Using Klout to Measure Your Social Media Influence

Using Klout to Measure Your Social Media Influence:
How Reliable Is It?

Have you heard of Klout? It’s a tool that measures your influence on customers, clients, or anyone else who follows you through social media. It has its flaws—we’ll discuss those in a moment—but it’s useful because it offers yet another way to measure your ROI. Whether you’re a marketer or business owner, you want to be sure you’re spending your time and money wisely, and using strategies and tools that accomplish your social networking goals. Klout can help you do that, although we don’t recommend you reliably on it to the exclusion of other tools—at least, not yet.

Currently, Klout is being used to: 

Generate guest lists for special events. Last year, Virgin America used Klout scores to find and invite guests to their Toronto Launch Event. Qualified “influencers” were flown free to the party. [1] To their credit, Virgin America told guests that they were not obligated to Tweet or blog about the event if they accepted the invitation. They also asked guests to disclose their free flights if and when mentioned the event or company.[2]

Offer product samples for review. Popchips, a company that makes all-natural snacks, has used Klout to find snack-food “influencers.” Those people received free samples of Popchips when the company started marketing their products in new cities.

Research and find bloggers. Services like Blogdash help companies find individual bloggers who have influence regarding their products or services. The Huffington Post has started putting a widget below each of its article, so readers looking for more information on the topic can find the top influential bloggers. [3]

Klout isn’t perfect. One objection users raise is that it leans too heavily on Twitter, even though it’s integrated into Facebook. Some users also criticize its algorithmic formula, saying human analysis is still needed to determine exactly how we influence each other, and why. [4] Others are already figuring out ways to “game the system,” or persuade followers to cite them as influential about certain desired topics. That kind of misuse turns Klout into a popularity contest, and skews results, rather than allowing it to work as a genuine analytical device.

Will Klout address these and other issues, and emerge as a worthy competitor to other ways of measuring your social networking outreach? Can Klout eliminate its current potential for abuse and bias? A new report says that Facebook lost about 6 million U.S. users in May, although it continues to grow overseas. Will new players like Klout move in to claim the social networking field? We’ll be watching to find out, and we’ll keep you posted.

 

 

If you’d like to know more about Professional Mojo, give us a call at 678-561-6656 or email us at Info@ProfessionalMojo.com.

Facebook Makes Big, Beneficial Changes – What You Need to Know

Facebook Makes Business Page Changes

Facebook Makes Business Page Changes

Facebook has rolled out several new changes to the way we can interact and administer business pages, both improving access to metrics, improving ease of admin and improving search engine results.

1) You can now access all of your pages from a new location. Click Home, then Pages. You can now see ALL of your pages listed along with last update, activity and more. It’s a great and convenient way to look at the high-level engagement metrics for your pages.

2) TAG – You’re It for People: It’s even easier to tag friends in posts. No longer is the @ sign required. Just start typing and the list will pop up. choose from there.

3) TAG – You’re It! for Business: Starting today (5/12), Facebook will allow you to tag business pages in photos. This is a huge step to again improve the engagement between your business and the customer. By tagging, your search engine optimization could be very positively impacted. Right now, Facebook only allows this for pages that are in the brand, product or people category, but will likely roll it out to other categories over time. (http://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-pages/feature-launch-photo-tagging-for-pages/10150168953654822)

How Does This Affect Photo Privacy?

Just remember that your privacy is your responsibility and is reliant on which settings you choose for your account. If a photo post is enabled to “everyone,” then it can appear publicly on the Photos tab of the Page and the Page admins can see it. If it is, published for “only friends”, than the permission will only be granted to your friends to view your photos.

So You’re Not Steven Spielberg

YouTube and Social Media

Get Started on YouTube

Let’s say you’re not Steven Spielberg, award-winning director and producer of Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and over a hundred more memorable, entertaining films. (That is, unless you really are Spielberg, in which case you’ve just proved, by reading this, that you’re also a savvy marketing strategist). We at Professional Mojo aren’t Mr. Spielberg either (in case you were wondering).

But you’re probably not Mr. Spielberg, and maybe you don’t know your way around today’s video cameras. Technology changes fast, and many of the new cameras offer features that can seem unfamiliar and confusing.

But no doubt you’ve also seen plenty of YouTube videos, so you know that people are using these cameras to shoot and upload footage. Some of the videos out there are simply intended to be cute and funny, like the ones with kids and kittens.

But there’s a lot more to YouTube than kittens.

Did you know that approximately 85% of the total US internet audience now watches online videos? Of those videos, about 43% come from YouTube. Think of it: when you create a video for your small business, YouTube gives you the potential to reach thousands or hundreds of thousands of consumers, customers, and clients.

Statistics show that YouTube hosts around 144 million—that’s so impressive, let’s say it again—144 million UNIQUE visitors each month. That’s about one-third of the U.S. population. Since Google purchased YouTube, YouTube has also overtaken Yahoo as the second most popular search engine, which is great for search engine optimization words.

See where we’re going with this? YouTube is a powerful, exciting marketing and social media tool.  If you aren’t using it, it’s time to start.

You don’t have to be a Spielberg to shoot a 30-second clip that promotes your product or service on YouTube, which is free, easily accessible, and unbelievably popular.

YouTube has features that allow you to cross-promote your small business and build communities. Users and viewers can share videos via Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon, and other networking platforms.

YouTube is instantaneous. With a few clicks, you can send a video promoting your business to all your contacts at once, immediately reaching your target audience and, if you wish, everyone in your personal, social network.

In our next post, we’ll tell you how to choose a video camera wisely, to get you on the way to recording your own YouTube content. As they say, see you at the movies.

 

 

Source for YouTube statistics:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFTHOkCj0-I

 

Social Media: That First Date is Important

I almost hate to use the words social media on a first date with a prospect. They have a hollow ring now that the bandwagon overflows with newbies, wannabes, could-have-beens and once-weres. I don’t blame anyone for looking with suspicion on those who yap incessantly about this being their ‘sweet spot’ and having a ‘deep and thorough understanding’ of this ‘cutting edge technology’, being able to find ‘thousands and thousands’ of followers, or who ‘are native’ to the ‘digital language’.

Pfffft. That’s what I think of it. None of that means anything. Not. A. Thing.

If I were you, what would I want to ask on a first date with a prospective marketing partner? Well, surprise, the same things we’ve always wanted to know. I want to see sound planning and strategy. I want to see real results for real clients. No, no…not the ubiquitous ‘buzz’, but real results that track back to the business objectives.

Does this sound familiar? It should. Good processes, good planning and sound strategy have been the hallmarks of great marketing and advertising since the first wooly mammoth steak was marketed to the tribe. Ask your date how much she knows about your business, your industry and how your business objectives can be achieved in measurable ways using new media – in conjunction with your overall strategy and your other channels.

If you don’t get a good answer, I hope you didn’t pay for the dinner. Move on.

Marketing, Advertising and PR: Oh, my!

In the good ol’ days, public relations was public relations, marketing was marketing and advertising was advertising. But, this isn’t the good ol’ days and the times are a’changing.

As the online and offline communication channels continue to mix and mingle like a pile of spaghetti on my plate, organizations are finding that it’s the

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Communication and marketing roles are mingled like spaghetti on a plate. Are you ready?

communication that matters – not who does it or what department it originates from. Has your organization gotten the message yet?

A new breed of communications Zen-master is emerging (we like to consider ourselves doyens, too~) and exhibits some key characteristics:

1) A keen understanding of public relations: Good press still matters. In fact, given the prevalence of crazy, anonymous bad reviews out there, it matters maybe more than ever. You are what the Internet says you are, and a good public relations partner who understands the nature of the offline/online relationship can make a world of difference.

2) A strategic marketing gift: Living inside your company’s print or online marketing bubble is no longer an option. Every marketing channel affects the other.  Your offline objectives and online objectives should inform each other. Integrating that with a whip-smart PR plan is a no-brainer. And it takes a big brain to see the big picture.

3) A flair for advertising: Most folks don’t know the difference between advertising and marketing anyway. Advertising is a single component of a strategic marketing process. As a friend of mine said, “If marketing is the pie, then advertising is a slice in that pie.” It includes ad development, placement, and more.

Your online and offline portfolios are made up of all of these areas, and your partner should understand how they fit together to create an irresistible story for your prospects.

Professional Mojo is a full-service marketing company specializing in telling your story irresistibly and consistently across all channels. We specialize in creating compelling online portfolios. Contact us for more.
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