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  • NUSPARK  |  TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015
    [Social] Effective Social Selling = Mindset over Tactics
    What is it about the term “Social Selling” that gets people riled up? Many say that sales people should concentrate on honing their sales skills rather than social media skills. Some discount social altogether as a non-starter. Recent research by the Sales Management Association has shown that a whopping two-thirds of companies surveyed don’t have any sort of social media strategy in place for their sales teams. 40% closed 2-5 deals using social media, and 10.8%
    [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.” They also advised that marketers set SMART goals, and presented a selection of best practices for advertising on popular social networks: Among other key takeaways from Grant and Katy: • Use the scientific method.
    [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. Creating your profile on each of the major social networks is a first step, but just that. As with most things in life, you’ll get out of social networks what you put into them.
    [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. Read the full story on Social Media Examiner. Why You Need to Humanize Your Social Media Marketing. Is Social Media Marketing Still Relevant?
    [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. Social Media Stats, Facts and Research Does Facebook Need To Build A Search Engine? companies now use social media for marketing.
    [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. They had to do with other things that companies have to do before they can successfully engage in social media. Here are some examples: Most C-level executives are not in social media—they’re in search.
    [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. In short, social selling is tearing down the wall between sales and marketing. Marketing is being redefined to empower sales in a social selling environment.
    [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. Instead of a laborious production process, Social Media reduces the distance between the production and consumption of opinions; in fact, it even obliterates it. Very likely that means you’ll find them on Social Media.
  • 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. Social media management tools are essential weapons in any marketer’s arsenal – they help keep track of all social media accounts and updates, help save valuable time and help increase engagement across multiple accounts and social networks.
    [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. The webinar also highlighted real use case data that validates the impact that social selling techniques have on the bottom line.
  • ACT-ON  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
    [Social] The State of Social Media Engagement and 3 Proven Ways to Boost It
    Social media is growing up. As the social media platforms struggle to monetize, they demand more from publishers – or they won’t let their audiences see their content. From Ascend2’s October 2015 “Social Media Marketing Trends” survey summary report. There’s no shortage of social media metrics to measure, but those are the four metrics many marketers are talking about when we say “engagement”. Pay attention to your social media reports.
    [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 sellingIn previous posts, I shared how CMOs at Xerox, Lithium, G2Crowd, Wiley and XOJet are getting LinkedIn wrong as they are simply focused on brand awareness, reach and filling the funnel.
    [Social] Social Media is a life sentence
    Before you take the next step of using social media for business purposes, realize that it’s a life sentence. Not unlike needing to take anti-rejection medications every day for life after receiving a liver transplant, the same thing goes for social media-for-business: in order for it to work, you need to commit to doing it not just for the next six-months but for the next sixty-years. At least social media is a two-way street.
  • 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. Recently, that’s begun to change a bit as blogs like TopRank and Marketo have highlighted b2b social media success stories. Expanded social media following (e.g.,
  • ACT-ON  |  THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2016
    [Social] Inside the Mysterious World of Dark Social
    Content sharing via social media is really important, right? But have you heard of “dark social?”. We can, and do, track how and when people access our content from links we send them in email or make available in social media, and so forth. It’s called dark social. What, exactly, is “dark social”? Fortunately, dark social (unlike the “dark web”) is more benign than it sounds. That’s one incarnation of dark social.
    [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. Not only were some of the biggest names in social marketing there to present (Jay Baer, Chris Brogan, Mari Smith, Mark Schaefer, to name a few), but there was content to cover pretty much any social related topic one could ask for. A picture is worth 1,000 words, or in the case of a social media manager, double the engagement.
    [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. Today’s most effective marketers are optimizing content across channels, coordinating search and social marketing activities with traditional PR, and measuring their web presence and performance with sophistication. What do buyers really want from social media marketers?
  • 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. This confusion is partly due to some still-common misconceptions about social media marketing. Social media is so easy we can hire an intern to do it. Social media is free.
    [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. From a pure lead generation / ROI standpoint, this skepticism isn’t entirely unjustified; research from earlier this year showed that branding metrics (increased brand exposure, webs traffic, email subscribers partnerships)—not strict revenue or ROI measures—topped the list of benefits that b2b marketers realized from social media activities.
    [Social] The Thin Line Between Social Media Marketing and Spam
    Takeaway Are you engaged in social media enough to recognize spam when you see it? As Jay Baer ( @jaybaer ) says, “if you don’t love social media, you probably suck at social media.” ” Social media today requires a commitment of time and energy not only to social media activity, but to understanding it. Social Media Spam twitterYou can share. You can publish. You can broadcast. You can spam.
    [Social] 31+ of the Coolest Social Media, Search and Web Tools of 2010
    Supplement your email list with your contacts’ social network info? Find out if the username or vanity URL you want is still available across dozens of social sites? Display a feed of brand-related comments from a variety of social networks on your website? Search for a brand name or keyword across all of the most popular social networks at once? Monitor social media discussions of your company or product in real time? Promote events through social media?
    [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. This may be a problem with measurement, or with setting the wrong objectives for social media marketing (it’s far more effective for customer service and driving traffic to top-of-the-funnel content than to direct purchase, for example). Cross-Platform Social Media Strategy.
    [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 StrategyThat’s when a post with insensitive comments (mostly due to ignorance or poor judgment) goes viral and destroys your brand’s message.
    [Social] Social Intelligence adds value throughout the Stage Gate Process
    Social data is becoming increasingly important in the new product development processes of many companies. In particular, manufacturers are tapping into social conversations as they explore new product ideas in order to learn what consumers are interested in and talking about. Later, when launch is imminent, social channels are becoming a key factor in setting media and advertising strategies. These applications of social media analytics only scratch the surface though.
    [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.    The future of buyer persona research and its processes are social as the social buyer becomes a prominent as well as permanent fixture in the new social age.   Next: The Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 2.
    [Social] Social Business Intelligence: Wisdom from the Outside-In
    Social Business Intelligence is all about wisdom – the wisdom to listen, to interpret, and to act authentically and from the outside-in, displaying fidelity to the expressed wants and needs of the billion-plus consumers who offer opinions online. Social data offers a way out of the conundrum. Social Business Intelligence works in real-time and leverages powerful technology to offer you the outside-in view. Related posts: There is NO Passive Marketing with Social!
    [Social] Social Media for the Sales Department
    The post Social Media for the Sales Department appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Best Practices Customer Interaction Nurture Marketing Social Media [one_half valign="middle"]. Partner Portal. Why Partner With SalesFUSION. [/one_half]. one_half]. one_half_last valign="middle"]. frame style="none"] [/frame]. [/one_half_last]. one_half_last]. divider style="simple"].
    [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. Back in October, the post here 21 of the Best Social Media Marketing Guides of 2013 (So Far) noted that as social media marketing practices mature, the questions about it have evolved from simple “how do I do x ” queries to more complex investigation into how to optimize social marketing strategies and tactics.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015
    [Social] Tools I use to amplify social campaigns
    I am surprised how much of a one-man band I have become through social media thanks to a little help from my friends. Here are the top social media applications I use in order to help lead my clients and my own brand through all the background noise and into the spotlight. It’s no longer okay to just drop links into your social media stream from Mashable or the Huffington Post. The post Tools I use to amplify social campaigns appeared first on Biznology.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017
    [Social] Social media employee advocacy is the heartbeat of your company
    On social media. Start your social strategy with your employees. I look at social media for business from a holistic viewpoint. Crafting an effective social media strategy starts with your employees. Too many companies work backward, trying to fit employee advocacy into a pre-existing social media program. Start your social strategy and planning with your employees in mind. Their social posts sounded the same across all channels.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017
    [Social] Five social media courses make one social media strategy meal
    Most social media marketing strategies are like my mum and me in Genova : we were supremely blissed-out happy with our experience of the authentic, delicious, “to the tooth” spaghetti al pesto. A proper online brand management and social media marketing campaign demands a multi-course meal of more than just spaghetti al Twitter , pasta a la Facebook , and lasagna al Instagram. Each one of of the social media “courses” are part of the entire experience.
    [Social] The ABCs of Social Selling: Always Be Connected
    I’m a 40-year old, married mother of four… social networking addict. I consume information online and am constantly sharing it with my social networks. In all this social networking, TRANSFORMATION is happening that affects the sales process. Today’s buyers are better informed by information available via the web and social connections, yet their buying processes are longer because more people sit on the buying committee. What Is Social Selling? .
    [Social] How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 2
    In my last post, I started to show how even the most recognized social media and social selling authors, experts, and consultants are getting LinkedIn wrong. The post How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 2 appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing LinkedIn LinkedIn Marketing linkedin social selling social media marketing
    [Social] B2B Social Media Opportunities [#B2Bchat Recap]
    In our most recent #B2Bchat discussion, we looked at a number of social networks and how B2B marketers can take advantage of them, and once again I was pleased to have the opportunity to moderate the lively discussion. Rather than a deep dive into a single network or objective, the discussion quickly touched on a number of social networks or platforms.
    [Social] Social CRM By Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]
    by Amanda Batista | Tweet this Social media has dramatically changed the sales cycle, but it has done so for the better. The buzz phrase “Social CRM” shouldn’t make you hit the panic button – it should make you think more proactively about how social channels present unique opportunities to have more meaningful interactions, and close more deals.
    [Social] SMS Marketing Trumps Social Media Marketing [Infographic]
    A recent infographic by Mogreet , a leader in mobile video and MMS messaging, stacks up the usage and engagement of SMS & MMS mobile communication against social media’s top players Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. In fact, it has become their primary means of communication that trumps email, social, and traditional advertising.
    [Social] How to Use Social Media for Event Marketing [Infographic]
    Using social media to maximize the impact of live events (like trade shows, forums and conferences) is where shiny new tools meet old school marketing. But social media marketing, which emerged as a distinct discipline just eight years ago this month, has proven a powerful tool for maximizing the results from and investment in live event marketing. Growth in searches for “social media marketing” per Google Trends.
    [Social] How even social media & social selling experts are getting LinkedIn wrong – Part 1
    I showed how the actions of these CMOs and others are the reasons behind why 8 out of 10 sales and marketing leaders are unable to prove a clear social media ROI on LinkedIn. Now, as I review the actions, thoughts, and ideas from some of the most recognized social media and social selling authors, experts and consultants, I understand why business leaders and sales and marketing professionals are failing to drive demand on LinkedIn.
    [Social] Social Selling 101 – 3 Social Technologies To Get You Started
    People often ask me which technologies I use to run my day to day social marketing. When you start out social selling , don’t automate any of your processes. Just focus on figuring out how to participate in a social conversation and getting connections through LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Social selling is really just a form of networking with your buyers and building relationships where they live. 3 social selling technologies to get started with.
    [Social] 30 B2B Social Media Tips for 2016
    As social media has grown, so has the opportunity for businesses to reach customers and potential customers. In fact, according to the Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing Report , 66% of businesses now have a dedicated social media team. The problem is that while a whopping number of businesses have a social media team, the majority of them don’t know how to measure their efforts. Social media isn’t something you just do. Optimize Your Social Profiles.
  • 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.    In my opinion, the seller to buyer world has literally been flipped upside down in unimaginable ways brought on first by the advent of the Internet and now by emerging social trends.    In today’s social age, this is no longer true. 
    [Social] Back to Basics: 6 Quick Social Media Marketing Tips
    by Lauren Harper | Tweet this Social media is still a new frontier for many marketers. With the emergence of what seems like an inordinate amount of social sites and tools, figuring out how to get started and ramp up your efforts with social media marketing can be confusing. Treat your social channels the same way. Social Media Experts, Marketing Influencers, Modern Marketers, etc.). They work for virtually every social channel.
    [Social] How to Optimize Events with Social Media [Infographic]
    Nothing promotes event marketing as well as social media. Many marketers use social media regularly, whether for networking or business purposes. As a result, social platforms are a great way to publicize events in real time. In order to generate social media buzz on your business’s upcoming event, create and share content in the weeks leading up to it. Connect with other event attendees on social media. Content is extremely important for social event marketing.
    [Social] Social Media Takes Gold at the London 2012 Olympics
    They have therefore responded by embracing and focusing on social media, in addition to more traditional media such as print and television. Social media has been a great success so far as viewers, athletes, and countries fully engage with each other throughout the games. Not all athletes are embracing social media when you compare followers to medals won. This infographic is brought to you by ExactTarget, a leader in social media marketing.
    [Social] How to Create Dynamic Social Content
    Dynamic social content is content that evokes responses, earn shares, and meets a need. The post How to Create Dynamic Social Content appeared first on Marketing Insider Group. Content Marketing Marketing Strategy Social Media brand adaptation collecting data Content content creation customers dynamic content dynamic social content dynamic social content creation how-to segmentation social content trending keywords
    [Social] 11 Easy Social Media Tips and Tricks
    Here’s a list, off the top of my head, of things that could and should make your social media and blogging life more full, exciting, passionate, accountable, and fruitful — and maybe a little less intimidating. Add Social Media Information to Print Media. There are other strategies, of course, but make sure all of your printed media includes every social media platform possible. While not widely used, QR Codes can be utilized to make access to social media easier.
    [Social] The Great Social Customer Service Race [INFOGRAPHIC]
    How do big brands measure up on social media? The Great Social Customer Service Race" was created to evaluate how efficiently the nation's top brands provide consumer support on Twitter. We wanted to learn what kinds of tweets received a response, and how quickly. To conduct the race, four Software Advice employees used their personal Twitter accounts to send customer service tweets to 14 leading consumer brands in seven industries.
    [Social] The Most Important Words In Social Media
    And so I offer up to you that the most important words in social media are “thank you!” But in social media , where we only see avatars and not real expressions on real human faces, they are particularly important. So I will explain my approach to be thankful on social media here in this post. And whether you use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, Tumblr, or any of the social tools available, remember that you are connecting with people, not avatars.
    [Social] Social Media Marketing: Dell reveals how it turns thousands of brand detractors into fans
    Tweet Five years ago, Dell had little presence on social media. In fact, one in 12 of Dell’s more than 105,000 employees have attended its Social Media & Community University , which encompasses up to 12 hours of training on how to best represent Dell online. In addition, Social Outreach Services, a team representing 14 languages, actively monitors and participates in social media. Social media has made more of an impact, significantly on B2B than B2C,” he said.
  • ACT-ON  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016
    [Social] 7 Ways B2Bers Can Rock Lead Gen Via Social Media
    Social media is an essential part of the marketing mix. Here’s why: Social media is becoming as important to customer service as the telephone. Social media is indispensable for promoting your content. Social media is one of best ways to get leads. In Ascend2’s 2015 Leads Nurturing Trends Survey , social media holds third place for the most effective online channel for generating leads. That’s clearly not as effective as email, but social holds its ground.
    [Social] 39 More (of the) Best Social Media Guides, Tips and Insights of 2011
    The notion of using social media for business has gone from cutting edge to commonplace in an amazingly short time. And for those laggard firms still resisting social media, recent changes by Google now make it all but imperative. Of course, there’s no single cookie-cutter approach to social media marketing that works for every enterprise. While certain aspects of social media have stabilized (e.g., Social Media Marketing Tips and Tactics.
    [Social] 12 Social Media Tips for B2B Marketers
    Despite what we may have thought just a few years ago, social media marketing isn’t just for the B2C world. In fact, 56% of B2B marketers now consider social media marketing core to their business, with 30% reporting that social media directly produces ROI, according to Demand Gen Report. How You Approach Social Media Matters. While it’s true that social media can be just as valuable for B2B marketing as it is for B2C marketing, the two do require different approaches.
    [Social] Social Media Marketing and Darwin: Evolution or Irrelevance
    Consumers have evolved even faster with the advent of high-speed Internet-enabled mobile devices and social media. Everyone is clamoring for consumers’ attention, from TV and Web content they’re genuinely interested in, to an onslaught of thoughts and activities of friends and relatives, posted via every social media channel. Everything is pointing to digital technologies and social media, even in offline experiences.
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
    [Social] Are you a social media forager?
    When you put lots of energy, time, and passion — but no plan — into your social media marketing and PR campaigns, you’re a forager. Social media foraging does get protein in the pot, though that protein is generally more in the form of grubs than it is prime grade lean steak. Being present, observant, and persistent should be enough to both build one’s reputation both on social media as well as in real life.
    [Social] 5 Disruptive Social Selling Technologies
    Editor’s Note: One of our regional sales managers, Jack Kosakowski, is a social media marketing ace. Last week his post on disruptive social selling technologies was published on Jay Baer’s Convince&Convert blog. Last week, on LinkedIn, I did a review of five social selling technologies that I would recommend. Automates data importing from social channels. Connects the dots between a company’s social connections. Identifies target audience on social.
    [Social] Why Social Media Doesn't Work [PowerViews LIVE Highlights]
    On February 3, 2015, I had the pleasure of having leading marketing expert Jamie Turner on PowerViews LIVE to talk about “Why Social Media Doesn’t Work.” Right off the bat you may be thinking, “Social media doesn’t work? Marketing organizations today are using social media for business purposes—more now than ever before. However, the numbers show that only a small percentage of these organizations can attribute revenue to social activity.
    [Social] 9 Criteria for Selecting a Social Media Monitoring Tool
    Social media monitoring tools are increasing essential for companies of all sizes as the explosion of social media content renders manual monitoring efforts hopeless. With almost 200 social monitoring tools (and new entrants still coming to market), available at a range of price levels from free to if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it, how does an organization select the right social monitoring tool for its needs? Monitoring beyond social media.
    [Social] Why every business needs a social media business audit
    Not active on social media? While your business may be posting to social media and doing all the right things, you must regularly assess where you stand on your most important social channels. Or, you will struggle to consistently improve your social strategy. Too many brands and businesses try to “do more on social” before assessing where they are and where they want to go. Here are nine steps to audit your social media channels and identify areas to improve.
    [Social] Social Media is Lowering Our Content Standards
    Social media has created the expectation that we share content, and in the drive to meet the content demands social media places on us, our content standards are falling. If so, it is time to stop listening to the social media experts , the ones that gave you the idea you need to share 4, 8 or 15 pieces of content in the first place. But if your standards have been lowered by social media sharing (like mine have been), raising your standards will take time.
    [Social] Organic vs paid social media: 12 myths vs realities
    Organic social media is the use of social networks like Facebook , Twitter , YouTube , Pinterest , Instagram , and Snapchat along with the use of free publishing tools like Hootsuite and Buffer to build a social community and interact with it—publishing posts, sharing others’ posts, and engaging in conversations and comments. Paid social social is paying any of these social networks to boost the reach of posts, display ads and videos, or sponsor messaging.
    [Social] 27 surprising facts about salespeople who are Social Selling
    Social Selling is the use of social media to interact directly with prospects, to answer questions and offer thoughtful content until the prospect is ready to buy. Social selling is not hard selling. Here are 27 facts about salespeople who are Social Selling. IBM saw an Increase of 400% in sales in a Social Selling Pilot Program (source: IBM ). 86% of IT buyers use social media in their purchase decision process (source: IDG Connect ).
  • BIZNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
    [Social] Lurkers are the 99.989% of Social Media
    It’s happened like this over and over: photography, filmmaking, recording, radio, television, computing, the Internet , message boards, blogging, and now social media. Anyways… So, as a result, we’re entering a world with fewer and fewer active Internet-, Web-, Blog-, Social Media - and Content-Creators. Social media, including Pinterest and YouTube , is becoming more and more celebrity-, brand-, agency-, and studio-driven.
  • ACT-ON  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016
    [Social] 7 Myths About Social Selling That You Probably Believe
    Some of the social selling myths listed below tripped me up for quite awhile. And so the sooner you – and I – can stop telling ourselves social selling is hard, or takes a lot of time, or requires an advanced degree, the sooner we’ll just get on with it. Social selling takes a lot of time. Melonie Dodaro of Top Dog Social Media broke out how to do social selling in 30 minutes with this handy infographic: Want to save even more time?
    [Social] 12 Reasons You Should Prioritize Social Selling in 2014
    The post 12 Reasons You Should Prioritize Social Selling in 2014 appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Guest Blogger Social Media [one_half valign="middle"]. Partner Portal. Why Partner With SalesFUSION. [/one_half]. one_half]. one_half_last valign="middle"]. frame style="none"] [/frame]. [/one_half_last]. one_half_last]. divider style="simple"].
    [Social] Nine Things I Learned at Social Media Marketing World 2014
    The post Nine Things I Learned at Social Media Marketing World 2014 appeared first on Marketing Automation | Lead Generation | Email Marketing | Salesfusion. Social Media Techie Stuff [one_half valign="middle"]. Partner Portal. Why Partner With SalesFUSION. [/one_half]. one_half]. one_half_last valign="middle"]. frame style="none"] [/frame]. [/one_half_last]. one_half_last]. divider style="simple"].
    [Social] Social Media? #WTF
    Tonight I am presenting social media marketing to a group of local marketing students at West Chester University. In preparation for the class, I spoke to the professor in order to determine which points about social media marketing I should touch on. She explained that the students think “Twitter is for old people” and are looking to understand what value social media marketing has relative to the larger marketing mix. Social Media
    [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. The post Socialize your videos for business development appeared first on Biznology.
    [Social] Say NO to Auto-Feeds: Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites
    Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites" alt=" Say NO to Auto Feeds: Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites" />. Your Blog & Facebook, Social Sites" width="300" height="104" /> Today’s guest post is written by Christine Buffaloe, of Serenity Virtual Assistant Services , a great resource for social media know-how, for Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter. Those that use the auto-feed are re-hashing material to all of the social media sites.
    [Social] Book Review: Social PR Secrets
    One of the first things you’ll notice about Social PR Secrets: How to Optimize, Socialize, and Publicize Your Brand’s News by Lisa Buyer is how compact it is. A must-read for anyone in PR, the book is also of value to marketers, SEO professionals, social media managers, and executives who want to better understand the role PR plays in maximizing a brand’s total online visibility , credibility, and impact.
    [Social] Why Your Social Media Marketing Stinks
    Social networking is as old as humanity, and even the term social media has been around for quite a while. But as a function within marketing, social media management is only 3 years old at best for the majority of organizations. And that’s why, for many marketers, your social media marketing stinks! One of the main challenges of integrating social media into the marketing mix is lack of a consistent strategy. Climb the Social Business Hierarchy of Needs.
    [Social] 19 More Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides
    While social media marketing has become commonplace, questions about how to optimize the use of social channels and networks, and how to stand out from the crowd, remain. The post 23 Outstanding Social Media Marketing Guides , published here a few weeks ago, answered questions about social media trends, the evolution of social media marketing best practices, and how to optimize use of visual content. Why social media is losing its sparkle by iMedia Connection.
    [Social] Social media marketing isn’t a popularity contest
    Businesses striving to bring in that lucrative ROI with social media often fall into trap of thinking that the more followers you have the more success your social campaigns will have. Just like back in the early days of the web when many webmasters believed that hits were a sign of success, having more social followers is a false sign of being successful in that medium. How to Make the Most of Your Social Media Marketing with Less.
  • ACT-ON  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2016
    [Social] Should Social Marketing Still Get Your Vote?
    First, let me start by saying that I get social. I was in a variety of product and marketing leadership roles from 2007-2016 for a leading company in the “social business” space, Jive Software. I was helping marketers adapt when the fundamental shift in consumer habits occurred – i.e., when the percentage of Americans who turned to social to get their news (vs. In 2009–2013 throwing money into social with a soft (or no) ROI was acceptable.
    [Social] Selfless Giving and Selfish Companies: A Social Media Conundrum
    Selfish Behavior in Social Media Marketing When social media professionals and consultants talk about humanizing companies in social media, the inability of companies to be selfless , to give gifts without expectation of a return, is a sticking point. A fuss is made about the return on social media because return is, in fact, expected. The time companies spend in social media and the gifts they may send are not selfless. Social Media Social Media Marketing
    [Social] 100 Things You Are Doing Wrong on Social Media
    You are not thinking of your blog as the hub of your social media efforts. You are not considering a global audience and looking at Chinese-based social networks, among others. You are not making your social media channels easy to find on your website. You are not including your social media channels in all prospect and customer communication touchpoints. Marketing Cloud Social MarketingYou are tweeting press releases.
    [Social] Engaging Your Audience with Social Marketing
    The post Engaging Your Audience with Social Marketing appeared first on Salesfusion. Social Media Techie Stuff
    [Social] Social Media is Like Riding a Bike
    I have been riding again after decades out of the saddle and I think there’s a lot I have learned from my newfound respect for the motorcycle that maps perfectly to social media marketing, both from my experience taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and from the two years of riding experience I have gotten under my belt. I get to a point on social media eventually, so hang in there. Same thing goes for social media engagement. Social media can be dangerous, too.
    [Social] Traffic from Social Referrals Is Doubling [CHART]
    by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this With Facebook’s IPO this week, we thought it would be timely to look again at the share of traffic our customer’s get from various social channels to see if there have been any new trends since the last time we reported on this topic. The first thing we noticed was that socially referred traffic has more than doubled since Q1 2011.
  • TONY ZAMBITO  |  MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
    [Social] Future of Buyer Personas is Social - Part 3
      In part 1 of this reflection on the future of buyer personas, I focused on some of the misconceptions about buyer personas and in part 2 , I offered perspectives on why changes were needed to be relevant to the social age.    At the same time, offer perspectives on the future of buyer personas in the social age.   Now in the social age, the science of buyer personas must be emphasized even more so than ever. 
    [Social] Can Social Media ROI Be Measured?
    The post Can Social Media ROI Be Measured? Social Media appeared first on Salesfusion.
    [Social] How to Align Content Marketing & Social Media Strategies for the Most Effective Amplification
    Content marketing and social media go hand-in-hand, and sometimes the two disciplines seem interchangeable. For many smaller marketing teams, content and social media marketing are owned and operated by the same person/function, while larger marketing teams separate the two functions entirely. And social media provides content creators with listening capabilities and a delivery mechanism. Below are some tips to unite content and social media.
    [Social] 6 Reasons a Blog Should be the Center of Any Social Content Strategy
    Here are six compelling reasons for organizations of all sizes to make blogging the center of their social media and content marketing efforts. Blogs are naturally great for search because they enable a company to rank for a much higher number of keywords, they can organically attract diverse high-quality links, and blog posts are far more likely to be shared in social media than standard website content.
    [Social] As Business Goes Social, CIOs Sit on Sidelines
    The disconnect between CIOs and the emerging world of social business became clear to me at a conference I attended about two years ago. Most CIOs are taking an attitude of, at best, benign neglect toward social networks. companies block social networks completely and 51% limit access to business purposes only. And given access to social networks at work, people will use them to play and waste time. CIOs just don’t see social as part of their charter.
    [Social] Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media - ReadWriteWeb
    Social Media U: Take a Class in Social Media. Social media. Whether youre socializing on Facebook , updating Twitter , or just adding a new bookmark to Ma.gnolia , social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. Thats why many of todays colleges and universities are now offering "social media" classes as an option for their students. Welcome to Social Media U. Lesson # 5 Use Social Networks. The Social Media Release.
    [Social] Social Data Made Simple: Getting Started with a Strategy
    Last week I moderated another Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of Social Data Made Simple: Getting Started with a Strategy. This webinar featured Ira Haberman ( @ irahaberman ) Director of Storytelling at BrainRider, Ned Kumar (@ nedkumar ) Digital Strategist for FedEx and Sean Williams (@ Colorado2NYC ) Consumer Promotions Social Media at JetBlue Airlines.
  • PAUL GILLIN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013
    [Social] Security Tips for Social Netizens
    The difference between the Nigerian princess plea, the PayPal password reset email and other famous online security scams we know and love is that social networks make it appear as if the requests are coming from your friends. Digital Defense,a security assessment and software firm, has published this free guide to the most common security dangers in social media. social networks Tips Digital Defense security
    [Social] How to Get Started with Social CRM
    by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Today’s post is adapted from the Grande Guide to Social CRM , written by the well-known social CRM thinker, Paul Greenberg. There’s a lot of talk about social CRM these days, but precious little action. This is at least partly, if not wholly, due to a misunderstanding of what social CRM is. First, social CRM can’t be implemented within an organization simply by adding a particular tool or technology.
    [Social] Social Media Data: Time to Embrace it
    There is not a day that goes by in the life of a marketer that doesn’t have a headline that reads, “marketers struggle to find the ROI of social.” A 2011 MarketingSherpa study confirmed this with 62% of CMO’s believing that social media will pay off for them … eventually. Innovation ROI Social Media monitize Monitize social media social media roi
    [Social] How to Get Salespeople Aboard the Social Media Train
    One of the most common frustrations I hear B2B marketers express is about the difficulty of getting salespeople interested in social media. Hoffman, who runs the Boston-based MJ Hoffman and Associates sales training and consulting agency, shared four ideas for getting salespeople off the social media dime in a presentation at the Inbound13 conference in Boston today. Telling them that social media prospecting will pay off in a year or two doesn’t interest them.
    [Social] How to Lure Readers to Your Blog from Social Media
    from Social Media" width="300" height="212" title="How to Lure Readers to Your Blog from Social Media" /> Let’s face it; sometimes it’s hard to draw people’s attention away from their many social media accounts. I know that I’m guilty of not being willing to leave the social media site I’m browsing to visit an outside blog or article. When your post is shared on social media, readers will likely only see the first paragraph as a teaser, if that much.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011
    [Social] How social media muteness endangers your company: The crisis at McKinsey
    McKinsey recently learned a difficult lesson about what happens when the world takes your thought leadership marketing seriously—and when you lack the ability to respond in the moment through social media. Despite its prowess in thought leadership—McKinsey is simply the best—the firm is falling dangerously behind in social media. This crisis unfolded online and in social media.
  • CHRIS KOCH  |  FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
    [Social] How to measure influence in social media marketing
    Measuring influence is the new obsession in the social media world—adding another layer of anxiety to the dark cloud of existential dread that is marketing ROI. Social media present us as individuals seeking status within a community, which is something that humans have been working at since our days as monkeys. Since social media leave digital footprints, companies create complex algorithms to come up with simple answers to measuring social media influence.
    [Social] 6 Social Media Publishing Best Practices
    It is a challenge to define the audience for a guide to social media marketing today. Some of us have been using social media personally and professionally for more than 10 years. "It is 2016 and we are still talking about social media marketing. Believe it or not, there are still companies that have not embraced social media as a means to improve marketing, customer service, lead generation and product development. Metrics and social media can be complicated.
  • NUSPARK  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016
    [Social] Converting B2B Leads Through Social Content: 3 Keys to Success
    For a couple of years now, B2B marketers have been hearing the “social selling” buzzword, and there are some convincing social media statistics regarding sales through social channels. Just about every marketer has heard that salespeople who use social outsell 78 percent of their non-social peers , and that leads developed and nurtured via social networking are seven times more likely to close than other types of leads. The Power of Visual Social Content.
    [Social] What Social Selling Isn't
    Just like anything shiny and new, social selling suffers from a fair amount of hype. While this enthusiasm is great, sometimes they dive in before they understand what social selling really is, or what they’re trying to achieve. So instead of another piece listing the benefits of social selling and the results that can be reaped through social selling tactics, I thought I’d combat some of the hype by writing on what social selling isn’t.
    [Social] Best Social PR Guides and Tips of 2010 (So Far)
    Social media has fundamentally altered the practice of public relations. Of course, there’s more to (successful) blogger outreach than just pitching, and there’s more to the new practice of social PR than just blogger outreach. Will Traditional, Social Media Blend? Pros & Cons of Applying Social Media to Traditional PR Campaigns by Howell Marketing Strategies. Social Media, PR, and the Shape of Things to Come by CIO Zone.
    [Social] Only 55% of Marketers Using Insights from Social Data
    It’s no secret that marketers have been inundated by data over the last few years, but having access to, collecting, and taking action from that data is a fairly new concept to social marketers. We teamed up with Social Media Today to figure out just how social marketers are collecting and using this data to impact their strategies in our latest eBook: Social and Mobile Marketing Data Report. Get even more social and mobile stats in our eBook.
    [Social] The 10 Traits of Successful Social Marketers
    What makes one company’s social media strategy successful while others #fail? Recently I have been speaking with a number of marketers, customer service folks and even sales people about social media strategies that produce real business results. Based on those conversations and my own experience in marketing, here are what I see as the most important traits of successful social marketers… 1. Without this, effective social strategies are simply impossible.
    [Social] How to Harness the Power of Social Media
    When it comes to content marketing , social media has become an essential part of most smart professionals’ marketing plans. They know that without a social presence, your online brand can appear outdated and unapproachable. However, social media marketing isn’t as simple as a lot of business owners anticipate. Harnessing the power of social media can be achieved by using the following practices. Social Engagement.
  • 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). Media intelligence and monitoring tools can help you make sure that your social media efforts are achieving the goals you set forth. It is easy to use, and is a comprehensive analytics tool for this social channel.
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