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Digital Marketing And PR Posts For Your Weekend Reading

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:

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April 30, 2010 Author Adam Singer In links, quick bits
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Style vs. Substance

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.

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April 26, 2010 Author Adam Singer In Digital Marketing and PR
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The Right Team Member Is More Valuable Than An Entire PR Firm

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…

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April 25, 2010 Author Adam Singer In Digital Marketing and PR
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Advertising Is Not A Panacea

Mitch Joel over at Six Pixels of Separation wrote a post titled: Unlike Advertising, Social Media Can’t Save A Bad Brand, Product Or Service. I’ve taken issue with Mitch’s content previously (and also agreed with him). I’m going to take issue again today.

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April 20, 2010 Author Adam Singer In Digital Marketing and PR
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Why “Social Media Addiction” Makes Absolutely Zero Sense

The idea of “social media addiction” (yeah, let’s put that in quotes) is one which makes no sense.

As Mike Masnick at Techdirt observes:

Over the last decade or so, there’s been something of an… well… addiction to calling any sort of overuse of a product an addiction. So we’ve seen email addiction, web addiction, online porn addiction, video game addiction, internet addiction, and mobile phones or other gadget addictions among other things.

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April 18, 2010 Author Adam Singer In The Social Web
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More Absurd Social Media Analysis – The Value Of A Fan

I wrote the other week that the idea of time normalization in social media is a fallacy. But it goes further than just time being a fallacy. The marketing industry is obsessed with looking for normalizations everywhere. And other than providing a feel good number for presentations – it’s an exercise in futility. Well, other than the fact that it generates PR for those who come up with the numbers. It’s infotainment at best, misinformation at worst.

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April 14, 2010 Author Adam Singer In Digital Marketing and PR