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Social Media Comic: The Social Media Timesink


 

Are you experiencing social media overload? Check out this funny comic that I stumbled upon on Soc Med Sean’s blog. This is totally me on a day to day basis…ha!

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[Infographic] Find out How and Why Corporations are Using Social Media to Gain Exposure and Generate Leads


The following Social Media is Going Corporate infographic was created by MBAPrograms.com and it showcases how and why businesses are using social media and how small and large businesses are tweeting, pinning and posting to gain more brand awareness, generate leads and engage with their customers and fans.

Here some interesting highlights from the infographic:

  • 94% of corporations use social media
  • 85% say using social media has increased brand awareness
  • 74% saw an increase in website traffic
  • 58% use it for lead generation and building brand loyalty
  • 76% plan to increase their use of YouTube and video marketing
  • Favorite social sites are Facebook (92%), Twitter (82%), LinkedIn (73%) and blogs (61%)
  • 58% of Fortune 500 companies had Facebook pages in 2011, 62% had Twitter accounts

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Social Media News Update: LinkedIn and Twitter “Unlink”


As of yesterday, an email was sent out from LinkedIn announcing that Twitter updates will no longer automatically sync with LinkedIn accounts. What does this mean? It means that your Tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn. Why, you ask? In a blog post by Ryan Roslansky, Head of Content Products at LinkedIn, wrote that as part of Twitter’s “evolving platform efforts,” tweets will no longer be displayed on LinkedIn. The change ends a two-and-a-half-year partnership between the two companies and marks a larger shift by Twitter away from third party applications. Previously, users could opt to have all tweets, or just those tagged with the hashtag #in or #li, flow directly onto their LinkedIn profile pages.

If you want to continue to share updates on both LinkedIn and Twitter, you’ll need to write your update on LinkedIn, check the box with the Twitter icon and click “share.” This will automatically push your update to both your LinkedIn connections and your Twitter followers just as before.

If you need more information about what this means for your synced LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, visit LinkedIn’s Help Center topics.  Also, if you like to schedule your updates using  Hootsuite and TweetDeck, they make it super easy for you to integrate your Twitter feed into your LinkedIn status updates.

On a side note, I’m not really a fan of linking Twitter to LinkedIn. You’re dealing with two entirely different audiences, with different personalities, writing styles and lingo. On LinkedIn, you may have some important work-related intel to share with like-minded connections. While those in a directly related field may express interest, it will likely go over the heads of all those on Twitter.  Twitter is designed to be more of a casual, conversational format. You may want to gain followers by posting a tweet intentionally designed to get a reaction. While random people may love it, your business contacts may get turned off by the “unprofessionalism” of your tweet. Remember, not everyone uses Twitter, so your colleagues on LinkedIn may not know how to read some of the special characters and abbreviations on Twitter.

As always, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn if we’re not already connected.


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[Infographic] 2012 Social Media Marketing Report


This infographic was created by Patricia Redsicker, based on a 42-page social media marketing industry report created by the people at Social Media Examiner. The report shows how marketers are using social media to promote their businesses. If you’d like to read the whole report, you can download the study here.

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Totally Rad Retro Video’s of Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, DrawSomething and Angry Birds.


As requested, more flashback videos created by Squirrel Monkey. They are creating some funny videos showing how the most popular technology would have looked in the 80’s and 90’s—from the re-creation of the dial-up Facebook instructional video to an amazing rendition of Google and Twitter in BBS mode. Also, an 8-bit sensibility to spoof popular apps like Angry Birds and DrawSomething. If you’re wondering where LinkedIn is, you can find the 80’s rendition in an earlier blog post here.

Check them all out:

Facebook in the 1990’s.

Twitter in the 1980’s. 

Google in the 1980’s. 

If Angry Birds Were a Home Computer Game in the 1980’s.

Pinterest in the 1990’s.

If DrawSomething Were an Old PC Game.

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8 Tips For Rockin’ Your Blog


Blogging can be tricky. Do you ever wonder if anyone out there is reading your posts, if it’s worth your time or if you’ll ever get advertisers, or sales or comments? The answer is… yes! But, it won’t happen overnight and there are many keys to success. I’ve spent some time scanning the Internet to find some useful tips on how to craft and promote a great blog from several different sources. Read on to gain insights.

1. Short, Catchy Headlines.

You have only a few seconds to help the reader decide whether they want to read your post or not so a headline that compels and teases the visitor to your blog or who sees your headline on a Tweet is a must in driving readership. List posts such as “10 Ways To..” or The 5 Top …” are always effective. These might seem redundant and overused but the fact remains they work.

“Your headline is the first, and perhaps only, impression you make on a prospective reader. Without a compelling promise that turns a browser into a reader, the rest of your words may as well not even exist.” —Copyblogger

2. Add Share Buttons.

Make it easy share your posts by adding share buttons at the top or bottom of the post for the major platforms where your audience is hanging out.

3. Promote Your Blog. 

Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are important for bloggers not only in the “B2C” sectors but also for “B2B” industries. Posting your blog headline description and linking to your news feed is vital. The combination of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are where most of the planet is plugged into and making it easy for your ideas to spread is now essential not optional. Integrate your Facebook posts with Twitter by “connecting” both accounts. Your Facebook posts will automatically feed Twitter.  And, if you’re integrated with Twitter, and add #in after your Facebook posts, your posts will automatically post to LinkedIn as well.

4. Add Media.

Mix up your text posts with images, screen shots, graphs and online videos but remember to not make it too cluttered or overdo it.

5. Subscribing by RSS.

Make sure you are pushing your latest content out to those readers by having a “Subsrcibe by RSS” button.

6. Write About Industry News, Trends & Customer Pain Points.

Write about industry News – whats happening today, this week and this month. Read and develop content on industry trends – where is the industry going and what are the emerging hot segments. Finally, write posts that provide solutions for your customers problems

7. Feature Popular Posts.

Featured posts provide a guide for readers to quickly discover what your blog is about and why readers are turning up. It can also provide additional page views as they click through.

8. Make Your Content Scannable. 

Help your readers’ eyes by making your copy stand out. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Lists: Lists with bullet points are easy to scan and read. Lists help you break up and organize your thoughts in way that is easy to comprehend.
  • Headings and Sub Headings: Large, bold words act as visual cues, and your eyes travel to them without even thinking about it.
  • Blockquotes: These help make main points stand out on the page.

“Most people read online by scanning the page for individual words or phrases, headings and other visual cues. Studies have shown that reading from a screen is more tiring and therefore about 25% slower than reading from paper – hence scanning becomes a technique that most employ.” —ProBlogger

I promise you if you just use some of these tips, you will be surprised by the increase in the traffic and the the interaction and engagement that results. Happy blogging!

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What the Heck is a Twitter #Hashtag? And a Handy #Hashtag Cheat Sheet.


If you are a novice Twitter user and have been wondering what the # symbol means, this post is for you. #Hashtags are simply text or key words and can be placed in the beginning, middle or end of a tweet and are integral to the Twitosphere*, helping users categorize trending topics. For example, using #ff or #followfriday** is a #hashtag. Just decide on the keyword you are targeting, place a pound sign in front of it, and you’ve created your first #hashtag.

Clicking on a #hashtag in a tweet shows you all the aggregated tweets on a topic from the Twitosphere.  This is a great way to search for people with common interests or in a job search. You can also use a third-party monitoring tool such as HootSuite to search for #hashtags. Just decide on the keyword you are targeting, place a pound sign in front of it, and you are all set! 

#Hashtags are created organically by Twitter users; some are used regularly and others come and go—like one created for a specific event.

*On Friday’s, using #followfriday or #ff in a tweet along with 1 or more @names means you recommend those people as worth following.

**Twitosphere means Twitter users from all over the world.

To find more social media tips and tricks follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Thank you in advance for your support!

Cheat Sheet of #Hashtags.

To Find an Employer

These are the tags to plug into Twitter’s search engine to connect you with companies with openings.

  • #hiring: Here it is, your No. 1 word to find a hiring company is … hiring.
  • #tweetmyjobs: It’s a pretty clunky phrase, but #tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so include it in your search.
  • #HR: The folks handling the headhunting for the company will be from human resources, so go straight to the source.
  • #jobopening: Now we’re talking. This tag is almost exclusively used by people offering people work. Easy.
  • #jobposting: “Jobposting” is another efficient tag to search, only it’s used a bit less than #jobopening.
  • #employment: Often listed along with #jobs at the end of a tweet, #employment is a major keyword used by businesses in the market for talent.
  • #opportunity: There will be some quotes and other tweets that don’t help you, but there will be plenty of hookups toemploymentopportunities.
  • #recruiting: Search this hashtag to find not only employers that are hiring, but inside info on the recruiting techniques they’ll be using.
  • #rtjobs: Many Twitter users are there helping you out by retweeting job openings they come across.
  • #jobangels: The JobAngels are a volunteer group working to help unemployed people find jobs, and they have a strong presence on Twitter.
  • #jobsearch: Sometimes this will be the only hashtag a hiring company will use, so be sure to make it one of your search terms.
  • #joblisting: Attention! I’m a hiring employer and this is my way of telling you that I’ve got a job right here just waiting to be filled.

To Attract an Employer

Strut your stuff and get yourself out there with these hashtags to help employers find you.

  • #hireme: Don’t beat around the bush. #Hireme is short, sweet, and to the point.
  • #MBA: Have an MBA? Shout it out in a hashtag to direct employers to your top-shelf business acumen.
  • #linkedin: If you’re unemployed, you’re no doubt already networking away on LinkedIn, so let them know you have a viewable profile.
  • #profile: While you’re at it, go ahead and tag “profile” too, and couple it with #facebook, #linkedin, #monster, or any other place your details are posted on the internet.
  • #unemployed: It’s what you are, so own it and let employers know you are totally available for engagement.
  • #resume: If you’re tweeting about your resume posted online, be sure to hashtag it.
  • #CV:Curriculum vitaeis basically a more fleshed-out résumé, but#resumeis nearly twice as popular. Use both to be safe.
  • #needajob: Thousands of the unemployed have tacked this phrase onto the end of their tweets in the hopes an employer will stumble across it in a search.

To Find a Certain Type of Job

If you don’t want just any old job, try searching these hashtags for that special placement you have in mind.

  • #freelance: This is a hugely popular tag used by job hunters who want to leave the option of part-time, freelance work open.
  • #homebusiness: If you’re eyeing a job being self-employed, try searching this term for entrepreneurship ideas and tips.
  • #greenjobs: Here’s one for the truly unselfish people who put the environment before employment.
  • #dreamjob: If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your life, search this tag and get some ideas of what other people would do if they had their druthers.
  • #hotjobs: Hot jobs call for a hot hashtag.
  • #consulting: Another in the potentially temporary job category, #consulting is a nice tag to widen your net and earn some income.
  • #consultant: It might seem silly to use two tags that say virtually the same thing, but those three letters might make the difference in connecting you with your new employer.

Environment, Social Justice and Human Rights.

  • #humanrights: Use to discuss human rights or oppressive actions taken against individuals.
  • #poverty: Use this to start or join a discussion about poverty.
  • #hunger: Discuss subjects related to hunger.
  • #aid: Discuss financial or humanitarian aid.
  • #sustainability: Discuss topics related to sustainability.
  • #health or #healthcare: For use with tweets related to health.
  • #green: This popular hashtag relates to the green movement and, more broadly, environmentalism.
  • #eco: This hashtag is focused on improving the environment

On a Lighter Note, Funny Hashtags.

  • #MomQuotes: This hashtag was created by Jimmy Fallon for his “Late Night Hashtag” @LateNightJimmy bit on his show. Everything a typical mom would say categorized into one great hashtag.
  • #GenericTweet: Simply pokes fun at those who tweet about nothing special (we’ve all done a boring generic tweet without realizing it.)
  • #LessAmbitiousMovies: Think of a movie- then change its title to something less ambitious. It’s a fun little game to play with a group of friends as well.
  • #TwoThingsThatDontMix: It’s simple- what two things just don’t work well together?
  • #SoEmbarrassing: People sharing their embarrassing stories in less then 140 characters are always fun.
  • #FailedChildrensBookTitles: Here is your chance to recast your favorite book in the worst possible way.

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