Have you ever heard those songs on the radio that was so good that you wanted to start singing along? So good that you even heard other people singing them when they thought no one is watching? Just imagine if you captured one of those moments on camera, you could turn that moment into a humorous commercial…
I’m proud to say that Pronet Advertising has won the award for Best Social Media Optimization blog of 2006 in the Search Blog Awards that was put on by Loren Baker from Search Engine Journal. We are really honored to win this award and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. We look forward to stepping it up another notch in 2007.
Last month I attended the [Search Engine Strategies Conference in Chicago](http://www.searchenginestrategies.com/sew/chicago06/index.html) where thousands of people in the Internet marketing industry came together. I know many of you could not be there and are wondering what these conferences are like. Here is a video where [Todd Malicoat](http://www.stuntdubl.com), [Mike McDonald](http://www.webpronews.com), and I discussed Digg and SEO. This is a good example of the type of things that get discussed during the day when everyone is not out partying…
As many of you already know I am currently a senior in college and have around 9 classes left. Some people think I must graduate even if it takes me a couple more years to finish and others say I should drop out. And then there’s [Jeremy Schoemaker](http://www.shoemoney.com) who told me to drop out of my current college and attend University of Nebraska, Shoemoney (UNSM); so I decided to take Jeremy up on his offer and attend his university for a few days. Here are some of the things that I have learned from Jeremy…
LinkedIn has launched its new Answers service, which allows LinkedIn users to both ask questions and answer them. The service is very similar to Yahoo Answers except for the fact that it only covers a small niche whereas Yahoo Answers covers topics for anything. This actually gives them an advantage because they aren’t in competition with other questions & answers sites.
I’ve been checking out this new video advertising service from Adbrite that Shoemoney blogged about last night. Basically it is a video hosting service that offers a customizable video player that you can brand with your own logo. The player also comes with non-intrusive ads; if the user hovers over a little text link in the top left corner there’s a small ad that drops down, split screen style, on top of the video.
MySpace.com has announced the first winner of the MySpace Impact Awards which recognize people and organizations â€œmaking a […]
Social Media Marketing (SMM) and Social Media Optimization (SMO) are two new phrases that popped up last year to define marketing through social media and social networking sites. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what each of them mean and what exactly they define, which is bound to happen with any new phrase.
I have to say that the MyBlogLog widget is probably one of the most widely used widgets there is, and for that they deserve a lot of credit. It’s not easy coming up with a widget that nearly every blogger will want to use.
I have just been tagged by [Allen Stern](http://www.centernetworks.com/2007-predictions) and [Cameron Olthuis](http://www.cameronolthuis.com/2006/12/predictions-for-2007/) to share my predictions for 2007. So here goes:
Whether you have your own kids or you know some little kids you’ll notice that everyone is afraid of them learning bad things. Kids are our future and if they all learn bad things then there is a good chance the future will be screwed. So why not use this fear that we all have to create an effective advertisement?
Have you noticed that the hottest ad format for blogs is now those little square 125 x 125 ads? Sites like [TechCrunch](http://www.techcrunch.com), [Mashable](http://www.mashable.com), [Read/WriteWeb](http://www.readwriteweb.com), [GigaOm](http://www.gigaom.com), and [Marketing Pilgrim](http://www.marketingpilgrim.com), just to name a few have them plastered on the top right side of their blogs. So, what’s wrong with these ads?
Lately it seems like more and more Digg users are trying to be in the [top 100](http://digg.com/topusers). As time goes on it will get harder due to Digg’s phenomenal growth. If you are looking to become a top 100 user here is how one user ([aaaz](http://digg.com/users/aaaz/profile)) did it in 30 days.
Last week I noticed that MyBlogLog had a [bug](http://www.searchenginejournal.com/?p=4168) which allowed people to comment on behalf of other MyBlogLog users and create communities that do not belong to them. This week it seems like the hijacking has begun…
Happy holidays to everyone, from all of us here at Pronet Advertising. For the next few days kick back, relax, and have some fun. Spend some time with your friends, family, and colleagues, but don’t get too carried away with those Christmas corals.
Over the past few months more and more marketers have been catching on to the whole social media scene because it can do wonders for a business when it comes to anything from marketing a product or service to increasing search engine rankings. Getting on sites like [Digg](http://www.pronetadvertising.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-digg.html) can drastically improve a website’s traffic and link popularity. If you are a marketer trying to get on Digg here are some of the things you should know.
We need your support. We’ve been nominated for the best social media optimization blog in the 2006 Search Blog Awards that are put on by Loren Baker from Search Engine Journal. We are up against some very tough competitors and could use every vote we can get. Our blog has been around for less than a year now so this is our first nomination for any kind of award and we are very flattered. It is great to be recognized for all the hard work and hopefully this is the first nomination of many to come.
[Anheuser Busch](http://www.anheuser-busch.com/) recently did an advertising campaign on [YouTube](http://www.youtube.com) in the hopes of turning around their Rolling Rock beer brand.
Last week in a post I wrote about some YouTube viral campaigns I highlighted the “Holiday Wishcast” from Coke. In the article I mentioned how I didn’t like that Coke was using actual Coke commercials and I didn’t think it would have success because of the blatant promotion of Coke. Today I came across another holiday campaign from OfficeMax called “Elfyourself”. The purpose is to paste your picture on the body of the elf; the elf will then dance around and sing. You can then send it off to your family or friends.