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Andy Beal is the founder of Marketing Pilgrim. Considered one of the world's top experts in online reputation management, Andy is the author of Repped" and Radically Transparent and CEO of Trackur.com.
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The average CEO has 3.9k Twitter followers & 630 Facebook friends

With 80% of employees saying they would prefer to work for a “social” CEO, it’s no wonder that we’re expecting a 50% increase in socially connected leaders in the next five years!

social-CEO

(via MediaBistro)

Constant Contact: easy access for spammers, a PITA trying to opt-out

This is a more of a rant than news, but I am sick and tired of Constant Contact.

It’s not that they seemingly encourage customers to add an email address without first obtaining permission–other email marketing companies are guilty of the same–it’s that they make me, the victim, jump through hoops to opt-out.

Here’s the Constant Contact opt-out form:

Constant Contact Spam

They, laughingly, call this “SafeUnsubscribe.” Safe, for who, the spammer? For me, I have to double check the email the spam was sent to, then enter it again in the box. After that, I don’t even get an option to report the spammer–something that Mailchimp gets kudos points for making an easy option.

Trackur launches Senfluence.com: big data APIs, small price tag

senfluence-launch“Everybody’s talking Big Data, I don’t hear a word they’re saying….”

That’s how the song goes, right?

Well, if you’re SaaS developer you’ll be singing some kind of happy tune with news that Trackur is bringing its affordable APIs to more people. As chief bottle-washer, I’m pleased to share that we’ve today announced that our APIs for social media monitoring, sentiment and influence measurement will be available at Senfluence.com.

We made the decision to separate our APIs from our dashboard plans so that we can focus on building out API offerings that may not fit with our social media monitoring tools. At launch, Senfluence will offer two types of API:

  1. Full social media monitoring – give us a keyword and tap into millions and millions of fresh results via either JSON or XML

New Facebook spam updates: include links, but don’t ask users to click them

Facebook has just announced two new updates that it thinks will help weed out the amount of spam that shows up in your timeline.

First up, Facebook plans to penalize posts that encourage you to click a link without telling you much about it. In other words, “click bait.”

Here’s the example they give:

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That kind of post is now a no-no. Facebook will begin checking engagement and stickiness to determine if its users found what they were looking for–or mislead into clicking on a post. The social network will use two different methods to determine if you’re using click bait:

Twitter gears up to really ruin your timeline

Cash WhaleRemember when Twitter introduced the official retweet option and thousands of users vowed to start blocking anyone that caused a stranger to show up in their stream?* Well, they ain’t gonna like this update from Twitter either.

As spotted by Quartz, Twitter has quietly changed its help document, What’s a Twitter timeline?

“Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that’s popular or relevant, we may add it to your timelineThis means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don’t followWe select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with itOur goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.” (emphasis added)

25% of small business have zero presence in local search results [infographic]

If 88% of consumers who search for local businesses on their mobile device ultimate call or visit that business within 24 hours, I’d want to make sure my business was found. Wouldn’t you?

Apparently 25% of small businesses have failed to get the memo, because they have zero presence in Google or Bing local search results!

Small Business Local Marketing Infographic

(Via Infographic Journal)

Social media may be hot, but marketers are spending more on these four channels [infographic]

I had to chuckle at this SEMPO infographic when I saw that “less than $1 million” was the lowest option polled for digital marketing spend. That would be like asking me how many push ups I do a day and giving me “less than 100″ as an option. I don’t do any, but I’ll be happy to check that box! ;-)

While many companies are likely spending way less than a million bucks on internet marketing, those that are coughing up the cash are not spending that much on social. In fact, despite the hype, paid search, SEO, email, and display ads are still beating the pants off Facebook and Twitter advertising.

Digital Marketing Budgeting Infographic