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The CMO’s Guide to the 2014 Social Landscape


This infographic is a fantastic guide to the CMO’s (and all marketer’s) social landscape. It shows the advantages and disadvantages of each social media platform with regard to SEO, brand awareness, customer communication and traffic generation. For 2014, the ‘Big Four’ are joined by newcomers SlideShare, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram. The infographic was created by CMO.com who teamed with data visualization specialist Visual.ly to help with both content and design. Worth the read and a valuable resource to share with your colleagues.

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LinkedIn Feature Update: How To ‘Mention’ People and Companies in Your Status Updates!


LinkedIn-love-imageLinkedIn has recently announced in a blog post that they are slowly rolling out a new Mentions feature in an effort to cultivate a more engaging experience. Sound familiar? Of course it does because it is very similar to typing in the @ symbol followed by a name on Facebook and having a drop down of friends to choose from and Twitter’s mention feature by using the @ symbol in a tweet.

Using the Mentions feature is a great way to “…start conversations with your network while also enabling you to respond in real-time when someone begins a conversation with you,” according to the LinkedIn blog post. This is also excellent news for sales people and small business owners who utilize LinkedIn for lead generation. Now you can easily start conversations with 1st degree connections by mentioning them instead of just banking on the possibility they’ll see your status update in their sea of network activity.

If you find that you aren’t able to successfully mention someone in an update, you may not have the capability just yet. LinkedIn is still rolling out this feature to English-speaking members first and then bringing it to all global members in the future with the promise of integrating mentions into other parts of the site beyond status updates and home page comments.

How To “Mention” a Company Name or Person in a Status Update or Comment

  1. Go to your homepage share box or click comment on someone else’s update.
  2. Type “#” and then begin typing a name in the box. You’ll then see a list of potential people or companies you can mention.
  3. Click a name you want from the list and continue typing your message.

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Note: LinkedIn members outside your network can also be mentioned if they’ve commented on the same update.

After you select someone from the list and finish your update, that person will receive an email and an update letting him or her know you’ve mentioned them. The name will also be linked to a profile or Company Page from your update.

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Who sees my update when I mention a connection or company?

When creating an update, select the audience from the Share with field under the share box. For example, you can share with your connections, all LinkedIn members, or all LinkedIn members and your Twitter account (if you’ve set one up).

  • Updates containing mentions will be shared just like any other update.
  • The member mentioned will receive a notification on linkedin.com and by email.
  • The update may be shared with the network of the person being mentioned.

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How Do I Remove A Mention?

A mention of your name can be removed by moving your cursor over your name in the update, and then clicking remove. This will remove the link to your profile page and no additional notifications will be received for this update. The person who mentioned you won’t be notified.

How Do I Unsubscribe from Emails About Mentions?

The settings for this email can be changed from the Settings page.
  1. Move your cursor over your name at the top of your homepage and select Settings.
  2. Click the Communications tab in the bottom left and click Set the frequency of emails.
  3. Click Notifications and find the Mentions section.
    • Mentions emails can be set to No Emails to turn them off or to Individual Emails to receive notifications each time you’re mentioned.

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A  shout out to Carrie Schochet, Executive Recruiter at the The Overture Group, LLC, for allowing me to use her name and profile as an example for my blog post. Thank you!  The “How To’ section was completed from information in the LinkedIn Help Center.

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[Infographic] Facebook ‘Best Days to Post’ Segmented by Industry


facebook heartWhat is the best time to share content on Facebook for maximum exposure?  Should you post first thing in the morning?  During lunch?  At the end of the workday when people are getting ready to head home? Determining when to post  to get the most engagement is one of the greatest challenges of Facebook page admins. Who’s to say that a post targeted at the retail industry wouldn’t do better on the weekends while a post targeted towards technology fans wouldn’t do better during the work week? Not all Facebook posts are targeted at the same people, so you have to be careful of “general research” about Facebook or any other social media trend. It may not apply to your industry or audience. That’s why this infographic from LinchpinSEO is helpful. The data for this infographic analyzed the user engagement of more than 1,800 Facebook pages from the world’s top brands for the first two months following the implementation to Timeline. The data was collected from April 1 to May 31, 2012 and is organized by industry. For instance, companies considered “general retail” will find more engagement on Mondays (19% above average), whereas nonprofits will see greater success on weekends (14% higher interaction on Saturdays and Sundays.) 

Check out the infographic below and let me know what you think in the comments below.  Do you think you’ll start paying more attention to the timing of your social networking as a result of these findings?

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On a side note, if you’re not sure how your Facebook page is performing and you’re looking to get your  feet wet in the world of marketing, I wrote a post awhile back about PageLever, who launched an app called Minilytics. Minilytics is a FREE app for marketers looking for quick answers to the basic marketing questions of your Facebook pages. This basic analytic’s tool is a great way to get answers specific to YOUR Facebook pages: your best time to post, the number of fans your posts reach, the most popular kind of content to post for your fans and an analysis of the demographics of your fan base. You can get more information on this tool here.

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[Infographic] The LinkedIn Profile–Insight Into the Users of the Professional Networking Powerhouse


Are you surprised that 61% of 500 Americans surveyed by Lab42 chose LinkedIn for professional networking over Facebook at 22%? Probably not. What is surprising to me is that 35% of users check-in daily and 42% update their profile regularly. Only 6% check-in less than once a month. It wasn’t that long ago that professional networking meant printing off your resume, attending job fairs and scheduling coffee dates with old co-workers or friends of friends who could help you land your next dream job. This is not the case anymore. As of January 9, LinkedIn boasts over 200 million members with representation in more than 200 countries and territories. 74 million coming from the United States. Wow.

Check out this infographic by Lab42 to see how these 500 Americans surveyed utilized their profile and to see if they valued LinkedIn as a professional networking too.

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New LinkedIn Feature: Add Groups to Company Pages and a How To


LinkedIn-love-imageA LinkedIn Company Page allows you to learn more about a company you are interested in.  For a business, it’s the opportunity to tell your company’s story, highlight your products and services, share articles, press coverage, career opportunities and drive word of mouth at scale. For millions of professionals, a Company Page is a place to explore companies of interest, get the latest company updates and industry news, research products & services and learn about job opportunities. Any LinkedIn member can follow a company that has set up a Company Page to get updates on key developments.

If your company doesn’t have a LinkedIn Company Page yet and wants to set up a page, first check out the requirements to add a Company Page and read the basics on how to add a Company Page. (You can also contact me for help!) For more detailed information, download LinkedIn’s Guide to your Company Page.

Why Add Featured Groups to Your Company’s Page?

  • Gives you the opportunity to showcase staffing organizations or associations’ groups you are a part of or manage.  If you are affiliated with a particular organization, it may build credibility if a potential prospect or candidate sees you display it on your page.
  • Highlight a particular specialty your firm has. If you are participating in an industry-specific group (such as Social Media Marketing), it can help draw attention to your expertise in this area.
  • A great way to highlight community ties. If your firm prides itself on its community ties and you participate in a specific group for your community, consider adding it as a Featured Group.

Here’s How To Add a Featured Group:

First of all, to add a group to your Company Page, you must be both the Company Page administrator and a member of the group you want to add. You can add up to 3 groups per Company Page.

1. Go to your Company Page.

2. Click Edit at the top of the Home tab.

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5. Start typing the name of the group you’d like to add (Please note that your groups will appear in the order in which they are listed while you’re in the edit mode.)

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6. Click ‘Publish’ in the top right corner after you add your group (s). Once you have added Featured Groups to your page, it will add the list to your right sidebar in the bottom for visitors to see.

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[Infographic] The New Face of SEO: How SEO Has Changed


The following infographic from Fuzz One has hit the nail on the head on the latest SEO best practices. It details both the OLD vs. NEW approaches to SEO and has outlined today’s SEO in a clear visual representation. To me, SEO is confusing and I actually understood what they are saying without having to reread it a dozen times, however, if you’re scratching your head and wondering what the heck SEO is, I’m including a definition so hopefully the infographic will make more sense.

WHAT IS SEO?

SEO, the acronym stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic or unpaid,” “editorial” or “natural” listings on search engines. All major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing have such results, where web pages and other content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users. As a digital marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content, HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic. Hopefully, that helps. Ever onward.

Like everything in the world of digital marketing, it changes within a blink of an eye and so has SEO. It is verging more and more towards a creative and marketing mindset that touches the nerves of humans OR an audience that search engines are getting better at understanding. SEOs are starting to think about their audience first with engaging content before optimization for search engines. The infographic should hopefully shed better light as to where SEO is headed and give you an idea on how to align your digital marketing activities with these changes. Check it out.

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The TOP Social Networks According to Nielsen’s 2012 Social Media Report


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Nielsen has just released their 2012 State of Social Media Report report. The report highlights lots of interesting details about the top social networks and where we’re using social media. The report tips a 37 percent increase in the total time spent on social media in the U.S., reaching 121 billion minutes in July, compared to 88 billion in summer 2011. One in three social media users prefer contacting a company via social media vs. calling them by phone.  A term now known as ‘social care’ –customer service via social media.

The ultimate social network, Facebook, remains the most-visited in the U.S., and earned the title of most popular Web brand in the U.S. this year. It reached 152.2 million PC visitors, 78.4 million app users, and 74.3 million mobile Web surfers. That dwarfs social sites in all categories (see graphic below), beating No. 2 Blogger by more than 93.7 million PC users. In the mobile app race, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google+, and Pinterest carry the top five spots.

Top networks like Facebook and Twitter have profound staying power in a world where social media options are expanding every day, including breakout star Pinterest, which boasted what Nielsen reported is the largest year-over-year increase — 1,698 percent. It’s now bigger than Google+ and closing in on LinkedIn, which remained static this year. These numbers have made it clear that Pinterest can officially be considered part of the “big four” social networks.

With so many mobile options, it appears nearly a third of people ages 18 to 24 write Facebook comments, send tweets, and perhaps even blog from the comfort of their bathroom. Those ages 25 to 34 are more likely to use social networking in the office.

For all of the celebrity accounts and political usage accrued by social media, it seems that people still focus on connecting with friends and family members. More than 60 percent of people turn on Facebook to keep up with someone they know in real life, while 9 percent initiate LinkedIn contact because of a person’s physical attractiveness, Nielsen reported.

It comes as no surprise, but Nielsen has found that people are spending more and more time on the internet. The main reason for this is the increasing amount of smartphone owners, tablets, handheld music players like the iPod touch, game consoles, Internet-enabled TVs and e-readers with access to the internet 24/7. The overall unique audience using mobile apps increased 85%–7 times more than on the mobile web. PC usage dropped 4%. On top of this, the number of minutes spent on mobile apps increased 120% from 2011.

These numbers are huge. But consider this: social media use accounts for 20% of a user’s time on PCs and 30% on mobile devices. Considering these are both such large chunks of consumers’ internet time and the fact that this internet time is skyrocketing as it is,  time on social media is exploding. Want to know where your consumers are? Social media. Want to know where you should be examining your marketing strategy? Social media. Remember what life was like before social media? It’s hard for me to remember.

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If you want to see the full report, go ahead and download Nielsen’s 2012 Social Media Report for yourself. If you found this article helpful, be sure to follow me on Twitter, “Like” me on Facebook, follow me on Pinterest, and follow BrandLove, LLC on LinkedIn. I post many more tips and tricks on my other social channels. Thanks for reading my post and I appreciate your support!

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