Social Media Tool or PR Nightmare?

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Since its founding in 2007, has become an important research tool for job hunters, corporate recruiters, and anyone looking for unvarnished behind-the-scenes insight into what really goes on behind corporate doors. For many of the 65,000 companies it currently covers, can be a PR nightmare waiting to happen. Learning to Live With Employee Opinion.

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Helpful SEM Advice from MarketingSherpa


I've had it drilled into me that "PR is NOT lead gen," but one company that linked terms in its press releases to specific landing pages on its site saw a 12.5% And the most surprising point: 16% of respondents said they didn't share SEM results with their agencies. My question is: why isn't their agency managing their SEM program in the first place?

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Best of 2007: Interactive PR


Wikipedia defines interactive PR as "the practice of using Internet tools and technologies such as search engines, Web 2.0 More directly, the techniques of interactive PR transform press releases from bland, internally-focused documents clogging up the inboxes of editors and staff writers into keyword-rich, user-oriented prose that is found by search engines, picked up by bloggers, tagged by readers, and creates a dialog with the market though comments on social media sites.

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Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on SEM


Search engine marketing (SEM) is one of the fastest-growing categories in all of advertising, because it is both measurable and logical: present your ads when people are searching for what you're selling. In addition to best practices in search engine marketing , the following articles and blog posts were among the best of 2007 at providing helpful guidance for creating and managing effective search marketing programs.

Best of 2007: Web Analytics


Here are some of the best articles and blog posts from 2007 on optimizing the use of web analytics. You've heard it a million times: "You can't manage what you can't measure." One of the most appealing aspects of online marketing is the ability to test and measure virtually anything, in detail and with great precision. But which metrics are really important? And how can you most effectively use web analytics to make productive changes?

Best of 2007: SEO Copywriting


With that in mind, here are a few of the best articles and blog posts from 2007 on optimizing website copy for SEO. The most crucial single element of SEO is the content on a website. Everything else—h1 and h2 tags, emphasizing key phrases through bolding, meta tag optimization, SEO-friendly URLs, etc.—is is driven by the site's copy. It's not unusual to see horribly optimized sites still show up well across the search engines for certain terms based solely on their content.

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What is the True State of Search Marketing?


These tactics beat PR, direct mail, offline advertising and online banners. Their study also reveals that repeated landing page testing and optimization drives the greatest improvement on ROI for SEM campaigns. I don't mean to be too harsh here as none of us knew how to optimize SEM campaigns when the web was young. On Wednesday this week, MarketingSherpa hosted a presentation on Search Marketing Trends and Tactics (that's the link to the PDF; the audio is here ).

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Book Review: Value Acceleration


Here's a sample: "Using a causal modeling technique known as structural equation modeling (SEM) or pathway building combined with constraint theory, it is possible to obtain correct results from this approach using a widely applied set of questions." PR is NOT a lead generation activity; it's about awareness and credibility building. -

Best of 2007: Cool Online Tools


File conversion tools Still running Office 2003, but need to convert the new XML-based formats from Office 2007 so you can read and work with them? Here's a list of interesting and useful tools to help you convert files, find content, promote your blog, and add content to your website, among other activities. Zamzar offers a free online service to convert files with no need to download software.

Best of 2007: Miscellaneous Marketing Stuff


From advertising to white paper syndication to voicemail, here are a few of the best marketing-related newsletter articles and blog posts from 2007 that simply didn't fit into any other category. Check out these stories from the penultimate entry in WebMarketCentral's Best of 2007 series.

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Best of 2007: Web 2.0 Sites


A number of new social networking, social search, social bookmarking, and other Web 2.0-related websites and tools either got their start or got traction in 2007. Social Media Today A "moderated online business community for social media bloggers, marketers, PR and media professionals," Social Media Today provides the opportunity to network with other marketing professionals, post content, and comment on posts.

Best of 2007: Amusing and Creative Marketing Stuff


It's the final—and best—installment of WebMarketCentral's Best of 2007 series. Here are some of the most humorous, creative, and just plain odd, yet strangely relevant to interactive marketing, blog posts and articles from 2007. Funny Adwords Contest: Round 2 by Google Analytics Blog Mark Curtis supplies a very funny yet cautionary post on the dangers of using variable keyword insertion in Google and Yahoo SEM ads. Sell your soul on eBay. Buy trash at Target.

Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on Strategy and Branding


Search and the Pareto Principle by Search Engine People Blogger Jeff Quipp demonstrates how the 80/20 rule applies to planning and execution for SEO and SEM, for example, "20% of content is responsible for 80% of site traffic and/or links." The first step in crafting a marketing plan is to determine overall strategy, and among the first questions to ask when thinking about the strategy are "What do I want my brand to stand for?" and "What are best ways to communicate my brand message?"

20 LinkedIn Groups Every Marketer Should Join


Created: September 21, 2007. Created: November 12, 2007. 4) Innovative Marketing, PR, Sales, Word-of-Mouth & Buzz Innovators Innovation Network by Gerald Haman. You’ll hear from all sorts of marketing, PR, and sales professionals about their innovations and strategies so you can perfect your own. Created: November 28, 2007. Created: October 1, 2007. 14) SEO SEM Social Media (Digital Search & Internet Marketing).

How NOT to pitch a blog | Online Marketing Blog

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Online Marketing Blog TopRank’s internet marketing blog on the intersection of digital PR, social and search engine marketing. Home About Resources Archives Subscribe Consulting Contact How NOT to pitch a blog 29 Comments | Posted by Lee Odden on Aug 29th, 2007 in Blog Marketing , Blogging , Online Marketing , Online PR In the past I’ve written about blogger relations offering tips on how marketers or PR professionals ought to present their story ideas to bloggers.

Looking Back at 300: Top 10 Posts


9: Best of 2007: Articles and Blog Posts on SEO (Part 1) , January 28, 2008 Summaries of and links to a dozen outstanding articles on SEO from some of the top pros like Lee Odden , Jon Rognerud and Danny Sullivan. Social Tagging Sites, Part 7: The Best , June 26, 2007 "Based on two months of testing across a half-dozen B2B websites and blogs, these Web 2.0

4 Steps to B2B SEO Accountability

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Tweet Contact Ryan DeShazer Articles by Ryan DeShazer View print-friendly version Send article to a colleague Contact SEW Editors Share Newsletter signup Biography Ryan DeShazer Ryan DeShazer, Vice President, Global Practice Leader - Search, is an experienced digital marketing professional, with seven years of agency experience in the fields of SEM and web analytics. Are you a Search Engine Watch Member? |

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Looking Back at 400: Top 10 Posts


10: Best of 2007: Website Design , February 4, 2008 Reviews of articles and tools on website design, including a couple of pieces from the brilliant and frequently cited Stoney deGeyter. Social Tagging Sites, Part 4: B2B Traffic Building , May 15, 2007 Original research on the quantitative impact of social bookmarking on b2b site traffic. As I recently passed 400 posts on this blog, here is a look back at the 10 most popular items here of all time.

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Search Engine Marketing Benchmarks: Latest Research from Marketing Sherpa


paid click volume (is) up 18% from January 2007 to March 2009.In Savvy b2b marketers are also investing more in content marketing, social media, interactive PR and SEO to feed the "top of the funnel" as well as investing in PPC advertising to capture prospective buyers further along in their buying cycle. MarketingSherpa just released its new search marketing benchmark report ($447) and companion executive summary (free PDF).

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B2B Marketing Thought Leadership: Tom Pick


After 14 years on the client side of B2B marketing, primarily in enterprise software, I moved over to the agency side in 2006 as a Marketing & PR Executive with KC Associates. What's unique about KCA is that it's the only PR/marketing firm in Minnesota, and one of few anywhere, that's exclusively focused on working with B2B technology companies. Marketing and PR practitioners have actually, in many ways, been slow to get this.

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Best of 2008: Amusing, Creative and Just Plain Odd, Part 2


I hate to kick that dead dog again, but it sucked in 2007, it sucked in 2008, and it'll continue to suck wind in 2009." Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang running an ad agency. How Internet marketing is like a ruptured disc. Bizarre yet real images on the web. Ads that never should have seen the light of an LCD screen. What do all of these things have in common? They're all here in the final best of funny, creative and just plain strange blog posts from the past year.

Best Social Media and Digitial Marketing Research and Statistics of 2011, Part 1

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companies are currently using blogs for marketing purposes, up from 29% in 2009 and just 16% in 2007. ” Although B2B marketers are increasingly using social media channels in their marketing and PR efforts, however, Adam notes that “75% of B2B marketers who conduct social marketing say they do not measure the ROI of their social marketing programs.”

Best Social Media Stats, Facts and Marketing Research of 2010

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For anyone in marketing or PR being asked to make “data-driven&# decisions “based on the numbers&# (and doesn’t that include pretty much everyone in marketing and PR these days?), Email open rates continue to decline from 14% in the second half of 2007 to just 11.2% B2B Marketing: Red-Headed Step-Child of SEM World?

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