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Thought leader or company logo: Whom would you rather engage with on Twitter?

Sifting through Twitter, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of marketing materials. Webinar promotions, press releases and employee recruitment campaigns can easily clog a Twitter feed. Vendor logos and links clog the Twitter stream, but who are the people behind this self-promotional chatter?   While many of us in healthcare strive to increase engagement among patients and their providers, some forget the im ...

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Google Targets Link Schemes: What does it mean for your next press release?

In case you missed it, Google announced a revision to its definition of Link Schemes, which they use to refer to “Any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site's ranking in Google search results may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.” In the updated definition, Google calls out those who create “links that weren’t editori ...

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PR Pros Are Getting Better, but Release Headlines Are Too Long

The best content is useless if people can’t find it. Yet when it comes to the basic content companies produce the most, news releases, they often fail to optimize the most fundamental element – the headline.For the past three years, the Schwartz MSL Research and Insights Group, with invaluable help from BusinessWire, has analyzed the headlines of more than 11,000 news releases issued over Busine ...

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SEO for PR Content: Ace the Essential Tactics

      Next Tuesday PR News is hosting a webinar on a topic some public relations pros know a bit about, but nearly all of us would like to learn more: SEO for PR.The topic couldn't be timelier as organizations across industries are pouring substantial energy and money into creating sophisticated content strategies because if target audiences can't find that content online, it h ...

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HubSpot Inbound 2012 Day 4- Content, Context and Effort oh my!

Today was the final keynote speech, a few more break out sessions, and a closing ceremony of sorts where we all got kudos for attending and coupons for next year... what a day! Keynote: Gary Vynerchuck @garyvee "The only reason I love social media is only because it sells S#$%. I don't give a S$%& about Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook or whatever, I care about where my cus ...

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HubSpot Inbound 2012 Day 3- Content is key, but context is best!

More music, more excitement, more #inbound12! Day 3 and no signs that this team is slowing down. As Darmesh very excitedly shouted, "a few years from now we will say 'remember when Inbound was only 2800 people!'" So to keep it concise- things are moving fast and it's awesome to be on this train.Keynote- Brian Halligan 1. Inbound marketing over the last 6 yearsThere's a massive transformation about ...

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HubSpot Inbound 2012 Day 2- It’s Still About Content… And So Much More!

  Welcome Address- Inbound In Style!Thunderstruck, ACDC's awesome track, was the background to a video of Boston in it's glory with sunny skies and a fancy helicopter winding through the neighborhoods below. Flash to Darmesh and Brian (HubSpot co-founders) wearing track suits and aviators enjoying the ride. Finally, after lots of lead up- they "landed" at the conference and gave a funny ...

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SocialTech 2012: Practical Fascination

One of the things to love about MarketingProfs is its focus on B2B social media strategies and B2B content marketing. Certainly there is a lot of hype about how various consumer brands are using social media channels to their benefit. Often those stories are the bane of a B2B marketer's daily life. We get to the office in the morning, greeted by a voice mail imploring us to read a [enter business publicatio ...

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SxSW Saturday Takeaways: Destroy Labels, Know Yourself

Saturday at SxSW was much more interesting than Friday. I had the pleasure of attending a very wide range of panels. The topics included strategic communications, Dad bloggers, enterprise social media, the future of mobile wallets, a comedian/activist keynote, and a look inside Joss Whedon’s head. The panels were a mix of both aspirational visions and cautionary tales.The sessions were all great learn ...

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Only 19.5% of News Release Headlines are Optimized for SEO

For the second year in a row, the Schwartz MSL Research Group worked with Business Wire to determine how many PR professionals are optimizing their news release headlines for SEO. There was slight improvement compared to last year, but there is still a long, long way to go.The two most important elements for optimizing a news release headline are keyword inclusion and brevity. In terms of brevity, a full re ...

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SEO for PR Pros

Yesterday I participated, along with Tom Lynch of interactive web marketing firm Astek Consulting, in a PR News webinar on SEO best practices. I'm not an SEO expert, but have developed a strong interest in search over the past several years. To me, it goes hand in hand with PR. We all know that PR is about telling great stories. But to tell those stories, communicators have to create more content, and conte ...

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Google+ for Brands: Waiting, but Not Wondering

Mitt Romney, presidential candidate and former governor of my home state of Massachusetts, was mocked a few weeks ago when he said that "corporations are people." It doesn't matter that it's not literally true, of course. It was his way of expressing the thought that every business, no matter how large, is comprised of individuals.That's precisely the reason that B2B marketers struggle with use of ...

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