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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?

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.

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.

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? Is your social media strategy built on a solid foundation, or is it more like a Hollywood movie set—a pretty facade with nothing behind it? Social Tagging

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more

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."

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.

How to Suck at Twitter (And Still Look Successful)

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There are a lot of great b2b marketers and social media contributors worth following on Twitter, like Ardath Albee , Mark Schaefer , Eric Fletcher , Jennifer Kane and Rob Rose to name just a few. They are intelligent, discerning, helpful and social. Just because this is social media doesn't mean you have actually share anything about yourself. Social Tagging

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.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

and media formats. Landscape Channel and Media. Continuous Improvement When organizations publish content, they venture into the world of media. for their audience’s attention, including major publishers and media companies. modern media landscape, the “If you build it, they will come” mindset is doomed to. sharing content on its social channels. Content.

Social Media Isn't Only for Virtual Events

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Note: this is a guest post from Cece Salomon-Lee , social media relations expert and author of the PR Meets Marketing blog. Proponents state that social networking technology can help promote similar interactions in a virtual environment. The same goes for social media technology. In this case, social media isn't only for virtual events. Three factors for success Before you start using social media technology, first consider why these conferences were successful to begin with. Social Tagging Events and Promotions

Generating B2B Website Traffic Through Social Tagging: Follow Up

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social tagging. That experiment showed that tagging B2B thought-leadership content on social media sites increased traffic growth for B2B websites by 50%, and on a B2B marketing blog by more than 100%, over 60 days. monthly growth rate for the year—still a respectable monthly traffic growth rate, but well below the trend line following the social tagging activity.

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

Social Media - Expertise Without Experience?

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When it comes to social media, however, MarketingSherpa reported yesterday that a majority of marketers don't believe any experience is necessary to be a social media expert. Their overconfidence in unproven ability can doom social media initiatives to failure." Ultimately, social media marketing is an in-house activity. Social Tagging

Evangelizing a Content Marketing Program

50% more sales-ready leads at a 33% lower cost 15 1,200 Blog posts per month Avg new monthly leads ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY11 Content marketing's impact also extends to social me- dia, where brands that don't have compelling content to. brands experiencing declining social media effective- ness and came to a clear conclusion: " We’ve reached a tipping point where.

The Social Media Email Signature

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growing number of Web 2.0-savvy executives, however, are breaking out of the old mold and creatively integrating social networking into their email sign-off. Social networking sites are simply an extension of those two functions, giving other people more information about yourself and additional ways to interact. and email address. signatures. Here are a few notable examples of Web 2.0

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. But while social media demands new skills, many "traditional" PR skills are still important.

Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 3

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While most marketers have now embraced social media for monitoring and participating in brand conversations, questions still abound. How are b2b buyers actually using social media in their research and buying decisions? What's the best method for approaching social media marketing? Social Tagging Which sites are most important to participate in?

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?

Definitive Guide to Planning a New Content Initiative

dictates this answer, but if you’re starting something like a new email initiative, social channel. social channels and via email marketing, the cost of those conversions is much less. Check in on the trending hashtags on your social channels. On your social channels, look for posts that have received the most. traditional media industry. In that time, we’ve.

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? Social Tagging tools (delicious, Feedburner, LinkedIn et al.),

Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media Announced

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Judy Grundstrom at the Just JudyJudyJudy blog yesterday announced the Twin Cities Top Ten Titans In Social Media 2009 , chosen by a distinguished group of judges. The winners come from a variety of backgrounds, including politics ( Dusty Trice ), broadcast media ( Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson of FM 107.1, Social Tagging Need to Know It's a very interesting list.

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 6

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Which social bookmarking sites have the most clout? 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. Companies Believe Social Media Can Increase Revenue!

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 outbound, social media is inbound.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

Terms like native content, brand publishing, and owned media are set to evolve. to be tackled if brands want to compete with traditional media. excluding social media posts)? LEADERSHIP SOCIAL. people just for their media house. Copyright © 2015 Contently. All rights reserved. contently.com By Jordan Teicher Study: How Much of Your Content. content. 68% 16.7%

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. Are Comments the Next Social Layer? Social Tagging

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 ? How can you optimize your use of social networking tools like Twitter and LinkedIn? Looking for ideas on how your company could expand its use of social media? Social Tagging

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. 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. Social Tagging

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

in new readers via search and social. return on social. Media is changing marketing (and vice. media content is a diverting activity that rarely resembles. ULTIMATE CONTENT STRATEGIST PLAYBOOK CONTENTLY14 At Contently, we talk a lot about “building a better media world,” which. media experiences. MEDIA Journalism, native advertising, and the future of the.

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. It's something you can promote on social bookmarking and social networking sites without being blatantly promotional.

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 can you maximize your results through social bookmarking sites like Digg? 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.

Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 2

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How should you measure the impact of social media? What are some of the best free tools for monitoring social buzz about your brand or company? Discover these answers and others here in more of the best posts from the past year on social media marketing and PR. Social Tagging How can you create effective online video content on a budget? Web 2.0

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.

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. how you can solve their burning problem. • E – Engage Meaningfully via Social Media. social media. Look for.

Christopher Barger, GM's Social Media Rock Star

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60% of those under the age of 21 belong to a (online) social network. 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.

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