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It’s pretty common to receive some of the most intriguing comments on our content via email from our growing group of email subscribers (you can click here to join the group, by the way). Jim from Massachusetts weighed in following John Q. Harrington’s post on digital marketing with a request for John to back up one of his claims in the post. As a result, John addressed Jim’s request with his Top 20 list of digital marketing tools. Here’s John:

 

20 Great Digital Marketing Tools Once You Have a Strategy by John Harrington

Digital-Marketing-TabsIn a post about what digital marketers could learn from the Wizard of Oz , I got on my soapbox and urged marketers not to be dazzled by the dizzying array of digital marketing tools available and lose sight of the fact they are just tools – not a replacement for a big idea or a strategy.

In my post, I said there were 100+ digital marketing tools with more being added every day.  A sharp-eyed-reader from Massachusetts, named Jim, was more than a little dubious about my ‘100+ digital marketing tools’ claim.  In fact, he said he’d be happy if I could come up with a list of 20 with a brief explanation of why they’re good.

Well Jim… you got me!

I have to admit; I didn’t count the number of digital marketing tools before I made that statement.  There sure seems like there are an awful lot of them, but maybe I was a little fast and loose with my numbers.

So I went to my #1 Digital Marketing Tool “GOOGLE” and did a search.  I got 161 million results, so I’m relatively confident the truth lies somewhere north of 100 digital marketing tools.

Jim, I don’t claim to be a digital marketing guru, but I do use many of those tools frequently. Here are 20 of my favorites along with my own biased reasons for liking them.

#1 Google Search

Because they rule the universe and we’ll all be working for them eventually.  Points off for making me learn what an algorithm is and how to spell it.

#2 Facebook

Because they are the number one source of cute cat photos in the world and a pretty good way to reach half the planet. Bonus points for having a geeky founder who’s like a smart ass version of Bill Gates.

#3 LinkedIn

Great for targeting B2B groups and individuals.  Plus they have the highest income level of any major social media group so maybe they won’t miss it if I trick them out of some of their money.

#4 YouTube

They took all the great cat photos from Facebook and made them move!  Plus, they are owned by Lord Google so they put your search results on crack.

#5 Twitter

This is the fastest, most efficient way for me to learn what all my friends had for lunch.  Plus its trending topics and search results let me know instantly if an angry mob is buying torches and heading for my front door.

#6 Vimeo

The younger, prettier, sexier version of YouTube without all the evil backing and power of Lord Google.  Selling epic beauty? Use Vimeo.  Selling hand sanitizer? Use YouTube.

#7 Bing

Probably the coolest thing Microsoft has ever done.  Truly a better search engine than Google, but hey, I’m not going to mess with Lord Google, are you?

#8 Pinterest

A visual explosion of gorgeous arts, crafts, and meals that none of us are talented enough to duplicate, but we can still dream.

#9 Vine

A true tribute to the shortening of attention spans. 6 seconds of pure entertainment because those hideous, old 30 second commercials are sooooooooo tedious.

#10 Google Plus

Probably the social networking site I like the least.  Circles of friends are a little too Kum Bah Yah for me. But, hey, you know how I feel about messing with Lord Google.

#11 Tumblr

A blogging platform that lets you share all different types of content.  Kind of like if YouTube, Pintrest and WordPress had a baby.  Points off for spelling their name without an “e.”

#12 Flickr

A great collection of photography some of which you can actually use LEGALLY!  What a concept!  Points off for dropping the “e” out of their name.  Hey, I warned you with Tumblr.

#13 Google Ads

I haven’t mentioned Lord Google in awhile and this is something near and dear to his heart.  It’s where he makes his gazillions of dollars each year.  Pay a flat rate or pay per click.  Lord Google doesn’t care as long as you pay to access his millions of minions.

#14 Tweetdeck

For all its search power and zillions of followers, Twitter is still pretty clunky to use.  Tweetdeck makes it much more user friendly to manage and semi-automate multiple Twitter accounts.  BUT Twitter bought Tweetdeck so who knows how long before they screw it up.

#15 Hootsuite

A different flavor of Tweetdeck.  Not sure it’s any better or any worse.  BUT it has the advantage of NOT being owned by Twitter so I may have to make a switch if Twitter keeps “helping” Tweetdeck.

#16 Bit.ly

A great little company that shortens those ridiculously long URLs into something useable and Tweetable. Also pretty good at analytics for all you number crunchers out there.

#17 Ow.ly

Pretty much the same thing as Bit.ly, but I think it’s a little easier to use.  Plus, if you’re posting on Hootsuite, you gotta go with Ow.ly, right?

#18 Foursquare

A fun geo-location social media tool that lets you post where you are, what you’re doing and leave tips about the place you visited.  Also let’s you know if any of your hottie friends are in the vicinity so you can be a more efficient stalker.

#19 Slideshare

For all of you who just can’t get enough PowerPoint presentations at work, this is for you.  Pretty easy to use and Lord Google seems to like it… this week.

#20 Email

Maybe you’ve heard of it!  I know it’s old school but this crap really works.  Especially nice if you team up with Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, or ExactTarget.

What about the rest of the great digital marketing tools?

Jim, I know I haven’t hit 100+ tools yet, but go to Google Search and feel free to explore the 160,000,980 other tools I haven’t covered. All the best,  Q

 

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  • What metrics are relevant for measuring the impact of a social media strategy?
  • How do you determine the right staffing for a social media team?
  • Are the brand’s messages being appropriately represented through social media content?

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cmworldCheri Tabel of The Pert Group and I are presenting at one of the Industry Summits added to this year’s Content Marketing World. It’s fun to be presenting with a client about learnings from their collaborative blog. It’s also wonderful to return to Northeast Ohio where I honed much of the Brainzooming methodology back in my corporate days. Additionally, since Content Marketing Institute founder Joe Pulizzi is the most orange-loving guy I know (next to me) and paints the town and conference orange, being at Content Marketing World feels just like home before even getting there!

191 Tips and Tools for Better Content Marketing

Cheri and I will be presenting on “191 Tools and Tips You Can Use Tomorrow for Content Marketing & Social Media.” Yes, you read that right. ONE HUNDRED NINETY-ONE tools and tips in 45 minutes. I guess you could say it is going to be a very fast-paced presentation. While event attendees can download the presentation directly, I wanted to share links to a variety of Brainzooming posts underpinning the content for the 191 tips and tools presentation. Beyond our catch-all What to Blog About and How –Blogging Content Primer and the Brainzooming Social Media Strategy Framework to Maximize Social Networking Impact, here are several other posts with content featured in our Content Marketing World session:

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This video would typically be a Friday Brainzooming post, but it seemed Monday was ripe for a little more fun this week! Plus it’s been too long since we did a “Be Creative Like a Kid” post, and it just couldn’t wait another day.

Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, Jimmy Fallon and Grade School Instruments

My wife introduced me to Robin Thicke’s absolutely infectious song, “Blurred Lines” some time back, and we saw him perform a live version on the Graham Norton show the very night he performed this version with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.

Jimmy Fallon has done a number of comparable versions of popular songs where he and The Roots provide backup for ultra-popular songs on instruments from a grade school music classroom. Similar to the 1980s group Pianosaurus, using kids’ musical instruments immediately adds another layer of fun to a song, as it does here with Blurred Lines. And given the unrated version of the Blurred Lines video, this rendition makes it a little more family friendly, although you may still have to watch the lyrics.

Be Creative Like a Kid Today

There’s always potential to be creative like a kid when you change a creative work through:

  • Creating it with new tools
  • Altering who performs the creative work
  • Injecting humor and a sense of experimentation

And based on the number of times I’ve watched this Blurred Lines video – to contribute to the millions of viewings in its few days of release – the be musical and creative like a kid formula is working incredibly well here with this creative work.

Enjoy the video and take a fun creative break to start or end your day . . . or even to provide a much-needed break in the midst of your very adult work world. Heck, maybe today is the day to take some crayons to a meeting and draw out some new, big possibilities! – Mike Brown

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Tear-Down-The-WallWhen it comes to social media strategy, we’ve been busy creating lots of content over the past two years since we first published a compilation of our social media strategy framework. In conjunction with a half-day workshop I’m leading today at the 14th annual Marketing World sponsored by Frost and Sullivan (#FrostMAR).

As a resource for both the workshop participants and all the Brainzooming readers, this updated social media strategy framework contains seventy-one links to both Brainzooming content and other key resources to help maximize your brand’s social networking impact, with a particular emphasis on its application to B2B brands.

If you’d like to talk more about how we can help you apply solid business strategy to your social media efforts, we’d be happy to help in applying our Brainzooming methodology to build a solid strategy and maximize the social networking impact of your investment.  – Mike Brown

OVERVIEW

STRATEGY

1. Integration

 2. ROI

3. Guidelines

SOCIAL NETWORKING

4. Listening

5. Building Relationships

6. Getting Noticed

INFRASTRUCTURE

7. Platforms

8. Time and Talent

9. Minimizing Risk

SOCIAL BUSINESS

10. Content Marketing

11. Customer Engagement

12. Innovation

B2B Social Media Case Studies

 Regulated Industries

Other Group Topics

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I wrote an article for an upcoming issues of The Social Media Monthly magazine about how high visibility tragedies are affecting brands’ social media strategies. While much is written about what a brand should do DURING a tragedy, The Social Media Monthly article focuses on what brands can do before the next tragedy, and includes interviews with social media luminaries Jim Joseph and Lisa Grimm.

Deepak_Chopra_TweetSocial Media Moments of Silence

One norm developing relative to tragedies and social media management for brands is the “social media moment of silence.” This phrase reflects an expectation that for certain tragedies, some or all brands are expected to curb or completely halt social media sharing out of respect for victims of tragedy.

Something I didn’t cover in the article was our exploration on what defines a tragedy warranting a social media moment of silence.

Both Jim Joseph and Lisa Grimm acknowledged there are no hard and fast rules for which tragedies necessitate a social media shutdown. Yet reviewing 2012 and 2013, the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, CT and the Boston Marathon bombing represented the tragedies where expectations were greatest for shutting down social media sharing for brands…and others.

5 Areas to Monitor for Social Media Moments of Silence

In the absence of fully-defined norms, here are five areas to consider before and during the next tragedy to help shape your brand’s social media sharing:

The Tragedy’s Geography – Social media moments of silence seem confined to First World tragedies, and more specifically, those taking place between Washington, DC and Boston. Much of the news media is concentrated in this corridor, and events here receive more attention than shootings, weather, explosions, and disasters elsewhere.

The Volume of Immediate News Coverage – Use CNN as your gauge for how much attention a tragedy is broadly getting. The more continuous coverage a tragedy receives, along with a high degree of immediate live coverage, raises expectations for a social media moment of silence. Greater uncertainty in determining the extent of a tragedy can also argue for keeping silent – in case the tragedy suddenly gets much worse.

The Familiarity of the Story Surrounding the Tragedy – The easier it is for the members of the general public to place themselves within the story, the more likely a moment of silence is expected. It was clearly easier for the public to see themselves with kids at a school or at a major public event in a major city than to be located in a small rural town with a major explosion.

The Types of Victims Involved in the Tragedy – The larger the number of victims, the younger the victims, and victims felled by human-on-human violence all drive higher expectations to shut up your social media voice.

The Tragedy’s Current Status – A lack of closure seems a major factor affecting how long a social media moment of silence is expected to last. The longer the period of uncertainty (whether that’s if the tragedy is over or the time to understand the reasons), the greater the likelihood the moment of silence needs to extend for a longer period of time.

What do you think about social media moments of silence?

As we said at the start, the norms aren’t all formed on how to approach a social media moment of silence. What do you think of this list? Are there other criteria you would add?

We’ll be monitoring these five criteria (and others that emerge) going forward toward solidifying stronger strategic guidelines for modifying brands’ social media behaviors during various types of tragedies. – Mike Brown

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Creative-Ideas-Diversity-TEDxWyandotteOn April 2, 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to present for the first time at a TEDx event: TEDxWyandotte. This inaugural TEDx event took place at Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC).

Creative Ideas and Diversity at TEDxWyandotte

My topic of my presentation and the video is “Diversity and Ideas in the Porous Community.”

Its focus, which is right at the heart of the Brainzooming message on creative ideas and diversity, explored the importance of creating communities open to ideas from diverse and external perspectives. In keeping with the presentation theme, I invited audience members at two different points to select the story they wanted to hear next from among three options. This approach, which I call a “live blog,” puts the audience in control of shaping the talk they most want to hear from among, in this case, nine different possible versions.

Using the TEDx constraints (limited time) and admonitions (share stories you’ve never told) created an opportunity to weave together a completely new collection of content about creative ideas and diversity, including a childhood story no one outside my immediate family had ever heard before the audience selected it.

“Diversity and Ideas in the Porous Community” Video – Mike Brown – TEDxWyandotte

I really appreciate the invitation and opportunity to participate in TEDxWyandotte from its curator Shari Wilson and Jay Matlack, Workforce Development Coordinator at KCKCC. The overall theme for TEDxWyandotte was “Core Impact,” and I’d definitely invite you to check out the work of the other presenters to see how they interpreted the theme in their own TEDx talks:

It was particularly rewarding to present at TEDxWyandotte because KCKCC feels like home in many ways. My wife led the student activities at KCKCC for ten years at the start of her career. Because of that, prior to TEDxWyandotte, I’d been on stage at KCKCC many times playing the scary monster at Halloween parties Cyndi organized for students’ kids! It also felt like home because my parents attended, marking the first time they’d visited Kansas City in many years because of illnesses my dad has since put behind him.

And when it came to telling untold stories at TEDxWyandotte, my father was more than happy to share any stories I didn’t tell with anyone who stopped by to chat before, during, and after the event. He just didn’t have to keep his stories to less than 18 minutes total! – Mike Brown

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