Safety Practices for Small Business Social Media Use

No longer the “New Kid in Town.” Social Media and its marketing resources have gone from a compulsive form of recreation for many to a fundamental piece of any business plan, large or small.

What is still not readily known by many business owners and managers is that use of social media by companies and their employees can seriously compromise a businesses’ security.  Very often, when it comes to maintaining safety and security via social media, employees can end up being the biggest issue.

Whether it’s from posting on their personal page about things happening at work, or clicking on things they shouldn’t while using an office computer, employees can accidentally leak information or download mal-ware into your network without even realize they are doing it.

To help avoid the issues that can result in these seemingly small actions, here are some tips to assist you in keeping your business and your employees safe from social-media troubles, both at work and at home.

Advise Employees to Avoid Posting Info About Where They Work

Even though you can’t stop an employee from telling people where they work, explain that like giving out their home address and phone number online, revealing where they work can make it easy for people to find them and collect more info on their daily routine.

Employees should also be informed that associating the company with a personal account on questionable social networks could hurt the company and, by default, hurt the employee as well.

Keep Privacy Settings Updated

This is important on two fronts.  First, train your employees how to maintain their own accounts’ privacy settings, this will lessen the possibility of unauthorized info getting leaked.

On your businesses’ accounts, it’s likely you don’t know most of the followers you’ve cultivated.  Taking steps to secure those accounts as much as possible, with privacy settings that will work best for your company, will significantly add to your online security

Establish Work Place Use of Social Media

Most of us have done it, checked our Facebook page during lunch or a break.  Instead of trying to ban the use of social media on work computers, it may be better to create some policies on how to use it instead.

For instance, stating that visitation of these sites may only be made during breaks and that the use of apps like games, quizzes, or anything else that requires clicking on links, are prohibited on company computers. Putting these policies in place will assist you in avoiding issues that can affect your network.

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Make Sure Your IT Specialists Are Trained to Handle Social Media Specific Issues

Once you’ve established an office policy for Social Media use, it will need to be enforced.  This means ongoing surveillance of online activities.  To accomplish this, invest in consulting, and antivirus protection via software and hardware.

Additionally, the company’s technical staff will need to be updated about current social-media security risks.

A Word on Hacking

All businesses and their social media accounts are potential targets. Any compromise of these tools could result in irreparable damage.  Fortunately, the items we’ve already discussed can help prevent a hacker from successfully breaking into your account.

Additionally, use strong passwords with unique alpha-numeric combinations.  These days to create the best possible login security, you need to use upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and accepted punctuation as allowed.

Once you have one password, don’t use it for multiple logins.  If a hacker manages to figure one account out, you’ll have given up the keys to the entire kingdom.

A Little Prevention Can Go A Long Way

The most important way to prevent harmful issues from social media use is to educated and even provide training for your employees.

Whether this is via a workshop, meeting or included in a section of the employee handbook, be sure your employees have the knowledge that can save your business’ social media accounts and their own from unnecessary attention and use.

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Find Out How One College Student Did Just That……….True Story.

 

Are you a parent with children in college? Are they wanting to travel abroad? Worried how they are going to pay for this expense?  Just the worries on how you are going to prepare your children for college is worrisome enough these days.  Am I right? Exactly I thought so.

With the Digital Age here why not put your college  kids to work for you.  If they are always running around with their cell phones attached to their hand as if there is Velcro permanently attached to both hands and their phones. They are the perfect candidates !

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Just find out how Stephen did just that! How he was able to pay off student loans, and secure his future for the rest of his life. All at 22! And did I mention help his parents?

To learn more how families can build a lifetime legacy.

P.S.  It’s up to you 40 years of what we know is not working or 4 years for the learning and education that is fitting for this day and age.

One is a lonely number…..And a broke one.

Never again feel you’re lacking the support or systems you’ll need to build a nice side-business…

“Do not be misled. Bad associations spoil useful habits.” -1 Corinthians

“Friends are like your backbone. They are always there when you need support.”

Environment matters BIG TIME in predicting your chances of success.

(And increasing your happiness along your journey!)

*Who you’re around most of the time.

(We don’t always have full control of this. Yet read on.)

*Where you work.
*Events you attend. (Or don’t.)

Want to greatly increase your odds of breaking through?

Improve your environment the best you can. Get around more people and systems that believe in you and will fully support you \
You deserve that.

Here’s a fast way you can start…

People offline, our friends and family, they don’t always understand what we do. They don’t always get our entrepreneurial drive.

They’d assume we just give up and be “normal” just like them. But don’t to it!

Online, you CAN have a group of good souls that’ll have your back.

Also, changing your environment from time to time… Going to an event. Working from a swanky hotel for a day or two, whatever inspires you!

That can work wonders.

However, just know, whatever your day to day is right now, working from a coffee shop or in the corner of a spare bedroom, you can 100% do this.

Just need to apply the system. By taking daily “imperfect” action.

Perfection doesn’t exist. It’s just another form of procrastination.

Just start. Go.

Your brain will figure it all out on the way. But it won’t know all the answers before you begin.

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What’s cool?

Matt, who’s system I work with, started in the tiny corner of his spare bedroom. He was able to start from nothing and built a multi-million dollar business.

He’s passionate about growing his biz and supporting his partners and friends.

That’s why, as soon as you’ve signed up, you’re getting access to our online support group on Facebook.

===> I see my environment breeds success! I’m ready for the support and systems I need to achieve total financial independence!

After you’ve logged-in and have started…

You’ll have the opportunity to join our Masterminds throughout the year.

Matt recently bought a resort in Costa Rica just so his partners can meet up and create better incomes and lifestyles together.

Talk about an amazing environment that will support your success!!

If you’re able to ever go, I’d strongly recommend it. You can ask your coach about it as you’re going through the 21 Step System.

Big ole’ takeaway today?

Environment. Matters.

Let it serve you. Not hold you down.

Believe in yourself. I sure do. 

Best,

Lisa Ashman

http://www.lisaashman-finance.com

http://www.lisaashman.com

Knowing the How’s and Why’s of Your Blog Posting Options

These days it seems like everyone has a blog.  whether it’s an outlet to type out our inner musings of the world today or to let people into a part of our lives we would have difficulty discussing out loud, there a never-ending number of reasons to start one.

If you own a small business, there are even more reasons to have one.  While there are a few that would argue as to whether blogs are still applicable with the surge of social media marketing platforms that have taken the world by storm, it’s believed by most that blogging can be an integral piece of your marketing plan.

In case you are still waiting to take the plunge into the web log world, some reasons to consider moving forward with your own blog are:

  • They are a great way to develop better relationships with your current customers
  • They will increase your SEO on sites like Google and Yelp.
  • They can position your brand as a perceived industry leader, even if you are just starting out.

Types of blog posts: Articles on your own blog, mini articles on a microblog, and articles on other peoples’ blogs.

What is a Microblog?

Microblogging is a combination of blogging and instant messaging. It allows users to create short messages to share with an audience online.  Two common microblogging platforms are Twitter and Tumblr.

Benefits of Microblogging to consider:

  • Your content will take less time to create.
  • It’s easier to post more frequently.
  • It’s perfect for disseminating urgent information to a large audience.
  • Ease of access through mobile apps.

How and Why You Should Consider Guest Blogging

Guest Blogging is basically creating an article for a blog that is not your own.  It’s a way to share your knowledge with others while simultaneously increasing traffic to your blog.  This also means you will need to plan on featuring posts from other bloggers in the future. Featuring guest posts will give your audience a new perspective on your industry as well as help freshen your content if you’ve gotten stuck in a rut.

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To get started, first decide what benefits you are looking to get from the process of guest blogging. This will assist you in finding businesses you may be interested in creating content for and give you an idea of which guest bloggers would be good to invite to post on your site later.

Research is essential to guest blogging, begin by asking yourself some questions:

  • Do the businesses you are looking at have a large number of active followers?
  • Do these followers regularly participate by posting comments or sharing?
  • Do these businesses also have a Facebook page and Twitter account where they share their blog posts?

Focus on finding bloggers within your niche and market industry. You should agree with what they have to say, their opinions should match your own. If they don’t this could lead to content issues later if their content doesn’t line up with your business, personality, or tone.

Be sure to promote your guest blog posts on your own social media accounts and on your own blog. This will bring more traffic back to your guest’s blog and their business.  It should become a habit to share your content, plus it’s a good way to say thank you to your host for publishing your guest post.

Overall, blogging in each form is a good way to widen your reach and bring more traffic to your own web presence.

Monitoring the social media marketing landscape is vital to your success. If you’d like to have access

to even more powerful marketing tips, as well as a way to generate conversion-ready Internet marketing prospects each month, click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

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Improve Your Email Marketing with a Marketing Funnel

What is a Marketing Funnel?
The idea of a funnel is used to illustrate the process a potential client goes through as they become familiar with your products or services.

Visually, clients enter the funnel at the widest part, the top, then proceed to descend, stage by stage, leaving at the level they lose interest. What you end up with at the bottom are the final few who have purchased and love your product or service. These are the clients that will keep coming back

Your goal is to raise the number of potential clients that enter the top and lower the number that loses interest at each stage.

To accomplish this, you will need to have a conversion tactic for each stage.

There are a few different Funnel maps out there that vary in their vocabulary but each basically means the same thing, for the sake of this article, we’ll go with the following terms:

Awareness
Interest
Conversion
Loyalty
Advocacy
Using Email Marketing to Get a Client All the Way to the Bottom

Now that you understand how a marketing funnel works, let’s discuss email marketing plans for each.

Awareness

The top of your marketing funnel is awareness. This is when the potential client finds out you exist but doesn’t know anything about your product yet. At this level, you should start showing them the value of your product or service. This can be done with free informative content, such as a free eBook on product related subjects.

Interest

At this level, potential clients are starting to show an interest in your company and products and want to know more.

You also know more about the client, which allows you to send them more targeted content that can relate how your product or services can help them. This email could include specific items that you believe will be beneficial to them and even include an invitation to a free consultation or demonstration.

Conversion

Now you potential client is aware of the value of your product or service and it’s time for them to decide if they are ready to purchase.

Here, you start communicating to the client why your product and service is better than your competitors’ and perfect for them.

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Loyalty

OK, you’ve made the sale, your potential client has graduated to the title of actual client. Your work is not over, however, not even close.

Now you need to implement your plans to keep them.

Repeat and long term clients are a wonderful asset for any business. Help keep these valuable assets by continually engaging them with fun and useful content such as educational emails related to upcoming products or surveys asking them their opinions on potential changes coming. Make them feel like their opinion really matters to you.

Advocacy

Advocacy happens when your clients turn into your biggest fans.

They’ve probably purchased or used your services several times because they adore you. The best part? They start telling everyone about your and how great your products or services are!

Word of mouth, still the best way to gain more potential clients that will stick.

Now, as you start to recognise these special clients, you can start sending them special requests like emails asking them to refer you to their friends. You could even create a version of your initial email sent to the Awareness level that they can forward to friends and family they think would most benefit from your products or services.

Now you have the information you need to plan your own email campaign and begin to channel your potential clients all the way to being actual clients.

By developing your email strategy with the marketing funnel in mind, you’ll convert more prospects into customers and more customers into fans, which means more money for your business. Yay!

Monitoring the social media marketing landscape is vital to your success. If you’d like to have access

to even more powerful marketing tips, as well as a way to generate conversion-ready Internet marketing prospects each month, click here to learn about my done-for-you system.

Generate More Traffic Via Social Media Influencing

Word-of-mouth, 20-50% of all purchasing decisions are made from it.  Customers are more likely to respond to endorsements from a person they respect than to advertisements.  In the world of digital relationships, word of mouth extends beyond friends and family, and into the realm of influencer marketing.

 Twitter has shown that: 

  • 49% of buyers will seek advice from social media influencers.
  • 20% of users said that Tweets from an influencer motivated them to share their own product endorsements.
  • 40% of users claimed they made a purchase as a direct result of an influencer’s Tweet.

Who Is a Social Media Influencer?

 A Social Media Influencer is a user of social media who can show a level of authority in a specific industry. They have access to large audiences through their knowledge and scope of impact.

 So, what is Social Media Influencer Marketing?

 Influencer Marketing is the practice of creating relationships with people who can then build additional relationships for you in return. Whether the audience is small or large, an influencer can touch consumers via social networks and blogs, in ways traditional branding may not be able to reach.

 Influencer Marketing Strategy Components

 Celebrity endorsements were the original form of influencer marketing.  We’ve all see T.V. commercials where a well-known person takes 30 seconds to tell you how great a product is.

Now, with online media, regular people have become online “celebrities” with highly engaging social media followings.  A survey last year found that YouTube creators took eight of the ten top spots in a survey of influencers, outranking traditional celebrities.

 Increase Your Traffic by Becoming a Social Media Influencer

 Social Media Influencing has become very popular with blog enthusiasts to make passive income through affiliate marketing and utilizing these Influencers have become standard practice among many of the top companies selling on the market today.

But why stop there?  Why not generate even more leads and traffic to your Brand by becoming one of the Influencers yourself.  There are a number of recommended actions out there to become a social media influencer.  Here we’ve gleaned together some steps to help you to get started.

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Choose 2-4 social media channels you’ll use to cover your subject, taking into consideration what you excel at.  Are you good at writing engaging posts on Facebook and Twitter, or are you better at photography or creating and editing your own videos?  The type of content you want to publish should showcase your best skills.  If you’ve decided to be a platform-specific influencer, clearly, you’ll want to use that as your primary social network then utilize the others for greater exposure.

Create a strategy for your content. What are your information preferences? Try to imagine why people will be enthusiastic to follow you, then plan accordingly.  Try to plan for at least 3 months in advance, prepare the strategy, and then start posting.

The purpose of your content is to attract people.  To accomplish this, you must be publishing consistently. You know what message you want to convey so stick to it, but also make sure you are keeping a lookout for new info.

Promote yourself by guiding your audience to your content.  Share it everywhere it might seem interesting to other followers.  Build your community by going to forums, fan pages, and inviting new people to engage with them as well.

Contact other people and brands in your industry.  Chat, comment on other posts, exchange likes and ideas.  One of the fastest ways to gain status is to contribute your unique content to other blogs and publications.  Guest postings can improve your merit among peers and increase traffic to your own blog. Show that you notice other people and you’ll start to be noticed too.

Over time your efforts will start to pay off.  You’ll begin to cultivate an audience that will listen to and follow you. The more people that join your audience, the more seriously your views will be taken and the level of influence you create over others will increase.

Publish on LinkedIn.  People generally believe LinkedIn posts are from the most influential leaders in a particular subject. So, in addition to your own blog, create posts using LinkedIn’s publishing platform.  You can accomplish this most easily by cutting and pasting your previously published blog posts and add a headline with keywords and an image to draw the eye.  Consequently, when people in your network also see your articles on LinkedIn, they will start to view you as an authority too.

Finally, keep your content and sources organized for easy access.  This way if someone asks a question about a particular post, you can easily answer the question or elaborate. This will also assist you in giving the appearance of having a good knowledge base of your subject.  There is no reason to hold anything back.  Sharing your expertise is how you can truly be a good influencer.

So, make sure you interact and build meaningful relationships with your audience as well as your peers.  This way you can present yourself to brands as having a strong following in your subject.

For additional info on becoming a Social Media Influencer, check out this post at Marketingland.com

The most in-depth training program on how to make money online today…

If you go to Clickbank or do a quick Google search for different make money online programs, be prepared to be overwhelmed.

There are literally over 10,000 courses and books on this topic.

And even though I haven’t seen them all; I’ve seen a lot of them. Most of them let you down. Not because their training isn’t good,
but because in many cases it’s incomplete. Instead of bringing you clarity, it ends up confusing you even more.

This is where most training products go wrong:

1.) You don’t get to talk to a real person when you take the training

When you’re sitting behind your computer going through a course, you’re going to have questions.

And there’s nothing worse than not being able to understand something you paid good money for, and having no one to speak to for further
clarification.

If you have to go search for answers on Google, then you’re right back where you started; getting presented too much information you can’t
make sense of, and feeling overwhelmed.

2.) Everything is presented all at once

Think back to when you first went to school. Were you immediately presented with 10 or more years of lessons and textbooks at one time?

Of course not, that’d be ridiculous.

You were presented with one lesson at a time.

You had a teacher (I hope) who made sure you understood the current lesson before you were shown the next more advanced lesson.

This way you could understand the foundational concepts before learning the more advanced ones.

Here’s the thing; most people are not great self learners. If you present them with too many videos and lessons in one go, they get overwhelmed and confused.

They don’t know where to start, so often they are just paralyzed and remain stuck.

Because they are not getting any sense of progress along the way, they give up quickly.

Most online courses are like this. You pay the money, get some login details, and are then left to try and make sense of all the training.

In my opinion, the online marketing education world needs a huge shake.

We need to look at the most advanced learning techniques and apply them to our world, so the average person can make sense of all the
lessons and actually get results.

Information should not be presented all in one go; it should be presented in a way where the student can make sense of basic things first, because
being shown more advanced lessons.

3.) They don’t have a proven track record of success (how many people have taken the training, and got results with it?)

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If you’re seeing the same generic testimonials for whatever course you’re buying on the sales page, that’s a good clue their training is outdated.

Personally I measure the effectiveness of a training program by how many success stories they’ve created, and how many of them are recent.

When it comes to business, universities like Harvard and Stanford are clearly effective training grounds; they are constantly churning out graduates who
go on to become titans in business and build enormous company’s.

The very best online training programs have also helped create many famous internet marketing gurus, and continue to do so.

4.) They want a lot of money upfront before you get to see any of the proper training

The best online training programs are the ones where the creator is able to make money on the success of the client’s who implement the training.

That way, they have a vested interest in seeing the clients do well, and, can charge less money upfront for access to the training. They earn their profits
when the clients also start earning.

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In all of my searching, I’ve come across one truly great training program which covers all 4 of the above points.

With this one:

– you do get to talk to a real person (not just some sales rep, but a real coach who knows what they’re talking about)

– the training is presented one module at a time, so you’re learning in bite sized chunks of information rather than getting completely overwhelmed the first time you login

– the clients who’ve taken the training do have a proven track record of success. Over the past 4 years alone, they’ve been able to make a combined total of $67 million.

– you don’t need a lot of money to get started with the training. In fact, they don’t even ask for your credit card upfront – you can take the training for free.

All you have to do is watch this 17 minute video, and then apply at the end of it.

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Take my word for it – I’ve been through this training and it really does give you everything you need to start earning online.

Speak soon,

Lisa Ashman

 

 

What Smartwatches Mean for Email Marketing Campaigns

Both Apple and Samsung have created their own version of a smartwatch that link to a user’s respective smartphone. Users can send text messages, use a variety of smartwatch-enabled apps, and check their email.

While smartphones have brought users conveniences like Google at their fingertips, interactive messaging features, and social media apps on the go, smartwatches are on their way to doing the same thing. No need to pull out your phone when you can check your messages the same way you check the time.

Since their introduction to the market, Apple has sold over 13 million of their Apple watches. As these watches begin to penetrate mobile technology, let’s take a closer look at how that will impact email marketing campaigns.

Smaller interface means a shorter subject line

Email marketers should prioritize short, concise subject lines to make their content quick to read and easy to digest. Research on unique subject lines revealed that three-word subject lines have the highest engagement, but seven-word subject lines are most common.

Word choice is extremely important given you only get a few. When drafting a subject line, stay away from these trigger words that ranked low on engagement rate:

  • Free, help, reminder—triggers spam filters and users often associate these emails with bombarding, repetitive messages
  • Tired internet slang such as bae, fleek, ftw—rank low on open rates because they are mistaken for text messages
  • FWD: and RE: lead to a sense of deceptive familiarity and are reminiscent of chain emails – too long!

Links, hashtags, and graphics could be in trouble

Subject lines accompanied by long URLs and hashtags have less than 10% engagement. URLs and hashtags also take up valuable space in an already small screen.

Email marketers should focus on a strong call-to-action in the email body. Just as the subject line, call-to-action statements should be clear, concise, and to the point.

Without optimizing your emails, images and gifs will either not load or not appear to be the right size on a smartwatch screen. Unless you’ve tested your images and are certain they will function correctly, it’s best to forgo them.

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The Apple Watch doesn’t automatically download images when it is opened, so email marketers need to prepare alternative ways to engage with their readers. Include the graphics, but switch to HTML if you haven’t already to take advantage of the tag for email images.

Clean, easy to read emails

As with certain images and graphics, there are email templates that will cause issues for smartwatch users. Most email templates are designed for desktops and laptops with HTML widths of about 600 pixels.

Email templates are often too wide for most smartphones, so it goes without saying how this would taint the viewing experience on a smartphone. These inconsistencies could also prevent horizontal scrolling.

Email marketers should consider that confined space that smartwatches have and adapt their email template to a single column format or plain text. This format is easy-to-read and doesn’t require horizontal scrolling.

Think about the face of a smartwatch and the size of your index finger. If buttons and hyperlinks are too small, there’s a possibility that you could open the wrong thing. It’s not long before a user will close an email in frustration and forget what they were going to click on entirely.

With a strong call-to-action, email marketers should consider designing action buttons that are easily accessible. Buttons should be large, visible, and easy to tap on a smartwatch screen.

Email campaigns will take a little more thinking to reach smartwatch users correctly and effectively. Now that you know how smartwatches will affect your marketing display and open rates, keeping the user experience in mind is crucial.

Your customers read your emails on a variety of devices. Click here for my done-for-you system to learn more strategies about creating a successful email marketing campaign, regardless of the device.

The most impactful 17 minutes of your day (video)

Hey,
If your inbox is like mine, you’ll getting hit up at least 10 times a day from different marketing gurus to watch their latest sales videos.
And I know that in most cases, you get some ridiculously over-the-top promise in the video, only to be asked at the end to take out your credit card and buy something.
This is different the end, you won’t be asked to pay more money.
Instead you’l be invited to get started, and immediately begin going though the training.
The video goes for 17 minutes. It’s fast, pulls no punches, and explains exactly what you’ll be doing.
If you’re truly serious about getting your online business started, watch this video and then follow the steps at the end:

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