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Video Getting to Soical Media ROI

13 Aug

Great video by the folks at http://www.socialnomics.com

Key Takeaways:

Social media is about leverage the more active you are in a social environment the more you can leverage others activity to fuel your success.

How Discoverable are You on Social Media?

17 May

I’ve been shouting from the rooftops for 4 years that social media will become more relevant that search marketing and it’s becoming more true by the day. YouTube is now more searched than Yahoo!  Facebook recently celebrated its 400 millionth member, twitter content is being aded to the library of congress.  

How visible you are on a  the most-visited social sites? The question is, How discoverable are you? A solid brand marketing on perhaps one or two is increasingly important.

  • You can’t just set up profiles on social networking sites and disappear. A consistent presence says something important about your leadership style that you’re to be taken seriously. Having long-ago entries as your most recent leads potential customers to make assumptions about you that aren’t beneficial to your business goals. Activity is critical to mainting a valueable presence in social media.
  • Do your homework on these sites; go where your best prospects or most valueable influencers are. Keep the 80/20 Principle in mind when it comes to social marketing. Don’t waste 80% of your social networking time and energy interacting in groups that don’t have the juice to impact your business goals. Build relations with the 20% of qualified connections in whom you see evidence of meaningful business coming your way.
  • Join sizable groups that are relevant; participate in the discussions (this is a big deal for Linked-In users especially). Engage, participate and put forth an informed point-of-view. Share up your knowledge; engage people if you want them to click your way. Let them see how knowledgeable you are, and how what you know can move their interests forward. Serve as an excellent resource, contributing good ideas don’t Sell and Shamelessly self promote.
  • There must be value in interacting with you. Use your social space to converse, to solve a problem or to educate people, versus using it to talk solely about your products or services. Treat Your network as if they’re already your customers. Focus on delivering actionable tips and trend information that people can use for growth or other benefits.

This is how to build a community and position yourself as a leader in your field. The more solid the information you consistently add to the web, the more discoverable your footprint on Google and within social networks.

Exclusive: Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner? Twitter-Microsoft Bing Deal Confirmed, but so Is Facebook-Bing.

21 Oct

Twitter – Bing  deal and Twitter – Facebook deal puts bingon path to offer unique advantage over Google in searching realtime conversations on the web.

Major potential SEO impact of links in Twitter feeds and facebook status updates.

read the whole article: Exclusive: Guess Who Else Is Coming to Dinner? Twitter-Microsoft Bing Deal Confirmed, but so Is Facebook-Bing.

My key takeaway here, if Bing begins to index Twitter and Facebook status updates it will make the value of micro blogging even higher in developing link relevancy and inbound link volume for search marketers.

Look for the near future to include leveraging twitter and Facebook conversation streams as part of your overall search strategy.

The Cocktail Party Perspective: a simple analogy to help you be a courteous and effective social media marketer

27 Feb

Social Networks Are Like a Giant Cocktail Party
Social networks can be best described as a 24/7 global cocktail party. You can meet and engage people with no restrictions on time or geography and share insights, opportunities, and information to build deep relationships.

Your customers are posting genuine information about their likes, dislikes, and personal preferences, demographics, location and more. You can cross reference this data and gain customer insight without the expense or headache of focus groups or surveys.

The key is to remember this is not a commercial forum. The job of the social network is not for you to spam your prospects and customers with marketing messages. Your goal is to choose the right network or networks and provide valuable communication that leads to mutual benefit between you and your network.

The network also allows new prospective customers to see background on you based on who you are already connected to and find unbiased commentary on your business. (which exists online weather you are leveraging it or not). You should at minimum use social networks to be aware of your customer’s views of your brand.

If you view your social media use from this perspective you should generate value for both yourself and your friends, fans, customers, contacts, connections, supports and anyone else on your social media radar.