Is HootSuite Pro a Smart Investment?


social media toolsHave you been wondering what’s so great about HootSuite’s new freemium model? Are you wondering if it’s worth the investment? Are you upset about having to pay for something that used to be free?

HootSuite just announced that they’ve passed their millionth user at the end of November, so it’s time to take a deep dive to see what HootSuite is doing and how it’s going to impact the social media space. Here’s a review of the latest and greatest with HootSuite’s new freemium service model.

Last fall, HootSuite announced that they were changing their business model to offer new “premium” services for business customers. All HootSuite users received a message asking them to choose a plan when they attempted to log in for the first time after the change.

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This Week in Social Media: The News You Need to Know


social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news.  To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

Click through the links to get the full story and then be sure to come back and share your comments below.

This Week in Social Media

LinkedIn Releases a Share Button: Content publishers now have another social media share button to add to their blogs and websites—and it allows direct sharing to LinkedIn profiles and groups.  The new LinkedIn Share button will be appreciated by publishers who want to get more visibility via LinkedIn. Check out our implementation at the bottom of this post.

new linkedin share button

LinkedIn Share buttons make it easy for your readers to share your content with their contacts on LinkedIn.

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How to Use the New Twitter User Interface


social media expert interviewWelcome to Social Media Examiner TV with your host Mari Smith. In this episode, Mari reviews the new Twitter user interface.

Mari shows you how the new design impacts the way you use Twitter and how you can use popular Twitter clients and apps in conjunction with it to improve your Twitter networking. And at the end of the show, Mari gives you a hot Facebook marketing tip.

Share your feedback and read the show notes below!


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Top 6 Social Media Mistakes And How to Fix Them


social media how toWhile there are many success stories of people using social media for personal and business reasons, there are also plenty of people who may feel their efforts are not paying off.

Whether you use social media to market your business, increase sales, promote your blog, or raise awareness for a non-profit organization, here are six reasons social media might not be working for you—along with ways to overcome these problems.

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Social Media Smackdown: WWE Headlocks Social Media


social media case studiesThink you know what World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is all about? You might be surprised to read about WWE’s emerging social media story.

But first, it’s easy to pigeonhole WWE as fringe cable channel with a small group of die-hard fans, but you likely don’t know all the facts…

WWE.com outperformed ABC.com, CBS.com, NBC.com, NASCAR.com, PerezHilton.com, NHL.com and UFC.com. More people attended Wrestlemania XXVI than the Super Bowl, held in the same stadium.

“WWE” ranked #3 for most searches on Yahoo! in 2009, behind only Michael Jackson and Twilight. (As I write this, WWE is the top-trending search term on Yahoo!) And WWE.com has more than 14 million average monthly unique visitors worldwide.

More significantly, WWE’s own social networking site has 610,000 registered users who participate in forums, comment on blogs, and consume the millions of photos and videos that WWE updates continuously.

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4 Facebook Marketing Myths And How to Overcome Them


social media toolsAre you avoiding Facebook for marketing?  Maybe you’re wondering, “Why should I care about Facebook?”

There’s a lot of misconceptions and frustrations floating around when it comes to Facebook.

In this article, I’ll help debunk some of the big Facebook myths that may be preventing you from an amazing opportunity.

Why Facebook Marketing?

First and foremost, Facebook, like other social media, is a phenomenal way to become more visible and successful by making a face for yourself online.

Facebook is now the largest social network on the planet with over 500 million active users, long ago surpassing former social networking giant MySpace—and it continues to grow at 1 million new users a week.

Considering those numbers, you have to ask yourself—do you think your target market might be there? And if you’re not there, what might you be missing?

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Top 5 Social Media Myths Debunked


social media toolsAs with any new technology, social media has spawned its share of misconceptions and myths that keep people from interacting.

It’s time to debunk the big myths that are keeping business owners and marketers on the social media sidelines.

Myth #1: My Customers Aren’t on Social Media

Wow, if I had a dollar for every time I heard this one….  Seriously, this myth keeps more businesspeople from interacting with potential customers through social media than any of the others.

The fun part is all you need is a little data to convince people that their target customers are indeed on social networks.

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5 Easy Steps to a Winning Social Media Plan


social media how toSo you’ve set up your social media empire using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and you’re blogging too.

But how do you make it all work together? You want to reach potential clients and establish your authority online, but what’s your plan?

This article delivers five foolproof steps to get you on your way to finding, formulating and distributing content that will get you noticed. Content could include your own blog posts or links to others people’s work posted on your social networks.

#1: Find Your Target Audience.

The first step in social media planning is largely the first step in identifying your brand—determine who you are and who your customers are.

What unique aspect of your product or service attracts your target population?

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4 Reasons You Should Avoid Social Media


social media viewpointsCan ANY company or organization afford NOT to be involved in social media? It’s a fair question and one may argue that it’s a CRITICAL question!

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and others that have just joined the game—and the list goes on and on ad nauseam!

“We already have a website and we get email. Isn’t that enough?”

The words invading our vocabulary are legion… and silly at times: blogs, fans, tweets, diggs, etc. Is this trip really necessary?

PERHAPS NOT. Let’s start by exploring why NOT to participate in social media:

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