Sat.May 14, 2011 - Fri.May 20, 2011

Is Search Privacy Important To You?

Small Business Mavericks

Are you concerned about search privacy? If so, then you might be interested in two smaller search engines. Google and Bing, the leading competitors in search, store your search data for up to 18 months. But Blekko and DuckDuckGo are banking on you wanting more privacy than that. Blekko – Blekko stores your search data for 48 hours, and that’s it. But the problem with Blekko is that your searches are confined only to sites that you or your friends tell it to search.

The Success of Customer Service is Dependent Upon True Social Engagement

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

With social media now a mainstream activity — after all, nearly 700 million users are on Facebook , 300 million users are on Twitter , 61.4%

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Don’t Be Fooled By Last-Click Analysis Of Social Media

Dave Fleet

Forrester recently published a report entitled “ The Purchase Path of Online Buyers.&# Normally I’m a fan of Forrester’s reports, but this one left me scratching my head.

3 Resources for PR/Social Media Pros & Small Biz Owners

Waxing UnLyrical

There have been so many great resources coming my way lately, I just had to share. ‘Cos you know, that is what Iizallabout! So let’s get to them. The daily PR & Marketing calendar of event hashtags. Time was there was a “season&# for conferences.

Social Media Automation 101

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

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Community: the simplest, concisest, most elegant definition


My friend Hugh Vandivier is a community activist, he’s an advocate of the arts and he’s a culture strategist. In a spontaneous conversation in our local coffee shop, Hubbard & Cravens, he encapsulated what community means to him. It happens around common interests.

You’re Fired. You’re Hired. It All Works Out.

Waxing UnLyrical

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. You know how I made a big to-do about writing for BNET ? Well, that’s over. But quite recently, I was also asked to join the Socialbrite team as a contributing author and “expert.&#. Neither of these are (were) paid gigs.

How To Decide The Frequency Of Your Posts On Social Media

Social Media Network Marketing

Have you wondered as to how many times should you Post / Share / Comment on Social Media? Too much is not good and too less is worse. Your frequency + content are factors that determine if your audience will stick with your Brand / Business Page. There are various factors that determine the frequency of your Posts: Category: This is the crucial factor.

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What Do Social Media And SEO Have In Common?


Tweet Written by Michael Tomlinson, who is a professional writer and blogger with great interest in online marketing. With a degree in Social Psychology, he has been helping companies maintain their professional relationships with clients and business partners since 2007.

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.

Bing Adds Facebook Integration


As Facebook is growing from just being a social network to almost being a lifestyle, a lot of websites are starting to develop around it. Enter Bing , Microsoft’s search engine (or “decision engine,&# ) that just added a whole slew of Facebook integration features.

What should business be doing with the new conversation websites?

Akamai Marketing

As if Twitter and Facebook don’t have businesses and users scrambling to keep up, a new type of site is cropping up that engages audiences through Question and Answer format. Tactics Trends small business social media content conversation influencers opinion technology

100 Examples of Corporate Social Media Policies

Koka Sexton

The following table contains the names of over 100 companies and organization that have published their Employee Social Media Policies or Guidelines online… The left side column is the name of the organization, and it is linked to their organizational or corporate home page.

Your Auto Posts On Facebook May Not Be Read - Social Media

Social Media Network Marketing

Facebook has been transparent about its algorithms. They are called EdgeRank. It is this algorithm that decides on which post should appear on your Personal Profile Feeds in Facebook. Recently you may have noticed that posts coming from similar third party auto posting sites are getting clubbed together. This will result in your Fans not clicking each time to check out what all is clubbed together.

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A World Gone Social

Learn how companies must adapt to survive.

Storify Your Stories…Or Maybe Don’t


Between Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and all their various incarnations there’s a growing number of social media outlets to utilize for bloggers as well as professional and amateur journalists alike. Which is where Storify comes in to simplify the process.

The Reality Behind the Check-In Hype [infographic]


Tweet About a year ago location based services (LBS) such as Foursquare , Gowalla was announced as the new big thing in digital and social media. Facebook has of course been good at picking up on media trends as they launch their own LBS service in Facebook Places in August 2010.

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Using Social Media To Avoid The Fires

Jason Yormark

One of the biggest challenges in my new role at Strategies 360 is going from developing social media strategies for B2B & B2C to less product/service focused clients. Most of our clients fall under non-profit, education, energy, & cause based organizations. Most of these firms are not selling a product or service, they are selling an idea or wanting to build awareness and support for their directives or initiatives. Challenging, yet definitely fun.

How Does Panda Affect You? - Social Media

Social Media Network Marketing

You will have heard about Panda by now. After Google Instant we have Panda walking in. It is the latest algorithm brought by Google Inc., early this year. It essentially is a fight against the much infamous content farms, copy paste work and link exchanges. Your Blog and Website could get affected by this. Check on your Page Rank. Have you slipped recently? This could be because of Panda. Panda is popularly known as Farmer. It farms the good sites and brings them upfront on the search.

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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.

Hey, Stop Procrastinating and “Do the Work”

Debbie Weil

I know I’m in trouble when I haven’t posted to my blog in several weeks. I can feel the wall of resistance rising higher and higher. My inner voice chatters away: "For godssakes , write a new blog post. Something. Anything. Panic. What should I write about? What is important enough?

How I Get Things Done


One question I get asked often is how do I do it? Namely have a full time job while also running this blog, my photography blog , commenting , taking the manual approach to Twitter , writing tons of guest posts all over the place, and working on extra-curricular projects. So I’d like to take this time to share with you how I do things. But first, I want you to know that my system is not without its flaws. I get behind sometimes. So don’t look at this as a guide to productivity.

There is No Social Media Bubble

Direct Marketing Observations

It’s sexy to say that the recent valuations of social networking companies and platforms is very similar to the dot com bubble valuations. Except, it was easy to see back then ( or is that now?)

Discounted Tickets for BlogWorld & New Media Expo in NY (May 24-26, 2011)


Deal: Registration to 2011 BlogWorld & New Media Expo. Date: May 18-24, 2011. Landing Page: [link]. This May 24-26, 2011, BlogWorld , a conference specifically for bloggers and social media specialists, will be taking place in New York.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

Monday’s 5 Social Media Must-Reads


Below are 5 social media must-reads that we wouldn’t want you to miss. How People Share Content Online and With Whom? By Amit Agarwal A recent study done by AOL and Neilsen offers interesting insights into how people share content on the web and what kind of content do they prefer sharing.

Get Your Blue Key


Wondering what this key is for? It’s a little blue key that, for $5, can help a refugee displaced by persecution, war or violence.

Search Drives the Purchase, Social Influences it… A Little

Direct Marketing Observations

The impact that search and social media have on a consumer’s purchase has never been disputed. I have always maintained that they were always joined at the hip. In a recent GroupM Search and comScore study this has pretty much been verified.

Best Tips for Getting Your Posts Shared on Facebook


Small (and not so small) business owners often ask me: “Yasmin, WHAT do I post on Facebook, can you give me some ideas, where do I start?” ” I know, it’s so difficult to come up with great, original, rich, interesting, content (whew!) that will encourage your fans and friends to SHARE IT on Facebook, spreading. Facebook Social Media Marketing Tips Facebook content Facebook posting Facebook sharing social media Writing Writing for Facebook

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

How To Use QR Codes for Business


Tweet Maybe you have noticed the square barcodes sometimes appearing in advertisements, newspaper ads, movie posters, business cards etc. They are starting to appear more and more frequently. I have looked into what they are and how they can be used for marketing. What are QR codes?

GUEST POST: The Joys of Facebook


Guest post by Mark Juleen , V.P. of Marketing, J.C. Hart Company – developers, builders and managers of distinctive apartment communities. We’re supposed to be having fun, right? Well, sometimes it isn’t all puppy dogs and ice cream on Facebook.

8 Valuable Blog Marketing Tactics You Can Use Today


This is a guest post by Daniella Baker. Nowadays it seems like just about any common Joe and Joann has his or her own blog. You’ve actually invested the time into creating a good looking and interesting, blog but your readership hasn’t reached the level that you desire. Photo Credit.

How Video Can Replace Student Textbooks

Ari Herzog

Photo credit: dave. This Feature Friday article is written by Charles Sipe.

Maximizing LinkedIn for Business

Get started on truly maximizing your LinkedIn presence with this informative eBook.