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  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
    [Social] Social Sleuthing: Who is Sharing Your Content: Twitter & LinkedIn Edition
    Have you ever wondered who is sharing your blog posts or other content on social media sites but don’t have access to expensive social media monitoring applications that can tell you? Social Media Albert Ribera Jay Baer Jeff Rozner LinkedIn Mark Schaefer Rand Fishkin sharing social media sleuthing t.co
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013
    [Social] 103 Compelling Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2013 (and 2014)
    As the use of social media in marketing has become ubiquitous, marketers have turned their attention to making the use of business social media more sophisticated and strategic. How can marketers help their organizations move from “social media marketing” to “social business”? Social Media Today ).
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    [Social] Has social business finally arrived?
    Based on what has been written by advocates of social business, one might have expected radical changes to have already occurred across the business landscape. Recently, though, some of the social business predictions that have been made during the last few years have begun to take hold. The post Has social business finally arrived?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014
    [Social] Re-thinking social media engagement
    In this edition, I re-visit the idea of social media engagement and the notion about approaching it strategically. The post Re-thinking social media engagement appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. Social Media best practices ebooks slideshare social media engagement
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
    [Social] Examples of quantifying social influence
    “Maybe,” responds  Sandy Carter , who leads social media initiatives across IBM. She graciously agreed and it turned out to be a discussion that is jam-packed with insight on how large companies are beginning to use social influence to create measurable economic value. Is Klout the new SAT score? Is Klout the new SAT score?
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
    [Social] How to Calculate the ROI of Social Media Marketing [Infographic]
    Quick: Can you list the goals of each and every one of your social media efforts? So much of social media is on the fly—a response rather than a plan—that it can become a slippery planning slope for companies, especially those that are understaffed. There remains some debate about whether social media ROI can be measured.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016
    [Social] Socialize your videos for business development
    Sales and marketing people take note: v ideo is a medium used for everyday social communication. But most B2B video — especially video targeting tech buyers — doesn’t feel at all like social communication for regular people. Scrolling your newsfeed past the stuff that isn’t super-appealing accounts for a lot of social media activity.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
    [Social] The first step in social media marketing is not social media
    “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! ME: Well perhaps.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2012
    [Social] Top 5 Social Business Myths
    As companies go through their social business journey, there are several “truths” about their use of social media that are not necessarily observed in real life, but still get treated as dogma, as if social technologies were so special and enigmatic that deserve a quasi-religious status. Photo credit: Wikipedia.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
    [Social] Social Media is Like Riding a Bike
    The same thing with social media: just because you can use Facebook and follow folks on Twitter doesn’t mean you know how to do social media marketing or be a digital PR professional. Same thing goes for social media engagement. Social media should be waded into over time. Social media can be dangerous, too.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015
    [Social] How to Leverage Your Twitter Profile for Social Selling
    160 characters is all the social network affords users for their profile descriptions. For sales development reps seeking to dive into social selling, this is both a blessing and a curse. Here are some tips to help you juice the most social selling value out of your Twitter bio: 1) Write your positioning statement. Tough luck.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
    [Social] The Top 9 Social Networks For Businesses
    Are you always wondering which social network is hot and which is not? And how many social networks can your business really continue to pay attention to? Well here you will see the search growth rates of the 9 major social networks that I think are most important to businesses and our social media marketing efforts.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014
    [Social] The Top 8 Social Networks For Business
    Recently, Adobe’s CMO.com released their 5th annual CMO Guide to The Social Landscape highlighting the top 8 social networks for businesses. covered both of these in my own review on the top 9 social networks for businesses  2 years ago. Social Media The Big 4: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. How about you?
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016
    [Social] Does Paid Social Media Work?
    It's Friday Five time and this week's topic is Social Media. New Research Reveals Paid Social Media Effectiveness. Do you know where to spend your social media marketing dollars? In this article you’ll discover recent insights on the effectiveness of paid social media marketing. Social Marketing
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014
    [Social] The Six Most Irrational Social Media Concerns of Brands
    Note: the following is an excerpt from the book The Social Employee by Cheryl and Mark Burgess. The first step toward transitioning to a culture full of empowered social employees is to address some of the most common concerns brands face when considering going social. No one can go social overnight. But no technology is.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
    [Social] 5 Ways Social Media Can Drive Revenue
    by Steven Woods | Tweet this There’s no doubt that social media has been a disruptive force on B2B marketing. Yet, many marketers struggle with how to use social media to go beyond awareness, to actually drive revenue. I’m here to tell you it’s not magic. Here are five ways social media marketing can be used to drive revenue. 1.
  • THE POINT  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2014
    [Social] Infographic: 17 Tips for Generating Leads from Social PPC Advertising
    Looking to include social media advertising as part of your demand generation mix in the new year? Which social media platform makes most sense for your business? Before you get started, check out this infographic (adapted from an earlier post ) for handy tips on how to make the most from advertising on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • CONVERSIONATION  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013
    [Social] Social Business Failure Is a Choice: Speaking a Common Language
    Gartner predicts 80% of social business efforts will not achieve intended benefits through 2015. In practice, social business is a huge Babylonian confusion. Here are three simple questions to start with: - What is social business anyway? What is social business anyway? The social technology dimension.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014
    [Social] 25 social media listening aids to increase your hearing
    78% of consumers say that companies’ social media posts impact their purchases (source: Forbes ). 74% rely on social networks to guide purchase decisions (source: Social Sprout ). 71% of consumers are more likely to make a purchase based on social media referrals (source: HubSpot ). Does your business listen?
  • CONVERSIONATION  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
    [Social] Gartner: the Growing Role of the Social Customer Experience
    They also understand that a new strategy is needed to embrace social and media trends.” Social CRM as a new way of doing business Customer experiences are about touchpoints and touchpoints are by definition social. Indeed, social. It’s as simple as that. We are shifting to a more customer-centric marketing view.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2014
    [Social] 7 Ways social media has changed leadership
    In the past few years we have witnessed dramatic examples of social-media-enabled revolutions like the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. Without question, social media helped these initiatives coalesce. Her social media connections. Let’s say you were thinking about signing up for an online social media seminar.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011
    [Social] 6 Characteristics of Social Media Winners
    but Charlie Sheen’s recent meteoric  rise on Twitter aside (best not to rely on the perverse attraction of watching a drug-addled celebrity publicly self-destruct) here’s a shot a minimum list of characteristics that enable social media success. social media strategy that’s all about “me me me!&# Smart. Unique.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
    [Social] How PR and Social Media Can Work Together
    Social media and PR would seem to be natural allies. So why do corporate PR and social media efforts so often appear disconnected and out of sync? To be sure, some agencies and companies get it, and do an effective job integrating social media and PR efforts. The social media release is used for blogger outreach.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011
    [Social] Turn B2B Buying Into a Social Experience
      It requires evaluating what approaches align with today’s social buyer personas and what spend should be devoted to providing a social experience.    By doing so, a B2B organization can learn about the potential interactions social buyers desire that make up the entire social experience.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015
    [Social] Tools that help monitor and measure social traffic
    All too often social media marketing departments rely on interactions and likes rather than utilizing tools that measure more than just engagement (such as statistics, demographic metrics, and conversion goals along with other online and offline media mentions). It is easy to use, and is a comprehensive analytics tool for this social channel.
  • CONVERSIONATION  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
    [Social] Why We Still Fight Over Social Media and Content Marketing
    A few years ago I wrote a piece on the commoditization of content (marketing) in a social jungle. And the same goes for social media (marketing). If you follow a bit what’s going on, you’ll even find genuine fights over who’s right and who’s wrong about this or that in content marketing or social media marketing. Guess not.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
    [Social] Are Social Employees The Future of Marketing?
    As we think about social media, social business and social employees, how will great companies use their employees to get ahead in the  Future of Marketing ? While many other books have written on either social business or social branding, few combined these topics to explore the real-world success stories of major brands.
  • HALEY MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2016
    [Social] When Social Media Hurts
    As a team of social media gurus, our team consistently preaches the value of social media to our clients. But are there situations when social media can hurt, rather than help? It is important to approach social media with a cohesive plan and branding standards for anyone who participates in sharing for your company.
  • CONVERSIONATION  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
    [Social] B2B buyers and professional social networks in the purchase decision
    In case you believed we can forget about social media in marketing and business, here’s a wake-up call: according to the latest Social Buying Study from IDC, 75% (!) of B2B buyers “studied social media” to SUPPORT purchase decisions.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015
    [Social] Why it takes so long to achieve social media success
    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.
  • PUZZLE MARKETER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
    [Social] Social Media Image Sizing Guide [Infographic]
    Consistent branding across your website, print, video, website, and social media accounts is essential in a modern world where consumers are hit with countless advertisements in a single day. Take just publishing your logo on different social media profiles for example.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011
    [Social] 20 Experts, 1 Awesome Resource: The Social Media ProBook
    by Joe Chernov | Tweet this You may have noticed that over the past month or so, several influential social media professionals changed their profile pictures to funky avatars of themselves.  The ProBook is a “re-imagining” to last year’s award-winning Social Media Playbook. That project goes live now. Right now. How many can you name?
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
    [Social] Social media is a physical extension of your brain
    In many ways, the social web is the closest thing we have, thus far, to a smart drug with guarantees of making increasing your IQ well above the horsepower that genetics and God intended. Photo credit: Intersection Consulting). According to science, we’ve already evolved to where our brains are not our own. Dr. Stephen M.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
    [Social] 10 social media metrics every marketer should know
    Social media measurement tools are one of the fast-growing areas of analytics and venture funding. To save you frustration, here are 10 social media metrics every marketer should know. 1. TRAFFIC SOURCES ( GOOGLE ANALYTICS ): It may surprise you but, to me, Google Analytics is the most effective social media measurement tool available.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014
    [Social] How to set up a Social Media Command Center
    Many organizations have established a social media command center as a means to amplify and speed up their marketing and engagement with customers. One particular client established a social media command center without a detailed purpose or dedicated and accountable team members. Social community management. Start with the why.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014
    [Social] A 6-step plan to determine your social media strategy
    6 Questions to Lead You to a Social Media Strategy from Mark Schaefer. Some time ago, I wrote one of the blog posts I am most proud of, describing a six-step process that will lead you to a social media strategy. Related Stories Social Media Explained. The problem is, after about four weeks (or less!), Really.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [Social] 3 fundamentals of a successful social selling strategy
    One of the most pervasive mantras on the social web is “don’t sell.” In fact, in some way, every single employee can be a beacon for your brand and contribute to a holistic selling effort if they have an active presence on the social web. Tear down the digital divide. 2) Adopt the social media mindset. WRONG.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
    [Social] When employees go wild on social media
    A good question from one of my students: During the lecture you touched on the topic of “control” in social media. Social media is an evolution in how we communicate.  We can’t control the message just like you couldn’t control an employee phone call or email message.  ”  : ). ” The evolution. Step one.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013
    [Social] What Is A Social Business?
    In response to my post defining social selling , I realized that I needed to take a step back and define “What is a social business?”. There is a lot of talk about the social business and too often it involves a discussion of social tools and channels. What is a Social Business? The post What Is A Social Business?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
    [Social] Social media and the forgotten business opportunity
    I was lucky to start my social media journey when people were still trying to figure things out. It The social web is like a carnival midway with shrill hucksters barking at you to come over to their stand. Social media used to be an extraordinary opportunity to build those relationships. The pitch. The opt-in. Yes, it is.
  • DIGITAL B2B MARKETING  |  MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013
    [Social] LinkedIn Sponsored Updates: The Best B2B Social Advertising Option Yet?
    Have you felt like social advertising just wasn’t right for your B2B marketing? This looks like the most compelling social advertising offering yet for B2B marketers. With great targeting options, LinkedIn was compelling, but advertising opportunities didn’t fit the increasingly social framework of LinkedIn.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
    [Social] What is Social Demand Generation?
    But as social media has gone from the beta test to a part of everyday life , sticking to a detailed marketing plan has become virtually impossible. Even so, creating a social media strategy allows marketing to focus on organizational goals rather than new gimmicks and stay on message. Social media is about conversation.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
    [Social] Social Media – the Next Frontier!
    It’s good to be able to see those conversations and have some indication whether they are positive, negative or neutral so you have your finger on the “pulse” of what is being said socially about your brand. If you think about it there is at least 2 solid years of user generated content out in the social sphere.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
    [Social] The Basics of B2B Social Media Marketing Strategy
    Although more than three-quarters of B2B technology marketers use social media to market their products, less than half say they can tie social channels to revenue generation for their businesses. But it may also be a problem with basic B2B social media marketing strategy. Cross-Platform Social Media Strategy.
  • SALES PROSPECTING PERSPECTIVES  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014
    [Social] How to Use Social Selling for Pre-Call Research in B2B Inside Sales
    What is B2B social selling? There are many definitions, such as using social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc., to spread the word about products and services to potential customers and clients. To me, social selling for B2B inside sales is using your resources to your advantage.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
    [Social] The hidden costs of social media conversation
    Have you heard that a thousand times?  It’s a ubiquitous mantra of the social web to the point where sometimes I think it takes over as the ultimate goal.  It’s not the goal.  What is the future of the social media “conversation?”  And is it really a conversation at all …. The end of social media conversation? make money.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016
    [Social] Five Top-Rated Social Media Management Tools for 2016 [Infographic]
    What is the “best” social media management tool out right now? Every social media manager has a preferred one that they always use, and it’s usually one of a handful of the top social media management tools on the market. Infographic brought to you by Seriously Social and G2 Crowd.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
    [Social] Social Selling: A Day In The Life of A Social Sales Person
    Social selling is a hot buzzword being thrown around today. What is social selling and how do tomorrow’s top sales people use social selling to become top performers? Social selling is not just about starting the sales process with social tools like Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter. What is Social Selling?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
    [Social] Reflections on social media power and influence
    At that point, it was little more than another obscure social media start-up fighting for attention. But I grew fascinated by this topic of social influence. haven’t written on the topic of social influence in awhile and I thought I would reflect on what has happened in the field since the book came out. The good. The bad.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
    [Social] How Even Social Media & Social Selling Experts Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong – Part 1
    The post How Even Social Media & Social Selling Experts Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong – Part 1 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media LinkedIn LinkedIn Marketing linkedin social selling social selling
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2014
    [Social] 104 Fascinating Social Media and Marketing Statistics for 2014 (and 2015)
    What are the top barriers to adopting social business practices? Find the answers to these questions and many others in more than 100 social and online marketing stats from 20+ different sources. Social Fresh ). 7. Social Fresh ). 8. Social Fresh ). 9. Social Fresh ). Social Fresh ). Social Fresh ).
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
    [Social] 10 Ways to Use Social Networks for B2B Marketing
    Social networks are essential for expanding your web presence —not only for creating social signals now a key component in search engine rankings, which makes your website and blog easier to find in search, but also by giving you more places to be found online. This also applies to other professional / social networks (e.g.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
    [Social] The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 1
      Just as personas needed to change from a process aimed squarely at software design to incorporate the Web, buyer personas as a process must now undergo reinvention to be applicable to the Social Age.    Next: The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 2. Engage the Social Buyer Persona (customerthink.com).
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014
    [Social] Search and Social Lessons from the Zenith Social Media Marketing Conference
    Last month’s Zenith Social Media Marketing Conference opened with a blast of presentational energy from Neal Rodriguez. Among the first group of morning breakout sessions was “Using Social Media Analytics To Define ROI KPIs.” Only 22% of businesses track their social results well.
  • PWB MARKETING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011
    [Social] Five Awesome B2B Social Media Statistics
    Do you think social media isn’t for B2B organizations? But social media is now mainstream and we have proof B2B companies are generating demand and getting leads using it. We set out to find the top five B2B social media statistics. The social landscape changes so rapidly we wanted the latest research we could get.
  • B2B MARKETING INSIDER  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016
    [Social] 4 Ways to Survive a Social Media Disaster
    More than 90% of businesses maintain two or more social media channels. So, it’s no surprise that companies experience social media disasters. The post 4 Ways to Survive a Social Media Disaster appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Social Media Customer Satisfaction & Loyalty Strategy
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
    [Social] 8 Shocking New Social Media Facts
    I’m pleased to be a collaborator with Edison Research on the new Social Habit Project. Because I’m a numbers geek so I’m overjoyed to finally get some social media data we can trust! Here are eight fantastic facts from the Social Habit’s latest study. 1) 7 percent of Americans have never heard of Facebook.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016
    [Social] Surefire Social introduces SurePulse “webmaster tools”
    Surefire Social is about to offer an all-in-one social media, search, reputation, review, analytics tool in the form of  SurePulse , now in beta. I get to play with a lot of cool tools in my work doing social media and SEO audits and reporting. And I promise to report when SurePulse by Surefire Social becomes a reality to me.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016
    [Social] 6 Tools for Automating B2B Social Media Marketing
    Social media can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a B2B marketer, because it can be a struggle to find things to share. However, as KISSmetrics suggests, hire someone who is experienced in social media, not your niche, as most social media for any industry will have similar goals: getting more visibility for the company.
  • NUSPARK  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
    [Social] A Social Media Measurement Dashboard; One Approach
    A re your social media efforts working?  Working” can mean a number of different things, depending if you’re a content marketer, a business owner, a CMO, a CFO, and more. . A few months ago, I wrote a popular post on the right way to measure social media ROI, and now I want to take social media measurement to the next level. 
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012
    [Social] The six elements of human behavior that drive social media
    Fennemore contends that every social media strategist needs to consider six aspects of human behavior if they are to understand the drivers of social media.  Social Media may be a relatively recent technological phenomenon, but the behavioral drivers that explain why and how the various platforms are used are old. Altruism.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
    [Social] Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1
    companies now use social media for marketing (though the figure varies widely based on size of company)? Get the details behind these stats and many, many more here in more than 40 of the best articles and blog posts about social media, search, budgeting and digital marketing research, facts and statistics of 2011 so far. Oh yeah.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016
    [Social] How most Social Media experts are wrong about LinkedIn
    I’ve read from many social media experts (including Jay Baer ) that you should take a scattershot approach to LinkedIn. on his blog, in LinkedIn group discussions, on LinkedIn Pulse and even in his presentations (including the one at Social Fresh), Jay mentioned that shotguns trump rifles in social media. Like this post?
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012
    [Social] Six hot trends in social influence marketing
    Now that access to the high-speed Internet and free social media publishing tools are widespread, everyone can create their own content and have a voice about topics they love. Where is the social scoring trend heading? Social scoring is rapidly moving beyond the Twitter-centric days of just a year ago. Tweet.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011
    [Social] The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 2
      In part 2, I would like to offer perspectives on why the practice and process of buyer personas, as we’ve known them for the past decade, must undergo significant change to be relevant in the social age.    These being areas related to new social buyer ecosystems, social business models, and new social buying cycles. 
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012
    [Social] The Art of Opening Social Conversations
    Successful social media engagement is about more than content. That’s a shame, because it’s the art of communication that can make your social media engagement ultimately flourish or flounder. In social media, your audience can’t see that you’re actually still standing there waiting for the next engagement volley. Too true!
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015
    [Social] There is no community on social media
    Speaking at the  Lithium Technologies  LiNC conference in San Francisco, Forrester Research vice president and principal analyst  Nate Elliott  dropped a bomb on brand managers: you don’t build a community on social or have any meaningful customer relationships on Facebook: There’s no community there. They’re not archived. Your thoughts?
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
    [Social] How Social Selling Changes Everything for Marketing
    They’re socially empowered to gather and share information from numerous sources. Meanwhile, social media networks underlying this change have made personal and professional relationships richer, broader, and more easily accessible. That’s where social selling comes in. Social selling isn’t just a sales phenomenon.
  • ACT-ON  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016
    [Social] How Smart People Do Social Selling
    Social selling has been rising in popularity for awhile. It’s not a magic bullet (don’t nix cold calling yet), but social selling does work. According to research from the Aberdeen Group: 6% of the salespeople using social selling as part of their sales process outperformed their sales peers. Social selling is no different.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015
    [Social] Why You Should Reshare Your Social Media Content
    Even if you have your B2B company’s social media strategy pretty much down (or even if you don’t), there’s always room for optimization, from when you schedule your messages to the call-to-action in each post. One such area that can be optimized is your social media content resharing strategy. More Posts Mean More Visibility. Edgar.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
    [Social] How to create social media metrics that matter
    For years I’ve admired the real-world insights and experienced perspectives of Steve Goldner, perhaps better know as @Social Steve.  I’m pleased that Steve has agreed to be the newest Contributing Columonist to {grow} and I know you’ll enjoy his work! By Steve Goldner, Contributing {grow} Columnist.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013
    [Social] Social Strategy for the Dogs. How social media is saving animal lives.
    Most people read {grow} to see how social media is connecting brands and people … but I wanted to share how it is also connecting people to animals in need, too. In fact, social media is saving lives. By also helping via social media, I hope that my “lives saved” tally reaches far beyond the paws I have in my home.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011
    [Social] 7 reasons why social media success has nothing to do with social media
    This week I was asked to speak on a panel about social media to a group of B2B marketers in financial services. But when the panel was over, I realized something scary: Most of the success factors we wound up talking about had nothing to do with social media. Social doesn’t happen in B2B without a culture change. 30% said yes.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014
    [Social] 25 ideas for your social media network strategy
    Behind every social media strategy you have to have a content plan and a network plan. Plus, unlike other social media platforms, you can build an audience on Twitter even if your contacts don’t follow you back. Building your social media network. remodeling. 7)     Look through other social media accounts.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
    [Social] 15 Amazing ways social media is changing the world
    Ignore the hype that we’re all becoming more superficial and narcissistic because of our obsession with social media. Nine anthropologists  spent 15 months living in nine communities around the world , researching the role of social media in people’s everyday lives. Social media is not making us more individualistic.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    [Social] Five companies with a human social media presence
    Many businesses are catching on, whether “signing” their tweets like The Bank of Ireland , or restaurants that now accept “tweet ahead seating,” businesses are infusing their social media presence with life and acknowleding the needs of their customers. By Mandy Edwards, {grow} Community Member. He (she?) Buffer.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2012
    [Social] 6 Factors that turn social media strategy into RESULTS
    Here are the common elements that make the difference between a strategy document gathering dust on a shelf or becoming a dynamic business driver: 1) Active executive sponsorship. I was recently brought in to do a social media strategy workshop with a big health care company. We are counting on you to lead us in the right direction.”
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
    [Social] A social media hoarder intervention
    Are you a social media hoarder? Is it time for a bit of a social media spring cleaning? Or, all the stuff you’ve posted since the beginning of your social media life, including your blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Friendster, MySpace , Flickr, YouTube , et al. Professional In Are you a social media polymath?
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
    [Social] What Does B2B Social Media Success Look Like?
    Until recently, most social media case studies have focused on consumer brands. It’s not that B2B companies aren’t finding success in social media marketing, but more (in my experience at least) that they are less willing to publicly reveal their strategies for competitive reasons. Expanded social media following (e.g.,
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012
    [Social] Social Planning. A {growtoon}
    Join the growtoonists each Friday for a humorous take on marketing, social media, and current business events. growtoons} kacy maxwell social media cartoon social media humorKacy   Maxwell  is a guy who loves his work, family and a good challenge. See more of his cartoons at   EverythingIsMedia.com.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
    [Social] The New Market for Social Media Consultants
    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.
  • KOMARKETING ASSOCIATES  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016
    [Social] 5 Effective Options For B2B Advertising on Social Media
    Social media isn’t most B2B marketers’ first choice for most effective platform, but highly targeted advertising campaigns are starting to change that line of thinking. If you don’t think your audience is on social media, you’re wrong. Bottom line: your ideal prospects are likely using social media. Social Media Strategies
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010
    [Social] 11 Myths of Social Media Marketing
    Though social media marketing is rapidly advancing in terms of adoption and sophistication, many marketers and business executives still struggle with it. They wonder if their organizations are doing enough, if they are doing things right, even if they should be involved in social media at all. Social media marketing is really hard.
  • BLUE FOCUS MARKETING  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
    [Social] Socialized!: The Business of Building a Digital Network #socialized #socbiz
    Like it or not, the world is changing how we do business, and in his new book Socialized! In essence, Socialized ! is an enterprise playbook for capturing the full power of social.  It is the essential thread that holds the tapestry of your social business strategy together. Socialized! Socialized!
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014
    [Social] 6 Trends Highlighted at Social Media Marketing World
    by Lauren Harper | Tweet this Last week’s  Social Media Marketing World  conference was a dream for any social marketer. Creating visual assets is a huge focus for content.  A picture is worth 1,000 words, or in the case of a social media manager, double the engagement.  Facebook dominates the social ad world. 
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
    [Social] Social media disaster: What I learned when EVERYTHING went wrong
    In the past 20 months I learned so much about Social Media and Social Business it’s just ridiculous. started with the Social Media Strategy … because that’s what you do, right? My first lesson was this: as a social media professional you depend on other people and departments to get things done. Oh well.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015
    [Social] Is your social strategy effective?
    Social media is often hailed as the end-all and be-all for businesses that are trying to interact with consumers on a personal level. It’s true that social media has broken down some of the traditional barriers that exist between businesses and their customer bases but that does not mean that all social media content is created equal.
  • BUZZ MARKETING FOR TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012
    [Social] The Emotion found in Social Data
    Most people who write on social media outlets don’t do so just for the sake of doing it.  That is exactly why Social Media is so special, so different.  Because with Social Media, people become “micro-authors” when and where it matters.  Very likely that means you’ll find them on Social Media. Let’s be clear. 
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
    [Social] Seven Ways to Use Social Media for Business
    Though business use of social media is rapidly increasing, many executives remain skeptical of its value. The bottom line is that while social media marketing definitely provides benefits (such as a higher conversion rate for organic search traffic ), it’s not generally effective as a direct promotion tool. Share this on Bebo.
  • AD YOUR COMMENT HERE  |  TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
    [Social] When did social media lose its way? [Infographic]
    In conjunction with the launch of its new Social Inbox tool, Hubspot released an infographic on how companies have lost their way in terms of using social media for marketing and promotion, and also suggest what it might mean to get back on course.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016
    [Social] 4 Ways to really engage your customers on social media
    It isn’t too tough to get your fans to like and share your posts on social platforms, but it is trickier to get them to leave comments. Many businesses really want to interact with their fans and ignite more engagement on social media to build relationships and loyalty. Connect via a social cause. Word questions with care.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013
    [Social] 102 Compelling Social Media and Online Marketing Stats and Facts for 2012 (and 2013)
    With 92% of companies now incorporating social media into their marketing efforts, it’s no longer sufficient to just “be there” on social networks. What do buyers really want from social media marketers? 25 Social Media Facts and Statistics. 1. Social CRM is still confusing. Earnest Agency ). 4.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012
    [Social] Straight Talk on Social Media Gurus
    Specifically, I think you are learning the wrong lessons from social media luminaries. ” Most social media experts haven’t been “just like you” for years now.  They have huge email lists, social followings and a steady income from products and services.  By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. love experts.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
    [Social] Klout scores feed a social media sickness
    Social proof ” like Twitter followers, Facebook Likes and Klout scores are exceedingly important on the Internet.  In fact, as I explain in Return On Influence , as people look for short-cuts to truth in our information-dense digital world, these numbers may be even more important than what we actually accomplish in our lives.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
    [Social] The making of a social media slut
    I crossed the line.  I think I have become a social media slut. He wants to find good hires for social media marketing. It could make a difference if you’re seeking an entry level social media job.&#. This isn’t what I want social media to be about.  These experiences occurred in the span of 72 hours. Filthy. 
  • B2B LEAD GENERATION BLOG  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012
    [Social] B2B Social Media Marketing: Focus on leads, not likes
    Do you know where your social media is contributing? Honestly, it’s almost unfair to compare social media engagement to other channels,” Kelly confesses. Unlike online advertising or PR, or even TV and radio, [there are] over 500 forms of engagement we’ve tracked through the social channel. Social MediaShare Links.
  • IT'S ALL ABOUT REVENUE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
    [Social] Social Selling: 10 Actionable Tips From LinkedIn’s Koka Sexton
    by Amanda Batista | Tweet this The verdict on social selling is in: It works. While not even three years ago, marketing and sales organizations sought actual data to support the “hunch” that social selling techniques and practices were effective, the state of the advanced sales method is, well, on fire. They know it’s effective.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
    [Social] Enterprise Social Networking Platforms: Think Amazon, Not Facebook
    “This is just Facebook for the Enterprise” is the most common way most people describe enterprise social networking platforms. and online social networking concepts, their evolution from an online bookstore to become the world’s largest online retailer is a much better model for enterprise social platforms to follow.
  • WEBBIQUITY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
    [Social] 20 More of the Best Social Media Marketing Guides and Tips of 2013
    Social media marketing has become an integral part of strategies for maximizing the overall web visibility of an organization. What key trends in 2014 should social media marketers to be aware of? What are the best practices for promoting events through social media? Best Social Media Marketing Guides and Tips.
  • GROW - PRACTICAL MARKETING SOLUTIONS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013
    [Social] Twitter leads Fortune 500 social media surge
    After several years bumbling around on social media, Fortune 500 companies are seemingly climbing aboard and approaching the usage levels of their more nimble INC 500 brethren. 77% of the Fortune 500 companies have an active Twitter account, leading all other social media platforms. This is an increase over 70% in 2012. Facebook up 4%.
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