When we think of social media, Instagram stories, Snapchats, and endless Facebook scrolling often comes to mind. Yet according to the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of workers report using social media while at work. While this data may lead you to believe that worker productivity has been hindered by Pinterest and its cousins, there are actually a handful of surprising reasons why social media plays an important role in the workforce.

It’s not whether social media in the office is good or bad; rather, it’s how employees use it. This article will delve into the pros and cons of social media in the workplace and share a list of suggested company policies to ensure it is used in the best way.

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If you still believe that the internet is made only for Millennials and Generation Z, then you’ve got it all wrong. Right now, there are more senior citizens using the world wide web than you might have been aware of. Continue reading “Connected Senior Citizens–Caught in the World Wide Web”

Productivity online depends a lot on your strategy and the tools you use. When you are managing multiple social media accounts for numerous clients, it’s important to be well organized and efficient with your time and part of that comes down to these productivity tools and apps: social media scheduling tools; graphic tools; presentation tools; website builders and much more. Continue reading “Productivity Tools- VISME and OneUp App”

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60% of women admitted being addicted to social networking sites. 56% of users shared that they were afraid of missing something important online. It was also estimated, in another research, that an average person spends approximately 135 minutes per day on social media.

The reason why people want to go online, and share something, lies in the psyche of letting others know of one’s real self, and staying connected with the rest of the world, especially friends and family. But there are many drawbacks to this dependence as well. Users often find their self-esteems suffering in the process. Therefore, it is important to cut down the usage of these sites.

Continue reading “The Psychology of Social Media”

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Facebook video can be an excellent way to engage with your customers and introduce yourself to new leads. Follow these tips to learn how to make the most out of the medium on a budget.

Continue reading “A Small Business Guide To Facebook Video Marketing”

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Fonts are one of the most crucial aspects of design. Using the right font brings order to the design and helps deliver the message without chaos or confusion. The versatility of fonts is important to keep brand’s message consistent across screens. Check out these fonts for your next project.

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Facebook is massive, and getting bigger everyday. It currently has over 2 billion users, far surpassing other social media networks. 66% of these users return to Facebook daily, so if you want to reach and engage with new audiences it’s a huge opportunity.

4 Reasons Your Business Needs A Blog

In today’s technological world, the market has become increasingly competitive with more and more companies trying their best to grab some of the online business that’s out there. Even if you offer the best service in town along with a high-quality product, you need to get your name known and build up a reputation online. One of the best ways to do this is to keep up with the trending need for online videos.

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There is much more to being online than having a website. While a website is the place to start, it is no longer enough to rely on a website alone. Business must develop a digital online presence that includes much more. 

Continue reading “The 4 Pillars Of Creating An Online Presence”

SEO: Why Creating Long-Form Content Is Great For Your Strategy

Content is key. Creating awesome content is vital to your SEO marketing strategy. This is why it’s one of the most important factors for ranking high on search engines. If your content is poor, it won’t get a lot of traffic, shares, or backlinks, all of which are important in determining your site’s ranking.

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The numbers don’t lie when it comes to video. To learn more about how video marketing can help convert customers and increase brand awareness, see infographic below.

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Facebook ads are used by over one billion people every month. But if your business doesn’t have a large marketing department, where do you start?

This infographic provides small business owners an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan to set up and run your Facebook ad campaign. It provides a straightforward introduction to some of the website’s more specific requirements, and some handy advice on how to tweak for your particular business.

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Social networking remains the most commonly sought online communication globally. Its growth has exceeded expectations over the last few years. Facebook remains the front runner in social media usage and currently boasts 1.55 billion online users across the world. Having launched in 2004, Facebook is expected to grow by 132 million users in 2018. Other platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ are close contenders with millions of active users growing annually.

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Your website is your most valuable marketing asset. For any new lead that sparks an interest in your business will look for your website to find further information about your product or service. A website that looks great and nurtures your leads through their buying journey will work for you on autopilot 24/7

Continue reading “70 Features Every Small Business Website Should Have”

 

 

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Share these social media and online marketing tips on your social platforms. Great Pins for your social marketing and online marketing boards!

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Want to take advantage of this decade’s fastest growing social media platform? You’re not alone, 71% of marketers are looking to level up their Instagram marketing. And they’re spending crazy money on advertising and influencer marketing.

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When a user visits your social media page, as an individual or a business, the first thing they’re going to notice is your cover photo. Make those photos count on desktop, tablet, and mobile by resizing your images correctly! Make your social platforms visually more appealing with these tips!

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If you’re a small business owner you know by now that online marketing is a must. Here are some of the most common trends and challenges small business owners are likely to face in 2018. The data may help provide some additional perspective, and greater understanding of where your focus should lie.

Having a good marketing strategy is crucial to the success of any business. Nowadays, digital marketing is hands down the best way for businesses to thrive and attract more clients. Video marketing, on the other hand, seems to be an essential aspect of companies’ marketing techniques in recent years.

 

 

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Google has good news for professionals. Google typically required business listings to have a physical address.  Individuals working from a home office or servicing client’s at their location can now claim their listing. This is great news for non-profits, service groups, real estate agents, consultants, online marketers, online sales and individuals whom provide their services from a home office or at a clients home or location.

It is now possible for professionals and service providers to claim their Google My Business and take advantage of all the possible marketing options available. 

DIGITAL-MARKETING-TIPSThere is more to growing your business than building a website or sharing content on your social media sites. Customers won’t just to come to you! You have to attract clients to your website by implementing a combination of steps. There is a process. If you are ignoring the process, your online marketing will not see the Return On Investment (ROI) you are hoping for.

You must have a digital marketing strategy to be successful with your marketing. It is essential that you have clear and measurable goals to direct your actions. Here are key components that must be a part of your plan.

This 2017, we witnessed how social media dominated the digital marketing industry with innovations of various platforms to accommodate the needs of marketers and advertisers. The changes and improvements in the last few years were dramatic and creative agencies and marketers had to radically reinvent their campaigns to keep up with the trends.

Continue reading “Marketing Trends That Will Dominate Social Media in 2018”

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Think of your content marketing strategy as a hot fudge sundae. Your blog is the scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s the foundation of the sundae — without it, you can’t make a sundae at all!

But all on its own, it doesn’t make for a very magnificent dessert. 47% of business to business (B2B) buyers consume 3-5 pieces of content before engaging with a salesperson — making your blog essential for content marketing success. However, if you rely only on your blog, you limit who you engage with, creating huge missed opportunities.

 

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Google offers a FREE tool that can help local business stand out. “Google My Business” (GMB) allows you to manage how your business information appears across Google, including Search and Maps. GMB is an online dashboard designed to streamline the management of business information across multiple Google properties. This marketing tool allows you to interact with customers new and old and tell them the story of your business.

Google reports that “businesses that verify their information with Google My Business are twice as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.”

Customer Retention Using Social Media is one way to jump-start your business to exciting new heights. It usually comes down to how well you use social media to increase brand loyalty.

Continue reading “7 Insanely Simple Ways To Increase Customer Retention Using Social Media”

 

There are so many times when I hear companies say that social media does not work. They always say what a waste of time it was and how they did not get any conversions from their time spent scheduling to social media. They could not be more mistaken. Social media marketing works and it can lead to sales. However, this is only true if you understand how social media works and that behind every account, there is a person with their own goals, targets, and needs. If you focus your social media strategy around these three basics, you will begin to see an ROI from your social media scheduling.

Continue reading “Why Social Media Scheduling Works”

 

Customer care is an integral part of every business’s success. Customer service is a way of building a better relationship with your customers, thus increasing the opportunities for a positive impact on sales and customer loyalty.

Continue reading “The Rise Of Social Media Customer Care”

Does your blog struggle to keep readers interested and coming back for more? Are you looking for ways to be a little less boring? In this infographic MyTasker emphasize the importance of readability – keep words, sentences and paragraphs short and free of fluff.

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Twitter is a powerful marketing tool for business. When it is used properly Twitter can spread your brand, build strong connections and generate leads. However, if you have limited followers, your business will not be able to benefit from everything this powerful platform has to offer.

Quality content is the backbone of any brand that wishes to establish a strong presence over the Internet. Your content marketing strategy defines your success to a large extent as it’s the prime fuel for brand building, lead generation and sales.

Here are some stats that show why having a content strategy is inevitable in 2017 and the years to follow.

Continue reading “Why Marketers Must Take Content Marketing More Seriously?”

It is more important than ever to optimize your on-site and off-site Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for customers who may be searching for a local business. Local businesses that aren’t keeping up with the online world will soon be experiencing a drop in their customer base. No longer can you depend on newspaper ads, radio or television ads to create awareness for your brand.

Continue reading “Key Steps to Improve Your Website’s Local Search Ranking”

 

More and more companies are realizing the potential social media marketing has for their businesses. Whether you are just getting started using social media for your brand or are well versed in the space, it can be hard to determine which steps will lead to measurable results, and everyone will make mistakes.

 

 

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Blogs, a nice name for written articles, are the marketing vehicle for the future. Check out these five reasons and find out why blogging should be a key component of your online marketing strategy. 

Twitter is a great tool for marketing, but are you getting the most out of your profile? This infographic will teach you key ways to optimize your Twitter profile (both for individuals and for brands), best practices for tweet structure, and how to increase engagement. Check it out.

Continue reading “Tips To Turn Into A Twitter Pro”

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How do you find out how your new customers heard about your business? It is important to ask every first-time customer this question:

“How did you hear about our business/service/product?”

It sounds so simple, yet most of the businesses we talk to do not have a policy to ask this question, and simply don’t think of its importance. I hope that when you review the following information you will not only consider the value of the question, but the useful information the answers can provide.

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Twitter is the ideal social platform for Real Estate Professionals. It is the “must have” social channel to spread your brand locally. Therefore, for agents Twitter is a must!

Maximize your brand awareness with the following tips and recommendations.

Check out these 10 Steps for creating great content. The following infographic is your ultimate visual guide to the epic content cycle. It will assist you in creating content that’s ten times better than the competition. So here they are, the 10 steps you must follow to “10X” your next post:

 

Did you know you can share Instagram posts right from your Computer? It can be inconvenient to use your smartphone to post to your Instagram account. This is especially difficult for marketers who are managing other social media accounts. Many have to use their own personal smartphones to make it happen. If you are challenged with getting images to your smartphone, give these steps a try. 

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Three out of five followers made a purchase based on something they saw on their Twitter feed. See the infographic below to know how your company can get profitable results using this social media platform. 

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Facebook has recently announced that they are testing some Business Pages and allowing them to use videos as cover images. Any thoughts?

As an online and social media marketer, for almost a decade, I have seen more changes on Facebook Business Pages than on any other social media platform. I will admit that the majority of those changes have had me banging my head on my keyboard at times. However, I am excited about this change. (P.S. – Remind me that I said this in a couple of months!) 

Continue reading “Is Your Business Ready for Facebook Page Cover Videos?”

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Your target market can cover a wide age range. The wider the age range, the more you must know about marketing on social platforms. Each generation have different interests, so to get them involved in something, you have to show them something they’re interested in. This infographic shows how to market different generations.

 

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Your business is crazy and you have identified that online marketing and social media management is a much bigger job then you or your internal staff can handle. You are contemplating looking outside your business for a social media manager or an online marketing company to take on the responsibility. Where do you find someone and how do you know if they are the best person for the job? 

Blog-Tip-TitleAll the buzz online is about Blogging! As a business owner you have heard it, thought about it and then placed it on the back burner in your marketing strategy. It’s time you reconsider. Our clients often indicate that they KNOW they need a blog, but are not sure how to begin. Here are some tips and tools to help you get going with blogs.

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A content marketing strategy is critical for implementing a successful online marketing campaign. A well-thought out plan can elevate your digital marketing and take your business to a new level. It is worth the time to develop and document your content strategy.

Social Media is a great way to engage with friends, fans and followers. The problem is when a negative comments is added to the post. We have all seen them! Do you hide them, delete them, argue with them? This infographic helps guide you through the options.

5 Questions To Ask Before You Run A Facebook AdDon’t waste your time on Facebook Ads if you don’t have a strategy. So many businesses spend money on these adds with no clearly defined goals. You might as well just throw your money out the window of a speeding car. If you don’t have a clear plan you will see little results. Take some time to ask yourself a few questions before you begin!

5 Questions To Ask Before You Start A Facebook Ad Campaign

In this infographic, we are going to go through visual social Media and visual content marketing statistics you should know in 2017. Some of the interesting statistics about visual content marketing are following: 85% Facebook videos are watched without sound. 55% Marketers consider Facebook their major marketing platform. 74% Internet traffic will be represented from videos content at the end of 2017. Landing pages with video lead to 800% more conversions

Continue reading “Visual Content Marketing Statistics You Should Know In 2017”

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Instagram can be a powerful social media platform for marketing your business. More and more companies are signing up for accounts and adding Instagram to their social media marketing campaigns. 

Instagram is the perfect platform to show off great products and services. When used effectively it will help you connect with new customers and clients, build an online network, promote your other social media sites and best of all increase sales.  

These Instagram tips will help you get off on the right foot with your marketing.

Improve Your Facebook reach

One of the biggest struggles for businesses and social media marketers today is how to manage the results of Facebook’s declining reach. Many companies, large and small, have had a crushing blow over the past several months as they’ve watched their content posts reach an all-time low. We have seen some abandon their Facebook Business pages and head to other social media platforms. 

BUT WAIT… before you give up on your Facebook marketing consider this.

“Worldwide, there are over 1.79 billion monthly active Facebook users which is a 16 percent increase year over year. (Source: Facebook as of 11/02/16) What this means for you: In case you had any lingering doubts, statistically, Facebook is too big to ignore.” – Zephoria Digital Marketing

At cktechconnect inc. we use these effective strategies to successfully improve Facebook reach.  Yes, it’s possible. We recommend you consider these ideas before you desert your Facebook Business page and leave it in the worldwide wasteland.  

Continue reading “Strategies to Rock Your Facebook Reach!”

Twitter is an effective marketing tool for both small and large business. Whether you are marketing to your local community, or hoping to make connections worldwide, Twitter is an effective platform to help you reach your target audience.

Many brands appear to be including Twitter in their arsenal of social media sites, but many remain struggling with how to use it correctly. Mastering your business marketing on Twitter in 2017 should be a priority in your online marketing approach. Continue reading “15 Twitter Tips You Can’t Ignore”

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It’s the perfect time of year to examine your marketing methods. Certain online marketing patterns have emerged over the past year and there is nothing more energizing than putting together some fresh ideas to take advantage of what these strategies can offer your brand.

In spite of the fact that it can be difficult to incorporate new ideas into your marketing strategy, it is the perfect time to take your business to the next level in the digital world.

I have put together some Marketing-Must-Dos you should consider. Don’t feel you need to incorporate all of them at once. Take your time and evaluate which strategies best match your business, your time and your budget.

Just incorporating one of these suggestions into this year’s marketing can take your brand to the next level!

  Continue reading “4 Marketing Trends You Can’t Ignore”

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Instagram is a rapidly growing Social Media Platform. One that you may want to consider adding to your social marketing strategy. If it is something you are considering, you will want to review this Infographic and other resources below. 

Continue reading “The Benefits of Instagram for Business”

Contant Marketing Your Followers Will Love

“How do I know what kind of content to post?” This is one of those most asked questions during our social media platform training and consultation sessions.

The business and professionals who are working hard ensuring they follow social platform etiquette are often challenged with coming up with content that their fans and followers will find engaging and informative.

However, when you understand what type of content people love, it becomes easier to discover and create posts. 

Continue reading “Content Posts Your Followers Will Love!”

 

Social Media and Tourism

 

Social Media Marketing is essential for every business, service and professional. Its importance in a content marketing strategy is key to the success of future business. Companies are rethinking their social marketing budgets and online campaigns in hopes to catch up with other business who took their social marketing serious several years ago.

One industry that has benefited from social media is tourism. As we move into 2017, marketers would be wise to note the Key Trends listed on this infographic.

Continue reading “Social Media and Tourism”

Social Media Marketing Works

We are often questioned about the value of Social Media Marketing by professionals and business owners. They all typically want an answer about whether there is any value in investing their time or money into including these strategies into their current marketing. What’s the Return on Investment (ROI)? When am I going to see a sale from social media marketing? If you have ever asked yourself these questions then you will want to continue to read and review the story of Campers Cove Campground.  Continue reading “Social Media Marketing Works!”

New Facebook Cheat Sheet

Image quality is crucial on Facebook. Knowing which sizes are appropriate is always important on this ever-changing social platform. This Infographic is an easy cheat sheet to follow when you are reviewing the dimensions of the various types of posts on this platform.

If you are considering running Facebook Ads or promotional posts make sure you review the Post and Ad Dimensions that are crucial for your desktop and mobile ads marketing.

Continue reading “New Facebook Cheat Sheet”

How Social Media Marketing si the New SEO

There is so much information online in respect to what does and doesn’t affect your websites search rankings. In this article we discuss the role that social media can play in your SEO efforts, as well as the importance of following Google recommendations when building a website.

The importance of your business being found online should not be underestimated. Typically, the information and advice you receive, on the best way to get your website to the top of the search, can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, we hear too often how big and small business have made choices about what methods to use for better Search Engine Optimization (SEO) with little understanding of the options available. These choices may have come with large costs and on many occasions little results.  
Continue reading “How Social Media is the New SEO”

Twitter Tips

Twitter is a terrific marketing platform for any size business. This social site allows you to actively search and find followers that match your target audience. Whether you are providing service in a specific area, looking to make connections in your own industry or hoping to market your product worldwide, Twitter can work for you.

However, in saying that, Twitter also comes with several irritants, and unlike other social platforms, it is not Twitter itself but the users who have become the problem. I believe that a lot of this has to do with the lack of understanding on how to use Twitter as a marketing tool as well as business using old strategies on an ever-growing and changing social site. If you want to get the best from this platform, then it’s time to use it wisely.

Continue reading “4 Things To STOP Doing in Your Twitter Marketing!”

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If you are using Facebook to market your product or business you have most likely found that there are many challenges in your attempts to reach customers and clients. I know how frustrating it can be to put time and effort into creating content that ends up with no reach or engagement. I have put together some information to help you organize your approach to marketing with Facebook. I hope it gives you some new ideas on how to grow your audience, and get your Facebook marketing on track.

Continue reading “5 Steps to Facebook Marketing Success”

 

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Twitter Training is Essential For Business Marketing Success

I love Twitter as a marketing tool. It is a great social platform for making and building online connections. There isn’t one business, agency or association that can’t benefit from getting their brand actively using Twitter.

As an active Twitter marketer for over seven years, I have seen many companies, towns and products create accounts and then abandon them. There are many other accounts that are simply failing to use Twitter to its full potential. The sad truth is that business is losing out on the potential of this social platform for making connections with customers and clients.

Just because signing up for a Twitter account was free, certainly doesn’t mean that including it in your online marketing campaign will be easy. I believe the platform is abandoned before the account holder ever knows what it could have done for their business. 

Continue reading “What You Should Learn In Twitter Training”

 

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Sandi Booth

Sandi Booth is the CEO, web developer, content strategist, graphic designer, social media manager and trainer at Cktechconnect Inc. located in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Sandi’s creative style and dedication to clients has ensured that Cktechconnect has become the online marketing company it is today. Since its inception in 2009 Cktechconnect Inc. has helped dozens of business and associations with focused successful, dynamic multimedia marketing campaigns.