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Conversation Gained-How to Determine Influence in B2B Social Media

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I don’t know a marketer out there that would say that influence in social media is not a commodity, if you know how to leverage it.

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What’s the Sweet Spot for Content Marketing?

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It’s true, the internet has shortened our attention spans. We’d rather watch a video than have to read 400 words or more.

Don’t Mistake Activity for Effectiveness in Social Media

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The world of the content marketer/social media marketer is changing. I had mentioned in a previous post how it resets every day.

Why Snapchat Content and the Longevity of Social Media Content are so Similar

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Follow me here. The principal concept of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are only available for a short time before they become inaccessible. They become obsolete if you will.

Social Media Automation 101

A beginner's guide to social media automation tools and getting automation right.

The Difficulty in Being Interesting

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Why do you click on a piece of content? Probably because you were compelled to. Some trigger caused you to cross over the invisible threshold of no and maybe. Was it an image? Was it the promise of a video or was it because the source was one that you trusted?

Why Entertainment and Social Media are Perfect for Each Other

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Twenty six years ago at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival I watched Stevie Ray Vaughn rip it up in front of thousands of people. The only way people knew that I did was because I told them about it. Yep, WOM.

Social Media for Business in 2012 [Infographic]

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Since it was a short week, we’re going to go with an infogrpahic from Patricia Redsicker. social media Social Media marketing

Social May Artificially Validate Motivation and Intent But…

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Don’t let the title scare you. it’s really a simple notion actually. It goes something like this. You’re a marketer, you’re tasked to sell something online.

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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.

My Proust Questionnaire

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In the back of every Vanity Fair edition is the Proust Questionnaire which is devoted to the answers of someone who is fairly well known. The answers never cease to make me think about my own mortality and legacy.

My Proust Questionnaire

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In the back of every Vanity Fair edition is the Proust Questionnaire which is devoted to the answers of someone who is fairly well known. The answers never cease to make me think about my own mortality and legacy.

The Key to Success in Enterprise Social Media

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Lately, I’ve been thinking way too much about organic B2B social media marketing. For obvious reasons, it’s where I play and have played for the last eight years.

Ever Really Look at your Linkedin Contacts?

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In 2016, it should be readily apparent that each relevant social platform has a specific value to us. If you, as a digital marketer still don’t know what that value is, well then, shame on you. Let’s stop for 30 seconds and re-look at that value of each.

What Kind of Decisions Would You Make if Your Future Didn’t Depend on it?

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What if you had no filter? What if there were no repercussions for your actions both offline and online? What kind of world would that be? That would be 2017, where streaming your crimes, your transgressions or other people’s flaws, misdeeds, and imperfections on your phone seem to be the norm.

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A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Why is the Customer Experience so Hard to Deliver On?

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You’d think brands would know what the customer wanted at this stage of the game, right? It’s 2015 and companies left and right keep talking about their new mandate of delivering on a quality customer experience. delivering a powerful customer experience.

The State of Digital Marketing 2014

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Thanks to the folks over at Web Marketing 123 for this Infographic. digital marketing digital

Sports and Social Media-What have We Learned?

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Recently via ESPN, a social media drama played out nationally as a Texas A&M football recruit and one of their coaches sparred via Twitter , over the perception of each other’s veiled tweets. There will be no good that will come out of this.

Conversation Lost-How to Align B2B Social Media Marketing Efforts with the Right Strategy

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B2B Social media success is like the American ninja warrior TV show. Everyone makes it to the starting line and yet very few make it to the finish line.

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.

Offline Expectations from Online Engagements are Unrealistic

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Picture this: You’re at a stop light. It seems to be taking forever for it to turn green. You become impatient. You start yelling. You’re wondering why it hasn’t changed. Finally it does change and you peel out. You’re angry because it took entirely too long.

What Does it Take to be a Senior Social Media Manager? [Infographic]

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Think just because you play on Twitter and Instagram, have a Tumblr page and have a Facebook account that you could “do” social media for a large company? You might want to rethink that.,, social media infographic social media manager

The Content Paradigm Shift

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I’m cutting to the chase. and feel free to disagree with me at any point when you think I’m wrong. Content curation tools are great. No really, they are, except all they do is pull the content in and that really is just half the battle.

From Social to Local to Mobile

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You don’t know this but you are really driving the train.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

A Look Back: What to Look for in Your Next Social Media Director Hire

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About four years ago I wrote a post/checklist on what you should require when you hire your next social media rockstar. Recently I was asked to build a roles/responsibilities description for a client who had a similar ask and thus I thought my old post might help me in building out that description.

Brands are still not taking Twitter Seriously

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I’m not nitpicking. But let’s talk about social media icons. We’re starting to see them on everything. Specifically the Twitter and Facebook icons.

Sports and Social Media-What have We Learned?

Direct Marketing Observations

Recently via ESPN, a social media drama played out nationally as a Texas A&M football recruit and one of their coaches sparred via Twitter , over the perception of each other’s veiled tweets. There will be no good that will come out of this.

Ashley Madison and the Case for In the Moment Marketing

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Sh*t is getting ready to hit the fan again. Just now on Twitter I was curious about the Ashley Madison scandal. So I did a trending hashtag search on the topic.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

The Biggest Moments in Social Media in 2012

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Looking back on the year, it’s easy to see what was big when we have the benefit of an infographic. At the least, there’s no doubt that social adds a layer and an element to our memories. Big shoutout to Mashable and The SEO Company. social media

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Social Media is the Back Channel for Teen Angst

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First I want to quote a paragraph from the abstract of a 2011 paper by danah boyd , a renowned expert on teen culture and social media at Microsoft Research. The paper is titled, The Drama! Teen Conflict, Gossip, and Bullying in Networked Publics.

Does Social Media Own You?

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Recently I was asked by a school administrator whether Facebook should be used as the platform for communication with another school in another part of the world. Great Idea but I can think of a better one and here’s why.

Recommendations have nothing to do with loyalty!

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Just saying that out loud sounds crazy but check this out. So let’s get this straight. If a brand hooks it’s customers up with coupons, and a customer takes them, because that’s what they are demanding, does that mean they are telling you or us that you can have their business? I think so.

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

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

Why Do Organizations Still Fear Social Media?

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You don’t know what you don’t know. Before organizations can begin to think about having or being a social brand or a social business, they have to back up and temper their opinions or notions of what they think they know. Invariably what I see when I walk into the largest of the large or the smallest of small companies, are companies struggling with 2 schools of thought: (1) That they must corral the social employee and (2) How do they control the social customer.

Social Business in 2012 Study

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I just came across a great study co-produced by FedEx and Ketchum, titled The 2012 FedEx/Ketchum Social Business Study. This study, updates and expands upon research first undertaken in 2010 and analyzes the changing impact of social media on business today.

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Engagement is not a Like or a Follow

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You must remember this. A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply. As time goes by. A handshake is nothing but a handshake. It can be about meeting for the first time, it can about seeing someone again, and it can mean that we are in agreement.

When Social Media Strategy Becomes Irrelevant

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What’s important? Every day online and in the social media bubble we talk about ROI and the strategy and the channels used to grow your social media presence and impact.