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Social Advocacy & Politics: Is it the #WorstRate if #NobodyPaysThat?

April 8, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Americans for Tax Fairness came up with an effective counter message against The RATE Coalition's #WorstRate and launched an effective Denial of Hashtag campaign of its own. And not only did Americans for Tax Fairness shut down the RATE Coalition’s hashtag campaign, it got Politico’s Morning Money to report on his hashtag the next day.[read more]

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#Social Survival Manifesto Principle No. 10 Pay it Forward, Now

April 7, 2014 by Tom Liacas

Social survival manifesto.

It’s a sad fact that reputation management literature largely deals with the defensive aspects of the issue, such as responding to attacks and crisis management. But how about working ahead and being proactive in establishing solid goodwill between the company or institution you represent and its clients and stakeholders?[read more]

The Art of the Social Media Press Release

April 7, 2014 by Jesse Wynants

Social media press release

Unlike the average press release where you get 300 – 800 words to express your announcement, with social media, you might only have 90 characters, one image, or just seven seconds. Without further ado, here are five ways to get the word out using the social media press release.[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]

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The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Ads

April 7, 2014 by Stephen Moyers
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Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads are unique. Advertisers can show these targeted ads to specific groups of people who find them exciting. These highly attractive ads are likely to get you more Likes, Comments and Shares. It is observed that increased ad promotion generates better results.[read more]

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Your Social Media Policy Is Failing You

April 6, 2014 by James Calder

Social Media Policy

This may be blunt but as far as I am concerned a tremendous amount of social brand managers are failing at social media because of their self-inflicted policies. Someone has to reteach the social media industry that it is ok to share things that aren’t about you or your company.[read more]

One Loyalty Program Coming Right Up: Your Step by Step Guide

April 6, 2014 by Jody Biagini

Loyalty Programs

Keeping your customers needs in mind are just as important as your own when thinking about implementing a loyalty program. Here is a step by step guide to how to implement a successful program and the questions you need to answer before you jump into the process.[read more]

What Does Integrated Marketing Mean to the Future of the PR Professional?

April 4, 2014 by Steve Radick

Image: Rasta Taxi / Flickr

For years, marketing, advertising, and public relations folks fought over budgets, scopes of work, ownership, and talent. It was an inefficient, yet accepted dance at organizations of all shapes and sizes. There was paid media, and there was earned media — and for the most part, everyone understood their role. If only things were still this easy.[read more]

New Form of Cause Marketing: OKCupid Encourages Customers to Drop Mozilla

April 2, 2014 by Jennifer Jones

Cause marketing.

Today I came across a new form of protest: one company was encouraging its customers to protest another company.When accessing the dating site OKCupid through Firefox, customers are now greeted with with a message calling out Mozilla (Firefox) CEO Brendan Eich for his support of California’s Proposition 8.[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]

Eight-Step Process to Clean-up Your Online Reputation

April 1, 2014 by Gini Dietrich
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clean reputation / shutterstock

Negative reviews, untrue comments, and trolls are pushing their way to the top of search rankings, so when someone Googles you, they find all of these negative things said about you that might be 100 percent false. Cleaning up your online reputation is now a very real thing, and the proper process goes a little like this.[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]

5 INfluencers all Marketers Should Follow

March 30, 2014 by Mark Lerner
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LinkedIn INfluencers

The LinkedIn publishing tool was initially only given to the cream of the thought-leadership crop. The “INfluencers” Program went live back in 2012, with the main goal of allowing major players in various industries to post valuable content directly on the LinkedIn platform; namely, by using the publisher tool.[read more]

5 Steps to Executing a Perfect Facebook Sweepstakes

March 30, 2014 by Jim Belosic

Facebook Sweepstakes

Building a successful Facebook app goes beyond making the app look good. A clean look that's branded and clearly displays your promotion or strategy looks better than an app that has been thrown together. However, an app that is executed well involves a variety of elements, and we'll outline them here.[read more]

Facebook Acquires Oculus: Virtual Social Gaming, Wearables, or the Next Platform?

March 29, 2014 by Drew Beechler

Facebook and Oculus

Facebook announced via Mark Zuckerberg Facebook post that they will be acquiring Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology for around $2 billion. Oculus, which began as a Kickstarter project, currently has released two Development Kits for their Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.[read more]

Making Your LinkedIn Profile More Attractive to Potential Partners

March 29, 2014 by Philip Cohen

In February there were 277 million total LinkedIn users. Two new ones each second. So every minute, there are 120 potential customer creating new accounts. That also means there are now more than 277 million people who are trying to seem more impressive and experienced than you.[read more]

Press Release or Not? 3 Easy Questions to Aid in Evaluation

March 28, 2014 by Marc Cowlin

Press release now?

Let’s face it, rarely a week goes by where a PR pro isn’t asked to write a press release announcing “BIG NEWS.” While PR professionals all evaluate these requests differently, there is one constant we all agree on: these requests don’t always make sense.[read more]

Negative Criticism: 3 Things GM is Doing Extraordinarily Well

March 27, 2014 by Gini Dietrich
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Negative criticism.

I was reminded of this when I read the New York Times article about General Motors using social media to respond to the 1.6 million customers affected by the most recent recalls. If you visit their Facebook page, you’ll see a mixture of brand building status updates, as well as responses to negative criticism.[read more]

A Lesson Learned from the NY Times’ Ad Blunder Applied to Social Automation

March 26, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad

NY Times’ ad blunder.

When the New York Times story ran about the Malaysia Airlines plane being found, there was an unfortunate ad placement being served. The Apple iPad Air ad was showcasing ‘the unique ways people are using iPad around the world’, and it showed SCUBA divers using the iPad – as they would – underwater.[read more]

 
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