Organizations that are guided by five key digital success tips will increase their digital performance in 2017. These tips include: understanding your present digital situation, optimizing your digital team and tools, focusing on the top 20% of digital optimization opportunities, controlling production and workflow, and leveraging the right analytics. Taking our free Digital Status Assessment is a great way to get started. (by Internet Advisory Board)
The forms of digital media that organizations can leverage as part of their marketing and public relations efforts should include not just the traditional notions of owned, earned and paid, but also shared, free and rented. This article describes and provides examples of each type and offers some related thoughts.
A recent review of Denovati SMART Articles revealed that our most popular content falls into two categories: conceptual and tactical pieces on the digital transformation of organizations, and practical insights and how-to guidance on leveraging social and digital technologies. Here are links to our most-read resources on social and digital engagement (plus one bonus piece).
Another new year has begun. Is your digital house in order? The Denovati Group can help. In this piece we share updated guidance on digital resolutions that people should make - and keep! - in 2016. Through our Digital Coaching and SMART Solutions consulting services, we can enable both individuals and organizations reach their goals by leveraging social and digital technology more efficiently and effectively.
Did you know that 78 percent of all websites are still not optimized for mobile? WebsiteToolTester.com recently created an infographic that provides an overview of the best options for creating mobile ready websites, eCommerce businesses and mobile apps. These options can work with a range of individual skill levels and organizational sizes and budgets. The infographic is a handy guide to help people get started and make some quick decisions about how to focus their efforts.
Many (most?) people are confounded by the differences between # and @ tags; and as a result, they tend to use them interchangeably. Doing so, however, can undermine the goals one is trying to achieve by incorporating tags into their social media communications. This article clarifies the differences and offers guidance on how they work on various social media platforms.
Leveraging LinkedIn effectively is a never-ending challenge for both individuals and organizations. If you think it's just you, rest assured you're not alone. Here are links to SMART Articles that address the complexities of three LinkedIn features: company pages, the activity stream, and LinkedIn groups. Access to additional LinkedIn and social media resources is also provided.
Can we validly and reliably measure social media sophistication? In Part 2 of a two-part essay, I share my perspective on the challenges in trying to create a universal measure, and offer some thoughts on what a tool to measure social media sophistication might include. The thoughts and perspectives of others are welcome.
Should there be a scientific measure of social media sophistication? In Part 1 of a two-part essay, I share my perspective on whether understanding social media sophistication is important and whether there’s value in trying to create a universal measure to assess it. The perspective of others is welcome.
Digital success does not come easy or cheap, and it requires a lot of time and effort. It demands commitment, focus, organization, rigor, persistence, resilience, ruthlessness, self control, efficiency… none of which is possible without both mental and emotional discipline. To achieve digital success, leaders and others must have the discipline to lay a strong foundation, implement and refine a plan of action, and even walk away.
Key digital transformation mistakes include not having an executive in charge,inadequate leadership buy-in and support,having decisions related to social and digital technologies made by people who lack sophistication, multiple fragmented, tactical approaches rather than a unified approach that is strategic and integrated, and executives who lack the proper perspective on revenues and expenses.
A quick reference to recent SMART articles and other pieces that offer guidance on websites and blogging, from the latest monthly Denovati email. Also includes a link to and registration discount for Social Media Today’s Social Shake-Up in Atlanta, June 9-10, 2015.
Google's recent algorithm change prioritizes "mobile-friendly" websites. This significant change has been dubbed #mobilegeddon, but it actually may create the incentive some organizations need to enhance their websites. A key part of any enhancement initiative should include website optimization testing, which primarily focuses on evaluating the speed with which specific pages load. This article provides guidance on the main website optimization testing tools and offers recommendations for improving test results.
Saving LinkedIn groups will require people to make them an active part of their LinkedIn experience – and by extension, their ongoing professional development, business development and networking efforts. In this piece I describe the potential benefits of LinkedIn groups and offer some tips for getting started and managing group memberships. I’ll follow up in my next article with recommendations for how to be a good group member.
Blogging has evolved into a critically important website feature that virtually every organization can benefit from; however, many people still harbor negative perceptions that prevent them from taking advantage of the benefits blogs can offer. This article is intended to update people's perceptions by sharing eight key facts about blogs and blogging.
The approach to hiring social media and digital expertise used by most organizations is perfectly backwards. They usually start with part-time internal help that is either a junior staffer, an enthusiast with some knowledge, or both. A better approach is to start with a true expert who can help define a strategy, outsource engagement to define the best tactics and determine required resources, then bring it in house.
A quick reference to recent SMART articles and other pieces that offer guidance on social media and digital engagement, from the latest monthly Denovati email. Also includes a link to and discount code for Social Media Today's Social Shake-Up in Atlanta, June 9-10, 2015.
Rather than viewing the impact of technological innovation on established firms as either competence-destroying or competence-enhancing, business leaders should consider their competence-extending possibilities. This article explores the notion and provides examples of businesses that have successfully adapted their strategies to incorporate new social and digital technologies.
This guidance for evaluating website themes divides various factors into three categories: mandatory, important, and optional. Mandatory factors include things like responsive design and developer reputation. Important factors include browser compatibility and certain blog elements. Optional factors include page templates, demo data, and compatibility with common WordPress plugins like WooCommerce.
Organizational leaders and other senior professionals need to be savvy enough to judge the true value of what they read and hear about social media’s promise, develop realistic expectations about both processes and outcomes, make smart decisions about where and how to engage, and create workable plans of actions for moving forward. Knowing these truths about social media should help.