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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Qzzr

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some recommended tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Qzzr a tool to create engaging quizzes, polls, and lists to drive social traffic.

The basic plan is €24.99 per month, but you can try it for free to see if it’s right for your marketing.  if you are looking for a more advanced interactive marketing solution, check out Ceros for quality, interactive e-books, infographics, microsites, and more.

 

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Text Readability Consensus Calculator

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is the Text Readability Consensus Calculator. It takes a sample of your writing and calculates the number of sentences, words, syllables, and characters. It then takes the output of these numbers and plugs them into 7 popular readability formulas to help you find out the reading level and grade level of your materials and help you to determine if your audience can read what you have written.

Here’s what happened when I plugged the above paragraph into the tool.

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And the result

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So I come out with a difficult to read score – ironic given that I took much of the text from the description of the tool pasted on the website! That aside, it’s a good reminder to us to write more clear, accessible, and understandable copy when we write for a general audience.

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A Three-Stage Approach to Handling a Healthcare Social Media Crisis

Knowing how to maintain an online reputation is an essential component of healthcare marketing. In this blog post, I will show you how to put an effective crisis response strategy in place for your healthcare brand.

Having an online presence has so many advantages when it comes to healthcare marketing, but it also comes with some risks. With the click of a mouse, patients can share their experiences online – good and bad – and their comments travel at lightening-speed through their social network. A social media crisis can escalate rapidly and you must be ready to step in and remedy the situation without delay. The only way to do this is to have a crisis plan already in place.

Crisis management involves dealing with threats before, during, and after they have occurred. Let’s look at these three stages in more detail.

 

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Stage 1 Preparation

Proactively prepare by developing a crisis response plan. The following elements are involved.

#1 Crisis Definition

First, define what constitutes a crisis. Three elements are common to a crisis (a) a threat to the organization, (b) the element of surprise, and (c) a short decision time.

A crisis can fall into several categories including:

(a) Technological (eg; your website has been hacked);

(b) Confrontation (disgruntled employee, client, or patient attacks you online);

(c) Rumours (eg; spreading false information about you, your product or service online);

(d) Malevolence (eg; In 1982, a murderer added cyanide to some Tylenol capsules on store shelves, killing seven people).

#2 Monitor Online Chatter

An effective social media strategy requires active listening to the online chatter about your healthcare organization. Should a crisis occur, listening to the conversation will help you shape a more insightful and effective response. Responding in real time to issues strengthens public perception that your focus is firmly on patient satisfaction. In addition, use monitoring to find the healthcare conversations you can add value to. Investing in community building online now will pay dividends in the form of support should a crisis hit you.

There are many free and paid monitoring tools available to you. These tools vary in scope and range across a number of sites, real-time or delayed searching, the sophistication of analytics, the flexibility of data presentation, integration with other applications, and of course, price. When it comes to reputation management, choose a tool that does more than just track mentions of your name. You need to be able to evaluate the sentiment (the ratio of mentions that are positive to those that are negative) attached to the mentions. Social Mention is a free monitoring tool which includes sentiment. Tweets that include words like “not working,” “fail” or “poor experience” should be resolved immediately.

#3 Create a Written Plan

Your written plan should include the following:

  • Clear guidelines on how to respond to each of the different situations outlined above in #1.
  • Links to your terms of service.
  • Who should respond – establish a clear chain of command and list contact information.
  • Make sure every member of your team knows this plan is in place, how to access it, and how to put the plan into action.

Stage 2:  Action

Now’s the time to put your carefully crafted crisis plan into place. The following are key considerations:

  • Determine the exact nature of the crisis. How and where did it originate? How is it affecting your patients or clients?
  • Go to the source. Find where the complaint originated and with whom. Determine their sphere of influence. If a blogger has published something that is untrue or misrepresentative of you, ask them to remove, amend, or modify the piece if this is appropriate.
  • Be respectful, polite and engaged. Never get into a public argument or talk down to anyone.
  • Be as transparent as possible as quickly as possible. Acknowledge that you are aware of the situation and that you are dealing with it straight away.
  • Respond swiftly and appropriately. Every moment counts on social media. The longer you wait, the more the conversation will heat up. Twitter, in particular, is a place where people expect a quick response no matter what time of day.
  • Don’t  lie or try to hide the truth; admit when the fault is yours.
  • Use the same channel you were criticized on to respond.
  • Don’t censor or remove the critical comments that appear on your social media platforms. Tempting as this may appear, it will only fan the flames of the social media fire.
  • Channel communication to your own website. Develop an area on your website or blog that houses the information about the crisis and what your organization is doing about it.
  • Communicate your story. A story gets out of control when you haven’t told your side and people begin to speculate. While you can’t control the story, you can provide the facts, information, and access to key people that allow journalists and bloggers to help you frame it in the right way.

Stage 3: Review

When the crisis has passed, go over what happened. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How well did you handle the situation?
  • Did it escalate to a bigger problem than it was?
  • What could you have done differently?
  • Prepare to deliver on your word. Make changes based on feedback if those changes are warranted and if you have promised to put them in place.

If handled well a crisis may even turn out to be an opportunity to show your commitment to your patients and consumers. Remember the Tylenol example above? Johnson & Johnson recalled and destroyed 31 million capsules at a cost of $100 million. The CEO appeared in television ads and at news conferences informing consumers of the company’s actions. Tamper-resistant packaging was quickly introduced, and Tylenol sales bounced back to near pre-crisis levels.

While you can’t control everything that happens on social media, you can control your response. The best way to handle a crisis is to have your response plan in place. If you haven’t already made one, then do it today.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Piktochart

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I  love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Piktochart . 

Infographics are great for getting your content shared but many people are put off by the thought that you have to hire a graphic designer to create them. The good news is you don’t have to be a designer nor spend a lot of money to create them. Use a tool such as Piktochart to create engaging infographics. Choose a template and then customize it with text, fonts, and colors. Try it for yourself at https://piktochart.com

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Recite

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Recite, a tool to create quote images.  Quote images are one of the most popular types of content on social media and Recite is a really simple tool to try.

You simply enter your quote into the editor on the homepage, and then select a layout from a gallery of templates.

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Try it for yourself at http://www.recitethis.com

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Tagul

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Tagul a tool for creating beautiful graphics out of word clouds or tag clouds.

How to use it: 

  1. Visit tagul.com and click “Create Now”
  2. Click “Import words” and either copy and paste text from, add your own, or enter a URL to generate a word cloud.
  3. Now for my favorite bit. Choose from dozens of shapes, fonts, layout; then hit “Visualize” to see your word cloud.

Here’s a quick visual I created using social media marketing related words.

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Visit tagul.com  and get creating your own visuals. 

Posted in Cool Tool, Infographics, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: TouchRetouch

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is photo editing app TouchRetouch.

The app is designed to deal with unwanted content in photos, wanting having to resort to Photoshop.  It allows you to remove small items from your photos by drawing over them with your finger. Repair minor imperfections on your face, some small spots from dust on your camera sensor, or other point-like spots by just tapping on them.

TouchRetouch is available for $1.99 for iOS and Android

Posted in Cool Tool, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Easil

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is graphic design tool Easil.

Easil is a simple, browser-based system with pre-made templates that you can adapt in seconds with simple drag-and-drop tools.  The website also hosts a blog with super helpful design tips.

Try it today and let me know what you think!

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: IM Free

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource IM Free.

IM Free is a “curated collection of free web design resources, all for commercial use.” The royalty-free stock photos are organized by themes such as inspiration, recreation, and ambient. On the site you’ll also find free templates, icons, button makers, and more.

Check it out at http://imcreator.com/free

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How to Create an Awareness Campaign with Social Media

Is creating an online campaign part of your 2018 marketing strategy? Do you need a plan to get started?

Whether you are an individual, a small non-profit, or a large healthcare organization, a strategic plan is essential to your campaign’s success. On Thursday, 22 February, I will be hosting an online webinar with Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, in which I will show you how to plan and execute a social media campaign from setting your campaign objectives right through to measuring your campaign’s impact. You will also learn creative ideas and best practice tips from other successful campaigns.

At the end of this webinar, you will be able to apply the learning to:

  • Clarify your campaign message
  • Set defined goals and performance metrics
  • Find and reach your target audience
  • Choose the right tactics and tools to raise campaign awareness
  • Leverage the power of online influencers to increase campaign reach
  • Create shareable content with clear calls-to-action
  • Plan your content calendar to maximize momentum
  • Use the power of storytelling to create impact
  • Measure your results

Details and Signup 

Hope to see you there!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Pixabay

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty-free stock image resource Pixabay.

Pixabay hosts over 650,000 free stock photos, vectors, and art illustrations free of copyrights under Creative Commons. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Burst

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource Burst

Burst is powered by Shopify, with many of its collections created with entrepreneurs in mind. “Business Ideas” features free photo collections and case studies that revolve around trending ecommerce niches. The free photo sets include both the product shots and lifestyle images, so that you have all the stock images you need to create a professional brand for free.

Check it out at https://burst.shopify.com

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Picjumbo

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource Picjumbo.

Picjumbo is free stock photo site created by designer and photographer Viktor Hanacek in 2013. Users can click through the different categories of over 600 free high resolution photos, with the option of upgrading to Premium for new unpublished images to power your social media marketing.

Check it out at https://burst.shopify.com

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New Google Page Speed Ranking For Mobile Searches: What You Should Know

Although speed has been used in Google ranking for some time, that signal was focused on desktop searches. Google recently announced that starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor for mobile searches too.

The “Speed Update,” as Google is calling it, “will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users and will only affect a small percentage of queries. It applies the same standard to all pages, regardless of the technology used to build the page. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a slow page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content.”

Although there is no tool that directly indicates whether a page is affected by this new ranking factor, Google recommends the following resources can be used to evaluate a page’s performance.

  • Chrome User Experience Report, a public dataset of key user experience metrics for popular destinations on the web, as experienced by Chrome users under real-world conditions
  • Lighthouse, an automated tool and a part of Chrome Developer Tools for auditing the quality (performance, accessibility, and more) of web pages
  • PageSpeed Insights, a tool that indicates how well a page performs on the Chrome UX Report and suggests performance optimizations

Related

9 Questions To Help You Decide If It’s Time For A Website 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Unsplash

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource Unsplash

Unsplash gives you access to a bank of 50,000+ free-to-use photos. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons Zero, “which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”

Check it out at https://unsplash.com

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Morguefile

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource Morguefile.

Morguefile is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives.” Founded in the early Internet days of 1996, the site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work. This same mission remains true today and all photos found in the Morguefile archive are free for you to download and re-use in your work, be it commercial or not. The photos have been contributed by a wide range of creatives from around the world, ranging from amateur photo hobbyists to professionals.

Check it out at https://morguefile.com

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Stockvault

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource Stockvault.

Stockvault is a free stock photo community where photographers and artists can share their own photos and artwork. It hosts over 35,000 royalty-free images, pictures and illustrations and also has a large collection of free textures ranging from grunge, dirt, paint, rock, plastic, wood and liquid to metallic and rusty surfaces and backgrounds.

Check it out at http://www.stockvault.net

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Rawpixel

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is royalty free stock image resource Rawpixel.

Rawpixel prides itself on having the most diverse collection of stock photos on the web. It wants to change the face of stock photography by creating design resources that reflect today’s society as it really is. To this end it has started the (one) world face project with the ultimate goal of photographing people from every nation in the world.

Check it out at https://www.rawpixel.com

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7 Social Media Marketing Trends To Prepare For In 2018 [Infographic]

It’s the start of a new year and for social media marketers that means looking ahead to the trends that will impact on our work over the next 12 months.

As the close of 2017 drew nearer, social media marketing experts gazed into their crystal balls to see what’s coming down the line in 2018. So which of their predictions should we set our sights on? I’ve put together this list of the top predictions from around the web to help you keep your finger on the pulse of the trends which will shape the social media landscape. Take some time to look at your existing marketing strategies, and see which ones could benefit from (or be negatively affected by) these coming trends.

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For more trends and predictions click here.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Magic Eraser

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is image editing app Magic Eraser.

There’s no need to open Photoshop as this app lets you cut out and save transparent images for use in logos, keynote presentations, documents, image editors, etc.
Remove the background of any picture with just a few taps and save as PNG or JPG. Just touch where you want to remove, and the “Magic Wand” function removes the area of similar color automatically.

Magic Eraser is available for free for iOS.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: A Color Story

Summer-Day-1-1200x800.jpgI love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is image editing app  A Color Story.

The app lets you choose from a large selection of filters to make your photos stand out. Instead of filtering your photos to look all the same, A Color Story filters aim to enhance the color you’ve chosen in your composition. Bright whites, rich color, and clean adjustments.

One very helpful feature of the app is that it lets you save your editing steps to reuse for future edits, which will save time when batch-editing photos.

A Color Story is available free for iOS and Android .

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Page Analytics

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Page Analytics  a Google Chrome Extension.

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The Page Analytics Chrome Extension allows you to see how vistors interact with your web pages, including what they click and don’t click. You can use these insights to optimize your website layout, improve user experience, and increase conversions.

Click here to download the app.

Posted in Infographics

8 Creative Ways to Use Instagram’s Multiple-Image Posting Feature In Your Healthcare Marketing

Is Instagram part of your healthcare marketing strategy? Instagram – the image-sharing site owned by Facebook –  now reaches 800 million monthly active users and currently boasts 500 million daily active users.

Visual marketing was hotter than ever in 2017 and will only continue to grow in importance over the next few years. People connect more emotionally with images than text, and in an increasingly crowded digital landscape images can break through the online content clutter.

Visual content can be an incredibly powerful marketing tool – one that increases message association, brand awareness, and encourages engagement and shares.  Healthcare marketing has been slow to adopt Instagram, but if you are looking to increase digital engagement in 2018, it’s time to add the platform to your online marketing mix.

A new infographic by Salesforce shares some creative ideas to make the most of Instagram’s multiple-image posting feature.  Called a “carousel”, this feature lets you post up to 10 photos in a slideshow or an album and offers a host of possibilities to increase user engagement.

Here’s how it works:

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And now for some creative ways to use the feature:

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Click to view the full Salesforce infographic 

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A Reader Asks….How Do You Create Twitter Lists?

I’ve been asked how I follow so many people on Twitter and yet manage to keep engaged. with them. When the number of people you follow gets into high figures, it can become unwieldy to manage them all. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of tweets appearing on your timeline – particularly now that Twitter has expanded to 280 characters. So how can you be sure you are keeping up to date with those folks you most want to hear from?

One word – Lists.

Twitter Lists are essentially filtered timelines and it’s one of the most useful features on the platform.

Here’s how it works:

1. Click on Lists on your profile page

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2. Click Create New List

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3. Name the List and provide a description

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4. Designate the List as Public or Private & then hit Save List

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5. To add or remove people from your Lists:

  1. Use the person icon drop-down menu on somebody’s profile
  2. Choose add or remove from Lists
  3. Choose the List you would like to add the person to or uncheck the List the person was already a member of

It’s so easy to build a Twitter List and it is such an effective and simple way to get a handle on your Twitter engagement. Each time you follow someone new on Twitter, get into the habit of adding them straight to one of your lists.  If you haven’t already started with your lists, start building them today!


 

Related Reading  Why You Need Twitter Lists and How To Organize Them

Visit Twitter’s Help Center for more information on:

  • seeing Lists you’re a member of
  • viewing tweets from a List
  • subscribing to a List
  • editing or deleting a List
  • sharing a List URL
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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Foller.me

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Foller.Me a simple, yet effective tool to get insights about any public Twitter profile.

How It Works

Foller.me is a Twitter analytics application that gives you rich insights about any public Twitter profile. The tool gathers near real-time data about topics, mentions, hashtags, followers, location and more. It then analyzes the tweet’s contents and tells you about topics usage in form of “tag clouds” so that you can easily understand which words were the most popular. Here’s what my tag cloud looks like:

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Foller.me is a free tool – visit https://foller.me to try it for yourself today.

 

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5 Common Social Media Marketing Myths… And How To Bust Them![Infographic]

Even though social media is a common tactic used by marketers across the globe, myths about how and why to use social media persist. Buying into these myths will seriously undermine your social media marketing. In my latest infographic learn how to counter five of the most prevalent myths with my myth-busting tips.

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Click to see more social media marketing myths and how to bust them.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Infogr.am

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Infogr.am – a free design tool which makes it super simple to put together an infographic.

How to use it:

1. Go to https://infogr.am and log in with your Google or Facebook account.

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2. Choose from one of the three available themes – Infographic, Chart/Graph, or Map  – or you can click on “Data import or source” to start with your numbers.

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3. Pick a theme for your project.

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4. To your right, you’ll see the settings bar that lets you set the width, theme, add a custom logo, and specify a share button. To your left, you’ll see several icons. Clicking on them lets you customize your infographic with a map, a chart, text boxes, pictures, data, and even videos.

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5. When your project is complete, give your infographic a title and description. Decide on your permission settings. Do you want to make this public? Or is it just for your own use (public is the default setting; you will have to upgrade your account to keep it private)?  Click “Share” to send out your infographic to your social networks, or to get an embed link to add it to your blog or website!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Gratisography

 

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Gratisography, a collection of free high-resolution pictures you can use on your personal and commercial projects, free of copyright restrictions.

What I really like about this site is many of the images are quirky and fun – no cheesy stock images here!

Check it out at https://gratisography.com and see for yourself.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Crazy Egg

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is  Crazy Egg – a tool that tracks scrolls and clicks behavior on web pages to better understand customer interactions.

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Its features include:

Heatmap

A picture of where people clicked on your site.

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With confetti, you will be able to distinguish all of the clicks you get on your site segmented by referral sources, search terms and more.

Scrollmap

The scrollmap shows how far down the page people are scrolling and helps determine where visitors abandon the page.

Overlay

When you look at the overlay report, you will be able to see the number of clicks on each element of your page.

All plans are FREE for the first 30 days.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Google Alerts

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Google Alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, blogs) based on your choice of query –  for example, keeping updated on emerging healthcare trends.

Start by going to the Google Alerts homepage and entering your keyword. Click on “Show options” to set an alert frequency and any other parameters you’re interested in. If you put the keywords in quotation marks, you will only receive alerts for that exact phrase – thus avoiding Google returning irrelevant results to you.

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You can control how often you receive these alerts (daily or weekly), whether you wish to receive all mentions, or limit it to the most relevant, and you can add new alerts, or delete old ones at any point.

Use Google Alerts to monitor who’s talking about your brand. This is important so you can respond to any criticism, customer complaints or thank someone for writing something positive about you.

Posted in Cool Tool, Infographics, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Visme

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Visme – another free design tool that allows you to create interactive presentations, infographics, banner ads, animations, customer layouts, and more.  It has an extensive library full of templates, shapes, icons, and objects to choose from.

 

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Visme offers three types of accounts, one of which is free. You don’t get everything with a free account, but you get more than enough to start creating content. A Basic account is also a great way to test drive the solution before you buy.

Go to http://www.visme.co to get creating. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Plotagraph 

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Plotagraph – a really cool app that animates images with magical effects.

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Although you can’t see it in this still image, in Plotograph the water is moving!

You can use Plotagraph to create a looping video, animated GIF, or animated PNG. Then upload your eye-catching image to various social media platforms.  Most of the time, you make looping videos or animated images from a video. However, Plotagraph begins with a still image and creates the movement with what appears to be CGI effects. You can upload an image to the app or website, or take a photo inside the app.

Plotagraph is available via the web for free and the iOS app costs $4.99.

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Readable.​io

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Readable.io – a tool to help you measure the readability of any text.

How It Works

Put in your written text – paste it, upload a document or a URL – and you will get a set of scores and measures:

  • Readability scores – including Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning Fog and the SMOG index
  • Text analytics – text statistics (like letter, word and syllable counts), composition stats (like adjective, noun and adverb counts)
  • Keywork densities – for single words, and two or three word phrases
  • Reading and speaking time
  • Sentiment analysis – is the text positive, negative or neutral

Once you’ve scored your text, you’ll want to start working to improve it, and the tool can help there as well. Alongside your readability scores and text analytics, you’ll see an advanced highlighting engine showing areas where your text might be improved:

  • Long sentences are highlighted in yellow – or where very long, in red
  • Long and difficult words are highlighted and underlined
  • Uses of passive voice are highlighted in blue
  • Adverbs are usually shown in gold
  • Spotting cliches is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel

Readible.io is free – with a premium option available from just $3 per month.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Typorama

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Typorama  another super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

Choose from more than 40 different typographic styles, and add professional photo filters, overlays and adjustment tools.  Advanced crop options let you create the perfect size pictures for social media posts, wallpapers, posters, flyers and postcards.

Typorama is available for download from the App Store. 

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What’s New in Social Media This Week?

My latest healthcare social media newsletter has gone out to subscribers. In this week’s round-up of news and tips:

Facebook Page Reach Declined 20% in 2017

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According to new research by BuzzSumo, the average number of engagements with Facebook posts created by brands and publishers has fallen by more than 20% since January 2017. This report will hardly come as surprising news to those of us who have been despairing at the fall in organic reach on Facebook over the past few years. What I found most interesting in this report is the data on which posts are driving engagement – or not.

WhatsApp Is Testing Verified Business Accounts

unnamed (4)WhatsApp is now testing verified business accounts, which can be identified by their green check marks. The Facebook-owned messaging application said in a frequently asked questions post that the test “is currently limited to a small number of businesses participating in a pilot program.”

Google Announces Major Update To Mobile Search Results Page

Google has announced a major update to its mobile search results pages. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see.

 

Twitter Adds Team Management Feature on Tweedeck’s Mobile App

 

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Multiple Twitter users can now share access to a single account via the social network’s iOS and Android applications without needing to share that account’s password.

Plus

Your weekly cool tool recommendation, social media quote of the week, and six things you should know in the world of social media.

Read this week’s newsletter and subscribe for regular tips. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Pixlr

pixlr.pngI love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is  Pixlr   a photo-editing tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

Pixlr offers you a combination of two tools – an image editor much like Photoshop, and a simple tool to add effects to your existing files.

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Key Features:

  • Provides access to either a full-blown image editor or a simplified version of it.
  • Lets you customize your images using advanced features and pre-built graphics.
  • Enables you to export your images in a range of formats.

Visit https://pixlr.com and try it for yourself.

Posted in Cool Tool, LinkedIn, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Dux-Soup

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Dux-Soup  – a browser plug-in which works with Google Chrome as your virtual assistant on LinkedIn.

Dux-Soup keeps track of every single profile you visit and allows you to make notes directly on the profile page which are saved. Profile date and notes can be export as a .CSV file to be opened in Microsoft Excel or similar. The .CSV file includes data such as the name of the person whose profile you visited, job title, company name, location, email and notes.

You can take and save notes on each profile such as: have sent invite/need to reply to a message / likes Opera etc. Dux-Soup can save you hours of manual data entry when it comes to tracking all your leads you interact with on LinkedIn.

You can opt to use the free version (which enables you to view a hundred LinkedIn profiles a day) or upgrade to the paid version (which allows you to set the number of profile visits you need to make per day and export the .CSV file and make use of the data you gathered.

Dux-Soup is available as a browser plug-in which works with Google Chrome. Download here.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Grammarly

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Grammarly a free writing app available as a Google Chrome Extension.

Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. I use it all the time and find it super useful.

Click here to download the app.

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50 Power Words To Super Charge Your Content Marketing

 

Did you know that on average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest? Your headline is the first impression you make on a prospective reader. An eye-catching headline is a key factor in getting readers to click through to your article.

An attention-getting headline will capture the reader’s attention right away and compel them to want to find out more. Clear, concise, and original content is important, but words that appeal to their emotions is the magic ingredient to giving your visitors a reason to want to diver deeper.
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Trigger words can entice readers to your content, but use these words with caution because they can also trigger skepticism and distrust. Make sure your content carries through on the promise in the headline and always avoid click-baiting.  Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the “curiosity gap”, providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content. Always craft a headline that links to authentic and relevant content.

For a deep dive into which words and phrases drive the most shares and engagement, Buzzsumo analyzed 100 million article headlines and reported their findings here.

Further Related Reading

 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Page Analytics

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Page Analytics  a Google Chrome Extension.

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The Page Analytics Chrome Extension allows you to see how vistors interact with your web pages, including what they click and don’t click. You can use these insights to optimize your website layout, improve user experience, and increase conversions.

Click here to download the app.

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What’s New in Social Media This Week?

My latest healthcare social media newsletter has gone out to subscribers. In this week’s round-up of news and tips:

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August already! If you are like me, you will feel as if you just blinked and suddenly the year is more than half over. Back in January, I wrote an article outlining 17 ways to rock your social media in 2017. Did you follow any of those tips?

Now that we are more than half way through this year, it seems like a good time to review how close you are getting to meeting your social media goals. If you are on track, well done! But even if you have fallen short of your goals, it’s never too late to get your social media back on track. As a reminder, I have put together six questions to guide you.

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Pinterest has been adding some new features recently, and the latest worth noting is the addition of a new search bar to its home screen and Pinterest Lens is now available to all Pinterest users worldwide.

 

 

 

unnamed (35)LinkedIn is giving more control to publishers – you can now turn off comments on your posts, helping users eliminate spam and harassment from the social network.

 

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Within a year of its debut, Instagram Stories now boasts “more than 250 million daily users,” which surpasses Snapchat’s reported 166 million daily users.

 

unnamed (6)Facebook is redesigning insights and analytics provided to video creators and to the publishers and pages that reshare their videos.

Plus

Your weekly cool tool recommendation, social media quote of the week, and six things you should know in the world of social media.

Read this week’s newsletter and subscribe for regular tips. 

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Aviary

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Aviary a simple graphics editor that you can use from your browser window or as an app for your phone.

Use Aviary to fine-tune your photos with a full range of filters and one-touch tools for adjusting lighting, focus and color. You can also erase blemishes and brighten whites in a tap, or personalize your pictures with stickers, frames and overlays.

Go to aviary.com to download the app, or use the desktop version and let the magic begin. 

 

 

Posted in #HCSM, LinkedIn

LinkedIn Website Demographics: Understand the Professional Audiences Visiting Your Website

LinkedIn has announced the roll-out of LinkedIn Website Demographics, “a free reporting tool that lets you see what types of professionals are coming to your website, giving you a powerful way to tune your marketing to those visitors, and develop better targeting and content for your campaigns.”

Website Demographics uses data from LinkedIn’s 500+ million members to provide insight into your company’s website visitors in a way that respects member privacy. Featuring an easy-to-read interface in LinkedIn Campaign Manager, Website Demographics lets you filter your website audience by 8 individual professional dimensions, including job title, industry, job seniority, job function, company, location, and country.

Website Demographics also allows you to filter by date range to understand whether that recent marketing campaign boosted traffic from your desired audience segments. What’s more, you can now see if you have attracted new pools of prospects to your website. With these insights, you can craft new marketing content designed to better resonate with that audience.

This new feature will begin rolling out soon, so watch this space.

Posted in #HCSM, Infographics

Data Never Sleeps: Here’s What Happens Every Minute on the Internet

I never cease to be blown away by the sheer scale and acceleration of the Internet. The world is more connected than ever before. From 2000-2017 global Internet users jumped from 400 million to 3.7 billion. But just how much data is generated every minute? This fascinating infographic from Domo shows exactly how much data is created every single minute. From tweets to swipes, likes to shares, the digital world is exploding.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: PicMonkey

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Picmonkey  – another super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

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Picmonkey is a “freemium” tool with the option of paying for extras, but I’ve accomplished a lot with the free version.  Some of the features I like most include themed seasonal overlays and Photoshop style cosmetic enhancement features. It’s a great tool to touch up your images. I often use Picmonkey for quick resizing and enhancement of images before I post them online.

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Key Features:

  • Enables you to create custom graphics and customize them.
  • Lets you touch up your images and photographs using a broad collection of features.
  • Provides a vast library of templates to help speed up your work.
  • Lets you export your projects as images to use as you wish.

Visit www.picmonkey.com and try it for yourself!

 

Posted in Cool Tool, Visual Marketing

Monday Morning Cool Tool: Canva

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Canva, a super easy design tool to enhance your social media and content marketing.

Canva is one of my every-day go-to tools when I am creating visuals. It’s so easy and quick to use it with a multitude of layout options, fonts, images and illustrations to choose from.  And best of all it’s free!  If you want more advanced features, you do also have the option to upgrade for a small fee.

Whether you want a Twitter post or Facebook profile picture, you can create them quickly using Canva’s drag and drop editor.  Select from a number of pre-set designs, or create something from scratch. You can also add elements such as custom icons,  fonts, charts, and illustrations.

How to use it

1. Sign up at canva.com. The sign-up process is quick and easy.

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2. Next click on “Create a design” and choose the platform for which you wish to create a visual, for example, blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Your image will be automatically resized to fit the size dimensions of each platform.

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3. Click on “Layouts” to select a layout for your graphic. There are tons of layouts to choose from. When you find one you like, click on it and it will automatically populate the blank screen for you to work with. You can change out the design at any time by clicking into another layout template.

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4. To add an image, select “Elements” which allows you to choose from a variety of shapes, illustrations, and photos from the royalty-free library. Note that not all images are free, some are priced at $1 each.  You can also upload your own images to use.

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5. To add text, click on “Text” and simply drag and drop your heading, subheading and body text. You can also choose from some pre-designed fonts, most of which are free.

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6. Selecting “Background” allows you to choose different background colours and textures.

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7. When you’re happy with your design, you have the option to embed it or share it from Canva straight to a social media platform, share a link for others to see the design or edit it if you wish. You can also download it to your computer in jpeg, png, or pdf format.

And finally here’s one I made earlier…

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Canva is so easy and versatile to use, I highly recommend you give it a go to enhance your visual marketing.