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4 Steps to Drive Sales with a Social FAQ | Blogging and Content.

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I also like to look at search data, both the searches that people are conducting about your company on Google ( use this free keyword tool ), (insert Google keyword tool screen shot) and the searches conducted on your Web site (assuming you have a search function). Not in a “here’s our FAQ&# way, but in a vigorous, social media way. You need some clue about lighting, somebody in your company that’s decent on camera, and a loose script.

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We’ve added Disqus as the commenting system. Also, since you’re in the process of fixing up your blog I wanted to remind you that Mofuse is not doing justice to your mobile site – [link] I tried switching to Disqus but had lots of trouble importing my comments from WordPress, did you have any trouble with that? blog comments powered by Disqus Subscribe to Convince & Convert Jay Baer Greetings.

Is Your Social Strategy Proactive or Reactive | Social Media.

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there’s a schism coming in social media between companies using it for marketing, and companies using it for customer service and CRM. Brand communities, contests, most social listening, and non-promotional tweeting fits into this category. Match Your Social Media Tactics to Your Social Media Goal The problem we’re faced with today is that very few companies seem to be thinking about their efforts in this way.

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When I discuss this concept with companies, however, too often I hear something in the realm of “we don’t know what to provide our customers that would be helpful.&# Because helpfulness hasn’t historically been looked at as a marketing objective (tons of great stuff about this umbrella concept in Scott Stratten’s forthcoming new book UnMarketing – buy it ), identifying areas where help could be provided isn’t in the DNA of most companies – yet.

4 Detective Tricks to Find Your Customers in Social Media | Social.

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Companies should follow, not lead, their customers across the social Web. Rapleaf is better for larger companies. I never experience that issue, and one of the companies I used it at had about 15,000 employees on the roster? I never experience that issue, and one of the companies I used it at had about 15,000 employees on the roster? " -Jay Baer [link] [link] David Burn "Companies should follow, not lead, their customers across the social Web."

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In fact, social media can be MORE transformative for a B2B company than a B2C company. Creating and calibrating a social media strategy for any company should follow the same process. You need to determine why your company should be social, for whom your efforts are intended and where your audience is in the buying cycle, and how you’ll measure success. Private brand communities vs. Facebook.

Why You're the Key to Social Media Success

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New research from White Horse of 104 companies found that in 86% of companies, executives are not using social media. Would a company launch a major television campaign if the CEO had never watched TV? Never Heard Of It This is of course a situation that is most acute in B2B, where White Horse found that 60% of companies either have low executive interest in social media, or have modest interest but a lack of education. A B2B software company, or Skittles?

Build Your Brand a Social Content Ladder in 5 Steps | Blogging and.

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Too many companies and organizations are reinventing the content wheel for every social outpost they maintain. Social Mention (or a paid social media listening package like Radian6 , if you have one) Go to www.socialmention.com and search for your company or product name (in quotes), and set the pull-down to “all.&# Twitter Lists How your company or product are referred to in consumer-created Twitter lists can yield important taxonomy insights.

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Because our behaviors on the social Web leave a noticeable fingerprint, smart companies can modify the way they engage and interact with us, based on our social graph, purchase history, etc. But now, social media is enabling companies to make influencer outreach a foundational marketing tactic. If you have income in your database, isolate customers in the upper middle tier (for most companies).

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Social media relies on the premise that we’ll believe what people tell us more readily than if we were told the same thing by a nameless, faceless company. world-wide shows that just 25% of respondents said their friends and peers are credible sources of information about companies – a decline of 20% since a similar analysis in 2008. That’s why it’s more important than ever for companies (in social media or otherwise) to embrace the truth.

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Her company Audience Audit provides strategic marketing support and audience segmentation research that helps organizations understand their customers better. True relevance grows from a deep understanding of what motivates your customers, and ensuring that every contact they have with your organization shows to what degree your company values their reasons for choosing you. According to Jamie Grove, the company’s Director of Evil Schemes and Nefarious Plans (i.e.

6 Required Competencies for Social Organizations | Conferences and.

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because through social media, customers are praising and criticizing companies in public in a way that requires marketing to triage and respond. All of this is happening to companies (maybe yours) every minute of every day. And that puts it in the unique and powerful role of being the ligament that forces intra-company cooperation like never before. If a consumer emails a company, we’ve trained them to expect a response in a day or so.

22 Exceptional Business Blogging Guides, Tips & Tactics

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Why the Company Blog is More Important Than You Think by Business2Community. This presentation from Billy Mitchell and the team at MLT Creative covers the benefits of blogging, how to keep company politics out of business blogging (“Everything starts with strategy.

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3 Reasons Email is the Coolest Vampire Today

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A driving force behind the company’s SUBSCRIBERS RULE! blog comments powered by Disqus Subscribe to Convince & Convert Jay Baer Greetings.

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Apparel company Diesel – who’s aggressive marketing is consistently noteworthy – has rolled out perhaps the first-ever integration of Facebook “likes&# in a dressing room … Diesel boutiques in Spain now come equipped with the Diesel Cam, where shoppers can try on garments and then instantly take and upload photos to Facebook, where friends can presumably lie about whether a halter top is a good idea.

It's Time for Real-Time

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Amber is Director of Community for Radian6 , co-proprietor of the influential Brass Tack Thinking blog (formerly Altitude Branding), a cool mom, a motivating force, and a hell of a flautist). We reconfigured our companies to accommodate phone. Not just the big companies, but the every companies. DJ Waldow Director of Community, Blue Sky Factory @djwaldow [link] DJ Waldow As I wrote on Brass Tack Thinking, I have the chills.

Is Starbucks the Most Dangerous Competitor to Facebook? | E.

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August 25th, 2010 |Written By: Jay Baer | View Comments Tweet Today’s post is a collaboration with Clinton Bonner , community connectivity expert, futurist, and blogger at Everything to Everything. Starbucks could use their SDN to reinvent themselves as a key member of any local community, and not as a coffeehouse, but as the best-possible advertising platform available in every city and town in the country.

Is Your Twitter Addiction Paying Off

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I love the Twitter culture and community, and I spend quite a bit of time using Twitter. Reminds me of @jaybear Twitter obsession article – [link] blog comments powered by Disqus Subscribe to Convince & Convert Jay Baer Greetings. Ive founded 5 companies, and spent 15 years running digital marketing agencies.

An Open Letter to Facebook

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With the initiative for Facebook to be open and to empower businesses to host pages that celebrate their business, offering deals and giving the community the ability to converse directly with the business or entity these pages represent, you forgot about accountability.

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Skip to content Skip to navigation Skip to footer Convince and Convert Blog: Social Media Strategy and Social Media Consulting Social Media Strategy Blog Social Media Consulting Blog Social Media Consulting Speaking Newsletter Free Social Media Tools Twitter Interviews About Lijit Search Online Community With Purpose and a Plan May 5th, 2010 |Written By: Jay Baer | View Comments Tweet Lisa Beatty was at a cross-roads. Company launches a media content destination for women.

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If someone signs up to follow your company on Twitter, when you tweet will that person see it? That’s because Facebook’s EdgeRank formula ensures that only status updates from companies that consumers routinely interact with show up in their news feed (unless the Facebook member changes their News Feed preferences to “Most Recent&# – anecdotally Facebook acknowledges that fewer than 5% do so).

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link] Go2Mach2 Thanks Jay…Your chart is a good description of how the “process&# of Social Media Marketing should be viewed by most companies. We can see other companies taking advantage of Social Media; but, we are still trying to find the best way to develop more meaningful relationships as we integrate social media strategies into our own marketing mix – [link] The key to the process is “willingness.&# link] jaybaer Congrats on the new company!

4 WordPress Alternatives: the What, Where, and Why

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Habari is a secure blogging platform designed from the ground up with the current and future needs of the blogging community firmly in mind. Disqus integration for commenting. Habari support is available via: FAQ. package FAQ. a thorough FAQ.

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co-authored with Clinton Bonner ) Is Your Company More Interesting Than My Wife? link] Aaron Lee Thanks for sharing this great blog post Jay, I’ll try to play around with the title and coming up with titles like “Is Your Company More Interesting Than My Wife?&# All blog owners should do this to see what their community prefers. Every community is different and will respond to different triggers. I’ve been having some challenges with Disqus lately.

Kevin Rose is Digg's Biggest Hypocrite » Techipedia | Tamar Weinberg

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Infraction #1 : Digg’s FAQ (Submitting Section, Question #3) says that duplicate submissions are bannable violations. Both wanted to create a Facebook community to connect users to each other. Your loyalties are to your community, and mine are to mine.

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Inevitably, when corporate America seeks a PR agency to support their communications effort, the Request for Proposals (RFP) asks for critical capabilities that can help a company sift through the myriad of options available and narrow them down to the few that make sense for their specific needs. But “sound” judgment needs to back up every tactical path taken – and not just when a company is in a crisis mode.

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Personality I am compelled by the fact that the bottom line objective of social media is to add human elements to companies that have acted like inhuman, robotic cyborgs for the past 40 years. It’s a benefit, not a drawback that (despite what others might proclaim) there is no social media playbook that can taken off the shelf and executed in rote fashion for all companies. The second is the humanity that companies are able to bring using social media.

Is Social Conversation a Myth?

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it’s really not possible for a company (or even an individual like me) to have true conversations within social media – and certainly not with any real scale or breadth. That’s why “ humanization &# is – at least to me – a better and more accurate description of what companies and individuals can and should aspire to achieve on the social Web. Remember, social media makes big companies seem small again.

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Very helpful as our company moves forward with our plan for Social Media. Ive founded 5 companies, and spent 15 years running digital marketing agencies.

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A collaboration between RESMARK Systems (a provider of hospitality software), Western River Expeditions (an adventure tour company), Compendium (provider of corporate content creation software), and ExactTarget (provider of enterprise messaging software) shows how this can be done day-to-day. Note to readers: all of these companies are Convince & Convert clients. Allowing for and creating communities.

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As the world continues to watch the devastation caused by the BP oil spill, it shines the light much brighter on the impact that major companies have on society while increasing consumer concerns about business practices. Build Your Defense Shield Especially in times of crisis, it’s a company’s obligation to be as open and transparent as possible, as well as to communicate most expeditiously to those consumers impacted.

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How to Match 10 Key Success Metrics to Your Blogging Strategy.

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Blogging for Community These blogs seek to guild a consistent readership that interact with the blogger(s) and advocate on behalf of the content on other social outposts. We see blogging both as community building and as a function of being a web based business. Community If people are paying attention, and connecting with one another around your content, you have attained success. blog comments powered by Disqus Subscribe to Convince & Convert Jay Baer Greetings.

6 Lessons Learned From the Demise of MySpace | facebook | Social.

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Don’t Sell Too Early Many of the missteps that contributed to MySpace’s decay were based on the company not moving beyond its core proposition. In 2006, you have a veritable ATM machine, with companies begging you to put banner ads on your site. Nearly all the once mighty, now defunct social network or community sites unfurled and died after being purchased. We never really know the true objectives and goals of companies unless we are working side by side them.

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It’s balanced, and always gives your company the opportunity to foster more behaviors. They didn’t employ a secret formula or best practice from outside the company. Example: An educational supply company that discovered customers using their lite diffraction “rainbow glasses&# (grade school science teachers) also used them as wedding party favors (when the lights went out, glasses go on and psychedelic experiences begin w/ the DJ’s light systems).

Do You Have the Guts to Expect Social Media Failure | Social Media.

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Swept up in a frenzy created by mainstream and business media, companies rush to adopt the hot new thing, to ensure that the competition doesn’t have some sort of secret weapon. These types of half-cocked efforts almost invariably fail, and then those companies use those initial failures as a rationale for non-participation – sometimes for years. And anyone who tells you they absolutely know what will work for your company definitely does not understand this business.

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In his post, Social CRM is Just the Beginning , Brian Solis writes: I believe that among the chief attributes of social media, the ability to identify active communities of relevance, trace channels and voices of influence, and also discern and dissect the various stages of decision making, all in real-time, is nothing short of profound and transformational. That seems short-sighted and workable only for very small companies with a minimum of online chatter about them.

Why Content Marketing Matters To Me And Should To You

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Is Your Company in the Content Marketing Industry? What formerly was the sole bastion of the media, is now also a company bailiwick. Consider a company like Kodak. Kodak (and thousands of other companies) are writing blogs, taking photos, uploading videos, making presentations and creating all sorts of other content. If you purchase a magazine ad to promote your company, that ad might generate a lot of new customers. I like the idea of building a community.

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Social media allows big companies to act small again. Social media creates kinship between companies and customers, and kinship equals purchase intent. Not sure who came up with it originally) Social media changes the relationship between companies and customers from master and servant, to peer to peer. Every company is its own TV station, magazine, and newspaper. blog comments powered by Disqus Subscribe to Convince & Convert Jay Baer Greetings.

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Blog Comments (The blog is on WordPress) Disqus This is what I use to manage comments here at Convince & Convert. There are some elements of Disqus I don’t like, especially that it doesn’t always play nice with other plug-ins, but it does make commenting easier and faster for most of you who already have a Disqus account. I’ve seen my average number of comments increase since I moved to Disqus.

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I thought that was great as it was, but what made it better was that both companies made a point of doing something in person for all their chosen influencers (a small tweet up with just the Klout people and then a big Virgin party where we actually got to meet Richard Branson). Cheers, Sheldon, community manager for Sysomos [link] Marina Maher Comm. Ive founded 5 companies, and spent 15 years running digital marketing agencies.

UNcanny Insights From UnMarketing | Book Reviews | Social Media.

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I wonder how Stratten feels about companies servicing customers differently , based on their online influence? DJ Waldow Director of Community, Blue Sky Factory @djwaldow [link] unmarketing Thanks a lot Jay. I’ve even left the stat breakdown public so you can see all the views are organic, not off-shored to get views (like some video companies have done). blog comments powered by Disqus Subscribe to Convince & Convert Jay Baer Greetings.