Persuasive Picks for the week of 12/14/09

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino: Social Media, FUN and ROI
Marketing Prof’s Community Manager, Beth Harte gives readers a look into social media efforts coming from the Las Vegas strip via her interview with Brandie Feuer, Director of Interactive Marketing for Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

9 Tips for Enriching Your Presentations With Social Media
Savvy business professionals looking to create more interactive and attention grabbing presentations will find value with Olivia Mitchell’s tips for engaging audiences with the most popular online social media platforms.

Is Social Media Privacy an Oxymoron?
Erik Qualman from SearchEngineWatch discusses the decision between maintaining personal and business presences on social media platforms. While not a new topic, it certainly warrants revisiting as privacy features on various sites continue to evolve.

10 Tips for Better Business Blogging
New Marketing Lab’s Colin Browning provides details on his 10 tips for better blogging that are part of the presentation he gave at IDC Insights. He includes his presentation materials via Slideshare as well.

Top 10 biggest social media stories of 2009
From Twitter to “Government 2.0,”’s Ronny Kerr chronicles some of the biggest acquisitions, valuations and emerging technologies throughout 2009.

Thank You For Supporting Our Virtual Clothing Drive for Rosie’s Place

Thank you to everyone who supported our virtual clothing drive for Rosie’s Place in Boston. We received some generous monetary donations that we passed along today, and we were able to deliver about a dozen bags of clothing. We appreciate all the retweets and buzz – and hope that next time, we can turn even more of the awareness into action.

We were given a tour of Rosie’s – here’s our Whrrl story with more details on what Rosie’s Place does and who they help. Happy Holidays.

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Persuasive Picks for the week of 12/07/09

Cisco: Social Media Newest Playground for Cybercriminals
The rise in social media’s popularity is creating a whole new online playground for cyber-criminals. Highlights from Cisco’s latest security report on the subject are featured in this post from CNN Money.

Someone mocking you on Twitter? Here are 5 steps you can take to minimize the damage
The ability to create a Twitter account in order to impersonate someone else is trivial. It happens all the time to both celebrities and major brands. But, what if it happens to you? This PR Junkie post by Michael Sebastian on gives some advice on how to extinguish a Twitter antagonist.

What the Zhu Zhu Pet Issue Teaches Us About Crisis Communications
At first glance, this week’s news that one of the hottest Christmas presents of the year might contain small amounts of dangerous chemicals seems to be a potential PR nightmare. Joe Ciarallo from PRNewser explains how it was more like a test in crisis communications.

Social Middleware to Block Social Networking On-the-job!
Employees of Enterprise organizations who are still having a tough time obtaining social media “buy-in” might find themselves hitting a brick wall in 2010 with the invention of “social middleware.”

Why B2B publishers can no longer shun digital
Underscore Marketing President, Tom Hespos share his take on why B2B organizations can no longer avoid the digital space.

Persuasive Picks for the week of 11/30/09

linkedinlogoTop 5 Tips to Increase your Social Capital on LinkedIn
While it might not get mainstream media attention like Twitter and Facebook do, LinkedIn is still a social networking giant. Sparxoo Senior Writer, Ethan Lyon shares a handful of tips for making the most of your efforts there.

A Wiki of Social Media Marketing Examples
Marketers looking for a plethora of social marketing examples should look no farther than Peter Kim’s Social Media Marketing Wiki. The site is constantly being updated by the community and is definitely worthy of a re-mention here in the picks!

How to Build a Social Media Campaign
Hilary JM Topper reminds us that “a successful social media program must be mindful of consumers’ interests” with this great guest post on that includes sounds advice and an overview of Coca-Cola’s recent marketing efforts.

4 online brand gimmicks that failed
Bryan Maleszyk contributes to iMediaConnection with this post containing multiple examples of social campaigns that show how failure can often teach more than success.

Ford’s Got a Reason to Fiesta
Scott Monty recaps the success of Ford’s “Fiesta Movement” campaign that culminated with a grand tweet-up with Guinness Record potential. He also offers a glimpse of what’s next for Ford with the beginning of “Fiesta Movement Chapter 2.”