Alleged New Teen “Smoking” Trend Has No SM Presence (Yet)

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There was a time when teen smoking was the ultimate for any bad boy (or girl), which of course led to a lifetime of addiction. The good news is that the teen smoking rates, and adult rates, have been dwindling in recent years. This is in part due to the influx and popularity of e-cigarettes which have been touted as a great tool to wean smokers off of their addiction. It’s safer with less nicotine, zero smoke and tar, and smokers don’t get the death stare from passerby who want no part of that second-hand nonsense. However, leave it to teenagers to come up with a brand new “trend” that’s worrying parents across the nation.

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How to Choose the Best Social Media Cover Images

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Stop right now before you settle for a pre-selected Google+ cover image just because it’s there, it’s easy, and it was hand-picked by Google so it has to be a winner, right? Wrong; picking from a limited assortment of cover photos shows that you’re either lazy or uncreative, both of which don’t bode well for you whether it’s a business or personal social media (SM) profile. Like it or not, your cover image is just as important as your profile image and it depends on what type of vibe you’re after to determine the direction you should head.

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How Social Media Can Serve Your Business

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Though most of us use social media as a way to keep up with friends or take photos of what we’re eating, it’s increasing its value and importance in many other fields. Specifically, social media and technology are helping businesses become more productive and do things that might once have been unimaginable.

It gives the little guys a chance to compete with Fortune 500 companies, and customers the ability to find everyone in between. If your company is looking for a change, but has yet to hop on the social media bandwagon yet, here are some reasons why you should strap in for the long haul. [Read more...]

Recycling Social Media Content is Getting Out of Hand

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I get it. I understand the need for more content to serve to an ever-growing flow of content consumers. The art of recycling content is important, particularly on sites like Twitter where a piece of content can and should be used multiple times in order to get the message out to everyone. It’s a chronological feed, after all, and posting it once will only get it seen by an extremely small portion of your audience.

With that said, it’s getting out of hand. I have been finding posts that are months old and no longer relevant hitting my feed from car dealers around the country. There’s a limit. Old news is old news. In the case of the Tweet above, the article posted on Twitter by a Toyota dealer on March 30, 2014, is a link to an article from July 4, 2013. That’s too long for this type of news.

When recycling posts on Twitter, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Is it relevant? Old posts are find if there’s context that makes it work today. For example, posting an article about Tesla’s early days in trying to launch with dealerships would make sense to post considering their current stance.
  • Is it timeless? Some posts, particularly advice posts that give the reader information they can use today, can be posted up until the point that they’re obsolete. An example of this would be a video that demonstrates how to change the batteries in a key fob. Until they change the way you open the key fob, it still makes sense to post for months, even years after the original.
  • Is it nostalgic? There are times when old posts are even better than new ones. A picture of an old Honda ad from the 70s would play well to show how far the company has come over the years.
  • Has it been posted very recently? This is one of my biggest pet peeves. If a post comes through today that is just a different wording on something posted yesterday, than it’s not acceptable. The exception: timely events. If you have a big sale or charity event this weekend, then posting a different variation of the same thing over and over again is acceptable and demonstrates focus on the event.

As more companies use content libraries to keep the feeds flowing, it’s important to keep in mind that the libraries must be refreshed. They must be pruned. In the case of the post above, it’s simply not acceptable. That was news for about a month. There is plenty of content out there in the form of current news about every manufacturer and the local area. Don’t get stuck beating a dead horse with your posts.

5 Business Tools Leveraging the Power of Social

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Social business and social media, while two distinct entities and completely non-interchangeable, are similar in that they both aspire to leverage one and the same concept: the power of social engagement and communication.

Nowadays, customers demand more open communication and personal relationships with businesses. The incoming workforce expects a more flexible working environment, and the more successful companies uphold a culture and organizational framework mirroring their social values.

It’s no wonder that more and more tools are being designed to bring the social aspects of a business to the fore. Here are a few of them: [Read more...]

What Can We Learn From the Flowers Delivery V-Day Fiasco?

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Valentine’s Day is one of the most important holidays of the year for many flower retailers. Unfortunately online merchants like 1-800-Flowers were stuck dealing with thousands of angry customers after many deliveries didn’t arrive on time this year due to bad weather.

Of course, there’s nothing that could have been done to control the weather, but let’s take a look to see what the companies did in terms of social media engagement with customers and how they might be able to improve in the future.

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Social Media isn’t a Megaphone. It’s a Two-Way Radio

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Social media is the one marketing medium that allows customers and businesses to interact in an organic fashion.  However, it astonishes me just how many companies don’t take advantage of this.  Rather than engaging with their customers on social media, they use it to tell the customer what the business wants to say.  There is very little listening going on.

I would suggest that every business should use social media as a two-way radio as opposed to the megaphone that it currently is for so many companies.  When you listen as well as speak, you get the opportunity to find out what your customers want, what they need, and what they think of your business. [Read more...]

Use Images to Improve Social Media Marketing

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It’s no secret that images are a powerful tool in human communication. Numerous psychological studies have found that our brains not only process images more quickly than text, but images also register with us on an emotional level. Throughout the history of humanity written text has only been around for a few thousand years, while visual stimulants and images have been around for tens of thousands of years. Even cavemen used images, shown in the paintings they left behind.

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How Social Media Impacts (or Doesn’t Impact) ROI

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The more social media followers, the better — right? As is often the case, it’s not quite that simple.

A big boost in your Twitter followers might give you a warm glow inside, but it’s not going to pay the bills. Likewise, a popular post on Facebook might collect hundreds or thousands of “likes,” but it doesn’t always follow that your bottom line will receive a boost.

To ensure that your social media presence is effectively advancing your company and brand, you’ll have to hit the right notes with your customer base and navigate a minefield of dodgy shortcuts. And it’s important to understand exactly what you’re getting (and what you’re not getting) from your company’s investment in social media. [Read more...]

Localize on Social Media or Else

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Don’t worry. This isn’t one of those “feel good” stories about how social media is all about interacting with your local community. That part’s true, but you should know that already, right?

Today, let’s go over a quick explanation of how social media algorithms, especially Facebook’s, work and why you’re actually hurting your local page’s chances of being seen by having too many people outside of your local area liking your page. It isn’t just a matter of them not being interested in your content the way that locals will. It is an algorithm play that can actually prevent locals from seeing your posts.

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