Top Tools for Automating and Accelerating Your Social Media

Top Tools for Automating and Accelerating Your Social Media Marketing Campaign
Social media marketing can take a lot of time and effort. Especially when you recognize the sheer number of different social sites out there and the importance of treating each one differently.
Thankfully though, there are also a number of tools out there that can save you time and that can even automate some aspects of the process. None of these tools are completely essential to succeed on social networks but any of them can help you to get better results from less work and as such should certainly be considered.
IFTTT
IFTTT stands for ‘If This, Then That’ and is a very powerful app for social media marketing. This essentially allows you to set up ‘If, Then’ statements between different social media accounts, web apps and even hardware.
So for instance you could say ‘IF someone posts X onto Facebook, THEN share it to Twitter’. That’s a very simplistic example however. More creative uses could include updating Twitter with your physiological data using the UP fitness tracker, or perhaps you’d like to save all of your Instagram pictures to DropBox? The sky is the limit here, so be creative and think about how you can enhance your social media campaign with this tool.
Rapportive
Rapportive is a social media tool specifically for LinkedIn. It’s also one of the most powerful and useful tools on the web for digital marketers.
Essentially, what this does is to allow you to see the LinkedIn account of anyone who sends you an e-mail through Gmail. In turn, this then means that you can add them to your connections with a single click, or just get more information about the person you’re talking to online. This is incredibly useful for marketers who attend networking events – it lets you turn an e-mail address into a LinkedIn contact.
Buffer
Buffer is another very useful tool. This one lets you schedule posts to various social media accounts. So you can create potentially thousands of Tweets or status updates in one sitting and then have them post on a regular basis.
The great thing about this, is that it means your profile never looks ‘dead’ and completely quiet. What’s more, it lets you save considerable time.
FollowerWonk
Arguably more important than the number of followers you have, is how influential and how engaged those followers are. FollowerWonk allows you to see which followers are your most valuable as well as other data – such as when they’re most active.

Mapping Out Your Social Networking Goals

Mapping Out Your Social Networking Goals
When setting out to achieve anything as a marketer, it is always important to have some set goals. These will not only point you in the right direction but will also outline your trajectory allowing you to look at the small steps you need to take to get where you need to be. What’s more, they also allow you to measure your progress and to see what’s working and what isn’t.
So how do you go about setting goals as a social media marketer? Let’s break it down…
Numbers
One of the simplest and most straightforward ways to look at your success in social media is to measure the number of followers/subscribers you have. Over time, if you are posting content that people enjoy and if you are marketing yourself well, you should find people signing up and getting involved.
While this is the most obvious figure to concentrate on though, it can also be a mistake. As we’ll see below, there are other factors that can provide more useful goals.
Engagement
But numbers alone don’t paint a complete picture of your success. In fact, it’s possible to buy several thousand followers for a relatively low sum but what you’ll find is that this doesn’t do much for you as those followers won’t be engaging with your content.
Engagement means that people are responding to your posts, that they are PMing you, that they are liking/favoriting your comments etc. In turn, this shows that they’re actually finding what you’re sharing interesting and that makes them much more likely to buy the products you recommend or to share your posts with their own network.
You can usually see your engagement by looking at your stats/analytics. Consider that it’s better to have a few highly engaged users than it is to have thousands of unengaged users – concentrate on this number!
Sales
If you were only to focus on one thing as a marketer, this would likely be the number you’d want to pay attention to. The number of sales you get will of course be a result of your followers and engagement and ultimately this is what those things will be serving: your profit.
If you want to keep things simple by looking at just one thing to drive up, this is the number to look at. Bear in mind though, that short-term sales won’t always mean long term sales, which is why it’s normally better to look at a combination of factors.

How to Write Posts That Will Get Read and Shared

How to Write Posts That Will Get Read and Shared
Social media marketing and content marketing go hand-in-hand. In fact, a lot of your social media efforts will likely boil down to creating blog posts and articles and then sharing those with your audience.
However, in order for your content to get read and shared, you need to ensure that you are approaching it in the right way and that you have the right idea about what works on Facebook and Twitter and what doesn’t.
And by ‘working’, what we really mean is that you’re creating content that will get shared and that will get read.
Let’s take a look at how you go about doing this:
The Importance of Uniqueness
Companies that have no clue about social media will create content that is derivative and dull. How many times have you seen articles on ‘How to Get Abs’? Or on ‘How to Pick Up Women’? These are things that everyone wants to achieve but the articles are written in a way that is highly generic and that doesn’t seem to offer anything new.
On the other hand, you have those ‘clickbait’ articles that go the other way. They are either incredibly hyperbolic, or they create some kind of mystery so that people will be tempted to click. They might be ‘The One Amazing Trick That Will Give You INCREDIBLE Abs Overnight’ or ‘You’ll NEVER Believe the One Herb That Men Are Using to Get Women Into Bed!’. These titles work because they grab attention and offer something completely new… but rarely does the actual content deliver on its promise.
Instead then, try to use the same strategy while actually offering something good. How about: ‘How Cardio Acceleration Burns 73% More Fat’ or ‘How Expert Pick Up Artists Apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy To Amazing Effect‘. These articles include technical sounding terms that people haven’t heard of and that suggests something new – thus making them likely to click. At the same time though, these are actual meaty subjects that you can write about and deliver on your promise with.
Your Reader ‘Persona’
At the same time, always have in mind your ‘reader persona’. This is a fictional profile of the type of person your content is aimed at. If you get this right, then there should be a certain section of your audience for whom the content is perfect. This makes them far more likely to share as a way to express themselves – because your content reflects their personality – and it means that their friends are more likely to share it with them, knowing that they’re like it.
Remember that at its core, social media is a communication tool. If your content facilitates communication and expression, then it will succeed!