Branding Tip: Create Your Gravatar!

Branding Tip: Create Your Gravatar!

Blogging, Branding, Social Media
What in the world is a gravatar?! A gravatar is an image that appears beside your name when you comment on blog posts, web forums, etc.  It’s a custom avatar that follows you all around the web. Why should you care? Because those generic animated pics do not look professional! Your company and personal brand will appear far more polished when your pic appears with your username next to your post. Why is a gravatar important, as it relates to your brand? Your gravatar is a part of your brand identity. Just like your social media username, it will follow you all over the web. When you comment on articles/blog posts that have this feature enabled, your pic, or gravatar, will show up next to your comment. I don’t know about you, but…
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Social Media Usernames Count!

Social Media Usernames Count!

Branding, Strategy
One of the fantastic consequences of our socially connected world is that we can connect to people, clients and prospects around the world 24/7. But how does this relate to your brand, from a first impression perspective? Think about it: when you meet someone face-to-face, your first impression includes their clothes, neatness, appearance, handshake, etc. However, when meeting online, the dynamics of the first impression change. We meet people online by communicating across different platforms, and what’s one of the first, if not the first, things you become aware of when you meet a new person online? Their username, not their legal given name, but their profile username. Hence the reason why your social media username is critical as you define your brand! When choosing your social media username for each…
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Why Use Social Media As A Marketing Tool?

Why Use Social Media As A Marketing Tool?

Strategy
I read an article this week that made my jaw drop! It talked about how 64% of small businesses don’t think social media is important. What?! If this is the case, this means these business aren’t incorporating social media into their marketing strategy. My only caveat: there was a small sampling of business owners, and stats can always be misconstrued. However, these stats are alarming, sample size and industry aside, so I was compelled to discuss. I could write a thesis on the value of social media but neither of us has time for that. I will give you some answers to help bridge the social media divide, from the perspective of a person who started a marketing career before the age of the internet and social media, back when we…
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10 Quick Twitter Tips for Beginners

10 Quick Twitter Tips for Beginners

Social Media
Need a little more twitter-savvy? Use these quick tips and have fun! Save hashtags you like. I save them for offline events and tweetchats so I can go back and review the discussions I like. Think of it as building your own transcript. Build lists so you can target specific tweeters, and make sure you have lists for local tweeps, tweeps in your industry, and target clients tostart. Lists will make a big difference as your following and timeline grow. You already know to get rid of that egg pic. Use a human picture, not a logo. Logos can’t tweet and we want to know who we’re talking to. Make sure it looks like you. Suppose we cross paths? I want to recognize you. Use your location in your bio.…
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Got Klout? Use It For Marketing

Got Klout? Use It For Marketing

Social Media, Strategy
So by now you're familiar with Klout. If not, take one step back and read my previous post on getting started with Klout, and this post will make more sense. Whether you like it or not, Klout is being used to develop your online profile, so stay ahead of the curve and use it to your advantage! But do you know to incorporate Klout into your marketing strategy! Here’s 4 quick tips to get you started: If you’ve already registered at Klout, you know you have a Klout Style. You can use this to get a pretty good idea of what you’re chatting about online. Suppose you don’t have Klout in a category that’s your specialty/niche - checking your Klout influence can help you determine what you need to be chatting/sharing on…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Klout

A Beginner’s Guide to Klout

Social Media, Strategy
Klout is one of the latest social media platforms quickly gaining in popularity, and it's useful to determine your online influence. It assigns a numerical score to your sphere of influence and compiles a neat profile of your online persona, including which topics you’re influential about, who influences you, etc. Here’s why Klout is important: you’re on Klout if you're using social media, even if you never registered at klout.com.  So why not understand your score, range and circle of influence and be in control of it! Manage your Klout score and use it to build your brand! Since Klout is relatively new for many people, here's 5 quick tips to help you understand Klout. Consider this your Klout 101: You have Klout in different categories, it just depends on your…
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3 Quick Tips for Marketing With Paper.li

3 Quick Tips for Marketing With Paper.li

Social Media
We've introduced paper.li and what it's useful for. Now I want to dig a bit deeper and suggest 3 simple ways you can use your paper.li newspaper as a marketing tool.    1. Promote people you follow. I’ve notice people will often retweet my paper.li tweets when they’re mentioned in the “today’s top stories via” tweet, and I do the same. It’s a nice way to give a mention, and it lets people know you’re paying attention to their tweets. Who wouldn’t like that? 2. Provide a content source that directly relates to your industry, thereby demonstrating your understanding of the power players in your industry. For example, I'm in marketing – a rather extensive industry. So instead of creating a “Marketing Daily”, I created a niche paper called Social Media…
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Quick Tip: Stay In The Know With Paper.li

Quick Tip: Stay In The Know With Paper.li

Social Media
Do you publish a paper.li newspaper? If not, do you subscribe to someone else’s paper.li? If you’re scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about, a paper.li is a free service that basically takes links from the people you follow on social media and organizes the links into a virtual newspaper.  You can create your own paper.li based on a list, hashtag, a user, or a custom setting with advanced features.  Once you choose your source, you can name your paper and set it to generate daily or weekly and receive the latest editions via email. Just like a newspaper, there are sections for Headlines, Business, Arts & Entertainment, etc. and popular hashtags. So go ahead and create your own paper.li newspaper or subscribe to one you like. I’m sure…
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