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How to Use Hashtags to Grow Your Business

Last year, Forbes  published a great article that details “How to Use Hashtags to Effectively Grow Your Business.” The article provides general rules of hashtags as well as specific suggestions for each social media platform.

Here are author Annemaria Duran’s rules to follow:
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General Rules To Follow

When using hashtags, there are several rules to keep in mind:

1. In most cases, using many hashtags decreases interactions. Pinterest and Instagram are the exceptions to this rule.

2. Use local hashtags to build community awareness.

3. Use specific product or brand hashtags to create conversation.

4. Use search tools to see related hashtags and their popularity. Hashtagify.me is a free tool that can be used to view related hashtags.

5. Before you use new hashtags, make sure that you understand the existing meanings and uses of them to avoid offensive, controversial or demeaning ones.

This article is worth reading!  She goes on to detail hashtag usage across the different social media platforms, but LinkedIn is likely the most helpful section for our readers:

LinkedIn 

LinkedIn hashtags on mobile rolled out in the fall of 2016, but full desktop usage wasn’t available until the fall of 2017. LinkedIn content shows up in Google searches so using hashtags can put your posts in front of a larger audience. Another way to leverage hashtags on LinkedIn is to post them in comments on other posts or add them to your company page.”

Sources: Forbes

Hashtag Challenge: Use a Hashtag on LinkedIn

The NLT Team is issuing a hashtag challenge this month, because last month’s articles on hashtags garnered quite a few clicks.  If you missed them, here they are again:

How to Effectively Use Hashtags on LinkedIn

And the following how to video by Jade Pluck:

 

In response to last month’s interest in hashtags, the NLT Team would like to challenge you to use a hashtag on LinkedIn.  Not sure which hashtag to use?  Take a look at the list put together by Ghost Blog Writers for suggestions to get started:

  1. #business
  2. #work
  3. #office
  4. #success
  5. #quotes
  6. #inspiration
  7. #entrepreneur
  8. #life
  9. #love
  10. #happy
  11. #HR
  12. #jobs
  13. #marketing
  14. #sales
  15. #leadership
  16. #tips
  17. #influencer
  18. #successful
  19. #worklife
  20. #officelife

Source: Ghost Writers Blog

Where to Focus!

October 2018 Thoughts that Count: 

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” — {Jack Dixon}

Should you focus on results or change? All too often, success is measured by outcomes and results.  The same processes can bring us to a familiar rhythm that produces the same steady outcomes. We have discovered that the only way to change our “ends” is to change our “means”.

Focus

What is a hashtag?

What is a hashtag? You’ve probably noticed a rise in #hashtags over the last few years, but do you understand what they are and how to use them?

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“The first use of hashtags was in 2007 and created by online users to discuss specific events and relevant issues and was posted on Twitter. Now we use them to follow current events, industry trends, niche conversations, research and to grow influence. If used both properly and thoughtfully, hashtags can elevate you and your brand.”  This article from Business 2 Community defines hashtags and explains how to effectively use them on LinkedIn.

Values: Are your company’s unique? Do they differentiate your company from your competitors?

Core values are extremely important in launching and maintaining business success.  At NextLevel Thinking, we have had the privilege of helping many clients identify and define the values that make them unique.  Core values aren’t only important to your internal culture, they should also be considered in your positioning.  How can you position your company, products and services if you haven’t identified what sets your company apart from the competition?  Core values serve as a lens through which each marketing activity, piece of collateral, and idea must be filtered.Company core values highlight what makes you unique.

This month, we are sharing Denise Lee Yohn’s article, “Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement.” The article was published in the Harvard Business Review earlier this year.  We encourage each of you to read the article and take a hard look at your current company values.  Are you using the five words banned by Yohn?  We agree completely with Yohn: “Differentiation is the key driver of brand power. Your company’s core values must embody what makes your company uniquely ‘you’— what makes you stand out from others.”

NextLevel Thinking is here to help you define what makes you uniquely “you” and position your company, products and services in the marketplace.

Happy Memorial Day from NextLevel Thinking!

Happy Memorial Day from NextLevel Thinking!
When having a Happy Memorial Day, please consider this quote:
Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.”
-Charles Dent
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While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

These Social Media Trends Are On The Rise In 2018

Let’s talk social media trends.  There’s no doubt social media will remain center-stage in our lives this year, but what type of content will make you shine this coming year?

Unsurprisingly, video will remain the preferred vehicle for information. By 2020, around 80 percent of global internet traffic will be attributed to video, so it’s smart to get in right away!

Choosing video makes sense when we look at the stats: almost 95 percent of video messages are retained by viewers, compared to only 10 percent of text content. Who wouldn’t want a piece of those social media trends?

Source: Filmora
When talking about social media trends, it is important to describe social media as explained Wikipedia style.  Users typically access social media services via web-based technologies on desktop, computers, and laptops, or download services that offer social media functionality to their mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablet computers). When engaging with these services, users can create highly interactive platforms through which individuals, communities, and organizations can share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content or pre-made content posted online. They “introduce substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organizations, communities, and individuals.”  Social media changes the way individuals and large organizations communicate. These changes are the focus of the emerging fields of technoself studies. Social media differ from paper-based media (e.g., magazines and newspapers) or traditional electronic media such as TV broadcasting in many ways, including quality, reach, frequency, interactivity, usability, immediacy, and permanence. Social media outlets operate in a dialogic transmission system (many sources to many receivers). This is in contrast to traditional media which operates under a monologic transmission model (one source to many receivers), such as a paper newspaper which is delivered to many subscribers, or a radio station which broadcasts the same programs to an entire city. Some of the most popular social media websites are Baidu Tieba, Facebook (and its associated Facebook Messenger), Google+, Myspace, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, Viber, VK, WeChat, Weibo, WhatsApp, and Wikia. These social media websites have more than 100,000,000 registered users.

In America, a 2015 survey reported that 71 percent of teenagers have a Facebook account. Over 60% of 13 to 17-year-olds have at least one profile on social media, with many spending more than two hours a day on social networking sites. According to Nielsen, Internet users continue to spend more time on social media sites than on any other type of site. At the same time, the total time spent on social media sites in the U.S. across PCs as well as on mobile devices increased by 99 percent to 121 billion minutes in July 2012 compared to 66 billion minutes in July 2011. For content contributors, the benefits of participating in social media have gone beyond simply social sharing to building a reputation and bringing in career opportunities and monetary income.

Observers have noted a range of positive and negative impacts of social media use. Social media can help to improve individuals’ sense of connectedness with real or online communities, and social media can be an effective communication (or marketing) tool for corporations, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, including advocacy groups and political parties and governments. At the same time, concerns have been raised about possible links between heavy social media use and depression, and even the issues of cyberbullying, online harassment and “trolling“. Currently, about half of young adults have been cyberbullied and of those, 20 percent said that they have been cyberbullied regularly.  Another survey was carried out among 7th grade students in America, which is known as the Precaution Process Adoption Model. According to this study, 69 percent of 7th grade students claim to have experienced cyberbullying and they also said that it is worse than face to face bullying. However both the bully and the victim are negatively affected, the intensity, duration, and frequency are the three aspects that increase the negative effects on both of them.

3 Ways Market Research Drives Revenue

 Market Research
Vikas Mittal is a Professor of Management at the J. Hugh Liedtke Business School at Rice University.  His recent article, 3 Ways Market Research Drives Revenue, published by the American Marketing Association is worth reading.  He details the three different ways market research and analytics improve sales, margins, and EBITDA:
1. Market Research Directly Increases Sales
2. Investments in Analytics Increase ROI, Sales and Profitability
3. Market Research Increases Firm Value.
Click here for the article.

Ideas that Generate Results

Social Media HelpBlogs and newsrooms are wonderful places to share content with your current and potential clients. You can provide information about your company, share a solution to a problem or industry insight. There are no limits to the topics you could cover, but where to begin?
Click here for a great article on researching ideas that generate results.

The Road to Character

“When most people think about the future, they dream up ways so they might live happier lives.

But notice this phenomenon. When people remember the crucial events that formed them, they don’t usually talk about happiness.

It is usually the ordeals that seem most significant.  Most people shoot for happiness but feel formed through suffering.”

{David Brooks, Author of “The Road to Character”}

Handwritten Notes

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Do you send handwritten notes to your clients, customers or employees?  “The business world is full of instant and electronic communication,” but it is hard to beat the power of a handwritten message .  Take a look at the article from Carla Turchetti to read how business owners utilize the power of the handwritten message.

Great Business Tip!

On a recent vacation road trip from Texas to South Carolina, we ran into some car trouble along the way and were forced to find the nearest car repair shop.

The place we happened upon looked like the last place you would think to look for some business insight.  But there on the wall was a sign that said the following:

“If you don’t do something to promote your business, something terrible happens.  Nothing!!!”

Give Up Your Excuses

A while back I ran across an article outlining the 13 things you should give up if you want to be successful.

The following quote caught my eye regarding excuses:

“It’s not about the cards you’re dealt, but how you play the hand.”

 {Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture}

 Click Here to read all 13 things you should give up if you want to be successful.