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Here are 23 proven ideas that will make you more successful.
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:
Great FORBES post every entrepreneur and business person should read carefully. My favorite tip is the first one. Best way to predict thefuture is create it. True.
ComScore released a new study with Facebook today explaining “how social marketing works.” If that sounds to suspicious minds like the fox explaining how to guard the chickens, that’s because it pretty much is. However, the study does contain a huge amount of useful information for social marketers.
Here are some highlights.
You’re more popular on Facebook
Social profiles on Facebook routinely get more attention than brands’ own websites. The example comScore gives is Skittles, which had 320,000 visitors to its Facebook page in March 2012, versus only 23,000 visitors to its corporate website. And that’s just visitors to the brand page; it does not count impressions of the company’s updates in fans’ news feeds.
The clear message from Facebook: pay attention to your Facebook presence.
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***** Saw interview on CNBC last night and was impressed with 1. Facebook's understanding that they had a developing PR problem and 2 Using comScore to plug the hole in the dike. Smart marketing. Still not sure how to make money on Facebook, but the lack of that knowledge is starting to feel like it is on me not them. Marty
Via Martin Gysler, donhornsby
**** Been there done all of this. Marty
Nowhere do the mistakes, poor practices and questionable judgement of individuals, organizations and brands get exposed with such glee as they do in the sphere of the social web. It’s no wonder some CEOs or senior decision-makers entrusted with the stewardship of brands break out in a cold sweat at the simple mention of the words “social media.”
Mark Schaefer wrote a great post about Negativity Bias as it relates to the social web and how this phenomenon has created a playing field rife with PR land mines for anyone active in the space. Schaefer sparks dialogue at the end of his post by posing the following question:
“In a world where Negativeity Bias is gasoline on a viral fire, and one misstep can overwhelm years of positive work cultivating raving fans, why would anybody take a risk on the social web?”
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Via Martin Gysler, Khaled El Ahmad
I’m on a FeedBurner roll at the moment. Yesterday I showed you how you can tweet out new posts using FeedBurner. And today I thought it would be good to run through all of the useful settings that FeedBurner has to offer. If you’re not a FeedBurner user (hint: you really should be), I’m afraid that the majority of this article is not for you.
It took me rather a long time to realize that there is a lot more to FeedBurner than meets the eye. I would typically register a blog with the service and move on with my day. But it’s worth spending a few minutes on your options.
Via Martin Gysler
The classic sales funnel has long been used to describe website development strategy.
However, the deployment of content marketing in a sales funnel with a campaign focus is a relatively new concept to many.
It’s not as simple as writing lots of blog posts every day and distributing them on social channels.
In fact, the goal of strategic content marketing should be to identify, qualify, segment, score and, ultimately, close leads in an accelerated and predictable fashion.
In order to strategically deploy content marketing it requires the right software, a defined sales funnel and a campaign structure.
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Via Martin Gysler, Jekaterina Cernobrovaja
***** With Google's recent vote for the "semantic web" widening research to include a semantic approach is important. Marty
An all in one. It's really an extraordinary item for doing the right things to improve your ranking. If you have a blog with great articles, but not many visitors, apply the ideas in this article, it'll help you for sure. [note mg]
Think about semantic keyword research to help you focus your content and and improve your rankings.
From Google’s Panda, Search Plus Your World and Venice updates, in the last year alone the SEO landscape has changed. And while that means your SEO strategy will change, too, there is one thing that remains the same…keywords.
Keywords remain important to your content and link strategies.
But there is one change coming down the Google pipeline that will change keywords…semantic search technology and the human element.
What is semantic search?
Basically, semantic search is technology that tries to determine what users mean when they type in a certain keyword.
They explore the semantics of those words…or the meaning behind them.
For example, if someone typed in “laptop” do they mean:
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Via Martin Gysler
Serious writers, who have experienced some level of success, when probed, will reveal that they have done their homework.
They continuously read various magazines and blogs for authors, not just to help them improve their writing, but to ensure that they stay on top of the latest developments and opportunities.
Many of the opportunities that I’ve snagged were discovered only as a result of reading and interacting with others on various blogs. These are opportunities I never would’ve found, otherwise...
Via Martin Gysler
This is massivley COOL and TY again to Shirley Williams!!
Two weeks ago today, Google released “Ripples” for Google+ and most of the world went on with their daily activities. Personally I thought it was just another one of those features that was interesting but nothing I could really use. That was until this Whiteboard+ video which I filmed with Rand. Both Rand and I were blown away at the amount of data a Ripple gives you and what you can do with it.
What is a Ripple
The definition of a “ripple effect” is: a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event. When it comes to Google+ a Ripple is an interactive diagram that shows how a Google+ post spreads as it’s shared by users. You can find the Ripple of any public post using the dropdown to the right of the post...
Via Martin Gysler, Shirley Williams (XeeMe.com/ShirleyWilliams)