Building a business starts with a mission, an idea, a desire to bring a product or service to a wanting market. But what if you alone are the product, the marketer, the designer, and the administrator, a one-woman business band? How can you maximize your reach, market yourself, and cultivate your business in an effective, timely way? Luckily, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Google analytics, Twitter) and their measurement systems have provided a relief in this entrepreneurial scenario, giving easy insights into potential target markets, post performance, reach, follower growth, and more. This technological milestone in marketing has allowed small business owners to reach a wider audience, gauge the success or failure of digital campaigns, and have a wide-angle view of potential consumers. The ease and availability of social metrics in these realms have also made it possible for individuals to pursue their areas of interest, making careers out of things they love to do. Nancy Silverman, a Toronto-based yoga instructor and Kombucha expert, did just that.
Worldwide, many people were shocked by the outcome of the U.S. presidential election of 2016. It’s been just over one full year since Trump’s electoral win and, although the race between Trump and Clinton was close, many of the electoral polls forecasted Clinton as the likely winner of the 2016 election (Perez, 2016). While the outcome of said election left many data scientists confused, many social media analytics firms are claiming that their measurements would have been a much better predictor (Perez, 2016).
Social Media Metrics? TechTarget defines Social Media Metrics as “the use of data to gauge the impact of social media activity on a company’s revenue”. The main goal of social media metrics is to determine the impact of social media on a company’s goals. There are many social media metric tools available now but which ones should you use? And when you use them do you know what they are used for? What are they measuring? How do they impact your company? I have discovered these questions to be quite confusing and I end up feeling unsure of even where to start when I think of measuring social media efforts.
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We all have a story to tell. It could be one of personal hope, sacrifice, mentorship or despair. Others could be told from numbers or raw data – the stuff that drives work and project results. As social media becomes a more popular medium of communication and an avenue for influence and story telling, it’s the metrics that tell a bigger story and help to validate the hard work of a communications department.
WebiMax is an internet marketing company that was founded in 2008 by Ken Wisnefski. According to Wisnefski, the company was founded on the principle of providing a service that would actually help clients succeed “by working with them more as a strategic partner than merely an outsourced vendor.” WebiMax boasts that since its founding in 2008, the company continues to evolve as the internet marketing industry evolves. The company claims to have the largest number of internet marketing professionals in the US, with over 100 marketing specialists on their team to help their clients reach their organizational goals. The company provides a wide range of services to their clients such as: Search Engine Optimization Search Engine Marketing Web Design Social Media Marketing Reputation Management Conversion Optimization PR Marketing Lead Generation E-mail Marketing E-Commerce Solutions Mobile Websites Link Removal Services
I am pretty sure you, who is reading this blog have somehow an account in one of the leading social media platforms otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read through this! Almost most of us as social media users value the number of the people who follow us, “Like ” our post or pictures, comment on the events we share or even share our post with their connections or followers. All of the above are illustrations which show how well our posts are accepted by our connections. Clearly, one of the main porpuses of using the Social Media these days as one of the most impactful ways of communicating is to share information in a different fashion and get feedback from people within our circle of connection rapidly.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum opened in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial celebrations. The idea for the Canada Science and Technology Museum was born out of the Massey Commission. In 1951, the report recommended that the Canadian Government do more to support the arts and sciences in Canada; further emphasizing the need for a Canadian Museum of Science. Between the time the Massey Report was issued and Canada’s Centennial year, many proposals were submitted for this new national institution of science; many of which were costly in a very uncertain funding environment. Finally, at the beginning of 1967, Dr. David Baird was appointed as Director for this proposed national museum; set to open at the end of the Centennial year. Due to time constraints and funding uncertainty, Baird decided to house the Canada Science and Technology Museum in a former bakery and distribution centre in Ottawa. The bakery was meant to temporarily house the Museum; however it remained in the same location until 2014 when it was forced to close due to the discovery of mould. As unfortunate as this reality was for the museum, it finally received the funding it initially deserved. The Canada Science and Technology Museum’s facility will be renewed to ensure the continued education of ‘Canadian innovation and to inspire the next generation of great innovators’, as stated in their mission. The renewed Canada Science and Technology museum is slated to open in November of 2017; and appropriately so, as it is Canada’s Sesquicentennial year!
Before we are born, we are already getting measured. We enter this world with a measurement of weight and length. Through no decision of our own, we are thrust into a world where the measurement of virtually everything is embedded into the fabric of society. We measure blood sugar levels, job performance, life goals, height, intelligence, and so forth, and the list of possibilities is endless. In fact, I am even getting measured on the quality and content of this blog. “He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp posts – for support rather than for illumination.” Andrew Lang, Scottish Writer Today’s business world provides a prime example in which our obsession with metrics is evident on a voluminous scale. As it relates to the business world, without analytics, a company is vulnerable. However, just owning analytics tools and methods of measure is not enough. While data in business is important, being able to identify the right data that correlates to your overall growth as a company is essential to achieving your longterm goals. This too can be said of the social media for business environment.
If you are like me, you were one of those people shocked to hear Donald Trump won the American Presidential election. Chances are – also like me — you weren’t putting as much stock into the predictions of social media analysts as you were to major media outlets and traditional election polling firms. If we had been looking at the numbers and analytics we may have been better prepared. Phil Ross, a social media analyst at Socialbakers told Techcrunch.com “Analysts monitoring the social media activity of both campaigns on the major social media channels saw the outcome of this election coming months ago, and kept talking about the massive silent voter base that was forming around the Republican nominee. Social media analysts continually sounded the alarm that all of the polls were not reflecting the actual situation on the ground in the pre-election landscape.”
Thirteen years ago Steve Brooks was a husband, and a new father, married to a synchronized swimming coach. As a graduate of Sheridan College’s Graphic Design diploma program, Steve had taken many photography elective courses and was now a camera and photography hobbyist. Steve enthusiastically took photos of his wife’s synchronized swimming teams to help with the local club’s promotional material. This is how Brooks Photography began. Recognizing that parents enjoyed seeing action photos of their athletes, then Markham Synchro president, Nancy Chan, suggested Steve take pictures of all competitors at the upcoming Central & Northern Ontario regional championships. The photos were a great hit, and soon Steve was at all Synchro Ontario competitions as the official photographer of Synchro Swim Ontario. Taking action shots at synchronized swimming events began to make Brooks Photography a household name in synchronized swimming households. Parents and athletes alike followed Brooks Photography on Facebook. Wanting to take the business further, Steve started as second shooter at weddings. Once he started sharing those photos on Facebook, he began getting phone calls requesting him to be the main photographer for weddings.
IBM is an American technology company with its headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is also a major research hub that holds the record for most patents generated by a business enterprise for 24 years in a row. In 2001, IBM introduced the Jam concept in the form of a social computing experiment to engage its workforce. This was completed via a web-based, moderated brainstorming session. Starting in 2007, IBM opened the sessions to external organizations similarly intent on fostering innovation through online cooperation. IBM’s Innovation Jams have been used by governments, academic institutions, businesses and other organizations to address proposals ranging from employee involvement, urban development, to global community engagement through public service. “Jams drive IBM’s research mandate forward. IBM uses the most cutting edge technology to glean information from the data collected. Jams bolster organizational value as specific recommendations are provided to the participants upon completion. Jams are the most effective style of crowdsourcing as they target groups of people with common goals.” Christopher Murray, Technician in Development, IBM
Church leaders of all ministry types and sizes will likely agree that the task of numerically measuring progress, although sometimes tedious, can be one important means of gaining insight to a ministry’s health. We measure congregational attendance and engagement to help gauge existing ministry connection and determine future programming, staffing and resource needs. We measure congregational giving both in the monetary sense and by way of volunteer hours, to help with our strategic planning and ongoing ministry mission. Many churches have broadened their mission field to include the online world. This includes utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and more to connect and network with people who may otherwise never engage with any aspect of the church. According to Church Works, “Social media can be a brilliant way to reach users who may be entirely outside of your community…effective, generous engagement on social media can attract new followers who appreciate your message and identify with your mission.” How then can we best measure our social media and digital reach?
To take a picture is to capture a moment in time. Each captured image has the potential to carry its own unique feeling through time, and bring you back with happiness and wonder to the origins of that moment.1 “I grew up around lenses, my dad worked in television and seeing life through a lens seemed more real to me” 2 says Paula Capella. Paula Capella Photography not only captures those precious moments, but uses social media to capture important information to help grow her small business.
The definitive ranking of “Friends” characters. Which dog is your spirit animal? 17 reasons sleeping is the best. Chances are, if these (fake) articles sound like something you would see on your social media feed, you’re familiar with Buzzfeed. Ah, Buzzfeed; the place where you always seem to end up, when procrastination is calling your name. Come on, who could resist these tantalizing food-prep videos?
Company: Vidyard Industry: Video Marketing & Analytics Technology Co-Founder & CEO: Michael Litt & Co-Founder & CTO: Devon Galloway In light of Canada’s Birthday, I thought it appropriate to write about Vidyard, one of “Canada’s most successful ad tech startups“. After a great day of celebrating Canada with friends and family, and shaking hands with the possible future Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau,… Read more »
Organization Name: Union Gas Limited Industry: Natural gas Name of Contact: Andrea Stass, Manager of External Communications and Media Relations Web References:Union Gas Website, TechTarget, Union Gas Facebook, Union Gas Twitter, Union Gas YouTube, Union Gas LinkedIn, TheVerge, Live Tweet Blog, Digital Surgeons, Canada’s Top 100 Employers, Comcast Business, Description: Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage,… Read more »
Industry: Not for Profit (Summer Camp & Outdoor and Environmental Education) Name of contact if available: Paige Mahoney-Nagle Web References: UberVu via HootSuite, Facebook, Twitter, Digital Information World Social Media Networks are now widely used among all kinds of and sizes of business around the world. Businesses use these networks to promote their products, share events, build the community, expand the reach of… Read more »
Organization Name: Hootsuite Industry: Software Name of Contact if Available: Gus Fosarolli – Customer Success Manager, Hootsuite Web references: Hootsuite, TechCrunch Description of How Social Media is Used for Business Performance I’ve been working in marketing for the past seven years. Really? Really. A lot has changed in seven years. I remember when I graduated from college and took on… Read more »
Business name: Tracx Industry: Social Media Management and Marketing Intelligence Contact: Reinhardt Schuhmann, Product Manager Description Tracx is a NYC-based company with a SaaS platform for sophisticated brand marketers who want to manage their social media presence. The company provides an end-to-end solution that indexes the entire social web and captures a 360 degree view of activity around a brand. This… Read more »
Company name: IBM Industry: Computer hardware and software and IT Consulting Description IBM is a globally integrated enterprise operating in over 170 countries. Its stated mission is to bring innovative solutions to a diverse client base to help solve some of their toughest business challenges. The world’s largest IT and consulting services company, IBM is a leader in business and technology…. Read more »
Title: Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies – Tackling a New Frontier of Social Media Analytics Organization Name: Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Industry: Online Real Estate Technology, Social Media Analytics Name of Contact: Shaun Harkley (Digital Marketing Coordinator) Who Are They? Lone Wolf is a software and technology firm that is based out of Cambridge, Ontario. At it’s founding in the mid 1980’s they… Read more »
Likes, tweets, followers, fans or friends; no matter the forum, cultivating and engaging your social media audience can be a daunting task. Starting a conversation with customers and generating valuable content is no small feat, as simple as it sounds. There must be an easier way, right?? TOMS Shoes and AOL certainly made it look easy. To kick off their… Read more »
Organization Name: Blendtec Industry: Manufacturer of Blenders Web references: http://socialmediatoday.com/heidisendible/357931/social-media-success-stories-blendtec Description of how social media is used for business performance: If you want people to notice you, you need to do something completely unexpected. With a little bit of creativity and out of the box thinking, companies like Blendtec have been able to reach millions and create buzz about… Read more »