Join us For the Entrepreneurs Guide to Facebook

Join us For the Entrepreneurs Guide to Facebook

Entrepreneurs Guide to Facebook

FREE Workshop! Entrepreneurs Guide to Facebook  

Upcoming Class Dates/Times

May 9, 2018 @ 9am

MB Branding Solutions – Annapolis Office
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

May 22, 2018 @ 9am

MB Branding Solutions – Annapolis Office
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

June 7, 2018 @ 9am

MB Branding Solutions – Annapolis Office
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway, Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

This course helps you understand the proper way to engage people using the social media platform: Facebook. Marketing consultant Martiel Beatty from MB Branding Solutions, LLC will teach about when to post, how to schedule posts, what makes a great post (and what does not), boosting (when it’s a good idea), proper use of groups, pages, and knowing what to share and maybe most importantly, when the right time is to share. You’ll come away with an understanding of how to use Facebook as a tool to market your business without being salesy or pushy.

 

Objectives:

  • You’ll learn how to create compelling content to market your business on Facebook
  • You’ll learn how to choose images that will resonate with your audience
  • You’ll learn when and where to publish for YOUR audience.

Also Included:

  • Each business that attends will get a free strategy session from MB Branding Solutions. You’ll get to sit down with Martiel and her team of experts to discuss your strategy, get tips, ask questions and get help making your social media marketing better in 2018!
  • Anything is on the table, bring your concerns and MB Branding Solutions will help you discover the answers. Seriously, this is a free strategy session with Martiel and her team – you don’t want to miss out on this incredible opportunity to get the information you need at no additional Charge!

Additional Notes:

  • The free strategy session is available to any business that attends a class with us. ONLY ONE per business per year. For questions or concerns, please contact Martiel Beatty at MB Branding Solutions at martiel@martielbeatty.com or by phone at 703.850.1804
  • Each business that attends will also get all the handouts that go with this course plus a copy of the presentation.

Best Tools for Social Media Scheduling in 2018

Best Tools for Social Media Scheduling in 2018

Best Tools for Social Media Scheduling in 2018

7 Affordable Social Media Scheduling Tools to Take Your Marketing to the Next Level in 2018

Over the past few years, the marketing world has welcomed social media with open arms and it seems that each week a new social media platform is being touted as the ‘it’ place to be.

While it’s hard to argue the value of having a strong social media presence and the positive impact it can have on your business and brand, most marketing professionals don’t have the time or capacity to adequately spend posting on all the various platforms.

This is why having a go-to social media scheduling tool is vital to staying on top of your game.

Saving time and resources doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg – we’ve rounded up seven affordable social media scheduling tools that are sure to help you take your marketing to the next level.

All of these tools offer social media scheduling so we’ve highlighted the additional features that set them apart from their competitors.

1. Buffer

Buffer allows you to schedule content through their integrated browser extensions and mobile apps. They also also have RSS feed capabilities, streamlined analytics and an image creator to make your posts pop.

Free options available, paid plans start at $10 per month

Integrations: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram  

2. Hootsuite

Hootsuite’s key feature allows you to follow conversations and mentions by setting up social streams based on keywords, hashtags or usernames. You can even search by location and in multiple languages. Analytics, RSS integrations and social sweepstakes are also available.

Free options available, paid plans start at $19 per month

Integrations: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube

3. MavSocial

MavSocial has a built in RSS feed for content curation, access to a stock photo library with free photos, cyclical and repeatable posts and a drag-and-drop calendar for easy scheduling.

Free options available, paid plans start at $19 per month

Integrations: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr  

4. MeetEdgar

Meet Edgar’s unique feature in the social media scheduling tool world is its ability to recycle social updates automatically. They pride themselves on being able to ‘set it and forget it’ with new posts, one-time promotions and evergreen content being shared and reshared at the pace you choose.

Paid plans start at $49 per month

Integrations: Facebook, Twitter LinkedIn

5. CrowdFire

Crowdfire is unique in that they find content your audience will love by taking you through a few quick tasks that are personalized to whatever your goals are. Then it posts to your channels at the best times.

Free options available, paid plans start at $9 per month

Integrations: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

6. Friends + Me

Friends+Me touts its Instagram posting capabilities without the post reminders and within Instagram’s terms and conditions. They also have bulk scheduling, a browser extension and link shortening capabilities.

Free options available, paid plans start at $7.50 per month

Integrations: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram

7. Social Pilot

Social Pilot focuses on increasing efficiency by providing a multitude of features at an affordable price. You’re able to connect up to 200 social profiles from a single account, create custom short URLs, schedule tweets and posts in bulk and receive content suggestions as well as connect RSS feeds.

Free options available, paid plans start at $8 per month

Integrations: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr

How to Make Facebook Ads Work for Your Business in 2018

How to Make Facebook Ads Work for Your Business in 2018

How to make Facebook ads work for your business in 2018

Facebook Advertising 101: Understanding Where Facebook Gets Their Data  

The benefits of Facebook marketing run deeper than simply publishing a post to your business page every day. With more than two billion people logging into Facebook every month, it’s safe to say they have collected an obscene amount of data on their users.

As a marketer, that data can effectively be translated into viable prospecting through Facebook’s advertising platform.

If you have yet to dip your toes into the Facebook advertising world, we’ve got another stat for you that is hard to ignore: one of every five minutes people in the US spend on mobile is on Facebook or Instagram.

With that high of frequency among users, it can be easy to get lost in the types of data being collected and how that translates useful information for you as a marketer.

The easiest way to translate that into viable information you can use for your ads is understanding where Facebook gets their data.

Within their own platform, Facebook determines who to show your ad based on things like pages the user and their friends like, information from the user’s Facebook and Instagram profile and places they check into using Facebook.

Information is also pulled from master contact lists that are populated from businesses who share a user’s information like their phone number and email address. Information for this comes from sources such as loyalty programs, compiled information from data providers and purchases made at retail stores.

To track the users’ online activity, you can use a Facebook pixel which then shows your ad to users who have visited your website, used your mobile app or took steps towards purchasing your product – simple adding it to their shopping cart counts!

Location-based advertising is used with your ads when you’re targeting a specific area. Facebook gains this information through a user’s IP address on their computer, tablet and phone as well as through the user’s phone GPS location and location from their Facebook and Instagram profile.

To make understanding your users even easier, Facebook has a resource specifically for advertisers that’s all about people insights. Click here to check it out.

Looking to maximize your Facebook marketing efforts? We offer an array of social media and digital marketing services! Contact us today!

How Internal Benchmarks Help You Set Realistic Business Goals

How Internal Benchmarks Help You Set Realistic Business Goals

How Internal Benchmarks Help You Set Realistic Business Goals

How Internal Benchmarks Help You Set Realistic Business Goals

As a business owner, it’s important to be aware of the industry benchmarks and where they’re trending. Knowing the competition and industry helps you know what your organization is doing well and where there can be some improvements made.

It’s common to base your business goals off of these external benchmarks and it makes sense; you want to stay competitive in the market and grow at a similar pace. However, what happens when you’re significantly above or below the market? Does it still make sense to set your business goals based on the external benchmarks?

Another consideration is if you have no direct competitors. Industries are becoming more and more niched-down, which means the target audience may not be the same across the industry. Given that, does it still make sense to create goals for your organization based on external benchmarks?

The next time you sit down to map out a business goal, first ask yourself these five questions and then consider basing it off of your own organization. Benchmarks that are based on internal performance are more realistic because they’re coming directly from the source.

As a business owner, you know that the best way to determine where you want to go is to have a clear and accurate picture of where you are starting. Internal benchmarks allow you to do just that – identify your precise starting point in order to create realistic and achievable business goals.

If you’re not sure where to start, outlined below are three quick and easy steps for setting up the right internal benchmarks to create realistic and achievable goals for your organization.

The first step is to determine what the proper benchmarks are – is it your mailing list, follower count, page views or product purchases? The key is to clearly define what metrics are important to you and why they matter.

After knowing what you’re looking for, it’s time to dive into the analytics and record the results. These numbers are your standard or benchmark. If you’re looking for a metric that isn’t clearly or accurately recorded, you will first need to record the data for a set amount of time to get an accurate benchmark.

Once the standard metrics have been establish, you can now create your business goals based on these numbers, knowing they are realistic and achievable.

Still not sure where to start? We offer strategic planning services that specialize in setting the right goals for your business! Contact us today to get started!

Five Ways to Track Your Social Media Marketing

Five Ways to Track Your Social Media Marketing

Five Ways to Track Your Social Media Marketing

Five Ways to Track Your Social Media Marketing

As a business owner, you know by now that social media matters. You also probably know that staying active on the appropriate social media channels is a must. And if you’ve been following along with our blog, you know that it’s also important to be listening to what your customers are saying.

What we haven’t mentioned yet is the last piece to the social media puzzle: tracking analytics.

We know you’re busy and we know it’s hard enough to consistently post and monitor what is being said. However, if you’re not tracking how well your content is performing, you could be completely wasting all that time and effort.

If you’re head is spinning, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up five ways to track your social media marketing analytics so you can stay ahead of the game.

Go straight to the source.  

Yes, it’s obvious, but looking directly on the platform can also be a great first step. For Twitter, you need to enable the analytics. If you have a Facebook business page, the insights are automatically available. For Instagram and Pinterest, you need to enable a business account.

Each platform provides pretty great information on the best posting times, what types of posts drive the most engagement and how many people are clicking through.

Check Google Analytics.

If you already have Google Analytics set up for your site, you know it’s easy to see where your traffic is coming from. But, did you know you can set up parameters to track specific social media campaigns? Best of all, it’s free.

Look at your social scheduler.

Most social media scheduling tools offer basic analytics for content scheduled through their service. The benefit of choosing something like this is you have all your platform analytics in one place. You’re not having to log into each platform to see how a post is performing. Tools like Buffer even send email notifications when a post is going viral.

Track website analytics on social with BuzzSumo.

BuzzSumo is a two-fold analytics platform. It’ll show you what content on your website is getting shared the most and how that specific piece of content is perform across the social platforms. This is a great way to see what type of content resonates best with your audience.

Try a platform-specific analytics tool.

For more in depth analytics on a certain platform, try a platform-specific analytics tool. These options generally provide a more detailed report since it focuses on only one platform. Think Tailwind for Pinterest, Snapalytics for Snapchat and Iconosquare for Instagram.

Not interested in learning one more thing about social media? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to learn how we can manage all your social accounts, including analytics tracking!

Five Ways to Make Networking Work for You

Five Ways to Make Networking Work for You

Five Ways to Make Networking Work for You

Five Ways to Make Networking Work for You

The thought of walking into a room full of strangers can have an anxiety and stress inducing reaction to even the most experienced and successful professionals.

The good news is that making connections and building relationships with other professionals doesn’t have to be panic-inducing. With these five ways to make networking work for you, you’ll be ready to tackle the next professional event stress free!

1. Have an elevator pitch ready, but don’t memorize it.

More than likely, one of the first questions you’ll be asked is what you do. Having something prepared is helpful, so you’re not stumbling across your words. However, repeating a memorized paragraph like you’re a robot is not the most welcoming or conversational. Try picking out a few key points from your prepared ‘pitch’ and be willing to adjust as necessary.

2. Utilize social media, but make sure it’s appropriate.

Yes, platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn exist to make connections and be social. However, receiving connection requests from people you don’t know or have a mutual connection with can seem disingenuous.

3. Take the time to build a real connection.

Handing out business cards to anyone who walks by will definitely get your name out there, but it isn’t the most memorable tactic. Taking the time to build meaningful and memorable relationships with only a few individuals will get you a lot farther than a speedy style of networking. Now, more than ever, people like building genuine connections.

4. Give, give and give some more.

Make yourself useful to your connections. By asking them what they need help with, you’re not only showing your value but you’re also showing genuine interest. This desire to give will help differentiate you from others and stay top-of-mind in your network. Lastly, when you’re consistently giving, it makes a future ask even easier since you’ve been so helpful in the past.

5. Remember to follow up and consistently check in.

If you make an in-person connection, it’s vital that you reach out to them no later than the next day to thank them for their time and follow up on any additional information. Networking events are for networking which makes it easy to forget who you’ve had the pleasure of meeting – by doing a quick follow up, you’re taking one more step towards building that relationship. It’s also helpful to touch in on a consistent basis; ask if they need help with anything or if they’d be up for a quick coffee chat. Just like your non-professional connections, it’s important to keep the relationship alive and healthy.