With an observable self-awareness of how ridiculous some might feel about Apple’s obsession to detail, Tim Cook introduced two videos during the company’s Spring Forward event .

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Curating content is an amazing way to fill your content pipeline, but frequently is lazily executed, not well thought through, and in some cases, is abused.

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

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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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“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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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 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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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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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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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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As the volume of content being created and published continues to explode, finding every opportunity to place your content in front of as large a proportion of your audience as possible is of utmost importance to maximize results.

You shouldn’t simply follow best practices.

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Of the 104 articles published on the RGB Social blog in 2013, the following 10 received the most number of views.

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While you’re undoubtedly busy planning your personal social schedule with family and friends, now is also a perfect time to be planning your social media activity for the coming weeks. Planning can be critical to ensure you’ve got your ducks in a row for when you inevitably take a bit of time off to enjoy the season, and to sustain activity and engagement with your audience during this time.

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The observation of Remembrance Day shouldn’t be seen as a social media opportunity. If you want to pay tribute to the soldiers that have served your country on your organization’s social media properties, it is my recommendation to do it tastefully, in a tone that is appropriate for the day, and keep it solely focused on honouring those deserving of being honoured.

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Every day there are businesses and brands producing and publishing amazing content, and tightly integrating traditional media with their digital and social programs.

It wasn’t long ago that I was writing about Ikea’s awesome 2014 augmented reality print catalogue, and Ikea has knocked it out of the park again with their second-hand furniture campaign.

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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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Interacting and engaging with your current and prospective consumers at events gives you opportunity to further prove your brand’s promise, build affinity and awareness, showcase your value proposition, humanize your brand, and much more.

Additionally, the proper utilization of social media can serve as an amazing support and amplification tool to optimize your results and ROI when running events.

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If you know where to look and who to talk to, there is a great deal of inspiration to be found for content creation, and it’s probably sitting right in front of you.

Here are 5 places to find inspiration for content ideas to keep things fresh and valuable for your targeted audience.

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Nobody cares that you have an account on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

If you’re solely broadcasting and republishing readily accessible information, nobody will care because there is no added value to ‘liking’ your Page, following your business, or subscribing to your social media channels.

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Success isn’t about the thousands of people that read your blog but never take action. Success is about the one person who reads your blog and makes a purchase.

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Listen up agency friends!

I know there are some of you that find the ongoing creation of social media content to be a bit of a drag, but there is huge creative opportunity here that you really should be excited for.

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Social media marketing is perfectly suited to sustain relationships with your consumers, even after they’ve made a purchase.

An effective social media strategy that accomplishes this will result in sustaining and strengthening loyalty, and will ultimately result in higher repeat purchase intent.

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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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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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Your blog should be feeding your social media content pipeline, including Pinterest.

I know it seems counterintuitive that a largely text-based medium, your blog, could feed your content pipeline for Pinterest, which is such a visually based platform, but it’s certainly not impossible.

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The people around us influence our behaviour, and the same holds true on social media.

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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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Consumers’ brand preference and purchase intent is being influenced in the pre-market stage of their purchase path. That is, they are making critical decisions that will influence their purchases even before they are thinking about making a purchase.

Powerful stuff.

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How can you overcome what seems like many business bloggers’ worst nightmare, a lack of time?

Blog faster.

And here are 8 tactics, tips, tools and strategies to do just that.

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One of the most exciting things to me about social media marketing is the number of times I get to say, ‘sure, let’s try it’.

Unlike traditional media, ‘trying something’ on social media often doesn’t require a commitment of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Putting a firm rule in place to tell you how long your business has to capitalize on an opportunity to publish relevant content is near impossible. This said, there are a couple of guidelines that you can take into account to help you out.

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There are some amazing businesses and brands pumping out absolutely killer content every day, though I can’t think of many that do it with such regularity as Red Bull. This article will showcase the awesome episodic video content series ‘Imaginate’ by Red Bull, featuring Danny MacAskill.

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How many articles have you read about how to write the best blog titles for SEO?

Lots? Yeah, me too.

Well, here’s another idea; how about writing blog post titles with an aim to captivate and compel prospective readers to click on your post, and so that they will have some sense of what they are investing their time to reading?

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It’s roughly 1 year, and 100 posts ago today, that I started the RGB Social blog.

This blog most certainly remains in its infancy, and I still feel as though I’m just getting started, but I thought this as good a time as any to reflect back and share a bit about my experience with it thus far.

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There are a huge number of variables that are influenced by the quality and value of your content, so it’s understandable that you might feel compelled to obsess over every detail of your latest video, photograph, blog post, Facebook update, tweet, pin, or podcast until it is absolutely perfect.

But, when creating social media content, the pursuit of perfection – for most businesses – will yield diminishing returns.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield has successfully returned from a 5-month mission as commander aboard the ISS and has undoubtedly inspired a generation through his unprecedented use of social media and content creation.

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Following are step-by-step instructions for how to gain access to Facebook’s powerful timeline post targeting options on your business or brand Page.

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