CATEGORY: Social Media

Goo.gl is going, going, gone: What to use instead

By Dannielle Cabler

If you use goo.gl to shorten your links, you’ve probably heard that it’s being discontinued. That means that by March 30, 2019 (yikes!) you’ll need a new solution up and running.

It’s never fun to be forced to switch tools or platforms, but this is actually a good opportunity to reevaluate URL shorteners and switch to something more robust.

Here are some of the best things about switching, and why we think you’ll love using Name.com’s Branded URL Shortener, powered by BL.INK.

10 low-budget social media strategies for your small business

By Alisha Shibli

In today’s day and age, you need social media to get the word out. Leads, conversions, customer engagement, SEO rankings—there’s a lot riding on social media’s shoulders. The stakes are very, very high. This comes as no surprise considering that both big and small businesses are punching above their weight to get the maximum returns from their social media campaigns. A report published by Yellow Social Media in 2018 said that small businesses spent 42% more on social media marketing than they did in 2017—which is staggering.

As a small business owner, the competition is tough given the kind of money you need to pump in for your paid social media campaigns. This is why low-budget social media tactics might help fuel your social presence and help you in terms of reach and conversions.

How to break up with your social media management platform

Every social media marketer knows that it’s pretty impossible to post content in the moment unless you’re going live, at a tradeshow, or having a company culture event. Between the hours spent researching new social trends and then incorporating said trends into your meticulously planned content calendar, time is of the essence; and one thing we don’t have time for is bugs in the tools we use. Once those start popping up, it’s safe to say that I’m immediately ready for a change. So am I shocked that I’m ready to ditch our current social media scheduling program? No. Am I disappointed because I thought I found the one? Yes. Here’s a front row seat to the ups and downs of social media management tools we’ve used in the past, and what we’re planning for the future.

Trusted links can increase click-through rate by up to 39%

Our friends at Rebrandly share their thoughts on why custom branded links are important and how you can be using them to boost social engagement.

When someone sees an article you’ve shared, you have only a couple of seconds to grab their attention or they’re going to scroll right past the content you’ve worked so hard to create. Their eyes quickly scan the image, the title and even the link. They’re deciding if clicking this article is worth their time and it happens so quickly that they don’t even realize they’re doing it. It’s psychological.