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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Initiate Conversation on Social Media

For a medium that is supposed to be intrinsically social, much time can be spent on social media without having meaningful conversations.

This is particularly so for businesses and brands, where many use social media platforms not necessarily to be social, but to broadcast their message.

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Boost Interaction with Blog Content

Spurring interaction and greater levels of engagement are effective for growing the loyalty and strength of your audience, as well as attracting new people to your brand.

Following are 4 methods to gain higher levels of interaction with your blog content.

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Week off of Social Media

Believe it or not, while I took the week off of social media, the world kept spinning, my business survived, my face didn’t melt off, and no other catastrophes occurred as a direct result (as far as I know anyway).

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Enhancing Your Organization’s Collective Intelligence using Twitter

Imagine if you could have access to all of the best information, articles, whitepapers, reports, and resources that your coworkers are paying attention to.

Also imagine if they had access to everything you were checking out online.

You would all be better for it, right?

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iTunes Festival Social Media Content

It’s probably not surprising that a concert series put on by Apple would be pretty fantastic, but there are many more facets to what makes this killer than just the sheer scale of the month-long event.

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Get Social on Social Media

Most businesses that invest heavily in social media tend to forget one key component to maximizing their success in developing direct relationships with their audience;

They forget to be social.

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Twitter Best Practices

As I’m sure you have, I’ve been exposed to a number of ‘best practices’ about how many tweets a company should publish each day. The number given has varied widely, but I’ve seen numbers as high as 30 or more being recommended to maximize engagement.

Consider re-thinking best practices for how many tweets to publish each day.

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Social Media Talent Recruitment

While LinkedIn is a fantastic platform for recruitment, other platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vine can be highly effective to utilize for your recruitment efforts as well.

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Ignore twitter tips for retweets

Unfortunately, for all of the awesome Twitter tips that are shared, there are a number of recurring tips that I feel are ill advised.

Following are 5 common Twitter tips that your business should ignore.

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Dissecting Twitter Profiles that Convert

Here’s what it takes to have a great Twitter profile that will convert viewers to follows, and maybe even followers to customers.

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Social Media Influencing Purchase Behaviour

While I certainly don’t have a silver bullet response to help everyone understand the actual quantitative value of social media marketing, there are some incredibly compelling stats I’m going to share here to help you understand just how important social platforms can be to your business.

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Quality vs. Quantity

For some time, the inclusion of the word ‘media’ in ‘social media’ has sort of rubbed me the wrong way.

It’s that word ‘media’ that I find causes some people to lose sight of how social media can most effectively be used and how it should be measured, and instead they start trying to compare ‘media’ and ‘social media’ on common ground.

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ViralVideoSuccess

There are many factors that affect a video’s likelihood of ‘going viral’, and many of which are either beyond your control, or take huge amounts of time or financial resources to achieve.

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Social Media Product Development

There a huge number of ways that your community can contribute to product development, so I’ll just highlight a few to serve as thought-starters for the next time you plan to expand your product or service offerings.

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Deconstructed Blog Posts

Any time you put the effort into writing a blog post, you should consider how to deconstruct it into several pieces of shorter form content to feed your business’ social media content pipeline.

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SocialMediaSpringCleaning

Here are a few things you can do quickly to ensure that your social media presence is giving your audience and consumers the amazing first impression your business or brand deserves.

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GivingUpOnSocialMedia

The very thought of wanting to ‘remove your business from social media’ is completely missing the point.

You can’t remove your business from social media.

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IrrelevantFanAcquisition

The value for any business or brand of attracting only the most relevant followers and fans on social media – be it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, or any other platform – is easy to understand.

So, what’s this article all about then? Why would you ever want to attract irrelevant fans and followers on your social media properties?

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3Links5

This is the fifth 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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HashtagContentPipeline

It can be beneficial for businesses of any size to encourage everyone in the organization to create and capture social media content. Increased diversity, fresh perspective, capitalizing on opportunities, having a sense of involvement and contribution, greater volume, shared responsibility, and better quality are just some of the benefits that can be experienced by involving an entire staff in content creation, versus the onus being placed squarely on one person’s shoulders.

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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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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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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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WhoAreYou

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

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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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Encouraging Sociability

Even if you are producing amazing content, there are reasons for why comments, re-tweets, replies, +1’s, ‘likes’, and pins can wane. To overcome this, there are many strategies and tactics that community managers can employ to incent and encourage social behaviour.

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ReadingReviewsOnSmartphone

Whether you like it or not, your business has a mobile presence. The penetration of smartphones in Canada is now above 45% (source: Comscore) and consumer interaction with social media on their mobile devices is exploding.

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