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Why people don’t get Google+

Janet Fouts

The quick link or the witty comment shared on Twitter has the shelf life of maybe a couple of minutes before it’s buried in the Twitter stream. With Google+ you can toss off a quick comment on a link you’ve shared and find thoughtful commentary building on it for days, in a threaded format just like Facebook and popular forums. Google+ is worth the effort. The SEO card.

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8 Must-Have Apps for Your Mobile/Social Business

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If you have some must-have apps for your business, why not share ‘em in the comments? Doing business in 2013 is going to be a whole lot easier if you can take your business with you on the road. travel with an iPad and an iPhone as my mobile office, and it’s made it a whole lot easier to stay on top of my business, my teram and my clients. Expensify. travel a lot. Dropbox.

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50 Inspiring Tech Savvy Leaders Over 50

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Add away in the comments and click the links below to tweet these people thanks for being an inspiration. You know what? I’m tired of hearing people say “I’m over 50, too old to understand this stuff” or similar balderdash. I’m over 50 and I get it, so can you! I’ve worked with and learned from some pretty amazing people who are just as old or older and way savvier than I am. It’s about the love of learning–among other things–that keeps us young. wanted to share with you some super-smart people who are over 50 and do get tech. Beth Kanter. Human.

Optimizing Facebook Pages for Graph Search?

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You want them to like you, comment on your content and share it with your friends. It’s going to help you make the most of your Facebook page, get better engagement and be ready to show up in Graph Search as much as possible with positive comments, photos and shares. It’s all the buzz right now, and Facebook is slowly letting users see what the fuss is all about.

How to Participate in a Tweet Chat

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Feel free to share tweets from within the chat with your network, perhaps by re-tweeting or with comments, but don’t forget to use the hashtag so people can follow along. If you have enough space in the tweet to share their post and comment too great, but if there isn’t you can re-tweet their comment intact and then @mention them with your feedback and be sure to use the hashtag.

Google+ Tips and Tricks

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comment on your posts go to your phone. If you get one for every time anybody comments it will drive you bats. Click on a photo to edit who gets to see it, tags, captions, moderate comments and even some limited photo editing capabilities ala Picassa. You can disable comments or re shares, but only after the post is added. Return or Enter Start a comment. Google+.

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Easy guide to the Periscope video streaming app

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Reply to comments in your broadcast directly by tapping the comment and then hitting reply. prefer to allow only users I follow on Periscope to chat as this blocks of 99% of the trolls and negative comments. Please do respond to comments live while broadcasting. Remember only users watching on the app can comment or give hearts. Follow them by tapping the comment.

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Putting Instagram events to work for your business

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Respond to comments and questions. In addition, commenting on a photo and having more interaction on it will increase the potential for that post to make it to the coveted “explore” tab within Instagram. Share them in the comments for us to learn from! Why does Instagram work so well? Because we humans are most inspired by visuals. The win. Comodo . The win. Jaguar.

Why I Killed My Facebook Page – Confessions of a Social Media Coach

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Auto-posting news without your own comments is broadcasting (and nobody cares). social media coach quitting Facebook? Calm down, I’m not giving up Facebook entirely, just my Facebook business page. Here’s why. When I wrote my first book, “ Social Media Success! Creating a Facebook page for a book can be short-sighted. What  about my personal brand? Frankly I can’t. Now what? .

Who will win the video app wars?

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It can be a bit disconcerting when your video gets hijacked by the comments. The app developers are working on ways to filter and moderate and Periscope has an option to allow only people you follow to comment, which is a nice start. I’ve been writing this post for weeks. Just before I get ready to publish it something changes! Remember Qik (say “quick”)? link] />.

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Social Media for the Busy Sales Person

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Also if you have questions for me, you can post them in advance on the registration page or here on my blog in the comments. I’ve gotten quite a bit of great feedback on my last post, the 5 traits of the social sales person. Of course that’s a lot of the feedback I got. It’s not deep enough. Here’s a link to  register now. Social Media in Action social sales

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14 step bare-bones guide to influencer outreach

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Do they get comments and do people share their content through social media? Lots of people will tell you  ”Social Media Influencers” are the  key to social media marketing  but what does that really mean? Is influence based on number of connections? Klout , Peer Index or Kred score? combination of all of the above? The short answer is all and none of the above. Yes it is.

How to get your content shared on Google+

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Guy Kawasaki, Britney Spears, the Dalai Lama are some of the most re-shared and commented people on Google +. What you need to do is dig for people who are sharing a lot, get re-shared often and maintain a level of interest in what you want to talk about. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is? Ripples. Here’s a quick video to show you how it works. Big deal!

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Is Brand Engagement Over on Facebook?

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Liking, viewing, sharing, commenting and link clicks are all ways to engage with the post.It Comments and traffic to your website? The news about Facebook lately has been pretty grim. The Wall St. Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context. Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads. Here’s an example. Too pushy? The Wall St. Sales?

Linkedin Replaces Applications With Features

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Check out what you can add to yours , and share a link to your spiffed up profile in the comments. Long time power users of Linkedin have been using Linkedin Applications to enhance their profiles with deeper information and sharing opportunities. Now some of those applications are being replaced and the site is slowly moving accounts to the new system. Legal Updates by JD Supra. Show off!

Mindful Social Business

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Trust me, taking back negative comments posted in the heat of a flame war is going to be much harder than taking a breath, looking at things with a fresh perspective and responding mindfully. The concept of mindfulness in business is not new, but in this age of complexity it can’t be over-emphasized that we need more of it. What your customers want. What YOU need. agree wholeheartedly.

Social Media Doesn’t Make Sales – People Do

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Make sure it’s easy for people to comment and share your brilliance with others. There’s a deep, dark secret that the social media marketers don’t want you to know. It doesn’t matter what your social media strategy is unless it includes what you expect the prospect to do after they find you through social media. Whaaat? It’s how you use it that counts.

Making Google+ Worth Your Time

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Comment and share some more. Commenting on another user’s post gets you into the conversation. This morning I had a conversation with a friend about Google+ and it’s a conversation I used to have about Twitter. My friend said he signed up for Google+ ages ago, but really doesn’t enjoy it much because there’s not a lot of activity. Get set. Share. Get rhythm.

5 Top Social Media Professionals on Google+

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Google has already made several announcements signaling their clear intention to integrate Plus content and comments in results. There’s been a lot of noise about Google+. First it was the meteoric rise of the new platform and social media types rushed to learn it and get those tips and tricks posts out. Personally I’ve got a love/hate relationship with Google+. How cool is that?

There Is No Free Social Media For Business

Janet Fouts

Blogs were in their infancy and we used bulletin boards and comment streams on posts to communicate with our user-base and we loved every second of it. Unfortunately Waay back in the 1990s I co-founded a startup on-line community for the restaurant industry. Ontherail was smart, funny, beautifully illustrated and edgy, and we had a rabid subscriber base of restaurant folk.

Facebook Metrics Update

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Likes, comments, shares and clicks are all ways to show affinity. For example a comment has more weight than a like. In fact, if an older post starts to get some new comments it can actually rise to the surface and appear again in people’s news-feeds. The number of likes, shares and comments a post receives from the world at large and from your friends in particular.

The Art of the Retweet

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If you want to add a comment and the tweet you are posting is too long simply reply to the sender with your comment followed by a retweet of the original tweet. Is there something in their recent tweets you can retweet in turn or comment on? Or it can be spam and a vain attempt to draw attention to yourself. You get to decide. But what’s a retweet you say? Use Via or RT.

Content Marketing and Social Business

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Comment on blogs or social posts adding value to the discussion.  A truly social business puts the community content ahead of their own and raises up the new thought leaders rather than trying to dominate the space with “Me, Me. Content marketing is the new buzzword on the lips of every marketer these days, but what does it mean for your newly social business? Where do we get content?

Getting real engagement on your Facebook page

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What if you made a comment on my photo about how beautiful it was? I’d be grateful. I’d tell my friends. Photos and videos make us think, or laugh, encourage us to add a comment and share with our friends. Many Facebook page owners are disappointed with the results they are getting from their Facebook pages. Hooey. So what do you do? Quit broadcasting. Quit marketing. Like me back.

Are Google+ Business Pages Replacing Facebook Pages?

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Post URLs here with a short comment or two. I speak a lot about Google+ as a tool for business. In fact I’ve just written a book called “ Google+ for Business Tweet ” and I’m presenting a second  Focus.com Roundtable  in February. And there you’d be mistaken. Here’s the thing. User interface editing abilities. Notifications. Integrated profiles. Hangouts.

3 Reasons Your Facebook Page Seems to Suck Right Now

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Got your own take on it? I’d love to hear them in the comments. 1. Last week on The Friday Hangout (video) we talked a bit about how many Facebook page managers are reporting dramatically decreasing reach in Facebook Insights and a drop in fans as well. Here are the reasons I’ve come up with for the dropped fans and dropping reach on Facebook. Killing off  fake accounts.

Do you syndicate your blog?

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Even if you have listening tools set up that alert you to comments, that discussion takes place on the hosts’ web site, while your own post may sit with fewer comments. Comment on your posts when someone asks a question and set alerts so you can follow that conversation by email. Recently the topic of syndicating content came up in conversation. Share the love.

Google Helpouts- Small Biz Boon?

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Tell us about your experience in the comments. We are big fans of the Google Hangout around here. frequently do hangouts to meet with clients and potential clients, and I co-host a weekly hangout on-air called The Friday Hangout with Steve Farnsworth and Adam Helweh featuring industry leaders in digital marketing and we have a pretty good following. What’s the big deal? All good.

A Hard Social Media Lesson for Hoteliers

Janet Fouts

” Geez, why are these people in a service industry if they clearly are so defensive and about comments made about them in the first place? If you don’t remember anything else I’ve ever told you about social business, remember this: ALL business is social. Even if you aren’t using social media–other people are–and they talk. Oh how they do talk. Don’t be stupid.

9 Ways to be more visible in social media

Janet Fouts

Share others content with links and comments on the value of what they’ve contributed. So you built a new blog , set up a Facebook page and started tweeting and STILL you’ve got virtually no friends? You’re not alone. It used to be that a tweet would be noticed by your friends and shared fairly quickly. Create good quality content people care about and want to share.

Should you start a Google+ page for your business?

Janet Fouts

The only way to know if your page has new comments is to browse the feed for the page. Pages can’t comment or even +1 a conversation unless that person is following the page. Add them in the comments and give us some hope. All my clients are asking and it’s a tough question for many. For most small businesses I’m saying no, wait a bit. Why? There are so many things business page can’t do yet. For example: A page can’t follow you until you follow it first or mention it in a post. Hangouts don’t work on a mobile device for pages. Great.

What is #MindfulSocial?

Janet Fouts

More often than not brands post about their product, or maybe–just to be different–share a user comment about how great their product is. When was the last time you saw a post from a brand on a social network and thought to yourself “Wow, they really get me!” ” Yeah, that doesn’t happen to me much either. Feeling all warm and fuzzy now? doubt it. Snarky? Funny?

Learning Facebook Business Manager

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Page Moderator: Can respond to and delete comments on the Page, send messages as the Page, create ads, and view insights. Facebook is making it much easier for agencies like ours to manage business pages and ads with Facebook Business Manager. You may have gotten some emails from the third party apps you use for ad creation, sweepstakes and custom tabs on your page. More on that below.

Wait, Facebook is MySpace?

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If a lot of your friends have shared, commented or liked a story, or if you are particularly close to theperson, then it’s a top story for you. Facebook is showing off a brand new look and as usual everybody’s in a snit about it. Honestly, it amazes me that they seem to do their re-designs in a total vacuum. Trying to do too much has been the downfall of many a platform. Lists.

What’s the right balance of personal and professional in social media?

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How do you keep it real? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments! People who want to use social media to advance their professional reputation, attract business or build a brand often struggle with deciding where the line is between personal conversations and professional ones. If you’re using social media for your business, know this. butterfly!!!&#. Ask questions.

NEVER Feed the Trolls

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There’s a saying in social media that goes something like this “You know you’ve “arrived&# when you’ve got trolls commenting on your work&#. But when you think about it if you are so boring that you don’t have a big following or comments you’re not good troll bait right? Now, just disagreeing doesn’t make somebody a troll though.

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Meercat jumps on Twitter Video

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Here’s how it works: Download the iOS app to see who is streaming or click this link to see who’s streaming #meerkat on TwitterUse mentions on Twitter to comment or comment through the app and join the conversation there. People are jumping on Meerkat , a relatively new app that allows us to live stream video directly to Twitter through the app. Get started with Meerkat.

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