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

April 17, 2014 by Brian Hughes

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]

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

April 16, 2014 by H.O. Maycotte

Big Data / shutterstock

"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]

Make Free WiFi Calls with Facebook’s Messenger App

April 16, 2014 by Steven Scheck

Make WiFi calls on Facebook / shutterstock

The Facebook Messenger app is now giving its users the ability to make free phone calls over Wifi connections to other Facebook Messenger users. Yes, you heard it right! It is for all Facebook Messenger users across the globe. This new feature especially benefits those who have weak mobile service in their house.[read more]

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R.I.P. LinkedIn Company Page Products Tab: What To Do Next

April 15, 2014 by Steven Shattuck
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LinkedIn company page products tab.

Recently, LinkedIn announced that it would be removing the Products & Services tab from all LinkedIn Company Pages effective April 14, 2014. The response to this change has been mostly negative from marketers who have invested heavily in the feature. As is the case with most social network features, change is the norm and not the exception.[read more]

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SMToolbox: Grow Your Google Plus Engagement with Steady Demand

April 13, 2014 by Steve Rayson

Data is great, but insights that allow you to improve your performance are much more valuable. This week in SMToolbox, we review Steady Demand Pro, a good example of a tool that goes beyond data monitoring to provide practical insights and constant prompts to help you improve your performance on Google Plus.[read more]

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What You Should Know About the HeartBleed SSL Security Bug

April 13, 2014 by Steve Peterson

The HeartBleed SSL security bug.

If you have an account on Yahoo mail, Gmail, Instagram, Netflix, or a variety of other websites, you may have been affected by the HeartBleed SSL security bug. HeartBleed just became public this past week, and is rapidly being addressed, but it represents an SSL security vunerability that may have existed and been exploited by hackers for up to the last two years.[read more]

5 Typography Terms You Must Know

April 13, 2014 by Emily Taing
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Typography and Vocabulary

With Twitter’s announcement last week about the new photo tagging and collage features and Facebook’s implementation of the 20% rule, image-centric marketing is overtaking traditional text media. Twitter reports that tweets with a photo are 35 percent more likely to get retweeted than one without.[read more]

5 Mad Men Quotes That Perfectly Apply to Social Media Today

April 12, 2014 by John Kultgen
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Mad Men and Social Media

Despite how retro the characters on the television series Mad Men seem, the insight they happen to provide is strangely applicable to modern day social media marketing. Here’s some Sterling Cooper branded advice I recommend that you follow.[read more]

The 10-60-30 Rule of Social Selling

April 12, 2014 by Mic Adam

Social Selling

If Social Selling is all about Connecting, Listening and Content Sharing, then getting started on Social Media can be a daunting task. Have you ever wondered which tools you could/should be using? And more importantly, how much time you need to spend on it? Here is my take on it.[read more]

Facebook Cleaning Up Its News Feed By Reducing Like-Baiting And Spammy Posts

April 12, 2014 by Prasant Naidu
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Facebook News Feed Update

Bad news for spammers and like baiting sites on Facebook: the company is in house cleaning mode. To make its news feed more engaging, Facebook is performing a series of improvements to reduce stories that people frequently report as spammy and that they don’t want to see.[read more]

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It’s Time to Demystify Big Data Tools and Platforms

April 11, 2014 by H.O. Maycotte

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Truth is, big data is only useful if you ask it the right questions. And not every big data tool will properly decipher the right answer, either. Here are the four big data platforms, tools and terms currently dominating the industry — and likely being misused or confused.[read more]

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Is Your Email Address Safe from Spambots?

April 11, 2014 by Steve Peterson

Spambots want your email address!

Every day, email harvesting computer programs (aka SpamBots) are searching the internet, looking for email addresses to harvest and add to their spam target lists and databases. If you post your email address on your website or blog, or on a social media site, it will be found by the spambots.[read more]

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A Different View on SEO in a Post-Hummingbird World

April 10, 2014 by Randy Milanovic
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Different view on SEO.

The way to look at SEO, and specifically search optimization in a post-Hummingbird world, isn't that it's getting harder, but that things are getting better. In order to come out on top, a business or marketer needs to be relevant, timely, and engaging. That's something we should all be shooting for all along.[read more]

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Three Ways to Connect with Potential Clients via Twitter

April 8, 2014 by Andrew Hutchinson

Connect via Twitter.

There’s no point having hundreds of people read your blog if there’s zero chance any of them are going to buy your stuff. So how do you get your message in front of the people most likely to become business partners? This is a common question, particularly as social media experts rightfully advise against making direct contact or sales pitches straight up.[read more]

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Big Benefits of Big Data for CMOs

April 8, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Big data for CMOs.

Using big data more often will lead to more success may seem like an intuitive conclusion, and in fact, the numbers do show a stark difference. Among businesses that used big data 50 percent of the time or more in their marketing initiatives, 60 percent indicated that the initiative exceeded the business goals.[read more]

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The Internet Marketers Survival Guide for 2014

April 7, 2014 by Seth Rand
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Internet marketers survival guide.

As of 2014, an estimated 40% of the world’s population uses the internet. Gaining a competitive edge on the internet gets more difficult each year, as marketers across the globe continue to vary their strategies. In a survival situation, the right skills and tools will ensure your safety, security, and comfort.[read more]

Listen Up Old School Advertisers: Social Media and Digital Advertising Are Here To Stay

April 7, 2014 by Jennifer O'Reilly

Digital Advertising

Despite the efforts of old school advertisers doing things the old way, social media and digital advertising are here to stay. The rules of advertising have not changed, but the way we present content and advertising have changed due to the invention of social media and digital advertising.[read more]

Locally Grown SEO Just Tastes Better

April 7, 2014 by Meghan Hunt

Local SEO

If you're running a small business, then one of your most important assets is a smart SEO strategy. In fact, nearly 60% of B2B businesses say SEO has the biggest impact on lead generation, which means customers. Local businesses work within a very competitive space with pretty tight margins.[read more]

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SMToolbox: Improve Your Influencer Marketing with Twtrland

April 6, 2014 by Steve Rayson
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Companies in North America spend around $250m a year on influencer marketing according to InNetwork. This week in SMToolbox we take a look at Twtrland and examine how its social search tools can help you improve your influencer marketing.[read more]

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Epic Link Building: Does Getty Deserve a Guinness?

April 6, 2014 by Brian Hughes

Link Building Campaign

Back in March, Getty Images revealed its generosity to users by making more than 35 million images free and legal to use. This bold effort to combat image piracy resulted in a flood of blogs, tweets and social media posts attempting to delve deep into the reasoning behind Getty’s shocking news.[read more]

 
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