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Triumphing with Twitter

To many, Twitter is quite the strange bird. Trying to figure out how to successfully use it can feel like attempting to get all the sides of your Rubik’s Cube (remember those?) to be the same color. The good news? It’s not as hard as it seems, but you’ll need to make a significant time investment if you want to triumph on Twitter. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices you can take to accomplish this, as well as whether or not Twitter is the right social media platform for your business to be on in the first place. Is Twitter Right for You? The easiest way […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

The Best Way to Set Up a Facebook Fan Page

For many business owners, a Facebook Fan page can be a great asset in connecting with customers, sharing products or services, or stating your opinion on a topic that’s relevant to your audience. Setting up this page correctly is a critical factor in how successful it can become. We’ve seen Facebook Fan Pages set up in a way that actually hurts a business. That’s why Tingalls Graphic Design is sharing some best practices that you can act upon today. Step 1: Begin with Your Personal Facebook Page Since most people already have a personal Facebook page, we’re not going to dive into how to create one in this article. If […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

A New Breed of Social Media Management Tools

In a recent post, Tingalls Graphic Design reviewed three very good social media management tools. But being the geek that I am, I recently decided to do some additional research to see if the landscape for these niche products had changed. Sure enough, it has. In this article, I’d like to share two of my favorite new social media management tools — Sendible and Sprout Social — reviewing the positive and negative aspects of each. SENDIBLE I’ve been using Sendible on a weekly basis for a little over a month. I first came across this app because I was looking for a social media scheduling tool that worked with Pinterest. […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

Is Google+ Having a Negative Affect on Your Business?

Somebody once said to me that Google was looking to rule the world. And although this is probably not true, there’s a good chance they already own the virtual world. Google+ isn’t new anymore, but it remains a conundrum to many a business owner. Understanding how to use Google+ to your advantage can help with the overall authority of your website and blog — and ultimately help improve your bottom line. If you’re not taking advantage of Google+, Google knows and they may hold it against you. The good news is with a little guidance, which Tingalls Graphic Design is happy to provide, Google+ is a pretty easy platform to […]

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Posted in Google, Social Media Marketing

Creating a Successful LinkedIn Page, Part 3: Adding Connections

How many LinkedIn connections do you have? Did you know that the amount of connections on your LinkedIn account affects where LinkedIn ranks you? As a matter of fact, if you can attain 500+ connections, LinkedIn considers you a “power user,” which can give your page an immense boost in authority. Now just hold on, before you go and attempt to connect with everyone in your “people you may know” section, let’s examine legitimate ways to increase your connections so you can rise up in the LinkedIn algorithm while extending your reach on LinkedIn. 1. Search for colleagues you know (or knew) at your current job, as well as previous […]

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Posted in Networking, Social Media Marketing, Tips

Creating a Successful LinkedIn Page, Part 2: Skills & Endorsements

Have you ever received an email from LinkedIn stating you’ve been endorsed? It’s always a nice feeling to know that someone you know took the time to give you a shout-out for a specific skill. But what about when the skill is something irrelevant, or something you don’t want highlighted? The good news is that you now have much more control over the “Skills & Endorsements” section of your LinkedIn profile page. Even better news is that this section can have a positive effect on the value of your LinkedIn page, which means you’ll rank higher when people are looking for what you do. Let’s take a look at how […]

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Posted in Networking, Social Media Marketing, Tips

Do You Use Social Media Management Tools?

Managing even a handful of social media platforms can suck up a large portion of your day. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one place you could go and disseminate messages to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and the like, all at once? The good news is there are many social media management tools that let you do just that. And, many of them allow you to schedule future posts to go live whenever you like, making your social media campaign a whole lot more manageable. Here are the top three tools that Tingalls Graphic Design likes best … Hootsuite This is the platform I’ve worked on most extensively, and […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing

Creating a Successful LinkedIn Page, Part 1: Your Profile

Are you on LinkedIn? If you’re a business owner, do you have a company page? LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for connecting with others, and for acquiring business leads — but setting up a page and connecting with a few colleagues isn’t enough. You’ll need to polish your page so it meet’s LinkedIn’s best practices if you want to achieve “All-star” status. In this installment of our LinkedIn series, we’ll take a look at how to populate the first two sections of your profile page — specifically your “masthead” at the top of the page, and the “Experience” section. This is relevant to business owners and individuals, alike. Populating […]

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Posted in Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Tips

When Social Media Becomes Antisocial

Many companies understand that social media is now an inherent part of running a business. But when it comes to understanding HOW to use social media effectively, they struggle. The whole point of social media is to engage with readers and hopefully start a discussion. But many companies are actually inhibiting discussion by disseminating content that looks more like an advertisement, or a one-sided sales pitch, that can easily be perceived as spam. Since none of us want to be antisocial, at least not with social media, let’s take a look at some best practices we follow here at Tingalls Graphic Design, which encourage readers to participate in a conversation […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

Is Poor Web Performance Hurting Your Internet Marketing Efforts?

When most clients come to us for business web design and say they want “a great site,” they are typically thinking about the way they want it to look, not how they want it to act or what they want it to do. Development – the process of adding stability and functionality into your business website – has always been more important than people tend to think. But now, there is even more evidence that ignoring it can cost your company money. That’s because Google, the world’s largest search engine and most important Internet marketing hub, recently confirmed that it takes speed into account when determining search rankings. In other […]

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Posted in Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Website Design

Quick Tips for Maximizing Facebook Reach

Guest Blog from Wells Print & Digital Services For many businesses and organizations, Facebook can be an incredibly valuable tool for brand development and connecting with their fans for a relatively low expense. Whether you’re an international brand or a family-run small business, the ability to convey a personal side to your business is a necessary step in this growing age of digital marketing. Knowing how to effectively use Facebook, however, is a skill that requires a creative mind, in-depth analysis, and no shortage of patience. To determine your reach (how many people see your posts) Facebook uses an algorithm called EdgeRank. EdgeRank is used to determine what content appears […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

Portrait of a LinkedIn User

Two people join LinkedIn every second. But then what? How are they using it? And is it REALLY helping them? LinkedIn consultant and author Wayne Breitbarth asked those questions, and you might be surprised by the answers he got!

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Posted in Social Media Marketing

Can You Picture Using Pinterest to Get More Customers?

Although it doesn’t get the attention that social media giants Facebook and Twitter do, Pinterest has quickly gathered more than 10 million users, and is one of the fastest-growing sites around. With image-based topics and posts, it isn’t just a different spin on social networking, but also a unique marketing forum for businesses of all sizes. In fact, some companies (and especially retailers) consider Pinterest to be the best social site for attracting new customers. Could you take advantage and use it to get people to think about your company and products? Here are Tingalls top seven tips for Pinterest marketing: 1. Spend some time with the site. As with […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

What is Social Media Costing You?

If there’s one thing a lot of small business owners absolutely love about social media marketing, it’s that it usually carries a pretty low upfront cost to get into. You have to set up profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and the other major social networking sites, of course, and add content, but it isn’t like pay per click advertising, which can mean big expenses to get your campaign moving. Make no mistake, though… social media marketing is going to cost you something. We’re not talking about a hidden expense, although there are more ways to advertise on sites like Facebook than there were in the past. No, what we’re […]

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Posted in Branding, Social Media Marketing, Tips

12 Quick Twitter Marketing Tips to Help Your Business Grow

Contrary to what some business owners and executives think, Twitter can be a great tool for attracting new customers and developing relationships with them – provided that you use it in the right way. That means it’s important to keep a few ground rules in mind, and then to keep at it until you start to see the right results (success on Twitter is rarely ever instant). In fact, there is an art and science to building your Internet marketing profile 140 characters at a time, and it amounts to more than just getting lots of followers. To help you out, here are a dozen of our top Twitter marketing […]

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Posted in Social Media Marketing, Tips

10 Reasons Why Your Website Might be Under-Performing

There are a lot of reasons why websites don’t quite live up to your expectations but, by addressing the following issues you can help boost the popularity of your website, the number of visits you get, your leads and future customers/clients. 1)      You’re not taking advantage of social media – Social media is the modern version of word of mouth advertising and it’s a very important way to reach new audiences and promote loyalty among your current fans. 2)      You don’t have a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) framework built into your site – SEO is constantly changing, but defining your keywords, writing informative and engaging content, and entering your meta […]

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Posted in Advertising, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Website Design