How to Leverage Foursquare for Your Business

Location-based services are all the rage these days. Foursquare and Gowalla are growing exponentially in popularity and subscriber base with every passing day. While many critics were quick to write them off as “a waste of time”, location-based services such as Foursquare offer an untapped opportunity for businesses.

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Social Media Malware A Cause of Concern for Small Businesses

While social media is gaining increasing acceptance amongst small and medium-scale businesses, nearly a third of SMEs are concerned over its security concerns and claim to have experienced malware or virus infection as a result of staff using social media websites. This is one of the many findings reported by Panda’s “1st Annual Social Media…

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Social Media – 5 Years from now

I’m no “Paul the Octopus”, in fact I generally refrain myself from making any predictions since I’m not very good at it. However, being an active social media activist, I’m often quizzed on my perception regarding the future of social media. How will the social media scenario change 5 years from now? Will Twitter and…

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How to Market to Men on the Social Web

It’s a popular saying – “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus”. However, when it comes to the world of computers and internet, people often believe “Men are from online gaming, women are from social networks”. While it’s true that men dominate the online gaming brigade, it would be foolish to ignore their presence…

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Social Media – A Perfect Tool for Small Business Hiring

A large number of businesses see social media as an advertising and marketing opportunity, primarily due to the mass appeal of popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. However, a number of smart businesses have utilized the potential of social media to its true value by extending it far beyond marketing, sales and advertising.…

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90% of Canadian Businesses Use Social Media

Canada loves social media! From business to politics and healthcare, social media has been embraced with open arms by Canadians. When it comes to using social media for business gains, Canada leads the worldwide charts with nearly 90% Canadian businesses adopting social media tools. As a Canadian and a staunch social media loyalist, I’m overjoyed…

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Social Media and CRM – Made for Each Other!

There’s no denying that social media is changing businesses for good. It has opened up new avenues of marketing, sales and customer service which have never been imagined earlier. Many businesses have adopted Customer Relationship Management (CRM) as the preferred means to get closer to customers. Social Media has also played a key role in…

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Inaugural Youth Olympics – A Classic Social Media Marketing Case Study

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was a revelation of how global sporting extravaganzas can use social media as an effective marketing media. And now, with Singapore hosting the first ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG) starting two days ago, sports fans worldwide are preparing themselves for another sporting joyride. I’m often quizzed by online marketers who’re…

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Social Media – The New ‘Crisis and Emergency Response’ Management Tool

The devastating earthquake in Haiti and Japan, and the BP oil spill had something in common. While the first two were natural disasters, the latter a human error – these grueling incidents showed us the importance of social media as the modern-age tool for managing crisis and emergency response. While a lot has been said…

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Winning With People Using Social Media

No matter where you are in the world, people are people and we all have one thing in common, we want respect: Respect our time. Respect our space. Respect our talents and most of all respect our opinions.  With social media, it’s no different.  If you want to win with people then you must engage the respect factor. For…

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How to Become a Social Media Icon

If you’ve good intentions, it’s never too late to start afresh. I come across several successful online marketers who aspired to be social media icons but they feel they’ve missed the bus. The immense power of social media is now viewable to one and all – it’s already ranked as the most popular online activity…

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How Not to Die on Social Media

Bill Cosby has every reason to show the middle finger to Twitter, after all the micro-blogging site has declared him dead, not once or twice – but at least four times in the last couple of years. Welcome to the new age of social media where people die online on Twitter and Facebook rather than…

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How to Boost Your Business Economy with Social Media

Many companies often ponder endlessly over the question of social media adoption fearing that it may not work for them. While it’s true that ‘One size fits all’ approach does not work for businesses, the USP of social media is that it can be used equally effectively for companies of any size and ranging across…

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Nielsen Study – Social Media is more popular than Email

A recent Nielsen study indicates that Americans spend nearly a quarter of their Internet time on social networking sites. Social media has surpassed email in terms of online time and it’s just early days of social networking. Social media already accounts for a whopping 23 per cent of America’s online time versus a paltry 8.3…

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How to Save a Dying Business with Social Media

I’m often asked if social media can serve as the savior tonic for a dying business. Is it magic mantra to revive the failed aspirations of a business? Can social media succeed where conventional marketing techniques and legacy business tactics prove to be no good? I personally believe that the world is yet to see…

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