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Top Ten Social Media Strategy Planning Tips

Our Top Ten Tips For Starting A Social Media StrategyInformation - Communication  - BusinessThere is a great deal of information out there on the web and its advisable to read around and create a strategy that works for you. There are many statistics about social media and it's impact on businesses and we would advise you to look the latest ones up yourself, we wont bore you with stats in this blog...this time. There are a few basics though that you should definitely think about before investing your time in "going social".


    1. Your brand. it's important to get your company logo and color schemes incorporated into your online profiles. In this way you can more easily be recognised across your digital real estate at a glance. Your brand should also have at least one key message such as "we are 100% organic carrot farmers"...so long as its suitable for your business. Your message should be included in your regular communications. It's what you want to be known for so tell people about it! 2. Gather and list your sources of information. This will allow you to keep sharing informative material quickly and easily. There is a wealth of news and general information available to you to choose from but you might want to pick those with which you are most familiar and knowledgeable. For example if you are into IT you might want to share and comment on items from The Register, BBC Technology News, New Scientist Technology and so on. Four or five sources of information will suit most people. Check these every day and keep them as bookmarks for quick access. 3. Find where your audience are located. There are more than 450 social media sites catering for almost every topic, age group or personality you can think of. The most popular sites you will have heard of such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogger, Wordpress. Find the stats on each one by searching the internet and study how you can engage with the most relevant to your audience.  4. Understand where social media fits into your marketing plan. Social media should almost always be complimented with more regular types of marketing activity such as advertising, PR and business networking.  5. Recognise your objectives. Social media is there to engage, communicate, research and connect you with potential clients and other businesses. 6. Set a schedule for creating the plan and delivering content. If you spend one hour a day doing marketing then at least set aside part of that time for social media. Your most regular updates can be automated using social media management tools giving you more time to just engage with your audience.  7. Get others involved. If you have employees the chances are they will already be using social media in some format. Provide them with the access and some short guidelines on how to act. Find who your industry influences are and engage with them whether that be groups or individuals. 8. Get tooled up! There are some great, inexpensive social media management tools out there. Find one you can work with. We would recommend: Sprout Social, MarketMeSuite or Hootsuite. 9. Measure. You can use the tools mentioned above as well as your own website statistical package. Tools like TweetReach can give you some great feedback for free.  10. KISS. Keep it simple stupid; yes it's an old adage but it rings true. If you have a simple set of procedures to follow you can more easily measure the results from them. Treat each part of your strategy as an experiment, know your apparatus, methodology, predictions and results. And finally engage with your audience as much as possible. Social media is a two way conversation. Please comment on this post, add your own thoughts. You will receive a free PR2 backlink for your trouble!

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5 Ways To Create Quality Backlinks To My Website

Free Backlinking For Your Website

FYI - This article is quite old now so you will need to check the material to see if it works for you. The principals are still passed on to newer websites though, good quality, trusted places to post your content gets good backlinks.

Google Profiles -probably the best known of these back linking sites and another Social Media Hotspot (you knew I would mention it again!). Just sign up and get yourself an account and make sure you use your web address in your profile description...and in your posts too.

MSN Articles- Msn is constantly updated with news and articles on a huge range of topics, to get a backlink you just need to comment on an article leaving behind your thoughts, name & website link.

Yahoo Answers -you will need to work at this one as you will need to answer circa 20 questions before you can start adding your own back link. Great for building you PR weighting up though...and for helping people with their questions of course!

GoDaddy - by now you will probably have heard of GoDaddy. To get a back link from here just find Bob's blog (currently top right in a tiny font size!), watch a video and leave a message.

From Our Blog! Yes that's right. Why not leave a comment with us and let us know what you think. We have a PR of 1 on our blog currently but its on the up I tells ya! Please like our Facebook Page too

Some good tools for checking your backlinks and websites health include ahrefs, SEOmoz and SEOWorkers. There are also more Google Aps than ever so go and check them out now!

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How To Maximise The Potential Of Your YouTube Channel

Maximising YouTube Traffic

This is a really quick guide to optimising your existing YouTube channel.

These are techniques some of the ones I have used myself with great success whilst running campaigns for various clients, most recently for Dark Matter Audio. During those campaigns we had our YouTube videos watched by thousands of people. Now I must admit we had a great mix of PR and media hype at the time surrounding the release of an exciting new product so the videos were going to do well because they were well placed, timely and shared a popular interest however; to maximise on any success here are some of the things you need to think about when using your YouTube channel/s.

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How Do You Get A Blog?

How can I get a blog?....

....is a regularly asked question. Around 124,000,000 searches are done every month on Google to try and find out this information which struck me as an awful lot of searches for which there should be a really good answer. Thing is there are so many pieces of blog software out there now its difficult to know which one to pick if you are just starting out. Heres a few of the sites which you might want to use starting with the most popular...

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Tips On Optimising Your Facebook Business Page

This is a quick post on how to optimise your Facebook (FB) account for your business

I'm going to assume you have a Facebook account set up and that you have gone to Facebook Pages and created a page for your business or organisation. If not then that's where to start. Some quick information on Facebook that should interest you.

  • There are 300m photos posted every day
  • Circa 2.2 billion interactions a day
  • 1000 real fans can equal 185% increase in traffic to your website
  • 92% of professionals have had a customer from Facebook

 

Useful Tips On Optimising Your Facebook Profile... Finally! 

 

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Facebook's Promote Feature

Ok so this is my first social media post on our new site. This post assumes that you have a company page set up on Facebook, if not and you need help just let us know. By the way we are in the process of designing a much better looking site so expect to see updates over the coming months, I digress!

So where is the promote feature on Facebook (FB)?

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