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MSNBC Jumps on the Retail and Social Media Story

Looking for more retail and social media action? Well, it seems MSNBC can’t give enough of it (link takes you to vide0). Toys “R” Us is pitching via both Facebook and Twitter as a way to communicate deals to the most loyal customers — i.e., those willing to become “friends with,” “fans of” or “followers of” the company. Sears is following suit. In general, this has been a tool for building hype in advance of Black Friday, the hypest day of the retail year.

In general, there’s a lot of action going on with retailers and tools like Facebook and Twitter. This is likely the “proof of concept” year for the technology. Next year, the stakes will be high, and the consequences of losing profound.

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Retailers amping up social media marketing for Black Friday

Retailers are looking to get a taste of social media love. With Black Friday around the corner, companies in the retail sector are planning major campaigns through social networking sites like Facebook to access wider markets and drive more sales. Some, such as Sears, JCPenney, Starbucks and Target, among others, are actually letting customers shop via Facebook itself, rather than use only it as a tool for routing traffic. The retailers know they need a new angle for winning more business, and social media appears to be the answer.

I wanted to pull the video from an MSNBC story into this post, but WordPress and MSNBC don’t seem to be willing to show me any combined love. So, click here to check it out. And, click here to read my BloggingStocks article on social media and retailers.

Five Survival Tips for Corporate Bloggers

Getting a corporate blog off the ground isn’t easy. Sure, the technology isn’t hard to master: any 12-year-old kid can get a blog up and running. The challenges you’ll find in launching and managing a corporate blog are in filling the damned thing. We’ve all heard that “content is king,” but delivering on that can be incredibly difficult. A day or two into your new blogging endeavor, you’ll realize just how hard it is to feed the beast as much as it needs. Don’t get discouraged. Take a deep breath, and look at the five tips below.

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Corporate Bloggers: Memory Is Your Biggest Asset

Corporate bloggers use commodity technology to communicate their companies’ messages. The advantage seems to come from the content itself, because that’s where individual expertise, institutional knowledge and products and tools can be brought to bear. So, this is where corporate bloggers find their attention focused. After all, what else is there?

Well, plenty.

Though I hate the expression “best practices,” the corporate blogging space is suffering from an acute shortage of them. From pushing out content via Twitter to tagging and linking, there is no widely accepted standard for getting the most out of a corporate blog using kickass blogging techniques. Well, I’m going to try to change that … and I’d love to get some ideas from other bloggers. I’ll get the process started with my top recommendation: sharpen your memory.

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Publicists: tweet your coverage

twitter_logo_headerI’m still surprised by how little tweeting some publicists do. You’d think that they’d want to maximize the coverage their clients receive. Yet, I’m continually stunned by how little this happens. Active tweeting can kick off a virtuous cycle that benefits the writer, publicist and client.

For bloggers especially, performance matters. Success is defined by how much we write and how much it’s read. The presence of “tweet counters” on many blogs has made retweets a new metric, as well, even though it’s a subordinate measure of readership. As the retweets tick up, we look good. If we know that the publicist is part of the reason, there’s a pretty good chance we’ll cover your clients more. When this happens, the publicist wins: both coverage and readership are demonstrably higher (and the retainer, too, maybe?).

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Miley Cyrus Is Nuts, Fan Is Worse

twitter_logo_headerYes, Miley Cyrus is on an anti-Twitter crusade and thinks that “Twitter should be banned from the universe.” Her commitment, however, is about to be checked: is the banishment of Twitter worth the life of a small kitty?

A Miley Cyrus fan absolute fucking nutjob has threatened to kill his cat unless Cyrus comes back to Twitter. Can you believe this? Retarded.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Send the weirdo to an institution; he could use the help
  • Keep Miley Cyrus focused on what she does best (hint, it involves Annie Leibovitz)