This year Barbie is once again breaking through plastic ceilings and inspiring girls to follow their dreams. The 2014 career of the year doll is Entrepreneur Barbie. To celebrate her newest career, Barbie is honoring special women entrepreneurs to help start a conversation for girls everywhere, reminding them that — “If they can dream it, they can be it – anything is possible!
So with that, if you go on to LinkedIn now and look for Barbie, hello Barbie!
Even when you Google for “Barbie LinkedIn” you get:
This guy is going to be getting a lot of views and I’m sure some weird connection requests too.
AKA Fuck you, pay me. Facebook plainly explaining organic reach and Edgerank. The free ride is over for those that produced shit updates on Facebook. If you have updates that appeal to your subscribers, you have a lot less to worry about.
Social signals. So Google says that they don’t take social into account when ranking pages BUT the pre-ranking/discovery of your content seems very reliant on these social signals. Lots of people sharing/tweeting your link? Seems Google will see this as having importance.
These new changes with iOS 8.0, yeah, Android probably can do this but Apple makes it way better. Apps calling apps inside their own app and showing you just the relevant bits. Great for the usual devices but also tiny screens like, oh, hmm. watches?
Well it’s even more than those two but for this post, we’ll look at both.
More work but more rewards for digital marketing these days. 50% of the visitors to this website are now coming here because of Twitter. 50%. So each month a few hundred visitors are coming here just from Tweets about our various courses. Twitter indirectly sells most of the training courses Mulley Comms does and Google searches do the rest.
Your future digital/social content strategy – What you need to do
1. Build pages that are search friendly:
You need good titles, good descriptions, well structured pages, fantastic and inspiring content. Yeah, just that. totally easy right? But at least you have a plan. So this blog post has “digital, content, strategy” as keywords in the title and the description will mention digital marketing and social too. Here’s a preview of them:
The post should tell people what needs to be done and so gives readers content that they feel is valuable and they might share that value on Twitter or Facebook. Use Google Keyword planner or other keyword research tools so see what people are searching for and use some of those keywords in your post/page. Unless you are a website that updates non-stop and Google visits you non-stop too, then it will be days but more likely weeks before this page starts performing well in Google. Weeks is a generation in digital. So social is going to help.
2. Create Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook headlines that are must-click in nature.
Social Media traffic is the quick hit. It is surge in nature. Lots of clicks in a very short time and then traffic falls off a cliff until you Tweet/Facebook about it again. This is the traffic surge from a link that was Tweeted the other day.
Social Media is the first line of attack nowadays with SEO the rear guard that comes in and finishes the job. For what’s on your website, you need to be strategic with the keywords so that over long periods of time, Google will bring you traffic. To get people in social media to click on links to this content though, you need to think like a PR person or a headline maker for a tabloid. The title of this post is useful to a degree, very findable in Google but what about social? What gets the clicks? Well what makes you click on things on Twitter or Facebook? What works for me are amazing stats and then a promise to reveal more. This post could be marketed/PR’d on Twitter as:
Well written Tweets are generating thousands in revenue for me yearly. Here’s how:
A single Facebook status update or Tweet can send 100s of visitors to my site. Some become clients. A guide for you:
Cheatsheet: Writing good website content and creating great social media headlines = How to get business in digital.
Here is a great guide form Upworthy on how to cook great social media headlines. Social Media is noisy though so you also need to be strategic here. Timing is everything. Various tools like Buffer will help you to find the best times to Tweet/Facebook out during the day/evening and time updates to go out then during those “social media prime times”. Once you get a handle on that, line up the most important tweets and Facebook updates for the week/month then it becomes a good deal easier to have your content seen, shared and clicked.
Every webpage on your website has two interesting properties: One called a Title, one called a Description. If you add relevant keywords (based on what people search for) to these titles and descriptions, you can increase your website visitors easily by 20% and this only takes 5 minutes. The change takes 5 minutes, the initial impact takes 3 weeks depending on Google’s coming around.
Your Facebook Business Page has a tool called Insights that only you can access. It tells you the time of the week and time of the day that are the best to do updates in order to be seen by the most people. Look at these figures (takes 3 mins) and you can have your updates seen by more people.
Do you know when people that follow you on Twitter are most active, do you know what Tweets of yours were clicked on the most? Log on to ads.Twitter.com and Twitter will tell you. From that plan your Tweets to go out at the Prime times during the day and week
If you want to start being serious about digital in 2014 and it’s a good idea to be so, then you need to up your game. Digital is going to get harder and harder in 2014, the easy days are gone, so you need to be more efficient and strategic about what you do.
So here’s a checklist on what you ought to be aware of. Pick one area to concentrate on or all. This is not a definitive list. (That gets me out of getting into trouble)
Overall Digital: Are you mobile first in all things digital?
Forget Page likes, the most important thing is your reach. How many people actually see any update of yours? It is less and sometimes WAY less than the number of likes.
What is your post engagement rate? How many people click on your post or Like it or share it or comment on it? The more people that engage with your updates, the more signals Facebook gets to keep sending your updates to your fans on the Page. Engagements are very low? Your reach is going to go down and down over time.
Are you updates short to be seen on mobiles?
Are you images using up as much of the timeline as possible?
What is your content plan?
Are you timing updates?
Simply put: Good content = good reactions = over time you retain or grow the reach of your page. Good content timed = reaching the best possible numbers each time.
Who are the people you are following?
Who are the people that follow you?
How many RTs would you get on a Tweet that’s business related?
Vine videos should be instructional not promotional and fun not boring
Make your Vine titles obvious/informative
Share them on Twitter
Get your public URL
Vine is an app from a company Twitter bought a while back. Vine lets you make 6 second videos. Just 6 seconds. All in one go or you can make them in smaller bits and put them together. They have to be done via your Vine mobile app. Another mobile first company. You can get the app for iPhone, Android and Windows.
Back in August about 3% of people in Ireland had a Vine account and this is growing, not rapidly but steadily. The value of Vine is that the video you record can be shared into the Twitter feed of everyone that follows your Twitter account and can be played on desktop or mobile instantly. No clicking and it popping out into a browser or anything like that. As Twitter grows and it is already massive in Ireland, your Vine videos can, in a way, be seen by more people.
Now in addition, your Vine videos can be seen on a public profile page. Which means lots of Google traffic to your videos so you don’t need just Vine traffic and Twitter traffic. So if you were dithering about Vine, now is the time to decide. All the elements are there now to use it for marketing.
And they can also be embedded, like this from Pendelton:
6 seconds can add a hell of a lot of context
Images can give more context than text only. animated images even more context, video with audio way more. The issues with video have always been the production that goes in to getting them right, even if they’re just two minutes long.
Now while you don’t need 10,000 hours to get them right, you do need some practice so playing with making really short videos means you can get your experience level up quite quickly.