Over the last five years that Abraham Harrison has been pitching bloggers on behalf of clients, we have learned a thing or two about how best to reach bloggers, how to engage them, how to get them to carry our client’s message to their readership. Whether we’re doing an outreach to the bloggers of mainstream media and celebrity blogs or to someone who has just set up a blog for the first time, it all begins with the message model. Continue reading
More than a year ago, we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time, we committed to maintaining the site at least through to the end of 2010. Today, we are sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. We encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.
If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature that lets you import all your Waves from Google. This feature will also work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.
For more details, please see our help center.
The Wave Team
What is one “like” really worth? Well according to Edge Rank Checker, not much.
A facebook comment is more valuable than a “like” and not just a little more valuable, but 4x more valuable. Edge Rank Checker “analyzed how many Clicks a Post received against each major metric (Likes, Comments, Impressions).” Here are the results:
- Average Clicks Per Like: 3.103
- Average Clicks Per Comment: 14.678
- Average Clicks Per Impression: 0.005
This means that the more people who actually comment on your posts, the more clicks you’ll receive. So, if your goal is to gain “likes” on your posts or on your fan pages, you should maybe rethink your priorities. Creating content that is intriguing enough for people to actually comment on is going to get you 4x more engagement then a simple “like.”
Now lets take it a step further. What’s more important than comments is shares. If someone likes your post or page enough to share it with all of their friends, you’re doing something right. Thinking back on the post I wrote about how to increase your blog comments sometimes simply asking for people to share or comment will increase the amount of people that actually interact with your page.
According to Edge Rank Checker, “more elaborate techniques will include creating “Sharable” content. Current popular objects that are being shared are funny and/or entertaining images or videos. The trick is to get the fan to “share” this photo/video/etc. with their friends. Make the photo/video/etc. something their friends would actually want to see.”
- Facebook Comments four times as valuable as Likes (cyberjournalist.net)
- What Every Social Media Marketer Should Know About EdgeRank Checker (socialtimes.com)
- Facebook’s News Feed Boosts Engagement By 29% (allfacebook.com)
- Study: Auto-Posting to Facebook Decreases Likes and Comments by 70% (insidefacebook.com)
- Posting to Facebook: The Truth about Third Party Applications (adage.com)
Tonight I get to repeat the amazing experience I had last year when I volunteered to sous chef the first annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless at Miriam’s Kitchen. I excited to share the missive I received from Miriam’s this AM outing the amazing menu we’re preparing and sharing with your guests this afternoon:
Today we are giving thanks for your continued support of our guests.
Without you, none of our work would be possible. But with you, we are able to help our guests through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving here with our guests today, and are excited to share with you our Turkey Day menu.
Because of generous donations from and FRESHFARM Market Foggy Bottom, our meal is largely local and organic. Best of all, the ingredients were all donated!
at Miriam’s Kitchen
- Brined and roasted turkey with herb gravy
- Garlic mashed potatoes
- Ginger mashed sweet potatoes
- Roasted local squash
- Garden salad with blue cheese
- Apple-cranberry chutney
- Homemade pumpkin pie
- Local pears
- Atwaters farmers market bread
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Miriam’s Kitchen! And thanks again for all you do for our guests.
In order to keep on the cutting edge of social media I tend to play a lot. Experimenting keeps Abraham Harrison au courant. Several months ago I received a Twitter DM from Shel Holtz asking if I would help him promote FIR for him via my social networks. The link popped off to a companycalled GaggleAMP.
I joined up. One of the options is called AutoAMP which allows me to set up my Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts so that anything that Shel Holtz allows to feed into his Gaggle would pass through into my Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn streams, unfettered. Shel is one of my idols and all of his content is amazing; plus, I admire his For Immediate Release podcast.
I set it up. Why? Well, I would always retweet anything from Facebook I saw coming from either Neville Hobson or Shel Holtz so why not remove the middle man and just allow their good message to pass through to my followers, as I would have done anyway, if there were enough hours in the day.
This is very cool, I thought, I really need to speak to the dude behind this. That man is Glenn Gaudet. I was able to secure my own account, and I have been checking it out. And I like what I see. Why? Well, it is 100% opt-in and rewards everyone: the publisher who wants his message to be conveyed far and wide as efficiently as possible–especially through fans, friends, and family; the consumer, who feels attached, connected, and committed to the success of the publisher; and to the community of consumers, who can then compete for prestige and prizes through an optional “air miles” points system that can easily be used to incentivize group cohesion and might competition.
What I like about the founder, Glenn, is that his heart is in the right place. This is not a Ponzi scheme or some bait-and-switch affiliate network. It is all opt-in, it is all join-in, and your success is directly proportionate to your ability to have fans who trust you and who are willing to amplify your brand on your behalf gladly–willfully! And, the more they trust you and your content–like I do anything by Shel Holtz–the more likely they’ll AutoAMP and really act as an extenti0n of your own Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn followers.
Long story short, I am trying it out and there’s a lot of cool stuff going on here. I am frustrated because building a Gaggle takes a long time. Because of Twitter limits, you can only invite, via DM, 200 of your followers-per-day so in order to invite all of my 39,553 followers, I will need another 197 days — to say nothing of the other three accounts I have connected in addition to @chrisabraham: @marcon, @harrisonmarkw, @chrisabraham.
And, because I don’t have a cool podcast to promote like Shel Holtz’s FIR, I decided to make this experiment all about my very best asset: Marketing Conversation, Abraham Harrison’s corporate blog. All the content on MC is both stellar and moderate, which is to say it isn’t my stream or the streams of the other, personal, accounts, that are more chatty and less focused on producing simple, retweet-worthy, beautifully-curated content, both trustworthy and consistent — no floods of inconsistent or off-topic BS that could possibly hurt the web of trust both Abraham Harrison and I have developed over the years.
As it goes now, I have 63 folks in my Gaggle, including me. Even now, with so few, this surely amplifies like crazy. My total member reach is up to 144,234 followers and the total message reach is up to 3,452,474! It’s sort of like compound interest: I don’t really know what it is but compound interest has made quite a few savers millionaires over the years (it’s always the way time-travelers and vampires become billionaires, isn’t it?)
I was going to go through the reports and the metrics and the contests and all the other things that GaggleAMP offers but I think this is good enough for now — I will follow up with a step-by-step walk through the service next time. Right now I am working on building my Gaggle, I am seeing how well it converts to reach, retweets, clicks, and so forth.
All I can say is that, at the very least, it makes me happy that I don’t have to pay too much attention to posting my own great content from my collaborative marketing blog, Marketing Conversation, because I know that all the new posts are automagically posted to my @chrisabraham Twitter stream without my having to remember to do it all the time — and, even better, there’s a setting that allows me to preface each post that I AutoAMP from @marcon with “RT @marcon:” which is what I would do manually anyway. And since I am so busy, I like to automate as much as possible that I can as long as it’s an exact replica of would I would do anyway.
Another thing I like is that I can tweet something over on @chrisabraham and if I really intentionally and explicitly desire that tweet to go out amongst the members of my Gaggle as-is, then I can affix a simple #ga hash tag to the end of that tweet and it will be added to either my Gaggle members’ message queue or it will be automatically queued up to go out automatically via AutoAMP.
Okay, okay, I will not make this a grand opus worthy of Marcel Proust. I will simply part with a modest (shameless) request that you join the Marketing Conversation Gaggle yourself to check it out. Then, you can kick around, check it out, and then try it out yourself by scrolling down to the bottom when it says “Get Your Own Gaggle” — and then you can try it out yourself.