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Keep Cyber-Safe: 2 Tips to Protect Your Online Identity

April 15, 2014 by Natascha Thomson

Protect your online identity.

I generally try to do some "house keeping" at the beginning of each year but, of course, it pays to implement the tips below whenever you get to it. Cyber security, or rather the lack thereof, is one of the main threats of our time. Here two simple tips that could make the difference.[read more]

Paying for Facebook

April 15, 2014 by Sue Cockburn
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Paying for Facebook.

If you want to reach your Facebook fans, you’re going to have to spend money. Many businesses are prepared to spend money to build their fan base, yet balk at the idea of paying to get their posts into the newsfeed of their fans. But, if you’re not prepared to spend money, you should question the value of your business being on Facebook.[read more]

5 Ways to Take Advantage of Twitter's New Layout

April 15, 2014 by Sharmin Kent

Twitter’s new layout.

Tweets that are shared often now get more page real estate and appear larger on a Twitter account’s timeline. Brands looking to attract more retweets and keep users on their pages need to optimize their tweets for maximum tweetability. But how? Pay attention to what your followers are tweeting about, and use those key words.[read more]

Collaborative Marketing Without the Risk

April 15, 2014 by Jennifer O'Reilly

Collaborative marketing / shutterstock

We seem to have gotten used to a distributed way of business — where marketing, especially social media marketing doesn’t happen in one place. As wonderful as collaborating in this manner is, many of us haven’t paid attention to the risky behaviors that could cause hiccups in our process.[read more]

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Make a Big Impact on Social Media

April 15, 2014 by Stephanie Jones

small business owners and social media

Whether it’s a lack of time, budget or know-how, keeping your small business off of social media might just be the missing puzzle piece to a profitable year. It’s time to fix it! Here are five actionable ways small businesses can make a big impact on social media.[read more]

Improving Content by Breaking Your Addiction to Links

April 15, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad

Break that link addiction

Links are good. They let us – well – link to longer format content that we’ve curated from the web or spent time and effort to create ourselves. We know how often they’re clicked, where they’re clicked, the origin of their click, and more. All valuable intel. This said, I think we all might be a little addicted to our blue-underlined friends.[read more]

A Social Butterfly's Guide to Social Media

April 15, 2014 by Wendy Baird

Social butterfly on social media. 

For extroverts, being social is usually effortless. It can also be distracting and time consuming which leads to oversharing and missed connections. For those who tend to be more extroverted, here are some tips to help you prioritize your social actions.[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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Four Reasons to Not Outsource Your Social to Agencies

April 15, 2014 by Lola Olson

Who's in charge of your social media?

Agencies can do a lot for businesses, including using their collective expertise in social networks to advise businesses on the best practices for approaching marketing. But an agency should never completely take over your social media presence for the following reasons.[read more]

5 of the Best Examples For Optimizing Your Social Media Profiles

April 15, 2014 by Julia McCoy
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Your social profiles.

According to Search Engine Watch, elements such as branded headers and profile photos, continuity between social media platforms, and linking to your main site are key in optimizing your profile. While it is important to have these features on your profile, you need to make sure it is engaging, creative, witty, or sassy, as well as informative.[read more]

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The Jason Falls School of Social Media Success: Meet the Man

April 14, 2014 by Chris Syme

Jason Falls.

When you think of the top social media marketing minds of today, Jason Falls is one of the top names on that list. Founder of Social Media Explorer, Jason shares his exclusive expertise and advice on where social media is going and what you need to do to get there.[read more]

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The Big Brand Theory: Arby's Is Listening

April 14, 2014 by Ric Dragon
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The Big Brand Theory column.

Arby's engagement with Pharrell Williams went a long way in illustrating the value of social media within the organization. While the tweet and Pharrell's response might have been a wonderful bit of serendipity helped along by good social listening, Arby's follow-up was also considered effective.[read more]

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To the Brand Behind Me in the SERPs on Google

April 14, 2014 by Chad Pollitt

Matt Cutt's zombie movie.

Dear Brand Behind Me in the SERPs (search engine results pages) on Google. You don't know me. You have no clue what my life has been like since January of 2014. You have no clue that my website has gone through the wringer thanks to Matt Cutts. You have no clue that it faced unbelievable SERP hardship.[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]

Yahoo Tunes In to Content Promotion and Distribution with TV Shows

April 14, 2014 by Sharmin Kent

Yahoo! tackles TV

Yahoo is working its way into the television business, but the company doesn’t want to create good TV—just distribute it. It’s a sign that content promotion and distribution are more than good marketing strategy. They’re also good business strategy—and marketers who haven’t evolved to include them are missing out.[read more]

8 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers

April 14, 2014 by Pam Dyer

Pinterest followers.

Despite being much smaller than Facebook or Twitter at 25 million users, Pinterest accounts for more than 23% of all social media-driven sales. More than 47% of online consumers in the U.S. have made a purchase based on Pinterest recommendations, and the average order placed by users of the platform is $179.[read more]

5 Things to Check Before Publishing Your Blog Post [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 14, 2014 by Irfan Ahmad
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Before publishing your blog post check these things.

Writing blogs may be an effective way for marketers to share ideas with their readers, but that doesn't mean you have to rush through the procedure. By spending just a few minutes before hitting the publish button, you can add more value to your content, value that can bring massive eyeballs and may be higher conversions.[read more]

Break Your Social Media Addiction, Without Completely Cutting Ties

April 14, 2014 by Kayla Minguez

Social Media Habits

Social media is a fantastic way to communicate and stay in touch with people from around the world, but it can also cause an individual to become too dependent, to the point that they are actually battling an addiction that adversely impacts their lifestyle.[read more]

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Siri Gets Some Serious Competition

April 14, 2014 by Brad Friedman

Cortana, the new voice of the Windows Phone 8.1 system.

Siri—not to be confused with Suri, daughter of superstar ex-couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes—will finally get some new competition later this spring from Microsoft. Cortana is a holographic character from the Xbox game Halo whose voice will be added to the Windows Phone 8.1 system.[read more]

Social Business Helpline Podcast, Episode 5

April 14, 2014 by Denise Holt

Questions answered: Should you show or hide your contact list on LinkedIn?Is Facebook going to become useless to brands because of the algorithm changes that make their content less visible?What is the biggest mistake you see brands make on social media?What tools and strategies can you use to leverage organic awareness of an...[read more]

 
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