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Social Media Simplified: 8 Types and How Each Can Benefit Your Business

If you’ve ever struggled to properly explain social media to non-users, or even the C-suite of companies, you’re bound to enjoy our featured article this week from our friends at HootSuite.

The definition of social media is in a state of constant flux. Popular social relationship platform with 10 million users, HootSuite, says one of their favorite quotes is:

“You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” Ha!

Check out HootSuite’s article, spotlighting eight different types of social media to help you better understand the capabilities of the various online services.

Social Media Simplified - 8 TYPES

See also this post and graphics from Venture Scanner, particularly the one detailing 12 Categories of Marketing Automation, featuring a whopping 702 companies!

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12 Categories of Marketing Automation, Featuring 702 Companies!

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Mari’s Top Social Media Picks – April 17, 2015
Issue #145


We hope you enjoy this week’s top articles selected for you!

1. 8 Types of Social Media and How Each Can Benefit Your Business

via Hootsuite.com

Each type of social platform needs a different plan of action; by separating them into categories you’ll be better able to develop a more effective strategy.

2. The A-Z Guide To A Winning Facebook Fan Page: 26 Awesome Tips You Need to Know

via Canva.com

Love these 26 tips for improving your Facebook Page performance! The “S – Share” tip is one of my favorites, although I’d also add: VIDEO! Native video on Facebook now gets more reach than any other type of post.

Jackpot! 26 terrific tips for improving your Facebook Page performance — from the good folks at Canva. ?The “S -…

Posted by Mari Smith on Thursday, April 16, 2015

See also this roundup of five additional excellent Facebook marketing articles we found for you this week!

3. How to Fill Your Blog’s Entire Editorial Calendar for a Year

via SarkeMedia.com

Blogger, Sarah Arrow says, “Don’t burden yourself trying to reach impossible goals. Just be consistent.” Amen! This post is like a mini-course on how to create a fool-proof blogging strategy.

You can also check out this free online directory for Social Media Agencies.

That’s all for this weeks’ issue of The Social Scoop. Here’s wishing you a wonderful weekend and super-productive week ahead!

On a personal note, I’m so looking forward to a super relaxing weekend of pampering. Okay, and just a smidge of work catch up! SO many exciting projects popping all at the same time — can hardly wait to share with my peeps… including some HUMONGOUS news that I should be able to break in about one more week. WHEE!! 🙂 



Mari Smith

Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is widely known as the Premier Facebook Marketing Expert and a top Social Media Thought Leader. Forbes describes Mari as, “… the preeminent Facebook expert. Even Facebook asks for her help.” IBM named Mari as one of seven women that are shaping digital marketing. Mari is an in-demand keynote speaker, corporate social media strategist, dynamic live webcast host, and popular brand ambassador. She is coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day, and author of The New Relationship Marketing.

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  1. Connor Rickett on April 20, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Digging the Facebook fanpage link. Not literally “digging” because no one does that anymore, but I’m liking it–figuratively, I mean. Conceptually.

    I really do never know what do with that fan page, though. I mean, it’s there, I autopost my posts to it. Sometimes I add stuff I don’t want to make an entire blog post out of to it. But mostly it sits there. Now, at least, I have stuff to implement and try out, so it won’t be quite so dead.

  2. Sarah Arrow on April 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing my article about blog panning Mari x

    • Kim Hawkins on May 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      It was very helpful. I’ve been challenged with making long-term content plans. I’m good with a week, maybe even a month but getting a year nailed down would be golden!

  3. Stan Skrabut on April 17, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Great collection of articles for this issue. I filed all of them. Thanks for sharing.

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