Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Social CRM, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Monitoring

Are We Making Our Fans Work Too Hard?

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Just because you CAN do something in social media, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. This point was driven home for me recently when reading an AdAge article about CKE Restaurants (Carl’s Jr. and Hardees) launching their own mobile loyalty cards via iPhone and Android app. “As far as we know, we’re the first quick-service restaurant to […]

Community Management, Social Business, Social Media Measurement, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Tools, Brand Communities, Facebook, Social Media Marketing, Social Media ROI, Social Media Staffing and Operations

Digital Sharecropping – Why Most Facebook Customization is Wasted Effort

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Part 3 of a 3-Part Rant The time, money, and overall exertion being spent on customizing Facebook fan pages is largely misspent. Just because you CAN replicate much of your corporate website functionality on Facebook, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Your Facebook fan page is not a collectible automobile. You do not get extra brand advocacy […]

Social Media Research, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Tools, Facebook, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Research

Is Facebook Suffocating the Rest of Social Media?

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Forrester Research recently released a 2010 update to its Social Technographics® data that analyzes the social behaviors of global Internet users. For the first time, the percentage of U.S. consumers engaged in certain social behaviors actually went down, not up. Is the bloom off the rose? Is this the long-promised social media backlash? Overall, social media […]

Digital Marketing, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Book Reviews, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social Media Marketing

microMARKETING Requires Bayonets, Not Grenades

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As an experienced marketer who has worked with dozens of big companies in his agency career (he’s currently a VP at Powered), Greg Verdino has had a ringside seat for the evolution of communication. He successfully documents that evolution in his new book microMARKETING: Get Big Results by Thinking and Acting Small. Written with a […]

Convince and Convert, Social Media Measurement, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Social Media ROI, The Now Revolution

11 Whys I’m a Social Media Addict

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Connectivity Social media brings me closer to people with whom I ordinarily would seldom interact. Family, friends, colleagues. As my co-author Amber Naslund put it once “with social media, my relationships aren’t bound by geography or circumstance.” Exactly. Humanity People always slam Twitter for people talking about “what they had for lunch” but the blending […]

Digital Marketing, Social Business, Social Media Measurement, Social Media Strategy, PR 20, Social Media Marketing, Social Media ROI, Social Media Staffing and Operations

The 8 Wrong Questions PR Firms Are Asking About Social Media

The enthusiasm about social media among public relations professionals is rampant, and encouraging. Wanting to be at the center of a new way to communicate to customers and prospects is a worthy objective. But, under pressure from digital and advertising agencies each looking to be the driver of the social media express, PR firms are […]

Community Management, Guest Posts, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Brand Communities, Social Media Marketing

6 Degrees of Influence – The Value of Customer-to-Customer Connections

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Guest post by Yael Davidowitz-Neu, a Sales Strategy Analyst at Google responsible for analyzing consumer behavior, search trends and market dynamics.  She is deeply curious, loves all things marketing and blogs less frequently than she would like at Stickystimuli.com. While many businesses are excited about opportunities to reach their customers on the social web, few […]

Digital Marketing, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social Media Marketing

The Key to Social Media Success is Just 2 Letters

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I’m sitting in a restaurant in Cincinnati recently, surrounded by televisions with the sound turned down. The bartender approaches, and asks if I’d like to hear the TV. I say “sure” expecting him to saunter over to a monitor, and turn up the volume. Instead, he reaches under the bar, and pulls out a Soundog […]

Community Management, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Tools, Brand Communities, Social Media Marketing

Does Your Facebook Page Have a Pulse?

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Is your Facebook fan page dead or alive? Join me and 21 other speakers for Facebook Success Summit 2010, a Webinar series with everything you need to know about Facebook for business. Sessions start October 5. Go to http://bit.ly/facebooksuccess to save 50% for a limited time. It’s terrific that more and more companies are using […]