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Ashley Zeckman

Online Marketing News: Social Media ROI Gets Serious, Know Your Metrics, Facebook Search Engine, Twitter Rumors & What They Mean For You

Ashley Zeckman on Apr 6th, 2012     Online Marketing

Are Your Social Media Efforts Worth The Money?

This infographic recently released by Radian6 dives into how online marketers are currently measuring social media results as well as questions many marketers are asking.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Equation for determining ROI
  • Customer Engagement
  • Importance of ROI

3 Rules for Building Business Relationships
Building your network both online and offline requires effort.  In order to strengthen your relationship with potential prospects, partners, or recruits it is essential that you provide value in a meaningful way.  This article shares 3 tips for building your network the right way.  Via Inc.

Lee Odden

Social Media Marketing Tools: 11 Tools to Shorten URLS

Lee Odden on Jan 8th, 2009     Microblogging, Online Marketing, Social Media

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Update! We have a winner. Cli.gs received 26% (88) votes with budurl.com coming in a close second. Congratulations!

URL shortening services were initially popular because web addresses started to get long and links would break when sent in an email.   However, as microblogging services like Twitter have become popular, an increasing number of services and applications, including tracking & metrics, have been added to the basic URL shortening features.

Recently I polled followers of @leeodden on Twitter about favorite URL shortening services and received a great response. Thank you to all who responded! So many people replied that the following mini-review was created of 11 different URL shortening services showing which offer customization options, statistics, 301 redirect and some of the other unique services like export to CSV, bulk shortening and displaying ads to monetize the traffic to links that are shortened. Enjoy!

Lee Odden

Reader Poll: Social Media Marketing Analytics Tools

Lee Odden on Nov 21st, 2007     Online Marketing, Reader Polls, Social Media, Web Analytics

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With our involvement in the PR, search and direct marketing industries through consulting and speaking at conferences, we’ve seen a huge boost in resources allocated to understanding and implementing various social media marketing tactics.

Despite that, the meaning of social media as a marketing/PR channel doesn’t seem to extend outside personal universes of interest. ie, search marketers often look at social media as using tools like Digg or StumbleUpon to drive web site traffic. PR practitioners often see social media as a branding tool using sites like YouTube & Facebook.

Regardless of the intent, social media marketing efforts are moot unless methods of measurement are in place. Which leads me to the Reader Poll Question:

What tools do you use to measure social media marketing efforts?

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