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Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

No one has to convince Dell's C-suite that social media marketing matters. Michael Dell himself—chairman and CEO of Dell and the man behind @MichaelDell—started using SMM in 2006. That meant that a couple years ago, when the social media analytics group made an interesting discovery, rollout of a new social media marketing program wasn't far behind.

The fanciful curlicues adorning the crockery from Boleslawiec, Poland—four hours northwest of Krakow by car—somehow make the dishes appear too delicate to survive much travel. So perhaps the first item readers notice on the testimonial page for Alexandria, Ohio-based Polish Pottery House is how well the company packages its precious cargo. It's these kind of intangible nuggets that businesses can capture through building user-generated content, which can translate to increased customer interaction and sales.

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