Social media is all about telling stories. Technology continues to make it easier, faster and more appealing to tell, share and even re-share our stories. It has also become about telling our stories in both words and pictures. The bluebird sings the social media theme song, at right, ‘Let Me Tell You a Story’. 

a blue bird sings the social media story

A bluebird singing the social media song, ‘Let Me Tell You A Story’ from an image @ 123rf.com

Up until about a year ago, the story telling method was primarily verbal. Thanks to the meteoric rise in popularity of Pinterest, Instagram and other visual tools, it is clear that people want the option of using pictures, not just words, to tell and view things.

Look how dramatically facebook’s landscape has changed to include massive visual real estate. See the facebook timelines for business cover page at the end of this story.

The verbally based social media tools have known this for sometime. Google purchased YouTube. Yahoo purchased flickr. Facebook acquired Instagram and no one has been able to buy Pinterest.

It stands heads above most other social media, has done so in record time and is believed to be the first visual application to accomplish this. In addition, there is ground breaking news that the White House will start using Pinterest on December 17, 2012.

Both verbal and visual apps have unique characteristics and value. Amongst the most popular are: • facebook • twitter • LinkedIn • WordPress • Google • Pinterest • YouTube • Instagram

WordPress sharing bar

Sharing  is  a click away.

Users have their preferences and loyalties for story telling and sharing. There are formulas for sharing stories that vary with users. As one becomes more proficient in the use of social media, these formulas develop into personal systems.

There is no one system that is the answer to sharing for everyone. But certain apps and combinations of them work well. In time, we each discover what fits our style. WordPress makes this very easy with their sharing button bar shown at left.

For example, let’s say a story is written in Word. It then can become a blog post in WordPress with still images, video and even audio. Once the story is written, it needs to be shared. Certain venues have proven to be most successful at this. In fact, in order to make sharing a breeze, sharing buttons are installed right on blog post pages.

Why is sharing so important? Sharing attracts attention, engages an audience, allows one to stay connected manually and automatically, fosters the development of  trusted relationships and ultimately can increase business or establish a personal, professional presence.

One may not be looking to provide a service or even a product in the traditional sense of business. Providing and sharing information is the essence of social media. Just think about how much we know, how easily we can learn and share things compared to a generation ago. It is all due to social media allowing us to tell our stories.

Do you have a story that you would like to share, one that social media has enhanced or caused to go viral? Would you like to share or comment about this blog post? Your comments, suggestions and feed back are all part of the story. Please share with us in the comments area. Thank you from the author.

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facebook’s new timelines for business has given tremendous opportunities for visual real estate as shown in the example here. ©http://www.MarketingBytes.biz and http://www.facebook.com/PageCoverMastery



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About Alison Gilbert

Through decades as an entrepreneur, I developed ventures in over a half a dozen industries including HEALTH FOOD | GRAPHIC DESIGN | BUSINESS PROMOTION | HOLISTIC HEALTH | DECORATIVE PAINTING | SOCIAL MEDIA | PUBLIC SPEAKING | WRITING. Eventually under the umbrella of ALISON*S ART, INC, they evolved into the dba MARKETING BYTES, a hybrid company specializing marketing small business using social media marketing and traditional graphic design services. Currently retired, I am focusing on teaching social media marketing graphic design and visual journalism. I can be messaged through www.facebook.com/alisondgilbert and tweeted @MktngBytesMaven and @AlisonsArt.

Marketing Made Simple TV Achieves Sponsorship, Viewership Milestones

Newest Sponsors include InsideView, Communication Strategy Group;

Show Reaches Audience of Over 20 Thousand through Syndication

Bethpage, NY – August 29, 2012 –

In its mission to provide smart but simple ideas to improve business, Marketing Made Simple TV, delivering marketing information, education and entertainment via Web Television, has added two new sponsors. InsideView, the only social selling provider to reveal the person behind the contact, and Communication Strategy Group, a brand storytelling agency, have joined existing show sponsors and industry leaders, Avitage, Watchitoo, the leader in embedded Multi Streaming technologies, and Digital Ethos. In addition, Communication Strategy Group has been named agency of record for Marketing Made Simple, to provide thought leadership public relations support for the growing web video marketing program. The show has also recently been syndicated by Adobe Systems’ content-marketing site, CMO.com, the senior marketing executive’s one-stop shop for digital marketing insight, bringing the show’s average audience to over 20 thousand viewers per episode, leaning heavily toward marketing executives and social media experts. Additional show and sponsorship information is available at http://Bit.ly/mmstv2012

“Marketing Made Simple TV is focused on providing interviews with marketing leaders in a professional video format. Our viewers expect high-quality content and innovative insights,” said Jeff Ogden, host and founder of Marketing Made Simple TV. “The show sponsors and syndication partners are carefully selected to protect the trust our viewers place in the show. Our latest syndication news means the show is being shared with a broad, growing and diverse audience, delivering maximum value for show sponsors.”

About Marketing Made Simple TV

Marketing Made Simple TV delivers marketing information, education and entertainment via Web Television. The show is available at MarketingMadeSimple.TV and via broad syndication. The show is available on YouTube, DigitalBrandMarketing.com and a fast growing list of sites. For more information about Marketing Made Simple TV and to inquire

about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jeff Ogden, at 516-495-9350 or host@marketingmadesimpletv.com

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