Facebook Graph Search: What’s It All About?

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 4, 2013

Wondering how Facebook’s Graph Search will change how you, your business, and your customers use the social network?

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Topics: 101, facebook, graph search, Social Media for Small Business, Social Media Updates

What’s New in Social Media: March 1, 2013

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 1, 2013

We know the world of social media and online marketing can be a bit… fast. Slow down for a minute and get caught up on what’s been happening in the world of social. 

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Topics: angry birds, facebook, google plus, instagram, social media, social media news, Social Media Updates, twitter, update

5 Ways to Stay Safe & Compliant with the FFIEC Social Media Guidance

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on February 25, 2013

On January 23, 2013 the FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) released proposed guidance for social media use by institutions within the regulated banking industry, providing an outline for financial institutions to monitor & manage the risk associated with becoming active with social media. Below we share  tips to help you keep your bank safe and compliant. 

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Topics: archiving, Business, compliance, Compliance, FFIEC, filtration, keyword moderation, reputation management, social media, social media for banking, Social Media for Banking, social media policy, team management, training

Social Media Guidelines from the FFIEC: Is Your Bank Still Compliant?

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on February 19, 2013

December 2013 – UPDATE:

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Topics: Business, business, compliance, Compliance, facebook, google+, regulation, regulatory, social media, Social Media for Banking, social media for business

What’s New in Social Media

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on February 11, 2013

We know the world of social media and online marketing can be a bit… fast. Slow down for a minute and get caught up on what’s been happening in the world of social.

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Topics: Social Media Updates

Creating a Social Media Policy: Where to Begin?

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on February 5, 2013

Does your company have a social media policy? Maybe you’ve determined your business needs one, or perhaps you’re on the fence about the value of such a policy. Maybe the one you have needs a little finesse. In any case, you need to know where to start, what to include, and why it matters. We have some tips to get you on your way toward compliant, secure, and engaging social media success.

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Topics: 101, Business, business, compliance, gremln, Marketing, policy, regulation, social media, social media policy, strategy, tips, twitter business tools

Gamifying the Game: Engaging with Super Bowl Ads

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on February 1, 2013


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Topics: brand, Business, gamification, Marketing, social gaming, social media, super bowl

Make 2013 A Success! Get Your Social Media In Shape

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on January 29, 2013

We’re one month deep into 2013, and you’ve been hitting the gym like a champ. You’re reading more, watching less TV, eating healthy, quelling your vices, and basically knocking all your personal resolutions out of the park. Will power 1, couch potato 0. Way to go, you.

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Topics: 101, Business, business, gremln, Marketing, ROI, social media, Social Media for Small Business, strategy, twitter business tools

Let Them Post: Why You Should Allow Your Employees to Use Social Media at Work

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on January 24, 2013

You’ve jumped on the “Bring Your Own Device” bandwagon at the office – your employees are accessing company email on their personal devices, working remotely on their own laptops, taking company calls on their cell phones. It’s time to think about how social media fits into the picture. Are you also allowing your employees to “Bring Your Own Social” (BYOS)? Before you cry “Distraction! Information leaks! Inappropriate posts! Oh, the horror!” – remember this: your employees are smart. That’s why you hired them. Not to say that mistakes can’t happen, but Gremlin Social is here to help with ways your employees can BYOS to the business world while still being responsible to your brand.

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Topics: branding, bring your own device, bring your own social, Business, compliance, facebook, gremln, small business, social media, Social Media for Small Business, strategy, twitter business, twitter business tools

4 Ways to Measure Social Media ROI with Gremln

Posted by Clayton Smith on December 14, 2012

Now that 2012 is just about over, I can officially state, with all appropriate certainty, that the social media question I heard the most often this year was, “How do I determine social media ROI?” The main reason returns on social strategies are so important, of course, is that success (or the lack thereof) almost always determines budgets, and every now and then it even determines jobs. Which makes this a very important question indeed.

Some people will tell you that you can’t calculate social media ROI, but I respectfully disagree. Measuring social media ROI isn’t impossible…it just isn’t straightforward.

When you calculate return on a traditional financial investment, there’s a simple, straightforward calculation that allows you to quickly determine your return: ROI = (Gain from Investment – Cost of Investment) / Cost of Investment. The reason this formula is so straightforward is that all the variables are distinct. You know how much money you’ve invested, and you know how much money you’ve gained from that investment. Simple.

The reason social media returns aren’t quite so simple to calculate is because the variables aren’t as clear cut. What, exactly, have you invested? Employee salary? Graphic design costs? Social media software costs? Facebook ad expenditures? Product giveaways? Where do you draw the line between social media resources and everyday business expenses?

And how about that return? Ideally, of course, you’ll see an increase in revenue as a direct result of your social strategies, but that’s not the only type of positive return you can get. What about engagement? Social media is all about building communities of people who, when the time is right, will rally around your product or service…so high levels of engagement are important, aren’t they? And how about brand strength? If you can manage to move your Facebook likers from fans to brand loyalists, what’s the dollar value there? Certainly that’s a positive return. The same goes for customer service. If you use your social media as a customer service tool (and you should), isn’t customer satisfaction a positive return on that investment?

The problem isn’t that social ROI is impossible to calculate; the problem is that there are just too many ways to calculate it. In order to get an accurate return measurement, you’ll need to settle on the type of return you want to measure. Here are four suggestions on getting started, with a little help from Gremln:

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Topics: 101, brand, Business, business, campaign, dashboard, education, facebook, google+, google plus, gremlin, gremln, linkedin, Marketing, media, ROI, small business, social, social media, strategy, twitter

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