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Facebook recently struck a deal with the maker of the Oculus Rift, an up-and-coming VR headset, in a $2 Billion acquisition. Palmer Luckey, its creator, says that making the deal with Facebook will allow the headset to grow very quickly – and not just in gaming, where it’s already gained…Continue
The social media universe converges each year in Austin, Texas for SXSW. And the festival offers a lot of opportunities for those like myself, who are focused in the application of social media in the automotive world.
One big name on the scene is…Continue
One feature for personal Facebook use that's led to countless new friendships is the fact that posts show up in a user's News Feed about people they don't know - because their friends know them. This very same behavior is now going to be applied to Pages.
Too many businesses are under the impression that they're golden with Google the moment they have their local business page buttoned up and verified - but they're forgetting about Google+.
It may sound funny, but a remote-control toy could mean the difference between showing 10% of your inventory, and showing your entire inventory - any time you want.
The front of a dealership is the side that potential customers see, but the average lot might…Continue
Under normal circumstance, I do not like the types of social media strategies that try to can them into basic processes with time limits. Sure, it’s good to have guidelines, but I find that they’re normally too limiting to allow people to make the right decisions. This infographic is somewhat like that, but it’s design is just too cool in…
There are several different ways that dealers go about using Facebook for marketing. Some use it for branding only. Others use it for business communications only. Sometimes, the best way to go about it is to do both. They compliment each other nicely when it’s done right.
It’s important to understand that you shouldn’t post irrelevant content even if it’s for branding purposes. That always has to be stated…
Added by Louie Baur on June 23, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments
The days of businesses focusing their efforts on entertaining their fans on social media are behind us… at least they should be. Today, people expect more out of businesses. They expect to be shown things that they don’t normally see from their friends and family. If they follow…Continue
There are too many opportunities out there in the world of social media that makes it a bad idea to ignore the medium. Businesses can make an impact if they put in the effort. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready.
It’s still possible to put in minimal effort and have a decent presence. When it’s time to put in full effort, you’ll be better prepared if you have a nice string of daily content that fills your pages.…Continue
Oh, the regrets. Things happen. We start heading down the wrong direction and suddenly we find ourselves in a bad place. What am I talking about? Facebook pages. Most businesses have them. Most businesses are doing them wrong. Some have done them so wrong in the past that it’s better to start from scratch. As much pain as that may cause, the alternative is worse.
The way that the EdgeRank algorithm works combined…
Added by Louie Baur on June 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Quick, what’s the first thing you do when a commercial comes on the television. The standard answers without thinking about it are: flip through the channels, go to the restroom, or get up to get a…Continue
When Google+ first rolled out their change, we called it “Twitteresque“. After exploring it further for the last couple of weeks, we believe that it’s actually better than Pinterest in many ways… and worse.
One of the ways that it’s definitely better…Continue
Added by Louie Baur on May 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Many dealers are trying and failing at social media. Some are succeeding. One of the keys to finding success is in taking on an “always open” mentality.
Just like a website should always be on, social media requires constant attention, particularly Facebook. It doesn’t sleep. It doesn’t take weekends off. In fact, some have seen that the weekends are when the real activity happens. For some pages, they’re…
Added by Louie Baur on May 28, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
In many ways, Facebook has lost some of its luster as a business tool. It isn't that it's not possible to properly market a business on the platform. It's that the complexity of the EdgeRank algorithm mixed with the touchiness of the advertising formats has many turning autopilot onto their pages instead of investing time or money into them.
They just weren't seeing a return on investment…Continue
Added by Louie Baur on May 25, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Content speaks for itself. It speaks for a company. It speaks to the people.
Most business websites are sorely short on content. Sure, they have sales content and information about the company, but so few today are actually putting out high-quality content about relevant topics that make their websites more of a resource. Today, people want to trust a company before doing business with them and content is the easiest…Continue
Added by Louie Baur on May 17, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments
There’s a fine line between making social media useless by posting things that aren’t relevant for business and making it ineffective by having posts that are too promotional, thus killing the posts through “death by algorithm”. Done right, businesses have the ability to be interesting enough to make the algorithms like them while being relevant enough…Continue
Added by Louie Baur on May 13, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
Every time a social network makes a change to their layout, design firms around the world groan about how they now have to redo a ton of different artwork. Social media is big business and companies will pay big bucks to look just right on their pages and profiles.…Continue
In an ideal world, marketing content through social media would be an extended process because we would all have the time to do it the right way. We could focus on positioning it, nurturing it, and timing everything out exactly like it should be timed. Unfortunately, this isn’t a…Continue
One of the most important lessons you can learn in Facebook marketing for your business is that you can have a much greater impact on your performance online through Facebook by focusing on what’s happening in the real world. Facebook is virtual, but that doesn’t mean it has to focus on the virtual world. Make it real.
If your business is out there doing things in the real world, you have plenty…Continue
Added by Louie Baur on March 13, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments