February, 2012

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10 Content Ideas that Generate Comments and Shares

Spin Sucks

As I was trolling the web for a topic for today’s blog post, it occurred to me I haven’t covered many tips or tools lately. herby commit to change that. Therefore, today I have created a list of 10 types of content you can use for your blog. When you have writer’s block (cough, Lindsay Bell and Jason Konopinski , cough), you now have something to jog your brain. The Manifesto.

30 Resources and Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Business

Pamorama

People like to collect things. Sports memorabilia, carnival glass, stuffed animals, you name it. Pinterest , the new social-media darling, took note of this behavior and created an easy-to-use site where people can share their interests in the form of pictures. just started playing around with the platform, collecting images about social media and marketing and other topics. . General information.

How to Build Trust in Your Brand Using Video

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This is a guest post by Neil Davidson. Instead of requiring users to navigate, scroll, and click to access information, online video is a one-stop destination for information. It takes less time to engage the user than reading, and the user is then engaged until ready to follow an embedded call to action. In today’s society, the personal connection that a brand can make with a consumer is crucial.

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The Best Free Tools for Twitter Analytics

Adam Sherk

What are the best free tools for analyzing a Twitter profile? During a social media audit I like to run a company’s Twitter profiles through some basic analysis tools to set benchmarks and compare them to competitors. I got good response to my post on Facebook analytics tools so I thought I’d do something similar for Twitter. But here is a small collection of tools that I like to use. TweetStats.

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

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The Difference Between PR and Advertising

Spin Sucks

A couple of weeks ago, Steve Cody wrote “ You Don’t Know Jack About Public Relations ” in his Inc. column. know Steve. He and I both are cyclists and favor shipping our bikes to Counselors Academy every year so we can ride with a small group of friends. like him. A lot. respect the heck out of him for the agency he’s built in the last 16 years. We are not just publicists.

Pinterest For Dudes

Jason Yormark

Okay, okay, guilty as charged for jumping on the blogging about Pinterest bandwagon this week, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t chime in right? However one important Pinterest lesson that contradicts all other social networks…do not follow everyone.  I made that mistake and my page pulls up a smorgasbord of wedding, women’s fashion, jewelry, etc. Pinterest Gender Breakdown. definitely can see the overwhelming amount of content learning towards the feminine side (see obligatory supporting chart above courtesy of Ignite Social Media ). Men’s Apparel.

20 Ways to Cultivate Brand Unawareness in Social Media

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

This is a guest post by Brad Shorr. Many businesses use social media to promote brand awareness, and it can be quite effective. Because social media is largely personality-driven, a savvy entrepreneur can level the playing field against much larger competitors and establish his company as a widely recognized, credible source. Alert: This list is not exhaustive. Your additions are welcome! Jargon.

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5 Good Ideas for News Media Facebook Pages

Adam Sherk

What are news organizations doing to increase user activity and engagement on their Facebook pages? To be clear, a large part of any Facebook strategy focuses on newsfeed visibility and on-site promotion through tactics like EdgeRank optimization, frictionless sharing , like and subscribe buttons , Open Graph tags, Facebook Comments and other Facebook Social Plugins. But it is good to experiment.

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Drive Toward Social Intelligence Maturity

Propelling your organization to new levels of social intelligence skill and application is essential for maximizing the value of your listening and monitoring efforts.

The Content Marketing Explosion [infographic]

Mindjumpers

Tweet Content marketing is on the rise and many people say that “content is king” It seems that more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of great content since ‘content marketing’ has expanded at an exponential rate in 2011 alone on Google. For brands, content marketing is mostly about creating brand awareness, generating leads and acquiring customers.

Technology and the New Workplace Currency [Infographic]

SocialFish

Among other findings, the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report revealed: One of every three college students and young employees believes the Internet is  as important as air, water, food, and shelter. The Social Organization Useful Data

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Seven Tips for Gaining Business from Speaking Engagements

Spin Sucks

More than three years ago, I decided I would go on the speaking circuit to see if we could drum up some business that way. The first year sucked. I did 40 speaking engagements in 2010 – some free and some paid. And not one brought us any business. I was getting high scores and great feedback, but the business wasn’t coming. And guess what happened? Don’t spend time on your bio.

The Social Media Lifecycle [Infographic]

Pamorama

The purpose of any piece of data you use in your business is to help you make better decisions. These decisions can be very simple, such as replying to someone’s tweet about your brand or to a comment a customer posts on your Facebook page. Or they can be very complex, such as launching a new product. If you really want to get results from social media, it begins with creating a process.

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.

Social Media Doesn’t Make Sales – People Do

Janet Fouts

There’s a deep, dark secret that the social media marketers don’t want you to know. It doesn’t matter what your social media strategy is unless it includes what you expect the prospect to do after they find you through social media. Whaaat? know, social media is what I do, and I love it, but in the end it’s a tool. It’s how you use it that counts. Social Media

StumbleUpon Channels: Which Media Brands Are Doing Well?

Adam Sherk

It has been a couple months since StumbleUpon rolled out its Channel pages for all members so I thought I’d check in and see how media brands are doing. StumbleUpon Channels are a good opportunity for publishers (and any business involved in content marketing) because they create a direct pipeline to users that are specifically interested in your content. Breaking News. Lifestyle Content. Others.

How Enterprise Social Networking Drive Business Value [Report]

Mindjumpers

Tweet Using social media to bring business value is an obvious choice for many companies. But the benefits of using social media inside an organization still remains somewhat unexplored. It’s about relationships, not technology. The report includes more interesting insights on how enterprise social networking drive business value. How to Measure Your Social Media ROI [Infographic].

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Why Can’t We Define Public Relations?

SocialFish

[LONG POST ALERT!]. The PRSA has embarked on a mission to redefine and modernize “public relations”  Which I believe is probably necessary – you only have to look at this post on Spin Sucks (one of many on this topic, I am sure) and the ensuing comment discussion to realize that there is mass confusion about what public relations is, especially now, in the age of social media.

The Smart Marketer's Guide to Social Media Management

Engaging in social media isn't an option anymore. So if you're going to do it, you want to do it well.

Facebook Timeline Coming for Businesses

Spin Sucks

Happy Valentine’s Day! have a secret. Nothing I write today is going to outdo Shonali Burke’s Valentine’s Day blog post. So please go over there, get it out of the way, and come back. It’s OK. I’ll wait. Now, wasn’t it worth it? I, for one, am pleased to finally see the movie star’s talents coming through. Enough of this PR stuff. have good news!

Presidents Day & Social Media: 5 Must-Reads

Firebelly

Today is Presidents Day in the U.S. Below are 5 must-reads related to things presidential and social media that we wouldn’t want you to miss. Celebrate #PresidentsDay 2012 Social Media Style. By Sarah Evans Monday, February 20, is Washington’s birthday or, as we know it, Presidents’ Day. Why not follow your FAVE POTUS and former POTUSes (does that work?) on Twitter? Well….

Interview with Storyteller Susan Murphy: Monday Muse #3

Ari Herzog

From her blog to her tweets , there is a down-to-earth quality that attracts me to Susan Murphy. discovered her about two years ago and haven’t looked back. Her motto of creating, sharing, learning, and being brilliant — is amazing. Maybe it’s the storyteller in her, an aspect she elaborates further down this Monday Muse interview. The social media bubble is still alive and well.

7 PR Lessons Komen for the Cure Didn’t Know It Was Giving You

Waxing UnLyrical

I’ve been fascinated by the way the Komen drama – over its new grant policies resulting in withdrawing funds for most of the Planned Parenthood programs that were formerly recipients – has been unfolding. Kind of like watching a train wreck, isn’t it? That’s what it feels like to me, at least. have friends who’ve survived breast cancer (among other cancers).

Master The Next Wave Of Social

As social media adoption becomes more and more mainstream, marketing leaders race to keep up - creating blogs, communities, and Facebook pages, all too often without a clear road map in mind.

SnapTags vs QR Codes

Puzzle Marketer

A colleague of mine recently introduced me to a marketing tool to engage with mobile customers and prospects. It’s called the SnapTag , powered by SpyderLynk. With the rise of mobile smart phones usage, readable codes have gained popularity among marketers as a unique way to engage with customers and prospects. They ‘re mostly random dots, squares, or other shapes.

The International Bar Association Publishes First Global Study of the Impact of Social Media on the Legal Profession

SocialFish

The International Bar Association has just published the first global study of the impact of social media on the legal profession. The IBA represents 45,000 individual lawyers and more than 200 bar associations and law societies worldwide. The IBA website has a super cool map with more details by country). I Members of the legal profession are not immune from the ripples of such a wave.

Is Content More Important than Conversation?

Spin Sucks

Today’s guest post is written by Brian Carter. . I bet you’ve heard plenty about the importance of conversation in social media. We’ve all heard companies must engage their customers online. We’ve probably said it ourselves. But is conversation the most important thing in social media? What’s The Value of Conversation? Few will question the value of conversation.

Social Media ROI: Check Before You Start

Conversionation

An army of social media thinkers has deemed it useful to redefine ROI. In 2010, Brian Solis introduced it in his book Engage! as Return on Influence (and also as Return on Investment, Return on Involvement, Return on Innovation and Relevance of Interaction). The term Return on Influence (now Realization of Influence as well) [.]. Blog Management Social media marketing Jim Lenskold marketing ROI return on influence return on investment social media ROI

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Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

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

Fight Or Flight: Which Path Do You Typically Take?

Jason Yormark

One of the things I love about having a blog is how everyday life experiences often motivate me to write certain blog articles. This is yet another one of those examples. While I’m not privy to all of little league politics (and trust me there are a lot), I’m not naive enough to know they don’t exist. They do. But my philosophy in life with those sorts of things is to just do the best you can with what you get. Work hard, treat people respectfully, and despite all that BS, good things will eventually happen. Giving up or blaming everyone else gets you nowhere.

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Social Intelligence adds value throughout the Stage Gate Process

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Social data is becoming increasingly important in the new product development processes of many companies. In particular, manufacturers are tapping into social conversations as they explore new product ideas in order to learn what consumers are interested in and talking about. Later, when launch is imminent, social channels are becoming a key factor in setting media and advertising strategies.

Sh*t Social Media People Say

Firebelly

The sh*t people say meme won’t die. And that’s okay. People are saying some funny stuff. Let’s take a look at some of the top videos about what “social media people” say. I may be guilty of saying a few of these things myself. Sh*t Social Media Experts Say. Sh*t A Social Media Community Manager Says. Sh*t Social Media Pros Say.

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