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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. I 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. Not really. Related articles.

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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. I recommended setting up multiple Twitter accounts for different functions like customer service and marketing. Shhhhhh! Beyond Social Media.

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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Social Marketing Hangover

Paul Gillin

The time when a clever blogger could amass an audience of 30,000 loyalists in a year has passed. I was recently quoted on Internetnews.com making the following prediction: “Look for marketing’s love affair with social media to give way in 2011 to the sobering reality that a Facebook fan page and Twitter account don’t solve problems of poor products or positioning. So Now What?

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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. 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. I 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. I followed Microsoft closely for many years when I was in the technology press, visited the company every year or so and even sat down with Bill Gates for interviews a few times. Creeping Bureaucracy. He handed it over to the wrong guy.

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. I 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

We are also urging bloggers who are not present on the “tree&# to tag themselves as well.) 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. According to founder Dave Vellante, the graphic hit Digg.com and traffic exploded. This one has a twist.

Oracle’s Updated Social Media Policy

Paul Gillin

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. All blogs, wikis, forums, and social networks hosted or sponsored by Oracle (e.g., blogs.

Oracle’s Social Media Policy

Paul Gillin

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. A version from six months ago can be found here. This is a nice, concise document that covers all the bases I can think of. Twitter, social networking sites).

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). A ssets (free).

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.

Trying GroupHigh for Blogger Outreach Campaigns

Biznology

I am hereby making the jump from humans to robots for all my blogger research. And what was I comparing all of these social CRMs, influencer-identification services, and blogger databases to? I don’t reach out to 40 bloggers over time, I reach out to upwards of 2000 bloggers all-at-once. Blogger outreach is more PR than social media (socialmedia.biz).

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. So, dropping a rate card is the smart blogger’s way of saying “no. unless.” Yeah, infographics! Earned media. Very cool.

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. That said, these bloggers are the victims. Totally!

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. I blogged for clients.

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.

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 evolution of a blogger

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

As I’ve observed bloggers from all walks of life, writing about every subject imaginable, and as I’ve taken the journey myself, I’ve found that there is an evolution that takes place. By Srinivas Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. While it’s tempting to see ourselves as marketers, what we’re really doing is creating art. The Novice. The Mechanic. The Artist. The Entrepreneur.

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.

Have You Hugged Your Blogger Today?

grow - Practical Marketing Solutions

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure to get to know many of the great marketing bloggers I admire so much. Most bloggers do the work out of love, passion, and a drive to make a difference … not for money. ” Now THAT is something to keep a blogger going! Can we make this the first Hug a Blogger Week? And it is amazing how similar we are. You did.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The next generation of bloggers is here. And they are computers

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Illustration courtesy Flickr CC and Justin Aerni The post The next generation of bloggers is here. The writing bots are here. Computer scientists in Finland have created an algorithm that can programmatically create better rap lyrics than actual rappers. The site bot or not challenges to you choose whether a poem was created by a human or an algorithm. Last year the L.A. Brainstorming?

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. 1) BirdSong Analytics.

Why it pays to be a patient blogger

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But that is not necessarily an ideal quality to have as a beginning blogger! Uber blogger Chris Brogan famously said that it took him three years to attract his first 100 blog subscribers. Help others, Support other new bloggers. I have a “healthy impatience.” ” Most successful business people do. You have to work hard and have A LOT of patience. A lot more.