What’s In A Social Media Name?

One must be mindful of company name when joining social media outlets. Facebook and Twitter have millions of users so one assumes this tool would be on the forefront of any business person’s mind before making a huge name announcement. Alas, last week Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that Netflix has transformed its DVD via mail side of the business into Qwikster. This change makes sense with streaming video gaining popularity while one-day Qwikster may go the way of cassette tapes. Although, that is neither here nor there. The real issue at hand is that the people at Netflix neglected

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Social Media = ENGAGEMENT Not Numbers!

Most of us realize by now that a big number of followers doesn’t immediately equal ENGAGED, RELEVANT or INFLUENTIAL followers, but after a recent conversation, I found this bared repeating. “A big number of followers doesn’t immediately equal ENGAGED, RELEVANT or INFLUENTIAL followers…” We had a client mention wanting to have many more Twitter followers and Facebook fans then they do presently. When pressed as to why, there wasn’t a clear answer. Social media can’t be thought of as a way to create “instant sales” but, instead, as a communication tool to truly build your brand. Companies and businesses never

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Free Word Of Mouth And Customer Analytics, Why Not?

I can’t tell exactly why more local businesses aren’t using Foursquare, but I imagine it has to do with not understanding Foursquares potential. The lack of knowledge with this not too new (debuted in March of 2009) social media tool is still huge. Foursquare has 8 million people using it worldwide and 250,000 merchants taking advantage of the business platform. At the same time LinkedIn has 100 million users and 2 million businesses worldwide that have a company page. Owners need to be aware that they can reward customers for loyalty, for simply visiting their business or attending a special

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Damn Social Media, You Are So Distracting

The view on whether social media is a distraction or a necessity during the workday is a polarizing topic. If you are on Julie Morgenstern’s side then one should limit their SM usage to 10 minutes a day, because you have a business to run after all. On the other end of the spectrum you will find Peter Shankman who believes you must always look at potential new clients and what your competition is doing. In some cases social media use may not even be up to you at all, but to your boss or the corporations view point on

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Are You a Linchpin Or A Cog?

I just started at CreateWOWMarketing on the 10th and I want to be indispensable! It is easy for most of us to be a small cog in the great machine of the company. You just do the minimum and reap the rewards of your biweekly paycheck. There are some people who want more and realize that the work atmosphere has changed recently, and has become far more competitive. I want to be the one that keeps the machine running, so that without me everything will fall apart. Often when you are an outstanding worker you will discover that even more

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Blowin’ Up The New Tech Bubble!

It is official you (and your Mother) can now buy a share of LinkedIn As we wrote in a previous post, more social media stocks are going public this year. LinkedIn has beat Facebook, Skype, Zynga, Twitter and Groupon to the metaphorical punch. The price per share at closing time May 19th had settled on $94.25 more then doubling the IPO of $45. That means that the market value represents almost 37 times last years sales for LinkedIn or $8.9 billion. Lets compare this to Google Inc’s shares that are valued at just under six times sales for 2010. Warning

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Taking Social Media Public?

I am not going to lie; I have only been using Skype for five months. At my last position it was used in office to ask a quick question or discuss lunch plans. My first interview with Andrew, aka The Brand Chef, was over Skype. Last night I was going through my old business magazines and ran across an Inc. article from 2005. The article was about eBay buying Skype for $2.6 billion. I thought to myself, ‘Didn’t Microsoft just buy Skype?’ EBay admitted to overpaying for Skype in 2007. This could be true, but perhaps they just bought it

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CreateWOW Introduces Haley Meckstroth

Haley joined CreateWOWMarketing in May 2011 as an integral part of the growth that CreateWOW is experiencing. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2005 with a B.S. in Marketing. In May of 2008 she became a full time student once again at DMACC in the Graphic Design Program and soon after became Editor of the Urban Campus newspaper. She found CreateWOWMarketing through one of her many Twitter browsing filled days. This past October at Freelance Camp Des Moines she was able to see what Andrew and CreateWow (The Brand Chef) was all about. Haley has experience in public relations, marketing,

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