There has been a lot of misinformation out there about Facebook’s latest announcement. With headlines like New Facebook Rules Will Sting Entrepreneurs and Facebook is Killing Small Business Entrepreneurs with new Policy Rule, it’s hard not to get a little excited (if you like getting your news from the source,… Read More »Why Facebook’s Updates (probably) Won’t Kill Your Business
Thanks to everyone who joined us at today’s Pleasanton Young Professionals presentation, where we covered the basics of SEO and social media marketing. You can use the following guide to reference what we covered and access a few of the tools that we mentioned in the presentation. If you have any… Read More »Our Pleasanton Young Professionals Presentation: A Wrap Up & Reference
You may not think that a book written about the internet in 1999 would have much to offer us in the realm of web marketing today, but think again. Here’s a snippet of The Cluetrain Manifesto that was dead-on about the fundamentals:
“…Markets are conversations. Their members communicate in language that is natural, open, honest, direct, funny and often shocking. Whether explaining or complaining, joking or serious, the human voice is unmistakably genuine. It can’t be faked.”
—The Cluetrain Manifesto
There are so many marketers who go through great pains to try and fake the human voice, and sometimes it even works—kind of. But the point is not just to sound like you’re interested in talking to your customers. You have to have an honest desire to do it (at least for the business’s sake). Maybe you’re a business owner who wants to give your brand a presence on social media platforms—but odds are you’d prefer not to play the role of reaching out to the masses yourself. Time to hire it out.Read More »Can We Talk? Why Your Company’s Social Media Needs to Sound Human
SEO professionals (and SEO “professionals”) love to talk about great content. “Content is king” may be the oldest adage in the industry, but a lot of SEO people are under the impression that more is always better, and that great content is just a matter of sweat equity.
So that’s a lie. On Reddit today, someone posted a picture of an attraction at a local restaurant. Phil’s Fish Market in Moss Landing, CA has a map of the world posted with the question, “Where are you visiting from?” Not only is it a cool thing to have in the right kind of restaurant – the post got a ton of traffic.Read More »Phil’s Fish Market Just Hit the Jackpot
Every once in a while, someone tells you that your business needs to be on Facebook. Or Twitter. Or Pinterest, Foursquare, Instagram, or any of a thousand different sites. It’s hard to see any short term benefits, and the format can feel really unnatural for self promotion, which is why you’ll find millions of abandoned business accounts across platforms great and small.
Today, we’re going to take a look at one company that’s playing the game right, run some quick numbers on what they’re getting out of it, and see what content is making them filthy, stinking rich. I’m talking about Walmart (no, really!)Read More »What We Can Learn from Walmart’s Bazillion Dollar Facebook Campaign