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Give Thanks (Or a Bonus?) to Your Community Manager Today #CMAD

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Show your community manager a little love today. After all, it takes a lot of dedication, good judgment, empathy, communication skills, organizational abilities and flexibility to effectively connect people with people — and besides, it's Community Manager Appreciation Day.

Just don't say, “Thanks for tweeting and posting to Facebook all day.” The job goes way beyond posting updates, engaging with fans and handling customer service issues.

“A community manager is the person within an organization why knows how to get people to do stuff without telling them what to do,” explained Rachel Happe, a principal and co-founder of The Community Roundtable. Think about that for even a moment, and you'll likely agree that a job as a community manager is complex indeed.

Actiance Captures Enterprise Social Media Data in Alcatraz

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Social business is the norm for most companies these days. But those enterprise social conversations can be hard to track and re-assemble if a company has compliance or other legal requirements.

This week, governance platform provider Actiance revealed a cloud-based archive designed to accommodate the context of social media, a new product that goes by the catchy name of Alcatraz. 

How to (Not) Alienate Your Customers and Damage Your Brand

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Not everyone says the right thing at the right time all the time. I learned the hard way at age 12 never to ask a woman directly if she’s pregnant. And I know the always-correct answer to the proverbial question, “Do these jeans make me look fat?”

But while painful, the consequence of the bone-headed statements in those situations is limited to me and perhaps one other person — ok, then maybe all of her friends too — but you get the point.

The stakes are quite different for a corporate executive or other high-profile individual who represents an organization. In those cases, it can be difficult to separate statements made on behalf of the organization from personal statements — which inevitably become part of the customer experience. And then what do you do?

Are You Financially Influential? Ask Transamerica's New Finfluencer

Are You Financially Influential? Ask Transamerica's New Finfluencer.comA Klout that measures online financial influence. That’s essentially the idea behind Finfluencer.com, a new microsite from Transamerica that launched this week.

Microsoft's Parature Acquisition Focuses on Customer Experience

Microsoft Parature Acquisition is all about Customer ExperienceMicrosoft officially announced its acquisition of Parature, a social and customer engagement tool that could provide the Dynamics CRM ecosystem with added capabilities like a customer portal and self-service knowledgebase.

Dynamics CRM is clearly an important piece of Microsoft's strategy, and the Parature buy is its largest acquisition yet, R "Ray" Wang, a Constellation Research analyst told CMSWire.

3 Basic Business Values of Customer Communities

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Online, customer-facing social communities are offering more options and greater complexity than ever before.

But what are the core business values to keep in sight? To find out, CMSWire.com spoke to a software vendor and an analyst. 

Cats, Racism and Other Reasons You Need a Social Media Policy

Cat with two color eyes.jpgThere's a reason cats are so popular on the Internet. Cats can be funny without opening their mouths — a fact lost on a surprising number of humans.

In the past couple of years, countless people have fallen on the wrong side of that fine line between amusing and egregious by texting, tweeting, posting and otherwise sharing the most inappropriate thoughts and opinions.

Too bad they're damaging their careers — and your brand — in the process.

A Look Back: The Evolution of Social Media in 2013

Social media. It seems like yesterday it was just a fad, something naysayers insisted would never catch on. Now, look at it — all grown up, attracting more users than ever and worth billions of dollars. In 2013, social media evolved faster and further, turning itself into a viable platform that influences what we do and how we share. 

Social Media Briefs: Self-Censored Posts, Customized Vine URLs

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In the last week before Christmas, social media proved there's no rest for the weary. Vine users can customize their URLs, while Facebook tests out video ads in your news feeds. 

5 Things to Banish from Digital Offices

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Every day something in the digital office annoys a few hundred million workers. Not enough to stage a mass revolt, but just enough to ferment our collective disdain for technology.

Here's a wish list of things those of us at CMSWire would like developers, vendors and IT specialists to fix in 2014. Their cooperation will help save our souls from everything from the inevitable cloud outage to expletives over the latest snafu and personalized ring tones that sound like moose calls. 

HootSuite Enters the Enterprise with IBM Connections Integration

image-hootsuitesocialmedia-2013.jpgIBM has integrated its Connections enterprise collaboration system with the HootSuite social media dashboard, a move that could signal a new epoch in the social business space.

Workers at all levels of the enterprise have been bringing their own mobile devices to work with them and demanding their work tools behave more like their trusty iPads and iPhones. IBM is obviously widely used in the largest global companies and now the conversations employees have on its Connections system can live in HootSuite.

Twitter Nearby Could Create New Options for Local Advertisers

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Twitter is testing a new service called Nearby that will display geographically local tweets to users. It will allow a limited amount of local interaction and provide users the ability to search for tweets in a defined geographic area.

It could also give local business and marketers a boost, enabling them to target advertisements and offers to users in proximity to a business or event. The service mixes maps and tweets to identify local tweets.

Social Media Briefs: Backlash over Twitter's Blocking Policy, Instagram Goes Direct

What a difference a day makes. In just 24 hours, two new features on two social media platforms have created quite the kerfuffle. Let's recap, shall we?

Top Marketing Moments of 2013, Lessons for 2014

Brand Republic has highlighted its top marketing events of the year, covering the genius and perils of marketing and social media. Here are the lessons to be learned when it comes to engaging, selling or increasing your visibility on the web.

Some of the best marketing and social media moments of the year came from spur of the moment decisions or short-term windows of opportunity, proving that marketers and social media managers for businesses of any size always need to be ready to act. 

Multipurpose Bitrix24 Adds More Features to its Social Platform

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Bitrix24, the social intranet that wants to be your Swiss army knife of productivity, is out with a new version that offers activity streams, reporting tools and web phone calls.

Targeted at small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the suite includes social communication, collaboration tools, workflow, knowledge management, file sharing, CRM and a project management toolset.

And on Sunday, We Retweet

We know a lot about Twitter. We know how B2B marketers,  digital marketers and marketing executives use it. We know some of your followers may be irrelevant. And we know how to optimize the microblogging platform for customer service. But the one thing that still alludes us is this: Do you know what drives the most retweets?

Socl Adds Yet Another Social Option for Marketers to Explore or Ignore

This week's launch of Microsoft's Socl app does little to help the crowded social scene. Just how many social media icons constitute too many for a site designer or visitor to stomach?

Sites are starting to look a little crowded with Microsoft's Socl icon joining the likes of Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Pinterest and others demanding space next to posts or on stores, at the top of sites and on advertisements or campaigns. 

LeadSift Social Media Scoring Debuts SMB Version

LeadSift Social Media Scoring Debuts Small + Medium Sized Business VersionParsing social media data for possible sales leads is a lot like any other kind of lead generation. It takes plenty of hard work with sporadic results that don't scale.

But startup LeadSift has built a system it claims makes it easier to find possible customers amid the social media noise. Now it has debuted a lightweight version of its product for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Wants Your Money, Tumblr's Sponsored Trends

Social media was once considered a free medium where brands could organically build their networks of fans and followers. But it has become a competitive marketplace where sponsored content reigns supreme. Will it pay off?

Facebook Page Ratings Leave Unanswered Questions

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In the world of social media management, there's never a dull moment. Algorithms change, new platforms arrive and there is always new functionality to figure out. Such is the case with a new feature Facebook is rolling out, but hasn't provided any information about. I'm talking about Facebook page ratings.