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Written by Stu Kushner

A Beginner’s Guide to Lead Conversion with Social Media

By Sean Work

 SEO, Content Writing, management

So, you’ve been publishing on Facebook, Twitter and maybe a few other social media platforms, and you’ve built up a decent following in each channel. Your audience is starting to engage more and more with your content.

Maybe you’re wondering, “Okay, what’s next? How can I take this to the next level? How can I use social media to drive leads for my business?”

Done right, social media can be an extremely powerful tool for lead generation, but getting there takes time, patience, a lot of testing and the dedication to post highly-valuable content for your audience.

This guide focuses on how to generate leads with non-paid content in social media. Social ads are also an excellent for leads, and maybe it’s something I’ll talk about in a future post. For now, we’ll learn how to create content for Facebook and Twitter that inspires clicks and conversions, and how to measure the results of your social lead gen efforts so that you can show your boss just how valuable social media can be for your business.

Here we go.

Optimize How You Link to Your External Content

In order to be effective at generating leads with social media you need to treat it as a key part of your overall content marketing machine. This means that social media becomes a place where you distribute high-value content to your audience––content found on your blog, the resources section of your site or on landing pages.

But it’s not just about the value of the content you’re linking to; what really counts is how you format the posts in each channel.

Before diving into how to optimize your posts for lead generation, let’s take a look at three possible lead generation paths for social:

  1. Social channel > Blog post with link to a relevant landing page (gated content) > lead
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Written by Stu Kushner

How to Humanize Your E-commerce Business with Personalized Messages

By Sean Work

 online marketing,SEO, content marketing

“Always deliver more than expected” – Larry Page

E-commerce websites are no exception to this working law. In fact, e-commerce is one of the least forgiving areas if you simply meet basic requirements. Elements such as site speed, design, positioning, pricing, categorization, and SEO are vital for efficiency and success.

Fortunately, there are many themes and third-party tools available now that handle most of the basic requirements right out of the box. This gives us more time to invest in maximizing each area of e-commerce.

Today, we’re going to focus on humanized branding with personalized messages and creative content. The following examples show us how to be more than just a store front by going above the basic requirements of RSS promotion or Facebook Offers.

Ditch Propaganda for a Voice

One of the primary shared goals of marketing and branding on social media channels and email campaigns is to befriend visitors and customers.

It’s an idea that has been preached for years but remains minimal in practice. This may be summarized best with a question from our higher-ups, “What’s the ROI of a cat meme?” That’s not to say all of our friends share cat memes, but the general idea is an e-commerce website can share the same content our friends would share, such as:

  • Humorous articles and pictures
  • Opinions on news, pop culture, and society
  • Memes
  • General questions about life
  • Insightful quotes, images, and recommendations

The larger the brand, the more limited the content. We’re not going to see Macy’s tweeting about marijuana legalization, although Ben & Jerry’s will be all over it:

If you know the history of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, you realize this is almost as expected as Puma tweeting about track runners or Home Depot pioneering a philanthropic campaign to support forest fire fighters.

The magic of humanized marketing happens when the message influences us to …read more    

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Reach a Wider Audience with Social Promotion of Video Content

internet marketing, Management, WordPressIf you’re relatively new to the online marketing game, generating a video for marketing purposes may seem like a frightening undertaking.  In reality though, a decent video won’t take you much longer to produce than a high quality blog post and could help you to reach and connect with a much larger audience.

You don’t need any special education or overly complex tools in order to create a video that will attract new contacts or generate interest in your business.  If you’ve got a smartphone or a basic video camera and a deep understanding of your own product you’ve got more than enough to take your online marketing to a more visual level.

Start this phase of your online marketing plan by shooting a short video that shows prospects how to use your product or a video that highlights the features that set it apart from the competition.  Upload your video to YouTube, share it via your social networking accounts and blog and ask your connections for shares and feedback.

Not all of your connections will have the time or patience to read a thousand word blog post a few days a week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they wouldn’t benefit from the information.  By sharing both well written blog posts and informative short videos you will be able to reach and help a much broader audience than you would through blog posts alone.  These additional connections can help to spread the word of your brand even further and will ultimately result in more chances for you to engage qualified leads.

Written by Stu Kushner

Standing Out from the Crowd

 online marketing,blogThere is a very good chance that your small business has a few direct competitors that provide a very similar service or product.  Depending upon the industry you’re in you might have dozens or even hundreds of competitors who are fighting to provide the very same solutions to your current or prospective customers.

You might be taking every necessary step to advertise your wears via your business blog and multiple social media accounts but simply participating in those online marketing efforts may not be enough.  Plenty of businesses in your niche are probably active on social media and generating regular SEO friendly blog posts as well, you’ve got to do something that makes you stand out if you want to succeed.

If there is stiff competition in your niche and a multitude of various sized businesses vying for the same customers with similar content, you’ve got to stand out by delivering only the highest quality material.  Take the time to understand exactly what your target customers are looking for and do everything that you can to provide it to them with the content that you produce.

If you can deliver well written, grammatically correct and easy to read posts that solve problems and provide vital answers to questions you should have little problem standing out from the crowd.  Use your social media profiles to share the content you’ve worked hard to develop and those that find it useful or intriguing will be likely to share it with their connections.  This approach to online marketing will broaden your reach, further establish you as an expert in your niche and ultimately lead to more traffic and more sales.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Avoid the Hard Sell for Social Media Marketing Success

SEO ,Social media Marketing ,Hard SellIt might be your first inclination as a business owner to try and immediately convert a new social media friend or follower into a customer with an offer they can’t refuse.  This hard selling approach to social media marketing rarely works and is often more likely to compel a lead to un-follow you than to actually convert into a sale.

In order to have success in your social media marketing efforts, you can’t inundate new followers with offers, specials and coupon codes.  Social networking is about establishing a connection with followers and building a solid online reputation for your brand.  You need to provide your friends

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Written by Stu Kushner

Tips to Get more Interaction on Facebook

Social-Marketing , website managementIn order to have success from your internet marketing efforts on social media sites like Facebook you’ve not only got to attract people to your page, you’ve got to engage and interact with them as well.  You want your fans to click and share the links in your status updates and get feedback on your wall posts.

The first rule you need to follow in order to get the greatest amount of interaction on Facebook is the first rule that applies to every segment of your internet marketing – make your posts usable.  If you continually provide your fans with interesting content that provides solutions or entertains you’ll definitely begin to reap the rewards of social media marketing.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Stand Out from the Crowd

internet marketing, website designIn order to draw prospects in and ultimately convert them to customers, you’ve got to be able to offer them something different from the competition.  Even if your products offer very similar solutions to the competition in terms of a prospective customer’s problem, you’ve got to find a way to stand out and get noticed.

A great way to give prospects something that they can’t get anywhere else is by offering a bit of your expertise in your unique voice by way of your blog and through social media marketing.  Turn your website into a resource. Your business blog and social media profiles give you a unique opportunity to connect directly with current and prospective customers and give them something your competition couldn’t possibly offer – a piece of yourself.

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Written by Stu Kushner

Attracting Friends and Followers with Special Treatment

Content writing,SEO, online marketingIts one thing to attract followers and friends to your social media accounts, creating engaging updates that will keep them interested is another.  If you can get the word out that you make every effort to reward your friends and followers for connecting, you could see much more success from your social media marketing efforts.

Exclusive Offers to Friends and Followers

If you’ve got a new product, promotion or update that you are ready to launch, offer an exclusive presale to your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.  If the offer is useful or worth having, your connections will follow your updates much more closely in the future and most likely

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