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"I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?" These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn't want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volume of followers, friends and connections. Ummmm...no thanks. He wants a Social Media Superhero. The superhero he wants doesn't possess super human powers and is not dedicated to protecting the public. The superhero he is after is the type that can make his company look "hip" and "in the know".  He is convince... (more)

Who Are You? The 5 Key Components of a Core Messaging Document

With apologies to rock icons The Who – and I suppose the CSI TV franchise as well – this is one of the biggest challenges many companies face.  If you think about it, I’m sure that you see this all the time too. Whether it’s an elevator pitch at a networking event that leaves you wondering what it is that this person does or a disjointed marketing effort that just doesn’t hit the right chords – a lot of people out there have a messaging problem. When working with a client, one of the very first places we start is to take a look at their messaging — It’s critical that their messa... (more)

Why Blogging Should be the Hub of your Social Media Efforts

Last week, we were excited and honored to be part of a group of presenters at a Greater Baltimore Technology Council event, Digital Media in Action: Engaging, Implementing & Creating Tangible Outcomes. For our portion of the program, Mike and I discussed Why Blogging Should be the Hub of your Social Media Efforts.  While I’ve included our presentation below for those of you that want to dig in slide by slide, from a big picture perspective our focus was on the benefits of blogging as a component of your overall B2B marketing strategy.  And though many of the same approaches — an... (more)

How to Build an Interactive Marketing All-Star Team

New Media on Ulitzer Some call it interactive marketing.  Others call it digital marketing. Still others use internet marketing, web marketing or online marketing. Frankly, the terminology doesn't matter.  What matters is that companies need to and want to address this function, and are becoming more and more open to exploring the different ways of doing it. Occasionally we get a request from a company that has already decided that they'd like to build this function up in-house, using primarily employees as opposed to agencies, consultants and contractors.  The company typically ha... (more)

You Don’t Need a Social Media Superhero

New Media on Ulitzer “I hear you guys are the social media gurus in this area. Can you help us blow out our efforts on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?” These were seemingly innocent words from a prospective client, spoken just last week. As we dug a bit deeper, the red flags started flying. He wants help with social media only, and wants to address only those three properties. He doesn’t want us to worry about how the website, blog, search, email or other areas might impact social media. He is concerned about tracking the effort, but his tracking and measurement will focus on volu... (more)