Category Archives: Google+

Growing and Nurturing an Audience

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Recently, I’ve experienced a recurring theme of people asking about how they can use social media to inform people, to promote their event, or because they just need a Facebook or Twitter page. And yes, social media can be used to inform people and promote events and programs, but that’s is not what they are about. They are about conversations and relationships. And don’t even get me started on having social media channels just for the sake of having them. But your audience members take some nurturing to grow, so give them a little water and sunlight and they’ll grow into thriving, engaging members of your community.

Take the Time

Just like an taking the time to pick up the phone and call an old friend, you need to take the time to find out how your audience is doing! This can be accomplished by asking them, monitoring relevant hashtags, or by listening to what they’re flat out telling you. You can then gauge their feelings and talk to them appropriately. Talking to students during the summer is different than during finals week.

Truly Listen

I’ve talked about truly listening to your audience before, but I’m going for it again. Sometimes you think you know what a problem is, or what an audience member is referencing, but if you jump to conclusions you could miss someone’s point quite easily, especially if you’re on Twitter and have a 140-character post to work with. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, or take the conversation to email if you need more information to understand what your audience member is trying to tell you.

Engage

Your audience wants to know you care. In higher education, that can be as simple as congratulating newly admitted students, answering questions about when food locations are open during spring break, or offering to answer questions of prospective students. Tell your audience you’re there for them in whatever capacity they need.

Story Time

I heard University of Cincinnati’s @PrezOno speak at EduWeb last year, and he told a story about a student who was upset that the vending machine was out of Cheez its. He listened to the complaint, and said he would find out why the vending machine was empty. And he followed through. His audience understands that he’s there for them, and reaches out regularly. He provides a perfect example of how to listen and engage with your audience. You can see this and more of Santa Ono’s presentation in the SlideShare below:

 

What to Measure When it Comes to Social Media

I’ve written a short introduction on social media analytics, specifically talking about what numbers are available to you, and programs that will assist you with measuring your social media efforts, but what analytics should you keep track of to move your social media strategy?

Competitors

I think it’s important to know where your competitors stand in comparison to your accounts. For me, I keep this surface level, mostly looking at number of likes, followers and the subscribers. At least this way, I can have a benchmark to see where my accounts measure up against those competitors.

Engagement

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The second word in the title of my blog, and my social media mantra, is engage. Good content will cause people to react, whether it’s a retweet, a like or a comment. This is one of the most important things you can measure in my opinion. Measuring engagement informs your social strategy, and without it, you won’t be able to adjust to ensure you’re accomplishing your goals.

The “UNs”

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Unlikes, unfollows, hides, you know, all the negatives. It’s important to keep track of these, because it is the exact opposite of engagement. If your audience is taking the time and effort to perform a negative engagement action, that should be a red flag if it is happening early and often! By monitoring these numbers, you can keep ahead of the outflow of people, by changing your content types or topics.

There are lots of different things to measure and keep track of, what other analytics do you pay special attention to?

Retweet After Me: Week of Feb. 5, 2014

Great Social Media Idea: Bringing Social to the “Real World” (Part 2) by Joe Kuffner

A few months ago, I highlighted a wonderful article by Matthew Anderson of Western Washington University, in which he discussed a small, yet powerful thing he did with WWU’s Twitter – hand-delivering coffee to a student who had just a few minutes prior tweeted about being tired and not having time to get coffee before class. [Read More]

Content Marketing a Struggle from Start to Finish by eMarketer

59% of marketing professionals will increase efforts this year. Content marketers are looking to shift efforts to include more curation, research suggests, but every step along the journey is a struggle. [Read More]

3 Ways to Use Google+ to Increase Search Rankings by James Thomas

Do you want to increase your search rankings? Did you know your Google+ page and profile could help? Google+ can help you increase search rankings for your website, but you have to take the time to optimize your page, profile and content. [Read More]

The New Link for the Mobile Ad Era by Tom Simonite

Being able to easily link to content inside mobile apps could make them easier to use and also boost the mobile ad industry. In the beginning there was the Web, a thicket of virtual pages connected by hyperlinks that enabled blogging to flourish and companies like Google to make piles of money by directing people where advertisers wanted them to go. Today mobile apps increasingly rule our free time and require us to dive into separate, walled-off digital containers that don’t link up. [Read More]

The Confluence Of Content And Social Media: Insights For Success In 2014 by Jayson DeMers

One study has suggested that as many as 90% of American small businesses are on social media today. Social media has taken hold in the business world: it’s one of the easiest ways to reach new customers, and one of the three pillars of SEO in 2014. It’s also low cost and has a fairly low barrier to entry. The accessibility of social media sites is a boon, especially for eCommerce sites that need to constantly reach new customers and stay connected with existing customers about new products and sales. [Read More]

Retweet After Me: Week of Jan. 7, 2014

How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business by Phyllis Khare

Are you using the Google+ video hangout feature? Are you looking for some creative ideas to use hangouts? Keep reading to discover how your business can connect in a personal way with your customers using this face-to-face video conferencing tool. [Read More]

How Morton’s Steakhouse Won Over Social Media After Cancer Patient Controversy by Kim LaCapria

Popular chain Morton’s Steakhouse found itself on the losing side of the power of social reviewing this week, when a situation at their Nashville branch was described in a Yelp review that later went viral and caused big headaches for the chain. [Read More]

The Complete Guide to Tumblr Etiquette by Sara Roncero-Menendez

Tumblr, like most social media platforms, has a world all its own, complete with a specific etiquette. It can be a bit confusing for users just starting out on the site, and although Tumblr has plenty of users who are willing to help, not everyone knows how to find them. [Read More]

Are Twitter Ads Useless? by Larry Kim

Twitter rocked markets this week with a spectacular initial showing. But how do Twitter ads measure up against Facebook ads? Is it worth spending your ad dollars on Twitter? [Read More]

Authorities issue confusing social media policy for Sochi Olympics by Fran Berkman

The International Olympic Committee is confusing journalists. First, reporters scheduled to cover the 2014 Sochi Olympics were led to believe that they would lose press access if they used Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest or any social media to post photos from their phone. [Read More]

YouTube Comments Make Google+ Pages Even More Important

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YouTube comments recently received a big upgrade, and there are quite a few changes, and definitely some that may alter brand management. YouTube is now much more connected to Google+, and that has implications, and hopefully opportunities!

Top Comments

While there has been a top comments section on YouTube, the comments listed aren’t always the most relevant to the video. But now comments on YouTube are personalized to you! Comments that are moved to the top are those by the video creator, YouTube “celebrities,” engaging discussions, and people in your Google+ circles. This helps to bring the most relevant comments to the top, and push the others down.

I also discovered that when you post a video to Google+, it automatically adds it as a comment on YouTube. Talk about an easy way to increase your chances for more engagement! I can definitely see how this would help conversations grow. I’m excited to see if it works!

Moderating

YouTube has caught up with the times on this front. Comments can now have auto-block for certain words, there are new tools for reviewing comments before they’re posted, and you can pick certain people to have comments auto-posted. Many more options available, to hopefully make moderating a bit easier! The auto-block feature is probably the one I’ll be implementing first, it’s a no brainer to me.

Merging Accounts

The catch: you must have a Google+ profile or page attached to your YouTube account. You can make this change in the settings of your YouTube account. If you want to connect a Google+ page, you’ll need to make your YouTube account a manager of the Google+ Page. If both are under the same account, you should be good to just connect them. This is where I ran into issues, as Texas Tech’s Google+ and YouTube weren’t under the same account. I found a glitch while trying to connect the two accounts, and my awesome Google+ Education Team rep assisted with the merging.

So what do you think? Are you excited for the accounts to be merged, or do you want Google+ to stay out of your YouTube?

Avoiding Social Media Marketing Mishaps

Too often the headline, “Company makes social media blunder, offends large group of people,” goes by on social media. And these headlines aren’t exclusive to social media, but can happen with any advertising, public relations or marketing tactic. There are a few simple ways to avoid this becoming your reality.

Use Common Sense

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If your are recognizing a day of remembrance of a tragedy, you can pretty much guarantee slipping a product reference or sale price in to your social media or other content or advertising is probably going to be received poorly. People are passionate about these events, and if they think you are trying to make a profit off of a national tragedy, they will call you on it. If you are going to recognize this day, separate your promotional materials. Have to push a sale or marketing piece, then don’t recognize the day of remembrance, or what ever the tragedy or event might be, at the same time. Make separate posts, and space them out a bit.

Plan Ahead

I know I’m the biggest poster child for planning ahead, but this is even more important in this type of situation. Think out what you are going to say well before hand. One word slightly out of place could be enough to upset your audience. I find myself double checking the meanings of words that I know the meanings of, just to be sure it can’t be taken in a way I didn’t intend.

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We all know that tone is lost in written digital communications, so make sure your tone can not be misconstrued. If you take the time to do this all ahead of the posting time, then you can be confident your post won’t land you in hot social media water.

Wear Other’s Shoes

Take some time to research the event or day that you will be making a post for. Do you consider Memorial Day as the first day of summer? You should probably take some time to read up on what Memorial Day is for others. An easy way to get an overall understanding is reading up on the topic on Wikipedia. I find that Wikipedia typically shows a well-rounded view on big topics like these. This especially applies when talking to an international audience.

Now that you know these easy ways to avoid these marketing blunders, go forth and avoid them!

Retweet After Me: Week of Sept. 10, 2013

How Curation Fits into your Marketing Mix Part 2: 8 Tips for Successful Content Curation by Pawan Deshpande

Our last post introduced you to the concept of content curation and included some examples of curation in action. Now that you have a feel for what curation is all about and how it fits into your marketing mix, let’s dive into some tips and tricks for effective and ethical curation. [Read More]

What the Latest Facebook News Feed Changes Mean for Your Business by Kate Rose

Another day, another Facebook tweak! Last week, Facebook announced a number of changes to the way that the Newsfeed works. This time, it won’t look any different; but the coding underlying what each user sees has changed, so the content of the news feed will be a little different. [Read More]

11 practical, use-them-right-now tips that will help you produce better Instagram Videos by Faves + Co

Back in June, we offered a few tips for making Instagram Videos, but we’ve learned so much since then. Telling stories via video in 15 seconds (or less) is truly an art form and presents new challenges and opportunities for content producers. Now that you can upload pre-recorded content to Instagram, there’s unlimited potential to how you can create and share your world. [Read More]

The One Reason Every Blogger Should Use Google+ by Steve Cooper

Once again this week I was asked by a colleague why they should care about Google GOOG +0.02%+. This is a person who regularly publishes content, already has a full plate and wanted to be convinced why she should take up another social network. A scenario that’s all too familiar with many people I come in contact with. To expedite the conversation, I have one simple response that will make setting up your Google+ page worth your time: Google Authorship. [Read More]

Why Twitter’s New Conversations View is a Big Deal and Why it Matters for its IPO by Om Malik

Twitter wants to go public and in order to do so, it needs to grow really fast – both in terms of revenues and users. And in order to do so, it needs to cut ties with the past and look at the normals. [Read More]

Retweet After Me: Week of Sept. 3, 2013

Here’s another round up of good-to-know information for you!

Google Plus for Business – The Google Plus Features You Should Know by Evan LePage

Only a few months ago, Google Plus underwent a serious redesign. The major changes, coupled with the fact that many people are only now starting to get themselves and their businesses on the network, mean a lot of users probably don’t know all the features the fast-growing social network brings to the table. [Read More]

Be More Personable on Social Media: 3 Tips by Jeff Haden

Almost every business engages its customers through social media. Some do it well… and many could do it better. If you fall into the latter category, here are tips from Andrew Caravella, VP of marketing at Sprout Social, a leading social media management and engagement platform. [Read More]

Higher Education Searches Rise on Google, Reveal Marketing Opportunity [Study] by Jessica Lee

Attention marketers: demand is high on mobile devices for higher education info, and online programs from traditional universities are highly sought after, according to new Google research that was revealed during the first Hangout on Air for Google’s education team. [Read More]

Top 10 Social Media Research Articles for the First Half of 2013 for Public Relations Professionals

With the explosive growth of social media, the editors of the Institute for Public Relations’ Social Science for Social Media Research Center have identified what we think are the top nine social media research reports in the first half of 2013 that are beneficial for public relations professionals. We determined this based on the rigor of the report’s methodology, sample size, findings, and accessibility. [Read More]

Content on Tumblr has a Longer Shelf Life than on any Other Social Network by Sarah Evans

Networks, like Tumblr, reddit and even Pinterest have changed the way we not only share, but re-share information. The very act of “re-pinning” and “reblogging” are the way information travels and are essential tactics for the most popular players on each site. New research from social analytics company, simplymeasured looks at how the reblog keeps content alive. [Read More]