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How to Ensure Your Business is Found on New Facebook Graph Search

Once again Facebook will put marketing departments all over the world in a mad rush.  Why?  The new ability to search through pictures, aka Graph Search.

, for Small Talk, writes about how to ensure your business isn’t left in the dust.

image via searchengineland.com/

 

Lo writes, “Number of likes becomes more important–since search will begin with people connected to Pages, the more people liking your Page means more people connected and thus the higher frequency of showing in search results.”

Read Lo’s Full Post and Get All His Tips: Click Here…

 

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Instagram Now Even Better Thanks To Profile Badges

So if you do not have a corporate Instagram – You’re missing out.

Step 1– get one
Step 2– take cool pictures with customers, staff and of people enjoying life
Step 3– Create an Instagram badge that can be embedded on your blog and website (Click Here To Do That)

image via readerslane.net

Now people can follow you easier than ever before! Remember a picture is worth a thousand words.

To Learn More On How To Create An Instagram Badge: Click Here

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The Basics: Facebook Marketing Made Easy

Stephanie Chandler, contributor to Forbes.com, reminds all small business owners about the basics of Facebook.

image via basicfacebookmarketing.com

Make sure to read all 10 of her tips – while we highlight a couple of the best ones here.

Chandler writes, “Pin to Top – You can ensure that a post gets premium exposure at the top of your Facebook page with this handy feature. To implement, hover over the upper right corner of a post and click on the pencil icon that reads “Edit or Remove,” then choose “Pin to Top.””

Pinning to the top can allow your page to keep older posts relevant by positioning them on top.  Fans, or future fans, are most likely to see a couple of your most resent posts…don’t let them go before they get to see your current contest or major announcement.

Chandler also says, “About Section – Below the photo on your business page is a small box of text where you can share details about your business. More importantly, this box can include a clickable link for your website. While your website link may appear on the bio area of your Facebook page, you can assure more clicks by adding it to this prime real estate on the main page. To update yours, simply click on the box below your photo where this text appears, and then click on “Edit.””

Having fans on Facebook is great – getting them to your website is even better.  Make sure you make it as easy as possible to get there.  By adding links in your about section – you take out the risk of them not making to your site.  Remember the less roadblocks, the higher success rate.

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Ready To Enhance Your Brand Engagement on Facebook?

posted on Mashable.com 4 amazing tools that help enhance brand engagement.

The whole marketing series is presented by Webtrends… to get their full guide here.  Download now.

Black writes, “while most marketers are currently using the myriad applications that allow them to run their ongoing programs, they may not be as familiar with tools they can use to enhance their day-to-day activities and make their programs more effective.”

To see all 4 tools make sure to Click Here.

Here is a sneak peek:

2. PageLever

image via Mashable.com

 

By using PageLever, you can see how many fans you’re actually reaching with your content (i.e. how much content makes it through EdgeRank’s filtering mechanism) and use this information to understand which content is performing better in the news feed. For example, a media site could use this to figure out whether articles about Androids or iPhones are more popular on Facebook. You can also see peak traction times, so you can make better decisions about post timing.

PageLever product pricing starts at $99 per month.

 

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Facebook Timeline Touts Lift in Brand Page Engagement

Just a day before Facebook timeline becomes mandatory for all Brand Pages – We read on Mashable that the change might not be so bad.  highlights a recent study on Facebook’s timeline that would suggest that these new brand timelines might actually create a better relationship between companies and consumers.  Wasserman says, “If you’re a marketer wondering if migrating your brand to Facebook Timeline was worth the effort, here’s some encouraging data: A researcher reports that brands are getting an average 46% more engagement with Timeline. The researcher, Simply Measured, drew its results from an admittedly small sample: just 15 Facebook brand pages. Doing so may have created a false sense of lift, especially since the greatest beneficiaries, Livestrong and Toyota, saw their engagement rates jump 161% and 156%, respectively.”

Wouldn't be true without a graph via Mashable

 

The real question will be how the smaller brands survive the change- We’ll find out SOON!

Read The Full Post Here…

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Tips To Get Your Facebook Timeline In Shape

Brands are being forced to update its pages to timeline.  Marketers are at their desks going crazy!  How are they going to get more people to like their page if they cannot self-promoting tabs?!

Don’t stress – Pam Moore has complied 15 tips that you should know before the big change. Read All 15 Tips Here…

We’ll highlight a couple of Moore’s tips:

1. Know the Facebook cover image content guidelines (rules).

Facebook has set pretty strict guidelines for what can and can’t be displayed and communicated on the new timeline cover image.

What you CAN do:

  • Brand the heck out of your company, book or personal brand. This include brand images, logos, photos and any other visual marks.
  • Inspire your audience with visually appealing graphics, colors and images.
  • Use simple language that will help you inspire and connect with your fans.

What you can NOT do: (Per Facebook cover guidelines)

  • Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”
  • Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section
  • References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
  • Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”

Basically the cover image is provided to inspire and connect with your fans. It is not meant for blatant self promotion or hard sales.

*Obviously make sure you have legal copyrights to all images and content.

2. Create custom thumbnails for apps.

It is super easy to create a custom thumbnail image for each and every app. Note custom images can not be set for photos and likes.

a. Create an image that is 111  x  74 pixels.

b. Click on the arrow to the right of your timeline (underneath the cover image). It will show a number which represents the number of apps you are using.

c. Click on the arrow next to the image of the app you want to change.

d. Click on edit settings.

e. Click on change (for the image)

f. Upload the new image

Cover Photo

urep cover photo via Facebook

Be Sure To See All 15 Tips: Click Here

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Can Infographic Design Get More People to Click?

Clinton Bonner writes on Socialmediatoday.com about the overwhelming popularity of INFOGRAPHICS!  Oxford dictionary has jumped on board with its popularity last year by adding it into the big book.

infographic: a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data

Pretty simple right?  But are all infographics created equally?  Of course not… there are some really great ones, and some really bad ones.

Bonner included this graphic to illustrate that very point.

Not the best of graphics - Socialmediatoday.com

Bonner says, “it’s not too hard to understand why [infographics] are so popular. They’re colorful, bold, easy to grasp and often lead you on a visual journey to information you didn’t even knew you cared about. So it’s no wonder we’re beginning to see web landing pages incorporating infographic style design and the reasoning is clear. If they help you digest the information faster and can help you understand an impact more vividly, well then they just might be the perfect conversion tool that gets your viewers clicking-thru.”

See the progression of infographics here: Click it

 

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Flickr Gets a Makeover, Looks Like Pinterest

You can be the final judge, but Mashable.com says Flickr’s latest facelift has the Pinterest Platform written all over it. Zoe Fox writes for Mashable, and says,  “Flickr will be rolling out a number of changes in the coming months, beginning with a new photo stream design, Justified View, and a new uploading feature, Uploadr.  Markus Spiering, Flickr head of product, discussed these changes with Mashable Tuesday. The company’s main focus, he says: user engagement. Justified View, which will go live Feb 28, trades Flickr’s current white space-filled layout for something that looks a lot more like Pinterest (as has become the trend in web design). The new photo stream will first go live with your contacts (the people you follow). It showcases bigger photos and lacks text data. You can hover over photos to view tags and other information. The new upload feature dubbed Uploadr, which will go live in late March, lets you drag and drop photos from your computer onto the site. Spiering calls Uploadr more like an app and less like a website. Photos are instantly viewed as thumbnail images, allowing you to add tags as you upload. Spiering thinks this will increase engagement, as Flickr continues to build the Internet’s largest collection of geo-tagged photos (currently numbering at about 270 million).”

New Flickr

 

Here is a little fun fact – Brand Adoption’s University Network (urep) is on Flickr and Pinterest!

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Why Pinterest Should Be of Interest to Brands

Guest blogger for mpdailyfix.com-Amanda DiSilvestro normally writes for Business.com

DiSilvestro says, “As with most social media sites, Pinterest started out as a place for individuals to connect with friends and then developed into a place for businesses. Pinterest is currently on the brink of individual-to-business use, so now is a great time for your company to get started. This new site has been growing exponentially since its launch in March 2010 with nearly 11.1 million unique visitors according to Site Analytics.”

Tips and Tricks to Using Pinterest to Help Build a Brand

You should all check out the full post, but here is 1 tip or reason why your company should jump on “board.” (That is Pinterest humor – Pin and boards – hahaha)

Pinterest board on Google

Interaction: The site will allow you to interact with customers, clients, and others in the industry in the same way other social networks do. This will help you build connections through a medium that is comfortable for your customers. It’s also extremely simple to manage Pinterest (unlike many of the other social networks), so this will help save your employees time while still building relationships.

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10 Advanced SEO Tactics That Will Increase Your Blog’s Traffic

Searchenginejournal.com posted an amazing blog on 10 advance SEO tactics that YOU can use to build your traffic.  When some see SEO – it is kind of like reading a foreign language.  To help you better understand the importance, and get you familiar with some amazing tips – read the full post here.

To give you an idea of you will see in the post:

Think Outside of the Social Media Sharing Box

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ aren’t the only social sites that have the power to push traffic to your site. Other niche communities can do the same thing:

The idea is to go through a list of social networking sites, identify the ones that would be relevant to your industry and then systematically add value. As you build up relationships with users of those sites you’ll eventually start to gain links and followers.

Working these other social sites will also help you develop content for you blog posts. Watch to see what is gaining popularity in content and discussions and then create posts that address those issues.

By the way, back in December Reddit served over 2 billion page views:

Reddit image from searchenginejournal.com

…so you should not ignore that source for an opportunity. See if there is a subreddit you should join.

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