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Wisdom Wednesday Printable

build trust not traffic quote by mark schaefer

I love this quote from one of the awesome speakers we listened to at Social Media Marketing World 2016, Mark Schaefer. It’s particularly important because all too often people get caught up in the numbers – the traffic – the clicks. And while those metrics are certainly important, the ultimate goal is to win and keep customers, right?!

I think most of us would agree based on our own experiences with businesses, brands, and sales people, that trust is a key factor in deciding to buy. So try to keep your eye on the prize instead of on the numbers by building trust with your clients and customers, day in and day out. Then the numbers you want (# of clients!) will follow.

~ Monique / @moniqueramsey

Simply the Best

YOU ARE SIMPLY THE best courtney

Today we are celebrating Courtney’s 5th Anniversary with Cosmetic Social Media! Wow… how time flies!

Courtney is as solid as they come, and we could not be where we are without her loyalty, tenacity, fierce wordsmithing, and stellar social media skills.

And to give you an idea of just how amazing she is, we’ve done some math (which we never enjoy – so this should prove how much we love her): 

  • 22,500 Facebook posts
  • 68,750 tweets
  • 8,750 Pinterest pins
  • 2,750 Instagram pics
  • 3,750 Google+ posts
  • 67,500 Unique Short-link clicks
  • and ‪#‎toomanyhashtagstocount‬.

See?! She’s‪#‎simplythebest‬!

Gen Y Women – How to Effectively Market to Them

millennial women marketing by cosmetic social media

We’re guessing that Generation Y (aka Millennial Women, born after 1980) are a HUGE target audience for your practice. But market to them in the wrong way and you’re sure to lose them.

Forbes came out with an article today which had some excellent insights about this influential group of women.

Article Key Points:

  •  A recent study on Millennial women’s relationship with brands reveals today’s female consumers demand significantly high levels of engagement from brands. Are they getting it? No. This is where brands are ignoring billions of dollars in potential revenue opportunities.”
  • “As a whole, Millennials like to associate themselves with difference-making brands, causes, and trends. The Millennial woman wants to be inspired by the brands she chooses. She seeks engagement with positive brand images that resonate with her, and make her feel good about supporting them.”
  • “Hollow marketing messages don’t work with her; brands that want to attract the attention of the millennial woman need to layer their campaigns with inspirational messages.”
  • “She appreciates brands that make her the “hero.” So make her the hero. According to a recent finding, 67 percent of women “appreciate brands that make [them] the hero vs. themselves [the brand] the hero.”
  • “When it comes to engaging Millennial women, brands that talk about themselves won’t cut it.”<< note that last part! 

Despite our (sometimes nagging) insistence for our clients (and anyone who will listen, actually) to focus on their customer instead of themselves, many clients refuse to let go of old marketing messages.  Well, maybe now that Forbes is saying it too, businesses might listen (we can only hope).

Full article here.

Silence Truly is Golden

silence is goldne quote brian solisWe’re bombarded from every angle all day, every day, with marketing messages. Every surface (in real life and digitally) is being cluttered with ads. And we hear it over loudspeakers, while watching videos, TV, movies, etc.  I noticed this quite jarringly the other day when I was filling up my car with gas.

The moment I lifted the pump from the holster, the news came on a video screen in the pump housing (and people who know me know I do not watch the news). So as the gas flowed into my car, I tried my best to look away and think of other things. When the pump clicked off, I was startled back into reality. I removed the nozzle from my car, turned around and noted the $51.07 purchase on the digital readout, and then heard these words coming out of the video monitor: “California has a xx% chance* of an earthquake magnitude 8.0 or above in the next 3 years”.*

And I thought to myself, “I did not ask to know that!” I actually felt slightly invaded and mildly irritated at Shell Oil. Aren’t I paying enough for gas that I don’t have to be additionally marketed to while waiting for the pump to do its thing? The pump is already covered in marketing paraphernalia, and the speakers overhead talk about going inside to buy yourself a snack. So, yes, let’s add another layer by adding video.

And you may be thinking, “Monique… you are a marketer. Aren’t you part of the problem?” And yes, while all of us here at Cosmetic Social Media do marketing for a living, we are acutely aware of people’s space. This is especially important in the world of social media. Social is NOT the place to be overly salesy. People are on Facebook and other social platforms to connect with friends, family, acquaintances old and new, organizations, their favorite teams, and yes, brands. They want to have fun, learn a bit, do some research, listen to some cool music, watch a funny video… but they are not there to be bombarded by marketing pitches.

So, make sure you think about things from their perspective the next time you think about posting a “call to action” sales pitch about the latest special you’re offering. Sure, sometimes that’s fine. But think about it: wouldn’t you rather be a positive part of their day by sharing a funny picture that makes them giggle and want to share it with their friends? Your brand name goes right along with that giggle and share, but in a positive way, versus a way that makes them hide your post, unlike your page, or even never buy gas again at your gas station (I’m talkin’ to you, Shell Oil).

For a great #NewYorkTimes article on this topic, and what caused me to create this blog post, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/opinion/sunday/the-cost-of-paying-attention.html 

*I actually missed what they said the percentage of this überquake is and I don’t want to know. But if you do, I am sure you can Google it. 😉

~ Monique

Follow on Twitter @moniqueramsey and @cosmeticsocial 

Three Things That Make a Great Pin on Pinterest

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Pinterest studied over 100,000 pins to see which ones were the most effective. They found that the best pins have three things in common.

Great pins are:

  • Helpful: People like to gain knowledge about a topic – make your pins informative. Click here for an example of a helpful pin.
  • Beautiful: We know that the cosmetic patient is very interested in beauty so this one is important! Big beautiful images attract the eye and entice a click! Click here for an example of a beautiful pin.
  • Tasteful: Don’t be constantly marketing to them, or have your pins appear spammy (we’ve all seen how this leads to a very quick click to “unfollow all”). Click here for an example of a tasteful pin that relates to what you do but doesn’t “sell”.

Pinterest IconFor more details on their study findings, click here for the Pinterest blog post.

Here is a good quick video on the art of a Pinterest board:

LEARN IN-DEPTH

And for even more great #Pinterest and social media learning opportunities, consider joining me at Social Media Marketing World 2015 here in SUNNY San Diego in just a few weeks time: http://budurl.me/smmw15. If you can’t make it in person, click here to grab a virtual ticket! http://budurl.me/smmwvirtual

Cheers,

Monique

Follow on Twitter: @moniqueramsey on @CosmeticSocial

Follow on Instagram: @moniqueramsey and @CosmeticSocialMedia

 

 

 

 

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

Social Media Holiday Cheer: Don’t Skip This Important Branding Detail

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You might be decorating your office, sending out holiday cards, or having a Holiday Open House for your clients. But have you thought about how you’re going to celebrate the season on your social media channels?

Your branding affects the way clients view your business and differentiates you from your competitors, and social media is no exception.

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Can You Really Determine the ROI of Anything? Yes.

ROI - The 3 little letters no one can stop talking aboutWhether I’m giving a presentation to hundreds of physicians about social media or speaking one-on-one to a prospective client, I always get the same question: What is the ROI of social media?

It’s a natural question to ask. But before answering, I like to counter with a different question:

What’s the ROI of your nursing staff, or patient coordinator? Your copier? Your waiting room decor and coffee service?

And most of the time I get one of two things: a blank stare, or a harrumph, followed by “Well you can’t put a price on thatIt’s an integral part of the way I do business! Without a phone I can’t communicate!” 

Okay. The point is, you can determine the value of just about anything, social media included. And to prove it, I’m bringing in a heavy hitter to help explain it better than I ever could.

If you haven’t heard of Gary Vaynerchuck (@GaryVee), I want you to get familiar. (See links at end of post.)

Gary has a gift for distilling down any topic to something that is both easy to understand and easy to relate to. This quality makes him a brilliant communicator. He’s funny, quick, offensive to some, and brilliant. He “gets” marketing, and more importantly, the FUTURE of marketing, and for that I love him.

Please take two minutes and click through this great slideshare from Gary. It’s well worth your time and you’ll feel much clearer on the whole ROI topic, I promise.

Gary’s newest best-seller:

What You Should Know About Canada’s New Anti-Spam Law

Are you going to be in compliance with Canada’s new rules anti-spam legislation (CASL) set to launch July 1st?

If you have any doubt, please read this b̶o̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ informative article from the fine folks at Clickz.com. Not to imply the writing is borting, rather, the subject matter. Who loves reading new legislation (or even old legislation for that matter?)

Here are two important take-aways:

  1. You’re going to need to start removing the “Forward to a Friend” button from your emails, as this is not in compliance.
  2. 2) Social media is not spared from this law. You may send a tweet to someone such as “Thank you for following us!” but you cannot say, “Thank you for following us. Enjoy 10% off your next purchase at XYZ MedSpa.”

There is more – and trust me – it’s important stuff. Just have some coffee standing by…

Read the full article here.

(No, really. Read it.)

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.