Communications and new media consultant.Social media curator and sports nut.Follow me for links on social media know-how.Catch my blog at www.cksyme.org
Loved this Gini. Sage advice. Always like a PR person with a little snark mixed in with lots of wisdom.
1 week, 3 days ago on The Spin Sucks Inquisition: Benson Hendrix
@dazeinfo @cksyme I guess it depends on your definition of "has not been picked up from any source."The chart is an exact replication of the one from the Altimeter report-- you just put it in color and reversed the fields. If that's your definition, that's okay. I was just surprised you never mentioned the source. The chart you copied is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremiah_owyang/6098016103/
It's okay to copy it, because it's open source data. I think it's great material and is worth spreading. Thanks.
1 year, 10 months ago on Loyal Fan Base Over Social Media Could Avert 76% Of Business Crisis [STUDY]
I thought it might be good to mention that your open source data came from Altimeter. It's a little misleading because your logo is on the graph. It was great you linked to the original report. That said, it's an important subject and thanks for continuing the conversation.
Thanks for empowering all of us with your story. Letting yourself be happier is very underrated.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Success Trap and Regrets of the Dying
As one who has been there, done that, I have some additional advice: every negative comment does not need a response. When a swarm shows up from Reddit because you screwed up, you have to let them hate. Apologize and correct the mistake, if you can, but do it in one post pinned to the top and then let them go. Leave an email in the post where people can engage you offline, but do not converse in the public space. If you must, use Facebook's filter function to filter profane and graphic language, but don't delete and just wait out the storm. It will pass and you can get on with the task of rebuilding.
2 years, 2 months ago on Six Tips for Managing an Out-of-Control Social Media Crisis
@ginidietrich Wow--what a great visual. I do something similar when working with student-athletes. Their reaction always amazes me. It's like the State Farm commercial--you know the one--the woman who finds the "French model"on the internet. People's understanding of internet reality is skewed.
2 years, 2 months ago on Your Facebook Identity Was Stolen. Now What?
It's sad that there is no real way to prevent, or even stop this. As long as someone needs only an email address to set up a Facebook account, there will always be fraud. This is the dark side of social media. People have issues, and can be totally anonymous online. It's the perfect breeding ground for crime. Thanks for drawing attention to this. Your list of action steps is great. We need to keep encouraging people to watch over their privacy carefully. I really don't think the social platforms are as concerned about privacy as they are about getting our data, IMO. It's up to us to be proactive.
Good piece. Reddit can be troublesome, but it was designed to be so. One suggestion I would make (from experience). You don't have to delete comments on Facebook to filter them. I coach clients to set their filters on Facebook to line up with their posting policies (no hate speech, no profanity, etc.) That way, clients can put words into the filter that flag those offensive comments and warn people in their posting policy that they are doing so. It makes people mad, but that way you can leave the civil negative comments that produce respectful discourse, even when people are angry.
2 years, 3 months ago on 4 Lessons Reddit’s Problems Can Teach Community Managers
Hi John- I use brand keywords (love Sprout Social). Can you tell me where the applications is pulling data from? How much of the internet is included and what is missing? Should I be using Google Alerts to supplement? I'm always concerned that the data I get isn't as conclusive as I need.
2 years, 3 months ago on How Sprout Social Helps You Monitor Your Brand With Social Keywords
@schneiderb I concur. Also, I am wondering if there is some benefit to experimenting with the text-reach theory for posts where reach is a higher priority than engagement. Sometimes, you just want to make an announcement that everyone will (hopefully) see.
2 years, 4 months ago on Weekend Update - Dec08
In the "10 Must-Haves for 2013 Marketing" post, what do you think about #1? In light of recent data showing photos have less reach but more engagement than text, what advice would you give people?
Jennifer-Pinterest is soaring, no doubt. But, I have a little problem with the dots you connected here. Pinfluencer says that people who ran contest increased followers and pins dramatically. Then somehow that turned into "In turn, that generates a lot of attention, clickthroughs, and sales..." Where is the data on that? Calculating that an increase in followers and fans equates to sales is flawed measurement logic--we've been fighting this misnomer in social media marketing forever. You're missing a measurement that shows that. Until then, Pinterest is a great channel to increase awareness and reach. Sales? Never assume w/o data.
2 years, 4 months ago on Is Pinterest Better for Sales Than Facebook?
Great list. I agree @ Brogan's Sunday morning letter. I've been inspired many a time there. I also think your new Facebook group has some great potential. Hope people get involved. I like the discussions. Happy Thanksgiving!
2 years, 5 months ago on 9 Social Media Things I'm Thankful For
@joshchandler I guess it's not specific to them. What I meant was everyone's bottom line is money, so they design their site the way it works for them. Their own agenda doesn't mean anything dark or political, just that they're not some altruistic site where people go to get great unbiased information. All reviews are biased. When they make the subjective decision as to what is bogus, that is an agenda in my book.
2 years, 6 months ago on Yelp Consumer Alerts Filters False Reviews
My experience with Yelp (as an agency that handles online crisis) has been totally frustrating. It's commendable (as you say) to flag clearly bogus reviews. However, how about putting that same warning up when businesses are besieged by an angry online swarm in a crisis? Yeah, they have a filtering mechanism, etc. But, I've approached them with evidence that "real" reviews were bogus and they didn't respond. They have their own agenda. I would like to see a warning that says, "This business has recently experienced an negative online event and some of these reviews may not be genuine. We can't validate everything." That would help people understand that online haters can slip through the cracks and they can do their own research. The new "system" is clearly one-sided. Their template approach to filtering reviews is flawed.
Great stuff here--I get asked this all the time and it's good to be able to recommend a resource with some solid step-by-step advice that isn't written in nerd lingo or is so vague it offers no help. Thanks.
2 years, 8 months ago on Online Reputation Management: A How-to Guide
I agree. Twitter is a vital source for information for education marketing. However, I just wanted to mention that Google has recently downgraded Twitter in its search results and even though a profile is searchable, it is highly unlikely that individual tweets will ever show up unless they are quoted somewhere else. See this URL for more info: http://socialmediatoday.com/marketmesuite/426797/google-launches-social-search-twitter-pissed. Regardless of whether Twitter and Google get along, Twitter is still a must have for real-time communications.
2 years, 9 months ago on Twitter? We Don't Need No Stinking Tweets!
Right on, as usual. I always love it when someone stamps the truth on influence measures like Klout. It takes more work to mine the nugget of advocacy. Klout is a great crutch/shortcut/whatever. Do the real work, get the real reward. Thanks again.
2 years, 10 months ago on Why Online Influencer Outreach is Overrated and How to Fix It
I agree the university did the right thing quickly. Good thoughts and actions from the So. Miss folks. Just one caveat here about these kinds of incidents: beware of thinking that a group of negative comments on social media clustered together about an incident constitutes a disaster. Continued negative buzz about an incident after an apology doesn't mean additional steps need to be taken. You have to continue to conduct a sentiment analysis of negative vs positive and keep an eye on your community influencers. Sometimes, they can dampen the crisis for you. Passionate band students yelling an ethnic slur is not a disaster, it's an unfortunate and embarrassing event. It shouldn't turn into anything more unless the university does not apologize. If an institution draws attention to a situation by taking unnecessary actions after apologizing, the mainstream media could pick up an otherwise dull event and run with it. Often those closest to a situation think it's worse than it is. Nobody likes getting raked in social media--make sure your responses are based on analysis and traige, and not panic over a few comments. I don't think So. Miss. made any of those mistakes, but this event reminds me that overreacting to an event can pour gas on the fire.
2 years, 11 months ago on Case Study: Authenticity Beats a Social Media Crisis
Awesome book. Read it, love it, recommend it. Good call. Better late than never, brother.
2 years, 11 months ago on Book Review: The New Rules Of Marketing & PR
Love them all--read them all. Good choices. I would add Social Media Explorer with Jason Falls who wrote No Bullshit Social Media. http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/
3 years ago on 10 Blogs You Should Be Reading Now
Thanks, Melissa. It's my hope that educators and communicators can see the link between good planning and better mitigation. There's a reason the Boy Scouts' motto is "be prepared." We need to spread the word.
3 years, 1 month ago on Is Your School Ready To Use Social Media In A Crisis?
I'm afraid the recent call for them to provide the code so websites can block them might be their undoing in the long run. But, they are definitely the latest shiny toy.
3 years, 2 months ago on 5 Reasons Pinterest is Addicting and 4 Weaknesses That May Kill it
Good luck Jay. We'll take whatever you got, whenever you decide to give it. It's all good. I've always appreciated the fact that you are real. Enjoy life, brother, and may your loss make you stronger and your brother's memory bless many.
3 years, 2 months ago on Why I’m Not Writing a Book This Year
I agree. Some of us blog for the profession, not for the businesses. My business is mainly training, so I take heed from these goofs and am thankful there are blogs out there like Spin Sucks to help me get better. I think PR pros are most offended because they are worried they will be the next blog entry. Watchdogs have traditionally helped culture to get better or get out. It also helps bring to light the fact that anyone who hangs out a PR shingle isn't necessarily worthy of the label.
3 years, 3 months ago on PR Failures: Should We Stop Talking About Them?
You're on the right track, B. And I agree w/Turnaroundmkt--lack of expertise-- it's a big deal in .edu circles. Folks think putting up a Facebook page and Twitter feed to push out links to your news stories is all there is to it. Keep on doing what you're doing. We need a more informed .edu community. I think social smarts can be learned and existing resources don't have to be stretched too much, but good info is definitely needed.
3 years, 7 months ago on Why Aren't More Schools Using Inbound Marketing?
Good advice up top. Strategy is definitely #1. Can't get down the road without a map, unless you're my husband. Always like the A-PIE strategy acronym: Assess (competition, stakeholders, internal people, time and money), Plan, Implement and Evaluate. Simple, but not easy. It takes work. Social media isn't for babies anymore.
4 years, 3 months ago on Getting Started in Social Media: First Steps First