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Apple Testing New iPhone: Reports

Apple is in the process of testing a new iPhone and the next version of its iOS software, according to app developers. Hints of Apple’s new iPhone and iOS software emerging in app usage logs had developers contacting The Next Web (TNW) to discuss the developments. References to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1, running iOS 7 operating system was spotted, TNW reported. The device is to be released by Apple later this year. Apple’s iPhone 5 displays the identifiers “iPhone 5.1″ and “iPhone 5.2″ and runs on the iOS 6 operating system. The app requests stem from from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus, intimating Apple engineers are testing compatibility for some of the company’s most popular app offerings, the website said. “Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple’s Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts,” the website said

Technology News Briefs — Jan. 7, 2013

Facebook Post Leads to Charges Drinking, driving and Facebook were a bad combination for an Oregon man. Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, is facing charges after posting on Facebook he had hit a car while driving drunk. “Drivin drunk … classsic but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. ,” the post read. The Astorian Daily is reporting two of Cox-Brown’s friends saw the message and sent it to two different police officers. The police department told the newspaper a Facebook post to one of its officers led to two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver, being laid against Cox-Brown. Police also said officers were able to match a vehicle at Cox-Brown’s house to one that had hit two others.

SEO and Social Media Specialists Identified as Hot Tech Jobs for 2013

Recruitment firms Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group have released 2013 Salary Guides this month that identify SEO/SEM specialists and social media specialists as two of the hottest technology jobs for 2013. Both positions offer strong starting salaries in both the U.S. and Canada, with income ranges that have increased in the past 12 months due to continual high demand for experienced candidates. According to The Creative Group, the growth of online, mobile and social media content has created strong demand for professionals with a range of interactive skills, including user experience designers, mobile developers and online community managers. Marketing professionals with experience using social media measurement and client relationship management tools, for example, are highly sought after. Consumers’ appetite for targeted, up-to-date and easy-to-digest news, information and entertainment seems to grow every day. Organizations need professionals who can create, curate, manage, distribute and optimize content using a variety of channels, including social media. Demand is particularly high for copywriters, proofreaders and content managers with Web expertise

Zuckerberg In Critical Condition

No, Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t been in a car accident or been hurt in any way. As far as we know, he’s probably hanging out, drinking some carrot juice at his Palo Alto mansion, but his social media empire might not be faring so well. There’s no denying that Facebook changed the entire online landscape and rose up quicker than we could have all expected or even imagined. However, Beanie Babies revolutionized the entire stuffed animal market and became somewhat of a cultural icon of the day. Do you see store merchants struggling to keep these collector items on the shelves? That’s what I thought. If trends continue along this path, will Facebook even be in existence 5 years from now? As 80% of Facebook’s revenue is generated from advertising, it is clear that businesses have, in the recent past, entrusted Facebook to reach niche markets and increase exposure of product or service offerings. The rate of growth in the number of new Facebook users from July 2010 to March 2011 was a staggering 8.38 users per second

Brand reputation management and the media channels

The term brand reputation management has been around for some time now and, over the past year or so, more websites have explored the possibilities of getting away from the hackneyed SEO tag and have embraced the need for brand restoration and management as forms of modern business communications are far broader and personal than reacting to negative posts on Google. A recent article on Mashable spoke with five companies, with each taking a different path to co-ordinating a company’s message on various media classes. Some media types work much better with personalised communications, such as Twitter, with personal customer interactions, suggestions, industry retweets, adventures, film and documentaries, while Facebook seems to lend itself towards more behind-the-scenes content, such as newsletters, Instagram posts, video links, magazine features, Google maps of store locations, product launches, books, customer photos, exclusive discounts for Facebook fans, news updates, etc. So when we talk about brand reputation management it surely isn’t all about mere brand restoration from an unscrupulous business rival or dissatisfied customer. It goes much further than traditional SEO and the manipulation of search engine listings; this involves looking at all the major media channels and deciding what approach should be taken and how to achieve it. In the Mashabale articles, they cited women’s apparel fashion designer Tory Burch as perhaps the best spokesperson on how to achieve this mix, when she opined that “social networks are not best used as a conduit to the brand’s marketing messages, but rather a place for “of the moment” and “off-the-cuff” comments that are “compelling”. Add to this the blog, YouTube promotional videos, Pinterest and Tumblr and you perhaps get to the point where the brand consultant brings scope and understanding of how these media types work to the table. Social communications require a voice that lends itself to feeling a connection with the brand: they want the company to be approachable. But keeping the voice consistent and broadcast in tones relevant across a disparate range of media channels is challenging

Viral Marketing: A Winning Combination of Content and Outreach

Viral marketing is nothing new, but social networking has changed the way we think about it. It has never been easier to share something en masse, and there have never been so many different platforms on which to do this. That said, the key to dissemination is not only utilizing every outlet available but also creating content that people will want to share. After all, you can have a whole host of share buttons accompanying your content, but ultimately the decision to share is up to the user. Here are a few things to consider when aiming for the relentless ubiquity associated with viral marketing. Define your message. What is the one thing you want people to realize when they view your content? In one sentence, articulate that in specific, but not overly complex terms

Mother, Can I Trust Google?

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The Only Thing You Ever Need to Worry About When Writing Web Content

“Compelling content.” “Written with the search engines in mind.” “Google loves quality content.” These phrases are bandied around by all and sundry when it comes to the qualities of content writing, and such well-meaning but often-oblique instructions can actually serve to confuse many new writers. What you really need is something altogether simpler. A single instruction, one thing to keep in mind that will ensure your writing comes out well every time. And I think I have just the thing: “Value.” The Imaginary Google ‘Value’ Search Filter What if there was a little box that you could tick when making a search in Google which said: ‘Click here to show only pages which actually provide value to the reader.’ How many people would click it? Somehow I don’t think I would be the only one. Just think how much that would shake up the SEO industry! Suddenly everyone would be talking about the value of good writing rather than links, keywords, density, or whatever else is the flavor of the month as dictated by Google’s latest algorithm shake up. But even without the magic ‘value’ filter, the fact is that if you focus on providing value in every piece of content that you produce, you’ll not only write better content, but you also write better SEO content. I’m no SEO expert, but I do know that Google is always trying to provide the most relevant content to its users, and no matter what changes it decides to make in the future, you never need to be one algorithm adjustment from catastrophe if you focus on content that provides genuine value.

12 Social Media Rules of Engagement for Small Businesses

Promoting your business on social media can be helpful in extending your brand, gaining visibility, and building relationships with your customers. Done right, it can be an inexpensive way to market your company. But too many times I see companies plastering up a Facebook page just because everyone else is doing it. Or, they shoot out a few tweets and after a few days or weeks give up because no one is paying attention. Is social media the right tool for your business? Here are some guidelines to help you use social media as a strategic marketing tool: 1