June, 2012

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Will SEO Exist in 2015?

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This is a guest post by Brad Shorr. SEO used to be a self-standing marketing discipline, having a well defined, generally accepted set of activities and objectives. No more. Today, SEO is much more intertwined with other marketing activities, making it difficult to know where SEO ends and where social media, for example, begins. Google’s SEO Mindset. Optimizing the usability of the site.

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8 strategies for Pinterest for business

Janet Fouts

Pinterest has become a running joke to many. Still, the traffic reported coming from this site cannot be ignored, and  the ways people are leveraging it’s popularity to market their businesses is very interesting.Here are just a few. 1. It’s not about you. You don’t need to be blatant about what you offer your customers. Be subtle. Best example? Oreck on Pinterest. Everybody loves a story.

6 Reasons a Blog Should be the Center of Any Social Content Strategy

Webbiquity SMM

Despite the many business benefits of blogging , it remains an underutilized tactic. Recent research shows that only 37% of the Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies and just 35% of the Fortune 100 enterprises maintain blogs. While blog adoption is actually slightly higher among small to midsized businesses (SMBs), roughly half are still not taking advantage of this medium. Fresh content. Flexibility.

Which Social Network Has The Highest User Activity? [infographic]

Mindjumpers

Tweet Are you considering which social networking site to spend your time and money on? The web design company Go-Gulf.com has compiled an infographic that compares the latest user statistics of the social networking sites Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin and Pinterest to see which one has the highest user activity. It is no surprise that Facebook takes the lead. How Brands Use Pinterest.

The Content Marketing Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Wilds of Social Media

Use this guide to inspire your creativity and ignite more successful and sustainable social media conversations.

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Six essential shifts in social media strategy

Dave Fleet

We’ve reached a critical point in the evolution of social media as a business tool. Gone are the days when the GMOOT (Get Me One Of Those) approach will get you anywhere – simply having a Twitter account, or a Facebook Page, isn’t enough. We’re at the point of social media saturation, and something’s got to give. So began the session description for my recent presentation at BlogWorld New York.

5 Reasons I Think Facebook Is On The Decline

Jason Yormark

Crazy right? Who in their right mind would make a silly claim about a network that has close to 900 million active users with average usage times close to 20 minutes per day? The fact is, no one is bullet proof. Ask Yahoo, MySpace or … , all major networks that ruled heavily at one time and all which fell from grace to other up and comers. I’ve felt a growing sense that Facebook might have already peaked and is currently beginning to slide. That being said, here are the 5 reasons I think Facebook is on the decline: 1. All The Numbers Are Starting To Say So. Their Apps Are Terrible.

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Identifying, Understanding and Influencing Social Media Users [Infographic]

Mindjumpers

Tweet In my last blog post , I wrote about a recent report focusing on how social marketing is more than just ranking up a bunch of likes! Overall, the report talks about how important it is to reach fans with relevant and engaging content in their News Feed, since their interaction with the content makes your message spread to their friends. But who is this social customer? Social media personas.

The One Tip That Took My Blog To New Levels. Stop Caring.

SocMed Sean

I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now and as I look back over those years, I’m amazed at how much I have learned. Not just from researching and writing articles, but form the comments/feedback that I have received and the conversations that have been sparked with others via social networks like Twitter. Stop caring. Stop caring. My blog became about me. And people liked that. Cheers!

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A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

How to Pitch a Story Like a Pro and Get Results Every Time

Spin Sucks

Dear PR Pros, Why must we continue to have this conversation? Is it because you’re too busy “pitching” to read anything about your industry? Perhaps Perhaps you don’t read blogs, in general? Is it because relationship building takes time and you only have time to send one email? Whatever the reason, stop it. Stop it now. just read an article Amber Mac wrote for Inc. Nothing.

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Brilliant Minds Behind Intel’s Social Media ~ @Ekaterina

Unspoken

Lately I’ve focused on individuals who build influence through the effective use of social media. Today I’ll talk about how Intel sets the standard for corporate social media excellence, using all manner of social media to engage its audience, inform, educate and build the brand. The company has firm control over its strategy through the Intel Social Media Center of Excellence.

It’s Not Your Facebook Page, It’s You (That’s The Problem)

Firebelly

I hear it a lot. “We had/have a Facebook page, but it didn’t/doesn’t do anything.” ” If you’re thinking this right now about your brand’s Facebook page, forgive me for being the bearer of bad news, but your Facebook page is not going to do anything. YOU have to do something… First, YOU have to determine if your audience is on Facebook.

Open Rates Are Not As Telling As You Think

Puzzle Marketer

It often surprises me when I ask email marketers, “How is your campaign going?” and they answer with something similar to “Very well! Our open rate is 30%, which is above the industry average by 10 percentage points.” I cringe. Not because the open rate isn’t important, but because using it as your key primary indicator (KPI) often misleads your email marketing campaigns. What’s wrong with the open rate metric? It’s not 100% reliable, to say the least. The open rate is counted when a small 1×1 pixel image is loaded by the subscriber’s email client. Simply, the image not loading. Good luck!

Social Media Marketing GPS

SMGPS will tell you the why & how to use social media for marketing, 1 tweet at a time. You'll learn essentials in digestible little spoonfuls.

Use Instagram to Create Visual Engagement

Mindjumpers

Tweet Instantaneous mobile photo sharing is becoming increasingly popular. The Facebook-owned mobile photo editing and sharing network Instagram has been around since October 2010 and by April 2012, the platform had 30 million users worldwide. How Threadless Engages its Community on Instagram. Threadless’ customers are therefore co-creators, which makes an outstanding starting point for engagement.

Weak Passwords Can Jeopardize Your Personal And Professional Security [Infographic]

SocMed Sean

Are your passwords strong? Better yet…are they weak? Do you know the difference? know, I know…passwords are a pain. They’re hard to remember, sites keep making you change them and don’t even get me started on the process you have to go through to reset them. It would just be better if we could all use 1234 as our passwords, right? Wrong! Not really. Getting Stronger! Cheers!

Responding (Or Not) to Blog Comments

Spin Sucks

Earlier this year, I traveled to Norway to share a stage with Mitch Joel , Valeria Maltoni , Chris Brogan , and Maggie Fox. During our stay there, we ended up having a conversation about blog comments and replying to them. In fact, it’s a conversation Mitch and I have nearly every time we talk. You see, he writes to write. It’s like a disease for him. Is it Scientific? Mitch is #31.

12 Ways to Improve Focus

Justin Levy

We’re all incredibly busy these days trying to balance an endless list of demands on our time. Every day it seems as though we’re saying “yes” to another personal or professional project while jotting down another idea that we hope to pursue someday. To maintain laser focus takes effort and is something that we have to continually work on individually. Turn up the music!

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Using Instagram for Marketing

Pamorama

Instagram is a free iOS and Android photo sharing app launched in October 2010. It allows users to take a photo, apply a digital filter to it, and then share it on a variety of social networking services, including Instagram’s own. Instagram’s distinctive feature is its photo filter, a digital layer that gives snapshots the appearance of [.]. Advertising Branding Instagram Marketing Social Media Social media marketing

Why Buffer, HootSuite and Post Planner are the Holy Trinity of Managing Social Media

Waxing UnLyrical

When it comes to staying on top of social media, one of the big challenges we have is to find the social media tools that will help us achieve a happy medium between curating, listening, engaging and producing content. Frankly, I think that medium isn’t all that happy. What to do? Such is life. haven’t tested all of them – it would be impossible to do so! ” 1. buffer them).

A Guide to Marketing on Tumblr

Mindjumpers

Tweet Have you established a brand presence on the blogging platform Tumblr ? If not, you should consider the opportunity of tapping into an exciting platform where there is a chance that people already are talking about you. Tumblr boats 24 billion posts and 59 million blogs, which are numbers that continue to rise every day. Tumblr’s functionalities. Set a strategy. Become a valuable asset.

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Mythbuster: Tweets Are NOT Going From 140 To 280

SocMed Sean

People.  PLEASE READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE before you tweet! Be sure that you understand what information you’re sharing. It’s important. You can continue to read the article, follow these accounts, and reply, favorite or retweet the Tweet.” Unless you have a boatload of cash to spend on advertising with Twitter, you are still limited to 140 characters. Cheers! –Sean.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

Four Things Customers Want When Making a Purchase Decision

Spin Sucks

Most of us know the marketing mantra KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid. But how many of us actually practice it? There are so many tools available on the web today that many of us have a hard time not reacting to the shiny, new penny syndrome (squirrel!). Take a look at the image over there on the right. These are all of the social media tools available on the web today. It had only 31 tools.

How to Influence People in Online Communities

SocialFish

Here’s the latest post in our “INDUSTRY INSIDERS” column. Every Monday, we’ll be bringing you the inside scoop from several awesome association technology vendors and consultants who will share the insights they have gleaned from years of working in our association industry. All of them are  smart and savvy bloggers, and we know you’ll enjoy what they have to say!

How to Schedule a Facebook Post

Harp Interactive

Recently, Facebook added the ability to pre or post schedule posts.and it's free! Here's how. Blog Facebook How To Social Media Marketing facebook changes How to schedule a post on Facebook scheduling a post on Facebook

5 Facebook Posts That Need To Stop

Jason Yormark

I interrupt my regularly scheduled programming, to bring you this message in hopes that I can assist in cleaning up our Facebook feeds from unnecessary and often over done posts.  Yes, we all choose our Facebook friends and thus are responsible for what we see, but I can’t help but point out a few things that…let’s be honest, deep down we all want to see less of right? Without further ado… Injury/Infliction Photos – Why in the world do people think that it’s a good idea to post their often disgusting photos of their injuries or inflictions on Facebook? 

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

Get started on truly maximizing your LinkedIn presence with this informative eBook.

Will Instagram-like Apps for Videos Become the Next Big Thing for Brands?

Mindjumpers

Tweet Visual communication is a much-discussed topic here on the blog. couple of weeks ago I talked about how brands can use the photo sharing app Instagram to create visual engagement. Today I’ll take a look at how brands are using video sharing apps to strengthen their brand identity. Video sharing apps. However, there is one major difference the two apps between: the length of the video.

Opting-Out Of Facebook Sponsored Stories May Be On The Way

SocMed Sean

In 2011, Facebook announced a new advertising program called “Sponsored Stories” that basically told your friends what you were doing in the form of an add. For instance, if I posted “Grabbing my third cup of coffee from Starbucks today. Watch out co-workers!” In face, Facebook’s FAQs clearly indicate that opting out wasn’t an option. Too funny! Cheers!

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The Four I’s of Leadership Communication

Spin Sucks

I’ll admit it. read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. I had to see what all the fuss was about. When I finished, I bought myself a copy of the June issue of Harvard Business Review , just so I could read something smart and well written. And, boy, am I glad I did! Not only has my intelligence returned, but there is a really interesting article in it that discusses the leader of today.

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The 6 Types Of Social Media Users

Pamorama

At this point, no single customer engagement channel can deliver marketers a complete picture of consumer behavior.  Google knows what you’re interested in, but not what you’ve done. Facebook Facebook knows who your friends are, but not what you buy. Pinterest knows what you share, but not how you act on it. Foursquare Foursquare knows where you are, but [.]. Social Media

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