3 Quick Tips For Using RSS For Business

3 Quick Tips For Using RSS For Business

Social Media, Strategy
Ever been puzzled by this little orange symbol that appears on blogs and websites? And why should your business be using RSS feed anyway? If you are in business of any kind, here are 3 quick tips for using RSS feed to subscribe to websites and blogs to help your business. 1. It provides one neat place to keep track of updated content from your favorite sites. No more surfing individual sites for content. aka time-saver 2. Makes industry research a much simpler task. Keep up on trending topics by following the leading sites, experts and authorities in your industry. aka easy-research 3. Your clients/potential clients can subscribe to your updates if you give them the RSS feed option. Not everyone wants to share their email address to receive your…
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I Want To StumbleUpon Your Site

I Want To StumbleUpon Your Site

Blogging, Social Media
I read an eye-opening article about the power of StumbleUpon as a referral source to boost your social media traffic. Did you know it has surpassed Facebook as the largest shared source of traffic? How many of you use StumbleUpon to drive traffic to your site? I just started using it recently and it's quite interesting. I've seen the symbol and little "I like it" hand at the top of toolbars as I view articles on the web, but I didn't fully understand its impact until I started learning the stats. If you are new to StumbleUpon or haven't incorporated it into your social media strategy, check out this StumbleUpon 101 to get started! You can set up a personal profile, receive recommendations based on your interests, and you can index…
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Connect On LinkedIn With A Personal Message

Connect On LinkedIn With A Personal Message

Networking, Social Media
Let's face it, to build your professional network you will want to forge relationships with people who you don't know personally. So why not use LinkedIn as a professional starting point? LinkedIn is designed for professional networking! Let's take a step back first. What are the rules of offline networking? You don't just walk up to a person and ask them for their resume and list of contacts do you? No, you introduce yourself FIRST. The same rule applies to making connections via LinkedIn, that is if you want to really network. You don't want to go spamming people with empty invitations or canned messages to connect. You have to introduce yourself first! If you don't, you'll look like a lazy networker/sleazy salesperson who happens to be clueless about building relationships on social media. I know you don't want that to…
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You Are Your Brand, Own It!

You Are Your Brand, Own It!

Branding
I had the pleasure of attending a fantastic social media seminar, dubbed an Online Marketing & Social Media Crash Course, featuring none other than Entrepreneur Magazine expert Starr Hall.  Now since I already know Starr I was prepared to be blown away by all her proven tips to navigate the online marketing environment. For those of you that don't her, let me tell you she is indeed a marketing machine! My friend and event attendee Author Brian L Thompson asked me a question after the event that really had me stumped. He asked me "What was THE most important thing I learned? And what am I going to do with it?" The nerve of him asking me such a loaded question right?! After giving some it some thought, I answered: I think the most…
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Twitter Is For Right Now – Not Yesterday!

Twitter Is For Right Now – Not Yesterday!

Social Media
There are many articles that tell you how little time it takes to use social media. Yet, if you're a relatively new user, this will sound like hogwash! It can take several hours to understand how to use just one social media platform. However, once you're up and running,  your time spent can be drastically reduced. You'd be amazed at how the pros manage their time using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, etc. There really is a method to the "spend 20 minutes a day" advice you hear out there. Today's quick tip is an invaluable lesson I learned several months ago from Warriorpreneur Ann Evanston: When using Twitter, don't go backwards in your timeline to get caught up.  When you open Twitter, depending on which platform you're using (Hootsuite, iPhone, etc.),…
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Seize the Tweet Chat Opportunity

Social Media
I'm writing this post as though you are familiar with Twitter. If you aren't, take a look my previous blog post "Why Aren't You Tweeting Yet?" Then come back here and finish reading... I recently participated in an awesome tweetchat with THE CEO Mamma Network via #theceomamma. Let me tell you, these are some energetic ladies that are wonderful at sharing tips, info, and insight with each other! During the chat I learned several of the participants had never participated in a tweet chat, it was their first time! I'm so used to tweeting that I took the "tweet chat" concept for granted. In keeping with this month's topic - social media - I thought I'd give a brief overview of a tweet chat. A tweet chat is a Twitter conversation with a group of people, it…
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Why Aren’t You Tweeting Yet?

Why Aren’t You Tweeting Yet?

Social Media
Many professionals are still apprehensive regarding social media outlets.  I run into so many business owners that simply don't know how to join the social media conversation, so they stay behind, falling further and further into the abyss with the dinosaurs. For those of you that don't know how to join the conversation, I'm here to get rid of all the excuses you've been using as to why you can't "get on" social media.  Read on to learn how I joined one of the major social networks: Twitter. How To Get Started on Twitter For Business  Learn the Basics. Go to http://business.twitter.com/ and learn Twitter basics. Just because you don't know what you're doing doesn't mean you have to look like a novice late to the party - that's the beauty of…
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Are Networking Mixers A Waste Of Time?

Networking
Before you get all defensive, I know plenty of people swear by the networking mixer as a great way to cast a wide net and meet a bunch of potential clients. As a general rule I don’t attend these types of events unless I have a purpose. Mingling by itself is not a purpose; I mean a defined (often quantifiable) objective. What prompted this post? I recently attended the worst networking mixer ever! I mean poor sound quality, multiple presenters just pitched and offered nothing of value, no traffic flow or structure within a huge lounge space, and… the attendees didn’t actually network. I went to meet a friend (and future client), and we both wanted to learn more about the hosting organization. My friend and I actually had a…
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