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For Immediate Release: FIR#749 – Podcast

Thanks to Neville Hobson's busy schedule, I got to guest host the FIR podcast (For Immediate Release) with Shel Holtz this week. (Scratch that item off my bucket list!) No crazy antics or curse words this time around, so FIR#749 is officially 100% safe for work. Huge thanks to Shel and Neville for a ...
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Facebook's decision to start charging brand pages for eyeballs should not have come as a shock to anyone. The only thing that surprises me about it is how long it took for Zuck and his team to finally pull that lever. I have read a lot of articles and blog posts bemoaning Facebook's decision and hea ...
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 Yesterday on Twitter, Sunny Cervantes asked me an interesting question:Sunny is of course referring to this:Let me answer that in five parts:1) First, because the last thing anyone really needs is another book written about social media, especially right now. It's done. The "social media thought l ...
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While in Charlotte, NC last week, I spent a little time in the Marketing Squadcast studio with Nathan Richie and Brandon Uttley. We talked about a lot of things, but what you might find most useful touched on: - The difference between Social Media (Marketing) and Social Business. - The need for rea ...
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A cool little piece from Alice Truong on FastCompany.com caught my eye yesterday. Here's a link. The central point was that Facebook numbers point to a little bit of unexpected weakness along a few specific growth curves. The first, which is several months old, dealt with teenagers abandoning Faceb ...
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Resource: 2014 Global Digital Statistics Report

Via TheNextWeb, here is WeAreSocial's 183-page Global Digital Statistics Report.Among the findings:35% of the world population uses the internet.26% of the world population is active on social media channels.There are 6.57 billion (with a B) mobile subscribers in the world. (93% market penetration.) ...
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3-Minute Insight: Customer Acquisition Channels

McKinsey & Company recently released an updated report that takes a look at customer acquisition. Check it out here. The biggest takeaway is that email, while not nearly as sexy as social platforms, is still an incredibly solid channel. How solid? Forty times (40x) more effective than Facebook a ...
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Here are a few lessons Gaius Julius Caesar might have taught us were he alive today.  He ultimately met a pretty brutal end, but until that point, the guy was so successful that his last name became synonymous with “Emperor”. (Point of note: the titles “Czar” and “Kaiser” come from the ...
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If you are still having trouble explaining or understanding the intricacies of social media R.O.I. (or social business R.O.I.), chances are that…1. You are asking the wrong question.Do you want to know what one of the worst questions dealing with the digital world is right now? This:Wh ...
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10 Truths About Social Business That You Need To Know

If I were to start a social media blog today, I would call it simply “Stating The Obvious.” Based on what I still run into on a far too regular basis, the types of topics we would cover would fall along the lines of:1. “Social” is something you are, not just something you do. If yo ...
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