Gloria Rand’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Wow! Another year has come and gone. Can’t believe it. I think my aunt warned me about this when I was a kid. She said when you get older, the years start flying by. And she was right. Oh well…

Since 2016 is upon us, I thought it would be fun to find out what my most popular blog posts were this year. If you happened to miss any of them — shame on you! — Just Kidding! In all seriousness, if you did miss one, just click the link below and check the article out.

The top ten included several articles from 2014. That goes to show you why a blog is better than Facebook when it comes to connecting with prospects. A status update on Facebook has a lifespan of a few minutes. But blog articles live on for years! 🙂

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Demographics of Top Social Networking Sites [INFOGRAPHIC]

demographics of top social networking sites Are you struggling to decide where to spend time among the top social networking sites? This can be a challenge for small business owners. Especially if you get caught up in the “shiny object” syndrome. It’s very tempting to start a new presence on the latest craze like Instagram or Snapchat.

Before you start doing any social media marketing, you need to know who your target audience. And you need to know where they hang out! If your prospects don’t use Instagram, you don’t have to use it for business.

SproutSocial has developed an awesome infographic that displays demographic information on the most popular social media sites. Take some time to review this chart and see where your prospects are active. That’s the social networking site you need to be active on too.

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How to Track Instagram Analytics with Iconosquare

Instagram IconosquareIt’s official. Instagram is the fastest growing social media site, with 300 million accounts. The Pew Research Internet Project says Instagram’s user base grew by 9 percent in 2014, with U.S. adults making up 26 percent.

I plan to be a lot more active on Instagram in 2015. One of the tools I’ve recently discovered to help me fine tune my presence and track Instagram analytics is Iconosquare. After using it for just a couple of days, I have to say, I LOVE IT!!!

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Which Social Media Platform is Right for Your Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Does your head swim when you think about social media marketing? If you’re a small business owner, and in particular, a solopreneur, I suspect it does. There are so many social networking sites available: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and YouTube, and don’t forget about Vine! How can you be expected to maintain a presence on these sites and still run your business?

The short answer is, you can’t. Not well anyway! When I work with clients, I recommend that they focus on one social network first and master that one before starting a presence on another site. But not every business is suited for every social networking site.

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Manage Your Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are you struggilng to manage your social media? If you own a small business with only 1 or 2 employees or you’re a solopreneur, I know how tough it can be to manage all the social networking accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. This is one of the areas I concentrate on when I work with clients.
There are only so many hours in the day to get work done. You need to have a life outside of your company! I was thrilled to come across this terrific infographic from Pardot that gives you a schedule to manage your social media in just 30 minutes a day!

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