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4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer

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Everyone wants to do it right, but b2b social media marketing in general is still so new, and rapidly evolving, that it can seem like the rules are being written and rewritten on the fly. Second, B2B's biggest social media screw-ups by Mark Schaefer demonstrates what can happen when companies are clueless about social media, including thought not limited to Twitter.

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Social Media Ostriches

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Given the enormous interest in using social media for business purposes, I've been astounded to hear comments like these at recent conferences: "That's all really interesting, but I can't access any of the websites you just talked about. My company blocks all access to social media sites." Social Tagging It is not part of the job.

Using Blogs for Social Media Optimization

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Blogs are one of six broad types of social media. This post will discuss how PR and marketing professionals can use blogs (even if you don't write your own) to increase brand awareness and credibility; the next will discuss all of the other tools of social media. Blogs are a big deal; they are mainstream and competing with traditional media.

Social Media Best Practices Start with Blogging

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There are several different tools and tactics included under the umbrella of "social media"—including podcasting, video, social bookmarking, wikis, forums, and social networking—but the ideal starting point is blogging. It's something you can promote on social bookmarking and social networking sites without being blatantly promotional.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. social media. Look for.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 4

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With the rapidly increasing use of social media tools for marketing and PR comes growing pressure to demonstrate results. But what metrics are really most appropriate for social media measurement? Is your social media strategy built on a solid foundation, or is it more like a Hollywood movie set—a pretty facade with nothing behind it? Social Tagging

Diving into Social Media Marketing? How a Social Media Consultant Can Help

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Interest in social media marketing is surging, with several recent studies showing that a majority of companies, of all sizes, are now using social media in some form for business purposes. I've also seen dramatically increased interest in hiring social media consultants. After all, isn't social media primarily about conversations?

The 4 C's of Social Media

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Social media is a bit like art—most of us are pretty sure we know what it is, but articulating a common definition can be challenging. There are many definitions of social media floating about of course, they just aren't consistent. Social media "are primarily Internet- and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information" according to Wikipedia.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 3

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While most marketers have now embraced social media for monitoring and participating in brand conversations, questions still abound. How are b2b buyers actually using social media in their research and buying decisions? What's the best method for approaching social media marketing? Social Tagging Which sites are most important to participate in?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. social media. Look for.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 1

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This year will feature expanded, finer-grain categories (such as separate best-ofs for Twitter- and Facebook-related posts) and some renamed categories ("social media marketing" will replace "social media optimization" which in turn replaced a varied basket of terms before it). Social media continues its rapid growth"—check. What The F**K is Social Media?

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 2

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Social media, and discussions of its value for PR and marketing, have become ubiquitous. But which social media tool do marketers find most valuable? What's the best tool for social media research and learning? How can you explain the value of social media to skeptics? practices, blogs and more. Social Tagging

Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media Announced

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Judy Grundstrom at the Just JudyJudyJudy blog yesterday announced the Twin Cities Top Ten Titans In Social Media 2009 , chosen by a distinguished group of judges. The winners come from a variety of backgrounds, including politics ( Dusty Trice ), broadcast media ( Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson of FM 107.1, Social Tagging Need to Know me ), among others.

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 6

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Which social bookmarking sites have the most clout? Can social media really increase revenue? What common mistakes should you avoid in social media marketing? Get the answers to these questions and others here in the final set of the best posts on social media marketing from last year. Companies Believe Social Media Can Increase Revenue!

Best of 2007: Blog Posts on Social Media Marketing

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My last post listed several of the best news articles from 2007 on how to effectively use social networking sites for marketing. Here are some of the best blog posts on social networking and social media marketing strategies and tactics. This early success with social media can have long-lasting effects on search engine rankings as well."

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

social advertising on LinkedIn, programmatic networks like Choozle) that. Paul Gillin, B2B Social Media Strategist, Senior Trainer, Profitecture www.[link] Another good example is Top Rank’s Social Media Marketing Management. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. social media. Look for.

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 5

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How can you make a big splash in social media without a huge budget? Turn your social media contacts into leads, and ultimately customers? Discover the answers to these questions and others here in the penultimate list of the best posts on social media marketing from the past year. Are Comments the Next Social Layer? Social Tagging

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 3

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How can you make more efficient use of social media? What are the best examples of organizations using social media for marketing, promotion and interactive PR ? How can you optimize your use of social networking tools like Twitter and LinkedIn? Looking for ideas on how your company could expand its use of social media? Social Tagging

ZoomInfo, Chris Abraham and Me - A Social Media Case Study

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Sure, almost every business on the planet is now using social media in some manner, but do you ever wonder if it really works? It started with a webcast on using Twitter effectively for business and advocacy hosted by Chris Abraham , social media guru and principal at social PR firm Abraham Harrison , and Anamitra Banerji of Twitter. Social Tagging

How to Create a Cool Social Media Email Signature

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One of the most popular posts ever on this blog was The Social Media Email Signature , in which I noted that "In the old days, email signatures pretty much just mirrored business card information (which is still the case for most people).A The post included several creative examples of social media signatures, though most are are text-based. Social Tagging

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 1

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Everybody uses Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, but which niche social media sites are worth investigating? How can you maximize your results through social bookmarking sites like Digg? How does social media relate to SEO? Learn the answers to these questions and more here in some of the best blog posts on social media marketing and optimization of 2008.

How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy

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MarketingSherpa's 2009 Social Media & PR Benchmark Guide (PDF) provides a wealth of useful statistics and guidance. technologies." (If you parse that, it matches up pretty closely to the 4 C's model of social media marketing.) The two most significant barriers cited to social media adoption were "lack of knowledgeable staff" and "inability to measure ROI."

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 2

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How should you measure the impact of social media? What are some of the best free tools for monitoring social buzz about your brand or company? Discover these answers and others here in more of the best posts from the past year on social media marketing and PR. Social Tagging How can you create effective online video content on a budget? Web 2.0

Christopher Barger, GM's Social Media Rock Star

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Here are a few highlights from his presentation at the recent Blogging for Business conference. Blogging is (officially) no longer new. 90% of Internet users in the 25-34 year-old group are familiar with blogs. 60% of those under the age of 21 belong to a (online) social network. Blogs now rival traditional media for reach.

Social Media ROI vs. RONI

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Understandably, as businesses begin to invest more marketing/PR dollars into social media, there is great concern over the ROI of these activities. So no matter how much "buzz" there is about the promise of social media marketing or how excited you may be about it, if it hasn't already happened, sometime very soon your boss or client is going to start asking you about the ROI of social media marketing. Tools like HubSpot do a great job of quantifying social media leads, but still have some last-click bias. Social Tagging Balderdash.

What's Next for B2B Social Media? FYIndOut Now

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It's been obvious for some time that social media has an increasing role in b2b marketing , and that b2b companies will increasingly invest marketing dollars there as social media marketing practices become more standardized. Still, most of what's being done today, from creating a company Facebook page to using a social media email signature , is extremely tactical.

How to Use Social Media to Leverage the Power of Google

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While Google and social media are two separate entities, they are closely intertwined. However, the most advantageous aspect to performing well in social media is that many people who frequent the sites are webmasters and blog owners. Many journalists cruise techy social media sites such as Digg and Reddit looking for interesting stories to cover and link too.

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Using ALL the Tools of Social Media Optimization

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The term "social media" encompasses several different types of sites, and it's important to use all of them properly in order to really be effective at social media optimization (SMO). So, here are some tips for using different types of social media sites for SMO. Discussion Forums These are a place to showcase your expertise in a non-promotional way.

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 2

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Which social media sites are the most valuable? Where can you find free tools to help monitor buzz about your company across blogs, Twitter on online forums? Read on to discover all of this and more in some of the best blog posts and articles on social media and Web 2.0 so far in 2008. Is Your Site Social Media Friendly? applications?

Best of 2008 (So Far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 1

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Use social media to enhance your SEO efforts and build your business? Get the answers to these questions plus learn more about the largest and the fastest-growing social bookmarking and social networking sites in this installment of some of the best SMO blog posts and articles written so far in 2008. How Can Marketers Harness The Social Web?

It Came from Facebook! The Social Media Marketing Challenge that Can't be Ignored

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Several recent studies have put the challenge that social media presents to marketers into stark relief: social media is huge. While there are some social media brand success stories , such as Blendtec and Starbucks on the B2C side, and Sun and IBM in B2B, most companies still struggle with optimizing their social media strategy and implementing tactics and measurement.

Hear About PR & Social Media at the B4B Conference

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The 5 Best Social Media Sites for Small Businesses

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Note: the following is a guest post from expert researcher and freelance writer Heather Johnson on how businesses can effectively use social media as a component of PR efforts, and efficiently focus their efforts on the most productive sites. Instead, it is best to strongly focus on several and then let the viral nature of social media take over. And so on.

Social Media Now Top Information Source for B2B IT Buyers

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social media sites by B2B IT decision-makers, researchers at ITtoolbox and PJA have just published their second report on the topic. hours per week consuming user-generated content (such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networking sites and online forums) versus 3.1 LinkedIn , Facebook and Wink ) and blogs. Following up on its first study on the value of Web 2.0

Best of 2007: News Articles on Social Media Marketing

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Social media (blogs, podcasts, forums) and social networking sites ( Digg , del.icio.us , StumbleUpon , Searchles , etc.) Social media and social networks are simply an online version of that table at the coffee shop. Here are several of the best news articles from last year on social media strategy and tactics for marketers.

Are Americans Social-Media-Lazy?

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In the latest installment of Outside the Inbox, Jared Reitzin of mobileStorm reviews some recent research studies and asks, when it comes to participation in social media (blogging, uploading videos to YouTube, etc.)—are Americans lazier than web users in other countries, or just busier? But in case you've forgotten it from season 6, here is the best American Idol video EVER: Relax, it's Friday. :-) ** technorati tags: Outside the Inbox, Jared Reitzin, participation in social media, Sanjiya, American Idol 6 - Chris Sligh - Typical del.icio.us Check it out.

Social Media Isn't Only for Virtual Events

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Note: this is a guest post from Cece Salomon-Lee , social media relations expert and author of the PR Meets Marketing blog. Cece has previously guest-posted here on best practices in PR and blogging outreach. Proponents state that social networking technology can help promote similar interactions in a virtual environment. The same goes for social media technology. In this case, social media isn't only for virtual events. Conclusions Like any event, social media takes time and patience. And they did it for FREE.

High Points on the Social Media Landscape

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In "The 4 C's of Social Media," I noted that coming up with a concise definition of social media , like defining "art," is challenging. Another is to look at the different types of websites and tools that comprise the social media landscape. They aren't intended to be comprehensive, but rather to identify the high points in the social media topography. Social Networking Sites where you can post your profile, promote links to your company site / blog / etc., Social Tagging

Do Agencies Get Social Media?

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Late last week, MediaPost's Cathy Taylor wrote about the shortcomings of marketing agencies (large ones at least) when it comes to really understanding and utilizing social media on their clients' behalf—or even their own—in Blogger's Block - And Other Ways Agencies Aren't Walking The Walk Of Social Media. " As for blogs, the number of agencies that have them is growing, but overall they're still pretty spotty in terms of technical chops and raison d'etre, and there's at times an embarrassing level of "Gee whiz! We're blogging!" to some posts.

B2B IT and Social Media 1: The Buyer Perspective

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Specifically, ITtoolbox wanted to determine how IT decision makers use social media tools (such as blogs, podcasts, discussion groups and wikis) to assist in purchasing decisions. Among the key findings: Overall, IT decision makers spend more time each week reading or interacting with social media (3.5 The results are eye-opening. hours).