How to Avoid Social Media Overwhelm for Your Business

HowToAvoidSocialMediaOverwhelmBusiness owners and marketing professionals face a constant learning curve to keep current in the social media space. Many times we are in a constant state of overwhelm as we struggle to stay current with the latest changes. I am often asked, “How do you keep up social media that constantly changes and not get overwhelmed?”

Overwhelm happens when there is no plan. It is important to implement a strategic social media plan that integrates with your overall marketing plan. This will help manage priorities of what’s important and what can wait. A focus on goals, objectives and return on investment will put the time and effort in perspective.

A proactive, self-development education plan can be developed to use inbound marketing techniques that will bring the latest information to you. Since social media platforms will continue to evolve and change, it’s important to find the experts and resources who already devote considerable time and have amassed expertise in the various platforms over the years. They are usually the “go-to” people and/or blogs that will provide the latest changes and guidance in how to implement the latest updates to your social media sites.

To get started, create a list of experts and/or resources based on the platforms that you use for your business. Your social media plan will have already determined where your target audience “hangs out” in social media.

To get you started here is the list of experts and resources who I follow to help me stay current.

List of Social Media Experts

Facebook – Mari Smith

LinkedIn – Wayne Breitbarth

Google+ – Steven Hovnanian

Twitter – Mark Schaefer

Instagram – Sue B. Zimmerman

Pinterest  – Cynthia Sanchez

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The Tonight Show and the Second Screen: What Will Jimmy Fallon Do Next?

The Tonight Show and the Second Screen: What Will Jimmy Fallon Do Next?

If you are a “late night” fanatic, you probably watched the last Tonight Show that Jay Leno hosted and are anticipating Jimmy Fallon taking over the helm. If you are a Fallon fan and have already been watching his show, you are most likely already engaging with him on his many social media channels.

During the transition between the hosts, Fallon has been actively talking to his audience through social media. The “Ask Jimmy” segment has him answering fans questions, especially what they can expect on the new “Tonight Show.” Fallon has said he will continue his “Hashtag Game” where he asks his Twitter followers to submit their tweets about a topic he selects, and he reads his favorites on the air.

Many people think the “hashtag” is a joke that was made popular during the skit Fallon did with Justin Timberlake.

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How to Update Your Social Media in Less Than Two Hours a Week

How To Update Your Social Media in 2 Hours a WeekFeaturing a Guest Post by Melissa Donnelly, Marketing Assistant, Elkay Corporate Advisors

Finding content and publishing status updates for social media can be perceived as very time-consuming. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your time on social media more efficient and organized. You may be able to spend less than two hours a week working on social media.

Plan Ahead

Start by considering what type of content you would like to share with your fans, followers and connections. Marty Weintraub and Lauren Litwinka, authors of The Complete Social Media Community Manager’s Guide, developed the 50/30/20 rule. According to this standard, 50% of your social media content should be shared industry news. Thirty percent of your updates should showcase personality. And finally, 20% of your posts should be specifically about your business.

Content Development Tools

An editorial calendar is the key to organizing your social media content. Developing a social media editorial calendar can be as simple as creating a spreadsheet with dates, times, pre-written posts, and any images or links you would like to include. Read more about how to create an editorial calendar for your social media in just three steps here.

Another useful tool that can help organize your content is Readability.com. It serves as a virtual place to save any articles that you have read and would like to share with your fans later. Just remember to use the original post for your links!

Time Management Tools

Hootsuite.com is a web-based social media scheduler. By signing up for an account through Hootsuite, you can link to many of your social media platforms and schedule posts in advance. Facebook also allows admins to schedule posts in advance by using the clock icon on the status update bar. Read more about scheduling posts in Facebook here.

By planning ahead and using these tools, you may be able to schedule as much as 80% of your social media updates in advance. The rest of your status updates, tweets and posts can be done “in real time”. A little organization and some helpful tools can make updating social media a much more efficient process.

 

7 Steps to Using Hashtags in Your Social Media Strategy

7 Steps To Using Hashtags in Your Social Media StrategyFacebook has finally joined the trend and now supports clickable hashtags. Now, if you are not a user of Twitter, Instagram or Google+, you might think “so what?” The game changer is that Facebook and its over one billion users have now joined the party. Hashtags have been used in the other social media platforms all along, but Facebook can expose your business and brand to an entirely new audience.

For the newbie, a hashtag is the use of the symbol (#) in front of a word, a phrase, or even a picture or video that makes the item findable as a searchable “tag”. It makes it incredibly easy to follow topics, trends, brands, conversations and so on. The Twitterverse has been using them for years, and they are especially useful for breaking news and Twitter’s version of chat called Tweetchat. Conferences and conventions have been using hashtags to aggregate their content for their events, and many advertisers and networks have exploited their use on TV or in print.

While Facebook hasn’t perfected its hashtag implementation (there are some glitches), it is significant enough for businesses to take notice. If your business hasn’t adopted its own hashtag and use of them in your content, now is the time to include them in your social media strategy.

7 Steps to Get Started

  1. Create a hashtag for your business name or brand. You will use this to tag content (status updates, pictures, videos) so your name is searchable. If you don’t use Twitter, you have more flexibility. (In Twitter, every character counts!) In the process of deciding your hashtag, research it first by doing searches in all the platforms to make sure it is not already in use. In my case, I use #ElkayAdvisors. Read More »

Podcast: Sell Yourself to Your LinkedIn Audience

Sell Yourself To Your LinkedIn AudienceAre you utilizing LinkedIn to its fullest potential? With so many changes to keep up with, 30 Minute Business Dig invited LinkedIn guru Wayne Breitbarth back to our Blog Talk Radio show to share the latest tips and tricks to using LinkedIn as a dynamic marketing tool.

During our podcast, Wayne answers questions about the newest features on the platform, how to use media and the professional gallery to differentiate your profile from the pack, and the importance of recommendations and endorsements. Click on the link to get a copy of his white paper referred to in the podcast, Don’t Whine About LinkedIn’s Changes, Capitalize on Them!

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