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Most of us learn best through visuals. So what better way to learn about social media than through SlideShare presentations?

We’ve searched high and low to find 50 of the best that will give you a solid grounding in social media marketing. Feast your eyes on these…

1. Introduction to Social Media

This simple, charming SlideShare is a brilliant way to ease yourself gently into the world of social media marketing.

2. How to Master the Art of Social Media

Wanted to attend SXSW, but you couldn’t make it? You can now get in without a ticket! This presentation by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick is from SXSW 2015. The key points from this presentation are:

  • Be valuable
  • Be clever
  • Be gracious
  • Be organized
  • Be dramatic
  • Be optimal
  • Be bold
  • Don’t be clueless
  • Be active
  • Be curious

3. Go Viral on the Social Web: The Definitive How-To Guide!

What is viral content? And how can you create it? This SlideShare reveals the ingredients of viral posts. You won’t bake the perfect cake every time you’re in the kitchen. But sometimes… magic happens!

4. A Complete Guide To The Best Times To Post On Social Media

What are the best and worst times to post on social media? TrackMaven reveal the results of their research. They cover Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Blogging and Email Marketing.

5. The World’s Biggest Social Media Team

Tourism Australia employ just three people as social media marketers – a small social media team. In this SlideShare, they reveal how they’ve multiplied their reach so they’re effectively a team of millions of people.

6. Pack a Punch with Visual Marketing

Want to know why images matter in social media, and how you use can them to engage your followers? This is the SlideShare for you.

7. What the F**K is Social Media?

Got questions about whether social media is right for your business? This is the SlideShare for you.

8. Why Social Media?

Need more convincing that social media is right for you? This blast from the past (2010) presentation shows that convincing arguments for social marketing have been around for several years.

9. The Number One Mistake Everybody Makes on Twitter

What’s the number one Twitter mistake? We’re not telling. You’ll have to watch the SlideShare to find out.

10. 6 Questions to Drive Your Social Media Strategy

Need some out-of-the-box questions to help you rethink what you’re doing on social? Mark Schaefer’s got that covered.

11. What I Wish My Kids Would Believe When I Tell Them Stuff

Successful social marketers have a unique mindset. They never stop learning.

We especially love the 3 steps on How to Pitch in this SlideShare:

  1. 10 slides
  2. 20 minutes
  3. 30 point font

12. How to Tell Your Story (the Right Way)

Marketers love stories. Why? Stories are fundamental to the human condition. More importantly, a good story grips us from start to finish. If you can tell a story, you can hold your audience’s attention.

Gary Vaynerchuk shares what it takes to be an effective storyteller in the digital age.

13. The Seven Deadly Social Media Sins

There are some social media sins your fans and followers can never forgive. Are you committing these? Watch and learn…

14. Social Media Secrets

Learn powerful techniques you never knew existed. Did you know you can add four images to a tweet? Or plan your life with secret Pinterest boards? Or track your social performance with Google ripples?

Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone…

15. 20 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest Features You Didn’t Know Existed (But Totally Should)

Want to know some more hidden social features? Here’s another SlideShare you should probably keep under wraps…

16. Fix Your Really Bad PowerPoint

Want to create your own SlideShare? In this presentation, you’ll find out the mistakes most people make with presentations – and how to avoid them.

17. How to Produce Better Content Ideas

Feeling stuck for new content ideas? Check out this SlideShare to find out how ideas happen, and to pick up techniques you can use to improve your ideas.

18. Crap. The Content Marketing Deluge

What’s the biggest threat to content marketing? Content marketing. You can’t just create any content. Your content must be mindblowing.

The problem is, most content stinks.

19. Top 10 Mistakes in Behavior Change

Getting started with social can mean a complete change to marketing mindset. Plus, you’ll have to remember to update Twitter and Facebook every day.

This SlideShare reveals how you can gently integrate new habits – including social media – into your life.

20. Social Media for Time-Strapped Entrepreneurs

Too busy to keep your Facebook page updated? Find out what you can do to have a big impact on social media in just a few minutes a day.

21. How To Make National News in 3 Easy Steps

Want your business to hit the headlines? Ryan Holiday reveals the exact techniques he used to get national media coverage.

22. How to Create the Perfect Social-Media Post

Perfect social media posts pass the “re-share” test. When people see these posts, they just have to share.

Find out the secrets to turbocharging your posts in this presentation from Guy Kawasaki.

23. The 25 Basic Styles of Blogging … And When To Use Each One

Do you the difference between Meme blogging, Piggyback blogging and Detractor blogging? We didn’t until we checked out this SlideShare. It provides a fascinating insight into the different types of content you can create for your blog.

24. Why Content Marketing Fails

Content marketing is the buzzword of our times. But just because it’s buzzing is no guarantee of success. Rand Fishkin of Moz gets into the nitty gritty of the psychology of content, and why some content works, but most content is “meh”.

25. Competitive analysis using Social Media Monitoring

Don’t be put off by the boring title! This SlideShare reveals how to use social media to spy on your competitors. The info is gold, but it’s densely packed.

26. Social Media Is..

An alternative take on the basics of social media from Lee White.

27. 36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can’t Live Without

Want to create visual content, but you’re not an illustrator or designer? Donna Moritz will get you sorted. After watching this SlideShare, you’ll start creating visual content as if you were born doing it.

28. Best LinkedIn Company Pages

A LinkedIn company page can help you stand out from the pack. Learn from the best in this presentation.

29. Most Memorable LinkedIn Posts

More great case studies from LinkedIn. Want to learn how to create engaging content from the best in the world? You can’t go far wrong starting with these examples.

30. SOCIAL MEDIA – Statistics That Will Make You Rethink Your Marketing Strategy

Did you know: Businesses that use Twitter generate twice as many leads per month? This presentation is packed to bursting with nuggets like this. If you’re in the fence about social media, this is the presentation to sway you.

31. Social Media and Marketing: Evolution or Revolution?

Is social media an evolution from traditional marketing, or a completely new way of doing things? With over 2 million views so far, this is a presentation that’s not to be missed.

32. Is Second Life a Social Network?

When you hear “social network”, you probably think of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, right? But social is actually WAY bigger than that. If you’d like to do some unconventional thinking about what makes up a social network, this presentation is a great place to get started.

33. The Sophisticated Marketer’s Guide to LinkedIn

One in three professionals on the planet uses LinkedIn. If you’re missing out, this presentation is a brilliant way of getting started.

34. How to Monitor Social Media in 10 Minutes a Day

In ten minutes you can run a mile, eat a snack, or drink a mug of coffee. You can also stay on top of your social accounts. HubSpot shows you how.

35. 36 Content Marketers Who Rock

Want to learn content marketing from the very best? This SlideShare profiles some of the greatest content creators who share their top tips for creating buzzworthy content.

36. Steve Jobs On Marketing: 8 Lessons Every Marketer Must Learn

Pearls of marketing wisdom from one of the greatest minds of our era. Here’s one of our favorites: “Innovation is saying no to a thousand things”

37. The 4 Most Powerful Facebook Advertising Tools Marketers Aren’t Using

Are you missing out on the power of Facebook ads? If you’ve ever wondered what Facebook ads could bring to your business, this is the presentation for you.

38. How to Thrive: A Redefinition of Success

Okay, this one isn’t about social marketing. But it’s an important reminder that life’s about more than going viral. So if you’re ever feeling stressed by social (we’ve all been there!), take a break with this.

39. The Paradox of Exceptional Marketing

Ever wondered why we’re on earth? Or what the Fermi paradox is all about? Or what any of this has got to do with marketing? If so – or if you just like a pinch of crazy to spice up your day – you’ll love this presentation.

40. Enterprise Winning: Big Companies Getting Value from Enterprise Social

We often talk about the benefits of social to small businesses. But how can social be of use to large enterprises? This presentation offers some interesting case studies of big businesses going social.

41. IBM’s Point of View on Social Business

“Social business starts when you put people at the center”. This SlideShare contains some fascinating insights. But IBM – you really need to work on your headlines!

42. Social Content Marketing with SlideShare

SlideShare means business. It’s a brilliant social marketing platform in and of itself. This presentation shares what’s possible with SlideShare, with a focus on SEO, lead generation and integration with other networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

43. Building A Content Marketing Strategy

“Wandering works in fairy tales. But it’s disastrous when it comes to lead management.” Without a coherent strategy, your content marketing efforts are likely to fall flat. Save yourself from wandering down the rabbit hole by watching this presentation.

44. 23 Simple Methods to Promote Your Business for Free

Need to make a splash on a budget? Social media is a great place to start. But if you need results sooner, this SlideShare will help you conjure up some fresh marketing ideas.

45. How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices

Growth hacking is all the rage, because it’s a really effective way of growing a business. It’s also ideal for creating viral content. This presentation shows you the basics of Growth Hacking, so you can start to adopt a growth hacker’s mindset.

46. 120 Awesome Marketing Stats, Charts and Graphs

We love a good chart, and this presentation is bursting with them. If you’re into social media metrics, this presentation will make you one happy gal (or guy).

47. The Who, What, Where, When, And Why Of Social Media Lead Generation

What’s one of the main reasons businesses use social media? To find new customers. This presentation gets to the heart of the issue by showing you how social media can help generate leads for your business.

48. 20 Signs You’re Probably Not Working For a Social Business

You might have a Twitter account. But that doesn’t mean you’ve got a social business. Find out whether your business really is social by checking it against the benchmarks in this SlideShare.

49. Get People to Open your Emails

Email is one of the most powerful tools in the marketer’s toolbox. It may be old school, but it’s here to stay.

How can you make sure your emails are opened? Find out in this SlideShare presentation.

50. 50 Random Twitter Rips for Business

These Twitter tips might be random, but they’re also highly effective. Every one is gold, and we’re sure you’ll find at least one you’ve never read before (we found several!).

Grow LinkedIn Network

LinkedIn is the professional networker’s choice. It’s the business users social media site. And business is all about people.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your career, connect with potential clients, or just develop your professional skills by connecting with others in your industry, LinkedIn is an ideal tool.

How can you make sure you’ve got the best possible LinkedIn network?

1. Get the Basics Right

Is your LinkedIn profile up to scratch? Have you written a keyword rich summary, and filled out your career history? Do you have a professional photo and a compelling headline?

Even if you’ve done all this, if it’s a long time since you updated your profile, then it’s time for a change! Switch up your photo or your headline. Why? Because LinkedIn places a premium on fresh profiles, so you’ll be given pride of place in search results.

2. Post Updates Frequently

When you log into LinkedIn, do you see updates from the same set of people every time? There’s a reason for that. Not many people make the effort to post regular updates on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn might seem like a ghost town, but the truth is that pretty much half of LinkedIn users log in on a regular basis. According to Pew Research, over a third (34%) of LinkedIn users log into the network at least once a week. A further 13% sign in every day.

That’s why posting regular updates is so powerful. You’ll appear on the newsfeed of your contacts, which is a subtle way of building influence.

Of course, as with all social networks, some of your updates will get more attention than others. But posting frequent updates is a far better way of standing out than staying silent.

Stuck for ideas? You could share:

  • A quote for the day
  • YouTube videos you found helpful
  • News items that are relevant to your industry
  • Important announcements about your company
  • Updates about your work achievements
  • Business articles you’ve read and found interesting

3. Invite Your Email Contacts to Connect

LinkedIn gives you the option to import connections from your email list, whether you use Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook.

Why connect with people you already know? First, because a power network is made up of people who know and trust you. Your email contacts are likely to fall into this category. Second, inviting someone to join your LinkedIn network establishes that you want a professional relationship with them. Your family and friends can help you uncover hidden career and business opportunities. Third, with your email “acquaintances” you’ll be establishing a new form of contact, and indicating that you want to stay in touch.

Another benefit is that growing your network will help LinkedIn get smarter at suggesting people for you to connect with. When you work on growing your network, it’s easier to keep it growing.

4. Be Discerning in Who You Connect With

A LinkedIn power network isn’t made up of any Tom, Dick and Harry (or any Jane, June and Jacinda). As we’ve mentioned, creating a power network is about connecting with people you know and trust.

Focus your LinkedIn networking on people you’ve met in real life. And whenever you meet new people at conferences or exhibitions, ask if you can add them to your LinkedIn network.

That’s not to say you should ignore invitations to connect from people you don’t know. Instead, look at their profile. Do they…

  • Have a profile picture? If so, that’s a good sign they’re an active and serious LinkedIn user.
  • Have over 50 connections? Again, this shows they’re active on LinkedIn, and so they’re potentially a valuable addition to your network.
  • Work in an industry that’s relevant to yours? Or in a sector you’d like to move into?

If you’re not sure on whether to connect, we recommend accepting the invitation. Then, drop them a line. Thank them for adding you as a connection, and ask about how they came across you. No response? You can delete them from your connections list. Many people will have a good explanation for connecting with you, and you will have kicked off a new relationship.

5. Write Personalized Invitations to Connect

Want to improve your success rate when you reach out to new connections? A simple way of doing this is to write personalized invitations to connect.

A personalized invitation doesn’t have to be long or complicated. In fact, it’s better to be short and to the point.

An effective personalized invitation will:

  • Explain how you know the person you’re connecting with
  • Let them know why you want to connect
  • Ask if they’d like to connect

You can do both of these in one or two short sentences.

For example, you could say:

“It’s been great working with you on [project]”

or…

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you in [LinkedIn Group]”

Then conclude with:

“Would you like to connect on LinkedIn?”

Easy peasy.

6. Take Part in LinkedIn Groups

Once you’ve added everyone in your real life network to your list of LinkedIn contacts, are you done? That’s up to you. It all depends on your goals and how you need your network to help you.

We’d recommend that you continue to reach out to new people, so your network keeps growing. LinkedIn provides tools to help you with this, the most powerful of which is LinkedIn Groups.

On LinkedIn, you’ll find groups covering pretty much anything. Whatever your job, and whatever industry you work in (provided it’s legal!), there’s likely to be a group for you. If there’s not, you can start one.

When you’re looking for groups to join:

  • Know who you want to connect with. For example, if you’re looking for clients, then groups that only connect you with your peers are unlikely to be helpful.
  • Choose carefully. Searching for a group will likely turn up hundreds of results. Look through them, and notice the groups that have active discussions. These are the best groups to join.
  • Join the groups you like the look of. This allows you to get a feel for a group, and find out whether it’s right for you. You can join a maximum of 50 groups, but you can always leave a group to sign up for another group.

Your Call

What’s your approach to building a LinkedIn network? Are you an open networker who will connect with anyone? Or are you more discerning in your networking approach? What are your top tips on LinkedIn networking? Let us know in the comments, below.

Social Media Online Video 2015

Four years ago, Cisco predicted that by 2015, over 90% of web traffic would be from Internet video.

2015 is here. Has Cicso’s prediction come to pass? Not quite. In mid-2014, 78% of web traffic was from video. Cisco now predicts that will rise to 84% by 2018.

Video hasn’t been quite as big a hit as Cisco expected. Other content types continue to be popular.

But video is still big. In fact, we expect 2015 to be the year of video. Here are three reasons why…

1. The Stats are on Video’s Side

Over 100 million people watch online video every day. Some 90% of online consumers say they find video helpful in making purchasing decisions. And according to Forbes, three quarters of executives watch at least one work-related video per week (Stats here).

Video is fast rising up the ranks of social marketing – so other content forms had better watch out.

2. SlideShare Has Embraced Video

Back in 2014, SlideShare allowed LinkedIn influencers to start sharing videos on the network.

This year, SlideShare will extend video publishing to all their users.

Dave Kerpen – who has already made several SlideShare videos expects that SlideShare will become the business version of YouTube.

He writes:

Instagram is to Facebook as SlideShare is to LinkedIn. In other words, look for SlideShare to emerge as the key social network for business professionals to find and share bite-sized pieces of content while on the go in 2015.

3. YouTube is So 2005

Okay, we’re kidding a bit here. We expect YouTube to continue doing really well in 2015. But it should take care to protect its place as video’s monarch.

YouTube’s problem? Young upstarts are contending the king of video’s throne. Or they’re setting up their own kingdoms, and ignoring YouTube altogether.

What’s happening, in real terms?

In August 2014, Facebook surpassed YouTube for desktop video views.

What’s more, Facebook and Twitter are giving priority to videos published on their own networks. Other social platforms are likely to follow this course.

YouTube is here to stay. But it can’t afford to get too comfortable.

Your Call

Do you agree that 2015 will be the year of video? What are your social predictions for the year ahead? Let us know in the comments section, below.