Does Your Business follow Social Media Etiquette Best Practices?

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Social media etiquette… the expression makes me squirm. It seems there’s always someone trying to apply a set of rules to everything nowadays and I can’t stand it. Of course there are unacceptable behaviors online and offline… but the beauty of the platform is that whether or not you follow the so-called rules, you’ll see the results. Here’s an example… I follow a large email … Continue reading

The World of Social Media Monitoring and Analytics

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The first bit of data on this infographic is pretty fascinating… the growth of the analytics tool market. In my opinion, it points to a couple issues. First is that we’re all still seeking better tools to report and monitor on our marketing strategies and second is that we’re willing to apply a larger percentage of our marketing budget to ensure our strategies are working. … Continue reading

10 Facts That Will Surprise You About Social Media

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One aspect of the social web that I love is the equal playing field it provides companies both small and large, as well as the fact that it’s still the Wild West. As long as we can keep regulators and government hands’ off of it, I’m sure it will continue to flourish. That said, I’m always miffed when I observe a blog post, an infographic, … Continue reading

The Terrible 2014 CMO Guide to the Social Landscape

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Social Media Landscape

Yesterday, I had this post completed and was just about to click publish when I knocked a beer over on my laptop. I hope it wasn’t karma coming to kick my butt. The laptop survived, but somehow the blog post disappeared. I’m writing this post with the faint smell of beer in the background to remind me to keep my snarkiness down. Here’s the thing, … Continue reading

How Social Marketing Stacks Up with Traditional Advertising

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I’m not opposed at all to advertising and paying for promotion, but many business owners and even some marketers don’t distinguish the difference. Often, social marketing is seen as just another channel. While it is an additional strategy to add to your marketing, social offers a far different opportunity. Social media has been disrupting the advertising landscape ever since it burst onto the scene and … Continue reading

Best Practices for Post and Status Update Formats

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I’m not sure I would have called this infographic How to Create Perfect Posts; however, it does have some great clarification on what best practices work for updating your blog, video and social statuses online. This is the fourth iteration of their popular infographic – and it adds in blogging and video. Utilization of imagery, call-to-action, social promotion and hashtags are great advice and often … Continue reading

How to Advertise on Pinterest

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There shouldn’t be any surprise the visual media is driving the best conversion rates in online advertising… and Pinterest is no exception. In a study from Shopify analyzing 37 million visits, it was found that Pinterest led the US e-commerce conversion rates. As consumers pin and repin by the hundreds of millions, many marketers are struggling to maximize their brands’ Pinterest potential. Check out this … Continue reading

Social Media for Unsexy B2B Industries

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In all honesty, I’m not sure sexy really matters when we speak about social media. The ability to teach, observe, respond and promote in an unsexy business to business industry may not capture a ton of attention – but it can absolutely capture the right attention from the audience seeking your business, product, or service out. If you work for a business-to-business (B2B) com­pany, chances … Continue reading

Smart Ways to Combine Content Marketing with SEO

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The folks at Blogmost.com developed this infographic and named it Little Known Ways to Build High Quality Backlinks in 2014. I’m not sure I like that title… I don’t think companies should focus on building links anymore. Our local search experts at Site Strategics like to say that new strategies require earning links rather than actively building them. More importantly, I believe this infographic combines … Continue reading