Six important shifts for social media in 2012
DECEMBER 31, 2011
I’m currently reading a book that points to a multi-national company having 27,000 Twitter followers as an indication of social media success. It’s hard to believe we’re about to tick over to another calendar year. So, as usual, I got to thinking about the shifts I think companies need to make in their social media activities in the next year. Better objective-setting.
25 Suggestions For How To Use Twitter
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Twitter sent an email around to users yesterday, giving four suggestions for getting the most out of Twitter in 2011: Follow your interests: Follow the people who share your passions. Return to Twitter: A call for lapsed users to return to a service that apparently now has over 200 million user accounts. Ask your Twitter friends for recommendations on who to go with.
Six essential shifts in social media strategy
JUNE 8, 2012
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’ve reached a critical point in the evolution of social media as a business tool. We’re at the point of social media saturation, and something’s got to give. Six Essential Shifts in Social Media Strategy. Setting SMART objectives.
Forrester: Email and search drive online sales, not social
SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Thinking of Facebook and Twitter as the extent of social is narrow-minded – on-domain blogs and rich media content, for example, can both live on-domain and drive traffic to those domains (not saying that content marketing falls entirely within social, but there’s a significant overlap nowadays), and in doing so can affect search. Email matters most for repeat customers. Oh yes.
Reflections on the changing digital agency environment
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Companies realized the opportunity presented by engaging with their customers through these new channels, but we were still in a time when simply creating a Twitter or Facebook account would make headlines. Twitter just rolled out a new “while you were away”-type feature that shows top tweets at the top of your feed (while it’s opt-in now, it will soon be opt-out). Sorry, Quebec.
Blogger relations – you’re doing it wrong
AUGUST 15, 2012
On Monday, August 13, [PR agency] announced three new SEO / Social Media / Press Release Packages starting at $790 per month, bringing an affordable solution to businesses needing a strong online presence via Facebook, Twitter, WordPress blog and press releases. Here’s how it read: From : [.] gmail.com. Sent : Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:02 AM. PR Firm [.] Address]. Try it out? No thanks.
Facebook Timeline for Brands: Curation and Palpitation
MARCH 8, 2012
Monitoring , because conversations could easily shift from your Facebook page to other online channels (blogs, forums, Twitter, etc). Lots of attention has been put on the new Facebook Pages layout since fMC, with people displaying differing perspectives. The usual suspects have already released their pieces on how to prepare for Facebook Timelines. Identify approach to contentious issues.
Don’t Be Fooled By Last-Click Analysis Of Social Media
MAY 16, 2011
When you’re using Facebook or Twitter, for example, are you often looking for a link to take me to the best place to purchase something? For example, today I asked Twitter whether I should buy a LiveScribe pen so I could capture my notes in Evernote : ?. Forrester recently published a report entitled “ The Purchase Path of Online Buyers. Where to begin? Probably not.
Yeah, Well Your Agency Is Killing Unicorns
APRIL 26, 2011
I could point to Facebook pages we manage with hundreds of thousands or even millions of fans; or to multiple highly-engaged Twitter accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, and use that as evidence you that only PR agencies can do this well. Daniel Stein recently wrote an attention-grabbing post over at Digiday entitled “ HypeBusters: PR Agencies Are Ruining Facebook.
10 Social Media Lessons From Home Improvement
JANUARY 4, 2011
Tweet If we’re connected on Twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed me posting a lot about the renovations we’re currently conducting on our new house. In a brief moment of downtime, I started thinking about the social media lessons you can learn from the process of renovating a house. I came up with ten – let me know what you think of them in the comments: 1. What else?
Startups: No, You Don’t Need To Hire A Social Media Experts
JUNE 16, 2011
Don’t hire people who tell you Twitter will solve all your problems. My eye was caught this weekend by a post from Francis Tan, asking whether startups need to hire social media experts. His key points: First things first: Agreeing with Peter Shankman that startups should focus on generating revenue. On the flip side, are you willing to entrust that task to a third party?
Why You Should Tweet During a Crisis
APRIL 12, 2011
That’s why I was really interested to see a note from Shashi Bellamkonda on the Social CRM Pioneers group , pointing to some interesting research by Microsoft and Psychster on the effect of companies acknowledging issues via Twitter on the actions and perceptions of customers. crisis communications customer service social media TwitterWin-win.
Video: Thoughts on Social CRM for Small Businesses
SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
A few interesting notes from the interview: Unlike most other business tools, social CRM is largely derived from consumer-related tools – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs etc., Tweet. Social CRM is a hot topic right now. In fact, I’m in the middle of reading a book on social CRM right now ( The Social Customer , by Adam Metz ). Strategy is important. Tweet.
Trust in 2012: 4 Implications for Social Media
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
There’s a dichotomy here, quite possibly because “social media” means different things to different people – plenty of people think of Twitter as a bunch of people talking about their lunch; I think of it as my industry peers discussing trends (and the occasional LOLcat). Edelman recently released the results of its 2012 Trust Barometer survey.
57 Social Media Policy Examples and Resources
JULY 26, 2010
Twitter Guidelines. A Twitter Code of Conduct. Over time I’ve found myself doing more and more foundational work for organizations looking to dip their toes into social media. One of the key elements of this work, in my opinion, is creating a social media policy that fits well with the organization’s goals, culture and risk tolerance. But where to start? As it happens, lots of organizations publish their social media guidelines online, ready for you to review and use yourself. Here are 57 61 great social media policy templates and resources to use when building your own. Source.
Three Ways To Wag The Long Tail Of Content
OCTOBER 4, 2011
As someone pointed out to me on Twitter, Google “good communications plan” and this post is the top result. Tweet. What’s more, the traffic to this post is continuing to rise over time. Here’s a chart of the daily traffic to the post: Doesn’t look much like the typical ‘long tail’ image of traffic over time, does it? Here are my ideas: 1. Tweet.
A Digital Lens on the U.S. Election
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
Twitter Triumphs over The New York Times”. One piece of Richard’s analysis got me thinking: his statement that “Twitter Triumphs over The New York Times.” If you’re not familiar with the phenomenon, the top social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – all allow users to ‘follow’ other people whose content then provides the basis for what they see when they log in to those services. One day after the U.S. election and the dissection of the reasons for the outcome is well underway. This got me thinking on some other lessons and reminders we can take from this election.
SXSW 2011: Strong on Networking; Less on Content
MARCH 17, 2011
Twitter got its big break-through at SXSW in 2007. I just arrived home from South by Southwest Interactive after six days down in Austin, Texas. Given that my voice has pretty much deserted me after numerous days trying to have conversations in overly noisy places, I thought I’d get some of my thoughts on the conference down on “paper for you. Networking Mecca.
Burger King Twitter Hacking: Take A Chill Pill
FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Burger King’s Twitter account was hacked today, with the hacker turning the company’s Twitter page into an offensive mock-up of a McDonalds Twitter channel. If Burger King needed to go through Twitter to to pull the account down, how long it took them to respond. Tweet. As often happens, a huge amount of basement punditry has already begun.
Facebook Strategies: Content Over Creative
OCTOBER 29, 2010
In an age of Twitter streams and Facebook news feeds, it’s no longer enough to post the right content in the right place. Tweet Are you focusing your Facebook investment in the right place? The immensely smart Jay Baer directed my attention to research conducted by Jeff Widman of Brand Glue , who found that 99.5% Interesting, right? The continued rise of Facebook community managers.
Thoughts on Disconnecting
AUGUST 10, 2011
Going from 300+ emails a day to none; waking up in the morning and not checking Twitter and Facebook; and not feeling like I should be Twitpic-ing photos of the sunset on the coast was completely refreshing. Tweet. You may have noticed that things have been quieter than usual here recently. At the Colosseum in Rome. A few words come to mind: Old-school! Refreshing. Disconnected. A lot.
47 Books For Your 2011 Reading List
JANUARY 17, 2011
Once again, I reached out for suggestions – this time to people on Twitter. Tweet Looking for books to populate your reading list for 2011? Here are a few to think about. Last year I set myself a challenge: reading a book every two weeks throughout the year (I actually managed one more than that). I was so pleased with the results that I’m doing the same in 2011. Fiction. books
Compete Responds To Criticism
MAY 25, 2011
While I (and several people on Twitter) wasn’t thrilled with the tone of “you are well down the long tail of the internet (which sends a message of “just wanted to remind you you’re nothing to us ), I took Matt up on his offer and emailed their support address: Hi, I’m reaching out following a tweet from your twitter account regarding a recent blog post of mine ( [link] ). Last week I voiced some concerns around the traffic numbers that Compete.com reports for websites. Compete is based on a sample of 2 million, US based panelists. Thanks, Dave.
5 Ways to Digitize Santa
DECEMBER 24, 2010
Santa already has a Twitter account – @Santa. Oh, and get a decent Twitter background! Tweet It’s nearly time for Santa to round up those reindeer and hit the skies for another round of gift-giving. A couple of years ago, in the spirit of the season, I put out some suggestions on how Santa could fix-up his PR. Santa. However, it’s dormant most of the year. SantaBook.
Four Reasons Your Social Media Marketing Campaign Sucks
MAY 25, 2010
TV, radio and print advertising lets you do that; Facebook, Twitter and blogs don’t. Listen; engage; develop. That’s the three-step approach we recommend companies take when it comes to approaching social media marketing activities for their organization. You know what you don’t see anyone recommending? Build, promote, abandon. It takes time or money to attract an audience. Do you agree?
Seven Social Media Insights on CES
JANUARY 18, 2012
your blog, Twitter, Facebook etc) but also by mining your databases for people and companies that you want to connect with at the event and seeting-up meetings with them ahead of time. By now you’ve probably had more than your fill of analysis from the many, many products and announcements revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Now that I’ve had a few days to decompress, I thought I’d do something slightly different and provide a few insights from a social perspective. CES is not a social media conference (duh). CES is, first and foremost, an electronics show.
Monday Morning Reads: Mobile Apps; LoTR Revisited; Funky SEO
FEBRUARY 21, 2011
TechCrunch: Twitter Reinstates UberSocial And Twidroyd, UberMedia iPhone Apps Still Under Review. In the latest turn in the UberTwitter tale, Twitter has reinstated several UberMedia apps, saying that steps have been taken to address the ToU violations. Enjoy. WSJ: Smart Dictators Don’t Quash the Internet. The Internet in dictatorships. Social rising in search. Enough said.
5 Steps to Thinking More Socially About Communications
NOVEMBER 22, 2010
Launching a Facebook Page or Twitter account for a campaign then turning it off at the end of the campaign is akin, in traditional digital terms, to building an email list with a campaign then just deleting it once the campaign is done. When you ask a question on Twitter, respond to people who reply. Tweet Like it or not, “digital” is becoming a part of more and more marketers’ jobs.
HOW TO: Read 26 Books A Year
DECEMBER 26, 2010
The other day I asked my Twitter friends what I should read in 2011. Tweet Late in 2009, Julien Smith’s fantastic approach to reading inspired me to set an ambitious target for this year: to read one book every two weeks throughout the year. I even published my target list of books so people could hold me to account. In fact, I’m on my 28th book of 2010. Why you should try it.
Remembering Michael O’Connor Clarke
OCTOBER 14, 2012
The impact of his passing on his community can be seen with a simple Twitter search for his name , as tributes pour in from around the world. Michael O’Connor Clarke passed away this morning, sadly losing his battle with the esophagael cancer that he was diagnosed with this summer. I knew Michael both as a friend and as a colleague. All of these and more. Hug your loved ones tight.
Monday Morning Reads: TweetDeck, Black Hat SEO, Facebook Pages
FEBRUARY 14, 2011
Bill Gross’ Twitter Ecosystem Empire Just Acquired TweetDeck. Twitter has benefited immensely from a thriving developer ecosystem. You may not have realized it, but over the last little while one company – UberMedia – has scooped up several of the leading Twitter apps, including Echofon and UberTwitter. Happy Valentines Day! Enjoy. TweetDeck acquired.
JULY 5, 2010
Not surprisingly, these reports are pretty popular – they possess two desirable attributes: They offer easy-to-digest, soundbite-sized nuggets of information – perfect for short-form media such as Twitter. As the social media space slowly matures, we’re starting to see more and more reports released by companies offering insight into the ebbs and flows of peoples’ behaviour online. They offer the potential for increased understanding of the latest trends. What does this mean? So, if there is a correlation between A and B: A could cause B. B could cause A.
Sysomos Audience Moves Towards Measuring Social Media ROI
JUNE 15, 2010
While Sysomos doesn’t currently pull user profiles in, it’s only a small step from there to linking a Twitter or Blogger profile into things and having a complete record of your visitors’ browsing habits. Social media ROI is a hot topic right now, as social media begins to (slowly) mature. I came away impressed. Placing a Value on your Visitors. Community management. Sales.
Thoughts on Boston
APRIL 16, 2013
I saw the early reports emerge on Twitter, and soon enough there was almost nothing else in my feeds. I don’t know what I’m going to write here today; I just know that I need to write something – to get it out of my head – after the horror of yesterday. Close to home. Explosion at the Boston Marathon. Five years ago I ran the Boston Marathon. Questioning. Hope.
Thoughts on Boston
APRIL 16, 2013
I saw the early reports emerge on Twitter, and soon enough there was almost nothing else in my feeds. Tweet. I don’t know what I’m going to write here today; I just know that I need to write something – to get it out of my head – after the horror of yesterday. Close to home. Explosion at the Boston Marathon. Five years ago I ran the Boston Marathon. Questioning.
Unethical Social Media at its Worst: Rob Ford’s Fake Twitter Account
OCTOBER 30, 2010
Tweet The Globe and Mail , Maclean’s magazine , CTV , the Torontoist and blogTO all ran stories in the last day, alleging that staff of Toronto’s newly-annointed mayor elect, Rob Ford, used a fake Twitter account to deceive a voter into handing over incriminating materials during the campaign. Tags: ethics Twitter George needs to improve on that..
Five Reasons You Should Go To The Next Third Tuesday Toronto
JUNE 15, 2011
For a while, his Twitter account ( @Ont_Ombudsman ) was (transparently) manned by a member of his staff, with occasional appearances from the man himself, but over time he grew more and more involved to the point where it’s now the reverse. Get the perspective of an early public sector adopter of social media. Learn more about open government. Networking “R Us. Ten bucks?
A Closer Look At The New Radian6 Engagement Console Features
NOVEMBER 17, 2010
For example, want to remove the ability to launch a personal FB stack and restrict the ability to respond on Twitter stacks – you can now do that. Twitter profile search: Improved integration with Twitter allows you to quickly search for Twitter user names and have user profiles pop up within the console. The changes to functionality are four-fold: Extensibility.
Using Social Media to Protect Your Reputation
OCTOBER 22, 2010
At the same time, one of the SVPs has just seen that a local financial community influencer with nearly 10,000 loyal Twitter followers has just posted a message slamming the product. Reputation management through social media is a hot topic right now. In fact, digital crisis communications was the topic of one of the best panels I saw at Blogworld Expo last week (more on that panel soon).
Book Review – UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
Tweet If you’re a regular Twitter user, Scott Stratten can be hard to miss at times (ok, always). The self-proclaimed “Jedi for social media,” with a big online mouth and an even bigger following, Scott provokes strong reactions from people. Start Engaging – when he offered to send me an advance version. The footnotes throughout the book are simply hilarious, too.