4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer
JULY 21, 2009
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. Whether on Twitter or any other social media platform , the key word to remember is "social."
Social Media Ostriches
APRIL 30, 2009
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. Social Tagging
Using Blogs for Social Media Optimization
AUGUST 5, 2008
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.
Social Media Best Practices Start with Blogging
SEPTEMBER 5, 2008
There are several different tools and tactics included under the umbrella of "social media"â€”including podcasting, video, social bookmarking, wikis, forums, and social networkingâ€”but the ideal starting point is blogging.
Social Media Relations vs. Traditional PR Skills
APRIL 22, 2009
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.
The 4 C's of Social Media
MARCH 4, 2009
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 Tagging
Diving into Social Media Marketing? How a Social Media Consultant Can Help
APRIL 2, 2009
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.
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 4
DECEMBER 31, 2009
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? What’s In Your Social Media Toolkit? Social Tagging
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 3
DECEMBER 9, 2009
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? Social Tagging
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 1
OCTOBER 1, 2009
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).
Best of 2009 (So Far): Social Media Marketing, Part 2
NOVEMBER 5, 2009
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? practices, blogs and more.
Twin Cities Top 10 Titans in Social Media Announced
DECEMBER 10, 2009
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. You can find details of the top five and 6-10 winners on Judy's blog. Social Tagging Need to Know
Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 6
SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
Which social bookmarking sites have the most clout? Can social media really increase revenue? What common mistakes should you avoid in social media marketing? Builds on the arguments made in Social Media ROI vs. RONI (risk of not investing).
Best of 2007: Blog Posts on Social Media Marketing
JANUARY 18, 2008
My last post listed several of the best news articles from 2007 on how to effectively use social networking sites for marketing. Here are some of the best blog posts on social networking and social media marketing strategies and tactics.
Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 5
SEPTEMBER 3, 2009
How can you make a big splash in social media without a huge budget? Turn your social media contacts into leads, and ultimately customers? by Jim's Marketing Blog Though the title may sound spammy, Jim Connolly isn't hawking some bogus "Internet marketing" software here.
Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 3
JULY 13, 2009
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? Social Tagging
ZoomInfo, Chris Abraham and Me - A Social Media Case Study
MAY 26, 2009
Sure, almost every business on the planet is now using social media in some manner, but do you ever wonder if it really works? After the presentation, Chris posted his content on SlideShare , a leading social media sharing site. Social Tagging
How to Create a Cool Social Media Email Signature
AUGUST 26, 2009
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 Social Tagging
Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 1
APRIL 6, 2009
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? Social Tagging
How to Create a Social Media Marketing Strategy
MARCH 24, 2009
MarketingSherpa's 2009 Social Media & PR Benchmark Guide (PDF) provides a wealth of useful statistics and guidance. If you parse that, it matches up pretty closely to the 4 C's model of social media marketing.) Social Tagging Research and Reports
Social Media ROI vs. RONI
JULY 30, 2009
Understandably, as businesses begin to invest more marketing/PR dollars into social media, there is great concern over the ROI of these activities. So no matter how much "buzz" there is about the promise of social media marketing or how excited you may be about it, if it hasn't already happened, sometime very soon your boss or client is going to start asking you about the ROI of social media marketing. Social Tagging
Christopher Barger, GM's Social Media Rock Star
JUNE 16, 2008
Here are a few highlights from his presentation at the recent Blogging for Business conference. Blogging is (officially) no longer new. 90% of Internet users in the 25-34 year-old group are familiar with blogs. 60% of those under the age of 21 belong to a (online) social network.
Best of 2008: Social Media Optimization, Part 2
MAY 18, 2009
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.
What's Next for B2B Social Media? FYIndOut Now
JANUARY 28, 2009
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. Social Tagging Web Marketing
Using ALL the Tools of Social Media Optimization
SEPTEMBER 10, 2008
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.
How to Use Social Media to Leverage the Power of Google
OCTOBER 12, 2009
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. Social Tagging
Best of 2008 (So Far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 2
OCTOBER 27, 2008
Which social media sites are the most valuable? Where can you find free tools to help monitor buzz about your company across blogs, Twitter on online forums? 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
Best of 2008 (So Far) - Social Media Optimization, Part 1
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
Use social media to enhance your SEO efforts and build your business? OldSchool, shows how to dramatically grow the number of high-quality backlinks to your website by using social bookmarking sites and blogs. How Can Marketers Harness The Social Web?
Hear About PR & Social Media at the B4B Conference
MAY 19, 2008
Are Americans Social-Media-Lazy?
MAY 16, 2008
In the latest installment of Outside the Inbox, Jared Reitzin of mobileStorm reviews some recent research studies and asks, when it comes to participation in social media (blogging, uploading videos to YouTube, etc.)â€”are But in case you've forgotten it from season 6, here is the best American Idol video EVER: Relax, it's Friday. :-) ** technorati tags: Outside the Inbox, Jared Reitzin, participation in social media, Sanjiya, American Idol 6 - Chris Sligh - Typical del.icio.us
It Came from Facebook! The Social Media Marketing Challenge that Can't be Ignored
MARCH 16, 2009
Several recent studies have put the challenge that social media presents to marketers into stark relief: social media is huge. In social media, where viewers are often creating the content, that bargain doesn't hold up. After all, it is social media.
The 5 Best Social Media Sites for Small Businesses
APRIL 15, 2008
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.
Social Media Now Top Information Source for B2B IT Buyers
DECEMBER 20, 2007
social media sites by B2B IT decision-makers, researchers at ITtoolbox and PJA have just published their second report on the topic. hours per week consuming user-generated content (such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networking sites and online forums) versus 3.1
Do Agencies Get Social Media?
MARCH 14, 2008
Late last week, MediaPost's Cathy Taylor wrote about the shortcomings of marketing agencies (large ones at least) when it comes to really understanding and utilizing social media on their clients' behalfâ€”or even their ownâ€”in Blogger's Block - And Other Ways Agencies Aren't Walking The Walk Of Social Media. " We're blogging!" She also comes down on DDB for the lack of permalinks on its blog; not exactly techno-savvy for a big agency.
Best of 2007: News Articles on Social Media Marketing
JANUARY 16, 2008
Social media (blogs, podcasts, forums) and social networking sites ( Digg , del.icio.us , StumbleUpon , Searchles , etc.) Social media and social networks are simply an online version of that table at the coffee shop.
Social Media Isn't Only for Virtual Events
FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Note: this is a guest post from Cece Salomon-Lee , social media relations expert and author of the PR Meets Marketing blog. Cece has previously guest-posted here on best practices in PR and blogging outreach. 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.