[Infographic] Mind Your Manners: Hashtag Etiquette with Gremln

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on July 8, 2013

Hashtags have evolved into one of the most social aspects in all of social networking – you can use them to join topic-specific chats, spread brand awareness, or promote a certain brand, product, contest, or initiative with your followers.

Hashtags haven’t always been present on social media. The first hashtag was introduced in August 2007 by Chris Messina, an open source and open standards advocate, as a means to identify a certain group (#BarCamp). Messina hoped to create a way for a group of individuals to participate in an online chat and view what others are sharing on a particular topic. In a blog post explaining his idea, he quipped “I’m more interested in simply having a better eavesdropping experience on Twitter.”

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Topics: etiquette, facebook, gremln, hashtag, hashtags, Infographic, infographic, pinterest, social media, social media education, Social Media News, social media posting, twitter

What’s New in Social Media? May 7, 2013

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on May 7, 2013

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen lots of changes and new features across the social networks. Here’s a round-up to keep you up to speed:

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Topics: facebook, instagram, linkedin, news, pinterest, social media news, social media update, Social Media Updates, twitter

What's New in Social Media: March 15, 2013

Posted by Emily Lange Rodecker on March 15, 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: analytics, facebook, google plus, netflix, pinterest, social media, social media news, social media update, Social Media Updates, tips, youtube

Exploring Collections: Facebook is testing a big new e-commerce feature for businesses

Posted by Clayton Smith on October 25, 2012

Facebook has built itself a pretty great set of offerings for businesses that want to use the social network to promote their products and services. Companies can have their own Pages, they can generate social shares, they can encourage engagement through liking, commenting, and tagging, they can purchase Facebook ads, and they can pay a few bucks to promote their posts to a wider audience, thus increasing page views, awareness, and, hopefully, overall “likes.”

But for most companies, one piece of the Facebook marketing puzzle has been missing. Driving engagement on the social network is a big step toward increased sales, but all the engagement in the world won’t give your bottom line a boost if your Facebook fans don’t end up buying your product. To date, a handful of companies have been able to sell their products through Facebook with the help of third-party applications and developers, but for those organizations that can’t or won’t shell out the big bucks for a customized merchant app, many of their fans don’t have easy access to the “purchasing” step of the marketing cycle. Facebook just hasn’t offered any features designed to help companies actively sell their products through the Facebook system.

Until now.

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Topics: Business, business, campaign, dashboard, education, facebook, gremlin, gremln, Marketing, media, network, pinterest, ROI, social, strategy, tips

Piquing Your Pinterest -- How to use the hottest new social network to market your business

Posted by Clayton Smith on March 7, 2012

The concept behind Pinterest is pretty simple; see something you like online, tack it to a virtual bulletin board for all your friends to see. The site design is clean, direct, and easy to use. By all accounts, Pinterest is the simplest social network since Twitter. But for such a simple social site (try saying that five times fast!), Pinterest has generated an incredible amount of buzz in an extremely short amount of time.

The site already has well over 10 million users, and in fact, according to marketing company Lemon.ly, they were the fastest independent site in history to hit 10 million unique page visitors. They got there faster than Facebook, faster than Twitter, even faster than Google+. Clearly, there’s something to love about Pinterest.

If you haven’t used Pinterest yet, it’s definitely worth checking out. You can request an invite, or, if you want access a little more quickly, just find a friend who has an account, and she can send you an invite instantly. Once you’re in, the process is simple; create boards; pin things to boards; repeat. You can find things to pin on pretty much any website, or, if you want, you can search through the items already pinned by other users, then just repin the picture onto your page. Do you like the Muppets? A quick search on Pinterest will bring up thousands (and then some) images of Muppets for you to browse through, enjoy, like, and repin.

It’s a great network for quickly and easily sharing images with your friends, and it’s also useful if you want to keep an online collection of ideas and inspiration. Thinking of redecorating your living room? Start a board called “New Living Room” and pin every piece of furniture, every paint scheme, and every set of drapes you find that you think you might like. Getting ready for some spring landscaping? Create a board called “Landscape Ideas” and pin all your favorite landscape shots from around the Web.

The possibilities are virtually endless.

But how can Pinterest help you market your business?

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Topics: Business, business, campaign, dashboard, education, gremlin, gremln, Marketing, media, pinterest, ROI, social, Social Media News, strategy, twitter

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