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GA Bulk URL Builder - Google Sheets add-on

Tired of tagging urls with UTMs one at a time? With this Add-on you can build 100s of URLs in one click!

GA Bulk URL Builder

Get SoundCloud & iTunes RSS Feed Urls

Simply paste the iTunes / SoundCloud urls into getrssfeed and let the service retrieve the podcast public RSS feed for you

22 Facebook Statistics that Every Marketer Must Know in 2017

40.5% of people say they prefer ads that are directly related to their interests

At the start of 2017, more than 65 million local businesses had a Facebook page.

79% of online adults use Facebook.

42% of consumers do not follow brands on social media.

42.2% of people like or follow a page so they can get an exclusive offer.

Every Facebook user has more than 1,500 stories competing for a spot in their newsfeed at any given time.

However, only about 300 of those stories are chosen to appear in the newsfeed.

40.5% of people say they prefer ads that are directly related to their interests.

Shorter Facebook posts get 23% more interaction than longer posts.

Posts with photos receive 179% more engagements than other posts.

Videos are the most shared post type, with 89.5 average Facebook shares

The average length of a Facebook video was 3 minutes and 48 seconds.

The average person only watched a Facebook video for 10 seconds.

85% of Facebook videos are watched with the sound turned off.

People are 1.5x more likely to watch video on a smartphone instead of a desktop.

Square video takes up 78% more space in a mobile newsfeed than landscape video does.

Read the full article at adespresso.

"You're doing it wrong" wise words from @thisissethsblog

You're doing it wrong. Once you're doing it, you have a chance to do it better.

But at least you're doing it.

Once you're doing it, you have a chance to do it better.

Waiting for perfect means not starting.

Seth Godin

Really Simple SSL Wordpress Plugin

Use the Really Simple SSL plugin to move your wordpress site over to SSL.

This is the code that is added to your htaccess file to force the 301 redirects.

# BEGIN rlrssslReallySimpleSSL rsssl_version[2.5.20]

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]
</IfModule>

# END rlrssslReallySimpleSSL

The best sizes for sharing images on social media

More useful advice from the folks at Buffer:

In general, here are the best sizes for sharing images on social media. 

Facebook – 1,200 x 628

Twitter – 1,024 x 576

Instagram – 1,080 x 1,080

LinkedIn – 552 x 368

Pinterest – 600 x 900

Google+ – 800 x 320

And here is "the Essential Social Media Design & Sizing Cheat Sheet" from omnicore:

How to Create the Best Powerpoint Presentations

Some good tips from the folks at hubspot:

1) Less is more.

2) Keep text to a minimum.

3) Rethink visuals.

4) Incorporate multimedia.

Bonus: 24 Great SlideShare & PowerPoint Presentation Examples for Marketers

How to Produce Better Content Ideas from Mark Johnstone

 

Tracking Internal Marketing Campaigns With Google Analytics

Christian Ebernickel discusses why UTM parameters are are not suitable for tracking internal campaigns and proposes using ITMs instead.

ITM Parameters At A Glance Link

Drawing on the UTM parameters, we’ll use the following ITM parameters to track internal marketing campaigns:

  • itm_source
    This identifies the source of the traffic. In the case of internal ads, this is usually your own domain. However, if you employ cross-domain tracking or different ad servers, different traffic sources can appear in this field.
  • itm_medium
    This is the medium of the internal ad; for example, a banner or product recommendation.
    itm_campaign
    This is the name of the internal marketing campaign.
  • itm_content
    This is a parameter to differentiate between similar content, or links in the same ad; for example, text_link or banner_468x60.
    itm_term
  • This is the search keyword that triggered the internal ad. Alternatively, it could be a keyword to categorize the ad by content.

What is Digital Culture? – Building The Agile Business

Neil Perkin, who took one of my Squared Online classes states that we should know:

the importance of organisational culture in supporting digital transformation and change (it’s the people, stupid!)

He then defines digital culture as:

  • Agile and Responsive
  • Customer-centric
  • Commercially focused
  • Visionary
  • Technology-literate
  • Flexible and adaptive
  • Networked
  • Exploring and curious
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative
  • Open and transparent
  • Collaboration and learning

10 high-impact tasks of a social media manager

More useful advice fom Brian Peters over at Buffer.

1. Strategizing

There are so many goals we could potentially focus on as social media managers – like brand awareness, engagement, traffic, and signups, to name a few. There’s also the challenge of figuring out how to make sure your social media goals are aligned with your overall company goals. That’s where a having a solid social media strategy comes into play.

2. Engaging

Along with creating and curating content, cultivating a happy and engaged audience is a high-impact task for any brand. This helps to create a community of loyal followers who will eventually help to spread the word of your product or service on social media.

3. Creating

At the heart of every social media manager role is the art content creation. Content is the life blood of your social networks and what keeps your audience reading, engaging, and interacting with your brand. It’s important to learn how to create all sorts of content from videos to GIFs to infographics and more.

4. Curating

Depending on the various types of content you share on social, curating can have a huge impact on your overall social media results. Discovering and sifting through content from others involves having a deep well of sources to read—as well as the time to read it all and determine the best fit for your brand.

5. Scheduling

Planning ahead and scheduling content is another high-impact task that makes a world of difference for your brand. We’ve often found that our posts perform best early in the morning, in the evenings, and on weekends — so choosing a social media management platform that allows you to post even when you’re not online can make your life a whole lot easier and improve your results.

6. Listening

I’m always amazed over the awesome things that I find when I have my ear to the ground – searching and listening for conversations around Buffer and similar terms. There are so many opportunities for marketers and brands to proactively seek out and build relationships with potential customers in your community. But choosing the right listening tool is crucial for finding relevant terms and conversations in your industry.

7. Measuring

Once your posts are scheduled and sent out to social media it’s time to analyze their performance. How many clicks did they receive? How many likes, comments, and shares? How did it impact the bottom line? Then, taking a step further, how can you use those stats to help make informed decisions in the future. That’s where great social media managers thrive!

8. Helping

The use of social media as a customer service tool has skyrocketed over the last few years. Customers are no longer relying only on 1-800 numbers for answers to their questions – they’re turning to social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Whether folks are reaching out to you with a question, comment, concern, or complaint, it’s a social media manager’s job to figure out the best plan of action to help that person.

9. Learning

Becoming a student of the trade and learning as much as you possibly can has both a short and long-term impact on your brand or company. Like I quickly mentioned before, there’s a steep learning curve to becoming a great social media manager and building the skills it takes to succeed all stars with learning.

10. Experimenting

We love experimentation here at Buffer. In our experience, the more we experiment the more we learn about what works and what doesn’t on social media. We’ve tried all sorts of things from five Facebook Live sessions in one day to creating a Tumblr account to starting a podcast. Experimenting ties directly into all 10 high-impact tasks of a social media manager.