3 Steps to Increasing Inbound Website Traffic

You’ve built it, so where are they? Field of Dreams was a great movie — inspiring to this day, even. The moral of the story: create the space and someone will fill it. Taking that advice to heart, you’ve built a great Website to showcase your product or experience, but yet you look at your pageviews and number of visitors and the proverbial silence is deafening. So now what? It’s time you put on that inbound marketer hat and start to think like one. Continue reading

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@Techymarketer Answers: Why Should I use Twitter?

Facebook launched in 2004. Twitter,  a few years younger, turned nine  this past spring. Though only a few years apart, the difference between the platforms couldn’t be more profound. Chief among them,  the customer base: 300 million to 1.4 billion active users per month, in Facebook’s favor.

Why do we think this is? Most people have no clue what to do on Twitter. I get confirmation of that at least once a week, while scrolling through random Twitter profiles or talking to friends. According to Twitter CFO, Anthony Noto, the most active users are “early adopters and tech enthusiasts.”

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5 Tips Toward Personal Brand Building

Who are you? What does your social media activity say about you? In this digital age, the answer should be aligned with your present career or career goals. Why? Because you are serious about your future and want others to know it—your social media activity should support that idea. I am not suggesting that you cannot relax and have non-work-related fun on social media, but suggest caution in doing so.

Remember: anyone can potentially see your posts, perhaps your connections don’t presently have any sway over your success, but someone connected to them may. While my social media activity is authentic to me, it is also carefully constructed.

Here are five things to consider when using social media to promote a personal brand:

1. Keep what’s personal, personal. If you wouldn’t want it read back to you in a job interview, don’t post it. If you wish to connect with friends and keep them abreast of your personal life, choose one platform on which to do so, keeping personal details to a minimum on your selected professional brand channels.

2. Get noticed. Use keywords and hashtags to find known industry leaders (competitors, bloggers, writers, reporters). Read, comment, and share their tweets, articles or posts with substantive comments. Follow and share what their influencers are saying. When sharing others’ content, always give credit to authors and publications. Use twitter handles, where available. Continue reading

3 Reasons to Activate Your Personal Brand

We are a digital society. There is the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. There are so many places to visit, find content, and share thoughts or interesting imagery. What’s more is that you can reach someone in another hemisphere instantly. The time is ripe for all of us to create a digital footprint and brand.  It demands it and here’s why:

1. You can control the narrative. Using social media, you can shape your identity, how others perceive you. Take advantage of the Internet’s omnipresence and share the sides of you that you want to pervade the Internet. Continue reading

Brand Building?: Eat, Breathe, Live Social Media on #MakingFriendsMonday

Since my last #MakingFriendsMonday blog post issued on May 1, I have sent 138 tweets, earned: a 2.4% engagement rate, 45 mentions, 50 retweets, 169 favorites, 28 replies, and 24 link clicks. I have netted 128 followers, have followed a fair amount of those, and connected with many on LinkedIn. A fairly productive 10 days.

I attended a seminar discussing social media marketing at law firms, where I live tweeted during the presentations. I was also able to network in person and make connections. This was a great experiment in making connections online and off. As I watched and listened to the seminar, I tweeted away.

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Better Brand Strategy Comes From Social Listening [Webinar Report]

The 2015 Media Trends report indicates shrinking newsrooms leave more stories needing storytellers than there are reporters available. Social media is breaking stories (60 percent on Instagram) with reporters playing catch up to John Q. Public’s first-hand accounts. Search engines and social media are key places to stay abreast of current happenings. As new users join the various social media platforms daily, and the audience grows, social media continues is the desired destination.

I recently attended a webinar, Is Social Listening Part of Your Brand’s DNA? hosted by Social Media Today’s Robin Fray Carey, with panelists: Lauren Harper, Nick Ayres, and Apryl Pilolli. The live tweeting experience was particularly eventful and is found under #SMTLive, we were even “trending” at one point. Check out the recording and slide deck. Continue reading

Employee Advocacy Unpacked

On the heels of my recent blog post, Webinar Report: Empowered Employees Build Brand Awareness, social media strategist, Neal Schaffer,  favorited my blog post tweet and sent me his ebook, The Definitive Guide to Employee Advocacy Programs to read. A joint effort between Schaffer and PeopleLinx, which offers a social selling tool, the book outlines requirements for an effective employee advocacy program. Among those described, Schaffer discusses the three I’s as key to a successful program:

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Webinar Report: Is Your Social Media Adding Value?

This week I attended a webinar, How Law Firms Benefit From Social offered by Hootsuite, The guest speakers were Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog and Nancy Myrland of Myrland Marketing & Social Media. Hootsuite promoted #HootLegal as the place for attendees to share their thoughts, check out the tweets.

As far as I can tell the webinar was well attended and fairly informative, especially if you are looking to launch social media in a professional service or B2B environment and have no clue where to start, what to share and why, what’s your voice, etc. Having been at this since 2009, I didn’t hear anything that I hadn’t heard before, but the idea of adding value resonated with me, as key to the entire social media experience.

For the marketer, social media is a place for storytelling, with each story unveiling a little more of your character, your core values: cleverness, altruism, intelligence, inclusiveness. Is your activity on social media doing that for you? You defined your strategy before entering social media’s nebulous arena, but is your strategy clear in your posts? Are visitors learning who you are and what you stand for?

Courtesy of Mimi and Eunice comic strip by Nina Paley.

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Top 3 Reasons B2Bs Need Social Media

Courtesy of SmashBrand

Courtesy of SmashBrand

I recently went to dinner with my husband, and he asked me about social media and its role in a B2B world. I took a beat and thought about his question, so I could give him a clear answer that did not contain too much jargon.  I came up with: Social Media is a necessary tool for branding through storytelling. thought leadership. and engagement.

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Social Media: What To Do When You Can’t Turn It Off

Using Social Media to Boost your Brand

Social Media Policy

Left to our own devices, humans have the unique ability to make all kinds of public gaffes. Ever-present social media tools tend to make these moments explosive, going viral in no time. This can sometimes work in your favor, as with Chick-Fil-A who posted record sales on “Chick-Fil-A Appeciation Day,” but it can also work against you, as Heidi Wys is finding out.

Guard against “foot-in-mouth” tendencies and the resultant fall-out. Arm employees/representatives with a social media policy. And, when the situation arises (and hopefully it will), have a crisis management team in place to respond. Continue reading