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The PR Industry’s Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Spin Sucks

They stated examples where PR professionals create whisper or smear campaigns. It’s to change the perception of our industry. realize we’re small and we’re fighting the global conglomerates who believe in whisper or smear campaigns, just like the athletes who do drugs. So what are we going to do about the performance-enhancing “drugs&# in our industry?

Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

In January of 2011, I said that I’d make our Internet Marketing Posts of 2011 subscriber only. This year, I am pleased to bring back our Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011 thanks to an excellent sponsor, HubSpot. New Edition of the Ranking Factors for 2011 is Now Live !: SEOmoz Here’s how you can make that campaign work. And I did. Have a look.

Eleven Reasons Domino’s Turnaround Campaign Worked

Spin Sucks

The past decade has seen some great public relations campaigns, particularly in the for-profit realm. To me, however, the Domino’s turnaround is the most brilliant PR campaign in recent memory. And it did so through an innovative marketing campaign that seamlessly integrated traditional advertising, social media, and public relations. Strategic planning. The Period.”

The Ethics of Whisper Campaigns

Spin Sucks

The social network requires people to use their real identity in large part because Mr. Zuckerberg says he believes that people behave better — and society will be better — if they cannot cloak their words or actions in anonymity,&# from the New York Times on May 13, 2011. For an industry that already has a black eye. Enter Burson Marsteller. Most of you already know the story.

5 Ways Hybrid Marketing Agencies Will Transform the Industry

Spin Sucks

Let’s look at five ways hybrid agencies disrupt the industry: They drive change of outdated pricing models.  They build campaigns that consistently produce measurable outcomes , including inbound links, website traffic, leads, and sales. Hybrid Today’s guest post is written by Paul Roetzer. . Hybrid agencies will come to rule the marketing services world. Disruptive Force.

Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

Webbiquity SMM

Get the details behind these stats and many, many more here in more than 40 of the best articles and blog posts about social media, search, budgeting and digital marketing research, facts and statistics of 2011 so far. Is a Blog Still Important in 2011? Social Media 2011 Just The Stats by Reciprocate Karen Emanuelson shares research from HubSpot showing that there are 10.3

The 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Reprise

Webbiquity SMM

Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 ) present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list. Now, along with Tom Pick ( @TomPick ) and myself, we would like to introduce the recipients of the 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men Award.

2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men

Blue Focus Marketing

Today, Tom Pick ( @TomPick ), Online Marketing Executive at KC Associates , who blogs at his award winning B2B Webbiquity , and I ( @ckburgess – Blue Focus Marketing @BlueFocus360 )  present 50 remarkable men on our 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men list.  He’s an active thought leader in the search marketing industry. But, by no means, is this list complete. Adam L. 27 Op. 3.

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Create Your Own Media Relations Program

Spin Sucks

At Arment Dietrich , we call it the very cleverly named “response campaign.&#. Your Own Response Campaign. The Response Campaign Plan. So here is what I want you to do: Choose one newspaper, magazine, or blog that makes a difference in your industry. But, don’t worry, if you still insist you don’t have time, we can do the response campaign for you.

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Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity SMM

Pointing out that “LinkedIn lets marketers target ads to users by important B2B demographics such as job title or industry or even focusing on members of particular LinkedIn groups. While B2C marketers focus on Facebook, LinkedIn is consistently cited as the top social network for B2B marketing. So how can companies most successfully use LinkedIn to generate more leads and sales?

Libya’s Media and Marketing Industries Inching Forward

Waxing UnLyrical

The street where I live in Tripoli looks pretty much the same as it always did, but knowing that at least four men were shot dead outside one morning back in August 2011 as the city was liberated inevitably plays on your mind. If one day soon, I am actually working on a real PR campaign in Libya then that will surely be a sign that progress continues and is real.

Seven Ways to Change the Perception of PR

Spin Sucks

Last year, after a run-in with a spammer, Michael Arrington , the TechCrunch CEO, wrote an article which painted a pretty scathing picture of the PR industry: “…we consider the PR industry, for the most part, the bane of our existence. Virtually every industry has a perception issue. The “Oil Industry” has BP  and the Exxon Valdez. You get the picture. In the U.S.,

Top 10 Public Relations Blunders of 2011

Bill Hartzer

Not only is it a great time to look back at all of the good things that happened during the past year, but it’s also a great time to look at your mistakes, and the mistakes that other companies in your industry have made: so I don’t make the same mistakes. So, here is this year’s list, the top ten public relations blunders of 2011. 1. I always look forward to the end of the year.

Mix of Social Media Trends 2011

Digital Influence Mapping Project Home About John Speaking & Events Papers Contact Archives Links Useful Tools December 28, 2010 My Mix of Social Media Trends 2011 It's trendy to write a "trends" post at the end of the year. 2011 will be a big year for brands who have gotten serious in social media. " What will this "benefit pool" wrestle with in 2011?

How to Humanize a Sketchy Industry

Convince & Convert

Like video stores before Blockbuster, and ice cream parlors before Dairy Queen, Expert Bail wants to add consistency and efficiency to an industry besot by Mom & Pop players that often run the gamut from unprofessional to downright unsavory. The bar coasters are an especially nice touch. Talk about location-based marketing! the family photos are an especially warm touch). So can you.

How to Spice up Your Social Media Strategy in 2011

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

You can get your audience involved in anything from campaign creation to charitable causes. Have customers submit their own online videos or commercials for your products as a part of a contest, directly involving them in creating your next ad campaign. Write op-eds or letters to the editor in local or trade publications about industry issues they cover. Get Real. You do.

Innovation And Talent In The Marketing Industry

Twist Image

As a service-based industry, moves like this were considered radical because the core revenue of the agency came from the ability to sell each team member as billable time, or to grab a percentage of the revenue generated on the media side of things. There is still not shortage of talent in the Marketing industry and it continues to innovate (sometime through its own doing and in other instances through the success of newly introduced channels and platforms). marketing industry. Times have changed. Times continue to change. Talent has become an issue. The challenge. google.

Search Engine Optimization Firms Like RankPay Still Hurting SEO Industry

Bill Hartzer

It is the companies like Rankpay (detailed below) that are sending emails like the one below that is truly hurting the search engine optimization industry as a whole. On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 10:21 AM, Chris B. Do you currently have an active SEO campaign. And if you are so inclined, I would even complain to their ISP (Internet Service Provider) for sending out spam. underway?

Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2010

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This list is incredibly long, but I hope it’s not any less valuable. I’m sure you’ll have a year (or more) of reading to do, but I know it’s worth it to empower you with all this great content that has been written by our industry peers. 100+ SMB Blogging Ideas to Kick Start … 2011? This is good stuff from the biggest experts in the industry. Enjoy!

17 Digital Marketing Experts Share Their Top Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Samir’s Little Known Social Media Secret : One of the best kept secrets in social media is the fact that not all success is organic – it doesn’t always need to happen on its own. I’m not saying that there’s a trick to make ensure every social media campaign gets the huge reach of a viral success, but there is a way to stack the deck in your favor. Jason Falls.

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10 Things to Consider As You Move to Google+

Spin Sucks

If you’re charging for content, price it accordingly, but make sure it’s better than anything else in the industry. It will go a lot further than any PR, advertising, or marketing campaign. 10 Things to Consider As You Move to Google+ originally appeared on Spin Sucks on July 5, 2011. Something interesting is happening with Google+. In this case: A database. Video.

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Popular Blog Posts From 2011 – and Welcome 2012!


Tweet Saying goodbye to 2011 and embracing 2012 with open arms, it has been a year where social media has reached new heights as well as we have gained some and lost some. With the year closing in, we think it’s time to make a recap with some of the most popular posts from our blog during 2011. Social Media recap social media 2011Read Full Post ». Read Full Post ».

Best Social Media and Digital Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity SMM

Market share leadership in an industry, the final self-reported performance measure, (also) correlated positively with the integration of social tools in employees’ day-to-day work.” ” Although 95% of B2B marketers report using social networks to reach prospects, “nearly 30% are not tracking the impact of such campaigns on lead generation and sales. hours to 6.3

Four Content Ideas for Driving Inbound Leads

Spin Sucks

As an aside, because I speak a lot and do various webinars within the industry, I get questions from those engagements that always go unanswered. But your content can be newsletters, email campaigns, white papers, podcasts, video series, and more. Four Content Ideas for Driving Inbound Leads originally appeared on Spin Sucks on August 3, 2011. Questions people ask. Problems.

Five Social Media Tips for the Hospitality Industry in 2011

Spin Sucks

Guest post by Didi Lutz , an award-winning public relations professional specializing in the  travel and hospitality industry. believe social media can help the hospitality industry through the Great Recession and give it a much needed communications makeover in the process. The hospitality industry adopts late on most things new – especially technology. Hire a pro.

Owned vs. Earned Media: Measuring the ROI

Spin Sucks

Somewhere along the way someone finally told the industry that was ridiculous and meant nothing. It can include white papers, eBooks, webinars, podcasts, video campaigns, and email marketing. Owned vs. Earned Media: Measuring the ROI originally appeared on Spin Sucks on September 28, 2011. Measuring the return-on-investment for paid, earned, and owned media is not an easy task.

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“You Have To Love People”: The Shashi Bellamkonda Interview


The title was crowd sourced through a grass roots campaign among Network Solutions employees when we first started Social Media at Network Solutions. It may be coming from my past experience in the hospitality industry – did you know my previous career incarnation as a chef? You’ve caused a stir in the market place with the clever, in-your-face GoGranny campaign.

Understanding Social Media ROI Cycle


Tweet On our blog, we have several times written about how to calculate ROI of your social media campaigns. In this post, we will look at ROI on social media with a different perspective, starting from the launch stage of a brand till it becomes matured in the industry. Another 25% of a company’s focus is on improving conversion and optimization of campaigns. Stage 1: Launch.

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9 social media trends to keep your eye on in 2012

Akamai Marketing

2011 was a game changing year in social media. This will lead to: More integrated social media campaigns: Social media will be an integral part of business communication. Whether the initiative is a new business product or simply a campaign, we’ll see businesses working those ideas and campaigns more throughly into their social media platforms.

10 Facebook Tips Every B2B Marketer Should Know

PWB Marketing Blog

Utilize Facebook to provide thought leadership in your industry, spot trends in what services businesses want, and provide a face for your organization. Take a look at SteelMaster Buildings , a manufacturer of industrial steel buildings. Social Media is a Commitment, Not a Campaign. B2B Internet Marketing B2B Social Media Facebook Industrial MediaAre you one of the 41% of B2B companies acquiring customers through Facebook? If not, don’t be discouraged. All you might be missing is just a simple fix. Try these 10 quick tips to improve your B2B Facebook Page. Be human.

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Blogger Relations: Know Your Audience

Spin Sucks

In the 1970s and 1980s, Folgers ran an advertising campaign that had hidden cameras showing diners enjoying coffee in high-end restaurants. Many other companies have replicated the campaign, including Domino’s, Pizza Hut , Coke, Pepsi, and now Marie Callender’s. This is a simple case of knowing your target audience, which is something our industry always tries to shortcut.

6 Reasons Social Media Sucks, But You Need to Use It Anyway

Webbiquity SMM

That award you just won for your last brilliant email marketing campaign? They are talking about their challenges and looking for answers on LinkedIn, in blog posts and comments, on Twitter, Facebook, and dozens of industry-specific social media forums. Image credit: Spin Sucks. It’s true that social media remains in many ways a sort of wild west. Reasons Social Media Sucks. 1.

The Winners From This Year’s SXSW Interactive Awards


Tweet SXWS Interactive 2011 is about to close down for this year. Amongst some of the other winners, the “ Old Spice &# campaign was once “again” the most remarkable in the category “Digital Campaign of the Year”. Projects related to actors, television, films and the film industry, as well as destinations that offer streaming video content. Amusement. Business.

Where Does Social Belong?

Spin Sucks

We discussed that corporate communication has always faced a credibility crisis because the perception of the industry is that we’re spin doctors. originally appeared on Spin Sucks on June 14, 2011. Last week, I was a guest at #bizforum , a Twitter chat where business professionals discuss the pros and cons of trending business-related topics each week. Agree/Disagree/Why?

31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010

Webbiquity SMM

In addition to customizable search and sentiment monitoring, the Buzz Tracking feature provides realtime “metrics around how much buzz is out there, how much of it is yours, how much of it is your competitors’, and what’s buzzing industry-wide.&# Wildfire is designed to enable organizations to easily create branded interactive campaigns (e.g. Create video emails? Flowtown.

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Public Relations vs. Marketing

Spin Sucks

You see, I believe a few things: Public relations (not publicity) can and should be measured to sales results; Public relations professionals need to gain some basic marketing skills or our industry will become defunct; Public relations is the very best place for content development because we are, after all, writers; and. But I also see some big changes coming in our industry.

Social CRM and Return on Marketing: Customer Life Cycle Value


Smart campaigns and branding are crucial for every business. First of all, few  companies use ROMI as a parameter and fewer use it on all levels, ranging from every individual campaign to the corporate level. They all have their advantages and disadvantages and much of course depends of the type of company or industry (for instance: retailer chains versus B2B service firms).

Interview with Social Media Influencer: Tamara Littleton

Social Media Citizens

She regularly speaks at conferences and contributes white papers to aid learning and development within the social media industry. Tamara recently worked with UKCCIS to revise its guidelines on moderation of communities to help safeguard children. They may have thousands of followers or they may only have a few hundred. They could be followed by bots and teenagers for all we know.

Five Reasons the Intern Shouldn’t Run Social Media

Spin Sucks

It’s not their fault, it takes time to understand the nuances of an industry and it shouldn’t be expected that an intern can just pick it up and run with it. When your intern passes the reigns of your social media campaign to the next intern, there’s a loss of continuity in tone. Andrew Hanelly creates and executes digital strategies for clients at TMG Custom Media. That is great.

Newsflash: PR is Not Easy, Cheap or Quick

Dave Fleet

As I continue to work towards my challenge of reading 26 books in 2011  (an aside: I’m up to 18 right now – two ahead of schedule), I recently finished reading Michael Crichton’s book State Of Fear. Tweet. Within it, one section got my attention, and neatly illustrates why so many people think PR is cheap and easy. Anything less and they didn’t get us. WHAT???