GiveAwayYourIdeasForFree

For any business that is knowledge-based, ideas are typically thought of as being the currency of their organization. Ideas are the basis of their product, the centre of their value proposition, and their competitive advantage. For these reasons – which are entirely valid – ideas are typically held close to the chest and are protected as carefully as a newborn child.

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LookBothWays

Now is a perfect time to not only enjoy some of the end of year content, but it’s also a great time to reflect on your own year in social media marketing, and think about and plan for your year ahead.

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DeviceFragmentation

A challenge for marketers is how to tap consumers behaviour of using multiple devices concurrently in a way that will amplify your brand’s message, provide value to your targeted consumers, and provide a seamless experience from device to device.

Following are three tips for how to tap the power of consumers’ simultaneous or sequential multi-device use.

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3Links4

This is the fourth installment of 3 Links. Day-to-day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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NaturalBehaviour

When planning your social media activity, it is critically important to understand your consumers’ natural behaviour on social media, with technology, and in the offline world to maximize the effectiveness of your efforts.

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GiftOfTime

Following are a few ideas for how you can prepare your social media properties for the holidays so that you can focus on your personal time away from your online communities.

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ToolsOfTheTrade

In addition to establishing a culture of content creation, there are a number of very practical tools and resources that can be invaluable for staff involved in creating content.

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BurgerJointMarketing

Burger’s Priest is a local Toronto burger joint that has two locations. They specialize in simple, traditional, fresh, incredibly tasty burgers. In addition to their fantastic burgers, they do a few things from marketing and social media standpoints that are also quite special.

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Foursquare

Foursquare is an easy social media platform for consumers to use on a regular basis, can provide great value through the sharing of tips, allows businesses to reward consumers with specials, and is an amazing way to engage people on their mobile devices when they are physically experiencing your brand. Pretty good right!?!

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TwitterSearchOperators

As you may or may not know, there are a number of Twitter search operators that can greatly enhance the value of your Twitter search results. If you haven’t used them, or didn’t know about the full range of search operators, you may be surprised at how powerful a Twitter search can be.

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HumanizeYourBrand

Profiles with no name, picture, or mention of a human being. Content that is created with the sterility of a surgeon’s table. And an almost concerted effort to hide the faintest hint of a heartbeat. These are all characteristics I see far too often from businesses and organizations on social media.

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GetOutSocialMedia

For most organizations, the best way to create compelling content has nothing to do with computers, the internet or social media. In fact, most of what makes for amazing social media marketing has nothing to do with social media at all.

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Social Print Ads

Reality today is such that social media should be considered when executing virtually any corporate communications program. Opportunities to drive traffic to your social properties, promote your content, integrate technology, and more, should not be overlooked.

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6 Community Manager Qualities

A list of 6 qualities that my experience has shown to set high-performing community managers apart from the rest, and that I don’t frequently see discussed.

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3Links3

This is the third installment of 3 Links (#1 here and #2 here). Day-to-day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well

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Incomplete

What if I told you that an incomplete blog post could actually be better than a post that covers every conceivable detail?

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InstagramWebProfilePages

As a mobile-only social media platform, Instagram has achieved incredible success boasting over 100 million users, and the launch of web profiles will undoubtedly cause a surge in interest, registered users, and engagement.

So, what does this mean for marketers?

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24 Hour Mobile Marketing Action Plan

I know you’ve been hearing for years now about the tremendous opportunity that mobile marketing presents; but have you acted on it? How are you reaching your consumers on their mobile devices? How have you optimized your digital presence for mobile?

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Photos

Beyond increasing your EdgeRank to maximize the odds of your content showing up at the top of your fans’ newsfeeds, it’s important to acknowledge the importance that photos play in the greater context of your social media marketing plan so that you can fully exploit their power.

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GoodBad

34% of consumers like brands on Facebook for promotions or discounts, and 21% of consumers like brands for free giveaways. Doing some simple math for you, that equates to 55% of all Facebook brand Page likes that are driven by people’s desire to get something for free or to save a few bucks. Pretty compelling information, but there are two sides to this story.

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Apple Storytelling

Over the years, Apple has proven to be an organization that knows how to tell relevant and compelling stories that have captured the imagination of legions of loyal fans. When it comes to social media marketing, content marketing, advertising and communications, storytelling is a critically important skill for the same reasons it has served Apple so well, and more.

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SocialMediaCTA

If you’ve ever included, ‘Like us on Facebook’, or, ‘Follow us on Twitter’, on any of your advertising collateral, you could be missing an opportunity to achieve better results.

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UnlikingOnFacebook

There are a number of reasons why someone might unlike your brand on Facebook, but most of them are avoidable.

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RedBullStratos

6 of the key lessons that can be learned from the Red Bull Stratos social media and digital program.

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ContentCreation1

The goal for any organization involved in content, digital or social marketing should be to create a culture of content creation by which everyone is responsible for contributing strategically relevant, compelling, and meaningful content.

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Profile Tools

A key step when developing a social media strategy is to thoroughly understand your targeted consumers and community members so that you can determine how to engage and interact with them, what content will be seen as valuable and relevant, and how they use social media and technology.

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3Links2

This is the second installment of 3 Links (the first installment of 3 Links can be seen here). Day to day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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Social Media Promotions

There are a few key characteristics of promotions on social media that make the best stand out from the rest.

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Relationship Strategy

When developing a social media marketing strategy, it is important to give thought to your relationship strategy, and include this as part of you broader plan.

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Twitter Header Image

Over the last year or so there has been a shift by most major social media platforms to become increasingly visual. Facebook introduced the cover image, Google+ introduced the cover photo, the popularity of Pinterest continues to explode, and now Twitter has introduced some updates of its own.

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Edible Teacup

I’ve been paying attention to lists of top pins for a few months now and have noticed some trends.

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WhatisYourBusiness

What business you are in, in the context of social media?

Without acknowledging exactly what business you’re in, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to identify a set of attainable goals and objectives for your social media marketing efforts.

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3Links

Day to day I spend a fair bit of time reading other people’s blog content. These are 3 blog posts that I’ve read in the last week or so, that I recommend you read as well.

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WhoAreYou

15 benefits that can be experienced by having a complete social media profile.

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Yelp

For many businesses, Yelp can be an incredibly useful social media network for driving real and measurable business results.

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CranesBuilding

A quick Google search for ‘buy Twitter followers’, ‘buy Facebook fans’, ‘buy YouTube views’, or ‘buy Google +1’s’ reveals there are no shortage of ways to quickly grow your fan-base, likes or views.

The question is: Should you pay to artificially inflate these numbers?

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30ThoughtStarters

30 creative thought-starters for pin-worthy Facebook updates.

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