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How to Use Research to Take Content From Flimsy to Fabulous

April 24, 2014 by Emily Gaines Buchler

do your research

We’ve all encountered blog posts that lure us in with an enticing headline but fail to deliver anything of substance. These posts aren’t worth the five seconds they take to skim. Regardless of the topic, content created without the benefit of solid research will lack credibility. Here are six research tips for quality content.[read more]

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The Small Business Road Map to Internet Marketing Success

April 24, 2014 by Brian Hughes
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the road to internet marketing success

To make a road trip successful, you have to prepare. But despite all the careful preparation in the world, things will surely change along the way. Let’s take a look at the five checkpoints on the internet marketing road map and discuss key factors involved in successfully reaching each of them. Ready, set, go![read more]

How US Car Brands Engage Hispanic Consumers

April 24, 2014 by Ashley Cooksley

targeted cultural marketing

With the US still a major figure in the global automotive industry in both production and consumption, auto makers are among brands specifically targeting the Hispanic market. And with good reason – in the US, this group accounts for 20% of new vehicle sales. Here, I turn the spotlight on Ford and Toyota.[read more]

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Social Media for Content Marketers: Reach vs. Depth

April 23, 2014 by Bernadette Coleman

Content priorities: reach or depth?

Your real goal is not just to get visitors. It’s to drive business. For that you need people to engage with your content. You need depth, not just reach. And when it comes to referring visitors who will engage, some social networks are better than others.[read more]

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Social Media ROI: What You Should Be Doing and Why

April 23, 2014 by Brett Relander

Social ROI.

When digital marketers make the shift from focusing on followers to focusing on how those followers convert into paying customers, the true power of social influence can be seen. Social growth, engagement metrics, and overall conversions that result from social media efforts are of paramount importance in every digital marketer’s arsenal.[read more]

Thinking "Mobile First" for Your Website Redesign

April 23, 2014 by Jacey Gulden

mobile experience

If you've been thinking about a website redesign, chances are good that you've been reading about various techniques to optimize your site for mobile devices. In order for your site to be successful, it's extremely important to consider how your website will look and how your message will be conveyed on the smallest of screens.[read more]

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Don't Think: "What Can We Use Social Media for?" Instead Think: "What Are Our Data Ideals?"

April 22, 2014 by Andrew Hutchinson

What are your data ideals?

Often when businesses are investigating social media, they’ll approach it from the perspective of what they can get out of it. ‘How could we use this?’ ‘What value can we get from it?’ ‘How do we use it to spread our message?’ This makes sense, but a recent conversation I had made me think there may be another way of looking at it.[read more]

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The New Marketing Paradigm: Coherent Customer Satisfaction

April 22, 2014 by Phil Butler
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(Via author and © andrewgenn - Fotolia.com)

Everyone reading this is familiar with consumer oriented marketing. The digital divide, the convergence of technology with methods, and other trends empower and challenge us all. We're all here on the net, after all. What many social and marketing professionals fail to acknowledge is the reality of what can be called the Coherent Customer.[read more]

Are You in a Cloud Career?

April 22, 2014 by Natascha Thomson
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Allan Thomson, CTO, Lookingglass Cyber Solutions.

Cloud is too often used as a blanket term for anything that is “hosted” on the Internet. To get a more valuable take on cloud, I reached out to four technology innovators and asked them how cloud is affecting careers and necessary skills sets in their industries.[read more]

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The Value of Encouraging Intrapreneurs in Every Organization

April 21, 2014 by Julio Viskovich

Intrapreneurs.

The way businesses are being ran is changing from containing employees to empowering them. Organizations are realizing that every employee needs to see themselves as the CEO of their own brand. Each employee should be empowered to contribute to the success of their role and be the boss of their own role within the department.[read more]

Marketing Eggcellence: The Top Branded Easter Campaigns

April 21, 2014 by Deanna Baisden

Easter campaigns

Whether it's winning attention through small animals, egg hunts or chocolate, several top Easter campaigns have shown to be a real treat amongst the masses this year. For today's holiday blog I went on an Easter ad hunt and rounded up some of the top branded Easter campaigns...so let's hop to it![read more]

How to Make the Most of Your Nonprofit’s Next TV Appearance [GUIDE]

April 21, 2014 by Steven Shattuck

Communications strategy for TV (image source)

Whether it’s the local morning news program or 60 Minutes, going on TV can be an exciting opportunity that will pay dividends if you properly prepare and follow up. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your television experience goes as smoothly as possible.[read more]

Alleviating Senior Isolation Through Social Media

April 21, 2014 by Courtland Long

Loneliness and isolation can be as big of a health concern for senior citizens as heart disease, arthritis, or osteoporosis. Seniors are more susceptible to isolation because as they grow older their social network shrinks: spouses pass away, friends get sick, or people move away.[read more]

Four Indispensable Tools for Tweaking Your Blog, Web Application, or Social Media Approach

April 21, 2014 by Jennifer O'Reilly

Four Indispensable Tools for Tweaking Your Blog, Web Application, or Social Media Approach[read more]

Press Releases: 5 Best Ways to Optimize for Google and SEO

April 21, 2014 by Julia McCoy

Do you have what it takes to create and distribute stellar content in the form of press releases without terminating your friendship with Google? It’s no secret that search engines work around the clock to ensure a flawless web experience for all categories of web users.[read more]

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Pinterest: The Gentler, Kinder Side of Consumer-Generated Endorsements

April 20, 2014 by Chris Campbell

Pinterest and Consumer Endorsements

When it comes to something as complex as understanding the general sentiment of consumers, almost every industry has come to rely on a combination of surveys, social media, consumer reviews, and academic research on purchasing behavior.[read more]

Why Has Twitter Launched Facebook-Like Mobile App?

April 20, 2014 by Prasant Naidu

Twitter and Advertising

Hoping to win the confidence of the advertising business, which is typically inclined towards advertising through Facebook, it was said that Twitter is to debut fifteen types of new ad products and improved ways to target users in the upcoming six months.[read more]

Engaging Students through Snapchat

April 19, 2014 by Michael Bird

Youth and Snapchat

So you’re out and about, eating at a new café, strolling along on the beach. You want to show your friends all the cool things you’re up to, but it’s not interesting enough to tweet or to check-in on Facebook, and it’s not pretty enough to post on Instagram.[read more]

Can a Table Kill Creativity and Collaboration?

April 19, 2014 by Edward Boches
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Boardroom Creativity

Sit on the floor. Get rid of the chairs. And the desks. And the teacher at the front of the room. What happens? Ideas and creativity happens. Collaboration happens. It’s amazing the influence that physical space has on how we determine our roles, perceive ourselves, and interact.[read more]

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Why Google's Point of View(s) Is Changing + SM ROI

April 18, 2014 by Randy Milanovic
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Google impressions.

Google recently made a change to the way it displays metrics. If you look closely enough, you'll find that for many people, the "+1's" on your Google Plus profiles have been replaced by a view counter. Focus on social engagement rather than empty statistics. The numbers might not be displayed upfront on Google+, but that doesn't mean their importance has changed.[read more]

 
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