Meetup.com for Business Networking

Meetup.com NetworkingAre you looking to network with like-minded people or market your business to other individuals and business owners in your area? Meetup.com may be the solution you are looking for. With over 7.5 million users, Meetup.com is a great place to meet people within any given industry. The great part about this social network is that it allows you to interact with community members online and then go meet them in the real world! Meetup.com combines the ease of social networking with the ability to join groups of people with common interests. Within these groups, people host events where you can meet community members!

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Things to Consider for Facebook Timeline Brand Pages

Facebook Timeline LayoutIf you haven’t heard yet, it is possible that by the end of February your brand page will be changed over to the new Timeline layout. This overhaul in the design of brand pages may pose problems for marketers and social media managers. So when is it being released and what should you do in preparation?

There have been a few sources that have released information that may hint towards an end of February release. One of the sources believes it will be unveiled on February 29th, being that it is a leap year and a day in which is seen once every 4 years. Whether Facebook releases Timeline to brand pages or makes the official announcement that day, it is time you get well acquainted with the new layout by using it on your personal profile!

Here are some things you might want to consider in regards to the layout change:

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Why Google+ Will Succeed

Google+Google+ is still fairly new compared to the juggernauts like Twitter and Facebook, but so far Google+ has done nothing but excel. With over 60 million users and growing, Google+ is already beginning to implement some major features into their platform. When Google+ initially went public, it had the ability to video chat with multiple people at once, as well connect with users with similar interests within a section denoted “Sparks.” But slowly Google+ is changing and incorporating ideas from other social networks into their own, heating up the competition. Let’s look at some of the Google+ features you may have seen elsewhere or that are entirely new to the social network realm.

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The New Google Search Plus and Twitter’s Response

Google Search vs TwitterIf you haven’t already noticed, Google has implemented their new “search” tool, Search Plus. The new Google Search Engine now incorporates Google+ brand pages as well as personal pages into your SERP (search engine results page). This merge has been foreseen since Google+ was brought into beta testing, but never verified as truth. If you read our blog, Why Your Business Should Have a Google+ Page,then you should already know the benefits of Google+. The newest Google update will only increases your company SEO. But if you’re a company like Twitter, you may be a bit angry.

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5 Things You’re Doing Wrong with Social Media Marketing

Social media has been incorporated into business plans worldwide, but there are still some companies who are using it incorrectly. In the social media world, consumer-generated content is key to building an online reputation and brand loyalty for your business. With the right direction from companies, customers finally get to learn from, interact and voice their opinions on their favorite brands, products and services. In order to create an online community through social media marketing, there are common mistakes that need to be avoided. Some of the most prevalent social media bloopers are listed below.

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Social Media Spotlight: Bracelets by Stephi

Bracelets by StephiThis week on our Social Media Spotlight, we are proud to present to you a startup company that has embraced the social media movement. Bracelets by Stephi is a company that offers one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry. Created from inspiration and memories, Bracelets by Stephi is quickly becoming a must have addition to any outfit during any season! We had the pleasure of speaking with the owner of Bracelets by Stephi, Stephanie Sands, about her company and social media campaign, and here is what she had to say:

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The Top 10 Progressive Media Concepts Blogs of 2011

Top 10 Blogs of 2011This weekend will mark the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012! We hope everyone had a great year and has big plans for 2012, as it is best to start the New Year off on the right foot! For those of you who have been following our work since the beginning, or even just recently started reading, we thank you and would like to recap our top 10 blogs of 2011 that were made possible by your views!

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Social Media Spotlight: The C3 Agency

The C3 AgencyThis week on our Social Media Spotlight, we are pleased to welcome a marketing company that takes “direct marketing“ to an entirely different level. The C3 Agency specializes in hyper targeted marketing, connecting brands to over 200 million opt-in consumers via direct mail, email and mobile devices. Using metrics such as geography, demographics and other information as specific as hobbies and interests, makes this marketing strategy very effective. We had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Morgan, Director of Business Development & Sales at The C3 Agency about their social media campaign, and here is what he had to say:
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How Google+ Can be Used for Business Collaboration

Google CollaborationSeveral weeks ago, I wrote a blog about a program called Convofy, which at the time, seemed like a very useful tool for businesses. Its design and usability mimicked Facebook, and its functionality resembled Google Docs. However, over time I have been noticing that Google+ has been implementing features that seem to be differentiating it from Facebook in a profound way. Since Google+ launched, there has been an ongoing question of who will inevitably take the title as “King of Social Media,” but what if that isn’t the case? Google+ seems to be veering off the road Facebook has paved to possibly focus on practical social media use within a business, not just the personal and brand social communities.

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Social Media Spotlight: Life With Donna

social media marketing, social media managementThis week, we are happy to introduce Life With Donna, a company that provides a variety of confidential services to women. Lifestyle Consultant, Donna Youdin, guides women to make changes in their daily lives. These changes empower women to better manage stress, become more organized, and enjoy feeling refreshed both inside and out. She provides her consulting services in the comfort and privacy of your home, enabling you to relax, feel at ease, and speak confidentially about your struggles with daily stress management. Donna introduces and targets the strong connection between disorganization and stress. We were able to speak with Donna about her social media initiatives, and here’s what she had to say:

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