Fri.Apr 22, 2011

Change Before Mediocrity Grows on You

Waxing UnLyrical

Guest post by Shakirah Dawud. Changing won’t be easy. You know this, so you’ll spend the entire process weighing the pros and cons, predicting whether this is something you “really need” or just a lark. You’ll wonder whether it’s a change you can “live with” (or what, I wonder?)

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3 Great Weekly Social Media Podcasts

Firebelly

Podcasts aren’t nearly as common as they used to be, or maybe I just haven’t noticed them as much. A few years ago with the ever-growing popularity of the iPod and iTunes, it seemed like everyone with an Internet connection and a microphone tried to start their own podcast.

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‘China’s Facebook’ Renren Seeks NYSE Listing [Data]

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According to AsiaTimesOnline.com , Renren, known as the “Facebook of China&# , will be listed in the New York Stock Exchange next month, raising up to US$584 million. Here is a break down of Renren, including demographic and traffic data. What is Renren?

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History Repeats – Facebook is the new AOL

Convince & Convert

My piece of a panel discussion on trends at SocialSlam in Knoxville, Tennessee a great event put together by my friend Mark W. Schaefer. History Repeats: AOL, Facebook, and Castles of Data. View more presentations from Jay Baer.

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Social Media Automation 101

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

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6 Documentaries To Get Your Creative Marketing Juices Flowing

Twist Image

Creative inspiration can come from anywhere. For the past long while, my most creative inspiration has come from watching documentaries. There are six, in particular, that really stick out in my mind, and here they are in alphabetical order. - Art & Copy.

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3 Ways A Blog Helps You SEO-Wise | Small Business Mavericks

Small Business Mavericks

Three very distinct ways that a blog can benefit your company website using search engine optimization tactics

Is social media territorial? Should it be?

Direct Marketing Observations

I was walking the dog the other night and watched as he “marked&# his territory and naturally I thought about the natural Tug-o-War that occurs with social. The desire for different departments wanting to own the “rights&# to social media. Why do you think that is?

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Strategy: Deciphering the Void

Geoff Livingston

A Book of Five Rings , written by Miyamoto Musashi in 1645, is one of the world’s classic sources of strategy. Its influence extends beyond military schools to the entire Japanese business culture, and has made its way into Western culture, too.

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.

Danish Startup ‘Podio’ Keeps Store in San Francisco [interview]

Mindjumpers

Tweet The Danish startup Podio – often referred to as ‘Facebook for the workplace’ – has crossed the borders of Denmark. The official launch of Podio happened a bit differently by the company setting up a Podio store in San Francisco.

Email versus Social Research: a Useless Debate

Social Email Marketing

Over the past year proponents of email marketing have been on the defensive a great deal. Challenges from both social media advocates and half-baked pundits suggesting that email is on the way out, have put a real burr under the saddle of email marketing people. I’m frankly tired of the entire. Email marketing Just my two cents Social email marketing

Weekend Reading: Words Make Worlds

SocialFish

If you haven’t seen this amazing series by Shelly Alcorn of Association Subculture , please take some time this weekend to read it. Really really great stuff. Words Make Worlds – Part 1 – Association Management, Human Ecology and IPOD.

Landing Page Conversion Optimization Tips: Think Like a Really Good Salesperson

Social Email Marketing

Unless you’ve been off the planet for a while, you’ve probably heard a lot of talk about how important landing page optimization is to increasing conversions on your website. With the power of email, search and, yes, even social, in driving so much traffic, having landing pages which are rich in. Conversion Email marketing conversion optimization landing page

A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Five blogs that you should be reading

Jeff Esposito

Fridays are typically a day where I share the five best articles that I read in a given week. While I would love to continue that tradition this week, I have spent more time changing diapers than sharing and digesting links and articles so I decided to share with you five blogs that you should be reading. Before you roll your eyes and say sheesh another list post or grumble at adding more real estate and clutter to your RSS reader, take a step back and answer these questions.

"Toasting" The Lovely, Engaging Feelings in Life.

Engaging Brand

I follow some fun people on Twitter and Facebook , people who will make me smile.one of these is Suga Lumps which is " about sharing and passing on the lovely feelings in life ". I don't know about you but in my day to day work, you come across a mix of personalities shall we say (!)

StrongMail: Daily Deal Sites Cause Growth of Email Delivery Server Customers

Social Email Marketing

StrongMail yesterday issued a press release, announcing “a significant increase in customers for its burst email delivery technology” (Email Delivery Server). This patented technology is not new but with capacity to “assemble and deliver millions of personalized messages in less than 10 minutes”, Industry news

Cartoon of the day

Jeff Esposito

Cartoon of the Day boneless wings Peeps thattababy

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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.

Email Marketing and Social: review of Alterian’s “Extending Email to Social Networks”

Social Email Marketing

Email and social marketing are not competing channels. They are simply two of the many channels which consumers now travel in. They share a fundamental power to bring people together in communities and nurture and grow those communities via quick and easy communication. The sooner you shake off the. Email marketing Research Social email marketing

Shakespeare on Blogging

ProBlogger

This guest post is by Leanne of IronicMom.com. Although Shakespeare wouldn’t have known words like Twitter, social media, and blogging, he no doubt would’ve embraced these new terms. After all, he coined an estimated 1700 words and had a lot of fun playing with language. But what do you get when you take Shakespeare’s words out of context and apply them to blogging? You get sage advice that has—in its own way—survived more than 400 years. Here are words from the Bard, applied to blogging.