Sat.Sep 15, 2012 - Fri.Sep 21, 2012

Top tips for bloggers and brands

Sherrilynne Starkie

Mark Twain once said, “Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. This could be said of the blogging trend, because pronouncements of the death of blogging have been floating around for a few years now. However, blogging is growing more popular than ever before.

Picking The Right Social Platform For Your Brand

Mindjumpers

Picking the right social platform is important in order to build the strongest possible social presence for your brand. But it might be difficult to keep up with the latest developments in the fast-moving world of social media, where new features and platforms are a daily occurrence.

Your New Content Strategy [REGISTER!]

SocialFish

The dog days of summer are over. Your boss will be asking questions. Questions like, “do we have a content strategy?”

Goings On… and On The Road

Waxing UnLyrical

I realize I haven’t told you much about my goings-on of late. So here they are, in case you can make any of them: This Friday, Sept.

Social Media Automation 101

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

How to Manage Social Media Profiles

yMarketingMatters

There are many social networking websites for smaller businesses. The most active are Facebook , LinkedIn , Twitter , Google+ , Pinterest , YouTube , Flickr , and SlideShare. The top bookmarking sites are StumbleUpon , Digg and Delicious. This landscape may change in the coming year. But that doesn’t really matter. If you use all of these sites — or just one or two — that’s a ton to manage. Then there is your company blog; it is seemingly a fulltime job.

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The State of Social Media Marketing 2012 [DATA]

SocialFish

This great summary by Danny Brown was first posted on his blog here. He kindly agreed to let me repost it in its entirety. Thanks, Danny!

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Toon Time: Coffee to the Rescue

Waxing UnLyrical

Erin Feldman is a writing coach at Write Right. Her background is in marketing communications and creative writing. When she isn’t busy helping people tell their stories, she spends her time writing poetry, drawing, reading, and running.

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How To Run An Instagram Photo Contest

Firebelly

Interested in running an Instagram photo contest? Check out these 3 must-reads. How To Host A Photo Contest On Instagram. From Instagram Blog Photo contests are a great way to increase visibility of your brand on Instagram.

90% Of Small Businesses Are Networking Online

The Realtime Report

Nearly 90% of small businesses are spending time networking online, according to a new study by small business forum Manta. Out of 600 small business owners nationwide, 74% believe social networking platforms are as important as in-person networking – if not more so.

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.

How to Succeed on Pinterest if Your Website Doesn’t Have Images

SocialFish

While Pinterest is a natural fit for brands whose websites contain a lot of images–like retail, fashion, food, bridal, etc–associations for the most part probably don’t fit that bill.

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Using Social Media For Sustainability: WiserEarth Does It, And Well

Waxing UnLyrical

The social network, as most of us think of it, is nothing more than the likes of Facebook or Orkut, among others. But to the world at large, it’s not just about Facebook (or the related movie), but a community that has been built over the years around a common interest or topic.

4 Grammar Podcasts To Improve Your Language Usage

Firebelly

Last week, I wrote about the importance of using proper punctuation and grammar for the benefit of your personal brand and even your entire career. Unfortunately, grammar is not something you can just pick up a book or listen to a podcast. Or is it?

52% of B2C Marketers Plan To Increase Social Marketing Budgets in 2013

The Realtime Report

The vast majority – 70% – of B2C marketers are moderately to highly engaged in social media, followed closely by 63% of B2B marketers, according to Webmarketing123′s new “ State of Digital Marketing 2012 Report.”

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.

Clarity over control

SocialFish

I posted about this Netflix slide deck and their culture of “freedom and responsibility ” a few days ago. I’m a little surprised, though, to have had no reaction to that post. So maybe I just need to let the slides speak for themselves this time.

Success On Whose Terms?

Waxing UnLyrical

Geoff Livingston wrote this post for me , but I’ve been holding onto this title so long I’m not willing to let it go. But I feel I’d better rehash a little of Geoff’s post, probably because he provided the au courant substance (excuse?)

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Social Media Gone Wild

Firebelly

This photo was taken on the Elk Reserve in Jackson Hole, Wymoning – it is not photoshopped in any way. About a month ago my fiancé and I went out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a post engagement celebration.

Social Networking Stats: Google+ Hits 400 Million Users, One-Fourth Are Active; #RLTM Scoreboard

The Realtime Report

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week. Facebook: 955 million monthly active users. via Facebook. Twitter: over 500 (140 active monthly) million users. via Twopcharts / WebProNews. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via ResonanceChina.

How to Be Social: A Social Media Manifesto

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

Technology as Hamburger Helper ®

SocialFish

This is a guest post by Moira Edwards. Go to her webinar (details at the bottom of this post). It will be awesome.

10 Best Time Saving Apps and Plugins To Optimize Your Blog

Kikolani

This is a guest post by Natalie Sisson. Building a blog that matters is a full-time gig these days, especially if you want to stay ahead of close to 200 million other competing blogs – which you do, right?

Is Social Media Creating a Plagiarism Problem (+ Infographic)

Convince & Convert

image from BigStock.com. Stolen content is an increasing problem , as people quote text that is not their own without attributing it to the original writer. Examples can be found on Twitter where users steal other’s tweets or in blog posts that are plagiarized.

A Different Twist on Pinterest: UNICEF Campaign Illustrates Need For Food, Fresh Water

The Realtime Report

UNICEF’s new Pinterest campaign cleverly turns the concept of this visual social network on its head.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

All Politics is Local? Now All Politics is Social

SocialFish

I attended a great Advocacy Leaders Network Breakfast today on Learning the Lessons of Campaign 2012 and Transforming Them to An Advocacy World. The panelists were: - Adam Conner, Manager for Public Policy, Facebook; - Mindy Finn, Strategic Partnerships, Twitter; and.

ElegantThemes Review – Preview 75+ Elegant Premium WordPress Themes on One Page

Kikolani

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what premium themes people chose to buy after reading my comparison post on Thesis vs. Genesis.

21 (of the) Best Facebook Guides, Tools and Rants of 2012 So Far

Webbiquity SMM

Despite a shaky IPO last spring, Facebook remains the 800-pound gorilla of social media marketing, as it now approaches the billion-user mark. Though often associated with bands and brands, Facebook is viewed as the most effective social media tool (by a fairly large margin) by both B2C and bB2B marketers. So what are the best tactics for marketing and advertising on Facebook? How can marketers best utilize social plugins for the platform?

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The 2012 Political Conventions on Social Media: 13.5M Tweets Strong

The Realtime Report

The Republican National Convention saw sharply dropping numbers in TV viewership – but online and social network participation numbers are up. Tweets from both conventions numbered 13.5 million, up from just 365,000 four years ago.

Five Lessons from Great Community Managers

SocialFish

I’ve been thinking about community management a lot lately. In our role as consultants for SocialFish, Maddie and I have talked to hundreds of community managers about what they do, how they do it, and the why behind it all. Our latest community management consulting package drills down into what we’ve learned and how to apply it. Here are five quick lessons we’ve picked up along the way. 1) Managing the community takes more time than you think.

90 Percent of Small Business Use Social Media

Ari Herzog

A survey of 600 small business owners across the United States indicates that 90% are actively engaged in social networking sites and 74% perceive social networking as valuable — if not more valuable — than networking in-person.

Can You Trust Your Blog to the Cloud – The Pros and Cons

Kikolani

This is a guest post by Matthew Setter. The Cloud – It’s everywhere! Microsoft, Apple, Rackspace, Starbucks, McDonalds, IBM and even Amazon offer it.

Cutting The Mustard With The Grey Poupon Facebook Society Of Good Taste

The Realtime Report

I should have seen it coming. The buzz of ‘Downton Abbey.’

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