In my family, it is common knowledge that the use of improper English means it’s fair game for everyone else to make fun of you. We don’t do it in a malicious way and, for the most part, we only make fun of each other (though sometimes we correct people when they’re on TV). However, I grew up in a family that stressed the importance of proper English when speaking and writing. Let’s face it, even if you’re extremely intelligent and well-educated, if you say “it don’t”, you’re not going to be taken as seriously as someone who says “it doesn’t”. Continue reading
I’ve always loved giving gifts and putting extra thought into what I get for people. This year has been a good year for me – I became an aunt for the first time, I started kickboxing, which has become a new favorite activity, and I landed my first real job. Since I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to save a lot of what I’ve earned (by living at home – thanks Mom!), I’d like to give some back. However, I wanted to combine my love of gift giving with my passion for social media so here’s what I’m going to do: Continue reading
It is always best to be prepared, but face it, some things you just can’t see coming. For when that happens, it’s best to have an idea of what to do. Here are some suggestions for using social media for crisis management: Continue reading
Though the first amendment does protect your right to free speech, that doesn’t mean that you can say whatever you want when it comes to social media sites (well you can but you risk getting kicked off AND becoming a social media outcast – YIKES!) Continue reading
When people ask me why I like Twitter so much, I am sometimes lost for words. So, I decided to sit down and think it through. Why do I like Twitter so much? I came up with several reasons. Continue reading
Because all of your friends are doing it.
Yes, that’s the answer. Everyone knows the old saying, “if all of your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?” usually asked by your parents when you begged to get a tattoo because your best friend got one. This question can be answered with two questions (that might get you grounded if you ask), “How high is the bridge? How deep is the water?” Continue reading
Think about it. How was primary research conducted 5, 10 years ago? Surveys through the mail, in person, on the phone, focus groups, forums, interviews, observation, etc. Yes, primary research is still conducted through these means, however, social media has definitely made it much easier to gather primary data AND it has made it much easier to gather more than ever before. Continue reading
I’ve used Twitter for some time now and here are the 5 main things I’ve learned about this social media tool and how to use it to its fullest potential.
(1) Create a custom background and be sure to have your picture as your avatar. Though for businesses, non-profits or movements, a logo may be more appropriate, for your own personal account, it should be a picture of you. People want to know who they’re following and a picture of a flower doesn’t help them much. Continue reading
Venturing into the world of social media can be a daunting task for anyone, especially a small business. To help make it easier, here are three tips on how to use social media more effectively. Continue reading
Though I’ve seen this video before, it was recently sent to me again as I am extremely interested in the social media movement. Per seeing this video, I purchased the book, Socialnomics, by Erik Qualman and have just started reading. So far, so good. Enjoy the video:o)