Consumers’ brand preference and purchase intent is being influenced in the pre-market stage of their purchase path. That is, they are making critical decisions that will influence their purchases even before they are thinking about making a purchase.

Powerful stuff.

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Facebook recently introduced photo commenting functionality on business and brand Pages.

So, how can you use this feature on your Page?

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How can you overcome what seems like many business bloggers’ worst nightmare, a lack of time?

Blog faster.

And here are 8 tactics, tips, tools and strategies to do just that.

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Unfortunately, for all of the awesome Twitter tips that are shared, there are a number of recurring tips that I feel are ill advised.

Following are 5 common Twitter tips that your business should ignore.

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For 72 percent of consumers, online reviews are the number one driver when making a purchase decision.

Let’s discuss how you can go about getting more online reviews from your consumers or clients to favourably influence consumer purchase decisions.

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One of the most exciting things to me about social media marketing is the number of times I get to say, ‘sure, let’s try it’.

Unlike traditional media, ‘trying something’ on social media often doesn’t require a commitment of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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I’m not going to spend time in this post to discuss all of the measures by which success on social media can be measured; instead I’ll cut to the chase.

The real reason you’re probably reading this article is because of what’s promised in the title, so here we go.

The silver bullet for acquiring Facebook fans is…

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Putting a firm rule in place to tell you how long your business has to capitalize on an opportunity to publish relevant content is near impossible. This said, there are a couple of guidelines that you can take into account to help you out.

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There are some amazing businesses and brands pumping out absolutely killer content every day, though I can’t think of many that do it with such regularity as Red Bull. This article will showcase the awesome episodic video content series ‘Imaginate’ by Red Bull, featuring Danny MacAskill.

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Here’s what it takes to have a great Twitter profile that will convert viewers to follows, and maybe even followers to customers.

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While I certainly don’t have a silver bullet response to help everyone understand the actual quantitative value of social media marketing, there are some incredibly compelling stats I’m going to share here to help you understand just how important social platforms can be to your business.

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It’s roughly 1 year, and 100 posts ago today, that I started the RGB Social blog.

This blog most certainly remains in its infancy, and I still feel as though I’m just getting started, but I thought this as good a time as any to reflect back and share a bit about my experience with it thus far.

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There are a huge number of variables that are influenced by the quality and value of your content, so it’s understandable that you might feel compelled to obsess over every detail of your latest video, photograph, blog post, Facebook update, tweet, pin, or podcast until it is absolutely perfect.

But, when creating social media content, the pursuit of perfection – for most businesses – will yield diminishing returns.

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Depending on what business you are in, your location can be critically important to your audience when making purchase decisions, and therefore, including your business’ location on your social media profiles is of utmost importance.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield has successfully returned from a 5-month mission as commander aboard the ISS and has undoubtedly inspired a generation through his unprecedented use of social media and content creation.

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Following are step-by-step instructions for how to gain access to Facebook’s powerful timeline post targeting options on your business or brand Page.

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Regardless of how frequently you need to publish new content, it is absolutely necessary that you do so with dependability, and that the content you publish is strategically relevant to your business. Creating a publication calendar can assist with both of these things.

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The challenge for many organizations is that existing processes can stand in the way of engaging and interacting with audiences in a timely manner. Process by its nature takes time, and virtually strips organizations of being able to act in real-time.

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Activity on social media tends to yield the best results when it works in concert with other business functions such as marketing, advertising, sales, human resources, operations, customer service, and more. Simply put, for interns or junior employees to be able to draw connections between all of these functions and correlate them to appropriate efforts on social media will be all but impossible for them to pull off with any level of effectiveness.

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Any time you put the effort into writing a blog post, you should consider how to deconstruct it into several pieces of shorter form content to feed your business’ social media content pipeline.

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Having a steady flow of engaging and valuable content is a constant challenge for most businesses and brands.

Before providing recommendations about creating versus curating your business’ content, I think it’s worth exploring the pros and cons of each.

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Needless to say, there is a glut of new content created each and every day. Even the most imaginative businesses, brands, agencies, and other professional content creators can have a difficult time finding ways to make their content stand out from the rest.

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You can grow your likes, followers, or subscribers at warp-speed with social media promotions. Which is pretty awesome; particularly when you’re trying to justify your social media marketing spend to the bigwigs upstairs, or the time and resources you pump into social if you’re a small business or start-up.

What’s the problem then?

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Planning and investing in social media and traditional media shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. In fact, there can be huge benefits to planning the two in tandem.

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There’s great commonality between likeable people and social media. And believe it or not, many of these commonalities can be applied to your business.

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The very thought of wanting to ‘remove your business from social media’ is completely missing the point.

You can’t remove your business from social media.

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It’s as simple as this… If you’re into social, digital or content marketing, you should really read the following blog posts.

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This is the fifth installment of 3 Links. Day-to-day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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This is the fourth installment of 3 Links. Day-to-day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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Following are a few ideas for how you can prepare your social media properties for the holidays so that you can focus on your personal time away from your online communities.

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Burger’s Priest is a local Toronto burger joint that has two locations. They specialize in simple, traditional, fresh, incredibly tasty burgers. In addition to their fantastic burgers, they do a few things from marketing and social media standpoints that are also quite special.

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Profiles with no name, picture, or mention of a human being. Content that is created with the sterility of a surgeon’s table. And an almost concerted effort to hide the faintest hint of a heartbeat. These are all characteristics I see far too often from businesses and organizations on social media.

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For most organizations, the best way to create compelling content has nothing to do with computers, the internet or social media. In fact, most of what makes for amazing social media marketing has nothing to do with social media at all.

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Reality today is such that social media should be considered when executing virtually any corporate communications program. Opportunities to drive traffic to your social properties, promote your content, integrate technology, and more, should not be overlooked.

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As a mobile-only social media platform, Instagram has achieved incredible success boasting over 100 million users, and the launch of web profiles will undoubtedly cause a surge in interest, registered users, and engagement.

So, what does this mean for marketers?

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34% of consumers like brands on Facebook for promotions or discounts, and 21% of consumers like brands for free giveaways. Doing some simple math for you, that equates to 55% of all Facebook brand Page likes that are driven by people’s desire to get something for free or to save a few bucks. Pretty compelling information, but there are two sides to this story.

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Over the years, Apple has proven to be an organization that knows how to tell relevant and compelling stories that have captured the imagination of legions of loyal fans. When it comes to social media marketing, content marketing, advertising and communications, storytelling is a critically important skill for the same reasons it has served Apple so well, and more.

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If you’ve ever included, ‘Like us on Facebook’, or, ‘Follow us on Twitter’, on any of your advertising collateral, you could be missing an opportunity to achieve better results.

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6 of the key lessons that can be learned from the Red Bull Stratos social media and digital program.

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The goal for any organization involved in content, digital or social marketing should be to create a culture of content creation by which everyone is responsible for contributing strategically relevant, compelling, and meaningful content.

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This is the second installment of 3 Links (the first installment of 3 Links can be seen here). Day to day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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Over the last year or so there has been a shift by most major social media platforms to become increasingly visual. Facebook introduced the cover image, Google+ introduced the cover photo, the popularity of Pinterest continues to explode, and now Twitter has introduced some updates of its own.

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Day to day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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15 benefits that can be experienced by having a complete social media profile.

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For many businesses, Yelp can be an incredibly useful social media network for driving real and measurable business results.

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A quick Google search for ‘buy Twitter followers’, ‘buy Facebook fans’, ‘buy YouTube views’, or ‘buy Google +1’s’ reveals there are no shortage of ways to quickly grow your fan-base, likes or views.

The question is: Should you pay to artificially inflate these numbers?

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30 creative thought-starters for pin-worthy Facebook updates.

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No matter how you view the receipt of negative comments, don’t panic when you see them inevitably appear.

There are actually a number of reasons why the receipt of negative reviews can be very positive.

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