How to Use Coupon Codes to Promote your business

If you are an run an online ecommerce program, it’s very likely that you have come up against the coupon code dilemma. You offer a deal that allows customers to use a coupon code for a free item, free shipping, or to get a discount. However, what do you do when the promotion ends? If you leave the box open, … [Continue reading How to Use Coupon Codes to Promote your business]

Tasks to Help You Establish Your Brand on Facebook

Starting a fan page on Facebook is easy, but how do you get it to grow and become successful? It’s much harder than many people realize; this is why you often see dead and abandoned fan pages. Establishing your brand on Facebook and creating a successful fan page actually takes some time, dedication and hard work. If you’re not ready … [Continue reading Tasks to Help You Establish Your Brand on Facebook]

Facebook and Google+ Competing For Your Attention

With the launch of Google+, the inevitable tech fan boys preaching the downfall of Facebook–because a new shiny cat toy caught their attention–was laughably predictable. As SEO’s, internet marketers, and social media consultants, we have to be involved in these games, or we risk losing our competitive edge. However, what we really need to understand is that this is a … [Continue reading Facebook and Google+ Competing For Your Attention]

How to Ruin an Excellent Piece of Linkbait, and Why Someone Should be Fired

Here’s a prime example of how to ruin an otherwise amazing piece of linkbait. It’s hot, it’s fresh, it’s easy to get, but where are the damn pictures! A huge component of social media is the eye candy! You need it especially if you are playing the celebrity space. If someone produced this for me they’d be fired … twice … [Continue reading How to Ruin an Excellent Piece of Linkbait, and Why Someone Should be Fired]

Is Social Media About Conversations

In the dawn of social media, pundits repeated the mantra that social media is about conversations. While conversations are part of the mix, I think it’s a small part, and, while it’s necessary, should be minimized with an eye for ROI

SMX Interview

Here’s an interview I did with Kara Ratliff of Web Pro news You can check out more videos from SMX social in the archives

Social Media and B2B

One of the people I met a SMX was Lisa Ditlefsen of SEO Chicks (did I mention I totally need an SEO Chicks shirt for when I start video blogging again). During the SMO session she asked a question about how to use social media for B2B clients. Since it’s taken me a week to write this up she’s actually … [Continue reading Social Media and B2B]

Social Media and Publishing Paths

For websites that are going to participate in social media in a big way along multiple channels, I find it helpful to set up what I call publishing paths. These publishing paths require you to think about your content before you publish it, what is the best channel for it, and how to cross promote it.

New Twitter Account @graywolfseo

Now that twitter lists have taken off and are being utilized, and in some cases are replacing RSS readers, I’m going to try to take advantage by experimenting with a new account @graywolfseo.

Twitter Lists are Teh Awesome

Now that twitter lists have been rolled out just about everyone, I’m going to actually agree with Robert Scoble and say twitter lists are teh awesome.

Is There Really Such a Thing as a Social Media Expert

One of the common themes I see recurring in blog/websites articles are “How to use your blog to drive traffic”, “how to use twitter to engage your community”, and “how to use stumbeupon to bring you new RSS subscribers”. In some cases these posts do actually contain some useful nuggets of information,  however as is more often the case, I … [Continue reading Is There Really Such a Thing as a Social Media Expert]

Twitter Contests and Incentives – Do they Work

A few weeks ago I made the mistake of wondering aloud when someone would start offering cash prizes for twitter followers. I had seen people offering physical prizes before, but never cash. A few random people decided to have some fun with me and start saying I was offering cash, so I just decided to run with it.

Interview with Michael Streko of Knowem.com

The following is a sponsored post and part of new advertising option I’ll be announcing later today. For this post we’re going to be talking to Michael Streko Co-Founder of KnowEm.com. For my readers who might not know, you can you tell us a little about yourself, and some of your experience in search marketing. Michael Streko: Sure Michael. I … [Continue reading Interview with Michael Streko of Knowem.com]

Excessive Length URL’s and Social Media

Most CMS systems today are capable of generating clean URL’s. Unless you are dealing with newspapers or magazines where existing legacy systems it’s almost a non issue. However I came across two incredibly horrible URL’s in the same day http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/commercial_aviation/TowersAndTarmacs/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a8427003a-9a63-4261-aa47-5e4b356bb224Post%3adc1b7f60-ab5d-4d6b-85cc-b81b43775a97 and http://blog.stylehive.com/index.php/weblog/entry/everyones-got-posh-spices-bob-and-youre-next while these URL’s are bad for search engines they are also bad for social media. Most social media … [Continue reading Excessive Length URL’s and Social Media]

Elliot Spitzer and Scandal Bait

I’ve mentioned using current events such as Britney Spears performance, and ghost riding the whip as ideas or jumping point for link bait. The recent scandal involving Elloit Spitzer and his involvement with a prostitution ring provide another opportunity, especially for sectors that are usually difficult to build links for.

Skittles Twitter Experiment I Call it a Win for Skittles

In case you missed it, the official skittles website located at Skittles.com last night redirected their entire homepage to a twitter search for the term [skittles]. I applaud their effort to embrace bold new ideas but their execution leaves a lot to be desired. I thought I’d run through some of them in hopes some of you might learn something:

Your Facebook Fan Page – 5 Ways to Make the Most of It

If your business targets consumers, do you already have a Facebook fan page?  If not, why?  With more than 350 million active Facebook users, it is time to embrace social media and let it help grow your business.  Not only is Facebook a great place to expose yourself to thousands of new customers, but Google is now using content from … [Continue reading Your Facebook Fan Page – 5 Ways to Make the Most of It]

Foursquare Promotions Spotted

In my most recent column on Search Engine Land I wrote about Foursquare Tools for Businesses. After writing that article, I came across a local promotion.

What are You Doing With Your Social Media Traffic?

While I may have some level of notoriety within the SEO community and internet marketing space, once you step out of that area, I’m a nobody as writer Paul Carr so eloquently pointed out last week. Robert Scoble the original poster boy of blogging, is known far and wide by the tech community, but who gets more traffic, me or … [Continue reading What are You Doing With Your Social Media Traffic?]

Your Stories Never Go Popular Because Your Personal Marketing Plan Sucks

Yesterday Rae mentioned You’re Damn Right It’s a Popularity Contest as response to all the whinny posts about Sphinn being a popularity contest, if you haven’t read it go check it out. I’d also like to add the reason nobody votes for your stories and they never go popular is because your personal marketing plan sucks!