5 Key Elements of Effective Social Selling – and How to Implement Them in Your Approach

5 Key Elements of Effective Social Selling – and How to Implement Them in Your Approach

Does your sales process have to drastically change to implement social selling? Not a chance. Social selling requires a few tweaks to your daily routine in order to better align yourself with the new buyer’s behavior. These tweaks will be like putting high-octane fuel in your race car. Here are a few of the concepts and terms you’ll hear among social selling circles. By understanding these elements, you’ll be able to strategize for them, and add them into your sales funnel, thereby applying social selling principles to your existing process. Consider how these elements could add to your existing sales process: Social Proximity This refers to using your social connections, […]

Instagram Will Begin Hiding Total Like Counts for US Users from Next Week

Instagram Will Begin Hiding Total Like Counts for US Users from Next Week

Get ready for the next big shift at Instagram. On Friday, at the WIRED25 Conference in San Francisco, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced that the platform will be extending its test of hiding total like counts to users in the US. “Not the whole US at once, but just some of you,” Mosseri told the audience. “Are you into this idea? Yeah?” Mosseri then queried. Instagram’s hidden like counts test has sparked much debate in the social media industry, with some seeing it as a major win for platform health, and others questioning the impacts it will have on engagement, influencer marketing, etc. The initial test was launched in Canada […]

10 Tips to Create a Winning Social Media Strategy [Infographic]

10 Tips to Create a Winning Social Media Strategy [Infographic]

Published Nov. 9, 2019 Are you about to embark on a social media campaign for your business? Want to know how to implement a successful social media marketing strategy? The team from ifour share their steps to success in this infographic. Here’s a quick summary: Set your benchmarks Know your audience Choose your channels Consider a manager Plan your approach Create your library Start talking Be opinionated Get reactive Tap into your team Check out the infographic for more detail. A version of this post was first published on the Red Website Design blog. Filed Under: Digital Strategy Social Marketing

Twitter’s Testing a New Option Which Would Enable You to Switch Accounts in Tweet Replies

Twitter’s Testing a New Option Which Would Enable You to Switch Accounts in Tweet Replies

Twitter is testing out a new option which would enable you to switch accounts within the tweet reply process, making it easier to manage multiple account interactions on the go. Spotted by user Renz Bernardo (and shared by social media expert Matt Navarra), the option could help those who manage multiple accounts to not only keep tabs on relevant mentions and activity (by, say, following their other accounts from their personal profile), but also to action the same at any time. Some users have noted that the functionality has been available to them for some time, while others are not seeing it. We don’t have any word on who, exactly, […]

YouTube Shopping Ads, Bing Link Penalties, Influencer Endorsements & More News [PODCAST] via @shepzirnheld

YouTube Shopping Ads, Bing Link Penalties, Influencer Endorsements & More News [PODCAST] via @shepzirnheld

ADVERTISEMENT Catch up on this week’s episode of Marketing O’Clock, part of the Search Engine Journal Podcast Network. Greg Finn and Christine “Shep” Zirnheld are covering the digital marketing news you’ve been talking about all week and the stories you may have missed. YouTube Placement for Shopping Ads Joy to the world! A new shopping ad placement has been gifted to advertisers just in time for the holiday season. Shep tells you how to ensure your ads are eligible to show in YouTube search and home feeds. Bing Announces New Spam Penalties Greg tells us what types of sites will be affected by the changes, breaking it down in layman’s […]

25 Social Media Campaign Ideas to Try in 2019

25 Social Media Campaign Ideas to Try in 2019

The summer before my sophomore year in college, I was scrolling through Facebook when I saw my friend dump a bucket of ice water on herself. When I read the status update, I realized she was doing the Ice Bucket Challenge in an effort to promote awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease. This was in 2014 when the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral and raised $220 million worldwide. That’s what a successful social media campaign looks like. As a marketer, paying attention to these social media campaigns is important, especially since 45% of the world population is active on social media. Although every social media campaign can’t reach the […]

How to recognize a lost cause in SEO projects and request for proposals (RFPs)

How to recognize a lost cause in SEO projects and request for proposals (RFPs)

Like many of my search colleagues, I genuinely enjoy seeing my search engine optimization (SEO) projects succeed. I like seeing client sites in Position Zero. I like seeing client listings in the People Also Ask section of a search engine results page (SERP). I especially like seeing top search listings with rich snippets − such as recipes – because I know how technically challenging they can be. Even a second-page listing pleases me. People often feel that not being on the first page of search results is a bad thing. I don’t. Reason? I’ve seen plenty of sites get great conversions with listings on the second page of search results. […]

SEO Keyword Research: 13 of the Biggest Mistakes You MUST Avoid via @Carolyn_Lyden

SEO Keyword Research: 13 of the Biggest Mistakes You MUST Avoid via @Carolyn_Lyden

Keyword research is an integral part of any SEO marketer’s job. But according to a study compiled a few years back, few people actually love keyword research. Keyword research was ranked as one of the top three most difficult tasks by SEO professionals (behind link building and content creation). That might be because 66% of us perform our keyword research in-house as opposed to finding a specialist or outsourcing it. Keyword research can also be a daunting task – as almost 44% of us only do it when we have to. It makes sense. When you do your keyword research sparsely, it can feel like a huge project, and there […]

How to Use Paid Search Insights to Optimize Other Marketing Channels via @cchaitanya

How to Use Paid Search Insights to Optimize Other Marketing Channels via @cchaitanya

In this day and age, when data and analytics have an increasing influence over organizational decision-making, there’s no excuse for being in the dark on who your target audience is and what exactly they want. The growth of technology over the last decade has empowered marketers to collect and leverage massive amounts of data across the varying stages of their buying cycle. The times of blanket mass broadcasting have long disappeared. Sophisticated tools are now paving the way for marketers to reach wide audiences with pinpoint precision. You no longer have to guess the demographics of your audience. Instead, you can build accurate and relevant strategies just by following the […]