Talking The Social Media Walk

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Image: Lars Plougmann via Flickr, Creative Commons Really, if you just read through the comments, there’s your follow-up blog post… but since I promised you one, you’re getting one. Why is anyone – a person, a company – embarking on social media?

Public Relations Lessons From Jesus, The Apostles And The Bible

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Image: Martin LaBar via Flickr, Creative Commons And even many non-Christians will be relaxing, perhaps joining in the revelry (as many of my friends did when I was growing up in India). What do they have in common?

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WOM: What's Really Behind The Buzz

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There’s one area within today’s creative industry that is not only comparatively new (when compared to more traditional disciplines), but is taking a growing foothold via a clear aptitude for maximizing effective use of the ever-expanding world of social technology.

Kpop Lessons: Handling Defamation Through Public Relations

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Image: twchoi11 via Flickr , Creative Commons Though I wouldn’t consider myself as devoted as some fan clubs. During May of this year, rumors surfaced about Proctor & Gamble’s Pampers causing diaper rash after the company introduced its new Dry Max product line.

Command Attention by Telling Your Company’s Story

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Every company, every organization, every person, needs to do a better job telling their story. That goes for agencies and companies, big brands and boutiques, nonprofits and associations — even government entities. and make the company itself the character. The company itself?

The Value Of A Fire Drill

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Image: Stephen Korecky via Flickr , Creative Commons I was finger painting in kindergarten and having a good ole time. Although not quite as simple as school’s fire drill, having a crisis plan serves the same purpose: to keep everyone in the company (including its reputation) safe.

Weekly Roundup: Paloozas And Palominos

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Image: Derrick Coetzee via Flickr , Creative Commons Seems to me both are somewhat extraordinary, perhaps exaggerated and possibly exciting. How B2B companies use real-time blog posts to get trade media exposure , from David Meerman Scott ‘s Web Ink Now.

How Angus Young has lost my £5

The Way of the Web

So they’ll comprimise their artistic beliefs for the radio station and record company, but not for a fan? business Digital Audio ac/dc alterante usage angus young creative commons digital downloads licensing music no legal downloads

Can Publicly-Traded Social Media Companies Survive?

SocMed Sean

During my career , I have worked for a couple of big Fortune 500 telecom companies and the challenge was always working to balance the wants and needs of the customer with the wants and needs of the shareholders. Working for any publicly-traded is a unique experience.

Need A Little Inspiration? | Justin Levy

Justin Levy

I look at how other companies operate in different industries and try to apply some of those qualities that I admire to the companies that I’m part of. “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.&#

The ABCs of Startup Marketing

Justin Levy

Anyone that has worked the startup life before knows how different and difficult it can be and how important marketing and lead generation is to the survival of the company. He’s works for an awesome company and is a good friend of mine that I think you would enjoy following.

12 Cloud-Based Tools to Stay Productive | Justin Levy

Justin Levy

When I was at my old company I had a large outsourced team based in the Philippines. by Justin Levy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Powwowing With Pepco on Social Media

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Waxing UnLyrical personal, possibly poetic, musings on public relations, media, communication, and everything in between About Shonali Powwowing With Pepco on Social Media September 28th, 2010 Tweet I haven’t been the biggest fan of my local energy company, Pepco, recently.

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Ready Yourself Now for a Mobile Only Future

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Image: Alejandro Escamilla via Unsplash, Creative Commons CC0. She writes for the nationally recognized SEO Company HigherVisibility that offers online marketing services to a wide range of companies across the country. Guest Post by Amanda DiSilvestro.

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Rules of Engagement


The company can also negotiate licensing deals of others’ images without their permission. For example, rarely will an attorney even mention Creative Commons when discussing copyright issues. Perhaps your association should consider using Creative Commons for some items.

50+ Social Media Comics And Cartoons For Use Your Presentations

SocMed Sean

” You can find the specifics of my Creative Commons usage license in the right sidebar on any page on my blog, and as long as you make that attribution, I permit anyone to use the comics, even for commercial purposes.

How to Find Images for Your Blog That Won’t Get You Sued


Big companies can also pursue bloggers for minor, unintentional infractions. Copyright and Creative Commons (Briefly) Explained. Before we take a look at specific image sources, I want to briefly talk you through a couple of important terms: ‘copyright’ and ‘creative commons’.

PR Ethics … “You CAN Handle the Truth”

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Let the public know what’s happening and provide an accurate picture of the company’s character, ideals and practices. Image: James & Carol Lee via Unsplash, Creative Commons CC0. Guest Post by Kirk Hazlett.

SalesForce Marketing Cloud – The Next Step In Social Media Engagement?

SocMed Sean

Company also monitors competitor keywords to find prospective customers who are dissatisfied with competitor products and services using sentiment measurement. Company monitors conversations to determine whether the messaging is resounding with the prospect or the community.

The 4-1-1 on the (Not So) New Marketing Trend: Influencer Marketing

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When considering influencers for your company or brand, first ask yourself the following questions: What critical business objective would this support? Image by ElisaRiva via Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons. Guest Post by Dawn Buzynski.

Inspiring Communications: What You Make Is Not What You Do

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Three months after I joined and spent my first three months traveling – at no small expense – around North America, I stood in front of the President to answer a simple question; what had I learned about what the company did. A company makes certain products and/or services.

Trust Me, I’m a Communicator

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However, today, accusations of falsehood and deliberate deception are eroding trust in our profession by both those stakeholders we need to do our jobs as well as those we hope to engage in order to provide the maximum value to our companies, organizations or clients.

Creative Storytelling: Picture This: It’s Not Just the Words – It’s What You Do with Them

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The great Brian Solis, who I had the pleasure of seeing live in 2013 as keynote speaker at the PRSA’s International Conference, recently published this article on LinkedIn about creative storytelling. Lots of resources are out there to guide us on our creative journeys.

Can I Use This Photo on Social Media? Understanding Image Copyright


Common contexts for fair use include criticism, news reporting, teaching, or research. Is the copyrighted work highly creative, or more fact-based? What is Creative Commons? In Creative Commons, this is often listed as CC0 1.0 Creative Commons search portal.

Career Development Tips for the 2018 Professional

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You are worthy of a raise if your work has helped the company gain a return on investment. We recommend you build a case by calculating how your efforts have earned the measurable company revenue increases. Image: Alexis Brown via Unsplash, Creative Commons CC0.

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How Do You Build A Brand? Start by Asking What Drives Human Behavior

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As a starting point on the journey to build company or personal brands, it’s important to step back and think about the drivers of behavior. When I founded CommunicationsMatch , I came up with a simple articulation of what we do – “Connecting companies with communications professionals.”

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Creative Communications: Lessons from Health and Wellness Brands

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These messages are tired and far from creative. These communication approaches popup from healthcare companies, to athletic wear, to fitness apps. Instead of following the herd to captivate and activate your audience you must flex your creative muscles.

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5 Simple Ways Small Businesses Can Ace Social Listening in 2019

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Continuous customer feedback is the bedrock of innovation because companies that listen innovate. You can also try common misspellings and abbreviations of business names. Image via Pixabay , Creative Commons CC0. Guest Post by Amos Onwukwe.

25 Social Media Pet Peeves – How Many Are You Doing?

SocMed Sean

A while back, I asked a fairly straight-forward question on my Facebook page : What is your social media pet peeve? Mine is people who just post quotes all day long, thinking they are being inspirational. What’s yours?

Thumper’s Rule – Knowing When And How To Avoid An Online Argument

SocMed Sean

If you’re there to contribute and enjoy the company of other people, great. 'two face' courtesy of Broderick on Flickr via Creative Commons license.

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10 Content Marketing Tricks That Will Help Your Brand Stand Out

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Instead of “We are an award-winning catering company” say, “Your guests will be wowed.”. Here are three examples: Facebook is best for B2C companies that share short, consumable content (see below) and special offers or discounts for first-time buyers. Guest Post by Monika Jansen.

Content marketing: feeling ripped off?

Sherrilynne Starkie

Official Creative Commons logo. If none of these tactic work, a cease and desist letter from your lawyer to the company that is hosting the site usually works. Your content marketing program is taking off. You’ve spent the time, resources and effort required to develop original, compelling stories, videos, podcasts and photographs and it’s starting to pay off in terms of website traffic, enhanced reputation and sales enquiries. Good for you.

10 Words And Phrases Social Media Pros Should Help Their Clients Understand

SocMed Sean

That’s their job, making money for the company by serving customers. Any company that is not blogging in 2012 is missing out on a HUGE opportunity. 7) Creative Commons – Whether you like it or not, social media is beating the snot out of copyright law.

Your Blog Stinks! You Should Quit!

SocMed Sean

Photo courtesy of functoruser on Flickr via Creative Commons license. If your blog is for your company or organization, maybe it’s time to find a way to connect with your customers. Photo courtesy of skpy on Flickr via Creative Commons license.

You Ruined the Internet for the Rest of Us. Thank You.


What this means is that companies and individuals who were doing it the right way all along were able to fill the vacuum left by the Google Panda victims being flushed down the crapper where it belonged. Photo credit: ajc1 (Flickr, Creative Commons).

Prospecting for new clients with social media

Photo by mkhmarketing / Creative Commons BY. Power & Associates , more than 80 percent of satisfied customers claimed that their online interaction with the company “positively influenced” their likelihood of making a purchase from them.

Nurture an Oasis During a News Dry Spell

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Most companies have gone through them – periods without clear cut news. This is especially important as companies add additional social channels or other communications outlets. Thought leadership can take many forms and your company has a viewpoint which is unique.

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#MeasurePR Memory (August 2018): Travel and Tourism Edition

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The sky’s the limit when it comes to creativity in the travel and tourism industry! Anthony Calderon , is Founder & CEO of , a wellness platform that helps companies promote the health and wellness benefits of an annual vacation.

Shhh…Don’t Tell. You Can Still Post Your Tweets To Other Platforms

SocMed Sean

Shhh… photo courtesy of Sarah G on Flickr via Creative Commons license. For a company that is engaged in the business of social media (which means sharing things), they recently restricted how developers can use their API.

8 creative ways to use customer feedback to improve your business

Lindsay Bremner / Creative Commons BY. Conversely, once you find your detractors, figure out commonalities amongst this audience to see if you can turn them into promoters, or at least minimize the possible damage they might do to your business with negative word of mouth.

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Inside Larry & Sergey's Brain [Book Review]

Justin Levy

He explores misconceptions about the company’s culture, especially its motto, ‘Don’t be evil,’ and rule number one, ‘Focus on the user and everything else will follow.’

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Best practices in nurturing leads into sales

jasonwoodhead23 / Creative Commons BY. The most common way to lose sales is through lack of data tracking. Even though most companies focus their spend on acquiring new customers , repeat customers are more valuable. Are you analyzing and optimizing your sales pipeline? Announces Nonprofit Program


…meaning the cloud storage company is giving away 10 starter licenses for free to all eligible nonprofits (so if you’re very small staff in particular, this means you).