Charlie Sheen Gets back his Domain name charliesheen.com

For any one who has been following the Charlie Sheen developments over the last few weeks, you be be well aware that Charlie Sheen is building a strong following via social media channels. He built 1 million followers on Twitter in 1 day, He is building strength via uStream and other website where thousands to millions of users want to know what he is saying and in the blogasphere he is going crazy.

In the middle of all this I was wondering why is Charlie Sheen building up a social presence on Twitter and other websites which he does not technically own, I decided to check out Charliesheen.com and see who owned it to my dismay it was pulling up a 404 error page. I instantly did a who is check which allows me to see who owns the domain name, some company called Alberta Hot Rods owns the domain for many years interesting.

Yesterday I saw Charlie put up a tweet, saying he had taken his domain back from the Troll, now he owns it because if you visit charliesheen.com you see his website come up –

charliesheen.com domain name
charliesheen.com domain name

Charlie is Winning once again taking the domain from Albert Hot Rods and now owning it, I am sure he can make his personal brand via social media even stronger now with a domain name to divert all this traffic back too.

NAB Takes aim at CBA via Social Media!

So the NAB bank has recently been pushing alot of advertising material on offline media – TV/Print and online telling people to move from their current bank.

This week I had some problems with Commonwealth bank, I needed to urgently send some money.

Yet they had issues with their network so the whole Netbank was down for the best part of a day, I took to Twitter to post about the issue saying how I was not happy with CBA and thinking ab out changing banks.

Instantly (within 30 minutes) NAB strikes back offering me to join their bank:

NAB-CBA twitter
NAB-CBA twitter

So it shows these types of customer acquisition’s methods whilst are a little sneaky are obviously working for big banks.

SEO’s need to get more Social!

Well Google has updated their algorithm to include a higher emphasis on Social websites. I have predicted this change to be coming for a long while and any one who has been working in both areas of social media and SEO like myself will have known how big the impact of social has been on SEO for the last few years.

Here is a video from Google about the recent changes –

Sure the video does not let too many things away and Google never does.

Here is some advice from my end in regards to the changes –

1. Get active on Twitter if you are not already you need to be a content king =)
2. Get actice on big Q & A websites such as Quora.
3. Get active on pretty much any social websites which is big in my opinion, you needs to test what works will for you in your niche. Links from specific social media websites have worked very well for me in speicifc niches yet in other niches they have not.
4. Facebook Like data, Google comes out and states they don’t place too much emphasis on like data from Facebook as it is behind a wall. Yet from my experience Google is utilizing any thing which is related to like data.
5. Get your Google profile updated and going strong, I predict Google will make a big push for Google profiles soon. Gmail emails they will integrate every thing into something big which is social related.
6. Get involved highly with any social media activities if your company is running a social media campaign then you need to get involved and be their from the start =)

I will post more developments and insights as they come =)

My SEO & Social Media predictions for 2011

So it seems every one has been posting these predictions for 2011 all over the internet I have seen a mass of posts on various SEO and Social Media websites I even have been bombarded with emails and newsletters with trends and predictions for 2011.

So I have read most of them and now I will put forward what I feel will be popular/ important in 2011 –

1. Social Media and SEO will be a stronger force – People have been talking about SEO and Social Media for years yet I believe it will be even more stronger in 2011, like data will be huge, Tweet data will be important. If you are not optimizing social media properties for SEO then you are left behind.

2. Authority websites are highly important – SEO MOZ domain authority and page authority are two metrics which SEO’s should be taking close note of.

3. Google places will become more important, if you have not optimized your Google places listings for your business then you will be at a disadvantage to competitors, I can see more emphasis been placed on Google Places as the mobile world goes even more crazy.

4. Celebrities and promotions marketing will become even more key to social media campaigns, it has been highly evident in the US that celebrities are playing a bigger role in social media campaigns to drive more traffic, yet I can see in 2011 that we will see even more use of celebrities to link up with social media campaigns, I can even see a bigger link up with experiential marketing and social media.

5. A new social media player in the market! I can feel that we may see a new social media player in the market which integrates Friends/Videos/Feeds/data/connection all in one spot. sites like World Star Hip Hop see millions of unique visitors a day and I feel a social based site could utilize all this and become very popular in the market.

What do you think will be big in 2011??

Have your say below –

SAW 3D FAKE PHOTO BOOTH Viral Video

Saw this very good use of social media to promote the new SAW 3D movie, they set up a fake photo booth and see the result below –

Top Buzz websites for brands in Australia

Ever wondered what was the most buzziest channel for people mentioning your brand name online, well a recent study by the Digital Brand Index in australia has shown that Twitter is the number one most buzziest channel followed by whirlpool forums and then Over Clockers forums. these channels provide a huge number of brand mentions, it is highly important to be on top of what people are saying about your brands on these forums as they are a key element to social media.

buzziest channels in australia

Don’t mess with Animals or Social Media will get you!

Don’t mess with Animals or Social Media will get you!

Well I think most people are aware of the mean cat lady who last week put a poor innocent Kitty into a bin for no reason,
I am not really a cat person, I am more of a dog person but still it makes my blood boil to see this type of thing happening
to poor innocent animals.

Here is a new report of What originally happened.

As you know this video cause quite a stir in the world and now thanks to social media people have come back
in a big way !!

1. We saw the viral video “Revenge of the cat” be made where we see a cat place the woman in the bin! –

2. we saw a viral Facebook page be made “Cat Lady should do time in a bin”

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Lady-should-do-time-in-a-bin/143513942355775?ref=ts

3. We saw a Twitter page be made “Cat Bin Lady” which now has close to 12k followers!!

http://twitter.com/CatBinLady

People need to watch and learn if you are mean to animals their is going to be a social media revolt against you,
you will have your image wrecked for life. So if you are thinking about hurting a poor innocent animal in the future
DON’T do it because you could be left with a very poor social media image.

Radian6 Social Media Monitoring Australia

Radian6 Social Media Monitoring is one of the top tools in the market at the moment in Australia for social media monitoring. Along side market competitors like Nielson Buzz Metrics and Buzz Numbers, a race is taking place to be the top Social Media Monitoring software. What do you think is the top piece of software for the Australian marketplace at the moment?

Check out this great Radian6 Social Media Monitoring Video

Election Day Australia Facebook Widget

So today is election day in Australia and Facebook have added a unique election day widget to every ones home pages, this is the first time I have seen such a thing on Facebook, it will be interesting to see how many people click submit on this widget by the end of today.

Australia Election Facebook Widget
Australia Election Facebook Widget