July, 2014

Managing Facebook ads from your phone

Sherrilynne Starkie

This is one of our Facebook Ads (Photo credit: The Cyphers Agency). Now advertisers have a new way to manage Facebook ads on the go. Ads Manager is now available on mobile devices. Using the Facebook (iOS, Android and mobile site) apps, marketers can now: Pause or resume campaigns. Edit budgets and schedules. View insights. Respond to alerts. The global roll out of this feature started this week. Marketers can access Ads Manager on mobile from the Ads Manager bookmark in the Facebook app.

8 Resources and 3 Tips for PR Job Seekers

Waxing UnLyrical

I did an informational interview with someone the other day. I don’t have a job to offer, but I do have a large network. So whenever I can, I try to chat with folks who are looking for help (as long as they aren’t barfshiners, or bent on picking my brain ), to see if I can pay it forward a bit. This young woman is in need of some resume/interview coaching. The folks she’d found so far were either ineffective, or too expensive, or both.

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5 Reasons Your Facebook Contest Failed

Firebelly

Not every Facebook contest is a success. Here are five common reasons why they fail. #1: 1: You didn’t promote it If you build it, they will not come. You’ve got to promote your contest. Send emails, put a prominent link on your website, run targeted social ads to raise awareness and drive traffic to your. Blog Facebook facebook contests

Social Media Impacts a Pet Grooming Business

The Social Media Incubator

Many businesses in varying industries wonder what, if anything, social media can do for them, and every industry is different when it comes to forming a social media strategy. Other times, social media can have an effect on a business without a direct posting to a social media site. In one example of this, Chanhassen Groomers gained a client from a post on Facebook by Noah’s Memorial Classic , a charity golf event benefitting SIDS research.

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.

Hashtags, the Good the Bad, the Oh So Ugly

Janet Fouts

It can’t be over-stated how important it is to research a hashtag before you use it and to give a little thought to what people may do with it once you unleash it on the world. Sometimes the best intentions can go stunningly awry. Some lovely examples for your amusement are below. I stuck to Twitter posts simply because they’re easier to embed, but most or all of these hashtags appear across social platforms.

Social Networking Stats: Twitter’s User Growth Exceeds Expectations, #RLTM Scoreboard

The Realtime Report

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week. Facebook: 1.32 billion monthly active users. via Facebook. YouTube. over 1 billion monthly unique users. via YouTube. Twitter: 271 million monthly active users. via Twitter. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via TechCrunch. Sina Weibo: over 500 million users. via The Next Web. Renren: over 170 million users. via iResearch iUser Tracker. VK: over 230 million registered accounts. via VK. LinkedIn: 300 million members.

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“Growth Hacking” – Ignore the Hype

Waxing UnLyrical

There is a dangerous idea being shared in marketing, community management, and start-up circles in San Francisco – “Growth Hacking.”. Image: daryjeki via Tumblr, CC 4.0. According to Neil Patel , the history of the term comes from a successful Silicon Valley executive who helped organizations achieve substantial growth specifically in acquiring a user base.

How To See What’s Being Pinned From Competitors’ Websites

Firebelly

Paul Stringer / Shutterstock.com Pinterest web analytics will show you content being pinned from your own domain, but what if you’re curious about what’s being pinned from competitors’ websites? There’s a quick and easy (and free) way to find out! Simply use this URL: [link] Enter your competitor’s domain in the appropriate spot and you. Pinterest

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Can Marketing Lessons Be Learned From Weird Al Yankovic?

The Social Media Incubator

Social media has become one of the fastest growing tools for many industries in the last decade. Each week we take a look at how social media has changed, as well as new trends in the industry. This week: Facebook added a new feature to bolster their news service, Weird Al Yankovic provides a great marketing case study, and Google is giving prominent search placement to users. Facebook Gets a Fresh Look as News Service.

The Not-So Secret Guide to Twitter Lists

Janet Fouts

What are Twitter lists anyway? A Twitter list is a curated group of users on Twitter. When the list is viewed, the posts of the people added to that list show up in the list’s stream. Basically it’s a way to group interesting people on specific subjects or other groups (clients, friends, competitors, movie stars) to more easily follow whatever topic brought them all together.

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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.

Social Networking Stats: Facebook Tops 1.32 Billion Monthly Active Users, #RLTM Scoreboard

The Realtime Report

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week. Facebook: 1.32 billion monthly active users. via Facebook. YouTube. over 1 billion monthly unique users. via YouTube. Twitter: 255 million monthly active users. via VentureBeat. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via TechCrunch. Sina Weibo: over 500 million users. via The Next Web. Renren: over 170 million users. via iResearch iUser Tracker. VK: over 230 million registered accounts. via VK. LinkedIn: 300 million members.

The 12 Startups I’ve Invested In and Why

Convince & Convert

I was having dinner with a friend at the National Speakers Association conference a few days ago. During dinner, this friend (let’s call him “Chris Ducker” because it was Chris Ducker ) said something about Buffer. I mentioned that I am an investor in that company, and Chris said, “You are? I had no idea you did that kind of stuff.” ” And it got me thinking about how I almost never write about the work I do as a venture capitalist and advisor.

Social Media Measurement for Pragmatists

Waxing UnLyrical

Guest Post by Robert Rosenthal. I like studying results-based information from social media experts. Much of it is fascinating and useful. But I’ve noticed a tendency among some to repeat behavior I saw early in my career in paid media: act as if tracking to the bottom line – especially where social media measurement is concerned – is pointless or impossible.

Nobody Comes Close To Beating (Or Even Touching) Facebook When It Comes To Social Media Referral Traffic

Firebelly

Denys Prykhodov / Shutterstock.com If one of the goals of your social media marketing efforts is referral traffic to your web assets, I hope you’re not ignoring Facebook. Despite legitimate concerns about decreased organic reach in the News Feed, a recent report by Shareaholic shows that Facebook was the Q2 2014 social media referral traffic leader and drove. Facebook

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How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

Gallup Poll: Social Media Doesn’t Influence Purchases

The Social Media Incubator

photo courtesy: Getty Images. Are consumers really influenced by content they see on social media? Gallup released a recent poll that suggests a majority of users aren’t influenced by social media to make purchases. This may sound like bad news for businesses who have invested time and money in social media marketing efforts, but it’s important to look at the details of this poll before panicking. Gallup is a customer engagement business. .

What whitewater rafting taught me about social business

Janet Fouts

Yes, that’s me in the raft on the left with the huge grin heading into “Troublemaker” rapids. We just got back from a two day trip rafting the American River and it was awesome. What’s that got to do with social business? Not a lot really, just this one thing. Unplugging is good for our brains. I live in a world that is constantly buzzing with alerts, updates and stories I just HAVE to listen to.

75% of Apps Are Used At Least Seven Times Per Month

The Realtime Report

As users spend more internet hours on mobile apps than online on PCs and laptops, is has become essential for brands to reach their costumers using mobile. So how can brands measure the success of their app? The number of downloads is a useful metric, but it’s just a starting point: of those who download the app, how many are retained, and how often are they opening the app?

How to Create People-Powered Content That Works for Your Brand

Convince & Convert

Brands are spending millions of dollars and countless hours producing content in an effort to vie for their customer’s attention. According to a study by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs , B2C companies currently spend about a quarter of their budget on content marketing and 60% have plans to increase those budgets next year.

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8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

15 Blog Headlines That Don’t Suck

Waxing UnLyrical

I confess. If you came here looking for 15 blog headlines that don’t suck… you were sucked in. By a blog headline that didn’t suck! “Find ways to get people to your blog !” ” “Draw your audience in!” ” “ Make sure your headline doesn’t suck !” ” How many times have we heard all that? I know. So I won’t go over all that again. That photo? Suzy Q. rolling in the grass. Because it doesn’t suck. The thaang is.

4th of July And Social Media: 4 Must-Reads

Firebelly

Americans celebrate the 4th of July with BBQs and fireworks, but brands can create “fireworks” of their own on social media this Independence Day. Check out the four must-reads below to learn how. 4th of July: Three Social Media Sites That Shouldn’t Take a Holiday By Deborah Sweeney Holidays are a prime opportunity to put. Blog Social Media

The Future of Digital Marketing According to the Giants

Webbiquity SMM

Guest post by Clayton Wood. Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft have been making acquisitions that could change the way digital marketing is done in the near future. What seemed to be objects of science-fiction books and shows are now being developed in the real world, and may be used for marketing. These companies have also made purchases that many people didn’t quite think were obvious, but perfectly made sense in hindsight.

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Why Foursquare and I Split Up

Ari Herzog

After 2,240 check-ins, 669 photos, 106 tips, 46 badges, and 21 mayorships, I deleted my Foursquare account. I explained my reasons on their deletion form: “You lost me by splitting into two apps. I don’t want two apps. I want one app.” ” “I never used Foursquare to find places; I used and still use Yelp.” ” “I used Foursquare for the function that is now on Swarm.

Social Media Automation 101

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

2014 World Cup: Social Media Campaign Round-Up

The Realtime Report

The 2014 World Cup was host to countless ad campaigns, and record breaking social media statistics. Here are some of the brands that created tons of social media buzz during the month-long tournament: Adidas . Adidas has been crowned as the ‘ most talked about ‘ brand connected to the 2014 World Cup, generating 1.59 million conversations across Twitter, Facebook, blogs and Tumblr.

3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling

Convince & Convert

When I decided to write an article on brand storytelling inspired by TED talks, I went about it all wrong. Scouring YouTube for tactics, elements, and components of brand storytelling, I was aiming to find five or ten (or 17) actionable tips that you can use to tell you brand’s story. I was already boring myself to death and I hadn’t even begun to write. We have all heard (ad nauseam) about the “power of brand storytelling,” and I know that I have read more than one blog that spits.

Match Makers go Social by Breaking Stereotypes

Waxing UnLyrical

[Ed: The tradition of arranged - as opposed to "love" - marriages has been practiced in India for centuries, and is still a thriving and commonly accepted practice on the sub-continent. A relatively recent proliferation of matchmaking sites is bringing the tradition in step with the tech age.]. Most of you reading this post have, or will go through, a phase in life where it seems the only goal of your friends, family and strangers is to get you married!

Agile, Data-Driven, Burgers And MixWest: An interview With Duncan Alney

Firebelly

Your Current Approach to Marketing Could Make You Irrelevant. If you and your marketing team are still operating in a paradigm of business as usual, you are in a very difficult position. In fact, you might be facing extinction. These strong words are part of Duncan Alney’s upcoming keynote presentation — Agile Marketing: How. Blog Interviews Social Media agile marketing; duncan alney; mixwest

Not a Bad Gimmick: The World’s Highest Press Release

Adam Sherk

London-based Houston PR is blasting out (yes, that’s an intended pun) a gimmicky press release to announce its relocation and rebranding. It has put out what it believes to be the world’s highest press release: While I’m not a particular fan of PR gimmicks or shotgun pitches I like this one, so I’ll bite. I also think if you manage to get your press release 27 miles above the earth that deserves a shout-out.

How Dare We Take It For Granted

Ari Herzog

We take everything for granted. How dare we. Thanks for reading. Please sign up to receive blog posts by email. Related Stories But It Is Not Mundane, Meg! Rethinking Blog Comments Again The Swinging Desk. Musings

The TSA’s Shockingly Real Instagram Account

The Realtime Report

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has created an increasingly popular Instagram account, displaying some of the most alarming items that haven been confiscated at security checkpoints. And there’s no shortage of images to post. The TSA claims an average of 40 firearms (mostly loaded) every week, and has found contraband including knives, grenades, rocket launchers, cannonballs and even snakes ( Wired).

How to Be Visual (Even When You’re not an Artist)

Convince & Convert

The master said it best: visuals are now the most important element of content marketing. This can be a little terrifying if, like me, you’re what I would politely call “artistically challenged.” I’m not being modest. In middle school, I only got one “B.” It was in art, and the teacher was being generous. Here is what I turned in for my final project: (It’s supposed to be a bird.) The good news: Even someone who made that can create effective visual marketing. Without a. Read the whole entry. »

Monday Roundup: Context

Waxing UnLyrical

The situation within which something happens – or an idea is stated – is often times just as important, if not more so, than what is being conveyed. Context changes meaning, and can often impact your audience’s feelings and, therefore, how they react to your message. This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web that focus on context. Image: Cher Amio via Flickr, CC 2.0. Headline Clickbait: PR Science or PR Fail?

4 Major Foursquare Changes

Firebelly

Gil C / Shutterstock.com Foursquare has announced many changes recently. Here are four you need to know about. 1) They’re rolling out a new logo. 2) Focus is now on helping users search for nearby places. 3) All check-ins now take place on its Swarm app. 4) Users will need both apps to check in & check. Foursquare