This post was originally published on B2B Marketing. Read the full post here.
This post was originally published on B2B Marketing. Read the full post here.
If 2012 was the year of change, then 2013 was definitely the year of learning to adjust. In February, I started back at work after 7 months of maternity leave and began the frantic juggling act that all working mothers with young children must do. I am proud to say that I did manage to pull through and adjust to this new existence. I learned to stop kicking myself for not being able to blog on techtalkmarketing as much as I had done pre-baby and to use the tools out there to help me continue being a valuable content creator and marketing manager for my company.
1. On various projects, I realised our web content was killing us. This is a topic I will expand on in 2014 because it was one of the biggest lessons I learned this year. I was lucky enough to work with talented web developers and other content creators and along the way we realised that our content was so vast and inclusive that after reading it (if indeed anyone did read it all) people had no need to ask us questions about our products and solutions.
2. Less is more. Continuing on the theme from point 1, More…
It seems like there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t find reason to love LinkedIn’s company pages all the more. In August I realised that colleagues were “liking” the updates I posted to our company page – making the page both a useful internal communications tool as well as an effective way to spread word of our company news even further.
Have just realised colleagues are “liking” updates on our #LinkedIn company page. It’s becoming an internal communication system.
— Jennifer Reid (@jennmaitland) August 28, 2013
This past week I started thinking…..the LinkedIn company pages are so easy to update and lay the news out in such a nice way (along with stats on clickthroughs) that it’s a real shame that we can’t have this type of page for as an “in the news” page on our website.
I spoke to a web developer I work with and voila! He pointed out the new LinkedIn Company Page API. He said that there is a good chance he can build an import plugin to load the LinkedIn Company Page content into our content management system……which means that we could effectively stream our company page updates into an “in the news” page on our site.
How cool would that be?! No more clunky updating of news coverage pages!
On September 12th, Buffer went and announced Buffer for LinkedIn pages. I already have a personal Buffer account for sharing my own updates to Twitter and LinkedIn, but I think it’s now time to get a business account so that we can easily share company news to Twitter, LinkedIn, our LinkedIn Company page, any relevant LinkedIn Groups, and our Google+ business page.
Watch this space – I’ll keep you posted on whether the LinkedIn import plugin experiment was successful!
I don’t need proof that the blog is alive and well. I don’t support the theory microblogging in its various forms has overtaken the blog with its bite sized, rapid fire delivery.
I don’t need to look any further than the live blog as an entity to prove that not only is the trusty web log still an essential piece of any social media marketers toolkit, but also that it’s still a dynamic medium capable of extending to incorporate various forms of microblogging to provide inclusive, up to date content (contributed by multiple authors no less).
This isn’t my headline or my research – it’s simply the title of a great article I read back in November and tweeted about.
I love Roy Greenslade’s definition of live blogging: More…
Steve Jobs wasn’t a close personal friend. Rather, I’ve spent quite a lot of time reading his biography lately. It’s a big beast of a book that I might not have had the time to read had I not had many hours to spare when my daughter was in the special care unit at Homerton Hospital….premature babies sleep a lot, and so I spent many an hour beside Ava’s bed reading about Steve Jobs – sometimes to myself, and sometimes aloud to Ava while other parents could be heard reading fairy tales to their children in the various languages of all the nationalities present in the ward.
Beyond various mentions of Facebook, there is no real coverage of any thought or comment Steve Jobs might have had on social media.
What’s inspired this post is a slightly more abstract theme mentioned throughout the book, a concept familiar to me but one I hadn’t seen identified and explored at such length before.
It’s best described with a quote (from Jobs himself) that appears close to the end of the biography:
Edwin Land of Polaroid talked about the intersection of the humanities and science. I like that intersection. There’s something magical about that place. There are a lot of people innovating, and that’s not the main distinction of my career. The reason Apple resonates with people is that there’s a deep current of humanity in our innovation. I think great artists and great engineers are similar, in that they both have a desire to express themselves. In fact of some the best people working on the original Mac were poets and musicians on the side. In the seventies computers became a way for people to express their creativity [pages 567-8].
I like to think about computers helping people to express their creativity, and I couldn’t help but to think that social media has simply been an extension of this. For me, More…
Not long ago, before it was commonplace for pretty much everyone to have a basic understanding of the Internet, there were some fairly amusing terms flying around. The “Interweb” was one commonly used by those *not* in the “know”.
Years on, I feel the same is happening with social media. I can’t tell you how often I see the term “the social web” or variations of it, most often used in a really misinformed way….as though the “social web” is some sort of new Internet that has recently materialised. Further, the term “Web 2.0” often seems to get thrown in there haphazardly, which is a particular pet peeve of mine. I also often see the terms Web 3.0 and Web 4.0 attached to the term “the social web”.
New social media based sites and applications seem to come out daily, but it’s important to remember that social media is just the good old Internet in action, and that this thing people refer to as “the social web” are examples of various Web 2.0 enabled technologies. Web 2.0 is not a new concept.
Web 2.0 is a phrase used to describe attributes given web technologies that can facilitate advanced and usually interactive functionality.
A review of Internet-based literature shows two unique phases: Web 1.0 (content delivered to users by producers) and Web 2.0 (content customised to suit the individual, who has the ability to add or publish back to the site/application).
In 2005 Tim O’Reilly wrote the paper What is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation Software. His paper claims that Web 2.0 began with a conference brainstorming session between his company O’Reilly, and MediaLive International (2005: 1) and I think his thoughts on Web 2.0 still stand true today.
Importantly, O’Reilly worked to define the term “Web 2.0” beyond the buzzword stage. In his definition, he uses the example of BitTorrent, which is a free, open source file sharing application. The application uses the bandwidth of those trying to download it so that effectively, the more popular the file, the faster it can be served and downloaded (2005:5). His point in using this example is to show that the the difference between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 is that Web 2.0 services automatically get better the more people use them.
Adding to the defintion later on in the paper, O’Relly writes:
In Your blog: Integration or Separation? Part I: Integration, I explained why I think individuals and companies should almost always integrate their blogs with their websites.
The reasons for separating your blog from your website are few and far between, but they do exist.
There are three reasons why it may sometimes be useful to create a blog that lives outside of the confines of your domain:
1. To create a “topic”. What do you sell? When prospective buyers Google your product or service, what do the search results look like? Hopefully your website *does* come up in the first few search results, but looking beyond your site, what else do you see?
If you have no competitors and no other sites of any relevance towards your product or service appear in these search results, it is time to ask yourself “do people really need what I am trying to sell?” More…
Not long ago, this question came through this week in my weekly digest email from The UK Marketing Network.
“Isn’t it obvious?” I said to myself, ready to delete the email. But then I paused and reminded myself that it wasn’t that long ago I wouldn’t have known the answer to this question either, and that it’s not always obvious at all. I looked closer at the next line in the query which read:
We are starting a new blog and we are unsure whether to integrate it with our website or keep it separate? Does anyone have any experience with this?
I started my answer with:
I can think of very few instances where you’ll benefit from keeping your blog separate from your corporate website.
Effectively your blog is where you’ll put a lot of effort into generating excellent thought leadership based content – keeping this inside your domain will boost your SEO measurably and send a lot of traffic to your site (which surely is what any business wants?)
In the past, I’ve blogged about the importance of making social media a part of a company’s DNA.
In this post I’d like to get a bit more specific and share some of what I’ve learned along the way in hopes that this will inspire the many people who have expressed to me the difficulty they have in finding the time in their schedules to blog or the motivation to complete their posts (and to post frequently enough).
1. Document: I take this tip from my days as a technical author – document everything you do – whether it’s attending an evening seminar, listening to a webinar, reading a book to enhance your skills, or taking part in a new project that presents you with a number of challenges. This stuff is all blog-worthy. I have met a lot of people who have never really gotten in to the swing of blogging because they feel every post has to be essay-like in length and so broad that it covers all possible bases. Next time you go to an event, why not try taking one good photo on Instagram and posting that to your blog with comments about what you felt were the most relevant and interesting points of the day? I bet you end up writing more than you thought you would. And presto – instant blog.
2. Clip: Since a great deal of “food for blogging” comes from other materials you often see/agree/disagree with on the web, and since you can’t always blog instantaneously, then you need to put technology in place that will allow you to capture and park ideas for when you can blog.
I do this by clipping highlighted bits from web pages to Evernote and placing them in my “Blog” folder which I can access from anywhere. So blog ideas are easily collected, parked and stored in a way that makes them easy to find when it’s time to start blogging. More…
I get asked for advice on social media a lot. I’ll admit it – I quite enjoy sitting down and hearing about people’s individual communications-based situations to assess whether social media can be of any help.
However, I think it’s also important to be honest about when social media is the not the best answer. Many social media agents and consultants will have you believe that social media is always the best solution for all marketing and communications requirements. I’m more than willing to admit that there are times when social media is not the best option.