Monthly Archives: July 2012

10 tips every iphoneographer should know

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A new ebook by BlissDom founder Alli Worthington (@alliworthington), is a hyperfocus look at the world of iPhoneography.

Want to take better photos with your iPhone? Wondering about how to monetize your visual content? iPhone Photography: The Visual Guide  is a picture guide book with step-by-step tutorials targeted towards bloggers and anyone employed to share social visual content.

Here are 10 tips:

1. Get close up. IPhone photography is perfect for taking lots of close up shots of your subject. Don’t stand over that baby and take a picture! Take four or five shots and capture toes, a smiling face, chubby hands and belly.

2. Never, ever zoom. Zooming in on your subject with a mobile camera destroys the quality of your picture. Simply edit and crop the picture later to zoom in on what you want included.

3. Don’t be a flasher. Why do we all look fabulous in professional photos? Lots of diffuse light, of course. Now what happens when a teeny harsh light shoots out of your camera on someone’s face? Yep, it’s not pretty. Turn your flash off and thank me later.

4. Clean the lens. It sounds so simple, but we often forget to wipe the schmutz off the camera lens.

5. Use new angles. Don’t take pictures standing up and only moving your arms to move your camera around. Bend those knees and take pictures from an interesting low angle, or stand above the subject and shoot straight down. Get moving and let your feet be the zoom you in on the shot.

6. Light Matters. The iPhone camera is so cool, it can almost bake a cake. Well, not yet. But what it can’t do is take decent pictures in a low light setting. Pictures come out all grainy and noisy. Instead of flashing just go with the grainy vibe and make it all grungy like you planned it.

7. Use editing apps to post process. The easiest app with lots of filters is Magic Hour. Sure, you can make your own filters and adjust curves and details, but it is also great for pre-made flattering filters. Add text to your images with apps like Over or Phonto. There are a quadrillion photo editing apps that make it all easy fun and very often free.

8. GeoLocation in moderation. Unless you want the entire Internet to know exactly where you live, always find the settings gear icon on your apps and turn geolocation and Facebook auto sharing off.

9. Plan for how to use your pictures. If you want to print, sell or license your iphone pictures be sure to save them in a high-res setting. Have you ever tried to print an Instagram picture? Pretty grainy, right? Unless you use Instagram as your camera and then share, all Instgrams are uploaded as low resolution. That is the secret of why Instagram is so fast. If you want to save your favorite images to print or sell later, use an editing app like Camera+ or Photogene 2 and save a large high resolution picture.

10. Get organized. Take pictures of everything. Need to remember what level you parked your car on in that ginormous garage? Take a picture. Too bust to write down what you need at the grocery? Take a picture of your open fridge. We are busy, we have to remember insane details for work, our family and every thing else. Don’t bother remember little details. Just take a quick picture and voila! Instant memory minus the headache.

If this sparked your interest and you want the entire book, it’s available for $9.97.

I am in no way compensated to review this book. 

(Photos courtesy of Alli Worthington)

FAVE TIP: HOW TO evolve your PR efforts with social collaboration [part 1]

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A few weeks ago, Jennifer Gosse (@jennifergosse) and I had the privilege to speak with the attendees of The Evolution of Women in Social Media conference (@evoconf). Our four-hour training session focused on The Evolution of PR: A Culture of Collaboration, Connection and Community. Over the next few weeks I’m going to offer best practices and tips in order to help you make more out of your time spent with social media.

Here are a few of my fave tips from our session:

Tips on how to evolve your PR with social collaboration

Tips on how to evolve your PR with social collaboration

The best tips from participants in the training session Jennifer Gosse (@jennifergosse) and Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) gave at #evoconf in July 2012.

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    TIP: Create tasks that launch when a news piece runs about you/your company.

    TIP: Create tasks that launch when a news piece runs about you/your company.

    After the hard work of getting a media placement is done, it actually isn't. Add tasks like: thanking the writer on their site and via email, adding large placements to your email signature line and website, etc...

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    TIP: Don't limit yourself to email for a pitch.

    TIP: Don't limit yourself to email for a pitch.

    Journalists, bloggers and online influencers spend their time outside the "inbox," so you should, too. If they're active online, consider a tweet, private message via Facebook or even a Pinterest pitch.

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    TIP: Remember it's "relationships before tasks."

    TIP: Remember it's "relationships before tasks."

    Part of the power of collaboration is that it forces you to interact with others. When more people are added to the mix, the more essential it is to have a strong relationship. Focus on relationship tasks throughout the collaboration process.

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    TIP: Always think "social visual" when creating content.

    TIP: Always think "social visual" when creating content.

    We live in the age of Pinterest, Fancy, Instagram and the like... As my friend Jason Kinzler says, "If your idea of PR is sitting in front of a desk and opening a Word doc, you're seriously out of luck." What images can best help tell your story?

    www.tracky.com

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    TIP: Use @IFTTT to automate online actions which typically take a lot of time.

    TIP: Use @IFTTT to automate online actions which typically take a lot of time.

    Get familiar with ifttt (@ifttt) (www.ifttt.com). Set up recipes to alert you via text message, phone call or email when media make a specific action (e.g. blog post).

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    TIP: Use @Newsle to make monitoring and responding to journalists and peers easy

    TIP: Use @Newsle to make monitoring and responding to journalists and peers easy

    When your friends make the news, we make sure you know. Newsle tracks news about your friends and professional contacts across the web. You'll never miss an important story about someone you care about.

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    TIP: Stop the glorification of busy.

    TIP: Stop the glorification of busy.

    It's tough to eliminate the word busy from your lexicon, but you might want to consider it. Productive people are the ones getting things done (#gtd) and the "busy" often don't remember how they spent their time.

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    TIP: Make Instagram work for you.

    TIP: Make Instagram work for you.

    To monitor and collaborate via Instagram, use Statigr.am (or Hootsuite) from your desktop. Create lists of bloggers, journalists and influencers.

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    TIP: Use PinAlerts to notify you each time someone "pins" your stufff

    TIP: Use PinAlerts to notify you each time someone "pins" your stufff

    Setup free PinAlerts in seconds, and
    receive email notifications whenever
    someone pins something from your website.

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    TIP: Remember the 4 C's for productive collaboration

    TIP: Remember the 4 C's for productive collaboration

    Connect
    Collaborate
    Condense
    Communicate

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    TIP: Use Tracky as your tool for open social collaboration

    TIP: Use Tracky as your tool for open social collaboration

    If you need to work with more than one person or have a task with a lot of details, use Tracky to get it all done.

    www.tracky.com

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Have a tip you’d like to include? Go ahead, it’s a collaborative list about collaboration.

***NOTICE: I am currently serving as the Chief Evangelist for Tracky. Any reference to them in any post is part of my mission to spread the word about social collaboration.***

FAVE SOCIAL: Vermont is the first state to let citizens manage Twitter account with @ThisisVT

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The @ThisisVT Twitter handle launches today, organized by The Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing with new authors tweeting weekly.

Vermont residents can now use an “official” Twitter account to share why they love to work, play and live in Vermont. This uncensored account is a first for the U.S. Both Sweden and The Netherlands were the first countries to launch such a campaign in 2012.

“Vermonters are unique, with equally unique reasons for why they live in, and love Vermont,” Deputy Commissioner Steve Cook said. “This social media platform offers a tremendous opportunity for Vermonters to showcase their experiences and the Vermont Tourism team aims to share these stories with visitors or those considering relocating to our state.”

Do you want to tweet for your state? Go to www.thisisvt.com/nominate to apply.

FAVE SOCIAL: A ‘grand experiment’ lets you tweet one piece of advice you wish you knew then

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If I only knew this a few years ago.” What if you could share that advice with the world? Now, anyone in the world can add a “what I wish I knew then” tweet to public Twitter account, @AYoungerMe.

The founders of Buffer are at it again, this time with an experiment to crowdsource advice. Not just any advice, the kind of advice you wish your “younger self” would have known.

How? It only takes one email. Send an email to ayoungerme@to.bufferapp.com and  anything in the subject line and is under 140 characters will be your Tweet. 

ayoungerme@to.bufferapp.com

In case you’re more of a visual person, it looks something like this:

After you click send, your email gets added to a queue in a Buffer account for this experiment. Every hour a new tweet from the queue is posted to Twitter. Pretty cool, as long as no knuckleheads try to hijack it and ruin it for the rest of us.

Remember the, “Milk, it does a body good,” ad campaigns of the early 90′s? It showed young, scrawny, often “nerd-like” adolescents watching themselves turn into athletic, popular and beautiful adults (all from drinking milk).  The @AYoungerMe experiment makes up for having to watch those (if you’re a child of the 90′s like I am).

What was your advice?

FAVE APP: Search your favorite hashtag in multimedia style with Sees[.]aw

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Sick and tired of the same old, boring text-heavy Twitter hashtag search? Here comes Sees.aw to make keeping up with your fave hashtags both more visually appealing and productive.

Hashtags, hashtags, hashtags. What’s in a hashtag? A whole heck of a lot, actually. Searching hashtags during a live event allows you to find others with a shared interest, archive notes and soundbites, share multimedia content to name a few. In the past, viewing a live scrolling hashtag from your desktop meant following plain text. While you can get information, it is pretty one dimensional and doesn’t allow the incorporation of robust content people share.

Seesaw gives you a different way to: view hashtagged content, archive it (as in “saw”) and share it with others. Since we now live in a social visual (read: Pinterest) world, images done well make all the difference. If people using your hashtag include a photo or video in their tweet, it shows up in the scrolling feed. And don’t worry, if the hashtag is moving too fast, you can pause the feed (along with other commands) from the left hand column.

Want to highlight an additional key phrase within the hashtag search? You can do that, too. Seesaw shows those tweets with a highlighted box.

My fave feature about this app is the ability to save and share content from the hashtag search. You can archive all of your favorite tweets to a single page which you can then make accessible to anyone else.

Have you been waiting for an app like Seesaw? Use something else? Let me know.

Thank you to the awesome Ted Rubin (@tedrubin) for passing this along to me.

FAVE LIST: What’s THE BEST book on social media marketing? You decide with @Listly.

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Instead of my typical “how to” posts about my fave online tools, I thought I’d show you one in action. Plus, I need your help.

Just about every friend, family member and client has asked me for social media marketing book recommendations. I try to read as many as I can, but, heck, I’m only one person. Woe, is me. Not really, I love getting asked for help. What’s even better than a personal recommendation? Having it backed up by YOU. I thought, why not rely on the wisdom of my Faves readers? I started a list of my fave social media marketing books for you to upvote. If you have the book, feel free to let us know that, too. This is a “living” list made with Listly. Because I created the list with options to “curate” and “crowd rank” it means anyone can add to it (if you don’t see your favorite book) and vote (I disabled the downvote option for this list). Just click “Add to List.” You can even embed this list on your blog or website. Pretty sweet.

ONE MORE THING… Next Tuesday, I’ll pick four of my awesome Faves readers and send a copy of the number one voted book to you.

The Best Books About Social Media Marketing

The Best Books About Social Media Marketing

A curated and crowdranked list on the best books about social media.

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    Engage!: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web

    Engage!: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web

    Engage!: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web [Brian Solis, Ashton Kutcher] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. The ultimate guide to branding and building your business in the era of the Social Web—revised and updated with a Foreword by Ashton Kutcher Engage! thoroughly examines the social media landscape and how to effectively use social media to succeed in business—one network and one tool at a time. It leads you through the detailed and specific steps required for conceptualizing

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    Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business

    Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business

    Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business [Erik Qualman] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Praise for Socialnomics It's obvious that Erik Qualman's passion is social media. —Dan Heath

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    UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging (9781118176283): Scott Stratten: Books

    UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging (9781118176283): Scott Stratten: Books

    UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging [Scott Stratten] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Stop marketing. Start UnMarketing. No one likes cold calls at dinnertime, junk mail overflowing your mailbox

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    The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases...

    The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases...

    The New Rules of Marketing & PR: How to Use Social Media, Online Video, Mobile Applications, Blogs, News Releases, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly [David Meerman Scott] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. David Meerman Scotts marketing bible has become a modern day business classic. This is the book every ambitious

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    Groundswell, Expanded and Revised Edition: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies

    Groundswell, Expanded and Revised Edition: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies

    Groundswell, Expanded and Revised Edition: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies [Charlene Li, Josh Bernoff] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Corporate executives struggle to harness the power of social technologies. Twitter, Facebook, blogs

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    The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social

    The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social

    The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social [Jay Baer, Amber Naslund] The social web has changed the way we do business forever.

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    Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers...

    Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers...

    Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (New Rules Social Media Series) [Ann Handley, C. C. Chapman] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. The guide to creating engaging web content and building a loyal following, revised and updated Blogs, YouTube

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    Marketing in the Round: How to Develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign

    Marketing in the Round: How to Develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign

    Marketing in the Round: How to Develop an Integrated Marketing Campaign in the Digital Era (Que Biz-Tech) [Gini Dietrich, Geoff Livingston] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Drive more value from all your marketing and communications channels--together! Demolish your silos and sync all your messaging

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    Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook

    Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook

    Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook (And Other Social Networks) [Dave Kerpen] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. THE NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER! The secret to successful word-of-mouth marketing on the social web is easy: BE LIKEABLE. A friend’s recommendation is more powerful than any advertisement. In the world of Facebook

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    Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media Is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR

    Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media Is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR

    Putting the Public Back in Public Relations: How Social Media Is Reinventing the Aging Business of PR [Brian Solis, Deirdre K. Breakenridge] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Forget the pitch : Yesterday's PR techniques just don't work anymore. That's the bad news. Here's the great news: Social Media and Web 2.0 offer you an unprecedented opportunity to make PR work better than ever before. This book shows how to reinvent PR around two-way conversations

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    The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue

    The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue

    The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz, and Increase Revenue [Shama Kabani, Chris Brogan] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Social media is a crucial tool for success in business today. People are already talking about your business using social media

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    Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization

    Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization

    Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization (Que Biz-Tech) [Olivier Blanchard] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. “Blanchard is demanding. He won’t allow you to flip through this book, nod your head, and leave. If you’re in

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    The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success Second

    The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success Second

    By Lon Safko: The Social Media Bible: Tactics, Tools, and Strategies for Business Success Second (2nd) Edition [-Author-] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers.

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    No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing

    No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing

    No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide to Social Media Marketing [Jason Falls, Erik Deckers] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. The In-Your-Face, Results-Focused, No-“Kumbaya” Guide to Social Media for Business! Detailed techniques for increasing sales

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    Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing

    Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing

    Optimize: How to Attract and Engage More Customers by Integrating SEO, Social Media, and Content Marketing [Lee Odden] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Attract, engage, and inspire your customers with an Optimize and Socialize content marketing strategy Optimize is designed to give readers a practical approach to integrating search and social media optimization with content marketing to boost relevance

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    Welcome to the Fifth Estate: How to Create and Sustain a Winning Social Media Strategy

    Welcome to the Fifth Estate: How to Create and Sustain a Winning Social Media Strategy

    Welcome to the Fifth Estate: How to Create and Sustain a Winning Social Media Strategy [Geoff Livingston] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Geoff Livingston returns with Welcome to the Fifth Estate, a refreshing, realistic look at citizen media. Now Is Gone was recognized as one of the first books depicting the social media revolution and its core concepts of participation and community. Grounded in years of award-winning campaign experience

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    Social Marketology: Improve Your Social Media Processes and Get Customers to Stay Forever: @RicDragon

    Social Marketology: Improve Your Social Media Processes and Get Customers to Stay Forever: @RicDragon

    Social Marketology: Improve Your Social Media Processes and Get Customers to Stay Forever: Ric Dragon: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

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    Social Media Marketing Risk Management For Safety & Profit

    Social Media Marketing Risk Management For Safety & Profit

    Social Media Marketing Risk Management For Safety & Profit: How To Make More Money, Cut Costs & Mitigate Risks Now Before It's Too Late!: Anthony - Social Media Marketing Risk Management Specialist Colón: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

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    Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing: A Guide to Selling & Developing B2B Business on LinkedIn

    Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing: A Guide to Selling & Developing B2B Business on LinkedIn

    Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing: An Unofficial,Practical Guide to Selling & Developing B2B Business on LinkedIn [Neal Schaffer] Neal Schaffer helped revolutionize the way professionals utilize LinkedIn with his award-winning book Windmill Networking: Understanding

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    The Dragonfly Effect by Jennifer Aaker, Andy Smith

    The Dragonfly Effect by Jennifer Aaker, Andy Smith

    The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change [Jennifer Aaker, Andy Smith, Dan Ariely, Chip Heath, Carlye Adler] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. < b > P r o v e n s t r a t e g i e s f o r h a r n e s s i n g t h e p o w e r o f s o c i a l m e d i a t o d r i v e s o c i a l c h a n g e < / b > < p > M a n y b o o k s t e a c h t h e m e c h a n i c s o f u s i n g F a c e b o o k

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    Return On Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing by Mark Schaefer

    Return On Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing by Mark Schaefer

    Return On Influence: The Revolutionary Power of Klout, Social Scoring, and Influence Marketing [Mark Schaefer] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. < p > < b > W e a r e o n t h e c u s p o f a m a r k e t i n g r e v o l u t i o n . < b r > A n d i t i s b e i n g l e d b y y o u . < / b > < / p > < p > & # 8 2 2 0 ; I n f l u e n c e i s t h e a b i l i t y t o c a u s e

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    Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization

    Social Media ROI: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your Organization

    Olivier Blanchard is a brand strategist with 15 years of B-to-B and B-to-C marketing management experience ranging from manufacturing and distribution to new media and consumer goods.

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    Social Marketing to the Business Customer

    Social Marketing to the Business Customer

    Social Marketing to the Business Customer: Listen to Your B2B Market, Generate Major Account Leads, and Build Client Relationships [Paul Gillin, Eric Schwartzman] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. The first book devoted entirely to B2B social marketing B2B markets are fundamentally different from consumer markets. Decisions are made on value

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    Measure What Matters: Online Tools For Understanding Customers, Social Media, Engagement, and Key Relationships

    Measure What Matters: Online Tools For Understanding Customers, Social Media, Engagement, and Key Relationships

    Measure What Matters: Online Tools For Understanding Customers, Social Media, Engagement, and Key Relationships [Katie Delahaye Paine] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. In an online and social media world, measurement is the key to success If you can measure your key business relationships

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    The Social Media Marketing Book

    The Social Media Marketing Book

    The Social Media Marketing Book [Dan Zarrella] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Are you looking to take advantage of social media for your business or organization? With easy-to-understand introductions to blogging

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By the way, these are not affiliate links and I am in no way compensated by any of the authors (although I have received complimentary copies of more than 90 percent of the books listed). However, if anyone wants to send me money “just because” it’s not like I’d say no.

If you’re not using @newsle to keep track of your friends in the news, it’s your loss.

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This is so freaking brilliant I can’t type fast enough. Here comes a game changer and a HUGE time saver. Newsle tracks your friends in the news and so much more. Check it:

Great design. Check. Intuitive. Check. Meets a need. Check.

Newsle just scored super points with me, in case you can’t tell. As a public relations professional I spend A TON of time researching, tracking and building relationships. Throughout my entire life I’ve always enjoyed emailing (and then tweeting, Facebooking, etc…) my friends who are spotlighted in the media. I have set up Google Alerts for some, randomly check out Facebook pages, Twitter profiles and blogs for others and some I find out about serendipitously. Not anymore.

The photo above is what pops up on your Newsle feed (or in email notifications) when a contact of yours from Facebook or Linkedin is mentioned in the news. What I like even more are the actions you can take from the notification. You can choose to turn email alerts on or off for the individual, forward the article via email, tweet directly to the person or send them a private Facebook message.

TIP: If you’re building a media list of journalists or bloggers, create a Newsle for each of them.

(You’ll notice the ability to select “wrong person,” all users have the ability to make Newsle work smarter.)

You have three viewing options from the site: home, people and “me.” “Home” lets you see all of your friends in the news, “people” lets you manage your alerts and “me” is your own personal news feed all about you. There’s even a “famous friends” widget to keep tabs on highly influential people in your social networks.

And then, of course, there are your not-as-famous-but-still-quite-awesome-friends found just below. You can tweak settings to make sure you’re seeing exactly who you’d like. Also in the column are the world’s most trending people being discussed (nice if you’re into pop culture, news or work in the media).

Your friends aren’t the only ones getting tracked. You have a personal view, too. In order to make sure your articles are getting pulled, you have an option to select whether or not Newsle has the right “you.”

At a glance, see how many people are following news about you and get your Newsle ranking. A much more accurate version of Klout?

Go ahead and jump on over to Newsle. You know you want to. Hope to see you in the news soon!