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Content strategy and social search

23 February 2012
SES London presentation: Why content strategy is crucial for social search

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Yesterday, I went along to the third day of Search Engine Strategies (SES London) to present ‘Why content strategy is crucial to social search.’ My aim was to give a practical walk through what content strategy is, why as marketers (and brands) we need to understand how social media and content has a role to play in how our customers discover us through search. Reinforcing that, as the only panellist based in the UK, through case studies on this side of the pond.

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SES London

20 February 2012
A content strategy is crucial for social search

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
On Wednesday, I’ll be speaking at Search Engine Strategies in London about how a content strategy plays an important role in social search (and therefore the bigger search picture). Alongside two search marketers from America and Canada, my role on the panel will be very much geared along the communications route, focusing on how content strategy and social search fit into a wider marketing and PR plan.

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15 February 2012
What’s the interest with social network Pinterest?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
For many, visual and photo sharing site Pinterest has just burst onto the social networking scene, reportedly building a 13 million user base in the last 10 months. But in reality, it’s been enjoying a loyal and growing following for quite some time. In the spirit of comparison, has created a Pinterest USA vs. UK infographic.

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State of the social media agency fun guy

14 February 2012
State of the social media agency 2012 by InvestInSocial

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
There’s never a shortage of lists when it comes to social media, particularly those listing and ranking social media agencies. Here’s another; social media directory InvestInSocial records over 920 social media type companies with 555 social media agencies leading the charge - creating the ‘State of the social media agency’ infographic 2012.

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Reporters Without Borders

3 February 2012
Google quietly enables country specific blocking for Blogger

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Last week Twitter caused a bit of an international stir when it announced it could now block tweets on a per country basis. Yesterday, news that Google had in fact introduced the same thing three weeks earlier (on January 9th). Ironically, the day before Twitter announced its blocks, Reporters Without Borders released its index showing that Australia, the UK and the United States have less freedom of press this year than last.

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1 February 2012
Is Really Simple Syndication (RSS) still relevant?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has been with us for a number of years and although it maybe a little grey around the sideburns, its role hasn’t changed. Although a lot of people still question the relevancy and necessity of RSS, it remains an essential element and make-up of the web, but why should we continue to make friends with it?

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