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Blogs, Facebook and Twitter - Learn the best ways to use the latest social marketing tools to communicate and connect with customers, get instant feedback on ideas, listen to what's being said about ...

Blogs, Facebook and Twitter - Learn the best ways to use the latest social marketing tools to communicate and connect with customers, get instant feedback on ideas, listen to what's being said about your brand and more. With real world examples, this seminar will help and help make sense of the tools, and help you make them work effectively for your business.

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  • Use free software like Wordpress, Movable Type, or Blogger. Add the blog on your website. This will make it easier for customers to find your blog, and improve your ranking in search engines. Don’tUse free software like Wordpress, Movable Type, or Blogger. Add the blog on your website. This will make it easier for customers to find your blog, and improve your ranking in search engines. Don’t just focus on PR. Offer useful info for your readers and customers to keep them coming back. just focus on PR. Offer useful info for your readers and customers to keep them coming back.
  • 1. Create compelling content for viral marketing and social tagging. • Add social bookmarking buttons for sites like Digg, Del.ici.us, and Stumble to blog posts and other content on your site to encourage users to “vote” for it. • Create a YouTube profile and add original videos that are useful or interesting to your target audience. • Participate in these communities to learn what tactics are most likely to gain popularity among users. • Social media users are very sensitive to obvious marketing tactics. The most successful social media marketers are legitimate members of the communities who provide relevant contributions instead of pushing obvious marketing messages.

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  • Let’s “Talk” Social Mike Dunca n Sage Island CEO
  • What is Social Media Marketing Many marketers think that doing a sponsorship on MySpace or posting a one-off campaign channel on YouTube is social media marketing Not true. Social Media is About Socializing! It is about: Weaving your content and messages into the social web Joining the customer conversation Making friends Communicating with those friends Listening to those friends Measuring impact
  • “There are now at least 1.6 billion of us connected via computer and 3 billion mobile devices that touch the Internet. The rise of "social" technologies - such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, SMS and social networks - means that the barriers to participation across the planet (in terms of the cost, access and skills required) are rapidly approaching zero” Joshua-Michele Ross on O’Reilly Insights – March 2009
  • Blog
  • Blog Dos • Pay attention to headlines. Many people scan blog posts in a feed reader like Google Reader. If the headline isn’t interesting, they won’t click through. • Link to other blogs in your industry to get their attention and encourage them to link back to you. • Keep blog posts under 500 words and break up large chunks of text with photos, headlines, and bullets for easier reading. • Focus on quality content, but keep SEO in mind by favoring high traffic keywords over lower traffic phrases. • Solicit feedback from your readers. Ask questions, include polls, and encourage community building through comments and participation.
  • Blog Don’ts • Never copy and paste content from other websites to fill your blog posts. This creates duplicate content problems and violates copyright law. • Avoid keyword stuffing. Your primary concern is quality content that interests readers. SEO should always be secondary. Use keywords only when appropriate and only if it doesn’t compromise good writing. • Don’t expect feedback on every post. For every commenter there are nine “lurkers” who read without participating. Keep soliciting feedback and trying new ways to engage those readers, but don’t give up.
  • Social Tagging
  • Viral Marketing & Social Tagging Add social bookmarking buttons for sites like Digg, Del.ici.us, and Stumble to blog posts and other content on your site to encourage users to “vote” for it.
  • Videos
  • YouTube Optimization • Use keyword tags to tell readers and search engines what your video is about. • Create a compelling headline to encourage viewers to watch your video. • Keep videos as short and engaging as possible with the most important messaging in the beginning. If viewers get bored, they won’t watch the whole thing. • Pay attention to your thumbnail image to entice viewers to click and watch. YouTube automatically selects a thumbnail by selecting an image from exactly halfway through your video. Be sure that something exciting and relevant is happening exactly halfway through your video to make your thumbnail image compelling.
  • Facebook / MySpace
  • Reaching your fans on FB • Keep a constant stream of fresh content on your wall by uploading photos, videos, and links to your Facebook page. • Create a community by building a group where members can upload their own photos and videos and discuss your brand. • Link your Facebook page to an RSS feed for your blog.
  • Twitter
  • Why Twitter for Building Your Brand? • Twitter is 3rd largest social network after FaceBook (1st) and MySpace (2nd) – Over 6 million active Twitter users – Over 55 million monthly visitors to Twitter • Est. 5,000 new Twitter accounts every day • Most users access via mobile • Shouldn’t you be where your customers are?
  • Real Time Search Serious Local Alerts • Find Immediate Responses or Advice • Niched Communal Information • Natural Disasters • Absolute Real Time Search • Online Customer Service
  • Finding a Twitter Strategy that Works • Everyone is listening. Who do you want your audience to be? – Consumers, businesses, strategic partners, industry experts (including bloggers), colleagues, etc. • Will your tone be corporate or casual? – Research has shown users prefer Twitter interactions to be on a more personal level • Who will Twitter? – Hiring a Community Manager whose job is to engage in social media – Should employees Twitter? • Twitter Usernames – Claim your brand name (http://www.twitter.com/yourbrand) Also popular: employee + brand names, CEO names
  • The Do’s • Initiate discussion around your brand • Listen (really) to what people are saying about your brand; be proactive in responding • Keep it positive - this is reputation management • Respond timely to @ replies and DMs • Keep things interesting; vary tweet style and subject matter
  • The Don’ts • Don’t toot your own horn too much • Don’t just bombard followers with links; introduce links with useful/meaningful discussion • Don’t disrespect the Twitter community • Don’t have a cavalier attitude about Twitter - it’s not a fad • Avoid auto-DMs and low quality @ replies – it’s annoying, makes followers think you’re a robot • Don’t sound like a broken record
  • Monitor Your Brand • TweetScan | www.tweetscan.com Set up alerts for mentions of your brand and related keywords; never miss @ replies • TweetBeep Twilert | www.tweetbeep.com Like Google Alerts for Twitter • Twollow | www.twollow.com Auto-follow people that mention your brand • Twitterless | www.twittlerless.com Graphs your followers and tells you who stops following. • ow.ly | cl.ig | tr.im | adjix.com | etc. Shrink your URLs
  • Build Your Follower Base • Twitter Search | search.twitter.com/advanced – Find your audience • We Follow | wefollow.com – User powered Twitter directory • Just Tweet It | www.justtweetit.com – Great Twitter directory; are you listed? • Mr. Tweet | www.mrtweet.net Discover new people, get relevant followers and usage stats.
  • Engage Your Followers • TwtQpon | www.twtqpon.com Create coupons for Twitter. Give incentive to follow you. • StrawPoll | www.strawpollnow.com Poll your followers. Ask questions about your brand, get instant feedback • TwitPic | www.twitpic.com Share interesting photos of new products, office antics, and other cool stuff
  • Make it an all Inclusive Process 1. Post video on YouTube or photos on Flickr 2. Post to all the other video sites 3. Post to profiles 4. Alert friends and fans on Social Sites 5. Twitter tweet 6. Alert bloggers with Blog Outreach 7. Email blast to house list 8. RSS feed release 9. Posting to blogs 10. Promote with paid media 11. Track, report and analyze
  • Search Engine Optimization – Kristopher Jones Get to the top on Google – David Viney Landing Page Optimization – Tim Ash Building Findable Websites – Aarron Walter MIKE DUNCAN mduncan@sageisland.com twitter.com/MikeADuncan twitter.com/sageisland www.sageisland.com
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