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How Trade Publications Can Capitalize on Content Marketing and Social Media

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Gordon Plutsky seems to answer in the affirmative, contending that marketers need to set up their own content distribution channels , bypassing the trade media. Mind you, I've never worked for a trade publisher and am not telling them how to run their businesses, these are just observations based on nearly 20 years of media buying and 25 years of business experience. Research.

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." It is not part of the job. Social Tagging

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? How can you monitor everything that's being said about your company, competitors and key industry topics across the social media landscape without spending a fortune on monitoring software?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

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. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

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? Top 5 SlideShare Groups – A Rich Learning Environment for Social Media by uber.la

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? Social Taggin

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 6

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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. Builds on the arguments made in Social Media ROI vs. RONI (risk of not investing). Companies Believe Social Media Can Increase Revenue!

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. tags: social media marketing Facebook fan pages SEO? Are Comments the Next Social Layer?

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

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. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

Social Media + Email Marketing: One Company Doing It Right

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Though social media is all the rage, email marketing also remains strong, with 85% of companies planning to increase spending in this area in the second half of 2009 according to a recent study. Combining social media with email marketing holds tremendous potential, as the tools are complementary. Email is permission-based interruption marketing; social media is participatory.

Social Media Relations vs. Traditional PR Skills

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The emergence of social media has dramatically changed the role of public relations. As the landscape has shifted from being dominated by one-to-many mass media to many-to-many participatory social media, the skillsets required of PR professionals have changed. With the diffusion of influence created by social media, PR pros need to understand a much wider range of motivations.

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. tags: social media email signature web 2.0

Can Social Media Save Detroit?

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Roxanne Darling at Bare Feet Studios recently wrote an outstanding piece on the use of social media at Ford. In How Ford Can Ramp Up It’s Social Media Turnaround Story of 2009 (nicely summarized by John Cass on Social Media Today ), she outlines a social media strategy to help Ford become more transparent and connect more effectively with customers. 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? Social Tagging

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

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. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media. He writes about content and social media. B2B Marketing.

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 ? Find those answers and others here in more of the best articles and blog posts about social media marketing from the last year. Looking for ideas on how your company could expand its use of social media?

Social Media, Cell Phones and Online Shopping: Is Big Brother Us?

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Social Media: This is a treasure trove of information for any Big Brother-ish entity. Social media is now used routinely in the hiring process. It isn't just HR professionals, however, who may be monitoring your tweets or other social media use however; Facebook cost this woman her insurance benefits. Is Big Brother watching you? Facebook can even get a person killed.

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. 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. Three key points to note Social media is valuable.

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. Social Tagging

Social Media, Email and Search: The "Elite Trio" of Online Marketing?

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MarketingSherpa recently published this chart revealing marketers' opinions of where social media fits among what the publication calls the "elite trio" of Internet marketing: social media, search and email. While it's hard to disagree with the 97% of marketers who believe that social media will complement (not "compliment" — a rare MarketingSherpa word usage error !)

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 2

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How should you measure the impact of social media? Discover these answers and others here in more of the best posts from the past year on social media marketing and PR. Her post nicely summarizes the panel discussion as it delves into social media strategy, monitoring and measurement (indirect impact and direct engagement metrics), and social media ad design. Web 2.0

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 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. blogs), community interest and links, all of which are built through social media participation.

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."

The Social Media Email Signature

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Based on my informal research, here are the most popular social media elements people are adding to their Web 2.0 Social media email signatures can also include elements like AIM name, Digg page, Sphinn profile and Ning group. But the best Web 2.0 / social media email signature I've seen so far belongs to.Guy Kawasaki. and email address. signatures. Christina L.

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.

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. Having your own blog provides a "container" for all of your thought leadership and potentially viral content, whether in the form of text, images, audio or video.

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.

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. More than 60% of U.S.

Christopher Barger, GM's Social Media Rock Star

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Blogs now rival traditional media for reach. Social media has given every consumer the opportunity to reach millions of others with his or her opinion of a brand or product. Social media enables you, as a marketing or PR professional, to participate in the conversion—but no longer to control it. Traditional" media now follows the blogosphere at least as often as it leads it.

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

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Which social media sites are the most valuable? 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? by Search Marketing Gurus Contending that "An online marketing strategy includes SEO, PPC, Social Media and even Word of Mouth. What are the most popular Web 2.0

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 1

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Use social media to enhance your SEO efforts and build your business? Video Tours Increase Sales by Social Media Optimization Blogger David Wilson summarizes a SellPoint/Cormetrics study showing that audio/video "product tours" can increase e-commerce conversions by up to 35%—plus they're portable, so they can easily be re-used in other online venues.

Five Ways to Give Back Through Social Media

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In response, non-profits are getting more creative in using social media and other online tools to provide people with more ways to contribute than simply reaching for nearly-empty wallets. 1. Focused as many of us are on our own companies' or clients' economic anxieties, it's easy to forget that downturns (or even the perceptions of downturns) hit non-profit organizations particularly hard.

Will Content Marketing Kill Trade Publications?

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Even in the early days of online, trade publication websites and their newsletters were essential media. Across all media, more than 35,000 jobs have been lost in the past year. But the fact is that no type of media has ever been truly objective, and it may not even be possible. Tags: Media Content marketing is all the rage. Audience. Authority and independence.

Hear About PR & Social Media at the B4B Conference

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Top 100 Social Media Blogs for 2007

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The VirtualHosting blog just announced their list of the Top 100 Social Media and Social Networking Blogs for 2007. The list is divided into nine categories including Most Popular Social Media, Most Popular Social Networking, Web 2.0, Industry News, and Social Media and Marketing.

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.

Best of 2009 (So Far): SEO Guidance, Part 3

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How does the increasing use of social media affect SEO efforts? Another excellent SEO post from Search Engine Land is The Evolving State Of Social Media & SEO. Eric Enge notes that "social media will be a major source of ranking signals for the search engines in the future," both due to its link-building potential and the emergence of real-time search. Social media works.