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Social Media Strategy Gone Wrong

best-buy-logoOne of the most important things a business has to remember about utilizing social media is, everyone is watching!

Well, BestBuy CMO, Barry Judge, had to learn the hard way about that.

DougMeacham had an unpleasant turned pleasant experience at BestBuy recently and decided to let the BestBuy CMO about his in store experience.

Judge must have been a little distracted when replying to Meacham, because things went completely left at the end of the conversation.

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Social Media ROI and You!

TheUncleSam biggest concern that I read about on LinkedIn, blogs, and tweets is how do you measure a social media marketing plans success.  What it really comes down to is “What ROI will I see?

Rightfully so, businesses can ask this question, and as a social media marketer I have to answer this question.  The answer is as simple as it sounds, it’s more about qualitative than quantitative results.

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Starbucks’ Free Pastry Day = Twitter Win!

starbucks1If you aren’t in the social media loop, something very interesting happened today on Twitter all courtesy of Starbucks.

Starbucks ran a promotion giving away a free pastry with the purchase of any beverage.  The purpose of this promotion was to introduce people to Starbucks new pastries that are without the artificial flavors, dyes, transfats, and high fructose corn syrup.

As for coupon control, Starbucks required that you had to show a coupon in order to receive the pastry. Displaying the fact that they are inline with technology, you could either print out the coupon or show the coupon on your phone.

With the promotion being run from opening until 10:30 am, Starbucks #FreePastryDay is a perfect example of how powerful a medium Twitter is. Continue reading


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Microsoft, Apple and Social Media

apple-vs-microsoft2Yesterday, Mashable posted an article that made some Apple fanatics cringe.

Microsoft has decided to build retail stores and strategically place them right next to Apple retail locations. In addition to that announcement, Microsoft also claims to have received a phone call from Apple demanding they cease all of their “Laptop Hunters” commercials.

After reading this, I began to think, if Microsoft and Apple took their “battle for the top spot” to the social media world, who would do it best? Continue reading

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Maximize Your Traffic Using Social Media

BenJerryThursday June 25th will be a day that goes down in history.  Not only did Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett pass away, but the internet was on the verge of shutting down due to overwhelming amounts of traffic.

Gossip sites, and’s hosting servers nearly crashed due to the world searching Michael Jackson’s death. 

Don’t you wish your company website, microsite, blog, or ecommerce site had those problems?  If you leverage your social media strategy the right way, you just may have to deal with similar issues.

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Why You Need to Use LinkedIn


Because LinkedIn connects your business and your employees with other people.

That’s a simple answer, right?  Then why aren’t more businesses using it?

It’s common to ignore the minor things in life, but you cannot afford to ignore the things that seem minor but have so much more potential behind it.

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Social Media is More Than What You May Think

thinkingWhen the words social media are spoken, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or MySpace. 

Even the so called “social media marketing guru” shows his/her flaw by always referring to these sites as the meat and potatoes of social media.

What many fail to realize is, social media is composed of any online community where people can interact with each other.

A perfect example of a social media campaign that doesn’t involve the popular social networks is WebEx’s Pass the Ball Continue reading

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