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Facebook Hits One Billion Active Users

Facebook Hits One Billion Active Users | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Facebook just officially reached one billion active users, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

 

Facebook has officially reached one billion active users, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

 

“This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you’re reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you.

Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too,” wrote Zuckerberg in an official blog post.

 

Facebook had 955 million active users in July 2012, and though gaining 45 million users is not a small task, it seems as if the world’s biggest online social network took a little bit more time than expected reaching the 1 billion milestone.

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Is Twitter in Your Social Media Marketing Mix?

Is Twitter in Your Social Media Marketing Mix? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Twitter has always been my favorite social media marketing platform. It's user friendly, allows for instant feedback, and is just plain fun!

 

Twitter has always been my favorite social media marketing platform.

 

It’s user friendly, allows for instant feedback, and is just plain fun!  In my case, using Twitter has produced book deals, speaking gigs, interviews, joint venture partners, clients, and even a phone call with a Hollywood producer!

 

Here are a few of the lively tools I use to make it more interesting AND productive:

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Here’s what Google+ needs to do to kill Facebook

Here’s what Google+ needs to do to kill Facebook | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
According to Google, its Google+ social network has 100 million active users a month less than two years into the service - even the largest skeptic should concede that the service ...

 

According to Google, its Google+ social network has 100 million active users a month less than two years into the service – even the largest skeptic should concede that the service has at least an outside chance of dethroning Facebook at some point (although that might not be its ultimate target, more on that at the end). Facebook’s new user numbers have leveled off a bit (which of course is a strong by-product of it approaching a billion users) so if Google+ continues to gain active users at a strong pace, it should continue to close that gap, very large as it may be.

 

That said, it isn’t going to be enough for Google+ to just continue to stay as it is to catch up with Facebook – the lead is too large, and hitting Facebook where it is strongest – for example, your real friends and family graph – isn’t going to cut it. Google+ needs to exploit Facebook’s weakest link and show that it will outpace Facebook at it for a long time. This is most likely the only way it will draw people away from using Facebook to using Google+ everyday. And that weakest link?

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Four Steps to a Social Media Strategy [Infographic]

Four Steps to a Social Media Strategy [Infographic] | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Social Media - Engaging your customers online requires more than just being on the same social networks they are on. You first need to determine what your goals are for social media, how ...

 

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I'm all for planning, but remember to plan in a certain amount of "Will respond" time in any social media camapign. Social is a conversation. I know you've heard that idea over and over, but its practical expression is to build in response time to any social plan. Don't just lecture, listen too.


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How To Find Your First Blog Readers

How To Find Your First Blog Readers | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Starting a new blog can be daunting, especially when you're the only reader. Here's how to kick off your blog and find your first blog readers too.

 

It’s fair to assume, and you often hear from the sources giving you blogging guidance, that no one is listening when you start blogging. At last check, there were 181 million blogs around the world (source). Competition is high. But don’t sell yourself short. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re building relationships somewhere and can gain some traction right away from the people who’ve already started to get to know you.


Unless you’re a hermit crab, you actually do have an audience of some sort. Family and friends are the best people to help you spread the word more quickly to outside networks, especially in the beginning. So as I’ve said previously, start with who you know. Send a blast to your personal Facebook announcing your first blog post. Send a mass email to your contacts introducing the site for the first time. Add the link to your Linkedin profile. Keep it casual and be considerate of their time by letting them know you won’t bug them again with new blog posts unless they subscribe to your newsletter, but that you wanted your close network to be the first to see it.

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Storytelling through social media

Storytelling through social media | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Storytellers always preserves a sense of communion. If people talk to you – listen, ask questions, relate, comment back, try to understand, stand in their shoes, acknowledge their opinion even if it’s the opposite from yours, keep your promises and try to narrow down your assumed reach to a level you can handle relationships and conversations.

 

Because if you don’t care about them, in due time, they will stop caring about you and that doesn’t feel great – unless you think that’s evolution.

 

[Image Source: Dreamstime]


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Which Are the Most Social Colleges? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Which Are the Most Social Colleges? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
How are different colleges and universities doing in the social media world? Find out if your college is as good at social networking as you are.

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How Top 10 Restaurants use Social Media to Get More Sales | All Infographics

How Top 10 Restaurants use Social Media to Get More Sales | All Infographics | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Infographics on Social Media with Restaurants to get more sales and conversion on Social Media Marketing and Automation in Search Engine for building business...

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5 big Countries that are rocking Social Media #infographic /@BerriePelser

5 big Countries that are rocking Social Media #infographic /@BerriePelser | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
5 Countries that are rocking the Social Media #infographic Success in social media isn’t something...

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Social Media Explained with Coffee [Infographic]

Social Media Explained with Coffee [Infographic] | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

The following photo explains social media with coffee. The duck face part on Instagram is pretty spot on :)

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I love these infographics that take a common thing, in this case drinking coffee, and uses it to explain social media marketing. 


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Google+ A Ghost Town? Maybe It's Your Fault

Google+ A Ghost Town? Maybe It's Your Fault | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Marketing PilgrimGoogle+ A Ghost Town? Maybe It's Your FaultMarketing PilgrimPerhaps you've tried Google Plus, but came away a little frustrated. As I noted in an earlier post, Google Plus isn't the place for high school reunions.

 

I know you’ve heard it: Google Plus is a ghost town. A quick search for “Google Plus ghost town” turns up plenty of results. But is that criticism really warranted? I don’t believe it is. But the perception remains and I believe the fault lies in the mirror with how we use the network. So, what can we do about it? Read on and I’ll show you how you can turn your Google Plus ghost town into a boomtown.


Perhaps you’ve tried Google Plus, but came away a little frustrated. As I noted in an earlier post, Google Plus isn’t the place for high school reunions. Many of your friends may not be a part of Google Plus and you won’t see lots of old photos of yourself from back in the day. But that’s OK because Google Plus has much more to offer.

 

So how do you go about getting connected with others and quickly populate your ghost town? Below are a few strategies that you can use to turn that lifeless Google Plus stream into a vibrant, river of content that can meet your information needs.


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Finally: An Easy-to-Understand Link Building Plan to Help You Recover from Penguin and Panda

Finally: An Easy-to-Understand Link Building Plan to Help You Recover from Penguin and Panda | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet Google has been brutalizing spammy websites for the last year with several aggressive updates. Penguin and Panda are the two most notable. While Panda targeted poor content, Penguin was targeting, for the most part, poor links.

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Delivra Infographic: Email This, Not That

Delivra Infographic: Email This, Not That | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
As always, we love working with our email marketing provider, Delivra, and this time, we collaborated to create an awesome infographic about what you should and should not do with your emails.

 

The team created a mock "good" and "bad" email to demonstrate their findings on how to increase conversions and click throughs with your email campaigns, including making sure the email renders well on a mobile device, having an appealing subject line, and personalizing each email for your recipients. The average open rate of an email is about 24% - for all the time and effort, don't you want to make sure that you can get the most bang for your buck?

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Are Facebook Clicks Totally and Utterly Meaningless?

Are Facebook Clicks Totally and Utterly Meaningless? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Learn whether it really matters that people click on your Facebook content, based on data straight from Facebook themself.

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Logic+Emotion: Technology Will Only Solve 1/3 of Your Social Business Problem

Logic+Emotion: Technology Will Only Solve 1/3 of Your Social Business Problem | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
I'm behind on writing a bit as I've just returned from Norway and before that, Dreamforce in San Francisco. It was my first time attending and speaking at Dreamforce and to be honest, I was completely taken back by the...

 

I'm behind on writing a bit as I've just returned from Norway and before that, Dreamforce in San Francisco. It was my first time attending and speaking at Dreamforce and to be honest, I was completely taken back by the extravagance of it all. With Keynotes from heavy hitters such as Sir Richard Branson, Jeff Imelt and even Colin Powell, not to mention entertainment provided by the Red Hot Chili Peppers—I can only estimate that the event cost tens of millions to produce.

 

Salesforce also made good on what many observers were already suspecting—it has begun to package and consolidate acquisitions of social platforms Radian 6 and Buddy Media into what's now known as "Marketing Cloud" moving forward. Shel Israel shrewdly views this as a pivot to catering to CMOs as part of the strategy to convert an enterprise to "social enterprise" and in short follow the money trail as companies grapple with how to integrate social at scale. 

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Who is Using Twitter?

Who is Using Twitter? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Twitter has continued to grow over the last 18 months and for some demographics its use has increased by nearly 400%. The explosive growth of the smart phone market has also driven this growth.

 

Twitter is the mysterious online cousin to the mobile text message and has always been branded with strange names.

 

Twitter users have often been associated with  terms such as  Twits, Tweeps and Twerps and have hidden their tweetingidiosyncrasies from friends and family. Like an alcoholic hides their bottles.

 

The 140 character limit has been cast as not necessary in a world of “Big Data”, where saying a lot is valued more than saying less.

 

I have often been asked to explain what Twitter means at dinner parties and one of my favorite phrases has been:

 

“It is like a SMS on Steroids”

 

Its brevity is its charm and strength.

 

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How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors

How to Consistently Out-Curate Your Competitors | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Excerpted from this interesting article on Outspoken Media:

"The facts are:

***Content curation is a needed skill that will only grow in importance as more big brands and publishers flood the Internet with all kinds of content.
***Curation can be a fun, rewarding and highly effective part of your online marketing mix.
***Curating content requires skill, tenacity and, above all, an unflinching focus on the needs of your audience.

 

The biggest temptation all search marketers face is to sell our souls to the Borg and AUTOMATE EVERYTHING.

 

An effective curation strategy requires a healthy variety of sources. If you expect any one tool to do all of the work for you, you’re going to miss a lot of remarkable content.

 

So, use a fancy tool as one of your filters, if you wish. But don’t fool yourself into believing you can just put it on autopilot and watch it magically send you everything you need to succeed.

 

If your goal is to curate content that provides true value for your audience, you’ve got to out-hustle all of the namby-pamby posers in your niche who claim to be curating, however half-heartedly.

 

Here is a collection of solid strategies and tasty tactics that will help you consistently out-curate your competitors.

1) Create Twitter lists of experts and thought leaders in your niche.

2) Save Twitter searches for relevant keywords.
3) Build customized MyAllTop pages to keep up on industry blogs.
4) Set up Google Alerts for targeted keywords.
5) Subscribe to blogs by RSS and view them in Google Reader.
6) Create topical lists on Facebook.
7) Perform keyword searches in Trackur.
8) Explore Regator’s curated blog directory.
9) Hunt down content by category on StumbleUpon.
10) Find applicable articles and experts with Topsy.
11) Join relevant LinkedIn groups.
12) Search Scribd’s documents database.
13) Dig into the bookmarked items on Delicious.
14) Keep an eye on curated niche sites that serve your audience, like Inbound.org.
15) Scour the Web with Snip.it and Scoop.it.
16) Drop your keywords into Bottlenose.
17) Scan the curated lists on List.ly.
18) Sign up for a personalized email digest from YourVersion.
19) Say hello to your little friend: Social Buzz.
20) Swing by Ice Rocket and ROCKZi once in awhile.
21) Ignore Google+ at your own risk. I dare you. #smooches.

 

Constantly Refine and Refocus Your Curation Strategy:

I like to cram tons of different sources into my content funnel at the beginning of each new curation project. Then, once I’m convinced I’ve cast my net wide enough, I begin the crucial process of whittling down those sources into a much more manageable list.

 

Be the Pickiest, Little Curator Allowed by Law:

If you’re going to out-curate your competition, every piece of content you serve to your audience has to be exactly the right piece of content.

Set high standards and strive to exceed them...."

 

 

Read full, long and interesting article here: 

http://outspokenmedia.com/online-marketing/how-to-consistently-out-curate-your-competitors/


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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, October 2, 2012 7:08 AM
Great note Giuseppe. I moved it to Curation Revolution this morning. Marty
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, October 2, 2012 7:22 AM
@Marty...I have seen your rescoop few minutes ago. Thanks for appreciation my curated article.
massimo facchinetti's comment, October 5, 2012 7:48 PM
I am far from being namby-pamby
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25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Complexity

25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Complexity | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
Recently TeachThought and Edudemic collaborated to produce the following spectrum for using twitter in the classroom.

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Four Steps to Increasing Your Web Presence

Four Steps to Increasing Your Web Presence | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

Having a web presence is no longer option; companies must actively try to reach potential customers using the power of the Internet.

 

Further, companies should try to integrate as many different venues of web development as possible to reach as many demographics as they can. Here are four steps to increasing your web presence.


1. Start and maintain a blog
Blogs are a great way to reach new customers. It is important that the blog is not used as an overt sales platform; it must be primarily informative or entertain. With regular updates, it is possible to gain a large and loyal following who will provide links from their own websites or blogs. You can also use traditional techniques for gaining new readers such as link exchanges, guest posts and commenting on other blogs. Blogs also grant a bit of freedom, so do not be afraid to use it to take some risks.


2. Double down on social media
By now, most companies and businesses have a presence on social media. Many, however, have not put forth the effort necessary to make their social media properties work for them as well as possible. Consider running promotions to get more followers; discounts or even free products can help. Promising to donate a certain amount of money to a charity once the account reaches a particular milestone can help as well. The best long-term strategy, however, is to post entertaining or informative information on the page. The ultimate goal should be to get followers to share your posts with their friends.

 

3. Give video a shot
Internet video is constantly becoming more popular. With the increased bandwidth of typical Internet connections and the availability of video-hosting services, the Internet has the infrastructure and the technological capability necessary to spread videos far and wide. Companies can check out an official host review to see if a particular host has the capabilities to match their needs. By using videos, those running a company can give it a personal touch that text cannot match. Video also reaches out to Internet users who would rather watch a video than read an article.

 

4. Target mobile Internet users
The fastest-growing demographic on the Internet is users with mobile devices. These devices, however, are not simply smaller laptops; their capabilities are advanced, but their screen sizes are too small to display normal websites, and their input methods are radically different from the mouse and keyboard standard. By specifically targeting mobile platforms, a company can tap into a large segment of users.

 

The Internet provides a tremendous number of users, and this base of users is growing every day. With a bit of labor and some creativity, it is possible to tap large segments of the Internet’s population who have not yet been reached in an effective manner.

 

 


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New Study Reveals: Content is King… Not Social Media

New Study Reveals: Content is King… Not Social Media | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
A conversation I constantly have with my clients is how important unique great content is to  helping them "Getting Found Online" so when the study by "Online Publishers Association" came across my screen recently, it was good to find more hard numbers...

 

A conversation I constantly have with my clients is how important unique great content is to  helping them ”Getting Found Online” so when the study by “Online Publishers Association” came across my screen recently, it was good to find more hard numbers to back up the evangelism. 

 

The study on online activity titled the “Internet Activity Index” released by  the Online Publishers Association shows the  trends of the types of activity that have ocurred on the Internet over the past 6 years. The study’s findings has important implications for online marketers and how they should be focusing their time, resources and strategies in 2009 and beyond.

 

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Looking for Content Curation Tools? Here's Where To Start:

Looking for Content Curation Tools? Here's Where To Start: | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

From Robin Good: Everytime I see a new post or article claiming to list the best content curation tools I know I am in for some disappointment.

 

Most of these lists just pick up names from other lists without even bothering to check, test or verify what these tools actually do, whether they are still available. Unfortunately the rush to put out "curated" list of tools and services has created more misinformation than useful lists. 

 

But if you, like me, are on the lookout for new and effective tools to curate your own content or the one of your customers, I have created a comprehensive map of all the curation tools available online and I keep it fresh and updated almost on a daily basis.

 

The map presently lists over 250 content curation tools which you can navigate much more easily than it was possible on my earlier versions of this map.

 

On the right side of the map you will find all of the news and content curation tools available online today. On the left side, you can find bookmarking, link lists builders, clippers and lots of tools to operate with RSS feeds (which are still at the heart of a curator's job).

Full map: http://bit.ly/ContentCurationUniverse  

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Mike Ellsworth's comment, October 10, 2012 10:23 PM
Mala, thanks for the reScoop and many thanks to Robin Good for the crazy good mindmap!
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Mala, thanks for the reScoop and many thanks to Robin Good for the crazy good mindmap!
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How Graduate Students Are Really Using Social Media

How Graduate Students Are Really Using Social Media | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
What kind of social media are graduate students using to enhance their education? They may have different goals from your standard K-12 student as they want to focus on networking, connections, and employment opportunities.

 

Read more:

http://edudemic.com/2012/09/graduate-students-social-media/

 


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40 Brilliant Twitter Brand Accounts You Can Learn From

40 Brilliant Twitter Brand Accounts You Can Learn From | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it
With so many businesses on Twitter, we've rounded up the best brands that use the medium to its full potential, interacting with fans and making the e...

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Twitter Is Open For SEO Now. Too Little, Too Late?

Twitter Is Open For SEO Now. Too Little, Too Late? | Surviving Social Chaos | Scoop.it

"Twitter recently updated its robots.txt file and, though the change opens up millions of pages to being crawled, there’s no guarantee that the main search engines want what Twitter is offering.

 

The Sociable seems to have been the first to notice Twitter’s robots.txt changes, which now specifically allow Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex and other bots to crawl through some of Twitter’s search results pages".

 

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Twitter/s change is sure to help, but it appears they are open for search clusters. Could put more emphasis on the #hashtag, the great under utilized secret weapon of Internet marketing.

 

We will be sure to change our Internet marketing based on this informaiton by the inclusion of hastags into all of our meetups and events. Events generate so much great content from such a beautifully random set of experts and novices the resulting searhc cluster is sure to get spidered and valued. 

 

Find Out More: http://searchengineland.com/twitter-opens-up-to-more-crawling-but-do-search-engines-want-its-search-results-in-theirs-134534


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