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LinkedIn Marketing Priorities in 2019

Are you planning to make LinkedIn a focus of your digital marketing efforts in 2019?

For those that are looking to get more out of the professional social network, it can be helpful to know what others are doing on the platform, and what they’re looking to achieve with LinkedIn’s tools. That’s the focus of this new infographic from LinkedIn – the platform recently surveyed its members to get more insight into expectations, priorities and more, related to platform use.

There are some interesting insights here. The questions are obviously LinkedIn-specific, but it’s worth noting the most popular topics (the platform’s ‘Matched Audiences’, which combines your data with on-platform insights, is a key focus) and what other marketers are using LinkedIn for.

You can read LinkedIn’s full report here, or check out the graphic below.

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10 of the Best Social Media Marketing Tools for 2019 [Infographic]

Social media marketing is an extremely multifaceted field with every aspect requiring a lot of work. You probably know that. That’s why most of us use a whole set of tools to analyze, create, advertise, and more.

Unfortunately, there are enough social media tools on the market to get one absolutely confused. This infographic by Awario, shares a list of the best social media marketing tools for 2019.

The ultimate list of tools is broken down into five crucial categories:

  • Social media monitoring
  • Social media management
  • Content marketing
  • Creating workflows
  • Advertising

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3 Social Media Campaigns You Need to Know About Before Creating Your 2019 Strategy

We know social media has surpassed all forms of media in terms of readership, thanks to Millennials — who grew up as the internet was being introduced; Gen Z — who were handed the digital world on a platter and Gen X and Baby Boomers — who had to follow suit because it overtook the work space and well, transformed the way we look at entertainment and shopping.

According to a 2017 survey conducted by Clutch, “The most valuable social media platforms for businesses are Facebook (89 percent), LinkedIn (83 percent), YouTube (81 percent), and Twitter (80 percent).” Another report found, Instagram with 32 percent comes second to Facebook at 79 percent of American internet users on the site; Pinterest comes in a close third with 31 percent, and LinkedIn and Twitter at 29 percent and 24 percent, respectively. On any given day, Snapchat reaches 41 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds in the US.

It’s time to capitalize on this growing trend if you haven’t already. But how?

Watch what thought leaders are doing. Don’t shy away from trying something new and abstract to stand out, get creative with the many resources available and dare to think out of the box.

Let’s look at three social media campaigns that caused quite the stir on social media.

Top 3 Social Media Campaigns to Inspire
1. RYU Apparel’s One More Rep for Mental Health
Athletic apparel brand, RYU has positioned themselves as an apparel brand built around you, to help you achieve not just your gym goals but life goals too. They acknowledge that everyone’s universe is unique, with different needs.

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14 Social Media Trends That Every Marketer Should Know About In 2019

Social media is no longer just a trendy marketing tactic—it’s a crucial one. Today’s consumers turn to social media to find brands they can trust, looking for user testimonials, examples of exceptional customer service and more.

To meet these evolving demands, your company must maintain an engaging social media presence that offers customers the brand experience they expect. We asked a panel of Forbes Communications Council members which social media trends marketers should prepare for this year. Here’s what they had to say.

1. An Increased Demand For Truly ‘Social’ Engagement

People want to do business with companies they know, trust and love. A company that simply uses social media as a medium for advertising is losing out on the most important piece: the “social” aspect, where you have the opportunity to build those all-important connections. In 2019, those companies that engage with their audience will be the ones that win. – Holly Chessman, GlowTouch Technologies

2. A Fading Facebook

Data shows Facebook usage and engagement has dropped significantly: According to the Pew Research Center, 42% of users have taken a break from the site in the past year, and 26% have deleted the app from their phones. This doesn’t mean it’s a dead channel, but it does mean we need to explore alternatives and, if continuing to market via Facebook, need to advertise less and engage more with users to help our brand stand apart from the noise. – Lisa Guyott, College Possible

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What Are The Best Times To Post On Social Media? (These “Heat Maps” Have The Answers)

Every company marketer posting on social media is curious about the best times to post their content. While each audience is unique, having a rule of thumb can be extremely helpful when you’re first starting out. Sprout Social recently published the results of their “Best Times to Post on Social Media: 2018 Industry Research”, a report which includes preferred time slots for the big 4 — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Unlike other reports I’ve seen on this topic, which often recommend a single time or small window, Sprout has detailed “heat maps” for each channel. I reached out to Rachael Samuels, Social Media Manager at Sprout Social, to find out more about the report and the research behind their findings.

Harrison: Other companies have looked into the best times to post on social. What did your data science team do differently?

Samuels: Sprout Social’s data science team constructed a more targeted approach that takes into account interactions with 935 million messages across 420,000 social profiles connected to Sprout. The data that our team uncovered not only provides specific days and times for the most engagement on social for each platform, but offers similar data for specific industries, including tech, CPG, and healthcare, among others. Using this data as a guide empowers marketers with the best opportunities to maximize personalized consumer engagement.

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4 Tips For Harnessing Social Media To Win Clients And Grow Revenue

Social networks have, to a large extent, defined the way we work and live. Not only do these conversational tools ignite debate and broaden networks, but in a very real sense they nourish a collective consciousness, an understanding of what it means to be alive in the world right here, right now.

From a business standpoint, there’s never been a better time to harness the power of this 21st-century medium to gain clients and generate leads. We’re not talking about showy brand waving: we’re talking about using social media to get clients on the phone and through the door. To leverage apps used by billions to acquire new business and make meaningful connections.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But the truth is, while the rewards are great, getting social media marketing right can be a challenge. There are a myriad of powerful management tools and services available, an array of techniques and stratagems which promise to put your brand in front of prospective clients and capture their interest. Social media platforms, lest we forget, are crowded spaces. How can you make yourself heard above the noise? How will you differentiate your brand? And is landing your dream client actually realistic?

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Social Media Marketing Lessons Learnt in 2018

2018 has been a busy year in the social media marketing world. From major news feed changes to the introduction of exciting new features, social media marketers have certainly been kept on their toes.

Join us as we reflect on all the valuable lessons we’ve learnt from working in the social media space this past year.

Creativity is key

With hundreds of thousands of updates being posted to popular social media sites every minute, creativity is key to standing out in the crowd. It’s no longer enough to share a simple piece of text on your business’s products or services – marketers need to create compelling copy and captivating imagery and/or videos in order to catch, and hold, their customers’ attention.

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Infographic: Social media marketing insights for the holidays

Social media is an important channel for marketers looking to make a holiday splash.

As consumers begin their holiday shopping for gifts and bargains, they are more and more likely to be influenced by social media posts. A well-placed call to action on Instagram or Facebook, or a LinkedIn campaign, might make the difference between a happy new year and a lackluster holiday season.

This infographic from Animoto details how marketers should approach social media efforts for the holidays.

Insights include:

  • Seventy-nine percent of marketers say they will run a holiday ad on social media this year.
  • Of the marketers who ran a holiday ad last year on social channels, 88 percent say it was effective.
  • Some 56 percent say a holiday social media video campaign influenced a purchasing decision.

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Five Common Social Media Marketing Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

Every marketer today wants to make their brand presence felt. That is the reason why social media is being leveraged on a big scale.  Whether one owns an established business or a startup, social media marketing is something that everyone is using to reach and communicate with the customers. Doesn’t it make sense to be in a place where the crowd is? One often comes across some social media marketing activities that fail. While, on the other hand, some Facebook and Twitter pages become popular than the others. Many times, marketers observe that their competitors are doing better than them in social media marketing!

Everybody does make mistakes. How can social media marketers be any different? But the fact is, making too many mistakes can see the followers dwindle and their count drop. Indeed, it does affect the revenue of a business. As with all mistakes, the first step is understanding and becoming aware of them. It then becomes easier to avoid them in the future. Let’s discuss top five common social media marketing mistakes that one must avoid in the coming year – 2019.

1. Undefined goals and targeting the wrong audience. As a marketer, one may be working very hard, yet they may suffer badly if they aim and shoot in the dark. A marketer needs to ensure that they are not targeting the wrong audience. The key to success in social media marketing is to know and reach the target audience.

Most marketers commit one of the biggest social media marketing mistakes, that is, not properly defining their goals. Can anyone win without a goal? Once the goals are set, one can start working on their social media strategy and create a plan. For example, some of the goals that work well with social media could be to improve customer engagement or increase event attendance or increase website visits, etc.

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Social Media, Digital Marketing Key to Building Medical Practices

Patient engagement via social media and digital marketing are vital for growing medical practices, says health care marketing consultant Jennifer Dally, of Attune Marketing Group in Powell, Ohio.

Speaking at the 2018 annual meeting of the Large Urology Group Practice Association, Dally said the physician-patient relationship is about more than diagnosis and treatment. What patients want most is connection, which “brings peace of mind.” Transparency, active listening, trust, convenience, customer service, and good communication are among the attributes that patients say establish connection, Dally says.

“We expect a certain level of experience in general as a consumer, and that has translated into the health care world as well,” she says.

Attempts to improve the patient experience can be simple. For example, Dally says, when physicians wrap up a patient visit, they can say to a patient, “Is there anything else I can do for you today?”

Physicians need to understand that patients already have been on a medical journey before a medical encounter. “I’m trying to give them context of the journey patients take before they arrive at their practice and what could they do to influence that journey.”

She emphasizes 4 essentials for every medical practice: a website; search business listings; social media engagement; and review management. A website must consider patients’ needs, not those of the practice. All websites should enable patients to pay bills online and to schedule appointments, as well as provide a link to a patient portal, she says. Website content should be produced with search engine optimization (SEO) in mind. The goal is to have a website rank high on search engine results pages. This determines how patients or physicians find a practice “in the digital landscape,” Dally says. High Google rankings matter a lot, she says.

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