Sat.May 14, 2016 - Fri.May 20, 2016

Lauren Johnson Joins Firebelly As A Social Media Manager


We’re excited to announce that Lauren Johnson has joined the Firebelly team as a social media manager. Get to know a little bit about her below! Describe yourself in 140 characters or less: “I always knew in another life I could fly which is why in this life I dance.”.

Beyond Press Releases: Using Stories to Land Your Organization on the Front Page

Waxing UnLyrical

Guest Post by Elaine Hughes. Doors that Manuel Rosado never knew existed are now opening to him.”. Compelling stories are memorable and can trigger powerful emotions in potential customers and donors.

We Are Still Doing It That Way 10 Years Later – WTF


So I am finding this hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since we published We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things About Associations We Must Change.

Facebook Reactions – Three Months On


Three months on and Facebook’s Reactions haven’t quite replaced the trusted “Like” button, which still reigns supreme. Out of the new options, “Love” is the most popular, with a whopping 51% share.

Social Media Automation 101

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

The Time Is Now For Small Businesses To Grab More Customers

Jason Yormark

This post brought to you by Bing Network. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Jason Yormark. To succeed at building small business marketing strategies , you have to find a reliable way to bring in low-cost leads.

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7 Common Mobile Fundraising Mishaps and How to Avoid Them


It’s easy to make mistakes when you’re starting out. No one is an expert the first time around. Chefs train for years to perfect their crème brûlée techniques.

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4 Ways Facebook Instant Articles Will Change Blogging Forever

agora pulse

Facebook Instant Articles is Facebook’s latest way for you to engage your audience with material you post on your blog. According to Facebook, the over 1,000 publishers who are using Facebook Instant articles are seeing 20% more clicks and 30% more shares.

How to Use Social Media to Plan Your Next Vacation

Ignite Social Media

Everyone loves to go on vacation but who wants to actually spend time planning one? Don’t you wish you could just snap your fingers and be in a tropical destination where all of your worries just melt away?

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Monday Roundup: The Nuts & Bolts of Social PR Strategy

Waxing UnLyrical

Over the years, I’ve offered a plethora of tips here on the blawg to help you build your Social PR strategy.

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.

[Cool Infographic Friday] How design attracts donors


A really good one for you from ElevationWeb. “Online giving is on the rise. Therefore, optimizing your website’s donation landing page is fundamental in increasing your nonprofit’s online donors.” ” Check out the gold in this infographic!

What’s More Important: Social Media Fans or User Generated Content?

agora pulse

There’s a new dilemma among social media professionals: S hould you focus on increasing your following or maximizing your user generated content (UGC)? The answer isn’t simple. It all depends on your company’s marketing strategy. Different goals require different tactics.

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Infuse Your Content with Small Stories for a Big Effect

Convince & Convert

Marketers are constantly hearing about the importance of storytelling in their marketing. They should be trying to tell their brand story. Lead with a story. Connect with a story. For the average marketer, this can feel like a daunting change.

The Social CEO (or Lack of)

Ignite Social Media

“The Social CEO” is a phrase you might have heard by now. As the world of social continues to expand, the phrase continues to catch fire. But as of January 2016, a whopping 61% of all Fortune 500 CEOs had no social media presence whatsoever.

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.

6 Proven Strategies for Successfully Promoting Content Across Social Media

Buffer Social

You’ve crafted the perfect blog post : Well-researched, SEO optimized, contains the ideal keyword ratio with trustworthy outbound and internal links, and it even has a nifty infographic that you spent hours to create. All you have to do is queue it up in Buffer and watch it take off , right?

Webinars for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Facebook Advertisers

Jon Loomer

As discussed a few weeks ago , I’ve realized that while my content is intended for advanced Facebook advertisers, many of those who read these pages or receive my emails are actually beginner or intermediate advertisers.

Why The Facebook Ecosystem Dominates Social Media Budgets {research}

Convince & Convert

Facebook (and its sister network, Instagram) are beginning to dominate how social marketers spend their paid amplification budgets. As we know, paid amplification of social media is more important than ever in this era of disappearing organic reach.

How Social Media Engagement Has Changed Over the Past 3 Years

Ignite Social Media

Why is your brand on social media? Hopefully the answer to that question is “to be social.” With social media being considered by many brands as part of the traditional marketing mix, it may be tempting to constantly push a commerce message, but that approach will kill your social media engagement.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

How To Rock Global Social Media Marketing

agora pulse

If like many marketers you are posting content in English, aimed at English speakers from English speaking countries then it’s time to get a wakeup call. In 1996, more than 80 percent of Internet users were native English speakers but by 2010, that percentage had dropped to 27.3%.

Yelp Was Down

Bill Hartzer

Yelp logo. PRNewsFoto). Update. May 16, 2016: 12:01pm Yelp is now back up and running, it appears that the site was down for several hours today, May 16, 2016.

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4 Ways to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Email Content

Convince & Convert

Need more and better leads from your content marketing? (I I mean, who doesn’t?). Email marketing is still the go-to tool for getting and nurturing quality leads, engaging and escorting them all the way through your sales funnel.

How Social Media Marketers Use Social Media In Real Life

Ignite Social Media

At Ignite Social Media, everyone is an expert in social media marketing. We eat, breathe, and live social media. But what may surprise you is how the various individuals at Ignite utilize social media in their everyday lives.

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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.

12 Best Comments Plugins To Consider For Your WordPress Website


WordPress has emerged as the best blogging platform-cum-CMS that has empowered various online businesses to turn their name into a brand. Utilizing the exemplary features of this platform, WordPress developers have created the most remarkable websites so far.

Is it time for a social media purge?

Janet Fouts

Social media is slowly becoming more social. That initial urge to have more "friends" than anyone else is fading as we realize the consequences of connecting for the sake of numbers and perceived influence. Facebook mindful social Social Media Networks mindfulsocial social capital

Steal This Sales Tool to Beef Up Your Marketing Strategy

Convince & Convert

Win/loss analysis is often seen as a tool for the sales teams. After all, they’re the ones at the end of the funnel either closing the deal or watching the prospect slip away.

Early Insight into Facebook Reactions and How Engagement Differs Between Facebook and Twitter | Social You Should Know

Ignite Social Media

Some early insight into Facebook Reactions, a look into how engagement differs on Facebook and Twitter, and an interesting insight into users on Pinterest. All this in this week’s Social You Should Know. The Reaction to Facebook Reactions.

6 Ways to Bring More Traffic to Your Social Media


The competition is getting fiercer out there. Everybody and your Uncle Tom who runs the deli down the street now think they can boost their popularity or their business by running a blog, pushing a newsletter and getting a followers.

Google’s Request for Rehearing Denied in Case Vs. Mississippi

Bill Hartzer

In a long dispute between Google and the State of Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood, Google’s most recent request for a rehearing has been denied. The Times Standard reported back in April that the appeals court had overturned a ruling against the Stage of Mississippi.

What Key & Peele Can Teach Marketers About Contagious Content

Convince & Convert

It’s no secret to people who know me, and it’s not going to be one if you keep reading: I love Key & Peele. I don’t mean “love” in a generic way, as in people who say, “Oh, they’re fun. They do great skits.”

How to Run a Successful Instagram Ad

Jenn's Trends

Instagram ads are getting more and more prevalent in our feeds. If you’ve so much as logged on to Instagram, you’ve seen a number of these ads. And, some of them are better than others. Some of them are better targeted to you than others.