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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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A couple of weeks ago we gave you 10 Mother’s Day marketing ideas for your small business; and while some people can learn a lot from a list, some of us (including myself) do much better when we have visuals and examples.

So, if it’s examples you need, take a scroll through our social profile updates from this past weekend to learn from our Mother’s Day campaign!

This year we asked Webs employees what they would like to thank their mothers for on their special day.

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One question we get asked a lot is “how can I make my videos go viral?” Well, there is no short answer or magic bullet for viral success on social media. There are lots of factors that can be controlled – like original audience size, distribution channels, content quality – but videos that go viral are more than the sum of these parts. If something is going to take off, there has to be a little bit of magic involved. The right people have to see it at the right time, and share it on the right platforms with the right commentary.

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Lead generation ideas

Online marketing is a whole arena encompassing many effective forms of promotion. At every turn you come face to face with a new development, strategy, or platform. Keeping up with this world of digital marketing may sound daunting at first, but having spot-on information about the different ways of generating leads online certainly makes it easier.

Just like the inner workings of businesses differ according to their industry, so too do their online marketing efforts. Knowing how to navigate the different techniques and what to focus on is the root of the strategy. What works for a retail company does not necessarily work for a marketing firm. To help you identify what is out there and what works for your business, I’ve compiled a list of effective methods of generating leads online. Diving into the “what,” “how,” and “why” will give you a better understanding of the different techniques available to attract valuable customers.

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Google Plus Infographic

As with any social network, the answer to the perennial question of what to post on Google+ depends entirely on your social media goals.

If you saw Pagemodo’s Posting Playbook infographic a few months ago, you know the rules for what to post on Facebook and Twitter depending on your business goals. If you’re curious how to similarly strategize your Google+ posting practices, CircleCount and Digital Information World have some answers in the form of the infographic below.

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In order to maintain an energetic social media presence and an ambition content posting schedule, sometimes we really need to think that every person who sees and engages with our social posts is a power user; those all-important industry influencers who have the power to make your content go viral.

And while that fantasy can certainly help keep you motivated, it’s important to be aware – even if only in the very back of your mind – that it’s not really the case. Do I say this to dishearten you or rain on your parade? Certainly not. But it is important to be mindful of the need to make every interaction with an influencer on social really count.

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How to become a Google Plus Wizard

Do you ever feel that nagging sense that you’re forgetting to do something important? Something that could really benefit your business and your own personal brand, if only you could remember what it was? Psst…that thing you keep forgetting to do is learn how to use Google Plus effectively.

For all of it’s brilliant functionality, attractive design, and good market awareness, Google Plus has still not achieved the social media superstar status it probably should have. Why? There are lots of theories, but one that I find compelling is that people are simply burned out on learning new social platform rules. This theory leaves out the industry experts and savvy social users who seamlessly adopt new tech. It more explains the masses who, having dedicated themselves to learning the ins and outs of Facebook for so long, simply can’t bring themselves to learn the new rules and subtle intricacies of another sophisticated platform.

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Throughout the month of August we’ve been talking about building communities. So today we’re going to talk about something that’s very important to have once people start engaging in your communities: social media guidelines.

There are several groups for whom you should create guidelines, not only because your business interests need protecting, but also because sometimes people need to be saved from themselves. For whatever reason, social media sometimes seems to make people forget themselves in ways that they never would in face-to-face interactions. And whether or not those mishaps have legal repercussions for you, it’s important to limit them in order to protect the brand you’re trying to build. No matter how much followers may love a brand, if their social media communities become unpleasant or filled with negativity, those followers will start to head for the exits.

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