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This Month in Media Monitoring newsletter features top PR articles of the month, PR & Marketing job openings and PR meetings. The newsletter is distributed free of charge by CyberAlert, Inc. (www.cyberalert.com), the media monitoring company, as a service to its customer base in public relations and marketing.


Table of Contents
Best PR Articles of the Month
  Google + — All You Need to Know (at Least for Now)
  You're Using the Wrong Social Media Metrics
  Definitive Guide to Marketing Metrics & Analytics
  How to Make Measurement Fun
  Do You Know What Social Media Marketing Really Costs?
  Six Reasons Every Brand Should Blog
  41 Ideas for Posts for Your Company Blog
  21 Buzz Words and Phrases That We Can Live Without
  The PR Video Primer
  Video: 29 Ways to Stay Creative
  Social Media Strategy in One Slide
  Google Posts the Best Doodle in the World
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PR & Marketing Job Openings
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Google + — All You Need to Know (at Least for Now)

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Google + has hit big with 10 million users in a couple of weeks. The original Google+ release was not intended for brands, but many signed up and were summarily deleted by Google. Now, Google is running a pilot for selected brands and companies. Sorry, it's already too late to sign up. But, here are the key articles on Google +. First look at Mashable's comprehensive Google+: The Complete Guide. Then, take a look at iMedia Connection's article on 10 Potential Brand Benefits of Google+. Web Pro News succinctly captures much of what you need to know in 39 Things You Should Know About Google+. In a well-organized "how to" piece, Marketing Professor goes one better with 40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies. With app developers hard at work even before Google+ was announced, Mashable recommends 5 Chrome Extensions that Improve Google+.

You're Using the Wrong Social Media Metrics

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Measuring social media is in its early innings and most everyone agrees there is no gold standard approach quite yet. John Lovett opines in You're Using the Wrong Social Media Metrics that most of today's metrics are "digital trivia" with little value. Effective social metrics must be outcome based and report on the true value of social media to the business, he maintains.

Definitive Guide to Marketing Metrics & Analytics

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We don't normally recommend self-serving white papers, but Definitive Guide to Marketing Metrics & Analytics is chock full of worthwhile information and approaches. You need to register to get it. But, you do know how to avoid giving your corporate e-mail address, right? Answer: Create a Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail address and profile for the specific purpose of registering for white papers without giving away all your corporate information.

How to Make Measurement Fun

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Beth Kanter jokes that asking How to Make Measurement Fun is a bit like asking how to make going to the dentist fun — or funerals. Nonetheless, the article manages to suggest approaches that take some of the pain out of measurement and also produce better reports.

Do You Know What Social Media Marketing Really Costs?

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Proponents of social media marketing have probably never toted up the costs — but Heidi Cohen does in detailed line item fashion in Do You Know What Social Media Marketing Really Costs?. Just count the costs: near 30 line items. At the very least, the article offers a realistic view of actual costs and a pretty good budgeting template.

Six Reasons Every Brand Should Blog

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With the rise of Twitter and Facebook, many companies and brands are reluctant to blog. But the evidence is overwhelming that corporate and brand blogs can be effective marketing tools with extensive reach and impact. Six Reasons Every Brand Should Blog makes a strong case in favor of blogs to build brand identity, improve search engine optimization, generate sales reasons and control the conversation, especially for crisis communications.

41 Ideas for Posts for Your Company Blog

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It's not easy coming up with consistently good and worthwhile blog content. 41 Ideas for Posts for Your Company Blog by Janet Aronica, will help you generate worthwhile ideas. Keep it handy for the parched times.

21 Buzz Words and Phrases That We Can Live Without

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Agreed: every last one of the 21 Buzz Words and Phrases That We Can Live Without should be banished from the business lexicon. But couldn't someone have written a better headline?

The PR Video Primer

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Most PR professionals are writers, not video producers. As a result, video is an underutilized PR tool. Yet video can often accomplish far more than words. 10 Reasons Why PR Professionals Should be Using Social Video provides solid suggestions on how social video — that is, video distributed through social media — can be added to the PR arsenal of most organizations. Add to those suggestions 4 Ways PR Professionals Can Use Video to Reach Target Audiences from Arketi Group. But, be careful of using video news releases (VNRs), once a staple of public relations. According to O'Dwyer's PR, the FCC Cites a Decline in VNRs resulting from enforcement actions. Now, YouTube is the hot channel for promotional videos. YouTube Etiquette for 2011 explains how to best employ online video for marketing and public relations.

Video: 29 Ways to Stay Creative

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This video by TO-FU on 29 Ways to Stay Creative may be just the thing to get your creative juices flowing. Some interesting insights and approachs — and a superb use of animated video.

Social Media Strategy in One Slide

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As someone who tends to be comprehensive (lengthy? verbose?), I had to admire the attempt to compress Social Media Strategy in One Slide. More importantly, the one slide contains as much insight as many 30-minute PowerPoint presentations.

Google Posts the Best Doodle in the World

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Sometimes it can be a bit scary what companies know about you — and how they can deploy that information to target and individualize marketing programs. Take a look at Google Posts the Best Doodle in the World. The technology behind it isn't all that complicated, but does it freak you out just a little bit?

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