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How Social Empowers Journalists

Pew released its annual State of the New Media report highlighting a continued decline in all forms of journalism except online. Yet online reporting has come with an increase in journalists using social media. My client Vocus issued its fourth State of the Media report last month, revealing a strong synergy between traditional and social media. What was once viewed as an either or choice is now irrevocably intertwined as a powerful synergy of content and fan engagement. Traditional media outlets from newspapers and magazine to broadcast use social media to distribute news and engage their readers. For example, a vast majority of reporters use social media to report and to promote. Over half of respondents use social media primarily […]

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Why I Don’t Blog About Social Tools

I re-edited this John Wall jumper photo with Snapseed, one of my favorite social tools for photo sharing. People frequently ask my opinion about social networks and applications. While I oblige requests individually, generally I don’t proactively seek to give advice or blog about tools unless the discussion revolves around a macro trend or impacts strategy. It comes down to positioning, long term viability and personal interest. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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Murky Mastheads

Image by Marion Doss There’s an old saying in politics that perception is reality (attributed to Lee Atwater). If you want an example, look no further than blogs written under the guise of venerable mastheads like Forbes, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. Consider the perception of journalistic excellence these mastheads possess — and yes, even new media outlets like Techcrunch, Mashable, and others. What these branded blogs deliver often strays from the greatness they promise. Yet people consider these blogs authoritative for some reason. With so much chum and hubris floated to succeed in the attention economy, what we get is not what is perceived. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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Improve Social Search

When you see a strong, social visual interface like Pinterest or Instagram, or even the revitalized Facebook and YouTube interfaces, you realize how far social search has to come. Search engines are generally not visual, don’t port well for sharing to networks, and are closed to commenting. Google, Bing and Yahoo! index a blend of news and social conversations, but this early concept of social search is pretty stale. The content presentation and simple link interaction is very 1.0 with text links, and a complete lack of dynamic commenting and sharing. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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Amazon on Negative Comments: Disregard 5%

Image by Spi-V In its Holiday Marketing Best Practices Guide, Amazon coaches online merchants to disregard negative comments until they reach a ratio of 5% of all comments: “Most sellers will eventually receive some negative feedback. When it happens to you, put it in perspective: a 0-2% negative feedback rate is great! If your negative feedback rate is greater than 5%, review your business practices to correct any operational problems that might affect a buyer’s experience.” Amazon has had its fair share of customer service issues over the years. But I agree with the online retailer’s guidance in principle, and use a similar barometer in coaching clients about negative commenting. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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The Naked Truth of Social Media

Phil Gerbyshak‘s The Naked Truth of Social Media offers a compelling view of social media and its various experts. I wrote the introduction to the eBook, which features experts debating the myths they see, and their version of social media truths. Reading it revealed a few truths to me, too. The following is a version of my introduction to The Naked Truth… Whose Rules? First (and my myth buster), rules offered by social media experts don’t mean much unless you want to be a second tier version of this person (or business). Even some of the opinions in the eBook offered starkly contrasting views. It just reminded me that rules are meant to be broken, particularly when it comes to […]

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