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4 Ways to be a Better B2B Twitterer

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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."

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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. Social Tagging

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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.

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.

Top 100 Social Media Blogs for 2007

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The VirtualHosting blog just announced their list of the Top 100 Social Media and Social Networking Blogs for 2007. The list is divided into nine categories including Most Popular Social Media, Most Popular Social Networking, Web 2.0,

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.

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? What’s In Your Social Media Toolkit? Social Tagging

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? Social Tagging

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).

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? practices, blogs and more.

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. 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

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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? Builds on the arguments made in Social Media ROI vs. RONI (risk of not investing).

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Best of 2007: Blog Posts on Social Media Marketing

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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

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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? 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

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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? 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? 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

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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 Social Tagging

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? Social Tagging

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. If you parse that, it matches up pretty closely to the 4 C's model of social media marketing.) Social Tagging Research and Reports

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Social Media ROI vs. RONI

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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

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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.

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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.

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. Social Tagging Web Marketing

Using ALL the Tools of Social Media Optimization

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Are Americans Social-Media-Lazy?

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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.)—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

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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

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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

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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?

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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' behalf—or even their own—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

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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.

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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. 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.

High Points on the Social Media Landscape

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In "The 4 C's of Social Media," I noted that coming up with a concise definition of social media , like defining "art," is challenging. Another is to look at the different types of websites and tools that comprise the social media landscape. They aren't intended to be comprehensive, but rather to identify the high points in the social media topography. Yes, Twitter is a micro-blogging platform and there are others, but does anyone use them?

B2B IT and Social Media 1: The Buyer Perspective

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Specifically, ITtoolbox wanted to determine how IT decision makers use social media tools (such as blogs, podcasts, discussion groups and wikis) to assist in purchasing decisions. However, decision makers trust social media content more than any other source.

B2B IT and Social Media 2: The Vendor Perspective

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According to recent white paper from Robert Lesser, publisher of LeadGenTools.com , and Paul Dunay of the Buzz Marketing for Technology blog , "B2B marketers are not just embracing Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and podcasts to target prospects. Blogs are the most frequently used Web 2.0

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How Social Media Has Changed PR

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I'll be starting off my presentation at the Blogging for Business Conference tomorrow with this statement: The practice of PR has changed more in the last five years than it did in the previous fifty. and the explosion of social media over the past few years are more than just new technological tools for PR professionals to adopt—they change the philosophy of PR. Social media has shifted the practice to interactive PR , or, if you prefer, social PR or conversational PR.

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3 Reasons it's Tough to Measure the ROI of Social Media

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Social media marketing is a hot topic, with 75% of marketers planning to initiate or increase social media use next year. With larger budgets and more time devoted to social media will come increased pressure to demonstrate ROI. While it's not necessarily difficult to show an ROI from social media, accurately measuring the return on investment is challenging for at least three reasons. Social Tagging

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