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25 Awesome Free Google Tools for Marketers

25 Awesome Free Google Tools for Marketers | SM | Scoop.it

Whether you love Google or love to hate Google, you have to admit one thing. Google offers a lot of free tools to use with the convenience of being able to access them with one login.

 

Marketers in particular should take advantage of these tools to get more out of their search engine and social media marketing experience. The following are some of the top Google tools marketers should embrace from A to (almost) Z!

 

1. Google AdSense

Ever created a niche website for linking purposes, affiliate marketing, content development, or another reason that never panned out? If the website gets even a moderate amount of traffic, and you have no other use for it for the time being, why not earn a little income off of it using Google AdSense? By simply placing some ad code in the header, content, and sidebar of the website, you can earn some passive income. The amount you earn will depend on the topic of the website and the amount of visitors it receives.

 

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72+ of the best social media campaigns worldwide

72+ of the best social media campaigns worldwide | SM | Scoop.it
Social media campaigns are big business. In fact, social research company Hubspot estimates that some US$3.08-billion was spent just on advertising on social networking sites in 2011.

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Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media

Why Small Business Have A Huge Advantage Over Brands In Social Media | SM | Scoop.it
How small business can perform better than brands in social media by focusing on simple goals, being human, ensuring satisfaction and measuring ROI...

 

I currently have the fortune to experience two different fronts of digital marketing. Under Plural, I work with brands and, with SocialMouths I mostly jam with small business, personal brands, and bloggers.

 

One of the reasons I absolutely love this setup is that they are two different worlds in how the social web is approached, how it’s handled and how success is measured.

 

So I’m here to tell you that, despite the ridiculous budgets and unlimited resources, small business has a huuuge advantage over brands when it come to social media.

 

Here are my thoughts:

 

Strategy. Or Not?

 

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The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile App Marketing

The Beginner’s Guide to Mobile App Marketing | SM | Scoop.it

Getting your app discovered is the fundamental challenge every app marketer faces. With millions of apps across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and other platforms, standing out in the boundless sea of available apps is becoming increasingly difficult.

 

The best app marketers will pursue a comprehensive, well-rounded app marketing strategy that includes pre-launch work and post-launch work. The best strategies will include organic and paid app marketing channels.

 

Here’s the complete guide to app marketing that every app owner needs to follow.

 

Before Launch

 

Contrary to popular belief, your marketing strategy needs to start well before your app goes live in the app store. Like any successful product, understanding who your customers are and where you can find them is one of the most important pieces of the app marketing puzzle. There are a few steps you need to take before you launch your app:

 

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About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This

About to Publish A Post? STOP! Read This | SM | Scoop.it

It used to be that it was just us writer people that were responsible for publishing blog posts. But, my, how times have changed. As business owners, marketers, and social media mavens, we’re all responsible for publishing content on a regular basis. We publish posts to our own blogs to build our authority and search engine happiness, and we publish guest posts on other blogs to increase your readership and gain new eyes. With all the time we now devote to writing great content, we want to make sure we’re getting the most out of it that we can. And that means taking the time to optimize your content before you ever hit the publish button. Because search engine optimization always works better when it’s a priority, not an afterthought.

 

Before you hit publish on that post, make sure you’re hitting seven important points. They may just make all the difference.

 

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How Marketers Are Using Social Media Marketing Successfully [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Marketers Are Using Social Media Marketing Successfully [INFOGRAPHIC] | SM | Scoop.it

The following infographic depicts findings from a recent survey showcasing the most common benefits of using social media.


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Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You

Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You | SM | Scoop.it
February 1st, 2009, was a very memorable day for me. It was the day I arrived back at my family home in Newcastle, England, to start working for myself full-time.

 

I had just left a job which for the previous two years saw me working with companies like Nissan, Hewlett Packard and Land Rover as their social media manager. My position in the rat race was actually an awesome one, but it was nothing compared to being my own boss.

 

As some people here don't care about making their living from the internet, I understand that this post will not be for everybody. However, if you've just made the leap to working for yourself, currently run your own business, or you're looking to make your money online in the future, this article may be just what you need.

 

13 Lessons from 18 Months of Self-Employment...

 

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How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers

How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers | SM | Scoop.it

A simple guide to understanding how to effectively use Twitter hashtags in marketing and how you shouldn't! [note mg]

 

Every time we host live webinars (and as this long list suggests, that is quite often), quite a few attendees get confused about what to do with the hashtag we provide. What is it? What does it do? How do you create one? Let me explain!

 

What is a hashtag?

 

A Twitter hashtag is simply a keyword phrase, spelled out without spaces, with a pound sign (#) in front of it. For example, #inboundchat and #ILoveChocolate are both hashtags.

 

What does a hashtag do?

 

A Twitter hashtag ties the conversations of different users into one stream, which you can find by searching the hastag in Twitter Search or by using a third-party monitoring tool such as HootSuite.

 

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angel Graham's comment, May 8, 2012 7:26 PM
I need to learn more about hashtags and twitter. This should help out a bit more. I'm learning to use a few. Thank you.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 9, 2012 5:20 AM
It's my pleasure Angel! Using Hashtags is finally simple, which is sometimes difficult is to remember to include them in posts ... :)
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How to Create and Grow Your Influence on a Global Social Web | Jeffbullas's Blog

How to Create and Grow Your Influence on a Global Social Web | Jeffbullas's Blog | SM | Scoop.it
We are living in a world where influence is migrating from offline to online.

 

The ability to influence is also moving from local to global. Its reach is also transitioning to mobile devices.

 

Reputation and influence can now be gained faster and reach further than in any other time in history.

 

One definition of Influence is “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development or behavior of someone or something”

 

To be truly successful you must have the ability and power to influence.

 

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John van den Brink's comment, April 27, 2012 4:38 PM
Martin, thank you for this one!
Martin Gysler's comment, April 27, 2012 4:52 PM
You're welcome John. Indeed, Jeff Bullas blog is full with very interesting stuff.
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A Three-Step Process to LinkedIn Communication Success

A Three-Step Process to LinkedIn Communication Success | SM | Scoop.it

Get Organized and Be More Effective on LinkedIn

Successful communications on LinkedIn can come down to this three-part process.

Create a LinkedIn Checklist Create a Communications Calendar Schedule Your Communications

LinkedIn Expert Advice:

Create a LinkedIn Checklist of Daily Updates and Posts

The first thing you are going to want to do is create a checklist for your daily communications. You can use any number of tools that come with your computer, or make your own checklist.

A simple, easy and popular checklist tool you might use for your PC is RTM (Remember The Milk) http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ This is one of the most popular checklists around because it is intuitive and easy to use.

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John van den Brink's comment, April 19, 2012 2:41 PM
Thanks for sharing
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Plan on a #SocialMediaFail | Social Media Explorer

Plan on a #SocialMediaFail | Social Media Explorer | SM | Scoop.it

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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25 Timeline Ready Apps for Enhancing Your Facebook Page

25 Timeline Ready Apps for Enhancing Your Facebook Page | SM | Scoop.it
Enhance your Facebook Pages with these timeline ready apps. A total of 25 facebook apps to choose from, including BONUS app suggestions to improve fans engagement.

 

For page managers who know how to work with Facebook apps, the new Timeline layout for Pages is a great opportunity to highlight their application tab for maximum visibility and increase click through rates. But for those who aren’t, finding those timeline ready apps can be a massive headache.


Before adding any facebook applications to your Timeline (layout) page, there are a few things you should know:

 

NOT all facebook applications are suitable for your Page NOT all facebook applications are free Understand the use of each app before installing Understand each approved facebook app WILL HAVE access to a certain amount of your personal data on Facebook Facebook app is an ADDED advantage to achieve a particular purpose you have for your brand (get leads, customer contact info) but certainly NOT a compulsory It’s OK to NOT install any third party apps on your page if you don’t feel like it
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How to Create a Facebook Timeline Cover Photo

How to Create a Facebook Timeline Cover Photo | SM | Scoop.it
Hey, Facebook Page owners -- are you happy with the Cover Photo on your Timeline layout? Here's how to create a great-looking cover that meets all the terms of service.

 

Got a Facebook Page for your business?


Freaking out about creating a good-looking cover photo for your Timeline?

 

You’ve probably noticed that striking visual piece in the Facebook Pages timeline layout — a nearly-screen-width banner image, known as a “Cover.”

 

On March 30, 2012, all Facebook Pages were converted to the timeline layout with the cover photo.

 

But you may have noticed that not every cover image is a home run …

 

This how-to guide is designed to help Facebook Pages create a cover image that looks professional, makes a great first impression, and markets your brand’s best assets — without violating the Facebook Pages Terms.

 

Read more: http://www.copyblogger.com/timeline-cover-photo/


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Namita Patel's comment, March 31, 2012 1:03 PM
Another great resource - thanks Martin!
Martin Gysler's comment, April 1, 2012 5:22 AM
Thank you Namita, I'm glad you like it!
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Create a Facebook Business Page – 20 Tips That Guarantee Success

Create a Facebook Business Page – 20 Tips That Guarantee Success | SM | Scoop.it

With over 800 million active users, Facebook is by far the biggest social networking website at present. The number of users is increasing on a daily basis, with thousands of people setting up Facebook accounts. The traffic and usage is sufficient to judge Facebook’s stature in the social media industry. It has grown in leaps and bounds and is far ahead of the competition.


For the past few years, businesses have gauged the potential of Facebook for marketing and creating a brand image. The trend towards online marketing has increased, with internet based promotion becoming a major part of businesses’ marketing strategies. Through Facebook, businesses can target their market segment and attract customers. Already, a majority of the businesses are using Facebook to increase awareness about their products and services. A corporate Facebook page can enhance the popularity and sales of your business.

 

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Cassy Dave's comment, May 30, 2012 1:22 AM
good
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Thank you Cassy :)
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11 productivity tips from successful entrepreneurs

11 productivity tips from successful entrepreneurs | SM | Scoop.it

When everything’s a priority, how do you maximize your productivity and continue getting things done? We asked eleven entrepreneurs about their strategies for staying on top of mounting piles of work, focusing on what’s important, and otherwise holding on to their sanity while building a company.

 

Outsource, outsource, outsource
Everything may be a priority, but you are not equally brilliant at everything. Eliminate the unnecessary tasks and outsource your weaknesses so your time and focus is directed to where you’ll make the biggest impact for the business.

 

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39 Web Apps and Tools We Use to Create Websites

39 Web Apps and Tools We Use to Create Websites | SM | Scoop.it

Probably not unlike you, we use a cadre of different tools to help us create websites and products we’re proud of. Every year it seems that this list morphs, evolves, shrinks and grows. So we thought, ‘Hey, it might be valuable to some people to get a look at how we build things and the tools that we use to get the job done.’ We looked at every step of our development process and highlighted our favorite technologies every step of the way. These divisions aren’t meant as hard and fast rules; but rather groupings that can help you if you’re looking for a tool to find efficiencies, process improvements or work product for a particular phase.

 

39 WEB APPS AND TOOLS WE USE TO CREATE WEBSITES

 

MEETING, BRAINSTORMING, STRATEGY
Our initial planning phases are all about collaboration. Here’s what we use to communicate, ideate and put the plan together.

 

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48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools | SM | Scoop.it

Even if this list is from 2011, you'll find a lot of interesting tools for today. [note mg]

 

If you want to know what’s happening in the social web you need monitoring tools. Before you get out your credit card and start to spend money try out some of the free social media monitoring services. This way you get a taste of what is available and if you need paid services.

 

I have collected 48 free social media monitoring tools. In the Group A are the services that I use regularly or seem interesting to check out immediately. The Group B is an alphabetical list of tools for you to play with. Here we go:...

 

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Social Media Management for Beginners and Pros

Social Media Management for Beginners and Pros | SM | Scoop.it

Management is a necessary part of using social media, whether you use it for personal or business activities, learn how to do it right...


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106 Tips to Become a Master Connector

106 Tips to Become a Master Connector | SM | Scoop.it

If you want to be a great connector, you should read this post. The invested time will be pay back, for sure. [note mg]

 

To succeed, who you know is just as important as what you know. In fact, relationships should be your top priority. The book Never Eat Alone talks about how to apply the timeless principles of relationships in the 21st century. It contains a lot of practical tips on how you could thrive in today’s world through your relationships. It’s one of the best books I read recently.


To give you the only gems, I’ve summarized what I learn from the book into 106 tips. Put these tips into practice and you will be a master connector who live a successful and fulfilling life:

 

1. Make other people more successful

 

Real networking is about finding ways to make other people more successful. It is sharing your knowledge and resources, time and energy, friends and associates, and empathy and compassion in a continual effort to provide value to others, while coincidentally increasing your own...

 

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10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics

10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics | SM | Scoop.it

Maybe you want create your own infographic, here 10 tools to support you to do it. [note mg]

 

Information graphics, visual representations of data known as infographics, keep the web going these days. Web users, with their diminishing attention spans, are inexorably drawn to these shiny, brightly coloured messages with small, relevant, clearly-displayed nuggets of information. They’re straight to the point, usually factually interesting and often give you a wake-up call as to what those statistics really mean.

 

Who can resist a colourful, thoughtful venn diagram anyway? In terms of blogging success, infographics are far more likely to be shared than your average blog post. This means more eyeballs on your important information, more people rallying for your cause, more backlinks and more visits to your blog. In short, a quality infographic done well could be what your blog needs right now.

 

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Tweet Smarter not Harder – Part Two

Tweet Smarter not Harder – Part Two | SM | Scoop.it
Introduction

 

If you read Part One of this series, you recall I discussed targeting and third-party applications to save you time and help you market you business and product or service more effectively.

 

Goals For This Post (Part Two)

The beauty of Lists and how they can help you use Twitter more effectively Discuss branding, content tweets, and promo tweets and why you need to understand the difference A note on targeted following

 

LISTS


I mentioned lists briefly in Part One for the purpose of finding targets but they do so much more. Here are my top ten reasons you should be using lists:

 

1) The number one reason to use lists: each list allows you to add up to 500 people aka tweeps. You can have up to 20 lists (public or private though I recommend public). I suck at math but even I can figure out that’s 10K people!

 

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Your Place in the Marketing Mix | Outspoken Media

Your Place in the Marketing Mix | Outspoken Media | SM | Scoop.it

As Internet marketing consultants, I’m sure we’d all agree SEO is a vital part of a successful marketing strategy. Online visibility is essential for both branding and conversions. But I think because we are passionate about what we do (and therefore, perhaps a bit biased,) we can lose sight of the fact that SEO and Internet marketing are not the only ingredients in our client’s marketing mix. Print advertising, radio and TV commercials, e-mail marketing, direct mail – for most businesses, these forms of marketing are still heavily used.

And really, in many cases, they should be. We might all like to think that online is the single best way to reach our client’s audience, but depending on their product or service, that might not always be the case. My job as a Marketing Coordinator in real estate taught me the value of multi-channel marketing, and how different channels spoke to different demographics.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Goals in Google Analytics

A Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Goals in Google Analytics | SM | Scoop.it

There’s a reason that when companies call me about SEO, Paid Search, or Social Advertising, we always end up speaking about Analytics as well. The reason is simple. If you don’t have a rounded analytics strategy, then you won’t have a solid understanding of how your campaigns perform. In addition, if you don’t have the mechanisms in place to easily see how visitor segments perform, then important questions could go unanswered. And that’s not good for enhancing your business.


Enter the Conversion Goal
Concepts in Web Analytics can get confusing. You have event tracking, conversion goals, success events, multi-channel funnels, profiles, filters, dimensions, regular expressions, etc. This is one of the reasons that too many companies slap a tracking code on their websites and call it a day. The problem is that an “out of the box” Google Analytics implementation will only get you so far. Sure, you’ll get the basics, but that won’t necessarily help you glean insights that can boost ROI.

 

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6 Ways To Find Out If You Are On The Google List Of Blacklisted Sites

6 Ways To Find Out If You Are On The Google List Of Blacklisted Sites | SM | Scoop.it

This question should interest every entrepreneur and someone who is active in one way or another on social media. These different options will give you the necessary support. [note mg]

 

Imagine that you’ve spent years building a business and growing a website. You launch a promotion to email a list of potential customers with exciting new opportunities to save lots of money by doing business with you. Did you email too many people, or did you email the wrong people? Did someone turn you in as a “spammer” to one of the many spammer blacklist organizations out there?


Everyone hates real spammers, and the last thing you want to do is get labeled as one. That’s one kind of blacklist. The other kind is worse – the search engine blacklist. That’s the one that is basically a death sentence for your site because Google and other search engines stop crawling your site or even listing it in search results. No blacklist is good to get, because ISP’s and many content filtering services access Internet blacklists to figure out not only what email to block, but also what websites to block or to mark as potentially dangerous.

 

How do you know you’re on the Google List or any other database of blacklisted sites?

 

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Influence: What Are Tools Like Klout Really Measuring?

Influence: What Are Tools Like Klout Really Measuring? | SM | Scoop.it

A very interesting comparison of several measurement tools and what they really measure. [note mg]

 

For marketers, PR professionals and customer service teams, personal influence measurement tools can save time and help facilitate business decisions. Tools such as Klout, PeerIndex, Kred and TweetLevel are being used by brands to rank the relative importance of customers and prospects, prioritize customer service responses, and identify groups of influencers to target with perks and product sampling promotions.

 

But what are these personal influence measurement tools really measuring? Are they really an effective way to understand which of your customers are more influential?

 

It is easy to understand influence as a concept; if you can get other people to do something, you have influence. But it’s not at all easy to define how you would measure influence. As Nathan Gilliatt has pointed out, there is no such thing as a “unit of influence” – an observable, measurable event that reflects influence.

 

Read more: http://therealtimereport.com/2012/04/03/influence-what-are-tools-like-klout-really-measuring/


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Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:56 AM

Social reputation and social influence are becoming as important (if not more important) than your paper-based CV and your real-world network. But can they be empirically measured, and if so, what does your score actually mean? This article gives an overview of some of the products/services that purport to give you an influence score. Whether you take it seriously is entirely up to you!