Social Media Opinion
Yesterday I attended Econsultancy’s Digital Cream event, which we host annually, and which brings together around 300 client-side e-commerce brains together for a day of intense knowledge sharing. The event format is based on roundtables, which are a core part of our staple diet. We’ve been running roundtables since I joined Econsultancy back in 2003, and they inform much of the best practice insight that underpins our research. They are incredibly helpful. Digital Cream is essentially roundtables on steroids… there are more than 20 of them, in one day. I have a few takeaways from the event that I’d like to share.
The Future of Search Series is supported by SES New York Conference & Expo , the search and social marketing conference helping brands, agencies, and professionals connect, share and learn what’s next for the interactive industry. A "social search" is one that ties a searcher's social graph to his search queries. With social search, each searcher sees unique results that are shaped by the interests of his social network friends. Google , not the company to often fudge with the appearance or function of its search results, turned on its version of social search more than a year ago.
2011 has been heralded as ‘the year of social media’. But can it really offer companies as solid a marketing investment as search? It is, of course, far too late to suggest that social media is going to be ‘the next big thing’. Social media is very big and very much ‘the thing’ already. But without doubt, the ante has been upped of late, and even the men in suits are taking note.
I came across a great analogy over at Zen Habits , and it's got me rethinking how I view social media: If my personal website is my digital home, then my social networking profiles on Facebook and Twitter, etc. are my embassies. Embassies exist to maintain relationships with "distant lands". Although the post is really about gaining focus and managing your digital life, I think the idea of social media profiles as embassies in distant lands is fantastic, and I'm going to run with it. My apologies to the author ( Tyler Tervooren ), who probably didn't intend anything I'm about to say. Here are 6 ways to build up your social media embassies without an international incident…
Facebook is testing a new program capable of serving up ads as fast as members can post a status update. The social networking giant's initiative, currently being tested on 1 percent of its users, delivers promotions based on real-time conversations. For instance, if someone posts, "Thinking of pizza for dinner," a company such as Domino's could ship a Web ad to that person in an instant. The advertising test, which was reported in Ad Age, opens a brave new world of real-time advertising, as well as raising the usual privacy concerns when a Web company mines personal data for commercial advantage.
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A s Social Media Monitoring travels through the technology hype cycle it’s clear that many early adopters are experiencing disappointing results. Having heard the stories of start-up businesses like Threadless or GiffGaff harnessing social insight to create real, tangible value (see my post on GiffGaff – a case study of customers in control ), many large organizations are often disappointed at the results they are getting from SMM. If you find yourself in the “trough of disillusionment, below are some of the common pitfalls along with some suggestions to improve results and drive value from your investment. A common complaint about SMM is accuracy. Many SMM tools do not have access to the full Twitter fire hose and so only get a fraction of the full Twitter feed.
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Kristal Ireland is Digital Marketing Manager at Welcome to Yorkshire, and has been using social media to crowdsource content and promote the county as a tourist destination. This has included experiments with Foursquare, Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter , as well as a couple of iPhone apps. I've been talking to Kristal about using social media tools to promote tourism, and crowdsourcing great content for the website. Can you tell us a bit about Welcome to Yorkshire ? We are the tourist board for Yorkshire, and rebranded as Welcome to Yorkshire about 18 months ago.
A study published in 2010 surfaced a startling statistic, “75 percent of employers say their business has no formal policy instructing employees on the appropriate use of social networking sites on the job.” The report, “ Employer Perspectives on Social Networking ,” compiled data from 34,000 businesses in 35 countries. Does your organization have a formal policy regarding employee use of social media? Perhaps better asked, does your organization offer training, guidelines, and insights to help employees excel in new media on behalf of your business? In the same study, 63% of employers that employed social networking policies reported that those policies improved productivity.
Google has launched a new social button, similar to Facebook’s “like”, for users to recommend its search results to their friends. The new button, dubbed “+1”, will appear next to search results and advertisements on Google.
Google’s Panda / Farmer algorithm modification did more to shake up the established world of SERPs than any other update since the Big G was a junior-sized ankle biter cowering in the shadow of AltaVista. That may be no news to any SEO specialist, but its possibly unforeseen impact on email marketing could change that medium as profoundly as the publishing platforms have been hit. Most of the primary article publishers got slammed hard All of the primary blogging and article publishing platforms have been tagged with the discriminatory and derogatory title of “content farm” whether they deserve it or not.
It’s no easy task being in the shoes of Last.fm right now. The service has been around as a relatively free source for curated music for quite some time, and recently shifted to a paywall format for its mobile radio product.While the move has caused some to wonder exactly what Last.fm is up to, a recent interview that I had with the VP of Product for the service cleared up a lot of questions. I’m spending some time this week with the updated Android and iOS players for Last.fm, and that’s going to formulate much of what I talk about in the interview piece this weekend.
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The following post is a guest post by Leon Widrich , an active commenter and contributor on AskAaroLee.com . Leon is also the founder of BufferApp . Enjoy the post. Cruising through the twituniverse has quickly become my favourite activity online. One discussion regarding Twitter I have led many times and found well worth sharing with you, centers around the question: Should you switch the auto-pilot on, on Twitter ?