4-Ways-to-Avoid-a-Dave-and-Busters-Style-Social-Media-Blunder

Another week, another social media blunder. How to avoid being in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

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Key-Stats-to-Inform-the-Optimization-of-Mobile-Video-Consumption

Consumer behaviour and consumption habits of video content across devices and platforms is constantly shifting, so keeping a finger on the pulse of those shifts allows us to better plan our own video content, and anticipate results.

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Starbucks-Delivery-Service-Storytelling-Customer-Experience-Social-Media

Starbucks delivery hasn’t even launched, but is a great case in storytelling, customer experience and smart brand management.

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The-Simple-Truth-About-How-to-Effectively-Use-Hashtags

Frequently, when hashtags are being discussed – in blog posts, books, whitepapers, as part of campaigns, in meetings, or wherever – their importance is held so high that I find it verging on laughable.

A hashtag, plain and simple, is a tool for sociability.

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Facebook-Local-Awareness-Ads-Take-Geo-Targeting-to-the-Next-Level

Facebook recently announced a new advertising product that will surely be of great interest to small and medium sized businesses: local awareness ads.

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Are-We-Aiming-High-Enough-With-Our-Brands

Frequently, we gauge brand-related success on social media on awareness, perception, affinity, or other similar measures.

But, is this good enough? Is this what we want for our businesses and brands?

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Get-Schooled-by-YouTubers-Business-and-Content-Strategy

For many businesses and brands, success on YouTube remains elusive, and to many, the challenges the platform presents can seem insurmountable.

There are, however, some powerhouse brands that are thriving on the platform.

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Why-You-Shouldn’t-Give-Your-Social-Media-Audience-the-Content-They-Want

It may seem counterintuitive, but there is actually good reason for why the content your business’ social media audience wants, is not the content your organization should be creating and publishing.

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How-to-Dedicate-the-Time-Required-to-Achieve-Social-Media-Success

Why are we all so eager to spend as little time as possible on our business’ social media marketing efforts?

There tends to be a strong correlation between the time, energy and effort put toward implementing a smartly crafted social media strategy, and expected results.

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Facebook-Testing-a-Way-for-Users-to-Buy-Products-on-the-Platform

Facebook announced late last week that they are testing a new method for people to discover and buy products directly on the platform, and there’s good reason to be excited for this potential new feature.

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How-to-Create-Facebook-Interest-Lists

Creating interest lists on Facebook is the very best way to control the content you consume on the world’s largest social media network.

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Twitter-Analytics-Slicing-&-Dicing-Data

Twitter’s downloadable analytics are far from being as robust as social media juggernaut Facebook’s, however, there are still a number of ways that you can slice and dice the data provided to glean deeper Twitter insights.

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The-Importance-of-Social-Media-Strategy-vs-Tactics

It is important to be clear about the distinction between strategy and tactics because misinformation leads to bad decision-making. There is too much at stake for this to not be perfectly clear.

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Take-Control-Enhance-the-Potency-of-Your-Facebook-Experience

Facebook’s control over the content that appears in users’ news feeds has rightfully been a hot topic of late, but the impact this has on our social media marketing efforts is really only half of the story.

The other half of the story, of course, is the impact it has on users.

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How-Social-Media-Can-Be-A-Boon-For-Your-Career

Even if ‘social media’ isn’t part of your job description, dedicating time to social media can be a boon for your career and enhance the value that you offer your organization, clients or customers, and coworkers.

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Let’s-Quit-This-Little-Dance-We-Do-For-Twitter-Followers

The ill-advised focus that some organizations and people give to acquiring masses of Twitter followers, and the tactics they employ to inflate their numbers, is sometimes mind boggling.

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_Automating-Content-Curation-Just-Because-You-Can-Doesnt-Mean-You-Should-

There are numerous tools and services available that make filling your social media feeds with content incredibly easy, but just because it’s easy, doesn’t necessarily mean you should use them.

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Learn-to-Embrace-Failure-on-Social-Media

Failure is not an option, it is going to happen, which includes some of your efforts on social media. And that’s okay… it’s maybe even good.

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5-Ways-to-Kill-It-On-Social-Media-That-Have-Nothing-to-do-With-Content

There are many ways that you can use social media to great effect that have absolutely nothing to do with creating content.

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Overview-of-Twitter-Analytics

An overview of what you can find within Twitter’s native analytics, as well as how to find them, so that you too can benefit from having additional insight and information about your tweets and Twitter followers.

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Nurturing-Social-Media-Advocacy-From-the-Inside-Out

There are a huge number of ways that social media advocates can have a positive impact on your business.

The challenge is that identifying advocates isn’t always a simple task, and more challenging still is finding ways to encourage those advocates to sustain high-levels of involvement within your social media communities.

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Instantly-Boost-Trust-on-Social-Media

Building trust can lead to increased loyalty, build advocacy, create evangelists, improve the potency of your marketing messages, mitigate customer churn, and generally strengthen the emotional connection people have with your brand.

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Increase-Purchase-Intent-Through-Social-Media-Responsiveness

Investing in social media customer service support and responding to consumer feedback can have a dramatically positive influence on purchase intent, and not just for the consumers you interact with.

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Is-the-Recent-Twitter-Update-a-Precursor-to-Something-Bigger-to-Come

Unless you’ve been spending the last couple of months on ICQ or MySpace, you know that Twitter recently launched a massive new redesign for user profiles. But is this just a precursor to an even bigger, more meaningful update?

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Why-Engagement-isn't-a-Definitive-Indicator-of-Anything

The problem with ‘engagement’ is that it doesn’t tell us much at all. It’s not really a definitive indicator of anything except that someone clicked a button, or mashed a few keys on their keyboard.

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_Organizing-the-Web-One-Page-at-a-Time-Pocket

Use of Pocket has been beneficial for me both personally and professionally, and if you’re looking for a solution to help you to navigate and organize content more efficiently, I implore you to check it out.

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Improving-Content-by-Breaking-Your-Addiction-to-Links

There’s amazing social media content to be shared that is entirely link-less, and we could be doing our businesses, or the brands we work on, a great disservice by publishing so much link-ridden content.

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Consumer-Training-as-a-Method-to-Improve-Organic-Reach-on-Facebook-

What if the solution for declining organic reach had more to do with user behaviour than complicated News Feed algorithms?

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Thinking Small About Social Media Marketing

Thinking small about social media marketing is about dedicating yourself to affecting real business results in small increments, day after day, for great long-term impact.

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An Overdue Argument for Google+

Google+ may have just been validated as a bonafide social media heavyweight, right alongside the likes of Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn – and yes – even Facebook.

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3Links14

It’s time again for an other episode of 3 LINKS, where I share some of the better blog posts that I’ve read in recent history on the subjects of social media marketing, content marketing, traditional marketing, business, or anything related.

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NY Times Ad Blunder and Social Media Automation

Whether it’s the New York Times publishing online ads, or it’s you and your business publishing social media updates, we are all responsible for the content we publish and need to take responsibility to ensure its integrity, even if it’s already been scheduled.

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Responding to Audience-Initiated Dialogue on Social Media

Properly responding to audience-initiated dialogues on social media is a great opportunity for you add value, increase affinity, build advocacy, and develop relationships with individual members of your community.

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Amp Up the Sociability on Your YouTube Channel

YouTube shouldn’t be viewed solely as a video publication platform.

It should be just as socially driven as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or any other social media network.

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First Kiss

The same video uploaded twice, by the two parties responsible for its production respectively, with very different results. Why?

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Planning for the Zero Organic Reach Apocalypse

The impending organic reach apocalypse might seem like doom and gloom, but there are some things you can do to prepare your business for this seemingly inevitable event.

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Barriers to Content Creation

Creating meaningful social media content on an ongoing basis is a common challenge for SMBs, large corporations and agencies alike.

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Facebook Timeline Content Targeting

As they frequently do, Facebook has relatively recently made some changes to their platform that have changed how you go about activating targeting options for Timeline posts.

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Facebook Page Tagging

“Now, When a Page tags another Page, we may show the post to some of the people who like or follow the tagged Page”. – Facebook

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PewDiePie YouTube Content Marketing Strategies

If you don’t know PewDiePie, just look at any list of top subscribed YouTube channels and look toward the top of the list.

With over 22 million subscribers – only bested by YouTube category channels for ‘music’ and ‘popular on YouTube – Worldwide’ – there’s no arguing that this is what ultimate YouTube success looks like.

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Blogging Guest Post Support Plan

There are actions you can take to support your content, amplify its success, enhance your returns from having made a meaningful contribution, and maybe even increase your chances of having subsequent guest contributions published.

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Real-time Marketing

Real-time marketing is here, and it has been here, to stay. There is huge opportunity for businesses and brands to interact with their audiences in real-time.

Businesses and brands, however, shouldn’t one day per year get a ‘real-time war room’ together and hope for some serendipitous opportunity to present itself, or worse, shoehorn their message into a less than memorable moment.

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Super Bowl Spots Debut on Social Media

Visible Measures reported that Super Bowl ads saw a total of 370 million online views last year, and ads released ahead of time received between 200-600 percent more impressions than those that didn’t

So, this is all well and good, but what can be learned from this phenomenon and applied to your business?

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Super Bowl Social Media

The real reason I’ve historically been so interested in the Super Bowl really has nothing to do with the competition on the field, but more to do with the competition for consumers’ attention and wallets, the advertising. And I know I’m not alone on this front.

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Supercharge the Value of Twitter Followers

In effort to shed some light on how Twitter can help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Twitter engaged Market Probe International to conduct research in hopes of proving how their platform can lead to real business results.

Some interesting findings emerged that – surprise, surprise – demonstrate that Twitter can indeed have a positive impact for SMBs.

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3Links13

It’s been a while since I’ve published a 3 LINKS post featuring recent articles that I’ve found to be interesting, useful, entertaining or inspiring, but alas, here we go:

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Optimize Blog Visuals

A problem that many of us have is that we create or crop our images to look best on the original site of publication, but don’t take into account the many places our content may be spread.

There is a work around for this, however, which is pretty simple, and will all but guarantee that wherever you see the image associated with your blog post, that it will look great.

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Social Media Considerations for Job Descriptions

In my experience, job descriptions tend to kind of just… well… be job descriptions.

What I mean by that is that they’re not exactly the first thing that businesses think about when conceiving of ways to push their business forward, promote and lead innovation, build and sustain brand advocacy, and ensure employees and coworkers are driving forces behind organizational social media success.

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