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Brian Peters

A collection of posts by Brian Peters

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How User Generated Content (UGC) Grew Our Instagram Account by 400% in One Year

Have you ever stumbled across a company’s Instagram account and wondered how they have so many followers or where they got all of those amazing images from? If you’re anything like me, that’s a reoccurring thought! For social media marketers managing Instagram and other social accounts this is something we all certainly strive for – Gorgeous images, a huge following, and incredible engagement from our audience. With that in mind, I began studying hundreds of Instagram accounts, researching wa

PodcastsDec 5, 2016
The Power of Podcasting: Driving Social Media and Marketing Results On Air – Tyler Anderson [SSM020]

Have you ever considered starting a podcast for your personal brand or business, but aren’t quite sure where to begin or what results to expect? If you’re on the fence about podcasting, consider this: 21% of Americans ages 12 and up have listened to a podcast in the past month. That is up from 17% in 2015 . Monthly podcast listenership has increased 75% since 2013. Now is the perfect time

PodcastsNov 21, 2016
Social Media ROI: How to Connect Social to Real Business Results – Neil Patel [SSM018]

We’ve found that one of the biggest challenges for social media marketers today is connecting social media to real business objectives and goals. From brand awareness right on down to customer conversions, social media has the potential to fit into many parts of the marketing and sales funnel . But where does social media fit best? That is the important question we set out to answer! We had th

PodcastsNov 15, 2016
Actionable Social Media Trends and Stats to Help Guide Your Marketing in 2017 – Bonus Episode [SSM017]

We are excited to share our third, very special bonus podcast episode with you on important social media trends and stats going into 2017! Our bonus episodes offer a fun change of pace from our traditional “interview-style” episodes on The Science of Social Media . Get to know the hosts Hailley, Kevan, & Brian a bit better as they share thoughts on the future of social media – complete with actionable takeaways and useful insights. This week we’re chatting all about

PodcastsNov 1, 2016
Holiday Marketing: Here’s How Shopify Plans All Its Holiday Content (and You Can Too!) – Casandra Campbell [SSM014]

What does it take to put a great holiday marketing strategy into place? Whether you’re looking to increase sales this holiday season or simply create fun and engaging content online, it all starts with having a strategy in place with what you would like to accomplish and why. We had the privilege of speaking with Shopify Content Marketing Lead and Manag

PodcastsOct 26, 2016
Instagram vs. Snapchat, Facebook Notes, Buffer Hacks & Personal Emojis – Bonus Episode [SSM013]

We are super excited to share our second, very special bonus podcast episode with you! Our bonus episodes offer a fun change of pace from our traditional “interview-style” episodes on The Science of Social Media . Get to know the hosts Hailley , Kevan , & Brian a bit better as they share some of the things they’re working on this week in social media – complete with ac

PodcastsOct 24, 2016
I Left Google to Build Tech Ladies: How Social Media Made It Possible – Allison Esposito [SSM012]

It’s not everyday that you hear of someone leaving the tech giant Google to pursue their own fast-growing business. For Allison Esposito, that’s exactly what she did. What first started as a fun side-project and a way to get to know other women in tech, Tech Ladies now connects more than 5,000 women around the world to a network of jobs and opportunities. We had the pleasure of speaking with Allison about her incredible journey from Google to full-time entrepreneur. Allison shares the story of

ToolsOct 11, 2016
8 Powerful Features to Help You Use Buffer to the Fullest

Social media offers a huge opportunity for you to reach and connect with people in creative ways . Via great content . Hilarious cat GIFs . Amazing brand stories . Social media helps strengthen relationships, and stronger relationships increase the likelihood of someone recommending you to their friend

PodcastsOct 10, 2016
Facebook Marketing That Really Works: The Best Tips from The Next Web [SSM010]

The art of Facebook marketing in 2016 is one that is constantly evolving. Tweaks to Facebook’s algorithm look to drive a more pleasant user experience while brands and individuals share more and more organic and paid content everyday. But some brands continue to drive hundreds of thousands of engagements on Facebook each month regardless of the influx of content. The Next Web is one of those brands! We had the pleasure of speaking with Matt Navarra, Director or Social Media and Head of Content

PodcastsOct 3, 2016
Millennial Marketing: Actionable Social Media Advice from a Top Marketer [SSM008]

Understanding the consumer behavior of younger generations is one of the most talked about subjects in marketing today. Particularly when it comes to Millennial marketing. But what if you could look inside the mind of a successful Millennial marketer? At 27 years young, Everette Taylor is a 4-time entrepreneur and is currently serving as Vice President of Marketing for a fast-growing and revolutionary mobility company called Skurt [

PodcastsSep 28, 2016
Inside Social Media at one of the Biggest Universities in America (and What You Can Learn) [SSM007]

What is it like to be the Director or Social Media for one America’s largest and most engaged universities? With more than 1,000 social media accounts to oversee and an audience base of over 6 million, Nikki Sunstrum, Director of Social Media at the University of Michigan, knows what it takes to reach and engage with a large demographic of people from prospective students to parents to proud alumni. We had the pleasure of speaking to Nikki about what it’s like to be the Director of Social Medi

PodcastsSep 27, 2016
A Playbook for Becoming a Thought Leader on Social Media [SSM006]

The path to becoming a thought leader on social media is one that is not always clearly defined. Thought leaders and influencers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, specialties, industries and expertise. And in many cases, social media thought leaders don’t consciously seek to become an “influencer,” it happens naturally over time with lots of hard work and dedication. But what if there was a way to position yourself to become a thought leader in your industry? We’d love to share some ti

PodcastsSep 18, 2016
What Is User Generated Content and Why Are Top Brands Doubling Down Now? [SSM004]

Sharing your brand’s story through user-generated content (UGC) is one of the best ways to build an authentic and engaging community on social media. It takes the old-school marketing approach of “brand to consumer” and turns it into a way for your audience to connect one-on-one with each other through shared content. Dom Garrett – market

PodcastsSep 15, 2016
How the Very Best Content Curation Is Done on Social Media [SSM002]

What are some of the accounts you love to follow on social media? For us, Moz’s Rand Fishkin and his enjoyable, educational Twitter feed is right near the top. Rand shares all sorts of content on marketing, SEO, technology, and startups, and he does so with a fine eye toward curation. Content curation on social media is a great way to provide value to your audience and build your own brand. Rand has one of the strongest brands anywhere on social — 334,000 Twitter

Tips / How ToAug 25, 2016
11 Simple Design Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Images

Humans are, by nature, very visual beings. In the brain itself, there are hundreds of millions of neurons devoted to visual processing, nearly 30 percent of the entire cortex , as compared with 8 percent for touch and just 3 percent for hearing. Each of the two optic nerves, which carry signals from the retina to the brain, consists of a million fibers, compared to the auditory nerve carrying a mere 30,000. That’s all to say that soci

Guides & CoursesJul 18, 2016
Why Do Tweets Go Viral? Our 10 Most Successful Tweets and the Psychology Behind Why They Worked

If you’re anything like me, there are only a handful of things more exciting for a social media marketer than when a Tweet “goes viral.” Tina Fey sums up the feeling nicely: And so I set about with the audacious goal for this post of trying to unravel the great social media mystery of virality: Figuring out the formula for Twitter’s most successful tweets. Better yet, I hoped to determine the formula for Buffer’s most successful tweets so that I could repeat the process and share what I’ve le

We Interviewed 75 Top Social Media Marketers. Here’s What They’re Working On, Today

I consider myself a pretty lucky guy. I have the amazing privilege of speaking with social media managers from a variety of brands and industries around the world on a daily basis. Listening and learning about the projects they’re working on, their biggest challenges, and what their aspirations are on social media now and in the future has helped me tremendously along the way. But then it dawned on me — I’ve never taken the time to write any of this incredible information down to share with ot

ResourcesJun 9, 2016
10 Golden Rules for Social Media Managers and Marketers

I was a bit nervous before writing this post because there are so many possible golden rules for social media managers. I wondered, how could I ever hone in on the most important ones? From golden rules like setting proper social media goals to truly understanding consumer behavior and implementing that into your marketing strategy, this post co

AnalyticsJun 3, 2016
Snapchat, Launching a Podcast, Social Ads, and More: Behind-the-Scenes of Social Media at Buffer in May

It’s been an exciting month at Buffer – Tons of fun social media initiatives, experiments, and thinking ahead on innovative ideas to continue to grow on all of our channels. Ideas like: * How can we best market our new Buffer CultureLab podcast? * What does our audience enjoy on Snapchat ? How can we grow and stand out? *

News and TrendsMay 25, 2016
New Twitter Update Coming: How Marketers Will Soon Be Able to Maximize All 140 Characters

What was once a rumor that Twitter would update its 140 character count guidelines is now official in the social media sphere: Twitter announced Tuesday morning that within the next few months, usernames, quoted tweets, photos, and other media attachments will no longer count against the tweet’s 140-character limit. Twitter co-founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey tol

ResearchMay 18, 2016
6 Proven Strategies for Successfully Promoting Content Across Social Media

You’ve crafted the perfect blog post: Well-researched, SEO optimized, contains the ideal keyword ratio with trustworthy outbound and internal links, and it even has a nifty infographic that you spent hours to create. All you have to do is queue it up in Buffer and watch it take off, right? I’ve been there, and I wish it were true! Social media managers and marketers know that sometimes even the most epic material requires love and hard work when it comes to promoting content across social med

ResourcesApr 21, 2016
Solving the 10 Most Common Social Media Marketing Challenges

Today, there are 2.307 billion active social media users around the world. That’s nearly one-third of our planet’s total population of 7.125 billion! As social media marketing professionals, we’re lucky to reach even .000001% of that population with any one of our posts. This can feel a bit underwhelming for businesses and marketers looking to demonstrate the true value and ROI of social media. Everywhere we look it appears that brands and companies have it all figured out on social media. Wit

News and TrendsApr 14, 2016
F8 Update: 10 New Facebook Features Every Marketer Should Know

F8 2016 is in the history books, and there was certainly no shortage of brilliant new Facebook features and ground-breaking announcements from the social media giant. In his Keynote, Mark Zuckerberg took us through Facebook’s 10 Year Plan with an emphasis on “developing a family of apps to share anything they want with anyone.” And although many of Facebook’s goals sounded highly ambitious, the company has already laid a solid

News and TrendsApr 11, 2016
Big Changes Coming to Facebook: Everything Marketers Need to Know About F8

Update 4/14/2016: F8 is complete and so many great new Facebook features have emerged onto the social media scene. For a top 10 list of new Facebook features, check out our post here ! One of the most highly anticipated conferences of the year, Facebook’s F8 , is almost here! Taking place on April 12 and 13 in Fort Mason, San Francisco, F8 is sure to deliver excitement for marketers, publishers, and developers alike. And if