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Sample - How To Post

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INTRODUCTION:

Your “how to” blog post should teach the reader how to do something by breaking it down into a series of steps.

Begin your blog post by explaining what problem you are going to solve through your explanation and be sure to include any relevant keywords. Add in a personal story to establish your credibility on this topic. And make sure to end your blog post with a summary of what your reader will gain by following your lead.

Need some inspiration? Check out these "How-To" examples from the HubSpot blog:

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Top Apps for Facebook Contests

Posted by JP Lemoine

If you actively follow brand Pages on Facebook, chances are you’ve already come across a contest or two. You may have also noticed that these contests garner a lot of attention, effectively engage fans, and even help to attract new customers. That’s why companies love hosting Facebook contests just as much as fans love entering them.

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Tags: Facebook Contest, Social Media, Facebook

Should You Be Creating Instagram Videos for Business?

Posted by Allison Semancik

On our constant quest to create more content to share with the world, things have been getting more and more visual. Pinterest and Instagram have made photos more shareable, while YouTube and Vine give users the chance to add video to their content arsenal.

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Tags: Instagram for Business, Video Marketing

Twitter Image Size Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by JP Lemoine

On the surface, Twitter seems like an extraordinarily simple site. But, as any frequent member will tell you, there’s plenty more to it than sending bite-sized text messages. If you really want to get the most out of Twitter, you should start with an effective profile page that takes advantage of the header and background space to display compelling images related to your brand.

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Tags: Social Media, Infographic, Twitter

Getting Started with Facebook Hashtags

Posted by Allison Semancik

Hashtags are finally available on Facebook, something that has been commonplace on most other social media networks including Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. If you’re a fan of these other social media networks, then you’re quite accustomed to seeing and probably using hashtags. In fact, you might have used them on Facebook in the past, but they weren’t clickable.

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Tags: Facebook for Business, Facebook Hashtags, Facebook Marketing Ideas

Social Media: The New Publicist for Movies

Posted by Allison Semancik

The following is a guest blog post from Emma-Julie Fox of Pitstop Media, Inc.

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Tags: Social Media, Marketing

Pinterest Image Size Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by JP Lemoine

If you’ve kept up with our past blog posts, you probably already know Idea Sprouts loves Pinterest. Increased website traffic, more links to our site, and tons of creative ways to showcase our work are just a few of the reasons we’re so excited about the photo-sharing social media site, and why your business should be on the site too.

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Tags: Social Media, Pinterest, Pinterest Image Size

8 Mobile Apps That Will Make You A Better Marketer

Posted by JP Lemoine

You may have already noticed that online marketing is an always-on type of job. The world doesn’t stop tweeting during lunch hours, and when you go on vacation, the emails and Facebook messages tend stack up even higher. But, the thoughts and questions of your growing fan base don’t need to take a pause just because you’re away from your computer. With a few, powerful mobile apps, you can take your online marketing to the next level and be ready to address any issue at a moment’s notice.

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Tags: Social Media, Online Marketing, Apps

How to Create Facebook Marketing Goals and Achieve Them

Posted by Allison Semancik
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Tags: Facebook for Business, Facebook Marketing Goals

Pinterest Success Story: 28% of Our Social Media Leads via Pinterest

Posted by Allison Semancik

I’ve written before about how Pinterest is a viable social media network for your business and I’ve even given you 5 reasons why your business should be using Pinterest.

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Tags: Pinterest Success, Pinterest for Business, Pinterest