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#ThursdayTip: How To Choose The Best Social Network For Your Audience

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want you to think about whether you are active on the best social network for your particular audience. 

Not all social media is created equal. Different platforms attract different audiences.

It’s important, especially if your resources are limited, that you’re focusing your social media efforts in places that will generate the most return for your efforts.

There’s no point in spending your time on a particular social network if your audience isn’t there. Nor should you spread yourself too thin by trying to be everywhere at once. Every additional platform your business is active on means additional time and effort required to engage on and create tailored content for that platform.

Before becoming active on a social network, try answering the following questions to help you choose the platform that is right for you.

1. Will this platform help me achieve my marketing goals?

Setting SMART goals to which you can align your social media activity is a good guarantee of online marketing success. If you can’t explain how a particular social channel will help you to achieve your goals, then it may not be the right fit for you.

2. Is my target audience active on this platform?

The most effective social media strategies are informed by social media data. Refer to Google Analytics for your website to see which social networks are sending the most traffic to your site. Look at existing data to learn where a specific demographic spends their time online. Statista and GlobalWebIndex are good sources of worldwide statistics on Internet usage.

3. Which social networks are my competitors using?

Which social networks are your competitors using? Are they active on networks you aren’t? Use a tool like Buzzsumo to identify the social channels on which your competitors get the most shares. Chances are if these channels match your demographics and are working well for your competitors, they will work well for you also.

4. Will this platform match the content I create?

If you want your content to do well on social media, you’ve got to be strategic about what you publish and where you publish it. You need to create content that aligns with your audience’s expectations on each social channel. Identify how, when, and where your specific audience likes to engage with content. Certain content formats will be more suited to particular channels than others.

5. Can I integrate this platform with another similar one?

It’s better to use fewer channels well than to stretch yourself thin trying to maintain a presence on every social network. There is a degree of reciprocity between certain platforms — for example, Facebook and Instagram — the key is to choose channels that integrate well with each other to create maximum impact.

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Bonus Tip! 

Consider broadening your social media horizons. While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat might be the most popular social networks in the West, there is a world beyond the Big Five waiting for you to explore.

Here’s to your social media success!


Related Reading

How to Choose the Best Social Media Channels for Your Business 

Which Social Media Platforms Are Worth Your Time?

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#ThursdayTip: How to Follow Topics on Twitter

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to follow topics on Twitter. Following a Topic allows you to stay informed on what’s happening and see more relevant content about that topic.

Here’s how to follow topics on Twitter

From your Home timeline

  1. While scrolling through your Home timeline, you may notice that Twitter will suggest a Topic for you to follow.
  2. Simply Tap the Follow button next to the suggested Topic to follow.

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From your Topics menu

Tap Topics in your profile icon menu.

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Tap Follow some Topics to browse by category type.

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From within each category and sub-category type, tap the Follow button next to the Topics you’d like to follow.

When finished, tap Done.

Note:  Just like with accounts you follow, you can unfollow Topics at any time.

How to unfollow a Topic

From your Home timeline:

  1. In your Home timeline, navigate to a Tweet about a Topic you’re currently following.
  2.  Tap the  icon from the top of the Tweet and select Unfollow.

From your Topics: 

  1. Tap Topics in your profile icon menu.
  2. Tap Unfollow next to the topic.

Worth Noting

Topics you follow are public.

Anyone who can see your full profile can view the Topics you follow. If your Tweets are protected, only your followers will be able to see your Topics.

How to see the Topics someone follows

You have the option to see the Topics that someone else is following. You’re able to view their Topics if their Tweets are public, or if their Tweets are protected and you’ve been approved as a follower.

On the Twitter for iOS and Android app, and twitter.com:

  1. Go to their profile.
  2. Click or tap the more menu  at the top of their profile page.
  3. Select View Topics.

Here’s to your Twitter success!

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#ThursdayTip: How To Create Recurring Content

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to create a recurring content feature. 

What is recurring blog content?

Recurring content is consistent content published on a regular schedule using a define structure. This content has the ability to form hooks that keep readers interested in coming back to your site for more of the same.

I’ve experimented over the years with many different types of regular recurring columns on various blogs, for example the Cool Tool feature which I post each Monday morning.

Why create recurring content?

Marketer Heidi Cohen outlines the following three advantages to creating consistent content.

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She goes on to outline the business value

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Before you introduce a regular feature to readers, it’s important to take some time to choose a topic that matches your content strategy and crucially won’t have you running out of ideas after a few weeks.  Ideally, your topic should be associated with your keyword phrases to support your organic search efforts.

Once you’ve decided on your topic, decide on the elements you will use to maintain consistency in the design and format of your content.  Choose the same day and time to publish so readers know to expect it at that time each week – this helps build an audience for your content.  To quote Cohen, “as the digital version of appointment media your audience depends on receiving your information at the same time every week. Over time, this builds share of audience attention.”

Finally, keep the format and design elements consistent.

Here are three types of recurring features to add to your content marketing.

1. Advice Column

Set aside one day a week to provide step-by-step instructions, or answer readers’ questions.

2. Interview Series

I ran an interview series, Social Spotlight, last year with healthcare thought leaders.  It followed a consistent question format, with some tailoring to the interviewee, and was a popular addition to my content calendar.

3. Weekly Round-Up Post

I run several weekly round-up style posts for client blogs focussed on their niche. I curate the most helpful, interesting and topical news from their industry and publish them in a blog post, usually on a Friday.  It’s always the most read content when I check the weekly blog stats.

Of course, your recurring content can live outside the written word. With the popularity of video, consider adding a regular vlog or even more popular, a Facebook Live recurring feature.

To sum up

Recurring posts of high value keeps your audience interested and coming back for more. By adding a regular recurring feature to your content marketing you give your audience something to look forward, while at the same time building a unique and recognisable element into your brand.

Here’s to your social media success!

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#ThursdayTip: How To Brainstorm Fresh Content Ideas

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to generate content ideas when you are running out of inspiration.

Next time you’re stuck for something to write about,  try brainstorming using a tool like HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator. It lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas that will exercise your writing muscles again.

Here are the suggestions generated for me when I input the terms “social media” and “marketing” into the tool.

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A similar tool to Hubspot, Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

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I also like to use Buzzsumo to find inspiration by searching which popular content is most shared right now on social media. These are the topics people want to read about so it’s worth brainstorming ideas around this content.

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In the example above, I entered “social media marketing” into the search box and discovered the most shared post is one detailing why email marketing is better than social media marketing. This led me to create a similar post right here on Medium 4 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is More Powerful Than Social Media.


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#ThursdayTip: How to Add GIFS to Your Tweets

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. This week I want to show you how to add GIFS to your tweets. 

Want to add variety to your tweets and help them stand out? Try adding GIFs.

Here’s how

From the Tweet compose box, click the GIF icon to search for and select a GIF from the GIF library.

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When you choose a GIF, the image will attach to your Tweet in full size.

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Click Tweet to post.

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Notes

  • GIF attachments do not count towards the character limit in a Tweet.
  • Animated GIFs can’t be included in Tweets with multiple images. You can send only one GIF in a Tweet.
  • Twitter supports looping GIFs. If your animated GIF doesn’t loop and plays a single time, it will display as a static image.
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#ThursdayTip: How To Save Searches on Twitter

Welcome to this week’s social media tip. Today I want you to show you how to save searches on Twitter.

1. Go to the Search tab 

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2. Enter your search into the search box.

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3. At the top of your results page, tap the three dots icon  and then tap Save. 

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4.Next time you tap the search box, a pop-up menu will display your Saved searches.

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5. To remove a search: Tap on delete saved search.ad759305-df08-40b2-a190-eea658880b6b

 Note: You may have up to 25 saved searches per account.

 

 

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#ThursdayTip: How To Optimise Your Social Media Profile

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip. If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands, why not take the opportunity to review your social media profiles. 

Your social media profile is the first place people will find you online so it’s important you make a good first impression. Check out this video quick tip to make your social media profile shine.

 

Here’s to your social media success!

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#ThursdayTip: How To Generate Fresh Content Ideas In 30 Seconds.. Or Less

Welcome to this week’s quick social media tip.

Today I want to share a tip with you for generating content ideas in under a minute using two similar tools. Use these tools as inspiration for topics you could write about.

1.  HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator tool lets you input up to three different nouns and returns five blog topic ideas for you

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2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator allows you to generate content ideas with just one keyword. Be prepared that the tool can throw up some quirky suggestions, but don’t let that put you off. Keep playing around with it until you find one you can work with. I also really like how it shows you best practice tips, such as using metaphors in your writing.

Sometimes all you need is a little spark to get your creativity flowing again, and these tools may just the thing to get your creative juices flowing again.

Here’s to your social media success!

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#ThursdayTip: How To Find The Best Keywords For Your Website

Welcome to this week’s social media tip. Today I want you to think about choosing the best keywords to rank higher on search engines. 

93% of online experiences begin with a search engine.

It makes search the second biggest online activity, after email.

If you want your website to rank higher in Google you have to make sure that you’re using the right keywords. Keyword research is vital because identifying the terms people are searching for will determine the kind of content you create and the way you will optimize it.

One of the biggest mistakes I come across is trying to rank for generic keywords with a high search volume.

Instead, try long tail keywords.  50% of search queries are four words or longer.

Long tail keywords are keywords or key phrases that are more specific — and usually longer — than more commonly searched for keywords. They get less search traffic, but will usually have a higher conversion value, as they are more specific.

Long tail keywords allow you gradually to get more traffic and to be found by new and motivated audiences.

Here is an example of a list of long-tail keywords based on the keyword “pdf”

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How to figure out what your target keywords or phrases should be.

 

I’m borrowing this from PR consultant Gini Dietrich‘s playbook so you may need to adapt it to your own business.

  • Write down all of the questions you are asked in new business, or sales, meetings.
  • Write down all of the questions your customer service department is asked.
  • Go to your website or your internal server/Dropbox/Google Drive and grab your most recent frequently asked questions sheet.
  • Go into your sent mail and scroll through to see what kinds of questions your clients are asking you that you’re writing long answers to … everyday. Write those down.

Now you have a nice list of content as a starting point. If you are being asked these questions, this is what people are also searching. And, if you have the answers and you’re the best suited to provide the solutions, they should be finding you when they search these things.

I use the following tools to help me find long tail keywords.

1. Google Adwords Keyword Planner 

This is a free Google tool that gives you insight into the volume of monthly searches for a particular keyword, and how much competition there is, based on advertising spend for sponsored links. It also returns suggested terms you could use instead or alongside your original keyword.

You will need to sign up for an Adwords account with a Gmail account but you don’t have to add any credit card details or create any ads to use the tool.

Pro Tip! Use Google Related Searches

Google displays related search results at the bottom of the first page when you type in your Google search query. This is a super-helpful resource as it returns ideas that are relevant to your topic based on user interest and contextual words.

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2. Keywords Everywhere

I’ve installed this tool as a Chrome extension and I find it super helpful. It returns a host of long-tail phrases based on what people are searching for using specific keywords.

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There are other long-tail keyword tools out there which you also might like to try – including Keyword Clarity (a free keyword grouping tool that makes it easy to identify keyword clusters) Answer The Public (an automated autocomplete tool that will populate relevant topics based on your search), and KWFinder.

Further Reading  How to move from keyword research to intent research

 

 

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#ThursdayTip: How To Create Twitter Lists

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip.  This week I want to show you how to create Twitter lists.

Twitter Lists are essentially filtered timelines and it’s one of the most effective and simple ways to get a handle on your Twitter engagement.

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 

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