iPad Site Optimization Is Sexy, But the Money Points to Mobile Phones

Over the past year, web publishers across nearly all industries have been noticing visits from iPad ratchet up significantly. This is especially true if you’re in tech, fashion or another business that attracts an upmarket clientele. With good reason, you’ve been thinking about how to create an awesome experience for your iPad visitors. But according [...]

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How to Build Your Own Free Social Media Command Center [Infographic]

It’s no secret that big companies like Dell and Gatorade have teams that are dedicated to monitoring their brands. Gatorade revealed their Mission Control Center in this YouTube video and claims to be setting the stage for digital leadership by monitoring, listening and engaging with what people say about their brand. Not everyone has the [...]

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3 Signs of Extreme Klout Score Anxiety

Just when we thought people were getting real about Klout, PeerIndex and other services intent on measuring your social influence, we’re noticing a fresh wave of anxiety rippling across the tech landscape. Evidence-based marketers can’t help but be attracted to metric-based popularity scores, especially when it comes to the brands they work for. But at [...]

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The Myth of the Chief Listening Officer

The first time the concept of a CLO came onto my rader was in 2007, when eConsultancy published an article called “Introducing the Chief Listening Officer.” Contrary to its title, the article was not actually a demand for companies to begin filling that precise position, but was instead an early call for brands to view [...]

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How to Deal with Customer Angst in Social Media Channels

In the previous blog, I discuss the new book and site, Business Model Generation. One fundamental question that the book asks repeatedly is this: How do our Customer Segments want to be reached? This is a particularly important question to social media marketers because customers are increasingly turning to social media channels for customer support [...]

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SMO Strategy: How to Leverage Facebook’s New Developer Plugins

Facebook’s new developer offerings are a boon to social media optimization strategies, enabling Web publishers to quickly turn ordinary Web content into distributable social objects. At the heart of the strategy is transforming the “Fan” button utilized by brand and organization Facebook pages into the “Like” button. The benefits of this change to brands is [...]

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How Social Search is Predicting the Future of the Box Office

For years, search marketers have been utilizing search data trends to make predictions that help calculate the probability that certain marketing messages might connect with audiences. As one small example, you have no doubt noticed an increase in Fortune 500 companies using the term “Cloud Computing” as of late. Although this term is still somewhat [...]

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How to Create a Company Social Media Policy

Despite the massive investment in social media underway by most consumer brands and service-based businesses, most are still struggling in regards to their own employees’ use of networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. The lack of comfort with employee use of social media is such that many companies completely ban use from the workplace. [...]

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Social Media Optimization: Facebook Pages Now More Important than Ever in Google Search

This week, Facebook Pages (typically created by businesses, organizations and artists) have started to appear in Google search results. With this highly anticipated move, it’s more important than ever to include Facebook as a vital part of your social media optimization (SMO) and SEO campaigns. Bold prediction: by the end of 2010, don’t be surprised [...]

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What Google’s Sidewiki Means for Corporate Reputation Management – Part II

In our last post, we discussed how Google’s Sidewiki launch has sent corporate anxiety regarding brand management and PR off the charts. Today we’ll offer some tips for managing and monitoring Sidewiki. # 1 – Thicken Thy Skin. Dealing with public consumer feedback from a multitude of channels is now a fact of life for [...]

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