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A Day Without Social Media

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Yesterday I decided to take a 'day off' from social media.  But I shut down my social media notifications in between those times.   I'm not saying anything against social media. Social media rocks! I've been spending more time than usual on social media recently - networking, chatting away and having a blast. I  also used the social media 'busy time'  to duck the things I really didn't want to deal with in my 'other' life.  Quite the contrary.

ClickInsights: Tips on how B2B marketers should leverage social media

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This month's focus is on leveraging social media, certainly a timely and much discussed topic! It's time for the monthly ClickInsights' Expert Interview Series  - focusing on sharing tips ' n tricks for B2B marketers. Read the post by B2B marketers including Ardath Albee, Brian Carroll, Patsi Krakoff, M. Mac) McIntosh, Maria Pergolino, Seamus Walsh and yours truly by clicking here: ClickInsights' Expert Interview Series.

Phoenix Rising is EVOLVING!

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  My new Rebelations Blog can be found at  [link] You'll see an RSS button on the left side just below the social media icons if you'[d like to subscribe again. To all my readers! On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth.    You'll see that my new website and the blog , as well as RebelationsTV are now all integrated into a single platform. I'm SO SORRY to have to ask for your extra effort!  Thanks much!!!

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Phoenix Rising is EVOLVING!

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Gotta  love technology:)  So, I am so sorry to have to ask - but you'll need to resubscribe here: [link] You'll see the RSS button on the left side just below the social media icons. To all my subscribers! On Monday, April 12 Phoenix Rising will transform into Rebelations - my new blog focused on Life, Leadership and the Pursuit of Growth. The content focus won't change that much - only the formats - and you'll see my new website as well as part of the Rebelations page. So I'm stuck. I'm SO SORRY to have to ask for your extra effort! 

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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. E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media.

Sensationalism is not Expertise!

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Many of us have been discussing this sad state on our own blogs or behind the scenes of social media. Scott focused on the industry Gurus - the A-List bloggers and social media-powered gurus who are selling out to reach for fame and fortune. Scott McKain wrote a post on Friday that got me going, I ntellectual Dishonesty. It's an eloquent rant concerning the growing negativity and sensationalism created by supposed industry 'gurus', all for the sake of ratings and followers. IN the end that behavior all boils down to MONEY and EGO. So go read his post.

Twisten Carefully

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' I was yet again surprised by the premise of the article - that the power of social networking is being hijacked by frivolous, not-important-at-all information.  That's one of the best things about social media - Twitter especially. That's what social media is all about IMHO.  Harvard Business Review ran an article last week entitled ' Let's Tweet About Something Important! '   We all know there's a lot of noise out there. People can share whatever they feel like sharing. And there's my point.

Twisten Carefully

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' I was yet again surprised by the premise of the article - that the power of social networking is being hijacked by frivolous, not-important-at-all information.  That's one of the best things about social media - Twitter especially. That's what social media is all about IMHO.  Harvard Business Review ran an article last week entitled ' Let's Tweet About Something Important! '   We all know there's a lot of noise out there. People can share whatever they feel like sharing. And there's my point.

No DMs Please

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  I am amazed at the Power of Twitter and other Social Media platforms to network with like-minded folks.  I'm also continuously shocked at the seeming lack of just plain common sense (or maybe in this case it's common courtesy) from folks on social media - especially Twitter. Just when I thought it was bad - it got worse. We all know how annoying all the Twitter 'Thanks for following' DMs are, right?    Mine have become downright out of control these days.  It's worse than email because I can't block Tweets.

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. E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media.

Keepers of the Truth

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  The internet and social media changed that forever. Reality comes from our markets, not ourselves. I seek customer, prospect and partner feedback before I ever begin to brainstorm a strategy.    Clients often ask me why I don’t take their word for where they are and what they do.    It’s not that I don’t believe them.   It’s that I don’t believe any of us can clearly see today’s reality through the eyes of our buyers.    We’re too busy managing the day-to-day in our overloaded lives. Customer opinions are the only ones that matter.

Think Small

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  Thanks to social media friends and family - I'll be getting small acts of kindness all year as well. It's the day for New Year's Resolutions yet again. We're all making our lists of ways to be better people, do better things, spread joy to more of those around us.    What a worthy cause! So why wait til New Year's? We can make those same resolutions every day of our lives.    Just as the spirit of the Holidays can inspire us - resolutions to do good things can lift us every day of the year. Small acts can make a huge difference.

We CAN be Civilized!

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The news literally flooded the social media universe. Signs are all around that we're sliding down a slippery slope. It's obvious to so many of us that 'society' is moving beyond civilization -  following the path of the once great Roman and Greek cultures. Business priorities are questionable, personal lives are filled with violence and disrespect.    The mighty quest for success seems to be rising above all things, including dignity, honesty, common courtesy and even our own kids.  He is a beacon of strength and positive thinking.

Right and Wrong in the Eyes of the Beholder

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  I certainly sense them, and based on the social media discussions all around us - I'd say a lot of professionals are calling a spade a spade when it comes to business ethics. I was chatting with a friend about an ethical issue he's having out on the social nets. Have Right and Wrong become a subjective decision? Not so long ago  we had a clear and consistent value system. Today we ebb and flow based on the situation and those involved. What's OK for one business executive may not be ethical in another executive's eyes.  I hope not!

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. E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. more true, apparently, than in social media. social media.

The Ghost and Our Integrity

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I understand that sometimes companies need help learning to create a social media presence. Audiences view social media as the safe ground for truth and integrity. The topic of ghostblogging and Tweeting is popping up everywhere.    I even saw a Tweet last week touting that a VA (Virtual Assistant) can write your company's blog. I can't believe we're even having this debate. Especially among those who claim to believe in integrity and honesty above all, who strive to create trusted relationships with our customers. Remember? Yes, they do.

If You Talk the Talk, You Better Walk the Walk

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Businesses large and small are jumping into a social media presence these days.   When a customer pushes past the social persona. CASE ONE: The Social Media Guru Take a certain large corp that's into social media big time. A friend suggested I ping the social media exec with my story - to give him the feedback and let him work his magic. But my friend persisted and so I Tweeted the social media guru. www.myebooks.com is a FREE site to create and distribute interactive, multi-media eBooks. Still.

A Shiny Needle in the B2B Marketing Haystack

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Tom: There are topic-focused content aggregators and quasi-publications like Social Media Today for social media and Search Engine Journal for SEO, but there was nothing specifically focused on B2B  marketing.    Alltop, Social Media Today and most aggregators try to take that content to produce a new destination.  Tony: I would add that one of the nice things about the system is that it uses social filtering to surface the best stuff.    Social filtering will bring the meaty stuff to the top.

Profit at Any Cost?

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They have a social media presence, a supposedly strong and powerful one.  Businesses are tightening their belts. We all know that. But what happens when that tighter belt puts our customers in jeopardy, when we deliver inferior products and service just to remain profitable? Are we willing to sacrifice our integrity, our values, our sense of right and wrong for the bottom line?    How do we expect our customers to respond? As customers, how are we supposed to respond? I'm faced with just such a dilemma. I bought a brand new diesel truck last November.

Transformation is All Around Us

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Launching a social media presence: You've decided to enter the world of social media.  A business associate sent me an HBP newsletter on business transformation, a subject near and dear to my heart. Since it was HBP, I expected a positive upbeat view of all the upsides companies can enjoy thanks to the ever present opportunity for business transformation. Boy, was I ever surprised! Here's the gist of the article's message. Changing a company is tough: only about 40% of transformation programs succeed, according to McKinsey research. How sad is that?

Understanding Generational Social Media Preferences

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I’m starting to wonder if marketers are too caught up with millennials to really think about generational nuances on social media. Social works on us too, ya know! According to the Q1 2017 Sprout Social Index. Gen Xers are twice as likely to follow a brand on social as Baby Boomers are. YouTube is their second favorite social platform. By Brooke B.

The 29 Best Social Media Monitoring Tools

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Social media monitoring is vital for virtually every B2B or B2C brand. 58% of consumers follow brands on social media. 71% say they are likely to purchase an item based on social media referrals; in fact, consumers report that social media plays almost as big a role in purchasing decisions as does television. ” — Social Media Today.

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Healthcare needs social media influencers and influence

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Our campaigns didn’t include products, but were earned media informational campaigns: information on how to prevent HAIs, about handwashing, issues with call phones, with neckties, with the curtains separating beds and even the evil doorknob. The post Healthcare needs social media influencers and influence appeared first on Biznology. Tens of thousands. Like this post?

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115 Facts You Never Knew About Social Media [Infographic]

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It’s something that you use almost every day, but how much do you really know about social media? Social Media Is The New Newspaper. Did you know that Reddit is the most popular social media platform as a source of news? Younger people are more likely to be making the change to news on social media. Social In Sixty Seconds. It is.

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Social media strategy leaders: Sarah Nilson

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Welcome to the next post in a series celebrating leaders in social media strategy. With a background in communications and public relations, Sarah has been at QuintilesIMS for almost three years now in several roles touching social media. Can you please share what brought you to where you are now, a social media leader in the healthcare industry?

Social Media Explained. Really.

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With every client I meet, every class I teach, and every speech I give, there is always a group of people who desperately need to understand social media marketing but don’t have the time to do it. If you are thinking to yourself, “This world does NOT need another social media book,” you’re partially correct. The post Social Media Explained.

3 Tips for Using Social Media for B2B Marketing

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Social media can be a great business tool to use for marketing, sales, PR, customer service, and HR. However, most of what’s written about social media functionality on a professional level tends to be focused on businesses that work directly with consumers (B2C) rather than B2B enterprises. Employ Someone Who Knows Social Media, Not Just Your Business.

47 Superb Social Media Marketing Stats and Facts

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Social media use isn’t quite universal—but it’s getting close. population now has at least one social networking profile; more than half use two or more social networks. The number of worldwide social media users is projected to grow from 2.1 90% of young adults—ages 18 to 29—use social media (compared to just 35% of those over age 65).

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The 17 Best Social Media Management Tools

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Monitoring and managing even a moderately active business social media presence can be time-consuming. The number of people using social media continues to grow, usage is increasing, and more networks require attention. Add multiple companies (as an agency or social media consultant may manage) and it borders on overwhelming. Sprout Social. Sendible.

Why it takes so long to achieve social media success

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If you’re impatient, social media is probably the wrong marketing channel for you. This is data from the recent research released by Social Media Examiner. Let’s take a close look at what we can learn from the feedback provided by these active social media marketers. Social media success takes time. Weak relational links.

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The Future of Social Media

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Social networks are becoming more and more popular. In 2016, about 70% of Internet users are social network users and these figures are expected to grow. The post The Future of Social Media appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social MediaMany well-known […].

The new standards for strategy and social media success

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I was recently interviewed for an international business magazine and offered my views of digital marketing transformation, social media success and the skills needed to succeed today. Is the organization ready for a public social media presence? They can surround themselves with people who can set up a social media account or create Facebook ads, for example.

23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides

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Though the use of social media and social networks for marketing is now nearly ubiquitous, and 78% of companies have dedicated social media teams, many marketers sill struggle with certain aspects of social marketing, such as formalizing strategies and measuring results. What trends and changes in social media do marketers need to stay on top of?

The first step in social media marketing is not social media

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“I’m kind of overwhelmed,” he wrote me, “I’m trying to get a social media program going and I really don’t know where to start.” Shouldn’t I dive into social media for them? Sometimes the first step in social media marketing … is NOT social media! I had an email from a young guy recently.

How to Get More Leads From Social Media

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What’s your impression of how hard it is to generate leads on social media? My impression used to be that social media lead generation is unusually hard—much harder than content marketing. But in a recent survey of marketers from Ascend2 , content marketing actually surpassed social media in terms of difficulty. And today even generating leads from social media is no longer impossible. There was a time, just a few years ago, that lead-gen efforts on social media were kinda … disappointing. It’s becoming pronounced, too.

How to turn social media connections into an actionable audience

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Probably the biggest myth — and mistake — I see regarding social media marketing is the idea that audience equals action. Most of the time, your social media connections begin as “weak relational links.” Social networks are effective at increasing participation —by lessening the level of motivation that participation requires. Fowler.

Your social media strategy plan: Where do you START?

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When I work with businesses, there is often an enthusiastic attitude about moving on to the social web but confusion about how to actually get started. And by the way, your social media initiative doesn’t start with a Facebookpage. Assess the company culture You might be wondering what the company culture has to do with social media success. What did I miss?

70 Rising Social Media Stars

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Sometimes I weary of social media lists that are simply popularity contests or a cheap way to promote some start-up or PR agency. Who are the unknown stars who will be rocking the social media conferences two or three years from now? 70 rising social media stars. She is currently Senior Manager, Social Media Strategy at CVS Caremark. Jay_zo.

7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid

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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. S ocial Media. Here are Paul’s 7 Social Media Mistakes Bloggers Should Avoid. Ignoring social media return on investment.