February 6, 2015
Single purpose API
If Google wants to grow the user base for its social networking platform Google+ by targeting the business segment, an API might be just the thing. To that end, Google recently brought its Google+ Domains API out of beta. Now developers everywhere can use the API to integrate Google+ functions and services into their existing business tools.
Social media marketing is a sharp and relevant arrow in a business' quiver. Extensive time and money is spent on developing social media campaigns that serve to reach potential customers online, but what about those that haven't yet been reached online? PosterOven is an initiative that helps businesses get to their potential customers in physical locations, and at that point encourage them to engage with the company's existing online social media marketing. It's a web-based tool that allows users to create, download and print posters that display social media information and QR codes. The PosterOven API allows developers to access and integrate this functionality with other applications.
Sustaining an effective engagement campaign can take a surprising amount of work. You could limit yourself to following the leads from the data you collect, but following without interacting first will get you a very low follow-back ratio. More importantly, if you follow and then forget people, they may follow back, but they’ll soon forget you. A high number of followers who don’t reply to, mention or retweet your account are of no value. True engagement is long-term and repetitive.