Social Media Best Practices

    • How to find homegrown content marketing evangelists

      By Mark Schaefer Slowly, companies are realizing that their best evangelists, storytellers, and teachers aren’t working in an advertising agency or PR firm. Many companies are insisting that social media and content creation be homegrown rather than outsourced to Madison Avenue. With this revelation comes the desire to find and train contributors from every corner of the company.

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  • What’s the Twouble with Twitter Marketing?

    … By Mark Schaefer My very wise friend Jay Baer wrote a thought-provoking post entitled Is Twitter in 2017 even worth the trouble? He points to research citing incredibly low brand engagement rates and suggests that perhaps Twitter has become a marketing afterthought. This discussion was particularly timely for me as I’ve spent the last few…

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  • Why the content marketing future is NOT in video content

    … never listened to one audio book. I simply can’t pay attention to audio content even though I know audio books are booming and incredibly popular. I am not an audio learner. Hitting the wall Video, audio, and visual content have been absolutely exploding, while many social media gurus are calling for the death of the blog. The reason these content…

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  • Use This Surefire Guide To Boost Your Social Media Followers

    … By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist Do social media followers matter? (Hint: they do) We’re supposed to turn up our noses at vanity metrics, but if you’re a social media marketer working on behalf of a client, you know follower growth is always top of mind. Nearly all of our clients choose “growing and engaging audiences…

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  • Five stellar community engagement platforms that rock, and one to avoid!

    … By Kiki Schirr, {grow} Contributing Columnist Community engagement is a difficult task, especially when new platforms are cropping up all the time. Here’s a helpful list of five stellar community engagement platforms that might not occur to you — and one that could look enticing, but would be best to avoid! Anchor Originally an app to record…

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  • What is your strategy in an era of brand resistance?

    … By Mark Schaefer I’ve been working on a few projects and immersing myself in research about changes in consumer behavior. What I’m discovering is that consumer behavior has changed A LOT, and social media has much to do with it. If you’re marketing to consumers the same way you did five years ago, you’re probably falling behind. Today I want…

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  • Finding your place on the web, when it seems so crowded out here

    … World Cups but Nike took over the social media conversation by creating hero content — epic mini movies — that received millions of views. Look at the type of content being produced in your niche. Is there room to maneuver? 3. Try a new content form One of the things I predicted was that the heightened competition from Content Shock would usher…

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  • Four ways I fight for freedom and digital citizenship in the era of fake news

    … to power. After all, real power and freedom come from Love. These are my ideas on what is needed to get through a world of social media hate and discord. What do you do to handle these stresses? Anitha Aswath is an HR Consultant and Strengths Coach of Leader Success in the Leadership and Team Intelligence Practice Area at Cisco. She has the unique…

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  • 3 Lessons I learned from my creative burnout

    … a content piece every breath you take and unfortunately, a lot of people do. The result? Social media channels get flooded with samey samey content you have seen a dozen times before. It’s just adding more ammunition to the content shock, you see it every day: Average how-to advice articles shared on Twitter. A rambling political post on Facebook…

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  • The three biggest social media problems are NOT social media problems

    … By Mark Schaefer I love coaching people through their marketing strategy problems. This is where I thrive. In fact, there’s nothing I like better than a good business problem to tackle. But more often than not, when people think they have a social media marketing problem, it’s not a marketing problem at all. I would say about 90 percent…

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  • 5 Reasons Your Social Media Marketing Program is Failing

    … Unfortunately many small business owners and marketing teams jump on social media expecting fast results. They are quickly disappointed when what they thought was a well thought out social media strategy, campaign or program fall flat on its face. Many social marketing plans fail simply because the marketing architect underestimated…

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  • Does corporate storytelling work? Some mega-brands say no.

    … content team was disbanded and the social media accounts were mothballed about the same time. I reached out to the company for comment but they would not respond to my request. One former team member told me “I weep when I think about the lost Sharpie opportunity. I weep when I think about the fans — we were so connected to them.” Sharpie had done…

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  • The 30 possible ways you can create customer value

    … Business Review by Eric Almquist, John Senior, and Nicolas Bloch of Bain Consulting. In this comprehensive piece, they present a Maslow-style hierarchy of needs as the fundamental attribute of a brand image. The result of decades of research and experience, the authors claim there are 30 different ways a brand can create value: If you’re looking…

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  • Social media never forgets. How YouTube killed the circus

    … By Mark Schaefer For 146 years, there has been a spectacular show traveling from city to city in America. The Ringling Brothers Circus featured clowns, acrobats, and animal acts that thrilled families for generations. But on May 21, the show will go dark after its last performance. There are a lot of reasons behind the demise of this American…

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  • How to build a truly actionable social media audience

    … of positioning, consistency, quality, SEO, social media, engagement, analytics, and more. But most of all, it takes patience to build a truly actionable audience, not merely a bunch of social media followers. Mark Schaefer is the chief blogger for this site, executive director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions, and the author of several best-selling digital…

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  • Understanding Generational Social Media Preferences

    … By Brooke B. Sellas, {grow} Contributing Columnist I’m starting to wonder if marketers are too caught up with millennials to really think about generational nuances on social media. Because there’s more to marketing than millennials. Like me, Generation X. Social works on us too, ya know! According to the Q1 2017 Sprout Social Index 7…

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