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Social Media Marketing World 2017 Recap

I had the pleasure and privilege to speak not once, but twice at Social Media Marketing World 2017 (SMMW17), a fantastic event thrown annually by Social Media Examiner. If you have the resources and time to attend, you should. Michael Stelzner and his crew do an amazing job. Let’s run through what was hot this…

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How to choose a martech stack

How to Choose a Marketing Technology Stack, Part 3 of 7: People

In this series, we’ll unpack our marketing technology deployment strategy. We’ll learn how to properly plan a marketing technology stack rollout, develop a sensible governance model, examine what could go wrong, and succeed on the first try rather than patch and duct tape a disaster repeatedly. Part 3: Managing the People Once we’ve assessed the…

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How to choose a martech stack

How to Choose a Marketing Technology Stack, Part 2 of 7: Strategy

In this series, we’ll unpack our marketing technology deployment strategy. We’ll learn how to properly plan a marketing technology stack rollout, develop a sensible governance model, examine what could go wrong, and succeed on the first try rather than patch and duct tape a disaster repeatedly. Part 2: Marketing Technology Strategy All strategy begins with…

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How to choose a martech stack

How to Choose a Marketing Technology Stack, Part 1 of 7: Introduction

We were asked recently, …Would love your thoughts on the base marketing tech stack for a consumer company. Assuming Marketing Automation, Email, CMS…what else? At first glance, this seems like a fairly cut-and-dried question. What marketing technologies should consumer companies be using? Of course, while the question is direct and succinct, we know from Scott…

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The Right Way to Set Up Snapchat Snapcodes with URLs

In late January, Snapchat released a new feature to help advertisers and businesses drive more impactful business results via their platform: the URL Snapcode. What is a URL Snapcode? In short, a Snapcode that opens a web page in Snapchat. Here’s an example. To use it, take a picture of it in Snapchat. To generate…

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How to Measure the Success of Video Communications

As we’ve detailed previously, video is hot. It’s one of the most engaging ways to communicate with an audience, and digital platforms are doubling down on video. However, one area where video-minded PR professionals fall short is how to measure the success of video communications. How do we know when our video is contributing to…

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State of Social

State of Social Q4 2016: Twitter Sees Negative Revenue Growth

Twitter, the social network which still comprises the backbone of most social media metrics, made it through another year. While speculation was rampant about its purchase, it ended the year still an independent entity. Let’s see how it fared. Audience Growth Twitter’s audience growth continued to decline, slipping below 1% quarter over quarter: Mobile growth…

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State of Social Q4 2016: The End of LinkedIn

We have kept track of LinkedIn as a publicly-traded company almost since its IPO in 2012. As of the end of calendar year 2016, LinkedIn has officially come to an end as a publicly-traded company, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation. What this means for our State of Social series is…

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State of Social Q4 2016: Facebook Aims For the TV

The largest social network in the world – and to some people, the entire Internet – released its Q4 2016 and year end earnings. How is Facebook faring as the current king of the hill? User Growth Facebook’s overall growth remained above 4% quarter-over-quarter in Q4, which is no small feat given its massive size…

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New SHIFT Webinar: Getting Started with Google Data Studio™

Google Data Studio™ made a splash when it was first revealed to Google Partners in 2015 as a potential solution for client reporting and dashboards. It’s now available to marketers and communicators globally, and it’s a potent new tool for the data-driven PR practitioner, communicator, or marketer. Learn what Data Studio is, how it works,…

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