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October 9, 2012
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The Spredfast Social Engagement Index Report
Have you ever wondered how your corporate social programs stack up next to other companies? Spredfast has released a full view of the state of corporate social programs in the industry's first Social Engagement Index Report that defines the current state of engagement across social brands. Download the report and find out how you compare to your peers.
Network Update 
  • Do Facebook users want a "want" button?
    Facebook is working with seven major retailers to test a feature that lets users click a "want" button to create "wish lists" of desired products. "People will be able to engage with these collections and share things they are interested in with their friends. People can click through and buy these items off of Facebook," the social network said in a statement. Reuters (10/8), VentureBeat (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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Ideas in Action 
  • PBS scores a Twitter hit with Big Bird messages
    When Mitt Romney said he opposed government funding for PBS programs during last week's presidential debate, users began tweeting about the fate of "Sesame Street" character Big Bird if PBS lost funding -- a trend PBS capitalized on by buying the character's name as a keyword, getting its official message in front of users following the controversy. That shows the importance of brands responding quickly when they're the subject of social chatter, writes Jeff John Roberts. "[A]dvertisers in these situations don't have months or weeks. Instead, they have just hours to make a message (or better yet a pretty picture) and to buy spots to place it," Roberts writes. (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Research and Reports 
  • Researchers are eager to try out Twitter surveys
    Researchers say Twitter's survey feature could prove useful, but that surveys' true utility will depend on how they're implemented. Twitter users are a unique population, so the surveys are bound to come with built-in biases, Research Now executive Annie Pettit says. "The technical capability of launching questions and receiving answers does not a robust technique make," Pettit says. (U.K.) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The Takeaway 
  • How to tweet like The Rock
    Dwayne Johnson, better known as professional wrestler The Rock, was skeptical about social media at first, consultant Amy Jo Martin writes in this book excerpt. To win him over, Martin writes, she emphasized the control that platforms such as Twitter afford, as well the opportunity to share his unique voice. Johnson's "social media strategy started, as it should for anyone else, by defining his audience and his value to that audience," Martin writes. Fast Company online (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Use tech tools to empower your blogger outreach
    The best bloggers are expert networkers, and a variety of tech tools can be used to make the task easier, Lior Levin writes. Tools such as Rappaportive and Followerwonk make it easier to combine social media and e-mail outreach and to analyze your Twitter following, he notes. "[M]aking your outreach strategies more efficient and organized will go a long way toward improving your networking power," Levin writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 ways LinkedIn can make you more innovative
    LinkedIn is potentially a powerful innovation tool, writes Stefan Lindegaard. Used correctly, LinkedIn can help you identify experts in a given field, approach them and convince them to help solve your problems. "Knowledge is the key element to innovation, and LinkedIn is a great tool for identifying people with knowledge," Lindegaard writes. (Denmark) (10/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Social Shareable 
  • Social vest turns "likes" into full-contact hugs
    Students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a "social media vest" called the Like-A-Hug that turns Facebook "likes" into hugs. The vest inflates like a life jacket when its user's posts or photos receive a "like," simulating the sensation of a real hug. The Guardian (London) (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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 Andy Sernovitz, Editor at Large
Andy Sernovitz is the author of "Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking" and the fantastic blog "Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!" He runs, where marketers and entrepreneurs learn to be great at word of mouth marketing, and, the community for social media leaders at the world's greatest brands. He taught word of mouth marketing at Northwestern and internet entrepreneurship at Wharton.

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