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Hi Everyone!

I appreciate everyone who reads my blog every week and I love writing them.  However, I have a few big projects on the go and a trip books so  I will be unable to write a post for the next few weeks.

See you online!

Kelly

 

What’s the Big Deal with Twitter?

Many people I speak with don’t get Twitter. They don’t understand what the hype is all about.  But once I dig out my iPhone or iPad and show them how it works, it’s not long before they too become addicted.

I have a few clients that don’t send out any tweets, they simply follow people who interest them, Hashtags (topics with # in front of them), and check out what’s trending.  Twitter isn’t necessarily about what you have to say, sometimes (or should I say most of the time) it’s what others have to say.

We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason and we should use them proportionately.

See you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

Do I Have to Write All my Blogs?

Many of us are not writers but blogging is becoming an important part of business.  It’s a fabulous way to keep clients up to date on what’s new in your business.  Sitting down in front on the computer with a blank screen can be overwhelming and the thought of having to write something every week is even more daunting.  So to answer the question, Do I have to write all my blogs? No, you don’t have to write all your blogs.  Below are 5 ways to get around writing your own blog.

1) Invite clients to write a review.  Ask your clients to write about what they think of a particular product or service.

2) Ask your suppliers to write about their products.  Who knows the product better than the supplier of that particular product.

3) Post a link to another blog. If you find a blog that is relevant to your business, ask permission and then post it on your blog.  Make sure you get permission and give credit.  You don’t want to plagiarize but most bloggers would be more than happy for you to use their blog.

4) Re-use a previous post.  Update an old post with some new content and before you know it you’ve got a new post!

5) Outsource. There are lot’s of great writers out there.  Have a ghost writer write your posts for you.

See you online!

Kelly

kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

 

Has Your Twitter Account Been Hijacked?

Have you noticed suspicious activity on your Twitter account? Have your followers been receiving direct messages that you didn’t send? If so, your account may have been compromised or hijacked.

If your account has been hijacked, the first thing you should do is change your password.  You will need to update this new password on any third-party applications you use. It’s a good idea to change your password monthly to avoid these sticky situations.

The next thing to check for is the authorized apps.  You will find this under settings in the drop down menu on the right hand side of the screen.  You will find a tab for “apps”.  Look for apps that you didn’t authorize and revoke access.  To revoke access you simply click on the revoke access button.

A couple other points to mention, while I’m on the subject.  Twitter NEVER sends out emails with attachments and will NEVER request your password.  Don’t open these attachments or send your password.  Twitter will normally contact you through your account if there is a problem.

See you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

Facebook Pages

On March 30th, Facebook made some changes to their Pages.  I have to say, I liked having notice of the change. I think they’ve learned from past experience that people don’t like to log in to find everything is different.

The new Page has a few great features… the admin panel at the top, the way it has the same look and feel as the profile (personal) pages, and the build an audience button is a nice touch.  Build an audience tab allows you to create an email inviting everyone in your address book to join your page.  The ad creation window is under the tab as well.

All in all I think Facebook did a good job on these changes.  What do you think?

See you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

 

 

 

My New Puppy

I told you all when my much-loved dog, Morgan, past before Christmas.  Everyone was so supportive.  I still go back and read all the comments and posts people said at the time and it makes me feel better and that I’m not alone.

One of the great and not so great things about the internet is that once it’s out there…. it’s out there for good.  You can delete it but you don’t know who has downloaded it or shared it since you’ve posted it.  That’s enough about that, I want to talk about my puppy!

Over the weekend, I got my new puppy. Her name is Mya and she’s a Sheepadoodle.  (Olde English sheepdog + Large Poodle = Sheepadoodle).  I’ve never had a puppy. (We adopted Morgan when she was 10 months old and my childhood dogs were always older rescue dogs.) I’m loving the puppy experience; even if I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since Friday.  I love the way she smells, plays, eats, and sleeps.

sheepadoodle

See you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

 

Pinterest

Recently, I’ve been playing around with Pinterest and I can see how it can get addictive.  It’s full of funny, interesting, and weird images. I can also see how images can go viral on this site.  As the point of it is to post images, comment, and re-pin.  I’ve also noticed that a lot of people have their Pinterest account connected with their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Most of the images have links back to websites.  This is a must in marketing your business on any network.  If you can’t link back to your site, or at least your contact information, what’s the point?  When I see a fabulous pictures of some awesome shoes, I want to know where I can buy them or at least what brand they are.

The big drawback to this network is that it’s invite only.  It only took a day for me to get my invite after requesting one but it would have been nice to be able to just sign up. As far as I can tell, everyone get’s approved for an invite.

Pinterest is an interesting network and as I learn more about it I will I will write more.

See you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

Building Relationships

Most of us get so focused on building our business through Social Networks that we often forget about building relationships. People like to buy from people they know, like and trust.  How are people supposed to get to know you if you never meet in person? It’s important to take your online relationships offline and meet face to face.

Social Networks are a great way to meet new people and to maintain relationships with people you’ve already met.  However, it is important to get out there and meet people and use Social Media to stay connected with people you meet.

See you online!

Kelly

kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

http://www.mysocialmediabridge.com

 

The Start is What Stops People the Most

“The start is what stops people the most” Don Shula (Former NFL Coach)

I read the above quote this morning and thought how true is this. It’s true for everything from Social Media, to starting a business, to renovating their house.  The start is often hard simply because people don’t know where to start.  When I started my business, I wasn’t sure what do to but I got help.  Same with our kitchen renovations.  I sought out help.  I am here to help you get started with Social Media.

Start with signing up. You don’t have to send out any updates, post pictures, interact with people…yet.  But you do need to sign up.  You do need to play with the network.  The best network to market yourself and your business is the one  you will use.  If you ask a personal trainer what the best cardio is, they will respond 90% of the time with the one you will do.  The same rule applies to Social Media.  The best network is the one you will use. So sign up and see which one you will use.  You can always delete the profile later.

See you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

 

 

 

Blogging Can be Hard

Blogging can be hard.  It’s hard to commit.  It’s hard to come up topics.  It’s hard to come up with great content.  It’s hard to…. I can go on and on.  I find it hard.   I prefer Twitter where I only need to come up with small bits of great content and proper grammar isn’t necessary.

You do have to commit to blogging but don’t over commit.  Yes, writing a daily blog is better than a weekly blog; but if you can’t commit to a daily blog, don’t do it.  Write a weekly or monthly blog, just be consistent.  If you write every Monday, then consistently write a blog every Monday.  Your readers will look for it on Mondays, don’t disappoint them.

If you know about  your topic, content shouldn’t be an issue.  Write about what you know.  No one knows your business better than you do… write about it. Put yourself in your customer’s shoes and think about what they would want to know.

Don’t over analyze it.  It doesn’t have to be that hard.

See  you online!

Kelly

Kelly@mysocialmediabridge.com

www.mysocialmediabridge.com

 

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