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15 Things You Should Definitely Avoid When Social Media Marketing

15 Things You Should Definitely Avoid When Social Media Marketing

Thousands of mistakes are made by businesses every day when they’re presenting themselves on social media, and every one is them is a little bit deadly. Read below to find out the major social media marketing mistakes you need to avoid.

1. Don’t expect a huge audience right out the gate.

This is true even if you have a lot of traffic on your website or a large email list. Most social media marketing involves building audiences gradually, not all at once. Don’t be scared if you don’t gain a lot of followers right away. If you keep at it, and follow the other suggestions in this article, they will come.

2. Don’t just stick to Facebook.

To maximize your audience, you have to diversify. Facebook is usually the most significant outlet for social media marketing, but it’s far from the only place you can benefit.

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3. Don’t get overwhelmed.

Avoid overfilling your plate. At least in the beginning, stick to two or three social media outlets. Once you’re comfortable then start branching out. Be sure to pick the big players like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn first, unless your industry favors another outlet.

4. Don’t pick the wrong social media services.

If you’re a household product, Pinterest should be a priority. If you’re an artist, Tumblr is probably your best bet. Know which social media outlet is right for the product or service you’re selling by doing your due diligence.

5. Don’t cross-post.

What works for Twitter doesn’t necessarily work for Facebook, and vice versa. Individualize all posts for every one of your social media accounts.

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6. Don’t make it all about you.

Think about what you’re posting from your followers’ perspectives. Would they be interested in an endless stream self-promotion? Probably not, so get creative. And remember, you don’t have to create all of the content you post yourself.

7. Don’t leave your profiles bare bones.

You’re going to put a lot of effort into interior decorating, so you should make sure people are impressed by the front of the house. Make sure that you have a profile picture, a cover photo, a wallpaper, a short description, a long description and whatever else the social media sites are recommending that you include to make your account 100% complete.

8. Don’t forget to act like a person.

There are a lot of spambots on social media; don’t do your best imitation of them. Be personable with your posts so that followers think they’re reading the thoughts and comments of a real live human being, not a machine.

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9. Don’t just share your stuff.

Creating original content is hard work; compiling existing content is much easier. Take advantage of all the web has to offer by scouring it for articles that your social media followers would find interesting.

10. Don’t rush it.

Don’t treat social media as an annoyance that you need to get off your plate as quickly as possible. You shouldn’t send out hasty updates riddled with spelling and grammar errors. You should also think carefully before you post. Consider if there’s any way your update will be taken the wrong way. If there is, rephrase that update.

11. Don’t avoid negative feedback.

The last thing you should do is delete a negative comment someone posted on your company’s Facebook wall. You have to value the criticism, because it could be a reflection of what a lot of your followers are thinking. Thank the person for the feedback and address their problem however you can.

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12. Don’t forget to link to your social media account.

If you’re doing all your social media marketing in a vacuum, don’t expect to net any new followers. Be sure to include links to social media on your website, business card and wherever else applicable.

13. Don’t leave it unattended.

The death knell of social media marketing is to neglect your accounts. If you’re not regularly posting updates your followers will drift away or won’t trust you as an industry leader.

14. Don’t forget that you can schedule posts.

You don’t need to send a tweet at 6:00 a.m. to have it posted at 6:00 a.m. Use freemium services like Buffer or HootSuite to lay out your social media marketing well in advance.

15. Don’t misuse the lingo.

Too many hashtags will turn fans into haters. Research standard practice for every social media service and implement it to prove that you’re not a poser. With all the work you’re putting into social media marketing, the last thing you want to do is come off as fake.

Featured photo credit: mkhmarketing via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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