Tagged 'social media strategy'

The Marketing Value of Niche Social Networks

Posted by Devanshi Garg on July 26th, 2013 at 6:10 am

There is something special about like-minded individuals in a group. Thoughts are aligned. Debates are proactive, yet heated. And the smallest kernel of an idea can quickly snowball into something great. Social media takes these facts of life and expands on the value that stems from such social cohesion.
Niche social networks where groups of people sharing specific areas of interest, hobbies, products, and lifestyles are beginning to surge. As Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn serve as a massive online public square or convention, niche social networks are the digital equivalent of attending a close knit club or society celebrating unique areas of interest.
As far as marketers are concerned, niche social networks can serve as a way to increase loyalty, customer communities and brand awareness. By facilitating a hub for dedicated fans to share their stories, experiences and advice regarding the brand’s work, organizations can introduce a powerful method for understanding customers.
Defining a Niche Social Network
While Facebook and LinkedIn are vast in terms of their user base, there are strategies for assessing specific segments and communities that help zero in on niche communities. There are countless LinkedIn groups and Facebook groups dedicated to specific areas: independent musicians, IT professionals, marketers, and small... Read more

Why YouTube Should Matter to Brands in 2013

Posted by Tony Quin on July 2nd, 2013 at 10:06 am

So, why are marketers wrong about YouTube? There are 5 reasons that for many brands, YouTube is arguably the most strategic channel on the Web.

What is a Buyer Insight?

Posted by Tony Zambito on June 17th, 2013 at 6:13 am

“What exactly is a buyer insight?”
I was asked this recently.  It made me think.  It is a term you hear and easy to quickly assume you know.  Turns out, there seems to be confusion given the rise in the use of the term “insight”.
A good place to start is with a brief answer to the question itself.  Here is my guiding answer:
A buyer insight is a profound, not-so-obvious, revelation as well as understanding of buyers, which leads to new innovations, value creation, marketing & sales capabilities, and business growth.
The basis of this definition is a buyer insight must be profound and it must alter an existing direction into one offering growth.
Do Not Confused Fact With Insight
One of the biggest areas of confusion I have noticed is misinterpreting a fact as an insight. One way of putting it is insight goes well beyond fact.  To be profound means an insight is an often unforeseen as well as unarticulated observation, which leads to a new deep understanding.  This new deep understanding then reshapes business growth strategies.
Uncovering facts of how buyers do things can result in improving effectiveness.  However, improving effectiveness is not a clear direct connection to a profound insight.  Mislabeling fact... Read more

Report: Facebook Page Data Averages – May 2013

Posted by Doug Schumacher on June 11th, 2013 at 10:06 am

One of the more popular reports we publish, this is a great benchmark resource for anyone wanting to know how their ranks on Facebook. Brands appearing in this report include Subway, Taco Bell, McDonald's, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Twix, Oreo, Skittles, Estee Lauder, Red Bull, Monster Energy, Crest, Colgate, Oral-B, Hilton, Sheraton, Dole, Capri Sun, Nissan, Honda and Ford.

SEO Reporting & Metrics: How To Prove Progress

Posted by Krista LaRiviere on June 11th, 2013 at 7:17 am

It’s the beginning of the month and it is again time to report to your clients or your boss on the SEO progress made last month. It is time to justify your SEO strategy, your efforts and yourself. Sound familiar?
With the challenging landscape of SEO comes the challenging landscape of SEO reporting, and I’m not just talking about merging SEO data sources into one excel file and adding a logo to try to make it look professional, presentable and understandable. I’m talking about how to make all the data points and metrics indicate real progress, and more importantly meet your clients’ or boss’ expectations.
Since the way we do SEO has changed, the way we report on it must change too. Effectively setting up the reporting metrics to prove progress may make the difference between meeting the clients’ expectations or not.
SEO reporting should answer these questions for your client:

Are our efforts helping us reach our organic search goals?
What SEO tasks were completed last month in relation to our goals?
What impact did these efforts have on the web presence for organic search?
What new opportunities were identified to optimize for organic search?
Are there any new competitive threats?

So how do you set up your... Read more