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Jim Berkowitz

A Winning Formula For Facebook Contests

by · June 27, 2013

Are you looking for ways to increase your Facebook Fanbase? Or, are you wanting to get your Fans more engaged and excited about your brand? One of the best ways I’ve found to do this is by running a contest. But beware, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about this. Here’s an 8-step winning formula for conducting a successful Facebook contest:

1. Define The Purpose and Goals of Your Contest – Outlining the purpose of your contest (ex. to increase engagement, to grow your Fanbase or to promote brand awareness), can get you going in the right direction. It’ll help you to pick the right type of prize and target the right people. And setting some simple goals will help you to stay within your budget and identify when you should consider making modifications to your target audience or related contest promotion activities.

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10 Business Lessons from One of the Greatest Live Rock and Roll Bands in History

by · May 21, 2013

I was absolutely enthralled by a recent article about a band that, since 1988, has been near and dear to many of us here in my home town of Telluride Colorado, Phish. Phish ranks among the greatest live bands in rock and roll history, and a sizable subculture of Phishheads would argue that there’s been none better.

Here’s a couple of summarized takeaways from the article, The Business of Phish:

Over the past 4 years Phish has generated $120 million in ticket sales, yet by more typical measures of a band’s success (album sales – Phish’s are minuscule, Billboard Top 10 rankings – none, radio airplay – limited, hit songs – out of the 883 songs Phish has performed none have been hits, and music videos – they only have one and that was heavily mocked)  the band isn’t popular at all.

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Apps That’ll Make You A Content Curator Extraordinaire

by · April 25, 2013

For a busy guy like me, it’s difficult sometimes to keep up with all of the latest best practices and technology tools that seem to crop up continuously in the field of digital marketing.  One of those areas that I’ve apparently fallen behind on is content curation and marketing.  Not good!  Because  this is an area that has become, as Stephanie Graves notes, “the go-to audience building strategy for top brands and organizations seeking to connect with their target audiences in a meaningful, non-sales-y way.”

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People Try To Put Us d-Down, Talkin’ ’bout Your Reputation – Part 2

by · March 29, 2013

In Part 1 on this topic I wrote about why it’s so important that businesses of every size and type get on board with online reputation management.  I also discussed the importance of “listening” to what’s being said about your business online and pointed out a few tools that are available to help you do so.

Yes, starting your reputation management program by “listening” is important, but if you don’t take the time to understand what you’ve found and you don’t take appropriate and timely action, then listening is pretty much a waste of time.

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People Try To Put Us d-Down, Talkin’ ’bout Your Reputation – Part 1

by · February 26, 2013

I’m sure that we all understand that our business’s (as well as our personal) reputation on the web is critical to our success and ability to prosper. In the prehistoric ’80s and ’90s, businesses and their brands pretty much controlled their own public image on the web by “pushing” out marketing and public relations communications to an interested public. Friends, those days are gone forever!

Today, it is incredibly easy for anyone to post positive or negative comments and reviews about you or your business online; and these posts by people like you and me can not only go viral very quickly, but can, and do, affect people’s behaviors.

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Making Fan Engagement Your Marketing Mantra for 2013

by · January 30, 2013

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I spent an afternoon figuring out how to build a Facebook landing page with FBML.  It wasn’t pretty; I’m a marketing dude, not a programmer.  Then, what seemed like sooner rather than later, FBML was gone and replaced by iFrames.  Yikes!   Just going to the Facebook Developer website gave me the willies.

Well — hooray for Facebook entrepreneurs… thanks to you I’m done messing with the complexities of a code-based approach and I’m in my milieu; evaluating and selecting marketing solutions.

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About Jim Berkowitz

Jim Berkowitz

Jim is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry analyst and technology consultant who assists organizations in planing for, selecting and succeeding with technology designed to get, keep and grow customers. As an Industry Analyst and CRM Technology Coach with CRM Mastery, Inc., (a company he founded in 2004) Jim provides technology selection services to enterprises across the country seeking to invest in CRM technology solutions. In addition, as a Digital Marketer, Jim provides web site design and development as well as internet and social media marketing services to small businesses and celebrities in Telluride, Colorado and beyond.

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