Are You A LinkedIn Super User? Make the Most of the Professional Social Network

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on May 30, 2013

With over 225 million users and more than 10 years in the social networking game, LinkedIn has grown from what was once considered a place to hunt for a new job (and not much more) to a community for professionals and businesses to talk shop, find new leads, connect and reconnect with colleagues, friends, and business partners.

So what are you doing to make the most of this professional landscape?

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Topics: Business, linkedin, social media, social media for business, social media marketing, Social Media for Small Business

Risky Business: How to Protect Your Social Media Presence

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on May 14, 2013

Social media has a love-hate relationship with risk. You’re encouraged and expected to take some risks by trying new content concepts, playing around with your posting schedule, and developing methods to elicit customer engagement. Being at the mercy of your customers, fans, and followers can be risky indeed – but it can also prove beneficial for your marketing, brand awareness, and customer service efforts.

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Topics: Business, business, facebook, linkedin, risk management, social media, Social Media for Small Business, twitter

What’s New in Social Media? May 7, 2013

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on May 7, 2013

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen lots of changes and new features across the social networks. Here’s a round-up to keep you up to speed:

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Topics: facebook, instagram, linkedin, news, pinterest, social media news, social media update, Social Media Updates, twitter

What's New in Social Media: March 29, 2013

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 29, 2013

We know the world of social media and online marketing can be a bit… fast. Slow down for a minute and get caught up on what’s been happening in the world of social.

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Topics: facebook, google+, google plus, linkedin, Social Media Updates, youtube

Finding Your Social Audience: A Treasure Map to Social Media Gold!

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 19, 2013

When it comes to building your social media audience, there's no reason you shouldn't go for the gold!

It’s not all luck – creating (and boosting) your fan base takes a lot of hard work – especially if you are just getting started with social media. We like to think of it as a treasure hunt, so we’re sharing a map of tips to help you take charge of your search for a successful, engaged social media audience. 

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Topics: 101, audience, blogs, Business, facebook, linkedin, social media, twitter

4 Ways to Measure Social Media ROI with Gremln

Posted by Clayton Smith on December 14, 2012

Now that 2012 is just about over, I can officially state, with all appropriate certainty, that the social media question I heard the most often this year was, “How do I determine social media ROI?” The main reason returns on social strategies are so important, of course, is that success (or the lack thereof) almost always determines budgets, and every now and then it even determines jobs. Which makes this a very important question indeed.

Some people will tell you that you can’t calculate social media ROI, but I respectfully disagree. Measuring social media ROI isn’t impossible…it just isn’t straightforward.

When you calculate return on a traditional financial investment, there’s a simple, straightforward calculation that allows you to quickly determine your return: ROI = (Gain from Investment – Cost of Investment) / Cost of Investment. The reason this formula is so straightforward is that all the variables are distinct. You know how much money you’ve invested, and you know how much money you’ve gained from that investment. Simple.

The reason social media returns aren’t quite so simple to calculate is because the variables aren’t as clear cut. What, exactly, have you invested? Employee salary? Graphic design costs? Social media software costs? Facebook ad expenditures? Product giveaways? Where do you draw the line between social media resources and everyday business expenses?

And how about that return? Ideally, of course, you’ll see an increase in revenue as a direct result of your social strategies, but that’s not the only type of positive return you can get. What about engagement? Social media is all about building communities of people who, when the time is right, will rally around your product or service…so high levels of engagement are important, aren’t they? And how about brand strength? If you can manage to move your Facebook likers from fans to brand loyalists, what’s the dollar value there? Certainly that’s a positive return. The same goes for customer service. If you use your social media as a customer service tool (and you should), isn’t customer satisfaction a positive return on that investment?

The problem isn’t that social ROI is impossible to calculate; the problem is that there are just too many ways to calculate it. In order to get an accurate return measurement, you’ll need to settle on the type of return you want to measure. Here are four suggestions on getting started, with a little help from Gremln:

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Topics: 101, brand, Business, business, campaign, dashboard, education, facebook, google+, google plus, gremlin, gremln, linkedin, Marketing, media, ROI, small business, social, social media, strategy, twitter

Social B2B Tips for the 3 Big Networks

Posted by Clayton Smith on December 10, 2012

If you’re in the business-to-business sector, then you’ve probably already picked upon this…but B2B social media marketing is hard.

I mean, it’s really hard. Much harder than social B2C. You know why? Because businesses may have social media accounts, but businesses aren’t the ones using those accounts. It’s people who use them, employees like you or me or the guy next door who sit down to manage the Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts for their companies. And when they sit down to manage those accounts, they typically have one directive; “Send our content out.”

Businesses exist on social networks in order to spark engagement based on their own, in-house content. Generally speaking, they don’t exist to gather other businesses’ content in, unless that other content directly involves the company (in an @mention, for example, or in a post on the company’s Facebook page).

What this basically amounts to is the fact that when you engage in B2B marketing on social media, you’re really sending out content that you hope will be seen and registered by a marketing employee who’s not looking for it.

Like I said. B2B is hard.

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Topics: B2B, B2C, Business, dashboard, education, facebook, gremlin, gremln, linkedin, Marketing, media, ROI, social, strategy, twitter

Ditching the Pre-Social Mentality in a Social Marketing World

Posted by Clayton Smith on November 8, 2012

Last week, RAM Racing sponsored the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K race in Chicago. The race was held on Sunday, and the runners were to pick up their race packets on the preceding Friday and Saturday. The race on Sunday came off smoothly; packet pick-up, on the other hand, was something of a disaster.

Due to poor overall organization and a few technological hiccups, the packet pick-up process, which might normally have taken 15 or 20 minutes, took some people over three hours. Three hours of standing in line, out-of-doors, in the famously brisk Chicago wind.

This wait, born of organizational missteps, would not normally be worth mentioning here on the Gremln blog—companies find themselves handling dropped balls all the time. But the irritated runners who were made to wait outside for hours took to Twitter and Facebook to express their anger toward the organizers of the Hot Chocolate race, and RAM’s response, or lack thereof, warrants an examination.

Many runners were quite vocal in their social media anger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Topics: 101, analytics, brand, Business, business, crm, dashboard, education, facebook, google+, google plus, gremlin, gremln, linkedin, Marketing, media, network, ROI, small business, social, social media, strategy, tips, twitter

When the Candidates Speak: Part 1 of a study in social media politics

Posted by Clayton Smith on October 2, 2012

Election Day is getting closer and closer, and both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are going full steam ahead with their presidential campaigns. Odds are, you’re seeing evidence of the election everywhere; stories on the news, ads during prime time, signs in your neighbor’s yard, and, yes, posts popping up on your social networks.

Social media became a major player in a presidential election for the first time in 2008, a race that Businessweek called “the first social media election.” 2008 was the first time a massive number of people took to social networks to discuss the presidential race, and the major platforms (chiefly Facebook and Twitter) have experienced explosive growth in the last four years. 2008 may have been the first social media election, but 2012 dwarfs it in scope.

Which, of course, begs an obvious question: Just how much of an impact does social media campaigning have on voters?

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Topics: 2012, analytics, business, campaign, dashboard, education, election, facebook, google+, google plus, gremlin, gremln, linkedin, Marketing, media, political, politics, Politics, president, ROI, social, social media, strategy, twitter

To Schedule, or Not to Schedule? Finding a balance between scheduled and spontaneous social media marketing

Posted by Clayton Smith on September 10, 2012

One of Gremln’s most popular features is the message scheduler, which lets you set up your social media messages to post at a designated point in the future. The reason for its popularity is simple; time is an incredibly important (and finite) resource, and the more of it you can save, the better. We’ve heard it mentioned once or twice that time is money—which makes Gremln’s scheduler a tool that saves you a little of both.

Setting up your social media messages in advance saves you the time of logging in and posting them, one by one, at the best times for social media interaction. Heck, Gremln even has a bulk schedule tool that lets you upload and schedule an entire month’s worth (or, dare we say it, year’s worth) of tweets and posts with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Which leads to a very important question that we get asked pretty often. We make it possible to schedule all of your social media posts--but how many should you schedule?

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Topics: analytics, Business, business, campaign, crm, dashboard, facebook, google+, google plus, gremlin, gremln, linkedin, Marketing, media, network, ROI, social, social media, strategy, twitter

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