Earlier today, Twitter added a new celebrity to its ranks: Edwards Snowden, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower. Welcome to Twitter, Edward Snowden (you’re only basically a decade late). His bio reads, “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress.”
If you’re an avid reader, you probably already use devices like Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad for flipping through those page-turners, but you may not be familiar with other aspects of the internet that can change the way you experience books. Self publishing, personalised children’s books and social media are changing the technological landscape for avid readers. Social media readings sites that give readers an opportunity to meet and discuss what they are reading virtually. Slowly, these social media networks are replacing your traditional book clubs, and that may be for the best. [Read more…]
Saudi Arabia’s government will soon execute a young man named Ali Mohammed al-Nimr for his pro-democracy demonstrations during the Arab Spring in 2012. In response to the Saudi government’s planned execution of al-Nimr, the hacktivist group Anonymous, infamous (or famous) for its cyber vigilantism, has attacked Saudi government websites.
In the United States, (American) football is king. An entire day of the week, Sunday, is devoted to the National Football League (NFL), but if you take into account Friday night’s high school football games, Saturday’s college football games, and the NFL’s Monday and Thursday night games, in the fall, Americans are practically always watching football.
While most people may see social media as a way to share their personal activities – what they ate, where they ate, where they’re going on vacation, how they feel, #OOTD, etc. – we can no longer deny that there are other applications of social media.
Of course, there is social media marketing which benefits businesses big and small, but on the “good” side (that is not to say the above are bad), there is the connection between social media and law enforcement. And a growing one, too. [Read more…]
Reaching out to fellow bloggers, making connections, and building a network are some of the most important activities that a blogger have to focus on. That is, if you want to expand your reach and monetize your blog at some point.
These activities can be done online, of course, but offline events can also bring you excellent results. Additionally, if you’re working as a social media manager or strategist (or some similar role) for a client, holding real-life events may be a necessary component to your overall strategy.
If this is the case, how can you optimize the impact of your events? [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…]
Writing an excellent, informative article or blog post is a critical building block in getting the eyeballs that you want, whatever your ultimate goal may be – selling your services or products, for example.
But no one can ignore the role that content marketing plays. Without this activity, the chances of your wonderful content reaching as wide an audience as possible are nil.
Enter social media.
Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram, Pinterest..the usual suspects.
In order to maximize your content marketing efforts, you want to do what you can to make your social media posts as attractive and attention-grabbing as possible. [Read more…]
For businesses, customer engagement should be the focus of every marketing initiative. Whether it’s a simple billboard or a highly-targeted Facebook advertisement, the goal is to engage with customers and build a relationship that results in a sale or conversion. Regardless of your product/service quality, brand name, or brand logo, you will still need specialized tools to help facilitate customer engagement. And while there are hundreds – even thousands – of different options available, two currently stand above the rest. [Read more…]