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Telecommuting: It’s Not for Everyone

Waxing UnLyrical

[Ed: it''s Shonali''s, er, my, birthday today! In the spirit of this post, she''s, er, I''m, taking the day off. But she, er, I, will be making up for it later, as you''ll see is wont to happen when you read Karelyn''s terrific guest post.].

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17 Critical Elements of a Solid Social Media Strategy

Harp Interactive

Categories: Blog , Social Media Marketing Tags: content plan , Facebook strategy , set up social media , social media goals , Social Media Marketing , social media monitoring , social media optimization , social media plan , social media strategy 92% of companies are currently using social media*.

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Content Creators Unite At NMX 2014: A Brief Review


A few weeks ago my father ( @shashib ) and I attended the New Media Expo in Las Vegas (If you want more information on this check out my Blogworld post ). While we didn’t stick around for as many sessions as last year, we met some great people and learned a ton.

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Doing Just Vine: How Vine Changed the Social Landscape

The Realtime Report

This is a guest post by Megan Totka, Chief Editor for Approaching the one-year anniversary of its launch, Vine has proven to be the little app that could.

Monday Roundup: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Waxing UnLyrical

Happy Monday! The year is still fresh and though it may seem easy to settle back into old habits (they do die hard, don’t they?). Image: Gordon Bell via Flickr, CC 2.0. This week’s roundup features seven posts from around the web to inspire and help you step out of your comfort zone.

01/17/2014: Social Media Snapshot

Harp Interactive

Categories: Blog , Facebook , Google , LinkedIn , Social Media Marketing , Twitter Tags: Facebook , gmail , Google , linkedin , social media , Social Media Snapshot , Twitter Social Media Snapshot Catch up on the need-to-know changes and updates in social media that affect your business and brand…all in one place.

From Seoul To Copenhagen: Making My Way To My Perfect Place


When Firebelly first contacted me to interview for a freelance design position, I was skeptical. I had recently moved back from Copenhagen, where I was an Art Director’s Assistant at INDEX: Design to Improve Life.

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#measurePR Recap: Chatting with Eric Wittlake

Waxing UnLyrical

Since I’m flying back to the U.S. from India today, I figured we’d post the recap of this month’s #measurePR chat (i.e. don’t look for me to reply to comments any time soon) … which turns Four. Years. this year. Can you believe it? The baby’s growing up!

Smartphone Users To Total 1.75 Billion This Year

The Realtime Report

Mobile phones will be used by 4.55 billion people across the globe in 2014, according to the latest estimates from eMarketer. And smartphone users will total 1.75

It’s Friday! Which Hashtag Will Kick Start Your Weekend?


We have already covered #ThrowbackThursday , so from now on I expect to only see appropriately tagged photos on my Instagram timeline. Just kidding! We have more ground to cover, after all there are 7 days in a week! This begs the question, which hashtags are associated with Friday?

Why CMOs Should Stop Being Addicted to Pay-per-Click Ads

Buzz Marketing for Technology

Posted in Advertising Behavioral Targeting Conversion Optimization Customer Experience Interactive Marketing Lead Generation Online Advertising Online Testing Testing.

Meet the Power of Blog Syndication

Ari Herzog

I recently wrote 19 best practices on tweeting like a human. Please visit that link and focus on the number of people who clicked my social sharing buttons. As of this moment in time, 9 people shared it on Facebook, 46 shared it on Twitter, 10 shared it on Google+, and 3 shared it on LinkedIn.

Cinime Lets Moviegoers Connect Little Screen To Big Screen

The Realtime Report

The time has come: mobile apps have arrived at the movies. Cinime , a new “second screen” app developed by Digital Cinema Media and Yummi , serves as a realtime viewer companion for users looking for interactivity in a classically passive medium.

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Discovering A Progressive Design Agency In Indianapolis


As I mentioned in my previous post , when Firebelly first contacted me to interview for a design position I was a little leery.

Who Cares What Chris Brogan is Drinking?

Convince & Convert

Image via You know who Chris Brogan is, right? Skip the following paragraph. What?!? You don’t know the name?

Court Rules Yelp Must Reveal Identities of Anonymous Reviewers

Bill Hartzer

A court has ruled that Yelp must reveal the true identities of people who have left reviews on Yelp. Specifically, Yelp has been ordered to reveal the identities of 7 people who have left (bad) reviews of Hadeed Carpet Cleaning in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Social Media News Ticker: New Gmail-Google+ Link, Sponsored Stories Shutting Down

The Realtime Report

Check out this week’s summary of all the latest social media news, including changes and new features for Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest: Facebook.

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Community Managers, Be Wary Of The Phrase “Super Bowl”


The Super Bowl is as American as apple pie. And despite its ties to being an integral part of American culture, it is still an event heavily trademarked by the NFL.

Phil’s Fish Market Just Hit the Jackpot


SEO professionals (and SEO “professionals”) love to talk about great content. “Content is king” may be the oldest adage in the industry, but a lot of SEO people are under the impression that more is always better, and that great content is just a matter of sweat equity.

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NamesCon 2014: SEO, Search, New TLDs and Audience

Bill Hartzer

At the NamesCon conference here in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jason Hennessey from Everspark Interactive and Ruth Burr from talk about SEO, search, and the new gTLDs. Adam Dicker is moderating the panel.

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Realtime Restaurant Deals: Can LiveDeal Succeed Where Groupon, LivingSocial Failed?

The Realtime Report

Restaurants have been experimenting with ways to combine geolocation, mobile and social to bring more customers in the door.

3 Big Questions for Social in 2014: Celebrating 100 Episodes of Social Pros

Convince & Convert

Several esteemed former guests from the show join the Social Pros Podcast this week to celebrate the 100th episode and to discuss the current landscape of social, how it has changed over the past year, and what things look like going forward.

15 Amazing Instagram Facts


Instagram has been part of our lives for four years and most of us use it either privately or for business purposes. We fell across some pretty interesting facts on Expanded Ramblings and Inside Facebook about how instagram users behave and which content performs well.

3 Smart Ways to Amplify Your Online Customer Service


Customer service is perhaps the most important element of online business because poor human interaction can deter individuals from completing the transaction. The secret to customer service really does come down to treating others with respect, knowing the subject.

Social Networking Stats: Are Social Media Passwords Fair Game for Colleges, Employers? 13 States Say No.

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: over 218 million monthly active users. via Twitter. Qzone: 599 million monthly active users. via TechCrunch.

5 Ways to Find Keywords That Deliver Superior Web Marketing Results

Convince & Convert

Everyone knows that building organic traffic to a website starts with having great content. But the topics that have the best chance of attracting the most prospects often aren’t the most obvious ones. The best content is both likely to rank highly in the search engines, and to motivate your visitors to become new customers for your business. So where can you find these amazing keywords?

NamesCon 2014: The Secondary Market Is the Primary Market

Bill Hartzer

Bill Sweetman is moderator, and introduces the panelists. Reps from Sedo, Domain Names Sales, Namejet, and Paul Nicks from Godaddy, and Mike Berkens from Question: Are the best years and the huge paydays of domain 2ndary market behind us?

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Social Media: Answering Questions from Your Clients


As a freelance marketer specialized in the digital space, I get asked almost on a daily basis about whether or not a business should get into social media. The problem with this question is that it is the wrong one to ask. Let’s backtrack a bit.

Kuwait Has Most Twitter Users Per Capita

The Realtime Report

Kuwait has the most Twitter users per capita, according to a recent paper by analysts from Northeastern University. The Netherlands ranks #2, while the UK and US fall behind in 4th and 5th place, respectively. The researchers also found a clear correlation between GDP per capita and Twitter adoption.

6 Places Your Customers Find You Online

Small Business Mavericks

The most important thing for you to do is make it easy for your customers to find you online. But how do you that? Here are six ways to ensure that your customers, or potential customers, find you and do business with you through the Internet. Your Website – People can find your website through a number of ways. They can search for information in your niche or be led to your site by a link in your e-mail correspondence. They might even find your website through paid ads.

Search Engine Market Share for December 2013

Bill Hartzer

Every month about this time, comScore releases their data for the search engine market share for the previous month. Google’s search engine market share rose.6 percent during December 2013. Google’s search engine market share is 67.3 percent, Microsoft (Bing) went up.1 percent to 18.2

10 Bizarre Inbound Marketing Strategies that Actually Work

Writtent Blog

Image credit: FreeDigitalPhotos. There’s nothing old in the world of inbound marketing. The internet itself is only around 2 decades old , and the concept of using professional blog posts, social media and other newfangled marketing ideas to gain traction online is newer still.

85 Takeaways from New Media Expo 2014


New Media Expo (formerly Blog World) has always been one of my favorite conferences to attend. While I did spend more time networking than sitting in sessions, I still managed to take a ton of notes from those that I made it to. Without further ado, here are the 101 things I learned at #NMX 2014.

Why Readers Are More Important Than Google

Small Business Mavericks

Everyone wants to impress Google. But will Google pay your bills? Unless you have a Made For AdSense website, and even then it’s a crapshoot, Google is not going to send you a check at the end of the month to say “thank you” for posting your content. If you write great content that is helpful to your readers, then there’s more than a reasonable chance that some of them will become paying customers. That’s why they’re more important than Google.

The Importance of Marketing Automation

Bill Hartzer

By John Henderson. Marketing automation software is important since they allow brands to use targeted marketing messages to help drive conversions and create a rich profile of their audience.

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The 3 Ways to Succeed at Content Marketing When Everybody in the World is Doing Content Marketing

Convince & Convert

Image from It’s getting crowded in here. Marketers always kill the golden goose, and content marketing is next on the chopping block. The volume of content being created now is enormous, and we’re nowhere near the apex of the content creation trend.

8 Deep Questions to Define Your Blogging Strategy

Writtent Blog

The majority of blogs aren’t a success. While that truth is harsh and depressing, don’t let it deter you from establishing a content strategy. Anyone can launch and maintain a legendary business blog, provided they have sufficient dedication and direction.