HOW TO: Properly Use Badges to Engage Customers

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Join the conversation by adding Mashables Pete Cashmore to your Circles on Google+ Close Welcome to Mashable! Badges are among the most visible elements of gamification, the use of game-thinking and game mechanics to engage media audiences. We don’t need no stinking badges.

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How badges help news websites build community, make money | Poynter.

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Just like the military uses badges to display rank, and scouts use them to honor accomplishments, a news site or mobile app can award digital badges to users who complete tasks or reach certain levels of engagement. Benefits of creating a badge system Creating a badge system isn’t easy.

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Google+ Growing With The Times – Are You Badged Yet?

Small Business Mavericks

There are some marketers that are quite sensitive when it comes to any foray into social media by Google. Google doesn’t have a great record for long term support of projects if they don’t grab everyone’s attention immediately, so there is a little resistance to Google+. Whilst I understand their feelings, I don’t think they are right this time; in fact, I think Google+ is here for the long haul. Social Media google website badges widgets

Creating Google Plus Business Pages

Janet Fouts

Everybody’s been arguing over the value of Google Plus lately. Well, Google just changed the conversation in a big way and just in time. The announcement of Google pages for business came just in time to turn the whole argument on it’s head.

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Google+ Page Tips for Nonprofits

SocialFish

I admit I was a bit skeptical when I got an email from a Google rep offering to help set up a Google+ page for ASHA. Also, I am still kind of lukewarm on Google+ overall. He shared this handy guide, 10 ways to build your community on Google+.

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Google Now Annotating Local Social Data

Small Business Mavericks

So you Google “pizza wayzata minnesota.” ” If there is a popular pizza joint in Wayzata that is getting a lot of +1s on Google’s new social platform Google+, the search engine could tell you that in the SERP. Thanks to the Google Operating System blog for pointing this out. This just points to the necessity of adding a +1 badge to your website. Social Media google local SEO search engine rankings social sharing

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How to Run Successful Campaigns on Google+

Convince & Convert

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been working on the best practices for running campaigns on Google+ and how, as Chris Brogan would say, we can make our buyers the hero of the story. Why think in terms of campaigns on Google+? I use Google Circles.

Dr. Houzz Reveals a Widget-Flawed Google Algorithm

Viper Chill

The Norton badge works totally fine (it is a pop-up with security information like most privacy badges) so there’s really no need for the link. As you can see, they’re not some small website that has managed to take over Google.

The Vanity of New Metrics

Geoff Livingston

You can see this already with leaderboards and badges for social giving, fitness apps, and more. ” Or badges on their blog. Consider school grades, attendance reports, boy and girl scout badges, colored belts for martial arts, etc. Boy scout badges image by torbakhopper.

Get Traffic And Retain Them On Google+ For Social Media

Social Media Network Marketing

Google+ is one more feather in your cap on the Social Media front. The question is how should you get more Traffic to your Google+ Page? Here are a couple of points that you might want to work towards so that your Google+ Pages have a good Traffic flow which you can retain as well: Remember to update your Profile Page. Google+ gives a good opportunity to write in-depth Posts. If you have a Blog it would be great if you can write a quick Post about your Google+ Page.

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Social media training on Foursquare Google Plus Pinterest Facebook Training for June and July 2012

Laurel Papworth

A hands on, practical computer class on Google Plus ( half day ) and some short 2 hour howto sessions ( demonstration ) on Pinterest Foursquare and Facebook Timeline for Business. Google Plus Business Page training and computer workshop. Set up a Google Plus Business Page.

Measuring Social Media ROI & Goal Conversions with Google Analytics 5

unbounce.com

When you complete these, you will be able to: Track goal conversions for your website in Google Analytics , a plus regardless of whether you care about social media conversions or not. To use this goal type, you must: Have your Google Analytics installed before your tag on your website.

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The Gamification of News

Social Media Marketing

Now, Google is in the news (literally) with a gamification project of their own, and I think it has some potential. This week Google announced the launch of their Google News Badges. Google heralded the launch with the following description: The U.S.

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Twitter Badges For Brands Who Want to Avoid Narcissism

Adam Cohen

I propose the following to the Twitter Pantheon: Get rid of “Follow Us&# signs on web pages, blogs, email, direct mail, catalogs, billing inserts and anywhere else a business wants to use a badge.

Periscope Introduces Support for Live 360 Video

SocialTimes Twitter

With this update, live 360 videos are marked with a special “Live 360” badge. Periscope launched support for live 360 video in its livestreaming application. The update will allow users to watch live 360-degree broadcasts on both Periscope and Twitter.

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Twitter Adds Featured Stickers Based on AMC’s The Walking Dead

SocialTimes Twitter

From there, users can choose from four new stickers in The Walking Dead category, including a motorcycle and a sheriff’s badge. Mobile Twitter amc Android android apps Featured Stickers Google Play Hashtags iOS iOS apps iTunes App Store Photos stickers television the walking dead TV Twitter Stickers Visual HashtagsTwitter released new featured stickers based on AMC television series The Walking Dead.

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Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Does Google PageRank Really Matter? : 10 Metrics to Check When Your Traffic Crashes : With Google consistently trying to provide the best search experience, your rankings may fall at any time. It’s my birthday and I have some great news!

Link Building Tactics for Publishers

Adam Sherk

A good way to investigate this is to review the Crawl Errors report in Google Webmaster Tools, which shows URLs with 404, 500 and other errors that Google encountered while crawling the site. Widgets and badges.

Periscope Removes Follower Requirements From VIP Program

SocialTimes Twitter

The Periscope VIP Program gives eligible broadcasters access to a variety of benefits, including badges on their Periscope profiles and “prioritization in people search results.” Twitter Web Video Android android apps Applications apps Average Live Viewers Bronze followers free apps gold Google Play iOS iOS apps iTunes App Store Live Videos Live-streaming Apps Livestreaming mobile apps Periscope Periscope VIP Program Silver Videos

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18 WordPress Social Media Plugins to Live By

Sprout Social

WordPress Plugins for Google+. WordPress Plugins for Google+. New Google Plus Badge Widget. The New Google Plus Badge Widget makes it easy to show off your Google+ page in your sidebar or other areas of your site. Google for WordPress.

Kimberly-Clark uses social quiz to woo talent

Socialmedia.biz

Kimberly-Clark created a BuzzFeed -inspired quiz to discover their own Original Thinker type and then are rewarded with a new emoji badge suitable for social sharing, as well as an invitation to find out about original thinkers at Kimberly-Clark. A re you an original thinker?

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Know What’s Working on Social Media: 26 Free Social Media Analytics Tools

Buffer Social

With Buffer’s free plan, you get all the major engagement stats for every update you post on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. is the Top Tweet/Top Post badge that pops up when an update goes above and beyond the average performance. Google Analytics. Google+ Influence.

3 Top Challenges Facing the Social Content Curator

Socialmedia.biz

What’s more, the tool integrates with the top social media dashboard tools in the business – including Buffer, Hootsuite, Sprout Social and Oktopost – so that you can easily set your account to include Start a Fire badges on every URL you post. Post by Adi Englander.

Old-Fashioned Organic SEO Wins the Day After Google Penguin Update

Bare Feet Studios

The latest Google search algorithm update (nicknamed Penguin) has moved strongly towards the long held principles of “organic seo.” In general, each of these major updates is to help Google answer real questions from its users. Google may consider it “too big.”

How to Contact Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Other Social Networks

Kikolani

The following are links to the contact information for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. Pages Badge Application. Insights Badge Application. Ads Badge Application. How to Contact Google+ Support.

A 12 Word Social Media Policy

SocialFish

Simply putting “find me on Facebook” or “follow me on Twitter” badges on your website does not equate with health care social media. Can’t delete: this is an important rule: if it’s still in Google’s cache, you can’t put it in the trash.

How to Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Major Social Network

Buffer Social

How to listen : iTunes | Google Play | SoundCloud | Stitcher | RSS. This huge Google doc spreadsheet includes hundreds of Twitter chats. In addition, Instagram also offers five different types/sizes of badges that you can place on your website.

How Businesses like Sylvan Learning Center and Computer Explorers.

Saying It Social

Foursquare awards points and badges when users check-in at locations (check-ins can be done via a mobile phone with internet access or a computer). Businesses can engage and reward consumers by providing deals and discounts to Foursquare users that hold certain badges for checking in and patronizing their business.

12 Steps to Producing a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Our producer logs new advertiser copy on a Google doc, and that file remains on our second monitor during the episode taping. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge. We also send guests a digital “badge” that they can use on their personal website or blog.

Is Social Proof Marketing the Next Big Thing?

Pixlee

They can instantly “Google” products on their smartphones for a product review or scroll through Instagram to see what others are wearing and where they are shopping. Badges and logos: When brands put badges and logos on their website, such as an “Angie’s List” or “Better Business Bureau” endorsement, it chases away doubt. Social proof is when someone else validates your opinion. It’s the “group” mentality that tells you, if other people are doing it, I might want to do it.

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Bridging the Social, the Human, and the Practical

SocialFish

In Google, when you search for “humanize social” you get 1.71 Even simple “badges” can be rewards. This is a guest post by Carlos Restrepo, CAE, Managing Director at MemberFuse , which is the community platform provided by Avectra.

Need More B2B Sales Leads? Ignore This Research

Webbiquity SMM

But social media (including Twitter, Pinterest and Google+), display ads and online video are among the worst activities for achieving either objective. Social signals are driven by links from Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and even Pinterest.

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Monday Roundup: Renewing Your Business Strategy

Waxing UnLyrical

Why: “Unless you are one of those people who views 80-hour work weeks as a badge of honor, then we’re all trying to get more done in less time,” says Heather Whaling as she offers some tips to increase productivity. Spring has officially sprung.

Foursquare and The New York Times Archive Would Be a Great Match

Adam Sherk

Related posts: New York Times Plans to Implement Permanent Redirects on IHT.com URLs Top 10 Reasons The New York Times is Really Putting up a Paywall The Daily Show Visits The New York Times Google News Wants Title Tags to Match Headlines?

47 Social Media Ideas, Formulas And Shortcuts for Instant Improvement

Rebekah Radice

Add your Facebook badge to your website and/or blog to allow visitors an easy way to connect with your page. Google Plus. Now that you’ve updated your Facebook cover, do the same for Google Plus. Create graphics specifically designed for Google Plus.

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How to Produce a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Our producer logs new advertiser copy on a Google doc, and that file remains on our second monitor during the episode taping. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge The day the show goes live, our producer emails guests to let them know, and encourages them to share the episode.

Loving Your Boss

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This isn''t Google. It''s like some weird kind of badge of honor. google. apple community disney facebook google job localbusiness management minimumwage miserablebosses obituary professionaldevelopment salary vocation work Everyone hates their boss. or do they? This isn''t Apple. This isn''t Facebook. This isn''t Disney. Think about the vast majority of the jobs that everyone has. It''s not glamorous work. It''s hard work. Long hours. Tough clients.

The One Must-Listen Podcast for Social Media Marketers

Convince & Convert

We send digital badges they can use to promote their appearance. We also run MarketingPodcasts.com – which is essentially Google for marketing podcasts. Yep, that’s a bold headline.

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Bloggers Are Not Journalists – But They Are Abducted, Imprisoned Tortured and Assassinated the Same #HowManyMore

Laurel Papworth

If you remember that our Prime Minister considers all social media as “electronic graffiti” you can see why the Department of Digital Economy focusses less on bringing Australia into the global collaborative economy and more on spying on citizens and Google Adwords taxes. Would that have happened – not the attack, but Police standing by – to a journalist with a Press badge and the protection of a Heritage media masthead?

Realtime Olympics: 60% of London 2012 Visits Came Via Mobile; Facebook Was 2nd Highest Traffic Source

The Realtime Report

million social media followers across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Foursquare. The 2012 Olympics also saw solid engagement on location-based services, with 60,000 fans on Foursquare and check-ins from 120 countries to Olympic and Torch Relay badges on the geo-location platform.