Social Media Marketing Tips, Articles and Resources
Social Media is a very significant aspect of online marketing, given that more and more people are utilizing different social platforms. It has been a efficient channel for driving traffic, as most of social-driven visitors tend to consume web-based content more compared to other inbound channels.
You can check out more of my social media marketing tips and strategies below, in which most are focused on integrating social-related methodologies to other forms of online marketing, such as SEO, link building and content marketing.
Inbound.org is a newly launched community-based content sharing website – created by two of the most renowned thought leaders in the field of inbound marketing, Rand Fishkin (Founder of SEOmoz) and Dharmesh Shah (Founder of Hubspot).
It’s a very promising community, basing from the reception it gained from active online marketers worldwide (getting 10,000+ visits on the second day of its launch – and on a weekend), considering it as a new home of the best educational web-based materials in the industry.
I have been writing a lot about online branding for the past several months, seeing that this practice is being more relevant and significant to the changes that search engine algorithms have been continuously implementing to serve better results to their users (particularly in developing new signals for new ranking factors and algorithmic changes such as Panda and Search plus your world).
Apparently, the more search engines evolve, is the more all the available known channels for online marketing become a single component of an entire strategy, making integration the most efficient way to drive visitors, build a solid brand, generate sales to your business and to withstand any imminent/drastic game-changers.
It’s no secret that social media based contests are a sure fire way to gain brand exposure, social followers and links. There are many ways to go about executing your contest so I thought I might go over some ideas and tips that have worked wonders for clients in the past. I’ll be getting into everything from which social platforms work the best, tools to help you out and how to score links all over the place during the process.
I’m pretty excited to be writing about this topic mainly for one reason. Building a strong social follower base is key to a brand’s survival. Why? Well, it scares me to think how many businesses rely mostly on Google’s organic traffic for business and just how much a strong social following is contributing to organic rankings.
When Google announced last week that they’ll be starting to roll out Search Plus your World, it became more evident that search is shifting towards a simpler way of retrieving data for their users by merging personalized search and social search on their result pages for logged-in users (including relevant Google+ pages).
This sudden – but already foreseen – move from Google is definitely going to make massive changes on how businesses should market themselves, as this is certain to affect traditional online marketing methodologies.
Social linking has been one of the most significant and realistic indicators of how credible, useful and/or authoritative a content is these past few years, helping search engines identify high quality pages over the web, and to the extent of somehow improving their search results.
With different social platforms being widely used by people worldwide, link building seems to be much easier than before, especially in reaching out and engaging your link targets.
In 1998, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin received funding from Andy Bechtolsheim, no one really expected for Google to grow or to be as big as it is now. And perhaps, not one person expected for it to create massive job as well as business opportunities for people worldwide, which is now one of the most competitive and in-demand industries in the web space – Search Engine Optimization.
People have speculated enough – for over a decade of its presence – that the industry is predestined to die (particularly on every year-end posts/articles predicting that next year, SEO will be dead, I guess most of you have seen this statement a lot). Seeing that SEO is still continuously evolving, we all might not see its end anytime soon.
Last Saturday, October 29, 2011, I presented about Viral Content Marketing at Mastering Online Ranking Conference. MORCon is one of the most awaited yearly SEO conferences in the country, as several of the country’s top-gun SEOs unite to share their knowledge (and some of their secrets) about the online marketing industry to our small local community of Internet professionals.
I was lucky to be invited to present at this event and definitely fortunate to receive a lot of positive feedbacks about my presentation, seeing that it was my first ever speaking gig. My slides from MORCon are below, and I might also upload a video of my presentation (though it’s in Filipino) in the coming weeks. Any questions about the presentation, you can drop a comment below.
Developing infographics or data visualizations has been one of the most efficient ways to market websites in the age of social media, as this method is capable of grabbing attention – probably on any niche – through visual attraction and the substantiality of the information that these design-driven contents contain.
This powerful approach to online marketing can also benefit a site’s campaign in ways such as sending out massive brand signals (by simply including the brand’s logo within the infograph), attracting natural links that are usually drawn through the quality, linkability and shareability of the content, in generating leads as the data conceptualized, structured and presented through the infographic can greatly exemplify the brand’s expertise in the field, and in building the site’s social authority, knowing that this method is capable of getting massive social shares on various social networks – especially if the content is well-crafted and promoted effectively.