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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.