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Silver City Is First in New Mexico to Proclaim June 30 as Social Media Day

Silver City may not be the biggest city in New Mexico, but it is the first to officially proclaim June 30 as Social Media Day.

Silver City Mayor James R. Marshall signed off on the proclamation at a Town Council meeting last week, a month after event organizer Abraham Villarreal submitted the request.

According to Villarreal, the city’s small size is exactly why it needs events like Social Media Day.

“When you’re a small community, finding ways to connect is important,” said Villarreal. “It’s an international event so we’re able to connect with other enthusiasts.”

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Millennials Changing The Food Marketing Game

Grocery Headquarters posted a recent study, Trouble in Aisle 5, done by Jefferies, the global investment bank, and AlixPartners, the global business advisory firm.

The results confirm the belief that Millennials are going to change the way companies do things – if they don’t make the change, and keep up – they’ll be left in the dust.

Picture via www.guardian.co.uk

The food-at-home industry will see an accelerated change because the old-school methods are not cutting it with the new kids on the block.

From the post:

“We envision an environment that will require increased nimbleness and a relentless focus on the consumer for established food manufacturers and retailers, and the potential for rapid growth for new concepts and products,” said David Garfield, Managing Director at AlixPartners and head of the firm’s Consumer Products Practice.

“Millennials clearly present significant challenges, and food-makers and traditional grocery retailers need to start making changes now to address the emerging needs of this demographic group, as in many ways we’re just in the second inning of this ball game” said Scott Mushkin, Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst covering Food & Drug Retailing and Packaged Food at Jefferies.

The study shows that Millennials want connivence, the best possible price and the best quality.  If they have to get it online, on their smartphone, at a grocery store or a connivence store – they will find it.

From the post:

Overall, the study sees a more demanding environment across the entire food-industry value chain.  For food companies, there will be greater pressure to deliver more for less –fresher, higher-quality product, with more choices and more convenience in a shopping environment where consumers are becoming less brand-loyal and more inclined to shop across channels.


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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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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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How Americans are Spending their Media Time… and Money

Nielsen’s blog provides us some insight on how Americans are wasting spending their time.  But that’s not all, Nielsen even sheds some light on where people are spending their money!

The blog reads, “Americans spend more than 33 hours per week watching video across the screens, according to the latest Nielsen Cross-Platform Report. But how they’re consuming content—traditional TV and otherwise—is changing. Demonstrating that consumers are increasingly making Internet connectivity a priority, 75.3 percent pay for broadband Internet (up from 70.9% last year); 90.4 percent pay for cable, telephone company-provided TV or satellite. Homes with both paid TV and broadband increased 5.5 percent since last year.”

Nielsen Created This Picture!

Nielsen Created This Picture!

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Want People to Return Your Emails? Avoid These Words

Do you think Email is an art? When your inbox is flooded with 200-300 a day…you may say it is a very specialized art form.

Data from Baydin, the makers of email plugin Boomerang, reveals the following infographic:

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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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Online Ad Spending to Surpass Print for First Time in 2012

Lauren Indvik writes for Mashable about the new development that online ad spending is slated to surpass print for the first time in 2012.

“For the first time in U.S. history, marketers are projected to spend more on online advertising than on advertising in print magazines and newspapers. According to a study released Thursday by eMarketer, online advertising is expected to generate $39.5 billion in sales this year — a 23.3% increase from 2011 — compared to a sum of $33.8 billion on print.”

When is the last time you looked at an Ad in the paper and went straight to the computer to look it up? Looks like companies are banking on you being more likely on your computer than reading a newspaper.

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6 Apps That Block Online Distractions So You Can Get Work Done

We try to post these news stories at the start of the work day…but there are just so many distractions online.  Mashable has put together 6 Apps that help block those distractions!

Training Wheels

For those not ready to go whole hog on their Internet deprivation, Stutzman also sells a $15 program called Anti-Social that blocks “distracting” social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, as well as any other sites you specify. Stutzman got the idea for Anti-Social when he fell into the “Wikipedia Trap” one day in which he got sidetracked by interesting, but irrelevant information on that site as he was trying to do research.

A free alternative to Anti-Social is LeechBlock, a Firefox add-on that is designed to “block those time-wasting sites that can suck the life out of your working day,” according to its website.”

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