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SMC is Recruiting WordPress Experts

Adding to my earlier request for individuals to join our communications committee, a new request has surfaced and Social Media Club is recruiting people to volunteer their time and expertise in an exciting and new WordPress project.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in a project that will change how we view social media forever. We need people who are familiar with WordPress and we can teach you the rest. Candidates who are skilled in custom COS or Home will stand out.

Should Brands Bother With Facebook Pages?

As businesses carve out a social media marketing strategy, Facebook isn’t just a consideration—it’s typically at the top of the must-use platforms list.

Yet as the social networking giant continues to tweak its visibility algorithm and make other wide-ranging changes, a critical question has emerged: For businesses new to Facebook, does a Facebook page still make sense?

Ch-Ch-Changes: What’s Different About Facebook?

How to Integrate User-Generated Content into a Social Media Strategy

Thanks to social and digital media, customers are broadcasting their experiences with brands more than ever before. Consumers are generating content about their shopping habits and purchasing decisions across the social web.

It's not just a Consumer Report rating or a newspaper critic's review that now influence customers. It's the opinion of existing customers that future customers rely on. Nielsen reported that audiences trust consumer opinions posted online more than editorial reviews or TV advertising. User generated content is here to stay and it's only going to get bigger.

5 Tips For Online Brands to Better Know Customers

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Whether you’re a small business or a global business, knowing your audience is the backbone of selling your products and services.

Without this knowledge, you’re basically throwing stuff at a wall and seeing if it sticks through your content marketing, social media engagement, and product marketing strategies. Does that sound effective? I didn’t think so.

Here are tips your brand should consider to properly assess your audience: 

Internet Advertising Up 16 Percent in 2014 and Everyone is Targeted

Social media has long been thought to be dominated by teenagers and young people. This held true during the initial emergence of social media networks but over the last several years demographics have changed. There has been significant growth in the use of social media sites by older users.

There are fascinating trends happening.

Currently 45% of adults 65 and older use Facebook (up from 25% in 2013) and the majority of LinkedIn users are between the ages of 50 and 64.

Recent Changes in Our Dallas and DC Chapters

I have some exciting news from our chapters in Dallas, Texas; and in Washington, D.C.

Leaders in these chapters have stepped down from their role in SMC to pursue passions unique to their cities. These community leaders have or will create separate nonprofit associations to address their communities' unique local needs that are outside the global Social Media Club vision.

The former SMC leaders from the Dallas chapter will be announcing their new brand and company name later this year, and the former leaders from the DC chapter have created Digital District. I wish them luck in their future endeavors and look forward to working alongside them and their new organizations.

What does this mean for local SMC members?

Net Neutrality Truths for B2B Marketers

Have you heard the term, "net neutrality," in the news recently? I admit, this topic only recently crossed my radar since I usually focus more on social media, blogging, and digital marketing articles.

It turns out that net neutrality actually has huge implications for folks like myself who rely heavily on the Internet for writing, research and online marketing. With its potential impact on Internet carriers and the millions of people who access the Internet, net neutrality must not be ignored.

What is it?

SMC Communications Committee Wants You

We are Social Media Club.

Social Media Club was born in 2006 to expand digital media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior, and share best practices. We continue to insist that the social media landscape is not an echo chamber of self-reinforcing thoughts but one that is fueled by diversity of opinion and perspective.

The Great Twitter Experiment of 2014

Remember when Twitter was fun?

 

I joined Twitter in the first half of 2008 and quickly started enjoying meaningful conversations with people from all over the world. It was energizing. It was exciting. And it was unlike any other way to communicate.

Mastering the Art of PowerPoint Slides

I recently met PowerPoint.

This might seem ironic for a social media expert who spends half her life online, blogging and switching between various social media accounts.

Alas, it’s true. I just figured out PowerPoint to make some slides about myself for an important upcoming meeting. (Now, if you’ve been following me, you know the idea of talking about myself – much less formulating a PowerPoint presentation – gives me hives.)

I’d say mastering PowerPoint is like riding a bike. Or starting to tweet. You just need to get the hang of it and practice.

Now, there are still some things I’m not sure I can do yet. Like, write a script. Rather, I’ll use my slides as cue cards on what to say; there won’t be a prewritten script.

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