Becoming a LinkedIn Super User: Part 3

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on June 26, 2013

Now that your profiles and networking skills are polished and professional, it’s time to look at the numbers and make sure you are getting the traffic and attention of potential customers and employees you need to take your business to the next level.

In our third and final installment of becoming a LinkedIn "Super User" we look at building traffic to your company page, your website, and your business itself. Get a better understanding of the traffic

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Topics: Business, linkedin, networking, recruiting, social media, social media advertising, social media marketing, Social Media for Small Business

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

Facebook Graph Search: What’s It All About?

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 4, 2013

Wondering how Facebook’s Graph Search will change how you, your business, and your customers use the social network?

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Topics: 101, facebook, graph search, Social Media for Small Business, Social Media Updates

Make 2013 A Success! Get Your Social Media In Shape

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on January 29, 2013

We’re one month deep into 2013, and you’ve been hitting the gym like a champ. You’re reading more, watching less TV, eating healthy, quelling your vices, and basically knocking all your personal resolutions out of the park. Will power 1, couch potato 0. Way to go, you.

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Topics: 101, Business, business, gremln, Marketing, ROI, social media, Social Media for Small Business, strategy, twitter business tools

Let Them Post: Why You Should Allow Your Employees to Use Social Media at Work

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on January 24, 2013

You’ve jumped on the “Bring Your Own Device” bandwagon at the office – your employees are accessing company email on their personal devices, working remotely on their own laptops, taking company calls on their cell phones. It’s time to think about how social media fits into the picture. Are you also allowing your employees to “Bring Your Own Social” (BYOS)? Before you cry “Distraction! Information leaks! Inappropriate posts! Oh, the horror!” – remember this: your employees are smart. That’s why you hired them. Not to say that mistakes can’t happen, but Gremlin Social is here to help with ways your employees can BYOS to the business world while still being responsible to your brand.

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Topics: branding, bring your own device, bring your own social, Business, compliance, facebook, gremln, small business, social media, Social Media for Small Business, strategy, twitter business, twitter business tools

Conquering Compliance: Gremln presents new tools for meeting social media standards of regulatory authorities

Posted by Clayton Smith on May 2, 2012

Social media has taken the world by storm over the last several years, but when it comes to corporate usage, there are some industries that have been a little reluctant to embrace networks like Facebook and Twitter. Chief among them are the financial services providers. The reluctance of investment brokers, lenders, insurance companies, and credit unions to tackle social media head-on is due largely to the need for industry compliance. Regulatory agencies like the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hold brokers responsible for following strict communications regulations and hand out severe penalties for non-compliance, so it’s not hard to see why many of these companies have deemed social media more trouble than they’re worth.

But with the growing importance of social networks, financial services institutions can’t afford to avoid Facebook and Twitter and still hope to thrive in an ever more digital marketplace. So the question is, how can companies like Gremln help brokers navigate the compliance minefield of social networks?

First, let’s examine what exactly is it about social networking that poses a potential threat to financial services.

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Topics: agnecy, Business, business, compliance, education, facebook, FDA, financial services, FINRA, gremlin, gremln, Gremln News, healthcare, HIPPA, lender, Marketing, media, pharmaceutical, regulation, regulatory, ROI, SEC, social media, Social Media for Small Business, strategy, twitter

The Path to Glory: How to channel your social media fans through to your website

Posted by Clayton Smith on November 21, 2011

Why do you work so hard to increase your social media following? Have you ever really thought about it? I mean, really, really thought about it? When it comes down to brass tacks, what’s the actual benefit of having half a million Facebook fans? Sure, it means more potential eyes on your marketing message, but what’s the point of that? Your social media strategies aren’t living up to their full potential if your fans are just watching your social media accounts and aren’t making purchases.

Many companies don’t have the capability to sell their products directly through Facebook like Delta Airlines does, and even for those that do, there’s a drawback: Offering product sales through third-party sites necessarily results in a loss of control. While social media networks are wonderful as marketing channels, you still need to move your fans to your website to really close the deal, whether you sell your product online or not.

Your website is perhaps your greatest marketing tool. In the digital universe, your website is the sun, and your social media networks are the orbiting planets. Some people have predicted the imminent demise of the website because of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, but I’m not buying it, at least not yet. Not only is a website a space where many companies make their sales (or, in the case of services, a space where would-be customers can find direct communications channels and submit requests for proposals), but it is completely under control of the company that owns it. Having a Facebook page is important, but it’s also limiting. Facebook offers a pretty rigid structure from which it’s difficult to deviate. If you have the money to burn, you can hire a firm to create a Facebook tab for you that sort of resembles a real website, but no matter what you do to spruce up your page, it’s still going to take second billing to the Facebook brand.

That's why your social media isn’t working to its full potential if it’s not driving traffic to your website. Here are a few ways to help your fans and followers make that digital journey.

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Topics: Business, business, education, facebook, Foursquare, gremlin, gremln, Marketing, ROI, social media, Social Media for Small Business, twitter

The Gremln Guide to Facebook's New Timeline

Posted by Clayton Smith on September 27, 2011

It may not exactly be a surprise to hear that Facebook is preparing to make some more changes to its seemingly ever-shifting profile pages. But unlike Facebook tweaks of the past, the recently announced Timeline update is a complete overhaul for the popular social network. As Facebook faces more and more competition from strengthening social networks like Twitter and Google+, it’s looking to reinvent itself in order to become “stickier.” In other words, Facebook wants its users to stick around Facebook for longer periods of time. The Timeline redesign is one effort to get people to do just that.

I was able to get a sneak peek at how the new Facebook profile pages will look when Timeline is released to the public later this month. All in all, I find the new design to be pretty slick. The profile page has moved to an overall more vertical design, opting for one wide column instead of the current three columns.

The top of the page now features a large “cover” photo that spans the entire width of the profile page. The typical profile photo that we’re used to is now a square in the bottom left corner of the cover photo. As one of our Twitter followers pointed out, this part of the redesign gives the profile page the feel of a blog; a large graphic masthead centered over the content below.

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Topics: business, education, facebook, google+, google plus, gremlin, gremln, Marketing, ROI, social media, Social Media Education, Social Media for Small Business, Social Media Updates, Timeline, twitter, update

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