18 January 2012

SOPA? So what?

You must have heard by now about SOPA (the US Stop Online Piracy Act) which has the digital world in a lather. Proponents of the bill say it will bring in much needed legislation to stop Internet piracy and that Google, among others, should play a key role in that enforcement. Opposers say that this bill amounts to nothing less …

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11 January 2012

BBC / Cbeebies in social customer services WIN

As a blogger, my three most frequent post topics (on the Tamar blog as well as my own) are Social Media, Marketing Win/FAILs and parenting – and last night I was pleased to discover the BBC children’s channel, Cbeebies had carried-off a stroke of genius which ticked all three boxes. For those of you that aren’t parents (or students with …

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20 December 2011

A sneak preview of Twitter analytics, thanks to @ThatKevinSmith

If you’re an astute Twitter user with your finger on the proverbial pulse, you may know that film director, podcaster and general raconteur Kevin Smith recently became a Twitter shareholder (albeit not, presumably, to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal levels). His link to the company, as well as his circa-2 million followers presumably makes him part of the “Power User” base …

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5 December 2011

‘Inside Facebook’ reveals the true value of users

“Inside Facebook” is a must see for any Facebook user, especially if your only point of reference to date has been the Oscar-award winning flick, The Social Network. Facebook is nothing without its users and it’s about time that all users truly understood their value. Throughout the documentary a reporter’s voiceover repeatedly asserted that trust in the platform is key …

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23 November 2011

Fighting the backlash – what went wrong for Moleskine?

I found the recent backlash against Moleskine’s logo design competition really interesting. In case you missed it, along with “designboom”, Moleskine created a competition for aspiring designers to create the logo for their blog “Moleskinerie”. A shortlist of 100 designs will be chosen by a jury and published, with the final winner announced in December, receiving €5,000 and seeing their …

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21 November 2011

Why you need to be investing more into social media

Brands just aren’t investing enough in Social Media… I’d be worried if your first response to that isn’t “well she would say that”, because you would be right – I would! As per my last blog post, I hold my hands up to my biased ways, and the product that I am (of the environment that I work in). However …

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1 November 2011

Facebook’s EdgeRank, in a nutshell

If you’ve not come across EdgeRank before, I wanted to give a quick round-up of what it is, why you should care about it and some tips on how you can influence it. These tips apply just as much to marketers and Facebook page owners as they do to individual users. So whether you want to get your Facebook brand …

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28 October 2011

Twitter: Do You Know Who You’re Talking To?

A new Twitter tool has gone live today that will give brands and individuals the opportunity to know their followers better.  Know Your Twitter Followers, a new product launched by Schmap, takes a look at public data contained in your followers’ Twitter accounts such as bios and locations, and through a series of algorithms, offers a summary of your community …

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24 October 2011

How the Networked Economy can help your link building strategy

For my latest post, I wanted to emphasize the significance of creative link building using promotions or give-aways. The most fascinating aspect for me is that I was introduced to the importance of link building and the “value of free”, theoretically during my university days, without even realizing it. However, now that I am actually applying and experiencing this theory …

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12 October 2011

Beyond ratings and rankings – Tweet me, I’m on TV!

One of my friends contacted me recently saying “Quick! I’m going to be on TV, so I really need a crash course in this tweeting thing!”. Having previously been completely uninterested in how Twitter could help raise his profile, it didn’t only surprise me that he was asking, but also that it was being on TV that prompted the sudden …

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