February, 2014

Canadian government spikes the press release

Sherrilynne Starkie

The Government of Canada’s announced that it’s retiring the traditional format; surely this means the press release is finally dead. Wikipedia). Gone forever are those dense blocks of text, overly long headlines and all that complex jargon.

Why Social Media Is So Important for Your Business in 2014

yMarketingMatters

Social media networks were a novelty 5 years ago, but today their importance is no longer debated. Yes, businesses have definitely realized the power of social media and accepted that social media marketing has to be part of their marketing and PR mix.

The 5 Top Things That Practically Guarantee Relationship Success

Jason Yormark

I interrupt the usually scheduled program of social media and technology posts with this little relationship post I felt compelled to write. My blogging has always been inspired by helping others in any way I can. Sometimes that strays from my professional world.

How Do I Turn Off The Trending Box In Facebook?

SocMed Sean

In case you haven’t notice, Facebook recently launched an addition to the user-experience called their “Trending” box. The content in this widget providers users with a quick way to see what topics of conversation are trending across the entire Facebook community.

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Social Media Automation 101

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

How to Promote Blog Posts: 200+ Ideas from Eight Experts

Webbiquity SMM

Company blogs have become virtually essential, and very powerful, component of digital marketing. In addition to their SEO benefits and role in maximizing web presence for brands , blogs produce sales and leads.

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Getting everyone social media trained

Sherrilynne Starkie

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn,” said Ben Franklin about social media never. But his message holds true anyway. Social Media Week 2012 SP (Photo credit: Fora do Eixo). Most organizations use social media channels in some way as part of their daily business.

The State of Digital Marketing 2014

Direct Marketing Observations

Thanks to the folks over at Web Marketing 123 for this Infographic. digital marketing digital

Failing Up

Jason Yormark

I can’t imagine there has ever been a human being on this planet that has ever lived a life without failure in some form, certainly some more than others. I’ve certainly had my fair share.

Three Tips For Branding on Pinterest

Mindjumpers

Visual content is with out a doubt the catalyst of audience engagement on social media today. Similar to a gourmet meal your content must allow your audience to eat with their eyes first, which is probably why photos tend to receive twice as many likes as text updates.

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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.

Social Media ROI: Mythic or Measurable? Six Experts Weigh In

Webbiquity SMM

Though social media marketing has now become almost a universal practice, the question of whether or not its value can be quantified with any precision remains open. Does social media marketing produce measurable ROI—and if so, how does one measure it?

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Successful Startup Story: Fresh and Fluffy Natural Dry Dog Shampoo

Waxing UnLyrical

Disclaimer: Fresh and Fluffy is a client of RedShift Writers. Their placement on this outlet is in keeping with WUL’s tradition of sharing causes for good and businesses doing good through community engagement, locally and around the world.

Does My Business Need to be on Twitter?

yMarketingMatters

As previously discussed in my post “Which Social Media Channels Should I Use For My Business?” , I am following up with an more in-depth look at Twitter and why your business should make use of this social media channel.

6 Savvy Ways Pros Use Social Media Monitoring (and you can too)!

Harp Interactive

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.

You Don’t Have Any Competition

Jason Yormark

I remember attending a networking event and a talented speaker was up talking about how to grow your business. One of the things he said has always resonated with me, and it was the idea that you have to operate your business with the attitude that you have no competition.

Actionable Listening Promotes Real-Time Engagement

Mindjumpers

Most of us know by now that a social media presence is all about creating a dialogue through relevant content that will engage your target audience.

18 Expert Guides to Using Google+ for Business

Webbiquity SMM

Despite the reputation Google+ has in some circles for being the social network that everyone has joined but no one uses , marketers are increasing viewing it as a vital platform for branding and engagement.

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Have You Heard of the #CoolestInterviewEver?

Waxing UnLyrical

Disclosure: HCL is a client of my agency, Six Degrees PR. However, the campaign partners are ITSA Brand Solutions and FrogIdeas. I thought this was an interesting campaign, and wanted to share my thoughts with WUL readers.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

How Much Search and Social Media Traffic Do Publishers Get?

Adam Sherk

On average, what percentage of referral traffic to publishers comes from search, social media, links and direct navigation? That’s a question I’m commonly asked by organizations that are attempting to establish benchmarks and assess their current performance.

5 Infinitely Handy Content Curation Tools

Harp Interactive

Rick Pitino & The Cauldron of Social Media Poison

Jason Yormark

Sounds like a Harry Potter movie doesn’t it? Today an article was posted that quoted Rick Pitino, the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals Basketball Team, as saying that social media poisons the minds of his student athletes, and most people in general.

How Pepsi Max Hit The Viral Nerve Of Social Media

Mindjumpers

These past two weeks saw the release of two adrenaline themed ads, and a funny note is they both came from two well-known beverage brands. Everyone likes a little dash of awesomeness in his or her life now and then, if not as a participator then at least to look at from a secure distance in awe.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

Six Stellar Twitter Tools and Reviews

Webbiquity SMM

Thanks to its brevity and informality, Twitter has become a phenomenally successful social network, particularly for sharing news and updates, with more than 560 million active users collectively posting 5,700 tweets every second.

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Happy 4th Birthday, #measurePR: The Queen of Metrics Returns!

Waxing UnLyrical

Do you know what Feb. 2nd was? Go on, guess, I’ll wait… It was #measurePR’s 4th birthday! Yes, the chat which has become somewhat of an institution as far as industry-wide digital PR events go (and I am thrilled about that), has been going strong for four whole years. Whodathunkit?!

Social Networking Stats: The Skinny on Whisper, Secret & Snapchat, plus #RLTM Scoreboard

The Realtime Report

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week. Facebook: 1.19 billion monthly active users. via Facebook. YouTube. over 1 billion monthly unique users. via YouTube. Twitter: 241 million monthly active users. via re/code. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via TechCrunch.

Your Press Release = Your Passport to Publicity

Harp Interactive

Categories: Blog , How To Tags: press release , press release writing , tips for successful press release , writing tips Think of a press release as your passport to publicity. Yes, there are a standard set of rules everyone must follow to apply.

Social Media Isn’t Going Anywhere

Jason Yormark

I often get asked from folks whether there will ever be a “social media crash” Similar to the 2000 dot com bust, will all these social channels just crash and burn at some point. My simple answer is always no. The fact is, social media at its core isn’t some newly formed concept that just popped up over the last few years. As a society, we’ve always been “social” It’s the technology that has changed that has allowed us to do so differently.

The problem with Facebook

SocialFish

WATCH THIS VIDEO. Science filmmaker Derek Muller: “Facebook is a complex ecosystem of individuals, creators, brands and advertisers, but I don’t think it serves any of these groups particularly well because its top priority is to make money.

Use Caution When Using Online Images

The Social Media Incubator

If you have a website or blog, especially one used for commercial use, you probably use your fair share of images. The world today is all about being visual, so online marketers don’t really have an option when it comes to using images or not.

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Professional Curiosity Doesn’t ‘Kill Cats’

Waxing UnLyrical

The old adage “Curiosity killed the cat” came to mind the other day during a conversation (aka: a “rant”) in one of my classes at Curry College , where I head the undergrad Public Relations Concentration and teach most of the PR courses.