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The Trouble with Klout

Paul Gillin

Except that Klout doesn’t currently monitor blogs, other than those on Google’s Blogger service. 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. The more I look at it, the less I like it. Beyond Followers.

This Brand Ambassador Program Goes Against the Grain

Paul Gillin

The PR agency for a startup called Social Rebate has been asking bloggers to comment on the company’s somewhat novel approach to brand ambassadorship. have some strong feelings about this topic, so I’ll oblige. They can immediately earn cash back just for posting — and then earn even more when THEIR friends click you YOUR posted link. imagine most people feel the same way.

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Stop Talking! I’m Trying to Listen!

Paul Gillin

And I advised linking generously to influential bloggers as a way of generating reciprocal links that build search visibility. Spammers have corrupted the value of outbound links to much that some bloggers no longer even use them. recommended setting up multiple Twitter accounts for different functions like customer service and marketing. Today I would recommend none of those things.

How Much Should You Pay For Content?

Paul Gillin

Cree Lighting blogger and former newspaper reporter Ginny Skalski. If you choose to hire a journalist as a corporate blogger, you’re in good company. Every single journalist-turned-corporate blogger I have met is happy to be out of the burning building that is mainstream media and into something with a manageable lifestyle and a boss who isn’t a screaming maniac.

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My New Book, ‘Attack of the Customers,’ is now available

Paul Gillin

And if you’re a blogger or editor who would like a review copy, just leave a comment here or drop me a line and I’ll be pleased to send you one. An idea I’ve been kicking around for a couple of years became a formal book project in January. Eleven months later,  Attack of the Customers  on sale on Amazon ! Farming Out Customer Care. Goodbye to all that, and good riddance.

Book Review: Tales From a Veteran Blogger

Paul Gillin

I’ve been a reader of Ed Brill’s blog for several years, not because of any particular  interest in the IBM/Lotus products that he long championed, but because he’s just so good at blogging. Brill was a longtime product manager for IBM’s Social Business products, where he fought an uphill and often public battle against Microsoft. Telling Stories. Ed Brill. Opening Up.

Recommended Reading – 7/9/15

Paul Gillin

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Comments That Open Doors with Popular Bloggers – Boost Blog Traffic. Ninja Guide to Content Creation: Top 10 Writing Tools – Content Marketing Institute. If you’ve ever experienced writers block, struggled to come up with a creative headline, fussed over keywords or just been out of ideas, then this post is well worth your time. What 4.8

Bulldog Reporter’s Faux Pas Shows Why Not to Take Research at Face Value

Paul Gillin

What’s more, 12% of American companies plan to hire a full-time blogger in 2014.” Then there’s the statistic that 12% of companies will hire a full-time blogger in 2014. ” Holy cow! Blogging is one of the oldest forms of social media and is not generally considered a high-growth field. 500 have public blogs, and those numbers aren’t growing very fast.

Got a Cause? Pen a Poem. Win 10 Grand.

Paul Gillin

There’s also a Blogger’s Choice Award, whereby a randomly selected blogger who helps promote the program (like me) gets to choose an applicant to receive a $1,000 cash grant. There’s no song with this award either, but the blogger might hum a few bars for you. It’s tough raising nickels and dimes. In even the most prosperous times. One new course of action. The video has more.

Attack of the Customers: The Pampers Dry Max Crisis

Paul Gillin

It brought two groups of “mom bloggers” to Cincinnati to meet with executives and scientists and address their questions. It This an excerpt from the opening chapter of  Attack of the Customers: Why Critics Assault Brands Online and What You Can Do About It  by Paul Gillin and Greg Gianforte. It’s due to be published this fall. However, Rosana Shah of Baton Rouge, LA was not impressed.

Mobile Marketing Timeline

Paul Gillin

Many bloggers are inundated these days with requests to publish infographics. ignore most of them (and frankly, most infographics aren’t very good), but this one is worth sharing. Source: Mobile Marketing: No Longer a Spam & Pop-up World. Mobility Research

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Microsoft Down, But Hardly Out

Paul Gillin

Bloggers have been kicking the crap out of stack ranking since the VF article appeared, but it’s really not as bad an idea as it sounds. This disease is described in Clayton Christiansen’s 1997 classic The Innovator’s Dilemma. Creeping Bureaucracy. He recalls the Windows 95 launch, when people lined up around the block outside consumer electronics stores to get the first copies.

Recent Writings: Negativity, Social Gaffes and Farewell to Case Studies

Paul Gillin

PR practitioners who undertake influencer relations programs often discover an odd disconnect between them and traditional media relations: Bloggers don’t operate by the same rules as reporters. It turns out the blogger was more interested in the motivations of the PR firm than in Google’s allegedly intrusive behavior. Love Your Critics. Today, they mainly ignore them.

“Content Rules” Is a Desktop Reference for Social Marketers

Paul Gillin

The book includes practical tools like the worksheet that Kodak uses to stimulate ideas from prospective bloggers and tips on where to find free art to dress up blog posts. My mother used to justify her massive collection of cookbooks by saying that a volume was worth buying if there was just one outstanding recipe in it. thought I was pretty savvy about creating content, but authors C.C.

B2B Blogging Excellence

Paul Gillin

As an established presence in a community with few other bloggers, Cahill is a big fish in a small pond. His advice to prospective b-to-b bloggers: “Be prepared to stick with it for a while; it takes a couple of years to build up your presence. I was privileged to moderate the BtoB magazine Social Media Awards Breakfast in New York this week. Their reticence was understandable.

Eloqua’s Innovative Blog Tree

Paul Gillin

Big graphics are a recent trend and a great way to attract attention. People love to share images that creatively display information in formats that make data easier to visualize. Wikibon.org did this to great effect this summer, presenting data storage growth in terms of iPads stacked on the playing field at Wembley Stadium. This one has a twist. Just follow Joe’s directions and join the foliage!

Oracle’s Updated Social Media Policy

Paul Gillin

Blogging Best Practices. A “New Media Handbook for Bloggers” is available as a separate document for employees interested in establishing a blog. Employees who want to start a blog on sites that are sponsored by Oracle need to read this document and submit a request as specified in the New Media Handbook for Bloggers. Dated 11/22/10. Most hyperlinks have been removed because they refer to pages behind Oracle’s firewall. This is a well-crafted policy. The Oracle Social Media Participation Policy applies to. blogs. oracle. com , wiki. oracle. com , mix. oracle. com , forums.

Oracle’s Social Media Policy

Paul Gillin

Blogging Best Practices. A “New Media Handbook for Bloggers” is available as a separate document for employees interested in establishing a blog. Employees who want to start a blog on sites that are sponsored by Oracle need to read this document and submit a request as specified in the New Media Handbook for Bloggers. With the acquisition of Sun complete, Oracle distributed its social media policy to employees this week, and I was forwarded a copy. version from six months ago can be found here. This is a nice, concise document that covers all the bases I can think of.

The state of earned media blogger outreach

Biznology

I’ve been doing earned media blogger outreach as a profession since 2006 and a lot has changed. To be frank, there are a lot of bloggers with their hands out looking for pay to play these days that it can feel a little daunting. Blogger outreach isn’t remotely sales or marketing, either, because the entire analog of blogger outreach is the PR pitch not the cold call.

Trying GroupHigh for Blogger Outreach Campaigns

Biznology

I am hereby making the jump from humans to robots for all my blogger research. In And what was I comparing all of these social CRMs, influencer-identification services, and blogger databases to? I was comparing them to the cost of hiring a team of people to do all of the work by hand. For military bloggers, I need lists that are both American and also pro-military and pro-soldier.

The bloggers are the victims of bad blogger outreach

Biznology

I just wrote an article , Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it? wherein I suggested that some bloggers are kinda jerks because they lead any blogger outreach with “here’s my advertising packet.” Bloggers, in fact, are the victims and we digital and PR agencies are the perps. If you’re in your mid- to late-30s — or even 40s, gah!

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

Writing on the Web

Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid. A Note from Patsi: This week’s guest post is about social media  and it’s really important. Because if you want to engage your business blog readers and grow your reader base, you need to use social media. We’ve been writing about the CAST system for effective blog content: C ontent (compelling). ssets (free).

Take your bloggers and social media influencers to lunch

Biznology

And, it’s so very rare that anyone who pitches bloggers and expects them (us) to do stuff for free ever asks bloggers (us) out to do stuff IRL (in real life). But you also must remember that most bloggers have very rich lives outside of their blogging life. Both bloggers and online influencers have real relationships with their readers and fans. And tweet it.

Four (of the) Worst Practices for Pitching Bloggers

Webbiquity

Brands that are successful at pitching their news and stories to bloggers increase their online presence, gain credibility, and score those coveted “earned” backlinks that Google values as a factor in search rankings. Best practices in blogger outreach , social PR, guest blogging and related topics have been covered here previously. It’s also challenging to do well.

Blogger outreach is more PR than social media

Biznology

Back in 2006 I developed a strategy of blogger outreach that allowed my to reach out to more than just 25 top-tier bloggers by hand over time but to 2,500-5,000 bloggers. While I agree that the top-25-50 bloggers do deserve deep, long-term, and personal engagement, spending that sort of time, over time, on “everyone else” would take all the time in the universe.

The state of the blogger outreach union ten years on

Biznology

I stared my first blogger outreach agency back in 2006. Ten years on, the state of the union of blogger outreach is good for brands and agencies but great for the bloggers and online influencers. Tell anyone that you’re a blogger or a podcaster and you’ll know what I mean. Blogger Outreach is Hard. Blogging Isn’t Cool. Blogging is Hard. Groan.

Blogger outreach is scary

Biznology

Unlike a few years ago, today everyone at least pays lip service to reaching out to bloggers the same we PR people have always reached out to mainstream media. But I am still surprised that many companies don’t do blogger outreach, even today. Simply put, blogger outreach is scary. It is a case of the abuser blaming the victim, the blogger. Image via Wikipedia.

Blogger Outreach: Pet Bloggers are the New “it” Girl

WindMill Networking

As many of you already know I am uber passionate about blogger outreach as a marketing tactic because of the roots in authenticity. The latest vertical of influencers that MANY TYPES OF BRANDS are partnering with and seeing fantastic engagement rates is the pet blogger. So, behold, the rise of the pet blogger! I’m Not […]. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. Blogger Outreach: Pet Bloggers are the New “it” Girl by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachAuthor information.

10 Tips for Developing Better Blogger Outreach

WindMill Networking

Do you feel like your blogger outreach strategy lacks some oomph? My career centers around working with bloggers and becoming a go-to source for blogger outreach advice. The following ten tips, I assure you, will take any blogger … Continue Reading. 10 Tips for Developing Better Blogger Outreach by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Related Stories Is it Time for a Blogger Outreach Tool? Blogger Relations Are the Perfect Advertising Foundation Is Your Brand Fan Friendly? Blogger Outreach

Using Blogger and creating gorgeous websites

Confluent Forms

They'll all gorgeous, functional, easy to maintain, and happen to use Google's Blogger (Blogspot) as their Content Management System (CMS). As a thrifty small business solution a website on Blogger can save time, money, and headaches. big cartel web development blogger blog web design cms small business businessThey were all developed by our firm.

What I Learned About Blogger Outreach from Surveying 4,000 Bloggers

WindMill Networking

I recently published the results of a survey in which I reached out to 4,000 bloggers and gathered their perspective on their role in influencer marketing. This monthly Blogger Outreach column is contributed by Kristen Matthews. What I Learned About Blogger Outreach from Surveying 4,000 Bloggers by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger OutreachThis information has been very valuable for all influencer marketing professionals because it’s not very often that you get outreach advice from the people you want to team up with […].

The blogger’s kryptonite

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Is guest posting a viable strategy to gain attention or a blogger’s kryptonite? The post The blogger’s kryptonite appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Is guest posting a viable strategy to gain attention or a blogger''s kryptonite? When I was starting out on my social media journey, I blogged a lot. blogged for {grow} of course.

How to Turn Anyone Into a Blogger

Hubspot

Whether you know it or not, every person that works for you is a potential blogger. Of course, your new blogger can’t write exclusively about mountain biking or pie crusts, but it’s your job to find a way to incorporate their expertise and frame it in a way that applies to your blogging goals. It’s a real ‘teach a blogger to fish’ situation. Set Your Bloggers Free.

The art of writing the perfect blogger pitch

Biznology

Over the last five years that Abraham Harrison has been pitching bloggers on behalf of clients, we have learned a thing or two about how best to reach bloggers, how to engage them, how to get them to carry our client’s message to their readership. Whether we’re doing an outreach to the bloggers of mainstream media and celebrity blogs or to someone who has just set up a blog for the first time, it all begins with the message model. Bloggers don’t trust PR firms. We We don’t take the blogger’s interest in our pitch for granted. 

How to engage bloggers down the long tail

Biznology

Outreach marketing, formerly known as blogger outreach, is a powerful tool with almost zero barrier to entry — just your time and attention. How to Engage Bloggers Down the Long Tail from Chris Abraham. In a post-Internet world, this is best handled online, for efficiency’s sake. It’s free and online so register ! Now that’s when the magic starts happening.

6 Engagement Marketing Lessons from Successful Video Bloggers

Modern B2B Marketing

Author: Elaine Ip If anyone has mastered the art of engaging an audience, it’s successful video bloggers (otherwise known as vloggers). Fashion and travel blogger Laureen Uy of Break My Style YouTube channel , who also co-hosts a fashion TV show in Manila, has learned how to address an audience of individuals effectively. That’s a lot of competition for vloggers. ” — Ron Gelok.

Blogger and Google+, using them together to great effect

Confluent Forms

There has been lots of discussion on Google+ , speculation about the future direction of the platform, how to best use it, but also what it means for the future of Blogger. What does Blogger have to do with it? As a fan of Blogger, but also as a content strategist, I disagree. The blogger as himself/herself strategy Back to Mike Elgan's strategy.

7 Tools for Finding & Connecting With Influential Bloggers

Hubspot

Bloggers are trusted voices who can bring in customers and help you build your community. Reaching out to potential blogger is a more intricate process nowadays than it was even five years ago. Great bloggers are constantly getting pitched by marketers, making it all the more important for you to stand out from the crowd if you want them to pay attention. Here''s an example.).

Blogger outreach is earned media PR, isn’t it?

Biznology

My definition of blogger outreach has always been about acquiring earned media coverage from bloggers and online influencers. My My definition–and my assumption–has always been that blogger outreach is public relations and not paid media. I may well be mistaken. That’s all well and good but it is not blogger outreach. ” (Wikipedia). Right?

Why Marketers Should Go Rogue with Blogger Outreach

WindMill Networking

Why Marketers Should Go Rogue with Blogger Outreach by Kristen Matthews - Maximize Social Business. Blogger Outreach Author blogger bloggers brand Business Clients communication example follow for your image IT marketing outreach PR rules strategy time WHO One of the principals that I follow when it comes to marketing is to not follow any principals. I’m a fan of embracing all aspects of marketing as one giant grey area and I stray away from strategies where people try to assign rules or draw strict black and white lines. When I coach … Continue Reading.