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How do we integrate social media with our other marketing and communications channels/activities?

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Look at social media as a place to involve your audience in conversations about the messages you're delivering through other channels. Where those messages and your brand are resonating with your audience, you can use social media to give them tools to take your brand out to their own networks. Yes, they'll transform it and make it their own - but what you lose in control, you'll gain back in the credibility, authenticity and reach that come from peer communication. And if you've found a genuine patch of shared ground around your brand's or message's underlying values, whatever changes your new messengers make to your message won't alter its fundamentals.

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Giving smarter and more to your cause, through mashing a holiday tradition with online fundraising tools

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NetSquared: Online tools changing offline politics

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Reflected glory marketing: building brand with Web 2.0

For a few lucky brands – like media companies, Nike or Apple – customers care enough about the product or brand that they’re happy to come and talk about your products. For everybody else, the best way to tap the power of Web 2.0 is to create an online community that has intrinsic value, and let the activities of that community reflect positively on the parent company's brand. We call this approach reflected glory marketing.

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The lectern has been disassembled, the coffee cups are cleared and the crowd has moved on to their afternoon agenda. The major speech you worked on for weeks is over, and you can’t help but think: is that it? Here are a few ways you can get the most from your next big speech — well beyond the actual delivery itself.

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