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Time to Get a 2018 Plan Underway

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Nowadays things move so fast that spending time reflecting on what’s working and where you can improve on a specific strategy can feel like a luxury. Planning for the New Year? Sure – it’s possible to throw together a plan in an hour, but it’s unlikely you’ll see outstanding results. Now is the perfect time to carve out a few hours to meet with your team to look back on 2017 and talk about what success looks like for your team and your brand in 2018. It might be a challenge to find the time, but it’s an exercise that’s certain to pay off in the long run.

Adweek: 5 Social Media Content Marketing Trends to Watch Heading Into 2018

We’re just weeks away from the New Year, so now is the perfect time to evaluate how your social media content strategy performed in 2017 while considering how you might modify for 2018. Are the right team members on board? How often are you using video? Are you leveraging user-generated content? Consider these and more trends in this helpful article. Read more after the jump…

This Week: GFM @ SXSW Interactive 2015

Keepin' it Weird at SXSW Interactive in Austin.

Keepin’ it Weird at SXSW Interactive in Austin.

GFM’s Jon Woods and Jim Licko are headed back down to Austin this week to attend and report back on the South by Southwest Interactive (#SXSWi) conference – but this year they’re bringing Laura Love and Ramonna Robinson with them.

Laura and Ramonna were selected to speak at this year’s conference, and their session – Coding Culture: Programming a Best Place to Work – will highlight the importance of building great workplace culture, and offer tangible concepts and tips for creating a place where the best of the best will want to work. If you’re in Austin, be sure to stop by conference room 407 at the JW Marriott on Monday at 5pm!

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Twitter’s Not Dead – You’re Using it Wrong

You never know who you'll meet on Twitter, unless you're too cool for Twitter.

You never know who you’ll meet on Twitter, unless you’re too cool for Twitter.

We’ve been reading a lot of stories (and, ironically, tweets) lately asking if people are “over Twitter,” or if “Twitter is dying,” or in the case of this Atlantic article, the conclusion that Twitter has already died.  No one is denying the fact that the 140-character-limited, strange-to-initially-use platform has changed the face of publishing, but the claim is that there’s too much noise, or that its just an “echo chamber” of the same stories. Or maybe even that “the cool kids aren’t using it anymore.” If those are your claims, then I’m here to tell you that you’re using Twitter wrong.

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Social Signals and Search Engine Rankings

Want to know if your new romantic relationship will last? Just check your Facebook profile to find out!

At least that is the conclusion reached in a recent study by Lars Backstrom of Facebook and Jon Kleinberg of Cornell University. The study concludes that it is possible to predict with some degree of accuracy whether a relationship will be “successful” or not by analyzing the follower profiles of those involved in the relationship.

According to the study, the more removed or unique one set of Facebook friends is from a relationship partner’s group of friends, the more likely the relationship is to last beyond a two-month time period. This contradicts the idea that the more friends a couple has in common, the greater the likelihood for relationship success.

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5 Social Media Resolutions for 2013

I’ve never really cared for New Year’s resolutions. My take has always been, “If you want to do something, just start today. Why wait for January 1st?” But since budgets and annual marketing/communications plans tend to start anew on January 1st, I’m making five social media resolutions for myself, and my clients.

1)   Measurement & Metrics: Put a Stake in the Ground…Today.

Most of my clients are forward-thinking enough to have some form of measurement process in place – the New Year is a good time to reassess that process. What do you want to accomplish via social marketing in 2013? Are you following the appropriate metrics to track your progress? Are you actively tracking any metrics? Now would be a good time to put a stake in the ground – we’ll all be thankful we did when we have results to celebrate in March. Think of this like your resolution to get into swimsuit shape by spring.

2)   Get to Know My Followers/Audiences Even Better

A lot has changed since January 2012. Pinterest, Google+, Instagram and even Facebook’s privacy settings have come a long way (for better or worse…), and users are constantly changing their habits. Not to mention the fact that individuals are most likely becoming burnt out on information, making it harder to have a meaningful interaction with the people in your online community. Reassess what they want to talk about, what they want to read/watch/interact with – and how those wants might be different from platform to platform. This is similar to your, “Stay in touch with my friends more frequently” resolution.

3)   Define the “Action” I’d Like My Community to Take

Conversations, engagements and page views are all great, but what action do you want your followers to take? Purchasing a product? Visiting a website, or visiting a retail location? Sharing your posts? If you define the action, your social media/content plan will become infinitely clearer. Your “spend more time with my family” resolution is a lot more attainable when you tie it to something tangible like, “eat dinner at the dining room table at least twice a week.”

4)   Invest in Quality Content

I beg of you, it’s time to stop saying, “content is king” and start acting on it. Assign resources and budget to meaningful content creation in 2013. If you know what your community wants, what action you’d like them to take and what metrics you’re tracking, then spending time and budget on dynamic content to connect those dots will be more than worth it. I like to think of this as the “stop talking about it and get it done” resolution.

5)   Be More Social, Have More Fun

Don’t let all this talk about metrics/content/audiences/goals consume you so much that you forget a fact that has not changed in the past year: it’s still “social” media. Resolve to interact with people more often. Post a quick “congrats,” “cool!,” “you rock,” and “where did you find that?!?” more often. Promote colleagues, partners and friends; share interesting and useful content from others; and generally talk more about others than yourself or your company. After all, is there a more noble resolution than, “Putting others before yourself?”

Jim Licko is a senior director of social media and digital strategy at GroundFloor Media. He often has a short attention span and likes to make resolutions at all times of the year rather than waiting for New Year’s Day.