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The psychology of social proof gives marketers an incredible tool for increasing the reach of their content.
We are influenced and we influence others based on the groups we identify with and the content we share online.
Digital marketing can tap into that mentality to increase inbound traffic and drive conversions; Social Influence Marketing.
The theory of social influence is excellently explained by Victor Yocco for Smashing Magazine in his article 'Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design'.
I recommend reading Victor's post first to understand the theory behind social identity and then come back to find out more about how you can apply it to your own site.
Victor sees great opportunity for designers to enhance websites and products by using social identity theory in the way that Nike has built an entire network around Nike+.
You don't have to build your own social network from scratch to take advantage of social identity theory. It can be as simple as adding sharing buttons to your site.
Social Influence Marketing is simply the use of social signals to increase online reach and improve conversion rates.
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I believe there are three main social signals to identify; everyone, friends and celebrities.
Twitter cards are an easy and effective way to make your tweets stand out in your followers' feeds.
Don't be limited by 140 characters, add enhanced links, product descriptions, media and more - all without affecting that character count!
You can start using Twitter cards by adding a few lines of HTML to your pages which will then generate the card when someone tweets that link - this is a quick setup that should have a huge impact on your visibility on Twitter and help drive engagement.
They also have the added bonus of unlocking Twitter Analytics (Twitter advertisers will already have access).
Twitter Card Types
- Summary Card: A card for links including title, description, thumbnail image and author/publisher @ handle
- Summary Card with Large Image: Same as summary card but with larger image and small description
- Photo Card: Card with one photo
- Gallery Card: Collection of up to 4 photos
- App Card: Highlights a mobile app with a download link
- Player Card: A card that allows embedded audio & video
- Product Card: Details product information
Each card type requires a different set of meta tags which will you will need to add to your page. Once you've added the tags, you need to validate the page before Twitter approves your cards and they start showing in Tweets.
As mentioned, Twitter cards give you access to analytics to check the performance of your Tweets. It's a great way to monitor the effectiveness of different types of card and establish your top influencers.
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Facebook has rolled out the new page design for the majority of business pages.
If you haven't already updated, then your page is currently in what I like to call 'limbo'.
The new design is visible to page admins, but not to fans or anyone else dropping by your page until you click the 'Update' button.
The update button is found on the new fixed admin frame to the right of 'Settings'.
If you're managing your page and still seeing the old layout then don't worry, there is a chance that all pages are getting the upgrade by June 6th.
Don't be confused when you update, read through my tips and find out what you need to know about the new Facebook Business Pages.
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Communities are your best social media tool when starting a business.
Stop shouting into a void and start communicating; they are a great way to engage with potential customers, investors and brand advocates.
Offline networking is still a powerful tool but online communities can give you a global reach and are often more time and cost effective for your limited resources.
In this post you'll find out why communities are so vital and how you can start using them.
To learn more about using social media & communities to grow your business and engage with consumers and influencers, come on our Social Media workshops and Blogging courses. Together they will give you a powerful toolset to boost your brand online.
Why It's Important
You've started new business with a new idea. How do you get people to care?
You could spend money on advertising, but it would have to be a very good campaign to convince prospective buyers to take interest in a company they've never heard of.
Social proof is a strong selling point; it's not surprising why social media platforms are trying to take advantage of it with social ads (your friend X like our product) and why consumers are so protective of how their actions are used as social proof.
Recommendations are most valuable when they come naturally. It's easy to tell the difference between a genuine review and one prompted by a promotion or giveaway.
If you can create a community around your business or convince an existing community to take notice of your business then they will do a lot of the hard work for you, giving you the initial investment that you can later use on advertising to grow outside of the community.
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Could your business survive a manual or algorithmic Google penalty? That's the most important question for SEOs in 2014.
Over the past two years we have seen the number and frequency of algorithm updates and manual penalties increase as Google's Webmaster Spam team gets better at identifying tactics. This only looks set to continue over the next two years.
So how can you adjust your tactics to get results without risking everything?*
In this post I'm going to run through an SEO strategy that meets Google's Webmaster Guidelines, takes advantage of new and developing technologies and diversifies your traffic sources so that you're not so heavily reliant on Google search traffic.
If you're completely stuck with SEO or unsure you're going about it the right way then you can learn everything in this post on our hands-on, workshop-style SEO training courses.
I've included tips for content, link building, technical, offline, local, social and mobile considerations to create an overall picture of what search engines see as a 'good' site and help you give your SEO strategy a makeover for 2014.