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[Infographic] Boost Inbound Marketing Success with Paid Social

Posted by Chris Kelley on Wed, Jan 14, 2015

A lot of companies have jumped onto the inevitable content marketing bandwagon – where instead of throwing offers and deals and flashy brands in the faces of customers, companies can instead create and distribute relevant content that engages the audience by educating them on the brand. The field has exploded recently, with almost every company now marketing their content not their new deals.

But even though content marketing and inbound marketing has brought a lot of companies success by helping them create a channel of information to pass along to potential customers, buyers and other companies, many aren’t seeing the numbers they’d like to online. Or for some, web traffic may be good, but it’s no longer growing. Your company is still getting Facebook likes and re-Tweets on Twitter, but the audience is at a stagnant standstill. Although most companies know how to promote their content, they aren’t able to catch the audiences they want. So, many have turned to paid social promotions to get the word across. And results have been pretty positive for those who are joining the world of paid advertising.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, social media marketing

5 Ways Manufacturing Companies Can Use Social Media Marketing

Posted by Chris Kelley on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Let’s face it, social media marketing is primarily suited for Business to Consumer (B2B), but this does not mean that Business to Business (B2B) companies cannot also harness the power of social media. This is one marketing error that most B2B marketers usually make. B2B businesses, especially manufacturers, are often the slowest to accept and integrate social media marketing.

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Topics: Social Media, social media marketing

Happy 3rd Birthday Snapchat [infographic]

Posted by Chris Kelley on Thu, Sep 25, 2014

Social media is a huge part of many company’s marketing efforts. It’s hard to believe Facebook is now 10 years old (they grow up so fast). At just 3 years old, Snapchat is a newcomer to the social media playground, but is becoming a major player for social media marketing, though it has yet to make any revenue.

Snapchat is a social messaging application that lets users take photos, record video and add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. The messages, photos and videos, referred to as “Snaps,” disappear after a few seconds.

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Topics: social media marketing

Visual Customer Service Using Social Media

Posted by Jennifer Landry on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Of the many sales tips that are often repeated within the sales industry, “you never know who is a potential customer” is perhaps one of the most basic. The implication inherent in this statement is to treat every interaction in either your brick and mortar business, or your online one, as a potential customer. A simple example of this concept is in the industry of luxury goods. While there are many ways to show off wealth, there are many wealthy people who choose not to. So if you ever find yourself working behind the counter at an official Rolex dealer or Ferrari dealership, always remember that the man or woman covered in drywall and paint spots is just as much a potential customer as the man or woman in the suit already wearing one.

This fundamental has its roots in a time far before the modern brand saturated age in which we currently live. Customer retention was feasible with a warm greeting and decent customer service, after all, you didn’t have to bend over backwards when the nearest competing business was in the next town or perhaps farther. Today however when you combine the online shopping marketplace with the current density of competing brick and mortar businesses, you have to adjust to a new tip; “you never know who will be a repeat customer.” You can never count on seeing someone walk through your doors again the way you once could.

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Topics: social media marketing, customer service

Why Your Facebook Posts Aren’t Seen and 5 Things You Can Do About It

Posted by Chris Kelley on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

There’s no denying that social media marketing is a necessity for any business trying to promote their company online. With search engines giving more weight to web pages whose content gets shared, liked and commented on, search engine optimization is just one reason that effective social media marketing is essential to businesses success.

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Topics: social media marketing, Search Engine Optimization, marketing on facebook

Is Social Media Marketing Right for Manufacturers?

Posted by Chris Kelley on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

For most manufacturing companies, social media is viewed as something for kids. Marketing on social media is perceived as being better suited for B2C companies or large national brands, if it is right for business at all – certainly not for a manufacturer of a highly specialized, technical product like, say, custom gears.

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Topics: social media marketing, LinkedIn marketing, Google Plus marketing

6 Things I Learned at Inbound Marketing Day

Posted by Chris Kelley on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

On June 4, 2014, I attended “Inbound Marketing Day,” in Milwaukee, WI. Hosted by Savvy Panda and the Milwaukee Business Marketing Association, the full immersion into inbound marketing at the day-long conference provided idea-sparking insight and practical strategies from marketing thought leaders.

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Topics: social media marketing, Inbound Marketing, B2B sales

Adding Pinterest to Your Social Media Marketing Mix

Posted by Chris Kelley on Tue, Jun 03, 2014

It’s easy to get sucked in to Pinterest and lose all track of time jumping from picture to picture. But for savvy marketers, Pinterest can be much more than images of DIY craft projects and tasty looking recipes.

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Topics: social media marketing, lead generation, Pinterest

5 Key Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Businesses

Posted by Chris Kelley on Wed, Apr 30, 2014

Learning the science of social media marketing for small business can be daunting. With the dozens of social media platforms and limited time for a small business owner to learn about the platform and engage with users, business owners often find themselves with few followers and no effective message or traffic. These five tips will help any small business owner understand how to build a social media presence that reaches its target demographic and positively benefits the business.

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Topics: Social Media, social media marketing, small business

6 Simple Twitter Tactics to Improve Your Inbound Marketing

Posted by Chris Kelley on Tue, Apr 15, 2014

Social media should be an integral part of your inbound marketing efforts. As social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk says, "Social media equals business. Period."

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Topics: social media marketing, Twitter, Inbound Marketing

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