First of all, I agree with Jason Falls that list posts are not the gold standard. However, sometimes the stars line up, and a list just pours out. So this list is the candy that I’m handing out this year, and I appreciate you stopping by the homestead! Since I’m a zombie this year, I’ll be needing your brains for the next few minutes, so hand them over, grab the closest wad of candy, and slow-walk with me through these 13 (insert spooky sound effect) rules of trick-or-treating/social marketing.

Matt Hollowell

About the author

Matt is a lifelong student of design, marketing, publishing, and content creation. His passion sits at the intersection of content and design; in fact, you can often find him there with a cup of coffee in one hand and a notepad in the other. As SME's Creative Director, he supports both the brand and clients, which helps to satisfy his lifelong love of never knowing what's coming next. When not at his desk, you'll find Matt serenading his two amazing daughters, reading gritty British poetry, or obsessively listening to podcasts. Send him your podcast reccs here: @mhollowell.

Enough with Busy!

by · October 29, 2014

Busy, busy, busy. Aren’t we all so charming with how very busy we are? It feels like we are all competing over who’s the busiest. Don’t believe me, just look at your social feeds. Everyone is really, really busy (of course not too busy to take the 2 minutes to update their status with how busy they are, but whatever) We are all just so darned busy with work, and our families, kids sports, events, holidays, special projects and hobbies… Just. So. Busy. And we just keep adding things to our to-do list to be busy with little thought being placed on if we should add these things to the list. We just are mindlessly adding tasks. It’s as if busy has become a sport these days and frankly, there are no winners.

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The Perfect Team is Not Perfect

by · October 28, 2014

Have you seen the More Cowbell sketch from Saturday Night Live? It’s more than just comedy. It’s a powerful metaphor for a successful work life. And it provides insight into the kind of people you need on your team, and what makes an effective team.

Everyone has at least one cowbell — it’s your unique, profitable talent people pay you for or your company’s unique offering. It’s something people have a fever for. When you discover it and give those people a ton of it, you gain success and happiness for both yourself and others. It’s a win-win.

A cowbell is simultaneously something you love doing and something other people really want as well (though you still may have detractors and critics). A cowbell creates joy for you and other people. They can’t get enough.

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4 Powerful Ways to Integrate Social Media Into Your Live Event

by · October 27, 2014

If you’ve ever followed a brand on social media before a live event, you’ve had your feed cluttered with incessant updates and promotions. But then, when the event finally comes around, all you receive are constant reminders to attend the keynote, and nothing more about the actual event.

When attending an event, you’re focused on getting to the panels on time and taking notes. But if you decide to stay back, you’re left hoping your business partner will fill you in on what you missed. And if you’re lucky, you might see a photo of the headline speaker on a sponsor’s follow-up blog post.

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ICYMI: From the Fonz to Cool Treats

by · October 24, 2014

Social media moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. In order to help you keep up, the team here at SME Digital has distilled the biggest stories of the past week into one easy to digest chunk.

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AboutLocal Brings Smart Social Listening To Everyone

by · October 22, 2014

One could argue that much of my credibility, content and influence was built on the backs of the social media listening and monitoring industry. From early relationships with Radian6, Sysomos, NetBase and many others long since acquired and gone, those software tools were the ones that intrigued me the most. Mining conversations for insights was always fun to me.

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Getting Past the Social Echo

by · October 20, 2014

Listening is an important part of social strategy. It is important to know what’s being said about your brand where and by whom. I would argue that it is more important to listen to the conversations in your category or industry. In the past, I have called this delineation listening to respond (branded listening) and listening to understand (category listening). And here’s the big problem, when you are listening to just your brand, all you can hear is the echo of your own voice. Brands are creating more and more content each day and this content is being shared on their social channels and it is not following the 80/20 rule, so, the conversation is usually about you. And when you listen to respond, you will see your word clouds be, well, all about YOU. Which doesn’t tell you a whole heaping lot about the conversation. You might see that your brand or product is being mentioned frequently in social channels. And you might be cheering about that, until you see that the mentions are coming from YOU.

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ICYMI: From Killer Clowns to Snoop Dogg

by · October 17, 2014

Social media moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.  In order to help you keep up, the team here at SME Digital has distilled the biggest stories of the past week into one easy to digest chunk.

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Four Things My Four-Year-Old Has Taught Me About Social Marketing

by · October 16, 2014

My youngest daughter turns four years old today. Not only has the time flow by quicker than I could have imagined, I have learned more that I ever thought possible from her. So in honor of my little Jasmine’s birthday, here are four social marketing lessons she has taught me (to the tune of Frozen; apologies in advance).

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