October, 2014

How to handle a shitstorm – before, during and after

Mindjumpers

With brands increasing their presence on social media regular crisis are to be expected. Lately ‘shitstorm’ has become a term often used, whenever a brand ends up in an online crisis that turns into an online attack, because of the social media’s ability to spread rapidly to unlimited amounts of users. The key to get properly through a shitstorm is to be prepared and to acknowledge the problem. Here’s how your company should act before, during and after a social shitstorm.

When the Thing That Goes Bump in the Night is WUL

Waxing UnLyrical

I know people get really tired of the “we’re going away!” ” “we’re back!” ” “we’re going away!” ” “we’re back!” ” type of posts… So… We’re back! Did you miss us? And can you see what we’ve been up to? WUL is now officially part of SBC! How cool is that? Everything else about it remains the same. WUL is still not a pay-to-play blog.

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The Best Tools for Keyword Research, Competitive Analysis and Trending Topics

Adam Sherk

Editorial teams and content creators are always on the lookout for useful tools for keyword research and content planning. To help with that, I’ve put together a list of the best options for keyword research, competitive analysis and monitoring search and social trends. There is a wide universe of tools out there and my intention is not to cover them all. Instead I’ve highlighted the ones I like best and regularly recommend to editorial teams.

Social Media is the Back Channel for Teen Angst

Direct Marketing Observations

First I want to quote a paragraph from the abstract of a 2011 paper by danah boyd , a renowned expert on teen culture and social media at Microsoft Research. The paper is titled, The Drama! Teen Conflict, Gossip, and Bullying in Networked Publics. Here’s the quote: “Drama is a gendered process that perpetrates conventional gender norms. It also reflects discourses of celebrity, particularly the mundane interpersonal conflict found on soap operas and reality television.

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.

5 Tips To Book A Baller Vegas Trip Affordably That You Haven’t Heard

Jason Yormark

Okay, maybe not celebrity baller, but there are ways to experience an upgraded Vegas experience. I love Vegas. It’s not for everyone. But for me, 2 times a year is standard. There’s just something about a city that’s always on. It’s a place I can go and really do whatever the hell I want and not have to worry about it. The ultimate adult playground.

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Social Media and Procrastination

Saying It Social

A look into why social media sites are the go-to destination for millennials procrastinating, and how businesses can take advantage of these habits. The post Social Media and Procrastination appeared first on. Corporate Social Media Social Media Marketing Advertising Business implications Content is King Content Marketing content strategy facebook Flipagram google+ Instagram LinkedIn Lomotif marketing Millennial Marketing Millennials Pinterest Procrastination Psychology social media

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Firebelly Begins Working With V&V Supremo

Firebelly

We’re excited to announce that we have started working with V&V Supremo. Founded in 1964 by Mr. Gilberto Villaseñor and Mr. Ignacio Villaseñor, both natives of Michoacan, Mexico, V&V Supremo is a Chicago-based company that has been producing high quality, authentic Mexican cheeses, creams and chorizos for 50 years. Fundada 1964 por el Sr. Gilberto Villaseñor.

Is Your Business Using the Correct Facebook Profile?

The Social Media Incubator

In our work with many different industries, including education marketing with schools and school districts, we’ve come across many different types of Facebook set ups. There are three types Facebook offers: Profiles, Groups, and Pages. It can be confusing to sort out exactly what each one should be used for and what it should look like. What is a Facebook Profile? . A Profile is used to represent an individual.

Offline Expectations from Online Engagements are Unrealistic

Direct Marketing Observations

Picture this: You’re at a stop light. It seems to be taking forever for it to turn green. You become impatient. You start yelling. You’re wondering why it hasn’t changed. Finally it does change and you peel out. You’re angry because it took entirely too long. It’s been an astounding and unfathomable 3 minutes.

Whither WUL?

Waxing UnLyrical

Zomigawd! Where did WUL go?! I’m really, really sorry. I truly didn’t mean to simply blank on you and disappear. The thing is, we’re working on a new look and feel for WUL, as well as incorporating it into my business site (yes, I decided I needed to drink my own coconut water). So we’ve been working on that, and it’s going so well (really, we keep making it better and better), that it’s taking a little more time than we thought it would.

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.

What Social Media Means For Your Business in 2014/2015

yMarketingMatters

SOCIAL MEDIA is no longer a novelty , but a strong marketing tool for small and medium business owners. Businesses have definitely realized and experienced the power and importance of social media. Did you know that social networking is now the top Internet activity and people spend more time here daily than any other major Internet activity, including email? Check this out: And this is certainly going to increase as smartphones and tables are becoming more widely used.

How to secure your Facebook Page from being hacked

Mindjumpers

The hackers are upon us. Over the past few weeks hundreds of Dropbox passwords seem to have been leaked, and almost 100.000 Snapchat photos were hacked and published online. Yesterday the hacking threat felt even more real and physically close, since we in Denmark experienced Facebook brand pages being hacked. We therefore needed to take the necessary security measures, and will advice you to do the same. It’s easy – and it really can be worth it!

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Firebelly CEO Presenting “Social Media For Lead Generation” At Midwest Multifamily Conference

Firebelly

Our own Duncan Alney will be presenting two sessions at the Midwest Multifamily Conference at the Indiana Convention Center on October 15th. In “Social Media For Lead Generation & Customer Retention,” Duncan will discuss the use of ‘listening’ and “engagement” to identify prospective residents, the creation of useful content, landing pages and tracking conversion, as. Blog News

When content calendars are not the answer

Janet Fouts

Content calendars can be an excellent tool to plot out your social outreach strategy for creating and sharing content over time. The calendar may include links to existing resources like e-books and white-papers, videos and other downloads. These are easily scheduled in a content calendar and that allows you to see the story you are weaving over a period of time and also step back and see where there are opportunities to create more information or to curate relevant content from other sources.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

Learn the 10 worst social media marketing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Facebook Stickers- Bad Idea Good execution…

Direct Marketing Observations

Did Facebook just jump the shark? Or does it just seem like it? Back in April of 2013, Facebook launched stickers but only in private messages. Now they’re is rolling out the “stickers” feature to everyone’s timeline posts, enabling users to voice their opinions with a cat, a smiley, or anything else that’s in the Facebook’s Sticker Store (social commerce?) virtual goods?). Initally only available in Japan , the feature appears to be rolling out globally.

Interview with Simon Sinek – Start With Why

Buzz Marketing for Technology

I had a chance to catch up with fellow author, Simon Sinek to discuss his book called – Start With Why at the World Business Forum held in New York at Radio City Music Hall on October 7-8. My goal was to go a bit more in-depth on how to get started for B2B marketers, hope you enjoy the interview. For those that follow this blog but are not yet familiar with your book Start with Why , give us little background.

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Blind Luck: What To Do With Weird, Unpredictable, and Unavoidable Customer Horror Stories

Navolutions

What do you do when a customer means to order one product, but somehow manages to order another? If it’s a T-shirt or a DVD, you’d probably just exchange it, but what if it’s a really big ticket item that has high shipping costs? Or a customized item that can’t just go back into the warehouse? In the not too distant past, a customer we’ll just call “Gilbert” ordered a full property’s worth of window blinds from Blinds.com.

Join Me at the Y in Bergen County!

yMarketingMatters

Come & join me for coffee and breakfast at this FREE power session on: “Social Media for Small & Medium Business Owners” . It’s happening at: WEN: Women’s Empowerment Network. YWCA, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, New Jersey, 07450. Wednesday October 29 at 8:30-10:00 a.m. Click Here to Register. This power session is perfect for you if you want to dive into the (sometimes) complex and overwhelming world of social media, but don’t know where to start.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

Discover just how easy it is to boost SEO with social media.

Facebook Messenger Is #1 Messaging App In The U.S.

Firebelly

Despite their outcries about privacy and security concerns, Americans can’t seem to get enough of Facebook Messenger. A recent report by Parks Associates shows that 53% of Americans using messaging apps are on Messenger—putting it in the #1 spot ahead of Skype, Snapchat and iMessage. Is there any stopping Facebook in its battle for the backchannel? Blog Facebook Social Media

Learning Facebook Business Manager

Janet Fouts

Facebook is making it much easier for agencies like ours to manage business pages and ads with Facebook Business Manager. You may have gotten some emails from the third party apps you use for ad creation, sweepstakes and custom tabs on your page.

How to Write Better Content for Social Media

Convince & Convert

What do you want from social media today? I’ll answer this question for you: When you post something on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ you want tons of people to click and read it. Right? Oh yes, you’ve spent hours on writing your masterpiece, finding a perfect image for it. And social media is a great way to promote your work and attract people to it.

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LXRSEO Review – Getting an Edge on Competitors in Search

Kikolani

You know it when you’ve seen it. It’s that competitor appearing on the first page of Google who changes you. You are so affected that you can’t help but take measures to rank higher than him. We’ve all experienced situations like this. But do we know a way around it? That’s the question. Because achieving a good search engine rank is what it’s all about when it comes to online success. You probably understand well the case for SEO (search engine optimization).

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Social Media Automation 101

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

Why Did a Russian Weed Company Just Buy Ebola.com for $200,000?

Navolutions

If you haven’t heard the news, businessman Jon Schultz just sold Ebola.com for a whopping $200,000, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Jacob Davidson from Time.com put it best: A newly renamed, Russian weed-related company bought Ebola.com using shares of a medical marijuana business run by a former Libertarian Party presidential candidate who thinks that pot should be used to treat Ebola. And no, you’re not high (as far as we know). This really happened.

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5 Fast Hacks To Increase Your Twitter Click Through Rate

Webbiquity SMM

Guest post by Logan Strain. There are few things more satisfying to an online marketer than witnessing your brand’s Twitter account reach critical mass. All the work you put into building a large social platform is paying off, and now your account, which was once only followed by your coworkers, is now a social media powerhouse. But after that success, how do you make the most of Twitter as a traffic driver to your blog posts, landing pages, and other valuable content? Image credit: Flexspan.

Halloween & Social Media: 5 Must-Reads

Firebelly

Don’t be scared of having some fun with your online community this Halloween! Check out these five must-reads for inspiration. Three Frightfully Fun Examples of Brand Generated Halloween Social Media Content By Jessica Gioglio In celebration of this spooktactular holiday, we’re skipping the tricks and going right to the treats. From Facebook, to Twitter, Vine, Blog Social Media

Tech and sanity – You can have both!

Janet Fouts

There’s a lot of talk right now about the need to disconnect from technology and how social media overload is making everyone crazy. I totally get that. All of that constant buzz can be annoying, distracting and keep us from doing what really matters in life; being real and connecting personally with people. It’s not impossible to be mindful of what’s important and still run a business though, and here’s how technology works more for me and less against me.

Do Social Signals Drive SEO?

Convince & Convert

You just hit hit publish on that great new blog post. What a great feeling! Being the savvy content marketer you are, you now set out to to bring an audience to that post. You immediately go to all your social media profiles and share about it with a link. You get many of your friends, some followers, and even an influencer or two to share it too. A day later you notice the post has been indexed by Google, and it’s at #4 on the second page one of your main keywords.

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Podcasting Is Looking Better All The Time

Small Business Mavericks

There have been some back and forth discussions about podcasting and the way it can be used for business. Small Business Mavericks wrote about podcasting at the beginning of 2008, and it had potential then as a small business radio program. But you didn’t hear a lot about podcasting because it looked like a fad that faded in the shadow of the social media marketing emphasis. In 2008, a little over half of the US adult population (55%) went online to get news about the presidential election.

Warning: Facebook hackers!

Mindjumpers

The hackers are upon us. Over the past few weeks hundreds of Dropbox passwords seem to have been leaked, and almost 100.000 Snapchat photos were hacked and published online. Yesterday the hacking threat felt even more real and physically close, since we in Denmark experienced Facebook brand pages being hacked. We therefore needed to take the necessary security measures, and will advice you to do the same. It’s easy – and it really can be worth it!

Win 1 of 20 Gift Cards for a FREE ONE Year of the iDcard

Idaconcpts

a Rafflecopter giveaway. TERMS AND CONDITIONS: A total of 20 gift cards for a free year of the iDcard are available. Only one gift card per person. You must provide me your mailing address via private message on Twitter ( @idaconcpts ) or Facebook ( [link] so I can mail the gift card to you. Each gift card holds no value and does not entitle the owner to any discounts. It is simply a gift certificate.

Looking For A Social Media-Inspired Halloween Costume? Print This Mark Zuckerberg Mask!

Firebelly

Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween costume idea for a party this weekend? Do you love Facebook? If you answered “yes” to both questions, click on the image below to print the full-size version of this Mark Zuckerberg mask! Happy Halloween! Blog Facebook

Aim True With AdWords

Saying It Social

Read our review on the October 2014 Google Partners Connect event featuring two of Google''s in-house AdWords experts - Allan Thygesen & Frederick Vallaeys. The event provided valuable insight to how new features of AdWords can help businesses to generate more sales and stronger connections with customers. Video link included! The post Aim True With AdWords appeared first on.