Social Media and Communities

Incentive, a provider of a complete, socially powered enterprise collaboration platform for mid-market organizations and enterprise teams, announced a strategic partnership with Technossus, a technology consulting and software solutions provider. This partnership enables small to mid-sized businesses to identify and integrate software and consulting services that enhance business operations, internal collaboration and information sharing.

Posted Feb 26, 2015

If you need further evidence of social media's omnipresent influence nowadays, take a gander at We Are Social's "Digital Statshot 002" report, which reveals that there are currently about 2 billion active social media accounts worldwide-equating to a whopping penetration of 28% of the planet's population, with about roughly 1.6 billion of these accounts active via mobile. What's more, 72% of all internet users are currently active on social media, and 93% of marketers use social media for business.

Posted Feb 23, 2015

Brian D. Evans is an entrepreneur, business owner, CEO, consultant and advisor. Now he's looking to use his expertise and connections in the startup world to create Startup Guild, an online community of entrepreneurs that offers training content, networking, advice, mentors, and support its members.

Posted Feb 19, 2015

Google announced in a statement that on April 20, 2015 it will close its Helpouts community. According to the statement:"Since launching in 2013, Helpouts has been a home for people to connect with experts on topics they want to learn about or seek advice and solutions to everyday problems. The Helpouts community includes some engaged and loyal contributors, but unfortunately, it hasn't grown at the pace we had expected. Sadly, we've made the tough decision to shut down the product."

Posted Feb 16, 2015

Vistaprint, an online provider of professional marketing products and services to micro business owners, announced the launch of "Social Postcards," an online tool that enables small businesses to turn their print materials into Facebook ads, target the right audience, and analyze campaign results. Vistaprint and its digital services business, Webs, worked with Facebook to create this small business-focused tool for its customers.

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Ask 10 consumers to define "digital marketing" today, and you'll likely get 10 different answers. Some consumers may reference irritating browser pop-ups and spam, while others will cite YouTube tutorials and email newsletters. No matter what form it takes, digital marketing is only going to increase--especially in a world where ad-supported free apps and content are more popular than ever.

Posted Feb 11, 2015

If you were one of the record 114.4 million viewers who tuned in to the Super Bowl earlier this month, you were likely inundated with ads, each of which cost a cool $4.5 million. But while you may have chuckled at spots like Esurance's featuring Lindsey Lohan poking fun at her DUI-checkered reputation or Budweiser's lost puppy tug-on-the-heartstrings pitch, ask yourself: How motivated were you to act on those ads and purchase these products/services, and, if you were that company, could your ad dollars have been better spent in other channels, including digital?

Posted Feb 06, 2015

I conducted an experiment to help combat my stress. I would only use my smartphone to call or text, nothing else. If I wanted to check Facebook or my email, I would sit down at my laptop and check it. It took me a few days to get used to this. The end result? I spent so much less time online. And this is bad news if you are a company whose business model depends on garnering as many users, or views, as possible.

Posted Feb 05, 2015

Twitter added the abilities for users to shoot video and have group chats within its mobile app. According Business Insider, Twitter has an engagement problem, and these new features are designed to keep users hanging around longer.

Posted Jan 29, 2015

Shocase announced the first social network designed specifically for marketing professionals. Shocase integrates features of LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube into one network. This new social network features, connects, and promotes professionals-from all marketing disciplines.

Posted Jan 27, 2015

There's an all too familiar pattern many businesses, especially startups, face when they are trying to get their content out there - they spend hours and hours working on high-quality videos, or online advertisements, and yet, the following just isn't coming in the way they want. It doesn't matter how many times you Facebook post or Tweet your new video; the following remains at a frustrating standstill.

Posted Jan 19, 2015

We all know consumer technology is infiltrating the workplace and changing employee expectations. Facebook knows this too. Recode and others report that Facebook soft-launched its Facebook at Work tool. It is basically exactly what it sounds like-Facebook that limits your network to your colleagues.

Posted Jan 15, 2015

A small business may not have the time, resources, or the inclination to invest in social media like bigger businesses do. Manta, which services small businesses in the U.S., surveyed a number of them to understand their engagement with social media and found that 50% had increased their efforts on social media while 55% used social media to generate leads.

Posted Jan 12, 2015

Finally, 2014 is officially over. The ball has dropped, and it's time to turn our sights to the year ahead. If you are anything like me, you've already had your fill of "New Year, New You" mottos being blasted around social media. So in the spirit of the New Year, I've decided to reexamine 2014 and what I've learned.

Posted Jan 08, 2015

Managing localization in a time and cost effective way is critical for the definition and execution of digital globalization plans. It is therefore no surprise that product leaders and content owners need process enhancements while making the most of localization budgets according to clear requirements and indicators. This is where automation comes in to play. However, it may turn out to be a great efficiency enabler as well as a dangerous pitfall if it is not used at the right time and within the right framework.

Posted Jan 07, 2015

Welcome to 2015, and a whole new era in social media marketing on Facebook: the "post promotional post" era. That's because, beginning this month, Facebook will be instituting new content and volume controls for organic posts that are promotional in nature. This includes posts that push users to purchase a product or install an app, reuse the exact same content from ads, or impel people to enter promotions or sweepstakes without context. Facebook is making these modifications in response to results of a survey of its users who reported being unhappy with the amount of promotional posts infiltrating their News Feeds.

Posted Jan 05, 2015

As social media professionals, we often like to imagine ourselves as iconoclast pioneers. To a large extent, 2014 has decisively disabused us of that illusion. We now have more than a decade of rigorous research by major think tanks that leads us to the same inevitable conclusion: On social media, the same basic rules of mass media still apply-very little ever goes viral, and the best way to achieve mass awareness and adoption is by securing the broadest possible reach. At the same time, the continuing evolution of the major social networking platforms is making it increasingly difficult to achieve mass reach solely through purely organic and earned media strategies.

Posted Dec 12, 2014

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Posted Dec 03, 2014

In its recent third quarter reporting, the company posted a 7% decrease in user engagement and a slide in growth of monthly active users: growth increased 23%, but that was down from 24% posted in the second quarter of 2014 and down from 38% reported in the third quarter of 2013. Consequently, Twitter's stock price has fallen in recent weeks, and the S&P downgraded Twitter's debt to junk status, describing the company's risk as significant. So, how did it come to this? Where did Twitter go wrong, and, more importantly, what can it do to right the ship and recruit new users?

Posted Nov 26, 2014

This online content thing is not as hard as everyone thinks. Don't get me wrong...it can, at times, be tough. Tough to get traffic. But I recently learned a universal law from my last post: the more you give, the more you get. In that last column, "8 Things I Learned from Analyzing My Tweets", I learned this incredibly valuable lesson. By simply relaying to the audience what I learned from a basic Twitter analysis (which provided tactical value and actionable content), I was rewarded with over 900 shares. More plainly put, I took the modest information from my head and shared it with an audience hungry for tips and tricks.

Posted Nov 25, 2014

Before Twitter and YouTube could respond, millions of users saw video of journalist James Foley being beheaded. An equally large number of people were privy to naked photos of celebrities on sites such as 4chan and reddit, after a hacker illegally stole the photos from the cloud. These were eventually removed, but not before a surprising controversy rose up around these instances: Should social media sites be in the business of censoring content-and, by extension, users?

Posted Nov 24, 2014

Kenshoo, a provider of predictive marketing software, and DataPop, a product advertising company focused on helping retailers better merchandise products, announced a new partnership. The partnership helps retailers drive sales by bridging data between search engine marketing and social media programs. The offering brings together Pinterest and Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs) data, capturing unique signals on consumer intent and identifying which products retailers should further promote across the two channels.

Posted Nov 06, 2014

Yesterday morning I jumped on Facebook to see what my friends had been up to over the weekend. There were a few fun posts, some pictures of autumn foliage and apple picking, a couple inspirational quotes or article links. And then, with little warning, I scrolled through at least six or seven ads in my newsfeed, one after the other. I had been shopping online the day before, and it seemed that everything I'd searched for was now showing up on my favorite social media site. A 15% off coupon for a yoga mat, a buy one get one free promotion for shoes, etc. When did Facebook turn into a giant billboard?

Posted Nov 06, 2014

Social media content can influence purchase decisions, but its role often goes uncredited since posts and tweets aren't usually the last click before a sale. "That's like only recognizing the pro basketball player who makes a shot, and completely disregarding the guy who's part of the assist," says Jason Cormier, co-founder of the digital marketing agency Room 214. New tools and strategies are changing the game, however, by enabling strong social content to more directly impact commerce.

Posted Nov 05, 2014

It's easy to forget what an important role social media plays in the media at large. When you're busy taking BuzzFeed quizzes on Facebook or sharing pictures of your cat on Instagram, it's hard to see these tools as anything but hives of narcissism. But as I write this column at the end of a long week filled with bad news, I can't help but think of social media as not only the best source for breaking news, but as the only truly free press left.

Posted Oct 28, 2014

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