Take-aways from the 2017 Social Media Marketing Industry Report

Everyone has their own non-Christmas version of Christmas. Mine is when the 2017 Social Media Marketing Industry Report comes out. Geeky? Most definitely. But since my background is in market research, social media and small business consulting, this report is just my thing. The report highlights where other marketers are focused in managing their social media and where they plan … Read More

What Social Media Marketing Trends Your Business Should Follow

Social media marketing trends

We all know social media marketing is in constant flux. What works one day, might not the next based on the latest trends and the whims of changing algorithms. We had several progressive speakers at Social Media Marketing World that covered some changing trends, including Social Media Examiner’s own Mike Stelzner. Here are 4 trends that matter to your small … Read More

Behind the Scenes at #SMMW17

Every year around this time I write a blog post with my top take-aways and lessons learned from Social Media Marketing World, but this year it’s a bit different. In the past, I’ve always been an attendee or volunteer for this mammoth marketing conference that draws 3,000+ people. This year I was part of the staff that organized the event. … Read More

5 Sweet Tools for Visual Content Creation That You Will Love

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Instagram is one of the fastest growing visual content social media platforms, and it’s easy to see why: it’s just plain fun and entertaining. Instagram lets you create and share a digital scrapbook of your experiences. Your visual story can be as funky, artful, playful or serious as you want it to be. Like paging through a real magazine (remember … Read More

Run Social Media Contests and Sweepstakes for the Holidays with These 8 Simple Steps

Social media contests and sweepstakes

  Running social media contests and sweepstakes is a fun way to boost your social media engagement and brand awareness during the holidays, while also providing entertainment. It’s important to remember that people are on Facebook for community and connection and not for blatant advertising. If done correctly, your contest or sweepstakes can provide something fun for Facebook fans and … Read More

Big Brand Social Media Tactics that Small Businesses Can Use

Big brand social media tactics small businesses can use

We all know that big brands and businesses have oodles of money to spend on fancy social media marketing campaigns. But many of the tactics they use are just as easy for small businesses to implement. Here are a few of my favorite social media tactics from larger brands. I include these in my book “The Social Media Cookbook” which is … Read More

7 Super Last Minute Holiday Promotions for the 4th of July

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Do you find that holiday related promotions sneak up on you or even worse, pass you by? Annual celebrations and holidays such as the 4th of July are a quick and easy way to remind your customers and potential customers that you appreciate them. In addition, it gives you a chance to have a memorable interaction with them – online or … Read More

What I learned at Social Media Marketing World (#SMMW)

Social Media Marketing World

Once again, I spent an exciting week in San Diego at this year’s SMMW learning about the most up-to-date tools and trends in social media marketing. In case you don’t know, SMMW is the premier social media marketing conference in the industry, and draws people literally from all over the world. The speaker line-up was stellar with up to 10 … Read More

Instagram Advertising – How to Get Started

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With over 400 million users, it’s no surprise that Instagram is generating curiosity from businesses, and if you have a visual product, you should be curious too. I recently ran a Facebook vs Instagram Advertising Challenge that produced surprising results.  I ran the same ad on both platforms, targeting the same audience, and running it on the same days, for the … Read More