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Is Foursquare a Waste of Time? – Plus Infographic | by Jeff Bullas


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Social media networks sometimes seem a bit schizophrenic.

They are both a place to play and socialize and increasingly they are also where you can market your business.Is Foursquare a Waste of Time - Plus Infographic

Facebook was never meant to be a social network to create a brand page and collect tens millions of fans that is now common place with the global brands such as Coca Cola.

Twitter started off as a private messaging technology that was not designed to be a social network.

Some social networks such as LinkedIn were purpose built from day one to provide a networking portal for business people.

Games have a significant presence on social networks and are a significant revenue driver. It is reported that social games on Facebook such as Farmville and Mafia Wars generate up to 30% of Facebook’s revenue.

The Rise of Location Based Social Apps

The development and rapid growth of the GPS enabled smartphone technology has enabled location based social apps such as Foursquare to become a force in social networking.

Foursquare is a location based social networking app and website for mobile devices. Users can check-in with their mobile phones. Each check-in awards the user points

The current numbers for location based apps are significant and at the end of 2011 Foursquare revealed  the following

  • 15 million registered users
  • 1 billion checkins
  • Announced US nationwide partnerships with American Express
  • 600,000 merchants
  • 170 million API calls per day
Is Foursquare a waste of time

These numbers do indicate that it is obtaining some critical mass (mainly in the USA). This is vital for Foursquare as it requires significant numbers and scale to be meaningful  for major brands.

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Ten Social Networking Mistakes to Avoid When Marketing Your Business


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Business owners worldwide are utilizing various social media platforms to promote products and reach out to consumers.Ten Social Networking Mistakes to Avoid When Marketing Your Business

Many companies thrive, thanks to strong web presence. However, some struggle as a result of costly mistakes made during the online marketing process. Thus, before you began marketing your business it is advisable to brush up on your social media skills.

Better yet, read on for a crash course on the ten most common social networking mistakes and how you can avoid making them yourself.

#1. No Clear Social Marketing Strategy

Forbes columnist Pamela Springer notes that many business owners fail to properly budget their resources. “Even though many social media applications are free,” she writes, “they still cost small businesses time – and time equals money.” She suggests a formal online marketing plan, with a clear goal for each step of the process.

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Create a Buzz on LinkedIn — Without Buzzwords


Melanie Wright | http://socialmediatoday.com

Since it’s early in the year and many of you have made resolutions to really use your LinkedIn profiles this year, we thought it would be a good idea to go over what NOT to do.

This past December, LinkedIn posted a blog that listed the top 10 overused buzzwords in LinkedIn profiles in the United States. At first glance, it’s easy to see how users get confused with the term “buzzword.” After all, it does sound like a good thing to use them to set you apart from the crowd. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

According to LinkedIn the top 10 most overused buzzwords in 2011 were:

Twitter Slams Google: Social Search Changes Are ‘Bad for People’


 


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The social networking war just heated up a few degrees.

After Google announced Tuesday morning that it would more closely integrate Google+ into its regular search results, vocal opposition to the changes arrived Tuesday afternoon from an unlikely source: Twitter.

A statement from the microblogging company said Twitter’s real-time information was often the most relevant result on Google. “As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter,” the company said. “We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone.”

 

SEE ALSO: Google Merges Search and Google+ Into Social Media Juggernaut 

The Google update, known as “Search Plus Your World,” blends Google+ pages that have been made public in with regular search results on Google — although the Google+ results are clearly annotated. It’s a fairly major update for Google+ users — of which there are now reportedly 62 million — and a fairly minor update for the rest of us.

Still, it evidently got the warning klaxons blaring over at Twitter HQ. Here’s the complete statement, care of Twitter spokesman Matt Graves:

For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet.

Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results.

We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users. Sigue leyendo

Our obsession with social networks guarantees their advertising power


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In a comScore study posted today, we are reminded of what we already knew; Facebook is an absolute beast when it comes to cornering people’s time online.

For example, this stat seemed so insane, I thought it was fake at first:

Social networking accounts for nearly 1 in every 5 minutes spent online in October 2011

Social networking is a hobby of 82 percent of the global Internet population, which sits at around 1.2 billion users. Just a reminder, Facebook has over 800 million users. Facebook most definitely owns social networking.

Stats and Thoughts

In October, Facebook reached more than half (55 percent) of the world’s global audience and accounted for 1 in every 7 minutes spent online around the world and 3 in every 4 social networking minutes.

Facebook’s users aren’t just loyal, they’re obsessed. These types of numbers show that the features that social network is building have one goal; to keep you on Facebook, and not let you leave. If you take a look at the most recent changes on the site, such as the Ticker and Timeline, they’re built to keep you digging into someone’s profile and content.

In October, Twitter reached 1 in 10 Internet users worldwide, growing 59 percent in the past year.

Facebook’s game is engagement, while Twitter is surging to touch as many people as possible. It’s safe to say that Twitter will never get anywhere close to the engagement numbers that Facebook has, and it doesn’t want them. With its latest redesign, the site is becoming easier to use, as Facebook is becoming more complicated. Twitter is betting that simplicity will win out, and eyeballs for any amount of time is key. The company actually has a shot to get more eyeballs in 2012 than Facebook if it stays focused and keeps being integrated into every mainstream property possible. Sigue leyendo

Social Networking – A Magic Trick for Business Promotion


By Arfa Mirza
http://www.dzinepress.com/2011/02/social-networking-a-magic-trick-for-business-promotion/

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With the passage of time we have witnessed so many changes when it comes to internet. Sometimes it gets hard to decide if these changes are for good or bad or if they have made our lives easier or difficult. Obviously, everything in this world has its own pros and cons. These days we can find innumerable freelancers and designers so establishing yourself as a new designer can get really hard at times. To be honest, marketing yourself is not an easy task. One of the major reasons why people do not opt for proper advertising and marketing is that it is really expensive. But, people are good at finding alternatives and so these designers have also fine one.

Social media is being used worldwide these days for the promotions of businesses. You have two advantages of using social mediums. Firstly, you get to promote your business without having to spend too much. Secondly, you get to socialize with your friends on n off as well. But as said earlier, social medium too has advantages and disadvantages, depending how you utilize the medium. You can make it useful or a big waste of time as well. Much like passing out your business cards, social networking is a great way to get exposure to you, your company, and your brand. A good mail hosting gives a nice impact to your website. This is also agreat option for those people or companies who try to gain customers.”

Following tips may help you a lot in using social networking websites or medium in a positive manner:

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Why Make Effective Networking Part Of Your Freelance Job


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Being a freelancer is no regular job to do. It takes a lot of hard work to become successful in this field. And as a freelancer, it is essential to build contacts for your business work. You need sufficient references – people who work out as your clients. You need people to help you deliver expected results. So what drastic steps should you do in establishing contacts for your business? 

This is where effective networking comes in. Networking simply means the act of creating, extending and maintaining personal connections with different types of people in the business. It is a way to seek sources for opportunities like extending business to more clients and how to gain technical expertise.

Why Make Effective Networking Part Of Your Freelance Job

Networking is easily achieved if the person steps out of his normal work environment. This is because most people are so engrossed with what they work and the people that surround them. If they just only start breaking loose from what they are accustomed with, it is the only way towards building an effective network.

Why the need for networking?

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1) Finding jobs easily through connections

Networking can help you land jobs of your dreams. Take for instance a manager who has sought another employment. With networking, he is able to extend jobs to his former colleagues even if distance has kept them apart. With the right connection, he gets to choose his own team in the current employment. Hence, this could be another step to achieve the company’s objectives.

This also applies to freelancers working through networking. Because people are aware with what you can extend to them, existing contacts like friends and associates recommend you to where they might be right now. This is because they need your service and therefore, a network is built out from staying closely connected with them. It is also in this way that you prolong your career. Sigue leyendo

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