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Word-Of-Mouth Marketing Gets ‘Real’

Marketers already understand the value of building relationships with top spenders, but the power of the consumer runs far beyond his or her own wallet.

In fact, a recent study found that Millennials (people between the ages of 18 and 32) are more influenced by word-of-mouth than their advertising-reliant Baby Boomer (ages 49 to 67) counterparts. To reach this tech-savvy, yet advertising-averse generation, progressive marketers will make 2014 the year of a renewed focus on word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM).

Why WOMM?
Consumers are becoming immune to the online rants of self-proclaimed industry/product experts, thanks to the saturation of social media with marketing messages. The power of offline, interpersonal relationships and influence once again reigns supreme. Simply put, people are more likely to buy what their friends buy–and those friends with real sales influence typically aren’t the 500-plus Twitter followers filling their online worlds or even the biggest spenders in your customer pool.

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Tips To Get Your Facebook Timeline In Shape

Brands are being forced to update its pages to timeline.  Marketers are at their desks going crazy!  How are they going to get more people to like their page if they cannot self-promoting tabs?!

Don’t stress – Pam Moore has complied 15 tips that you should know before the big change. Read All 15 Tips Here…

We’ll highlight a couple of Moore’s tips:

1. Know the Facebook cover image content guidelines (rules).

Facebook has set pretty strict guidelines for what can and can’t be displayed and communicated on the new timeline cover image.

What you CAN do:

  • Brand the heck out of your company, book or personal brand. This include brand images, logos, photos and any other visual marks.
  • Inspire your audience with visually appealing graphics, colors and images.
  • Use simple language that will help you inspire and connect with your fans.

What you can NOT do: (Per Facebook cover guidelines)

  • Price or purchase information, such as “40% off” or “Download it at our website”
  • Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page’s About section
  • References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
  • Calls to action, such as “Get it now” or “Tell your friends”

Basically the cover image is provided to inspire and connect with your fans. It is not meant for blatant self promotion or hard sales.

*Obviously make sure you have legal copyrights to all images and content.

2. Create custom thumbnails for apps.

It is super easy to create a custom thumbnail image for each and every app. Note custom images can not be set for photos and likes.

a. Create an image that is 111  x  74 pixels.

b. Click on the arrow to the right of your timeline (underneath the cover image). It will show a number which represents the number of apps you are using.

c. Click on the arrow next to the image of the app you want to change.

d. Click on edit settings.

e. Click on change (for the image)

f. Upload the new image

Cover Photo

urep cover photo via Facebook

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What can marketers learn from Kony 2012?

Mary Manzo posts on socialmediatoday.com about the craze of Kony 2012 and some of the biggest lessons marketers can learn from their campaign.  Manzo says,

Some Invisible Children KONY Numbers & Stats

  • As of March 9, 2012 and since its original upload on March 5, the video has been viewed 52 million times on YouTube. With 1,106,335 likes, 45,649 dislikes and 422,868 comments.
  • The video currently has 14.6 million views on Vimeo with almost 19,000 likes and 1,062 comments.
  • In four days, since the YouTube premiere of KONY 2012, Kony or the #StopKony hashtag has been mentioned on Twitter over 10 million times.
  • The video has been shared on Facebook over 2 billion times.

    Kony 2012 via Flickr

How did Invisible Children manage to do this?

Though the integrity of Invisible Children as a charity is in question, one thing I know I commend is their strategy and marketing power. From that perspective, IC is gold.

  • They created a good product. Between the video, the website and their merchandise, the KONY product is well designed, well developed and well versed. It appeals to their main demographic, the youth.
  • A video that touched viewers on a personal level. Instead of solely being informative about what their charity was doing it became a matter of why they were doing it.
  • Invisible Children didn’t underestimate the power of the youth. They first cultivated a strong movement by preaching their message at colleges and universities across America.
  • A clear understanding of how to leverage social media as an effective marketing tool. Reaching out publically to celebrities and politicians who are active on these networks was crucial to this video going viral.
  • Finally they close their video with a call to action. “ABOVE ALL SHARE THIS MOVIE ONLINE IT’S FREE.”

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9 Facebook Brand Timeline Changes Marketers Need to Know

Marketers will be reading articles about the new Facebook Timeline for brands for the next month. The clock is ticking- Brands will be forced to go “live” at the end of March.

In preparation we will continue to share with you the best articles we have found on the world wide web – as you prepare for the big change.

Lisa Braziel covers the major changes for ignitesocialmedia.com.

1 key point Braziel points out is the new rules brands will have to follow when creating its banner picture.

New Rules

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Can Infographic Design Get More People to Click?

Clinton Bonner writes on Socialmediatoday.com about the overwhelming popularity of INFOGRAPHICS!  Oxford dictionary has jumped on board with its popularity last year by adding it into the big book.

infographic: a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data

Pretty simple right?  But are all infographics created equally?  Of course not… there are some really great ones, and some really bad ones.

Bonner included this graphic to illustrate that very point.

Not the best of graphics - Socialmediatoday.com

Bonner says, “it’s not too hard to understand why [infographics] are so popular. They’re colorful, bold, easy to grasp and often lead you on a visual journey to information you didn’t even knew you cared about. So it’s no wonder we’re beginning to see web landing pages incorporating infographic style design and the reasoning is clear. If they help you digest the information faster and can help you understand an impact more vividly, well then they just might be the perfect conversion tool that gets your viewers clicking-thru.”

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10 Advanced SEO Tactics That Will Increase Your Blog’s Traffic

Searchenginejournal.com posted an amazing blog on 10 advance SEO tactics that YOU can use to build your traffic.  When some see SEO – it is kind of like reading a foreign language.  To help you better understand the importance, and get you familiar with some amazing tips – read the full post here.

To give you an idea of you will see in the post:

Think Outside of the Social Media Sharing Box

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ aren’t the only social sites that have the power to push traffic to your site. Other niche communities can do the same thing:

The idea is to go through a list of social networking sites, identify the ones that would be relevant to your industry and then systematically add value. As you build up relationships with users of those sites you’ll eventually start to gain links and followers.

Working these other social sites will also help you develop content for you blog posts. Watch to see what is gaining popularity in content and discussions and then create posts that address those issues.

By the way, back in December Reddit served over 2 billion page views:

Reddit image from searchenginejournal.com

…so you should not ignore that source for an opportunity. See if there is a subreddit you should join.

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Pinterest Becomes Top Traffic Driver for Retailers

Check out this graphic from Monetate!

In you’re not pinning, you’re not winning! I just made that up.

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The Mobile Marketing Value Exchange

Scott Forshay posts on briansolis.com about the value of mobile marketing.

Forshay says, “In the early stages of mobile marketing, the value exchange was almost exclusively defined through promotional-based marketing. Consumers were asked to share their mobile numbers in exchange for coupons. While seemingly primitive by today’s standards, text back couponing remains an effective behavior stimulus for many brands and retailers, but for luxury brands discounting flies in the face of the intrinsic value of the brand. The challenge for innovative prestige brands is defining how best to create a true value exchange with their most loyal advocates while remaining true to themselves and not cheapening the brand in the process of attempting to deepen relationships.”

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Social Marketing Trends to Look For in 2012: Predictions from Top Marketers

Social Media Today has talked to the biggest name in the business about what trends we should expect in 2012. We’ll give you an idea of what the experts had to say…

“The Year of Integration – Paul Gillin, the author of Social Media Marketing for the Business Customer, sees 2012 as the year when social marketers would stop delegating social to junior managers. He predicts a new generation of integrated marketing programs that will be “much more sophisticated that anything we’ve seen in the past.””

“The Social Business Revolution – Brian Solis, the author of The End of Business as Usual, joins Matthew Grant of MarketingProfs in saying that in 2012 companies of all sizes will need to “transform their business and existing infrastructure, and reverse engineer the impact of business objectives and metrics.” Matthew goes on to predict that corporate sites will be better and more deeply integrated with social media properties “bringing with it a more seamless experience as you move from the social media spokes to the proprietary hub.””

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7 Ways Daring Brands Walk The Line

Fast Company posts a list of ways companies are “walking the line.”

Here are just some snippets:

Understand that it’s all relative: What is offensive to me might make you laugh…You can’t be universally loved and hope to shock people. They don’t go hand in hand.

Give them a surprise rather than a shock: Shock makes us stop. Surprise makes us think. Brands need to build relationships that are lasting. Just shocking someone doesn’t mean they will think about or engage with your brand.

Don’t be mean-spirited: It’s easy to be shocking at someone’s expense. Don’t. (See Groupon’s much-reviled Tibet ad below)

 

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