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Learning Social Media Tricks From the Big Boys

By MELINDA F. EMERSON of the NY Times

Generating revenue along with the buzz.

If you still have doubts about whether social media marketing can be effective, here’s a quote from a recent Bain & Company study that you might find interesting: “Customers who engage with companies over social media spend 20 percent to 40 percent more money with those companies than other customers. They also demonstrate a deeper emotional commitment to the companies, granting them an average 33 points higher net promoter score, a common measure of customer loyalty.”

Among those that have figured this out are some very large companies. Whole Foods Markets, for example, is all overTwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram. “We talk about shared interests with customers,” said Natanya Anderson, who is the chain’s social media and community team leader. “We have lifestyle conversations at the brand level, and on a local level we showcase the folks behind the store, highlight local partners and in- season produce.”

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Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog :: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

Most nonprofits approach social media with the strategy of increasing awareness for their cause by posting and sharing content on their profiles and then when time permits, engaging their fans and followers as they respond to the content posted and shared by the nonprofits. That’s what social media marketing is and the premise upon which all social media strategies are conceived, launched, and maintained.

However, the most popular social media sites on the Social Web today have built in micro-engagement mechanisms that very few nonprofits ever use. Most nonprofits simply post, share and respond, but very few like, +1, favorite, list, repin, or reblog. It’s grunt work which many nonprofit’s do not have the time for or the endurance to maintain, but every time your nonprofit does one of the six actions listed below, your nonprofit’s avatar get increased exposure on the Social Web – and as a result more fans…

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