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Increase your Return on Influence with Mark Schaefer

Mark-twitter_4Mark Schaefer, Executive Director of {grow}, is among the most acclaimed and accomplished marketing consultants in America, with a special emphasis in social media marketing.  He’s an AdAge magazine “Power 150″ marketing blogger, TweetSmarter 2011 Global Twitter User of the year, and Peer-elected 2011 B2B Twitter User of the Year. He has won numerous international awards for his blog {grow}, is the author of three bestselling marketing books, and owns seven patents.

His book The Tao of Twitter is the best-selling book on Twitter in the world and was named the B2B Magazine (UK) social media book of the year. His book Return On Influence was named to the elite “Top Academic Titles” of the year by the American Library Association, which declared it a “path-finding” and “essential” book.

Mark has 30 years of global sales and marketing experience and two advanced degrees, in business and applied behavioral sciences.  A career highlight was studying under Peter Drucker at Claremont Graduate University.

He is a globally-recognized business writer, university lecturer, and innovator, receiving seven international patents for new product ideas with Fortune 100 companies. He is a marketing faculty member at Rutgers University and has been a keynote speaker at major conferences around the world. He has also appeared in the New York Times, CBS This Morning, Fox News, INC Magazine, MSNBC, Business Week, Entrepreneur magazine, and many other publications.

With extensive experience in sales, marketing, eCommerce, social media, creative services and marketing communications, his firm can help many types of businesses. Their most successful partnerships have been with business owners who have great products and services but can’t afford the expense of a full-time marketing resource to help them grow. His company provides affordable out-sourced marketing support to address both short-term sales opportunities and long-term strategic renewal.

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Brad Wyman and Cali Lewis on the Future of Tech

Heather Vale Goss interviews filmmaker Brad Weinman and pioneer podcaster Cali Lewis in the NMX Lounge at NAB, Las Vegas, for Profitable Social Media and Performance Marketing Insider. Cali was working on her GeekBeat.TV show, and Brad was talking about his expertise, crowdfunding.

With over 30 feature films to his credit, Wyman has worked with an impressive roster of A-list talent, from Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron to Matthew McConaughey and Cristina Ricci. His impressive 25 year career boasts the Oscar winning MONSTER. He is now Chief Crowdfunding Officer at FundAnything.

Cali Lewis has become a household name in the tech industry and her podcasts have been viewed hundreds of millions of times over the last eight years. She’s also a noted industry commentator with regular appearances on BBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Sirius, and as both a keynote speaker and panel participant at industry events.

In this fun interview, find out about some of the cool new technology that excites Cali and Brad, what got Cali into podcasting in the first place, why it’s cool to be a geek, how Brad “gets the money,” and more.

Convince and Convert with Jay Baer

Baer_0176-1-240x300Jay Baer is the founder of ConvinceandConvert.com and host of the Social Pros podcast. Known as a hype-free social media and content strategist and speaker, he is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype.

Jay has consulted with more than 700 companies on digital marketing since 1994. He was named one of America’s top social media consultants by Fast Company magazine, and the Convince and Convert blog is ranked as the world’s #1 content marketing resource.

An active angel investor, he’s also involved in an advisory capacity with several social media and content marketing start-up companies.

NY-Times-Badge-300x300At Convince & Convert, he oversees big picture ideas for corporate clients, helps agency customers understand and profit from social and digital services, and spreads the gospel of social and content acceleration with dozens of speaking engagements annually.

Convince & Convert is not an agency but social and content accelerators. They help you get better at social media and content marketing through audits, strategic planning and ongoing advice and counsel.

They work with leading companies and agencies to take their social media and content marketing prowess from good to great. In the past year, they’ve completed projects for Wal-Mart, BMC Software, Caterpillar, Columbia Sportswear, Billabong, Visit California, Wyoming Office of Tourism, Petco and many more.

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Facebook Spreads Your Good Emotions (and Bad)

A good mood really is contagious, even on social media. According to a new study, the mood of your Facebook updates is directly influenced by the moods of those in your newsfeed. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of California, Yale, and Facebook, examined statuses on the popular social network with a particularly positive or negative emotional bent, as identified by algorithm.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of California, Yale, and Facebook, examined statuses on the popular social network with a particularly positive or negative emotional bent, as identified by algorithm. The researchers first proved that rainy days caused fewer positive statuses and more negative ones—even when the program eliminated statuses explicitly about the weather. During a rainy day, they found, a city’s number of negative posts will increase by 1.16%, and positive ones will decrease by %1.19.

The researchers then looked at friends of the rained-in parties—but ones who lived in other cities, where the weather was fine. This group was affected by their wetter friends: For every negative post from the rainy group, dry friends posted 1.29 more negative posts than would normally be expected. Positive posts had a slightly stronger effect, inspiring 1.75 more positive posts. “Effectively this means that 1-2 people were indirectly affected,” researcher Massimo Franceschettitold Quartz.Not exactly an epidemic of goodwill, but a notable increase. “We showed,” says Franceschetti, “that social networks can actually magnify and promote social synchrony. This could mean that social networks actually make the world more volatile, because people are more prone to synchronize emotionally with peers around the world.”

Contagious emotion isn’t a new idea: “We know that emotions are contagious in a sense,” saysFranceschetti. “When you go to a restaurant and you’re greeted with a smile, this makes you feel better. It improves your experience. But isolating this network effect on such a massive scale—with the help of a huge online social network—allows us to measure the contagion more effectively.” The authors hope that knowledge of this effect will inform everything from marketing tactics to acts of good will. “The benefit of a good action can spread,” says Franceschetti. “Providing better care for the suffering could effect numerous others’ happiness as well.”

We all expect to have our opinions influenced by peers on social media, and it seems that their moods may sway us as well. If your newsfeed is full of grousers, perhaps it’s time to find new (Facebook) friends.

Influence the Influencers with Mark Fidelman

about01Mark Fidelman is the CEO for Raynforest Inc, an Influencer Marketing Network, and the author of Socialized! which some call “the playbook for Social Business”.

He provides an insider’s view of the modern business world based on his years of experience working as an executive and consultant within the Global 3000.

He’s also a contributor to Forbes.com where he writes about social, mobile and marketing trends.

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Are You Missing Dark Social Media?

What’s the biggest social network in the world? Careful, it’s a trick question.

I started asking it about three years ago when I learned the answer from Tynt, a start-up that had stumbled upon a method for tracking what content is so important to us that we share it with others or keep it for ourselves. By tracking what we physically copy and paste from one digital medium to another — text, images, video, links, various forms of code — Tynt discovered that Facebook is not the social network. In fact, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and every other social networking site or app combined don’t even come close to the No. 1 way we share stuff: email is, by a margin of more than two-to-one.

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“The universe is a big place. Perhaps the biggest” -Kilgore Trout

This is the best piece I’ve ever seen on the motivation behind my 2008 book about Twitter. I saw what would be an opportunity for real time data from our customers.

In our research, we started my radio show. One episode on data had a discussion where I heard the line “all of social media together is a fraction of 1 percent of SMS messaging”

As we discussed whether text data was being crunched by telcos, email content data, chat and more.. I had an epiphany:

MOST of human conversation will never be indexed.

What I say to other in the room while watching Superbowl ads, whether there are people in the room, the turning up and down volume and dozing off when there now hope for Denver are data points that are not being collected or even talked about.

You can put out the best content, ads that test through the roof and record setting ratings and it’s all thrown away if my brother stops by and says “I tried that product, it sucks”

Most of the universe is dark matter, but it’s all data. I think Zuckerberg gets this. His interviews in “The Facebook Effect” and Kirkpatrick commentary at the end of the book and in interviews that came with the audiobook spelled this out.

Zukerberber is not out to build the biggest web site. He’s building a social graph and that will dwarf what we see as Facebook.com today.

Read the article at MediaPost.com.

Get LinkedIn to New Leads with Lori Ruff

Lori RuffLori Ruff is known as the LinkedIn Diva. She’s a trainer, speaker, author and CEO of Integrated Alliances Social Media. One of the most connected women on LinkedIn, she specializes in B2B sales and marketing and credits passion, persistence, and courage for her success.

She has been ranked as an AGBeat Top 50 Industry Influencer of 2014, Forbes Top 10 Women Social Media Power Influencer of 2013, Top 23 Social Media Power Influencer of 2012, and Moody’s Top 50 Favorite People of 2012.

She’s the author of the upcoming “Keep It Real: Living Life Fearlessly” and co-host of “RockTheWorld with LinkedIn” radio. She offers free training information at RockLinkedIn.com.

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The Future of Social Media with Kate Buck Jr.

katebuckjrKate Buck Jr (aka “kbj” or @katebuckjr on Twitter) is the Founder and CEO of KBJOnline, a social media management and consulting agency in Austin, Texas. Kate has worked with some of the top names in Internet Marketing as well as consulted with dozens of entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits both around the globe. She is the creator of the Let’s Get Social training program, in which more than 10,000 social media managers have participated.

In addition to speaking at leading interactive marketing conferences and conducting training events around the country, Kate has also hosted wildly popular social events. Prior to founding KBJOnline, she served for three years as the LandmarkConnect Community Manager for Landmark Education, a leading global training and development company.

A student herself, Kate is fascinated with the technology that connects people of like minds and interests around the world. Kate is passionate about training and developing social media managers and teams in the most effective strategies for online marketing using social tools.

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Socialize Your PR with Lisa Buyer

LisaBuyerBTRLisa Buyer is a speaker, journalist, and educator on the trending topic of public relations and how it is influenced by social media and search engine optimization. The author of Social PR Secrets: How to Optimize, Socialize and Publicize your Company’s News, Lisa has a degree in journalism and more than 20 years experience as a public relations agency owner. Her experience blends the traditional fundamentals of public relations, corporate communications and branding with today’s influence of digital media.

Social media and public relations {Social PR} are a powerful marketing match and potential good karma for a brand. Social PR and search engines redefine how we communicate, deliver news, receive news, find information, and make decisions — whether it is our next vacation, investment, computer, doctor, lawyer, or hair salon. The public relations cycle no longer relies on traditional journalism to deliver company news… now that news is social, mobile, visual, and optimized to best reach target markets.

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Be Fascinated by Sally Hogshead

sallyhogshead_bioimgSally Hogshead is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. She’s the author of Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuasion and Captivation. She helps world-class businesses develop messages that influence and persuade consumers, partners, and employees.

Starting out as one of the most award-winning advertising writers in the country, she is today a world-renowned brand consultant and speaker, leading keynotes for companies such as Starbucks and Microsoft as well as innovation workshops. As a creative director, she develops fascinating ideas for both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Hogshead and her work have been featured in the New York Times and on the Today show, CBS, ABC, and MSNBC.

Sally measured over 160,000 people to identify a scientific approach to personal branding. Over the past decade, her team has uncovered surprising trends about why certain people and companies succeed. Today, Sally teaches how to communicate and captivate in a world with a 9-second attention span. When you fascinate a customer or employee, you immediately engage their interest. They’re more likely to remember you, trust you, respect you, and buy from you. But if you fail to fascinate, they’ll move on to the next option. To break through and stand out in any competitive environment, you must understand how to fascinate.

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