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Every other week I like to remind you that you’re being a social media wuss. And, by wuss, I mean you’re being too much of a social media “nice guy.” And by “nice guy” I mean you’re spending too much time worrying about what others think to the point of turning your entire social media marketing campaign into a milquetoast and pablum sandwich. You spend too much time trying to get everyone to like you. You’re always afraid of stepping on toes or offending anyone. You’re especially afraid of getting fired. If you’re honest with yourself, that’s your biggest fear: losing your job if you’re an employee or losing (or alienating) your clients (or prospects) by doing something as revolutionary as having a voice, an opinion, an agenda, or a point-of-view. Heaven forbid.
If you read your local newspaper or a typical magazine, you’ll realize that most journalism is specialized. You have your columns, reporting, reviews, editorials, letters to the editor, and ombudsman; however, most companies don’t have the volume, diversity, or constancy of news required to need such staffing.
That said, enough does go on each and every day in your office, amongst your staff, in your business, in your industry, with you and your very own personal brand that you need to cover the entire newsroom on your own, including the advertising and publicity (because like the news, everything comes down to driving revenue, and if you can’t prove that all the time, energy, and resources you’re spending online aren’t feeding sales, your one-man-social-media-band is not long for this world.)
Let me break it down.
Yesterday, Rob Petersen, Tim Peter and I gave a Webinar on using analytics to make search marketing decisions. How is your search marketing working? Are you getting the results you want? Maybe you don’t even know how to measure results. Your analytics are essential to your initial search marketing plan and improvement plans. No matter where you are starting from, understanding how to measure where you are and take it to the next level makes all the difference. Do you know how your Web analytics can drive your search improvement plan? Read the remainder of this entry »
Yesterday, Glenn Gaudet of GaggleAMP presented our latest Biznology® Webinar about how to amplify your corporate social media messages. With the introduction of social media, companies were provided an army of megaphones that had a genuine affinity for the company and its products. This army is the employee base. However, the initial fear many companies had was the inability to control the message. Today, companies are tapping into employees to amplify their social media efforts. Read the remainder of this entry »
What are you doing with social media? Are you developing high-quality content? Curating your Twitter feed? Are you connecting with your followers? The answer to that last question should be YES, because if it’s not, you’re doing it wrong. Social media is all about relationships, which means – for better or for worse – so is digital marketing.