Posted in Thursday Tip

#ThursdayTip: How To Embed Tweets On Your Website

Welcome to this week’s social media quick tip. 

When it comes to writing, I’m a big fan of crowdsourcing quotes and ideas via Twitter. I then like to take those tweets and embed them directly into an article or blog post I’ve written.

What is an embedded Tweet?

An embedded Tweet includes the Tweet itself, plus any media content such as photo or video.  Here’s an example of a Medium article I published today containing several embedded Tweets.

How to embed a Tweet

Embedding a Tweet on your website or blog is a really simple process because Twitter auto-generates the required embed code. All you have to do is copy and paste the code and add it to your site.

Here’s how

1. Select the tweet you want to embed:

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2. Click on the down arrow icon [v]. Select Embed Tweet from the drop-down list.

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3. Copy the HTML code from the pop-up screen. If you only wish to include the Tweet without any media (photos, GIFs, videos)  displayed alongside the Tweet. then uncheck Include media to hide media.

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4. Paste the code into your blog or website.

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And voilà you’re done!

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Embedding tweets is a super way to add variety to your content and bring fresh perspectives and credibility to your writing.

Give it a go this week – and do let me know how it works out for you.

Here’s to your social media success!

 

 

 

Posted in Thursday Tip

#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

 

 

Posted in #HCSM, SlideShare

The Shape We’re In: Social Media and Social Media Marketing in the Second Half of 2012

Key Takeaways

Consumer behavior is changing and social media is becoming increasingly relevant for individuals and organizations.

As the social media landscape expands and evolves, Facebook maintains its leadership despite IPO pains and mobile weakness.

Twitter at #2 is becoming a curator and potential media company while Google+ is becoming Google’s SoLoMo layer.

Newer players differentiate and create niches of their own, or seek exits. Despite the “success” of social media, public market investors are skeptical but social media’s impact on human behavior is undeniable.

Mobile is becoming the “first screen,” SoLoMo is growing in adoption, influence and importance and the SMMS industry is consolidating. Social media, and social advertising, is no longer a playground but a priority for major brands.

While marketers continue to experiment, efforts are much more strategic and studies are starting to show connections between leveraging social paid, promoted, owned and earned media, and changes in purchase intent. Ultimately, the social media opportunity lies in enhanced customer experiences.

Note: This  presentation is a 2012 mid-year update to the original “State of Social” presentation by Esteban Contreras.