Tuesday, September 09, 2014

FIR presents Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester, Episode 21: September 9, 2014

Linked ConversationsWelcome to the latest episode of Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester.

This episode I’ll talk about SlideShare – a LinkedIn company – that has now opened up its premium features to all users. 

LinkedIn continues to be a content curation platform, now more than ever with the advent of LinkedIn Publishing – which is where I post on a regular basis.

All of my LinkedIn posts can be found here.

My very special guest on this episode is Scott Monty, an internationally recognized leader in digital communications, social media and marketing. Scott just recently became the Executive Vice President of Strategy for SHIFT Communications, after leaving his position at Ford Motor Company.

Scott was a strategic advisor on crisis communications, blogger relations, digital customer customer service, innovative product launches and more.
He writes about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing and leadership at ScottMonty.com.

We cover a wide variety of topics, including: data-driven communications; the integration of communications and marketing; using paid, earned, owned and rented media; content marketing; and influencer and advocacy outreach. It was a great conversation, and I hope you enjoy Scott’s amazing insights!

Be sure to check out LinkedConversations’ Google+ community and our LinkedIn Group: “The Podcast I Can’t Name Due to the Rules Group!”

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening and if you like what you hear, spread the word!

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Posted by shel on 09/09 at 09:08 AM
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Monday, September 08, 2014

FIR B2B #15: How Adobe’s CMO.com Uses Curation to Build Thought Leadership

FIR B2BPaul again anchors the podcast solo this week. In this episode:

News & Trends

Google has pulled the plug on authorship, its once highly touted initiative to tie author identities to search results. Considering how heavily Google promoted this initiative a couple years ago, this about-face looks deceptive or, at best, clueless. Is Google taking its users goodwill too much for granted?

The title of Chris Abraham’s recent Biznology post is great - “Google is a lying liar that lies” - but the message is serious. For all of Google’s PR about how smart its search engine is, not that much has really changed

LinkedIn eliminates premium fees for SlideShare in a move we don’t see too often these days: a vendor giving money back to its customers. Meanwhile, the new campaign for LinkedIn’s lead management system points to its aspirations to be a force in the CRM market.

Starwood features customers in a new $30 million ad campaign, showing that at least one hotelier has caught on to the idea that customers make decisions on factors that go beyond amenities and clean floors.

HubSpot has filed for an IPO, further validating its vision of inbound marketing as a powerful lead generation force.

Special Guest: Tim Moran, CMO.com

Our special guest is Tim Moran, editor of CMO.com. A 25-year-veteran of the electronic media and former Editor in Chief of EETimes.com, he brings a journalist’s instincts to a content marketing vehicle. CMO.com started as a curated collection of online content for marketers, but as the site has grown it has added a steady stream of original content as well. While Adobe uses CMO.com to build thought leadership, it maintains a strict church-state separation between ownership and the editorial product. Adobe doesn’t even have access to the 30,000-name newsletter mailing list. The key to CMO.com’s success is a tight focus on the reader, Moran says. That’s second-nature to a journalist, but not something that all marketers understand instinctively. Learn how to use CMO.com and even how to contribute to the site in this interview.

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About Your Hosts

Paul GillinPaul Gillin is a veteran technology journalist and a thought leader in new media. Since 2005, he has advised marketers and business executives on strategies to optimize their use of social media and online channels to reach buyers cost-effectively. He is the author or co-author of five books, including Social Marketing to the Business Customer (2011), the first book devoted entirely to B2B social media marketing. He is also a social media trainer and coach at Profitecture, a training firm for B2B companies and their channel partners.

Allan SchoenbergAllan Schoenberg is based Vice President, Corporate Public Relations and Communications at TIAA-CREF in New York. As part of the firm’s Enterprise Communications team within Marketing, this role helps the team drive firm-wide corporate communications, employee communications, reputation and crises management, social media, CEO positioning and public policy communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in B2B communications, including his work for Accenture, Edelman Worldwide, Fleishman Hillard and CME Group..

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Posted by Paul Gillin on 09/08 at 12:32 PM
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FIR Presents Inside PR 383: Making LinkedIn work for your business

FIR Presents Inside PRIn this week’s Inside PR podcast, Martin Waxman, Gini Dietrich and I talk about LinkedIn as a publishing platform.

LinkedIn has been pushing itself as a publishing platform, promoting links to new content and providing publishers with additional data on the performance of their content. LinkedIn’s efforts seem to be an illustration of “if you build it they will come.”

From the number of alerts I receive when I open LinkedIn, it appears to me that more and more of the people with whom I have connections are in fact publishing content to LinkedIn.

Martin, for one has been drawn to LInkedIn more often as the amount of fresh content has increased. However, while there is more content that he can find there, he observes that a large portion of the content is repurposed content that originally appeared on a blog.

Gini agrees with Martin that cross posting content from blogs to LinkedIn seems to be common. The question she asks is, what is the right strategy? Post on the blog first and then cross post on LinkedIn? Or do it the other way around. Which will give her the greatest engagement on both of her platforms?

The question for publishers remains, “Is it worth the effort?” Gini has a practical, hard-nosed answer. She points out that our job is to drive traffic to our websites, where it can be converted to benefit our business. Publishing to LinkedIn is valuable if it contributes to that.

We also talk about Chuck Hester’s approach to LinkedIn. Chuck, who hosts the Linked Conversations podcast on the FIR Podcast Network (Inside PR is also a member of the FIR podcast network.) Chuck relies primarily on LinkedIn to connect with potential clients. To do this, he publishes a post or updates his profile at least every week or so. He has observed an uptick in the number of people looking at his profile after each of these events. When new people do look at his profile, he sends them a message asking if they’d like to connect. And this has generated new business opportunities. (You can hear Chuck describe this approach to Sarah Lane and Tonya Hall during an appearance on TWiT’s The Social Hour podcast.)

We like Chuck’s approach and think it is worth exploring further. We plan to reach out to him and ask him to join us in a conversation on a future episode of inside PR. To set up this discussion, Gini plans to emulate Chuck’s approach to see what types of results she can achieve. And in a month, after she’s done this, were going to invite Chuck to a discussion with us about this approach and how others can pick it up.

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Thank you to the people behind Inside PR: Our theme music was created by Damon de Szegheo; Roger Dey is our announcer. Inside PR is produced by Kristine D’Arbelles and Ashlea LeCompte.

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Posted by shel on 09/08 at 11:01 AM
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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #772: September 8, 2014

FIR‘Young PR Pros’ podcast joins the FIR Podcast Network with hosts Kristine D’Arbelles and Julia Kent;

Quick News: NYPD is sending precinct commanders to Twitter school, Sprinklr acquires Branderati, mobile is driving changes in coupon-related behaviour, prosperity is why languages die say researchers; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Five trends shaping the future of work; how to speed up legal approvals; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments from the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; what is experiential marketing and why do you need it?; Dan York’s Tech Report: Apple’s event on September 9, Skype iPhone audio conferencing, WordPress 4.0; Igloo Software promo; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; what else is wrong with native advertising?;

Music from Michele Ari; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for September 8, 2014: A 93-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

Links to websites, blog posts and other content we discuss in the show are posted as Delicious bookmarks to facilitate your connection with the discussions and sharing of that content.

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So, until Monday September 15…

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio, Episode 38: Aug 30, 2014

Thought Leadership with Mitchell and MichaelIn this episode of Thought Leadership with Mitchell and Michael (#TLL) we interview

In this episode, Mitchell and Michael talk with #ThoughtLeader Jim Cahill. Jim (@JimCahill) is Chief Blogger of Emerson Process Experts, http://www.EmersonProcessXperts.com for Emerson’s Process business. Leads the social marketing efforts for Emerson Process Management, the largest of the Emerson business segments was our guest.

Jim CahillHonored with BtoB magazine’s 2010 social media blog award. More about Jim at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimcahill


Join us 11 am PT / 2 pm ET / 7 pm GMT on Saturday every week. The show blog is Thought Leader Life.

Any comments or suggestions for the show please send them. Thank you for listening and if you like what you hear, please leave a review on iTunes!

This episode was sponsored, in part, by THiNKaha.com, helping experts become thought leaders.

You can connect with Mitchell at MitchellLevy.com, @HappyAbout on Twitter, or join his Thought Leadership Best Practices Group on LinkedIn; and with Michael at MProcopio.com, on Twitter: @MichaelProcopio; or LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/MichaelProcopio.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

FIR on Higher Education #17: Michael Stoner on Using Social Media for University Advancement

How can institutions use social media to achieve some of their fundraising objectives?

This is among the topics I discuss with Michael Stoner, President of the higher educational consultancy mStoner, Inc. Michael was one of the main researchers of the 2014 Social Media in Advancement survey, conducted together with Huron Education and CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education). Michael discusses the survey results and the implications for university communicators.

In our reports sections, Harry Hawk discusses iPad in the classroom, while I share some thoughts on building momentum for an online course before it is launched.

This episode is sponsored in part by Experiential Communications forthcoming Online Media Training Program for Academics.

About Michael Stoner
Michael Stoner has served more than 250 education institutions (independent schools, colleges, universities, and education associations), nonprofits, and businesses on four continents during his 30-year career as a communicator and consultant. He’s led institution-wide web strategies; provided consulting on social media strategy and tactics; and consulted on institutional marketing, branding, and advancement challenges. Along the way, he has earned a reputation as an authority on integrating marketing, communications, the online world, social media and technology. Learn more.

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About Your Host

Kevin AnselmoKevin Anselmo is the Founder and Principal of Experiential Communications, a consultancy focused on education. He helps brands within academia - whether individual or corporate - communicate with stakeholders. He also teaches communications and public relations workshops to different individuals and groups and is currently designing an online media training program for academics.

Previously, Kevin was Director of Public Relations for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and prior to that managed the media relations for IMD Business School in Switzerland. In addition, he was an adjunct communications professor at Nyack College in New York.

Currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kevin lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years and in Germany for two years. He has led public relations initiatives in various countries around the world.

Find Kevin on Twitter: @kevinanselmo.

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Posted by Kevin Anselmo on 09/03 at 07:30 PM
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

AMP UP Your Social Media #29: Social Media Strategies with Neal Schaffer

AMP UP Your Social MediaNeal Schaffer is a social media consultant who has been helping business with their social media strategies since 2010. Neal started his career in marketing and sales in Asia. When he returned to the United States, he essentially had no business network outside of Asia, which led him to turn to social media to find more local connections. His blog, Maximize Social Business, was organically born from this transition in his life and his passion for social media has blossomed into a passionate career. Neal recently joined AMP Up Your Social Media’s host Glenn Gaudet to discuss social media strategies and content creation.

Celebrate and engage with your fans. Take the extra step and appreciate and value those people that engage with you.”

Neal suggests asking these questions to yourself when it comes to creating content marketing:

  • What does your company have to share?
  • What resource can you become?
  • What are you going to talk about in social to help promote your own company’s ROI?

Neal would love to hear from you! Chat with him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

About Neal Schaffer

Neal SchafferA Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer two years in a row and creator of the leading social media for business blog Maximize Social Business, Neal is a global social media speaker who has spoken on three continents and also teaches as part of the Rutgers University Mini Social Media MBA Program. As an author, Neal is best known for his definitive book on social media strategy creation, implementation, and optimization “Maximize Your Social: A One-Stop Guide to Building a Social Media Strategy for Marketing and Business Success” (Wiley) but has also published two other award-winning and critically acclaimed social media books: ”Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing” and “Windmill Networking: Maximizing LinkedIn.”

As a leading social media speaker, Neal currently speaks on social media at dozens of corporate, professional association, and online events each year. In parallel, he continues to consult with, coach, and train clients on strategically leveraging social media for their business. Since launching his social media strategy consulting business in January, 2010, Neal has worked with dozens of companies, from small startups and solopreneurs to Fortune 500 enterprises and a Grammy Award-winning celebrity.

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AMP UP Your Social Media is sponsored by:

  • GaggleAMP - Empower your employees, partners and resellers to amplify your social media.
  • SafeLinks - Know when your links on social media messages fail before you lose out on the people clicking on them.

The FIR Podcast Network is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide

Posted by Glenn Gaudet on 09/02 at 07:40 PM
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