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Beyond Engagement: Employee Advocacy - What's In It For My Business?

April 17, 2014 by Mike Bailey

A successful employee advocacy program relies on engaged employees becoming brand ambassadors - how much convincing do you need? For now, set aside the excellent financial returns from employee advocacy. Let’s look at the practical contribution that a well-structured program brings to a business.[read more]

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Multi-Screen Engagement: Marketing Across Devices

April 17, 2014 by Paul Dunay

Multi-screen engagement

This week I moderated another great webinar from the SocialMediaToday Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of Multi-Screen Engagement: Marketing Across Devices, sponsored by Act-On. The webinar included a terrific mix of speakers on this topic.[read more]

6 Steps to Successful Facebook Ads

April 17, 2014 by Eyal Reich

Facebook ads

It is very easy to make mistakes when building a Facebook ad campaign. There are many ways in which an ad can be spoiled; anything from poor targeting to bad copy can lay your ad to waste. This post will discuss a few steps that you should follow in order to increase the effectiveness of your Facebook ads.[read more]

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Letting the Domino's Fall Where They May

April 17, 2014 by Lou Cimaglia

Domino's is taking a chance (credit: Domino's)

"We know that not everything is gonna work," says Andy Wetzel of the Domino's Product Innovation team. How many pizza shops do you know who are willing to deviate so far from their core competency to potentially be deemed a failure by their customers? We should tip our cap to their marketing team.[read more]

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Put Social at the Center of Your Customer Universe

April 17, 2014 by Susan Ganeshan

Social in the center of your universe.

Most organizations have a huge blind spot when it comes to social media. Sure, we’re well past the days of people ignoring social altogether – and that’s great. But most organizations still haven’t given social customer feedback the spotlight it deserves, and that translates into missing huge opportunities for the bottom line.[read more]

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State of WOMM: Word of Mouth Trumps Traditional Marketing [SLIDESHARE]

April 17, 2014 by Jessica Murray

Word of mouth.

Word of mouth marketing is more effective than “traditional” marketing according to 64% of brand marketers interviewed in a new survey sponsored by the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and the American Marketing Association (AMA).[read more]

Writing for the Online Reader

April 17, 2014 by Brennan Girdler

Writing for the web.

The online reader is busy. Between newsfeed scrolling and bookmarked, content-heavy websites, there are plenty of distractions out there in the big online ocean. To counter the screen-induced ADD readers of today, we’ll have to shape content around their expectations.[read more]

Angry Online Commenters: Feeling Disinhibited?

April 17, 2014 by Meghan Hunt
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"Online, no one knows you're a dog." 

Back in October 2013, Popular Science made the decision to do away with comments on their website. The editors had repeatedly made the argument that allowing online comments on their articles "undermines the integrity of science" and creates an environment of "aggression and mockery."[read more]

3 Simple Ways to Increase Your Email Open Rates in Under an Hour

April 17, 2014 by Andy Newbom

Increase your email open rates.

Your email marketing campaigns have been humming along nicely. You built a great subscriber list with double opt-in subscription, smart segmenting, and the best email service provider (ESP). You have a strong brand, killer offers, brilliant creative, and a stunning responsive website. And your email open rates are flat-lining or declining.[read more]

In a Content Rut? Try These 9 Content Strategies to Get Unstuck

April 17, 2014 by Julia McCoy

content rut? / shutterstock

Are you a new business, a mid-size to large business, or any other size business with a stagnant online marketing campaign? Do you feel your online presence is not really going places yet? Let’s talk about how to get you on the road to success![read more]

A Copywriter's Toolbox: Essential Books, Websites and Programs

April 17, 2014 by Lauren Parajon

What does a copywriter need?

Every craftsman or craftswoman has a toolbox – a collection of items essential to getting the job done right. As a copywriter, I’m no different from a carpenter in this regard, except that instead of using a saw or a sledge hammer to whip wood into submission, I use reference materials and word processing programs to carve thoughts into blocks of words.[read more]

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The Ultimate Guide to Write a Gripping Blog Post

April 17, 2014 by Stephen Moyers

Write a gripping blog post.

Blogging is necessary for marketing people, though it’s not an easy job. It entails finding a suitable topic, writing great copy on it, optimizing it for the search engines and taking many other steps to ensure that we maintain the highest quality in our writing so that it stands out among the many million blogs that are uploaded on the net.[read more]

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

April 17, 2014 by Brian Hughes
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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]

Creating Authentic Growth (for Your Startup)

April 17, 2014 by Natascha Thomson

Sean Ellis, Founder and CEO of Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com

On March 27th, at the #StartupMarketingConf, Sean Ellis, Founder and CEO of Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com (in a 2010 blog post, he coined the term #GrowthHacker), presented the morning keynote "Stacking the Odds for Authentic Growth." This blog provides the key take aways.[read more]

How to Use Hashtags to Increase Your Social Media Presence

April 16, 2014 by Warren Knight

#Hashtags.

Hashtags first started out on Twitter and have made their way onto all of the most popular social networks including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. The use of a Hashtag in a strategic way can be effective when creating popularity around your brand or business. They will help you find relevant conversations and interesting people to follow.[read more]

Organic Reach Is Dead: Is Facebook Still a Preferred Medium for Brands and SMEs?

April 16, 2014 by Prasant Naidu
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Is Facebook still viable for marketers?

Social media plays a major role in content discovery and Facebook leads the efforts. However the saying that the world’s most popular social networking site with more than 1.23 billion monthly users also helps you reach out to your audience organically, is no longer true.[read more]

Beauty Brands and Social Media

April 16, 2014 by Jaylee Miguel
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What's the beauty industry up to?

The beauty industry is often overlooked when we think about the ways in which the internet has progressed, how social media has grown and how brands have adapted. For an industry been built on recommendation through word of mouth, it was relatively slow on the uptake of social media.[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]

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Breathing Life Into Email Campaigns

April 16, 2014 by Sherry Chao
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Better email campaigns.

Email is a must for B2C companies, due to its effectiveness and ROI in comparison with other digital channels. However, consumer expectations for email are evolving, and companies need to adapt and use new strategies to gain opens, clicks and conversions.[read more]

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Facebook Has Made New Algorithm Updates: Spammy Social Marketers Beware!

April 16, 2014 by Nathan Mendenhall
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New algorithm updates on Facebook.

Facebook has made an update to the News Feed algorithm that has been a long time coming. If you are like me, you are very tired of being asked to Like a photo to save a baby seal or seeing the same content over and over. This kind of content is NOT social media marketing.[read more]

 
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