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UpGRADE Presentation* Do you have Klout? Klout provides social media analytics to measure the influence of a profile across social media networks.

Do you have Klout?

You are given you a Klout Score based on your ability to drive action through creating content and engagement; how often links are clicked on, responded to, retweeted and how many followers or fans you have. This is all calculated by an algorithm and incorporates true reach, amplification and network impact. The Klout Score is currently used by over 3500 companies who reward influencers with Klout Perks.

Brewing Controversy - How Starbucks Embraces Social Media. Health Care Reform, Tax Fairness, The War in Afghanistan, Occupy Wall Street, same-sex marriage.

Brewing Controversy - How Starbucks Embraces Social Media

These are just a few of the hottest and heated issues that presently divide our nation. While individuals look to their political, religious, cultural, and personal beliefs to take a stance on the matters, many companies stay quiet and impartial – fearful to not outrage consumers. But there’s one major company Track Social has been monitoring that doesn’t seem to shy away from the controversy, and in fact, welcomes it. Survey: Majority of Marketers Will Ask Shops to Lower Costs. The Future of Photo-Sharing Apps. The tiny Instagram app grew to a gigantic 27 million users during its first year in the App Store.

The Future of Photo-Sharing Apps

It has inspired real-life Instameet-ups, Instagram art shows and a community based on love for the image, where users can post and receive feedback from other visual thinkers. Instagrams are not only the new Polaroids when it comes to party pics, they've become a way for users to communicate visually, sharing inspiration and ideas (well, iPhone users anyway - the Android app is due out soon). But Instagram isn't the only app capturing smartphone users' visual imaginations. Photo-sharing apps such as EyeEm, Piictu and each offer users opportunities to connect and organize visually and categorically in non-Instagram ways. The Web-based photo social network pasts of Flickr, PhotoBucket, Picasa, Shutterfly and Kodak Slideshare are over. Instagram owns the mobile photo-sharing space, so why compete with it? Piictu: Visual Communication, No Filters Allowed. As Garnier Pitchwoman, Tina Fey Trades Geeky for Glam. Many Magazines Racing to Capitalize on Pinterest.

UpGRADE Presentation* Why Influencer Marketing Isn't About the 'Influencers' Google+ Hangouts SlideShare App. Google+ Hangouts are an ideal place for people to share experiences online just like they do in real life.

Google+ Hangouts SlideShare App

Now, sharing slides live is even better with the Google+ Hangouts SlideShare App. Whether you’re in a conference presentation or collaborating with a group, this new app allows you and your friends & colleagues around the world to present and discuss SlideShare content in real time. Click the big red button to launch Google+ Hangouts with the SlideShare App. For Good. Virgin America Offers Social Media Perks To Most Influential. Do you have to be Ashton Kutcher to have influence on Twitter?

Virgin America Offers Social Media Perks To Most Influential

If not, what does it take to be an influencer on social networks? And Is there a return on investment on the time you spend on social media tasks? Virgin America airlines is examining what influencers can do for their brand and is depending on a social media analytics company to surface the results so they reward those that do the best job. Influencers on Twitter can garner rewards from various brands when their tweets display a knowledge and expertise in that brand's field.

Klout Offers Spotify Invites as Perk to Online Influencers. The people at Klout headquarters recently got a sneak peek at Spotify — the highly praised European music service that launched in the U.S. today — and now they're giving away 100,000 invites via their Klout Perks platform.

Klout Offers Spotify Invites as Perk to Online Influencers

Klout users can check whether they have a high enough Klout score to nab an invite here. If you qualify for the Klout Perk, you will be dubbed a "U.S Spotify Ambassador" and receive a code to launch your Spotify account. Additionally, if you get five friends to sign up for Klout, you will receive a one-month trial of Spotify's premium version. Klout is just one brand boosting Spotify's profile in the U.S. As one of Spotify's first advertisers, Chevrolet handed out 150,000 invites on its Facebook Page. Want a Spotify invite? Start boosting your Klout. Invites to the U.S. launch of European music service Spotify are scarce, but if you’re an influential Klout user, you can step to the front of the line.

Want a Spotify invite? Start boosting your Klout

Klout, a site that rates a person’s influence within Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, is providing more than 100,000 coveted invites to U.S. users. Those particular people are likely to share thoughts about Spotify with communities that value their opinion. “We just gave away 15,000 to 20,000 invites to people who have the most authority and the most passion around entertainment, music, technology — the exact people Spotify wants to reach,” said Klout CEO Joe Fernandez in an interview with VentureBeat Thursday. Social@Ogilvy. Is The New Customer Service Tool Twitter?

Appinions. Does my Klout score have any Kred? Some thoughts on online influence. - I Beg Your Parton. A ton has been written recently about the current craze around influence scoring.

Does my Klout score have any Kred? Some thoughts on online influence. - I Beg Your Parton

Klout in particular has been under the spotlight for attempting to summarise a person’s social influence down to a single number. Should we care about our scores? Well personally I’m torn, so here is my brain dump. Yes, my influence score will be on my CV… As a marketing manager I’m constantly being asked to quantify the work I do. It can be difficult to measure the effectiveness of this activity, so you could argue any metric is better than no metric, especially if you can directly compare your performance to that of your competitors. In addition, social media is so noisy it is hard to cut through with marketing messages.

From a personal perspective, you should never under estimate the value of personal brand. I’m also convinced brands will increasingly target people with higher than average scores for targeted promotions. Perks. Announcing our #KloutChat schedule. Announcing our #KloutChat schedule March 21st, 2011 by Megan Berry On February 17th, we hosted our first-ever #KloutChat to create an open dialogue between Klout and it’s many users, fans, critics, and those looking to learn more.

Announcing our #KloutChat schedule

It was a great success and we greatly enjoyed hearing everyone’s questions and thoughts. #KloutChat will now be a regular event on the first Wednesday of every month. We’re aiming for 11AM PT / 2PM EST but we’ll be listening to feedback on that time if it doesn’t work for you. Second-ever #KloutChat. Groupe, Inc. and Klout Partner to Offer First-of-its-Kind Reward to Users. New York, New York, March 5, 2012 - Gilt Groupe Inc., the innovative online shopping destination, announced today an exclusive partnership with Klout, the standard for influence.

Groupe, Inc. and Klout Partner to Offer First-of-its-Kind Reward to Users

Klout CEO Joe Fernandez talks with us about the future of social influence scoring. It was only five days ago that Google+ launched the first part of its application programming interface. The available API was launched just before Google+ finally opened itself to the public following its 90 day beta testing period, no doubt to get developers started in the right direction and prepped for the more robust API in Google+’s future. In the five days after Google+’s API launch, Klout actively worked on using the available data to integrate G+’s service onto its own platform.

How Social Influence Has Changed the Game of Promotional Giveaways. When did subject-line bait like “you may already be a winner” and “you have been chosen” become a real thing? If you’ve been checking your junk email lately, you might have noticed that promotional giveaways have gotten a lot more interesting, in part because brands are now able to measure a person’s influence online through social media tracking sites like Klout.

Here are some emerging trends. Plenty of social media users have been willing to give up their contact information and solicit votes from their friends for a shot at a dream wedding from Crate & Barrel or a walk-on role on an episode of “Glee.” But that’s a lot of entries for contest administrators to go through, and not everyone has a big prize to offer. Peanut Butter & Co., a gourmet peanut butter manufacturer and sandwich shop based in New York; and Bob’s Red Mill, a natural foods company based in Milwaukie, OR, took a different approach with a recipe contest. Image by vberla via Shutterstock. Measuring the Influence of Social Media. How Klout Is Using Analytics To Measure Social Media Influence.

ANA Social Media Influencer Outreach Brand Ambassador Case Study. How "influencers" on social media are rewarded. You don't have to be George Clooney or Lady Gaga to be master marketer on social media. That's the word from Mark Schaefer, who was just named one of Forbes magazine's "Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers. " He writes about the power of social scoring in his new boo,k "Return on Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing. " "We are really in the middle of a business and communication revolution," Schaefer said on "CBS This Morning. " "Now that we have high-speed Internet and free, easy-to-use publishing tools like blogging and Facebook and Twitter, everybody can publish. WELCOME TO THE REPUTATION ECONOMY. In a world where a tweet or a website posting can torpedo a brand, kibosh a deal or bury a career, the race is on to find a common currency for trust writes Colin Brown An early target of criticism has been Klout, whose scores have been used since 2009 by corporate brands and their marketers to pinpoint 'influencers' worthy of being showered with invites and other freebies - a virtual velvet rope for the twitterati set.

This autumn it was Klout's own social reputation that suffered a double whammy, a victim perhaps of tall poppy syndrome. First, a sudden change in algorithms caused a near-riot among those users who suffered dramatic drops in their Klout scores without any detailed explanations about the revised methodology. Morgan Brown: How Klout Perks Really Work – Influencer Marketing Review. How Social Media Is Changing The Landscape Of Customer Service [INFOGRAPHIC] Gilt Group Rewards Shoppers With High Klout Scores. * Discounts would depend on Klout score * Gilt sees as extension of word-of-mouth strategy * Gilt hoping to go public later this year By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 (Reuters) - Over the past year, Gilt Groupe, the luxury flash-sales website, has tried to finally turn a profit by listing its goods at full price, partnering with a lifestyle magazine and even laying off the head of one of its men's clothing divisions.

Now it's trying something new: Going viral. Forget Money. Power is Social Influence. Thanks @Klout @GiltGroupe. People have long discussed the future of social media and its potential for companies and brands to leverage certain individuals based on their ability to influence others on the internet. Facebook has already turned us all into the perfect marketers for brands, why not take it further and reward those with more influence in the hopes that they’ll tell people to buy their product.

The internet, once the champion of equality, has officially begun to splinter into various classes based on how we influence others. Getting perks out of your social media score. 9 Ways Top Brands Use Social Media for Better Customer Service. Rohit Bhargava is SVP of global digital strategy at Ogilvy, an award-winning marketing blogger and the best-selling author of Personality Not Included, a book about creating a more human brand. His is currently writing his second book called Likeonomics on how to be more believable.

When an irate traveler tweeted about how he had arrived late to The Four Seasons in Palo Alto and been “bumped” to an inferior room, the hotel saw it immediately and responded, promising to make it up to him. Turns out, the customer spends about 60 nights a year in Palo Alto for work, and promised in his next tweet to spend many of those nights at The Four Seasons. The brand has had several similar stories posted online by delighted customers, and they are exactly the kind of successes that justify the investment in social media for customer service (which, in turn, drives sales). How Has Social Media Affected Customer Service? [Infographic] Klout, Kred and the Ugly Truth About Social Influence Measurement.

The following is a guest post from Jennifer Leggio, a Forbes social media blogger and raconteur. Social Media Finds Room At The Inn. Hotel commerce, branding, online reputation management, guest feedback, reviews, and customer satisfaction are no longer disconnected or disjunctive focus areas for hoteliers. Kred and Klout: Too Close for Start-Up Comfort in SOMA (Literally) - Liz Gannes - Social. San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood is thick with start-ups.