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25 Awesome Free Google Tools for Marketers

25 Awesome Free Google Tools for Marketers | Social on the GO!!! | 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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Content's New Life Cycle - 4 Important Steps to Build & Maintain Your Brand

Content's New Life Cycle - 4 Important Steps to Build & Maintain Your Brand | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Aaron Dunn for Content Marketing Institute.

 

These steps apply to your overall content marketing strategy whether you're creating or curating content.

 

The challenge:

 

**Companies are now left trying to make sense of which ones they should be paying attention to, what they need to be doing in these channels to gain a competitive advantage, and how it all ties into their overall content marketing strategy.

 

The solution:

 

**In today’s rapidly shifting web, it’s essential that companies start to take a more holistic approach to content marketing and connect more effectively with their various stakeholders across a number of web and social channels. 

 

Here are the four steps:

 

As we awaken to the new realities of content, here are four ways to rethink your content execution, and take advantage of the new content life cycle.

 

**Structure your content marketing strategy as a holistic system that allows you to connect more effectively with various stakeholders across a number of social channels, drive conversation, and influence customers.

 

**Open up content contribution to more users across the organization, providing more opportunities to connect with and engage customers in social channels, and extend your online reach.

 

**Be sure to remove any technology or process roadblocks that inhibit the expansion of your contributor pool — the more people who are able to contribute easily, the more content you will have to push across your channels.

 

**Deliver fresh, compelling and timely content that engages users and keeps visitors returning to your site, and then be sure to extend that content into your social channels.

 

**Be sure you are listening to the online conversations of your target audience, and optimize your content and content strategy based on the insights you gather from them.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"

 

"Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

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9 Ways to Improve the Signal to Noise Ratio on Twitter - Brian Solis

9 Ways to Improve the Signal to Noise Ratio on Twitter - Brian Solis | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Yes it's a fact... we live in an overloaded information stream! Brian Solis gives us an interesting point of view about this matter. [note mg]

 

Even at 250 million Tweets per day in addition to the updates across Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and every other feed that we willfully subscribe to, information overload is in of itself a fallacy. But the feeling the overload of information is very real and a reflection of our inability to pull the levers necessary to decrease noise and improve signal. Doing so, requires some very blatant actions that don’t simply reduce the volume of the information we don’t care to see as often, it requires disconnecting from human beings. Whether we’re severing ties with individuals or those representing an organization we once supported, it’s emotional. It’s an action that carries an element of guilt knowing that at some point, our action will cause an incremental blow to the psyche of the individual we’re unfollowing.

 

I know…so what right?

 

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48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools

48 Free Social Media Monitoring Tools | Social on the GO!!! | 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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5 Ways to Turn Twitter into Your Most Powerful Social Media Tool

5 Ways to Turn Twitter into Your Most Powerful Social Media Tool | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

What do you use as your daily Social Media dashboard every day?


Most likely not Twitter.com I am guessing.

 

Yet, in recent months, there were a great number of browser extensions released, specifically for Twitter.com. They help you create a much greater experience right inside Twitter.com.

 

What I like best about this is that you are in charge regarding how many bells and whistles you are adding. You can basically fully customize your own Social Media dashboard.

 

So here are my top 5 finds you can use to make Twitter.com a truly powerful Social Media tool for you:...

 

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10 Content Marketing Goals Worth Pursuing

10 Content Marketing Goals Worth Pursuing | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Content is the new buzzword, but content alone has no magical powers. It won't transform your business or get you where you need to go ... until you add one thing... Which? It's what you'll find in this excellent post with ten goals to follow! [note Martin Gysler]

 

Ever wonder why content marketing works so well for some businesses … and doesn’t seem to do anything at all for others?

 

Curious about why some content that seems great doesn’t do anything to build the business?

 

“Content is king” has been an online cliché for years now, but it’s not true. It’s never been true.

 

Content all by itself — even terrific content — is just content.

 

It may be entertaining. It may be educational. It may contain the secret to world peace and fresh, minty breath, all rolled into one.

 

But it has no magical powers. It won’t transform your business or get you where you need to go, until you add one thing …

 

Content marketing is a meaningless exercise without business goals.

 

Read more: http://www.copyblogger.com/content-marketing-goals/


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5 Reasons Social Media Measurement is Making You Lie to Yourself

5 Reasons Social Media Measurement is Making You Lie to Yourself | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Social media measurement causes unsavory (and ineffective) marketing behavior because unlike the rest of our marketing key performance indicators, social media metrics are out there for anyone to see.


Was it a surprise last week when Presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich was (allegedly) busted for having 1.3 million followers on Twitter, most of which were bots and fake accounts? Not really. It may have raised an eyebrow that someone applying for the most important job in the world would (allegedly) stoop to fakery to boost follower counts. But despite some initial reluctance, politics has embraced the social media Egosystem as much or more than any other industry.

 

(Nice analysis on it from Ian Lurie over at Conversation Marketing)


Being a former political consultant myself, this kerfuffle got me pondering about social media measurement and the bigger lessons of key performance indicators. I see five.


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Carey Leahy's comment, January 12, 2012 6:49 PM
Shared through facebook group - quality vs quantity!
Martin Gysler's comment, January 13, 2012 3:45 AM
Hi Carey, I'm glad you like this post and thank you to spread it to your online world. Cheers! Martin
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What SEOs Must Learn from Adwords Folks

What SEOs Must Learn from Adwords Folks | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

AdWords folks. They're the traders of the online marketing world. They spend their time analyzing scoreboards, making little improvements and brainstorming their next ideas. They split-test their ideas, scale the best and ditch the best. In a world where scarce resources force them to make choices over budget, positioning and copy, they're having to think totally differently to SEOs.

 

Rand posted back in 2008 about the disconnect between PPC spending and SEO spending. Despite the well documented differences in results, PPC is a science from the outset, but SEO still leaves lots to chance. AdWords folks live-and-die by the following five rules...


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What SEOs Must Learn from Adwords Folks

What SEOs Must Learn from Adwords Folks | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

AdWords folks. They're the traders of the online marketing world. They spend their time analyzing scoreboards, making little improvements and brainstorming their next ideas. They split-test their ideas, scale the best and ditch the best. In a world where scarce resources force them to make choices over budget, positioning and copy, they're having to think totally differently to SEOs.

 

Rand posted back in 2008 about the disconnect between PPC spending and SEO spending. Despite the well documented differences in results, PPC is a science from the outset, but SEO still leaves lots to chance. AdWords folks live-and-die by the following five rules...


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3 Stats to Think About When Crafting Your Social Media Campaign

3 Stats to Think About When Crafting Your Social Media Campaign | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

"The numbers speak for themselves and do not betray the poor quality that is provided by most companies in the area of social media. To convince you, read this article, which says a lot, supporting figures!"

 

There’s a lot involved with building your social media presence–so much so, that it’s easy for small business owners to feel overwhelmed and become unsure of what they should be focusing on. And then you come across some startling stats that show just how big the disconnect really is.

 

I present you with three social media stats to ponder. Think about how they may reflect your own social media strategy.


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Content Marketing Is Not As Simple As Writing A Ton of Blog Posts Every Day

Content Marketing Is Not As Simple As Writing A Ton of Blog Posts Every Day | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

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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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, April 29, 2013 7:27 PM
Segments are usually FINANCIAL measures such as VIPs or "multi-buyers". Segments is one way to quantify groups within your marketing. Personas are another. Personas identify archetypes and group characteristics (instead of financial segments). Personas help develop creative segments make sure you make money.
Ken Morrison's comment, April 29, 2013 8:12 PM
Hi Marty. I temporarily forgot that our comments showed up on your wall as well. Yes, I was endorsing you to a business student because your posts can add fresh insight in many of her buisness courses. Thanks Marty for all of your great scoops and true curation.
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, April 29, 2013 8:13 PM
LOL, no worries Ken and next time I get to go hiking too :). Marty
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Content's New Life Cycle - 4 Important Steps to Build & Maintain Your Brand

Content's New Life Cycle - 4 Important Steps to Build & Maintain Your Brand | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Aaron Dunn for Content Marketing Institute.

 

These steps apply to your overall content marketing strategy whether you're creating or curating content.

 

The challenge:

 

**Companies are now left trying to make sense of which ones they should be paying attention to, what they need to be doing in these channels to gain a competitive advantage, and how it all ties into their overall content marketing strategy.

 

The solution:

 

**In today’s rapidly shifting web, it’s essential that companies start to take a more holistic approach to content marketing and connect more effectively with their various stakeholders across a number of web and social channels. 

 

Here are the four steps:

 

As we awaken to the new realities of content, here are four ways to rethink your content execution, and take advantage of the new content life cycle.

 

**Structure your content marketing strategy as a holistic system that allows you to connect more effectively with various stakeholders across a number of social channels, drive conversation, and influence customers.

 

**Open up content contribution to more users across the organization, providing more opportunities to connect with and engage customers in social channels, and extend your online reach.

 

**Be sure to remove any technology or process roadblocks that inhibit the expansion of your contributor pool — the more people who are able to contribute easily, the more content you will have to push across your channels.

 

**Deliver fresh, compelling and timely content that engages users and keeps visitors returning to your site, and then be sure to extend that content into your social channels.

 

**Be sure you are listening to the online conversations of your target audience, and optimize your content and content strategy based on the insights you gather from them.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"

 

"Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

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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 | Social on the GO!!! | 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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Is the New Facebook Timeline a Failure in Design? | Jeffbullas's Blog

Is the New Facebook Timeline a Failure in Design? | Jeffbullas's Blog | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Generally people don’t like change!


The majority of us like routine and familiarity. Mess with someone’s habitual routine and watch them start to sweat, stress and squirm.

 

They also say that a change is as good as a holiday but is all change good?

 

Facebook’s new timeline is now live on both the personal profiles and pages and it has taken the known and familiar and replaced it with a very new design.

 

Steve Jobs said in an interview with Wired magazine in 1997 “People think that design is how it looks, but it goes much deeper than that, it is actually how it works”

 

So does the new Facebook timeline design “work”?

 

The impact for business is that it needs to evaluate the implications of these changes to ensure that they maintain their engagement and utilise the stronger visual format that the brand “pages” now have.

 

So the changes are in place and the dust has settled, what are the implications for the managers, administrators and users of the “new”Facebook timeline “page”.

 

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April Lougheed's comment, May 5, 2012 5:09 PM
There is still a learning curve for me.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 6, 2012 5:08 PM
Yes April, for me too :)
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15 Reasons Random Acts of Marketing & Social Media (RAMs) Don't Work! | The Marketing Nut

15 Reasons Random Acts of Marketing & Social Media (RAMs) Don't Work! | The Marketing Nut | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

An interesting post about randomness in bussines, with some questions as: What are your thoughts on randomness in business? Are you guilty of random acts of marketing or social media? Remember, the fist step is admitting such. The second is doing something about it. If you have broken the RAMMIE habit, how did you do it? [note mg]

 

Random Act of Marketing RAMs Attempt to drive business benefit that is NOT integrated, easily measured, nor integrated with other marketing tactics.

 

There you sit in the executive conference room watching everyone nod their heads about the latest idea from the new executive on the block. He or she has a new idea that is going to “save the company.” It could be anything from a random LinkedIn group, social media campaign, planned “go viral” video” or who knows what.


The sad thing is nobody in the conference room has the guts to state the obvious… that there is no budget, time, or resources to implement the new random act of marketing or social media with any level of success.

 

Read more: http://www.pammarketingnut.com/2012/02/15-reasons-random-acts-of-marketing-social-media-rams-dont-work/#


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Lisa Perkins Whitley Coleman's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:50 PM

You must make sure your marketing activities fit in with your overal plan.  Random acts of marketing waste time and money!

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A Stalker’s Guide to Competitive Research

A Stalker’s Guide to Competitive Research | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Competitive research is an area that’s either completely overlooked by a brand, or taken to an extreme level while missing the basic goals that need to be reached. Because competitive research becomes a cornerstone for strategy development, it’s important to research from inside the trees, and outside of the forest.

 

Overall, brands need to:

Identify what others are already doing in the space, and how successful they are. Identify areas of opportunity and weaknesses within their specific vertical. Identify what tactics a competitor is using to gain a competitive advantage.

 

What We’re Doing

 

We approach competitive research with these fundamental questions:

What is their link building strategy? How are they leveraging social media? Identify areas of weakness or opportunity in their strategy (notice whether they’re focusing strictly on their brand, or expanding into other social areas for maximum reach). How all these facets work together: focus on their overall “marketing strategy” rather than segregating them into “search” and “social.” Continuing the stalking with tips and tools. Read more: http://www.blueglass.com/blog/a-stalkers-guide-to-competitive-research/
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Finding Balance in the Age of Digital Overload

Finding Balance in the Age of Digital Overload | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

When the Author Dean Whitney says: "You need a “system” you can trust" I think it is right. Today we have so many information so that we really need a system [note Martin Gysler]

 

It's a new year and a great time to talk about goals and balance. If you are like me, your work is always with you. You wake up and check your email on the computer and if you're not near the computer, the iPhone or Blackberry is always within reach. As digital information becomes more accessible so to does our ability to communicate. For every actionable email there seems to be 10 emails with useful information and 100 useless cc's and spam emails. Then there’s the rest of life: mental, spiritual and physical realities. Our real world relationships, our dreams and our health needs to be in balance with all this digital information. Without proper and directed focus, years can go by without making significant progress.

 

Your life goals don’t ask you for permission to use “push notifications”

 

S.U.D.S or “Seemingly Unimportant Decisions”. Everyday we need to make hundreds, even thousands of decisions. From what to wear, eat, what time to get up, exercise, which emails to reply to, what to read, and how to spend our time. The problem is that all the really important and beneficial tasks don't bug you if you don’t perform them....


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Are You Utilizing a Content Strategy? - Blogging Tips

Are You Utilizing a Content Strategy? - Blogging Tips | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it
Successful bloggers are simply using a content strategy in their marketing efforts.

 

Many bloggers just seem to go through their daily writing and posting routine by winging it. They don’t achieve the success they see other bloggers attaining. What’s the secret? What are other bloggers doing differently? It’s possible that successful bloggers are simply using a content strategy in their marketing efforts. They give each piece of content a purpose and use it to its maximum ability.

 

In simple terms, they plan their content and their strategy...


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Karen du Toit's comment, October 25, 2011 7:37 AM
Thanks for the article! I shared it!
Martin Gysler's comment, October 25, 2011 7:41 AM
You're welcome Karen! I'm happy if is useful for you and your network. Cheers!
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6 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results

6 Ways to Measure Your Social Media Results | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it
Social media measurement: how to develop a framework for tying your social media performance to your business goals so you can measure your social media results.

 

How much time are you spending on social media? Can you tell if it’s helping sales?

 

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a framework for measuring the impact of your social media efforts?

 

That’s where Susan Etlinger’s new research for the Altimeter Group comes into play. Susan did qualitative research with 60 social media marketers and vendors to understand how businesses currently measure their social media performance.

 

Her goal: to develop a framework for tying social media performance to business goals.

 

NOTE: Because Susan’s original research targeted enterprise-level companies, I interviewed her to add some small business insights. The following comments combine results of the research and that interview...


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9 Facebook Marketing Strategies to Build Super Fans | Social Media Examiner

9 Facebook Marketing Strategies to Build Super Fans | Social Media Examiner | Social on the GO!!! | Scoop.it

Are you looking to attract high-quality and loyal fans to your Facebook page? Without quality fans, your Facebook marketing efforts can fizzle out quickly.

 

So how do you move a Potential Fan all the way up the ranks to Super Fan?

For starters, it takes time. Facebook success rarely happens overnight and unless you are a huge brand like Zappos or Target, patience, persistence, and hustle are all required to create a successful Facebook page.

 

There are also specific actions you can take to create a thriving Facebook page full of Super Fans.

The following nine core strategies will help you streamline your Facebook activity and turn your Facebook page into a success story....

[read full article http://j.mp/nTGa7j]


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