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Google launches Buzz

 Google Buzz launches. My Google email account had a new message that welcomed me to Buzz.

It read, ” Welcome to Buzz.   Buzz is a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more, and start conversations about the things you find interesting. You’re already set up to follow the people you email and chat with the most.”

So I tried it and it is easy to use, once you approve a profile.  They preset you up with others in your address book.  To me it looked liked my Google Wave list.  Google Buzz has the look of Twitter and the functionality of Facebook. It is listed in your Google side nav bar, so easy to use.  You can follow and unfollow at the click of a button.

 Now why and how would I use it?  I think I am going to keep this one as a small group of contacts that I will communicate with and not the larger groups that are on Facebook and Twitter.  Not sure that is how they intended for it to be used?  How will you use Buzz or is it another Wave which turn out to be to far ahead of its time and not really usable?

Update: Mashable reported this morning less than a week there have been over 9 million post and comments already.

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Quick Online Tips reports: Blogger Stops FTP publishing

I follow a blog called Quick Online Tips and  they had an article that caught my attention. When I see an article that may affect the way you do your social media or blogging, I want to bring it to you for your own check out and evaluation.

Blogger Stops FTP Publishing: Will Your Blog Survive?
Posted: 23 Jan 2010 10:01 AM PST
Blogger will stop supporting FTP publishing soon! If you publish your Blogger blog using FTP publishing to update your blog on your own domain name and your own hosting server, then it means you must tread carefully as it is going to affect your blogging habits, and maybe your blog URL too if you intend to continue publishing your blog.
The official Blogger blog announced that they will no longer support FTP publishing in Blogger after March 26, 2010. But why?

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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….

What social media elements should be included in your 2010-13 marketing plans.

 Many CMO’s ask what is the landscape in social media, how much, how deep, how high?  This list may have terms you have not heard of and need to get up to speed on fast. 

I love the Mashable blog and it’s info and some of the answer to that questions is in this blog piece. Peter Kim has done a fabulous job of naming the 22 steps in a social media plan.  What he is missing is the gaming pieces for the youth market and texting SMS, MSM and mobile. I also really like that he linked examples for each.

Reading his blog, he is very spot on.  Here is his bio. “Peter Kim is a Senior Partner at Dachis Corporation.  He blogs about social computing and marketing at Being Peter Kim.”

“Here’s a framework of 22 tools to consider with notable brand examples:

1. Blogs (Johnson & Johnson, Delta Air Lines)
2. Bookmarking/Tagging (Adobe(), Kodak)
3. Brand monitoring (Dell, MINI)
4. Content aggregation (Alltop, EMC)
5. Crowdsourcing/Voting (Oracle, Starbucks)
6. Discussion boards and forums (IBM, Mountain Dew)
7. Events and meetups (Molson, Pampers)
8. Mashups (Fidelity Investments, Nike)
9. Microblogging (method, Whole Foods)
10. Online video (Eukanuba, Home Depot)
11. Organization and staffing (Ford, Pepsi)
12. Outreach programs (Nokia, Yum Brands)
13. Photosharing (Rubbermaid, UK Government)
14. Podcasting (Ericsson, McDonalds)
15. Presentation sharing (CapGemini, Daimler AG)
16. Public Relations – social media releases (Avon, Intel)
17. Ratings and reviews (Loblaws, TurboTax)
18. Social networks: applications, fan pages, groups, and personalities (British Airways, Saturn)
19. Sponsorships (Coca-Cola, Whirlpool)
20. Virtual worlds (National Geographic, Toyota)
21. Widgets (Southwest Airlines, Target)
22. Wikis (Second Life, T-Mobile Sidekick)”