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

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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Enterprise 2.0: social scorecard and social media karma

Laurel Papworth

Rewarding badges and points systems on your intranet – social scorecards – could be the turning point for turning your enterprise 2.0 Daniel proposed that we set up Foursquare style badges to encourage staff to contribute and use the internet. Badges for levelling rewards.

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Link Building Tactics for Publishers

Adam Sherk

As I covered in SEO Guidelines for Sponsored Content and Partner Links , there are SEO implications to be aware of. Since Outbrain links are paid links, its modules comply with search engine guidelines and do not pass SEO value (a good thing as this protects the participating publishers).

A Surefire Way to Get Verified on Twitter

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The blue verified badge on Twitter (seen in this example from @americanart) lets people know that your account is authentic. First, this badge tells the Twittersphere that you’ve made it and your content is worthy of public interest.

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How To Create a Conference Badge Page

Bare Feet Studios

Create Your Graphics Check the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Ad Unit Guidelines page for standard ad banner sizes. Obviously you can make any size banners you like but it’s generally best to stick to Unit Guidelines so your banners fit into ad spaces most sites are designed for. You can use FTP to create a custom directory for your badges or you can also use the image up-loader that comes with your blog site. See the PodCamp Hawaii Badges page for examples.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Launching a Branded Hashtag

Sprout Social

Developing a branded hashtag is no easy task but there are best practices and guidelines that can be followed. Then, we make sure that the hashtag we is consistent on all marketing materials, including attendee badges.

12 Steps to Producing a Podcast

Convince & Convert

When she sends the GoToMeeting request, Jess also sends to the guests our guest guidelines for the podcast, so they have a better feel for what’s going to happen while recording. Here’s our guest guidelines page for Social Pros. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge.

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How to Get Verified on Twitter (If I can do it, you can too!)

Buffer Social

You can apply to be Twitter verified and receive a blue checkmark badge next to your name. It does provide a bit of an ego boost and celebrity moment to see the blue badge, but here’s the real kicker: There are significant business/brand advantages to being Twitter verified.

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Gamification: Much Less Scary Than What’s Under the Bed


At the risk of oversimplification and pigeon-holing, knowing your definition of an engaged member is important, if as nothing more than a guideline or base level from which to measure and introduce offerings. When the term “gamification” is used, many envision a highly technical system of levels and badges and that can be done. Here’s the latest post in our “INDUSTRY INSIDERS” column.

How to Produce a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Explain the Show When she sends the GoToMeeting request, Jess also sends to the guests our guest guidelines for the podcast, so they have a better feel for what’s going to happen while recording. Here’s our guest guidelines page for Social Pros.

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Breaking Out of Social Disclosure Jail With CMP.LY

Convince & Convert

It’s been about 15 months since those crazy kids at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) passed their new disclosure guidelines to “protect the public&# from inappropriately cozy business relationships being companies and bloggers, tweeters, Facebookers and more. badges.

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Dr. Houzz Reveals a Widget-Flawed Google Algorithm

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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. On January 28th you may recall that I did a huge blog post on why I’m building a bigger link network.

8 ways to deal with negative comments in online communities

Laurel Papworth

Many social media guidelines have a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to addressing negative criticism in social networks, but assessing the situation and the potential positive vs negative outcomes of responses is a skill that comes from experience.

The 12 Startups I’ve Invested In and Why

Convince & Convert

disclosure capabilities, originally developed to ensure that brands are in compliance with FCC guidelines. You’ll see an example of those disclosure “badges” at the bottom of this post.

Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2011

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

14 Best Practices for Long Term Social Media Success : These are the traits that successful online businesses exhibit day in and day out: they have governance and rewards, guidelines, a training program, an editorial program, a mission and purpose, and they serve their customers and prospects.

20+ Commonly Asked Questions About Blogging & Online Marketing


Yes, but be vigilant about guidelines. I created what I consider a rather extensive list of guest post guidelines , although I have seen sites with a more comprehensive list. Anytime someone asks to be a guest blogger, I send them those guidelines.

Create a World-Class Online Community for Your Business

Making a leader board, developing badges, or another effort to reward participation with recognition in the community will be an important component of a world-class community. For an example, see Mashable ‘s commenting guidelines.

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3 Blogger Monetisation Lessons from Facebook’s Branded Content Policy Update


Before we look at the policy update in a bit more detail, here’s a recap on what the Facebook page guidelines were before the recent change: “Advertising on Pages: Third-party advertisements on Pages are prohibited, without our prior permission.”.

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Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2010

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

6 Tips for Running Promotions Within Facebook’s Guidelines (Inside Facebook): Given the risks of running contests on Facebook due to some unexplained terms of service, Inside Facebook clarifies what is within reason and what might not be allowed.

The Carrot and Stick of Social Media Disclosure

Convince & Convert

By making the same transparent disclosures that can keep you on the good side of the FTC, FDA, FINRA, SEC and rest of the alphabet soup of agencies whose guidelines you can no longer ignore. Did you cringe just a bit when you saw the word disclosure in the title?

9 Elements of the Perfect Post


If you have several authors for your blog, be sure to tell them how you want your sub-headers to be styled in your editorial guidelines. This guest post is by Ginny Soskey of Shareaholic. A perfect blog post is hard to come by.

Is Your e-Course Just an Online Bookstore?


Having trouble fitting my work inside the “guidelines” of “proper” web content anyway, I began to think. Sometimes, by using awards along the way like badges, certifications, and points. This post examines the low completion rates for students taking an e-course.

7 Tips for Effective Marketing with Twitter


This will serve as a guideline on dealing with and deciding on conversations they should participate in and which ones should get escalated within your organization. #5 Another great option is the ability to add buttons, badges and widgets to sections of your other sites (articles, pages, etc.)

The Slippery Slope of Association Blogger Outreach

Disclosure --the FTC has issued guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials by bloggers; make sure youre familiar with them. Share Posted by Maggie at 10:20 PM | Older Post Home Subscribe to: Comment Feed (RSS) Subscribe via email Subscribe in a reader Get this badge.

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The Creative Plateau and Content Curation

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78 (of the) Best Social Media Marketing Tips, Guides, Tools and Strategies of 2010 (So Far)

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Oli Gardner reveals key tactics for converting social media followers into buyers, from using a landing page with a clear call to action and offering “social proof&# through badges and widgets to optimizing post-conversion opportunities. While management can’t, and shouldn’t seek to, tightly control all such interactions, it is imperative to have basic guidelines in place.

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Facebook Page Managing Updates for Admins

Saying It Social

Marketing Tab: Access useful information about promoting your Page with advertising, adding a badge, and incorporating a Like Box on your website. Policies regarding promotion guidelines can also be viewed here.

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

Bare Feet Studios

Included in the new guidelines are not only the carrot recommendations (DO) but increasingly Google is using the stick on those sites it perceives to be gaming the system (DON’T). Here is an example: Badges for Podcamp Hawaii fans.

Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2009

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Like last year, if your article is highlighted in this comprehensive post, there’s a badge for you to proudly celebrate this achievement on your site. If you want to write a complete review of something, be sure to follow the guidelines highlighted in this post.

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Best Internet Marketing Posts of 2008: Social Media, SEO, and More " techipedia | tamar weinberg

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

New for 2008: If your article is highlighted in this comprehensive post, we have badges for you! Intel Social Media Guidelines : Last month, it was discovered that Intel had pushed its social media guidelines out in the open. Follow some guidelines.

Getting Ready for Your First Blog World Expo


If you want some about page points, check out these posts on guidelines for writing a good about page and how to write an about page that will tell visitors why they should listen to you. Want to check-in and unlock a swarm badge?

Social Media 2008: The End of the Beginning or the Beginning of the End?

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