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The Top 5 Stories of 2009

Hello, discerning readers.

This is our last newsletter of 2009. It's been quite a year, hasn't it?

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Social media marketing has increasingly gained steam, "community" and "green" were all the buzzword rage, and "Twitter" was crowned the most popular word of 2009.

Meanwhile, 2010 looms. I have lots to tell you about our plans for next year—which, by the way, marks the 10-year anniversary of MarketingProfs!—but all that can wait. Right now, I'll wish you the happiest of yearends, and toast to the promise of the new year, in business and otherwise.

To recap the year that was, here's a short list of our Top Five newsletter articles for 2009, according to your picks (well... clicks!):

The Dark Side of Twitter: What Businesses Need to Know by Michael Stelzner

13 Essential Social Media 'Listening' Tools by Clay McDaniel

10 High-Impact, Low-Budget Ideas for Marketing in a Down Economy by Jonathan Kranz

Seven Words That Will Make Your Web Site Worth Viewing by Jerry Bader

How to Develop a Successful Facebook Fan Page by Mark Ivey

See you next year!

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