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The State of Social Media and Social Media Marketing in 2012

Social media is a source of endless discussion. With the advent of new tools and / or platforms every day, keep up has become a challenge. But some among the many are the undisputed leaders and decide largely on what will be the future. This slide presentation may give us interesting information on the trends and what might we expect in 2012 and beyond. [note Martin Gysler]

 

Social networking is the #1 activity online. Even though Google gets the most visitors, Facebook is where most of us are spending our time. And it’s not just about Facebook anymore. We are spending a lot of time on LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter. While there are some clear major players in the social space, the social media universe continues to expand and 2011 was a banner year for the idea of an "Interest Graph."

 

In 2011, we saw Google launching Google+ and Pinterest grewing at an astounding rate. Facebook launched "Timeline" and "frictionless sharing" with partners like the much anticipated Spotify. Facebook also acquired design companies and the team behind Gowalla, showing the company’s intent to provide a consistent experience across devices and becoming a more prominent player in the mobile space.

 

Read more: http://www.slideshare.net/socialnerdia/the-state-of-social-media-and-social-media-marketing-in-2012-10743590?from=ss_embed


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Gamification: Motivation and Engagement

Gamification: Motivation and Engagement | SM | Scoop.it

What’s Game Good For?


Before we can talk about applying game mechanics to anything, we need to understand what a game actually us. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a game as “a form or spell of play or sport, esp. a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength or luck.”

 

That’s pretty hard to digest as a something you can say to a decision maker! However, if we break it down further we can start to get at some core ideas that should help. Play and sport are all activities or tasks. Played is not a strong word in the corporate world. It conjures images of nerds playing quake after hours on the corporate network. So instead, how about we use completed.

 

Rules Can Be Starting Points

Next, rules. We all have rules, but it is not something you hear people talking about in businesses. Instead, we could say parameters or guidelines. All projects have parameters or guidelines...

 

Read more: http://osakabentures.com/2012/01/gamification-motivation-and-engagement/


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Martin Gysler's comment, January 26, 2012 1:00 PM
As I said, I'll check out the website, thank you Renato!
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Thanks, everyone, for rescooping my guest blogger's article. We have over 1,500 pageviews, much thanks to YOU all! By the way, see osakabentures.com, let me know if you'f like to guest post, with instant Google Search conection and link to your own blog/profile. @osakasaul
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7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter

7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter | SM | Scoop.it
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Twitter. It is a rocking hot social networking site that seems to be to be used by almost everyone today. It’s on the news, on the radio and on the minds of thousands of people everywhere, every single day.

 

There are many different types of people on Twitter. But, most of these people are on Twitter for a single reason. They want people to know about them. They want to connect with people. Lots of people.

 

Did you know that there are Twitter Rules for marketing and business success in what you do. I am a marketer and have been for many years. In the last few years my business has been expanding by leaps and bounds, because of social media and the internet. But, there are rules that all marketers must follow if they are going to have success in the marketplace, especially online.

 

Here are the 7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter:...

 

Read more: http://tweetingandbusiness.com/articles/7-simple-rules-to-success-on-twitter


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Twitter 101: 55 Tips to Get Retweeted on Twitter

Twitter 101: 55 Tips to Get Retweeted on Twitter | SM | Scoop.it

Retweets, you have heard about them, you know what they are but you aren’t gettin’ them.


For some reason you just can’t seem to get the engagement you are seeking, desiring and yearning for in social media and Twitter.

 

You may be new to Twitter and simply don’t know what the heck you are doing, how to get a retweet or why the retweets even matter. This post won’t teach you what Twitter is but provides good tips for tweetable content which you need regardless if you know what you’re doing or not (joking).

 

Or you may be a Twitter and social media veteran who just wants to boost your ego, increase your Klout score or simply show off for Grandpa this weekend how popular you are on the social waves?...


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Social Media A to Z Series: N is for Networks ~ 40+ Social Networks To Consider

Social Media A to Z Series: N is for Networks ~ 40+ Social Networks To Consider | SM | Scoop.it

I have noticed that when the topic of social network is raised, it usually turns to a discussion of Facebook. Granted it is the biggest player on the planet however it is not the only one.

 

Ok, at some point in the discussion it may get to Linkedin, Google Plus and Twitter (which by the way is a microblog not a network but it is so widely used it surfaces regardless of what topic is being discussed). The reality is, although these are the “Big Four”, there are so many to choose from and depending on “your fancy” or strategy you may want to develop a presence at other networks as a starting point.

 

Now that I have planted this seed in your thinking, where do you start? There are so many out there – really. So whatever your passion, go and find your network. If it doesn’t exist, hey create one!


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Twitter Makes Two Major Announcements

Twitter Makes Two Major Announcements | SM | Scoop.it

Twitter is the second biggest social network after Facebook. Its growth has accelerated after it was embedded in the new Apple mobile operating suystem (iOS5).

Despite its popularity, its user experience is not as inviting or as multimedia rich as Facebook and Google+.

 

Since the launch of Twitter over 5 years ago, users have moved on from a “text” web and are demanding more visual and multimedia centric content.


You only have to notice the fast trending popularity of “Infographics” to realize that the social web requires information presented efficiently and visually with high definition images and media...


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11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content

11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content | SM | Scoop.it

After creating content -- whether it's a blog post, an ebook, a webinar, or a video -- it's important to promote that content through social media channels.

 

And when you do promote that content in social media, you cross your fingers that it generates a ton of shares, tweets, and interaction. For the sake of Twitter, if you follow a few simple best practices, more people are likely to retweet and spread the distribution of your content, giving it a much broader reach and a better opportunity to get found by a new audience of prospective customers beyond your direct followers. Marketers should know how to retweet the right way, but it's also critical for them to learn how to get others to retweet their content, too.

 

11 Tips for Getting People to Retweet Your Content...


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 10:43 AM
Thanks Tom, I'm glad that you like it :-). Have you seen the new post I published on Billboards?
Tom George's comment, December 20, 2011 3:12 PM
Hey Martin,

Hey the new post was great and I was happy to share it. Thanks. I have some new updates on the site you might like.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 3:50 PM
Hey Tom, Cool, I'm glad! OK, I'll take a look tomorrow, today it's a bit late 10PM and I have not finish my work from today... Cheers!
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The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site

The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site | SM | Scoop.it

What do we mean when talking about reader engagement? Well, in terms of blogging the first things that come to mind are comments, sharing, questions, conversion rates. To sum up we could compare reader engagement with building a community. A community where readers care about each other, where action doesn’t stop after reading the final paragraph and where exciting discussions are born. Unfortunately, good content and neat design aren’t the only factors which affect reader engagement. You need to learn to focus readers attention and start a conversation. Developing an engagement is a win-win situation. Your visitors will want to explore more and join the conversation but you, as the publisher, will be looking at higher conversion rates.

 

Gamification is a whole branch in reader engagement which brings together game mechanics and marketing to create engagement and solve problems. What do we understand with game mechanics from a web standpoint? Well, that doesn’t necessarily has to be the traditional online games as we are used to seeing them...


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Does outbrain really increase reader engagement? In most of the sites i hv seen Outbrain (taboolaa and similar others), they show quite unrelated and random stuff!

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Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress

Boost Your Likes by Creating a Facebook Giveaway Using WordPress | SM | 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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The Top 50 SEO Blogs to Watch in 2012

The Top 50 SEO Blogs to Watch in 2012 | SM | Scoop.it

The world of search has changed dramatically over the past year. Google introduced its Panda update which killed off a lot of websites. Social signals are playing a more important role in your rankings and how fast your website loads is also becoming more important.

 

What’s going to happen in 2012?

 

Here are the top 50 experts who will tell you want you need to know! If you are concerned about where your website ranks then you should definitely add these bloggers to your must-read list. Enjoy!


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7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts

7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts | SM | Scoop.it

Facebook recently changed the way users interact with content on fan pages: any user, including non-fans, can now post on fan page walls and like/comment/share fan page content. In other words, a Facebook user does not have to first like your fan page before they can interact with your content. This is a good thing!

 

Since this change, the emphasis has shifted slightly from gaining more likes (fans) to increasing the number of shares on each piece of content. When you craft your fan page updates in a manner that naturally inspires fans and their friends and visitors to your page to share with their networks, you set in motion ripples of viral visibility. Basically, free additional exposure...


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John van den Brink's comment, December 14, 2011 12:15 PM
Thanks again! Great scoops everyday.
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You're welcome John! I'm glad that you like my scoops and that they are useful for you. Cheers! Martin
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7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Business

7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Business | SM | Scoop.it

YouTube continues to be the most valuable video marketing and advertising tool for businesses of all sizes. Here's some great tips from Smedio . . .

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How to Create a Jaw Dropping Social Media Strategy in 5 Steps

How to Create a Jaw Dropping Social Media Strategy in 5 Steps | SM | Scoop.it

Social media is not a campaign… it’s a channel. It’s a means to an end, not an end in itself. That means your social media networks should be part of a larger marketing plan.

 

With that being said, you still need a set of goals to guide your individual social media efforts. Like most marketing plans, social media channels need to go through the following five goals in order to produce the kind of results that are truly profitable.

 

Step #1: Identify warm prospects

Step #2: Establish a conversation with your prospect

Step #3: Gain rapport with your prospect

Step #4: Develop a social media relationship

Just because you are talking to people doesn’t mean you have

Step #5: Track the lifetime value of a relationship 


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How Millionaires Approach Social Media

How Millionaires Approach Social Media | SM | Scoop.it

I’ve interviewed over 50 business owners who have a million-dollar net worth or more. As a blogger and podcaster I am always so curious as to how they use social media in their businesses.


If I were to generalize, most of the millionaires I interview use social media, or at least have someone in their company use it. But they are very clear on what it can and cannot do for them.

 

Social media is just the newest marketing avenue, just like cold calling, direct mail or networking. Social media helps you find people who might need you, and provides a way to introduce yourself. It also helps others find and recommend you. The easy-to-share aspects of social media make it hard for a business to ignore.

 

Here are a few tips, straight from millionaires, themselves on how they handle their social media.

 

Get clear on what you want out of social media...

 

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How to turn LinkedIn into a relationship filter

How to turn LinkedIn into a relationship filter | SM | Scoop.it

The following interview is with Dave Gowel, who has been recognized as a “LinkedIn Jedi” by Inc.com and the Boston Globe, is the CEO of RockTech, and author of The Power in a Link: Open Doors, Close Deals and Change the Way you do Business Using LinkedIn (Wiley, December 2011). Gowel co-founded RockTech with Mark Rockefeller to build software tools that help corporations increase productivity through quicker adoption of underutilized technologies. The interview has been edited for clarity.


A lot of people see LinkedIn as a recruiting or job hunting network. What are some of the other ways professionals can put LinkedIn to work, once they’ve landed that dream job?

 

I think one of the key ways to think about it is really a relationship filter, that when you put in all the relationships that you already have, it allows you to see the ones that you could have more easily, or get information about potential ones...


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#SocialMedia Tools #Oprah Style Favorite Things: Prepare To Scream Like a Girl

#SocialMedia Tools #Oprah Style Favorite Things: Prepare To Scream Like a Girl | SM | Scoop.it

Social Media is evolving every day, or maybe even every minute of every day. It seems that new platforms are popping up all the time, so much so that it can actually be a tad overwhelming to say the least. I find that I am constantly tweaking the platforms that I use and honestly it has been an ongoing process. However I am so excited to say that I have found an amazing cocktail of social media tools recently that has really been working wonderfully for me.

 

Traditional Social Media allows an amazing avenue to share content. I consider it the vehicle to drive the content and can be a powerful thing if used properly. These channels are used to drive content based on particular demographics and I use each channel differently. The cocktail that I have compiled of traditional social media and the following channels has created the ultimate rocking social media tool kit for me!...


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Martin Gysler's comment, January 6, 2012 11:12 AM

It's my pleasure Anise, when the content is great it must be shared :-). Happy weekend. Martin
Fiona McCallion's comment, January 7, 2012 10:27 AM
Thanks for this, Martin - your scoop.its are always interesting and informative.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 8, 2012 5:19 AM
Hi Fiona! I'm glad you like my scoop.it :-) Happy Sunday!
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7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Business

7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Business | SM | Scoop.it

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10 Key Facts, Stats and Findings about the State of Social Media in 2011

10 Key Facts, Stats and Findings about the State of Social Media in 2011 | SM | Scoop.it

Social media has evolved rapidly and we have seen the emergence of social networks that 12 months ago did not exist.


Some surprises this year included the launch of Google+ (which acquired 25 million users in less than 30 days), Pinterest which grew at more than 512% and Tumblr (the microblogging platform) which is now approaching 50 million unique users a month

 

Mobile social networking and geo-location services such as Foursquare continue to make their impact felt and have not gone away despite the threat of Facebook “places”

 

Today 1.2 billion people worldwide access social networks and it is redefining the web...


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The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site

The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site | SM | Scoop.it

What do we mean when talking about reader engagement? Well, in terms of blogging the first things that come to mind are comments, sharing, questions, conversion rates. To sum up we could compare reader engagement with building a community. A community where readers care about each other, where action doesn’t stop after reading the final paragraph and where exciting discussions are born. Unfortunately, good content and neat design aren’t the only factors which affect reader engagement. You need to learn to focus readers attention and start a conversation. Developing an engagement is a win-win situation. Your visitors will want to explore more and join the conversation but you, as the publisher, will be looking at higher conversion rates.

 

Gamification is a whole branch in reader engagement which brings together game mechanics and marketing to create engagement and solve problems. What do we understand with game mechanics from a web standpoint? Well, that doesn’t necessarily has to be the traditional online games as we are used to seeing them...


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How 5 Top Fashion Facebook Pages Market on Facebook | Jeffbullas's Blog

How 5 Top Fashion Facebook Pages Market on Facebook | Jeffbullas's Blog | SM | Scoop.it

Shopping is a form of entertainment for some and something to be more avoided than herpes for others.

 

Shopping brings some to tears, for the retail and fashion obsessed it is a joyous synergy and celebration of capitalism, consumerism and style.
Waiting for new designs to be launched at the favourite fashion store are waited upon by fashionistas with expectant excitement, like children waiting for Santa and his sleigh.

 

Sharing your shopping experiences was usually reserved to a chat over the phone with your girlfriends or while having a coffee or a quick liquid lunch.


Shopping has been social for a long time but now we have social networks that can enhance and accelerate that joy by being able to share in an instant with 200 friends at once on Facebook, rather having to wait for the weekend....


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40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff

40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff | SM | Scoop.it

As part of my on-going work developing social media for business units, I’m often asked about what types of tools I used for tracking all that ‘social media stuff.’

 

Let me talk about how I go about creating a social media dashboard

 

The basic answer is that I don’t have one tool (I have dozens, if not hundreds.)

 

The real answer is that I am not tracking social media.
I am tracking key performance indicators (KPI)
I don’t care if it is a shipping problem or a viral YouTube video.
I simply want to know how I can track it, manage it, and maximize results.

 

With that said: when I think about creating a social media dashboard or using a platform to track results… I am looking at several unique business identifiers that define what tool I need for the job at hand...


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The Hidden Guide to Using Twitter Effectively

The Hidden Guide to Using Twitter Effectively | SM | Scoop.it

When it comes to social media, there is not that much hidden about how it all works. The issue is that sometimes the information is hard to find in one place. So in this post, we are going to unearth some commonly unanswered questions in standard Twitter how to posts when it comes to getting the most out of your Twitter experience.

 

What is the New Twitter Activity Stream?
You may not have noticed it yet because you spend a lot of time in a Twitter management tool instead of on Twitter itself. But one of the new additions to Twitter is the Activity feed. You can find it when you log in to Twitter as a tab underneath your What’s happening box...


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Freshness Factor: 10 Illustrations on How Fresh Content Can Influence Rankings

Freshness Factor: 10 Illustrations on How Fresh Content Can Influence Rankings | SM | Scoop.it

In 2003, engineers at Google filed a patent that would rock the SEO world. Named Document Scoring Based on Document Content Update, the patent not only offered insight into the mind of the world’s largest search engine, but provided an accurate roadmap of the path Google would take for years to come.

 

In his series on the 10 most important search patents of all time, Bill Slawski shows how this patent spawned many child patents. These are often near-duplicate patents with slightly modified passages – the latest discovered as recently as October 2011. Many of the algorithmic changes we see today are simply improvements of these original ideas conceived years ago by Google engineers...


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Tips for Starting a New Facebook Fan Page

Tips for Starting a New Facebook Fan Page | SM | Scoop.it

One of the things many people struggle with in social media are identity issues, and I am no different. Up until yesterday, my main Facebook entities included my personal profile and my fan page for Kikolani. While I love both of these, I found some problems with sharing links to posts I’ve done elsewhere. Specifically…

 

- Links I’ve posted to my personal profile lately haven’t gotten that much attention compared to plain status updates or photos.
- The fan page for this blog is focused on posts from this blog only. Fans didn’t sign up for posts from elsewhere.


So the solution was creating a new Facebook page. This page is specifically focused on my freelance writing and blogging as a whole so it can be a platform where I can share links to anything I have written anywhere...


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20 Do's & Don'ts for Better Social Media Marketing

20 Do's & Don'ts for Better Social Media Marketing | SM | Scoop.it

It is no longer a question of IF companies should execute a social media strategy. The question for most companies is HOW to best execute a meaningful and engaging approach that generates results. With so many social media marketing options available, marketers must also decide best practices and what tactics to avoid.

 

We all make mistakes as marketers and it’s important that we not only learn from those mistakes but share with others so that they can avoid them. I hope that the 20 Social Media Marketing Do’s and Don’ts that I’ve provided within this article not only entertain you but make you think about your current social media strategy...


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