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Sponsored Comments: Is the Web About to Get Uglier?

Spin Sucks

” The idea was to generate a little awareness and build relationships with journalists and bloggers by commenting on articles where the client had an expertise. Though the idea has evolved to look more like DIY media relations , it still is pretty viable…if you know how to comment well. We evolved as comments became the next big thing. Sponsored Comments?

Non-Facebook Users: Please Comment Here

Ari Herzog

Scroll below his post to add a comment — and be forced to comment through Facebook. Whether or not you choose to share that comment on your Facebook wall is up to you, but it’s either comment with Facebook or don’t comment at all. His readers preferred Disqus. I’ve asked you before which commenting system you prefer best. Need help?

Why Blog Comments Are About Branding

Small Business Mavericks

Remember when blog comments were about building links and traffic? Then Google decided not to count blog comments for links. That pretty much shut down the blog-commenting-as-linkbuilding game. But blog comments still hold value. The value to be found in blog comments today is in branding. When you leave a blog comment on a blog post within your niche, you are essentially signing that comment with your stamp of authority. When you successfully brand yourself through blog comments, you’ll find your traffic.

Why You Need to Respond Quickly to Social Media Comments

SocialFish

Until recently, customer service was more or less limited to channels that were fully under the control of brands and safely hidden away from the scrutiny of the general public. The growing trend of support-based interactions taking place on social media represents major challenges for brands seeking to maintain positive reputations online, but the trend also makes for major opportunities.

Which Brand Storytelling Persona are You?

Spin Sucks

The type of relationship you have with your consumer should determine the nature of your content and brand storytelling strategy. The post Which Brand Storytelling Persona are You? Comments Comments Related Stories Four Elements of Successful Brand Storytelling Determine the Right Metrics for Your Content Marketing Content Creation Through Excavation.

How to Ignite Your Brand Ambassadors

Spin Sucks

After my presentation on Spin Sucks , several people asked me how to create a brand ambassador program. That’s what you’ll get if you set up a brand ambassador program. ” So I dug into the archives at OPENForum and f ound this article I wrote on the topic after the book was published and we completely our brand ambassador program. Comments Great points, Gini.

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Stop Losing Track of Instagram Comments

The Social Media Hat

Social Media Stop Losing Track of Instagram Comments. Comments From Engaged Followers Are Too Easily Buried In Notifications. You see, when you post a great image to Instagram, it will garner all kinds of likes and comments. Continue to post great images and those likes and comments will pile up gloriously. Comments are effectively buried! Comments you cannot see!

Why You Write Blog Comments

Ari Herzog

love reading your comments. Your personal brand and your wanting to share that social identity with the world is the primary motivation for you to take time out of your day and write a comment. You want to add your comment to the continuing saga of who you are online. Any social media strategist will tell you that a simple way to get your blog known to other people is by commenting on their blogs. Being active in their communities, linking to their blog articles, and submitting guest articles are great ways to brand yourself. Media comments identity

Rethinking Blog Comments Again

Ari Herzog

If you look at every blog post I wrote in 2014 in reverse chronological order from yesterday’s post rationalizing why I tweet to my first post on branding , the above numeric series indicates how many comments people wrote on each post. This includes my comments, too. Why do I allow people to comment if few do? If you start at the beginning of the series (on the left) and skip over the 3, 0, and 1, the next three posts have zero comments. The second no-comment post (on what you do ) saw 8 shares on Twitter, 2 shares on Facebook, and 4 shares on LinkedIn.

Beyond SEO: The Power of Brand Building

Spin Sucks

You’ll know you’ve truly succeeded as a content marketer when people recognize your brand as synonymous with your products or services  instead of searching for what it is you sell and falling on your website in the first page of Google results. But once you’ve hit that goal, turn your attention to brand building. Keep in mind, brand building takes time.

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Brands Rocking Instagram

Mindjumpers

But how can brands benefit from this visual and colorful social medium? We have been taking a dive into how brands use Instagram and here by give you a small collection of really successful brands and campaigns on Instagram – from big, global brands to small, local ones. The brand is mainly uploading pictures of extreme sports with their logo or name. Redbull.

4 Tips to Ensure Your Branded Content Gets Discovered

Ignite Social Media

Branded content. In an era of ad-blockers and hyper-competitive social media, marketing that takes the form of useful and entertaining content as a way of promoting a brand has become de rigueur. In fact, the New York Times , BuzzFeed , Mashable , and even The Onion employ branded content. You may already incorporate branded content into your marketing strategy.

Feature Friday: Why Negative Blog Comments are Important and Wanted

Ari Herzog

Why are established brands so hesitant in jumping onto the social media bandwagon? Generally speaking, there is no such thing as bad publicity for small brands. Any publicity is going to bring the awareness of an unknown brand. Sometimes, such controversies can even give start to a brand. Should these established brands be scared? brand stands above a commodity because it stands for something. real brand cannot be everything to everyone. Having negative comments on your Facebook wall or blog means you’re doing something right! Yes, I am.

Three Approaches to Effective Brand Storytelling

Spin Sucks

Because understanding how it works is crucial to effective brand storytelling. And this tendency is what fuels effective brand storytelling and content marketing.  Brand Storytelling is Framing One of the most important parts of effective communication is understanding the concept of frames. Here again, relate this back to message development and brand outreach.

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54% of Top 100 Brands Use Instagram

The Realtime Report

Instagram adoption growth is outpacing that of other social networks among the world’s top 100 brands, according to a new report by Simply Measured. While Facebook and Twitter are already near 100% adoption, the use of smaller social networks is growing rapidly among these top brands, with Pinterest seeing a 24% increase in adoption and Instagram 35%.

Facebook Commenting Platform: Pros and Cons For Businesses

Dave Fleet

Facebook has announced a new version of its Comments Box plugin – its social plugin that enables Facebook-connected commenting on a website. Facebook’s Comment Box plugin. Among the features Facebook has revealed: Social relevance – the new plugin uses what Facebook calls “social signals&# to prioritize comments on posts. Reduced spam. Cons. 1.

Use the Buyer’s Journey to Engage Brand Advocates

Spin Sucks

Brand advocates can be a crucial resource for your business, but too often we overlook opportunities to both connect with and empower them. The post Use the Buyer’s Journey to Engage Brand Advocates appeared first on Spin Sucks. Comments Comments Related Stories Three Strategy Development Lessons from Iceland Soccer Which Brand Storytelling Persona are You? Communication Word-of-Mouth brand advocates Brand Ambassador Programs brand ambassadors buyer's journey customer journey laura petrolino skeeball

25 Excellent Content Marketing Tools for Your Brand

Pamorama

It’s possible to spend countless hours producing something to help your brand reach the next level, only to discover that it does little in the way of improving engagement, traffic, or sales. It illustrates which brands use the 25 tools they reviewed, what’s great about each one, and who theywork best for. Good for any brand or business with a blog, List.ly

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What Makes Customers Loyal to Brands?

Convince & Convert

In 2016, brands should be doing everything possible to promote customer loyalty. To find out what brands can do to make sure their customers stay loyal, international telecommunications provider Toll Free Forwarding surveyed a sample of US consumers. The respondents were questioned on some of their favorite brands and what strategies they have introduced to keep them on board.

Case: Fans Also Love Telling The Good Brand Stories

Mindjumpers

Building a presence in social media can be terrifying for many brands. Any kind of post or comment doesn’t just disappear by itself. This is what all brands fear in social media. Sometimes we need to turn things around and realise that fans are not just looking to sabotage brands. Since last Wednesday, it has received  500,000 likes and 22,000 comments.

How 1:1 Social Media Engagement Impacts Your Brand

Ignite Social Media

Customer service is playing an increasingly important role to users on social media, and brands big and small are stepping up to the plate to provide support. Understandably, placating and retaining upset customers is critical to any brand’s interest on social media. However, I believe one-on-one interactions between brands and users aren’t always given the recognition they deserve.

Social TV Analytics: Commercials Spur 145% Lift in Social Media Comments for Mike’s Hard Lemonade

The Realtime Report

Mike’s Hard Lemonade saw a 145% lift in social media comments during a recent TV commercial campaign, according to a recent case study by AdAge and social-TV analytics company Bluefin Labs. million social media comments from 1 million unique social media commenters. Pre-campaign, there were 578 comments about Mike’s. on 421 different telecasts. 

What's The Point In Commenting On Blogs?

Twist Image

What is the true value of a comment on a blog? Eventually, additional features like the ability for a reader to comment on a post and the introduction of RSS (a syndication feature that would notify readers by email or web-based readers when the blogger updated or published to the blog) helped to propel the platform to the mainstream. To this date, there is a constant slew of criticism and discourse on the importance of comments. Schaefer ) who spend a lot of time playing in the comments. personal story: often when people leave a comment on my blog, I do not respond.

The Value Of Blog Comments

Twist Image

Last week, Mathew Ingram over at GigaOm published a Blog post titled, Yes, blog comments are still worth the effort. It seems like there's a movement for more and more Blogs to not bother having the comments enabled. The story goes back to the early days of Blogging (now, over a decade old) where the discourse tightens over the idea that anyone and everyone should be able to contribute to content, and that the true value of Blogging content - in the first place - is how the Blogger engages and responds in the comment section. What's your take on the death of Blog comments?

How Brands Use Pinterest

Mindjumpers

More and more brands has also starting to tap into this platform. They can further like, comment or re-pin it to their boards. Brands on Pinterest. Therefore the  most successful brands on Pinterest are the ones who are less promotional and more human ie. They pin things that communicate who the brands are and what they are inspired by. million in September.

31 Expert Guides to Maximizing Online Brand Visibility – WPO

Webbiquity SMM

Given all of the changes Google has made affecting organic ranking factors (asking webmasters to disavow low-quality links, reducing the value of guest blogging , ignoring links in press releases , etc.),  the practice of SEO—optimizing owned content for search—is no longer sufficient for maximizing a brand’s online visibility. What role does email play in extending online visibility?

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How to Use Social Media to Build Brand Trust

Convince & Convert

These interactions help build brand trust and a form a community around your brand. So, how do you use social media to build brand trust? Being helpful means commenting and answering questions. Intimacy involves engaging with people and showing your brand personality. People trust who they know, so it’s important to show that there are humans behind your brand.

Feature Friday: How to Choose the Best Comment System for Your Blog

Ari Herzog

One of the key goals when I started blogging was to encourage a healthy discussion area in the comments. I’ve always been a firm believer that the real gold to any blog post can (and does) come from the comments left afterward. Depending on how encouraging the blogger is to foster open discussion, the comments can take the original post in a whole new direction. image: ilmungo.

How Brands Should Prepare For Facebook’s Dislike Button

Firebelly

His comments suggest the new button will likely express sympathy or empathy, rather than just disliking something. So what could a dislike button mean for brands? Brands don’t want to see how many people dislike their products or services. Community managers will be vital in protecting a brand’s social media image. That’s where people like me come in. Not sure how?

Weekly Roundup: Personal Branding

Waxing UnLyrical

This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on personal branding. Why Personal Branding? Why: People who build their personal brand build stronger networks and are presented with a greater number of business opportunities. Social & Digital Body Language – 105 Factors Impacting Business & Personal Brands. Good morning! Enjoy! 1. 

Clickbait: Information overload! How can brands cut-through all the noise?

Mindjumpers

For brands, adopting the same practice can negatively affect perception and ultimately – sales. So how can brands cut through all the sensational copy and deliver successful results without falling prey to creating clickbait themselves? The same goes for brands on social. Meaningful engagement begins with relevant content that creates value for the user and the brand.

Facebook Brand Engagement Grows 896% Year-Over-Year

The Realtime Report

A new study by Adobe found that brand engagement (defined as likes, comments, and shares) on Facebook rose 896% year-over-year. What led to the increase in brand engagement? more effective social marketing by brands. Social Media Statistics Adobe brand engagement mobileuse of new acquisition and engagement metrics.

8 ways to deal with negative comments in online communities

Laurel Papworth

How do you respond to a negative comment in an online community,  on Facebook? Shut the Page down, ban the commenter, suck up to them? Well, every company does it differently, but let’s look at corporate vs personal voice when dealing with negative comments. 1. Ignore the negative social media commenter. Remove the comment, Ban the commenter.

20 Ways to Cultivate Brand Unawareness in Social Media

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Many businesses use social media to promote brand awareness, and it can be quite effective. Unfortunately, for every social marketer who succeeds in driving brand awareness, there are ten more who drive people away from their brands. If your topics and tone change like the wind, people won’t be able to figure out you or your brand. Not publishing negative comments.

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4 Keys to Turning Negative Commenters Into Brand Advocates

Convince & Convert

The key to surviving, however, is to embrace these negative comments for what they actually are: golden opportunities. More importantly though, when receiving negative feedback, you have the power to turn the very same authors of this feedback into walking, talking, raving advocates for your brand. If one of your customers is going to go to such great lengths to give you this negative feedback, whether tweet, Facebook post, comment card or review site, there’s clearly a great deal of emotion in the experience and passion within the individual. What can you do with that???

Facebook Private Messaging for Brands

Mindjumpers

What does it mean for brands? Avenue for Customer Service: Now, with this feature, it becomes easier to use Facebook as a customer service channel, like we wrote on our blog yesterday.  I believe that brands can expect to receive a lot of feedback, especially where customers need assistance on a regular basis. It can also entail longer time and more resources by brands on Facebook.

40% of Leading Brands Use Instagram

The Realtime Report

Four in 10 of the Interbrand Top 100 brands are now on Instagram, according to a new study by Simply Measured. How active are these top brands on Instagram? But overall, luxury brands are the real leaders on Instagram - Burberry, Tiffany & Co. Audi averages 1,423 “likes” and 34 comments per photo – and the brand generally posts one photo per day.