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Content Marketing Minds: Want a Job in This Field?

April 24, 2014 by Barry Feldman
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Content Marketing Minds column.

Content marketing is en fuego. If you’re on the outside wanting to get in, this article is for you. It examines reseach findings from the software masters at Kapost, advice on hiring from three industry experts, and above all, a series of insights regarding getting started in content marketing from CMI, Kelly Services and content marketing expert, Jean Spencer.[read more]

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5 Ways Small Businesses Can Supercharge Their Local Social Media

April 24, 2014 by Anna Francis

Supercharge local social media.

Social media is key when it comes to connecting with people around the world in a matter of seconds, but sometimes it is easy to forget those closer to home. Social networks can actually be very powerful when it comes to reaching out to your local audience, especially when you are a small business and the customers just down the road are your target market.[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]

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How Semantic Search Drives Marketing [SLIDESHARE]

April 24, 2014 by David Amerland

Semantic search drives marketing.

The idea that a digital service (search) could change the way we behave as people would normally be ludicrous to consider. Before semantic search came along Google (and every other search engine) was busy indexing websites and struggling to sort through relevant information so that they could surface spam-free, high quality results in response to a search query.[read more]

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How Social Media is Transforming Health Care

April 24, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Social media and health care.

Social media has quickly become one of the dominant forms of communication today. It seems like everybody is using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or some other platform to connect with friends and family. People use social media for all sorts of reasons, but they’re also increasingly using it to get medical information.[read more]

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Social Startups: TAPPD Personalizes App Discovery

April 23, 2014 by Shay Moser

Social Startups column.

With more than 1 million apps in the App Store and more than 1 million on the Google Play store as of late last year, it’s tough to find new apps to try. That is, unless you see them promoted by experts, or hear about them from a friend, relative, or coworker. Well, guess what? There’s an app for that. TAPPD is the app that personalizes app discovery.[read more]

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10 Pieces of Advice for Bloggers Starting Out in 2014

April 23, 2014 by Marcus Taylor

Advice for newbie bloggers.

But what if starting early isn't an option? What if you wanted to start travel blogging today - how would you generate millions of visits while being 10+ years late to the party? I want to clarify that it's definitely possible. Below are ten points that, for me, are essential for first time bloggers in 2014.[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]

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How to Get Your Brand on the Social Shopping Bandwagon

April 23, 2014 by Anna Francis

social shopping

Social shopping is nothing new, but the concept is continuously becoming bigger and better and making its way to the forefront of digital and e-commerce. As the use of mobile and tablets has grown rapidly, so has the phenomena of social shopping - so how can brands make the most of this?[read more]

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Spredfast, Sprinklr, Hootsuite and...Expion?

April 22, 2014 by Robin Fray Carey
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Peter Heffring, CEO at Expion

One of the things that immediately strikes you about Peter Heffring, the CEO of Expion, is his down-to-earth manner. It's one indication that in a white-hot space that has come to be known as Social Relationship Software, Expion is different. With a couple of key moves made earlier this year, Expion is ready to take the main stage.[read more]

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Social Advocacy & Politics: Riding the Wave, or Social Media Transforms the Newsroom

April 22, 2014 by Alan Rosenblatt

Social Advocacy & Politics column.

Newsjacking, or the idea of riding a trend wave to get your message out to a larger, newer audience is equally central to politics, advocacy and covering the news as it is to brands. While everyone is talking about how social media is changing the way we consume news, we’ve flipped the conversation to look at how social media is changing the newsroom.[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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Advanced SEO Techniques: The Increasing Importance of Social Media

April 22, 2014 by Joe Chierotti

SEO.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a field of online marketing that is constantly changing. One of the most significant changes to take place over the past five years is the increasing importance of social media. All advanced SEO techniques now incorporate social media marketing in one way or another.[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]

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7 Ways to Use Social Media to Boost Your Small Business

April 22, 2014 by Paisley Hansen
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Use social media to boost your small business.

Even after everything is in place, you may not see big results right away. Don’t let that worry you. As NuSkin explains, you need to understand that “your business is a building process and you may not have all the momentum you want immediately.” A social media strategy is one that pays off over time.[read more]

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Listening to Your Community: What to Measure? What to Outsource? What to DIY? [WEBINAR REPLAY]

April 22, 2014 by Amelia Smith

Earlier in the year, we talked about the importance of creating customer communities, but once you've done this and you're community is scaling, how do you manage? Should you outsource your community the same way people outsource their call centers? Your community manager and their team make up the face and voice of your brand. They...[read more]

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What to Do When Your Social Media Manager Quits

April 22, 2014 by Travis Huff

When your social media manager quits.

You’ve got Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest campaigns planned through year’s end, everything is humming along smoothly, and your analytics look great. Suddenly your social media manager announces she’s taking a job overseas. Don’t panic! Here’s an easy five-point plan to save your sanity and keep your campaigns on track.[read more]

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Twitter's New Design Updates: Bringing in a More "Facebookish" Experience

April 22, 2014 by Eric Haskell

Twitter's looking Facebookish

Twitter has brought about a change in its appearance. Despite a few positive aspects, the new look resembles Facebook a lot. Although it might be the safer choice to implement an already-tested platform, the design lacks an innovative touch.[read more]

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The Anatomy of the Perfect mCommerce App

April 22, 2014 by Sorcha Mullis

mCommerce app.

The first thing that you should be thinking about putting in your shopping app is a good and well organised security system. There are countless hackers around the world that can easily access a mobile app user’s account, and for those who are reliant on monetary online transactions, having their information saved on any m-commerce app can be a little daunting.[read more]

 
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