Want to promote your company on Facebook? Know the rules!

Nearly every day I see organizations violating Facebook’s rules for promotion and it’s not just small businesses; major brands are executing Facebook schemes that could result in the company being banned from the site, which has started to crack down on violations.

Before you engage any promotion on Facebook you need to review the official promotion guidelines, but here are the basic rules you need to know about promotions on Facebook:

You must use a third-party application to manage any contest on Facebook, no matter how big or small the prize. What is a third-party application? Check out any of the following providers: Wildfire, Fanappz, Vitrue, BuddyMedia, Votigo, ContextOptional, BulbStorm, NorthSocial, Momentus Media, Friend2Friend or Strutta.

You can not use Facebook features or functionality as a promotion’s registration or entry mechanism. For example, liking a Page or checking in to a Place cannot automatically register or enter users into a promotion.

You can not require users to take any action using any Facebook features or functionality other than liking a Page, checking in to a Place, or connecting to your app. For example, you can not hold a contest that requires users to like a post, comment on a post, or upload a photo.

Facebook promotions are a very effective way to build up your fan base and generate buzz – just make sure you are following all guidelines or you risk your organization being banned from the site. Have questions about social media promotion? Contact me.

Ashton Kutcher and UberMedia launch a Twitter App

UberMedia announced today that they have teamed up with actor Aston Kutcher to create his very own Twitter client, named A.Plus (based on Kutcher’s Twitter handle). The free application is available now at APlus-app.com.

CEO Bill Gross said in his blog “we’re very excited to help Ashton create his very own Twitter client. It’s a Windows and Mac Desktop client that we think you will love. It has 8 channels curated personally by Ashton, and a killer live-preview functionality (with a built-in browser) so you can see the links contained inside of Tweets live as you browse.”

Ashton says, “What we’ve built is a social media surfing device with curated channels to enhance the discovery process of the real-time web. I hope people enjoy it as much as I do.”

Kutcher posted this video on YouTube, talking about A.Plus. Are you going to try it?

Salesforce.com and Toyota to Create Social Network for Customers and Their Cars

New “Toyota Friend” to Be Powered by Salesforce Chatter

Salesforce.com and Toyota Motor Corporation announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance to build “Toyota Friend”, a private social network for Toyota customers and their cars. Toyota Friend will be powered by Salesforce Chatter, a private social network used by businesses, and will be offered, first in Japan, initially with Toyota’s electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) due in 2012.

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Bing Makes Search Social With New Features

Search is becoming social with the addition of new social features announced by Bing today. The “decision engine” from Microsoft says bringing together the power of search and Facebook, people can now receive personalized search results based on the opinions of their friends simply by signing in to Facebook. New features, available today, make it easy to see what people’s Facebook friends like across the Web, incorporate the collective IQ of the Web into their decision-making and conduct conversational searches.

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Facebook Releases Guide to Social Marketing Best Practices

Facebook has released the “Best Practice Guide For Marketing on Facebook,” a comprehensive overview of how to utilize the social media site for marketing your business, products or services. Specific to Facebook, the guide is a practical overview that provides real-life examples from brands like M&M’s, OnStar, Clorox, Shane Co., Adidas, Levi’s, Sephora, 1800Flowers.com and more.

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Directory of Phoenix Media on Facebook & Twitter

I have compiled this list of Phoenix area journalists (TV reporters, anchors, producers, print writers, editors and multi-media journalists). News organizations see a lot of change in staff, so if you have any updates or additions please contact me or hit me up on Twitter http://twitter.com/joeprguy

KTVK – 3TV

http://www.facebook.com/PhoenixMedia
http://www.facebook.com/#!/3OYSPhoenix
Main News Feed @azfamily
AzFamily.com @natsnews
Jared Dillingham, Reporter @Jared3TV and Facebook
Carey Pena, Anchor/Reporter @careypena3tv and Facebook
Stacey Delikat, Reporter @sdelikat3tv and Facebook
Gina Maravilla, dayside @Gina3TV and Facebook
Jason Berry, Reporter/producer @jasonberry3tv
Tyson Milanovich, Senior Producer GMAZ @Tyson3TV
Jason Bannecker, Executive Producer @jasonbannecker
Beverly Kidd, Evening News Anchor @bevTV
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Facebook Now Accounts for Nearly 1 in 3 Online Display Ads in U.S.

comScore says U.S. Online Display Advertising Market Delivers 1.1 Trillion Impressions in Q1 2011

comScore today released an overview of the U.S. online display advertising market for Q1 2011 based on data from comScore Ad Metrix, indicating that nearly 1.11 trillion display ads were delivered to U.S. Internet users during the quarter. Facebook accounted for 346 billion impressions, nearly double the number it delivered in Q1 2010, and accounting for nearly one third of all display ad impressions delivered.

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Gannett Launches “It’s All Within Reach” National Brand Campaign

New Brand Identity and Advertising Campaign Highlights the “Strength, Reach and Value of
Gannett’s Powerful Portfolio of Trusted Brands”

Gannett (NYSE: GCI) today launched a new corporate brand strategy and national advertising campaign that elevates the company’s corporate identity and supports its unique portfolio of trusted brands, powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties and unmatched local-to-national reach. The new tagline, “It’s all within reach,” captures the benefits Gannett provides for consumers, business customers and employees. Through its portfolio of trusted brands, Gannett gives businesses the opportunity to engage targeted audiences on any platform – TV, local and national newspapers, online, handheld devices and even in a specific elevator in a specific building on a specific street.

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Surge in Social CRM Among Big Brands

Large businesses are embracing social customer relationship management (CRM) software, with 30% planning to adopt it within the next 24 months, according to new study.

During the next two years 30 percent of leading companies will extend the goals of their online community activities to the design of enhanced service processes, such as social CRM, according to a study released by Gartner today. Social CRM for customer service has the potential to bring new and dynamic methods for improving customer service, and in doing so is creating opportunities for new and existing providers in the customer service and contact center infrastructure markets.

“Social CRM for customer service has only recently entered into the realm of contact center infrastructure and customer service software components, where it has been met with significant hype despite a limited number of field deployments,” said Drew Kraus, research vice president at Gartner. “There is strong corporate awareness, including at corporate executive levels, of social networks and their potential impact on corporate brand management and customer service perception. We expect the high-profile nature of social networks and social CRM for customer service to rapidly advance adoption from early adopter to mainstream deployments despite the volatile and rapid evolution of social networks in general.”

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Social Marketing Top Strategy Among Local Businesses, Study Finds

New research shows social media top marketing strategy for local businesses with Facebook surpassing Google as most-widely used. Group buying gets mixed reviews: 55% of merchants who have offered a “daily deal” through a group buying service would not do so again.

MerchantCircle has released results of its quarterly Merchant Confidence Index survey of over 8,500 small and local business owners across the U.S. The data reveals that local merchants, who have very limited time and money for marketing, are gravitating towards simple, low-cost online marketing methods such as Facebook and other social media, as well as towards tried-and-true methods such as search and email marketing. The research also demonstrates that while new marketing services such as mobile marketing and group buying are generating significant buzz in the media, local merchants have yet to tap these unproven marketing methods.

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Local TV wins big in 2010 election

You’ve seen them. Those political ads on TV. You’ve seen them over…. and over… and over… and over. Perhaps you’ll join me in celebrating that the election is finally here and the torture is over? That’s right; it’s Election Day, so stop reading blogs and go vote if you haven’t done so!

While dedicated citizens head to the polls to decide the fate of political hopefuls, there is already a big winner in the 2010 midterm elections: local television stations… and at a time when most could really use it. Since 2008 revenue for local TV advertising has dramatically slowed, particularly in the lucrative automotive category.

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My Happy Dance for Peter Shankman: “Twiller”

We did this all in one day- we had 12 hours, from 9AM to 9PM to learn as much of the Zombie March from “Thriller” as possible and then go to First Studio in Phoenix to shoot the video. Trust me, every muscle in my body hurt for two days and I have newfound respect for professional dancers.

I’d like to thank all of my social media friends who helped make this happen:

  • Jeremiah Cohick (@JeremiahLee) and Arthur Nicholls (@arthurnicholls) who drove all the way from Los Angeles! I met Jeremiah on Twitter a few months ago and we had only met once in person, yet they were willing to drive across the desert to come and help.
  • Jose Gonzalez (@Jose602) from the Torch Theatre, who graciously provided rehearsal space at Space 55 for us during the day.
  • Kevin Horton (@tvkevin) who I met a few months ago on Facebook. Kevin owns tvkevin productions and is one of the most talented video producers in the area. A veteran news and entertainment photographer with an eye for details that will make your project shine, I recommend you hire him for your video needs!
  • Phoenix dance instructors Andrew Balderrama and Cullen Daniel, who both responded to a posting on Facebook for choreography help- we had never met in person, only knew each other through mutual friends on Facebook. And hey, we are geeks with no rhythm… this wasn’t easy for any dance instructor!
  • Ken and Laurie Easley saved us from the extreme heat advisory (we were orginially going to shoot Thriller outside in a spooky alley downtown). Ken Easley is a commercial photographer in Phoenix and owns First Studio, the very first TV station built in Phoenix in 1949. It has been converted into a unique space for video production and photography. The space is available for rent!
  • Mike Chesworth, a Phoenix-based freelance film producer and editor helped us immensely with costume preparation, studio direction during the Thriller shoot, and editing.
  • And last, but certainly not least, Paul Hanavan (@phanavan) and Kennelle Clark: my two dearest friends and consummate supporters. Thank you for all you do… Paul became a backup dancer when somebody didn’t show up and Kennelle managed logistics and the ever-important food for the day.