Facebook Users Vote on Privacy Policy

On July 16th, 2012, wrote:

Facebook users recently had the opportunity to vote on matters related to Facebook privacy. Held via the Facebook Site Governance page, this was not a new venture for the social network. In the past, Facebook allowed its users to vote on their privacy policy. In 2009, users were given the opportunity to vote on company policies, but back then, Facebook was much smaller, with only about 200 million users compared to today’s (nearly) one billion. What are users voting on exactly? Facebook discussed these changes back in May and has since let their users vote as to whether or not the privacy policy was placed into effect. First, the new documents state that Facebook will post all of your information publicly, including your profile picture, gender, and cover photo. These documents also discuss what information Facebook can collect from you as well as how Facebook uses all of this information they collect from you. It also discusses what other people – Read the full article

Simple Tips for Brands Using Google+

On June 28th, 2012, wrote:

Using Google+ to get the word out about your brand or business got a whole lot easier with the introduction of Brand Pages. Operating in a similar manner to profiles used by the members who rely upon Google+, Google Brand Pages (or Google+ Local business pages) are a great way for businesses and their customers to interact with one another. Of course, it is essential understand how best to connect with one another, as this will allow brands to grow their influence and pull in new customers. Use the following tips to make certain you stay atop the brand heap on Google+. Research Your Audience Every brand has an audience. It is vital for Internet marketers to determine who that audience is, because failure to do so could mean that all marketing and advertising attempts are not successful. To prevent this from occurring, it is essential that marketers target the groups who are most likely to be interested in the – Read the full article

4 Reasons Why a Business Needs a Pinterest Account

On June 21st, 2012, wrote:

Pinterest has taken the world by storm, and with more and more people signing up to see what all the fuss is about, isn’t it about time that your business was on Pinterest? It Brings Extra Traffic To Your Site A lot of big companies out there aren’t afraid to give stats on how Pinterest is working out for them. Brands such as Sony, for example, have commented that Pinterest is now sending more traffic than veteran social platform Twitter. For Sony, Pinterest is (2,300 followers) sending 2.5 times more than their main Twitter platform with (80,000 followers). If that isn’t value then I don’t know what is! It Represents Another Audience To Market To One of the key reasons why Pinterest seems to be sending so much traffic to sites is thanks to the fact that businesses can clearly market to a select audience. With Pinterest boards available for pretty much any subject, it doesn’t take long for a – Read the full article

Case Study: How Social Media Drives New Business

On May 24th, 2012, wrote:

Most businesses nowadays rush to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to interact with their consumers. These platforms also serve as a channel where companies can improve sales through coupons and business deals. Small businesses are increasingly embracing this new venture, as well as chief brands like Virgin and Starbucks. A study by University of Maryland reveals that, the use of social media marketing amongst small businesses has increased to 24 percent, up from 12 percent the previous year. As businesses rush to employ the services of Facebook or Twitter to interact with their customers, many discover that not all strategies work all the time. The following case studies explain how these companies use the above platforms. Starbucks Notably, Starbucks has employed the use of social media platforms perfectly. They currently offer free WiFi to their customers. The company has more than 10 million fans on their Facebook Page. It uses this opportunity to carry out their promotions. For – Read the full article

Instagram: From Strength To Strength

On April 23rd, 2012, wrote:

With the news that Facebook has bought Instagram for a whopping $1 billion, everyone is talking about Instagram…even more than they were previously. The photo app allows users to take photos with selected digital filters, which each give photos an instant makeover. Vintage vibes can be seen on the images, with brightening, shadowing, and re-coloring capabilities. In April 2012, the use of Instagram was extended onto Android devices (where previously it was only supported by iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). There are 30 million users worldwide, and the company grew users quickly from its launch in 2010. In January 2012, it was reported that 400 million photos had been uploaded via Instagram, and business just kept getting better. So far, Facebook hasn’t offered a mobile application through their service. Indeed, the acquisition of Instagram shows a readiness to enter the new mobile era and offer customers exactly what they’re looking for on one platform. Facebook has also announced that it will – Read the full article

Social Media Marketing 101: Tips and Tools to Make Managing Twitter Easier

On April 6th, 2012, wrote:

Online marketing covers not only SEO; it also means using social media networks to connect and interact with your customers. Twitter is a great medium for getting backlinks to your website, while also interacting with your customers and networks. Whether you are a business or an individual, you need to take advantage of the many social media dashboards and tools for Twitter to manage your account. These tools allow you to schedule your tweets, gain new followers, and manage multiple accounts from one dashboard. Businesses, in particular, can significantly benefit from using social media dashboards and tools. When you own your own business, you need to schedule your time to get maximum efficiency. Social media dashboards allow you to schedule tweets and automate tasks. This takes the job away from you and lets you use your time on other projects and tasks. Social Media Dashboards Conversocial lets you manage your Facebook and Twitter accounts from one dashboard. You get the – Read the full article

Kickstarter Tips for Successful CrowdFunding

On March 8th, 2012, wrote:

Ever heard of Kickstarter? If not, well – you ought to try it out some time. Especially if you’re planning on raising funds for a cause, a project, a product, a service, or a business. Kickstarter, after all, is currently the world’s largest online crowdfunding platform. It has successfully raised funds for endeavors that include indie films, music albums, books, food-related projects, and even solar energy technology. Kickstarter was launched in 2008 and it facilitates crowdfunding based on a “provision point mechanism”. This means that a Kickstarter project owner (“creator”) either gets the funding he has set to raise – or he gets nothing at all. If he meets the target on or before the deadline, he’ll get paid. And those who pledged money will receive prizes, freebies, and goodies from the creator (whatever he offered to entice people to contribute or pledge). If the creator doesn’t meet the target – well, no money changes hands. That’s right: if the – Read the full article

Starting Points For Creating a Social Media Strategy for Your Business

On February 24th, 2012, wrote:

Social media seems to be dominating the lives of Internet users today, with 800 million users alone on Facebook. Other sites like Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube don’t seem to be doing too bad, either. It is amidst the rise of this new era of social media that businesses are now adopting new online marketing strategies to promote their products and services. Yes, we’re talking about the increasing importance of having a social media strategy. This post provides some guidelines on creating your own social media strategy, as well as a number of essential tips on marketing on today’s most popular social networks and platforms. Define your goals: Before you take the plunge into social media, it’s important to define your objectives first. What do you really hope to achieve by going social? Do you intend to boost traffic? Would you like to increase your number of followers? Do you aim to promote a new campaign or brand awareness program? – Read the full article