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Are you Part of the #TwitterRevolution?

Twitter is all over the news today! Are you an avid Twitter user? Do you remember when you first realized the impact Twitter has on spreading a message?

For founder Jack Dorsy, the #TwitterRevolution began in 2009 after the Hudson plane crash, when a witness tweeted a photograph of the accident that was rapidly shared with the whole world. According to Dorsy, this moment changed everything because it caused Twitter to become seen as a news source. A CNBC Documentary on Twitter airs tonight that examines how the social media platform has given power to the people, and changed how we communicate. Below is a sneak-peak:

In my personal life I use Twitter as a news source to follow up-to-date world coverage, as well as guilty pleasures like celebrity gossip. Although I don’t tweet very often from that account, I do from the handle I manage for work every single day. I realize the potential it provides small businesses and the voice Twitter has given people all over the world. I’m excited to watch the documentary tonight and get more insight on how the microblogging site evolved.

In other Twitter news, Facebook has basically copied their popular trending topics feature and began testing it today. This comes shortly after Facebook also adopted hashtags from the social media platform.

What do you think about all this Twitter news? Will you be tuning in tonight to watch the documentary? What’s your opinion on trending topics on Facebook?

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Amber Alert Confuses Californians

In the middle of last night, a shrill alarm went off on my iPhone that shot me straight out of bed.  The first thought out of my head was that it was the smoke detector and my house was going down in flames.  It actuality it was an Amber Alert!

It turns out that everyone in California with a phone capable of receiving alerts got the message, and they just were as startled as I was. Within minutes, people took to social media to share their opinions on the new alarm system.

Almost instantly, it became a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter.

I’m happy this way of announcing such an important message quickly got everyone’s attention. Social media is a great way to spread the word, thus increasing the chances of finding these children. However, the only thing information the alert listed when it appeared on my phone screen was a description of a car with no further link for more information. This left a lot of people in California confused and angry in the middle of the night. Had I not taken the initiative to Google what it was about, the alert was seemingly worthless.

What is your opinion on this alert system?

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Instagram for Business

sophieOne of my favorite clothes boutiques from back home, Sophie & Trey, really knows how to work Instagram for Business successfully. Their bio encourages customers to “Wear it. Share it” via the #sophieandtrey hashtag. One brilliant feature they run is “Fan Friday”,  a weekly post of a collection of photos shared by customers wearing an S&T outfit that week. The boutique takes the time to search through their hashtag, and give shoutouts to their favorite outfits. These posts drive customers to share their purchases in anticipation of acknowledgment from the store! They also run monthly contests which require users to repost and tag a specific picture. This all drives traffic to Sophie and Trey’s Instagram, who have acquired 23k followers!

A business account with that many followers is proof that Instagram is not just a mobile app solely used for personal pictures. Instagram offers an array of possibilities for businesses to promote their brand.  These photos can lead potential customers to your website to make a purchase, and keep current customers coming back for more!

Here are some tips to make Instagram work for your business:

  • Tag appropriate keywords, captions, and hashtags that associate with your business
  • Use creative photos that make customers feel what your brand is all about
  • Connect your Instagram to your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media so the picture automatically uploads to each when posted
  • Interact with current and potential customers on Instagram by responding to their comments or following them back. Remember that one awesome post is much more effective that a bunch of mediocre ones. Be sure to practice moderation, as you don’t want to flood others feed
  • Feature customers using your products
  • Promote photo contests you engage with your customers

Do you have a favorite brand you follow on Instagram?

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Social Marketing Basics

Where do I start?

The first step is to set up company profiles on each major social network in order to secure your brand identity across the web.  Don’t get overwhelmed with every single site out there though; just start with the major top 10.

Next, make sure your branding look online is consistent with your overall marketing goals.  Remember, social media isn’t a quick solution to anything.  Set reasonable goals, be patient, and most important; be consistent.

Also, use human resources.  Just because social marketing doesn’t cost a bunch of money, doesn’t mean it doesn’t take work.  Assign the social voice to people who care about making your brand shine.   Keep track of who is posting what, where, and when in order to stay consistent.

Finally, link everything together.

 

What do I do know?

Now you’re ready to create content, and be sure it’s good.  Tell your story in an interesting and compelling way that will draw customers in.  You want people who are searching for you and those who don’t even know about you to be equally attracted to your content.  Good content can be created different form, from a blog post, to a video or interesting picture.

Alright, now that you’ve posted great content, expect comments.  Engagement is so important here because this is real, online interaction with your customers.  If they are taking the time to say something, take your time to answer- even if it’s a simple “thank you”.

Finally, build your online presence with new connections.   Every new connection is a potential customer.  After all, social media is about being social- the more people you meet, the better!

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Social Media & First Dates

Last week I talked about social media in my sister’s relationship with her new boyfriend.  Now let’s talk about mine.  Before you go on a first date with someone, do you friend request them?  Over the weekend, I met someone new who asked to see me again.  While drinking my Monday morning coffee this morning and beginning my daily e-mail and social media check, there it was: A Facebook friend request from my future date.

Too soon?  If we become friends now, he has the opportunity to find out all of my interests, likes, and recent activity before we speak again. There are 3,000 pictures of me including some with my ex, me as a baby, my sisters and mom, etc.  On this first date does he pretend he doesn’t already know that I grew up riding horses?  That I just drove across the country from Florida to move to California? Or-  How I look in a bathing suit?

What if he sees something they don’t like?  Can your social media presence affect your dating potential?

I haven’t accepted the friend request, and don’t plan on doing so until after the date.  Don’t we want to get to know each other face to face instead of through the Internet?  When do you think it is appropriate to send that friend request?  Before your first date, right after your first date, or after multiple dates?  Ahhhh, as if dating was already stressful enough!

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Social Media Magic

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There is no magic formula when it comes to social media, no big secret those with a big following are keeping. But there are key ingredients to social media success that you need to implement to get the results you’re looking for. I think of them as the three C’s, and without them, a social media campaign can be entirely forgettable.

Content

People log onto social media to connect with you and learn something new. I bet you have great story that needs to be told. Each post you create is another chapter in the that story. People love a good read and they stay loyal to their favorite authors. You want to be one of those authors. Provide a reason to come back and look for your posts, become their favorite author. Write cool content, engage in the conversations that happen around that content, and watch your social media presence expand.

Creativity

It’s what makes you stand out.  The competition for followers is tough; so get creative in your content.  Include a funny video or interesting photos to keep your visitors engaged.  Social media allows you to express yourself, so take advantage of it!

Consistency

Social media is not just about relationship building, it’s about relationship sustainability. One big fail of many bloggers and other social media users is their inconsistent posting. A single post on Facebook followed by nothing else for several weeks is 100% guaranteed not to increase traffic to you. If people are coming back to you, they expect to see new content. Talk to them on a regular basis through questions and comments, and make the conversation relevant. Sustain the relationship you have with your followers.

Like I said, there’s no magic way to make social media success work faster.  But by implementing the 3 C’s it will.  It takes focus, planning, and little mental elbow grease.  But with these  tips, you will find your social media presence increasing, and on the path to long-term success!

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My Social Media Vacation Challenge

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Do you let social media affect your day?  Before Facebook and Twitter, if someone was talking about you (or ignoring you) you might not hear about it for a while – or ever.  Unless you overheard a conversation at school, a friend told you, or you spoke to that person directly, how could it affect you?

Now, with social media, everything is happening right in front of you.  If someone posts a nice (or rude) comment about you, you’ll see it.  If the tweet you thought was so brilliant is never retweeted, you’ll know. So in essence, social media can make or break your day – if you let it.

My advice: do not take social media too seriously. Online interaction forces you to find out about things interpersonal communication might not subject you to. If you spend too much time with something, it’s bound to have an impact.  Don’t let social media effect how you feel, because you’ll end up on an emotional roller coaster that seems impossible to get off.

My challenge to you: take a little vacation away from social media this summer.  I love social media just as much as the next person, but everyone needs time away from the things they love, right?  Trust me- you’ll come back to your Facebook feed feeling refreshed.  At the beginning of summer I drove across the country from Florida to California.  On 1-10 West through Texas there is zero phone service and believe it or not- I survived the 10 hour day without Instagram!

Do you accept my social media vacation challenge?

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Swoonin for Relationships

swoonIt’s not official until it’s Facebook official. I’m talking relationships- and over the weekend my sister became “FBO” with her new boyfriend, meaning they listed that they are in a relationship together. The story of how they met is pretty interesting. A couple of months ago I was approached by Swoon, a new app that had just been launched on Android to do some promotional work. Swoon is an anonymous hot-or-not phone app for discovering people in your area. Their tagline is “find out who’s crushing on you”.

Basically, if you like the photo of the person you, you click the check mark. If not, you tap the X. If both sides liked what they saw, a connection is made, allowing you to chat on the app.

Since I have an iPhone, I had my sister download the app on her Android (it’s since been released on iPhones). She started swooning, and made a connection with her now-boyfriend. After chatting on the app, they exchanged Facebook information and became friends on the social networking site. Eventually they exchanged phone numbers, met, and the rest is history. Now I’ve met him, our friends have, and even my parents. It turns out we both graduated from the same University too (Go Gators!).

It’s amazing to see how social media has changed the way we meet people and form relationships.  There is no doubt social media makes it possible to discover people we may have never have had the chance to find.  Whether it be a professional or personal relationship, I think when used correctly, there are so many opportunities to make a connection!

Have you ever used social media to meet someone new?

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VMAs on Vine & Instagram

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Tomorrow MTV is announcing their VMA nominations exclusively through videos released on Vine and Instagram. MTV is among many brands to use social media marketing platforms, but their the first award show to do so.

Beginning at 8 am ET, eight videos, one released per hour, will surface for the #RoadToTheVMAs campaign.

The VMAs is celebrating their 30th Anniversary show in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on August 25th. MTV has over a million followers on Instagram and 100,000 on Vine. These video apps are perfect for targeting MTV’s young, hip, social-media-loving audience.

Do you think this is as genuis of an idea as I do? I honestly don’t have time to watch TV, so I would miss any commercials MTV aired releasing these nominees. I do, however, always manage to find time in my work day to check my Instagram and Vine feed (okay, okay- more than a couple times).

I’m looking forward to seeing how the videos turn out, are you?

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Trayvon & Zimmerman Online

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What started as a small story in Sanford, Florida (my hometown) rapidly grew on the Internet and became a nationwide topic. In Febuary of 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in what he says, was self defense. I remember listening to the local news cover it the next morning, and not thinking much into it. Sanford doesn’t have the best reputation, and the story didn’t surprise me.

According to the Miami Herald, “Among the first to publicize the story was nationally syndicated radio host Michael Baisden, who sent a message to his 65,000 Twitter followers and 585,000 Facebook fans: “Unarmed 17-year-old boy shot by neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, FL outside of Orlando.”

Once the Internet caught wind of the story, the situation was played out and fueled on by social media. Imagine my surprise to be in California the summer of 2012 and watching my little hometown, Sanford, dominate headlines across the country.

It never slowed down. Over the course of the past three weeks of trial, Instagram was flooded with users posting pictures of them in hoodies or with skittles and ice tea, with the hashtag #blackout or #justicefortrayvon to represent Martin.

The case came to a close on Saturday night with a not guilty verdict. Martin’s parents were not present in the courtroom for the announcement and took to Twitter for their response seconds following it:

The reaction to the verdict took over social media, with Trayvon’s name dominating the hashtags, along with #manslaughter, #florida, and #sanford trending on Twitter.  Facebook newsfeeds were also flooded with anyone and everyone’s opinion on the matter.

Did you voice your opinion on the verdict on social media?

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