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Rob Birgfeld

In advance of the upcoming SES Chicago 2010 conference, I had the opportunity to ask aimClear President Marty Weintraub some questions about taking advantage of YouTube. His company provides traditional and social pay-per-click (PPC) management, natural search-engine optimization (SEO), reputation monitoring/management and social media/feed marketing (SMO) services to national clients.

We’ve heard that YouTube is the second-largest search engine in the world, but most businesses are still barely scratching the surface.[…] Continue Reading »

By now, we’ve all heard about how location-based networks are taking off. Foursquare, Gowalla, SCVNGR and now, of course, Facebook are all part of a new landscape filled with marketing opportunities. Part of what makes these services fun and attractive to consumers are the game mechanics. While I’m personally convinced that there is a “Rob cannot be a mayor” provision in Foursquare’s code, many of my friends and colleagues enjoy the benefit of being a mayor of a restaurant, venue or store.[…] Continue Reading »

I wish my mom knew how to text. If she did, we could avoid the 20-minute conversation in which she details every minute since our last chat and jump right to her request to come by and fix her “broken” computer.

For better or for worse, quick and to the point is what everyone is after these days.[…] Continue Reading »

**UPDATE** We have announced our two winners. The winner of the comment/blog portion of the contest, receiving two tickets to Facebook Success Summit is Elisha Tan, a psychology enthusiast and a Social Media Consultant at Adonai Training. Read her comment here. The winner of the Twitter contest is Bill Lage, a marketing technology manager for RE/MAX.[…] Continue Reading »

Nick Sarillo is the founder and CEO of Nick’s Pizza & Pub, located in Crystal Lake, Ill., and Elgin, Ill. This year, Nick graced the cover of Inc. magazine as the “Blue Collar Millionaire” and has been driving success with a unique leadership style. His leadership has helped his restaurant develop a set of innovative social media strategies, and SmartBrief is lucky enough to have him participating in a panel in the upcoming Facebook Success Summit.[…] Continue Reading »