Eastern Mountain Sports Giveaway!

Mountain Media is a full service digital agency nestled in the small town of Saratoga Springs, NY. Our team is made up of ten young professionals working hard to stay ahead of the latest trends. When we’re not designing websites, writing blogs, updating Facebook, creating and customizing apps, or shooting videos we like to spend time exploring. We love new adventures. Whether it be skiing down a mountain, camping the Adirondacks, or getting active in the community… our awesome staff is always up to something.

To kick off 2014, we wanted to thank our fans for their continued support! We are giving away a $100.00 Eastern Mountain Sports gift card. We also hope to attract new forward-thinking adventurers and build some brand awareness.

The rules are simple. To enter click this link:

http://bit.ly/EMSGiftcardGiveaway

It is important that you enter through the Giveaway tab or else your “like” can not be tracked.

Giveaway Tab

For a more professional looking appearance, We have decided to use a third party app called Woobox.com. Don’t be alarmed. They will not store any of your information, so it is safe to click through the “sweepstakes” pop-up you’ll see upon entering.

If you are already our friend… Thank you! You can still enter by clicking the “Giveaway” Tab and then by clicking: “Enter” at the bottom of the page. {see below}

Enter GiveawayAfter you Enter, a completion link will pop up. Should look a little something like this:

Giveaway Post EntryWeb Payment Software is a neat online payment solution our software team developed. Feel free to like their page for an additional entry!

If you have any questions regarding entering, entries, or anything about our services… please feel free to leave a comment below!

A winner will be picked January 22nd! Good Luck!

 

 

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Starting your Social Media Strategy

ATTENTION READERS:

My name is Cassie Jaufmann, and I started working for Mountain Media as their new Social Media Specialist earlier this month. Although “specialist” is my professional title, I like to think of myself as a Social Media Queen. I am extremely energetic (and positive), and work hard to stay ahead of the latest news, trends, and techniques. My goal here at Mountain Media is to work with you on creating the best and most efficient Social Media Strategy geared towards your personal business goals.

With that being said according to Merriam-Webster, Social media is defined as:

I personally define social media as a giant pool of possibilities. There are so many different channels, ideas, and strategies swimming around it can be overwhelming. How do you know where to start? What exactly are you supposed to be doing?

Most people…jump right in. Have you caught yourself following this strategy?

1. Logon to Facebook
2. Start posting videos, quotes, articles, and pictures.
3. Wait for “likes” to start accumulating.
4. Logon to Twitter
5. Post the same random stuff that you posted on Facebook, but add #obnoxioushashtags because you think it’s a trend
6. Wait for “followers”

Are you picking up on what I’m throwing down? If not, please refer to this cartoon by Tom Fishburne for a clearer picture of what NOT to do with your Social Media Plan

Social Media can be great. It really allows you to reach a larger audience if you know how to utilize it correctly. Just simply “being” on Facebook doesn’t really do much for your business (other than give it an actual presence). Comparatively speaking, it would be similar to having your phone number and business name listed in the yellow pages.

Want to do more? Start by defining your goal. If you are drawing a blank–resort back to the old fashion way and ask yourself the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How questions to see if anything sparks inspiration.

Why do you want to be on Social Media? What kind of results are you trying to generate? How are you going to measure success? Where in the social media pool will you target your efforts? Who will be responsible for managing these efforts.

Information overload? I apologize. Start with the Why. And build from there.

Suggestions:
Maybe you are trying to build brand awareness and recognition of your product?
Perhaps you are an online business looking for lead generation and possible sales?

To each their own, it is safe to say every strategy is going to be different. Keep it simple and grow your strategy over time. Don’t rush it. Social media is evolving and there is no way you can tackle it all over night.

If you are interested in learning more about a Social Media, please feel free to connect with me professionally for more tips and tricks.

Add me to your circles on: Google+
Add me to your network on: LinkedIN

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Perfecting the Balance of Content on Social Media

So you have your social media strategy in place and it’s time to create the editorial calendar. While your business might have a lot of events or company news coming up, finding the perfect balance between news, business and personality is crucial in order to really engage your audience. Still a little confused? Follow along as I give you a run-down on how to create the perfect social media content balance that will wow your fans and keep them coming back for more.

50 Percent News

The truth is, people love to be in the know as far as what’s happening in the news. Depending on the industry you’re in, use each morning as an opportunity to follow any developing stories in the news. Search for specific keywords that relate to your industry that hone in on what your readers would be interested in reading.

The key to posting news articles on social media is to create a captivating sentence that will grab people’s attention. Next, make sure you include the full URL in the body of your post, so users know exactly where they’re being directed to when they click on the link. Finally, it’s always beneficial to include an image or video with news articles as opposed to just letting the link post below.

30 Percent Personality

Both users and search engines like to know there are humans behind a brand. Some great examples of brands with personality on social media include Taco Bell, Oreo and Dunkin’ Donuts. If you look at their Facebook pages, you’ll notice that they focus their content on the fans, which in turn has allowed them to really connect with them on another level.

While all three of these brands still focus on their branding, it’s in a personable and fun way where users can grow an emotional attachment to the brand. This is done by asking users personal questions, responding in a timely manner and wording content specifically to entertain users.

20 Percent Business

Of course with any business you need to spend some of your time promoting your brand on social media. While this should be the least of your focus, find creative and subtle ways to promote your business with insider pictures of your staff on your weekly outings, what’s happening in the office or even sneak peeks of new products or services that are rolling out soon in an effort to generate awareness and excitement. People might not be favorable of this type of posting on a daily basis, but when you balance it out with industry news and genuine personality, fans will eat this type of business information up!

When it comes down to it, having the perfect balance of content on social media is like having that perfect ratio of both peanut butter and jelly on a sandwich. Too much of one ingredient can be a recipe for disaster, but if you balance each ingredient properly, you’ll understand how so many brands have found success with their strategic social media campaigns.

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