Community Management, Convince and Convert, Social Media Strategy, Conferences and Events, Convince & Convert News

You’re Invited to the Socialpalooza

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I’m excited to let you know that I’m an instructor for Social Media Success Summit 2010. I believe this will be the most comprehensive, useful collection of Webinars (education in your jammies rules) ever compiled about social media. Over ~30 days, there are 24 sessions about everything social media, and because it’s totally virtual, one […]

Digital Marketing, Social Business, Social Media Strategy, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social Media Staffing and Operations

Getting Serious About Social Media

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My clients at ExactTarget yesterday published a terrific, free executive briefing called Letter to the C-Suite: Getting Serious About Social Media. It includes a dozen letters written to C-level executives (in general) about what they need to do to take social media to the next level. Reading them through, I really wish we could have […]

Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Social Business, Social Media Strategy, Agency Promotion, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social Media Staffing and Operations

6 Critical Services Agencies Must Provide to Stay Relevant in Social Media

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Is there a future for agencies in a social media world? Yesterday, I gave a presentation in Tempe, AZ to Agencyside, a conference of advertising and PR agency owners. I emphasized that to remain relevant, agencies must differentiate themselves by providing advanced social media services, not just the basics. An Enormous Opportunity The huge (and […]

Community Management, Digital Marketing, Email, Social Business, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Tools, Email Marketing Advice, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social CRM, Social Media Monitoring, Social Media Staffing and Operations

4 Reasons the Social Business Evolution Starts Now

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Is today the day we start thinking about social media as part of an integrated program? My friends at ExactTarget announced a moment ago that they have acquired CoTweet, the leader in enterprise Twitter management, and will be building a social products lab to add tie-ins for Facebook, YouTube, and other elements of the social […]

Guest Posts, Social Media Case Studies, Social Media Strategy, Social CRM, Social Media Marketing

Do You Know Your Customers Enough to be a Social Media Hit?

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Guest post from Susan Baier, a 20-year marketing strategy veteran with an MBA in Entrepreneurship. Her company Audience Audit provides strategic marketing support and audience segmentation research that helps organizations understand their customers better. Being relevant to customers isn’t about just using their first name in an email. True relevance grows from a deep understanding […]

Community Management, Convince and Convert, Digital Marketing, Social Business, Social Media Strategy, Conferences and Events, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social CRM, Social Media Marketing, Social Media Staffing and Operations

6 Required Competencies for Social Organizations

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Now, marketing is the center of American business. Why? because through social media, customers are praising and criticizing companies in public in a way that requires marketing to triage and respond. Three years ago, if Kevin Smith would have been kicked off a Southwest flight for being too fat, he would have yelled at the gate […]

Content Marketing, Digital Marketing, Email, Social Media Strategy, Blogging and Content Creation, Email Marketing Advice, Integrated Marketing and Media, Social CRM, Social Media Marketing

Social Media and Email – More Alike than Different

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From a business objectives standpoint, isn’t uni-directional social media more similar to email than it is different? Social network connectivity is becoming the post-modern email newsletter. A way for consumers to stay up-to-date with the brand, hear about special offers, and occasionally advocate to their friends. This puts significant pressure on email to be more […]

Email, Social Media Strategy, Social Media Tools, Email Marketing Advice, Social Media Marketing

Integrating Email and Social Media with Flowtown

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Aren’t social media and email more alike than they are different? Both seek to keep your brand top-of-mind with customers and prospects, communicating in a relevant, timely way that ideally is measurable and testable. But the problem with email and social media is that too many people are positioning it as an either/or scenario. Several […]

Content Marketing, Convince and Convert, Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy, Blogging and Content Creation, Convince & Convert News, Crowd Sourcing

Please Help Me Pick a New Look For My Blog

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I’ve been making a few tweaks to Convince & Convert recently, with the help of my friend (and WordPress/SEO ninja) Chuck Reynolds. We’ve added Disqus as the commenting system. Changed the sharing tools to incorporate Sexy Bookmarks plug-in (Michael Stelzner at Social Media Examiner turned me on to it). We’re working on tweaking the subscription […]