Idea Sprouts Online Marketing Blog

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

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

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

5 Things You Can Do With Facebook’s New Cover Photo Rules

Posted by JP Lemoine

When Facebook launched Timeline in February 2012, users weren’t allowed many liberties when it came to creating their own cover photos. Now, however, Facebook has loosened up its policies to permit things like calls to action, product promotions, and contact information.

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Tags: Facebook for Business, Social Media, Facebook, Facebook Cover Photos

Take 30 Seconds to Protect Your Social Media Reputation

Posted by Allison Semancik

One of the best things about social media is that it allows us to connect with so many people, very quickly. We can share something on Facebook, Twitter or Google + and have it seen by lots of eyeballs.

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Tags: Social Media, Social Media Reputation, Social Media for Business

How Social Media Would Have Helped My Miami Heat T-Shirt Business

Posted by Allison Semancik

I have a little story to share with you.  Like most entrepreneurs, I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so my online marketing agency is not the first of my business ventures.  I once ventured into something completely different. 

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Tags: Social Media, Social Media for Business, Social Media Marketing

5 Social Websites Where You Can Share Your Business Knowledge

Posted by Allison Semancik

So you already have a Facebook page for your business and you have been diligently tweeting.  Now it's time to step it up a bit and get even more social.  Social sites that allow users to ask and answer questions are a great way to expand your social network.

On social Q & A websites, you have an opportunity to share your unique knowledge.  Benefits of answering questions on these sites helps:

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Tags: Social Media, Social Networking

My Favorite Online Marketing Tools

Posted by Allison Semancik
You've probably heard of Oprah's Favorite Things.  Every year, she picks her favorite products and announces them to the world on her show.  All of the lucky attendees  of the show get every one of Oprah's Favorite Things (like iPads, diamond jewelry and even a car!) and they all cry and jump for joy.   If you watch the episode, you're usually green with envy, which I am every time I see it.  

But this year, in addition to feeling envious, I had an idea.  What about presenting my Favorite Online Marketing Tools to my blog readers?  As a bonus, each of my favorite tools is free, so you can all have one without paying a cent!

So in the spirit of Oprah's Favorite Things, I present my Favorite Free Online Marketing Tools.

1. HootSuite

Since I manage multiple Twitter accounts and Facebook business pages, HootSuite is my go-to tool to manage my social media accounts.  I use it on my PC, iPad and Android phone (also available for iPhone and Blackberry).    

They recently switched from an all-free account and now have a free, more limited account or you can pay a monthly fee for more bells and whistles.  I think most people will find that the free account is sufficient.

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Tags: Social Media, Online Marketing Tools