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Do You Have Social Media #FOMO or a Social Media Strategy?

by · March 17, 2015

Let’s begin by defining FOMO for those not in the know; FOMO is an acronym for “Fear of Missing Out.” We all have FOMO at various times in our lives and, yes, this extends into our professional lives, as well.

As marketers, it is our job to figure out the most cost efficient way to drive qualified leads/sales. Not only do we need to drive qualified leads/sales, but we also have a quantity of leads/sales that we need to produce.

How do we meet the dual goal of driving the right lead/sales volume at the right cost? By measuring and evaluating every marketing dollar spent using key performance indicators (KPI) and return on investment (ROI). Or so we say.

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Treasure Maps and Shovels

by · March 11, 2015

It’s throwback week here at Social Media Explorer. Here’s another treasure from 2014 that we think you’ll enjoy:

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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Listen To This: We All See The Board, But What Game Are You Playing?

by · February 20, 2015

As you can tell from my first six installments of the “Listen To This” series (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), I listen to a lot of podcasts. Most of the time, I’m into industry shows (Marketing, Design, Leadership, etc.), but I’ll admit that this week’s inspiration surprised me. I subscribe to a handful of podcasts that I would categorize as Entertainment. I love them, but I love them for being ear candy; their great for making me laugh or think about something other than work. Jay Mohr’s Mohr Stories is one of those shows. With guests that range from musicians to comedians, I often cherish this show for its escape and belly laughs. But inspiration? It happened.

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How To Build a Thriving Email List Using Facebook

by · February 16, 2015

When you’re planning to build a new blog or an online business, creating a sizeable subscriber base should be one of the first things on your mind. With people on your mailing list, you can work on building relationships and converting subscribers into buyers. Some marketers believe that email lists are not as important as they were a few years ago because of Facebook.

But the stats suggest otherwise.

  • In the last year, 66% of all US consumers below 15 years of age made a purchase because of an email.
  • 91% of consumers check their email at least once a day.
  • 64% of decision makers read their emails via mobile.
  • Over 70% of mobile purchasing decisions are influenced by email.
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What Can Marketing Learn From The Pageant World? Turns Out, Lots.

by · February 4, 2015

From meeting Tom Brady to biking 50 miles with Miss USA, from competing in the Bahamas at Miss Teen USA to appearing on the cover of a magazine,  undeniably, my experience as Miss New Hampshire Teen USA was once in a lifetime. But above all else, pageants provided me with valuable skills that allowed me to pursue an academic scholarship at a notable university and graduate with honors, ultimately translating positively to my role in digital marketing at SME Digital. I learned that it is not about the crown or notoriety that matters, but rather what you do with your title. My time in the pageant world was challenging and rewarding, and I am honored today to share a few unexpected marketing skills that I acquired through my experience.

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Four Traits Every Brand Needs From Agency Partners

by · January 22, 2015

Many of us spend our career on one side of the table: Brand side or agency side. Expectations are set based on the experiences we have with those on the opposite end. I have spent time on both sides, but most of my experience comes from the agency side. From my time as an agency partner, I’ve come to learn that some brands have very low standards for their agency partners, which leave them with a less than “WOW” experience. A recent conversation with one my clients inspired me to share these four not-so-obvious traits every brand side marketer should expect from their agency partners.

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Three Ways to Turn Company Secrets into Content

by · December 10, 2014

Let’s talk about proprietary content and why it’s increasingly more important for companies to give up some of their secrets in exchange for truly relevant and rank-worthy content.

Now that everyone is joining the content game, it’s time to up the ante and suggest that just generating content is not enough. If your content is pretty generic, you are not winning any points from the SEO Gods, and you are certainly not growing a thriving or engaged audience.

Nope, what you need is proprietary content to make a real splash. 

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Get Lost, For Everyone’s Sake (especially your own)

by · October 8, 2014

Like any good marketer, or business person, or just person in general, I have my favorite inspirational quotes (and I want to hear yours, so get ready to post in the comments). We all have our storehouse of excerpts, passages, or poetry that we draw from. But one particular quote stands above all of the rest for me, and that is what I want to share with you today. Every October, I reread Galway Kinnell’s “A Book of Nightmares”, and though I am arrested numerous times while reading his treasure, there is always one passage that stops me in my tracks. So much so, that it is permanently inked on my right arm (how’s that for tattoo passionate?). In the hopes that it will provide inspiration to you, I share it here:

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Content Production Has Awakened My Inner Child

by · October 2, 2014

“When I was a kid, we had to wait until Saturday morning for cartoons”, “Fast-forwarding through commercials does not take foreeeeeevvvvvver”, “We had trees for entertainment when driving, not movies.” If you have kids, or have been around them at all over the past few years, go ahead and add your own. You no doubt have seen the fury of this on-demand generation. Myself, I’ll admit that I have recently uttered these exact phrases. The difference between “them” and “us” cannot be overstated. For pete’s sake, they can hardly wait for a grilled cheese to be made. Sheesh, right? Them.

And on the flip side, there’s us. As an adult, I’m patient, well-versed in waiting, and solid in my understanding of delayed gratification. “I’ll wait”, “Go ahead”, “Take your time.” Yup, we live there. As adults. Yay, us.

But as a digital marketer…I’ll admit it, I’m a child. In fact, #creepyalert, there’s a good chance that I know you are reading this post right now. And even if I’m not creeping on real-time Google Analytics, it’s likely that I’m talking to myself right now: “Why haven’t my Twitter numbers increased?”, “Why hasn’t anyone left a comment?”, “Maybe I should share on Facebook again; it’s been a few minutes”, “Is the comments area broken?”, “I’ll just go ahead and tweet it, or maybe I’ll Buffer, but that’s not immediate enough, so maybe just a direct tweet”, “Perhaps I should leave the first comment myself,” and on and on and on. I’m a child. Me.

I hope, and expect, that you aren’t a child like me. But if you are, here are some lessons that we, as marketers (perhaps more accurately as content creators/publishers), need to learn.

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