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There is no community on social media

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And when I saw that headline reporting on a speech provided by a Forrester executive , it made me pause. This notion of “build a community on Facebook,” I’ve never seen any brand successfully build a long-term community on Facebook. The notion that you build a community on Facebook, and that we call people who manage the pages Community Managers, it’s always been a pipe dream.

The LinkedIn Publishing Platform Puts Power in the Hands of the B2B Buyer

KoMarketing Associates

This past month LinkedIn announced they will be opening up the ability for every user to publish their own content on LinkedIn, through individual profiles. According to the LinkedIn blog post , influencer posts have been very successful, averaging more than 31,000 views and receiving more than 250 likes and 80 comments per post. The B2B buyer controls the marketing message.

39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011

Webbiquity

The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. B2B Social Media Guides.

Best Social Media Stats, Facts and Marketing Research of 2010

Webbiquity

For anyone in marketing or PR being asked to make “data-driven&# decisions “based on the numbers&# (and doesn’t that include pretty much everyone in marketing and PR these days?), the sources below provide a vast wealth of data, statistics and research results, as well as a bit of interesting social media trivia. Social Media Facts and Stats. by Social Media Today.

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The New Market for Social Media Consultants

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To date, most social media consultants have focused on helping organizations use social networks for marketing and  customer service. But there’s a new career opportunity for social media consultants — helping your company use social technology for collaboration inside the enterprise, called social collaboration. By Neicole Crepeau, Contibuting {grow}  Columnist. Think Yammer.

Social Media Audiences Are Great, But Email Audiences Are Better

Act-On

Which would you rather have: 3,000 email newsletter subscribers or 30,000 social media followers? You know that while social media represents a vast potential audience, the engagement rates are awful. As you know, “Organic reach” on Facebook is in the low single digits. It’s not a whole lot better on Twitter or LinkedIn. Not so of social media. We’re not done yet.

5 Myths of Social Media Marketing

Marketing Action

Have you tied your social media efforts to a positive ROI? Or, have you heard claims that social media marketing just isn’t worth the effort for B2B companies? B2B social media has gotten a bad rap in the marketing community, with many marketers claiming a low ROI and seeing a lack of interest from prospects. Myth #1: Social Media is Only for B2C Companies. adult.

Test Your Digital IQ with Mark Schaefer’s Social Media Quiz

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How much do you know about social media platforms, facts and trends? Take out a piece of paper and write down your 20 answers to this fun social media quiz! Which of these platforms attracts the most marketing budget dollars (by far)? a) paid search marketing. b) In-game advertising. c) mobile website ads. d) social media ads. 6. We all know Facebook use is declining, right?

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What’s the Best Social Media Monitoring Tool? It Depends

Webbiquity

The explosion of social media has led to a corresponding need for more sophisticated monitoring tools that can crawl the hundreds of social networking and bookmarking sites and millions of blogs across the globe. You can find a list of more than 150 social media monitoring tools here or close to 200 here , but—that can seem overwhelming. Another excellent free tool for finding relevant influencers across the social media sphere, Social Mention is a real-time social search engine that also provides alerts and a cool buzz-monitoring widget you can add to your website or blog.

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Facebook Can Work for B2B Marketers, But You Gotta Know the Rules

Paul Gillin

In my work with B2B organizations, the question of how to use Facebook is invariably front and center. This Is despite the fact that numerous surveys have shown that Facebook is one of the least effective social networks for B2B marketing. Nevertheless, some B2B companies have mined gold out of Facebook’s audience, particularly for recruiting young college graduates.

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Social media ROI sucks! (Or, you can prove anything if you send out a survey)

ViewPoint

Social media marketing is now precariously ensconced as a more-or-less mainstream marketing channel. After all, content is the “fuel” that drives the social media engine, right? But things can get murky when marketers are asked to rate social media in terms of contributing to business goals. This is hardly a rejection of social media or even Facebook.

Best Social Media and Digital Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity

How widespread, really, is the use of social media for marketing? How are B2B marketers using social media differently from their B2C counterparts? How are marketers measuring social media success? General Social Media Statistics. The Growth of Social Media: An Infographic by Search Engine Journal. Infographic: Social Media ROI Statistics by Digital Buzz.

Pinterest and Facebook: A Foreseeable Rivalry for Retailers?

WindMill Networking

There are so many social media networks online that you’d think that you’ve seen them all. While Facebook undoubtedly still remains the King of the social media scene, its growth has seemingly slowed.  Even Forbes recently said , “Just as retailers are losing faith in Facebook as platform for e-commerce, it seems, they’re warming up to Pinterest.”

How to Promote Your Content Using Paid, Earned & Owned Media

Hubspot

The graphic and explanations below detail some of the best paid and earned media tactics for promoting content. Media Relations. Also known as influencer marketing or influencer advocacy, influencer outreach is quite similar to media relations, though, typically, the people targeted are influential in their industry and aren’t necessarily journalists or editors. Email.

What is the Social Enterprise?

It's All About Revenue

Is a social enterprise a business that’s integrated social media platforms into its marketing and support functions? “The ‘social enterprise’ to me refers to a business that connects employees to each other and to customers, through the power of social technologies,” says Zach Hofer-Shall , an analyst at Forrester Research. Is it all about social CRM?

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It’s Time to Kill Off Your Dreary Customer Reference Program

B2B Marketing Unplugged

This is the pool of customers to which you return every time a Sales Squirrel needs a reference, every time a P-Cuber needs to check off that they have checked up, every time the media call looking for someone who will support the drivel in your latest product announcement. We just aren’t good at it. If you are a B2B company of any size, you have at least one of these programs.

28 Awesome B2B Social Media Statistics

Social Media B2B

Below are a collection of B2B social media statistics collected from various sources covering a wide range of topics. We B2B firms aren’t as active in their social media activity with only 32% engaging on a daily basis compared with 52% of B2C firms. More than half (53.5%) of marketers surveyed said they currently use social media as part of their marketing strategy. This is up from 2009, when 45.0% of marketers said they used social media for marketing. Forrester predicts B2B interactive marketing spending to reach $4.8 Source ). Source ). Source ).

The Simple, 3-Step Process to Generating Leads and Revenue through Social Media Channels

Marketing Action

Social media is a huge opportunity for businesses to spread their message to a large number of people in a relatively short amount of time. Facebook click rates are unimpressive, LinkedIn sponsored posts are quite expensive, and tweets get lost in the mix. Advertise it on social media. So first, how do you drive more traffic to your site through social channels?

Are marketers getting lost in the Dark Funnel?

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Before the explosion of social media and content marketing, marketers probably knew the answers to these questions. Forrester Research report from way back in 2007 predicted a transformation of the buyer’s journey was underway and the traditional sales funnel had “outlived its usefulness.” Follow her @KristaLaRiviere and on LinkedIn. How informed are they?

Help! I Need a Marketing Automation Vendor with Social Media Savvy

WindMill Networking

Sure. I’ve found the following lists to be helpful: RaabGuide Top SEOs Business Software Forrester , via Marketo The lists above include vendors with varying degrees of focus on Web 2.0 If you’re a progressive marketer who integrates social with lead nurture, you should focus on automation vendors who can accommodate your combination of social media- and CRM-driven engagement styles.

Gamification of the Sales Process

Sales Intelligence View

According to Forrester, gamers span just about every demographic. We saw this internally at InsideView when we wanted to drive social media adoption by the company. Engagement on social media. Social Media Tips Social Selling achievement B2B b2b sales CRM crm 2.0 What is Gamification? One of the trending topics in business is gamification. 65% of Xbox gamers are male.

Winning the Social Media Popularity Contest

Tom Pisello

Thursday, December 09, 2010 Winning the Social Media Popularity Contest Alinean Research of Fortune 500 Popularity on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The findings highlight distinct differences in popularity based on company practices and customer profiles, with many companies and industries displaying an enormous leveraging of social media versus peers.

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Measuring the Impact of Social Media in B2B Marketing

Webbiquity

Forrester recently released a report by Laura Ramos and Augie Ray on How to Assess the Impact of Social Media in B2B Tech Marketing. While B2B marketers have been ramping up social media activities over the past 18 months, not all are seeing the outcomes they’d hoped for. Set goals, understanding what social media is good for — and what it isn’t. Video.

The 39 Social Media Tools I’ll Use Today

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Also, at my social media speaking engagements hither and yon I’m often asked what tools I use. So, I took a personal inventory and created this overview of the 39 social media tools I use daily. It doesn’t have the advanced functionality of Tweetdeck (such as cross-posting to Facebook), but it’s so easy-to-use that it’s my favorite Twitter app. Smart.

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12 Social Media Tools for B2B Pre-Event Marketing

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Whether it’s a webinar or a multi-day conference, leveraging social media can help event organizers extend an event’s visibility, attendance and pre-event conversations. LinkedIn Events Setting up an event in LinkedIn is a fairly simple process. Facebook Events Facebook doesn’t have the most elegant option for managing events, but it can be effective.

Is Your Social Media Strategy Dynamic?

Marketing Action

Social media, once the province of teenagers and the PR people who work for celebrities, crossed the chasm some time back and has become so mainstream that your grandmother probably has a Twitter handle. Her points underscore a key proposition: Social media is extremely dynamic. For Facebook and Google+, the 45–54 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic. See if Ms.

Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

Sales Lead Insights

What’s all this have to do with social media? have been working hard, for at least a couple of years now, trying to use social media to measurably move the needle in regard to generating B2B sales leads and driving B2B sales. I’m sad to say I’m not seeing anything beyond anecdotal results, either from my own extensive social marketing efforts, or from those of my clients. Some new studies that start to quantify the impact of social media on generating leads and driving sales have been recently released. Is social media effective for B2B lead generation?

12 Examples of B2B Companies Managing Impactful Twitter Profiles

KoMarketing Associates

As a matter of fact, an estimated 310 million active users per month have propelled Twitter to number two on the list of most popular social networks, behind Facebook. Twitter’s popularity expands into the B2B sector, as data has revealed that 87% of B2B marketers are now using social media as part of their strategical arsenal, with 85% of that total using Twitter. Forrester.

78 Tweetable Moments From Social Media Plus #SMPlus

B2B Marketing Insider

This week I attended the Social Media Plus conference in downtown Philadelphia, PA and for the second year in a row, the organizers of the event did an amazing job bringing together some of the best minds in social media in both the speakers and the attendees. But read on and hear the 78 Most Tweetable moments from over 40 social media rock stars… @LauraDuran: Social media is a fundamental shift … it is a great democratization of content and influence says @Michael_Nutter. What is the ROI of social media? Forrester Study. Social Media

Ascent of the social media climbers: Klout goes mainstream

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Because this excellent piece from Boston Globe reporter Beth Teitell represents one of the first times the concept of social scoring systems like Klout have jumped into the mainstream media. Here is Beth’s fine article: Ascent of the social-media climbers. I’ve never done this before, but today I’m reprinting an entire article from another publication on {grow}. 

Will Social Media Replace Traditional Marketing?

Content Marketing for BI

Social media is on the tip of most every B2B marketer’s tongue these days. Should we have a Facebook page?” What about LinkedIn? Laura Ramos of Forrester recently published the 2010 B2B Marketing Budgets and Mix Trends Research. Of course, it’s no surprise that Forrester finds social media to be the hot new marketing tool. Should we be there too?”

It pays to provide Support with Social Media

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In a recent Forrester Report on “ Customer Experience Pays Off as Social Media reduces Obstacles for Real Change ” they have really nailed down the argument I have been making over the last year about why Support is the single best place to build your business case for Social Media. Why not use Social Media to delight your customers. Share this on Facebook.

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B2B Gets Yelp’d

It's All About Revenue

Social media, along with Q&A sites , have put buyer-based reviews at the frontline of B2B marketing. In the same way Yelp put support and customer service a key marketing concern for stores, bars and restaurants, sites like Quora , LinkedIn and Twitter wresting control from B2B marketing departments and putting it in keyboard-happy hands of customers. Then social media comes along and guess what? With the advent of social media customers are discussing their complaints and opinions in public forums. Facebook. LinkedIn. by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this.

Best Social Media Stats and Market Research of 2010 (So Far)

Webbiquity

Data junkies, stats addicts, web trivia buffs rejoice — here are a deluge of social media, search and other marketing research facts and figures from 50 articles and blog posts published so far in 2010. What social media tool helps small business double their reach on Twitter? How do B2B social media marketing practices differ from B2C companies? Social Media Statistics.