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xPotomac Returns on June 12

xPotomac returns with an exciting line-up, including Mark Schaeffer, Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, Jodi Gersch, Jennifer Nysz-Conner, Shana Glickfield, Andy Gilman and Kathy Baird. Check it out!

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The #xPotomac14 Compendium

xPotomac trended for 35 minutes on Friday making it the 68th most popular topic in the country that day, according to Trendinalia United States. Here’s what happened.

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How My Master’s Degree Prepared Me

When people ask me if they should consider a post-graduate degree, I almost always say yes. The results from the past 14 years have convinced me.

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Monetize Influence and Lessen It

There is a movement about how to monetize individual blogger and online personality influence. Influencers considering monetization of their online trust should also weigh how such strategies can lessen trust within a community, and hurt search rank. This old debate goes back to paid blogging and affiliate marketing. As in those past cases, every influencer today needs to weigh how monetization efforts tax their good will. Influence online is often a result of becoming an integral part of a community and providing good information. When you add affiliate links, sponsorship, consultancies, clients, advertisements, products and other forms of monetization to the mix, a transition occurs. In the paid, earned, and owned model of media, you are moving from earned (natural […]

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Will Social Rule the Marketing World?

No. It won’t. The truth? Online media — all forms of it — increasingly rules the world, but social is just a piece of that converged puzzle. When you look at the numbers direct marketing rules the world, at least from an overall marketing spend perspective (see above chart from the Marketing in the Round infographic), money is being invested in direct tactics like email marketing, direct mail, search, and more first. That’s because the direct marketing approach yields the most ROI at a 10:1 ratio, according to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).

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What Comes First, Multichannel Integration or Social Business?

Image by ephy1 Most of the online hype about organizational social media adoption revolves around the “social business” craze. In my conversations, most businesses say they’re grappling with the multichannel integration into marketing. It begs the question, “What will come first, the full integration of social media into the marketing wheelhouse or the widespread rise of socially-enabled enterprises?” Last January, we debated whether social business was BS or reality. It’s a good question, and one that’s still not fully answered in my mind.

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