May 22, 2014

7 steps to improve your brand’s content curation

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And 3 good tools to get you on the right track

Post by Nikhil Jain

Target audience: Curators, aggregators, media managers, brands, content creators, publishers, marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, educators, Web publishers, journalists.

nikhil-jainWe all know the benefits that come with smart content curation, but how do you do it right?

This article outlines what constitutes effective, smart, ethical content curation — and how that makes good business sense, too.

What is content curation?

In the social media world, it’s no secret that technology is a powerful tool that can boost customer satisfaction, but what about devoting resources to enhance your brand’s online reputation?  Continue reading

May 19, 2014

4 new ways to use social to grow your business

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LinkedIn just announced its Content Marketing Score, helping you focus your content based on what resonates with people.

Target audience: Marketing professionals, small business owners, business executives and managers, PR pros, brand managers.

Post by Susan Payton

susan-paytonYou’re already sharing content with your social followers and engaging in conversation. Great. Welcome to 2010. Now it’s time to master something new in the realm of social.

Social media is constantly evolving, and brands are continually coming up with new ways to leverage it to connect with people and find new customers. Here are four recent trends you should consider for your business.

Trend 1: Using social for customer service

1While this trend really started a few years ago when Dell started using Twitter to successfully manage customer issues, it has really caught on with other brands more recently. Continue reading

May 12, 2014

Enlist the power of the crowd for your next live event

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How to leverage your audience’s Instagrams, tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, Tumbls & G+s

Target audience: Marketing professionals, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, SEO specialists, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists.

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Chris AbrahamIcan’t believe you’re still hiring professional photographers with expensive DSLRs who shoot your events live but time-delay the results by days and weeks. Yes, I am looking at you!

I am not saying you shouldn’t hire a professional team for posterity, the annual reports, and your organization’s archive. But why are you time-delaying your fundraisers, events, conferences, gatherings, jamborees, and rally by hours, days, and weeks when you have all the cheap-and-accessible tools all around you to take dozens of “good enough” images real-time, allowing hundreds, thousands, and millions of friends, family, fans, and potential donors, clients, customers, attendees, and members to get a selective and well-curated peek into all the cool stuff you do every day, as it happens, live, en masse, over the course of the entire event, instead of only the tightly-edited album you may only share with your current friends and family, all in one dump, at one moment, well after the event is far in the rear view mirror? Continue reading

May 5, 2014

Co-creation: 7 steps to the next evolution of content marketing

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Target audience: Digital marketers, brand managers, advertising agencies, business decision-makers, SEO specialists, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

JD LasicaIt’s now high tide for wave one of the content marketing trend: the idea that businesses should attract and retain customers by creating and curating relevant, valuable content.

But training marketers to create tons of content, or hiring journalists to be your brand’s storytellers, only gets you so far.

Get ready for the second wave of content marketing: co-creation.

“The next wave of content marketing is getting the community to create content,” Jennifer Burnham, director of social strategy & content marketing at Salesforce, told 35 attendees at “Who’s Kicking Ass: 3 Mini Content Marketing Case Studies,” held last week at Impress Labs, a digital marketing agency in San Francisco.

I was particularly attracted to her message because that’s what our new startup, Cruiseable, is attempting to do: get the community to be part of the content creation process. Continue reading

May 1, 2014

Marshall Kirkpatrick on how to connect with social influencers

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Journalist-turned-entrepreneur Marshall Kirkpatrick after his talk at the Social Media Breakfast Club in Oakland (Photo by JD Lasica).

Follow the data and add value: Little Bird CEO’s advice to journalists & entrepreneurs

Target audience: Entrepreneurs, journalists, Web publishers, businesses, brands, digital marketers, advertising agencies, SEO specialists, educators.

JD LasicaRemember the admonition of the Watergate generation? Follow the money.

Well, new times deserve a new adage, and Marshall Kirkpatrick has one for us: Follow the data.

Marshall, a longtime if far-away friend, flew down from Portland this week and gave a talk at our 5-year-old Social Media Breakfast Club in Oakland. (We’re hosting BlogHer co-founder Jory des Jardins on May 22.) And, boy, was it riveting, if you care about ways that enterprising journalists can parse data to gain a competitive advantage and entrepreneurs can use a new set of influencer tools to identify potential champions. Continue reading

April 24, 2014

Get creative by thinking outside the online box

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When you sponsor youth sports, your business becomes the star of the team.

4 ways to promote your company — other than social media

Target audience: Marketing professionals, PR pros, SEO specialists, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers.

Post by Andrew Lisa

Andrew-LisaSocial marketing through sites such as Twitter and Facebook is an essential part of modern business marketing strategy. But digital advertising and promotion isn’t the end of the road. Before the Internet, business owners had to be creative and think outside the box to make an impact with their publicity campaigns – and the smart ones still do.

Here are some tips to getting creative with marketing in ways that will have a big offline impact.

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