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WARNING: Avoid Emails That Claim Facebook Friends Called You ‘Piece Of Sh*t’

112987077Your Facebook friend didn't really call you a "piece of shit." It's actually malware.

Sophos' Naked Security blog reported on the latest attempt to bail Facebook users into clicking on links that take them not to the social network, but, in this case, to a website disguised as a Facebook page, which hosts malicious iFrame script Mal/Iframe-W, which subjects users to the risk of infection via the Blackhole exploit kit.

Naked Security points out that the first red flag on these emails is the email address they are allegedly coming from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email then reads:

Hi,

[Friend's name] commented on your Wall post.

[Friend's name] wrote: "you piece of shit!!!"

See the comment thread

Reply to this email to comment on this post.

Thanks,

The Facebook Team

 

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Ron Burgundy's Social Media Marketing Tips

112987077Around the office here at Grow Socially, we just can't wait for "Anchorman 2″ to come out in 2013. And recently, it got us to thinking. What if Ron Burgundy could offer advice on social media marketing?

Grab some milk, get your pal Baxter and see what everyone's favorite anchorman has to say about your online efforts.

Ron's Tip #1: "I don't think anyone knows what social media means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago."

This isn't much of a tip, but a good opportunity to debunk a common myth. There is a science to social media for business. Never go in blind. You've gotta keep your head on a swivel. Have a steadfast plan for when your followers interact with you; be consistent with your responses. Find a good mix of content your company creates and sources that you can pull content from, and share them both with great zeal. An interested and engaged audience is derived from posting diversity. And diversity, as we know, is not an old, old wooden ship.

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The Ultimate Business Owner's Guide to Facebook Advertising

112987077The ultimate business owner's guide to Facebook advertising
Most smart business owners understand the value of Facebook advertising and are excited by the prospect of being able to reach such a huge number of prospective customers using the world's largest social media platform. Facebook Ads can return big bang for your advertising buck. However, many business owners don't know how to get started and are confused by the myriad of options provided.

This 3-part series walks you through your options to help you pick the best advertising features for your brand. I'll be covering the following:

  1. The power of Facebook Ads
  2. What are your options with Facebook Ads?
  3. Facebook Ad tips to get the edge over your competition.

Part 1 – The Power of Facebook Ads

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The Forgotten Social Network

112987077When we think of social media in the US, we think of popular channels such as Facebook and Twitter.

However, there is one that is often overlooked but is just as important in your integrated marketing mix: email.

Email marketing's intent and the behavior it tries to produce is similar to the other social channels and this will prove why the rumors of email marketing's demise are greatly exaggerated.

Successful email marketing and the network of sites and applications that make up what we today call social media rely on three important elements:

  • Engaging content.
  • Accompanying and relevant links.
  • The ability to share information.

The understanding of these three actions is imperative to help set strategy and goals in one's marketing plan. There are more factors to consider when thinking about email as a mode of communication:

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6 Tips for Creating Mind-Blowing Infographics

112987077If you don't know what an infographic is by now, you really need to update your Facebook profile. Throughout 2012 (at least), infographics have been a popular fixture online, especially on social networks, where brands, publishers, and everyday folks post them like they're going out of style.

But, they're not going out of style -- not yet anyway.

Part of what makes infographics so popular -- and powerful -- is that they leverage two things that the web does especially well. On the one hand, infographics are incredibly visual, which is great because the web is an increasingly graphic-heavy visual medium. But infographics also play to -- and off of -- our love for big data. The web, after all, is swimming in data, and infographics are probably the best way to turn that data into a meaningful message or story.

But building a great infographic isn't as simple as data + picture. There's an art to creating great infographics, which is why I asked several industry leaders to share their best advice for creating great branded infographics.

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