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Tapping into Mommy Bloggers to promote your product or services.

Mommy Bloggers are the new alpha females of the marketing opinion world.  An entire industry has grown with conventions and all for the Mommy Bloggers to meet, exchange ideas and even more important, to promote their blogs to companies and marketers to do product reviews, sell advertising, hold promotions and drive business for the companies that tap into this Blogging  marketing venue.

There are two upcoming Mommy Blogging conventions you may want to check out.   BlissDom 10,  Feb 4-6 in Nashville (which is already a sell out), and the blogger conference  BlogHer  which is in NYC Aug 5-7.  These conferences have big time package goods sponsors all trying to woo the Mommy bloggers.  Sponsors on the BlissDom website include: Con Agra Foods, Orville Redenbacher, Hunt’s, Healthy Choice, Hebrew National, Arnold, Blue Bunny, Hallmark, Invisalign, iRobot, Lands’ End, Lifetime Moms, Red Plum.

Mommy Bloggers sell sponsorships of themselves to represent you at the conference. The ads say: “Why I am the blogger you company should sponsor for BlissDom  ’10.  It is done through blogs as ads that will tell you things like:  Blogger with 2000 + subscribers seeks sponsorship to…

 The Mommy bloggers use ad badges provided by the conference to promote if they are looking for a sponsor.  Like the one shown here is for the Blissdom10 Conference.  It is a way to get them to the conference and their costs paid and get your product known in the Mommy Blogging world.

The bloggers are from all walks of life and interests,who go to these conferences.  They go to network, go to seminars,promote their blogs and twitters, as well as write blogs and promote their sponsors who helped pay to get them there.

Their blogs have a female focus target on home making, babies, or products, all subjects aimed at women readers.  Some have advertising on their blogs at cheep rates.  Some show you what they have done for other companies, some have HTML badges for their blog  to be taken and promoted on others website or blogs.    The Mommy Bloggers do contests and sweepstakes, coupons codes and deals, product reviews, tips, recipes.  A really nice business model, from thier kitchen counter.

BlogHer conference has been held for 5 years on the West Coast and Midwest and is now going to NYC.  Bloggers like Domestic Debacle, badge shown on the left,  promote that they are looking to represent you.  As disclosure, they did a promotion of a product called Fridge-It that I am involved in and that is what got me interested in this subject of Mommy Blogging. The connection was initially made in the Twitter world and then moved into the blogging world. 

 The BlogHer advertising materials on the website says that they reach more than 16 million unique women each month and states that BlogHer is the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online

Here are some Mommy Blogger examples, that will show and explain the concept.  There are many, many more, and if you are a Mommy Blogger and want to add your Mommy blog to this lists, please comment and give some info on your Mommy blog.

Mommy Blogger examples: Thriftymaven.com , Domesticdebacle.com , Abusymommy.com   , Thepennypinchingmama.blogspot.com 

Can I hear a wOOt?!    BTW: What does wOOt  mean? W00t” was originally a truncated term for players of Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game for “Wow, loot!” The term wOOT was used by the web culture in video game communities, now it has lost its original meaning and is used simply as a term of excitement. Sort of the new Ya Hoo….

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The FREE Tools list for social media on the web.

Guest blogger: Serena Carpenter agreed that I may share some  info from her social media classes that she teaches at Arizona State. She used this hand out for an American Marketing Association meeting that she was a panelist on.  I found her to be a breath of fresh air, really gets the space and is teaching students leading edge info, as it is happening.

She has so much great info that she uses with her students and is giving us access via her blog, which also has some other great info that you can read and learn from.

 FREE Tools by Serena Carpenter /Arizona State University, – used with her permission.

MONITOR YOUR REACH (Twitter Tools Featured Lower)

  • YouTube “Insight” (Video)
  • View detailed statistics about uploaded videos including views, popularity peaks, demographics
  • SiteMeter (Traffic analyzer)
  • Tracks location, key words used, referrals, site visit length average, average visits per day, etc. for your Web site.
  • Google Analytics (Traffic Analyzer)
  • Tracks how people get to your site, the content clicked on, average pages per visit, etc. for your Web site.
  • Google Feedburner (Subscribers)
  • Tracks the number of people who subscribe to your RSS feeds.  Submit your site also to Feed-Squirrel and OctoFinder Web sites.
  • Google Alerts (Monitor Brand and Conversations)
  • Provides email message when someone writes about you.
  • Site Valuation and Other Stats Sites
  • Website Outlook (http://www.websiteoutlook.com/www.problogger.net)
  • Enter your URL to determine how much your site is worth.  It includes other stats.  Other similar sites include QuarkBase, urlfan, StatBrain, CubeStat, WebTrafficAgents, and AboutTheDomain.
  • Social Media Monitoring Sites
  • SM2 http://sm2.techrigy.com/main/ offers tools to help businesses to find out what people are talking about.  You can measure your page’s popularity using Social Meter http://www.socialmeter.com/
  • Analytics Toolbox from Mashable – 50 ways to monitor site traffic
  • http://mashable.com/2009/01/12/track-online-traffic/

SHARING

  • YouTube (Video)
  • Share your video postings on Facebook, Twitter or Google Reader.
  • Vimeo Widget (Video)
  • Embed a visual montage of your latest videos widget to your site.  You can cross-post video to YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Slideshare (Presentations)
  • Add the Blog Sidebar Widget to highlight your latest presentations.
  • FriendFeed (Share numerous social media sites) use Socialthing or OpenID
  • Share all of your social media activity with your Facebook friends or embed a widget for your site.
  • Delicious (bookmarking site)
  • Share your linkroll or a badge on other sites by embedding code.
  • MediaWiki (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki)
  • Create a wiki for your FAQ or Customer Service knowledge base.  Let your consumers enter the problems they’ve had via a public forum (the wiki), and provide your responses publicly as well.

GET YOUR SITE INDEXED ON SEARCH ENGINES

  • Add blog to community portals and search engines
  • Try adding your site to BlogCatalog, Blogged, Technorati, BlogPulse, Google Blogs, or NetworkedBlogs(Facebook).
  • Update different search engines that your blog has updated
  • Sign up for http://pingomatic.com/ and http://blogsearch.google.com/ping.
  • Squidoo
  • Community website that allows people to create pages (called “lenses”) on various topics.  Creating a topic related to your blog and include your feed in that page would help your blog get indexed.

 TWITTER TOOLS

  1. TweetStats.  Provides the average per day (http://tweetstats.com)
  2. WeFollow.  Add yourself to the Twitter search http://wefollow.com/
  3. Favstarhttp://favstar.fm/.  Favstar shows you who favorites your tweets.
  4. Twinfluence ranking.  Expect it to be low.  http://twinfluence.com/
    1. If you have a grade of 75%, it means that you have a higher reach than 75% of the other twitterers analyzed.
    2. If your rank is #400, that means there are 399 other twitterers in the system who have higher reach scores.
  5. TwitterGrader http://twitter.grader.com/

Both sites grade you on the number of followers you have and your influence on these followers.  Grader also measures the pace of your updates, while Influence measures the informational value of your followers.

6.      Twitalyzer http://www.twitalyzer.com/twitalyzer/index.asp.  Measures your impact and success in social media

7.      Retweet http://www.retweetist.com/ lets you know what posts have been RTed.

8.      Twazzup http://www.twazzup.com/ and inView

http://myinview.com/login.php tracks mentions of you on Twitter

9.      Link shorteners capture traffic to twitter feed.  For example, use trim and bit.ly to shorten urls, then later add a + to see how many people clicked!  Example: http://bit.ly/JTkk+

10.  Search Twitter  http://search.twitter.com/

270 Tools for Running Business Online  http://mashable.com/2008/09/21/270-online-business-tools/

FixYa Social Tech Support  http://www.fixya.com

Top 5 Business Blogging Mistakes and How to Fix Them  http://mashable.com/2009/09/21/business-blogging-mistakes/

Ad agency pay per tweet programs

I had an interesting  question come to the blog.   How should you pay a PR or ad agency for doing your companies tweeting?  Some have suggested a flat fee per day others are floating the idea of doing an “Ad agency pay per tweet programs.”

Both raise some interesting changes in the way social media will be used and how to monitize the actions involved with keeping it ongoing. The bigger question is how much should you as a CMO decide to keep in house and how much should you outsource?  How much control do you want or how much over site due to privacy policies or regulation do you need?   What about the tweeting across the company, should marketing be the control valve or is it really a legal, customer service or operation function?

 I look forward to your comments as to how you are compensating your agencies for tweeting.

TweetSaver is a way to manage your Twitter tweets for search, tag and bookmarking

What to do with Twitter as a CMO?   Are you thinking how do I monetize ROI, manage and utilize our Social Media efforts with Twitter in a way that will allow me to optimize and manage our tweets more effectively? 

 Take a look at Tweetsaver- it costs $10.00 to $20.00 annually, and may be a good solution for finding a way with your Twitter program to do a central back up, allow a bookmark of your tweets and tag the tweets for organic search.  This will start to monetize your efforts on Twitter as content and SEO.  TweetSaver gives you a way to archive, search, tag and share all of the content that you are creating on twitter.

They say “One year of backups, searching, tagging, etc AND Save 50% for spreading the word about TweetSaver! When you sign up, we’ll send the following tweet on your behalf: I’m backing up, searching, and tagging all my tweets with http://tweetsaver.com, shouldn’t you?”

Here is the link to check it out:  http://tweetsaver.com/

Marketing Agencies getting rid of “Toxic Clients”. Are you one?

warning label toxic clientsIn times like these, when I would never ever think to hear this from an on-line or ad agency, I was actually part of a discussion about how they are evaluating their clients and the ones that are ” Toxic” of whom they have decided to rid themselves.  Now this bit of news had me turning my head and asking for more info.

Did I hear you right, you are getting rid of Toxic clients?  Is it a green thing?   The answer was a laugh and no, they are clients that are now so demanding, wanting guarantees, being so  rude and pushy that the art of marketing is being replaced with the idea that science of marketing is only numbers driven. The conversation went on to tell of clients approving and signing off on projects only to turn around and tell the agency they are only going to get pennies on the dollar after the projects completed. Or description of a CEO demanding the agency give a  money back guarantee on each project, if it did not bring the exact success scoped in the plan. 

They went on say that the clients who knew what good marketing was have been laid off and their replacements are very junior promotions that are very over their heads. Others  then joined the conversation and chimed in saying that the companies accountants or lawyers were now run marketing in many cases and making demands that clearly showed the agency no consideration of any expertise.

So there is is, the agencies are saying they have had enough of Toxic Clients.  The pain point in agency and client relationship world in some cases has hit the breaking point and it is not longer just the clients who fire the agency. Now the agencies are saying I really do not want to work with you, you are Toxic to us.

The point was made that these clients are disrupting the team work and expertise these agencies bring and were hired and stand for and they are not willing for this to go on any longer.  They would rather risk the revenue stream then stay working with a “toxic client or company”.

One agency CEO described that the marketing person for their client has been “muted” at the meetings and  it is now  the CFO and the Legal team, that sit and grind each concept and each word into nothing that would work. Nor asking input of the marketing professionals on their staff.  

Another described the clients wanting them to sign a legal document that they would be held libel if the company gets any complaints, even if the company signed off and approved all the work.

Toxic Clients Street signSo are you a “Toxic Client”?  I was assured by this group I was not.   My suggestion is to look at what you are asking your agencies and see from their eyes if you have become a Toxic Client.  Stay…Tuned… I am sure there will be more on this subject.

Please share your stories of “Toxic Client” examples.

Check out Page.ly for fast website for CMOs wanting to get hands on.

Page.ly is an interesting new launch.  Here is the launch info on Page.ly: “We are happy to announce the launch of our website builder service, page.ly. Well it took us about 60 days to put this service together, and we feel privileged to say that within minutes of launching, paid customers began utilizing the service.

What’s the skinny? Page.ly is a service that automates the configuration and installation of the popular WordPress platform and includes web hosting, personalized domain name, and email service to clients after a 2 minute setup.”

So if you want to get your own hands on it this would be a good starter pack for you to try your ideas out on if you always wanted to put up a consulting page or try to sell that service or product you have had in the back of your mind. What is still not clear to me is what is the reason that I would pay vs set up for free from wordpress.  I will be researching this more, try it and report back. They need more marketing info.

TwittURLy top twitter links real time is a good find.

TwittURLy.com which shows top twitters in real time is another good find and point of data that any CMO will want to access. It says : “We track and rank what URLs people are talking about on Twitter”.
I also like that it breaks it into : Everything, news only, pics only, and video only.  It has a top 100 that they show and you can make your own top 100 to follow those you are interested in.  I also like that you can look up a profile on someone on twitter about whom you are reading.

The news tab  has a lot of interesting tweets on whats going on in social media land, which is very interesting to read.