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  • Haters Make Lovers Love You Even More
    In a post at the Brains of Fire blog, Spike Jones tells the story of Pizzeria Delfina, a San Francisco establishment that chose not to ignore its one-star reviews at Yelp. Instead, the restaurant printed up employee T-shirts with gems like "This place sucks" and "The pizza was soooo greasy. ... more
  • Gimme Shelter! Quick!
    The iPhone and iPod touch positively swept the Engadget Awards, winning Gadget of the Year, Smartphone of the Year, Handheld of the Year, Portable Media Device of the Year, and, finally, a spot in Editors' Choice. So, what's this mean for you? It means you need to be ... more
  • Advice to Out-of-Workers: Read This Before You 'Network' With Me
    by Lori Feldman
    Before you ask me to go to work for you, go to work for yourself. When you've implemented the suggestions above, I'm more receptive to helping you connect with your next job opportunity. But I don't have time or inclination to work with job-seeking networking spammers. Heed the lesson of the ... more
  • Case Study: How a Little Sweet Talkin' on a Company Blog Led to Increased Search Engine Rankings, Sales
    by Kimberly Smith
    Fairytale Brownies cooked up a win-win strategy to satisfy both its bottom line and its costumers' preferences. It created magic with a brownie blog optimized for search and attuned to customers' deepest dessert desires. The result? Some very happy endings. more
  • Lead That Search Party!
    According to an iProspect and JupiterResearch study released last year, search users prefer "blended" search results—in which results are potpourried with videos and other media—over standard (slightly boring) text-only search results. Blended results (Google's term is "universal search") work like this: If you've got a restaurant, a search on your restaurant's ... more
  • Case Study: How a Company's Word-of-Mouth Strategies and Customer Focus Helped Grow Its User Base 150%
    by Kimberly Smith
    Small businesses need all the TLC they can get. Billing and invoicing online-solution provider FreshBooks knows that better than most. Its customer-centric focus is so fresh and refreshing, word-of-mouth has spread far and wide—and helped grow its user base 150%. more
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find Our Event
    When you plan an event, you pull out all the stops. So, too, should it be with your event promotions. Apogee Search's Brian Combs suggests in a recent MarketingProfs article to add paid-search marketing to your event promo mix. "With almost half of all Internet users now using search engines ... more
  • You Too Can Tweet, Part II
    In last week's installment, we offered step-by-step tips to get you tweeting on Twitter. This week, we offer a few more advanced steps to take, based on Jim Sterne's advice in a MarketingProfs article. Incorporate these into your tweeting habits, and you'll be well on the way to becoming a Twitter ... more
  • Case Study: Four Steps to Spurring B2B New-Product Awareness and Sales via Twitter
    by Kimberly Smith
    Twitter isn't the first tool that comes to mind in the B2B marketing toolbox. But COOP Ale Works deftly used it to generate buzz among potential consumers of its specialty brews—creating a level of demand that retail establishments, such as bars, couldn't ignore. more
  • Cool It, Speed Racer!
    "I am not going to go on a rant [about] adding a 'share this,' 'follow me,' 'digg this,' or another technology to your email programs in order to drive cross-channel adoption of your email strategy," says Dylan Boyd in a post at the Email Wars blog. Instead, he wants to ... more
  • Easy There, Mr. Popular
    "Social media is cool!" proclaims Chris Brogan in a Pro article at MarketingProfs. "Blogging and podcasts are cool! We're so cutting edge! Twitter is like the future here today, and no one knows about it!" If you've noticed a certain facetious quality to his enthusiasm, his next line makes clear ... more
  • You Too Can Tweet, Part I
    Given the recent Facebook redesign, you're probably hearing a lot of yammer about Twitter. If by now you're not familiar with how Twitter can benefit your brand, walk with us as we cut through the noise and break it all down. In a recent article at the MarketingProfs site, Jim ... more
  • Can You Party Too Much?
    These days, everybody's touting the importance of engaging clients through social media. Form communities! Get talking! Create buzz! It's all good! But is it? Can B2B companies go overboard in their quest to attain a vibrant community online? In other words, is it possible to party too much? Well, Francois ... more
  • That Is So Yesterday
    Important Notice: Your Customer Behavior newsletter will continue to bring you the kinds of articles you've come to expect and enjoy—but now, with a new name! Beginning with this edition, we've renamed it Customer Insight, to better reflect its broad intent and scope. See you next week. Seeking to grab ... more
  • You Two Wrestle Online, OK?
    You've seen others do it, and maybe you're wondering how to create your own two-person video for social-media channels. Ben McConnell, who blogs with Jackie Huba at Church of the Customer, offers a helpful primer for those who'd like to give it a try. There's only one catch—since the word-of-mouth ... more
  • Textbook Text Marketing
    As marketers continue to see good ROI from finely tuned mobile strategies, the humble text message has acquired newfound cachet. And in a recent video posted at the CenterNetworks blog, Allen Stern interviews Tatango CEO Derek Johnson, whose one-to-many SMS service enables instant mobile communication with an entire list of ... more
  • We're Not in Kansas Anymore
    If you're new to the world of social networking, or can't understand why it's not working, you might not realize that online communities—like those at Facebook and Twitter—don't care for traditional marketing tactics. In a post at the MarketingProfs Daily Fix blog, Paul Chaney serves up his top-ten tips for ... more
  •  Y U Trippin'?
    There's no question that the advent of online communication has lowered our expectations for proper grammar and spelling—in the casual environments of instant messages, email and blogs, we forgive the occasional flub or "where r u?" without giving it a second thought. But what if you're exchanging tweets or emails ... more
  • How to Measure Engagement on Twitter—and Savor the Tweet Smell of Success
    by Jim Sterne
    If you are on Twitter to represent your company, your boss will probably soon ask you to prove the value that your tweets have to your business, if he or she hasn't already asked. So how do you know whether your followers are listening or whether you're just tweeting in the ... more
  • Take the Twit out of Twitter
    In a post at his blog, David Reich recounts the story of a PR executive who wasn't exactly thrilled about traveling to Memphis for a meeting with clients. Unfortunately, the exec decided to announce his disdain in a very public forum known as Twitter: "True confession but I'm in one ... more
  • When the Crowd Attacks
    On Friday 2/27, Skittles surrendered itself to the Zeitgeist. Visits to Skittles.com led users directly to Wikipedia (later changed to a Twitter search for "skittles," then to the official Facebook fan page), and attempts to explore the site navigation—little more than a pop-up—guided users elsewhere still: flickr, YouTube, Summize. The ... more
  • Case Study: How Kodak Generated Marvelous Results by Turning Users Into Superheroes
    by Kimberly Smith
    Kodak knew that in all of us there's a superhero yearning to come out. It launched a viral-video campaign that reached two million customers and prospects who unleashed their inner superhero (along with howls of laughter), generating traffic to—and sales for—KodakGallery.com. more
  • It Really Is All in the Mind
    Lingerie label Agent Provocateur is characterized by its risqué unmentionables and the naughty ladies that grace its adverts. So when it announced plans to explore social media earlier this year, we thought we knew what to expect: simpering femmes fatales that appeal more to men than women. We scoped out ... more
  • 10 High-Impact, Low-Budget Ideas for Marketing in a Down Economy (Part 1)
    by Jonathan Kranz
    When the going gets tough, the tough get... cheap. Today, a good marketing idea has to be as inexpensive as it is clever. In this first of a two-part series are five inexpensive suggestions that can lead to productive results. more
  • Terms, Shmerms! Why Business Can't Afford to Get Distracted by Facebook's Usage Policies
    by Crosby Noricks
    There's been a lot of brouhaha of late about Facebook's ill-fated attempt to change its terms of service to maintain licensing rights of terminated accounts—and understandably so. The issue of customer data ownership is an important one. However, many businesses with an active presence on the social site are now fearful ... more

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