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Will Your Business Use the New Instagram Direct? -

Will Your Business Use the New Instagram Direct? - | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Instagram has launched the ability for users to send pictures or videos to individuals or small groups of people, called Instagram Direct. The new private messaging function brings a lot of potential for businesses.

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, December 28, 2013 6:20 AM

Here's some useful tips to make the most of the new Instagram Direct feature. On the surface it seems pretty benign but it gives you a fair bit of power you didn't have before!

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4.6 million Snapchat phone numbers and usernames leaked

4.6 million Snapchat phone numbers and usernames leaked | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it

Ahhh yes, because the world of hackers can't be bothered to take new year day off... #snapchat #security #privacy #passwords


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LinkedIn’s New Showcase Pages Give Businesses More Options -

LinkedIn’s New Showcase Pages Give Businesses More Options - | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
While LinkedIn may not be the first social network that comes to mind when you consider social media marketing, it is one you don’t want to miss out on, especially with this newest feature: Showcase Pages for businesses.

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, January 8, 2014 12:19 AM

New tools on the horizon from LinkedIn... with a great way to "showcase" your products.

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Top 8 Social Media Trends for 2014. - 4Hoteliers

Top 8 Social Media Trends for 2014. - 4Hoteliers | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Top 8 Social Media Trends for 2014. 4Hoteliers Social media marketing is an ever-changing game; having effective marketing campaigns does not always mean jumping on the latest trend or spending thousands of hours in a locked room with Twitter feeds...

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, January 8, 2014 12:54 AM

This is definitely 8 trends in social media that you NEED to keep an eye on for best results. How many of these are you using already? Which ones will you add this year? 

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Have Facebook Fan Page Benefits Gone As Extinct As The Woolly Mammoth?

Have Facebook Fan Page Benefits Gone As Extinct As The Woolly Mammoth? | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Did FB Pages Die A Sad Death? 
It took a meteor to kill the dinosaurs... but could the meteoric decline in fan reach signal the end of times for Facebook fan (b(...)

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, January 8, 2014 3:24 AM

Have Facebook pages seen their final days as a valuable source of free traffic? 

This post summarizes all of the information, stats, and data I have on the topic as well as tells you what I'll be doing with MY business in 2014. 

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Daniel Trahtemberg's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:15 AM

Last year's changes to the edgerank algorithm governing fb news feed policy had a huge impact on "free" advertising for SMB that used fb to reach a broad audience.
Now the rules are "Pay to Play" - the same as google, linkedin, and others.
Learn and choose well before spending your advertising budget.

Michael Currey's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:45 PM

Is Facebook a bit like the Roman Empire?

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4 Fill-in-the-Blank Posts Your Facebook Page CANNOT Ignore

4 Fill-in-the-Blank Posts Your Facebook Page CANNOT Ignore | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Looking for a surefire way to boost engagement on your Facebook page? Use these 4 types of Fill-in-the-Blank posts to get immediate results.

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, December 24, 2013 6:55 AM

This is an excellent post to give you some great ideas to drive engagement on your Facebook fan page... bookmark this one! 

Eliot Pearson's curator insight, December 28, 2013 6:57 AM

A very good way to increase engagement with users.

Cherrie Bautista's curator insight, January 10, 2014 10:54 AM

Interesting... will have to try this and see if it actually drives up engagement on my page.

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Instagram King James Franco On The Art Of Selfies - MTV.com

Instagram King James Franco On The Art Of Selfies - MTV.com | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Classicalite Instagram King James Franco On The Art Of Selfies MTV.com The "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "This is the End" actor wrote an article for The New York Times to explain the art of the selfie, and why Instagram and social media...
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New in Snapchat: Replay and filters

New in Snapchat: Replay and filters | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Snapchat recently released comprehensive lift to its iOS and Android apps, allowing it to gain update to replay images along with many fresh filters. The later has ‘smart’ covers that touts of capturing time, temperature and also speed.

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, December 28, 2013 6:25 AM

Some neat changes are afoot for Snapchat... check out this useful summary. 

Lori Wilk's curator insight, December 28, 2013 2:20 PM

Can we keep up with all the trends and changes?

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Buy a Higher Klout Score & Increase Your Influence in Social Media

Buy a Higher Klout Score & Increase Your Influence in Social Media | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Social media influence: How much is it worth to social media users? Here's how to influence the Klout algorithm and buy a higher Klout social influence score.

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:03 AM

Could Empire Avenue be used to alter or "game" the Klout system? Here's an interesting thought from neal Schaeffer. No idea if it's true since Kout says that +Ks do not impact score but then again we're familiar with sites lying about their algorithm too. Do many of the high kout folks have high +k as a product of high klout or is the +k driving the klout. Perhaps worth an experiment!

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How To Connect Google+ To One Or More Brand New YouTube Channel(s) Without Needing To Create New Google Logins

How To Connect Google+ To One Or More Brand New YouTube Channel(s) Without Needing To Create New Google Logins | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Get A New YT Channel Without More Google Logins What to do when you need a YouTube channel for your new brand or marketing endeavor but don't really want to muck around with multiple Google logins!...

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, December 28, 2013 7:51 AM

Easily solve one of the most annoying aspects of the youtube /Google+ integration 

Michael Currey's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:46 PM

It should be easier than this!

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FACEBOOK COVER PHOTOS - 25 Creative Ideas

FACEBOOK COVER PHOTOS - 25 Creative Ideas | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Discover different ways to use your Facebook cover image to generate leads, promote products and reward your fans.

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, December 24, 2013 9:04 AM

Use FACEBOOK COVER PHOTOS to show seasons, trends, apps, new products, hash tags, incentives, milestones,  Or to generate leads, make our mouth water, inspire action and much more.


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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, January 8, 2014 12:51 AM

Here's some great examples of Facebook cover graphics to get your creativity flowing! Changing out your cover can be a fun way to get your fans talking about and with your brand... do something fun and creative and change them semi often for best effect. 

Michael Currey's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:49 PM

Great ideas for when you need some inspiration.

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Why you should always 'Like' your own Facebook posts

Why you should always 'Like' your own Facebook posts | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
  If you’ve been using Facebook for a while you have probably noticed that many people “Like” their own posts just as soon as they post them. While this could be viewed as a form of vanity (I mean really, is it cool to “Like” your own posts?

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:36 AM

Ewww.... The OP has a rather useful point but it doesn't mean I have to like it ;)

Liking your own posts on a social network has been a move classically seen as (at best) narcissistic and mostly about stroking your own ego...

So for a valid use for it to turn up just kinda makes us shake our heads.

But sometimes site changes, algorithms, and infrastructure lead to use doing things we normally wouldn't... simply for the sake of increased reach.

Do you "like" your own posts on Facebook?

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Don't Kill Off Your Website -- Use It As The Hub For Your Social Media Presence

Don't Kill Off Your Website -- Use It As The Hub For Your Social Media Presence | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
The questions plaguing many corporate leaders these days about social media include: How can we take best advantage of this continually-changing platform for business, sales, and reputation enhancement?

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Kimberly Castleberry's curator insight, January 9, 2014 8:10 PM

A rich social presence can not only pull traffic away from a corporate website... but make a business question if they even NEED the website. Forbes digs into the issue, raises some interesting stats, and proposes a solution better fit for long term success. 

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50 Fun Facts About Pinterest

50 Fun Facts About Pinterest | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Image Credit: Roxanne Ready/Flickr Was there a site as dominating as Pinterest was in 2013? We don’t think so. Pinterest had a phenomenal year, and that’s

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Peg Corwin's curator insight, December 25, 2013 6:52 PM

Lots of FUN FACTS about PINTEREST.  Click to check out.


For example: "Pinterest activity peaks at approximately 9 p.m., compared to approximately 11 a.m. for Facebook and Twitter. However, the best time to post on Pinterest is on a Saturday morning."


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Evolve Your Social Media Business Strategy in 2014 - The VAR Guy

Evolve Your Social Media Business Strategy in 2014 - The VAR Guy | Social Media Madness | Scoop.it
Evolve Your Social Media Business Strategy in 2014
The VAR Guy
... will morph businesses into social media champions.
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