Category Archive for: Twitter

State of Social 2Q14: Twitter Flies Higher

Twitter released its second quarter 2014 results recently, and it looks as though Twitter has found the wind beneath its wings. Note that in the graph above, we’ve superimposed a 4-period moving average, meaning the moving average across four quarters, or the year. Twitter is consistently and strongly beating its 4-period moving average, and that’s…

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The Writing on the Wall: 4 Tips to Speak to the Healthcare IT Market on Twitter

People are brought together by the act of communicating; it is engrained in our DNA. We have been connecting and forming relationships through conversations since the beginning of time, why would business relationships be any different? We form relationships by connecting through a subject we are passionate about (sports, food or interoperability standards). That conversation…

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Why social media conversation density matters

How do you get something to be shared and spread? The answer, unsurprisingly, is not “build it and they will come”. The answer is not a hashtag. The answer is that you need conversation density. Broadly defined, conversation density is the amount of conversational engagement happening in any given event, hashtag, or story. The more…

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How Twitter’s New Website Remarketing Can Boost Your PR ROI

Everyone’s always being asked to demonstrate ROI, to improve ROI, to deliver more revenue at lower cost for any marketing method at all, but most especially those methods at the top of the funnel such as public relations and advertising. Retargeting is one of the best methods available to increase the ROI of PR, and…

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Can Brands Really “Be Human?”

Last week, we published a post with content marketing guidelines centered on the “be human” mantra. Since I wrote the blog, I’ve come across several similar posts that tout the opposite – that brands inherently cannot be human no matter how hard they try. Jason Falls put it plainly: “As much as we can teach…

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State of Social 1Q14: Twitter, reasons for optimism, the next big thing

Twitter released its second quarterly results report as a publicly traded company, detailing its numbers for the first quarter of 2014. As soon as the numbers came in, Wall Street reacted negatively, punishing the stock with a 11% decline in after hours trading. The headlines were equally dramatic: Twitter stock drops 11% despite revenue growth…

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Twitter Profile Redesign (2014 Edition)

Twitter is changing its profile design again, and they’ll be rolling it out to users over the coming weeks/days. (Look like Facebook to anyone else? We thought so, too.) While not much of extreme importance has changed, you’ll want to be prepared for the new look. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to…

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Social Bakeoff 2: Facebook Custom Audiences vs. Twitter Tailored Audiences

If you’re not familiar with the concepts of remarketing or retargeting, the gist is that you run advertisements to people who already know about you but presumably haven’t been willing to buy anything. Remarketing and retargeting are incredibly valuable tactics because in theory, giving someone a final nudge to purchase should be less effort and…

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A social media data warning from Sherlock Holmes

In the literary classic A Scandal in Bohemia, consulting detective Sherlock Holmes warns us of a grave error that far too many commit, not only in forensic science, but in understanding the various claims made using data in the worlds of PR and marketing. “I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to…

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Here’s Why PR Pros Should Use Twitter

It’s no secret we’re big into social media here at SHIFT. Employees are encouraged to be involved on social networks and use them to stay up-to-date on industry news, client industry news and connect with reporters. We even invented the social media press release. As we read a post on PandoDaily this week arguing why…

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