Social Media Smarts

Now more than ever, companies must become smarter online marketers by understanding shifts in consumer preferences for social information discovery, consumption, and sharing. Through trends, tactics, and success stories, you can learn how companies are developing and implementing adaptive search, content, and social media marketing strategies that create value for customers and grow business.

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Social Organic Reach Is Trending to Zero: How to Meet the Challenge

May 16, 2014 - Social networks are maturing and evolving by answering the need to monetize the value they are creating. Brands need to mature and evolve, too. Comments

Google+ Death Would Be a Burden Lifted

Google plus logo May 8, 2014 - Although Google+ has some virtues, on the whole it would be a burden lifted to not have to think about including it in the social media mix. Comments

Social Media Content Marketing: Trash the Content Calendar and Post Really Great Stuff

Plan May 1, 2014 - In a cluttered social media world, good isn't good enough anymore. Content has to be great if you want to break through, drive shares, and get noticed. Comments

Brand, Expert, and Social Content — Successful Content Marketing Needs All Three

content Apr 18, 2014 - The combination of brand, expert, and social content results in fresh, interesting content that appeals to a variety of audiences at all points in the decision-making process. Comments

Beyond Storytelling

001-storydoing-revenue Apr 15, 2014 - Storytelling for companies is outmoded, according to Ty Montague, who advocates "storydoing" as the way forward. Comments

Breaking Down Pinterest’s Updated Policies and What This Means for Marketers

pinterest-logo Apr 3, 2014 - With the changes to Pinterest's Acceptable Use Policy, marketers may have to rethink the way they use the social site. The policy update includes modifications to the rules on compensation, accessing data, and contests. Comments

Market Through Shared Interests and Passions Using Social Media

pinterest-screen Mar 24, 2014 - Marketing to people who have similar interests may carry a greater value proposition than marketing to those who don't, even though they may be socially connected. Comments

The Hierarchy of Social Engagement Value

Social media Mar 21, 2014 - In the hierarchy of social engagement value, simple likes and retweets come at the bottom, followed by sharing of brand-related content, sweepstakes, user-generated content, videos, and real-world events. Comments

The Future of Digital Isn’t in Advertising

lensy Mar 9, 2014 - It's not enough to tell a compelling story. You need to provide easy access to behavioral change and that's where the true value of digital comes in. Comments

Your Corporate Website Is Dead — but Social Audiences Can Bring It Back to Life

shutterstock-120646564 Feb 26, 2014 - Brands should turn to their social audiences, who can provide content that is authentic, constantly changing, and often beautiful and unexpected, to invigorate their corporate websites. Comments

What’s Up With Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition?

whatsapp Feb 24, 2014 - The real reason for the acquisition is that any site that moves people away from dependence on Facebook also chips away at its ability to sell ads, which makes up most of the company's revenue. Comments

Use Social Media to Flip the Sales and Marketing Funnel

funnels Jan 27, 2014 - Social media can be used to flip the sales and marketing funnel and prompt customers to do much of the marketing and sales for your brand. Comments

$4 Million for 30 Seconds -- Will Brands Continue Scoring with #Hashtags After the Big Game?

Metlife Stadium Jan 24, 2014 - During last year's Super Bowl, many brands embraced hashtags as a way to promote fan participation and prolong the conversation -- will this trend continue in 2014? Comments

2014 Digital Marketing Winners & Losers

shutterstock-133449011 Jan 13, 2014 - These 5 key factors will separate those that make big gains in their digital & social media marketing efforts from those that will not in the pivotal year ahead. Comments

The Growing Social Media Power of Women and Marketing Strategies For Reaching Them

ekaterinawalterjan Jan 9, 2014 - Twitter may have started as a male-dominate platform, but a recent study by found that women now outnumber men on Twitter by 6 percent. Comments

The Blueprint for a Real Content Marketing Plan

blueprint Jan 6, 2014 - Aaron Kahlow shares his cliff notes, down and dirty version of a content marketing blueprint, with everything important for content marketing in 2014. Comments

Binge Watching: The End of Second Screen Social Sharing?

tv-static Jan 2, 2014 - Even though interaction may not take place in real-time, marketers can leverage viewer interest by participating in program-related conversations and promotional campaigns. Comments

Social PPC in 2014: What Will the Future Bring?

crystal-ball-future Dec 23, 2013 - Keep your eyes and ears open to social network news, as there are social PPC opportunities everywhere... and they will only grow in 2014! Comments

Social Media Marketing: Hot or NOT for 2014?

kristaneherdecclickz Dec 12, 2013 - Columnist Krista Neher shares tips and predictions for social media marketers hoping to improve their game in 2014. What's hot in social... and what's absolutely not? Comments

Tracking Dark Social Media: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

darksocial Dec 11, 2013 - Instant messenger, email, text message and other private sharing accounts for 69 percent of all online sharing, yet it's not trackable. What's a brand to do? Comments

When It Comes to Social Network Marketing, Niche is the New Black

shutterstock-120646564 Dec 4, 2013 - Niche networks run the gamut from celebrity fan sites to industry-specific business networks to philanthropic groups; the nexus of these communities is shared interests and passions, or their "interest graph." Comments

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