December 9, 2013

7 emerging social media marketing trends for 2014

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Pinterest, Vine and Google Plus: three of the sites to keep an eye on in 2014.

Predictions to help businesses stay ahead of the curve

Guest post by Nikhil Jain

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

nikhil-jainWith 2014 knocking on the door, we thought it was time to put down the eggnog and take a hard look at what’s going to be hot on the social media marketing front the coming year — and what won’t be hot.

Before we do, let’s take a quick look at a roundup of trends that have originated from the most popular social networks this year. Continue reading

November 8, 2013

PEER mixes the best of LinkedIn & video chat

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Startup seeks to make online networking more efficient

Ayelet NoffAs professionals who live in an era where everything is social, where most things we do matter only if they are liked, shared or reposted, it is no longer a cliché to say that “it’s all about who you know.” Regardless of the profession we chose for ourselves, or the industry we want to master, we all learn at one point or another that personal networking is a crucial element in the process of expanding our business presence and reputation. The real question is simply how to make the networking process more efficient.

Take, for instance, the world of communications and PR – a world that is near and dear to my heart. Everyone from large brands to small startups wants to get their names out there, and social media has made that process easier than ever before. Yet, we still travel the world to meet people, to attend conferences, to chit-chat and build connections. Why is this real-world connection still so important considering the power of social media and other technologies? Continue reading

July 2, 2013

How social networking can accelerate your career

Focus on your goals, then expand your networking

Target audience: Small businesses, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals, SEO specialists, college students, job seekers, those considering a career change.

JD Lasica“In the past,” Porter Gale says, “I think people thought of networking as a transaction or a game. It was all about collecting numbers and handing out business cards.”

Porter’s new book, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth,” suggests a different approach, beginning with “the we instead of just the me,” as she says in our 8-minute interview above. Her approach is about helping others, offering value, creating partnerships, finding influencers and creating content — whether that’s a blog post, a video interview or a brainstorming session to solve a problem.

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March 12, 2013

5 apps that do the marketing work for you

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Photo courtesy of noeliamarejo via Creative Commons

Reach a broader audience with the help of these marketing apps

Guest post by Megan Totka

MeganTotkaDeveloping and executing strong marketing campaigns takes a lot of work. In large corporations, entire departments are devoted to this task. For small businesses and sole proprietors, marketing tasks often fall on employees or business owners that wear other hats, too. There is literally not enough time in the workday to accomplish all the promotional tasks that large and small companies wish they could achieve, especially considering the vast outreach opportunities the Internet age presents.

What if I told you that there is a way to do less work but actually reach more people with your company news, products and services? Interested? While I can’t advise you on the best ways to find more money in your budget, I can offer some suggestions developed by others that will give your business a smart marketing advantage. Continue reading

March 11, 2013

4 rules for successful guerrilla social media marketing

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There are easier, and more effective, ways to do guerrilla marketing (Photo by Sam Beebee).

Build some social media marketing backbone

Chris AbrahamWhen it comes to selling and marketing, you need to think of online brand promotion more in terms of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) where you and your social media marketing campaign are a floor broker and you need to get your clients orders in. I hate to be cloying but social media marketing success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration, so get out there and make some noise!

I am not suggesting being rude, but I am suggesting that if you’re not getting a little bit of blowback, you’re not doing it right. I have been speaking to a bunch of social media people recently and they’re super-careful, afraid of offending something they call a “sensibility.” This is the same nervous sycophancy that people have been professing and preaching from the birth of the Internet and from the birth of history. Continue reading

March 6, 2013

5 business lessons learned from hiring a virtual assistant

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Ditch the assumptions & consider the client’s needs

Target audience: Marketing professionals, business owners, harried executives.

Shonali BurkeWhen I decided to hire a virtual assistant, I had no idea how much I’d learn from the process.

Here’s the story:

I’ve recently relaunched my business and have very specific areas I want to grow it in. There were a couple of things I realized when I made the decision to dust off my entrepreneurial shoes:

• I needed to have a system with which to track, develop and maintain new business relationships – hence my exhausting search for a small business CRM (customer relationship management) system that would work the way I needed it to. Continue reading