How do you leverage social media for a charity?

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Social MediaIn a recent article published in The Guardian, writer Neil Brady outlined tips on how to leverage social media for charities.

Since its creation, social media has been a wonderful communication tool. Apart from marketers and brands, the platform is also a haven for charities. Still, some charities do not know how to fully take advantage of social media’s power.

Here’s a brief summary of Brady’s tips:
•    Define a clear purpose for you charity’s use of social media
•    Use the platform to post information and address concerns about your charity
•    Engage audiences by posting relevant information about your charity
•    Use measurement tools to scale the success of your social media campaign
•    Be cost-effective

For more, please visit the original article here.

Social media advertising is set to grow

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Social MediaSocial media has great promise as an ad platform. And it’s easy to see why.

Social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, are daily online destinations of millions of consumers. To make it more precise for advertisers, sites are arming themselves with targeting systems that help brands show their ads to the right demographics.

In a recent study from BI Intelligence, the current status of social media advertising was put under the microscope. Here are some of the key findings:

•    Because of its scale and amount of users, social media offers a uniquely massive advertising opportunity
•    It’s ripe for growth as forecasts indicate a $6.3-billion increase in social ad spending from 2012 to 2017
•    Mobile access will only make social media a much stronger platform

Source: www.seattlepi.com

What social media site should your brand focus on?

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Social Media MarketingMore and more brands are beginning to invest in social media marketing.

However, brands still do not know which sites to focus on. Should they build their campaigns from Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest? Identifying which sites to focus on can make a big difference in terms of the amount of conversion rates.

Brands can take a lesson from companies, like Jaguar and BMW.

BMW built its campaign from Facebook. Its page has more than 13-million fans and receives an average of 50,000 Likes per post. The auto maker has also started building social media campaigns in Twitter and Pinterest.

Likewise, Jaguar has started to boost its social media marketing efforts.

According to reports, Jaguar North America is planning to leverage social media marketing to get more conversions.

Based on a report from Ecommerce Quarterly, Facebook has the best conversion rate of any social network. It’s closely followed by Pinterest and Twitter.

Source: Brafton

Justin Bieber and One Direction headline winners at Social Star Awards

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Justin BieberJustin Bieber, One Direction, and Selena Gomez were among the winners of the first ever Social Star Awards.

Bieber was named the Most Popular Music Solo Artist, One Direction was recognized as the Most Popular Music Group, and Selena Gomez was recognized as the Most Popular Actor.

The show recognized achievements in the social media platform. The winners were determined by Starcount from 11 popular social media networks.

Other winners included Ellen DeGeneres, Cristiano Ronaldo, and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn.”

“We wanna say a massive thank you for the ‘Best Social Star Group’ of the year award,” reacted One Direction after winning the award. “Thank you for our Starcount award, and we will see you soon!”

Source: Glamour

Protesters in London beware of social media police

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Social Media ProtestProtesters plotting in London should know better than to reveal their plans on social media.

According to reports, the London Metropolitan Police Service is dedicating efforts to monitor protest movements in social media sites like Facebook. In fact, the local authorities have a staff dedicated to monitoring social media tensions.

The unit monitored social media during the 2012 London Olympics. During this time, it monitored around 32-million social media articles as well as thousands of other posts.

In addition to monitoring posts, the police also trace and identify influencers. These are individuals that instigate protest movements in the platform.

Source: www.boingboing.net

SM Campaigns that Work

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SMMThe success of a social media campaign is best gauged through its ability to persuade people to positively respond to its call-to-action. There is no magic formula for this to happen but there are certain elements that make this form of marketing effort effective.

Ideally, business owners begin with designing a campaign outline, sorting out staffing and roles, tactics and tools, and the modes of implementation. Executing marketing efforts online need the following elements: a compelling and convincing call to action, carrying the campaign outside of social media, and getting the target audience to engage and to create a buzz about the campaign.

In addition, brand owners also need to keep in mind the following:

  • Check out competitor campaigns not necessarily to copy their tactics but to get an idea on what works and what doesn’t.
  • Make sure to consider time, budget, and resource constraint relevant to the brand.
  • Avoid getting overwhelmed with social media. Make sure to establish a strong presence on a few networks rather than a dismal one across numerous sites.
  • Establishing a strategy has saved many business owners from headaches along the way. It is useful to develop a campaign that is specifically designed for social media and not simply adapted from standard marketing methods.

Business Insider is looking for the most creative people on social media

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Social MediaEarlier in the month, Business Insider began searching for the most creative people in social media marketing. The company has since then extended its deadline to May 24, 2013.

The call seeks to identify the most creative people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, and other social media sites.

Social media campaigns have a wide range of possible themes. Some draw their strength from cultural movements, while others are backed by a well-built marketing campaign.

For more information, please visit Business Insider.

How do your children use social media?

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Kids and Social MediaHow are kids using social media? It’s something parents should be concerned about.

Most recently, the Pew Research Center conducted an online survey to find out exactly what kids, aged 12-17 years old, do on social media. Here are some of its key findings:

•    91% have posted a photo of themselves
•    92% post their real name
•    71% post their school’s name
•    71% share the town in which they live

These simple findings can pose serious safety and security threats, especially for younger children. Parents need to be aware of what their children are posting online.

In addition to that, the survey also found that 20% of children share their phone numbers on social media sites. More than 50% also share their e-mail address.

Some social media sites, including Facebook, have parental controls for accounts of minors.

Source: Pew Research Center

BMW banks on visuals for social media marketing

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BMW Social MediaBrands and companies that are interested in social media marketing need only look at international brands to learn how to leverage the platform. While smaller companies may not be able to match the budgets of big ones, they can still emulate the social media efforts of international brands.

Case and point: BMW. The popular auto manufacturer has built a strong foundation of followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  According to a recent study, BMW’s Facebook account generates a staggering 50,000 Likes per post.

BMW’s Facebook page is focused on visuals. It provides stunning pictures of its vehicle line. But the brand also provides avenues of engagement through Facebook apps. Its plug-ins let fans and followers view the numerous features of different BMW cars. They can also customize the vehicles by changing colors as well as other elements.

While creating an app may not be an option for smaller brands, they can still invest in campaigns that promote engagement.

Source: Brafton

Cast and crew of The Bling Ring show audiences how social media has changed the idea of youth

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Emma WatsonEmma Watson says that today’s teenagers are losing their “naivety” at such a young age due to social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram.

Speaking to reporters at the premiere of The Bling Ring—her latest film, Watson that the impact of social media to today’s youth is a “shame.” She says that kids skip out a “blissful” stage, where they don’t care about appearances. With the advent of social media, youth place a premium on notoriety.

Social media, and its impact, is one of the primary themes of The Bling Ring. “The whole story seemed to say so much about our time and growing up with Facebook and Twitter,” commented Sofia Coppola, the film’s maker.

She continued: “I was thinking about how these kids (in the film) must be affected by all of that, and how reality TV seems so normal now to all of them having grown up with it. The idea of no privacy has become the norm.”

The Bling Ring follows the story of a group of wealth teenagers who break into homes of stars they admire to steal their clothes and jewelry.

Source: The New Zealand Herald