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It seems like every month Facebook releases a new feature, which enhances the user experience and keeps people within their platform. One of the more recent announcements was about Facebook Live and its capabilities within the Facebook mobile app. To save you time and mental energy, we’re here to break down Facebook Live so you understand what it is, how to use it, and how it can positively impact your small business. Let’s get started!

What is Facebook Live?

At its core, Facebook Live is a real-time video streaming service within Facebook. With the rising popularity of video across all social media platforms, it should come as no surprise that Facebook has embraced video and is attempting to create the preeminent video platform. Facebook Live allows users to stream live video to their friends and followers. Streams can run up to 90 minutes in length and can be restricted to certain groups requiring an invitation from the creator. A novel feature is that videos are automatically stored in the creator’s timeline, which builds a virtual video library for friends and followers. However, the creator does have the ability to delete stored videos at their discretion. This compilation of videos is in stark contrast to SnapChat, where snaps are only available in the moment and instantly disappear once viewed. Currently, Facebook Live is available on iPhones and Androids, but has ambitions of being rolled out globally this year. read more

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We’ve all done it: you spend time crafting a thoughtful blog or social media post, you feel satisfied with the end result, and joyfully push send. Then, you review your content once published and realize there is a mistake! It feels awful, but fortunately, most posts are editable and you can quickly fix the error before too many people see said post.

However, we don’t always catch our mistakes and that can wreak havoc with our reputation among consumers. The words and messages put out into the world by a business bear significant weight and the public takes note of their value. Like I said, this happens to everyone occasionally and is not an indicator of writing proficiency. Rather, common mistakes are an example of how small businesses are juggling so many deliverables that details easily fall through the cracks and can negatively impact business. read more

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All day, every day, our lives are filled with words. They’re communicated to us in verbal or written form and have a huge impact on our decisions and opinions. That’s why when you talk about your business, having an acute understanding of your audience and what they want to hear is essential to building brand awareness and sales. This applies to the written word as well. You probably put more written words in to the universe each day than verbal, and those are forever searchable courtesy of the Internet. Speaking and writing with intention and authority on your business is something that takes planning and practice. read more

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner! It’s a day to acknowledge a person who has played a central part in your life and helped shape the person you are today. Whether you recognize your biological mother or someone else completely, it’s time to reminisce and show her how important she is to you.

Now while on a personal level this might initially cause you to panic because you have four days to find a token of appreciation for your mom, from the standpoint of a small business owner, you should rejoice. Nearly 50% of shoppers make their purchases 2 and 7 days in advance of Mother’s Day. This means there is a huge audience in need of gifts now! In fact, Mother’s Day spending is on the rise and is the third largest retail holiday in the United States. As a small business, you have an enormous opportunity over the next few days to engage customers who have a serious spending deadline. read more

National Small Business Week is in full swing! Since 1963, the president has proclaimed one week out of the year as National Small Business Week citing the importance of small businesses to our national economy, and per President Obama’s 2016 proclamation, as representative of “the spirit that has always driven our Nation forward.” This is truly a week of celebration and acknowledgment of the hard work and dedication millions of Americans put forth each day to grow their passions and prosperity across the country. Don’t be fooled, though. There’s so much more to NSBW than festivities and merriment; business and industry findings are revealed, which glean insight into what’s in store for small businesses in the future. read more

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We’ve touched on the importance of your brand, and identified the key components to creating one that is memorable, but today we’re going to hone in on brand imagery. Think of brand imagery as the frosting to your cake; it lures people with its outward appearance and enhances the flavor profile of the cake. A red velvet cupcake is great, but a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting is infinitely better. Get the gist?

Your brand imagery should show the personality of your brand to its audience. When a company has strong brand imagery, you can identify its ads or promotions instantaneously. Coca Cola, Target, Google, and Apple were the first companies that came to mind when I brainstormed this topic. Each has a distinct look, feel, and message to its imagery, and I never hesitate to associate their names with their product promotions because it is so obvious. read more

Businesses often go through periods of plateau while they build credibility and become leading authorities in their industries. Watching your company’s web traffic stagnate can be deflating, but there are ways to get your business out of this phase and improve momentum.  By actively managing your social media presence and interactions, you can leverage your current follower base to drive new users to your social media platforms and ultimately your website.

Check out our 7 recommendations for cultivating more social media followers: read more

Marketing has undergone many changes over the years, moving from billboards and brochures to websites, email, and social media. As technology has made it easier to connect with a large number of customers at minimal cost, some of the efforts that once worked are no longer effective. An email blast to thousands of random potential customers might have worked 20 years ago, but today’s savvy consumers know how to quickly scroll through an inbox and find items of interest.

In recent years, personalization has become the preferred method of reaching customers. Whether through ad retargeting, emails, or customized delivery of certain website elements, businesses are feeling more pressured than ever to find a way to individualize their customer interactions. read more

Happy New Year from all of us here at Pagemodo! It’s that time of year when we all start making resolutions for our businesses, setting important goals, and scribbling out last year’s date on everything we sign for the next few weeks. It’s also the time when there’s no shortage of predictions floating around the blogosphere from social media and marketing experts about all the trends that will affect our planning and goal setting!

To help you dip a toe into all the news, we skimmed some high-level predictions from experts that we think might prove useful and intriguing for social media marketers in 2016. There are many more out there, so definitely do some digging when you have the time. Since one of my predictions was to spend less time procrastinating, it seems only appropriate that we jump right in! read more

As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to reflect on last year’s lessons and look forward to next year’s opportunities. It’s also time to set some new goals for your business and resolve to stick to some marketing best practices in the new year.

To help you choose those strategies to pursue in 2016, we created a Social Success Countdown where we asked marketing experts on Twitter and around our own offices for top tips and best bets for success next year. We’ve been posting tips and graphics for the #SocialSuccessCountdown every day in December on social media, and we collected all 31 in an interactive website where you can tweet your favorite tips and join the conversation! read more

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