Inbound Marketing

OMG! You Don’t Know What FOMO Is?!

Man, you are really missing out! (And, that’s the cue for professional social media gurus to keep moving, nothing to see here. Because I’m making an insider joke that you, dearest with the beginner mind, are gonna get in a minute.) Beginner mind. Zen mind. Right on. Today, we’re going to talk about something that…

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Best Holiday Promotions: 8 Experts Chime In [Roundup]

It’s that time of year again, kids. Has been since before Back to School, if you go by what’s on the grocery store shelves, which is Halloween candy, of course. And pumpkin spice everything. Everywhere. Conspicuously, self-consciously, ironically, and comically as more than one of this month’s expert panel have pointed out. In just a…

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Does Everybody Need Social Media? No.

My boyfriend says that I take too long to get to the point. He’s not the first to say so. Some points need proper background and context to be well made. So, for those of you, like my boyfriend, who want the point — Right. Now. — here’s your TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read). TL;DR…

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Why You Shouldn’t Newsjack

I don’t care what David Meerman Scott says. (If you don’t know, he wrote the book on newsjacking. Literally, wrote the book.) Thou shalt not newsjack. Thus have I spake. Before we talk about why you, specifically you — no offense — shouldn’t newsjack, let us first invoke the Internet’s favorite corollary to the Golden…

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Discover and Promote Your Own Good Hashtag

#, # Pound, pound. Nope. It’s not a knock-knock joke. They’re read “hashtag, hashtag.” Or, “hash, hash,” if you’re British. Or, “tag, tag,” if you’re a little lazy, like me. But you already know all this if you’ve seen the helpful SNL PSA from social media wizards Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. (It’s ever so slightly not-safe-for-work…

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Case Study: A Successful B2C Hashtag Contest

#Yogais Case Study: Executive Summary An internationally renowned, very esoteric nonprofit, the Himalayan Institute, is a yoga and meditation retreat center. This case study summarizes how they successfully garnered attention, expanding their niche audience through an integrated online and in-real-life hashtag contest. The face-to-face component of this campaign educated and engaged a somewhat reluctant staff…

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Calculating ROI & Other Metrics for Social (Salon) Sales

Previously, we talked about how, and even if, you can calculate ROI for your small and medium business social media and content marketing efforts. We discussed how it’s been a long time coming and that there are a lot of fine minds working on it. They’re developing best practices and tools for culling, tracking, and…

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Can You Calculate Social Media ROI?

I’ve been a bootstrappy, DIY, organic lead gen, jargon-slinging social media pro since way back. What I mean by that is, my social media and content marketing clients have been small and medium businesses and nonprofits. Even when I work with big Fortune 500 companies, it’s typically with a small internal business unit within one of their marketing departments.…

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Do You Even Know What Your Social Media Goals Are?

Not quite another four-quadrant model — 4R’s Reach, Revenue, Retention, & Relationship Let’s step through this labyrinth, so you can get some traction out of your social media efforts. You already know it’s important to have goals “Having” goals takes a lot of work. I mean, sure, I’d like to be rich. Or thin. Or…

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