SEO content marketing roundup, week ending July 21st

Getting social with it:  this Wednesday’s roundup of the latest and greatest of SEO content marketing news and links features social media marketing, as content marketers grapple with such slippery issues as social media SEO, whether social media is helpful or hurtful to marketing campaigns, and how social marketing stands up to search engine marketing efforts.   Engage, enlighten, and enjoy!

Can social media actually hurt your content marketing campaign?  The case is made in a Hubspot blog that cites seven specific ways in which social media may sabotage your best marketing efforts.

So what about the customer experience with social media?  Backing up the Hubspot blog, Search Engine Land reports that this year’s American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has, for the first time, measured general consumer satisfaction levels with social media, and found it wanting as compared to traditional online marketing channels.  (And apparently, Google has dropped in its satisfaction rating).

Going viral:  on the flip side, Marketing Sherpa presents eight “inspirational” social marketing success stories for 2010, five from B2C and three from B2B campaigns, in which marketers were able to harness the power of their social audiences to spread their message and generate a viral response.

Social media marketing specialists made their respective cases for incorporating social media into content marketing campaigns, speaking at the Blueglass LA Session.  Published in Search Engine Journal, the hot topics included using social media to create customer advocacy, making content go viral, and the role of “influencers.”

The relationship between search engine and social media marketing, and whether there exists such a thing as “social SEO,” are explored in great detail with a case study in Wordstream, and an article in The Fire Horse Trail, respectively.

Finally, the thorny issue of measuring the success of social media marketing in terms of the return on investment (ROI) is tackled in Search Engine Watch and in iMedia Connection.