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As many countries in the western world have been affected by the financial crisis and subsequent budget and job cuts, more and more people have found themselves out of work – in the UK alone 2.62 million people are unemployed.
With such unprecedented levels, many of whom are young people, the Internet has become a source of information to find and search for jobs, albeit a competitive one. As such, you may be tearing your hair out desperately trying to figure out where your next break will come, whilst knowing that thousands of other people will be doing the same thing. There is help though, especially in the form of social media.
Ever wondered what determines who sees your Facebook updates, or what you see in your own news feed? Besides overcomplicated privacy settings, there is an algorithm that determines these factors, known as EdgeRank.
There are so many aspects to EdgeRank that contribute to determining what a user sees in their newsfeed, from both their peers and from business or fan pages. This post focuses on the factors that a business may want to consider if they have a fan page, and how to market to EdgeRank to get the most out of your Facebook page activity. Read more
Facebook offers a fantastic platform to engage with your potential consumers. Not only is it a fundamental touch-point if your audience members make up some of the 845 million active users on the network, but it’s the perfect place to start a two-way conversation with them. The interactive nature of the site gives marketers an un-missable opportunity to engage with potential consumers, that most other marketing mediums just don’t have.
Social Media is now part of every day life. If you spend a percentage of your day online then you will almost certainly have a social profile of some sort. Twitter and Facebook are sites a majority of people are active on, with the likes of Google Plus also now very much in the game.
These sites are now so set into our lives that most of us no longer think twice about what we say on them, making them a common place for us to moan. We don’t even give it a second thought. If something has annoyed us then we will Tweet about it.
The world of SEO and online marketing is forever changing. You only have to perform a quick search to see that the industry is already preparing itself and predicting what 2012 has in store. Amongst the many changes in the past year was the increased emphasis on social media and the sharing of content.
More importantly though, is that Facebook now makes up 52.1% of sharing on the web [Source: Search Engine Land]. With the social networking giant being responsible for so much sharing, isn’t it time that online marketers took better advantage?
A few days after social media was being lambasted in the UK press for its role in the London riots, new media has emerged as a saint over night for its efforts in helping community groups clean up some of the damage that has been caused.
Whilst this really is a case of being two sides of the same coin, there’s no doubt that sites such as Twitter and Facebook have played a significant role throughout the recent rioting. As the police continue in their efforts to keep the streets safe, good hearted citizens are offering their help with clean up operations in all of the affected areas of London using the hash tag #riotcleanup on Twitter.
Both Facebook and Google are considering separate bids to buy the video conferencing service, Skype.
Discussions are at very early stages and it is very difficult to speculate which offer Skype may prefer (if any), but according to reports from Reuters, Skype is at a crossroads. They have been delaying an eagerly anticipated IPO (Initial Public Offering), which signals that something is going to happen sooner or later.
Most companies, especially SMEs, recognise the importance of customer service. We can’t afford to lose business, especially with the economic climate the way it is at the moment. Every user is important, and companies need to be pro-active in not only their customer acquisition but also in their retention.
Friday was the day that investors and folks in Palo Alto had been waiting for with bated breath, ever since Facebook announced that they would be going public back in February. Whilst the IPO was far from disastrous, a closing price of $38.23 ($0.23 above the opening value), issues with the Nasdaq flotation and a looming $15billion lawsuit over privacy violations left a bit of a bad taste on one of the biggest days in the company’s history.
This is a massive breakthrough for the millions of businesses that use Facebook to interact with their customers. B2B and B2C companies will now have the opportunity to directly interact with their target audience. This will improve the rate of engagement and will also help businesses who use Facebook as a customer service platform. Read more
As we said yesterday, something big was about to happen to rival Google+ [See: Is Bing’s Battle with Google Finally Heating Up?], and that came in the form of the Skype/Facebook deal that’s been filling column inches on blogs and articles across the globe.
For Microsoft, their agreed acquisition of Skype back in May was surrounded by questions [See: Microsoft close to Buying Skype] and whilst this announcement has put their agreed acquisition into a bit of perspective, it would be too easy to say this justifies the $8.5 billion they agreed to pay.