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    This is the complementary slideshow to my 10 minute presentation on Facebook basics I gave at a small business networking group (BNI) in Stamford. It is actually an “encore” presentation to one given earlier in the year about Facebook advertising ROI. Despite Facebook’s latest boast of having over 750 million active users worldwide, many small businesses are simply overwhelmed with all the social media hype. So this presentation focuses on just getting started with the current Facebook. Feel free to share and download.

    Shortly after we launched the CONNECT Computer website, we were asked to design, write, and manage a monthly newsletter for ongoing client communications as well as provide useful insight into the IT industry for those who opt-in (via website, email blasts, and social media channels). After some A-B testing, this design layout below proved to be the most engaging for CONNECT’s subscribers. Each newsletter would have a different “theme” such as Security Issue, Support Issue, or Breathe Deep Issue (below). On average, we see 18% to 24% click throughs to full stories residing on the website (industry average for IT is only 15%).

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    Baby Inside is the follow up to Evian’s hugely successful Roller Babies video that not only went viral but was inducted into the Guinness World Records as the Most Viewed Online Video Advertisement (over 25 million as of 8/19/09).

    Both videos are part of the integrated Live Young campaign created by BETC Euro RSCG, Paris. It includes print ads, TV commercials, and social media.

    Watch the video above (best to keep your eye on the T-shirt to get the full effect of the dancing baby) and then participate by adding your own video clip to Evian’s “longest music video” at Let’s Baby Dance microsite (or via an iPhone App). I did.

    Here is the SlideShare from a 10 minute presentation on Facebook advertising I gave at last week’s BNI meeting. Feel free to share and download.

    Twitter Marketing Tips

    If you haven’t heard by now Twitter is a microblogging social network and a great way drive qualified leads to your website. In addition to the obvious social media benefits (a topic for another blog post), our clients consistently witness referral rates upwards of 6% per month from Twitter! Moreover, we often see that these referrals on average view more pages and spend more time per visit than those coming from other sources. Leveraging Twitter’s demo and  geographics in a site tracking tool like Google Analytics, you can  effectively qualify each referral and do more of the type of tweets generating the desired behavior (e.g. read a blog post, download whitepaper, fill out contact form, buy products).

    I will do a follow up post about Twitter ROI later but for now, here are some helpful tips on Twitter marketing you can start using today.

    Tweet Best Practices

    • Schedule tweets several times every business day between 6am and 1pm. Statistically, this is the time most business people check Twitter.
    • Tweets should be something useful. Most people are looking for information. Repetition is okay but it should be paraphrased so not to look automated.
    • 1 in every 10 tweets can be promotional in nature. We want to encourage following and retweets. Too many promotional tweets too often and this won’t happen.
    • Use #hashtags relevant to the tweets or business (e.g. #tech or #business). Try to use them in the body text of your tweets to conserve on your 140 characters.
    • Try to keep tweets to 120 characters so people can easily retweet without truncating the original text.
    • If tweet is a call to action, be sure to add a shortlink back to the site (or source). In a pinch, can use services like bit.ly or ow.ly to shorten URLs.

    Things to Tweet About

    • News about your business or organization, including your own success stories.
    • News from reliable sources like a partner’s blog.
    • News about your employees or staff (e.g. the company’s softball team wins).
    • Retweets of anything that might interesting to your followers.
    • TwitPic and TwitVid (or YouTube or eHow or HowCast).
    • Special offers just for Twitter followers (get more followers).

    To manage Twitter as well as all your other social channels from the comfort of your desktop or mobile device, I recommend either TweetDeck or  Hootsuite. Both are free, easy to learn, and easy to use. Great for organizing your tweets as well as your follows and followers.

    Social media moves fast so would love to hear about your experiences with Twitter. What tweets have worked for you? Have a Twitter campaign going on right now you want to share?