Top 20 Social Media Hacks to Build Your Business

Social media words on cubesSome of these can be automated.

By Becky Livingston
for From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

Social media should be a major part of your business marketing plan.

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Here are 20 ideas to help you build your small business.

You can use many of these ideas on one or more platforms; they are all designed to help increase engagement, develop leads and grow your brand.
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Four Rules for Setting Boundaries in a Social and Mobile World

Businessman using smartphone while waiting at a subway stationYour customers expect service everywhere they find you. Rule 1: set expectations.

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

Here are some of my tips on setting boundaries in the social world.

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1 – Be upfront with your customers. If I respond immediately – awesome, however on social I may not respond immediately.

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Maximizing Social Media: The Importance of People

Young people holding social media logos“Social selling is lead generation rooted in social media.”

By Jody Padar
From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide 

Social media is the underdog of business development. Although I build relationships in both an offline and the online world, most my firm’s business comes directly from having both an online and an offline connection. I have multiple clients now whom I have never met IRL (in real life).

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It’s all about relationships; it always has been. 
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3 Big SEO Changes

Blue pushpin in word "SEO" at center of a targetHow badly do you want to rank on that first page?

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

Have you noticed the subtle SEO changes that have been happening over the past year?

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Here are

  • three big changes;
  • what you need to know; and
  • how to implement changes on your website and in marketing efforts to effectively use SEO to your firm’s advantage.

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How to Schedule Social Media Content

Businessman looking at calendar on tabletPlus tips on creating it.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

We post four kinds of posts and tweets on social media sites:

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Social Media Basics for Accounting Firms

Social media words on cubesSetting up on the 3 major platforms.

By Sandi Leyva
The Complete Guide to Marketing for Tax & Accounting Firms

Social media can be a great marketing channel, but the big challenge is how to keep it from draining all of your time. The key is having rock-solid systems and procedures AND time limits.

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For small businesses trying out social media for the first time or with strict budgets or time limits, I recommend doing minimum activity or only being active in one of the three accounts (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter). Once you get your procedures solidified for these minimum activities, you’ll be able to expand to more venues and more activities if you want to.
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Digital Marketing Isn’t ‘Set It and Forget It’

Woman outside jogging in morningThis should be a strategic priority or you’ll be left behind.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

As the state of the profession continues to embrace social and digital marketing, keep in mind that your firm needs to keep up with the changes as well.

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For example, in an effort to support partners, today’s exit strategy may include increased efforts to generate leads, while maintaining a consistent presence among clients. It may also include emerging technology that aligns with your firm’s sales efforts, such as email drip campaigns, lead generation forms and social media engagement.
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Craft a Social Media Influencer Strategy

Businessman with hands extended; head is light bulb with gears insideBONUSES: Content strategy questions and a sample email to send.

By Becky Livingston
The Accountant’s Social Media Handbook

Before jumping in and sending messages to your new influencer network, it’s important to know why you should be doing this.

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First and foremost this strategy should support an overall firm strategy, such as increasing leads in a market, niche or industry vertical. If this strategy does not support an overall business goal, maybe it supports an overarching marketing goal, such as increasing brand awareness in a geographic region.
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