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This article is part of a series titled “Social Success Stories” in which we explore social media successes 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 new medium. In this article, we examine how one of the world’s largest IT corporations chose to embrace the social web to drive measurable results. By streamlining, harmonizing, personalizing and selling, organizations large and small can learn from Dell’s innovative approach in the sector.

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Surprise!, Google has gone social—again. Google has made yet another foray into the social scene, but this time they made a smarter decision and modeled their new +1 after the already uber successful Facebook Like button. After several unsuccessful attempts, including Orkut, Google Romance, Picasa, Friend Connect, Lively, Wave, Social Search, and Buzz. 

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Last year Facebook edged in on Foursquare territory when they opened Facebook Places—a hyper-local form of marketing copied from already successful location-based apps. Foursquare even openly welcomed the move from the social marketing giant as they sent a spokesperson to the opening party at Facebook HQ to deliver a speech about the importance of a big player like Facebook recognizing the importance location-based applications--but unfortunately the speech sounded more like a Foursquare eulogy than a Facebook Places welcome.

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Do you eat, breathe, and sleep SocialTechnologyReview? Have you learned everything there is to know about Facebook and Twitter? Are you satisfied you’ve done everything you can possibly do to better your business on those huge social networking sites? If you’re wondering which networks to target next, then this is the article you need to read before moving forward in a new direction with your online social commerce strategy.

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Using a dashboard in your social media strategy is like bringing a Lamborghini to a street race—possibly overkill but guaranteed to put you ahead of the pack.

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So you have decided to throw off the corporate shackles of your 9to5er. Before you leave your cubicle forever, be sure to follow this social media checklist to ensure that you are promptly sacked and can begin receiving a big fat severance.

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Supply and demand! The Internet’s proven to be a social juggernaut in the past few years, with countless places for users to discuss and share ideas. An emerging business dilemma is that there are so many new sites each week that some people are getting tired of creating new accounts for them all. The demand for a single sign-on future is huge, and many competitors are scrambling to offer the desired supply of tools to meet users’ needs.

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Over 80% of companies are not measuring their social media marketing in terms of ROI. That’s four out of five companies that put a concerted effort into social marketing, cross their fingers, and hope it’s working. If that is you—don’t worry there is hope for you yet.

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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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Events are social by nature, and the beauty of the promotion business is that getting one person to attend will often ensure he or she brings several friends as well. Thanks to the Internet acting as an accelerant to the word of mouth strategy, businesses no longer need to rely on expensive marketing campaigns as much as in the past. However, with the world communicating through likes and shares on social marketing sites, the new dilemma is putting a price tag on each online interaction.

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