social media image creation by seo and social media maven stephanie nelson of SBN Marketing

Creating Images for Social Media & Websites

post by Stephanie Nelson I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter – both in the social media industry and from small business owners – about graphics for posts and where they come from. In a past life, long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away, I created any graphic I was going to use…

Is Social Media Good or Bad?

post by Stephanie Nelson When doing some keyword research recently, the question “is social media good or bad?” showed up in the results as a potential good match for the term I was searching. Since this was in one of the keyword research tools I use, it wasn’t a place where I could click and…

What Are Your Competitors Up To?

post by Stephanie Nelson As someone who’s been in the advertising and marketing game for over 20 years, I can attest to how important competitive analysis is.  Taking a look at what your competitors are doing to market themselves can often help you determine if your own marketing efforts are heading in the right direction.…

Do You Need to Use Social Media for Your Business?

post by Stephanie Nelson I’ve been asked a lot recently, particularly by older business owners, whether or not a business HAS to be on social media. For me, the short answer to this question is yes. And yes, there is a longer answer. The longer answer is that no business owner should spend time or money…

Are You Using Your E-Mail Signature for Social Media Growth?

post by Stephanie Nelson In the 5+ years I’ve been in business for myself, one of the most often asked questions I get is “how can I grow my following on [X outlet(s)]? And one of the first things I do in my audit to answer that question is look at how that company is letting…

The Secrets to a Usable Editorial Calendar

post by Stephanie Nelson If you’re anything like me, you like having a plan, and you like sticking to it. When it comes to social media marketing and content marketing, that plan oftentimes comes in the shape of an editorial calendar. Sticking to said calendar can be a bit of a beast, though. So here are…

Don’t Read the Comments

post by Stephanie Nelson Last Friday, I was able to attend my first Creative Mornings Charlotte gathering. The premise was based around the quote “Laws are like sausages – it’s better not to see them being made.” Speakers were lawmaker Jeff Jackson of the NC State Senate and esteemed restaurateur and sausage-maker Cassie Parsons of Harvest Moon Grille. The…

Where Should You Be On Social Media

post by Stephanie Nelson As a social media professional, I’m asked almost daily, “Should I be on all social media outlets?” or “Which social media outlets do I need to be on?” The simple answers to those questions are “no” and “the ones where your audience is”. But there are longer answers… You don’t need…

Social Profile Management – Why Bother?

post by Stephanie Nelson Whether an individual or a business, managing your social profiles is one of the most important things you can do. Here’s why: It has been reported that 34% of hiring managers do an online search for job candidates.  This makes managing your social profiles – like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, etc.…