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A compilation of innovative social media strategies for small organizations
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Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success

Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

Wow, an amazing way to start or improve your social media strategy. In this post you'll find all what you need to do a great job! [note mg]

 

Clarify your objectives and discover your route to social media success. This step-by-step guide will take you from tentative novice to intrepid explorer, and help you make the right decisions unique to your business.

 

Read more: http://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/microsites/guide-to-social-media-success/


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Neil Ferree's comment, March 16, 2012 9:03 AM
Nice one Martin!
Martin Gysler's comment, March 16, 2012 4:09 PM
Thank you Neil!
Neil Ferree's curator insight, October 20, 2013 7:33 AM

Before you can deploy your content marketing system its wise to read this content marketing guide by Simply Business

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How To Find Royalty Free Images That Haven’t Been Overused

How To Find Royalty Free Images That Haven’t Been Overused | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

I don't know you, but for me, images are very important. A text without an image, is like a sky without stars. For this reason, I like this post with several ressources, maybe you too! [note Martin Gysler]

 

“Hey, I’ve seen that image before. Actually, I’ve seen it many times before.”


Images allow you to express what words can’t.

 

They draw the viewer in and elicit an emotional impact, providing your users with information while confirming that what your selling or promoting is real.

 

There are many affordable options available to purchase stock photography. This may be a blessing or a curse. Affordability often comes at the cost of originality.

 

It’s important to consider your ideals and the image’s ability to illustrate a concept perfectly. But consider originality as well. You wouldn’t want to fall into the trap of using cliche imagery because it’s easy and convenient.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/Af9ZXX


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Martin Gysler's comment, February 9, 2012 12:44 PM
Great Katipsoi, I'm glad that you can use this information to improve your page.
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, February 11, 2012 7:32 PM
So helpful and something that is a daily struggle o THANKS. Marty
Mike Ellsworth's comment, February 12, 2012 10:10 AM
Marty, thanks for the comment.

I just found another great way to search for Creative Commons images: http://search.creativecommons.org/

It automates a CC search on Google Images, Flickr and more. Wow!
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The Top Ten Social Media Lessons of 2011

The Top Ten Social Media Lessons of 2011 | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

As the holiday season prepares to give way to the New Year’s Eve and the end of 2011, the annual influx of year-end lists is about to begin in earnest. Top photos, top news stories, top Kardashian marriages… the lists are on their way. Lest anyone say that social media is any different, here for your consideration, in no particular order, are my Top Social Media Lessons of 2011 – part one today, and part two tomorrow.

 

Lesson #1: There is a significant amount of social network fatigue.

Google+. Quora. Empire Avenue. Chime.in. Unthink. It seemed in 2011 like there was a new or “hot” social network every month – and watching the social media in-crowd rush to adopt was a sometimes comical diversion. There was certainly an element of “shiny object syndrome” at play in the social media world...


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Chuck Bartok's comment, December 24, 2011 9:06 AM
I agree Martin, however we are finding that each of the venues seem to gravitate to somewhat different Demographics and show different response to engagement. A business should spend time with testing and focus on the venues most productive.
You do not HAVE to be Everywhere.
Just be where your Market is!
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Direct From Google: How To Build A Quality Website In 2012

Direct From Google: How To Build A Quality Website In 2012 | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

I hear a lot of webmasters complain day in and day out about all the changes that Google constantly makes to its algorithm and how they affect our search engine placement.

 

Let me break it to you: it’s not all about what Google has done and will do to update its algorithm.

 

It’s about what you SHOULD BE doing.

 

I am sure we all can agree that Google’s ultimate goal is to help people find the most relevant and highest quality sites in Google’s search results (whether they are any good at it is not the question). They are not putting out all these updates just to mess with you...


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 7, 2011 11:20 AM
Thanks, I'm glad, that you like it! The RSS plugin works also on wordpress.com? I have tried to install some plugins several months ago but without success... ;-( Yes, I posted it manually to test Billboards.
Tom George's comment, December 7, 2011 12:01 PM
No worries Martin perhaps I can eventually set us an RSS myself to import your feed, but for now you can always post occasionally when you like curation is very quick, and also feel free to submit any articles you write as a guest post.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 7, 2011 3:41 PM
OK, thank you Tom. I will do so during the next few weeks and then we can decide how we will proceed. A great day.
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50 Questions To Determine Social Media Marketing Success

50 Questions To Determine Social Media Marketing Success | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

To maximize your organization’s social media effectiveness, here’s a set of fifty questions. Depending on where your organization is along the social media adoption curve, these questions can help you develop your social media marketing plans going forward by determining where you need to improve.

 

50 Questions to determine your organization’s social media success

 

Social media monitoring. Before diving into the social media waters, it’s critical to listen to the conversation.


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Martin Gysler's comment, November 28, 2011 6:49 AM
A great post!
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Without The Right Message, Twitter Is No Better For Your Brand Than A Fax Machine

Without The Right Message, Twitter Is No Better For Your Brand Than A Fax Machine | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

A great lesson in humility... I think this article touches the major problem of social media, too much blah blah and personal promotion and not enough real useful information for all. It's to each of us to finding the right ratio between the two... I have an idea about that, and you? [note mg]

 

Why brands have this endless fascination with social media is one of the more fascinating phenomena in business today--especially since many are missing the one key ingredient that, if ignored, will turn their most choreographed efforts into social media hell.

 

When it comes to branding and the ever-changing social media phenomenon, you’re not a mushroom. In other words, you shouldn’t be kept in the dark and fed a pile of...well, you get the idea.

 

Every once in while, a certain business mania surfaces. As you saw in the video above, history is filled with these blips: The telephone. Radio. TV. The fax machine. The Internet. And now social media. Within social media, it splinters further--it seems like there’s always a shiny new network. Before Pinterest, there was Google Plus. Before Google Plus, well, you know the drill. And on and on.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/xJdwb5


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John van den Brink's comment, March 16, 2012 12:41 PM
Martin, thank you for this one! Great weekend
Martin Gysler's comment, March 16, 2012 2:31 PM
I'm glad you like it John!
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Coca Cola Content 2020 Part One

The media landscape is a very different beast today than it was even 5 years ago. Then agency-led television commercials dominated how we channel our marketing. The very fact you are reading this here proves that things have changed. Coca Cola have always been at the forefront of innovation. In this video Jonathan Mildenhall, Vice-President, Global Advertising Strategy and Creative Excellence at The Coca-Cola Company is the person responsible for leading global creative vision and strategy for the Company's portfolio of global brands.

 

In this video he explains how Coke will leverage the opportunities in the new media landscape and transform one-way storytelling into dynamic storytelling hoping to add value and significance to peoples lives. Jonathan describes the challenge of content creation in an enlightening way, reminding us that "every contact point with a customer should tell an emotional story".


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Ash Sadek's curator insight, May 3, 6:44 AM

Just because I love everything Coca Cola does!

Grizzel Fonseca's curator insight, May 13, 1:05 AM

I agree with Coca Cola about moving away for creative excellence to content excellence. They have developed their brand and established it well in the world. They are looking at ways to stay on top of other competitors; it is very smart of them to make sure their consumers are happy with the product and how they can connect with audiences. By creating the brand and establishing the brand does not mean long term profit or customer loyalty. It is how the business continues to market the brand that results in customer loyalty and profit. Coca Cola that identify this and made it their focus to create a strong customer loyalty with their audience; making sure the consumer shall never drift away from the brand and company.

 

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Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress

Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

As a lot of you know that we recently launched a new site List25 last month. We have been doing a lot of social media promotions for it, and in one month you can see that the site’s facebook like count is already surpassing 27,000. Yes that is pretty insane. One of the things we did to give this site a boost start on facebook was creating a facebook giveaway campaign. For which you see the ad in the sidebar of WPBeginner. In this article, we will show you how you can boost your likes by creating a facebook giveaway campaign using WordPress. This will get very interesting in terms of results, so read along.

 

Note: Intermediate level of technical know how of WordPress and CSS is required for this tutorial. We tried to make it as clear as possible for everyone to follow.

 

How does this Giveaway work?


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10 Ways to Get More ReTweets

10 Ways to Get More ReTweets | Black Sheep Strategy- Social Media | Scoop.it

Do you want more Twitter traffic? Well who doesn’t. One of the best ways to get more Twitter traffic is to get more retweets… but you already know that.

 

But do you know how to get more retweets? Other than the basic things like write great content or add Twitter buttons to your website there has to be advanced ways to get more retweets, right?

 

Well there is! Here are 10 ways to get more retweets:...


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