LinkedIn and Lynda believe the growing skills gap is one of the biggest challenges to the future of the global economy

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Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn and a believer of the “always be learning” approach, announced a major acquisition move this morning, saying is a great fit for the 346+ million user strong social network. According to TechCrunch, the deal is valued at $1.5 billion.

“The world moves too quickly now to rest on the knowledge we gained earlier in our lives,” Weiner said. He went on to say that in a knowledge-driven economy it’s all about the people. I agree with both his comments (click here), even though I only use LinkedIn and not – yet.

Apparently, in addition to what you’d assume you’d normally find on, the site also offers¬†professional development¬†such as courses by Deirdre Breakenridge, CEO of Pure Performance Communications. I didn’t know was founded in 1995, too. According to Wikipedia,’s online courses¬†began in 2002. That’s quite a library of knowledge LinkedIn now has – And what a breathtaking social reach for!

Twitter Tools To Help You Retweet Influencers And Get On Their Radars

This guest article was written by Gail Gardner

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Connect with Gail on Twitter: @Growmap

Social media influencers are busy and, apart from notable exceptions like Gary Vaynerchuk, many don’t do everything on Twitter manually. We use tools to automate some of what we do while not neglecting personal interactions. Tools make it possible for us to spend more time interacting.

Keeping your account active is the first thing to understand when you engage Twitter influencers. We use tools to unfollow dormant accounts. If you don’t tweet at least once a month you will start losing influential followers. Even if you are certain you always tweet more than that, emergencies happen. Better to be safe – especially when it is so easy.

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Tool review: Be as specific as possible when using BuzzBundle

This software might be defunct. The old review still exists below if you’re curious.

Review by: Phil Turner

If you’re looking for a way to check mentions of your company, your name, or of a group of keywords, then BuzzBundle is one way to do it.

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Screenshot of a BuzzBundle search result: Click here to see it fullsize

What you can expect to pay

There is a free option on Buzz Bundle. It gives you 70% of ‚Äúmentions for the first 15 days and 30% thereafter, but the 30% of ‚Äúmentions‚ÄĚ continues indefinitely. The paid option is $249 (Currently $199). This gives you 6 months of updates. You can still use it after 6 months, but you will not be able to add new keywords to search for. To extend the functionality you need to pay $49.95 every year. When you are skimming the sales page it is VERY easy to miss this regular payment requirement.
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What is


Q: What is

Daniele Mazzini: is a hashtag search/discovery engine. It’s free and gives you some basic analytics data too. It allows you to find which hashtags are the best ones for your goals. Cybranding’s Hashtag Intelligence is the paid hashtag tracking and analytics option. Hashtag Intelligence lets you get very detailed data and analyses about the hashtags you’re interested in – either because you are doing a campaign yourself, or because you want to piggyback on somebody’s else campaign.

Q: Let’s hear the backstory of how this all got started.

Daniele Mazzini:

In 2011, I had a different day job and a side project. The side project had a website, and I wanted to find ways to promote it through social media – this is how I discovered Twitter hashtags. Hashtags allow you to conduct and find interesting conversations on a topic on Twitter, so I went out looking for hashtags I should use to promote my new website… but I didn’t find any good way to do so! I found this world fascinating, and I came up with¬†an idea for¬†a useful and cool way and visual way to do¬†hashtag research. This is how the first version of was born – as a hobby project son of a side project. Lots of people found my free service useful, and hashtags started becoming more and more important. In 2013, I decided to try and create a business around this, so I improved, made it more professional-looking and added features, and then created a paid, in-depth analytics solution for marketers. You can visit and take a look. ūüôā Now we’re growing and I’m looking for bigger funding.

Q: Do you have any very visible ambassadors? If so, who?

Daniele Mazzini:

Well, some of our users are well-known on social and some of them like to talk about us, like Ann Smarty, Kim Garst, Kristi Hines, Kimberly Reynolds, Brandon Schaefer, and others.

influencers-access-buttonQ: Oh! I know Ann fairly well as well as the other names too. So what are some common misconceptions about your technology? As in, people thinking it will do X but it really doesn’t. In other words, where the user was mistaken.

Daniele Mazzini:

The biggest misconception is that we will automatically add hashtags to your tweets. This is something we don’t do, because it has a very high spammy risk. Another one is that sometimes people think we will do the analysis for them, but right now we only give a tool to do that – it’s up to you to use it. But, we’re also thinking about a project – a “hashtag university” to give suggestions and guidance.

Q: Let’s talk strategy. What are good ways to use your technologies?

Daniele Mazzini:

Let’s start with small businesses. Small businesses, especially if they have an internet presence, can benefit a lot by using hashtags. Hashtags are one of the most powerful ways to get yourself known without spending a lot. There are two basic strategies I advise small businesses to use:¬†One is to find relevant¬†hashtags in their field/niche and then create a list based on those. Then use them in relevant¬†tweets. For example, if you have a video editing service,¬†you should find out which hashtags are used by those interested in that field, and every time you have something interesting to share, use 1-3 hashtags that are relevant. And here’s how we help with that: Our technologies allow you¬†to find which hashtags are both relevant and popular enough. You start with¬†some keywords you think will¬†interest your target audience, then you search for those in to see how popular they are, what their trend is, and which other hashtags are related to them. ¬†You can further¬†narrow down to¬†come up¬†with a list of anywhere from 5-15 hashtags, depending on your field. Keep them in mind¬†and use them strategically.

The¬†second strategy is: When you’ve found your relevant hashtags,¬†you should try to understand who their top influencers are, and connect with them! Learn what they write about, retweet them, engage them. Also, try to find out which influencers aren’t too big and therefore¬†out of reach for you. ¬†Add¬†value to the conversation around the hashtag, keeping a special eye on the top influencers! This will require time, but it can have great payoffs. One of the best uses of our pro tool, Hashtag Intelligence, is that it makes it much easier to find and understand the influencers.

Tracking some specific hashtag campaigns, either by you or your competitors, is another use case,¬†but this usually doesn’t apply to small businesses. Launching a hashtag of your own usually requires too many resources.

Q: Does your technology work on Facebook? I heard Facebook uses hashtags now, as well as Instagram. I have accounts on both Facebook and Instagram but I don’t use those platforms much at all and have never hash tagged anything on¬†them.

Daniele Mazzini:

Hashtags are VERY useful on Instagram, but that’s not so true on Facebook at the moment. For now, we only analyze hashtags from Twitter as we continue to work on¬†adding Instagram and Facebook. But for the most part, what’s trending on one platform will often be¬†trending in others. So you can still use to find relevant hashtags for Instagram. Of course, there are some hashtags which¬†are specific to one¬†platform, such as Twitter¬†chat hashtags. Those don’t belong on Instagram. But there’s¬†a lot of cross-pollination and interesting usage between all the platforms. For example, #igers, which means “Instagrammers” has a¬†Twitter popularity score of¬†63 out of 100. If you want to see what’s popular now, visit¬†

This has been interesting. Thanks so much Dan.

Here’s a promo video about¬†the pro tool: