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Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up social media accounts for your business and are gaining followers and increasing engagement daily. Your hard work is paying off, but do you feel like social media management is becoming a full-time job, on top of running your small business? With the numerous platforms available, all which have different functionalities and requirements – cue Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets – it can be a cumbersome undertaking. You may find that you spend a shocking amount of time on this one piece of your business. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then keep reading!

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Social Mistakes

Over the years there have been plenty of examples illustrating tweets or status updates that should have been given a little more thought. Even if there is functionality in place to take a step back and remove tweets or other posts that were quickly identified as bad ideas, someone out there is always ready to take a screen capture of the evidence. If you’re in charge of posting for your company, it’s always a good idea to have a second set of eyes review any important posts prior to making them live.

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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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Examples of clever 404 Errors

Have you ever been browsing the internet and reached a page screaming, “404 Error Page!” and been afraid you had done something terribly wrong to harm your browser and/or computer?

Have no fear! We have all been there.

Good news is that is completely normal for a user to come across a 404 error page, and for your small business website to return one.  Because in the definition of a 404 Error Page (or HTTP 404 for our more technical audience) it describes the error as a web page that simply could not be found when attempting to follow a broken or dead link (or one that you’ve typed in incorrectly).

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Top posts on LinkedIn Pulse

We could go on and on about how important content marketing is to any small business marketing plan (and we have). Not only is it a great way to establish yourself/your brand as a thought leader in your industry, it’s also a very effective SEO strategy for boosting your rank on search engines. One of the big reasons content marketing is great for SEO is that it creates links back to your website from other places – social media, other people writing and referencing you, etc. These inbound links from other domains are very valuable for signaling to Google that your website is legitimate and important.

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There has been a lot of chatter around the internet the last couple of months surrounding a big change for Twitter come 2015.

If you’ve missed the buzz, keep calm and read on!

In September, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto was quoted by WSJ stating the current Twitter feed is organized in reverse chronological order and, “isn’t the most relevant experience for a user.” And “Putting [that] content in front of the person at that moment in time is a way to organize that content better.”

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Yesterday, I attended the webinar Everybody Writes, sponsored by Marketo and given by Ann Handley from Marketing Profs.

If you couldn’t guess by the title, Everybody Writes was a webinar focused on content marketing. Handley has recently written a book on the subject and decided to share her knowledge with the Marketo community.

I received so much great information from the session that I decided to share a brief summary of the webinar with you all so you can take some tips back to your own content marketing strategies!

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Social Media Hanging Icons

In the last week there have been a lot of new releases in the social media world. And while normally we leave these updates in the hands of our Pagemodo blog, we thought it was important to share this news with you to stay on top of your content marketing strategy.

Many of these releases revolve around better targeting your audience and assisting in calculating your social media ROI. Both of which can service your marketing efforts as we continue towards 2015.

Here is what’s new:

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After reading The Definitive Guide to Social Marketing from Marketo, one quote really stuck out to us:

“And I think the one mistake that most companies make, even mature companies in the social media marketing world right now, the one mistake they make is they don’t plan to measure.”

–   Jason Falls, CEO of Social Media Explorer

So we decided we wouldn’t leave you, our Webs readers, in the lurch. We know social media is a tricky channel. And while email has click-through rates and delivery metrics, many aren’t sure where to start in measuring a platform that depends mostly on brand awareness and “word-of-mouth.”

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LinkedIn tips

We’ve talked before about creating a LinkedIn Showcase Page for your small business. And what that’s definitely an important milestone in any business’s marketing evolution, what about the entrepreneur who started it? In many cases, businesses start out as one person offering a product or service – like a photographer, accountant, blogger, or a wedding planner. In these cases, the first step might be to make the most of something you should already have: your personal LinkedIn Profile.

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