LET ME TELL YOU A STORY

INTRODUCTION
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

VERBAL STORIES
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.

VISUAL STORIES
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.

SOCIAL MEDIA APPS
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.

STORY TELLING
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.

STORY SHARING
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.

CONCLUSION
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.

The Social Media Marketing Graphic Design page

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

 

SOURCES

Amy Porterfield’s FB Influence 2.0 Webinar

Bringing Your Marketing To Life Through Video by Dr. Marc and Charlie

Obama White House joins Pinterest


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.

New LinkedIn Endorsements are Here

Almost since the beginning, LinkedIn has offered us a way to offer recommendations to those people who provide great products or services to us.  In addition, recommendations have always been a great way to build up your credibility for the jobs that you have listed on your resume.  Now, LinkedIn is offering a new way for us to recognize individual talents that people we know and have worked with may have.  This is very different from the traditional recommendation, since there is no way to ask that people endorse you (we can still ask for recommendations).

How do I get endorsed?

The first step in getting endorsed is to actually add skills to your LinkedIn profile.  Make sure that you are editing your profile so you can see the Skills area.  It is here that you will begin adding skills that you think you possess.  As you begin typing, LinkedIn will recommend skills based upon your profile, but you are always free to add additional skills. LinkedIn Endorsements

Be aware, however, that you are currently limited to 50, the number of skills that you can add, and make sure that you have the more important skills at the beginning of the list, so that your connections don’t have to take any unnecessary steps to endorse you.

Finally, the best way to get an endorsement is to give one.  That’s right.  If there are certain people that you would like endorsements from make sure to visit their profile pages and endorse them for the skills that you believe they possess.

Are they useful for college students?

LinkedIn endorsements may be especially useful to college graduates, as well as anyone looking for employment, as there is increased credibility when people endorse you on their own.  In addition, whenever you endorse someone, they receive an e-mail notifying them that they have been endorsed, and it just may spur a reciprocal endorsement.

The Endorsement Advantage

The biggest advantage that these new endorsements offer over recommendations, I believe, is that they are organic.  You can’t request them.  People need to actually take the time and endorse your skillset as it relates to them.

Have you added your skills?  Have you endorsed anyone?

 

References

6 Tips for Using LinkedIn the New Endorsements

Introducing Endorsements: Give Kudos with Just One Click

LinkedIn Debuts Endorsements As A Lightweight Way To Recommend A Professional Contact’s Skills

New LinkedIn Endorsements May Benefit College Students

LinkedIn endorsements offer more credibility behind skill sets

About Craig Yaris

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 .

Why LinkedIn? [Internship]

                In today’s economy, students and young professionals share a common fear. Their fear is whether or not they will find a job. With the presidential debate currently going on, the candidates for president are constantly promising to make new jobs. This does nothing but make the current students worry that there are no jobs now and may not be any in the future. Fortunately, there are online tools that can help graduates and undergraduates worry a bit less. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. It is said to be the best investment you will ever make in your career. It is used by individuals and businesses for networking, job searching, hiring, and much more.

                Recently, I have started an internship with the company Digital Ethos. They have asked me if I was signed up with the website LinkedIn and were shocked when I said I was not. Immediately I signed up after receiving their reaction. I could see how important LinkedIn was right away. LinkedIn is a great way to establish your identity on the web. With 175 million members worldwide, LinkedIn is clearly a striving network that helps individuals and small businesses to large corporations.  With LinkedIn, you can exchange ideas, knowledge, and opportunities with a broad network of professionals. Your LinkedIn account is the first impression someone gets when they google you, this can be a huge benefit if your LinkedIn account is up to date and well put together. Your LinkedIn page can either make you or break you.

                Signing up for LinkedIn is easy. You simply put in your full name and your email address. From then on, LinkedIn gives you step by step instructions on how to get your account up and running. This includes indicating where you are currently employed and what type of job. Another cool feature of LinkedIn lets you indicate what field you are in. It also asks you where you have been employed in the past and for how long. This can give your future employer a general knowledge of where you worked and what your skill-sets could be. Your education also holds a section on your LinkedIn profile, which can include when you were in high school and in college. If you haven’t graduated from one or the other, it lets you select your anticipated graduation year. LinkedIn has a section called “Summary” which lets other users quickly learn about your background and interests. There is a different area for your skills and expertise which helps potential employers find you when they are searching for a specific knowledge-base. Recommendations on your page can carry a lot of weight.  It lets your colleagues, clients, or suppliers speak on your record. Recommendations are just like reference part of your resume. You’re “snapshot” is like your web based business card. It includes your name, location, education, recommendations, education, past positions, and links to your website. Use this space efficiently and you’ll be sure to catch someone’s eye.

                These days, it is so crucial for not only graduates, but undergraduates, to get their foot in the door of the career world right away. It is very important for young professionals to use LinkedIn for many reasons. Young professionals don’t have a lot of experience, so LinkedIn helps them by providing an answers section. This allows a wide variety of professionals to answer any question you might have about your field or any type of field you may be interested in. Asking and answering questions also helps you build your online visibility. This is essential to making your way to the top. This generation of young adults is said to be the “Digital Native” generation since most, if not all, of their life was spent in front of a screen. LinkedIn lets them continue this sort of lifestyle and it makes it a lot more comfortable to be more productive on the network. Young professionals have little to no experience in the work force. LinkedIn gives them a realistic outlook on their field of interest. You should never let one job define your field. With over 175 million members worldwide, it is easy to network and see all kinds of different sides of your field. You can also check out your fields leading players. You can see how they got to where they are by seeing where they went to school, what they studied, what skills they developed, what groups they belong too, and to whom with they are connected. This will help you obtain a better grasp on your anticipated field you want to join.

                The people who are part of your network are called your connections. A connection can indicate that you know the person well or that they are a trusted business contact. In order to become a connection, you need to be invited and accepted. LinkedIn doesn’t support people in adding somebody that they don’t know. When you want to send someone a connections request, LinkedIn asks how you know this person. The options include colleague, classmate, friend, business partner, and I don’t know said person. If you chose “I don’t know said person”, LinkedIn will not allow you to add them. If you chose any of the other, it will ask for the persons email address.

                LinkedIn narrows down your connections into three different categories. They are first degree, second degree, and third degree connections. First degree connections are the people that you have directly connected with because you or the person sent an invitation that has been accepted. Second degree connections are the people who are connected with your first degree connections. You can contact them through something called an introduction. You may ask your first degree connection to introduce you to your second degree connection. Since you probably don’t know your second degree connection, an introduction from your first degree connection would be the only way to connect with them. Finally, your third degree connections are the people who are connected to your second degree connections. If you want to become their first connection, you have to ask for an introduction. An introduction usually sounds like, “Dear Mr. Smith, Let me introduce you to Mr. John from Company X.” LinkedIn shows you which connection a person is by placing an icon which says either “1st”, “2nd”, or “3rd” connection.

                LinkedIn offers a feature called “groups”. Being a member of a group lets you engage in one on one networking between group members. An advantage is that you can send lnmail for no fee. As a member of a group, you can discover the most popular discussions in your professional group. LinkedIn groups also allow you to follow the most influential people in your groups by looking at the Top Influencers board to see all their group activity.

                Looking for a job on LinkedIn is said to be a whole lot easier than going door to door hoping they are hiring. If you know what company you are interested in joining, simply search for them on LinkedIn’s search bar. The company will have their employers listed and you can network with them and see what they did to be able to work with the company. Eventually, you will be able to establish them as a connection. On the other hand, if you have no idea what company you want to work for, you can search a keyword, job title, or location. Even though the search is much broader, you will still get a general knowledge of what you are looking into.

                It is clear to see that there is a lot more to LinkedIn than just looking for a job in a newspaper. Connecting with people and getting your name out there can also contribute to your success on LinkedIn. If you use your LinkedIn profile correctly, it will become a huge benefit for you in the job marketing world.

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The content in this article is part of Digital Ethos’s Digital Media Education in the Higher Education Internship Program, the content was created by @KaylaMarzo, a Student at Suffolk County Community college, intern at Digital Ethos.

About Digital Media Education Internship

Digital Media Education Internship Program is an outreach initiative for Digital Ethos.

Too Much Sharing Going On – A Case Study

I share an office with my wife and as I was heading out for a meeting, I noticed she was tagging something in Diigo, a social bookmarking site which allows you to store articles with descriptions and tags for later retrieval. I inquired why she was still using Diigo, and not Evernote to keep track of all things important.  “I never learned to use Evernote,” she replied.  Simple enough reason.

This got me thinking about why we use certain tools to accomplish our on-line tasks. Be it Diigo instead of Evernote or TweetDeck instead of Hootsuite, what makes a person choose one tool over another?  Why do people not always choose the more highly rated or more efficient tool for the job?

Very often it comes down to time and effort.  My wife uses Diigo and TweetDeck because she doesn’t have time to learn a new tool, and TweetDeck got there first. It’s the tool that, today, requires no extra learning.  After all, social media isn’t her business.  While she’s using it for business, if one tool does the job, why look at another?

One of the things that we social media people have a hard time understanding is that not everybody embraces the available tools for connecting with the zeal that our community does.  When I probed my wife’s social media habits further and inquired whether she shared the articles she saved to Diigo, she said no.  No? “Why,” I asked her and her answer surprised me more than I expected.  Very calmly she replied, “There is too much sharing going on.”

Really???  Too much sharing?

She went on to explain that her business Diigo group only had a few followers, and that her intention was to reach a wider audience.  That is why she shares to Twitter and Facebook, and not to LinkedIn.  There was no real purpose to sharing to her Diigo group. In her mind, it was more efficient to send an email newsletter summarizing her favorites.

So, have we reached a limit to the amount of sharing we are going to tolerate?  After all, for small businesses, they can share to several social networks, including:

(check out the Big List of Social Bookmarking and Networking Sites on Squidoo)

 

So, how much is too much?  As you saw from the conversation with my wife, too much is going beyond Facebook and Twitter.  But, maybe your target audience is also on LinkedIn.  Then you have no choice but to be available there, as well.

The moral to the story is simple – share where you reach your audience.  Because, after all, you can’t share everything everywhere.  It’s just not possible.

Where are you sharing?  Where have you been most effective?

Social Bookmarking Sites explained:  Social bookmarking sites allow users to organize, manage and store any resources that they discover on-line.  It is like an on-line filing cabinet for everything internet.  They do work very similar to Evernote, in that you add websites to your account, and can tag them with keywords and descriptions, which are then searchable.  Evernote has an advantage, in that you can send items from your e-mail, desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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About Craig Yaris

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 .

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

c/o viralblog.com

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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About Bill Corbett Jr.

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.

Social Media and the Non-Profit

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, I was one of the panelists at Hofstra University, discussing the use of social media for the non-profit organization.  I was joined by some great minds in social media, Jerry Allocca, from Core Interactive (author of Connected Culture and SEO expert), Donna Rivera-Downey from the Girl Scouts of Nassau County (Chief Social Marketer), Ellen DePasquale, Regional Development Director for Constant Contact, and our host, Debbi Honorof, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Hofstra University.

Some of the things discussed included choosing where and how to engage, how to use Google search and their keyword tool to help improve visibility, and best practices for event marketing.

What information came from the panel?  Here are five tips to get your social media moving in the right direction.

1.  Pick the Right Social Network

The first step in becoming a social non-profit is to decide which network(s) will give you the engagement and results that you are looking for.  As discussed during the panel, the best way to determine this is to ask.  That’s right, go ahead and poll your users by sending out a survey through e-mail, using the polling function on Facebook, and asking Twitter.  If you are not on any of the networks yet, send out an e-mail and ask.  Your donors and participants will drive your engagement, so you are best served by being where they are.  And, it may not always be the network or method that you think it is.  Don’t just choose networks based on size.

2.  Ask your Personal Friends for Help

Once you have decided where you will be engaging, do not be afraid of asking for help in sharing your messages.  Your cause is one that is a passion for you, and you should be willing to share that information with your friends and family.  As they begin to share your posts and information, people will begin to gravitate towards you and naturally share information you provide.

3.  Don’t just take your Traditional Advertising and Make it Digital

Digital and social marketing are inbound marketing strategies that require a different message and different tone.  Traditional marketing is outbound, and directly asks for the donation or action.  Inbound marketing causes donors to participate because of who you are and what you’ve shared.

4.  Incorporate Social into your Website and Traditional Advertising

Make sure that your potential donors are able to donate on their terms.  This means having the ability to donate through Facebook.  Make sure your website/blog is your home base, and that all information leads back home.  Help your potential donors connect with you wherever it is easiest for them.  Utilize social plug-ins on your site, so that they can connect without any extra effort.

5.  Have a Social Media Policy

People make mistakes, and those handling your social media will, at one point, do something you wish they didn’t.  That’s ok.  What’s important is how you handle it, and a good social media policy will help you do just that.  Check out the social media policy of the U.S. Army for a well-written policy, and see how you can implement it into your organization.

Now that you have some basic tools to begin the social media process, the most important suggestion is:  Jump in and get your feet wet.

Really, the only way to determine if social media is for you is to begin.  Take a chance and begin to experiment where you are comfortable, and then jump into the deep end.  Take on Facebook or Twitter.  Connect.  Engage.

How is your non-profit using social media?  What, if anything, have you found works well?  What doesn’t?  I’d love to hear from you!

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.

Sources:

Photo courtesy of Hofstra University

About Craig Yaris

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 .

Social Media is HARD

The dictionary defines “perception” as “understanding”.  And the prevailing perception is that social media management and marketing is easy.  That people will find your Facebook page, your Twitter account, or your Google Plus page and they will just automatically connect with it.  That they will “like” you without any action on your part.

THIS JUST ISN’T TRUE

My favorite analogy is the opening of a new store.  When you open a retail location, people will not just automatically know you are there.  You need to tell them.  You need your friends to help spread the word.  You need to give people a reason to visit your store, whether it be a “grand opening special” or a product that they can’t live without, they need a reason to visit.

I was working with someone who wants to make social marketing their livelihood.  They have a Facebook page, and were complaining about how their audience wasn’t growing.  They haven’t run any ads.  They don’t even share that much on their page.  But, most importantly, they never asked any of their friends to help by “liking” their page.

They forgot the most basic idea behind social marketing — that it is no different than “word of mouth marketing”.  The platform doesn’t matter.  If your friends won’t or can’t sing your praises, why should anyone else.  And what reason will anyone else have to like your page if all you do is change your cover image?  If the only thing you’ve shared is…nothing.  And you’ve done it with no regularity.

In order to grow our audience, we need to give them a reason to join in our conversations.  We need to provide them with a reason to visit, and a reason to share our thoughts, ideas, and services.

The perception is that social marketing is easy.  It isn’t.  It takes time to cultivate relationships.  It takes effort to curate good content.  It takes momentum to build your audience.  And, it takes thought to become a thought leader.

Want to build your Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus audience?  Follow these simple steps:

1.  Share good content.

2.  Be human

3.  Share often

4.  Help others

5.  Follow the Golden Rule

6.  Ask for help.

Basically, if you want to build  your following.  Be a good person, and the rest will fall into place.

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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Definition courtesy of dictionary.com

Image courtesy of Get Social With Amy

About Craig Yaris

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 .

Get the WordOut! On Your Social Networks in One Smooth App

With so many applications fueling our world from our Smartphone’s these days, it seems imperative to filter through all of the mess to find the most flexible, full-bodied, and affordable apps available. When it comes to social media management apps, there are virtual loads of them available on the many different manufacturer app stores around the net.

Top-Notch Social Media Management App

This recent social management tool app addition to the market includes a few vitally helpful element that set it apart from the masses. To get a better idea of how WordOut works for you, check out this informative video. The developers of WordOut wanted to make it as easy as possible for users to post on their favorite social networks – and fast. WordOut can be used to post to multiple social networks like Facebook and Twitter, simultaneously.

Although WordOut developers have many more service ideas in the pipeline. For now, some of the highlights are that with WordOut, users can post in the most simplified manner possible with the following instructions:

  1. Write a post or status update.
  2. Choose the accounts you want to post on.
  3. Click ‘send’ and you are done.

In addition WordOut will soon feature:

  1. Instagram Integration
  2. LinkedIn Integration
  3. Possibly Group Email Support

This social media productivity app was created to help users more fully enjoy their social networks while mobile by removing some of the time killers that can come with frequent social media usage. With WordOut, time spent on networks can be less intrusive and free to carry on with your busy day. WordOut is also a fairly basic app that will let you navigate your status or post updates without showing you those popular sports scores you may be hiding from yourself at the moment.

While more full-service Facebook and Twitter apps can require long load times and many clicks to navigate into, WordOut has a very minimal load time and will allow users to update quicker on an uncluttered application and with as little as one single click.

Limited Data/Network Coverage

There are many who still have mobile phone and devices with limited mobile network coverage and data usage. Using an app like WordOut means you can utilize those famous social networks without loading all of the data that can come along with more full-bodied applications such as bandwidth hogging games or extremely busy networks.

WordOut requires iOS5 or above.

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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About Basil Puglisi

@BasilPuglisi is a Content Contributor and the Chairman of the Board for Digital Ethos. Basil C. Puglisi is also the Digital Marketing Manager for PMG Interactive. As the Digital Marketing Manager he provides oversight and support to Digital Campaigns, from Website Development to Search and Social Reach.

Favor Facts over Frills in B2B Copywriting

Platitudes and empty promises go over like lead balloons in the B2B world, where people expect results. While emotion can often play a key role in turning prospects into leads – after all, the customer has to like you – B2B customers are visiting your site with an objective. Too much fluff can end up burying the sale. Effective copywriting delivers a message that lets customers know exactly how to meet their goals and compels them to take action.

Image c/o masstransmit.com

Here are tips for persuasive B2B copywriting without the frills.

Know Your Audience

The tone, style, language and vocabulary you use depend heavily on the people who are using your site. You may have a typical clientele, but you must still narrow your audience down to the actual person who is making the online search, ending up at your website and taking action. This person could be a business owner, a product manager, a VP of marketing, a buyer, a salesperson or an assistant. Identify your users and write content that speaks to them. Using the word “you” helps you further communicate directly to your readers.

Headlines, Bullets and Menus

These areas of text may have the smallest amount of content, but they play an important role and require powerful language. Strong headlines are brief and to the point – don’t waste space with language that leaves readers wondering what the page is about. Use bullets to outline the benefits of your products or services, making it easier for users to find what they’re looking for without having to comb through heavy text. The content on your site’s menu bars must navigate users to where they should be on the site; if they get lost, they’re likely to give up and move on.

Ask Questions

Asking your users questions helps them identify their needs and even discover challenges they weren’t aware of. Just be sure to provide solutions. For example, a marketing agency that provides digital display advertising services might ask “What Makes an Ad Effective?” in its headline. This gets readers wondering if their current advertising campaign is as effective as it could be, and compels them to read on for the answer.

Call to Actions

One of the main goals of a B2B website is to convert leads into sales. A successful call to action creates a sense of urgency and value that triggers an immediate response from the user. Vague call to actions, such as “Buy now” or “Click here” lack the detail required for an appropriate response – buy what now? Click here for what? Write call to actions that have a clear, concise message: “Sign up now for a 30-day free trial!” or “Contact us today to make an appointment!”

Case Studies and Testimonials

Rather than make promises and guarantees that aren’t for certain, tell your readers about true success stories. Testimonials help to build your company’s credibility. With case studies, you can highlight specific challenges and how you worked to meet them – proving to your readers that you have the resources and expertise to walk the walk.

Do you have any other tips for B2B copywriting that really works?

Author:

Jacqui MacKenzie is a writer for Straight North, one of the leading Web development companies in Chicago that specializes in Internet marketing, social media and SEO. She writes for a wide range of clients, including audiologist website providers and companies that help book a tee time online. Check out the Straight North blog! @ straightnorth

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