Sat.Dec 21, 2013 - Fri.Dec 27, 2013

Free white paper: key trends of 2013

Sherrilynne Starkie

How do you make something like business communications, which is seemingly intangible, become more verifiable and concrete? These are issues my colleagues at Thornley Fallis and I have examined and discussed throughout the past year on the company blog.

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Are you building a spirit of engagement?


Volunteer management looks so different these days. Are you evolving? Love this deck from the delightful Peggy Hoffman of Mariner Management. Understanding the New Volunteer from Mariner Management / Peggy Hoffman. ———– (photo credit: Maddie Grant).

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This Is Social, Watch Your Mouth

Janet Fouts

No, this isn’t another diatribe against Justine Sacco , I think she’s had enough. It’s a gentle reminder, dear reader, to watch your mouth in public. Cuz that’s what Twitter is you know, it’s public.

During The Holidays, Think A Wonderful Thought!




Social Media Automation 101

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

Beer, Liquor Brands Partner With Taxi Apps To Get You Home Safe This Holiday Season

The Realtime Report

Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale comes with a $5 cab fare credit for Taxi Magic app users. We hope you have a very merry holiday season, and a happy new year.

Happy holidays!


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The Top 3 Social Media iPhone Apps


The list of the ” Top 25 Free iPhone Apps of All Time ” has, no surprise, social media platforms taking three out of the top five spots. With it’s growing number of over 1.1 billion users worldwide, Facebook came in at number one.

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Social Networking Stats: LinkedIn Tops 259 Million Members, #RLTM Scoreboard

The Realtime Report

The #RLTM Scoreboard: Social Networking Stats for the Week. Facebook: 1.15 billion monthly active users. via Facebook. YouTube. over 1 billion monthly unique users. via YouTube. Twitter: over 218 million monthly active users. via Twitter. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via TechCrunch.

What Happens When Non-Technical People Suddenly Discover Web Developer Tools

Bill Hartzer

It’s always interesting when a non-technical person sees something technical. I mean, the technical terms oftentimes are like a foreign language to people who are not so technical.

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The Virtuous Circle of Mentorship and Its Impact on Your Career

Convince & Convert

My friend Marcus Sheridan wrote a very forthright blog post (as is his custom) recently called “ 8 People That Dramatically Impacted My Life in 2013.” ” I was amazed and gratified to have been mentioned in that post.

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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.

Instagram Direct: 5 Must-Reads


Instagram has rolled out Instagram Direct – a way to privately send photos and videos to your followers. Learn all about it in these must-reads. Introducing Instagram Direct. By Instagram We’re excited to bring you Instagram Direct, a new way to send photo and video messages to friends.

Post-Patch Hyperlocal Apps: What (If Anything) Works?

The Realtime Report

AOL’s Patch has been criticized almost to no end as of late, and now the “hunt to own the lucrative local advertising market” is over for AOL. But there are other (smaller, and more efficient) hyper-local apps out there that deserve a closer look. Businesses, pay attention.

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HBO Isn’t Watching: And They Don’t Care Where You Watch

Bill Hartzer

HBO ( Home Box Office ) isn’t watching anymore. And they do not care where you watch and even if you are watching it. What?!? That’s right, HBO does not care, whatsoever, where you are watching the fight.

Is Twitter Crossing the Line Between Useful and Creepy

Convince & Convert

In this edition of The Baer Facts, I talk with Kyle Lacy of ExactTarget about Twitter’s new Nearby feature that will give users the option of seeing tweets from other users in the vicinity. Is This a Feature or a Freak-Out? Image via Wall Street Journal blog.

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.

The Food Fads Of 2013


As a foodie I was curious to see what foods made Mashable’s “ Top 10 Food Crazes of 2013 ” list. Plus food is in our DNA at Firebelly, which makes this post extremely relevant. I’ve eaten six out of the ten things.

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Social Media News Ticker: Facebook Video Ads, Snapchat Adds Filters

The Realtime Report

Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Snapchat: Facebook. Facebook to start selling video ads – last week Facebook introduced its “long awaited” video ads; how will users react?

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My Best Blog Posts of 2013

Bill Hartzer

2013 was a pretty exciting year, and there has been a lot of activity in the search engine optimization industry this past year.

3 Easy Content Types To Write With Ranking Potential

Small Business Mavericks

If you’re looking for ways to get better and higher rankings for your content but want to write content that is easy and simple to write, then I have news for you. It’s possible, doable, and easy to achieve. These are not the only types of content that will rank well for your keywords, but these three types of content are easy to write and have high ranking potential if approached in the right way. Top X Tips – Let X equal a number. Write a top 10 tips post, a top 20 tips, etc.

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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.

Why Your CEO’s Voice Matters in Social Media


This is a video I recorded last year for Moery/LAI , but for some reason I don’t think I posted it before. Some good stuff in here. Like that? Watch this one with Jamie in it ! Related Posts Best Linkedin Company Pages [Cool Infographic Friday] Big Data Big Profits A Little Privacy, Please!

Social Media - Courageous Miracles

Diva Marketing Blog

"We''ll be known as the helpful store. The friendly store. The store with a heart. The store that places public service ahead of profit. The plan sounds idiotic and impossible.consequently, we''ll make more pro fit than ever before.".

Google Not Encrypting All Web Searches

Bill Hartzer

At this point, I have become pretty used to Google encrypting all search queries at At least for their organic search results. You just won’t get to see what someone searched for at Google (what keyword they used) when hitting your site.

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Have You Set Up Your Content Groupings Yet?

Small Business Mavericks

Google Analytics is rolling out a new feature. It’s called Content Grouping. I like this. You simple take a collection of URLs and group them into a content grouping category so that you can view aggregated metrics and analyze them. In other words, you won’t be able to see website traffic and other stats on each page, but you will be able to see the important metrics on the entire group. If you’re wondering how that will help you, visualize this.

8 Stupid Simple Social Media Tricks to Boost SEO

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

Choosing A Different Kind Of Life

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What do you think people like Seth Godin , Tim Ferriss or Tom Peters do each and every day? Do they go to work like you and I do? Do they have an office? A formal schedule? It''s something that fascinates me.

15 Must-See Conferences for Digital Marketers in 2014

Writtent Blog

No one needs conferences more than digital marketers. Inbound marketing is a rapidly-changing field, which is why opportunities to learn the latest strategies and best practices from thought leaders are invaluable.

The Valuable 3 Cs That Helped Build Singapore’s Social Media Marketing Strategy

Bill Hartzer

Most of Singapore’s social media company relies heavily on the use of social media sites to capture their audience’s attention. Any business who wants to gain a bigger market share makes use of a great variety of social sites to reach wider audience and increase in profit.

Why Blog Comments Are About Branding

Small Business Mavericks

Remember when blog comments were about building links and traffic? That was the early days of blogging. Just about everybody was doing it. Then Google decided not to count blog comments for links. That pretty much shut down the blog-commenting-as-linkbuilding game. But blog comments still hold value. They just don’t hold link building value. The value to be found in blog comments today is in branding.

Why We Fail At The Things We Want To Accomplish (And What To Do About That)

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I caught myself giggling in the car yesterday morning. I was on my way to work and listening to Howard Stern on satellite radio (it''s one of my daily rituals). Stern was doing a "Best Of 2013" that featured some of the gang''s favorite segments. I was lucky enough to catch his amazing interview with Jerry Seinfeld ( sidebar rant : Seinfeld''s amazing Internet show, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee , returns in the New Year and Howard Stern is one of his guests).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Writtent Blog

Writtent would like to wish a warm Christmas season to your business team, families, and loved ones. May your holiday season be filled with peace, joy, and a little bit of magic and hope for 2014. We are grateful to the dedicated readers of our blog and are happy that you find our content useful.

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There Are Only 2 Good Scientists Left at Microsoft Now

Bill Hartzer

Well, apparently there are only two good scientists left at Microsoft now. That is, if you’re looking at the good scientist domain names that Microsoft still owns. Microsoft failed to renew four domain names recently:

Why Tablets Are The Future Of Marketing

Small Business Mavericks

Can you imagine a time when most people have tablet computers but no desktops or laptops? According to one survey , the majority of people who own computers would give up their laptop for a tablet. Even more striking, 56% of them would click on an ad on their tablet before clicking on an ad on their PC. Never mind why this is so, but if that’s the direction that computer usage is going in, then it would behoove content marketers to pay close attention.

Get Yourself In Fighting (Mental) Shape For 2014

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It''s the day after Christmas. Some are taking it easy. Others are sorting through their holiday gifts and deciding what to keep, return or exchange. Others are getting pumped up for Boxing Day sales. I''m one of those nerds that looks to see what''s on sale at the bookstore (both the digital and physical ones). The prices have all dropped, so it''s easy pickings.

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