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A PR Pro’s Guide to Google+ Communities | HyperText

A PR Pro’s Guide to Google+ Communities | HyperText | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
A PR Pro's Guide to Google+ Communities and our prediction for its success

 

...The concept of a group discussion site is nothing new (think Facebook Groups, Yahoo! Groups and LinkedIn groups) but what sets Google+ Communities apart is the integration of the topical groups into the social platform.  For example, members of a group can capitalize on the hangout feature of Google+ and take part in a video chat within the group. Additionally, because the communities ‘live’ on Google, the Events calendar feature is enabled within communities, allowing photo sharing and event management to happen more easily.

 

One of the biggest differences in Google+ Communities versus other discussion groups is that you don’t have to actually visit the community’s URL to take part in the conversation. Users can share links directly with their communities simply using the +1 button that is now integrated into most social sharing technologies.  Another function unique to Google+ Communities is that conversations can be tagged and categorized, so members can find pieces of the discussion that are most relevant to them....

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Quick introduction to several good features of Google+.

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Instagram Provides New Overview of Brand Profiles and Analytics

Instagram Provides New Overview of Brand Profiles and Analytics | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

If you don’t have access to Instagram’s new brand profiles as yet, you soon will, along with the platforms new analytics tools and options, which have the potential change the way you approach the platform.


In order to highlight the benefits and uses of their new business-specific additions, Instagram's released a new set of videos which examine the details of how to use each element – here’s a breakdown of the key details you need to know....

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A very useful set of tips for better Instagram results for your brand.

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5 Ways to Grow Your LinkedIn Group | Social Media Examiner

5 Ways to Grow Your LinkedIn Group | Social Media Examiner | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Do you want more people to join your LinkedIn group?


Are you looking for tips to get more exposure for your group?


LinkedIn groups are a great way to generate leads and increase influence within an engaged community.


In this article, you’ll discover five ways to quickly build a larger membership for your LinkedIn group....

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Social Media Examiner shares five ways to quickly build a larger membership for your LinkedIn group.

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Essential Guide to Video Marketing: A Resource for Marketers : Social Media Examiner

Essential Guide to Video Marketing: A Resource for Marketers : Social Media Examiner | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Do you want to use video marketing for your business?


Each of these articles will help you understand and master a specific part of using video for business....

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What's the Deal With Ad Blocking? 11 Stats You Need to Know

What's the Deal With Ad Blocking? 11 Stats You Need to Know | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

It's no secret that internet users are no strangers to seeking out the information they need online -- in fact, Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second.

And as the volume of search queries continues to climb, advertisers are recognizing an opportunity to introduce a number of different types of ads. (Think: pop-up ads, autoplaying video ads, and the dreaded mobile ad that takes up the entire phone screen.)
As a reaction to some of these disruptive online ads, internet users have started installing ad blocking extensions by the millions. In case you're wondering: Ad blockers scan websites for advertising code to prevent them from loading on a browser.

To help marketers get a handle on the state of ad blocking today, HubSpot Research dove deep into the issue to create this report. Below, we've outlined some of they most noteworthy statistics and takeaways from our research to get you up to speed quickly....

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HubSpot shows you all about ad blockers.

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6 reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls

6 reasons why newspapers have dropped their paywalls | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

WBetween 1999 and May 2015, newspapers eliminated their paywalls 69 times, according to a study out this week by University of Southern California professor Mike Ananny and USC Ph.D. candidate Leila Bighash. (The authors say they came to this figure by finding public mentions of the decisions to drop paywalls, so they admit that their analysis could miss some of the times newspapers changed how they charge for online access.)


The decision to drop a paywall can provide insight into how a news organization’s “values intersect with its commodification strategy, its technology design, and its brand identity” as outlets of all stripes are still deciding how much their reporting should cost:


Whatever the motivations and mechanisms, when news organizations drop, suspend, or otherwise open up their paywalls, they change the commodification of online news. Content that was previously considered valuable enough to charge for becomes free because, for the different reasons described here, news organizations think it should circulate freely. The commercial press sometimes, briefly, looks similar to a public service broadcaster, providing access to all (albeit still with advertising).


Of the 69 instances paywalls were dropped or eliminated, there were 41 times that news outlets dropped them only temporarily; the other 28 times, papers made the decision to permanently reduce or eliminate them. Ananny and Bighash were able to categorize these changes in paywall strategy into six different scenarios.Here are the reasons why publishers drop their paywalls, according to the study....

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Sometimes it's a response to a public emergency; sometimes it's just to build audience. Interesting study.

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95 Awesome Social Media Facts You Should Not Ignore

95 Awesome Social Media Facts You Should Not Ignore | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it
Every now and then it’s worth looking at the current facts, cast our thoughts back to the past and ponder the future. Here are the latest facts that I could find about 10 of the top social media networks that as entrepreneurs. business owners and marketers we need to consider.
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Here's a useful overview of social media by the numbers from Jeff Bullas.

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7-Eleven delivers by drone in Reno including, yes, Slurpees

7-Eleven delivers by drone in Reno including, yes, Slurpees | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

7-Eleven Inc. and a tech startup called Flirtey have beaten Amazon to the punch in making the first drone delivery to a customer’s home in the U.S.

Most already know 7-Eleven, the convenience store retail chain that boasts about 10,800 stores in North America and 59,500 in total around the world.

Flirtey is a privately held company based in Reno, Nevada, which builds and operates drones to make deliveries that are needed in humanitarian and health work, retail and food industries.

Rather than adapting existing unmanned aerial vehicles, Flirtey builds its own, develops the software to run them, and creates proprietary packaging and containers to keep items secure during delivery, according to CEO Matt Sweeney.

During the 7-Eleven delivery, which took place in Reno, Nevada on July 10th, Flirtey successfully transported: Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy to the home of the family who placed the order....

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A 7-Eleven Slurpee delivered by drone? You betcha. Isn't technology wonderful?

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20 Great Resources for Design Inspiration 2016

20 Great Resources for Design Inspiration 2016 | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Designers of any creative art borrow design inspiration from several sources online. Open source community provides most of the designs we find all over. They also contribute to the open source platforms where other designers can access their creative designs. Borrowing from different people and sources prevents monotony. This keeps the followers hooked and excited. The internet provides endless solutions to our existing problems. Solutions are just a click away. This article discusses such life-changing design inspiration resources to help you solve all your design needs, regardless of what kind of a designer you are, so:

Here are 20 great sources for your design inspiration...

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Creative inspiration right here. Many of my own favs included.

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Sharing Content On Social Media More Than Once

Sharing Content On Social Media More Than Once | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

Double the traffic. Bam!


TOne of the biggest mistakes we make as bloggers is to give our content the one-tweet treatment. We slave away on our post for hours to only share it with our audience once. This might be costing you traffic. Of course, even if you are already sharing your post more than once – is it really enough? Are your messages as effective as they should be?


This week, we are officially releasing this comprehensive (and free) slide deck to tackle these questions head on. In the slides, we outline a step-by-step process for sharing your post more than once via social media in a way that won’t make you look like a spammer or an over-the-top self promoter.


It really isn’t enough to just promote your content more than once. You need to know how to do it right....

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Sharing content on social media more that once is an easy way to drive traffic to your blog. This comprehensive (and free) slide deck outlines best practices and simple tips for doing it right.

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12 Best 'Contact Us' Page Examples You'll Want to Copy

12 Best 'Contact Us' Page Examples You'll Want to Copy | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When you think of great website design, you probably think about a website's homepage, or their blog, or their product pages.


But what about a website's 'Contact Us' page?


Far too many website designers put contact pages near the bottom of their priority list in terms of copywriting and design. Think about how many contact pages you've stumbled upon that look like they were built in the 1990s, even if the rest of the website is beautiful and updated.


That, my friends, is a huge mistake. Your 'Contact Us' page is one of the top four most important pages on your website. For most companies, it's typically one of the most-visited site pages.


So, what do great 'Contact Us' pages look like?...

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HubSpot shares 12 examples of the best 'Contact Us' pages out there to inspire your own designs.

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Are we consuming too much?

Are we consuming too much? | Public Relations & Social Media Insight | Scoop.it

When a book telling people to throw away almost everything they own becomes a best seller and the start of a spiritual movement, it’s a good indication we’re consuming too much. But it’s hard to reconcile this idea when so many families, even in some of the world’s most durable economies, feel like they are barely getting by.


Households have never had so many material goods, yet we hear constant reports of economic anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.


The problem is livings standards. Our expectations of what we should own have increased—but incomes, for many of us, haven’t kept up. The disconnect leaves households vulnerable and struggling.


There is no doubt living standards are rising. People around the world, of all income levels, are living longer, finding more leisure time, and enjoying more luxuries than at any time in history. Remember, only 30 years ago, air-conditioning was a luxury. Now it’s practically seen as a necessity....

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Very thoughtful post and recommended reading. 9/10