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The Art of Tweeting

The Art of Tweeting

The short and concise manner of a tweet—140 characters of less—can either be the bane of your Twitter existence or a creative breath of fresh air. For those who are new to Twitter, there are several nuances and shortcuts that frequent users like to employ to fit their tweets into the limited space. 1. Shorten […]

The Image Boom

Social media professor William Ward of Syracuse University has tracked the evolution of electronic communications. First, blog posts arose as the earliest forms of social media communication. Later, blogs shortened to Facebook updates and Tumblr posts, which shrunk further to 140-character Tweets. Today, pictures posted to Instagram or Pinterest have become the most shared currency […]

10 Twitter Minutes a Day

Like most community bankers, you’re busy—I get it. But spending just 10 minutes a day on Twitter can dramatically expand your network and deepen existing relationships. Here’s how to get started: Follow interesting people: Spend a couple minutes a day perusing Twitter, searching for interesting people to follow. You can easily find suggestions via the […]

Ask a Socia Media Guru – part II

  By Ann Chen This interview with Michelle Shangraw, senior vice president, retail banking director and social media coordinator with Mercantile Bank in Grand Rapids, Mich., is the second of two parts. Read the first part here. Q: What is Mercantile Bank’s most successful Facebook campaign? A: We were very happy with the success of […]

Ask a Social Media Guru – Part 1

The following is the first part of a two-part interview with Michelle Shangraw, senior vice president and retail banking director at Mercantile Bank in Grand Rapids, Mich. Q: Tell me a little bit about how Mercantile bank got started on Facebook. A: We started our Facebook page on March 8, 2009. It is a group […]

Measuring Facebook Beyond ‘Likes’

On Facebook, “Likes” are the first things your eyes see when you visit a page. Not surprisingly, then, increasing their number of Likes is both a priority for many users and a good measurement of their social media success. However, don’t put all your eggs in one Facebook basket. Likes are important for creating a […]

Facebook Faux Pas

Four Ways to Turn Fans Off on Facebook 1. It’s not Youbook: Talking about your community bank and its products sounds like a great idea, but if every Facebook post is a self-promotion, then fans will quickly grow tired. Instead, try to be a source of good information and have some fun every once in […]

Drawing a Crowd (Facebook)

How three community banks are making a big impact and attracting fans on Facebook Facebook is an electronic bulletin board of ideas that updates as a streaming News Feed. In the last Social Media Matters column, I talked about Facebook basics and how to start engaging fans. In fact, one of the first questions that […]

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