Sat.Oct 27, 2012 - Fri.Nov 02, 2012

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A Fantastic Starbucks Customer Experience Story

Spin Sucks

I have a great story to tell you. It’s one of fantastic customer service from a brand we all know and love: Starbucks. Most of you know I had a craaaaazy summer. I was on the road for 25 weeks straight. To say I was exhausted is putting it mildly. always get a tall, nonfat latte. But one particular morning in June, after a few weeks of crazy travel, I asked him to upsize me to a grande.

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14 step bare-bones guide to influencer outreach

Janet Fouts

Lots of people will tell you  ”Social Media Influencers” are the  key to social media marketing  but what does that really mean? Is influence based on number of connections? Klout , Peer Index or Kred score? combination of all of the above? How do you identify them and what do you do with that information once you think you know who they are? Do they seem to have knowledge in this are?

How To Go Viral Gangnam Style: Great Content, Great Marketing, Or Both?

The Realtime Report

South Korean rapper Psy’s music video Gangnam Style became a viral phenomenon across the globe, racking up video views and spurring remakes, parodies and dance performances worldwide. The video debuted on July 15, 2012. By September 20th it had received the most likes of any YouTube video, according to Guinness World Records. Laying the Groundwork for a Well-Orchestrated Campaign.

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Maximize Your Online Visibility: The Web Presence Optimization (WPO) Framework

Webbiquity SMM

Recent research makes clear that, for high-value consumer purchases as well as b2b procurement, being as “findable” as possible online is critical to winning the business. Of course that means it’s imperative to produce relevant, compelling, optimized content for your company’s website and blog, but online visibility goes beyond that. What online publications do they read?

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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Startups Use Micro-PR Campaigns to Tip Momentum in Their Favor

Adam Sherk

This is a guest post from Wendy Dulaney, co-founder of Easy.PR. Wendy has been doing some interesting work for start-ups, targeting small audiences to achieve specific goals during critical stages of their growth. asked her to share some examples and tips here. – Adam. How many great ideas and concepts from early startups are out there just waiting to be heard? know this first hand.

AT&T Loses Case; News Release Held Under Paid Advertising Laws

Spin Sucks

How many of you have ever referred to something historical in a news release? know we have. It helps you tell a story about something that might otherwise be boring. They mentioned how Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier and achieved MACH 1 in a news release that was distributed via PR Newswire. And the General sued them over the use of his name. Seems harmless. It’s in the history books.

Hurricane Sandy & Social Media: 5 Must-Reads


When a natural disaster strikes, social media sites are is often the first place people go to find, and share, information. Here are 5 must-reads on Hurricane Sandy and social media. Facebook, Twitter abuzz with Sandy chatter, photos. Hurricane Sandy: NYC tweets, Instagrams, and crowdsources an unfolding disaster. ” A handy Web guide to tracking Hurricane Sandy.

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Teens on Social Networks: Facebook Wins, But Twitter Is Narrowing the Gap

The Realtime Report

A recent Piper Jaffray survey of American teens revealed that Facebook is still the most popular social network among this age group – but Twitter is following close behind. Teens were asked to rank social networks in order of preference (from 1 to 3) from a list including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn. Twitter was first choice for 2,118.

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

How Social Media Reflects Human Behaviour


How to successfully connect and engage with your customers and consumers via social media is the natural focus point of our blog, as this is Mindjumpers’ field of expertise. We guide and advice brands on how to take on the challenges of brand communication on the various social media networks and platforms. But to be truly successful, you initially have to think beyond the business aspect.

The Nips and Tucks Happening at LinkedIn

Spin Sucks

Today’s guest post is by Liam Gooding. Does everything coming out of California really need a face lift? LinkedIn has been changing things up lately, but will their actions distract users from discussing business? Judging by the recent activities, it would seem they’re getting a bit obsessed with their wrinkles. LinkedIn Influencers. To me, LinkedIn is about action. Search. Connect.

Social Media Marketing Has a Major Influence on Moms’ Buying


Want to market to socially-savvy moms? 92% of them buy products based on social media recommendations. Data from a new study by Child’s Play Communications, specialists in connecting companies with moms, shows that moms are increasingly using social networks to research products. Presented at the Marketing to Moms Conference in Chicago,“How Moms are Using Social [.].

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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Typography Is Turning Away Visitors and What Fonts To Stay Away From


We all know that typography and font choice have a huge impact on website design, but did you know they could be the difference between whether a visitor actually engages on your site or exits as quickly as possible? Whether you designed your site yourself or hired a professional, there are a number of important things to remember about the typography of your site. Leading and tracking. Guess what?

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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.

Follow @MellowMushroom Pizza on Twitter, And They’ll Follow You Back — In Real Life

The Realtime Report

For those of you who still have power, here’s a quick distraction from Sandy updates: check out this hilarious (and weird) social media campaign from Mellow Mushroom Pizza. “Follow us and we’ll follow you” is the tagline, supported by several videos of ridiculous mushroom-outfitted mascots ‘following’ around random people who have followed the brand on Twitter.

Get ‘Em While They’re Young: Four Ways to Hook College Students

Spin Sucks

Today’s guest post is by Leah Bell. Planning your marketing strategy for 2013? In most cases, it is more costly to acquire new customers than to keep the business you already have. This can be especially true if your customer-base is made up of college students due to their high lifetime value. Even if they don’t have significant spending power today, they soon will.

Social Media Gone Wrong … and How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Advertising Branding Social Media. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. However, when your mistake involves social media, it’s not that easy to make amends. Take, for example, the case of the (now) infamous KitchenAid tweet about President Obama’s dead grandmother. She died 3 days b4 he became president.” KitchenAid hastily deleted the tweet, but the damage was done. Toyota Camry.

Are You Building A Culture Of Content?

Blue Focus Marketing

Harnessing The Power Of Content To Engage Your Customers. The most common buzzword on the lips of marketers right now is content marketing. Like all good buzzwords, this term implies a powerful new approach for consumer engagement, but its exact meaning—and more importantly its application—can sometimes be elusive. Engaging consumers without breaking the bank. Explore Related Services.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

Social Networking Stats: LinkedIn Tops 187 Million Active Users, #RLTM Scoreboard

The Realtime Report

The #RLTM Scoreboard:  Social Networking Stats for the Week. Facebook: 1 billion active users. via  Facebook. Twitter: over 500 million users. via  Twopcharts. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via  TechCrunch. Sina Weibo: over 368 million users. via  China Daily. Renren: over 170 million users. via  iResearch iUser Tracker. LinkedIn: 187 million active users. via  LinkedIn. Google Plus: 100 million monthly active users. via  Google. Tumblr: 79 million blogs. via  Tumblr. Instagram: 100 million users. via  TechCrunch. Tagged: 20 million unique monthly users. via  Tagged. via AdWeek.

Does Google Deserve More Credit?

Geoff Livingston

Sometimes I think Google deserves more credit. This is not a defense of Google+, anti-trust issues facing the company, or the apparent sunsetting of Feedburner. Rather, more admiration for the company’s overall approach and success online in recent years. It’s not an isolated incident. When was the last time Facebook did that? Never, to my knowledge. Future products look exciting, too.

9 Social Media Tools Every Blogger Needs To Know About


This is a guest post by Siv Rauv. Are you feeling overwhelmed by social media? As a blogger, you have to wear several different hats, from creating good quality blog post to trying to spread the word for your blog and connecting with others. This is where social media tools can help. From my own personal experience, here are the top 9 social media tools every blogger needs to know about. Dropbox.

The Case for Active Users as Social Media Community Managers

Akamai Marketing

The Case For Active Users as Social Media Community Managers. I’ve really been thinking about this lately. I’m an advisor at Pacific New Media for a social media certificate program they are launching. They’ve had social media classes for several semesters and I’ve taught several classes. start every class asking people to tell me what social networks they currently use.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

How to Future Proof Your Website or Blog


There is a lot written online about the importance of ‘future proofing your SEO’. What’s meant by this of course is protecting your SEO practices against potential future changes to Google’s algorithms, and of course this comes in the wake of the recent big changes Google has made that go by the Penguin and Panda handles respectively. Devices. Fashion. And then when they used lots of flash?

Why Your Marketing Stinks and How to Fix It

Geoff Livingston

Image by Lune Rambler. The following is a guest post by Erica Mills. She created a low cost tool called the Marketing Tree that forces you through a strategy process. thought it was pretty cool, and asked her to blog about it. Please welcome her. Bonus miles, the three best comments will get a Marketing Tree process mailed to them. Fair enough. Why the mayhem? Period. HOW will you reach them?

Gartner: fake social media reviews

Sherrilynne Starkie

Checking online reviews has become a normal part of consumer purchasing decisions, and so, companies are paying for or faking these reviews to gain favour and influence preference. By 2014, we could see up to 15 per cent of all online reviews being ‘faked’, according to Gartner, the research company. Photo credit: Wikipedia). ” However the risk of faking it can be great.

Social Media During Emergencies

Akamai Marketing

Some thoughts about social media during emergencies and disasters. I’ve come out of my stupor from last night’s evacuation from my home due to a tsunami alert in my backyard: the pacific ocean surrounding Hawaii. And now, my attention turns to the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy bears down and effects half the country. Today I’m enjoying what I’ve tagged as a “tsunami free Sunday” and I’ve had time to think about last night’s activities. wasn’t alone. Evacuees throughout the state were convening online and offline. What is it going to take?

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

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

Search Engine Submission Now Officially a Scam

Bill Hartzer

I can finally officially declare that all search engine submission services are now scams. If you receive an email from [b]anyone[/b] claiming to offer search engine submission services or a similar submission service–it is spam and also a scam. Yes, search engine submission is officially dead–and officially a scam. Submitting to search engines stopped being effective over 10 years ago.

Speaking at TEDx Peachtree: Become the Vessel

Geoff Livingston

A few weeks ago, I blogged about needing to make ideas more palatable. Well, this afternoon I have an opportunity to strut my stuff at TEDxPeachtree. I’ll be speaking about how we don’t need heroes, and that anyone can use influence to affect societal change (you can watch via livestream at 3:05 this afternoon). have been preparing this speech for months now. Tips from Jill.

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500 Social Media Marketing Tips


This is a guest post from Andrew Macarthy , author of 500 Social Media Marketing Tips. This is the first in a series of posts about social media books, where I invite the author to share something about themselves and why they wrote the book, and what in the book might be of particular interest to association or nonprofit audiences.  . Ah, the beauty of e-books. link].

Why social media doesn't show your personality

Engaging Brand

Brands see the web as a chance to show their personality and that is true.but there is one key thing for brands and business to remember. Social media in itself does not show your personality, it finds out if you have one! I say that because too many businesses think that as long as you use social media, then you are expressing your personality. Brands are lucky these days.we