@Cassel

"Native advertising, when done right, is more about storytelling than pitching a product. And PR prides itself on understanding the news agenda, not finding the sales hook."

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Inside Forbes: It’s Fight Night. PR Firms Take On Ad Agencies Over Native Advertising

(via edelmanwellsaid)

The same can be said about good social media marketing.

Jul 22

"#Dont #Overuse #Hashtags #In #Your #Tweets #It #Looks #Ridiculous #Stick #To #Three #Or #Fewer #TwitterEtiquette."

- Kevin Allen

http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/14651.aspx# (via edelmanwellsaid)

Advice also applies to Facebook posts.

Jun 19

"People get far too hung up on the media versus the social part of ‘social media’. A brand has to be interesting enough for people to want to spend time with it and most brands don’t have a clear social purpose – they may have a commercial proposition, but not a cultural, human purpose. Brands need to have compelling mission that is interesting to people. You have to start by saying “We need to build a brand about this,” then the media channel approach falls out of that rather than the other way around. The idea has to drive the behavior. Digital can play an increasingly big role because it lets you do things that other media can’t do. It creates better, more interesting spaces."

- Gareth Kay, Brand Building in A Digital Age via Think with Google

Aug 29
Social Media Brandsphere
Feb 6

Social Media Brandsphere

Feb 1

Explore, discover, photograph, & share. 's new video is a great look at the role of food in social media

All that’s missing is the Foursquare check-in and the Instagram shot.

(Source: vimeo.com)

courtenaybird:

The State of Social Media and Social Media Marketing in 201

Fascinating.   In about a two-year period Instagram has nearly matched Foursquare in users, and Pinterest is closing in on the halfway mark.
Jan 12

courtenaybird:

The State of Social Media and Social Media Marketing in 201

Fascinating.   In about a two-year period Instagram has nearly matched Foursquare in users, and Pinterest is closing in on the halfway mark.

Tis the season for YIR infographics.
Not surprised that FB delivered the lion’s share of sharing, but “StumbleUpon creates a 320% viral lift”? Really?
Dec 13

Tis the season for YIR infographics.

Not surprised that FB delivered the lion’s share of sharing, but “StumbleUpon creates a 320% viral lift”? Really?

"Detractors don’t realize one very important point: Google does not see Google+ as a separate product; to the company, Google+ is the product. Sure, Google hopes to build a social network that competes with Facebook, Twitter and other social services, but that is not the main reason the company has put so many resources behind Google+. Instead, Google+ is a social layer that has always been intended to sit on top of the company’s flagship product: search. Proclaiming that Google+ won’t survive is like saying that the Apple mobile iOS operating system will die, but the iPhone and iPad will live on. They are one and the same, just as Google and Google+ will be. You can already see how Google+ is being integrated into the company’s entire product line. The +1 button is visible on every YouTube video and search results page, and it is even on single images from the site’s visual search. Earlier this week, Google began offering Google+ pages for businesses, too. It’s only a matter of time before these pages are ranked in search results."

- NYT: Google+ Isn’t Going Away

Nov 10

"The genius of Steve Jobs and Apple was in seeing beyond this limited notion of how computers could fit into our lives. It was through the Mac — and later, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad — that we discovered computers could be tools for creativity and personal expression. The discovery that a computer or phone could unleash your inner artist, channel your creative voice, or even evoke love: if you can remember the extraordinary moment you first felt that potential, the odds are good that you felt it while using a device created by Steve Jobs. The social media revolution rests on this discovery of the creative, expressive, and emotional potential of digital technology. From the videos we create on YouTube to the haiku we post on Twitter, from the birth announcements we post on Facebook to the eulogies now pouring forth across the blogosphere, we live our creative and emotional lives online because somebody thought to give us a computer that suggested there might be something more important than a spreadsheet. Somebody gave us GarageBand and an iPod that acknowledged music as something to create and share as well as package and buy. Somebody gave us an iPhone and an iPad that showed us a digital world beyond our desks, and an offline world with a connection to our online relationships."

- Steve Jobs, Father of Social Media - Harvard Business Review

Oct 6
Happy Little Checkins
(Via Mashable)
May 28

Happy Little Checkins

(Via Mashable)

The Real Cost (& Benefits) of Social Media from a Brand Marketer’s perspective. Interesting look at the value of a Facebook Fan and Twitter Follower.
(Via Focus)
May 23

The Real Cost (& Benefits) of Social Media from a Brand Marketer’s perspective. Interesting look at the value of a Facebook Fan and Twitter Follower.

(Via Focus)

The Demographics of Social Media
(Via AdAge)
May 17

The Demographics of Social Media

(Via AdAge)

(via Adotas)
May 9

(via Adotas)

"Think about how back in the day we used to have our local dry cleaner who everyone in the family knew and who knew everyone in the family, the convenience store clerk who you talked to about your problems at work while he made your favorite cup of coffee, and the homely waitress at the local diner who knew how to get your eggs just right. Those were the days that were less about profit and transactions and were more about creating genuine, personal relationships. Businesses now, through Social Media, are working to reverse the effects time has had on the personal customer experience by engaging users to create more loyalty. It’s not unusual to get an @reply from a company saying thanks for sharing a neat tweet or even engaging in an intellectual or simply fun exchange with you."

- From The Next Web’s “How Social Media Has Helped to Reshape Marketing

May 2