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While Facebook's stock languishes, shares of the world's most popular social network for professionals, LinkedIn, have been treated far more kindly. With a forward price-to-earnings ratio of approximately 75, investors are betting that LinkedIn's future is bright.
But the company may be in for a rough patch as word broke today that some 6.5m passwords have been stolen from the social network.
One of my regular tasks is to run through the comments on the Econsultancy blog and sweep up any spam comments.
We currently use a learning filter, so while it does let through the odd comment shilling pneumatic lubrication while simultaneously blacklisting reasoned, in-depth comments about SEO, by manually updating it, it gets better (at least, that’s the theory).
Checking out all the comments is also extremely useful for me, as it gives me a daily digest of what users are talking about, what their consensus is and which issues are of importance to them in general.
We all benefit from this as we can use it to make our content more relevant.
Today, LinkedIn launched its inaugural Financial Services Summit in New York which focused on the role social media is playing in the financial services industry. The first panel brought together representatives from American Express, Citi, Fidelity Investments, Prudential Retirement and Hearsay Social to talk about using social media in financial marketing.
It was curious to see a panel on social media where only two out of six individuals on the panel have Twitter accounts. One was Clara Shih, who runs the agency Hearsay Social, and the other, Frank Eliason, SVP of Social for Citi. The panelists' lack of Twitter accounts felt like a microcosm highlighting how most financial service organizations are behind in social media.
While there is plenty of disagreement among marketers as to the best method to improve your search rankings, there is one specific strategy that is sure to benefit your business. What’s the secret sauce? Believe it or not, leveraging your online videos is often key to increasing search rankings.
We all know that the search engines use social signals as a factor in their overall ranking algorithm, and as the role of social signals becomes increasingly important, so will the role of online video in your overall search and social strategy.
LinkedIn has upgraded its Group Search functionality, shifting the focus to show what's actually being discussed within each group.
The changes mean that instead of relying a group’s title and description, which isn’t always the most accurate portrayal, you'll be shown the best results based on how well your search matches the conversations taking place.
LinkedIn has launched a ‘Follow Company’ button that can be installed onto a company's web pages and online marketing materials.
It is essentially the same as the Facebook ‘like’ button, and means the brand’s updates will be immediately fed into the status updates on the user’s LinkedIn homepage.
Just a few years ago, even the best internet companies would have found it hard to go public. With the global economy faltering, the word 'IPO' wasn't on anybody's mind.
Times are different today. The global economy is still a source of many concerns, but the stock markets are currently shrugging those concerns off and giving the top tech companies an opportunity to sell their shares to the public.
As shown in many of the latest Econsultancy reports, a growing number of B2B companies seem to have caught up with their B2C peers and are investing in social media.
However, when we decided to create a company-wide social media strategy in the summer of 2010 there were very few examples from which to draw inspiration.
LinkedIn has launched a new statistics dashboard that will provide insights and analytics into every group within the social network.
Anita Lillie, data visualisation designer at LinkedIn, announced the news on the company’s blog. She outlined that the tool, called Group Statistics, aims to help people work out how active a group is, what kind of professionals contribute to it and how valuable it could be.
Social media is big. Mobile is big. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that the number of consumers using their mobile phones to interact with popular social media hubs like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is growing rapidly.
According to comScore, the number of mobile users in the United States ages 13 and up who accessed a social networking or blog website has grown a whopping 37% in the past year.
What's more: nearly 50% of these users are social networking on a daily basis using their mobile devices.
Social media is all about people, and as social role's prominence as a business tool continues to grow, and according to software provider EPiServer, there will soon be substantial growth in the number of people -- 'community managers' -- who are hired to manage social media.
In a survey of 250 senior marketing executives in the UK, EPiServer found that nearly three-quarters of companies are involved with online communities or planned to be within the next 12 months.
As would be expected, much of the activity in this area is taking place on popular third party-owned sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll be aware of the huge buzz (no pun intended) surrounding Google+, the search giant’s latest foray into the world of social networking.
Google learned some harsh lessons from the failure of Buzz and Wave, and based on initial impressions it looks as though they’ve done a much better job this time around.
The product is currently in limited beta, but Google’s policy of initially inviting the social media ecosphere of bloggers, gurus and assorted hangers-on is certainly paying some handsome PR dividends.
Across Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora (and yes, even Facebook), you’ll be hearing the great and the good praising the new platform, telling us how great it looks, how useful it is and generally flaunting their early access like Wayne and Garth with a backstage pass.
If you’re on Google+ then hey, you must be an influencer right?