Over the past several months is seems we have been hit with several horror stories coming out of the Middle East related to blogging. As more of the region has gained access to the internet, this has led to an influx of new people using this capability to express their opinions online in the form of a blog. Unfortunately, this has also led to more publicity for these people, and introduces them to people who disagree with their opinion. This has resulted in violent acts against these bloggers, sometimes even death. With the major news outlets picking up these stories, it can come across as the Middle East being very dangerous for bloggers. So we are here to try and answer the question, just how hazardous is it?
Editor’s note: This post was written by Christopher Latter, co-founder of Trendii. He’s a digital marketer and entrepreneur. The majority of his experience is based in SEO and social media, and he also performs a range of other digital marketing techniques. He is a keen writer and enjoys bringing all his experiences together in an interesting way. He’s currently helping to launch a new social network as part of a new start-up incubator program called Start Tank, run by PayPal & Braintree. You can find him on LinkedIn.
Note from the author: This article is largely speculation. The author cannot in fact see the future, much to his regret.
Thinking about what the future of social media might be is a funny thing. By its very nature, it’s a fast-moving magpie of an industry, jumping onto the next idea that comes along. Sure, I can make some speculations, but say ten years from now, anyone looking back at this article will probably find it laughably quaint, in-between fending off the invading alien legions. Like all those old science-fiction films where they thought we’d be living on moon bases by 1999. Oh, 70s sci-fi, you had such high hopes for us. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Haley Osborne, a freelance writer, blogger and contributing author at Essay Tigers. As a writing expert, she provides tips on content creation, business and academic writing. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
Spring has come and it brought new holiday season starting from milder holidays like International Women’s day and proceeding to the great Easter hype. It is important for bloggers to get their content strategy ready as holiday season means it gets harder to compete for traffic and public attention.
Plenty of sites offer holiday related topics, latest trends and lists with DIY ideas. You can easily succumb to mass instinct and get lost in the piles of similar pre-holiday articles. And it is exactly what you want to avoid. Here are several ideas for you to write best holiday content and keep your blog afloat.
Adding video to your blog can be a really fruitful investment. It can radically increase viewer engagement, boost your site rankings on Google, give your viewers a sense of relationship with you, and it’s a great way to get information across in an easy to understand way. There’s no doubt about it. When you use video on your blog, it can have a strong, positive impact.
According to Technology Innovations Management Review, a study was undertaken using MRIs to observe brain activity and its connection with consumer behavior. The result of this Neuromarketing study suggested that test subjects associate themselves with objects (including people) seen on video. They tend to think “the person on the screen is me”, and they behave, react, and feel accordingly. [Read more…]
Editor’s note: This post was written by Rohan, who creates digital master plans at E2M Solutions for companies seeking advanced search marketing services. He also works on mobile UX improvement for startups and sui generis brands at OnlyDesign.org. Hit him up on Google+ for a chat on any of these areas.
The typical social media team operates in the middle of a continual, churning chaos of users, suppliers, competitors, agencies and what not. With change being the only constant in such an environment, the only way your social media marketing has any hope of surviving is by being agile and adaptive.
Here I refer to agility not just in terms of speed and nimbleness, it also stands in for the ‘agile philosophy’ that is a fundamental principle of Marketing 2.0. How much does being agile really count from a social media perspective? Let’s find out. [Read more…]
So, you’ve got a blog – which makes you just like every other company with a heartbeat. How do you turn that blog from a content receptacle into a valuable branch of your business? Instead of mindlessly reading articles about why blogging is important, you need something tangible – something you can grab onto and use. How can you maximize the value of your posts?
In essence, it all comes down to your distribution strategy and how effectively you’re able to attract traffic to your posts. [Read more…]
2014 was a prolific and interesting year for digital marketers, with social media hits reached unprecedented heights. From selfies (and group selfies) going viral to campaigns like the #IceBucketChallenge and #BringBackOurGirls, and of course the #Bendgate hullabaloo – there were a lot of examples which marketers can learn from.
Looking back and analyzing the big events in social media last year, we can see some trends that will be big this year.
If you’re looking to make a splash in 2015, here are some essential social media trends for brands. [Read more…]
Steve Jobs famously said, “You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them.” When it comes to envisioning new products, he might have been right — customers don’t always know what they want until you show it to them. However, marketing is different. It’s about building relationships. If you expect a relationship to succeed, you have to listen to what the other person wants.
As a marketer, you can model potential customer buying paths, but guess what? Your customers may or may not comply with them. Perhaps it’s time to stop modeling and start asking them what they want. They just might end up doing your marketing for you. [Read more…]
Certain industries find blogging more advantageous than others; and while blogging isn’t for everyone, it can definitely be valuable for every IT specialist. Take a look at some of the following reasons and you’ll likely agree. [Read more…]
Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” just been skewered by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection for promoting bogus weight loss supplements. He’d also been ridiculed on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” in a segment that received over 5.4 million YouTube views. Even worse, every social media marketer had seen the #AskJenny debacle, in which former “The View” host Jenny McCarthy had been mocked for her quacky medical views. To connect with the audience, Dr. Oz’s social media team scheduled a Twitter Q&A with the hashtag #OzsInbox. It didn’t go well. In fact, it became one of Twitter’s most epic fails.
When they’re done well, scheduled at the right time, and handled by an experienced social marketing team, Twitter Q&As can be great for a brand. When they’re handled poorly or scheduled at the wrong time, they turn into public relations disasters. Twitter Q&As aren’t a great way to rebuild positive feelings around a struggling brand. If your organization is facing one of these scenarios, you should skip the Twitter chat. [Read more…]