremendous amount of time.

Are you totally confused yet? I told you the pitfalls of them…which boils down to this….YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE AUTHOR.

So, what if there was a way to input RSS feeds into a system that databased everything for you, prepared already as a social media post for any social platform? What if it allowed YOU to pick and choose which articles or blog posting you wanted to share and more importantly allowed YOU to schedule when you could post to your audience?

Why are RSS feeds important? Because they are an incredible way to receive relevant content that you can share with your audience.

Why should a business care about RSS feeds? Because they save a tremendous amount of time.

Are you totally confused yet? I told you the pitfalls of them…which boils down to this….YOU ARE AT THE MERCY OF THE AUTHOR.”

8. “Don’t get technical with me. What mission? What are you talking about? I’ve just about had enough of you. Go that way, you’ll be malfunctioning in a day you near-sighted scrap pile.” – c-3PO – A New Hope

Actually, let’s get technical and talk about Three Important Components of Content Marketing

“Content creation and content marketing has become a crucial element to any digital marketing effort. The transition from big brand only tactic to common place for all online marketers has and will continually expand. Using content for search engine placement and optimization, social network exposure and traffic is quickly becoming a must have component in any online marketing strategy.

While there are certainly many components to effective content marketing, here are three buckets that really require attention and preparation.”

9. “A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” – Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back

How do you deliver your message online? Do you attack folks with spam? The Drastic Difference Between Social Selling And Spam

“we are all experiencing an increase in Social Selling VS Spam, what I consider to be the opposite of social selling, under the guise of the often misunderstood phrase. Many newer social media applications are gaining popularity that purport to “find prospects that need your product/service and automate or suggest responses” that supposedly increase “engagement” and sales. Sounds really good, doesn’t it? Not so fast.”

10. “You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander.” – Darth Vader – Return of the Jedi

Reminds me of #FollowFriday… how much time gets wasted with them? I HATE #FollowFriday’s – How to Make Them Effective

Darth Vador“there are other people who are Smart, Savvy Funny, Fun etc that are attached to same exact tweet. Yes, a group of fellow Twitter users that are also smart. Imagine that. As many users that will fit in 140 characters that is. I think it is far less effective and beneficial when someone places a bunch of people in the same tweet that are from the same industry or the town.

These kinds of Follow Friday posts are the ones that have made many dislike the practice altogether, since they feel there’s little value in recommending a bunch of Real Estate agents, for example all in one tweet. Many just don’t appreciate that, and I certainly understand why.”

11. “Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back

Does it really matter how many followers you or your brand has? The Difference Between A Social Media Pro And A Celebrity

“I experience two things over and over in my daily social media activities. 1) People surprised I answer them on Twitter and the like AND 2) Stories they tell me of other “industry experts” and Brands that never do respond. If we are to believe that social media IS in fact properly used online as you might act in other social, business and life settings, why is this occurring so frequently?

Answer: The celebrity factor.

12. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda – The Empire Strikes Back

Sure there are challenges in Social Media marketing – The Two Biggest Challenges faced By Social Media Marketers

Yoda“A total of 36.5% of respondents said that Engagement and Sales/Revenuewere the two biggest challenges they face with their social media marketing. We found it very interesting that some of the very things that impact both of these key result areas the most were ranked much lower. The key areas that ranked lower were Time, Relationships, Clicks, Content Curation and General Results.”

“May the Force be with us all.”

What’s your favorite Star Wars quote that you can connect to social media?

 

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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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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The New Twitter Bots Taking Over – What you need to know

Over the last few weeks I have been noticing a new type of Twitter bot that has been rapidly increasing its activity. The newest series of bots do not appear to be the normal malicious virus linking type of old, but something quite different. After tracking what I’ve been seeing for a couple of weeks now, I decided to share what I’ve been seeing and offer some suggestions of how we can combat this added noise together.

Why is this important and how do harmless bots affect you anyway?

First, I think it is important to explain why this should matter to you. In fact having bots that are pushing an incredible amount of useless noise into the social graph (namely Twitter in this case) does affect you and here’s why. Twitter is a linear social network that displays status updates as they are posted by users. Unlike Facebook, which uses an algorithm to determine what posts to display in your newsfeed, Twitter simply displays posts as they are made, then those posts scroll down through the millions of others posts being made by others.

Having bots (virus laden or not) designed to automate posting of useless content, graphics or other posts to the Twittersphere only clutters newsfeeds and adds to the noise, making your posts less likely to be seen and therefore less effective. It is my belief that whether it is a bot like I am discussing today, or any other useless posting automation such as “my most influential followers”, “welcome tweets” or “I’ve added your tweet to my useless RebelMouse page”, all distract from the effectiveness of the Twitter platform.

Secondly, there could possibly be something far more sinister going on here. More on that in my summary below.

What I have found about these new bots:

Twitter Bot ProfileI have noticed a pattern of these new bots. As you can see in the example pic to the right, they all seem to have some very similar traits that are slightly different from what I have noticed over the years. Here are some of what I have noticed:

About the Profiles:

1) They all usually have what appears to be a lifelike name.

2) They all usually have what appears to be a lifelike bio.

3) Most seem to have a USA location.

4) They never have a website link.

5) They all seem to have what appears to be a lifelike human photo that is not sexually charged as with other bots.

6) Many of the accounts show they were created some time ago in 2013

7) They all have virtually no followers and/or follow very few accounts.

About the Posts:

Twitter Bot Tweet1) They often tag people they’re not following in their posts.

2) Their posts are clearly an automated compilation of pseudo retweets or comments on other people’s tweets.

3) They never include the link that was in the original post they are retweeting.

4) They sometimes upload an unrelated graphic for some of their tweets.

5) All of their tweets show they are post from “Mobile Web (M2)”. Meaning that they are using mobile protocols to send the tweets rather than standard web related functions. (THIS is extremely rare with most Twitter virus bots)

6) None of their posts are spam, virus links or contain URL links to various websites.

7) A percentage of their posts are text only and seem to be randomly generated sentences designed to get someone to engage with “What? or Huh?”. Ask what they are talking about or something along those lines.

A Summary and My Theory of what could be going on here:

The volumes of tweets coming from these clearly related bots is quit concerning. Of all of the bot incidents I have witnessed on the Twitter platform, this series is easily the highest quantity and diversity of content, tagging and so on. The sheer volume of the noise they are adding and the fact that many of the account creation dates are older, unlike most bots is making them fly under Twitters normal radar flagging.

But is there something more sinister going on here? I think that might be a possibility…

If some hackers have figured out how to flood Twitter with bot generated posting that can fly underneath Twitters radar better than anything else attempted before, using mobile protocols instead of web, are they simply perfecting their methods for something else? My concern is that these bots are potentially far more dangerous because the unique approaches they have taken, the volume they are able to generate and most importantly that they are more difficult for the average or inexperienced Twitter user to recognize as a bot. These culminate to create a perfect storm for a later virus campaign that could have massive implications to millions of people should my hunch be proven accurate.

So be aware these bots clusters are there, learn to recognize them and watch for changes that include URL links that are designed to execute a future mass virus attack through Twitter.

What can we do about it?

There are things we can and should be doing about this as responsible Twitter users, both to reduce the bot noise on the platform and for the potential security risk that it could potentially represent.

In short, report all Twitter accounts that you see that have these patterns. The more reporting for spam that is done on an account early in their tweeting cycle, the more of a red flag it is to Twitters systems. The longer an account goes without having numerous spam reports, the less likely Twitters security algorithms and teams are to catch it.

Have you noticed the flood of these specific bots on Twitter recently?

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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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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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Why Ello and Tsu Entered The Social Media Scene and Why They’re Doomed

There are so many strong beliefs, perspectives and views within the social media industry, and therefore this post is going to be more controversial than we normally publish. The different “camps” of social media enthusiasts, professionals and celebrities are almost as Why Ello and Tsu came about and why they're doomedpolarized as the political parties within the United States and that means emotions can run rampant. Nevertheless, I am known for saying what needs to be said and I will attempt to do that without the emotionally charged words that often spark heated words.

There are several key reasons why new social networks like Ello and Tsu appear on the social networking scene with frequency. Having an understanding of these reasons is essential to make informed decisions on whether to chase after these numerous shiny new and incredibly distracting sites.

A Few Reasons Why Sites Like Ello and Tsu Appear

Trust – Facebook has a long history of building mistrust with its users and business customers. Constant changes, privacy issues and a lack of care or concern for their users. In recent years, Twitter has begun to make users and app developers weary with massive changes to API’s, announcements of things users oppose and other concerns. This leaves the door open to new ideas and competing social network entrepreneurs to believe there is an opportunity.

Limited Results – There are literally millions of brands and marketers using the top social networks, however few are getting real results. The lack of focus, understanding and results being achieved on the main platforms, gives way to a desire for something different that could magically change the results marketers are getting.

Human Nature – As human beings, we are programmed to often take the path of least resistance. Fight or flight as it were. Sometimes as humans, we want the easy way and sometimes something new, entices us that it could be possible.

Boredom – Also being human, we get bored easily. We are often attracted to shiny new things when we get bored and new social networks that get a lot of attention on blogs and from those we are connected to, gets the best of us. We want to be a part of the crowd and be entertained with new a new look, new capabilities and ideas.

Market Size – The overall social networking space is massive. If you come up with something that takes off in this industry, you are assured to become the next billionaire. Even though playing the lottery has better odds than that actually happening, some are allured by the chance and a new startup is born.

VC Gambling – Venture capital firms exist to invest. If they do not invest in new startups, they have no returns. Their models are based on hitting it REALLY big with a tiny percentage of the startups they invest in and losing everything on the majority. The pressure for VC’s to find and invest in the next really big thing is enormous.

When social networks are not trusted, not innovating anymore and polarize their customers and users, newcomers that hope to take advantage of that will appear. It’s that way in any industry.

Why Are Ello and Tsu Doomed?

Understanding a few of the reasons that we will continue to have so-called “Facebook killer” new networks continually popping up, is to also ask whether or not they will actually succeed, gain long-term traction or fail miserably. There are a few things to consider about the ultimately doomed fate of these two specific networks.

Polarizing Niche – Unlike the early days of Instagram and WhatsApp for example, Ello and Tsu have very tight niches that fuel their initial traction. Niches of new social networks are required if they are going to virally scale to critical mass as Pinterest, Instagram and WhatsApp have. But when the niches of these new shiny social networks are largely polarizing, it dooms the network to obscurity very quickly.

Let’s take Google Plus as an example. Starting out it was “largely” made up of two main niche groups of people, those that hated Facebook and those that were employed somehow in the social media industry, with a subgroup of Google fans that will use and love anything they produce. As we jump forward, these polarizing groups have dominated the Google Plus active user presence and prevented it from becoming mainstream, achieving critical mass and prominence.

Conversely, with Instagram and Pinterest,  the niche groups were made up of largely females and iPhone users. These early niches were not at all polarizing, enabling these two new social networks to easily grow and obtain the larger populations, thereby reaching the critical mass we see today. Neither of these two social networks were devised on negative branding or user messages against any other social networks, but rather positive features and capabilities that the industry and users clearly wanted and would use.

Both Ello and Tsu were born out of negative messaging that focuses on how other platforms suck. Although some of the points might make sense, at the end of the day shiny, new or anti-something never wins, market share does. When you look at the niche market segments of users that are attracted to these two new networks, polarizing would have to be considered an understatement.

To be clear, if you like a social network, by all means use it. But if you are doing social media marketing I suggest you focus on the ones that already have critical mass, accepted methods and reach, and leave the chasing of shiny new objects to those that have plenty of inexpensive time on their hands. Real social media marketing requires substantial knowledge, patience and consistency of proper strategies and activities.

There are no shiny objects or new networks that will magically create real results. Let those that don’t have real social media results spend their time chasing the newest shiny thing. If in the end it begins to get traction, becomes mainstream and can realize long-term sustainable results for you or your brand, then consider investing the time to add it to your mix.

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