Bonnie Boglioli-Randall

Bonnie Boglioli-Randall is a freelance writer and journalist focused on web technology and tech startups. Her work appears in a variety of print and online magazines and sites and her experience includes serving as an online Community Manager, Public Relations assistant and Communications Director.

Bonnie resides in Silicon Valley where she keeps her finger on the pulse of technological trends. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in Soviet History and attempts to keep up with her Russian language and studies whenever she finds the chance.

 

OpenID: Pro’s and Con’s

January 17, 2011

Just five years ago, the Internet was ripe to expose a perfect concoction of interactive design coupled with applications catering to the user experience. More people were discovering information, participating in discussions, sharing content and purchasing.  Yet just as we welcomed in the age of Web 2.0, there was something missing for the average user: a means of accessing the growing numbers of sites easily and securely.

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The social graph. No other concept has so fluidly permeated the vernacular that it’s tough to decide which accolade Mark Zuckerberg will be remembered for first: founding the largest ‘social graph’ in the world or coining the term. The term, graphically represented by a sociogram, is applied to an abstract concept which maps and illustrates online connections and it’s a powerful tool that is used to great effect. Yet despite its assured potential, the social graph does have an Achilles Heel: portability.

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Navigating the Labyrinth

Now more than ever, it’s imperative for professionals and organizations to carefully craft their social strategy and seek out the right tools for the job. Gartner Research released its latest study which expects social CRM software sales to exceed an impressive $1Billion by 2013.

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Thanks to some 50 million Americans carrying around smartphones, location based services are among the most prominent applications in today’s social technology sector with players big and small getting in on the action. San Francisco-based PlacePop is one such location based service that focuses on social CRM services through its unique virtual loyalty card iPhone app.

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Social media integration on websites and blogs is critical today,  serving to broaden reach and engage users. A side effect, however, is that various widgets can easily convolute an otherwise sleek website without giving much in return. Even worse, social media plugins can lure users away to their social networks just when they should be staying put. Enter Wibiya.

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Shopping on social networks is barely in its infancy yet new reports expect social commerce sales to rise 6-fold by 2015 (Booz & Co., Feb 2011). With the sector poised to be a key revenue driver in the coming years, Facebook is ideally positioned as the dominant leader and there’s little reason for businesses to wait to tap into this new B2C channel.

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Official Facebook statistics can be hard to come by aside from the few that the company publishes at its whim. Fortunately for us, there are many data fiends, marketers and organizations who keep close track of Facebook stats through surveys and research of their own. Individual numbers can be misleading, but combined they form a compelling picture that help us to better understand who uses Facebook and what their interests on the social network are.

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When it comes to the topic of social media, few people leverage more experience and knowledge than J.D. Lasica. A veteran journalist and entrepreneur, Lasica turned his attention to the social sector as a strategist, blogger and author before it became a buzzword.  He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on social media, marketing and technology and has written several books on the subject.

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Mash up charitable giving and volunteering with crowd-sourcing and social networking. Then throw in a robust dose of competition, game mechanics and incentives to spice things up. Sound interesting?  The folks at Crowdrise use this unique social blend to offer individuals and organizations accessible fundraising and support and they have it in spades.

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This is the first in a multi-part series titled “Social Success Stories” in which we explore social media success stories by platforms and organizations.

Case studies provide marketers and organizations with the data they have been craving in the social media landscape to effectively leverage the social medium. In Part One of this series, we’ll examine how the social marketing platform Buddy Media makes the most difficult and first hurdle- accruing Facebook fans- a thing of the past through its ‘fan-gate’ campaigns.

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