Ideas to improve Social Media CompaniesJanuary 12th, 2015

ideas-to-improve-social-media-cosFor those of us who are on social media everyday, we all have our pet peeves. Here is a list of things I want done to social media sites I use on a regular basis:

  1. Twitter – Please add the ability to edit posts.  At very least I want to be able to make changes within a few minutes of posting.
  2. Facebook – I love that I can edit my posts as I want to on Twitter.  But please allow me to add photos to posts when I edit.
  3. Instagram – Let me add links!! Intagram to me is an enigma, the kids love it, but there isn’t much you can do with it from a business standpoint.  I also wouldn’t mind a web interface.
  4. Pinterest – Let me organize my pins, just as I can re-arrange boards
  5. YouTube – Need to be able to have custom url, from day one of establishing channel.  Hard to publicize channel with ridiculous string URL.
  6. HootSuite – Absolutely needs to add the ability to upload photos with their bulk upload tool. What is the point of bulk uploads without images? We are all told that images help posts, but then you can’t include with bulk upload.
  7. Google+ – No matter how hard I try I can’t get much traction.  I think Google should see if they can get this channel going in 2015 or finally give it up.
  8. LinkedIn – Company pages need updating, they are lackluster and numbers are weak.  Should be a major part of a business social media site, not an afterthought.

Bottom Line:  I think social media companies have to continuously adapt in order to stay relevant.  I am sure you have a bunch of ideas to improve your favorite sites. Please add your comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts.

 

Think before you post!December 12th, 2014

Think-before-you-postAs capital hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten found out, a facebook post that can take 10 seconds to write, can ruin a career years in the making.

In case you missed it, here is what she said:
“Dear Sasha and Malia, I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class,” Lauten wrote. “Rise to the occasion. Act like being in the White House matters to you. Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”

Now, it isn’t the worst thing anyone ever write, not by a long-shot. But the president’s children are off limits and she went a bit too far as people viewed her targeting the president’s kids. She was forced to resign, and has likely ruined a promising career. The worst thing I heard was she actually had a business consulting on social media.  She should have known better.

So, what can you take a way from this?
I always advise social media clients to keep politics out of their posts. (Now as Lauten was a political staffer, commenting on politics is part of her job). But for most businesses, they should stay away from politics as half the people may like your posts, but many will be turned off. Do you really want to alienate potential customers just because they have different political views?

THINK!!! BREATH & WAIT 5 MINUTES
If you are writing anything that can be taken as controversial, take a breath, read and re-read before posting. This is also a good idea for blog posts and emails. Don’t send in anger. Take a step back, before posting/sending. We have all (me included :() sent emails we should have deleted.  Utilize the 5 minute rule:  If you have something you absolutely want to post that may be controversial, walk away, wait 5 minutes before posting/sending. Many times that brief time to reflect will change you mind.

In Conclusion: We have all sent emails we wished we hadn’t, wrote something in a blog or a tweet or Facebook post we wish we could take back. But as people find out even their deleted tweets are out there for eternity. In fact, people have found out that deleting a tweet is even worse as everyone jumps on that fact. Fortunately, if you follow our advice, and utilized the five minute rule, you can avoid the problems that arise from an inappropriate posting.  And, as always you can contact us, we are happy to help with any web, social media issues you may have.

 

 

Social Media Tip: Write things downJanuary 10th, 2014

We all struggle with what to post on our various social media pages right? Whether you bulk schedule your posts, or try and manually post each day or on a regular basis, it can be hard to think of valuable things to post. Let me tell you about a simple thing you can do to always have posts at the ready.

Write things down.

I know, brilliant right?

Pencils_hbI keep a spreadsheet open and when I think of something I feel my audience will profit from, I add the post to my list. If I am away from the office, on my iPhone & iPad, I use the evernote app to write down these pearls of wisdom. In my job I am on the web all day, and things I see spark interest. The synapses get rocking and I come up with a post which will benefit my readers. I add things almost every day and the result is oodles of quality content suitable for social media posts.

Now if you are wondering more about the content of your social media posts, I refer you back to one of my favorite blog posts, The Power of SME (Subject Matter Expert). I always advocate posting things that portray you as a subject matter expert or thought leader.

Do not send emails which make you look badDecember 16th, 2013

statsIt amazes me how companies send you a monthly email showing you how little interest there is in their sites.  You get these from business websites like Manta and review sites like Yelp.  Then they try to get you to spend money on ads on their sites to get more attention.   I don’t know about you, but I am not spending hard earned money on ads for companies who tell me I get little or no traffic on my profile.

Here is my advice to companies sending these statistics review emails. Change your strategy to only send statistic reviews when people have had action on their profiles.  This doesn’t mean you can’t send out other emails of interest. Manta for instance sends out some valuable tips.  If you asked those companies if they think sending emails that make them look bad is a good idea they would look at you like you have two heads.  Yet, this is what they do, again and again.

Bottom Line:  When you are trying to build your brand, sending emails to users is not a bad idea. However, sending emails that tell people you are basically irrelevant, is not smart.
 

Beware of Facebook GamesNovember 29th, 2013

People love Facebook games. Personally I don’t get it and tire easily of them.   But of course, everyone has likes and dislikes.

But there is a downside.

The notifications that appear on the right side of your screen can really hurt you.  Take for example, the case of your friend who always tells you they are swamped at work.  But whenever you are on facebook you notice they are playing a game.

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Now, what if one of their clients (or boss) noticed this in the middle of a work day? Worse, imagine this person was behind with a deliverable?  I don’t know about you, but this would give me a pretty low impression of the person.  The problem is that people’s personal and professional lives become intertwined in social media.  If a client friends you, you aren’t going to reject them.  So be aware.  Its one thing for clients to see you listen to Captain and Tennille music on Spotify during the day, it is another to broadcast to the world you are fooling around rather than working.