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The 10 Best Celebrities at Social Media

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Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Vine almost everybody has a social media account on one platform or another – including celebrities. Whether they are musicians, actors or authors they are tweeting and sharing information about their lives. However, some celebrities are better than others.

Let’s take Shia LaBeouf as an example. He fits into the not so good category. For a month he tweeted “I am not famous anymore.” Nothing else. No explanation. And it’s funny, because he is still famous. Shia gets into the habit of repeating the same tweets over and over again for weeks at a time: “Start Creating”, “Stop Creating”, let me show you how many miles I ran with my Nike+, “Follow my Heart” in many different fonts… you get the picture.

While some celebrities may not be the greatest at tweeting and instagramming, some are above amazing. Here we are going to talk about the ten best celebrities and their social media platforms. Let the countdown begin.

10. Kim Kardashian

As much as I hate to admit it, Kim made the list. But with her 38.4 million Instagram followers, 33.2 million Twitter followers and 25 million Facebook likes how could she not? Although, that is the only reason she is on the list. She isn’t doing the world any good through her social media platforms (Ian Somerhalder, Sophia Bush, Emma Watson…) but clearly, people like her and her selfies.

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9. Emma Watson
Emma is constantly informing her 18 million Twitter followers and 30 million Facebook followers on the HeForShe Campaign and gender equality and still has time to root for the England National Women’s soccer team. She knows what’s important and what needs to be shared. Even on social media, Emma presents herself in a professional way and is capturing everyone’s attention, including other celebrities. It’s almost like she knows magic or something.

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8. Ashton Kutcher

Ashton uses Facebook as his main social media platform to talk about the definition of beauty, women’s rights, and other social issues with his 17 million fans. He knows how to start – and keep – a conversation going, even on tough subjects.

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7. Leonardo DiCaprio

Unlike Kim Kardashian, Leo uses social media to promote charities and other organizations that he works with. Between Oceana, the Elephant Crisis and oceanic conservation projects through his foundation, Leo has pledged $11 million and shares the information on his social media platforms, so you too, can help. And with his 13.1 million Twitter Followers and 985K Instagram followers, people around the world are learning how they can make the world a better place. He hasn’t won an oscar yet, but he’s won our hearts.

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6. Anna Kendrick

Anna has been known for fangirling moments with other celebrities, which she hilariously tweets so the whole world knows she met Beyonce. Her thoughts are hilarious and I’m sure her 4.42 million followers are glad they get to read her mind. And not to mention, she’s a fan of The Bachelor and isn’t afraid to let everyone know.

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5. J.K. Rowling

First of all, anybody who writes Harry Potter automatically gets added to the list. Secondly, Jo is amazing to her fans. She’s constantly answering fans questions on Twitter and retweeting what’s important to her. She also spends time tweeting about her non-profit organization, Lumos, to her 4.8 million fans.

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4. Ellen Degeneres

Ellen is constantly making her 45 million Twitter followers laugh. Between her #MondayMotivations and #YoureWelcomeWednesdays,  there is always something to look forward to throughout the week. She keeps up on celebrities birthdays and national news in a light-hearted and fun way. And let’s not forget the most famous Oscar selfie of all time! With over 3 million retweets, this photo made history.

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3. John Green

John has a unique approach with his social media presence, but I’m sure his 2.5 million YouTube subscribers won’t complain. The author and his brother, Hank Green, have a YouTube channel called vlogbrothers where they vlog about important issues like health care reform, social equality and more. He then gets on his Twitter account to raise awareness and promote his new books/books turned movies (which we all love!) to his 4.3 million followers. It might be a different approach, but it works for him.

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2. Robert Downy Jr.

In March of 2014 RDJ started his Facebook experience with a post explaining that he’s a “late bloomer” to social media but “basically, here goes.” Since then, he has doubled his Facebook following and currently has 25 million likes. He engages with his followers, asks questions and posts relatable status updates. With The Avengers: Age of Ultron recently coming to theaters, RDJ has kept to an Avengers/Iron Man theme, and his fans are going crazy!

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Taylor Swift

71 million Facebook likes, 60 million Twitter followers, 36.7 million Instagram followers, 1.3 million YouTube subscribers, 2.5 followers on Google+, 13K followers on Pinterest and her Tumblr… need I say more? Taylor is great at sharing photos of her life and making her seem like a genuine, down to earth person that we all want to be friends with. Seriously, can we just be best friends?

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The Hashtag

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#thisisnotwhatahashtagshoudlooklike. It’s frustrating being a social media marketer and scrolling through my personal newsfeed seeing hashtags used improperly.

Let’s go back to the beginning. Despite the popular rumor, Twitter did not invent the Hashtag. Hashtags started in the late 1990s where it was used to categorize items into groups on Internet Relay Chat. However, Twitter did make Hashtags popular when Chris Messina became the first person to use the hashtag on Twitter. He asked his followers how they felt about using the pound sign to group conversations together in 2007.

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The rest is history. Twitter adopted the Hashtag and other social media platforms followed suit.

Let’s talk about Twitter. Tweets that contain hashtags receive two times more engagement than tweets without a hashtag. And tweets that contain two Hashtags have a 21% higher engagement rate. So, obviously Hashtags are important. But this is where it gets tricky. A tip for all my Hashtag-happy friends: there’s a 17% decrease in engagement when tweets include more than two Hashtags. You have to know where the line is, and know not to cross it.

Another big no-no with Hashtags: using more than three words. #NYpizza is great. #IloveNYpizzasomuch is obnoxious. Tell your followers and friends what you want to say and use the Hashtags as a grouping method. After all, that’s why Hashtags were started by Chris.  There is also no benefit to #hashting #every #single #word. See how annoying that was?

Now that you know some basic etiquette for Hashtag use, try using it in your next marketing campaign. Hashtags have become popular with brands and their advertising efforts (remember Travelocity’s #IWannaGo campaign?).   When creating a Hashtag for your next campaign research what your audience is already talking about and create a unique Hashtag that is relevant and appropriate. Keep it short and simple and but brand specific. This will make it easier to remember and spell for your customers.

Your business can try a campaign Hashtag, #IWannaGo, which is typically used for promotional giveaways or an incentive to want to use the Hashtag, or a brand Hashtag #HaveABreak.  A brand Hashtag should be kept consistent on all social media platforms and for a longer period of time.

Kit Kat’s #HaveABreak Hashtag is brand specific (their tagline), unique and simple. Kit Kat uses it across all social media platforms, allowing their consumers to engage with the Kit Kat community online, in turn, generating free buzz.

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So, just remember, keep it simple, relevant and don’t overuse Hashtags, and you’ll be just fine.

8 Ways to Get Your First 100 Twitter Followers

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The average business has 14,709 Twitter followers.  Of course, they didn’t receive thousands and thousands of followers overnight.  It’s important to gain a following for your business. 91% of 18-34 year olds using social media are talking about brands. And 64% of consumers have made a purchase decision based on social content.

So, where do you start?

Here are 8 tips on getting your first 100 Twitter followers.  100 followers may not seem like a lot, but everybody has to start somewhere.

Search Engine Optimization

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Search Engine Optimization is a critical part of any online marketing strategy. The ties between search engines, technical aspects and content development make it complicated and difficult for people to understand.

So what exactly is Search Engine Optimization?

Search engine optimization or SEO is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s “natural” or “organic” search results.

What does that mean?

Major search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, have primary search results where web pages are displayed and ranked in order of relevancy. The ranking depends on the content that is published and the quality of the HTML code of the website.

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Imagine you’re searching online for a couch. You go to Google and type in “furniture places in Boise”. Mor Furniture for Less appears on the top spot with other furniture stores following behind. Google ranked these websites based on the content they provided and the quality of the HTML code, believing they would be relevant for you.

Oh, that’s search engine optimization!

All search engine optimization really is, is a fancy way of saying “Getting to the top of a search engine.” Which is important, considering 90% of Internet users click on the first search result when using Google, Yahoo and Bing. And 75% of users never scroll past the first page, so if a website is not high up on the first page of search results, it isn’t being seen.

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Quick Tips for a Complete LinkedIn Profile

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LinkedIn is the place to share your professional story. For a lot of people, it can be the place where you make your first impression. There’s certain information your profile must have in order to make a professional online presence. But that’s exactly what LinkedIn is and what it is here for. LinkedIn is meant to connect you to other business professionals in your industry. It has a lot to offer, but unless you’re taking full advantage of your profile, you may not be receiving the full benefits. Users who complete their profile are 40x more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn. It’s important to have a complete profile. And it’s never been easier. In seven easy steps you can be on your way to getting more profile views and more connections.

Your industry and location
Help other professionals in your area find you by putting your location on your profile with your field of work. Adding an industry can get your profile 15x more views, and attracting business professionals is exactly what you want to do.

Your current position
Current is the key word. Give a description of your current job position and make it catchy. This is the place to sell yourself and show other users what you can do. By sharing high-quality information, you’ll receive connections from other professionals in the same in line of work.

Two past positions
Having your two most recent jobs can generate 12x more traffic, so add to your skill set by posting two past positions. Showing off skills you acquired in past jobs can further your chances of making a connection. This will also allow you to make connections with people from your past.

Your education
You worked hard for you education – show it off! Profiles that list their education get 10x more profile views, so don’t think it will go unnoticed.

Your skills
Have a minimum of three skills to showcase your talent. This is where you set yourself apart from the competition. You’ve attracted business professionals by stating your industry and your current position, but now you need to seal the deal. How are you different from other candidates? Why do they need you? What can you do for him or her that nobody else can?

Your profile picture
Adding a profile picture makes your profile 14x more likely to be viewed by other users. As important as it is to have a profile picture, it’s equally important to use a professional picture. You want to relay the message that you a hard working individual, not that you like to snowboard on the weekends.

Have 50 connections
The last step is to have at least 50 connections. It sounds like a lot, but it’s not hard to achieve. Connect with coworkers, friends and classmates as a starting point. Once you start finding professionals on LinkedIn your connections will grow within your field.

The Year to be Mobile Friendly!

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Since 1907, millions of people have watched the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square, starting the New Year’s resolutions. Gyms will be packed for another week before the resolutions slowly stop and bad eating habits come back.

January is here. It’s the time for new beginnings with a new year ahead of you. Now that your resolutions have begun – and maybe ended – take time to look at your business and see where it’s at and where you want it to be at the end of 2015.

Here’s a simple resolution that can help build your business throughout the new year: be mobile friendly!

It’s a small way to make a huge impact. 1 billion Facebook users are mobile users. That’s a lot of people using their smart phones to be on Facebook. Don’t you think they are looking at your site too? Only 26% of small businesses have a mobile website. Now is the time to make your website mobile friendly.

The survey, “What Users Want Most From Mobile Sites Today,” was conducted for Google by independent market research firms Sterling Research and SmithGeiger. Let’s see what they had to say.

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Is Podcasting an Effective Marketing Platform?

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So, what is podcasting? It is simply a form of digital broadcasting. These podcasts are downloaded from the internet so that they can be listened to. The thing that makes a podcast great is that people can subscribe to them so that when a new podcast is available for download.
How can this play in to a marketing plan? It is true that podcasting is not right for every business, but if it will work for the product or services that you provide, I would highly recommend it. Podcast usually come as a series of related topics, but you do not have to stick to this method for your marketing plan. Podcasts can be used to describe new products or services, or it can be used to market your company in general. One other reason that I will recommend podcasting as a marketing tool is because of statistics. On average, a person will stay on a website for about 2-3 minutes, while people who listen to a podcast stay engaged for around 20 minutes (depending on the length of the podcast). This creates a great opportunity to sale your business and your products.

The Pros:

  • Podcasts do not just have to be audio…they can also include video.
  • The technology allows for use on mobile devices, so you can reach a greater number of individuals.
  • Consumers can subscribe to the podcasts.
  • Podcasts can easily be intertwined with your website and social media accounts.
  • Podcasts allow you to connect with your customers on a more personal level. By being able to hear the emotion behind the voice is more effective than words on a page.

The Cons:

  • Podcasts are not right for every type of business.
  • The bandwidth needed to run a podcast series can be costly if you do not already have access to it.
  • You must continually create new and interesting content to keep your listeners engaged.
  • Podcasts are not seen as usual marketing platform, so gaining interest may be difficult to begin with.
  • The person who is making the recordings must have the passion for your product or service that you want your customers to have.

What it comes down to is brand awareness. You are not just selling a product or service, but your business in general, and this is great way to do it; as long as you have the resources and the desire to step outside of the box when it comes to your marketing plan.

Website and Marketing Evolution: Why You Should Remain Proactive

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We all know what evolution is, but how does it apply to websites and marketing? The answer is simple. At some point, your target audience is going to change. Whether it is, their personal tastes or you are targeting a different group all together. It all comes down to change. If you develop a website and marketing campaign, and never change it, you will lose the interest of your audience.
Look at social media marketing, it is constantly changing and evolving into something different on a daily basis. This change keeps the content and design fresh and up to date. I am not saying that you need to evolve your website and marketing campaigns on a daily basis, but it is something that needs to be done routinely. By evolving your content, you will be able to stay current with themes in your area of business. Other than updating special offers, you need to update the text on your website. For instance, maybe one of your products or services has changed; if you do not update the information for this, you will be misleading your customers. Another thing to consider is that in any field of business, there are always changes in terminology or acronyms used to abbreviate certain names/titles. If you do not stay current with this change in terminology, you have the chance of missing potential customers, because your site does not contain this new keyword. As I mentioned earlier in this series, it is critical to have these keywords, so that search engines can return your website as a possible fit to someone’s search.
Website and marketing evolution is not as hard as you may think, but if you have questions regarding what should be done; contact us…and let us maintain and evolve your website and marketing platforms.

What Is Call-to-Action, and Why It Is Important

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Call-to-Action (CTA) is the way we convince individuals to perform an action. This action can lead to an increase in customers/clients. Call-to-Action is an important aspect of internet marketing, because it requires the customer to perform an action. Some key phrases used in CTA are:

  • “Act now”
  • “Signup now”
  • “Get yours now”
  • “Click here”
  • “Download now”
  • “Free Download”
  • “Try it free”
  • “Click here to start your free trial”
  • “Join now”
  • “Order now”
  • “On sale for a limited time, get yours now now”
  • “Buy now”
  • “Signup here”

By using one of these CTA phrases, or one that suits your needs, you will gain a larger customer/client base. This is because you are asking your audience to take action. By asking your audience to do something, you are creating an interaction with the customer. This desirable interaction can sometimes be lost on the internet. By creating this interaction your customers/clients will be inclined to share your website, blog, etc. with others; thus increasing your overall exposure.

How Content Can Make or Break You

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Now that we have gone over the different platforms that you can use for internet marketing, I will discuss the importance of content creation. What is content creation? It is the development of content, which will appeal to your audience and inform them of your products and services. When you think of content, you probably think of the text that is on the page. However, content goes a lot deeper than just those words. Content involves text, visual, and design aspects. The reason all of these fall into the same category, is that they coexist as a single entity. They work together to create an accessible design. Accessibility is the key to successful and functional design.
When it comes to the text component of your website, ads, social media/blogs, and emails, you need to go back and look at who your audience is. Your audience will determine the type of language that you use. Of course, you will want to be technically correct, but you also want to make sure that you are using words that are accessible to your audience. If your audience falls into a highly educated category, and are considered experts, then you can use terminology that is specific to their needs. If you intend on reaching a more general audience you need to be careful of the terminology you use. I would like to introduce you to a very popular writing concept that is used in all platforms of writing. It is called “plain language”; this is the art of writing with simple terminology that is direct and accessible to any audience. I have mentioned the word “accessibility” many times through this post, and that is because it should be the main focus while creating information that is used in all of the platforms I talked about. Without accessibility, your information will fall short of reaching your intended audience.  Also remember to include important keywords while writing your text.  These keywords will allow your audience to have a better chance of finding your information on the internet.  As I mentioned in previous posts, keywords are the direct component of SEO (search engine optimization).  If you write your text with this in mind, then it will be easier to implement SEO for your website.
Like I mentioned earlier, content involves visual and design aspects used in any of these platforms. Visual can include images, video, flash, and infographics. All of these help represent your products and services. It is important that you maintain accessibility in your visual content as well.
You may be wondering how design falls into content, and that is because it involves how you put together all of the content used in any of these platforms. Design involves layout, color and font choices, and organization. With design, you create smooth transitions from one point of importance to the next. Design also allows you to create visually appealing content. You want your content to be exciting, something that will draw in your audience by making them feel like they want to continue reading. A word of caution; do not go overboard! Sometimes simple is the best option, but remember that your goal is to draw in your audience.

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