Kevan Lee

Former VP of Marketing @ Buffer

A collection of 274 posts by Kevan Lee - Page 3

Online MarketingAug 31, 2016
The Top Marketer’s Guide to the 30 Best Books for Business, Marketing, and Social Media

Most everything I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about marketing and the web has come via the inspiration and example of others—reading amazing blogs, learning from great content, and diving deep into favorite books. I’d love to share, in particular, the books that have been most influential to me and other digital marketers. I’ve put together a list of 30+ that include some of my personal favorites, some favorites from my Buffer teammates, and some favorites from a handful of the best mar

Case StudiesAug 12, 2016
How This Agency Onboards New Teammates, Collaborates on Content, and Gets Results for Its Clients

One of the keys to moving fast and being successful as a social media team is to have everyone on the same page, using the same voice, and sharing in the same style. But is it really possible to share a brain with a team of fellow marketers? The good news is, yes, it’s possible. And the even better news is, you betcha, it can be done a lot faster than you might think. The team at Torchbox is a prime example. They

AdvertisingAug 9, 2016
The Complete, Always-Updated Guide to Facebook Advertising

Social media has been found to be the most effective digital advertising channel for getting more impressions, clicks, and conversions. Facebook in particular stands out — in some cases, 7x cheaper than the next most affordable social media ads channel (Twitter). You can spend as little as $5 per day on Facebook advertising [

ReportsAug 4, 2016
Why We’re Uniting Our Community and Marketing Teams

See last month’s marketing report → See all marketing reports → See all Buffer reports → Marketing Report July 2016 This past month, we announced Buffer for Instagram to the world (go team!). We ran Facebook Live videos and Snapchat takeovers (we’re @buffersnaps for any Snapchatters out there). We set some exciting, audacious, fantastic goals for what we want to achieve between now and October. And oh yeah, the decision was made that community should combine with marketing, so in the

ToolsJul 20, 2016
The Big List of Twitter Tools: 93 Free Twitter Tools and Apps to Fit Any Need

Twitter is a fascinating adventure of relationships, entertainment, education, and fun. Now imagine layering on a few dozen power-ups . That’s how it feels sometimes when you find just the right Twitter tool. And there’s a tool for practically every desire or whim. Tools for productivity , for efficiency, for re

ToolsJul 13, 2016
The 15 Best Browser Extensions to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

This post originally published on September 22, 2014. We’ve updated it here with new extensions, images, and a Product Hunt collection. There are a few actions I perform over and over again as I work through my social media marketing plan. Do you know the feeling? You click on the same few buttons or type in the same URL. And then, one day, someone shows you a browser extension that completely rocks your world for the better. I’d love to share some of those world-rocking browser extensions wi

Buffer NewsJul 12, 2016
Buffer for Instagram is Here: 8 Ways to Get Your Best Instagram Marketing Results with Buffer

Instagram has fast become one of the largest, most lucrative social networks: 400 million people use the app every day, more than 15 million businesses use Instagram and Instagram’s users spend more in purchases than any other major social network. That’s a huge audience and a huge opportunity! We’re thrilled at the chance to help you succeed there. There are many different tactics and strategies for finding success on Instagram—timing, consistency, hashtags, links, and more. Being able to ac

189 Powerful Words That Convert: Write Copy That Gets Your Customer’s Attention Every Time

“Join us!” “Sign up!” These phrases litter the huge variety of email newsletter boxes you’ll come across online, and they generally serve the same purpose: Click here to give us your email address. They serve the same purpose, but do they say the same thing? Can one word change the way you feel about a button? In my experience, yes. I subscribe to the copywriting school of thought where every single word is absolutely worth stewing over and A/B testing because one single word can change ever

Case StudiesJul 1, 2016
How to Manage 60 Social Profiles – and Drive More Traffic and Sales to Each

I often think I have a lot to do with managing my own social profiles. But managing 60? (mind blown) The team at Creative Click Media manages 60 social profiles for their clients, driving big results in traffic, leads, and sales with their team of three. How do they pull it off? Adam and Amanda from Creative Click were kind to share their workflows and processes for driving these results: everything from how they save time with social media management to how they iterate on blog posts and top

Case StudiesJun 17, 2016
How This Digital Agency Drives Revenue from Social Media (and How You Can Too)

You might’ve heard the advice that your call-to-action should have one job, your email subject line one job, your blog post one job. Focus, with online marketing, is key. Turns out focus has a wonderful effect on building a business and driving results. Gather Social , a digital agency based in Nottingham, UK, takes this focused approach with every new client they bring on. The single thing that Gather Social wants to achieve for you on social media is an impac

Tips / How ToJun 12, 2016
6 Science-Backed Strategies to Get More Followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and More

Follower count is often considered one of the vainest of vanity metrics. I can relate. I’ve had my fair share of ego tied to that golden number on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn—one day I’ll point out my follower growth to a friend and the next I’ll feel all insecure about the number not being big enough. Still, despite the vanity, there is value in follower count. While it seems like a smug number to chase, followers have a proportional impact on how far and wide your message sprea

ReportsJun 9, 2016
Sprints and Traffic and MozCon, Oh My! What Buffer Marketing Is up to This Quarter

The transparent monthly reports from Buffer were one of my first introductions to the company, and I’ve loved them ever since. Before I joined the Buffer team, I waited like Christmas morning for a new report to come out so that I could take a peek behind-the-scenes into the way Buffer worked. Once I came on board, I eagerly anticipated each and every new report and the chance to share with and learn from the awesome folks who took time to read what we were up to. I’d love to get back on a reg

Case StudiesMay 16, 2016
How Product Hunt Grew to 140k Fans with Automation, Scheduling, and 8 Twitter Profiles

When you’re a fast-growing startup, with social media as part of your company’s DNA, it’s extra important to get social media marketing right. Product Hunt is definitely getting it right. The company—just two years old—has amassed over 168,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, and their content performs doubly as well as other brands in their industry. Plus, whenever there’s a new network (Peach , Periscope [

Buffer NewsMay 15, 2016
Introducing Feeds: Share Links From Your Favorite Sites Right Inside Buffer!

Our community has always been great at driving us forward, suggesting new tools , helping us better understand the challenges and workflows of a daily social media user . Listening to our community is perhaps our best source of information and ideas, so when you asked for the ability to add feeds within Bu

ResourcesMay 11, 2016
The Top 100 Blogs to Curate for Social Media Power Users

Looking for some fresh content to curate and share on social media? It’s out there — in spades! Almost too many spades, right? With so many blogs to choose from , the challenge can sometimes flip from finding content to share to choosing which content to share. We’d love to help. At Buffer , we’re lucky to have some data on the most

ToolsApr 28, 2016
The $0 Marketing Stack: 41 Free Options to Popular Paid Services and Tools

What tools do you use to get your online marketing work done? Can you do all the same work of a digital marketer, and do it for free ? The list of tools you use—often referred to as a marketing stack—probably covers a variety of different uses and needs, everything from social media marketing to content [

ResearchApr 27, 2016
The Biggest Social Media Science Study: What 4.8 Million Tweets Say About the Best Time to Tweet

Updated 5/4/2016: Added some new insights and learnings into the blog post here on the best times to tweet. We’re so grateful for the chance to learn from the community on this! Imagine removing all guesswork when you schedule your tweets, knowing the best times to experiment with tweeting for maximum clicks and maximum engagement. As someone who is working on social media marketing strategy or shares frequently to social media, this info would be fantastic to have! We’re always eager to dig u

Case StudiesApr 26, 2016
On Branding: How a Digital Agency Goes Start-to-Finish with a Social Media Branding Strategy

Imagine having a way to control how you’re presented online, a way to identify yourself or your company and differentiate yourself from others. Sounds a bit like social media, right? Sounds a bit like branding. The two go hand-in-hand. Branding happens on social media, and social media is an outlet for the voice of your brand. Many people have found success with personal branding and company positioning online, and agencies have come along to help people with both. One of these agencies, Janu

Content MarketingApr 26, 2016
25 Simple and Free SEO Tools to Instantly Improve Your Marketing [Updated for 2019]

Whenever 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

Case StudiesApr 19, 2016
Social Media From Your Couch, and Other Tips For Managing 100+ Social Profiles

Some people go to great lengths to find the best ways to share to social media. Social media management tools definitely help, and so too do the workflows and tactics that social media marketers discover to save time each and every day. This is especially true for busy marketing agencies who run social media marketing in addition to a host of other duties. The folks at iM Image Market

Case StudiesApr 6, 2016
Behind-the-Scenes: How This Agency Saves 40 Hours Per Month With Its Social Media Sharing

We’ve found it to be the case that with social media marketing, you’re either a) doing social in addition to so many other roles, b) doing social for way more than one client, or c) doing social and wishing you had the bandwidth to try bigger and bolder things. The solution? Having more time! Of course, time isn’t easy to come by, which makes finding a good workflow and choosing the right tools immensely important. WebFX runs social media for hundreds of clients, and s

Case StudiesApr 1, 2016
The New-School Social Media Blueprint of a Fresh and Bold Digital Agency

Starting fresh — be it with a new social account, a new business, or anything — takes a lot of guts and requires a lot of passion. It also helps to have a little something unique. What that something is can be entirely up to you! We’ve found this to be the case for starting a new blog , building a new social media presence , or charting a new business path. And I’m excited to share wh

Guides & CoursesMar 26, 2016
The Delightfully Short Guide to Social Media ROI

If the concept of social media ROI feels rather enormous, you’re not alone. I am amazed—and sometimes astounded—at the breadth of the topic. So that’s made the exercise of writing a “delightfully short” guide to social media ROI all the more fun and challenging. I’ve given myself under 1,000 words to provide an overview of social media ROI and how to apply it to your social media marketing efforts. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments! [Interested in listening to this post in podcas

How the Pros Get Leads from Social Media

I’ll sometimes find myself inspired by how jampacked and successful some people seem to be on social media, and I can’t help but thinking: What’s their secret? How’d they get so many leads and how can I do things exactly the same way? Well, thank you, Internet! Turns out the majority of these secrets are sitting out there in blog posts and email newsletters and everywhere else that these generous experts in lead collecting tend to share their best stuff. I’ve collected some of the best ideas