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Are you struggling to figure out how to best leverage social media into your job search marketing plan? My upcoming book, "I'm Job Searching, Now What???" will delve into using social media as one of the multiple strategies in your job search. I wanted to touch on a couple of ways you might use social media in your job search with Twitter. photo credit: woodleywonderworks LinkedIn, ZoomInfo, Jigsaw, etc. all provide a great research platform. I use LinkedIn many times when I'm researching a company because not only does it give me the company information, key statistics, news articles, etc., but it also provides me information about with whom I'm connected. I use this information to see if the company and my connections within the company are on Twitter. If they are, I will begin to follow them. Why? I may be able to get a sense of company culture, job postings that... (more)

Great New Social Media Marketing Tool: PitchEngine

Jump Start Your Online Public Relations for Free They call it public relations for a reason.  Although PR methodology has focused primarily on getting the traditional media to write about your company or your client’s company, the goal has always been to influence ‘the public’, that is those members of the population that you want to impact positively. Thanks to the infinite reach of the Internet, you have the capability to extend that influence dramatically.  But, you need to change your approach and your toolkit as part of a 21st century PR strategy. If your primary public relations strategy still amounts to sending press releases to a finite number of media contacts, you fail to take advantage of the Internet.  You are not reaching the new influencers, to use Paul Gillen’s term. You need to do do more than reach those influencers. You need to take advantage of t... (more)

Is Social Media a Hostile Work Environment?

The blurring of professional and personal lives in social media and the rush of organizations to “join in” may create just that. Almost every modern organization has behavioral policies known as “zero-tolerance” these days. These policies are designed to provide a healthy, productive environment in which anyone can work without fear of being insulted, offended, harassed, or otherwise made uncomfortable on a day to day basis. Basically, “zero-tolerance” policies are - in part - the codification of the common-sense rule that says you don’t talk about religion, politics, or sex in the work environment. Controversial topics, jokes, images, and words are off-limits even at the water-cooler for anyone who truly endeavors to have a successful professional career and, in many cases, enjoy continued employment. But when that water cooler goes digital, organizational policie... (more)

How to Master Social Media Press Releases

PR and marketing professionals who want to put the power of social media releases to work in their PR programs will discover practical strategies and techniques at a new webcast tutorial from Bulldog Reporter's PR University: "Advanced Social Media News Releases: Newest Techniques for Supercharging Your Company's Message for Wider Reach and ROI." Attendees will come away with the latest strategies on how to reinvent traditional press releases for great reach and results among online influencers covering your brand, product or company -- starting immediately. This exclusive PR University webinar takes place on Tuesday, June 2nd, at 1PM EDT (noon CDT, 11AM MDT; 10AM PDT) with one of the nation's most successful thought leaders in the PR 2.0 revolution: Brian Solis, Principal, FutureWorks PR; Blogger, "PR 2.0," author, "Putting the Public Back in Public Relations Prin... (more)

PR on Ulitzer: Strategies for B2B Social Media

PR on Ulitzer Carabiner Communications, a public relations firm serving start-up and fast-growth technology companies, has made available a new white paper to help business-to-business (B2B) companies launch social media programs to connect with prospects and customers. Entitled "Social Media: How B2B Companies Can Connect," the new paper explores the evolving social media landscape and explains in detail how companies can launch their own social media campaigns. Also discussed in the paper are key questions executives should ask before starting, how their companies can participate, and how to measure results. This follows Carabiner's March launch of its social media and video service, SocialConnector(SM), which helps clients build and integrate social media tools and content into their online communications campaigns. Since launching its new service, the firm has be... (more)

Automated Social Media Governance and Government 2.0

With the proliferation of Internet-based tools and forums to share information, deliver announcements or warnings and create collaborative networks, it’s become apparent that “self-policing” strategies for controlling and managing the risks involved in delivering content through the corporate firewall can’t mitigate most risks. Most corporations and government agencies do indeed require, as terms of employment and various legislation, that care be taken and policies or procedures followed when engaging in online public discourse or otherwise moving content from the corporate-controlled environment to the public Internet. Over the past years, many good tools and governance frameworks have been developed as a routine matter of enabling Internet content posting, distribution and syndication – but these have mostly focused on automation, protection and monitoring proced... (more)

Government Social Media & Cloud Computing

GovIT at Cloud Expo June 23, 2009 - During this morning’s IAC breakfast, discussing “Transparency, Collaboration and Web 2.0”, a panelist made a very interesting point. While the US Federal Government’s use of Internet social media services and cloud-based information-sharing applications is well underway, albeit at the very earliest of stages (mainly due to significant policy, privacy, security and simple “newness” issues), by far one of the major risks lies with accountability. Accountability in collaboration and information-sharing environments is typically achieved to some degree by association of metadata with the information packages being exchanged, or with the “containers” of online events and the trusted identities of those participating in the dialogue. With social media applications and contexts like Twitter or Facebook, however, there are far too many w... (more)

Bernie Borges' Marketing 2.0 Social Media Book

Social Media on Ulitzer Bernie Borges' new book: Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyers through Social Media Marketing. Bernie's book aims to give a macro view of social media marketing with a focus on "what it is" and "how" small and medium size businesses (SMB) can develop a strategy, implement it and measure results. Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyers through Social Media Marketing covers these topics: Marketing 2.0 What is Web 2.0 and Social Media? Think Like a Publisher: Content Marketing The Lifecycle of Interaction in Social Media Marketing Measuring Results in Social Media Marketing Risks in Social Media Marketing Benefits of Social Media Marketing Case Studies - SMBs Succeding with Social Media We have invited Bernie Borges, the author of Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyers through Social Media Marketi... (more)

Deloitte Study Suggests Social Media Policy a Must Have

According to Deloitte’s recently released 2009 Ethics & Workplace Survey, 74 percent of those surveyed believe it is easy to damage a brand’s reputation via sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.   Why wasn’t the result 100%? Without a social media policy and strategy the risk is 100% that your brand reputation will be damaged.  United Airlines got it wrong and this is what happened – “United Breaks Guitars,” which was the headline making public relations nightmare of the week last week.  For those of you keeping score, it is estimated this episode, viewed by over 4 million thus far, cost United a 10% drop in their stock price, equivalent to $180 million or 51,000 Taylor guitars!  Goldman Sachs stumbled and this is what happened – http://budurl.com/xbbv.  Crocs got it right when called on the carpet by Scott McKain in a tweet of a Washington Post article.  T... (more)

Five Easy Ways to Jump Start Social Media for Your Business

Confused about social media? You are not alone. Many business owners feel overwhelmed by the idea of establishing a presence in the social media world. But, it’s not really that complicated. At a recent Vistage webinar for its CEO members, social media experts said your company is missing out on a prime opportunity to engage customers in social conversations. Executive coaching organization, Vistage International, shares tips for businesses on where to start and how to engage. #1 Check out your competition Check out your competition before beginning your own social media campaign. See what they are doing and how they are doing and, if applicable, tailor it to your needs. If it works for them, it could work for you! Learn from their activities and adapt them to fit with your company. #2 Listen Actively Search for your company name on social media platforms such as Tw... (more)

Welcome to the NOW Network

Sprint announced the availability of Sprint and Nextel service to customers in the 20 busiest underground stations in the Washington, D.C. Metro system. The move promises to improve the workday commute for hundreds of thousands of passengers who depend on Metro to travel between their homes and workplaces each day. It also will make touring the historic sites of the Washington, D.C. area easier for millions of tourists who visit the Capitol area annually. “By extending Sprint and Nextel wireless coverage to these stations, our customers who are metro riders will be able to stay in closer touch with the people important to them,” said Matrona Busch, director-Retail Sales for Sprint. “More importantly, this will strengthen the ability of public safety to respond to emergencies when they occur in the Metro system. Sprint is proud to be a part of this team. We look fo... (more)