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Should You Open the Twitter DM Door?

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Man, do I hate it when I try to direct-message (DM) someone on Twitter, but can't because that person doesn't follow me.

First of all, who doesn't follow me? And secondly, why are they so privileged to not get my notes?

Alas, there's hope for me. Twitter opened that DM door this week.

Now, you can opt in and allow anyone to send you a DM. No need for them to be your follower to send them a message.

It's kinda like email -- if someone has your address, they can ping you, provided they opt in.

"We’re changing how direct messaging works so that it’s even easier for you to communicate one-to-one or with a chosen group of people, anywhere in the world," Twitter's Nhu Vuong wrote in an April 20 blog post.

I love this as a reporter. (So watch your Twitter inboxes, my trustworthy sources). 

I'm not the only one affected here. Think brands.

Are Your Execs Hindering Your Social Media Success?

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I've written often about the challenges B2B marketers face in turning the crank to generate social ROI. Specifically, how important it is to build quality social channels, set the right social media goals and create compelling content -- and how mobilizing your employees and brand advocates can help you get social traction much more quickly.

But maybe there's more to it than that.

Metalogix Moves Into Social Media Archiving

Metalogix is back to business-as-usual after the MetaVis buy with the announcement this morning of a triple release across its Files and Exchange offerings, as well as new module that protects enterprise brands in social media settings.

The Archive and Files upgrades promise universal mobile access along with enhanced security and compliance features. But the company expects the new social module to be the real crowd pleaser.

To find out more, we talked with Hudson Casson, the company's global director of marketing and product strategy.

Grab Your Pitchfork: It's Time to Skewer Someone on Social

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How are we supposed to get any work done with all the drama on social media?

It's downright exhausting. Every day there's someone new to judge and vilify, which we collectively do with the vengeance and rage of the villagers in Frankenstein.

I'm not talking about people who have committed truly horrible acts of inhumanity and cruelty, like that Texas veterinarian who put an arrow through the head of a neighborhood cat — and boasted about it on her own Facebook page.

I'm talking about the ill tempered and the foul-mouthed, the anger impaired and the sensitivity-challenged, the seriously naïve who either didn't know or didn’t think anyone would care that their butts or bellies or bosoms were on display in that too tight, too short, too small article of clothing.

I'm talking about people much like me and you who simply had the misfortune of having their stupidity immortalized on social media.

And the whole thing has me and others, including Peggy Drexler, an assistant professor of psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, wondering:

Is this unhealthy "us and them" mentality coloring our perspective of the world? Do we feel "better than" by sharing the latest story of someone's bad behavior? Now take it one step further: Could these feelings of superiority and underlying lack of respect for other people be sabotaging our commitment to customer-centricity, at least subconsciously?

Big Dogs Trail in Forrester's Social Relationship Wave

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Some big software players jumped into Forrester Research's hearts for platforms that help digital marketers make the most out of social media.

But they're not the leaders.

In its Wave for Social Relationship Platforms for this quarter -- targeted at B2C marketers -- the Cambridge, Mass.-based research firm tabbed Oracle and Hootsuite among its most significant providers in the space. Those organizations did not make the cut two years ago.

They join Adobe, Expion, Falcon Social, Salesforce, Percolate, Shoutlet, Spredfast, Sprinklr and Sprout Social as significant providers in the Social Relationship Platform (SRP) space.

Forrester evaluated vendors with at least 100 enterprise SRP clients whose average deployment includes at least 25 seat holders.

"One of the things we looked for in our evaluation was vendors’ ability to automate key SRP functions," Forrester analyst Nate Elliott wrote in a blog post today. "We know -- automation remains a dirty word in social media. No brand wants to repeat the automation-driven mistakes of Coca-Cola or Bank of America. But marketers say one of their top social challenges is hiring and training enough qualified staff. In this environment, the greatest value that social relationship platforms can offer their clients is lightening their workload." 

LinkedIn's $1.5B Plan to Update Your Workplace Skill Set

LinkedIn and online education website lynda.com are on a mission to raise —  or at least update — the US workforce's skill set.

That, at least, is the raison d'etra provided for LinkedIn's $1.5 billion stock-and-cash acquisition of lynda.com. Presumably given the numbers involved – this is the largest acquisition to date for the professional social networking site – the deal will also give a much-needed boost to LinkedIn's revenues. 

Is Sprinklr Finally 'Satisfied' With Its Latest Acquisition?

Sprinklr put its acquisition shovel to work again.

The New York City-based provider of social media management tools scooped up San Francisco-based customer care provider Get Satisfaction today. This is Sprinklr’s fifth acquisition since the beginning of 2014 and follows a series funding valued at greater than $1 billion.

Get Satisfaction joins social community software provider Pluck, influencer advocacy company Branderati, paid social company TBG Digital and brand analytics provider Dachis Group as Sprinklr acquisitions in the past 14 months.

All told, the six-year-old provider now climbs to more than 750 employees, 850 brands and 400 clients. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction, and Jeremy Epstein, vice president of marketing for Sprinklr, caught up with CMSWire after the provider's fifth acquisition in just more than a year.

Sprinklr is accelerating its social consolidation strategy to help brands improve customer experience, they told CMSWire.

Dachis Group brought brand health data and analytics into the fold, TBG Digital enabled a paid social offering within the Sprinklr platform, and the acquisitions of Branderati, Pluck, and Get Satisfaction are bridging the gap between first- and third-party brand experiences, they explained.

Who's Talking? What You Need to Know About Social

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If you’re a CMO trying to keep up with your peers, a marketer aspiring to be in the C-Suite or a vendor who markets to CMO’s, then this report is for you.

Social Insights: CMO Edition (registration required), is packed with information about where CMO’s hang out on social, what they talk about, who they follow and what they share.

Published by Leadtail in conjunction with Neustar, the report includes insights from analysis of 131,697 Tweets by 1,034 CMO’s and marketing executives across the United States and Canada.

News You Can Use: Sprinklr, Paytronix, Sitecore, More

The latest in introducing, targeting, hiring, appointing and fooling from the Excelsior State, the Garden City, the Pacific Wonderland, Little Willow Grove and the City of Fools.

If Your Social Media Marketing Tools Could Think

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If you spend several hours a week trying to determine the best day and time to post to social media, posting content and trying to make sense of the analytics afterward, you might want to listen to Brennan White.

He’s the CEO of Cortex, a new artificial intelligence tool for social media marketing that he claims can save marketers so much time, they can finally get back to the root of social media: creating content.

White believes we’ve entered into an era where marketers should demand more from their marketing tools, and use less of them.

Do You Care What People Say About Your Brand on Facebook?

Developing a targeted message for a Facebook fan page audience can be challenge. The challenge takes a new turn when a business is unaware of how positively or negatively its online activity is accepted among its fan page followers.

Facebook has made sentiment easier for business operating a fan page through the launch of a new set of fan page metrics called Topic Data.

Topic Data reveals the aggregate sentiment of fan page audiences on Facebook about events, brands, subjects and activities. That will help businesses gauge whether the sentiment is good or bad.

Are These Vendors the Best at Social Media Monitoring?

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Social media marketing can be a lot like email blasts. Send out something, and see if it sticks

We're still in early days here. Many digital marketing teams, especially B2B, still search for that "gotcha" in social media marketing.

"One of the difficult things about using what I call flat metrics as a barometer for success is that there isn't often an actionable next step," said Erin Robbins O’Brien, chief operating officer at San Francisco-based GinzaMetrics, which just released a social intelligence suite. 

"For instance, a tweet receiving a high volume of retweets is often not analyzed for how it worked, who it worked for -- in terms of audience segmentation/persona group -- and if it would have worked on other channels or just Twitter. This means marketers aren't able to harness the good and fix the bad as easily."

Vendors claim they make these fixes. And where there are vendors, therein lies software rankings.

G2 Crowd, the Chicago-based crowdsourcing platform that provides user-review based reports on business software, released its Grid for Social Media Monitoring today. At least 10 users must have submitted reviews/ratings on a vendor for it to be mentioned in the report. The report looks at customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size and social impact).

How accurate are they? Like any reviews, take them with a few grains of salt.

Coke's Happiness Formula: Compelling Stories About Real People

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Tim Goudie is a pilot, a camper, a hiker, a swimmer, a skier.

But he's also an international marketer with global experience in a variety of packaged goods industries.

He's director of social media, sustainability, for The Coca-Cola in Atlanta, where he specializes in driving corporate trust and brand love.

His 15-year career with the company spans three countries and includes roles in global interactive marketing, sports marketing and strategic brand marketing, among others.

The Online Privacy Checklist Every CMO Needs

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CMOs are charged with social media marketing and monitoring what prospects and clients are saying online, but lack the technological capacity, power and often, the desire to monitor what employees are saying online. This thinking is flawed, at best and downright dangerous, at worst. Here’s why and what needs to change.

With very few exceptions, at most companies you can be pretty certain a large number of your employees are participating online in some way. Of course they’re entitled to do what they want (on their own time), but how many of them are posting potentially damaging comments using accounts where they identify themselves as part of your organization?

Understanding Our E-Commerce Obsession [Infographic]

Customers worldwide are moving faster than ever before, hopping from device to device, buying anywhere.

That's creating opportunities for digitally savvy retailers. But it is also creating challenges for those who fail to adapt to changing realities, according to new research from Demandware, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e-commerce solutions.

The Burlington, Mass.-based company just released its inaugural Shopping Index, which measures digital commerce growth and identifies the trends driving that growth.

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