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Angry Online Commenters: Feeling Disinhibited?

April 17, 2014 by Meghan Hunt
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"Online, no one knows you're a dog." 

Back in October 2013, Popular Science made the decision to do away with comments on their website. The editors had repeatedly made the argument that allowing online comments on their articles "undermines the integrity of science" and creates an environment of "aggression and mockery."[read more]

3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Email Open Rates in Under an Hour

April 17, 2014 by Andy Newbom

Increase your email open rates.

Your email marketing campaigns have been humming along nicely. You built a great subscriber list with double opt-in subscription, smart segmenting, and the best email service provider (ESP). You have a strong brand, killer offers, brilliant creative, and a stunning responsive website. And your email open rates are flat-lining or declining.[read more]

In a Content Rut? Try These 9 Content Strategies to Get Unstuck

April 17, 2014 by Julia McCoy

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Are you a new business, a mid-size to large business, or any other size business with a stagnant online marketing campaign? Do you feel your online presence is not really going places yet? Let’s talk about how to get you on the road to success![read more]

A Copywriter's Toolbox: Essential Books, Websites and Programs

April 17, 2014 by Lauren Parajon

What does a copywriter need?

Every craftsman or craftswoman has a toolbox – a collection of items essential to getting the job done right. As a copywriter, I’m no different from a carpenter in this regard, except that instead of using a saw or a sledge hammer to whip wood into submission, I use reference materials and word processing programs to carve thoughts into blocks of words.[read more]

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The Ultimate Guide to Write a Gripping Blog Post

April 17, 2014 by Stephen Moyers

Write a gripping blog post.

Blogging is necessary for marketing people, though it’s not an easy job. It entails finding a suitable topic, writing great copy on it, optimizing it for the search engines and taking many other steps to ensure that we maintain the highest quality in our writing so that it stands out among the many million blogs that are uploaded on the net.[read more]

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Agent Facebook and Detective Twitter: Preventing and Solving Crimes through Social Media

April 17, 2014 by Brian Hughes
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Preventing and solving crimes through social media.

In an era of cyberbullying and other internet crimes, it is refreshing to be reminded that social media can be used to solidify and safeguard communities. Further, this function of cyberspace is likely to become more efficient and effective as time goes on.[read more]

Creating Authentic Growth (for Your Startup)

April 17, 2014 by Natascha Thomson

Sean Ellis, Founder and CEO of Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com

On March 27th, at the #StartupMarketingConf, Sean Ellis, Founder and CEO of Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com (in a 2010 blog post, he coined the term #GrowthHacker), presented the morning keynote "Stacking the Odds for Authentic Growth." This blog provides the key take aways.[read more]

How to Use Hashtags to Increase Your Social Media Presence

April 16, 2014 by Warren Knight

#Hashtags.

Hashtags first started out on Twitter and have made their way onto all of the most popular social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. The use of a Hashtag in a strategic way can be effective when creating popularity around your brand or business. They will help you find relevant conversations and interesting people to follow.[read more]

Organic Reach Is Dead: Is Facebook Still a Preferred Medium for Brands and SMEs?

April 16, 2014 by Prasant Naidu
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Is Facebook still viable for marketers?

Social media plays a major role in content discovery and Facebook leads the efforts. However the saying that the world’s most popular social networking site with more than 1.23 billion monthly users also helps you reach out to your audience organically, is no longer true.[read more]

Beauty Brands and Social Media

April 16, 2014 by Jaylee Miguel
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What's the beauty industry up to?

The beauty industry is often overlooked when we think about the ways in which the internet has progressed, how social media has grown and how brands have adapted. For an industry been built on recommendation through word of mouth, it was relatively slow on the uptake of social media.[read more]

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Data as Currency: Or Why Your Balance Sheet Needs Another Column

April 16, 2014 by H.O. Maycotte

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"WhatsApp is on a path to connect one billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable," said Mark Zuckerberg about Facebook’s $19 billion buy-out of WhatsApp. What he is talking about is big data — and the insanely high value proposition that comes with it.[read more]

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Breathing Life Into Email Campaigns

April 16, 2014 by Sherry Chao
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Better email campaigns.

Email is a must for B2C companies, due to its effectiveness and ROI in comparison with other digital channels. However, consumer expectations for email are evolving, and companies need to adapt and use new strategies to gain opens, clicks and conversions.[read more]

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Facebook Has Made New Algorithm Updates: Spammy Social Marketers Beware!

April 16, 2014 by Nathan Mendenhall
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New algorithm updates on Facebook.

Facebook has made an update to the News Feed algorithm that has been a long time coming. If you are like me, you are very tired of being asked to Like a photo to save a baby seal or seeing the same content over and over. This kind of content is NOT social media marketing.[read more]

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Getting Real About 'Fauxthenticity'

April 16, 2014 by Laura Ciocia

Fauxthenticity.

Fauxthenticity is how I describe the tendency some brands have towards assuming we’re all complete idiots. It represents a very deliberate and measured effort to manufacture transparency through not so clever copy, a monologic tone and the usage of yesterday's tools and resources (i.e. stock photos).[read more]

The Breakfast War's Hidden Battleground Is Snapchat

April 16, 2014 by John Peterson

Snapchat is where breakfasts battle.

McDonalds and Taco Bell are duking it out across the web and television to be king of the breakfast hill. Much of the discussion so far has been focused on the commercial videos and the quick remarks on Twitter, but Snapchat might be the one gaining the most brand advocates' attention.[read more]

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3 Talking Points for Facebook’s E-Money Endeavor

April 16, 2014 by Rob Sutter
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Facebook’s E-Money endeavor.

Like most people, I like making purchases over the Internet. When talking about the methods to do so, PayPal has to be amongst the most notable. It is so notable, in fact, that it seems like Facebook is inching closer to taking a piece of the figurative pie.[read more]

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The New Backstage Pass Takes Center Stage: Performing Arts Is Now Tweet or Perish

April 16, 2014 by Andy Newbom

Performing arts is now tweet or perish.

In many endeavors seeing “how the sausage is made’ is a distinct turn-off. Performing arts are entirely different. Seeing backstage and before and after performances, getting to meet the artists themselves and living vicariously through them, adds richness and intensity to the entire experience.[read more]

Differences in Using Social Media Around the Globe

April 16, 2014 by Natascha Thomson
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Ingeborg van Beusekom, SAP Nederland BV.

Silicon Valley (the home of many hot social media platforms) is not representative of the whole US but overall, the sentiment towards social media in the USA is overall positive. There are concerns about privacy and online bullying, but most businesses have embraced social media, especially Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, to engage with their target audience.[read more]

7 Ways Businesses Should Use Blogs

April 16, 2014 by Brennan Girdler

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Almost every serious business (with a website) has a blog. But why? In this post, I’ll explore 7 of the primary reasons companies host, write, and maintain blogs. Most of these businesses blog out of instinct, though recognizing the potential is the first step to making a blog worthwhile.[read more]

11 Lessons about Digital Communities from Rome: A Photo Essay

April 16, 2014 by Courtney Hunt

Rome.

It may be an ancient, bricks and mortar city, but the buildings, infrastructure and inhabitants of Rome offer many design insights into cyberspace, particularly when it comes to building, maintaining, and participating in digital communities. This post shares 11 lessons, organized into three feng shui-inspired themes.[read more]

 
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