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Social Media Tips and Best Practices for 2015

Looking to brush up on the latest social media tricks and tips for 2015? Great! Just click through this presentation from #IMCAS Paris 2015*. Enjoy! To view all of our presentations, visit our SlideShare channel: http://www.slideshare.net/moniqueramsey

*IMCAS stands for International Masters Course on Aging Skin and is a wonderful meeting to attend!

Number of Twitter Followers – What’s The Secret Sauce?

We have a family member who is always beating his chest about how his Twitter account is “fan based” and then chastising everyone else whose isn’t. What does it mean to be “fan based” and does it even matter?

Being “fan based” isn’t a widely used term, but he’s talking about having more people following him than he follows back. A good example of this is Dr. Oz who has 3.6 million followers but is only following 80.  You will find that many “verified” accounts (designated by the blue check mark to notate authenticity) will unfortunately be unbalanced like this. We say “unfortunately” because we believe the best social media should be open and transparent, instead of closed and unapproachable, or else why bother, right?!

Dr OZ Twitter

SO… what is the right number of Twitter followers?

Actually the answer is better suited to “What is the right ratio”? Most experts agree, you should try to keep your account as close to 1:1 followers to following as possible.

TOOLS

There are lots of free tools to help you manage your this aspect of your Twitter account. One we like to employ now and again is FriendOrFollow.com.

Friend or Follow

This tool quickly shows you who on Twitter you are following that is not following you back. If you have hit Twitter’s imposed limit on how people you can follow (which kicks in at the 2000 mark), a trip over to Friend or Follow to clean up your account is probably in order. On the “Following” tab we like to sort by “last tweet” and then click to the last page to start un-following accounts who haven’t tweeted in a while, (or ever in some cases).

NUMBERS

If you insist of talking about numbers, it is widely believed that QUALITY is far superior to QUANTITY. So (please!) don’t fall for the ads telling you to buy 1,000 fans for $15 (or any amount of money). As with all social media channels, you want to build up your followers with people who are most likely to buy and/or recommend your products or services.

Here is a good example of why:

Pizzicato framed

Let’s pretend you own a pizzeria in Encinitas, California (this is my favorite) and you want to do a mass coupon mailing to get more new business. You see an offer to buy a list of 20,000 names and addresses for just $50. Sound good? Well, if the names and addresses are for people who live in Thailand, London, and Miami, how effective will your coupon redemption be? Do you think you will get even one coupon redeemed? Okay. That’s why you don’t buy Twitter (or any other social media followers). Grow your fans and followers organically.

*For more on Twitter’s Guidelines on Followers, click here or follow the URL below.

https://support.twitter.com/articles/68916-following-rules-and-best-practices

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My Facebook to Twitter Blunder, Exposed

If there is one thing all of us here at Cosmetic Social Media are, it’s that we are honest. And when we make a blunder, even when it is unintentional, we want to let you know so you won’t make it too.

THE BLUNDER:

This morning, I went into my Twitter feed on Hootsuite and noticed a message in my personal account. Twitter user @eddieanne alerted me to the fact that something wonky was happening in my twitter feed – it was seemingly replicating messages our of Facebook. If you are on the receiving end of identical tweets flooding your feed all at once, it can be really annoying. Thankfully she took the time to tell me or I may not have noticed this glitch in the Facebook to Twitter auto feed.

 As you can see in this screen capture, there were multiple tweets with exactly the same language, but with different URL’s attached linking back to the post. So what was the issue? Was it a random social media technical difficulty (common) or something more?

THE CAUSE:

What actually caused this was the upload of a photo album to my profile. I was on my iPhone and created an album for the Fish Tacos for Firefighters event that I had volunteered with the night before. You can select up to 30 photos at a time to go into a particular album. This was my second upload of 30 photos and I gave the description “More photos” to the group of them.

What Facebook did was to treat all 30 photos as their own unique individual post, which, in a way they are because each photo has its own URL.  BUT the photos only show up in your Facebook feed as one post – namely, that you added photos to a photo album. Because of the unique URL assigned by Facebook to each photo, this triggered 30 separate tweets to got out to Twitter.  I thought it would treat the whole album as one post – thus one tweet. Wrong.

LESSONS LEARNED:

* Be careful when hooking up your Facebook  to Twitter feed. Either temporarily disable this function before uploading a group of photos, or turn it off completely and post to Twitter manually every time.

* If you see something weird going on, be like @eddieanne and let the person know. It’s nice twitter etiquette to bring it to their attention!

SIDE NOTE:

There are a lot of people who don’t believe it’s good practice to auto post from Facebook to Twitter. I, however, think it’s okay for this reason: In an ideal world, sure, re-craft every post to be the perfect tweet. But if you are posting one to three times a day on Facebook, those few Facebook post tweets are really not going to negatively impact your Twitter profile. As long as you are taking the time to be in Twitter for the vast majority of your Twitter engagement, then I don’t see using the auto-post feature as a problem.

That being said, make sure that you DO NOT have your Twitter posts auto-feeding into Facebook. Since Twitter is a fast-paced social platform, you are going to have many, many more tweets/posts per day. If you had all of this activity auto-posting into the slower, more leisurely pace of Facebook, you’ll most likely get hidden from the news feed by your friends and fans. In other words, people would “hide” your updates, or un-follow you entirely, due to frequent 140 character messages from you flooding their News Feed.

 

 

 

Social Media Mini Boot Camp 2014

I just returned from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) Annual Meeting Meeting in Hollywood, Florida where I gave a power-packed talk on the 12 things you need to do in 2014 for social media success.

Now, my talk presumes you are ALREADY doing some social media and relationship marketing to increase your online visibility. If you have not yet taken a dip in the social media pool, I highly recommend you start. (And if you need help, you can always ask!)

Here is the slide deck I presented – so take a look, make some notes, and even download if you so choose. All of us here at Cosmetic Social Media are here to help you make the best possible online impression.

To see our other presentations, check out our SlideShare channel!

Here are links to your recommended reading this year:
 

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Vegas Cosmetic Surgery Meeting Presentations are Ready

Greetings social butterflies!

You can now view or download our presentations from the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery 2013 Meeting!  Please feel free to contact us if you need clarification on anything. We are always happy to help!

NOTE: With the exceptions of brief quotations – with proper accreditation – no part of these presentations may be used, reproduced or transmitted in any manner whatsoever without written permission from Cosmetic Social Media, the authors. We are happy to have you use these for your own personal use within your practice, but please refrain from changing, dismantling, plagiarizing, or reselling these presentations. Thank you. 🙂

And with that out of the way… here you go…

Here is our Social Media MBA presentation from Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Presentation #2 from Friday, June 29, 2013

Presentation #1 from Friday, June 29, 2013

Think You Can Skip Facebook? Think Again…

A few days ago MediBeauty.biz editor, Tom Seery (who I love, by the way), put up a blog post entitled, “Doctors Don’t Need to Be on Facebook (and other good news)“. First let me way – that is a BRILLIANT title! Seriously, who wouldn’t click on this!?  But regardless of the genius title, I think there are a few flaws, so I sat down to give my thoughts…

Here is my response:

“Interesting points here Tom. I think the waters are being muddied in your article, however.  By saying “You don’t need to be on Facebook” I believe you are actually doing them a big disservice.  And I don’t say this because it’s what I do for a living – I say it as a former practice administrator who spent 20 years in plastic surgery management and marketing.  I know from firsthand experience how much of a difference it made in our practice’s patient retention, loyalty to our brand, repeat business, community awareness, and last but not least, referrals.

Now, should physicians THEMSELVES be on Facebook? The answer is yes, if they want to, but for their personal profile for friends and family *only*. These guidelines were set forth by the American Medical Association in late 2010 so this is not new news.  However, whether or not the physician wants a personal profile is less important than the PRACTICE having a page.

Implementing a practice Facebook page (and this goes for all social media platforms) opens an online channel for your practice/brand to engage with current patients, their friends (most likely to buy), and prospective clients on a daily basis. If you think about it, you cannot do this any other way.

I believe RealSelf offers surgeons a wonderful platform to show their expertise and let the patients “get to know them”.  Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, and Foursquare, all provide additional touchpoint opportunities. With Facebook’s Graph Search implications (see this blog post for more) and the strong SEO benefits of social media in general, it’s more important than ever to be active in all channels so you are connecting with this new digitally-connected consumer.

We have become a culture of sharing. The connected consumer shares everything – how they feel about you, your brand, your products, and your service. It used to be a happy customer tell s one person and an unhappy customer tells ten. NOW – that same customer can tell hundreds or thousands the good and the bad with one touch of her finger – and 70% of consumers will believe her!  This is the shift from word of mouth being “one-to-one “ to “one-to-many” and is why social media is not a “nice to have”- it’s expected.

Remember, Facebook is not a marketing platform, but rather another communication platform, similar to the telephone, email, or RealSelf) but the beauty of it is that you engage with patients where they are spending time (and on their terms).  Your updates have to be relevant and engaging to be worthy of a like, share, re-tweet, re-pin, etc.

As for the results you found on whether or not social brings new patient activity, I would question how these practices conducted and measured their social media efforts (see: this blog post about Dark Social Media). All too often the practice sets up a page and leaves it to wither and die by not updating on a regular basis (and losing out on Facebook’s EdgeRank algorithm for getting seen in the news feed), not engaging when patients comment, or flooding the stream with marketing posts. The saddest part is how many 3rd party providers don’t “get” social media either. So MD’s might be spending good money with so called experts who don’t understand the nuances of social and therefore implement the wrong strategy.

Social media is relationship marketing. Brian Solis, global new media thought leader called social, “The new cost of doing business. In an era of connected consumerism, to earn customer attention, trust, and loyalty is a cost and an investment in relevance and relationships.” (Click here for info about the new empowered customer)

 

 

How to be a Social Media Content Curating Ninja

Part 2 of a 2 Part Series

(Read Part 1 here)

If you read Part 1 of this series, you know WHO you’re creating content for and WHAT she might find relevant.  Next, let’s look for sources to inspire you… get the creative juices flowing.

 

Media: What’s trending in the news oftentimes makes interesting (and timely!) content. Piggyback onto trends and ride the viral wave as your readers share this “hot topic” with their friends. Just remember to keep it relevant. For instance, a recent news story reported that Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend du jour forbid her to get Botox.  So, if you are a cosmetic practice who offers Botox to your patients – this might set up a great topic for discussion. And if it gets a little heated, that’s okay. You can remind everyone to keep it civil if need be. And remember to encourage the discussion by posting replies to each person who comments with @ tags. (If you don’t have a clue what we mean by @ tags, click here for a über-fab article from my dear friend, mentor, and relationship marketing expert, Mari Smith).

Blogs & eNewsletters: Subscribe to lots and lots of blogs and eblasts. You can get great ideas from topics posted by WebMD, EverydayHealth, KevinMD (aka “Social Media’s Leading Physician”), and many others. Read what they have to say and you’re very likely to have at least one light bulb go off. Then take that topic and tweak it to suit your audience (remember the importance of relevance). You can also get great ideas from your society newsletters (ASPS, ASAPS, AACS, AAD, NSOCP, etc). Plus don’t forget about your consumer-facing publication(s) and websites – such as RealSelf and ProjectBeauty.

Google Alerts: If you don’t know what a Google Alert is click here. You might already have some alerts set up with your practice name, physician name, etc., but do you have alerts on topics such as breast augmentation news, Botox, celebrity plastic surgery, etc.? The possibilities are endless (really!) and you can choose the alerts to come to you as they happen or once per day, week, etc.

Use the Twitter Search Function

Twitter # Search: One of the coolest ninja tricks on Twitter is the search feature. You can search on any key word you want (ex: #CosmeticSurgery) and see what’s being discussed in real time! You can jump into the conversation and/or look for great content ideas. Some of the coolest content I’ve found was from using this method. Warning: If you have A.D.D., this might not be the most effective use of your time. It’s really easy to get sidetracked and forget why you came in the first place!

Fashion & Beauty Magazines: Oh my goodness… is there ever a plethora of information here! I have to admit, I got a little carried away recently and subscribed to a bunch of great magazines (and just might need a bigger Post Office Box). BUT, I have gotten my money’s worth already!  Here are a few I subscribe to:

  • Allure
  • Fitness
  • Self
  • Lucky
  • Better Homes & Gardens
  • W
  • InStyle

Google + Search: Just like Twitter, you can use the full power of Google’s search in a much more fun and social environment, Google+. You can search topics and get a whole host of terrific (and trending) info from the web. Think of it like a news feed of posts just on the topic you are interested in. It’s the best – try it out and let us know what you think!

Follow Heavy Hitters (like us!): Just kidding… (well, sort of). We’re just making sure you are still paying attention! But seriously, think of big influences in your specialty and see what they are doing to get ideas.

Books: Stop by your local book store and browse the health, beauty, medical, and humor sections. Here are just a few of my favorite books to draw inspiration from for posts and tweets (click on them to learn more):

IMPORTANT NOTE:  This should go without saying, but we’ve had it done to us plenty, so we’re saying it anyway. “Do not plagiarize (steal) someone else’s content. They worked hard to create it – so give a “hat tip”, denoted by this symbol: to those who gave you the idea  or inspiration (such as  Courtney Romagnoli). Or, if you are introducing a topic and linking or sharing the bulk of the article with little modification, put this symbol to say “via”:  (such as Monique Ramsey”). Read more about using these symbols and the correct ways to attribute content on the Curator’s Code website.

We hope this gives you some inspiration on how to find amazing and relevant content. Do you have other ways you find inspiration for your posts? Share them with us in the comments below!

~ Monique

Social Media Post Idea Inspiration

Part 1 of a 2 Part Series

GREAT BLOG POST IDEASA question we often get asked is, “Where do you find all the great content for your client’s posts?”

At first blush, it seems like an easy enough question to answer. However, we find that to get great content (the kind that gets traction), you need to spend a few minutes to prepare. Think of it in the same way you review the patient’s chart notes and pre-op photos before performing surgery.

STEP ONE: WHO IS YOUR PATIENT?

The first step we do for each client is to learn about the target audience. Let’s say you run cosmetic surgery practice and your typical patient is a female between the ages of 25-65.

STEP TWO: WHAT DOES SHE LIKE?

Next,  think about WHAT she likes – her interests, her goals, her style, etc.  Since she is a cosmetic surgery patient, you can draw certain broad conclusions, such as:

  • Her appearance is very important to her
  • Heath, fitness, and cooking tips would be interesting
  • She may be a bride, new mom, or have a child getting married so think about the topics might be valuable to her during these life events
  • She stays in the know about the latest beauty and cosmetic surgery trends
  • If she is a mom, then she’ll be interested in her kids, so think about incorporating topics that deal with family
  • Is she a business professional who “does it all”? She might appreciate time-saving beauty tips, or ways to make her life easier (simple recipes, etc.).

Also think about the clothes she wears, the magazines she reads, does she travel?  And remember, your practice might have an evolving patient base as time goes on, so be sure to re-evaluate this question every so often. Your patients give you a ton of useful information at each visit – all you have to do is look, listen, and look for trends.

STEP THREE: RELEVANT CONTENT

The above tips should help paint a picture of your typical and/or target patient and will give you clues as to where to look for relevant content. Notice we said “relevant” content.

Think about the massive amount of content you are bombarded with in a given day. What makes you stop and actually READ something? Maybe it’s because it “catches your eye”, makes her laugh, or is pertinent to your life at that moment. Or possibly it was passed on to you by a good friend.

Posting relevant content is probably the most important tip we can give you. If the reader finds it relevant, she’ll find it valuable. When she finds it valuable, she shares it with her network (typically like-minded people who ALSO might be your patients). She’ll re-tweet, “like”, share, forward, Pin, and +1 to her heart’s content, because sharing something of value, also makes her look good to her circle of friends.

In Part Two of our Social Media Inspiration blog post we’ll show you how to be a Content Curating Ninja so you’ll always have great ideas at your fingertips. Stay tuned!