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Small business owners are always trying to strike the right balance between the time they spend marketing their products and services, and the time they spend actually running their business. Because of this ongoing struggle, they are often hesitant to jump into social media, having heard that maintaining a social presence on multiple networks can be pretty time consuming.

As with all things, social media management is what you make of it. And having the right knowledge and tools at your disposal can make all the difference in the world when it comes to the amount of time social media marketing occupies. One of the first steps toward making social media less intimidating is to know when, and how often you actually need to post to engage your audience. For the purpose of this article, we look at Facebook and Twitter, since we find they’re most popular with people starting out.

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Facebook gave small business owners an unexpected early holiday gift yesterday, December 11th – new CTA buttons for business Facebook pages! Calls to action (CTAs) are an incredibly important – but often forgotten – part of the design of any piece of marketing. How are you supposed to get your potential customers to take the action you want if you don’t tell them what it is?

CTAs typically show up most in outbound marketing pieces like emails and online ads, but savvy business owners know that it’s also key to have highly-visible calls to action on their websites. The online viewer is fickle and easily distracted, so it’s imperative that they know immediately what they’re supposed to do while you have their attention.

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Trying to keep up with the amount of articles published each day is a struggle. But small business owners and entrepreneurs need to stay abreast of the latest news and stories. Not only do you want to read about your industry, but other topics that interest you as well; knowing tidbits and facts about a variety of topics will give you an edge in conversation and innovation.

I just stumbled over a tool in Facebook that can assist in this conquest of knowledge, and of course I felt obligated to share it with you! The tool is called Save on Facebook. This feature (which works much like Wunderlist, Pocket, or Feedly) allows you to collect links on Facebook that you would like read, but need to save for later.

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The small business landscape is one that is always changing. What’s true of this intrepid group one year may take an unexpected turn the next. So it’s always fascinating to touch base with business owners and learn about their needs, challenges, and aspirations for their businesses.

The infographic below summarizes the Webs Small Business Digital Trends Survey – the latest findings based on the responses of over 2,200 small business owners in the United States. Much of what you find below will probably confirm what you have experienced, and some of it might really surprise you. Here are a few of the stats that really stood out to us:

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In theory, it sounds like a great idea to have your website coordinate with your Facebook page, doesn’t it? But theory and practice are two different things, and for small business owners who don’t have a graphic designer on call, this might sound like a tall order. That is, unless they’ve tried the newly-revamped Cover Photo Designer from our friends at Pagemodo.  This tool has been making Facebook cover photo creation a snap since 2012, and the update that was released yesterday makes the process and results even better. They’ve added lots of new themes and a whole new design interface that let’s the user add custom shapes, text, and logos to make a totally personalized image. It’s an easy way to create a great looking cover photo if you have limited design skills and no budget (it’s free).

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The Inbox Diaries is a new series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

1. Find your first tweet (or someone else’s).
Last week in celebration of it’s 8th birthday, Twitter released a fun tool to locate the very first tweet sent out from your Twitter account. You can use it to see what you said when you first began your Twitter journey, or to see the auspicious (or inauspicious) beginnings of a famous tweeter. Once you find your first tweet, you can join the conversation by tweeting it out along with the hashtag, #FirstTweet. Read more on Twitter >>

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In honor of Social Media Week (hey, did you know that it’s Social Media Week?) today’s post will address one of the most asked questions in all of social media marketing: what are the most effective tactics for posting on social media?

As luck would have it, our good friends at Pagemodo recently created an infographic with social media posting tips for 4 of the most popular platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. In it, you’ll find answers to questions like:

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Looking back at 2013, a lot changed in the world of social media, specifically in the area of advertising. Facebook was no exception, rolling out sweeping changes once again to its advertising offerings in September.

In an effort to help small business owners get their arms around all the different ad sizes and types, our friends at Pagemodo created an infographic explaining the various offerings and their uses. It’s definitely worth checking out – and bookmarking – if you plan to make a resolution to give Facebook advertising a try in 2014.

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Good news! You still have 3 days to get your Facebook page ready for Small Business Saturday. Sure, some of you might be in a turkey dinner coma for one of those days, but that still leaves us 2 days to work with.

Our friends at Pagemodo created a list to make it even easier. The Small Business Saturday resources page listed Pagemodo as a tool small business owners should use to promote their participation in Saturday’s event, so below you’ll find 5 ways you can use Pagemodo to do just that:

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Earlier this week we talked about 4 things you can do to get your website ready for the holidays. Today we’re going to turn our attention to setting up your social media strategy to succeed as well.

When you are putting together your editorial calendar over the next two months, you’ll probably have some great status updates about holiday excitement, photos of new products, special offers for your web store, videos of your team putting up decorations, and links to articles you’re writing on your blog…right? Once you figure out what you’re going to say, you need to decide when and how you’re going to say it.

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