I’ve ben fixated on the video streaming service Periscope the past few weeks. I wrote about Periscope on my personal blog, but today I want to talk about the genesis of Periscope and what your business can learn from it.
We’re fascinated with and big fans of Pinterest. The irony is that it’s the least effective arrow in our quiver. That’s why I’m making a Pinterest pledge. Here’s what I’ll do and I hope you’ll take the pledge with me.
If marketing your business “these days”, especially in an Internet world, seems overwhelming or confusing… if you’re not sure where to start or if you’ve started but aren’t sure where to go… if you’ve spent money or time (or both) for little results…
It might be time to realign your thinking about marketing altogether. Here are a few things you may have been conditioned to believe about social marketing – some misconceptions and misperceptions that will do nothing but stand in the way of engaging in productive, lead-generating marketing.
Should I have a Facebook page? Is my audience on Twitter? Do I have time to invest in social marketing? Why am I doing this?
Those are all great questions but they’re not the questions I’m talking about today. The questions I’m talking about today are even tougher than that and have a lot more to do with your business approach and philosophy than with the mechanics of marketing. They may keep you up at night for a little while but if you can get to the bottom of them you’ll have more fun and do better business.
Today I’m going to tell you why content curation as a social marketing strategy is silly, fruitless and something you should stop doing immediately. And if you just read that sentence and immediately thought, “But….” then this is for you.
Join me in the land of lead generation and practical marketing tactics. Here’s why there’s no home for curation there.
There are two ways that marketing costs you money. One is in the actual costs that you pay out – to vendors and agencies, for tools and subscriptions to support your marketing. And the second is by spending time – or paying other people to spend their time – doing things called “social media marketing” that aren’t contributing in any way to your bottom line.
That thing you’re calling “social media marketing” may just be another line item in the expense column and if you’re ok with that, if you’re using social media just for fun and diversion, then you can skip this article. But if you actually want to make money marketing instead of just spend money doing it, read on.
Today we talk to Aaron Wood, a graphic designer most recognized online for his social media and pop culture propaganda posters. We’re big Aaron fans if you can judge by the number of his posters that line our office walls. Aaron’s story is unusual but the lessons we learned can be applied to any business. They include things like “be nice” and “make friends”.
Enjoy our conversation and if you love his artwork as much as we do, enter our giveaway to win one of his propaganda posters. Winners will be chosen on Friday December 12th so hurry and enter now!
Today we welcome Bryan Kramer to our podcast and we’re admittedly superfans so we felt kind of shy and giddy and elated all at once. We had a fun and enlightening conversation about what it really means to be social online, why you need to bring the joy and plenty more to inspire you.
And if you haven’t entered to win an autographed copy of his book “H2H” and you’d like a chance, reply to this email and let me know. We’re picking the 5 winners on Friday December 5th!
Wouldn’t it be better if your social marketing was both?
We rarely talk tools but today I want to share one with you that has some nifty features that I’ve used to make my own social marketing faster and easier.
It’s called MavSocial and it lets you buy, store, edit, schedule and share photos, audio and video from one account. If it sounds like Hootsuite or Buffer that’s because of the scheduling part. But wait until you find out about some of the other tricks up its sleeve.
If this sounds useful to you there is a free account you can sign up for, no credit card required. I’ve enjoyed this tool and I hope you do too.
Modern marketing wisdom goes something like this:
If you want to be successful at social marketing then you need to share other people’s content 80% of the time and your own content 20% of the time.
I don’t know what the source of this dumb advice is but I would very much like to know who decided that this was the magic ratio and why it’s repeated as marketing gospel.
Here’s why content curation is not doing you any favors… and some practical, actionable ideas you can try instead.