8 Marketing Trends to Implement in Your 2012 Marketing Plan
JANUARY 19, 2012
What a year was 2011 for social media and marketing! Things moved at the speed of light, right? I watched and experienced first-hand the marketing and social media landscape change, consolidate, focus, develop and evolve all at the same time. But social media is a powerful marketing medium that MUST be used in your marketing tactics today. Source: Mobile Marketer).
Top Social Media Case Studies of 2012
The Realtime Report
DECEMBER 31, 2012
What were the most popular social media case studies in 2012? User backlash was aimed at both Toyota and Twitter, which had verified multiple accounts used in the campaign (via LocalResponse technology). Both Both Toyota and Twitter learned an important lesson about social media campaigns that involve automated messaging, and LocalResponse no longer runs this type of campaign.
The Top #Nifty50 Women in Technology on Twitter for 2012
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
A year ago, the #Nifty50 honored 50 remarkable men and women on Twitter. This year, we’re pleased to honor 50 women (below) and 50 men (in an upcoming post on the Blue Focus Marketing Blog ) who are among the top social media connectors and engagers in the technology world, representing technology vendors as well as related venture capital (VC), advisory and analyst firms.
79 Remarkable Social Media Marketing Facts and Statistics for 2012
AUGUST 18, 2012
Social media and inbound marketing techniques have been a boon for marketers. Not only do leads generated through social and content marketing cost half as much as traditional outbound-generated leads (see below), they also close at higher rate (again, see below). What marketing technique generates leads with the highest close ratio? Marketing Charts ). 4. Tumblr.
2012 Marketing: Five Ways to Power It Up
JANUARY 2, 2012
This reminded me of the lesser-known, and rarely-discussed side of marketing. Behind the public side of marketing there are fundamental mechanisms that take place. And, just like cooking, marketing is a process that culminates in a quickly-consumed output. Every business needs a website, marketing (old and new), SEO, and PR. marketing calendar is your map. Simple.
Seven Tools for Your 2012 Marketing and Communication Plans
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Today, though, I want to talk about some things you should be considering for your 2012 marketing and communication plans. If you’re looking for an opportunity to use a daily deal site, keep an eye on which ones remain toward the middle of 2012. Do not consider them as your big sales plan for 2012. And I don’t mean adding your Twitter and Facebook icons.
How to Create the Perfect Facebook Fan Page, 2012 Edition
Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg
AUGUST 21, 2012
You can follow Tim on Twitter or on Facebook. [ How to Create the Perfect Facebook Fan Page, 2012 Edition is a post written by Tamar Weinberg. ]. Get my Internet Marketing newsletter , buy my book, The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web , and subscribe to the Techipedia RSS feed. This is a guest post by Tim Ware. ” to see examples and discussion.
20 Social Media Blogs You Should Read in 2012
JANUARY 28, 2012
It’s important for marketers to keep up with the ever-changing social media landscape so they can align their strategies and achieve the results they’re looking for. Here’s a list (in alphabetical order) of some great social media blogs to read in 2012. CopyBlogger (Brian Clark): Ranked as a top marketing blog, Brian and his team help businesses persuade in a 2.0
Top Social Media Stats of 2012
The Realtime Report
DECEMBER 31, 2012
According to our traffic-counting elves, here are the top social media statistics we published in the last year: Twitter Hits 500 Million Registered Users (Feb 24): Approximately 12.3 Analysts are estimating that the company’s IPO could value the social network at between $75 and $100 billion. At the high end, that means the market would place the value of the content and other interactions produced by the average Facebook user at $118. UPDATE: By Nov 2012, Tumblr reached 20 billion pageviews per month. billion internet users by the end of 2012.
Jack Dorsey’s Speech at Disrupt 2012 [Full Video]
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
“We probably need to change the name of this conference,” Twitter and Square co-founder Jack Dorsey said on September 10, 2012 from the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. Business & Marketing inspirational video jack dorsey jack dorsey disrupt jack dorsey inspirational video jack dorsey speech jack dorsey techcrunch jack dorsey videoPhoto Credit: Fast Company.
The State of Social Media Marketing in 2012 [Study]
MARCH 17, 2012
Marketers continue to question the value they get from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Many don’t know any more about how to measure engagement and what benefits it offers brands than when social media marketing first took off a few years ago. Even though current thinking dictates that social media outreach is essential [.]. Social Media
Social Media In 2012: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (5 Must-Reads)
DECEMBER 4, 2012
2012 was an exciting year in the social media space. From the Nielsen Social Media Report for 2012. 8 Big Social Media Disasters of 2012. By Dori Zinn With our favorite restaurants and brands offering deals and gifts on Facebook and Twitter, there’s no shortage of companies eliminating the marketing middle man and advertising straight to the consumer.
23 (More) of the Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Resources of 2012
DECEMBER 4, 2012
As noted in 33 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Resources of 2012 So Far , posted here a few months ago, social media marketing adoption is now so widespread there’s little further question of “if” or “when” in the minds of most marketers–but many “how” and “what” questions still remain. know—Reddit?
2012 #Nifty50 Top Men in Technology on Twitter
Blue Focus Marketing
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
Last year, my colleague Tom Pick ( @TomPick ) and I introduced the #Nifty50 awards , which honored 50 men and 50 women who were leading the way in social media through their active engagement on Twitter. week ago, Tom announced the 2012 #Nifty50 Women on his Webbiquity blog , and now I am pleased to announce the winning 2012 #Nifty50 Men. 2011 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Men.
US Mobile Ad Spending Will Top $4 Billion in 2012
The Realtime Report
DECEMBER 27, 2012
Mobile advertising spending will total more than $4 billion by the end of 2012, according to eMarketer estimates. The third quarter of 2012 saw a 574% jump in mobile ad spending for the automotive industry year-over-year. The most common goals for mobile ad campaigns were maintaining a market presence and driving traffic to websites. education went up 421%. sports grew 417%.
33 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Resoures of 2012 So Far
AUGUST 28, 2012
Given the widespread adoption of social media marketing practices, the “if” and “when” questions seemed to have now been resolved by most midsized and larger companies (and a lot of small companies as well). What’s the best process for developing a social media marketing plan? Social Media Marketing Tips, Tactics & Techniques. You want loyalty?
24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012
DECEMBER 12, 2012
“Ghost town” or not, many experts agree that Google+ is here to stay, and it’s valuable for b2b marketing, SEO , personal branding, and reputation management. Search results are personalized based on the +1s of those in your circles, and as a marketer, that changes the game. by B2B Digital Marketing. The Marketer’s Guide to Google Plus by KISSmetrics.
2012 Social Marketing & New Media Predictions [White Paper]
DECEMBER 14, 2011
It became an integral part of all marketing, communication agendas and therefore there is an innate need to understand what lies ahead in future. has compiled a list of top predictions, insights and advice from 34 marketing strategists, brand marketers, and leading marketing consultants for the year 2012. The Role of Big Data in (Social) Marketing.
Interactive Social Media: Add Your Favorite Tune of 2012
The Realtime Report
DECEMBER 31, 2012
Have you shared your favorite song of 2012? Social marketing solutions company Hyperactivate.com has created “the world’s first social media music mosaic” — powered by Spotify, the project aims to share everyone’s favorite tunes in 2012 via an interactive, social media collaboration.
52% of B2C Marketers Plan To Increase Social Marketing Budgets in 2013
The Realtime Report
SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
The vast majority – 70% – of B2C marketers are moderately to highly engaged in social media, followed closely by 63% of B2B marketers, according to Webmarketing123′s new “ State of Digital Marketing 2012 Report.” The report examines lead generation, marketing budgets, and measurement of ROI for both B2B and B2C marketers using social media in the US.
Study: The Global Social Media Check-Up 2012
JULY 23, 2012
The Global Social Media Check-Up 2012 specifically looks into how these companies use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest. In this blog post I put focus the findings related to Twitter and Facebook. Twitter dominates the picture. As of 2012, 87% of the companies are using at least one of the major social platforms to engage with online stakeholders.
Ottawa’s Twitter top 20 for 2012
DECEMBER 30, 2012
Sherrilynne’s Ottawa Twitter top 20 lists used to feature on this blog monthly. This list was compiled using Twitter Grader. So readers, please feel free to let us know if you agree with Grader’s assessment of Ottawa’s Twitter Elite and if not vote on who you think should be included. Ottawa's top tweeters for 2012. Ottawa’s Twitter top 20 March 2010. How to use List.ly as a Marketing tool. How to Find Your People on Twitter. Featured Ottawa Social Media Twitter Facebook Lists Online Communities Social network
20 More of the Best Twitter Tips, Tactics and Tools of 2012
FEBRUARY 11, 2013
As the fourth-largest social network, and the fastest growing in 2012 , Twitter has emerged as a serious platform for business professionals to share breaking news, promote thought-leadership content, and engage with customers, prospects, peers and industry influencers. ” How can you grow and maintain an active, relevant Twitter following? Twitter Tips and Guides.
The Biggest Social Media Mistakes & Disasters of 2012
DECEMBER 11, 2012
Learn about some of the biggest ones brands made in 2012 (as well as lessons learned) in these must-reads. 11 Biggest Social Media Disasters of 2012. In 2012, plenty of big brands and organizations suffered serious backlashes on social networks like Twitter and Facebook for offensive tweets, questionable ad campaigns or controversial company statements.
Nominate Your Favorite Technology Twitterer(s) for the 2012 #Nifty50 Awards
MAY 15, 2012
A year ago, Cheryl Burgess and I published the first #Nifty 50 award winners, starting with the #Nifty50 Women of Twitter on this blog in May 2011 and followed by the #Nifty50 Men of Twitter published on Cheryl’s Blue Focus Marketing blog in June. Nominate your favorite technology twitterer using this form. Check out Google’s Project Glass Video.
The Demographics of Twitter Users [Study]
AUGUST 7, 2012
Tweet Twitter has more than 500 million users and is continuously growing, but who are all these new tweeters? Pew Research Center has released an Internet study that focuses solely on Twitter and includes some great user demographics. Twitter is soaring among young adults. use Twitter as of February 2012, and 8% are daily users. Takeaways for marketers.
Top 12 Social Media Insights for Nonprofits in 2012
APRIL 15, 2012
Blackbaud, NTEN, and Common Knowledge have released their fourth annual Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report, a yearly analysis of how nonprofits are using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Facebook Infographics Marketing Nonprofit Social Media TwitterThis year’s report highlights 12 key social media insights for nonprofits that are intended to help the sector become more effective at using social media [.].
Social Media Stats [Infographic]
JANUARY 18, 2012
To demonstrate the growth of social channels in the last one year, here is an interesting infographic designed by Internet marketing firm Dream Systems Media based on the data provided by AdAge. Twitter now has 100 million active users and LinkedIn has over 64 million users in North America alone. Twitter Statistics 2012: 34% of marketers have generated leads using Twitter.
Facebook LinkedIn Twitter in 2013
DECEMBER 28, 2012
Of the three largest social networking sites in the United States, I plan to use Facebook the most, LinkedIn the second-most, and Twitter the least. will continue to seek out new connections who are strategically aligned with my interests and passions in social media marketing, open government, and social change. Twitter in 2013. Strategy Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
102 Compelling Social Media and Online Marketing Stats and Facts for 2012 (and 2013)
JANUARY 2, 2013
With 92% of companies now incorporating social media into their marketing efforts, it’s no longer sufficient to just “be there” on social networks. Today’s most effective marketers are optimizing content across channels, coordinating search and social marketing activities with traditional PR, and measuring their web presence and performance with sophistication.
28 (of the) Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2012 (So Far)
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Twitter isn’t just for the birds anymore. According to recent social media research , Twitter now has more than 165 million users, and is attracting nearly a million new users each day. Twitterers collectively post a billion tweets every three days. 62% of the Fortune 500 companies have at least one Twitter account, and the average Fortune 100 firm maintains 10 separate Twitter handles to support different product lines, divisions, functional areas and geographic regions. Twitter Tips for Newbies. How to Grow Your Twitter Following.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube: Strategic Marketing Best Practices
AUGUST 5, 2012
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are, without doubt, the Big 3 of social media. Facebook Infographics Social Media Social Media Marketing Strategy Twitter YouTube Marketing Marketing strategy Social media marketing Word of MouthThey are important avenues for building brand engagement and influence. If If your company has a presence on all of them, you’re on the road to creating a name for yourself on social networks. But these 3 platforms are very different from one other. [.].
SMS Marketing Trumps Social Media Marketing [Infographic]
JULY 19, 2012
A recent infographic by Mogreet , a leader in mobile video and MMS messaging, stacks up the usage and engagement of SMS & MMS mobile communication against social media’s top players Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. What does this mean for marketers? Content Marketing Mobile Marketing broadcasting facebook google mms mobile narrowcasting pinterest sms twitter
Top 5 Social Media Fails of 2012
DECEMBER 17, 2012
Brands love social media for marketing and business development because it allows them to expose themselves to global audiences and hopefully, have a promotion go viral. Most of the below brands are rock stars when it comes to social media marketing, but we all make mistakes here and there! Here are the top 5 social media fails of 2012. London Olympics 2012 Banned Brands.
Three Values to Hold High in 2012
JANUARY 16, 2012
Once upon a time in a land far, far away—actually it was in Canada so maybe not that far away for some of you—I worked for an integrated marketing communication company called Promanad. Three Values to Hold High in 2012. Today’s guest post is written by Shelley Pringle. . Promanad had one of the most interesting corporate cultures I’ve ever experienced. And indeed we weren’t.
Best Twitter Tips, Tools and Tactics of 2011
JANUARY 9, 2012
In just a few short years, Twitter has transformed from an odd little sort of public IM service where people posted what they just ate for lunch or what their cat was doing at the moment into one of the big four social networks and a significant channel for news, PR & marketing, politics and more. It has enabled revolutions in real life as well as in digital marketing.
Timing Your Social Media Marketing
JANUARY 20, 2012
Social media marketers always wonder when the best time is to post on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and the myriad of other social platforms for optimum customer engagement. Is midday better because users look at their Twitter stream while they’re eating lunch? It offers valuable insights for marketers who are trying to fine-tune their social outreach efforts.
Thou Shalt Not Auto-Direct Message On Twitter
JUNE 7, 2012
I’m going to go on my soapbox just one more time in the hopes that this message goes viral , spreads through the Interwebs, and finally convinces every “online marketer”, “ social media guru ” and “eBook entrepreneur” that they should, once-and-for-all, turn off Twitter auto-direct messaging. So…one last plea to the masses. Cheers!
PeopleBrowsr v. Twitter: The Arguments On Each Side — And What’s At Stake
The Realtime Report
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
Yesterday, a San Francisco court gave PeopleBrowsr, an provider of Twitter analytics services, a temporary restraining order against Twitter. The court ruling forces Twitter to maintains PeopleBrowsr’s full access to Twitter’s firehose of data. The uneasy relationship between Twitter and the third-party developer community has been well documented.
Seven of the Best Guides to Marketing with Pinterest of 2012
NOVEMBER 29, 2012
While consumer brand marketers are embracing Pinterest enthusiastically, many B2B marketers are still in a quandary about the visual sharing site. So, is Pinterest worthwhile for business marketing? B2B Marketing & Pinterest: 5 Tips for Becoming the Ultimate Pinner by Marketo B2B Marketing and Sales Blog. Pinterest Social Media Marketing