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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 If you look closely enough, you'll find that for many people, the "+1's" on your Google Plus profiles have been replaced by a view counter.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]

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]

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What Do You Call Yourself? Changing Job Titles in Social Media

April 14, 2014 by Andrew Hutchinson

Social media job titles.

As social media has permeated throughout the business community, it’s necessitated an increase in social media focussed positions and roles. But with companies still learning to grow with these new platforms, industry standard job titles have not yet been fully established, leaving many unsure of what exactly they call themselves in the new frontier.[read more]

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Want to Keep Your Personal Information Private? Monitor Your Online Reputation!

April 13, 2014 by Joe Chierotti
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Personal Privacy is harder than ever to achieve. The abundance of online information, as well as the many venues available to share personal and private information, makes it extremely difficult to protect yourself against online threats to your personal reputation and identity.[read more]

3 Reasons LinkedIn Endorsements Suck

April 13, 2014 by Chris Dessi
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Just say no to LinkedIn endorsements

I’d like to start with the caveat that I think LinkedIn is amazing. I’m not here to Linkedin bash. In fact, I think I’m doing the opposite. I’m a LinkedIn groupie that wants to get the word out to Linkedin that one of their features sucks, and please kindly remove it so we can go about loving your platform again - thankyouverymuch.[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]

How Will Twitter's "Facebookification" Affect Brands?

April 11, 2014 by Peter Claridge
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Twitter becomes more like Facebook.

The most important new feature for me is the highlighting of the most engaging tweets. I see this as Twitter taking its first step towards making information more relevant. The success of Twitter was due to the short, simple tweets that people could consume easily, but now that the company is publicly listed, it will be under the same pressures as Facebook to monetize its audience.[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]

Social Business Helpline Podcast: Episode 4

April 10, 2014 by Denise Holt

Questions answered: Is Facebook worth spending money on ads, given the latest algorithm change - reducing visibility to 1-2%?A candidate for mayor asks, "What are the best practices and tools for using social media to stay connected with real world community?"Integrating Google Hangouts with live-streaming on YouTube: how does it...[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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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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Drawing the Line: When Live-Tweeting Becomes an Epidemic

April 5, 2014 by Katie Parr

Live-Tweeting Epidemic?

 

When a New York hotel chain announced the debut of a new live-tweeting service for weddings, it immediately sparked a backlash on social media. After all, who would drop $3,000 for a professional tweeter to broadcast their wedding to the world via Twitter?[read more]

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LinkedIn's Publisher Platform: Should You Use It?

April 3, 2014 by Andrew Hutchinson
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LinkedIn's publisher platform.

Like all bloggers, I was interested when LinkedIn announced the expansion of its publishing platform. It offers the possibility of great engagement and a powerful way to build your personal brand. I was keen to know more, but approached the announcement with a degree of skepticism.[read more]

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Beware These 5 Crazy Demands from Guest Bloggers

April 2, 2014 by Deborah Sweeney
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Beware crazy guest bloggers / shutterstock

Open up your blog to outside writers and you'll quickly find content marketing’s seedy underbelly, rife with pushy, demanding guest posters. I chatted with a few bloggers about their own experiences with guest blogging, and we found that there were typically five demands that bad guest posters will make.[read more]

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Developing a Winning Social Media Optimization Strategy

April 2, 2014 by Brett Relander

Social media strategy

The right social media optimization strategy can help your site rank highly, drive more traffic, and deliver the results you're looking for. So what can you do to improve your SMO strategy and start generating some positive social signals that will produce powerful results for your business or brand?[read more]

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Social Advocacy & Politics: Breaking Up with Facebook Is Hard to Do... Or Is It?

April 1, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

When it comes to advocacy and political campaigns, many online organizers are ambivalent about Facebook. On the one hand, Facebook is notorious for changing its interface, and it is better for niche communication than mass communication. On the other hand, two-thirds of all internet users in the US use Facebook.[read more]

The Shift Towards Social Media for the Marketer

March 31, 2014 by Chris Kyriacou
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Marketing and Social Media

Consumers are turning away from these traditional forms of media and are increasingly using social media to search for information. They regard social media as a more trustworthy source of information than the traditional instruments of marketing communications used by companies.[read more]

When Your Employees Go Too Far on Social Media

March 31, 2014 by Mike Kujawski

Social Media and the Law

I recently did some work for a client that involved looking into recent Canadian legal cases dealing with employees that have been either fired or reprimanded for their conduct on social media platforms. I ended up using some of these cases as examples in an internal training program I developed.[read more]

Google Flu Trends: Importance of Veracity, the 4th 'V' in Big Data

March 31, 2014 by Harish Kotadia

A lot has been written recently criticizing Goolge’s Flu Trends – a flu tracker service that predicts flu activity based on specific search terms using aggregated Google search data and estimates current flu activity around the world in near real-time.[read more]

 
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