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Social Media Tricks = Treats

In General, Uncategorized on October 31, 2009 at 9:37 am

Top 10: SOCIAL MEDIA SWEETNESSsocial media pumpkin

Happy Halloween, Friends!

In light of the Halloween holiday, I figured I would share some of my favorite Social Media “Tricks”…that really are “Treats” for business owners & service professionals.

Like candy, everyone has their favorite…same with social media tools, some are sweeter than others.  :)  Here are 10 treats to satisfy you social media sweet tooth.  Stay tuned for Thanksgiving…when I reveal a few more!

Social Media Sweetness Top 10:

1.  Facebook vanity URL – make it easy for people to find you & easier for you to use on marketing collateral!  (Hint: Use the “Memorable Web Address” application if you haven’t reached 100 fans yet.)
2.  Ping.fm – GREAT tool that will blasts your “status update” to all of your networks at once.
3.  Facebook Applications – check out the business listing of apps!
4.  Yugma – FREE web Conferencing, online meetings and web collaboration services
5.  Samepoint – a conversation search engine that allows you to see what people are talkin about.
6.  StumbleUpon – love to ‘stumble upon’ other people’s favorite websites…
7.  Delicious – shared book-marking
8.  Google Reader & Google Alerts – planning & listening are two vital parts of social media.  These two items offer the listening piece.
9.  Mashable – great resource for learning the latest and greatest in the social media world.
10.  Tynt – this tool tracks what users are copying from your site.

BONUS:  Halloween Pumpkin Carvings...

Have a SPOOOKTACULAR Halloween!

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Save Time With Social Media

In Q&A on October 6, 2009 at 9:29 am

Q:  I’ve finally created a profile for Facebook, LinkedIn and that Twitter thing.  But I spend too much time trying to decide what to write as an update.  Then I have to go in and update all 3 profiles.  Suggestions?  – Mike (Kearney, NE)

Q: What is “Ping”? How does it work?   – Ed, (Kansas City, MO)

A:  Okay, today we get to kill two birds with one stone (no, not the Twitter bird)…

First, nice work on getting involved with social networking – soon it will become part of your lifestyle (it’s a good thing).  Now, as far as answering those constant questions of “what’s on your mind” “what are you doing” and “what are you working on”…  we can all agree that telling your network that you’re “thinking about making yourself a tasty peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch” isn’t the most interesting update to read (unless you’re a diet guru).

So here’s what you do…re-phrase the question: “what do I want my network to be thinking about today?”  Hence, opening your mind to share something creative, interesting, or valuable.  A few ideas:

  • interesting article link
  • helpful tips
  • upcoming events
  • promoting others
  • exciting news
  • the best brand of peanut-butter
  • neat video, picture

NOW that you have your 140 character status update ready…It’s time for the second question…

What is Ping.fm?

Well, if you’re an avid golfer, you’re talking about the brand of golf clothing & gear. Of course, we all know that Tiger Woods goes with Nike.

Now if you’re talking social media… Ping (www.ping.fm) is a sweet tool that allows you to update all of your social network sites at once. It sure beats logging into each site to share one quick message. Plus it’s free & easy to use! :)  Go check it out & set-up your social networking sites on there.

I don’t know if too many people know about it … you could probably share this info with your networks and become a social media hero (we’ll talk about getting you both a cape later! ;)

Thanks for the questions.