3 Ways Social Media can Boost Sales Success

A new RAIN Group report proves otherwise and shows that sales people that truly “connect” with buyers in this “always on” environment we live in to win more often […]

Using Hashtags as Strategic Objects

Hashtags have been around for a while. At first it was just a neat way to call out a particular sentiment or be associated with a trending story on Twitter; they’ve now made it into our vernacular and expanded to other platforms including Instagram and Google+. With this evolution, brands are now leveraging the […]

The Emotion found in Social Data

Let’s be clear. Most people who write on social media outlets don’t do so just for the sake of doing it. Some might, but the vast majority of people who share content, post comments, or offer sentiments and opinions online do so because they are in what Andrew Jeavons of Survey Analytics calls “the […]

5 ways to use social media for solution marketing

It’s easy to get caught up in the buzz, and the hype, around social media. I’ve been working with many B2B companies to help them figure out when and how to use social media in their business. The answer is always a bit different depending on the product or service. One area that few […]

Is Sentiment Making Brands Stupid?

I loved the article by Nick Carr a few years ago that asked the question – Is Google Making us Stupid? Nick likened the use of Google and other tools as training us how to “power browse” and not really read effectively.

So I have been thinking about a parallel article that would apply […]

What’s a Twintern anyway?

Sitting around the dinner table a fellow marketer the other day I heard this term I never heard before … a Twintern.

Sure you probably heard of a Marketing Intern before … you know someone from a local college looking to learn a bit over the summer, maybe get their foot in the door […]

11 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2011

Around this time last year I wrote about the 10 B2B Marketing Predictions for 2010 and while I would say 7 out of 10 have already materialized and the others are on their way. So that begs the question – what’s on the horizon specifically for B2B Marketers next year?

Here are 11 concrete ways […]

Is User Generated Content building a Wall between your Brand and your Customer?

So here is a little fact that really scares me – User Generated Content has surpassed that of publisher content which means we marketers (or publishers) are the “white noise” to the User Generated Content “signal” they produce.

So let’s dive into that for a moment …

At a recent concert I was attending at […]

Brand Advocates vs Brand Adversaries – it’s a Very Thin Line!

Everyday I provide support on the social web to customers. For the last 18 months we have solved hundreds of issues both small and large for customers around the globe, some as quickly as 15min others as long as 24 hours. But what’s becoming clear to me is that real time communications is essential in […]

3 More ROIs in Social Media – Conversations Leads and Advocates

If you follow me you know I talk a lot about the ROI of Social Media since I happen to have stumbled on a great ROI using Social Media in providing support for our customers at Avaya.

Social customer support I would argue is the single best place to focus your social media efforts since […]