I’m a big fan of retailers with physical locations integrating social technologies to tell their stories. And not just by adding a “follow us on Twitter” or “like us on Facebook” buttons to their store windows. That’s all well and good (and if you’re doing interesting things in those channels, great). But those initiatives by themselves are hardly creative or worth remarking on – they’re now typical.
The other day I received an email which makes me think I’m doing all the right things. What was that email? Someone sent me a message noting they didn’t like my content, it was too critical and controversial and they were unsubscribing from this blog. Now you’re thinking I’ve lost it – how can I possibly think that means I’m doing things right?
Ben Elowitz contributed an article to The Huffington Post with the unfortunate title: “Facebook’s Like Button: A Force Powerful Enough to Save Media from Google Search.” The entire premise that media needs to be “saved” from Google search is a line that has been trotted out for years. However it’s one that makes no sense. The article also glowing looks to Facebook’s like feature as somehow being a saving grace for newspapers. That is extremely wishful thinking.
In addition to keeping this marketing blog, I’m active on a variety of other blogs and digital publications. Today or over the weekend, kick back with some coffee and get caught up with my latest ideas published external of The Future Buzz:
For quite awhile, I was using images in my posts frequently. Almost daily. Enough that stock photography company Shutterstock took notice and we worked together to create a blog outreach program. Images are vital to modern blogs. But images are, in essence, style. Important, but mean nothing without substance.
More than one year ago, I wrote that Matt Cutts is representative of next generation PR. So it was great to see Aaron Wall at SEO Book write a post on the top 10 SEOs and included this bit about Matt:
Matt Cutts is better at public relations than 99% of public relations experts are. He is able to constantly promote Google products and engage in issue shaping while rarely being called out for it. And he rarely makes *any* mistakes on the public relations front…