September, 2011

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INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Marketing

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From SocialMediaOnlineClasses.com, here's an infographic that lists 64 ideas for marketing on Facebook. View Original Article

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INFOGRAPHIC: Future SEO Trends

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From CreatingYourselfAtTheTop.com, here's an infographic that shows what to expect with search engine marketing in the next few years. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Twitter vs. Facebook

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From BuySellAds.com, here's an infographic that compares user demographics between Twitter and Facebook to help marketers understand which platform would be more effective for them. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Word of Mouth Marketing

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From Capseo, here's an infographic on why word of mouth marketing marketing is increasing in popularity. View Original Article

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

VIDEO: Facebook Statistics

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Here are three video infographics that explorer the prevalence of Facebook. From Time, "One Minute on Facebook" "Facebook: Facts and Figures" "Facebook by the Numbers

Austin Hot Dog Restuarant Put on the "Google Map"

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This is why we do what we do. Real people realizing their dreams and adding value to their communities. Fueled by hard work, imagination and little help from Google and social media.

VIDEO: Captain Inbound

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From the Hubspot, here's a humorous video that illustrates the advantages of inbound marketing. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Location-Based Social Media

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From Visible Technologies, here's an infographic about social media that utilizes smartphone and GPS technology, and how much information users are willing to disclose. View Original Article

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Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Free Facebook Ads

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Earlier this week, Entrepreneur.com reported that Facebook will offer $50 of free click-throughs on ads on the site. The program is intended to help small businesses by encouraging them to advertise during the recent economic downturn. With 800 million users, Facebook is a platform that can help small businesses retain customers, build brand awareness and attract new business. Our goal is to give small businesses a boost by helping them find customers the best way possible -- through recommendations from friends," Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CFO. Chamber of Commerce.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Growth of Mobile Commerce

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From Microsoft Tag, here's an infographic that looks at how shoppers are utilizing smartphones, whether shopping online or in the store. View Original Article

Generating Leads from Your Blog

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Entrepreneur.com has ten tips for increasing your company's digital presence and converting blog traffic into qualified leads. Make your blog an extension of your main website" For many visitors, your blog might be their first and only experience with your company. As such, have your blog as a sub-domain of your main page and make sure it mirrors the design of your main site. Solve or share, don't shill" Focus on helping your customers to solve problems instead of trying to sell to them. Show up" Blog on a regular, sustainable schedule. Use an editorial calendar to plan a posting schedule.

INFOGRAPHIC: Blog Makeover Guide

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From Pushing Social, here's an infographic about how to tweak a blog to improve a blog. View Original Article

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

INFOGRAPHIC: The State of Social Media

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From Nielsen's "State of the Media: Social Media Report Q3", here's an infographic with a wealth of statistics about the current state of social media. View Original Article

B2B Mobile Marketing Mistakes

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Mobile marketing is not just for business to consumer relationships. Over 70% of young executives classify mobile as a primary communications tool. And yet business to business marketers have been slow to move into mobile marketing. From the Hubspot Blog, here is advice for B2B marketers intent on developing a mobile strategy on mistakes to avoid. Reliance on PC-based Website Design a mobile optimized website as well. Incorporate the unique features of mobile devices (e.g. camera, text messaging) into a B2B campaign. Text messaging can reinforce a personal relationship and increase loyalty.

INFOGRAPHIC: Measuring the ROI of Social Media

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From MDG Advertising, here's an infographic about the metrics that indicate whether the resources devoted to social media marketing are being effectively used. View Original Article

Content Marketing in 2012

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Content Marketing Institute asked the speakers for Content Marketing World to make a series of predictions. Here's a summary of what they expect 2012 to bring in the content marketing space. Chris Baggott - Content marketers will realize that the real opportunity lies in attracting new customers, not retaining existing ones. Content volume will dramatically increase due to employee blogging. Keith Blanchard - A major TV advertiser will pull out of broadcast media altogether and shift that money into digital-only campaigns. Internal and external communications teams will collaborate more.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

INFOGRAPHIC: Keeping Visitors on Your Website

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From KISSMetrics, here's an infographic of the top eight webpage characteristics that cause visitors to leave a website. Avoiding these examples of what not to do is essential to a good content marketing strategy. View Original Article

INFOGRAPHIC: Future of Paid Search

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From KISSMetrics, here's an infographic that shows the current state of paid search and where it's going. View Original Article

Internet Marketing Metrics That DON'T Drive Success

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Metrics are essential to refining and improving an inbound marketing strategy. But not all metrics are valuable. From the Hubspot Blog, here are five metrics that aren't worth stressing over, and some alternatives. Comments Comments can gauge the level of discussion about a piece of content, but comments aren't indicative of success. The reason? Comments don't equate to leads, which should be your goal. Alternative : Measure referrals and leads from social media to your website. Open Rate Many email readers don't accurately reflect whether an email gets opened. View Original Article

Social Media Failure

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The point of using social media for marketing is to enhance relationships and build trust. Not everyone seems to get that point. From Keith Dawson at the CMO Site, here are some examples of tone-deaf uses of social media. New York Police Department The NYPD announced the formation of a unit to search social media sites or information on planned crimes and their perpetrators. While that's an appropriate use of social media for them, they're missing an opportunity for engagement and they would certainly benefit from fostering more trust. View Original Article

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Creating a Branded Foursquare Page

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Foursquare, a location-based social media application, has grown steadily and begun partnering with several major brands. Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. From Social Media Explorer, here are some tips for creating a Foursquare business page. Read the Guides Find the basic guide here. Use Images Images will draw attention to tips you include on the page and extend your brand.

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Thesis vs Genesis – Comparing Premium WordPress Themes

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Over the Labor Day weekend, I had the pleasure of working on my first website using the Genesis Framework from StudioPress. I say pleasure because it happened to be my husband’s new photography site, and it was the first theme he’s chosen that didn’t lead me to using a string of obscenities that might actually shock people who regularly watch HBO. Thesis vs Genesis. Enjoy! 59.95.

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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Estimating influence is a delicate balance of art and science. People are drawn to quantitative methods because scores are easy to understand. The downside of reducing influence to a number, though, is oversimplification. Lately, I’ve been looking at  Klout , the popular new tool that bills itself as “The Standard&# for influence measurement. The more I look at it, the less I like it.

50 (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011 (So Far)

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Social media marketing has gone well beyond the hype stage and is now mainstream business practice. Still, questions remain: how do I use social media most effectively across the enterprise? Which social media monitoring tools should I use? What should I monitor for? How do I use my time and resources most effectively? What social media developments and trends should I be watching? What to do?

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

Why Klout matters. A lot.

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Yes, this is a real invitation. If you hate Klout … and you probably do … try to take a deep breath and read ahead with an open mind. And, unlike every other blogger on the planet it seems, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a very important development. In fact, a historically important development. Never has. Never will. Now, for a different perspective. Even me. Right?

20 of the world’s most clever Twitter bios

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Last year I started “collecting” great Twitter bios and kind of got hooked. When I decided to publish “The All-Time Best Twitter bios,” and “The 20 Funniest Twitter Bios,”  readers of {grow} seemed to get hooked too!  So here we are with the third edition. These are all real Twitter bios … @MichaelACaruso. I’ve learned I don’t know anything. 

The Ultimate Truth About Klout and Influence

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An analysis of Klout, the use of it and the concept of influence from the Klout and social network perspective. Let me start by disappointing you. I do not know the ultimate truth. just wanted to grab your attention. That’s what you do with a post title now and then. However, now that you’re [.]. Opinion Social media marketing Eloqua influence Joe Fernandez K+ Klout Klout score PeerIndex

Can you make money managing social media?

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Now, here’s the next big question … can you make money managing social media for others? My original prediction was based on a statement I heard at many companies: “Can you please just do this social media stuff for me?” ” Of the course the purists will contend that everybody should do their own social media because of the “authenticity” value.  Overseas.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

Three reasons social media marketing favors small businesses

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I’ve spent some time this week attending a few online webinars and catching up on my blog reader and I noticed an interesting trend. The conversations, research, presentations, and case studies focused entirely on large corporations. Look through the success stories in your blog reader. Coca-Cola. And of course the ever-present Zappos. Is anybody paying attention to the little guys?