23 of the Best Social Media Articles and Marketing Resources Every Marketer Should Read

social media articlesImagine you were compiling a course curriculum for a class on online marketing. What would be your go-to resources?

In digging through my bookmarks and starred articles, I noticed a growing list of awesome stories and helpful links. If I threw them all together, it’d make for quite the collection!

I’d love to share with you what I’ve got so far, and it’d be awesome if you’d consider adding any personal favorites in the comments. Here is what I’ve bookmarked as my must-read social media articles and content marketing resources. 

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How to Effectively and Accurately Use Data to Inform Your Social Media Decisions

The ideal length of a blogpost is six minutes and 1,500 words. So every blog post you write should aim for that golden, gooey length, right?

Well, there’s a bit more to it than that.

We love digging up the latest stats and best practices on how to share better on social media. And our findings are just that: General statistics and ideas on what might work best in practice. Many stats are jumping off points for you to test and iterate on what’s best individually and personally for your sharing.

Stats don’t lie. They just might not be telling the story you expect.

So I thought I’d open up the discussion for what social media data and best practices don’t tell you and how to improve your social media experience from a healthy perspective that includes data, statistics, and other factors that matter to you.

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71 Ways to Write a Social Media Update: Specific Tips to Engage Your Followers

Social Media PostsI’ve got several go-to moves when I’m playing basketball. The crossover. The fadeaway. The tear drop.

I’ve got several go-to moves when I’m writing social media updates, too. Title case. Text only. Signatures.

I imagine you’ve got your own favorites, too.

Combined, there are a litany of ways to compose, style, and organize a social media update, even in just the words we use in our updates. I’m always on the look out for new experiments to try with the way I write a social media update. My latest hunt turned up 71 fun ways. Let me share them with you.

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30 Little-Known Features of the Social Media Sites You Use Every Day

When I first set foot in Disneyland, I race to the most famous rides first—Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn, Indiana Jones, all the biggest and best. Little do I know there are just as many hidden gems and overlooked attractions that I’ve likely missed in my sprint for the headliners.

Social networks are a little like Disneyland in this regard. There’s so much to see and so much to do that some of the fun stuff is bound to slip through the cracks.

Which features of Facebook, Twitter, and the other major social networks have perhaps slipped under our noses? I went hunting for some of these little-known features and came up with over two dozen new tricks and tools to try for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Read ahead to learn all 30 little-known features (and see which ones you might already know!).

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How Much of Yourself Do You Share on Social Media?

authenticity on social mediaSocial media sites like Facebook and Twitter offer a unique opportunity to get close to people who are hundreds of miles away. You can share anything with anyone at any time.

You can share.

Does this mean that you should share?

I’ve come up against this question many times, hovering over the Send button on a status update or considering what’s okay to share and what’s too private (or uninteresting). Where should the line be drawn? Should there even be a line?

I’m happy to offer some of my thoughts and ideas below, and I’d love to hear from you, too. How much of yourself do you share on social media? And do you feel it’s enough? Let’s discuss together.

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21 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Instantly Improve Your Marketing

free seo toolsWhenever I dream up a home improvement project for my place, I end up working smartest and fastest when I have the right tools at my disposal. It’s amazing the difference a good tool can make – and the extra time it takes to get work done without a helpful tool.

Fast-forward to online marketing. How can you work smarter and faster with SEO? 

It starts with having the right tools.

I’ve collected a big sampling of the best free SEO tools on the market—tools with a wide variety of uses and covering a number of common needs. These tools are fast, free, and easy-to-use. I hope you find one or two (or twenty) you can put to good use, today.

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How to Choose the Right Social Network for Your Business

When I started at Buffer, I was given permission to make mistakes, to ask forgiveness rather than permission, to always test everything.

So I’d like to give you all some permission as well.

You have permission to pick and choose your social networks.

In fact, often times it may be best not to be on certain social networks, perhaps because of the time it takes to do social right or because your customer personas don’t fit with a particular network. When you’re choosing which social networks to be involved with, it’s okay to be picky. You have my permission.

The next step is making an educated decision on which social networks to choose. There are a big number of factors that could weigh a decision for you, and I’ve done my best to collect them here in this post. From demographics to research and a whole lot else in between, here is what I’ve found to help you choose your social networks.

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30+ Ultimate Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles, and Emails

headline formulasA headline can serve either as an apple pie on the windowsill of your content or as its bouncer. It’s all in the way you phrase things.

Fortunately for us, many people have found headlines that work wonders, consistently, time after time. And they go well beyond the saturated listicle or clickbait.

Why not take some inspiration from the best headlines of the best headline writers?

The blueprints exist to get your tweets, emails, updates, and articles clicked.

I collected a trove of interesting and actionable headline formulas from some of the best sources for headline writing, and I’ve tossed in a few of our favorite Buffer headline formulas, too. Is there a tried-and-true headline routine that you always come back to? See if it’s listed here among these sure bets, or leave it in the comments.

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How to Take a Social Media Vacation: The Complete Guide to Pausing, Leaving, or Taking a Break From Social Media

There comes a point in my afternoons or evenings where I’ve just about sapped all the creativity and efficiency I’ve got. I need a break. My mind and my body—and oftentimes, my writing—make it quite clear.

Do we ever get the same clues when we need a break from social media?

Certainly, the subject seems a bit taboo to discuss. We’re social media marketers, after all! Taking a break from social media seems almost sacrilegious, yet I wonder how many of us have had those thoughts or feelings before. I know I have.

I thought I’d share a bit about what might go into the thought process behind pressing pause, taking a break, or outright quitting a social network. The circumstances are likely to be unique for each of us. Here’s hoping that this post might open the floor for some good discussion.

From my experience, a social media reset is helpful every now and then. Here’s how to do it.

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How We Doubled Email Signups in 30 Days: Our Strategies to Get More Email Subscribers

We wrote a post awhile back about email list building, and in the course of writing that post, we got the Christmas morning jitters. We wanted to try every single idea we could.

And so we did.

And wouldn’t you know it, the ideas worked!

I’m really happy to share with you our experience from an exciting month of email list building and the strategies we used to get more email subscribers. The hugely encouraging aspect to all this is that our simple email changes can be done by anyone. If you’re interested in growing your email list and gaining new subscribers, feel free to borrow any of the ideas we’ll share below. I’ll let you know exactly how we did it.

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