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30 Aug, 2012

Possibilities of Pinterest Webinar SlideDeck

By Doug Antkowiak

I’m presenting my webinar about the Possibilities of Pinterest on Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM PDT. If this blog post reaches you in time, you can sign up for the webinar here. You can check out my slidedeck below. I’ll add a link to the recorded version of my presentation… Read More

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14 Aug, 2012

Are You Making the Right First Impression on Twitter?

By Jack Martin

First impressions are important. I remember when I was younger; I met a girl on a cruise that was high class and a lot wealthier than I was. Ordinarily she wouldn’t have given me a second glance, but after I saved her from an ill-advised swim, we fell in love almost immediately, even though she… Read More

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3 Aug, 2012

Mariners Social Media Night

By Jack Martin

Since moving downtown to the Smith Tower, Portent has been getting a lot more social in Seattle. So when we saw that the Mariners were hosting a Social Media Night on August 1st, we grabbed our smart phones and headed over. Social Media Night Many sports organizations have been early adopters of social media, and… Read More

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31 Jul, 2012

Your social media routine – slides from the webinar

By Ian Lurie

I did the 7th Portent webinar today. The topic: Your social media routine. I talked all about tying together tools like Pocket, If This, Then That and Buffer to make social media marketing more efficient. The handy-dandy link bundle is here. The audio file, for all you podcast listeners out there: [ Your social media… Read More

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23 Jul, 2012

How to Optimize Your Google+ Local Business Page

By Doug Antkowiak

As a note, this blog post was supposed to publish last month around the announcement of Google+ Local. Unfortunately, I’ve been expecting Google+ to magically fix itself and update our currently blank profile image to one of the images we submitted. We’re still waiting. From what I hear, we’re not the only ones suffering. Even… Read More

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26 Jun, 2012

How to Tweet Like You’re Not a Business

By Jack Martin

It’s Twitter Tuesday! And what a lovely Twitter Tuesday it is. This week we’re talking about tweeting for businesses. If Mitt Romney really is right and corporations are people, then they sure don’t act like it on Twitter. And that’s too bad. People don’t want to do business with a business; people want to do… Read More

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19 Jun, 2012

InboxQ: Spread Your Twitter Authority Like Butter

By Bryden McGrath

Believe it or not, there are people on Twitter that don’t know you exist.   I know, it came as a shock to me and my 300 followers as well. But Twitter is a conversation, and whether you’re a person or a person representing a brand, you can’t converse with anyone who doesn’t know you… Read More

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12 Jun, 2012

Read This Because I Said So… The Power of Persuasion

By Doug Antkowiak

“Because I said so” worked with your mom and it works in marketing. “Because” is a magical word because when people hear it, they start to buy in. Taking its roots from the phrase bi cause during the 13th Century, “because” introduces a direct reason for any occurrence or action in a statement. Last month,… Read More

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21 May, 2012

Social media means business: Slides from the seminar

By Ian Lurie

Last week, I did my first half-day seminar: Social Media Means Business. It was a great group, and we’re converting and editing the video (soon to be on sale on an internet near you) now. In the mean time, here are the slides I used. Gratuitous Meerkat picture included: Social media means business presentation View… Read More

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8 May, 2012

How to Use Hootsuite and Twitter Lists to Engage Your Audience

By Jack Martin

And a fine Twitter Tuesday to you as well. A Hootsuite tutorial about using Twitter lists can only begin with a beautiful memory. I remember when I got my first Twitter follower. I was a bright-eyed web surfer with a bushy tail (since birth). @getfree_ebooks3 followed me, and our relationship blossomed. She was beautiful. I… Read More

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25 Apr, 2012

The 10 Dumbest Tweets of All Time & the Idiots Who Wrote Them

By Doug Antkowiak

It’s amazing how 140 characters can have such an impact on your career. Now that we live in a world where “Google before you tweet” is the new “think before you speak,” we all know how important it is to digest a witty thought before broadcasting it into the universe. The next time you feel… Read More

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20 Apr, 2012

Introducing the Facebook Custom Tab Generator

By R.J. LaCount

Custom tabs on Facebook Pages allow us to display our own HTML content inside Facebook Pages by embedding code in iframes. This is done by creating a Facebook app and providing a few parameters (like the URL where our custom HTML page is located). Here’s an example of a custom tab: Add a Custom Tab… Read More

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18 Apr, 2012

Avinash Kaushik & His Awesome Google Plus Updates

By Doug Antkowiak

When it comes to writing updates in Google+, some of the most influential people use the following formula to make their posts stand out: (Title in bold) + (3 to 4 short paragraphs) + #hashtag + URL + Picture = Awesome Update The inspiration of this post comes from Avinash Kaushik. I’m sure we’ve all… Read More

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9 Apr, 2012

How to Upload More Original Content to Pinterest: Pins for 31 Categories

By Bryden McGrath

By now, we all know Pinterest is the “latest,” “greatest” and “hottest” social network out there. Pinterest boasts some eye-popping statistics, like the fact that it passed Twitter in referrals and broke into the top 30 US sites in terms of pageviews in February. Still, the hullabaloo over copyright issues has scared some users away. Pin It Terms… Read More

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29 Mar, 2012

Facebook is Watching You

By Doug Antkowiak

A post in the Subreddit r/Facebook on Wednesday claims to show you how to identify people you don’t know who view your profile. It raises a serious question: Is Facebook recording every move you make on the social network? How would you feel if you knew if Facebook recorded your name, location, action and time… Read More