2 September 2011

Google’s next skirmish in the social media wars

No one in the search world was remotely surprised when it surfaced this week that Google is making plans to turn its +1 button into tool that will help it ‘improve search quality’. A spokesman for Google confirmed: “(we) will study the clicks on +1 buttons as a signal that influences the ranking and appearance of websites in search results. …

Continue Reading
1 September 2011

Facebook to jump on the photo filter craze

According to a Harvard Business School report released earlier this year, 6 billion photos are uploaded on to Facebook each month! The ability to easily share photos without quantity limitations is one reason why Facebook has dominated the field. Personally speaking, photos are what have kept me on Facebook (my social platform of choice is Twitter). My family are based …

Continue Reading
24 August 2011

Who has the power – blogs or brands?

Over the last decade, bloggers have changed from just another opinion floating in the ether, to a respected community voice – and one that brands are keen to influence and utilise in their marketing strategies. There have been a few examples of the views of a blogger going viral with the help of dedicated followers and other social networking platforms, …

Continue Reading
19 August 2011

Twitter is the new ‘word of mouth’…

I remember hearing in university that the most important exposure for a brand is word of mouth. People have always trusted recommendations from family, friends or even friends of friends before they will give in to paid corporate advertising. We’ve all been in the situation where someone we know says something like “I saw an ad on television for this …

Continue Reading
17 August 2011

Is voting back in favour in the age of social?

Back in the days when I first started working in search marketing, everything in the world of search was focused on ever-improving and increasingly-complex algorithms. Search engine results for all the main players were determined solely on factors which the average user (supposedly) had no control over. Presumably one of the main reasons for this was to avoid the system …

Continue Reading
16 August 2011

Shareable Content: The key to SEO success in 2011 and beyond…

Some might argue that the inclusion of social media signals into search algorithms has been one of the most prolific disruptions in the world of online marketing. In a pre-social media dominated world, every link added on a website was considered as a vote. Now links shared via social channels are being considered votes and thus affecting search engines search …

Continue Reading
10 August 2011

Ultimate brand advocacy at Pinterest

If you don’t already know Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Users collect the things they love and group them on pinboards for particular interests and share with followers. So you can easily understand why the platform has soon become the ultimate breeding ground for fans of brands and the place to virally share the things you are passionate about. I’ve …

Continue Reading
9 August 2011

Twitter responds to the London riots

I’m sure I’’m not alone.  Watching the riots spread across London on TV and reading first hand accounts play out on Twitter left me feeling quite powerless. However, this morning, Twitter again has emerged as a leading force for good. Organizers across London are using Twitter to coordinate clean up efforts in the areas devastated by thugs.  The Twitter account …

Continue Reading