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Must-Try Social Media Marketing Tools for 2017

Must-Try Social Media Marketing Tools for 2017

If you really want to grow an online audience, you need to take advantage of everything that social media networks have to offer. You can reach millions of people through social media, but you need to know how to reach the right people. Social media is one of your best forms of marketing these days, so you need to find the best tools that will let you take advantage of it. Here are some of our favorite social media marketing tools that are trending for 2017.

1. Viraltag

    This tool allows you to schedule posts for all of your social media accounts, including Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and LinkedIn. It is just what you need for sharing visuals, and the multi-image uploader makes doing this fast and easy. You also get to enjoy a visual marketing calendar, which is an essential tool for businesses that use Pinterest and Instagram for branding. Similar to Edgar, you can create a content library, schedule by category and refill your queue automatically to get the maximum views on your posts. Packages start at just $29 per month, and you get to use these great features, and a whole lot more.

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    2. Canva

      Create designs that are going to showcase your brand in amazing ways. This graphic tool is easy to use, and there are loads of tutorials to help you create the absolute best designs. Tutorials include “Building a Brand Kit”, “Consistent Branding”, “Designing a Presentation”, “Color Relationships”, “Creative Color Palettes”, “Choosing the Right Font”, “Tips for Titles”, “Using Canva Grids”, “Working with White Space”, and many more. You will learn about every aspect of design, and then incorporate your design into your brand.

      3. Buffer

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        This is a tool that is going to help save you a lot of time on your social media marketing. You can schedule, publish, and analyze posts in one convenient location, and it is free to sign up. You can schedule posts to appear at any time, so your followers get to see updates frequently. You can post to all accounts at once, using either the same message or sending customized messages for each site. Add photos and videos to your posts to make them stand out even more, and get you the traffic that your business needs.

        4. Edgar

          Sometimes you have great content that is deserving of being posted more than once. This tool will reuse your best content, so you get more views. After all, some people may have missed your important post, and this will ensure that it gets as many views as possible. This tool is guaranteed to bring in new visitors with every post. You create a categorized content library, schedule content by category, and let Edgar work from there. You never have to worry about refilling your queue, and Edgar will always make sure that your old posts are seen by new audiences.

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          5. Get Sparkle

            If you want to get attention on social media, you really have to stand out. This tool will help you to do just that. Get Sparkle will collect content that has been published online by your fans, increase visitor engagement, and increase your reach so you get more visitors and a larger audience. You can collect content from more than 10 social networks, and then customize it to make it relevant to your brand. The templates are beautiful and unique, so you can be sure that you aren’t going to have the same look as a thousand other businesses out there. Customers use Sparkle for social hubs, live events, data visualizations, office displays, contests and competitions, and more.

            Image credit: Viraltag via viraltag.com; Canva via canva.com; Buffer via buffer.com; Edgar via meetedgar.com; Get Sparkle via getsparkle.io

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            Last Updated on March 12, 2019

            20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

            20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

            There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

            What Is a Vision Statement?

            A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

            A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

            If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

            You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

            The Importance of a Vision Statement

            Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

            If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

            The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

            Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

            How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

            1. Dream big and use clear language

            An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

            • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
            • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
            • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
            • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
            • Use clear and concise language.
            • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

            There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

            2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

            Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

            Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

            1. Disney

            To make people happy.

            2. Oxfam

            A just world without poverty.

            3. Ikea

            To create a better every day life for the many people.

            Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

            4. Microsoft

            Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

              5. Nike

              Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

                Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

                6. Ford

                People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

                7. Avon

                To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

                Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

                8. Honda – in 1970

                We will destroy Yamaha.

                9. Nike – in 1960s

                Crush Adidas.

                  10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

                  Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

                  Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

                  11. Stanford University – in the past

                  To become the Harvard of the West.

                  12. Reach for Success – in the past

                  To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

                  Internal Transformations vision statements:

                  13. Apple

                  To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

                  14. Giro Sport Design

                  To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

                  15. Tesla

                  To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

                  16. Sony

                  To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

                  17. Facebook

                  To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

                    Longer and more detailed vision statement:

                    18. Walmart

                    To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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                    19. Coca Cola

                    To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

                    Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

                    People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

                    Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

                    Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

                    Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

                      20. Heinz

                      Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

                      The Bottom Line

                      Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

                      Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

                      Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

                      Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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                      To your success!

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