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Many business owners and marketing professionals respond to the social media buzz with what Olivier Blanchard calls the “Social Media Terror Syndrome“—a wait and see approach.  The next barrier is often a lack of time.  And the focus becomes “how do I avoid the social media time suck?

Here are 7 steps to help you overcome the time dilemma.

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The topic of this show is Facebook—and how it can help your business.

And the special guest is Mari Smith, a relationship marketing and Facebook expert. In this video Mari shares her expertise on Facebook and how businesses can immediately benefit from the world’s largest social network.

This video was is a recording of a recent live video broadcast. You will notice Mari and I speaking via video and participants entering their questions into a chat window.

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I’m sure you’ve come across these objections… “Where’s the money?” “Prove to me social media marketing works.” “Show me the metrics!” If you’re just getting started with social media marketing, get ready—these challenges are coming. Perhaps you’ve asked them yourself.

“It’s not possible to quantify social media marketing,” says one pundit. “Anything can be measured,” says another. Then come the phrases such as return on invested time, return on objective, return on participation, share of voice, and the list goes on endlessly.

If you’re a little confused, you’re not alone! The dreaded “How do I measure the effectiveness of social media?” is one of the biggest questions marketers want answered, according to the Social Media Marketing Industry Report —a study of over 800 social media marketers.

So what is the answer?

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A lot is happening in the world of social media. Here’s a quick summary of recent major research findings:

#1: By 2010, 26 Million (1 in 7) U.S. Adults Will Use Twitter Monthly

A new study by eMarketer surpasses their previous estimates of Twitter usage. The study, conducted just last month, found the following: “In 2009, there will be 18 million U.S. adults who access Twitter on any platform at least monthly. That represents a 200% increase over 2008 levels. Usage will reach 26 million U.S. adults in 2010, a further 44.4% climb.”

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The biggest mistake marketing and brand managers make when approaching social media is not thinking of the social web in the same strategic light as everything else they produce.

Social media is no more a one-off playground for brands than television advertising, direct mail campaigns or customer relationship management programs. It’s serious business and should be treated as such.

The following question then becomes relevant: “How do we think about social media strategically?” The good news is that it’s not that difficult, provided your planning team has an understanding of two things and a healthy grounding in another.

The two essential knowledge bases you’ll need are an understanding of the social media tools available (from blogs and social networks to wikis and beyond) and the philosophical foundations to be successful in social media (think share, not sell). The healthy grounding should be in the 5 essential pillars of a social media campaign.

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The topic of this show is Twitter—and how it can help your business.

And the special guest is Deborah Cole Micek, better known as ‘Coach Deb.” She’s the author of the book Twitter Revolution: How Social Media and Mobile Marketing is Changing the Way We Do Business & Marketing Online.

Deb has tens of thousands of followers at Twitter.com/coachdeb, and she’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal and has written for Entrepreneur Magazine.

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What did you think about the video? What are your thoughts on Twitter?

On Monday October 12th, 2009, Social Media Examiner is sponsoring four hours of live video chats with leading social media superstars Mari Smith, Jason Falls, Chris Garrett and Denise Wakeman.

Here’s how to participate: Simply click here to enter the live video broadcast room (login with your Twitter ID or as a guest).

Here’s the line up:

  • 7am Pacific (10am Eastern): Join Chris Garrett (co-author of ProBlogger) and Michael Stelzner
  • 9am Pacific (Noon Eastern): Denise Wakeman (The Blog Squad) and Michael Stelzner
  • 11am Pacific (2pm Eastern): Mari Smith (Facebook for business guru) and Michael Stelzner
  • 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern): Jason Falls (Social media strategist) and Michael Stelzner

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I recently sat down with Dan Zarrella. Dan is a social media and viral marketing scientist. He’s also the author of the brand-new book coming out called The Social Media Marketing Book by O’Reilly.

What’s really unique about Dan is that he makes science practical for the social media world. He takes a deep look at what’s going on with social media activity and he extracts knowledge or nuggets that are really amazing and very helpful for marketers.

Dan has contributed to major websites like Mashable, Copyblogger and ProBlogger. He has also developed a number of tools for Twitter, including TweetBacks, which is a great tool that actually helps bloggers display tweets related to a blog post on their website. He also works at HubSpot as an inbound marketing manager.

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Are you struggling to get more clicks and bookmarks on your articles? Possibly there is one area in which your content is letting you down. Even the best blog post writers sometimes make this mistake.

One aspect of your writing requires a great deal of effort getting right, and it is so obvious it is commonly overlooked. What is the first thing a social media user sees?

“I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and I get briefed by people who probably read the news themselves.”
George W. Bush

“It has been found that the less an advertisement looks like an advertisement, and the more it looks like an editorial, the more readers stop, look and read.”
David Ogilvy

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