Social Media Marketing Weekly RoundUp- 30th October

In this edition of social media marketing roundup, I’ve included blog posts on Twitter, InstagramFacebook and Pinterest. I’ve also included some miscellaneous posts which help you to develop you overall social media strategy. Don’t forget to check the “Must Read Content” of the week, it is a comprehensive guide on using hashtags to get more engagements.

Must Read Content

How to Use Hashtags to Get More Engagements

Author: Emily Campos | Commun.it

How to Use Hashtags to Get More Engagements

The Birth Of The #Hashtag

I bet we’ve all wondered at one point or another: where did hashtags come from? Why put a # symbol before a word, and why should I do it? The first hashtag was used in 2007, by a Twitter developer. Ten years later, hashtags exist on Twitter, Instagram and even Facebook.

Hashtags help people can discover others talking about a certain topic or event that interests them. You can add a # symbol before a word to find people who are talking about the same topic, like #GameofThrones, and join the conversation easily. It’s an awesome way to talk to people who you don’t follow and who don’t follow you.

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Twitter

Twitter for Events: 17 More Best Practices and Recommendations

Author: Don Power | Social Media Explorer

Twitter for Events: 17 More Best Practices and Recommendations

In a previous article on Social Media Explorer, we listed several tips on how to use Twitter to promote your event. Since that article generated a lot of interest, we’ve followed up with even more recommendations to help you use Twitter to promote your event.

Pre-Event Promotional Tactics

1. Create a unique hashtag for the event series

Heavily promote the use of Twitter and your hashtag specifically on all web pages, all social media bios, printed materials, event signage, and so on.

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Instagram

How to Use Instagram Ads (and How Much Do They Cost)

Author: Neil Patel

How to Use Instagram Ads

Instagram is one of the best social networks to advertise on. It has grown to be just as big of an advertising platform as its parent company, Facebook.

As of April 2017, Instagram hit over 700 million monthly active users.

That’s more than double the monthly users who are active on Twitter.

Your best bet for Instagram success is to share stunning visuals and high-quality photos.

This approach creates opportunities for nearly every kind of company. After all, even brands in the most boring industries can post pleasing images and videos to captivate an audience.

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5 Ways to Use Instagram’s New Go Live with a Friend Feature for your Business

Author: DhariLo

5 Ways to Use Instagram's New Go Live with a Friend Feature for your Business

Yesterday Instagram rolled out another great feature: Go Live With A Friend! This new feature allows you to broadcast along with someone else. This opens up a whole new world for Instagram Live Videos, and in this post I’ll give you 5 ideas on how you can use Instagram’s Live With A Friend for you brand or business.

How To Use Instagram’s Go Live With A Friend

Going Live With A Friend is simple. Open the camera on the upper left hand side of your Instagram home screen and go live like you normally would. Tap the two happy faces icon on the bottom right and tap “Add” to invite anyone who’s currently watching your Live Story. Once they join, the screen split into two and your guest will pop up right below you on the screen.

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Beyond Followers & Hashtags: How to Drive Sales Directly from Instagram

Author: Neil Patel

Beyond Followers & Hashtags: How to Drive Sales Directly from Instagram

Social media is huge for driving sales.

In fact, about 42% of people have purchased something because they saw it on social media.

You’ve probably read tons of articles about boosting your company’s presence on social media profiles like Instagram.

I know I have.

Most of them are relatively the same. They focus on engagement.

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Pinterest

Pinterest moves into paid search: What you need to know

Author: Clark Boyd | Search Engine Watch

Pinterest Ads Manager is now open to all businesses who have opened an account and uploaded at least one Pin. In what is a fiercely competitive space, Pinterest is hoping that its offering can both provide something new and still deliver on the core performance metrics marketers have come to expect from Google AdWords.

This announcement comes at the end of a lengthy campaign to get the product right, with early partners including eBay, Target, and bid management platform Kenshoo. The newly released self-serve paid search platform provides the same experience these early partners have enjoyed, without the need to go through Pinterest or a third party to get started. The Ads Manager allows brands to create and optimize their promoted Pins and will also track and report on campaign performance.

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Facebook

How to Tell if Your Facebook Campaign Was Actually Worth It

Author: Bethany Cartwright | Hubspot

How to Tell if Your Facebook Campaign Was Actually Worth It

As of March 2017, Facebook had 1.28 billion active users each day, and over 85% of those users were outside of the U.S. and Canada.

With such a large portion of the world using Facebook, marketers everywhere know Facebook is an ideal place to reach and engage new audiences.

You’ve probably heard these stats before. After all, Facebook is a no-brainer for marketers. And if you’re trying to reach new audiences, you probably know paying for Facebook Ads is a great way to do that.

That said, knowing a channel is effective is far different from creating an effective ads strategy for your unique brand. With more and more marketers advertising on Facebook each quarter, its harder than ever to build a strategy that will stand out from your competitors and generate the return on investment (ROI) your brand needs.

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Publishers May Have To Pay To Be On Facebook News Feed

Author: Jimmy Rodela | Business 2 Community

Publishers May Have To Pay To Be On Facebook News Feed

Facebook has begun testing separate feeds for posts from friends and family members of a subscriber while the other features posts from Pages.

The test covers Facebook users in six countries, namely, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Cambodia.

Confirmation About Test

Mashable reported that a Facebook spokesperson confirmed the conduct of the test to Filip Struhárik, editor and social media manager at Dennik N but did not elaborate.

According to Struhárik, Facebook removed posts from Pages in the main feed of the social network and put them in the separate Explore feed.

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Miscellaneous

15 Steps for Creating a Successful Social Media Giveaway Contest

Author: Marcela De Vivo | Jeff Bullas

15 Steps for Creating a Successful Social Media Giveaway Contest

Social Media Giveaways continue to be hugely popular, although the online landscape has changed a great deal in the last few years. The growth of mobile internet traffic, in particular, is a game changer, making mobile responsive giveaways an absolute must.

For this reason one of your best options is to use Heyo to create your giveaway. Heyo’s contest apps are fully mobile responsive and intuitive to set up. And Heyo’s editor is entirely visual, which makes the process of creating your campaign more enjoyable.

Best yet, they offer a no credit card free trial.

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7 Social Media Tools That Simplify Content Marketing

Author: Jessica Davis | Business 2 Community

Your content defines your business. It also sets you apart from your competitors. In today’s age of social media engagement, it’s imperative for companies to be visible online. While publishing content is just one side of the coin, the other is placement of the content. Where, when and how you publish your content makes all the difference in the world when it comes to content marketing.

One very important aspect of content marketing is consistency. More than 60% of marketers online create at least one piece of content per day. It’s been observed that companies which engage in consistent content creation have 6x conversion rates YOY compared to companies who publish content occasionally. It’s easy to see that higher the rate of content creation, greater is the visibility.

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How to Build a Social Media Sales Funnel That Sells

Author: James Mulvey | Hootsuite

How do you make strangers trust you enough to buy your product?

A long time ago in a century far away, a marketer named Elias St.Elmo Lewis came up with a brilliant answer. His theory was that you could turn strangers into raving customers with a “funnel”: a series of steps the customer follows, each one leading them closer to purchasing your product.

According to Lewis, people follow these four steps before they’re ready to buy.

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4 Social Media Marketing Resources & Methods That Will Help You Become a Pro

Author: Lilach Bullock | Business 2 Community

4 Social Media Marketing Resources & Methods That Will Help You Become a Pro

Social media marketing is constantly evolving, constantly changing, with new social networks popping up, new features being developed, new influencers changing the game. Not only that, but there is so much information out there about social media marketing, that you might not even know for sure who to really believe. In this blog post, I want to share with you 4 top social media marketing resources that will you become a pro.

So, whether you have some experience with social media marketing and simply want to improve your skills further, or whether you are a beginner who wants to get in the game, this list is for you:

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Anurag Mehra

Anurag Mehra is a Social Media Expert & a Growth Hacker who believes learning never stops. His "Social Media Marketing RoundUp" series is featured in "10 Best Social Media Roundup Blogs of 2016".

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