BrainDump: 101+ Things You MUST Know About Social Media For Business
FEBRUARY 3, 2013
Since the whole purpose of this blog is to share my thoughts and experiences, I thought it might be a good exercise to just dump out the items that come to mind first on certain topics. There is no “best time to tweet”, no “ideal Facebook post” and no blog topic that will automatically drive thousands of page views. Plan on blogging at a minimum once a week.
The One Tip That Took My Blog To New Levels. Stop Caring.
JUNE 21, 2012
I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now and as I look back over those years, I’m amazed at how much I have learned. The biggest change that I observed came when the traffic wasn’t coming and my blog wasn’t growing. I was frustrated. I had put a ton of time and energy into my blog, but it wasn’t going anywhere. My blog became about me.
Your Blog Stinks! You Should Quit!
JANUARY 1, 2012
What to do…It’s 2012 and you’ve been blogging for almost a year now with no success. To add insult to injury, your Google analytics show that you get about 25 visitors to your blog every day, and you’re pretty sure that you, your family, and the GoogleBot account for about half of those. Maybe it's time to give up and pull the plug on that blog.
Social Media Ostriches – The Corporate Hypocrisy Of Blocking Employee Access To Facebook and Twitter
APRIL 5, 2012
Every time I hear of companies blocking Blogging Sites, Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media sites, it makes me wonder what curmudgeon or poorly informed leader is calling the shots and what experience drove them to make the decision. There is a lot of good information being traded through blogs, tweets, and forums. Hmmm…slight change in position, eh? Digg this!
Master The Next Wave Of Social
As social media adoption becomes more and more mainstream, marketing leaders race to keep up - creating blogs, communities, and Facebook pages, all too often without a clear road map in mind
Three Words That Will Speed Up Your WordPress Blog
JANUARY 20, 2013
And recent trends in social media are showing that sharing photos and images is a great way to make sure that your blog posts are getting traffic. Additionally, Google penalizes slow-loading websites and blogs by not ranking them as high as those that load quickly. This means that it will take significantly less time for the files to load, speeding up your blog or website.
Is Your Social Media Strategy Truly Agile?
JULY 24, 2012
Blog frequently, monitor your channels, respond to as many questions and inquiries as you possibly can. Hang around any medium or large business for a while and you’ll start hearing many of the same corporate buzzwords. Phrases like: Ping me if you need me! Let’s figure out how to be more collaborative ! How can we be more innovative ? Can we put together a cross-functional team?
Bloggers Block – When The Words Just Won’t Come
SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
Blogging often entails a lot more than technical writing. Blogging requires writing, graphic design, search engine optimization, relationship building, social promotion, and a lot more. And for me, blogger’s block occurs when I not only can’t write on my own blog, but often stops me from being able to do all the other activities that come with blogging.
Will Facebook Always Be Free? Probably Not For Everyone!
APRIL 14, 2012
25 Social Media Pet Peeves – How Many Are You Doing?
JULY 8, 2012
Also, if you have a pet peeve to add, feel free to add it to the Facebook post or leave it in a comment on the blog post. A while back, I asked a fairly straight-forward question on my Facebook page : What is your social media pet peeve? Mine is people who just post quotes all day long, thinking they are being inspirational. What’s yours? So…here they are. Cheers!
Facebook Tip: Changing From Mobile To Desktop View On Your iPad Or Tablet
DECEMBER 23, 2012
It took me an hour of finding workarounds for Twitter and I document the process of switching to the Twitter desktop view (not the mobile view) of Twitter in this blog post. I can’t live without my tablet. First, I had an iPad and then eventually switched to an ASUS Transformer as my primary gadget. Facebook can be just as infuriating, too. No easy fix. desktop facebook on ipad - Nope.
Spring Cleaning For Your Blog – How A Little Work Can Drive Search Engine And Social Media Traffic
MARCH 18, 2012
Just a heads-up…your blog may need some Spring cleaning, too. So in preparation for my blog Spring cleaning, I thought I’d put together a checklist of things that I want to do that would positively impact my SEO and I figured I’d share it in hopes that might help you out. WP-CleanFix is a great plugin that can help you do some Spring cleaning on your blog.
10 Surefire Ways To Avoid Looking Like A Twitter NooB
NOVEMBER 27, 2011
For instance, suppose I write a blog post about signs that organizations might not understand Enterprise 2.0 Commented on a blog post? So, you’re ready to Tweet, right? Most users would prefer to interact with a human being, so consider having the person managing your Twitter account upload their photo. Who are you? What do you like? Are you actually a human being? Learn.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Social Media Explained Through Coffee
APRIL 12, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube blog facebook humor social media social networking wordpress For today’s funny Friday, I had to share this great infographic from the fine folks at MarketPlaceMaven. Right? Cheers! –Sean.
Weak Passwords Can Jeopardize Your Personal And Professional Security [Infographic]
JUNE 11, 2012
Trust me…you don’t want this information in the hands of someone who has bad intentions. I’ve been there, having had my blog and Twitter account compromised. Are your passwords strong? Better yet…are they weak? Do you know the difference? know, I know…passwords are a pain. It would just be better if we could all use 1234 as our passwords, right? Wrong! Cheers!
Social Media Isn’t About The Numbers! Or Is It?
APRIL 17, 2012
In fact, this poor soul is pretty representative of a lot of folks trying to get the hang of social media and he probably also has a blog where he publishes links to his online affiliate programs, reposts articles from other blogs (without permission, of course) and is packed with Ads. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. So, should you ignore the numbers? Maybe. Cheers!
Are You A Social Media Channel Changer?
AUGUST 21, 2012
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube facebook linkedin social media social networking strategy wordpressI admit it…I’m a channel flipper. And my channel changing doesn’t even have a reasonable pattern. 30 seconds of The Daily Show followed by 30 seconds of Storage Wars followed by 30 seconds of CNN, you get the picture.
[Comic] Are You Really ‘Doing’ Social Media?
MARCH 10, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube best practices cartoon comic comic strip facebook humor social media social networking strategy tipsEngaging in social media is significantly harder than it sounds. So, you’ve registered all your social media channels, do you know what to do with them? How would that help your bottom line?
Can Social Media Disrupt Your Life Or Career? 5 Tips For Managing The Timesink
SEPTEMBER 3, 2012
If not kept in check, writing articles, playing online games and surfing blogs, tweets, posts and photos can easily suck away hours from your day. Have you written a blog post on managing time effectively? I’d love to see a link in the comments. Social media offers a lot of great opportunities and access to information. Cheers! –Sean.
Think Twice About Automating Your Social Media Efforts
DECEMBER 21, 2011
Personally, I do leverage tools like Paper.li, but as an aggregation tool, not for the purpose of filler tweets. I do schedule some of my blog posts and tweets, especially when I know that I’ll be in meetings throughout the day, that way I don’t spam my feed with 10-15 links at the same time during the 30 minutes that I have to surf the web or stumble some favorite site. Cheers!
Thumper’s Rule – Knowing When And How To Avoid An Online Argument
MARCH 11, 2012
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor LinkedIn People Social Media Twitter best practices discussion forum social media social networking tips YouTubeAs the site owner/community manager, I even had someone threaten to come to my house in person so he could discuss the fact that I edited one of his posts for racist comments. The post was accompanied by a photo of him holding his shotgun.
Good Or Bad – You Must Engage With Your Customers Through Social Media
MAY 1, 2012
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ LinkedIn People Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube customer service customers engage facebook Google social media social networking strategy tipsToday’s post comes from Laura Clarke,a blogger and lover of all things social media. Laura currently works on behalf of Sentiment Metrics, a leading provider of social media management software. Cheers!
Can Good Social Media Customer Service Help You Grow Your Brand?
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Instagram LinkedIn People Pinterest Social Media Twitter Workplace YouTube customer service facebook social media social networkingThis week we welcome guest blogger is Stanna Johnson from Qwaya. Stan is an online writer and a social media enthusiast who loves to write about the latest social media trends. Every business operating has one thing in common.
Opting-Out Of Facebook Sponsored Stories May Be On The Way
JUNE 23, 2012
” as a Facebook status update, then Facebook could re-purpose that post and and add this advertisement to any of my friends’ news feeds: This blog post brought to you by Facebook Ads…just kidding Unfortunately, regardless of whether you liked by a pawn in Facebook’s advertising game, there was no way to opt-out of being part of the program. Watch out co-workers!”
Outsourcing Social Media – Is It Worth It?
MAY 25, 2012
Whether you are looking to outsource your blog writing and social media to an outside agency either because they claim they are experts with a proven track record or because it simply costs less than hiring another employee, you should carefully consider the three main points below. In today’s economy, every company is always looking for new and more cost effective means of doing business.
Mythbuster: Tweets Are NOT Going From 140 To 280
JUNE 24, 2012
People. PLEASE READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE before you tweet! Be sure that you understand what information you’re sharing. It’s important. You can continue to read the article, follow these accounts, and reply, favorite or retweet the Tweet.” Unless you have a boatload of cash to spend on advertising with Twitter, you are still limited to 140 characters. Cheers! –Sean.
Cupcakes And Controversy: A Lesson In Business Social Media Etiquette
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
This week we welcome guest blogger Amy Stewart, Senior Manager of Social Media Strategy for Intouch Solutions & author of great Kansas City-focused blog at beyondtheplazalights.com. Amy also tweets at @amylynnstewart , so be sure to check out her blog & twitter account. Thanks to Amy for sharing her insights! It seemed very childish and unprofessional. Share it in a comment!
Removing Trending Articles From Your Facebook Timeline
MAY 22, 2012
Now, Facebook is hijacking your timeline and inserting “Trending Articles” While I’m not positive about the source, it’s likely that Facebook monitors the articles/blog posts that your friends are clicking on and sharing and then presumes that you’ll want to see them too. Facebook does it again! Personally, I want Facebook to stay the heck out of my timeline.
SalesForce Marketing Cloud – The Next Step In Social Media Engagement?
SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day and my blog takes a bit of a backseat to my clients and my family. No…I haven’t gone off the radar. know it’s been a few weeks since I posted last, but that’s what happens when your full-time job is leading a social media team. What this signals is that Salesforce is serious about social media. Cheers!
Cartoon: Speaking Social Media
NOVEMBER 22, 2011
Blogs Facebook Humor LinkedIn Social Twitter Workplace YouTube best practices blog collaboration social media social networking strategy tipsWorking in social media in my day job and my night job, I spend a LOT of time around social media geeks. The other day, I overheard an entire conversation that was so full of social media lingo and jargon that it was like a whole new language.
2012 Round-Up Of My Social Media Cartoons And Comics
MARCH 23, 2013
Some readers have asked for permission to use them in blog posts, presentations and even books and the answer is “Yes” as long as you keep the attribution and the URL to my blog. Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube cartoon comic comic strip facebook linkedin social social media social networkingCheers! Or Is It?
[COMIC] Who Is Running Your Social Media Channels? Is It Your Intern?
JANUARY 5, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter Workplace YouTube best practices cartoon comic facebook humor social media social networking strategyAre you willing to risk your company reputation by putting an intern in charge of your social media channels? Would you be prepared if their activities sparked a social media crisis for your company?
[COMIC] Parenting In The Age Of Social Media
JANUARY 27, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Humor People Social Media cartoon comic comic strip humor parents social media social networking teensParenting is tough. Image courtesy of bbaunach via Creative Commons. That moment when our new bundle of joy is delivered with that fresh baby smell is absolutely amazing but, unfortunately, each child it isn’t accompanied with a handbook or instruction manual.
How To Develop And Execute A Social Media Strategy For Free
MAY 24, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ Humor Instagram LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube best practices comic strip humor infographic social media social networking strategy tips There’s an old saying in the motorcycle community that goes: “If you have a $10 head, buy a $10 helmet.” In this case…an intact brain. happens” category. Cheers! –Sean.
Sex, Drugs, and Social Media – Do You Talk To Your Kids About Their Digital Behaviors?
APRIL 22, 2012
This blog post was originally posted over at PopGoesDad. Thanks to Kurt for the invitation to Guest Blog. admit it…when I was in high school, I was a total metal head…and so was my mom. It was kind of strange growing up with a mom who listened to AC/DC, the Scorpions, and Mötley Crüe and there were some awkward explanations to my friends about why she often wore a black Van Halen 1984 tour t-shirt. But any downsides to having a rock ‘n’ roll mom were usually made up for by the fact that she not only listened to the music, but also seemed to understand it. Rock And Roll!
Creating A Friendly URL For Your Google Plus Page
JUNE 24, 2012
With my WordPress blog , I use a plugin called Redirection. What this plugin does is allow me to create an easy 301 redirect from any page on my blog to any other page. The nice thing about Redirection is that I can also point someone to an external URL (one that doesn’t live on my blog). I finally got around to creating my Google+ page for SocMedSean. ” Make sense?
Social Media Comic: The Social Media Timesink
MAY 29, 2012
As a professional working in social media , I spend most of my day working on developing strategies to leverage channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs to engage with customer communities. Blogs Facebook Featured Google+ LinkedIn People Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube blog facebook IRL linkedin pinterest social media social networkingDo you work in social media? Do you experience social media overload? Feel free to share any tips/tricks on avoiding the timesink and keep a sane balance between the online world and the digital one. Cheers! –Sean.
Comic: Social Media Strategy From A Book
JUNE 26, 2012
Blogs Facebook Google+ Humor LinkedIn Pinterest Social Media Twitter Workplace YouTube best practices business cartoon comic comic strip humor social social media social networking strategy tipsDeveloping a social media strategy isn’t easy, especially with so many channels out there…it sometimes feels like social media overload ! Cheers! –Sean.
[INFOGRAPHIC] Peer Pressure Can Be Multiplied Through the Social Media
JANUARY 30, 2013
Today’s guest blog post comes from Mary Tyler, who writes about parenting, social media & addiction at [link]. Blogs Facebook Google+ LinkedIn People Pinterest Social Media Twitter YouTube social media social networkingIf you find this post interesting, be sure to also check out the article on whether teens prefer social media to real life.
The Ironic Beauty Of Google Indexing Tweets And Why Content Marketers Should Pay Attention
APRIL 12, 2015
Imagine that you’re conducting some research for an article, presentation, or blog post about developing a social media budget and you want something humorous for your PowerPoint presentation. My post ranks for a query that is darn close to the exact match of the title of the blog. Author’s Note: I’ve been noodling on this post for quite a while now. Like Twitter.
Bloggers: Would You Rather Be First Or Right?
FEBRUARY 28, 2012
As content becomes more and more valuable and as we each try to increase awareness of our blogs, build our following, and increase traffic, how important is it to ensure that our facts are correct before we hit the “Publish” button? To add to this, do journalistic tenets of ethics, source validation, etc… apply to blogging? Is speculation okay? Is it useful? Cheers!
[COMIC] The Complexity Of Social Media Communications
AUGUST 2, 2013
Blogs Facebook Featured Humor LinkedIn Social Media Twitter cartoon comic comic strip communication facebook humor linkedin social media social networking Social media…it’s a whole new shift in the way we communicate, right? But are we prepared for the vast range of communication channels that are available as new social media platforms launch? Cheers! –Sean.
[Infographic] Is Your Brand Really Engaging Or Are You Just Wasting Time With Social Media?
NOVEMBER 24, 2011
Blogs Facebook Featured LinkedIn People Social Twitter Workplace YouTube best practices brand collaboration communication facebook social media social networking strategy tipsSocial media engagement isn’t easy. You can’t just create a Twitter handle, Facebook page, and YouTube account and call it a day. It takes time, dedication, and yes…budget. blech! Cheers! –Sean.