The Art of Being Social

November 26th, 2012

The Art of Being Socialby Karla Peppas

I grew up in Mississippi, where the women are Southern Belles with good manners and know how to shoot a shotgun. The other thing Southern women know how to do is spread the news. Word spreads fast if someone has a new love interest, knows about a special sale or has a juicy piece of gossip! Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Reasons for Updating Content on Your Website

November 6th, 2012

Why You Should Update Your Websiteby Kristin Sartain

We often come across websites and can tell the content hasn’t been updated in months or even years. While some types of businesses may require constant content updates such as inventory updates or disseminating news, other businesses might find it hard to think of why they need to update their content. Here are a few reasons and examples to get you thinking about why it’s important to frequently update the text and images on your site: Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Cringe-Worthy Idioms

February 22nd, 2012

Airshow Skywriting by Marcus Snyder

“Talk is cheap.”

The first person that said, “Talk is cheap,” and everybody that has repeated it since would make terrible business partners (not to name names, but we’re looking at you, Thomas Chandler Haliburton). The bottom-line is that ‘talk’ takes time and time is money. In fact, I’d argue that ‘talk’ is one of the most expensive mediums for communication, second to skywriting.

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Three Search Engine Changes We’ll See in 2012

January 16th, 2012

by Marcus Snyder

2012 Image2012 is certain to come with a lot of changes in the way that search engines work. More importantly, we’re going to see a lot of changes to the way that search results that show up. I’ve collected a few things that I think we’ll see (or in some cases, see more of) in 2012:

Search algorithms will continue moving toward personalized results.

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Google+: Past, Present … Future?

November 14th, 2011

by Marcus Snyder

On June 28, 2011 Google rolled out their own social media platform called Google+. The demand, excitement and potential for this new service was HUGE.

10 million users joined within the first two weeks. In October, the number of unique users grew to over 40 million. This pales in comparison to Facebook’s 800 million active users, but then again, they’ve got seven years and mainland China on their side.

For a couple of months, users added their friends, lumped them into circles and then sat back waiting for something magical to happen. It didn’t take long for interest to wane and people began to go back to their old haunts, Facebook and Twitter. Google+ was quickly becoming a social graveyard. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Scientific Approach to Facebook

August 23rd, 2011

by Marcus Snyder

What time of day should I post? How long should my status messages be? Is it okay to ask followers to like something?

These are just a few of the question that every page administrator faces daily. There are a lot of “best practices” floating around out there that helps with these inquiries, however, there isn’t a whole lot of data to back them up … until now.

The people over at Momentus Media analyzed the top 20,000 Facebook pages to find out which posting techniques really work and placed their findings online for the entire world to see. For each analysis, they dissected 10,000 – 250,000 posts to find out exactly what drives interaction, and more importantly, how to replicate it.

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Is Your Business a Good Online Employee?

June 21st, 2011

by Daniel Hadaway wrote an interesting (and useful) blog about the reasons employers look at your Facebook account.

The article lists 10 reasons that are unique in some ways, but all pretty much boil down to this: Are you an honest, upright person? To put it another way: Are you the kind of person that employers want working for them?

This article got me thinking, and not about my secret life as a lip-dub star and the voice behind the Bronx Zoo Cobra Twitter account. No, it got me thinking about how your business is no different than an employee in this article. And your employer is every person who has ever considered doing business with you.

Think about that… Every person… Ever.

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Three Tips for Making Your Video Go Viral

June 1st, 2011

Chocolate Rainby Daniel Hadaway

A former colleague of mine used to have the following mantra about online video: “If it’s great, it will go viral.”

Every time I heard that statement, I would wince. While the sentiment was honorable enough, the facts just don’t back up such a worldview. There is a ton of great content out there that never gets shared or viewed by anyone. And this isn’t true just for the online world- it’s true in pretty much every form of media.

Some of my favorite (and critically acclaimed) TV shows were canceled in their first season. In fact, some of today’s most popular TV shows came dangerously close to being canceled because no one was watching them.

For example, NBC’s The Office was on its death-bed midway through its first season, and the only reason it didn’t get canceled was because the network’s president at the time was a huge fan of the series and kept it alive.

So, great content is important, but it doesn’t guarantee viral success. So what does guarantee that a video will go viral?

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Is Google Harming Your Brand?

January 25th, 2011

(Note: This article references “scam”-related suggestions in Google, but really could be about any negative-keyword or term that Google may be suggesting about your brand.)

While most companies would love to show up higher in search-engines, can you imagine a situation where showing up first on Google is a bad thing?

This blog has an interesting article about a client that had this exact issue. Google was suggesting the company’s brand name + the word ‘scam’ in their suggested results.

How would you feel about a company if when you typed in their name, the word ‘scam’ was added to the brand name and suggested by Google?

While this function of Google is certainly useful for finding companies that truly ARE scams (and avoiding them), what happens when Google gets it wrong? Or more importantly: why is Google getting it wrong in the first place? Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Tried and True Headlines for Engaging Your Audience

June 1st, 2010

Engaging. A word that quite simply implies all you need to know about effective copywriting and content strategy.

The formula for sticky content is simple: Start with an engaging headline that peaks the reader’s interest (enough to read past the first line of copy), provide value and build trust leading up to a compelling call to action.

I’ve prepared a brief list of 5 headline types that are time tested and true to grabbing your audience’s attention.

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