Here’s How You Don’t Get Burned with Influencer Marketing

We’ve written before about the traps of influence marketing. As one who is compensated from time to time as an influencer, I’m skeptical of how many influence marketing relationships are setup. Case in point, earlier this year I was invited to the Brickyard because I’m a local influencer on social media. There were a bunch of folks invited from social media – all with high scores on a popular influence scoring engine for Indianapolis. The

HeatSync: Enterprise Competitive Intelligence and Analytics

HeatSync provides a means to collect disparate analytics data from several integrated sources, organize the data, store it, and present it in manner that provides improved insight into a website’s trending and performance. HeatSync pulls data from Alexa, SimilarWeb, Compete, Google Analytics, Facebook, Twitter, Klout, MOZ, CrunchBase and WOT to complete a profile, timeline and comparison engine for your site. Website Profile – The HeatSync Website Profile presents an in-depth detailed view into all aspects

25 Awesome Social Media Tools

It’s important to note that social media platforms are quite different in their goals and features. This infographic from the 2013 Social Media Strategies Summit breaks down the categories nicely. When planning a company social strategy, the sheer number of available tools for social media management can be overwhelming. We’ve compiled 25 great tools to get you and your team started, categorized into 5 types of tools: Social Listening, Social Conversation, Social Marketing, Social Analytics

AddShoppers: Social Commerce Apps Platform

AddShoppers apps help you boost social revenue, add sharing buttons and provide you with analytics on how social is impacting commerce. AddShoppers helps ecommerce providers leverage social media to make more sales. Their sharing buttons, social rewards, and purchase sharing apps help you get more social shares which can then turn into social sales. AddShoppers analytics help you track your return on investment and understand which social channels convert. AddShoppers increases customer engagement by integrating

Klout Scores Reinvented… and I Like It!

I had heard about Klout a while ago but didn’t pay much attention until I met some of the Klout team in Las Vegas. I tested it out and found that some of the scores were lacking. For instance, many of us had multiple pages, multiple accounts, and a history online that spanned a decade… but Klout wasn’t impacted by all of that. The last time Klout updated it’s score, they lost me altogether. The

How does Klout Work?

Numbers matter when it comes to online marketing. I’ve been critical of Klout but I still like that companies are trying to develop simple metrics to determine places and people of influence online. I don’t pretend to understand the Klout score too much, and I don’t worry about it too much either. But… from time to time, I do check in on my Klout score (the Klout iPhone app let’s you display it!). If you’d

What’s Your PROskore?

There’s a lot of movement happening right now in the scoring industry. I think Klout has gotten quite a bit of criticism recently… it’s tough being the first guy on the block in any field. I’m thankful that someone took on the tough task of developing the first authority score in the industry, though, and hope they’re able to adapt their algorithms and continue to develop them. One of the competitors I see creeping up

It’s Never As Simple as Fans and Followers

Attention social media marketers: number of followers is not a strong indicator of influence. Sure… it’s obvious and easy – but it’s also lazy. The number of fans or followers often has nothing to do with a person or company’s ability to influence others. Seven Characteristics of Influence Online The influencer must primarily be engaged in relevant conversations. An actor with a bajillion followers won’t necessarily mean that they can influence others regarding your product