The Science of Social Timing Part 3: Timing and Blogging


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Timing is everything, and maintaining a blog is no exception to the rule. Learning when your audience is tuning in, and therefore when to post, is mandatory for any successful blogger. In the third and final part of this series we’re going to explore how timing can affect your blog readership.

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The Science of Social Timing Part 1: Social Networks


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It’s important to know when the highest percentage of your audience is eavesdropping on your social networks—so that when you share content you’ll get maximum exposure. Use the following data to learn when your audience is most likely to tune in. Be sure to check in with us next week when we discuss timing & email marketing.

Data courtesy of Dan Zarrella (@danzarrella) and HubSpot. Content available as a webinar by Dan Zarrella here. Leer más “The Science of Social Timing Part 1: Social Networks”

The Science of Social Timing Part 2: Timing & Email Marketing


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Are certain times better than others for sending your email campaigns? In the second part of this series we’re going to investigate how timing can impact your email marketing. Data suggests that there are distinct windows in which to send emails if you want to achieve the highest open rate and maximize your readership. When reading this infographic remember: your own email timing data is the best data you can get your hands on!

Data courtesy of Dan Zarrella (@danzarrella), Pure360 (@pure360) and HubSpot. Content available as a webinar by Dan Zarrella here. Leer más “The Science of Social Timing Part 2: Timing & Email Marketing”

Facebook’s 6-Point Plan for Building Brands in the Social Media Age

It’s easy to see how this reflects a TV-dominated age. In the pre-social media days, you’d see a TV ad and become aware of a brand. Then, after you got familiar with the name, you might consider if you wanted to buy it. Next, you bought it. Then, you might decide you liked it. Finally, you identified yourself with the brand. (“I’m a Budweiser guy.”)

Here is what Facebook and Forrester are proposing as the successor to the purchase funnel. It looks more like a circle:

In this schematic, social media influences every stage of the process. They hear about new brands and investigate said brands via social media. When it comes time to buy something, consumers increasingly consult their friends via social media. Then, they expect to be able to interact with the brands through social media after they buy a product.

The new environment calls for new tactics. Facebook and Forrester propose a six-point plan for building brands in the social media age: articulate, connect, engage, influence, integrate and rejuvenate. We will look at each in greater detail.


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Social media has turned the purchase funnel on its head.

That’s the crux of a study that Facebook recently published in conjunction with Forrester Research. The two canvassed 101 C-level and VP-level marketing pros in December 2011 and found the profession has changed. Or, in Facebook and Forrester’s parlance, “The connected world has rerouted the customer journey.”

How does changing media affect the way people hear about brands? First, take a look at the traditional purchase funnel:

It’s easy to see how this reflects a TV-dominated age. In the pre-social media days, you’d see a TV ad and become aware of a brand. Then, after you got familiar with the name, you might consider if you wanted to buy it. Next, you bought it. Then, you might decide you liked it. Finally, you identified yourself with the brand. (“I’m a Budweiser guy.”)

Here is what Facebook and Forrester are proposing as the successor to the purchase funnel. It looks more like a circle:

In this schematic, social media influences every stage of the process. They hear about new brands and investigate said brands via social media. When it comes time to buy something, consumers increasingly consult their friends via social media. Then, they expect to be able to interact with the brands through social media after they buy a product.

The new environment calls for new tactics. Facebook and Forrester propose a six-point plan for building brands in the social media age: articulate, connect, engage, influence, integrate and rejuvenate. We will look at each in greater detail.


1. Articulate


Facebook and Forrester recommend that companies identify components of the brand it can communicate via social media. The report has a suggestion for how to do this. “Apply a social lens to your brand identity by asking ‘What about my brand is inherently social? Why do people engage with it and why do people want to talk about it or share it with their friends in the real world?’” Often, those attributes aren’t obvious. For instance, Secret, Procter & Gamble’s deodorant brand for women, found it got currency by connecting with women on an inspirational level and got behind a Facebook-based anti-bullying campaign, “Mean Stinks.” For Coca-Cola, the attribute was “happiness,” which it attempts to express via social media. Leer más “Facebook’s 6-Point Plan for Building Brands in the Social Media Age”

Pinterest y tu marca personal: 7 recomendaciones prácticas

4. Añade tu CV – especialmente si es visual y ‘social media’. No cabe duda de que, como estamos viendo a las claras en EEUU y otros países, Pinterest puede ser un formidable aliado potencial en las búsquedas de empleo. Esto es especialmente cierto si eres uno de los pioneros e innovadores en contar con un CV tipo infografía y/o visualmente atractivo del que te sientes orgulloso. Las tornas han cambiado y ahora esos CVs que algunos criticaban por frívolos son precisamente los ideales en este novedoso formato. Ejemplo: la maravillosa colección de vizualresume.
5. Crea un panel de contenido generado por tus contactos (user-generated). Nada va a hacer que mejores en el ranking de personal branding tanto como el probar que cuentas con la opinión de tu comunidad de seguidores (y no digamos nada si encima son clientes). El permitirles contribuir de forma activa a un panel que tú gestionas con sus propios ‘pins’ demuestra aprecio a sus opiniones, valoraciones y contribuciones como parte activa (que no pasiva) de tu comunidad. Ejemplo: este tablón colaborativo sobre Redes Sociales
6. Apoya activamente a tu ONG u organización benéfica. Si eres de los agraciados con espíritu solidario, te alegrará saber que Pinterest está siendo utilizado con mucho éxito por ONGs y organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro de todos los tipos y clases a las que puedes contribuir con contenidos de calidad. Al hacerlo, estarás haciendo mucho más que un simple gesto de cara a la galería y demostrando que miras más allá de tus intereses egoístas. Recuerda siempre que tus valores son la columna vertebral de tu marca personal. Ejemplo: el tablón humanitario de Karin Woglom.
7. ¡Participa con tus Pins! Pinterest se ha convertido en la red social de moda en EEUU y sus efectos se van a hacer notar con cada vez más fuerza a este lado del Atlántico. El entrar a formar parte de esta nueva historia de éxito que está cobrando fuerza en tiempo real es una de las mejores maneras de probar que estás al día, que eres un innovador y que sabes reconocer una buena oportunidad cuando la ves. Entrar a formar parte de la red social que ha alcanzado más rápidamente en la historia la cifra mágica de 10 millones de seguidores beneficia tu marca personal. Ejemplo: Tú… si ya estás en Pinterest o te unes tras leer este artículo.
Un último punto: recuerda que, como en cualquier otra red social, tu perfil en Pinterest es importante y debes tomar el mismo cuidado en completarlo, añadir el resto de redes sociales en las que quieres que se te encuentre y escoger tu mejor foto que en Twitter o Facebook. Si lo haces y sigues algunas de las recomendaciones que acabo de enumerar, puede que dentro de poco compruebes por ti mismo qu


Los amantes de la marca personal y todos aquellos que esperan beneficiarse de ella estamos de suerte. La fulgurante nueva red social Pinterest está demostrando a las claras que es una atractiva y atrayente herramienta de personal branding con infinitas posibilidades todavía sin explorar.
A día de hoy tenemos suficientes razones de peso para pensar que Pinterest es más que una moda pasajera. Gracias a los datos, casos de éxito y estadísticas recopilados en el reciente estudio de Maggie Georgieva de Hubspot, sabemos que Pinterest no sólo ha crecido más de un 150% en un mes (Enero 2012) sino que tanto empresas como blogueros están experimentando un aumento significativo de su tráfico e ingresos gracias a la nueva estrella de los social media. Entre esas empresas podríamos citar a la propia Hubspot, que el mes pasado atrajo un significativo porcentaje mayor de tráfico desde Pinterest que desde Google+ y ha decidido adoptar la nueva red social como una pieza fundamental de su estrategia.

Y es que algo tendrá el agua cuando la bendicen. Más clientes potenciales o ‘leads’, una forma de compartir más atractiva y divertida y los beneficios tangibles que se están generando desde el punto de vista del marketing son algunas de las poderosas razones que explican el meteórico auge de la red social de los paneles o tablones online. Si a eso le añadimos las sustanciales ventajas que Pinterest nos ofrece para el fortalecimiento y desarrollo de nuestra marca personal, nos encontramos con un cúmulo de circunstancias en las que sería bastante desaconsejable y hasta miope infravalorar el novedoso social media.

Vayamos a la práctica. Aquí tienes siete usos recomendables, entretenidos y hasta solidarios de Pinterest que ayudarán de forma activa a contribuir al éxito de tu activo más importante: tu marca personal Leer más “Pinterest y tu marca personal: 7 recomendaciones prácticas”

6 Tips for Improving Twitter Link Click Through Rate

How can Tweets be tested?

Unfortunately, it’s not possible to A/B test tweets – yet (maybe someday there’ll be an app for that). If you’re handy with numbers, Rand Fishkin from SEOmoz has a process for hypothesis testing tweets you can try. (Interestingly, Rand found shorter tweets produced higher click through in his analysis).

Again, click through isn’t the perfect measure of engagement or interest. You can’t count how many people read your tweet and got value out of it without retweeting or replying to you, but you can measure which tweets spurned the most unfollows with Tweeteffect. It’s a good idea to make note of content that causes an unusual exodus, regardless of the length, link placement, use of adverbs or time of day.


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When it comes to sharing links through Twitter, what makes them click?

Dan Zarella from HubSpot set out to answer that question, analyzing over 200,000 link-containing tweets, and measuring several characteristics that appear to influence click through. Dan’s findings are presented infographically (WordPress tells me this is not a word, but I don’t care), which we will here break down tip-by-tip, along with some real-world examples.

Here goes…

1. Write tweets between 120 and 130 characters long

If you’re anything like me, your problem is trying to fit your message into a measly 140 characters. It’s reassuring that longer tweets don’t underperform shorter ones. But why would longer tweets get higher click through?

It could be that longer tweets have more context around the link. We’re not into random clicking for the fun of it. Short tweets can be vague, for example:

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Does that mean never tweet short? No way. If you can evoke curiosity with a few words, do it.

2. Place links about 25% of the way through

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McDonald’s Twitter Campaign Goes Horribly Wrong #McDStories


A twitter campaign by McDonald’s backfired when people started sharing the wrong kind of #McDStories (via @bored2tears).

The burger company kicked things off last week by using the hashtag #MeetTheFarmers. But then it sent out a tweet with a more general hashtag, “When u make something w/ pride, people can taste it,” McD potato supplier #McDstories

People took this hashtag and started talking trash. The Daily Mail gathered some of the best:

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Don’t miss: 15 Facts About McDonald’s That Will Blow Your Mind >

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