Facebook’s offers brands awesome power to connect with their customers. But, as with great power in any context, sometimes that power is abused. “… With great popularity comes some shameful characters looking to tap into Facebook's viral market to sell you their crappy products or scheme your money through affiliate links or worse,” writes Daniel Zeevi.
Everyday, social media users are being bombarded with spam. From people begging for clicks, link-backs and free shout- outs to over the top self- promotional automated messages and poorly written sales letters for black hat SEO and other junk marketing spam tactics. Spam marketing is an ever-growing problem - in a new episode of Social Zoom Factor, Pam Moore investigates the issue and what can be done to stop it.
If you've ever used spammy tactics and violated Facebook's Terms of Service, you've likely found yourself behind bars in what's known as "Facebook jail." If you're stuck in Facebook jail, follow these tips to break yourself free.
You know all those social media “experts” who go on and on about email marketing and the amazing numbers of subscribers they have? After paying careful attention to my own attempt at creating an email newsletter list, I now truly don’t believe them. I’m not at all convinced that anyone has anywhere near the number of real subscribers that they claim to have.
If email is a part of your business then you are undoubtedly also dealing with spam. It’s probably clogging up your Inbox and, depending on how public you have made your email address and how long you have had your email address, you may be getting dozens of junk emails every day.
So you are finally listening to the advice of your marketing guru, agency, etc. and are sending out an email newsletter on a regular schedule (monthly, quarterly, etc.). Now for the big question…are you compliant? If you aren’t following the basic guidelines from the Federal CAN-SPAM Act then you are putting your business and pocketbook at risk, to the tune of potentially $16,000 per violation.
If we were being honest with one another, we’d have to admit that a lot of what marketers have traditionally sent under the guise of "lead nurturing" basically amounts to unsolicited offers. It might not have been spam in the sense that the messages were about generic medications or overseas casinos, but they weren't really passing the smell test when it came to “requested information,” either.
If you are an active LinkedIn user and an active participant on LinkedIn Discussion Groups, you are probably aware of the controversy that has surrounded LinkedIn’s SWAM policy. While SWAM aimed to cut down the level of spam being posted in Discussion Groups, it has been a huge thorn in the side of many well-intentioned and legitimate LinkedIn users.