Should companies bet on social media marketing?

Companies are mulling over the pros and cons of social media marketing – the top dollar invested in Facebook and Twitter to be precise. As an active tweeter I’d be the first to admit that paid tweets and tie-ups with NBC for Olympic tweets etc, sure seems a cop-out in Twitter’s free open platform format objective. However, let’s discard my indignant views aside for a moment and look upon the situation from a company’s point of view; and yes there’s more incensed thoughts there…

You pay to get ‘paid tweets’ – top billing, and yet there’s no end to the negative comments and trolls. And as for the actual revenue gained from these promoted tweets or Facebook Ads its anybody’s guess; in fact, its as mysterious as how Joseph Gorden-Lewitt’s character “just knows” Bruce Wayne is Batman in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Twitter has marginally overtaken Facebook as the marketing channel to be in, in the wake of Facebook going public and the haziness as to how much the ads work for companies. It does not help that Facebook, as recently revealed, has more than 80 million fake users!! Continue reading “Should companies bet on social media marketing?”

Twitter to lose its reputation as a free speech platform?

Twitter is in a Catch 22 situation; it is stuck between local country laws and the freedom of speech of the Internet users and has opened its doors to censorship.

To abide with the law of the land in different countries, the microblogging site has decided it MAY ‘reactively withhold’ offensive tweets on a country-by-country basis. Well, so much for being the free-speech platform that it was all this time!  Twitter has even cited reference of ‘pro-Nazi’ contents for users in Germany and France, to substantiate its move in its blog.

In a world comprised of different people with different ideas, this move from Twitter has been welcomed by few though the large chunk of Twiterati is wary and complaining.  Continue reading “Twitter to lose its reputation as a free speech platform?”

The Ethics of Self Promotion Through Charitable Causes (A Case Study)

Social Media has been an excellent vehicle for businesses to promote their brands and products for years, and with a theoretical audience of over one billion users it’s a trend that’s set to continue for the foreseeable future. From that, it’s of little wonder that slowly people are starting to realise the potential for charities to make their mark on this global audience for the betterment of their respective causes. But what happens though when lines get crossed and businesses and charities start working together, and it becomes difficult to see exactly who’s getting the better deal? Continue reading “The Ethics of Self Promotion Through Charitable Causes (A Case Study)”

Social Media Marketing – How To Use Twitter

Twitter is one of those “new things” that a lot of people keep meaning to get around to, without actually ever doing it. It’s a permanent fixture of the proverbial ‘to-do e-list’. At the end of the day, why bother? Surely it’s just a bunch of people talking about their day, hoping that other people will care that they’re “making toast” and whole lot of other inane nonsense, right?

For the most part, sure. It’s said that “Twitter is for people who can’t shut up, even when they’re by themselves” and yes, we know a few people like that! There is an awful lot of nonsense to sift through before you come across anything half-decent. But then that’s no different from literature – for every “A Brief History of Time” or “Great Expectations” there’s a thousand Dan Brown-esque books that will genuinely lower the collective IQ of human kind.

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Jemima Khan Victimized, Footballer Busted, Superinjuctions Under Scrutiny – Thanks, Twitter

Television, radio, newspapers and the internet. Which is the odd one out? The internet, for as Monday proved – it’s the one thing that can’t be controlled by a court-issued super-injunction. One can’t help but feel bad for Jemima Khan, who this week held an awful lot of limelight and felt the full force of social media scrutiny. And now, thanks to the mockery Twitter made of the British judicial system, privacy laws are facing review according to UK ministers.

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SyFy Kills Stargate Universe (SGU) And Reputation

[Updated 13/06/2011] I don’t envy the work of a TV Network President. I envy the salary, sure – but trying to ensure that television continues to make money at the cost of quality, principles and a core fanbase can’t be easy. That’s probably not the way the job should work, but just try telling that to Dave Howe, President of NBC Universal’s ‘SyFy’ television network. Hordes of fans are turning their backs on the cable channel, and it’s primarily down to the decision to cancel fans’ favourite: Stargate Universe.

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Cesc Fabregas the Latest in Twitter Controversy

In an era whereby the mainstream media is overpopulated by nerds in their mothers basements writing up scandals on blogs and forums, it’s sometimes easy forget that normal people use the internet too. But nothing carries itself faster over the internet than a celebrity being lambasted on a social networking site by another celebrity. Cesc Fabregas found this out recently as he and thousands of others read on Huddersfield Town’s Anthony Pilkington some disparaging comments about the Arsenal captain’s antics after the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield in the FA Cup.

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Online Impersonation now illegal in California

A new law- SB-1411 now makes Online Impersonation illegal in California. Truly a first of its kind for the online world, and then this law is a good first step to combat online impersonation done in anonymity, an option that previously, victims never had.

Reputation Management For.com is glad that this law comes in the way for online protection for business in the state of California, where SB-1411 got effective since 17, January 2011. Continue reading “Online Impersonation now illegal in California”

Online Reputation Management and Social Networking

Have you given a thought on what social networking can offer your company or brand? Well, almost all big or small businesses and brands seem to have adapted to  social networking. Many embraced it as a new fad in the communication scene, whilst some took it as a tool to market.

But do you know that social networking sites can boost up your online reputation and brand value as well? There are a huge number of social networking sites today like, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Ning which have transformed the style of communication and networking to a great level. Apart from millions of individuals and organizations; more than half of the Fortune 100 companies possess a Twitter account. These sites give the platform and space to share information and expand the network easily.

A recent study has even revealed that social networking has been a great help to build and maintain employee engagement and brand reputation.  Twitter and Facebook are those management tools which have come up to pave a way for a forum or open dialogue, bringing your reputation in a more positive light.

It even tells what  people have to say about your product or brand and what you are missing out. It may sometimes be a threat for your reputation, but by responding to allegations you can limit your  damages quickly and can rectify things better. It is essential to understand what all is being said on social networking sites, a wrong statement can be a threat to your reputation. What all you say, remains influential to your brand. The positive use of these sites can reinforce your brand and online reputation is what we can take away from all this.