Why Some Freelancers Fail at Social Media in 4 Lessons

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) I was asked this question yesterday – and decided it deserved a longer answer. Because no short answer does do this very important questions justice. There are several points to social media activities, where you can be lead astray, and most of the mistakes are made not only by freelancers but also by others – for…

On Twitter: Direct Message or No Direct Message

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) Update: Shortly after writing this article, the first tool mentioned here (Sendible) started failing us. After a month of back and forth with their support we cancelled all our accounts there! A while later Sendible’s CEO got in touch with us, appologized and offered us a couple of months free account to try it again. We…

Can You Learn Social Media and Online Marketing at University?

by Susanna Gebauer (@dreckbaerfrau) Truth be told: I do not even know, what they teach in „Marketing“ at university… Honestly, I am a mathematician turned strategic consultant turned founder/entrepreneur turned marketer. Everything I know about online marketing and social media I learned by doing: By reading blog posts, trying things out, evaluating results, stepping back, thinking again … and learning…

Twitter Marketing That Doesn’t Suck: ManageFlitter

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) If you read my recent article about social media strategy or Susanna’s recent article on how to grow followers, then you know that we (like anybody else successful on Twitter) rely heavily on the Follow-Unfollow-Strategy. Basically, this strategy means you follow people and then unfollow those who didn’t follow back after a while. I won’t go…

Clickbait Headlines Won’t Disappear, Because You’ll Never…

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) Do you really believe that Facebook’s recent announcement that they will reduce the rank of the famous clickbait headlines will make clickbait disappear? Well, maybe you should take a deep breath, and start thinking. Food for thought #1 – Clickbait will adapt What are clickbait headlines? They are a way of making you click on a…

The Downside Of Social Media Influence – Why You Shouldn’t Listen To Me

by Jonathan Gebauer (@jogebauer) According to some, I am a social media influencer. It might be true although I do not feel like an influencer. There are numerous people with larger Twitter accounts, and numerous people I still look up to. Nevertheless, I guess having over 100,000 Twitter followers somehow pleasures my ego. And, like everyone else, I still like…

Twitter and Content for Reliable Social Media Traffic

by Jonathan Gebauer Susanna talked about the simple strategy all influencers used to grow their Twitter accounts. Today’s post is about why Twitter and content together are the best way to start a social media traffic generation strategy. Twitter and content (whether curated or original content) are at the heart of every single reliable social media traffic generation strategy I…