Category Archives: Social Media

The Top Five Social Media Blunders of 2014

Social media blunders can be extremely funny—until your organization is on the wrong end of the joke. In 2014 a large number of brands found themselves in the unenviable position of apologizing for social media gaffes which garnered negative media attention. Here are five of the worst social mistakes of 2014:

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5 Social Media Mistakes to Ditch in 2015

Let’s face it: we’ve all made some mistakes on social media. But somehow it still surprises me when the basics are thrown by the wayside. This year, make an early New Year’s resolution to finally ditch the following social media mistakes once and for all. social media UNSIZED

Spelling & grammatical errors: You proof read your emails before you send them out, your press release before it gets distributed, and your banner ads before they get posted. Get into the habit of doing the same with your social media posts. Yes, it’s more of a casual atmosphere than some other forms of business communication, but you’ll make yourself look like a fool if you don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Remember the old saying, “measure twice, cut once?” Apply the same principal to your social posts and re-read it twice, post once.

Inappropriate posts: In my very honest opinion, we live in an excessively sensitive world. You may view your joke as harmless, but your neighbor may see it as the most offensive thing they’ve heard. If a post seems like it could be on the verge of inappropriate or offensive, skip it altogether. Keep your brand’s personality and humor alive, but keep it tasteful. Continue reading →

Social Media Contests: Good or Bad Idea?

photo 2A few months ago, I entered a contest on Twitter to win a free spa getaway at the lovely Mayflower Grace in Washington, Connecticut. Excited and shocked to learn I was the winner, (I rarely win things) I immediately shared my excitement on social media.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by friendly staff, and escorted to our beautiful room with a breath-taking garden view. Everything was exquisite, from the delicious food to the out-of-this world spa. At dinner that night, we were asked by our waiter what we did to deserve to win such a great prize. “I think I entered my email address and retweeted something,” I responded. The waiter looked less than impressed, expecting my answer to be a bit more long-winded and involved. His response got me thinking – what is the true value of a contest on social media? Continue reading →

What ‘Interstellar’ Taught Me About Content Strategy

After months of anticipation, I finally had the chance to see the blockbuster “Interstellar” last week. The film is a Sci-Fi adventure, directed by Christopher Nolan starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, which explores the possibilities for deep space travel and the mysteries of our physical universe.

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The Ello Manifesto: Why Your Brand Should Listen Up

If you haven’t yet heard of Ello, let’s get you up to speed. It’s the new social network that has exploded in popularity over the last couple of weeks, gaining a reported 27,000 new users per hour. Their manifesto sums up what they’re all about:

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Three Easy Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Repurposing content can be tricky. Do it right, and you can extend the shelf life of a great piece of content and reach a whole new audience. But do it wrong, and you could wind up sounding like a broken record.

shutterstock_181197839Recycling content is all about taking an existing piece of work—whether  it’s a case study, white paper, or blog post— and giving it new life. However, this is where marketers often get tripped up as repurposing content is an easy way to get on Google’s bad side and convince search engine “spiders” that you are engaging in black hat SEO when done wrong.

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I Love You, Warby Parker

Warby Parker has, in my humble opinion, re-invented the world of eyeglasses. They’ve made them hip, fun, and accessible.

WarbyParkerIf you’re not familiar with the company, here’s how it works: You choose five frames you like, the company then sends them to you to try on at home, and you send them back. Shipping is free and they give you a pre-paid box to return them when you’re done. If you find a pair you like, you simply send in your existing prescription and order them through the website. They’re only about $100 per pair, which includes the frames and lenses. Oh, and did I mention that for every pair you buy, Warby Parker shares a pair with someone in need?

Let me start with the beginning of my romance with Warby. I had just gotten brand new Coach glasses and a co-worker said to me, “Are those Warby Parker?” I had no idea who Warby Parker was, and when he mentioned that they sell incredibly inexpensive eyewear, I had immediately assumed that my $500 glasses looked cheap. Continue reading →

Jumpstarting Your Brand’s Snapchat Presence with ‘My Story’ Feature

Snapchat, a photo and video sharing application, for business may not seem like the most natural fit at first glance, but hear me out. The company’s “My Story” feature may just change your mind.

The platform, which has a demographic made up of primarily 13 through 17 year olds, is known for its short messages that automatically delete after a certain number of seconds, pre-determined by the user. Think of a text message that automatically deletes five seconds or so after you open it. Kids and young adults have been latching onto the platform to share messages with their friends, and businesses are starting to slowly follow.snapchat_grubhubpromo Continue reading →

This is a Fake Blog Post

You may have heard the buzz that Facebook is testing a new tag for content deemed ‘satirical.’ This tag is being tested on the related articles unit in users’ News Feeds (when you click on one story and three other recommended articles pop-up below it.) This is largely due to complaints from users who are confused by headlines posted by content creators like the Onion, who are known for their satirical news articles. Continue reading →

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