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Social media optimization (SMO) is a set of methods for generating publicity through social media, online communities and community websites. Methods of SMO include adding RSS feeds, social news buttons, blogging, and incorporating third-party community functionalities like images and videos. Social media optimization is related to search engine marketing, but differs in several ways, primarily the focus on driving traffic for sources other than search engines, though improved search ranking is also a benefit of successful SMO.

Social media optimization is in many ways connected as a technique to viral marketing where word of mouth is created not through friends or family but through the use of networking in social bookmarking, video and photo sharing websites. In a similar way the engagement with blogs achieves the same by sharing content through the use of RSS in the blogsphere and special blog search engines.

Social Media optimization is considered an integral part of an online reputation management (ORM) or Search Engine Reputation Management (SERM) strategy for organizations or individuals who care about their online presence.

Social media can take many different forms, including Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, wikis, podcasts, pictures and video. Technologies include: blogs, picture-sharing, vlogs, wall-postings, email, instant messaging, music-sharing, crowdsourcing, and voice over IP, to name a few. Examples of social media applications are Google Groups (reference, social networking), Wikipedia (reference), MySpace (social networking), MouthShut.com yelp.com (product reviews), Youmeo (social networking) Facebook Last.fm (personal music), YouTube (social networking and video sharing), Avatars United (social networking), Second Life (virtual reality), Flickr (photo sharing). Twitter (social networking and microblogging), and other microblogs such as Jaiku. Many of these social media services can be integrated via social network aggregation platforms like Mybloglog and Plaxo.

Examples of social media software applications include:

* Blogs: Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Vox

* Internet forums: vBulletin, phpBB

* Micro-blogging / Presence applications: Twitter, Plurk, Jaiku

* Social networking: Bebo, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Orkut, Skyrock, Hi5

* Social network aggregation: FriendFeed, Youmeo

* Events: Upcoming, Eventful, Meetup.com

Posted by & in category Marketing Musings.

So. We’re officially part of the blogosphere. Finally.

After having worked on launching our new blog for what seems like an eternity we have finally put the shoes on the cobbler’s son. In being nominated to make our prolific first post, I wondered where to start. For nearly a week I struggled with the content and what I wanted any and all readers to come away with. And then it hit me – what do I say in any new business presentation where we’re in front of a group of people who know nothing about us?
Well, we’re Sharp. (Yes, I was born with an incredible last name for a girl who has wanted to be in advertising since I saw my first commercial at the ripe old age of 18 months.) But it’s true – we are sharp-minded folks who truly do love creating solutions for clients.

I’ll spare you all the marketing hoo-hah verbiage now. If you want to read ALL about our capabilities and what we can do for you, please visit the “Services” section.

This blog is all about sharing the latest, greatest, craziest, quickest, smartest and coolest stuff in the marketing and advertising world with you. Oh, and if you like wacky TV commercials, we love posting the domestic and international ones we find in our personal favorite blogs and RSS feeds.

We’ll be blogging about great ideas we find that are appropriate for our customers, latest marketing trends, tons of social marketing information and other things that make us go “huh?” You’ll meet some of our customers along the way – theirs are the stories that people relate to most. Seriously, how do you tell sweet little grandmothers they can only register for a contest one time at a client garden party?

Most of all, we want to hear from you. Leave comments anytime and all the time. Tell us if you’re looking for something in particular. Your feedback is appreciated and encouraged. We may be the ones posting, but this blog is really for you. We’re glad to have you on board.