December 14, 2015

2015’s most timeless pieces of social media marketing advice

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Video production: On the upswing for brands in 2016.

Post by Megan Totka
ChamberofCommerce.com

It’s nearly the end of 2015 and we’re all reflecting on our marketing efforts and all things social media. It will be 2016 before we know it, and in order to put our best social media marketing efforts forward, it’s time to consider the best pieces of advice we’ve come across this year so you can take it with you into the new year.

Post consistently

1This bit of advice is given frequently and is one of many traits of successful social media marketers. Posting on a regular basis is still one of the best ways to guarantee some form of engagement. It keeps things going between campaigns and it ensures that your brand in on people’s minds. Whatever you do, don’t come up missing.
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December 3, 2015

Create an inspired Facebook feed

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Photo by Mihai Simonia / Shutterstock

Getting to know your customers is a good first step

Target audience: Businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

Post by Megan Totka
ChamberofCommerce.com

MeganTotkaWith recent changes to Facebook’s feed notifications, it may be more of a challenge for businesses to hang on to that precious News Feed real estate. After all, you’re competing with funny cat videos and duck face selfies! But the more you know your customers, the better you can keep on the top of their “must see” feed.

Share relevant content

By knowing the topics your target market cares about, you can deliver useful content they’ll click, read, and share on Facebook. You’ll need to share more than just your own blog content. See what else is out there. Subscribe to RSS feeds of other blogs in your industry, and share content that others are posting on Facebook. (It’s also a great way to get some love back.) Continue reading

October 28, 2015

Does your social media campaign look legit?

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The You can Win This bathing suit by Bikini Thief (Photo by Fashionby He)

Make sure your social media marketing doesn’t look like a scam

Post by Megan Totka
ChamberofCommerce.com

MeganTotkaCreating a compelling social media campaign can be difficult, particularly if there’s a lot of competition in your industry. In order to attract notice, you may find yourself using certain attention-grabbers that can send up read flags for some of your customers.

Below is our advice on how to make sure your campaign does not resemble common social media scams, so that you can use a safer method to draw attention to your brand — while retaining your customers’ trust. Continue reading

October 19, 2015

Is your website on a Content Delivery Network?

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UUNet’s North America Internet network. Have you paid attention to optimizing the download time for your website’s content at the local level?

Target audience: Web publishers, businesses, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists.

Chris AbrahamGoogle has maintained its austere minimalism, mostly unchanged since 1997, because speed is king. Google is built for speed. Google wants to pass off every search baton to the fastest site available. You need to be that runner, you need to make sure your site is spry and fleet of foot!

So, while you might very well be obsessed with duplicate pages, many sites on a single IP, and localization, if your sites aren’t wicked fast, wicked quick, and wicked durable (don’t crash!), then you’re rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic — you’re putting your time, attention, and resources into the wrong thing, mate. What you should be doing instead of plucking your eyebrows, moisturizing your skin, and doing your hair, you should drop a 100 pounds and get prepared for the handoff. Continue reading

October 12, 2015

6 ways that businesses fail on social media

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Make sure to avoid these common missteps

Target audience: Businesses, digital marketers, social media programmers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

Post by Megan Totka
ChamberofCommerce.com

MeganTotkaMany small business owners use social media as a marketing and customer-service tool. A recent industry survey tells us that 92 percent of marketers surveyed call social media important to their business. Despite the widespread use of social media, many business owners are inadvertently hurting their brand through their efforts, instead of growing and building their business. There are countless benefits of using social media, but remember that there are risks associated with using social media in your business. Here are six mistakes you may not realize you are making on social media.

Not responding to questions and comments

1It isn’t enough to simply post on social media. Posting, tweeting, pinning and so on are just one piece of the puzzle. You need to take as much time to read and engage your followers’ questions and comments as you do posting your own stuff. Respond quickly to comments and answer questions – it’s important! Continue reading

October 5, 2015

My personal assistant is a robot

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The future of work begins with an AI handling scheduling & calendaring

Chris AbrahamI‘d like to tell you about Amy Ingram, my robot assistant. I’m pretty excited to have a robot assistant — actually a bouncing baby AI. Since this is a work in progress, I wanted to tell you about both the ups and downs of working with an artificial intelligence, all of which would be completely acceptable were Amy a human person with hours, a bedtime, a personal life, and a family.

Oddly enough, I feel that my Amy currently has all those things because she’s in training and is probably not being allowed to work autonomously yet. Ironically, because she is being guided and moderated, working with Amy is a little frustrating for me since I am not much of a 9-5 guy. My hours and my needs are 24/7, and so working with a robot AI — my Amy Ingram — who has human overseers who have hours, bedtimes, personal lives, and families, can be a little frustrating. Continue reading