Writing and Social: Why the Written Word Is Your Marketing Advantage

Do you write content for your business?

Are you looking to improve the quality of your writing and your storytelling skills?

To explore why the written word matters in social media, I interview Ann Handley for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.

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Social Media Marketing Podcast w/ Michael Stelzner

The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.

It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).

In this episode, I interview Ann Handley, the co-author of Content Rules and chief content officer at MarketingProfs—providing training and education to empower both large and small business marketers. Her newest book is called Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content.

Ann shares why she decided to write a book for marketers about writing.

You’ll discover how to improve your writing for social media.

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How to Create Content That Engages Prospects and Customers

social media book reviewsWhen Rick Short, director of marketing communications for Indium Corporation, began thinking about his social media strategy, he started with keyword research.

He identified 73 of the most important keywords his prospective customers would search for. Then he created 73 different blogs that focused on each keyword and assigned a dozen employees to write those blogs.

The results amazed him. Once the blogs took off, customer contacts increased 600% in a single quarter. And everyone who contacted a blog author, commented on a blog post or downloaded a white paper opted in to the company’s customer database.

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3 Reasons Facebook Trumps Twitter for Business

social media viewpointsHave you built a loyal following on Twitter but question the value of Facebook for business?  Have you tried and abandoned your Facebook account?

If so, I can relate.  I was there.  My first attempt at using Facebook for business was a big flop.  For the longest time I focused most of my social media marketing efforts on Twitter.

But now my tune has changed. Facebook offers far more opportunities for businesses.  I predict that in the near future, businesses of all stripes will soon declare Facebook as their number-one social media target.

In this article I’ll demonstrate why your business needs to invest heavily in Facebook.

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5 Simple Steps to Getting Your Business on Twitter

social media how toAccording to the 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, Twitter is one of the social media tools most businesses want to learn more about.

If your business is not yet on Twitter, this article is for you. Creating a Twitter profile is quick and easy to do; however, you want to make sure you take the right steps when setting up your Twitter accounts.

This is the first of a two-part series of tips for creating Twitter profiles to both facilitate engagement with your Twitter audience and build a strong brand online.

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The Social Media Examiner Story: Proof Social Media Works

social media case studiesBack in October of 2009 we launched SocialMediaExaminer.com.  The response was immediate and it was big (I’ll share some of the back story in the video below).

We relied 100% on social media tactics to drive traffic to this site.

In less than 5 months, Social Media Examiner was declared the #1 small business blog in the world by Technorati, added more than 13,000 email subscribers, brought nearly 100,000 people a month to the site and is ranked as one of the top 4200 websites in all of America by Alexa.

We didn’t advertise, didn’t rely on the press and almost none of our traffic is coming from search engines.  Nearly overnight, this site has become a top destination for businesses.

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Top 10 Social Media Blogs – The 2010 Winners

Social media is the talk of the planet.  But where do you go to learn the best tips and tactics?  Look no further…

Tons of nominations came in.  Our panel of social media experts carefully reviewed the nominees and finalists. What follows are the winners of Social Media Examiner’s Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2010.

If you’re looking to reap the rewards of social media, these rich blogs need to be at the top of your reading list.

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How MarketingProfs Manages Its Brand on Twitter (an Ann Handley Interview)

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Ann Handley, Chief Content Officer for the 358,000 member organization MarketingProfs.

Ann talks about how she manages being the public face on Twitter for her organization. She also shares how her own Twitter strategy has evolved over the last 2 years.

In this video Ann also discusses the challenges of having employees represent your brands on social media and how to approach social media policies.

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Finalists – Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2010

Wow!  We received over 150 nominations for our Top 10 Social Media Blogs for 2010 contest!

There are some real gems among these 21 finalists. Our judges Scott Monty (Ford), Ann Handley (MarketingProfs) and David Meerman Scott (author New Rules of Marketing and PR) are finishing up their reviews of these sites.


The judges

Here are the finalists:

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