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How To Get 10,000 Shares on Facebook in 24 Hours

How To Get 10,000 Shares on Facebook in 24 Hours

We’ve all seen the millions of online articles about the benefits of social media marketing, why your business should use social media marketing, and how social media marketing is the future of advertising. This is all true, but there is catch: not all social media marketing campaigns are created equally. There’s more to it than simply creating a Facebook page and Twitter account for your business. Before embarking on a marketing campaign, there are a number of things to consider and decisions which should be made before you even create a fan page for your business.

Here are three questions you should ask yourself:

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1. What Are Your Goals?

Are you trying to increase sales? Reach out to customers? Increase brand awareness? Most likely the answer is “all of the above”, but if you can identify a single main goal, this can slightly alter the game in terms of your content strategy.

2. Who Is Your Target Demographic?

A big mistake people make when running a social media campaign is that they post content that they like, as opposed to catering to their actual demographic. I am certainly guilty of this myself, and it is beyond frustrating when the posts that I think are witty, clever and amazing flop miserably.

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3. What Is the Concept Behind Your Content?

Many people start posting before they have a plan. Posting on a whim can sometimes convey a message that is disjointed, or just plain sloppy. Instead, brainstorm some themes that complement your product or service. If you’re a nature photographer, your thematic goals could include conservation, volunteer tourism, or exotic plants. Pick some appropriate themes and stick to them. If you post about tropical fish one day, then camera lenses the next, it might seem like there isn’t a clear narrative that connects everything.

How to Go VIRAL

Getting a viral post is the Holy Grail of social media marketing. As the manager of multiple social media accounts for a large company, I’ve had the good fortune of seeing a post catch, and go viral. So far, the best post we’ve had got over 10,000 shares in less than 24 hours without any promotion. Here is how we did it:

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Choose Your Image Wisely

Viral posts are almost always an eye-catching image—something people will see and share in a matter of seconds. Funny memes that convey your thematic objectives are always a good choice.

If your boss is comfortable with them, pictures with shock value are extremely popular. Pictures that are funny or cute will do well, but in order to go viral, you will want to have something totally outside the box, and possibly a little edgy. Just make sure it fits in with your business.

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Elicit a Strong Reaction

Appeals to emotion are usually an efficient way to get people fired up and willing to take action by sharing your post. I was managing a Facebook account for a background check company, and we posted a mugshot of a sex offender who had been caught in the act by his victim’s father and given a doozy of a shiner. This post appeals to our demographic on multiple levels:

  •  It has a strong family element, which illustrates a father’s protective instincts.
  •  It’s a great revenge story—the absolute worst kind of criminal getting what he deserves.
  •  It’s a true story.

This was a good strategy that fit the leanings of our demographic. For most businesses, it wouldn’t be appropriate to post a picture of a beat-up sex offender, but you can use similar techniques and adapt this strategy to content that makes sense for your business or organization.

Keep Your Copy Simple and Powerful

The copy that you include with your post should be written as carefully as you would write an ad. Powerful writing will take your post far. Just like you would tell a potential customer to “subscribe now” or “click here,” the same strong, directive copy should be applied to social media marketing. Always include a sentence at the end which says “Like and Share.” If you can work in a way to say “Like and Share if you think that. . . .” and then include something most people would agree with, you’ll be amazed at how popular your post will be—as long as you just keep things simple, straightforward, and shocking.

Featured photo credit:  Social network concept finger via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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