• How to Create a Social Media Content Calendar: Tips and Templates

      Close your eyes and picture this: it’s May 3, end of day, all the designers have gone home and suddenly it hits you: tomorrow is Star Wars Day—May the 4th—a huge marketing opportunity and you’ve got nothing. A mad scramble ensues to come up with a clever concept, create assets, and execute in time to ride the wave of lightsabre-filled fun. In some cases, it may be too late to do anything at all.

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    • 8 Things to Do During Your First Week as a Social Media Manager

      It’s your first day as a social media manager for a new company. Where do you even start? This question is a common one, but one that often goes unasked as people are worried about seeming inexperienced or making a bad impression when they start a new job. Really, it’s a very reasonable question. Making a critical error would be far more costly than asking colleagues for help.

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    • The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags

      Hashtags are such a prominent part of culture today that it’s rare to find anyone who doesn’t know what they are. In fact, the hashtag is so recognized that it was added to the Oxford dictionary in 2010, and the Scrabble Dictionary in 2014 (#official). Yet even as most people have come to know what they are, many people still don’t understand how to use hashtags.

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  • How One University Used Social Media to Raise $28M in a Single Day

    Attributing revenue to social media is a big challenge for businesses, but Purdue University may have cracked the code with their annual fundraising campaign. In 2017 they raised $28.2 million in single day—$10 million more than their single-day campaign in 2016. They also increased support from international donors by 87 percent.

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  • We Tried Running Ads on Instagram Stories. Here’s What We Learned

    In March 2017, Instagram release the Instagram Story ads feature to all business accounts. Hootsuite’s social marketing team quickly ran a series of tests using the new ad format. In this post we share with you what our team learned so that you’re set up for success when you give it a try. Bonus: Download a free checklist that reveals the exact steps an adventure photographer ...

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  • 40+ Useful PC Keyboard Shortcuts for Social Media Pros

    Ever since we published our social media keyboard shortcuts for Mac, PC users have, understandably, been requesting a version of their own. Well, my PC pals, the day is finally here. Use these keyboard shortcuts to be more efficient on social media, impress your colleagues, and shave precious seconds off your workflow.

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  • How to Build a Social Media Sales Funnel That Sells

    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.

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  • 6 Things Marketers Need to Know about Generation Z

    Who is Generation Z? Anyone born between roughly 1995 and 2010. You’ve likely already heard that this tech-savvy group has an attention span of eight seconds, but here are six more Gen Z statistics that might inform how you market to the cohort on social media. 1. Gen Z makes up around 26% of the U.S. population Take a seat, Gen Y.

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  • How to Get Verified on Facebook: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Getting verified on Facebook is a great way to establish brand credibility online. Both large brands and local businesses can be verified on the platform. The gray or blue verified badge lets your audience know you’re authentic and helps your page show up higher in search results so potential customers can easily find your business.

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  • I Tried Instagram Automation (So You Don’t Have To)

    Type “How to get more Instagram followers” into Google search and you’ll find a lot of media and blogs, including our own, offering tips and tricks for how to grow your community. You’ll also probably find a lot of content about paying for new followers. Most people see these as the only two options for succeeding at Instagram: figure it out, or shell out.

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  • 3 Steps to Proving the Business Value of Social Customer Service

    Being asked to prove return on investment (ROI) is something every social media professional is familiar with. But not every organization is able to attribute financial transactions directly to social media. Businesses without an ecommerce presence, for example, benefit from social media in ways that are less directly tied to revenue but equally as valuable.

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  • Calculating the ROI of Brand Awareness on Social Media

    Proving the ROI of social media is a complicated task for any organization. But it gets even trickier if your organization is primarily using social to achieve business objectives that aren’t directly tied to revenue—like brand awareness. Brand awareness is obviously crucial to your bottom line (if people don’t know about you, they can’t buy from you), so it’s important you kn ...

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  • How to Get More Out of Social Media—Tips from an Expert

    If you’re building a social media strategy it can be hard to know where to start—or how to make it pay off in the long run. In this episode of the Hootsuite podcast, we chat with digital marketing expert Amber Naslund about how to get the most out of your social strategy. Amber is the coauthor of best-selling business book The NOW Revolution, former SVP of marketing for Sysomo ...

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  • The 4 Key Ingredients of a Perfect Social Video

    If the perfect social video were a cake, what would go into making it? We talked to Hootsuite’s in-house video expert, Derek Saddler, to find out the four key ingredients you need to bake a delicious piece of content. 1. It’s short and sweet According to a survey conducted by Animoto, nearly two-thirds of consumers prefer video under 60 seconds.

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  • 6 Social Media Ad Mistakes Brands Need to Avoid

    We all make mistakes, but when it comes to your social media advertising efforts these seemingly innocent blunders can end up costing you—a lot. I spoke with Hootsuite’s social ads expert Gabrielle Maheux to find out what the biggest social ad mistakes are. Continuing reading to learn how you can avoid these mistakes—and save your budget. Stop Making These 6 Social Media Ad Mistakes 1.

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  • How to Run a Successful Facebook Contest: Ideas, Tips, and Examples

    It’s an understatement of epic proportions to say there’s a lot of activity on Facebook every day. This biggest of the social networks has climbed to more than two billion users and 70 million Business Pages. So, how can your brand stand out from the crowd? According to a poll conducted by the Content Marketing Institute and ion interactive, 81 percent of content marketers sa ...

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  • 6 Things You Need to Stop Doing on Social Right Now

    Social media moves fast—what’s cool on Monday might be passé by Wednesday afternoon. So here’s a list of things you should avoid doing on social to keep your channels 💯—people still say keep it 💯, right? Bonus: Download our free guide that shows you how to 10X your social media performance and beat your competitors.

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