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Why Targeted Social Ads Are a Good Thing (Just Hear Me Out)

Why Targeted Social Ads Are a Good Thing (Just Hear Me Out)

This week, Adblock Plus announced that it would start serving ads, which is of course, the most predictably ironic thing to happen online in some time. But my question is this: are targeted social ads really that bad? No; they’re not. Admittedly, in answering this question, I’m a little bias. After all, if it wasn’t for things like social ads and the industry in which they find themselves, I’d probably be out of a job. This one, anyway. But my…

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My (Official) Thoughts on Snapchat

My (Official) Thoughts on Snapchat

No one can deny the unbelievable power of this social media juggernaut, but where does it fit in the world of marketing? Snapchat launched in 2011. About a year later, it was on my iPhone and I started sharing. It wasn’t long before (almost) everyone I knew was using the app, and not too long after that, I read about how Spiegel and his gang turned down $3 billion in cash from Facebook. As someone who has yet to be…

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Effectively Manage a Social Media Crisis [New eBook]

Effectively Manage a Social Media Crisis [New eBook]

This article originally appeared on t2MarketingInternational.com. We hate to think about it, but we should always be prepared for the case of the dreaded social media crisis. The speed at which information travels has increased exponentially with the advent of social media. Therefore, when a crisis breaks, a carefully thought out strategy and proper mechanisms need to be in place in order to mitigate the issue before it spirals out of control. In our latest eBook, we walk you through…

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An Important Facebook Lesson Worth Sharing

An Important Facebook Lesson Worth Sharing

I was locked out of Facebook for five days, and this is what that ordeal taught me. On Friday morning, I woke up, went about my usual routine, and when I sat down to go through a couple of every day work checklist items, I realized something: I was ‘temporarily’ locked out of Facebook and I couldn’t seem to get back in. When the message first popped up, I thought to myself, “No big deal. I’ll just change my password…

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Some Marketing Trends for Which to Be Thankful

Some Marketing Trends for Which to Be Thankful

In keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are a few marketing trends for which we can all be thankful this year! We all know that the marketing world evolves rapidly. In just a few short years we’ve seen the landscape change from buying print ads to AdWords to social advertising, and as we approach Thanksgiving, there is yet another collection of new marketing trends for which to be thankful this year. Smart Automation Marketing automation has been refined considerably over…

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Case Study: The Changing Landscape of News and Media Outlets

Case Study: The Changing Landscape of News and Media Outlets

The world of traditional media is being turned on its head – how can it keep up with new trends? Over the summer, I was invited to speak for a group of traditional media (newspapers, for the most part) publishers and executives. Of course, I wasn’t the only speaker there, but on paper I was the only one who would be tackling the oft-sensitive topic of social media (new media, in a broader sense) and how the world of traditional…

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When Should You Address Negative Comments on Social Media?

When Should You Address Negative Comments on Social Media?

When should negative comments on social media be addressed, and how? I was recently speaking at a conference in Las Vegas, and a particular question kept popping up: “How and when should I deal with negative comments on social media?” Photo credit: emich.edu The most common answer is that every brand needs to deal with every negative comment that arises for fear that a single unaddressed issue will sink a company. But that’s not true. I know that this opinion isn’t the…

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4 Ingredients to Succeeding in Social Business

4 Ingredients to Succeeding in Social Business

It takes a lot for a social business to succeed, and these four ingredients are definitely requirements. In any social business plan, there are going to be a lot of bits and pieces that make up the final product. Some elements will be grand and all-encompassing, some will be important, but might seem like afterthoughts. One thing that we can say for certain, however, is that there are some elements that are absolute must-haves if you want your social business…

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How to Win Friends and Influence People (On Social Media)

How to Win Friends and Influence People (On Social Media)

Almost 80 years after its first run, the tenets from Dale Carnegie hold true. (With a few notable differences.) From the greatest businesspeople in the world (Warren Buffett still has his certificate from Carnegie’s course) to the not-so-impressive (Charles Manson reportedly used these techniques to influence his followers) people have found value in Carnegie’s lessons in How to Win Friends and Influence People. Today, on social media, a lot of this still applies. But some adaptation is needed for the…

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Takeaways from a Week in San Francisco

Takeaways from a Week in San Francisco

After a week in the hub of tech and the starting point of a lot of digital trends, there are a few things worth noting. A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Francisco for the Social Media Strategies Summit. There, I had the treat of meeting up with a few peers from around the industry and listening to some great presentations. There were a couple of interesting digital trends that I noted while I was there, and I…

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