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Last Minute Preparations for 2014... Are You Ready for Success this Coming Year?


1. A Guide to Holiday Shopping & Marketing: The holiday season is, undoubtedly, an essential time of year for businesses. But in order to see real results from your holiday marketing, you'll need to find ways to put your buyers' actual needs and desires at the center of your marketing efforts. Download this free guide to learn tips & best practices on how to make the most of your holiday marketing.

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2. Determine Your 2014 Marketing Goals [Free Template]
Do you have your 2014 goals in order yet? Planning out your marketing goals for an entire year can be a daunting task. Grab this free template to help you calculate your marketing needs and set priorities for 2014, so you can simplify the planning process and start off the year strong.

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3. 101 Examples of Effective Calls-to-Action
Improving the look and feel of your calls-to-action helps you convince your website visitors to take action. Flip through these 101 examples of successful call-to-action design to see how top companies have gotten more visitors clicking and converting – and learn how you can do the same for your own marketing.

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7 Ways To Market On Facebook Using Images

7 Ways To Market On Facebook Using Images

One of the most effective ways to market on Facebook is through the proper usage of images. Images receive more likes, more comments, and more engagement in general. They are also more likely to convert, which is extremely important if you are trying to sell something. Using images also offers you a wider variety of posts you can use, which keeps your audience not only engaged but also entertained and informed. If you aren't sure how to properly execute this technique take a look at these eight great ways to market on Facebook using images.

1. Offer Promotional Codes During Sales

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Instagram is the 'best platform for brands' in 2013, beating out Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

Instagram is the best platform for brands in 2013

"With increases in fan/follower engagement nearly three times that of other networks studied, Instagram is the clear winner for 2013," SumAll CEO Dan Atkinson said. "If a company has a visual product to sell and it's currently not on Instagram, that company is missing out on significant brand awareness and revenue."

SumAll, a business analytics tool, currently tracks over 100,000 businesses on social networks, analyzing over 290 billion social actions per year.

Across businesses that are on all four networks, SumAll says that Instagram resulted in the most new followers in 2013 — and significant revenue. Brands on Instagram saw an average of 7 percent growth in both followers and engagement. And while U.S. brands saw a nice little revenue lift from Instagram — 1.5 percent to 5 percent — businesses in the U.K. reported more, up to 3.6 percent.

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Why HootSuite is integrating with 'competitor' IBM Connections


Why HootSuite is integrating with competitor IBM Connections

HootSuite announced this morning that it is partnering with IBM to integrate with big blue's Connections product suite, which IBM calls "a leading social software platform" which makes "everything social."

On first glance it looks like a competitor — as if Hubspot was integrated with Marketo, or Google and Bing announced a partnership.

First glances are often deceiving.

"When we look at Connections, IBM uses the word social a lot, but they mean internal," HootSuite's Kevin Zellmer, a company director, told me this afternoon. "They've done a good job inside the organization, but they haven't done a lot to share that externally ... and they haven't given a lot of consideration to how my internal world at work and my external world of social blend."

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Instagram Invite For Mysterious December 12 Media Event May Hint Toward Printing

Instagram Invite For Mysterious December 12 Media Event May Hint Toward Printing

Instagram has invited members of the media to an event in NYC on December 12 to "share a moment" with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team.

It's unclear what this event is in reference to, but considering that the invitation was sent in the mail, on paper, the photo-sharing app could be hinting at a future in print. Other invites were a block of wood with pictures printed on them, with a hanger on one side to hang on the wall. If that isn't a hint toward printing, I don't know what is.

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