As a provider of marketing services to businesses large and small, the catchphrase on everyone's lips is content marketing or brand journalism. Social media marketing is so.....2010. Content drives the Internet, and pulls visitors and inquiries to a company's webpage. Good, bad, or ugly -- every website needs content. When thinking about different content categories, many clients disregard the humble FAQ list as a source for content. Frequently Asked Questions make sense for several … [Read more...]
#PR => #Community
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Webinars: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?
Are webinars still as valuable for lead generation as they once were? My thoughts: maybe. One issue of course is their ubiquity. The other is that most folks are on smartphones and tablets all day long and can't attend or access a webinar without experiencing technical difficulties. (I'm sure the Citrix's and Cisco's of the world are addressing this problem as I type this.) Vote on our poll for Does anyone still listen to webinars?! … [Read more...]
If You’re Still Sending Return Receipts for Email, Help Is On the Way
Enterprise Social Platform Provider NewsGator Continues To Innovate Imagine a way to view who has received, opened, and viewed your (internal, company) emails, all in one view. Well, NewsGator has -- only it isn't with email, but with messaging. Here is what you might see if you are now using their revamped Internal Communications Solution: If it looks like the Insights for a Facebook Page (sorry, you'd have to know what it's like to be an Administrator or Manager of a Facebook Page … [Read more...]
Decisions, Decisions: Features of Online Communities
Open or Closed? A community can be open or closed. An open community, in which all content pages and functionality are available to anyone, allows the content to be found on the Web – driving up your organic search results – and encouraging clients and even non-clients to interact and engage. A closed community, or one that requires registration and access via a username and password, has its benefits, too. You can decide exactly whom should receive access, and the members in … [Read more...]
Does Your Website Act as a Lead Generation Tool or Community — or Neither?
I'm happy that most companies, small businesses, and individual professionals are aware of the importance of having a website. But is your or your company's website still nothing more than brochureware -- with only pages for Home, About, Products and Services, Who We Are, and Contact Us? Though the cost of building and running a website today is low -- or even free, thanks to such services as Wix and Weebly -- the attention it deserves usually results in higher costs (time and hiring a Web … [Read more...]
One Blogger Alone Is Not Enough To Increase Eyeballs — and Sales
Some companies still think that the job of blogging should go to only one person -- whether internal or to a freelance ghostwriter. While this may make economic sense and address a task that needs to get done, companies will find that there aren't any more inquiries or sales leads. This is because content is only one part of the job; content marketing and distribution is the second and more important component. You can't have one without the other. When an employee or consultant writes … [Read more...]
The Power of Adding One Letter to the End of a Company Name
Today's news that Toronto-based press release distribution company Marketwire is rebranding itself to Marketwired -- yes, you read that correctly, all they did was add a 'd' -- had me thinking: how much longer will press release companies continue to sell the traditional press release (i.e, exist)? (Share Clip) Oh, and the company has also poached Stu Ogwa, former VP of business intelligence of Yahoo, to join Marketwire as EVP of product and technology, according to … [Read more...]
If HootSuite and Yammer Got Married
There is a category of enterprise social software which is emerging which doesn't know what to call itself yet. But if engagement platform HootSuite and enterprise social platform Yammer got married, this would be it. Basically, the software encourages any employee to engage in social media activity outside the four walls of a company, and tracks which content -- and which employee -- has been influential and responsible for the intended engagement (prospects, leads, job candidates, … [Read more...]
IBM Develops an Enterprise Twitter Solution, But Will Anyone Buy It?
For those employees who tweet during the workday, wouldn't it be great to have a platform which allowed you to view all of the tweets and activity from all of your coworkers -- without the noise and clutter of the rest of Twitter? For most companies, large and small, that want to collect or keep track of employee activity on Twitter, the social media manager usually creates a List on Twitter. This is problematic primarily because all of the adding and removing of employees needs to be done … [Read more...]