Author Archives: Gary Schirr

#Blog problems: Blogger’s Block? #Audience not growing?

A 17-minute SMM lecture on what to do if you encounter the two most common problems after launching a new blog: Blogger’s Block – I used up all the great article ideas! Where’s the audience? My goal is to motivate … Continue reading

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Student Blogs – From Moneyball to Cotton Seed Oil. Check them out!

Yes there are 200 million active blogs in the blogosphere. Never fear – my Digital Marketing class has created 7 fresh new ones to take a look at! Deb’s Dietary Do’s and Don’ts –  Insight from a concerned consumer about the impact … Continue reading

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You can make a good decision… and lose – Ask Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll will be long remembered as “the coach who blew Superbowl 49.” Everyone KNOWS that he should have had “Beast Mode” run for the winning touchdown. But let’s take a fresh look at: How would a strategic or data-driven manager make the decision to run or pass? Continue reading

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Update: Favorite Social Sites of College Seniors

The initial survey of my 60 social media marketing students last August (see previous post!) generated some interest, so I thought I would update it for Spring Semester 2015. Weighted Scores – Favorite and Most Used Social Sites

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Essential Social Platforms for College Seniors

Yesterday I surveyed the sixty students, generally seniors majoring in marketing or communications, about which social media sites were important to them. I asked two questions:

What are your three most used social media platforms in order, and
What ONE social media platform is most important – the one you would keep if you had to have only one? Continue reading

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Extended Posts on LinkedIn

Have you tried the new extended post feature on LinkedIn? What has been your experience? What are your concerns?? Continue reading

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The 10 Principles of Social Media Marketing

This is the last week of my summer social media marketing class. Seven MBA students, most of whom are working during the day, have gathered together twice a week from 6 to 10 pm to discuss SMM for organizations. Last session I … Continue reading

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My Content Marketing II: #Curation, #Contributed + #Branded Content

Looking back I was always a content marketing salesperson. In the days before blogs and email I folded newsletters, stamped and licked envelopes to get content to a targeted community of bank and other financial traders. I curated articles and contributed content and experimented with branded content – all before social media… Continue reading

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My Careers in Content Marketing

The origin of content marketing is often traced back two centuries. I had been teaching marketing and social media marketing for several years before a conversation with and an article by Sander Biehn (@sanderbiehn) led me to the realization that I had been a content marketing and content salesperson in my two careers prior to becoming a professor! Continue reading

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Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber: Google Trends tells a Story

If you look closely you will see that the Google search pattern for Justin is eerily similar to that of Lady Gaga, Go to Google Trends to check out what is trending. Find out what is hot and predict the future! Continue reading

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