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5 Signs Your Brand is Becoming Uncool

5 signs your brand is becoming uncool

Everybody wants to be cool. Even the geeks who have embraced their geekiness these days have done so because, frankly, that's cool. (Thanks "Big Bang Theory.") And this goes for brands too.

Coolness comes in all forms these days. As a brand, you don't have to be the jock (Red Bull) or the prom queen (Coach hand bags). No matter your category, you can be cool if your core customers think you're cool. (That includes you, CPG brands.) Coolness is an attitude. But it's an attitude that must be established and maintained.

If you're fortunate enough to have some people out there who think your brand is cool, be happy. But don't get lazy. Coolness does not maintain itself. Here are the signs that your cool factor is on the decline -- and some ways to counteract the lameness.

You start to believe that you're as cool as you say you are
There's nothing more uncool than thinking you're cool. It's as simple as that. As soon as your brand starts acting like it's hot shit, it's going to get knocked down a peg or two by a competitor. Just ask Apple.

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Social Media Statistics for 2013 [Infographic]

social media statistics 2013

As we kick off 2013 it's good to recap some of the impressive stats from 2012. Here's a great infographic that visualises a piece by the Huffington Post – 100 Social Media Statistics to kick off 2013. A few of the highlights are:

  • 1 Million websites have integrated with Facebook
  • 23% of users check Facebook 5 times or more daily
  • 56% of customer tweets are being ignored
  • 34% of marketers have generated leads on Twitter
  • Google's +1 button is used 5 million times a day
  • Over 5 million are uploaded to Instagram every hour
  • 80% of Pinterest users are female

It was another big year for social media platforms with the mature giants like Facebook continuing to grow and develop and a few of the newer players, Pinterest and Instagram, making their mark. It's set to be an exciting year in this space. What are your predictions?

Thanks for the Infographic iStrategyLabs.

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The Social Media Horse Race [Infographic]

social media horse race

Businesses across all industries use social media to achieve marketing goals, from awareness to monetary gain. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter often dominate the conversation with new features and accomplishments, but the true picture of social media marketing opportunities continues to evolve. While Facebook still commands the widest reach, the quickest adoption rate and smoothest performance, up-and-coming networks have the social media giant in their sights.

Below Brafton has painted a clearer picture of the social media landscape – the platforms with the most monthly active members, the networks where internet marketing experts make their investments and the percentages of brands generating leads via each site. The race is on to see which platform will continue to have an impact in the business world moving forward. Could it be the reigning champion Facebook or one of the networks in the lead-gen pony pen? See our graphic below to find out, and read our related blog post for more insights.

Source: Brafton

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21 Social Marketing Tips from the Pros

Are you struggling to keep up to date with the best social media marketing tips?how-to-pose

Would you like to know how to get the best results with your social media marketing?

We asked twenty-one social media marketing experts to share their best social media tips today.

Here's what they had to say.

#1: Attract Leads With Facebook Offers

If you're looking for a new way to attract quality leads using social media, try Facebook Offers.

Facebook Offers are a type of Facebook ad, but they work a bit differently than a traditional Facebook Ad. You can set them up directly from your Facebook Page (no need to go into the Ads dashboard) and they can be created for offline and online businesses.

Although you can use them for many different promotions, I've seen the highest conversion rates when marketers use Offers to attract quality leads.

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LinkedIn Says Thank You for 200M Infographic Style

linkedin says thank you for 200m infographic style

Last month, we announced that we hit an exciting milestone: 200 million LinkedIn members!

We reached this achievement thanks to all of our invaluable members around the world who use LinkedIn to connect, learn, and find opportunity. Starting today, we're sending personal emails to many who have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone to recognize their part in our journey.

We're thankful to all of you, from the most connected to the most endorsed to our newest members, for your part in working toward our mission of connecting the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful.

Who exactly are these LinkedIn members, you ask? Check out the infographic below.

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