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Manage Expectations or They’ll Manage You

by · April 18, 2014

What if I randomly handed you $1,000? Pretty sweet huh!

What if I told you, before I handed you that $1,000, that I was about to hand you a random amount of money anywhere between $1,000 and $100,000,000?

That $1,000 doesn’t feel as sweet anymore.

Now, what if I told you I was going to hand you a random amount of money between $1 and $100 and then surprised you with $1,000 in your hand.

Feels amazing, right?

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Why Cost per Acquisition Is the Only Metric That Really Matters

by · March 28, 2014

There’s no denying it. You cannot consider yourself a great ad person unless you know your numbers.  At SME Digital (the agency arm of Social Media Explorer), we’re all about garnering results that are measurable. After all, you aren’t an effective marketer if you aren’t tracking the numbers.  Even more, you aren’t a top-notch marketer if you’re not tracking the one metric that matters above all others: Cost per Acquisition (CPA).

Now don’t get me wrong, all those other metrics are important too. Metrics like:

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Three Clients You Never Want To Work With

by · March 14, 2014

I’m an account man; have been for most of my professional career. I’ve worked with numerous brands of all shapes, sizes and focuses, from national B2C clients to regional charity organizations. As Director of Client Services for SME Digital (the agency arm of Social Media Explorer), I’m able to continue working with great brands, and I love it.

But this post isn’t about all the great brands that we work with. No, this post is about the brands we would never choose to work with. The three types of companies any blossoming agency (or consultancy or freelancer) should avoid like the plague and jetpack away from the second the words, “Let me send you our thirty page RFP!” are uttered.

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Planning For Spontaneity

by · October 1, 2013

All great content, whether premeditated or spontaneous, is a product of purposeful intent. Let me explain what I mean by that. By now, there probably isn’t a soul on social media that isn’t aware of Oreo’s spontaneous Super Bowl tweet. This little picture, sent at the perfect time, not only earned millions of impressions, it also set Oreo apart in the hallowed cannons of social media for months (maybe years) to come.

To the brands that look at this piece of content and dismiss it with, “Well yeah, right place right time. I guess they just got lucky.” I call bullshit. Oreo didn’t get lucky, that tweet was a product of purposeful, planned intent. No, they didn’t know three months beforehand that a blackout was going to plague the Super Bowl, but they had the foresight to know that something was going to happen during the biggest game of the year. So they put together a team of strategists, artists and copywriters to capitalize on that unknown something. Guaranteed if there wasn’t a blackout, Oreo still would have posted something great in the 3rd of 4th quarter of the game that would have had us all talking.

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Treasure Maps and Shovels

by · July 5, 2013

Treasure maps get all the glory. After all, without a treasure map, how else is the young adventurer  supposed to find where that chest of doubloons is buried.  X marks the spots, you know the drill. But what about the lowly shovel. Though never taking center stage in any story, the shovel is still a necessary part of the treasure gaining process. Without a shovel, how are you supposed to dig up the buried treasure? Without a shovel, a treasure map is essentially worthless.

Sure you know where the gold is buried, but without a shovel you have no way of getting to it.

Coincidentally, your content strategy is a lot like a treasure map. Obviously you aren’t going to find your content strategy stuffed inside an empty rum bottle; but like a treasure map, your content strategy does outline the steps you need to take to find true content success.

However, a content strategy will only take you so far. I’ve seen too many people create a content strategy and then assume that success is already theirs, “We’ve got our content strategy right here! The gold is ours!” A strategy is only part of the success equation, at some point you’re going to need to put down the map and start digging. 

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Don’t Let Goals Get In The Way Of Your Success

by · May 3, 2013

I was at a party the other week talking to an old friend that had recently launched a startup. He was sharing some interesting statistics on the growth of the startup, that they have increased sales by X and clients by Y.  In all, it was very positive news. After a few minutes of conversation, I asked him whether or not the business was successful. I was expecting a short and simple, “Yes!”  Instead what I received was a rehashing of the metrics he had already shared. Having known him for a while, I felt comfortable stopping him mid-sentence asking, “It’s great that you’re meeting all these goals and objectives, but does that mean your startup is successful?

His response, “I don’t know.”

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The Great Debate: Is Social Media Bullshit? [PODCAST]

by · April 26, 2013

Welcome to the latest episode of Explore Marketing Uncensored, Social Media Explorer’s official podcast. Explore Marketing Uncensored is your one-way ticket into the twisted minds of some of the greatest digital marketing and social media thought leaders around. The goal: to provide marketing executives with the knowledge they need to be rock stars in their organization.

For this episode Brandon Mendelson, author of Social Media Is Bullshit, goes toe-to-toe with hosts Jason Spooner and Jason Falls, to finally state once-and-for-all whether or not social media is indeed bullshit.  Inspired by Jason Falls’s and Brandon’s fireside chat at the last Explore event, the group talks through the various shades of bullshit currently affecting the social media marketing world. We also identify the true “secret” for how to get your content to go viral. No bullshit.

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The Convergence of Content Marketing and SEO [PODCAST]

by · April 12, 2013

Welcome to the latest episode of Explore Marketing Uncensored, Social Media Explorer’s official podcast. Explore Marketing Uncensored is your one-way ticket into the twisted minds of some of the greatest digital marketing and social media thought leaders around. The goal: to provide marketing executives with the knowledge they need to be rock stars in their organization.

For this episode Arnie Kuenn, president of Vertical Measures sits down with hosts Jason Spooner and Nichole Kelly, to share his insights into search engine optimization (SEO). Guided by Arnie, the group discusses the best practices behind what really works in SEO right now. They also identify outdated practices that could actually be hurting your SEO efforts.

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Put up or Shut up: Beyond Social Influence [PODCAST]

by · April 5, 2013

Welcome to the latest episode of Explore Marketing Uncensored, Social Media Explorer’s official podcast. Explore Marketing Uncensored is your one-way ticket into the twisted minds of some of the greatest digital marketing and social media thought leaders around. The goal: to provide marketing executives with the knowledge they need to be rock stars in their organization.

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About Jason Spooner

Jason Spooner

Jason Spooner is the Director of Client Services for SME Digital, the digital marketing extension of Social Media Explorer. During his career as a digital strategist, Jason has worked with a variety of large and small companies including: NAPA AUTO PARTS, NASCAR, Kraft, Wal-Mart and Wrangler. His passion: creating powerful digital marketing strategies that drive results. Oh, and he does improv comedy. Follow his antics @jaspooner.

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