Apr 16 2013

Practical Tips To Harness A Growing Facebook Page Following

Category: social mediaTom Shivers

An interview with Meghan Nichols of The Jolly Christmas Shop

facebook_letTell us a little about your target audience and why you use facebook to engage them.

Our target audience are women between the ages of 35-55 who love decorating for Christmas. We engage them by getting them excited about our products by showing pictures, playing contests, free item giveaways and even asking for feedback.

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Sep 24 2012

7 Steps to Plan a Cash Mob [Infographic]

Category: generalGuest Author

You’ve seen a flash mob, where groups of people spontaneously break out in song and/or dance. You may have even heard about flash robs, cat mobs and other types of mobs around the country. By now, hopefully you have also heard of a cash mob – the grassroots, community-led movement targeting locally-owned businesses and want to learn how to plan a cash mob.

Planning a cash mob in your area is a fun and simple way to stimulate the local economy, raise awareness about locally–owned businesses and inspire others. While it may seem like a big time commitment, following these easy steps on how to plan a cash mob ensures that your first event is a success in your community.

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Jul 16 2012

Why Your Boss Should Not Ban Facebook

Category: social mediaTom Shivers

Breaking Down Negative Perceptions of Social Media

Many people think that social media tools are a time drain, with resultant decrease in productivity. A recent study commissioned by Google and conducted by Milward Brown has found this way of thinking to be totally inaccurate. In fact, social media tools have increased the level of productivity substantially and those who make active use of social media in their jobs have not only found themselves to be more productive, but their bosses have noticed as well. Of professionals surveyed, 86% who actively used social media as part of their work strategy had recently been promoted.

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Jun 04 2012

3 Steps To Setup An Effective Google Analytics Dashboard

Category: web analyticsGuest Author

I have used Google Analytics for the past two years, with particular intensity over the last eight months and it dawned on me that, up until the last few months, I had never made extensive use of the ‘Dashboard’ feature.  Like my old self, most users I talk to spend their time in the various reports and, in many cases, don’t make use of the extended functionality that Google Analytics has to offer at all.

It’s worth noting that Google Analytics is an extremely powerful tool.  The main reason I have begun using the dashboard is easy access: I wanted a way to check my analytics each day and get a full overview of the actionable metrics for my business.  There is so much going on inside Google Analytics that you really need to do this.

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Feb 06 2012

Facebook Marketing Strategy: What Does It Really Look Like?

Category: social mediaTom Shivers

An interview with Sherry Hyle of Concept Hub

Every business wants to get involved in Facebook today, probably because it is the most popular social media site, but how are businesses missing the boat when it comes to integrating Facebook into their business? Continue reading “Facebook Marketing Strategy: What Does It Really Look Like?”

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Oct 12 2011

Social Media Crunch Time

Category: social mediaGuest Author

Few organizations have the resources for a full-time dedicated employee to handle emerging trends like social media. For most, it falls into the purview of an already totally slammed communications department…or single communications person. Either way, it’s a social media time crunch.

Have no fear. Your organization, no matter how resource-strapped can engage in social media successfully. Here’s how.

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Sep 12 2011

The Growth of Social Media [infographic]

Category: social mediaTom Shivers

The infographic covers:

  • A users timeline
  • Social media visitor growth
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Flickr
  • Wikipedia
  • Companies using social media
  • The World

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Jul 21 2011

Facebook Page: How to Acquire, Educate and Engage Fans

Category: social mediaGuest Author

So you finally decided to jump on the e-commerce bandwagon and get yourself a Facebook Fan Page. You’ve linked your store front, filled it full of merchandise and ways to make shopping and checkout easier. All that’s left to do is sit back and wait for the customers to find their way over. You’re full of high hopes, based on the old saying, “If you build it, they will come.” While that’s a nice thought, the reality is you’re going to have to bring those clients in yourself. Attracting fans and turning them into customers can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know how. Here are four steps to follow to achieve that goal:

*Acquire fans

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Jul 18 2011

How Social Media Impacts Search Rank

Category: organic seo,social mediaTom Shivers

An interview with Stacy Williams of Prominent Placement.

At a recent Atlanta SEMPO/AiMA event on social search, speakers from Google, Bing and Newell-Rubbermaid discussed their efforts in social media and incorporating social networks in with search.

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