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Social Media Does Not Drive ROI [Research]

On social media, engagement by itself isn’t sufficient to drive business ROI. While research shows that engagement is a major social media objective for the majority of businesses, it’s not an end in itself nor does it necessarily translate to sales and/or profits. Includes research and input from seven social media experts. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog

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Social Media Marketing: The Inside Scoop From 6 Experts

While social media is a staple of most 2013 business plans, many marketers and business executives are still trying to figure out how to use it effectively to drive measurable results. To put your social media marketing efforts on track to succeed, we asked six top social media experts three questions to get their insights into how the social media landscape is evolving and what it means for business.

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2013 Extreme Marketing Predicitions

Before we dive into the ho-hum forecasts of 2013, here are extreme predictions that go beyond the conventional trends of the past few years. The goal is to capture the thinking of marketing experts that can be conveyed via a smartphone. We started this tradition last year with twenty-four experts giving their 2012 predictions. Here are the extreme predictions of nineteen marketing experts, a majority of whom have contributed useful books on the range of marketing topics. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog

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2012′s Biggest Marketing Break Throughs

2012 was an evolutionary year for marketing. Trends that had been growing outside of the main focus of social media, search and digital moved to the center of marketing driven by the expanded offering and ownership of smartphones, tablets and other content consuming devices. Here’s what stood out for eighteen marketing experts. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog

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2012’s Biggest Marketing Surprises

Regardless of how well you plan, every year has a few surprises that catch you while you weren’t paying attention.

Here is what nineteen  experts reveal was their biggest surprise in the marketing sphere this past year.

 

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101 Social Media Marketing Resources

Here’s a monster list of 101 social media marketing resources (the 2012 edition) to help expand your knowledge of this ever-changing ecosystem. These resources are useful for newbies and social media mavens alike, looking to learn about the field as well as to hone their business skills.

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Content Marketing: 15 Top Search Optimization Tips

Searching for content marketing

Content marketing and search optimization are intricately interwoven. Content provides context to better understand products and services. Going beyond text descriptions, it answers consumers’ questions at every step of the purchase process. Great content enriches your audience persuading them to choose your firm’s product through a variety of different formats and keywords. Sixteen experts give their advice for leveraging content marketing to support your search optimization plans. Source: Heidi Cohen’s Actionable Marketing Blog

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The Biggest Search Optimization Mistake Marketers Make

Biggest search mistakes

Search optimization is a critical component of every marketing plan because it extends the reach of online and offline content and interactions. [Here’s some SEO tips to start.] Search engines are where consumers go to get their questions answered 24/7 via computers, smartphones and tablets.  To help, here are the suggestions of fifteen search optimization experts with a variety of different approaches to optimizing for search .

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