6 Visual Apps for Creating Social Media Content

By Krisit Hines

Do you need to create content on the go?

Looking for mobile apps to help?

A number of mobile apps let you create professional-looking images, animations, and video using only your mobile device.

In this article, you’ll discover six mobile apps to create content for your social media profiles.

All apps mentioned are available for iPhone users and all screenshots are taken from an iPhone 6. A few apps (Photo Grid and Kanvas) are also available on the Google Play store for Android users.

#1: Kanvas

Kanvas is an app for both iPhone and Android. You can create a variety of content types, including quote images, GIF bursts, video, flipbooks, and more. Once you install it and set up your free account, Kanvas helps you create each of these content types by tapping on the plus icon at the top right of your home screen.

Note: When you create an account, you’re also creating a profile on the Kanvas network. To set up your profile, tap on the profile icon at the bottom right of the screen, and thentap on Settings.  Read More

How to Drive More Facebook Traffic to Your Website in 5 Easy Steps

By Andrea Vahl

Would you like to drive more Facebook traffic to your website?

Is quality Facebook traffic important to your business?

Getting Facebook fans to your website (and then hopefully onto your email list) is even more critical with Facebook’s recent announcement of decreased organic reach for pages.

Use these five steps to help you get more traffic Facebook to your website.

#1: Make Sure You Have a Steady Stream of Shareable Content on Your Website

If you have a website that never changes, you’re going to struggle to get much traffic to it. Posting links to the same page on your site over and over is as futile as Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill.

These days, the name of the game is content marketing and you had better figure out how your business can participate.

The fresh, new content you post on your site is important—not only for social media marketing, but also for search engine optimization. Google rewards sites featuring fresh content with higher ranking. But you don’t have to post epic blog articles three times a week to win at the content marketing game. Posting something new and helpful once a week or even once a month can benefit your website traffic.

Here are some ideas that can help you brainstorm how you can add new content to your website:

  • Post a weekly tip about your niche. It doesn’t have to be long; a paragraph or two with a nice photo will do just fine. Start with the frequently asked questions that come in from your customers.
  • Post a weekly news bite with a photo about what is happening in your business. This works well for businesses that have events.
  • Curate a list of top 10 helpful articles from around the web that you found that week. Add a short sentence about why you liked them. Read More

Tips to Create a Strong Social Media Content Strategy

By Debbie Hemley

Are you looking for ways to strengthen the impact of the content you create?

It isn’t always easy to generate the buzz you’re looking for.

Knowing what to publish, when and where can greatly increase the visibility and reach of your content.

In this article, you will find 26 topics, an A-Z guide, with key points that will help you create a social media content strategy that resonates with your audience.

#1: Align Content Development With Social Media Metrics and Goals

Understand the goals of your company’s social media content delivery to help you develop a more attainable strategy.

Jason DeMers suggests, “First you need to know what to measure. The end goals dictate the measurement metric.”

He offers metrics for four social media goals:

  • If you’re looking to generate traffic, your metric should be: unique visitors from social websites where you’ve run your social media campaigns.
  • If you’re looking to create a following, your metric should be: subscribers, followers on your social channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • If you’re looking to generate interaction, your metric should be: quantity and type of commentary (Facebook comments, Twitter replies/mentions).
  • If you’re looking to generate revenue (which is the ultimate purpose), your metric should be: the precise dollar value of every lead a social post generates.

Keep this information in mind when crafting your social media content. Read More

How to Attract More Customers With Content Marketing

Are you looking to attract prospects, convert them to customers and keep them coming back?

Then social media and content marketing are a match made in heaven.

The key to success is to make the connection between content marketing and social media.

Let’s look at the content needed to get your marketing to that lucrative intersection.

#1: Attract Prospective Customers

The first question on a prospect’s mind when considering a purchase is, “What solutions are available?”

Your goal is to create awareness and make sure that your solution meets the buyers’ need when they’re ready to make a decision.  More