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    Twitter Web Analytics

    Christopher Golda, founder of BackType (the company behind BackTweet acquired by Twitter in July) and new tech exec for Twitter, announced today the impending launch of Twitter Web Analytics (not to be confused with Twitter Advertiser Analytics) which will help people measure exactly how much traffic their tweets drive to their websites, including how effective that Tweet Button really is. Twitter Web Analytics is currently in beta for a select few but expected to be made available for free in a few weeks. On the whole, a welcome (albeit surprisingly belated) addition to the Twitter platform which has been struggling to stay relevant in the ever escalating battle for social media influence.

    For our clients (where we manage and monitor their social media channels) we have seen as much as 22% of site traffic come from Twitter. More impressive is that these visitors appeared to be of the desired demographic, spending more time engaged with content than the average visitor. Combine this with Facebook and StumbleUpon and you got a pretty hardy social media machine churning out qualified leads to your website. Of course, with social media it is all about content. Good original content. Twitter Web Analytics will be yet another tool in our tool chest for measuring social media ROI.

    For over two decades personal trainer and fitness guru Chris Terenzio has been helping people of all ages get in shape, stay in shape, and live more healthier lives. When it came time to redesign his website, we did so with the same sense of purpose. This new website was built under an open-source content management system so that it is easy for Chris and his team to blog and add content as well as be ready to scale as the business grows.  In-Home Health & Fitness offers one-on-one training and indoor/outdoor fitness boot camps for groups and corporations throughout Fairfield County. In time, Chris plans to include exercise videos and sell his own personal line of products.

    To promote Cellcom’s First Love branded content project of 150 Israeli teenagers’ love stories, McCann Erickson, Tel Aviv, commandeers the URL address bar on participating websites. Visitors to these sites could view short love letters right inside the browser’s address bar which in turn led them to the First Love website simply by pressing enter. From a tech POV, this is kinda cool. From a marketing POV, it effectively raised Cellcom above the banner ad din and yielded a 1.86% Click Through Rate (CTR), 37 times higher than the average CTR in Israel. My only real issue is this “refreshing” of the URL clogs up the browser’s history rendering the back button useless.

    My nephew is a very talented artist out in Bozeman, Montana, and he just launched his new photo blog (with a little help). Living in Big Sky Country, Jason has some breathtaking shots of the scenery (not to mention skateboarders defying gravity).

    Location-based promotions have been around for years and it is no surprise that behemoth social network Facebook would make this technology an integral part of their platform. And brands like Coca-Cola have been taking full advantage of this in smart and engaging ways. The Recycling King campaign created by Israeli ad agency Publicis E-Dologic encourages people to “think green” by having them upload pictures of themselves recycling.

    Coca-Cola registered over 10,000 recycling bins on Facebook Places and then challenged users to vie for the title of Recycling King by checking in to the most bins. Whether or not you feel revealing your whereabouts to virtual strangers raises huge privacy concerns (and Coca-Cola just duped thousands of Israelis to volunteer their purchasing habits), the campaign has proven to be quite successful; with over 26,000 pictures uploaded and more than 250,000 checkins. If you’re a marketer or an environmentalist, it is something to think about.