Monday, 29 April 2013

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Thursday, 25 April 2013

#INFOGRAPHIC: 41 Ways to Boost Visibility and Viral on Social Media Apps

The map displays the context in which most SMOs will use these apps. This isn't a guide to social media strategy, but more of a visual way to hone in an applications that will suit your optimization task.

This Infographic is Designed by inboudvisibility and Published by webds

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5 Cool Content Curation Tools for Social Marketers

In the age of Information, the ability to “curate,” or gather and arrange content, becomes one of the most important skills you can have. After all, the information is out there for everyone to see. What makes you stand out from the crowd is how you locate and present it. This process can be a grueling one if you go at it alone. That’s why the smart content curator will find tools to make their job easier in siphoning the best material off the top of the web, and presenting it in the purest and most palatable of forms.

Here are five such tools that will allow savvy social marketers to make it happen.

The service allows you to search through a series of niche magazines on the web. Here’s how it works — you select a topic you want to follow, and from there, you start gathering a collection of articles, media, and other content to streamline to your account. Your collection may end up consisting of everything from blog posts and Twitter content to engaging videos.
What I really like about is how it lets you view the collections gathered by other people who share an interest in your topic. This allows you to quickly find the relevant content you need, essentially making your role as curator much easier.

Pinterest2. Pinterest
Pinterest is not only one of the leading social networks, it is one of the best tools around for image curators. For those who don’t know, this site allows you to “pin” interesting images you find on the web to random boards, or boards that carry a specific theme. The boards you create can be great fuel for your curation projects, especially if they appeal to a broad audience. Though it takes a different approach, Pinterest leverages the social component quite well, so people can follow you, and even share your content with others.

3. Zemanta
Zemanta is a plugin for Wordpress  that makes it much easier to find related posts and images based on what you’re currently blogging about in Wordpress. This particular tool lets you add image suggestions that appear in the sidebar with just one click. It even adds the attribution for you. Any curator who has spent 10 minutes trying to hunt down attribution credentials knows just how useful this is. These features can potentially save you loads of time you might have otherwise spent scouring the web for interesting content fit for your curation needs.
Additionally, if you link to another blog, Zemanta will recommend your posts in the sidebars of other subscribers. Not only does this make it easier for curators to find posts they can link to in order to make their own content more relevant, it also provides the opportunity for more links and exposure for the original poster. Zemanta is a very useful tool for social marketers who realize the value of content in the blogosphere.  

4. Storify
Storify focuses on longer, more detailed social curation. The site allows you to search through a large number of outside sources to find the content you want to share. It measures resonance for each individual piece of content, making it easier to identify the material with the most value. This tool is particularly handy for social marketers who want to be sure they are giving their target audience the most relevant blog posts, images, videos, and memes.
Another cool thing about Storify is the effort it makes to help your content create a viral impact. One of the unique ways it does this is by allowing you to easily get in touch with the people involved in your story. This admirable gesture can help you recruit a following of engaged evangelists who are motivated to spread the word.   

5. List.LY                
Hence the name, List.LY is a tool built entirely around lists. You can use this site to create a list on just about anything — individuals, images, websites, and much more. These lists can be integrated into your blog posts, which is great for driving traffic and engagement. List.LY also has a “Trending Lists” section on the front page that showcases the most popular lists across the network. This site has a lively community, so getting your list featured here could mean good things in terms of exposure.
Content curation is a process, but it doesn’t have to be a grueling experience. Strap up with tools such as these, and you will learn what a smooth ride it can be.

Facebook Home: 5 Things You Need to Know

 By Michael Sawh at T3:
With Facebook still dominating the interwebs thanks to sheer weight of traffic, its millions of users and booming advertising revenue, Mark Zuckerberg has turned the gaze of his web-monster towards the mobile sector with the aim of making the social networking site more deeply integrated into day-to-day smartphone use by officially announcing its Android-based Facebook Home user interface which can be downloaded from Google Play. 
Aiming to turn your Android phone into a 'great social phone', Facebook is hoping to make smartphone interaction more focused on people than apps. So what does that mean? If you missed the announcement, here's five things you need to know about Facebook Home.

Cover Feed

Referring to the home screen as the soul of your smartphone, the image-centric user interface will let you swipe from left to right to see Facebook content so if you see a cool image that your Facebook friend has uploaded you can zoom in and out of it or double tap on it to Like. Facebook content can also be viewed in the lockscreen without having to make any swipes or gestures and can be turned off if you are worrying about data issues. 

App Launcher

If you are wondering where your native icons are going to go, they will be integrated into Home where your circlular profile pic icon will sit at the bottom of the screen and once tapped can open the standard applications tray as well as give you access to Facebook Messenger and a Most Recent app icon. 

Chat Heads

If you are looking at a photo or playing a game and you want to talk to a friend about it, Chat Heads will let you talk with Facebook Messenger friends and people in your contacts you'd normally just text all from one place. A small circle with your friends profile picture will pop up when a message has come through and a preview of the message to understand the context at which point you can continue the discussion all while the application you’re currently looking at is still open. If you want to close a Chat Head conversation or multiple conversations you can simply flick them off the screen. 

Facebook Home updates

Facebook announced that it will be adding new features on a monthly basis to enhance the Home experience but did not detail what kind of additions we can expect.

How do you get Facebook Home?

If you are in the US and have the most recent Facebook Android app and Facebook Messenger versions US customers will be able download it from Google Play next week with a global launch tipped in a few weeks time.
Unfortunately it will only be available for smartphones with a tablet version in the works which Facebook promises will be on the way in several months time. The other bad news is that the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will be amongst the few smartphones to be able to access Home as well as the newly announced HTC First which will have the Home software pre-loaded.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

#INFOGRAPHIC: Teens and Social Media

Rightmix Marketing produced this infographic exploring the recent trends for teenagers related to Facebook and Social Media. We all hear anecdotally about the movement of teens to other (often mobile-centric) Social Media platforms

This Infographic is Designed by Cynthiayue

#INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Know the Best Way to Engage Your Users?

Do you know the best way to engage your Facebook users? How do you enhance your fans? Do you think you have a solid social media strategy?

Check out this Infographic (Published and Designed by Shortstack)

Hootsuite Simplifies LinkedIn Marketing with Company Updates

By Cara Tarbaj at Social Media Today:
The social media management tool Hootsuite has integrated with LinkedIn Company Pages, allowing Company Page Administrators to post Company Updates on the professional social network with Hootsuite. This enables businesses to easily engage with their audience (and the 200+ million users) on yet another social network via Hootsuite.
According to LinkedIn, “Companies that post 20 times a month, on average, reach 60% of their followers with 1 or more updates.” That’s a lot of reach you’re missing out on - but now you have no excuse to leave LinkedIn’s Company Updates behind. No more forgetting to post on your Company Page, it’s all right there on your Hootsuite Dashboard.
What can you do with this integration?
  • Share company news, product updates, industry articles or job opportunities
  • Target a specific audience with tailored messages
  • Manage and organize multiple teams and administrators
  • Use analytics to assist in the growth of your follower community and improve page performance

Thursday, 18 April 2013

#INFOGRAPHIC: Small Business Internet Marketing: Past, Present, and Future

Large corporations aren’t the only businesses that can take advantage of online tools to drive real-world success. Take a look at the history of online marketing, where we stand today and common mistakes small businesses make (any of them familiar?).

This Infographic is Designed and Published by Digital Sherpa

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5 Ways to Make Facebook's New Graph Search Work for Your Brand

Big changes are on the way for how brands interact with customers on Facebook, following the announcement of the social media giant's new Graph Search. The search facility will be different from Google's in that it is internally-focused, so each user will see search results from their own networks as well as public content. For example, if someone searches for "Photos of New York," their friends' photos will be displayed above public content, so searches are personalized to the individual.
We're going to look at what this means for bands, and how they can make Graph Search work for them.
  1. Plan your social media strategy now. Graph Search may still be in its infancy but its potential is huge. Search results will be ranked by interaction and as more Facebook users turn to Facebook Search to find brands and businesses that are recommended by their networks, getting those all-important "likes" and shares is going to be vital. It is worth thinking about your social media strategy now to plan how you are going to use Facebook to reach your audience and engage fans.
  2. Getting the right sort of "likes." If your core demographic is urban students, you may find that going after "likes" from older rural dwellers is a waste of effort. Networks are often like-minded, meaning that students are often friends with other students. Targeting your demographic specifically means that you will reach new audiences of like-minded people, and potentially engage new customers.
  3. Encouraging responses. It's great to share information on your brand's Facebook feed, but it's even better to encourage interaction such as commenting, "likes," and shares. Asking questions, rewarding sharing and liking, and encouraging conversations with customers are all good ways of increasing interaction, which means your page will do better in search results. Turn your broadcast into a conversation and watch your search rankings soar.
  4. Learn about customers. Social Graph is going to be a great resource for marketers wanting to learn more about their customers. The potential demographic information available is staggering; brands will be able to learn what other brands and interests their fans "like," where they live, their age, genders, and educational backgrounds. The more "likes" you have as a company, the more market research you have available to you.
  5. Think local. As Facebook users come to rely more on Graph Search to get recommendations based on their friends' interests, brands with local outlets are going to want to work hard to get the social media message through at every level of the business: it won't just be the role of the marketing department any more. If potential customers are looking for a restaurant, a new car, a coffee, or a pair of jeans, their choice of outlet is going to depend increasingly on where their friends go. Encouraging a brand's Facebook interaction in-store is going to become the front line of marketing and customer growth into the future. The brands who streamline this process early are going to be off to a flying start in the search results once Graph Search rolls out across the globe.
Developing a more sophisticated Facebook strategy will be well worth the investment for brands. Graph Search may only be in its beta testing phase in the U.S., but with the sheer amount of data available on Facebook's one billion users you can bet that social searching is going to be increasingly important over time. Brands will need to evolve with these changes to work on meaningful customer interaction if they are going to get the most out of this new feature as it develops.

How Will Google Glass Change Internet Marketing?

For all the hype about Google Glass, not much has been said about how it's going to change Internet marketing.
Could it be that for all our gadget drool, we're overlooking what could be the biggest Internet marketing explosion of the decade? Or will Google Glass even make a ripple in online marketing?
Let's look at some possible outcomes, lay out the facts, and propose some ways you can be ready for the rollout of Google Glass, and the impact it will have on the Internet marketing world.

Possible Outcomes

For the best perspective on this question, it's best to take a step back and consider Google's marketing strategy. Obviously, Google isn't going to divulge whatever marketing secrets they have for their tricked-out glasses. The nearly-$1,500 price tag is a sign that they're not giving them away for free.
But isn't there more to it than just selling glasses? How might Google capitalize on Google Glass beyond the first wave of sales?
It's a tricky question for several reasons.
Google Glass is unlike anything that Google has done before. Come to think of it, it's unlike anything that anyone has ever done. Humankind is treading into an area of vague outcomes.
There is so much potential for Google Glass that it's hard to get our head around all the possibilities.
There are a few options.
  • Google has no bigger marketing plans. It's just a cool gadget. It's just technology. Let's take Google at their word and believe the Google rep who said, "We're more interested in making the hardware available, [than advertising on it]." That would be nice. Google may not be completely altruistic, but they may indeed have a pure desire to advance technology in the world today.
  • Google Glass will fizzle and die. Some people seem to think we've reached the utopia of technology: "Sooner or later [Google Glass] will become a staple in our daily lives," writes one zealous technophile. Then again, maybe not. Forbes contributor Rob Asghar pessimistically prognosticates, "Google Glass seems a longshot to endure past the early fascination of the early adopters." Maybe the Glass will join the Google graveyard alongside Google Reader, Buzz, and iGoogle.
  • Google will use it for advertising. "At the moment, there are no plans for advertising on this device," said Babak Parviz, lead engineer on the Google Glass project. Operative word: now. Babak said so in a December 2012 interview. Thus, there might be some future chance at advertising revenue. Todd Wasserman at Mashable has suggested that Google Glass will provide coupon offers, personalized ads, and gamification¬ – in other words, advertising on spectacle steroids.
  • Google is going into gaming, or something else entirely. During the interview cited above, Babak spoke opaquely of "augmented reality." Augmented reality is the realm of gaming. Though Google isn't exactly known for their games, maybe they're trying to edge into the market with augmented reality hardware. This, however, is unlikely. Perhaps when the API comes out and Google releases developer kits, then the gamers will jump in and have their heyday. But augmented reality glasses aren't just the domain of gamers. Those who are itching to get a pair of glasses are excited about using them as politicians, adventurers, farmers, performers, service personnel, military, medical professionals, and nearly every other field of labor known to humankind. Just like we can all think of some way to make a smartphone useful to anyone, so we can imagine that Google Glass will have a similar impact.
Maybe Google is just innovating the future again. As Babak plainly stated, "We constantly try out new ideas of how this platform can be used. There's a lot of experimentation going on at all times in Google."
And maybe that's the whole point. It's not like Google has exactly cashed in on unmanned cars (yet). It's probably safest to predict nothing, while still expecting the technology to shift and shape our world.
Such shifting and shaping is unpredictable. Consider this. You're wearing your Google Glasses, riding the subway downtown with friends. You say the words "hungry" and "dinner," and your Google Glasses inform you that Molinari Delicatessen is a few minutes away at the Broadway & Grant Avenue station. Plus you get a free drink for just checking in on Foursquare. Is that advertising? Is that an invasion of privacy? Weren't you just talking with friends?
Things can get a little blurry.

3 Back-to-Reality Facts

Prophesying aside, what do we actually know about Google Glass? Is there anything that we are confident will happen? There are at least three.
At-a-Glance Search Results
Forget having information at your fingertips. With Google Glass, you've got it at a glance, quite literally. Google Glass responds to voice commands and queries, meaning that users can easily gain results for questions about nearby restaurants or other local establishments. This would provide very little new in terms of search results, but would instead provide a different interface for results, and perhaps more instantaneous searching while on the go.
Location-Specific Searches
The technology of Google Glass will make it possible to look at a restaurant, check out their rankings, view their menu, find out if there is seating, and maybe even snag a coupon code, all the while dawdling on the sidewalk out front. Google Glass is primed for on-the-spot activity. There's no hidden agenda here. Google proudly announces that their spectacles will provide "directions right in front of you" for driving, walking, or just knocking about town.
More Social Interactivity
Google Glass will play directly into social networking. One of the main features of the device is taking pictures and videos, and sharing them. Such sharing will provide instant marketing, negative or positive, for whatever establishment or event the user is at. Social reviews will also register on search results, giving users a better perspective on whether they want to patronize a certain business establishment.

Get Ready for Google Glass: A Strategy

If you read this article expecting to get to the Google Glass gold rush early, you might be disappointed. There's not exactly a gold rush going on. Nevertheless, there is some rock-solid advice for how to posture yourself and your business for the unleashing of Google Glass.
  • Stick close to Google. It pays to keep your ear to the ground about Google trends and developments. What happens in the Googleplex is crucial to your marketing future. As much as we may dislike it, we rely on Google for a lot. When they flinch, we scramble. That's all there is to it.
  • Keep your Google+ profile robust and active. One obvious trend that will impact all things search related is Google+, along with authorship and Author Rank. Stay plugged in to it. Google+/Local results will be immediately accessible to Google Glass, meaning that you want to get in on those searches.
  • If you're a local company, focus in on local search results and social media. Google Glass is a geospecific marketing tool. Don't get left behind. Furthermore, there is talk of other social sites likeTwitter amping up their efforts to get in on the Google Glass action.
Google Glass is going to be here in just a few months. Don't expect a tsunami of change all at once. Instead, wait, watch, and listen. Google Glass will probably stick around for a while. Somehow, some way, Google Glass and Internet marketing are going to meet up for a magical connection. You want to be ready.

33 Awesome Hidden Skype Emoticons & Smileys

With Skype for iPhone and iPad hitting over 120 million downloads earlier this month, we thought now was the perfect time to compile a list of fun hidden Skype emoticons.
Skype already has a bunch of fun preloaded emoticons for you to choose from, like the Emo guy (emo), the dancing guy (\o/) and, of course, the ever popular puking smiley (puke).  But there are loads of hidden Skype emoticons that you can access… as long as you know what to type in!  With the cheat sheet below, you’re all set to wow your friends in Skype chats.  Huzzah!
Note: They’re all animated, so just type the codes into a Skype chat to see ‘em in action. Additionally, if you’re not running the latest version of Skype you may have to update in order to see all of the emoticons.
Enjoy, and if you know of any other hidden emoticons that we’ve missed, please share them with us in the comments below!
IconNameWhat To Type
 Fingers crossed(fingerscrossed)
Working from home(wfh)
High five!(highfive)
WTF?! (wtf)
The finger(finger)
 Pool party (poolparty)
 Sexy legs (hollest)
Headbang(headbang) (banghead)
Drunk (drunk)
Phone (ph) (mp)
 Broken heart(u) (U)
 Film (film) (movie) (~)
 Email / Mail(e) (m)
Skype(skype) (ss)
 Clock(clock) (time) (o)
 Smoke (smoke) (smoking)
 Swear (swear)