How to Teach Social Media Marketing: Keyword Research Tools Exercise

 

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Showing students the available tools to teach them how to use data to make decisions about marketing strategy is a key to effective teaching in social media.  Since digital media are an essential part of a social media marketing strategy, students must understand search engine marketing and search engine optimization techniques. This social media marketing exercise introduces students to two tools: Spyfu and SEMRush.  Both take data from Googel Keyword Planner and display the information in a more user friendly manner.  It is also easier to log-into these sites.  The limitation is that they do not provide as much data per search.

This exercise goes well with either chapter three or seven in Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy from Oxford University Press.

Social Media Marketing Keyword Exercise

Your Task

Develop keyword strategies and then build keywords lists for the following business:

You are the marketing director for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The museum would like to attract visitors to New York City.  The target market is tourists who are looking for historical and interesting activities in the city.  Your job is to identify the optimal key words that tourists type into Google’s search engine so that you can determine the content you should include in your website and the terms you would use for paid search advertising.

Your Client

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a National Historic Site. The five-story brick tenement building at 97 Orchard was home to an estimated 7,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 1935. The museum, which includes a visitors’ center down the block, promotes tolerance and historical perspective on the immigrant experience.

 

Steps to Take

  1. Brainstorm a set of key words that you think people might type into Google for this search.
  2. Begin typing these words into the search engine and identify 3 long-tail key words using the Google search box. The options will appear as you search.
  3. Use Spyfu and the URL tenement.org.
  4. Click on Keyword Groups to identify many key words and the value of each.
  5. Consider the cost, the search volume, the keyword difficulty and the logic of the word/phrase itself.
  6. Determine the best key word to emphasize in your strategy given that the museum wants to maximize reach at the lowest possible cost. Explain your result.
  7. How does the options given by Spyfu compare to the words you brainstormed? Explain.
  8. Type the best keyword from #2 that you determined into SEMrush. How does your keyword compare to those recommended by Spyfu?
  9. Which tool is better? Spyfu or SEMRush?

 

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How to Teach Social Media Marketing Slides

This week I uploaded a set of slides that cover research for social media marketing strategies.  The topic focuses on social media listening, the challenges in measuring sentiment online and the tools that marketers can use to evaluate their online communications.

There are case studies embedded in the slides and videos featuring NASCAR’s social media listening center and examining Nutella’s online visual strategy with Talkwalker.  The presentation also includes two exercises that professors can use in class with students or assign at home or in an online course.

These slides are social media marketing teaching resources to accompany Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy from Oxford University Press.  The text can be used in a stand-alone social media course or as part of a broader advertising class that includes digital media.

Slide Share Presentation

 

Social Media Strategy Prerequisites

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I created this presentation in advance of teaching social media marketing strategy because I felt it important to emphasize to students that you don’t just jump into a social media strategy. There are a number of things you must consider first.  Specifically, marketers must set goals and objectives that they would like to achieve so that the strategy is focused and effective.  Second, brands need metrics that they will use to evaluate those goals.  Third, the strategy must be clear on the people who comprise the target market and that can only be discovered after segmenting markets.  Finally, it helps to determine what you want your target to do after you communicate with them.

Social Media Strategy Prerequisite Slides

These slides accompany Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy from Oxford University Press by Randi Priluck and are a social media teaching resource for faculty.

 

Social Media Teaching Resources

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I have been working on Powerpoint slides for my course Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy.  Here is a link to a free Slideshare presentation that may help you with your first class teaching social media marketing.  The emphasis is on 2017 trends and how social media have changed the world.

Social Media Marketing Slides

These slides go with the textbook Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy by Randi Priluck from Oxford University Press.

 

 

Social Media Teaching Resources

  
Teaching social media marketing can be challenging. There is so much material to organize. You may need a framework for presenting the relevant  information that blends the theories of marketing with the practical skills students need for successful careers. 

Here is some help. First, I wrote Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy to emphasize goal setting, research, targeting and the social media marketing process to students. Along with the text is a teaching manual that provides social media teaching resources including exercises, cases and Powerpoint slides. 

Another key social media teaching resource is a Youtube channel with interesting and relevant videos for each social media and mobile marketing topic.

Click on the resources link below for the videos. They are organized by chapter. You will also find videos for teaching Intro to Marketing (Mar 250) and Consumer Behavior. 

Social media teaching resources  

For a free review copy of Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy, go to Review copy.

The digital version is $39 for students from Red Shelf. 

Social Media & Mobile Exercise

This Facebook exercise helps students understand the different types of segmentation using Facebook’s automated advertising system.

Segmentation, Targeting Exercise

 Your task: Go to Facebook.com and create and advertisement for a particular business. First choose a business or a brand to consider when you are doing the assignment. It is best to pick something big with which you are familiar. This will be important for the behavioral segmentation.

In this assignment you will create a Facebook advertisement that includes 4 types of segmentation methods: geographic, demographic, psychographic and behavioral (for your product category/business) (e.g. benefits sought/usage rate).  Evaluate whether this is a good target or not for your business.

When you go to FB you will have to sign up to use their ad services. On your FB page there is an option on the left side column for Ads. Click on that to bring you to the business section. The page looks like below – click on the bar at the top – mine says Randi Priluck consulting, but I can also get my personal account. Use your personal account.

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On the next page choose Brand Awareness campaign. Facebook allow you to chose different goals for your advertisement such as traffic, engagement, app installs etc.

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Finally, on the page below choose segments to make your advertisement. Specifically make sure you have at least one demographic, one geographic, one psychographic and one behavioral segment in your target market.

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Take a screen shot that shows all of your segmentations and write a brief note that explains the segments as follows:

Randi Priluck

Business: Men’s clothing store – discount

Geographic: US and Russia

Demographic: Men

Psychographic: Runners

Behavioral: Discount store shoppers

Evaluation: This is not a good target for my business. It is too broad and I should have more criteria for choosing perhaps based on narrower locations so I can really hone in on my target that is located near my stores.

A useful exercise for Chapter 2 in Social Media & Mobile Marketing Strategy – Oxford University Press 2017

 

 

Bloglette: Twelve Hours a Day with Media

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A new report from eMarketer finds that people are spending lots of times with screens – about half their day.  The study examined media time including multitasking – as when people watch tv and tweet on their phones or shop on their tablets.  In any case, the amount of time spent is higher than ever and advertisers have recognized this increase by channeling dollars to digital media.

Mobile media continue to see increases in usage.  eMarketer found that nonvoice time spent per day by smartphone users will rise from 2 hours 18 minutes in 2014 to 2 hours 42 minutes by 2019.

Here is a link to the full article: eMarketer Media Study

Bloglette: Snapchat Users

Surprise, half of all teens use Snapchat “all the time.” This is interesting given new reports that show that Instagram Stories are even more popular.   There are clear economies of scale with Facebook products because so many people are already there.  It seems natural to use those to reach lots of friends and relatives.  Teens have no problem moving between sites and tend to use more different social networks than adults.

This New York Magazine report discusses the competition between Instagram and Snapchat:

Teens Say….Snapchat more Popular

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Social Media Marketing is Digital

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I read an article in the Times titled “A Google Gold Mine Below the Search Bar” that got me thinking about how I teach social media marketing to my graduate students.  The article discusses the importance and success of product listing ads on the Google search page that come up when people type certain words into the search engine.

A product listing ad is one that has pictures of products and information, often including pricing.  The pictures attract attention from viewers and the prices provide key information directly related to the purchase.  It seems that retailers really like these ads.

So, why bring this up in teaching social media marketing?  The paid search ads are now much more prominent than the organic search results on the page.  In mobile, paid results may be the only thing that a viewer sees in a search because of the small screen size.  Search can be super effective for a strategy because it leads directly to sales and it is very track-able.  Marketers need to evaluate the value of search marketing in the mix and its effect on sales relative to the social media marketing effort.  The analysis would include sales results and cost for a clear ROI for each.

Regardless of which is more effective students of social media marketing must learn general digital marketing in order to make effective decisions for brand communications.

Here is a link to the NYTimes article.

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