The Funniest Podcast About Social Media
That Helps You Grow Your Business

B2B Social with Brooke Ballard – Ep.15

Funniest episode yet?!?!  Hopefully valuable, too…talking about social ROI,  integrating social media to drive attendance to local in-person events, as well as how to choose which platform to have a presence on. And much more…including the growing importance of having visual elements in social media posts.

Brooke Ballard

Like many of you, Brooke Ballard, Chief Social Strategist and Founder of B Squared Media, has seen a fundamental shift in business due to social media. How do businesses take advantage of this? Where do they start? Is social media for every company? In-the-trenches social media experience helps B Squared Media answer these questions for companies seeking to formulate successful social strategies. Using tactics developed in her yearlong honors thesis study, Brooke helps bright and innovative entities develop social strategies around content curation, collaboration and conversation. Simply put: Think Conversation, Not Campaign.

Thanks Brooke!!! @madSMscientist

PS- here’s the website Brooke mentioned: https://www.canva.com/

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Instagram Insights with Jenn Herman – Ep.10

It is no longer surprising to anyone that photos are being shared with friends and strangers all over the world, all through the miraculous technology that is the internet. Smartphones and cameras enable their owners to take pictures and instantly post them on various webpages. With this interactivity, and just a little bit of narcissism, you can channel these photographic skills into a social media marketing technique that will be fresh and unique – unlike anything you’ve done before.

Jenn Herman

The premier photo sharing website to date is Instagram. It allows users to upload their photography with searchable hashtags, filters to make the photography look professional, and even Cinema, a camera stabilization feature. It has recently developed into a video sharing site as well, allowing users to loop twelve second videos.

Instagram, to the average businessperson, sounds like a “cute idea,” or a nice way for people to display their hobby. But used correctly, as Jenn Herman (http://jennstrends.wordpress.com/) explained on this week’s Social Media Unscrambled, it can be an innovative way to share your product and ideas.

Jenn originally thought that Instagram was kind of a waste of time. She could take and publish her own photography – she was already an avid photographer. She didn’t need to see everyone’s picture of their latest outfit or favorite recipe. But when she became more deeply involved in social media marketing, and started a blog to help others understand social media trends, applications, and benefits, she realized how much Instagram had to offer to her and her readers. She created her own Instagram handle – jennherman31.

When Jenn works with clients, her purpose is to enable them to use social media – correctly. While most business people know that social media is the way to go, they don’t realize the best procedure, policies, and platforms for them. For a while, Instagram fit into a category of seldom used social media practices. However, she now advocates the fun and creative outlet.

Instagram is a photo sharing version of Twitter; a user can constantly post their pictures in real time. Both smartphone owners and digital camera users have the opportunity to upload and edit photography. The feed containing the instant photographs is updated constantly for fresh content. While posting, the photographer can also use a hashtag to label the picture, in order for people to find, like, and share the photograph even after the feed has extended past that time period.

Instagram is comparable with a tweet or Facebook text post in many ways; it shares a concise message of an idea or product that can create conversation and interaction. However, it is also very different; Instagram is meant to be fun. It is meant to be creative in a different way from text posts, even ones with catchy slogans and puns. Pictures, such as those published through Instagram, change the type of interaction that a business can have with its consumers, and enables a more behind-the-scenes look. Clients enjoy an exclusivity factor that a picture can provide – an update on a product, a window into the factory or studio, and an insight to who the producers truly are. Instagram, put simply, is a fun and different way to share content that will make clients feel that they have an extra place.

about-jenn

Instagram is similar to and can be connected with other social media features, especially Facebook. Similar to Facebook, you can find users and photography by searching, or in this case, using the “explore” button. However, Instagram does not have EdgeRank (a fancy Facebook algorithm), so it allows literally anything to come up in the feed, and even allows for more visibility than Facebook posts.

To clarify, Facebook’s EdgeRank determines whether or not certain posts come up in a user’s feed. When a fan interacts with your page, it gives your page a higher ranking to them. The algorithm determines which of your posts to display to them based on when they are online, their other preferences, and many other factors. This can be frustrating to page moderators, since some fans will not see the content.

Jenn gave some great advice on helping your Facebook page get more views and avoid the pitfalls of EdgeRank. Facebook wants you to stay on their site, so links to external pictures, blog posts, and websites will be featured less than simple text posts. However, if you put a link to a blog post or picture, and then later post a link back to that Facebook post, it will enable more viewers to see the post. Additionally, because Instagram is owned by Facebook, Facebook’s EdgeRank will publish Instagram photo links more prominently than links to photos on other photo viewing platforms.

With Instagram, Jenn has informed us that you can allow your customers to see the real you, behind your product or business. It’s a great way to engage, no matter what you are selling. However, make sure to use it appropriately and correctly – yes, Anthony Weiner, we’re looking at you! No more sexting with photos through Twitter.

Thanks for tuning in to the 10th episode of Social Media Unscrambled! As always, you can hear the podcast live on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM EST on The Fractal Stream internet radio station, or anytime on iTunes as a podcast! As hosts Chris Curran of Fractal Recording and David Deutsch of SynergiSocial depart for the month of August, they leave a final Social Media Tip of the Week.

David recommends using bitly.com in order to shorten your links. This not only leaves more room for content in your social media post, but also tracks the amount of people who click the link. This will allow you to determine what type of post is best for your viewers, as well as the social media platforms where your posts receive the most attention. Google, too, has a link shortener, but it does not track the clicks.

Once again, thanks Jenn! Keep smiling for those photographs!

 

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Snapchat, Zynga, Instagram, Facebook, Tom Ando – Ep.3

We discussed Snapchat and their rumored optimistic growth plans, Zynga and their $200 million dollar investment which they shut down, as well as how Tom Ando (Up The Mountain Video) leveraged his Instagram and Facebook accounts to cultivate four significant relationships. Thanks Tom! (FYI- here’s Tom’s Facebook page that was mentioned: www.facebook.com/lostinamerica66)

The show hosts started the show by explaining some recent news in the area of social media. The first was that Snapchat, a smartphone app which allows users to send photos which disappear seconds after viewing, is trying to raise $500 million for their product.   This lead into a conversation about another piece of news; the collection of metadata by the government, and a recent online leakage. Then, in the world of Facebook, it was discussed that the company Zinga, which made the popular FarmVille, slashed 18% of its workforce, closing two offices. Two weeks ago they also shut down their branch, OMGPop, which they had bought for two million not too long beforehand.

The hosts then discussed Tom Ando and his use of Instagram, before focusing on other merits and demerits of social media, which has been active in America for close to eight years. Since Tom, along with many others, is using social media correctly and effectively, many observers attempt to quantify and understand social media uses. Although social media is an important and productive way to increase business and relationships, it is not the only answer. As Jason Falls wrote on his social media blog, “The problem with trying to determine ROI for social media is you are trying to put numeric quantities around human interactions and conversations, which are not quantifiable.” The purpose of social media, as discussed on the show, is not to use social media as a life, but to use it to help aid in the possibilities that life brings. As was wisely commented on air, “social media is just like talking, no different… it can open new doors but can’t close those deals.”

This idea, which seems to be the center piece of the show, expresses the idea that Social Media Unscrambled hopes to provide. Social media is useable and malleable for any purpose, but only if one uses it correctly. For example, content, or what you post, is king. One must know their audience and not only talk about themselves, which will not keep the audience interested. As Marc Shafter stated, “content is the currency of the social web.”

The show closed with the question of if “Likes” on Facebook were still important. It was discussed that good content is not about you, you have to “give ‘em what they want.” If likes are important to a user, they will work on their content to provide likable information for their audience. However, as Tom Ando shared, the importance behind social media is doing what you love to do. He would continue to photograph around the country no matter who was watching, (but you should go pay attention, since his photographs are beautiful.) Social media allows you to do something for yourself, but then you receive the gratification when you let the rest of the world comment, like, and share later.

More on Tom Ando:

Tom Ando is no longer your typical photographer. Even though he has been in photography for his whole career, (and even crosses into video production with his company Up the Mountain Productions,) he’s taking steps to change the way people share their photography experiences. Using the social media site Instagram, which allows users to share their photography in creative ways, Tom has used his passion to forge relationships, create memories, and even market his business.

Tom’s Instagram and Facebook page, “Lost In America,” highlights his photography from the American Midwest and especially Route 66. While Tom could simply post his photography on his professional website, using social media accounts allows him to connect with other users in a way a website never could. Social media sites allow anyone from anywhere to see the work of a user, and this has allowed Tom’s “Lost in America” set to become a small, yet growing, global fanbase.

Not only does social media enable Tom to post and share his photography, but it also provides him a tool in order to communicate and create conversation with his fellow photographers and travelers. They share each other’s photos, stories, and businesses, and are therefore inclined to use their love of the road in a way which helps each other.

Tom’s use of Instagram is a perfect example of how social media can be used to aid a person or business, as Social Media Unscrambled details. Social Media Unscrambled, hosted by Chris Curran of Fractal Recording and David Deutsch of Syngergi Social, serves to explain social media events, tips, and uses in an understandable, friendly way, so that even those who have a hard time with social media are able to appreciate its uses.

—Post written by Naomi Barnett, June 11, 2013

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