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Finding royalty free stock images to use in blog posts is an easy task. In this article, we will recommend you some websites, from which you can get free stock images for blog posts or other purposes. #blogging 
There is no dispute over importance of using images in blog posts! It has tremendous effects on readability of post as well as grabbing attention from audience, especially while sharing links in socia...
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Sally-Anne Rogers

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Twitter's latest look. A list of the recent changes to this popular communication platform.
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Andy Bassett

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I #Google kicks ass!
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Miriam Shaviv

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What I learned from going viral
Just over a month ago, I posted on my LinkedIn page a copy of an unusually aggressive LinkedIn message from an executive in Cleveland, rejecting the connection request of a young job-seeker. I didn’t uncover the story; Kelly Blazek’s note had been widely covered elsewhere, and I happened to come across it on Twitter. I had even re-tweeted it and posted it on Facebook, without generating much discussion.  At first, it looked like that would be the...
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Couldn't agree more,Kathy
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Maybe the greatest thing about blogs are their comments. Blog commenting provides a range of benefits and open the door to building relationships.
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Looking for ways to improve the content for your community?  Creating mystery is a very effective but often little used means to improve your social media engagement.
Creating mystery is a very effective but often little used means to improve your social media engagement. Some great tips to employ this technique.
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Total mystery... the blog post linked here does not tell us anything on how to improve social media engagement by creating mystery :-(
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Some thoughts on how to make the most of recent changes to Twitter. The recent changes include:
1) Emphasis on images.
In October, Twitter added a feature called Image Preview that displays pictures in followers Twitter feeds. Previously, followers had to click on a link to see the image, now it just appears -- if it is properly formatted. This could be a good thing if you're handy with graphics software. If not, your posts may get lost in a tsunami of dopey pet photos other people post.


2) It is now easier to add a stream of Twitter posts to your blog or Web page.
This capability isn't new, though Twitter has beefed up the features. To add your Twitter to a Web page.

On your Twitter page:
- click on Settings (the little gear in the upper right corner of the pages)
- click Widgets
- click create New
- Once you've finished, Twitter will generate somme code that you need to copy and paste onto you Blog or Web page.
- More on embedding your Twitter Timelines (your Tweets).

3) Twitter clamped down on tools, such as Manageflitter, that automate the time-consuming processes of following and unfollowing people.
 
To read more:
http://www.theloneliestplanet.com/2014/03/twitter-for-writers-whats-new-in-2014.html
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Do You know that your company needs a spellcaster? No? Find out why!

#socialmediamarketing   #socialmedia   #webmarketing   #contentmanagement   #spellcaster   #businessopportunity  
American Superhero's comics and fantasy novels are definitely among the great passions of my life. It will sound strange to talk about comics and fantasy novels to match the work of a company, but if you follow me I will ...
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As we delve into all the changes Apple iOS7.1 and the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web impacting our continued attempts to juggle work/life and pursue #entrepreneurship  , I raise the question +Jay Deragon asked in his blog.....and re-shared it in mine: 

Is technology influencing humanity or is humanity influencing technology?

Can both coexist in the same learning space when teaching ourselves? Teaching our children? What power can be harnessed from both? What pitfalls do we need to be mindful of in both spaces? What are the ramifications for #innovation  and #creativity  in today's startup culture and push for global digital citizenship? 

I try to provide the START of an ongoing answer and dialogue; both of which are needed-now more than ever. 

Here's my latest Wordpress post with more food for thought: 

http://bit.ly/1ilBmTX
"I love technology, and I don't think it's something that should divide along gender lines." -- Marissa Mayer "Information defines your personality, your memories, your skills." -- Ray Kurzweil Thi...
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Have you seen the remarkable branding video design from this Spanish bank? It is a very simple story. A little girl puts a coin in the troubadour’s hat. He then starts playing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Then the magic begins.Watch it now, it is only 5 minutes and it will inspire you.
Remarkable is a word many marketers are familiar with. Especially those that are Seth Godin fans. Seth has written a lot about remarkable branding design.
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Facebook keeps being pivotal in the automotive digital marketing strategy of OEM's. According to Socialbakers BMW is still the top player in terms of Facebook fans. full list here: http://bit.ly/1te66v9
Facebook keeps being pivotal in the automotive digital marketing strategy of OEM's. According to Socialbakers BMW is still the top player in terms of Facebook fans. There's the top 10 Facebook OEM's fan pages updated to April...
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Antonel Neculai

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3 Ways for the Restaurants to Use Social Media Marketing
Like many other businesses, restaurant owners face tough competition in today's economy. They are constantly on the look for new ways to market their business. Social media marketing can be a very powerful strategy when done right. Too many restaurant owners do not use social media for their business or if they do they entrust it to one of their young employees. "Well, it's Facebook, she's young and she can handle it!"
That is a wrong assumption and usually leads to a poor social media presence for the restaurant. It's not all abut posting pictures of the food served in the restaurant, it is about building a brand, interacting with customers with different demographics, it's about customer service an about marketing.
Read this article if you are interested in finding out more on how to use social media marketing for a restaurant. The article is catering to restaurant owners in the Myrtle Beach area but the information can be used anywhere:
http://www.stylestrandmedia.com/2014/04/11/3-ways-for-the-restaurants-in-the-myrtle-beach-area-to-use-social-media-marketing/
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Our latest blog post about using hashtags correctly and effectively to promote your social content and connect with influencers. #hashtagmarketing   #socialmediatips  
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Meet the next big social media networks... Lots of fun and - more importantly - good for business.
You would have to live in a cave not to have heard of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ and YouTube – the big players on the social media scene.  But, with online marketing developing at such a fast pace, there are other up-and-coming social media platforms that you need to know about. For many businesses they are already efficient ways of reaching new clients, and several of them are becoming so popular they are practically mainstr...
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Witmer Group

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SEO is many things and a powerful way to make a measurable difference in your online marketing efforts. #seotips  
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Admit it; colleagues value your leadership and expertise, and as a connoisseur of your craft you relish the idea of contributing to your company’s blog and being apart of a strategic blogging process. But crafting purposeful posts on a regular basis can seem like a monumental undertaking for a busy business owner.

These six steps will get you blogging for business, and set you on a path toward producing strategically targeted, high-converting blog posts that lead to increased profits and customer satisfaction.

Read full article: http://stuartjdavidson.com/strategic-blogging-guide/
A 6-step guide to master strategic blogging. A strategic blogging strategy will give your brand voice, attract quality leads and extend your targeted reach.
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Apply the lessons learned from Steve Jobs presentations to how to be more engaging with your social media content.
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Epik Consulting

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Social media is great for growing any small business, even for realtors! 
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Avtar Ram Singh

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Great advice on building a Facebook contest that works

Sometimes it's fairly hard to ensure that what you do on Facebook works, so here's an interesting example on how brand extension and relating your brand with your target audience and fans might be the way to go for you.
 
Facebook Campaigns Done Right - The Holiday Inn Express Songwriting Competition

When your message or campaign has the potential to reach 1.2 billion people – it’s imperative that you get your message right. The Holiday Inn Express Songwriting Competition does just that.

In 2012, the Holiday Inn Express Songwriting Competition played a crucial role insinger-songwriter Tresor Riziki’s growth to multi-platinum fame. In addition to being featured across South African airwaves and international music channels, he penned a deal with Universal Music. In 2014, the Holiday Inn Express Songwriting Competition has returned – this time with Tresor as a judge.


With our partners, Ogilvy Public Relations, we built the custom Facebook application for Holiday Inn’s Songwriting Competition. The objective of the contest is to celebrate creativity, and to celebrate those that embody similar values as a typical Holiday Inn Express guest. Values of individuality, creativity and resourcefulness.

The contest is running across four markets – South Africa, India, UAE and Indonesia. And the process is simple. Singer-songwriters need to compose their own song, mentioning Holiday Inn Express in the lyrics at some point and submit the song.

Submissions can be uploaded either via SoundCloud, or contestants can submit their original compositions directly into the app. After submitting their entries of course, it’s vital for the contestants to share their entries with friends, family and friends of friends to stand a chance to win the grand prize.

The grand prize – of getting Holiday Inn Express to record a music video of your winning song is the main prize, but the winning contestant also gets 250,000 IHG Rewards Club points that can be used for room nights around the world, perfect for a world tour! And who knows, perhaps even lay the foundation for contestants to go multi-platinum, just like Tresor Riziki managed to do in South Africa.

So why do we feel Holiday Inn Express did this campaign right?

Build on What Works:

Marketers and strategists worldwide talk about A/B testing, the end-goal in mind of course, to run with what works the best. After witnessing great success with the campaign in 2012 that led to the birth of a star, Holiday Inn Express decided to take this year’s competition regional – spreading the reach of their campaign. Find what works for your brand, then build on it and grow it.

Tie the Contest Back to Your Brand:

Everyone wants to run a giveaway, a photo contest, or come up with a viral campaign. For Holiday Inn Express, it could have been as easy as sharing a story about a customer’s favourite visit, and the best story gets the grand prize.

That’s boring. It’s bland and plain. Instead, Holiday Inn Express tied their brand to the values that they see in their customers – and decided to run a competition around that. So in a way, the contest embodies both what the brand is about, as well as what the customers are about. It fits.

Run it Across Platforms:

One of the many things we stress on our clients doing is to make competitions cross platform – even if it’s just having a version of it residing on their website. In the Songwriting Competition, we plugged into SoundCloud’s API and integrated SoundCloud with Facebook – thereby letting contestants have their songs reside on SoundCloud, but be available via the contest.

The smarter contestants will probably add a link to the competition in the song’s description on SoundCloud and have anyone who likes it vote for it!

Make the Judging Fair:

There’s a fair amount of debate around whether you should let crowdsourced voting decide who wins your competition or whether you should have a panel of judges. Holiday Inn combined these two to create a two-step judging process. First – friends, fans, family members and acquaintances can vote on the submissions. Second – the Top 10 songs of each country are reviewed by an expert panel before a winner is picked.

That way – if one of the participants happens to be a popular local band with a following that gets a ton of votes, it doesn’t guarantee them success. It only gets them to the review stage – where they may or may not find the elusive gold medal.

Make Non-Contestants Participants:

It’s no fun if your contest is just accessed by the contestants to submit their entries, and for their connections to vote and disappear. The “Listen & Vote” tab in the Facebook app allows absolutely anyone to login and listen to the submissions. Music enthusiasts and fans will probably visit the contest every now and then to see if they can find some interesting music. I know I have!

Always try and add an element in the competition that’s going to make it something even non-participants would like to visit – try and make it catchy, interesting, fun or involving. Personally – we’ve never really see a singing competition on Facebook. Ogilvy Public Relations and Holiday Inn Express came up with a brilliant idea, building on the success of the original competition and amplifying it with a dynamic app!

Think you’ve got it in you? If you’re from South Africa, India, Indonesia or UAE – give it a shot!

Full Article Source: http://blog.circussocial.com/facebook-campaigns-done-right-holiday-inn-express-songwriting-competition/
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