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How to Get More Twitter Followers?

We always say that we need to Communicate with our customers when running a business today, since the whole world enters Social Media Era. And everything we do needs to be networked.

If you want a success in your business, you need to first make success in your related social media platform. Because now it is the time that customers take actions. All you need to do is to listen to them and communicate with them.

But how?

Twitter is the most important and popular platform to talk to your customers and fans directly. But if you have no followers, you have no one to talk to. So I will give you some tips on how to attract more twitter fans based on my own experiences.

1.  Start to follow people.  

It seems easy, but you have to keep in mind that “people” here means those twitter user who might probably be interested in your products. You can not follow people blindly, you need to focus on twitter user who have the same interest as your business do.

For example, If you are running a fashion site for online shopping, you have to find people who love fashion while love online shopping. You can find them by searching keywords through twitter’s searching bar.

2. Talk to people who you are following. 

Read their tweets and reply them friendly. You can give them compliment, answer their questions…you need to make them feel that you are a friend of them online. Care about their daily lives, give them best advice when they need help by “Mentioning” them or “Retweeting” them. Then they will begin to notice you, follow you back, and want to know you.

And trust me, twitter users love to follow people who talk to them, if you love communication, lots of people will find you and will start t0 follow you.

3. Unfollow people who don’t follow you back in time.

You need to unfollow people who don’t follow you back. Solely spend your times on people who deserve your time. 

4. Tweet more High-quality Tweets.

Tweet information that are not “nonsense”. You followers would like to know what is going on with your business, what is the hottest trend in your feild, what is the story behind…they don’t want to know how many burgers you eat today and why you hate the girl who lives next door!

5. Follow your related industries and retweet useful information from them.

If you are a movie studio, you can retweet tweets from movie companies on new movie previews; if you are a restaurant manager, you can reweet tweets from healthy tips on “green recipe” etc. Make your twitter as a information source.

 

 

 

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How to Attract More Traffic to your Blog?

Recently  I’ve been busy doing social media marketing for an online fashion community. Thus, for two months I haven’t updated anything here. However, with two months’  new online marketing  experiences, I have more to write about.

Today I would like to share some tips on blog promotion with you.

I always believe thatContent is the King, but I also want to say that If you want more traffic, you need to expose more about your blog. You have to make much noise to attract traffic.

First, make sure where do your traffic come from.  You can find something about your audience from the statistic part on your dashboard. You can see the area where most visitors come from, their traffic source etc.

Second, try to write some content to match the “Hot keyword” from the region where your audience from. For example, if you are writing fashion blog, when your audience are more from uk, you can focus on some UK fashion icons’ styles. If you are writing about entertainment,  when you audience are more  from India, you can sure focus on Bollywood, or india celebrities in Hollywood etc. I know this sounds subservient ? but it does help you earm more traffic from different areas of the world.

Third, Communication with other blogers! I have to say that this is the fastest way to earn your traffic. After your new blog article is published, go out to the world blogosphere to see what other bloggers write about. Leave messages to blogs which have the same topic as you.  Fashion to fashion, food to food, social media to social media…which gonna make more sense. The messages you leave should be high-quality, and then be sure to make your link to your blog in the end of your message, which can lead bloggers back to your own blog.

Fourth, try to use different social media sites to expose your blog address. Submit your link to release share sites like Digg,   share your new articles with fans on twitter and friends on facebook. Try to find some related online communities, make an account, and only share part of ideas and pictures from your blogs. Like Tumblr, you can always insert your blog link.

Last, try to use an attractive title for your blog articles.  Want your blog to be searched through Search engine? Try to think if you are the guy who is searching for information, what keywords you will type in the seaching bar? Try to use more words like “How to…” “What to…” “Top 10 must…” “You should…”, which gonna definitely help your blog rank higher on the result page.

 

 

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3 Ways for a Restaurant to Rise Business on Facebook

Recently I was helping my boss of the restaurant for his online business. He asked me to apply for a facebook account for the restaurant and begin to run it.  Though his restaurant is full of customers every day, I am still happy to offer some help. Social media is getting into every little part of lives, and there is no reason if we ignore the part on food.

How to rise business for a restaurant through Facebook? After some small research, I give three methods, hopefully it gonna be helpful:

1. Give discount or bonus card to your fans. I know this is not easy for a small budget restaurant, but no one in this world dont like free gifts. In order to attract more customers on facebook while encourage them to consume, a printable voucher image could be uploaded to facebook page, and let your fans print it and come for a dinner. Remember, Only for fans !

2. Give other information than  something solely about restaurant itself. For example, give valuable information on food itself. “What kind of food could help you lose weight?” “What kind of fruit is good for breakfast?” etc. Specific information on specific  restaurant is nice to post too. You can share article as how to make sushi for Japanese restaurant, share information about the history of Chinese dumplings for Chinese restaurant. They should be intereting enough to read.

3. Stories behind the scene. I remember when I was in China, McDonald once had an activity is to visit their kitchen. They opened their kitchen at specific time per week to welcome customers. An open kitchen proves a clean enviroment, no matter for junk food or healthy food. Thus, it will attract customers’ attention if there are some pictures about the kitchen, about how the kitchen cooks a specific dish, how the chef shopped the fish etc.

 

 

 

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How Social Media Helps in PR

PR is short for public relations.  Briefly speaking, public relation is an action of pomotion. PR agencies help companies build their favorable public images. When social media hasn’t become a part of our lives, PR is more likely focus on traditional media. But now, things changes. PR is is closely connected with social media, tradtional media is  no longer the main platform for building public images.

Today I want to make two points on how Social Media has helped PR:

1. Social Media helps you to find out where is your main audience. Though facebook and twitter are the most popular social network sites, there are still some different sites with different group of audience, which depends on countries, ages etc. The most simple way is trysocial media metrics tools to test where lies the biggest audience. A good research needs to be done, and the social media’s landscape in specific region needs to be considered.

For example, twitter is not the main social media network sites in Chinese speaking countries: including China, Taiwa, Hongkong, since they are more interested in using Sina Weibo. Thus, when thining of promotions in these areas, Sina Weibo should be a platform to be concerned.

2. Social Media helps PR agency talk with customers directly, which could lead PR agency to change their marketing plan on time after listening to customers. Social media is a channel for communications, not a marketing tactic. No matter how many fans you have , no matter the number is one million or one billion, you cannot ignore them. Social media helps you listen to them and let them take the actions. If PR agency communicate with customers more often, they will know more about what this market demand, and a better promotion plan will be built.

In a nutshell, social media could boast the efforts for PR agency. PR agency should start to research on how to make good use of it.

 

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How Chinese Weibo has Changed China

Weibo is the chinese name for “Micro blog”, which was born two years ago, but now has already reached millions of users. Because of the strict censorship in China, the birth of weibo is the same as the birth of “Xiaonei”, “kaixin”, which fills the vacancy of international social network sites like “facebook ” “twitter” in China. However, with the development of Weibo, Chinese internet has indeed brought lots of changes to Chinese social media landscape so far.

Social network is a highly free sharing network, which has never been real built in China. Chinese government keeps eyes on all tweets that Chinese tweeted in Chinese weibo. It has happened many times that “sensitive” tweets were deleted by the Sina weibo authority. Compare with the press freedom of Twitter, Weibo’s topic limitations are ridiculous, nevertheless, Chinese netizens are deeply impacted by the development of social media.

1. Chinese realizes that social media could be a first platform for them to receive news. Everyone can be a reporter through social media and the existence of traditional media in China (which is highly censored by Chinese authorities) is not highly trustful anymore.

2. “Sharism” is an important concept to be realized. “Sharism” is connected closely with the work “collective intelligence”, there are people from different careers in Weibo, politicians and celebrities might lead normal netizens to some different worldviews. Weibo is becoming the most popular site for chinese netizens to share knowledge, especially on current society news. With only 140 characters limit, Chinese people are so happy to discover a land that could spread the word. After the happening of Chinese train accident in the spring of 2011, Weibo even begins to own the “political” features: lots of Chinese netizens start to believe that the more they share, the better society will be.

3. Social Media could help business. Social media online campaign is still quite new for Chinese people. And in fact the online campaign has really set up yet, but it is still easy to see that a lot of companies are beginning to use weibo to communicate with their audience. A lot of business people are beginning to use weibo to do advertisement for their productions. Chinese market is becoming more and more active and colorful.

When I first came to Netherlands, every time my Chinese friends ask me what is my major, it is always tough for me to explain what is New Media. Once I mention the name of social media, they will wonder that why social media needs to be studied. But now, there are more and more people begin to do take part in the research of social media, a lot of companies in China begin to have social media department for their online marketings.

Although social media in China is still under an un-freedom environment, with the development of social media and the increasing realization of people, I hope the “free” day will come soon.

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A Basic Social Media Plan for Fashion Industry

Social Media is impacting every industry including Fashion.  Social media sites are becoming an important platform for fashion brands to not only communicate with customers, but also promote business directly.

Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social plugins that can be found through fashion industry websites, and they have even become the first place to show their new trend . Thus, how to make use of facebook and twitter is essential for fashion labels to make social media plan at first.

1. Set up an official account for your fashion lable in both Facebook and Twitter. As the most popular social network sites, they can attract most customers amongst all. Fluently statue update is a must. Daily statues must include all information that your potential customers might interested in. For example: the start of sale, new pieces for new season, special offer etc.

2.Put  “Like” button in a proper place. “Like” button is a connection to your network. Your friends can see what you like and then this “like” will possibly spread amongst your friends, and your friends’ friends. For fashion companies it is good if “like” appears in the homepage of wesbite, however, I deem that it is better if it could be shown up below specific pieces. Therefore, it is more likely to promote productions.

3. Online competition and “Tag”. If an online competition is successful enough, it will double the number of fans. The most vital element for a successful online competition relies on bonus and creativity, one thing bare in mind is that trying to involve as many fans as you can. Topic like “what am i wearing today” is always interesting for fashion lovers. Let your fans wear your pieces, upload pictures, and then tag them. Give some bonus or vouchers for the fan who receive most votes from others.

Besides these three basic actions,  Mutual Communication should not be forgotten. When you have no idea what to update,  just communicate with your fans online. Read their replies and trying to respond, especially when they ask you something, please give an answer. Asking some questions online is also a good choice, it will encourage  your followers and fans take part in.

For social media plans these are the most basic ways. Different companies must have different marketing plans depending on different customers and goals. Social media is the best place for you to know your audience. It is always easier said than done, so before making an online marketing plan, you still have to do much research.

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Fashion and Social Media

Social media influences our lives with no doubt. Personally, I am a huge fashion fan so i am really interested to discover that how social media changes the fashion industry. It looks like every thing happens during one night that not matter big or small, a large number of fashion brands have their social media platforms.

Every time we gets into the fashion company’s website,we will easily find the facebook and twitter logo. If we join their fan page or follow them on twitter, we can be kept updating on their latest fashion new pieces or sales. Thus, social media platform firstly becomes a good way for fashion company to promote their business, especially for online shopping.

Today when I logged on facebook, i found that one of my favorite high street brands “Pull & Bear” will start their online shopping website from tomorrow. I cannot help share this news with my friends right away. If there is no social media, customers will probably receive the news from websites or retail shops, which is a  far more slow way.

“Sale” season is alway attractive to customers, and social media become the tool to “spread the word”. A lot of fashion companies change their profile picture into “sale” posters to anounce that their “sale” is on sail.  It turns out that, the more people are in their social media network, the more business they will earn eventually. The more followers they have, the more active will their activities be.

Social media also is a platform for mutual communication. Having a way to communicate with customers, let them take the action provides a perfect way for fashion company to get tied with their customers. From the communication on social media, fashion company could know whether their first autumn coat is liked, whether their new color has received nice opinion etc. from public.

 

Generaly speaking, social media is the best online promotion tool for fashion companies, it helps on their online shopping, sale and communication with customers.

 

 

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 Guide to Win Social Media Online Contest (Day 29)

There are so many online contests going on nowadays, and Facebook is the main platform for people to “Like”. Generally the online contest is more about winning votes. And the contest  which Mr.D participated two weeks ago continues, until now we have won 80+ votes, definitely on the  first place amongst all competitors.

This is a nice result we would like see, not only for the VIP party tickets we will receive as the winner, but also for “winning an online contest on social media”.

Hereby I would like to share my methods with you, they are short, easy, but very useful.

  1. Personal E-mails and Messages. I have to admit that people who receive your mail and messages will probably consider it is a spam, and they won’t take any actions on that. So the best way is try not to make your mails look like a spam. A lot of spam letters start with “hey dear could you please…”, and you have to avoid this beginning. Just calm down, take a deep breath, and write a sincerely clearly and persuasive letter. Make sure your friends will listen to you and help you win.
  2. Bonus. There is no one in the world dislikes bonus. Though I didn’t point this out on Mr.D’s contest, but it really works. If you are a company which has enough money to offer  some free gifts, please do this. In fact you don’t have to make every one get something, you can set limited number of big prize for random people. And for netizens, only a “click” really makes a good deal.
  3. Make use of your network.  We all know that in order to win an online contest, first thing we should start from our network. At least there are some basic things we should do:  posting on your walls, creating an events to gather all of your friends do the voting, talking to your friends who is online, tweet your contest…
  4. Buy Votes.  There are some people online who sell votes. I am not sure about the price, but if this voting is really extremely important to you, you can do it, why not? If they can make you win!
  5. Facebook platform. There are some interesting groups in facebook like “50 likes or votes” , “contests exchange votes/likes“, you can post the your contest and ask for more people to vote for you. But remember, before you are waiting for more votes, please be an active voter yourself. Go to people’s contest on this page and vote for them, after voting, tell them you are done!
Plus, there are still more ways to use for online contest. You can always choose the best way that you like. But there are two things I wan you to know:
  1. Don’t believe in forum so much. I have tried some alleged forums, but too bad that no one responded me. I think probably is because it is not that convenient for people to move from current forum to another social media site, besides, the discussion in one forum always changes so fast, maybe only ten minutes later, no one could notice your contest anymore.
  2. Don’t leave comments on your own contest. Facebook is really good at tracking your footprints. No matter there are how many people vote for you, once you leave a comments, all of them will get a notification from Facebook, which could be annoying to some extend. It could leads to an “unlike”  result.
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Facebook “Likes” and Twitter “Follows” (Day 24)

Social media networking has already become an indivisible part of our daily lives. I cannot help wondering what ways did bloggers use to advertise themselves a few year ago when Facebook and Twitter were not widely used.  With an increasing popularity, nowadays, Facebook “Like” and Twitter “Follow” buttons are a”MUST” for bloggers to promote blogs. Besides bloggers, organizations, hotels, clubs, big companies etc. are aslo seriously relying on these two small buttons to connect with fans.

Maybe for us, normal netizens, “like” and “follow” is just a “click” , but in fact they are very important for companies. There is a big power behind buttons. The number of how many “likes” and how many “follows”could demonstrate what interests are in audience. And a big audience makes a company easily to beat their competitors.

Social network is a global network, Facebook and Twitter could even be treated as the biggest online traffic booster. And there is indeed some investigations going on on the traffic data of social media. It is said that there are 22% more pages for Facebook users to browse, and the traffic increase more than 3 times trough Facebook buttons.

One day after attending a party with awesome music, I liked the page of this party organization on Facebook, then continually I began to receive new parties from this organizations. Since it is always fun to hang out with friends in the weekend for wonderful parties, I am never tired of receiving news feed from them. Thus, I think the “like” and “follow” buttons are in fact positive for both sides: companies and fans.

Not only companies could earn merits, but it is also convenient for fans to get their interested information. Companies can know more about their audience, audience can be better informed. The “Likes” follows the rule of development of social media : social and easy. Plus, humans like giving kudos.(for more information, please read here)

We also say that internet is a virtual world, however, “likes” and “follows” are virtual “kudos” but not virtual relationships. “Followers”  stands a real relationship between you and your followers, and it all about real people and real relations. Remember what did Gary say before? We must interact with our followers and we have to talk to them.

“Followers” are real people.  Besides the fact that some of them are “follow psychos”, most of them are showing their interests, and hope you could follow them back.  There are some methods on what to do with Twitter followers, and I think am really bad at it.

Some people are looking down on the important side of “followers” as me, but it turns out that keeping relationship with followers is important for online promotion, otherwise no one will care about you anymore. I do believe that the communication with followers also means a lot for the social media marketing too. Keep updating and asking questions could help keeping followers informed and let them participate in a small social network.

“Likes” and “Follows” goes viral.

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Social Media Viral Marketing (Day 23)

In fact, Viral Marketing actually has a lot of names. You probably feel a bit strange with the phrase, but your must have heard one of its other terms, like “Word of mouth“, like “Buzz marketing”. Shortly, it is a social media marketing strategy.As the original “viral” meaning, the social media campaign is spread in a large number of people: be talked about, be shared, be concerned…be passed from one person to another one without paid media. And viral marketing will bring bigger promotion and make better profit.

It is said that E-mail is the basic strategy for viral marketing, since E-Mail encourages people to forward information. With the development of social media, we have more and more platform to do viral Marketings. Especially for Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.There are lots of forms for Viral Marketing: advergames, video clip, ebooks, interactive flash etc. And no matter in what way, the purpose is to GO VIRAL.

There are some discussions on the difference between Viral marketing and Social Marketing. Personally I think the former is more about “spread” and “profit”. Viral marketing increases traffic and attracts people through social media platforms, let netizens spread the word in order to promote a specific production or a brand while spends least money.

It is even not hard to discover that, when referring to viral marketing, not only big companies could win most profits, because of the low-paid features, a lot of small companies could also achieve success. It is universe acknowledged that money makes the world go round. The most important reason why people use Viral marketing is because it could make the biggest profit with lowest cost.And it really works!

How to do a successful viral marketing? Besides some vital elements that I have talked about on social media campaign in past articles, I do believe marketers should focus on the real value,  try to make the campaign creative, entertaining enough so that netizens would like to spread. Thus, the viral marketing is not only about a competition on social media sharing , but also about a competition on “brainstorm”.

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