@Techymarketer Answers: Why Should I use Twitter?

Facebook launched in 2004. Twitter,  a few years younger, turned nine  this past spring. Though only a few years apart, the difference between the platforms couldn’t be more profound. Chief among them,  the customer base: 300 million to 1.4 billion active users per month, in Facebook’s favor.

Why do we think this is? Most people have no clue what to do on Twitter. I get confirmation of that at least once a week, while scrolling through random Twitter profiles or talking to friends. According to Twitter CFO, Anthony Noto, the most active users are “early adopters and tech enthusiasts.”

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5 Tips Toward Personal Brand Building

Who are you? What does your social media activity say about you? In this digital age, the answer should be aligned with your present career or career goals. Why? Because you are serious about your future and want others to know it—your social media activity should support that idea. I am not suggesting that you cannot relax and have non-work-related fun on social media, but suggest caution in doing so.

Remember: anyone can potentially see your posts, perhaps your connections don’t presently have any sway over your success, but someone connected to them may. While my social media activity is authentic to me, it is also carefully constructed.

Here are five things to consider when using social media to promote a personal brand:

1. Keep what’s personal, personal. If you wouldn’t want it read back to you in a job interview, don’t post it. If you wish to connect with friends and keep them abreast of your personal life, choose one platform on which to do so, keeping personal details to a minimum on your selected professional brand channels.

2. Get noticed. Use keywords and hashtags to find known industry leaders (competitors, bloggers, writers, reporters). Read, comment, and share their tweets, articles or posts with substantive comments. Follow and share what their influencers are saying. When sharing others’ content, always give credit to authors and publications. Use twitter handles, where available. Continue reading

Webinar Report: How PR Can Help Boost Search Results with SEO

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Courtesy of Andertoons.

Search engine optimization started off as a very technical process left for coders to handle via meta tagging data. However, as communications professionals and information technology practitioners work together for the purpose of storytelling (and Google continues to redefine that algorithm we all love), we must take more of the nuggets offered by the technologists and include them into our everyday practice. SEO is creating a less is more culture, where specificity allows you to say more in fewer words, willing us all to become better writers. As I discussed in a recent blog post, How to Follow SEO on the Path to Better Writing, follow suit or get left.
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My first #MakingFriendsMonday: A Social Media Marketing Report

I hope you all had a great day. I have spent a lot of time considering how to grow my brand. I am in an interesting place, first because though I do this for a living, @techymarketer is not my day job. I am not selling a service, but merely sharing other’s content and discussing my experience with social media marketing and marketing technology via The Techy Marketer’s Blog. So what is my value proposition for those I engage with on social media? Authenticity: I am nothing if not honest about who I am and my capabilities.

I have been around for almost a decade-and-a-half, a professional member of the communications industry. I saw the birth of “content marketing” as the next wave of marketing and I have an inkling about what’s coming. Being a lifelong learner, I embark on this journey via social media and The Techy Marketer’s Blog as a way to keep current.
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Top 3 Reasons B2Bs Need Social Media

Courtesy of SmashBrand

Courtesy of SmashBrand

I recently went to dinner with my husband, and he asked me about social media and its role in a B2B world. I took a beat and thought about his question, so I could give him a clear answer that did not contain too much jargon.  I came up with: Social Media is a necessary tool for branding through storytelling. thought leadership. and engagement.

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“If you build it, he will come.” That Goes for Content Too, Right??

If You Build It...

But is it true of content generation?

We all hear it: “Content is king.” That is, great content will boost your brand. Thanks to Jeff Bullas I know the secret to success. I’ll just write and they will read it; kind of like, “if you build it, he will come,” from Phil Alden Robinson’s Field of Dreams, right? Or in this case, if you write it he will read.

Perfect, now that we have that worked out, all I need to do is create that “great” content I keep hearing about.

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4 Steps to Building your Brand

Most, if not all, content marketers are working to strengthen or solidify a brand’s presence in a set industry or space. I have read many articles and blogs, watched videos and the basic tenets of content marketing/brand building can be narrowed down to the following four steps. Continue reading