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50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

Webbiquity SMM

Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? Can social media ROI really be measured?

Understanding Social Media ROI Cycle

Mindjumpers

Tweet On our blog, we have several times written about how to calculate ROI of your social media campaigns. He is also the co-author of How to Make Money with Social Media. 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. Stage 1: Launch.

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The Social Media Landscape [Infographic]

Pamorama

Last year, I posted a great infographic from CMO.com that did a terrific job of roadmapping the social Web. The graphic has been updated to reflect the landscape in 2011. As social media continues to evolve, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the changes. The acceptance of social media’s importance by consumers has increased very quickly.

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

Webbiquity SMM

Amid all of the hype, conferences, and rapid adoption of social media marketing by organizations from sole proprietors to the Fortune 100, there remains an undercurrent of skepticism. This surfaces in posts like Social Media Skepticism , 5 reasons why social media skeptics maybe right and Business social networking: where’s the ROI? No question.

Feature Friday: What Nike Can Teach Us About Social Media

Ari Herzog

should be your slogan when implementing social media into your organization. Social media marketing is all about learn by doing. My hope is that at some point you stopped reading the article and instead started working on your social media. The following feature article is written by Brandon Yanofsky. Do you know where Nike’s Just Do It! So do it.

Memolane – A Social Media Trip Down Memory Lane

Mindjumpers

Tweet Memolane – “Your Time Machine for the Web” – is a new social media tool, which captures your entire online life in one timeline, so you can easily travel back in time and relive great memories. It’s easy, it’s social and it’s fun. About.me – Latest Addition to Social Profiling Pages. Social Media Memolane memory lane social media tool time machine timeline

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

Webbiquity SMM

Supplement your email list with your contacts’ social network info? Find out if the username or vanity URL you want is still available across dozens of social sites? Display a feed of brand-related comments from a variety of social networks on your website? Search for a brand name or keyword across all of the most popular social networks at once? Create animations?

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Social Media Success In Five Steps

Spin Sucks

Now you also have to be responsible for Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and Yelp and Flickr and Quora and blogging and Foursquare. So, before you determine how and if you should include the social web in your communication, marketing, advertising, HR, customer service, and sales strategies, first figure out where it makes sense to do so. This first ran over at The Whale Hunters.

Why Do We Need a Social Media Policy?

SocialFish

While giving a webinar, Managing the Risks of Social Media , for Higher Logic , I got an unexpected question:  “Why do we need a social media policy?” My first thought was Duh! Of course you need a social media policy. The structure and need for social media policies or guidelines have gotten a lot of press and more is written every day.

The State of Social Media In The UK

Mindjumpers

Another chance to look at the social media universe, analyse the trends and make the strategies. But before starting this, it is always good to look back at how 2011 has been for our different sites and then go on to predict how it would be in future. 2012 Social Marketing & New Media Predictions [White Paper]. UK Facebook statistics. LinkedIn. The losers.

The Perception of Social Media Marketing: it’s a Free Lunch

Conversionation

Recently, Belgium-based Leads United (part of Lewis PR), released the results of a social media marketing survey among communication and marketing “professionals&#. The fourth edition of the survey indicated that the use of social media and networking tools is relatively well established, but that is about all, really. When looking at social media marketing, there still is a huge lack of a social media strategy, let alone some sort of plan. Furthermore, 73% of the questioned companies don’t have a social media policy.

9 Criteria for Selecting a Social Media Monitoring Tool

Webbiquity SMM

Social media monitoring tools are increasing essential for companies of all sizes as the explosion of social media content renders manual monitoring efforts hopeless. With almost 200 social monitoring tools (and new entrants still coming to market), available at a range of price levels from free to if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it, how does an organization select the right social monitoring tool for its needs? News can travel extremely fast through social media. Monitoring beyond social media. Range of coverage.

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The Social Media ProBook

Social Media Marketing

They were responsible for The Social Media Playbook , the Blog Tree , and a little cartoon about hashtags. While the first ebook was focused on tools to help you master social media, this one is more personality-based. Increasingly relevant information - whether it be from brands, the media or individuals - is finding us through our social networks.

101 Vital Social Media and Digital Marketing Statistics for (the Rest of) 2013

Webbiquity SMM

Okay, that statistic was made up (though probably not far off the mark),  but the social media and digital marketing facts and statistics below are real (or at least from generally reliable sources). For example, 93% of marketers use social media for business. But how do marketers and consumers view social media differently? Social matters in b2b.

Top Ten Reasons You Know You’re a Social Media Expert [Humor]

PWB Marketing Blog

How do you know if you’re a social media expert? Unlike Google AdWords, there isn’t any certification for social media. you’re on social media (on a side note, that’s why there’s a lot of costly mistakes made). So we thought we’d compile the top ten reasons you know you’re a social media expert: You have more than 6 social profiles – Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, FourSquare. Bonus points if the blog has “social” in the title. B2B Social Media Facebook Media Twitter

Social Media and Electronic Discovery: A New Nightmare

SocialFish

I’m not very tech savvy so I go to the Computer Security Institute (CSI) when I have technology-based risk management questions. A CSI webinar, Social Media & New Communications Risks in the Enterprise: Mitigating Data Loss Dangers , identified electronic discovery (e-discovery) as another social media risk to be considered. Unique Nature of Social Media.

Are You a Social Media BarfShiner?

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: dj0ser via Flickr, CC 2.0. It was my reaction to seeing a spate of social media status updates that came across (granted, to me) as overly-inspirational or doggedly in the pursuit of convincing everyone else that, “Gee, folks, I have SUCH a great life, LOOK at me, I’m super-duper-califradgilistically-awesome!&#. You’ve seen me say “Good morning!&#

On Social Media Bullies

Waxing UnLyrical

Have you come across a social media bully lately? And I’ve thought a lot about this before deciding that, in essence, people who behave like this are social media bullies. You might quite reasonably ask, “What’s the difference between a social media bully and the right to one’s own, albeit differing, opinion?&#. The list could go on.

No One “Consumes” Social Media

Geoff Livingston

Ever notice the phrase “consumes social media&# or a variant of that in market research and social media wonk discourse ? Of course, media consumption as an idea matches our consumer economy, but the idea is a bit off. Think about it, no one “consumes&# social media. Dominance in media form is passing. Image by ugod. Just a movie?

The Social Media Vibe Theory

Waxing UnLyrical

It’s not enough to pick one of the “personalities” under which social media users have been classified and run with that, because a) no one’s purely one or the other, and b) you can’t differentiate yourself by working a label. Although some of us draw quite the crowd, it’s not because we’re “em-cees,” “creators,” or “socializers.” Image: amonja via Flickr,  CC 2.0.

Social Media and Travel

Social Media Marketing

million iPads in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone. The Airlines To my knowledge, Southwest was the first airline (or at least the most prominent early on) to get involved with social media. They've made great use of Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and more and have always led with a very human and very customer-centric approach. Image credit: ~Oryctes~ (Flickr).

Association Social Media: National Society of Accountants

SocialFish

work in Marketing and Member Services and I report to the Vice President of Marketing and Member Services. 2) Describe your social/digital “ecosystem” – what social media sites do you (or the org as a whole) manage? Currently, NSA has a presence on LinkedIn , Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest, Google+, Flickr, and Tumblr and they are absolutely interlinked.

47 Books For Your 2011 Reading List

Dave Fleet

Tweet Looking for books to populate your reading list for 2011? also reached out to you – the readers of this site – for suggestions on what to read, and they obliged. I was so pleased with the results that I’m doing the same in 2011. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships – Daniel Goleman (via @ZoeDisco ). Winning - Jack Welch.

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2011 Trends: Make Your Corporate Site A Social Media Hub

Proactive Report

EyeforTravel published their 2011 Trends and their number one pick is the increasing need to integrate social content and activity on your corporate website. Sites will become a hub to aggregate and explain activity on social networks, and add long-form value. How do you integrate social content and activity on your site?  onto their main site. Which step are you on now?

Startups: No, You Don’t Need To Hire A Social Media Experts

Dave Fleet

My eye was caught this weekend by a post from Francis Tan, asking whether startups need to hire social media experts. Customer satisfaction: Startups need to ensure customer satisfaction when people interact with your company, whether through social media or other means. Image: Flickr , via Peter Shankman ). Ok, let’s cut to it. There you have it.

38+ Cool Social Media and Web Tools and Reviews

Webbiquity SMM

Manage all of your social media accounts from a single login on your iPhone? Make more productive use of your time on social networking sites? Find tools to do all of the above and much more in this collection of helpful business, online and social media tools, apps and reviews. Cool Social Media Tools. Storefront Social. Inefegy Social Radar.

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Subtext: “Real” Listening in Social Media

Waxing UnLyrical

This is a story about subtext and listening in social media. returned a couple of nights ago from the PRSA 2011 International Conference in Orlando, Fla. Subtext in social media can be tough. Image: sbluerock via Flickr, CC 2.0. Subtext: “Real” Listening in Social Media. So I called down and asked for another pot of hot water.

How to Get Your Profile and Data Completely Disconnected from Klout

Unspoken

November, 1 2011: As of today you can request complete opt-out of your Klout account! 2011: BE AWARE that scores of so called "disabled" profiles on Klout.com can still be visible with Klout browser extensions on twitter.com, and in 3rd party applications such us MarketMeSuite and HootSuite. FLICKR. LATES UPDATE. October, 31. Klouts disabling is deceptive. FACEBOOK.

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Once upon a time, I Believed in the Fairytale of Klout

Unspoken

Klout has made some dramatic changes in the past few weeks, which has led the Social Media ecosystem to ask many questions about Klout’s brand credibility and business agenda. They did not answer the many concerns, questions or open debates in regard to many issues being asked of them on all Social Media forums. We think broadcasting is GREAT Social Media!

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How to Use Social Media for Event Marketing [Presentation]

Mindjumpers

Tweet We are all at least knee deep into social media now while some of us are waist high, the rest have fallen head long in the world of social media. All day round I see people hooked on to social media in one way or the other – either through Facebook, Twitter or people like me who work with social media, so that’s their life!

The Gamification of Social Media

Social Media Marketing

It sits squarely in the social networking space, but it has a different twist - one from which I think businesses may be able to gain valuable insights, all while allowing people to enjoy themselves. When tied to other accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and blogs, your net worth rises based on the content you either create or share. What is it?

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May 2011: Social Media Course

Laurel Papworth

I ran these a couple of times a year – the next one will be September I guess: Hands-on Computer based social media classes are being run again May in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. These are small classes, in front of the computer for those who want to set up their own social media sites and tools. Cost of the social media class. Course Agenda.

PR and Social Media Measurement: A Bright Outlook

Waxing UnLyrical

Members of the PR measurement trade association also found that more and more clients were waking up to media analysis metrics and how these could be linked to business goals and outcomes, opposed to simply looking at outputs. Moving back to the industry’s desire to link business objectives to PR metrics brings us to social media evaluation. Guest post by Richard Bagnall.

How to Cut Through Social Media Hype with Simple Math

Waxing UnLyrical

Social media talking heads and agencies will use fancy numbers because they look impressive, and it benefits their businesses. Social networks will also do the same, partially to attract news coverage, members, and investors. Cartoon: HubSpot via Flickr, CC 2.0. Guest Posts How To Howie Goldfarb Social Media analyzing data compete facebook hubspot Marketing mobile Yelp

The Quiet Unsung Opportunities of Building Your Social Media Platforms

Bare Feet Studios

In case your business is suffering from Missouri (“Show Me&# ) syndrome, here’s yet another example of why you build your social networks online when times are easy, when times are good. Contrast this to the White House, where they have been steadily posting photos about the happenings of our government on a regular basis, on Flickr , the most popular social network for photos.

Social Media: The Key to Transforming Doctor-Patient Communication

Waxing UnLyrical

You put on your Dr. Mom hat, jump online and feverishly Google their symptoms, you check social media to see if any of your friend’s children are sick. Overwhelmed But what if you could connect with your doctor using social media ; asking for advice via a quick Twitter or Facebook message? If social media and blogs in the U.S reach nearly 80% of active U.S.

10 Surefire Ways For A Business To Fail At Social Media

SocMed Sean

There are a lot of ways to engage in social media, some of them effective…some of them not. If your organization is considering getting active in social or if you’re analyzing your current efforts, take a look at the following list and make sure you’re not undermining the success of your activities. Want to fail at social media? Really?

A Review of Google Social Media Tools

Idaconcpts

Google has often been blasted for failing to understand social media and capitalize on the rise of this communication channel. When asked about Google social media tools, the average person will immediately mention Google+. However, that is not the only venture from Google into social networks and, in some markets, not even close to its most successful one. Orkut.

3 Resources for PR/Social Media Pros & Small Biz Owners

Waxing UnLyrical

Another ebook: Public Relations 2011: issues, insights, ideas. Image: Theen Moy via Flickr, CC 2.0. Public Relations Resources Shonali Burke Social Media craig pearce ebook jenny schmidt kellye crane paul seaman resources valerie simonThere have been so many great resources coming my way lately, I just had to share. ‘Cos you know, that is what Iizallabout!

Blog World LA 2011 Recap – Session Notes and Experiences from #BWELA

Kikolani

Because I decided the night before, until 2:30am in the morning, was a great time to update my blog with new pages for my favorite subjects ( blogging , business , SEO , and social media ) and my new services. We chatted for a bit about guest blogging (he’s posted just about everywhere including Mashable and Social Media Examiner ). Thursday. Why so late you ask?