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SlideShare: The Best Social Media Platform For Professionals in 2016

SlideShare: The Best Social Media Platform For Professionals in 2016
 

Acquired by LinkedIn in 2012, SlideShare has become one of the most useful social media platforms ever created for professionals. SlideShare allows users to share information in the form of PowerPoint presentations, PDF documents, infographics and videos embedded from YouTube.

The user interface is easy, providing the option to either click or scroll through the pages of each document with easy to see arrows, and a static page counter that lets you know what page you're on. And, with the ability to go full screen with one click, you can view each presentation in its full form.

Not Your Usual Social Media Platform

Although it's built for professionals, SlideShare is considered a social media platform - but it's much different than what you're used to.

While Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are built to facilitate social conversations, SlideShare is designed to facilitate the exchange of information.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "social media" as "forms of electronic communication... through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content."

SlideShare meets this definition to a tee, with one difference. The SlideShare community focuses on content and information first and conversation (including engagement) second. For example, this presentation on how to setup a school notification system is perfect for SlideShare, yet unlikely to be found on Facebook.

Slideshare Retains Some Social Familiarity

Although it's different than Facebook and Twitter, there are some familiar social features you’ll find on SlideShare. For example, in addition to accepting comments, each document can be “liked” and shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Twitter.

By allowing users to comment on each upload, SlideShare encourages the conversation to stay relevant to the uploaded file.

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You can also view the statistics for each slide that tell you how many people have viewed, liked and embedded each document. These statistics are a great measurement tool for businesses using SlideShare to reach more of their market.

Perhaps the best feature of all is the “notes” section, where the document creator can publish notes for each slide to summarize and provide credit where it is due.

How You Can Use Slideshare

Let’s say you're a brilliant problem solver and you’ve created a beautiful PowerPoint presentation on how to solve someone's problem. You want to share it with the world, but you can’t embed PowerPoint presentations on your website, you know that no matter how much traffic you get, people aren’t going to download a PowerPoint.

To make your presentation available to the world, you can upload your PowerPoint presentation to SlideShare where it will be available to everyone in a normal presentation format. 

Once your presentation is uploaded to SlideShare, you can embed your presentation on your website just like you’re used to embedding YouTube videos. This will make your presentation available to people in the SlideShare community, as well as your regular website visitors.

Here are some more great ways you can use SlideShare for your business:

 

SlideShare Marketing

1. Market Your Business

If you're tired of posting endless marketing messages to Facebook that seem to go nowhere, SlideShare provides a unique opportunity to market your business in a more professional way. Because people come to SlideShare looking for high quality information, you can offer that here.

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Infographic: Rank Your Favorite Social Media Platform of 2016

Social media has become part of our daily routine here in America and we decided to take a poll on the favorite social media platform of 2016. Facebook and Twitter have been around for quite some time but new players in the social media game are quickly becoming the platform of choice by Americans. Find out which social media platform was used the most in 2016 with our 'Rank Your Favorite Social Media Platform of 2016' infographic.

What social media platform did you use most in 2016? DialMyCalls.com recently conducted an online survey to find out what social media platform was preferred by Americans in 2016, the results are below:

 

Rank Your Favorite Social Media Platform of 2016
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Is SMS Marketing Right for Your Business?

SMS Marketing for Your Business
 

Believe it or not, text messaging can be a surprisingly effective marketing channel. In 2013, mobile marketing grew by over 100%, and part of this growth was an increase in SMS marketing. Nearly a third of consumers have subscribed to mobile messaging from brands, illustrating that people really are receptive to this form of advertising. Of those who have subscribed, two thirds have made a purchase as a result of receiving a relevant SMS marketing message.

With an open rate of an astounding 98%, versus 22% per emails, SMS marketing looks promising. For many brands, implementing an SMS strategy can bring a considerable return on investment, it can increase web and in-store traffic, generate sales, and strengthen relationships with existing customers.

Although SMS messaging isn't well suited for every niche or industry, it works very well for many types of companies, notably retailers, restaurants, and nonprofit organizations. But is SMS a good option for your business?

What Kinds of Businesses Do Well with SMS?

There are a few types of businesses and non-business entities that are likely to see good results from marketing and advertising via SMS. Some of these include:

  • Brick and mortar retailers
  • Ecommerce retailers
  • Salons
  • Supermarkets
  • Specialty stores
  • Bars
  • Bakeries
  • Food trucks
  • Churches
  • Nonprofit organizations

That's not to say that other industries can't see success from an SMS campaign, text messaging tends to work particularly well for these kinds of businesses.

 

Retail SMS Marketing

SMS Marketing for Retail

For both online and brick-and-mortar retailers, SMS marketing can encourage customers to make a purchase. Many retail stores across the country are implementing SMS as part of their marketing strategies, offering coupons, deals, and sale reminders to returning customers. While mobile coupon codes are a popular choice for text message promotion, that's not the only option. Some of the most popular types of promotional SMS messages for retail stores include:

  • Announcing product launches to create buzz
  • Limited time mobile coupons to encourage customers to make a purchase in the near future
  • Reminders about annual clearance sales

Mobile messaging reminds your customers about your brand, offering the incentives to shop with you, and not your competitors. Because SMS messages aren't intrusive, consumers tend to respond well to them.

 

Restaurant SMS Marketing

SMS Marketing for Restaurants

Restaurants can also benefit from SMS marketing. Offering deals, specials, and coupon codes can invite your customers to return and take advantage of limited time offers. Like retail stores, restaurants -- as well as food trucks, bars, and other establishments -- can bring in more foot traffic with SMS promotions.

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Top 11 Great Communication Apps for Scout Troops

Top 11 Great Communication Apps for Scout Troops
 

Leading a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop is a great way to give back to your local community. Many people, especially parents, decide to create a scout troop in their local area. For scout masters, keeping track of everything and maintaining good communication with the scouts, or with parents of younger scouts like Brownies and Cub Scouts, can present a challenge.

Fortunately, there are an impressive variety of options for facilitating consistent, effective communication with your scouts and their parents. Here are some of the best options, including general messaging apps, platforms designed specifically for scout troop management, and more.

 

TroopTrack - Top Communication Apps for Scout Troops

TroopTrack

TroopTrack is a software program specifically designed for managing and organizing scout troops. You can plan events, manage important information, and communicate with members of your troop using an email distribution list, which includes a monthly newsletter personalized for each member. 

In TroopTrack, you can also create custom web pages and share pictures, documents, links, and videos. For many organizations, including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, they also provide information about badges and other achievements. [trooptrack.com]

 

Email - Top Communication Apps for Scout Troops

Email

Email isn’t the latest and greatest cutting-edge communication app, but it’s still in use for a reason. Pretty much everyone has an email address, and the majority of teenagers and adults check theirs regularly. If your troop is composed of younger children who don’t have their own mobile devices or Facebook pages yet, email is sometimes the simplest way to keep in touch with their parents.

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Top 5 Free Santa Apps for Kids

Top 5 Free Santa Apps
 

Christmas is an exciting time of year for children and advances in technology have made it possible to create Santa apps to spread holiday cheer. NORAD really kicked off the interactive Santa Claus movement when the organization launched NORAD Tracks Santa in 1955, and later launched it's online Santa Tracker in 2004. Since then, several companies have joined in on the mission to spread holiday cheer by offering free apps for kids to use during Christmas each year - calls from Santa, hilarious videos with Santa's elves, and unforgettable holiday video eCards are just a few of the many apps available.

To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, DialMyCalls.com has compiled a list of the top 5 free Santa apps for kids to enjoy:

 

NORAD Tracks Santa - Top 5 Free Santa Apps

1) NORAD Tracks Santa

Dating back to 1955, NORAD Tracks Santa is the longest running interactive Santa Claus experience for kids and adults. Every December the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launches their annual Santa tracking event. Kids and parents alike can enjoy interactive games, videos, information and much more - let's not fail to mention that everyone can track Santa as he makes his way around the world. NORAD Tracks Santa is available on the web as well as the Google Play Store (Android Mobile App) and iTunes (iOS Mobile App). [noradsanta.org]

 

DialMyCalls' Free Personalized Santa Calls - Top 5 Free Santa Apps

2) DialMyCalls' Free Personalized Santa Calls

DialMyCalls officially launched their free Santa calls event back in December of 2011 as a way to give back to our local Jupiter, Florida community. We quickly realized that not only locals loved the personalized calls from Santa Claus - the event generated buzz from happy parents all across the United States.

Each year parents are able to visit DialMyCalls' Santa Calls event and schedule a personalized call to their children, direct from Santa Claus himself. Easily select your child's name from the list and schedule when you want them to receive a call from jolly old Saint Nick - if your child's name is not available, we offer a standard greeting from Santa that can be sent. Send free Santa calls to your kids today!

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Top 16 Best Apps That Integrate With MailChimp

Top 16 Best MailChimp Integrations
 

When it comes to email marketing, MailChimp is the gold standard. Founded in 2001 the service is almost unparalleled in its ease of use, versatility, and integration. MailChimp is an indispensable tool for marketers around the world, whether they’re selling a product online or promoting a charitable nonprofit.

MailChimp is capable of seamless integration with quite a few different apps. From e-commerce platforms and content management systems, to CRM and project management tools, MailChimp integration is surprisingly versatile. Here are sixteen of the best apps that integrate easily with MailChimp.

 

Shopify - MailChimp Integration

1) Shopify Integration

Shopify is one of the most widely used e-commerce platforms. During the checkout process, Shopify can ask your customers if they’d be interested in receiving promotional emails from your brand. If they agree, MailChimp for Shopify will automatically add their email address to your list. The customers are also automatically added to their own list, making it simple to target emails specifically to former customers.

But that's not all -- it can also send e-commerce data directly to your MailChimp account, giving you valuable insight into your customers’ purchase behavior, geographic location, and other valuable information. It also picks up on sales that were directly generated by your email campaigns, helping you accurately measure your ROI on each promotion.[shopify.com]

 

Facebook - MailChimp Integration

2) Facebook Integration

Facebook is the worlds most widely used social network. Whether you’re targeting teenagers or senior citizens, your audience probably uses this ubiquitous social platform. Your fans and followers are more likely to take action if you make it as easy as possible to sign up for your emails. With Mailchimp's Facebook integration, you can easily add an email signup form directly to your Page.

Mailchimp can also integrate with Facebook Custom Audiences, which allows you to target ads to specific subsets of your customers. You can sync your entire MailChimp list with Facebook or upload it as a CSV file, helping you broadcast engaging, relevant ads direct to your Facebook audience. [facebook.com]

 

Power BI - MailChimp Integration

3) Power BI Integration

Power BI is a visualization program for analytics and data, helping you and your team share insights and examine detailed data. It presents your business' information on a single dashboard, letting you create visually striking reports and build robust data models.

Power BI can pull data from your MailChimp account to generate a dashboard for it, helping you explore data from your email campaigns. You can pinpoint which subscribers are most engaged, find out what geographic locations respond the best, and evaluate trends over time. Best of all, you don't need any coding abilities to use the program.[powerbi.microsoft.com]

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