"Could not load Shockwave Flash" Fix for Chrome

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There's been a few posts all over regarding this issue, it's an old Chrome problem that seems to have popped up again with the release of Chrome 30. Here's how to fix it.

In your Chrome address bar type chrome://plugins  and press enter. Here you'll find your plugins, including the one we want to fix. You'll see Adobe Flash Player states there's 2 files, so go ahead and click Details in the top right corner to expand the list.

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Now that we can can see the two files, the first one (highlighted here) is the one causing the error, so click Disable.

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Finally, this is what your plugin screen should look like, with the first option disabled.

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There you go, as simple as that.

Increase Your Web Presence: Five Things You Can Do Today

There's only so much time in a day to get things done. You must pick your shots in order to increase your web presence. Here are five challenges that can take minimal time out of your day.

  1. Claim or create your Google Places account. Google Places or Google Local is constantly changing. Once your place is claimed, make sure to enter in your company description. In your description, Google allows you to link to anything. Make sure your company description is using keywords that link back to your site. Challenge: Add three images or claim your business listing and link your Place to your Google Plus page. Many companies forget this step.
  2. Create a Google Plus page. There are a lot of people who have created a Google Plus page, but they don't actually use it or create a page that works. Much like the Google Places page, Google Plus allows you to link to your site as well. This is a big step to help increase your web presence. If you create a following on Google Plus, it can affect Google searches. Everyone who has a Gmail account has a Google Plus account (whether they know it or not). In a nutshell, Google wants to tailor search results to the interests and likes of individuals. For example, pretend person X follows your company, and is friends with person Y. Person Y will be more likely to see your company on a Google search because they are connected indirectly to your business through person X. Challenge: Create a Google Plus page that represents your company and directs visitors to media that you want them to see. Link back to your site. If you have a page already, share a blog post on a relevant community page. This will help increase your +1's. (Some argue that Google's evil plan is to take over the internet)
  3. Pre-schedule posts on your social media sites. Do you have a content calendar? Do you know what events you will be attending? Or even news that you have read that pertains to your company? Get those posts scheduled out. There are tools such as Hootsuite that do this very well. Pre scheduling posts can save lots of time, but don't sound automated. Challenge: Schedule one week's worth of Facebook/Twitter/Google Plus posts. Depending upon how many channels you are on, it could take about an hour to do this.
  4. Like or follow a new business. Open up the local newspaper or magazine. Find a company that is doing great things, and like their page. You never know what can come from liking or sharing another companies' social media content. After all, Facebook is considered the new word-of-mouth marketing. Try to find companies that aren't competitors but might share the same fan base. This is especially important for Facebook, as posts are visible to the public. Challenge: Write on another business page congratulating them on recent work, or an award they won.
  5. Optimize your site content. Make sure you have search engine optimization tools set up on your site. Sit down and pick a page to optimize. Link to your other relevant pages with keywords. Challenge: Pick one page to optimize per day. Make sure your page reads smoothly, but try to include a three-word or larger key phrase multiple times on the page. Include this phrase in the Title and Meta tags. Do this once a day, and before you know it your whole site will be optimized. This is a big step to help your web presence.

Each of these can take less than ten minutes to accomplish if you have a good plan lined up. Numbers three and five might take more time depending upon how in-depth you would like to go. They all sound fairly basic to do, and they are. However, sometimes you need to break things down to simple tasks to accomplish the bigger picture. Try the challenges identified and over time you will increase your web presence.

What else would you add to this list?

Authored by: Gregory Brey - Greg Brey is a internet marketing, social media professional at Keystone Click. During his free time, Greg enjoys watching and playing sports, causing ruckus with his yellow-lab Junior, hunting and diving into anything new or exciting. Connect with Greg today - Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus

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The Importance of KPIs in Measuring Sales Success via SocialMedia Today

Too often when looking at a sales team's success, managers only look at the actual sales (the closing of the business). Of course, this is important—but the sale is a lagging indicator. If you have no sales closing today, it indicates that your team has not been performing well for months. By the time you're at the point of no business, you're already well into trouble. In fact, you are at the point of no return.

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A New Social Media Muuver And Shaker - Steve Olenski via SocialMediaToday

For those who don't know me, I am a huge fan of (in no specific order): coffee, breathing, peanut butter and puns. The latter of course is the reason for my purposely misspelled word in the title above.

Ok, maybe it's not a pun in the biblical sense but I think it's a pun nevertheless. If you don't agree with me, that's perfectly fine. And while I am not the world's greatest speller - although I did come in 2nd place in the 6th grade spelling bee a few years back, the reason for my incorrect spelling of the word "mover" is due to the fact that I want to tell you about something called "muuver."

As per their description on the crowdfunding site indiegogo.com, "muuver is a simple to use social app that let's you share your hypes and gripes, kudos & complaints, likes, and dislikes - about ANYTHING. muuver then takes your hype or gripe about an item and adds it to the 'item page' where you can see everybody else's posts who hyped or griped about that item."social-media-image

Now I am a self-admitted social media junkie and anytime I hear of something new on the social media landscape I am usually drawn to it for at the very least to learn more about it.

Such was the case with muuver. When I heard about it then read about it on indiegogo.com, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

So I tracked down the president of muuver, Paul Marek to learn more. I asked him the obvious questions of what exactly muuver is, how it works, do we really need another social media network and so on. But I started off querying him on why crowdfunding as a way to raise capital vs. the VC route - which other type startups seem to prefer.

SO: Why crowdfunding and not the traditional venture capital route?

PM: I decided to go the crowdfunding route after attempting to put together a few pitch decks. It was then I realized I was focusing too much on getting VC funding, and not worrying enough about getting the tool built for people to use so it could gain traction, so I stopped pursuing VCs. But there is one VC I'd really like to partner with - Vinod Khosla. I love his attitude about failure. I'd really like to partner with him and his group to leverage their wisdom and connections.

Anyway, this is the power to the people tool, and I think turning to the people is the answer. I think the people should help build the tool, not have it in the hands of any one financial interest. In fact, we have a muuvment on the site called the "Use the tool to build the tool" muuvment. Essentially, since muuver is a tool for people to leave their opinion, we want to get their opinions about ALL the important aspects of muuver, from simple app functionalities, to helping us create our privacy policy.

This has to be built by the people, for the people, from the ground up. Therefore, in keeping with the theme of muuver, crowdfunding was the only road we could take.

SO: What is muuver?

PM: That's a complex answer, but at it's essence, muuver is a tool that is designed to give power back to the people. It's designed to instantly connect and assemble people who share common ideas into groups, and uses the power of the collective voice of the group to create what we call a "muuvment".

It's complex because muuver is essentially a mashup of Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Yelp, Klout and Wikipedia, which is a lot of functionality all rolled into one. But, we've actually made it extremely simple to use. In it's simplest form, muuver is a place where you share your hypes, gripes, kudos, complaints, likes and dislikes... about anything. But then muuver automatically does a whole lot more from there.

Here's an example of how it works:

Let's say you want to post a gripe about CompanyXYZ. Posting a hype or a gripe is actually quite easy - you just use our 'muuvtags' instead of Twitter's 'hashtags'. To make a muuvtag, you put a PLUS sign in from of something you like, or a MINUS sign in front of something you dislike. If your item is more than one word, you just close the phrase with a plus or minus sign. So, to post your gripe you would post it like this "I had a really bad experience with -Company XYZ-.

The complexity grows from there, but muuver takes over and does the rest by adding your post to a page that only displays posts about that same item. So, your gripe about Company XYZ will get added to the "Company XYZ Item Page", which displays everyone else's post about Company XYZ. Company XYZ can then "Claim" that page and respond to people's hypes and gripes in full transparency. This is where the power is. But the item page not only shows everyone's post about the item with Company XYZ's responses, it also shows a bunch of stats about the item like its overall +/- score, it lets you "watch" or follow the item, it displays the item's popularity on muuver, shows total number of posts about the item, it's total number of 'voters', and lots more that we'll be revealing soon.

The +/- score is the most impactful stat though, because I think people don't just want to see how many people "like" a company, service, or product - they want to see how many people DISLIKE it too. Seeing both is seeing the truth. But muuver does this with ANYTHING that people put into it, not just products or companies. The users create the items.

But it goes even further from there. Since everyone who has an opinion about Company XYZ is now all in one place, we can then put this focused group into action. From here users will have access to a set of tools called a "muuvement" that anyone can create and manage. Muuvments are exactly what it sounds like - a group of people focused on a particular cause or action. Our muuvment suite of online tools has everything you need to inspire and manage your group into action, including their own status feed, forums, event management systems and calendars, petitions, and a whole lot more.

SO: What do you say to people who say "oh great, another social media network?"

PM: This is the issue I'm most focused on. My entire effort is to ensure that muuver is not just "another social network".

From a user standpoint, I feel that the old social sites each have critical elements missing that make them far less effective than they could be. Twitter has the character limitation, Facebook only has a Like button, StumbleUpon and Yelp are missing the deep networking aspect, and generally speaking, these sites are mostly just social fluff - pretty pictures and breakfast menus.

Yes, people have figured out ways to create huge social changes using these limited tools, people are innovative. But these old social networks were not designed specifically as tools to create social change - muuver is.

We take all the best aspects from each of the old networks, to make one that answers the yearning that people have had since the internet began – using it to create change. We're also eliminating user friction by allowing users access to muuver with any other major social account. And they can share their posts to any social account as well.

SO: What effect will muuver have on brands and businesses?

PM: From a business standpoint, I'm almost afraid to predict what kind of impact this will have. Companies will have to address issues that people raise in on muuver in full transparency, directly with the person having the issue. Companies won't have a choice about getting on muuver - the users will put them here. WHEN companies get involved will be the issue for them. But it'll work both ways... companies will get the full benefit of people's hypes, kudos and likes as well.

SO: When will the site will go into Beta and when will it go live?

PM: Our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo lasts for 60 days, which is mid July. We're hoping to launch our Beta platform a few weeks later at the end of July - it'll depend how our crowdfunding campaign goes. Some of the perks we're offering in our crowdfund campaign give the contributor immediate access to our alpha platform, and we'll be using those lucky people to start creating a nice data set that Beta users can then begin to interact with when we launch at the end of July. When a full public launch will take place after that will be up to the Beta users to vote on and decide.

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Ok, so what do you think of all this?

Do you think this sounds like something you would be interested in?

Me? I honestly don't know if muuver is something I will ultimately use or not. I will more than likely kick its proverbial tires when it goes live.

Authored by Steve Olenski - Named one of the Top 100 Influencers In Social Media (#41) by Social Technology Review and a Top 50 Social Media Blogger by Kred, Steve Olenski is a senior creative content strategist at Responsys, a leading global provider of on-demand email and cross-channel marketing solutions, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing.

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Avoiding Fauxthenticity in Social Media

Authenticity has been the social media buzzword for a few years now but authenticity isn't always the easiest thing to attain. Brands, hungering for that tone that makes them seems real, approachable, and human, have been known to fake it. Is being fauxthentic close enough?

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