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Are Digital Badges and DIY Learning the Future of Education?

SocialFish

So when I read this article about digital badges and DIY learning, I was intrigued. But equally interesting to me is the Badges for Lifelong Learning concept–acquiring badges from online learning venues as proof of a learned concept. My mind is reeling–would associations actually embrace this concept of digital badges? Shocker. As if. photo credit ).

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The Vanity of New Metrics

Geoff Livingston

You can see this already with leaderboards and badges for social giving, fitness apps, and more. ” Or badges on their blog. Consider school grades, attendance reports, boy and girl scout badges, colored belts for martial arts, etc. Welcome to the new rat race for many insignificant badges. Featured image by Jo. Boy scout badges image by torbakhopper.

The Intersection of Online Communities and Learning Management Systems

SocialFish

Automation tools available in some community tools allow organizations to create a lite LMS type experience: watch a video and earn a badge. participate in discussions and earn a badge. complete a quiz and earn a badge. gather all three badges and earn a designation. Debunking the Hype Featured From the Trenches Industry Insider Social LearningHere’s our take.

Google+ Page Tips for Nonprofits

SocialFish

He showed me how to add a +1 button to a website and how to create a Google+ badge for your site. Featured From the Trenches ImplementationI admit I was a bit skeptical when I got an email from a Google rep offering to help set up a Google+ page for ASHA. mean, god knows I’ve never heard of Facebook offering to help organizations with anything, much less brand pages.

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A 12 Word Social Media Policy

SocialFish

Simply putting “find me on Facebook” or “follow me on Twitter” badges on your website does not equate with health care social media.  Featured From the Trenches Implementation Risk and Social MediaContinuing my “awesome finds on the interwebs” series this week, here is the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media’s 12-word social media policy. You heard that right.

The State of Community Management 2015

SocialFish

Basic advocacy programs – those that provide a title and a badge to one group of leaders – provide little impact in engagement rates. Culture That Works Featured From the Trenches Industry Insider Open CommunityThe 2015 State of Community Management Report is out!! Slides are also embedded below for those of you who want a sneak peek. GET THE FULL REPORT HERE.

Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing

SocialFish

Less than 10 percent of respondents indicated that have experimented with trendy new options like massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital badges, flipped classrooms, or gamification. Featured Industry Insider Social Learning Useful Data I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. Download! Only 31.4

The Gamification of News

Social Media Marketing

This week Google announced the launch of their Google News Badges. Edition of Google News now lets you collect private, sharable badges for your favorite topics. The more articles you read on Google News, the more your badges level up: you can reach Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and finally Ultimate. Keep your badges to yourself, or show them off to your friends.

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8 ways to deal with negative comments in online communities

Laurel Papworth

When Foursquare users were being called “douchebags&# for updating their Facebook and Twitter status with their location, Foursquare brought out a much sought-after badge called… you guessed it… the Douchebag badge. wonder if banks will create a Skinflint Miser badge or if you can earn a Road Hog badge from the Department of Motor Vehicles? Ignore them?

3 Hidden Resources for Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

SocialFish

Offer guest blogging opportunities, appoint social ambassadors, and provide website banners and badges to show support. Cool Social Tools Featured Industry Insider Open Community Guest post by Jenna Sauber, CauseVox. ————– As December 2nd starts to creep closer on the calendar, you may be starting to feel the squeeze. We hear you, and we get it.

18 WordPress Social Media Plugins to Live By

Sprout Social

Twitter Cards help your Tweets stand out in your followers’ timeline by adding images, a call to action or other features regular Tweets don’t have. Twitter Cards Meta takes care of the technical side of integrating the feature into your site. Some of the features include: Facebook comments. New Google Plus Badge Widget. WordPress Plugins for Facebook.

Facebook Fan Page vs. Profile: Know the Difference

Sprout Social

A platform as massive as Facebook is bound to have some confusion around its features and functionality. And with so many moving parts, marketers may find it challenging to decipher which features are best for their business. Features Available for Fan Pages. Depending on the category you choose, you’ll have access to different features. Fan Pages vs. Profiles. Use App.

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Link Building Tactics for Publishers

Adam Sherk

popular tactic among publishers is forming partnerships to feature various link modules on each other’s sites. Widgets and badges. Utilizing various forms of widgets and badges is a tactic more often used by other types of businesses, but it is applicable to publishers too. When the PR team is pitching a corporate announcement or a new feature, package, etc.

22 Twitter revenue streams – monetizing tweets

Laurel Papworth

Collectibles buy an account and get special badges like the Pro badge above. Or Foursquare style reward badges – most retweeted, most linked. Tags: Featured Monetization Online Communities Twitter revenue social media social networks ads Australia monetize Premium revenue streams sponsored user generated content Two, how can Twitter make money? 20 million?

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How Video Can Replace Student Textbooks

Ari Herzog

This Feature Friday article is written by Charles Sipe. Salman Khan is currently using game mechanics to increase student engagement and motivation by awarding badges for specific accomplishments. Related articles you may enjoy: Feature Friday: Why Violating Copyrights on YouTube is Good. Features YoutubePhoto credit: dave. Flip the Status Quo Upside Down. In fact, an.

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Improve Your Tradeshow Performance With The Right Apps

SocialFish

For Lead Collecting: Badge Scanner Apps. Look for one that includes a badge scanning feature; if a person is interested in your product, simply scan their badge and add their name to a lead collection list. Heading out to a big tradeshow soon? Better have a few apps at the ready. However, it’s much easier to keep all of that data in two different places.

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Engaging the Next-Gen Workforce through Collaboration #SocBiz #Leadership #Leaders

Blue Focus Marketing

So it was good to see this panel put so much emphasis not only on this concept, but also on the idea of gamification through incentives and badges. Indeed, with the badge system, some of the panelists joked that employees would complain any time they earned a badge and the company failed to deliver it. Thanks again to everyone involved. Sell the sizzle, not the steak.

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I Don't Care Where. You. Are. Right. Now. | Almost Savvy

Almost Savvy

And it isn’t just you, there are more and more people doing this. I’m drowning in a sea of “I’m at Panera Bread (Free wifi FTW).&#  I can hardly wait for the Facebook geolocation feature to roll out soon (cue: sarcasm). No badge, no mayorship, no virtual prize, no free sandwich is worth it. I don’t care that you’re at a red light or a toll booth.

12 Steps to Producing a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Here’s a finished Social Pros podcast, featuring Adam Buchanan from Cabela’s. Here’s a finished Content Pros podcast, featuring Jason Miller from Linkedin. 8. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge. We also send guests a digital “badge” that they can use on their personal website or blog. That show releases two new episodes per month.

How to get your content shared on Google+

Janet Fouts

couple of weeks ago Google added a new feature to Google Plus called “ Ripples “ The idea is to give you an idea of how posts are being shared and what the effect of that post is on your network or the network of the person who posted it. You can put a Google+ badge on your blog for your Google+ page here. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is?

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4 Social Media Tactics That Are Going Away Like the Landline

Convince & Convert

Of all the features on Twitter, the retweet may have been the most influential in driving early growth and long term success. Once upon a time, the number of connections you had on LinkedIn was a badge of honor. Do you remember when everyone had a landline? I do. In fact, I remember the days when a phone number with a nine was a thorn in your side because it took longer to dial.

Creating Google Plus Business Pages

Janet Fouts

As many cool new features as there are with the new Google+ pages there are an equal number of questions popping up from my clients. I’ll cover the most frequently asked ones here and then if you want help, just post your questions to my new Google+ page ! Everybody’s been arguing over the value of Google Plus lately. Because this is clearly a direct assault on Facebook pages.

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Lanyrd: Social Media Conferences & More

Jason Yormark

Another great feature is Lanyrd’s ability to comb through your Twitter followers and suggest shows you might be interested in. All in all, it’s a great start and I would imagine their are many more features around the corner.  I’d love to see a more user friendly badge feature to give bloggers an easy way to implement dynamic content to their sites regarding their conference participation.  Also Facebook integration would be a plus. If you haven’t done so already, give Lanyrd a spin. Social Media Book Giveaway Contest Follow Up. Social Media

How to Contact Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Other Social Networks

Kikolani

Pages Badge Application. Insights Badge Application. Ads Badge Application. Report an Issue With Location Features. Settings and features. Report an issue, suggest a feature, or send feedback. If so, then you’re in the right place. How to Contact Facebook Support. The reason? They have over 150 contact forms! Report a Sign Up Issue. Account Issues.

24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity SMM

Susan Gunelius outlines five social networking features unique to Google+, including circles (which enable you to “separate your customers from your colleagues and online influencers from your business partners”) and hangouts (which can be “used for things like small-group webinars, question and answer sessions, and more”). So what makes Google+ special? You can!

Cool Social Tools: Small World Labs Community

SocialFish

Small World Labs Community is an extensive and adaptable online community platform for nonprofits and associations , with features that can be easily customized to map to the challenges and opportunities facing your nonprofit or association.  Badges. This series of posts is for software and app and tech vendors who have useful tools they’d like you to know about. Discussion Forums.

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How to Produce a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Here’s a finished Social Pros podcast, featuring Adam Buchanan from Cabela’s. Here’s a finished Content Pros podcast, featuring Jason Miller from Linkedin. 8. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge The day the show goes live, our producer emails guests to let them know, and encourages them to share the episode. That show releases two new episodes per month.

Better Homes and Gardens, Allrecipes.com Use Pinterest For Thanksgiving Holiday Promotion

The Realtime Report

prize of up to $5,000 for readers who create a “Best Thanksgiving Ever” Pinterest board, pin the official badge of the campaign, and pin at least four other Thanksgiving photos inspired by Better Homes and Gardens or Allrecipes.com. Better Homes and Gardens, Allrecipes.com and Campbell’s Soups have all turned to Pinterest for their “Best Thanksgiving Ever” promotion.

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Social Media Updates: May

yMarketingMatters

Instagram Introduces New Analytics : In a bid to helping small businesses make the most of their Instagram marketing, the network developed new business profiles with an amazing new feature: Instagram analytics. LinkedIn Launches New Advertising Tools & Features for Campaign Manager : The network is making advertising easier with a range of new tools. PLUS A HUGE TIP! Facebook.

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Nominate Now 2013 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Bloggers, Authors, PR, Journalists Award

Blue Focus Marketing

Nifty50 Awards featured in new book coming in August, 2013 — The Social Employee (McGraw-Hill,). Winners will receive #Nifty50 Badges for their website and/or blogs: 2012 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women. 2013 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women and Men Bloggers, Authors, PR, Journalists Award. Know someone who deserves to be considered? About the Award. Recognition. Eligibility. Nominate!

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Social Media Updates: August

yMarketingMatters

Messaging on Pages: Facebook introduced new ways for people and business Pages to connect including more ways for customers to send private messages to businesses and new tools for Page admins to manage and respond to messages: Sending private messages to Pages from local awareness ads, ONLY if the call-to-action button “Send Message” is featured. Let’s dive in! Instagram.

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Dr. Houzz Reveals a Widget-Flawed Google Algorithm

Viper Chill

The Norton badge works totally fine (it is a pop-up with security information like most privacy badges) so there’s really no need for the link. There’s no badge attached, just the text “About SSL certificates” The exact phrase that Godaddy were using for a lot of their links. (I would guess that Keurig have no idea about this). And on it goes. Slashfilm.

How To Create a Presence on Google+

Mindjumpers

For instance, an integration with Google Analytics seems like an inevitable feature when it comes to measuring the performance of your page. The feature called Direct Connect lets users to easily navigate to a Google+ Page when searching. However, Google is still working on this feature and so far, it only works for a limited number of pages and users. Create a page. 1. Pepsi.

7 Best Newsletter Builders for Creating Great Newsletters

Writtent Blog

Other features include: Unlimited image hosting (exceeds market standard). Full featured API. While this email client does not offer any image hosting or a drag-and-drop editing feature, the WYSIWYG editor is an excellent tool and includes 150 templates to start with. Other features include: Spam Assassin spam checker program. Mailchimp. Spam checker. Autoresponder.

Have You Been Social Selling All Along?

Convince & Convert

Consider how you select which trade shows to attend before buying a badge. Featuring a variety of search options and detailed profiles, LinkedIn enables you to quickly find the people you want to connect with and makes it easy to ask existing connections to introduce you to their connections to broaden your network. But the simple truth is that social selling isn’t new. Think again.

Are Your Customers Worried About Security?

Small Business Mavericks

Another way to add reassurance is by having badges and logos of any third party security displayed, along with familiar icons like credit card logos or BBB. HTTPS, advanced authentication steps, and other security features are visible, concrete ways that a site is safe. like the idea of having a regular security feature in your blog that addresses current topics with tips for privacy settings or password creation. It sure seems like there are repeated waves of news stories about hackers managing to compromise security for a lot of people. Since these things are in the news.

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The Evolution of Digital Marketing

Convince & Convert

Resources we feature in Definitive may be: e-books videos recorded Webinars blog posts infographics, and more The format doesn’t matter. The overwhelming majority of newsletters (like our previous effort) feature curation based on time (here’s what you need to know today/this week). Who picks the resources that are featured for each topic? The Definitive FAQ 1.

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On Creativity and Content

Waxing UnLyrical

love Mark Schaefer’s {growtoons} , Ken Mueller featuring The Social Life of Frank and Linh and get a kick out of Jeff Esposito sharing his pick for  cartoon of the day. Before I go any further, today is India’s Republic Day. To all our Indian/of Indian origin friends and readers, happy Republic Day! – for you, courtesy Erin Feldman. cartoons for WUL. So does Erica Allison.

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3 Blogger Monetisation Lessons from Facebook’s Branded Content Policy Update

ProBlogger

Branded content on Pages is only allowed from Verified Pages (with the blue badge) on Facebook and must adhere to the following policies. Branded content on Pages is defined as content originating from a Page owner that features third party products, brands, or sponsors that are different from the Page owner. Lesson #1: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Breaking the rules.

Realtime Olympics: 60% of London 2012 Visits Came Via Mobile; Facebook Was 2nd Highest Traffic Source

The Realtime Report

The top of every page featured a drop down menu with live events, and each country page featured a list of athletes competing that day.  A pop up “sticky bar” at the bottom of each page featured live results. A new compilation of stats from the 2012 Olympic Games reveals that 60% of visits to the official London 2012 Games website and apps came from mobile devices.

Breaking Out of Social Disclosure Jail With CMP.LY

Convince & Convert

badges. According to CMP.LY CEO Tom Chernaik , the company has an array of new features just around the corner, including visual disclosure badges to insert into blog posts. Brands will also be able to create custom badges for their programs , the way they can create special badges in FourSquare and Gowalla. Probably you too.). Enter CMP.LY. link). links work).

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Monday’s 5 Social Media Must-Reads

Firebelly

Facebook Revamps Location-Sharing Feature in Places. By Ian Paul That idea is very different from the Foursquare model where you check in to let your friends know where you are, gain local deals and win Foursquare mayorships and badges. Below are 5 social media must-reads that we wouldn’t want you to miss. 10 ways to use psychology to lure web customers.

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How to Run Successful Campaigns on Google+

Convince & Convert

Now, here is my disclosure: I was not paid by any of the campaigns featured in this article. We capped the event with a Hangout-on-Air with Guy and Peg the next day and featured many of the participants images. Google+ campaigns are a great way of building trust and relationships with the people who may well become your brand advocates. Campaigns Campaigns create movements. Launch!