How Evidence-Oriented Consumers Have Reshaped the Buying Cycle

As evidence-based marketers, we are constantly testing the most profitable ways to engage consumers. But consumers themselves are becoming more educated and demanding more evidence before making each purchase. The rise of evidence-oriented consumers has reshaped the buying cycle and increased the importance of quality content, social media optimization and marketing technology. In Jim Leckinski’s [...]

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Infographic: A 30 Second Guide to Call Tracking

Call tracking allows you to track campaign successes by associating a unique phone number with a specific marketing channel – anything from a flyer for an upcoming conference to an organic search query used to arrive to your site. Many PPC campaigns, for example, have granular insight into form submissions generated by their campaign but [...]

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How to Optimize a Press Release for Search and Social Media

Press releases have been a key tool for public relations professionals as far back as turn of the 20th century, and the goals, methods and procedures for creating them have stayed relatively the same. A release will generally follow a standard format, starting with an interesting and informative headline, followed by more detailed paragraphs with [...]

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How Twitter Hashtags Can Hurt Your SMO Strategy

Hashtags are symbols that start with a pound sign, followed by a keyword that attempts to organize the topic into a thread or category (#SEO, #worldcup, #ladygaga). From the time the first hashtag appeared on Twitter in 2007, they have helped organize seemingly disparate posts into cohesive themes, aided followers in finding like-minded souls when [...]

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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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B2Bs To Increase Social Media Spend

Reports on increased B2C spending in social media are nothing new, but according to a report compiled by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and American Marketing Association, social media spend by B2B services are on the rise. Planned social media spend on B2B services in the next 12 months jumped to 11% in 2010, [...]

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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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