If you're not sure whether you should be paying attention to your Facebook Page's Likes or Followers, this post is for you! Spoiler alert, it's neither...and both! via @anitakirkbride

If you're not sure whether you should be paying attention to your Facebook Page's Likes or Followers, this post is for you! Spoiler alert, it's neither...and both! via @anitakirkbride

Finding great images for your social media is tough when you don't have a big budget for photo shoots or buying stock photography. Luckily there are many generous people out there who are giving small business owners FREE and inexpensive access to libraries of stock photography. Since I get asked on a regular basis where to find images for social media, I thought it was high time I put a list together for you. So, here are my favourite sites for FREE and inexpensive stock photos for you!

A list of my favourite places to get free stock photography (or nearly free) for your social media posts.

Automating your Instagram comments may seem like a great shortcut to save you time, but I guarantee it will hurt your brand more than it's worth.  via @anitakirkbride

Automating your Instagram comments may seem like a great shortcut to save you time, but I guarantee it will hurt your brand more than it's worth. via @anitakirkbride

Social media is time-consuming. It's as much art as it is technology. It's new and complex and frustrating. Every business owner feels that way at some time or another. When I'm coaching clients I try to encourage patience, long-term visioning and planning. Some people take longer than others to join me in this position.  "I'm looking for a loophole, a quick fix, the easy way to do this," one person said to me.  This is how I explained to them there are no loopholes.

Social media is time-consuming. It's as much art as it is technology. It's new and complex and frustrating. Every business owner feels that way at some time or another. When I'm coaching clients I try to encourage patience, long-term visioning and planning. Some people take longer than others to join me in this position. "I'm looking for a loophole, a quick fix, the easy way to do this," one person said to me. This is how I explained to them there are no loopholes.

Social media is an effective, low-cost and low barrier marketing tactic. Perhaps because the barrier to entry is so low, the risk is quite high. As a social media consultant I firmly believe the benefits of social media marketing outweigh the risks. Here are a few of my best tips for managing the risks a small business owner might encounter in social media marketing. via @anitakirkbride

How do you manage risk in social media when it's so easy to use? Here are a few tips for the small business owner.

Facebook contests are fun. They're engaging. And they can garner a lot of attention for your growing small business. It's not even difficult to host a Facebook contest on your Business Page, since Facebook changed the rules a few years ago. The question is, "Do you know what you're allowed to do for a Facebook Contest?" Or are you simply following the crowd and doing what everyone else is doing? Find out if you're putting your Page at risk.

Facebook contests are fun. They're engaging. And they can garner a lot of attention for your growing small business. It's not even difficult to host a Facebook contest on your Business Page, since Facebook changed the rules a few years ago. The question is, "Do you know what you're allowed to do for a Facebook Contest?" Or are you simply following the crowd and doing what everyone else is doing? Find out if you're putting your Page at risk.

Should you pay a service to help you promote your blog post? I tested two blog promotion programs, Quuu and DrumUp. Click here to see which one performed best. via @anitakirkbride

Should you pay a service to help you promote your blog post? I tested two blog promotion programs, Quuu and DrumUp. Click here to see which one performed best. via @anitakirkbride

When was the last time you cleaned out your social media profiles? It's something you should consider doing if you've been on a network for a few years, and probably should make a reminder to do on at least an annual basis. Spring cleaning your social media profiles can take care of various issues and maybe most importantly, can decrease your privacy and security risks. via @anitakirkbride

When was the last time you cleaned out your social media profiles? It's something you should consider doing if you've been on a network for a few years, and probably should make a reminder to do on at least an annual basis. Spring cleaning your social media profiles can take care of various issues and maybe most importantly, can decrease your privacy and security risks. via @anitakirkbride

Social media is a great avenue for customer service. Your social customer care policies and processes should follow the same basic principles your in-store or telephone-based policies do. Your customer doesn't want to feel less important because they've chosen to contact you on social media. Here are a few tips for implementing your social customer care program.

Social media is a great avenue for customer service. Here are a few tips for implementing a social customer care program.

Facebook has implemented a major change to its API that many small businesses are just discovering this week. If you came here because you can't change the photo on a link post you're trying to share on Facebook, it's not a glitch...it's permanent. Facebook announced you will no longer be able to change the metadata attached to a link post on Facebook. If you're posting links to other people's articles on Facebook, there's not a whole lot you can do about this. But you can protect your own…

Facebook has implemented a major change to its API that many small businesses are just discovering this week. If you came here because you can't change the photo on a link post you're trying to share on Facebook, it's not a glitch...it's permanent. Facebook announced you will no longer be able to change the metadata attached to a link post on Facebook. If you're posting links to other people's articles on Facebook, there's not a whole lot you can do about this. But you can protect your own…

In most marketing models, your website is the heart of your business and social media are the arteries bringing lifeblood to it. Social media spreads the word about your website and encourages people to come and read what you've written, or check out your products. We often think of social media as standing alone in this but really, if you want want to be efficient, you need to set up your website for social media success, too. They work in tandem, not alone.

If social media is part of your marketing plan, you should add these 11 things to set up your website for social media success.

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