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Happy Social Media Day 2012

Three years ago (in 2010), Mashable declared June 30th to be Social Media Day, and it has continued to grow since then.  It is a day created to help people across the globe celebrate the “one thing that unites us and keeps us in constant contact:  social media.”  In 2010, there were more than 600 Meetups in 90 countries, and that number more than doubled in 2011, when there were more than 1,400 Meetups worldwide.  In fact, nine cities and one U.S. State have declared Social Media Day an official holiday.

In the past, even Major League Baseball has gotten in on the celebration, by delivering a wide array of digital initiatives to reward fans during the 2011 All-Star Balloting.  All that was required to be entered to win a sweepstakes was to “like” their favorite team’s official Facebook page.  In addition, all 18 clubs that played games on Social Media Day had their own hashtag for fans to use in “hashtag battles” on Twitter.  Finally, all fans checking in to one of the games on Social Media Day were able to win a free team-specific “checked-in” T-shirt!

Social Media Day is our opportunity to celebrate the technology that is bringing the world closer together.  Just imagine a world without Facebook and Twitter.  I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to meet and communicate on-line with Chris Brogan.  I would never have had an opportunity to talk to Frank Eliason on Twitter, and have him generously provide a copy of his book, while attending BlogWorld 2012.  I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with friends long lost from a time long ago (sleep away camp).

Social Media Day is a great opportunity for us to get out there and meet those we have talked to and those that have touched us throughout the year, using the great medium we now call Social Media.

To find local events in your area, visit Mashable’s Social Media Day website, and make sure to follow @mashSMday for the latest updates!

What are you doing to celebrate?

Author:

Craig E. Yaris is the owner of EsquireTech Solutions, which helps small business get found on the social web, whether through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, he can both teach you the effective use of any social network or act as your social media manager, enabling you to reach your clients where they are and when they want to hear from you.  He can teach your organization the social media best practices that can help you use the tools of today to cost-effectively increase your bottom line.  EsquireTech Solutions brings the social web to your business.  Visit EsquireTech Solutions or call 516-495-9107.

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Marketing Made Simple TV: What Are We All About?

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The show’s icon @ MarketingMadeSimple.tv

Since May 17, 2012, viewers have tuned into Marketing Made Simple TV on Thursdays at noon EDT/NY to view guests being interviewed by host, Jeff Ogden. The interviews have been of professionals primarily in the business of social media marketing.

There exists a great deal of information about the show itself. But until now, it has only been in writing on the Marketing Made Simple TV weblog. In other words, there was no video addressing the question, ‘Marketing Made Simple TV: What Are We All About’?

So Jeff decided is was time to answer that question on video. To add a bit of spice to the mix, which we always like to do any way, it was decided that we would do a Q&A format show rather than a solo appearance by Jeff.

Therefore today, as a special treat and surprise, we have a slight shift or twist on the way we do the show. We’ve  given it an extra pinch of zest. Jeff Ogden, the host of the show, has changed seats and become the guest himself.

Producer of the show, Alison Gilbert (that’s me), a veteran interviewer as well as a media maven, jumped at the chance to be the guest host and interview Jeff in the guest’s seat. Alison is the marketing ‘maven in the hat’ who introduces and closes the show each week.

Without further adieu, here is the video of our Q&A session on what Marketing Made Simple TV is all about. On Saturday,  a more in-depth post will appear describing the experience of being the guest host and producer of a show using the latest technology, ‘Television on the Internet’.

Marketing Made Simple with Alison Gilbert from Jeffrey Ogden on Vimeo.

Growing Your Brand and Business: Using LinkedIn Groups

With LinkedIn operating the largest online professional network with some 160 million users across 200 countries, it is clear that being active on this site is essential to growing your brand and business. However, being successful at generating business on LinkedIn requires developing and following a plan of action to ensure that the optimal results are achieved.

Being part of LinkedIn groups is an important part of an individual marketing strategy.

According to the most recent statistics provided by LinkedIn, “members are sharing insights and knowledge in more than 1.25 million LinkedIn Groups.” By joining groups that pertain to your industry (or not – your niche or other area), you are able to interact with like-minded groups of people, regardless of your connection to them. “One major reason for me to be involved in a LinkedIn group… I can have access to other group members, whether I have a direct connection with them or not,” says Jason Alba, author of I’m on LinkedIn — Now What???: A Guide to Getting the Most OUT of LinkedIn.

Create Your Own Group

Creating your own LinkedIn group provides you with even more benefits and opportunities to interact with the right prospects. The added bonus of creating and managing your own group is that you have control over the group and its focus. By having your own group, you highlight your expertise in the topics being discussed and have more of a say in what topics are covered in the group.  As group manager, you are able to list your events, connect to members directly and can even choose who will be allowed in the group.  One of the most effective ways to connect with members is to welcome new additions to the group with a personalized message. “My experience is that few people acknowledge new connections with a personal reply, something that takes just a few seconds,” says Jeff Korhan, author of 10 LinkedIn Tips for Building Your Business. “This is why this strategy is so valuable for developing relationships and standing apart from others who are just collecting connections.”

Stay Active

LinkedIn users should remember that, like real world networking, to receive the greatest benefit you must put in the effort and remain an active participant in groups. One strategy is to become “very” active in three or four groups.  Being very active means checking in at least 3 to 5 times a week.  When you check in, get involved in discussion, post questions, share articles and look for ways to help people find solutions to their challenges.  Work to create a reputation as a giver and provider of expert information.   The more active you are on LinkedIn, the more you will get out of it. “LinkedIn Groups provide you with an audience of interested individuals who are there to learn and share,” says Susan Shapiro, Operations Strategist for Bralan Consulting. “By actively participating, you become an expert, a resource your listeners may turn to for themselves and/or their clients.”

The State of LinkedIn

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LinkedIn and social media in general should primarily be used for networking, branding and relationship development.  If you use LinkedIn as a vehicle to push sales messages and sell aggressively, success will be hard to find.  Make your LinkedIn efforts part of your personal marketing and branding strategy.  Selling will push people away and, if you spam, might even get your account suspended.  People in the real world and on LinkedIn want to do business with people that they know, like and trust.  Use this site as a vehicle to advance your brand and to get people to know who you are, like you for the information that you provide and trust you as a person who provides good content and delivers.

LinkedIn Groups offer a tremendous opportunity to meet people and expose them to your expertise. Leverage the relationships you create in groups and make personal connections.  Begin conversations and demonstrate that you can offer value and support.   These efforts will lead to relationships which will grow your brand and build your business.

Author:

This article is provided by Bill Corbett, Jr., President of Corbett Public Relations, Inc., a leading media relations, social media and personal branding consulting firm.  For more information, go to corbettpr.com or to his blog corbettprblog.com.  He can be reached at wjcorbett@corbettpr.com or @wjcorbett.

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Will Airtime Re-Humanize the Internet?

The internet has left some parts of humanity more isolated from one another while simultaneously connecting them in ways we never had in the not-so-distant past. While it has certainly done far more good on the connection end than it has done bad on the isolation side, there are still many things that we are losing in communications with one another when we converse, relate, and communicate through social channels that are limited to text based chat or platforms. Many people who communicate for fun, as well as many others who use internet communication options for business are simply not finding themselves satisfied with the amount of human interaction in their digital communications.

In the Beginning

Long ago now when the internet arrived for public use, IRC, or internet relay chat was the usual medium of choice for those who desired interaction with others in the digital world. It was very basic, but users were able to chat, trade files through DCC sends and connects, and keep in touch, in real time, with users from all over the world. What an amazing experience it was. It still is, however, many vital elements important to human communications are lost in these digital transmissions.

  • Gestures
  • Body Language
  • “Eye- to – Eye” Contact
  • Attitude
  • Character

In general face-to-face conversations with the people in our lives we can see all of these things. Dig a little deeper into the real person they are, grow to understand their gestures and body language to gauge their reaction to the world-at-large.

Now and In the Future

Airtime’s founders, who also met over an IRC in those early days of the Internet, have created an incredible alternative to those stale, distant, disconnected textual conversations online. One-click Facebook integration on Airtime means there is nothing more than the one required click to get users started. Users need only make sure they have a web cam connected to get started.

With Airtime, users are both the audience and the performer. You can chat up your Facebook friends, or pair up with a stranger by selecting filters such as nearby in your city, common friends, or even friends of friends.

Airtime allows users to video chat with one another or drag their own videos in from sites around the web like YouTube, and watch them together. Rumor has it that Airtime is also considering incorporating synchronous music listening and a platform for group chat with mobile apps on the way ‘very soon’ according to Airtime developers.

Although there are plenty of other ways to communicate through video, most of those platforms are tethered to desktop applications such as Skype, that still lacks some of the sharing options Airtime provides. Inspired by his own plight during a distance separation from his own girlfriend,  Sean Parker, co-founder of Airtime, decided it felt pretty distant to have to share a video with his girlfriend and then sit back, wait, and listen to or watch her reaction to it. He wanted them both to be able to watch it together, enjoy it simultaneous. A real-time human connection on a digital format.

Author:

@BasilPuglisi is the Executive Director and Publisher for Digital Brand Marketing Education (dbmei.com). Basil C. Puglisi is also the President of Puglisi Consulting Group, Inc. A Digital Brand Marketing Consultancy that manages professional and personal branding for Fortune 500 CEOs, Hedge Fund Managers and Small Business Owners.

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ODE TO ANDY ROONEY: My Social Media ‘Pet Peeves’, Part Two

TO CONTINUE
The first part of this blog post detailed my first ‘pet peeve’ about facebook. It involves the new ‘timelines for business pages’ and the page cover designs in particular. You can refer back to that post, Ode to Andy Rooney: My Social Media Pet Peeves, Part One to read it as well. This post, Part Two, will explore my ‘pet peeve’ #2. 

Charlyn Shelton on facebook LIKES

Here’s what Charlyn Shelton of the Facebook for Beginners, facebook group thinks about just asking for ‘LIKES’. She knows that ‘customer experience’ is where it’s at these days on facebook.

FACEBOOK PET PEEVE #2

It is no longer possible to count how many requests one gets in one day. If you ‘LIKE’ my page, I will ‘LIKE’ yours. These taunts are endless and nauseating. Can you hear my screams of frustration? This ‘LIKE 4 LIKE’ obsession no longer has a place in social media land.

HOW MANY FANS DO YOU HAVE?

There was a time, long ago in facebook time, when there were no business pages. There were personal pages for regular folks and fan pages for celebrities. Within one or two incarnations, that has all changed. ‘Fan pages’ were eliminated. They became ‘LIKE’ pages. The goal was to get as many ‘LIKES’ as possible. That was how the search engines determined one’s popularity or ‘reach’.

DON’T MESS WITH THE GOOGLE ALGORITHM

Google has mastered the shape-shifter game. Once too many ‘SEO-iacs’ figure out the algorithm for getting their clients highly rated by Google, Google changes shape. The ‘trick’ is no longer getting gobs and gobs of ‘LIKES’. But it seems that the pedestrian facebook timelines for business users have not gotten the message.

BECOME A TRUSTED CONNECTION

The facebook Edgerank Triangle

The facebook Edgerank Triangle © JamesCarson.co.UK

Now Google rates users by how much they interact and engage with each other. Imagine that. Google is rating business people by how social they are. What a unique concept. Social media is about being social. Yes, SOCIAL. That means being polite when making an introduction to another business owner and possible new colleague. It includes working on becoming a trusted connection. It holds as most sacred, being patient and waiting to talk business until the right time.

CONNECTIONS TAKE TIME

Communication on social media is no different from in-person interactions in many ways:
• Being polite when introduced
• Working at becoming a trusted colleague and connection
• Being patient about talking business and waiting for the right time to do so

Approaching a complete stranger with “ ‘LIKE’ me and I will ‘LIKE’ you” is like speed dating. It makes politeness a time consuming luxury. It does not leave room to become a trusted colleague or connection. It definitely obliterates patience.

THE IDEAL COUPLE

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Facebook on google + © FavoriteGadgets.com

The one relationship that seems to have worked out very well is between facebook and Google. Who knows what was said behind those closed doors. No speed dating there. It just so happens that simultaneously Google changed its algorithm so that the numbers are no longer what matters most and facebook now requires only 30 LIKES for a business page to be fully functional. What a coincidence. Or was it?

So, to get to the point about Pet Peeve #2, once a business page has 30 ‘LIKES’, there really is no need to keep annoying people with, “If you ‘LIKE’ me, then I will ‘LIKE’ you”. (Imagine the annoyance of this being said by two pre-teen girls chatting with each other. No offense girls, but we’re talking boring business. So I doubt you would be interested in this discussion anyway.)

PET PEEVES PUT TO REST
I hope that the points that I have attempted to make are clear and that I have made my case. Is it Pet Peeve #1 or #2 that drives you to distraction? Is it both? Or is it neither? If you agree or even if you disagree, please let me know what you think. I would really like to hear from you. Thanks.

AUTHOR:

Alison Gilbert is a Digital Age Journalist. She is a regular contributing author to DBMEi, writes The Marketing Byte Blog and is The New York Graphic Design Examiner. Alison is the owner of MARKETING BYTES Solutions 4 Local Biz  located on Long Island, New York.
This boutique style – very personal service – hybrid company specializes in helping local/small biz generate sales leads by combining the best of traditional advertising with the latest online marketing technology. Contact Alison Gilbert at info@marketingbytes.biz or call 516-665-9034 EDT/NY/US. MARKETING BYTES serves local/small businesses virtually everywhere.

 

AUTHOR:

Alison Gilbert is a Digital Age Journalist. She is a regular contributing author to DBMEi, writes The Marketing Byte Blog and is The New York Graphic Design Examiner. Alison is the owner of MARKETING BYTES Solutions 4 Local Biz  located on Long Island, New York.

This boutique style – very personal service – hybrid company specializes in helping local/small biz generate sales leads by combining the best of traditional advertising with the latest online marketing technology. Contact Alison Gilbert at info@marketingbytes.biz or call 516-665-9034 EDT/NY/US. MARKETING BYTES serves local/small businesses virtually everywhere.

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Andy Rooney © HolyTaco.com     
 Photo of Andy Rooney © HolyTaco.com


 

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