The blowback on Instagram changing their service agreement is a wake up call for brands and marketers. Don’t anchor your brand on any one social network. They’re not there for you, they’re there for themselves. The destination of your brand is your website.
A question I get all the time, “How do I monetize a social media community?” There are 4 primary ways to monetize an online community: advertising and sponsorship, affiliate marketing, events and experiences, and loyalty programs.
When it comes to actions, pictures engage us far more effectively than text. In seconds a picture can tell a story, convey meaning and engage our emotions. Speed is important. The faster we react, the more likely we’ll act.
If you value your personal brand, value your bio photo. It's your logo. Glamor shots, wedding photos or pictures taken on vacation just won't cut it. They don’t demonstrate credibility, and build your brand.
Social Media Marketing: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Social media marketing is very different from other marketing platforms. Traditionally marketing is campaign driven—a tradeshow, an ad, a promotion or an event. Each of these activities has a clear beginning, middle and end. Social media on the other hand is endless. It's a marathon.
The growth of the Internet has proven to be a double-edged sword for many companies. For all the positive influences the Internet, social media and mobile technologies provide companies, they also make marketing far more complicated. The sword cuts both ways. Some companies are making huge strides with social media and digital marketing, while others are finding little to no benefit to the tools. So what does this mean?
Nobody Likes To Dance Alone: How to grow a social media community [ebook]
Growing a social media group is one of the most effective ways to scale your brand and your network. Whether you choose a LinkedIn Group, a Facebook Page or another network, creating a vibrant social media community is immensely powerful. The challenge is how to get the group off the ground.
Sales is based on relationships. Your customers won’t buy from you unless they like you, trust you and find you credible. But the challenge is relationship building is time consuming. Community building changes this dynamic, and enables you to scale your network far beyond traditional means.