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5 Inbound and Social Media Predictions For 2013

5 Inbound and Social Media Predictions For 2013If you're reading this, then the world didn't come to an end last night and I'm already batting 1000 on this year's list of predictions. As 2012 draws to a close we're apt to start looking ahead to 2013. I'm looking forward to another year of innovation and fast-paced change. It's that fear of falling behind that keeps me on my toes and excited about what's around the next corner. There's no way to tell if my crystal ball is working, so I've focused on some things I think are important. Here are some thoughts about some things I think we could see in 2013.

Social Collaboration

Big businesses wanting to provide their employees with the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs in 2013 will be implementing social collaboration tools. Office workers spend an average of 28 hours a week writing emails, searching for information and collaborating internally. Furthermore, 80 percent of Americans work "after hours," equaling an extra day of work per week. Providing workers with a platform that enables them to work more efficiently while having a life will make them more efficient and more productive. Look for products like Yammer, Sciomino and Tracky to find their way into more and more businesses in 2013.

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Oracle Buy Eloqua: An early Christmas Gift for Marketo?


Oracle Buy Eloqua An early Christmas Gift for MarketoAnything that gets the corporate world to focus on Marketing Automation is a good thing. The recent announcement that Eloqua was acquired by Oracle is no exception. Any press is good press, right? I think that this deal is a milestone for marketing automation as it demonstrates the real value of marketing automation – to the tune of nearly "one billion dollars."


Anyone who follows Eloqua knows that they and Marketo have been neck-in-neck as visionaries in the marketing automation space. Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management solidly places Eloqua and Marketo as "Visionary Leaders" in the CRM Lead Management space.


So what does this announcement about the acquisition mean for marketing automation? Here is what I believe:

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Your Guide To A Successful Social Media Campaign using 14 Twitter tools!

Your Guide To A Successful Social Media Campaign Using 14 Twitter Tools

Here is your guide to running a Social Media Campaign Using 14 Twitter Tools!

There are four key aspects of running a successful social media campaign: audience gathering, engaging, listening and analyzing. Many traditional social networks can be used. This is first of a series of articles that will examine each network and give an overview of the tools that are available. This article will summarize the tools available for Twitter.

Twiler

Allows you to find out who is tweeting about your topic. Great for audience gathering.

Tweetstats

Gives you statistics about your tweets with easy to read graphs. Put in perspective how often you tweet, to whom and when. Great for analytics.

Hootsuite

Is a dashboard that allows you to schedule your tweets, do keyword geo searches, easy tracking and analytics as well as to monitor multiple accounts in one single place. Great for audience gathering, engaging, listening and analytics.

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Your Guide To A Successful Social Media Campaign Using Facebook

Your Guide To A Successful Social Media Campaign Using FacebookThere are four key ingredients for running a successful social media campaign: audience gathering, engaging, listening and analyzing. Many traditional social networks can be used. This is the second part of a series of articles that will examine each network and give an overview of the tools that are available. This article will summarize how you can run a successful social media campaign using Facebook.

Audience Gathering

Facebook currently has over 800 million users across the globe. Every single day, users create 100 million "Likes" on Facebook pages. One would think it is easy to get a small fraction of those people to "Like" your page or to participate in discussions about a case. They key is to gather a diverse group of people who will provide insight into a juror's perspective about your case.

In order to gather an audience, you may want to do some of the following:

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How Websites Can Help Your Freelance Career

How Websites Can Help Your Freelance CareerI recently attended a seminar entitled "Internet Marketing Seminar". The goal of the seminar is to help companies and individuals use the Internet effectively in promoting their products or services. The topics that were discussed during the seminar were fairly basic. Here they are:

Create A Website or Blog

There is no better way to promote your products and services than having a website or a blog. A website or blog contains all the information a prospective client or customer may need. A well-designed website or blog is a great way to attract the attention of your target audience. Plus, it also shows clients and customers that you are real and serious about the products/services you are offering. Freelancers can also use the website or blog to showcase their work to a wider audience.

Use Social Media

Apart from a website, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are also effective tools for promoting your products/services. For freelancers, social networking sites are the perfect avenue to meet fellow freelancers and potential clients. Social media also allows you to learn tips and other information that can help you achieve your goals. In my past post, I mentioned that networking is a great way to boost your freelancing career. Social networking sites are the best places to expand your network.

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