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How to Keep Your Brand in the Social Media Conversation

April 18, 2014 by Lindsay Rauch

Social media conversation.

Consistency on social media is arguably the best way to ensure success. Companies will lose followers quickly if they do not share updates regularly, typically daily, with relevant content and important news. It is similar to maintaining relationships offline: your relationships will fade if you are not checking in regularly to nurture them.[read more]

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5 Tips on How to Generate Sales Leads Through Social Media

April 18, 2014 by Lewis Robinson

Generate sales leads wtih social media.

If you want to find new potential customers, you need to go to where the people are. And, fortunately or unfortunately—depending on how up-to-speed on current trends your company is—all of the people seem to be on social media sites. Hey, the statistics don’t lie: Facebook users spend on average 6.35 hours a month on the site via desktop computers.[read more]

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 If you look closely enough, you'll find that for many people, the "+1's" on your Google Plus profiles have been replaced by a view counter.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

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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]

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]

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Data as Currency: Or Why Your Balance Sheet Needs Another Column

April 16, 2014 by H.O. Maycotte

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"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]

Retailers Love Millennial Women [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 14, 2014 by Vibhushan Waghmare

Millennial women and shopping

With an estimated purchasing power of $2.45 trillion worldwide by 2015, it’s no surprise that the millennial generation has become the most sought-after target segment for Internet retailers. But retailers are particularly interested in millennial women, who bring in the highest volume of referral traffic to their e-commerce stores.[read more]

Consumer Training as a Method to Improve Organic Reach on Facebook

April 11, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad
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Improve organic reach on Facebook.

The fact of the matter is that Facebook is making changes to suit its business and keep a diverse group of stakeholders - and users - happy. A difficult task to say the least. But what if the solution for declining organic reach had more to do with user behavior than complicated News Feed algorithms?[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]

Determining Your Goals: Tips to Get You Started on a Website Redesign

April 10, 2014 by Jacey Gulden

Website redesign.

These goals will help fuel your redesign and create benchmarks that will allow you to evaluate the success of your design when all is said and done. In addition, your goals will also help guide you throughout the strategy and design process.[read more]

3 Types of Data You Can Use to Increase Profits

April 9, 2014 by Casey Barto

Data to increase profits.

I think of data scientists as artists; each silo of data is a different jar of paint adding to the beauty of the final piece. Just as the artist’s curiosity led her to her masterpiece, the data scientist’s inquisitiveness will lead the company to deeper, strategic insights used to make changes and increase profit.[read more]

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The Top 5 Mistakes Made When Setting Up Online Advertising (How to Avoid Them)

April 9, 2014 by Ben Harper

Online advertising mistakes.

There are a number of pitfalls that first time advertisers, or those who haven’t used the AdWords or Facebook advertising systems for a while, often victim to due to the pace of change in each system. In this article we’re going to cover 5 of those that we see most commonly and explain how to avoid them in your new campaign.[read more]

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Search Query Analysis to Increase eCommerce Website Conversions

April 9, 2014 by Jason Hawkins

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One aspect of internet marketing that is just as important as SEO is data driven search query analysis for eCommerce SEO campaigns. Chances are if you know a thing or two about SEO or PPC, you should be getting some targeted traffic. To truly succeed online, you must focus your efforts on converting this traffic into sales.[read more]

The Social C-Suite: Let's Get Real

April 9, 2014 by Mark Schaefer
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The social C-suite.

Have you ever spent time with a CEO of a major company? The pressure and demands on their time are overwhelming. Is paying attention to a social media account and responding to tweets really the best way to spend their time? Can they justify that to a board of directors?[read more]

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Talking with IBM's @Sandy_Carter About Social, ROI, and Women in Tech [VIDEO]

April 8, 2014 by Robin Fray Carey

Sandy Carter, IBM

I recently caught up with Sandy Carter, General Manager Ecosystem Development at IBM, about how she came personally to understand the link between social and ROI. We also talked about women in tech, Girls Who Code, and the upcoming fall Social Shake-Up, where Sandy will be one of our star speakers. Enjoy.[read more]

Measuring the Worth of Content Marketing

April 8, 2014 by Brennan Girdler

What is content marketing worth?

Most if not all businesses partake in some form of content marketing, whether it’s through blogging or social media. Online marketing is a valuable asset to any company regardless of industry or size, though the most common holdup is determining if it’s worth 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]

Thinking Small About Social Media Marketing

April 7, 2014 by Matthew Peneycad

social media marketing: think small

It doesn’t matter if you have tens of millions of subscribers to your various social media networks if they’ll never be inclined to purchase your product or service. And if you’re hell-bent on growing your community essentially for the ‘free media impressions’, let me break some news to you, they’re not free.[read more]

 
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