The Twitter #Howto Guide: 4 Ways to Increase Engagement

An Argument for Twitter by Nievalyn Keel TechymarketerThough the audience is large, and the name ubiquitous, the secret to Twitter success still eludes many. Already providing the why, here is the #howto on maximizing your engagements and impressions, 140-characters at a time. Continue reading

Writing [and SEO] Tips to Increase Web Traffic

Techymarketer Writing SEO Tips Nievalyn KeelWe have all heard it said, Content is king. But what is content? Content is the text, hyperlinks, images, videos, (everything) on the screen. All content must work together, combining pieces of the puzzle to make one amazing picture. If we agree that content is a key driver of traffic to your site, then we agree that good content is compelling. But what makes content good? Good content is magnetic, complete with imagery and writing any high school graduate can understand. Achieve this with your writing to increase website traffic. Continue reading

#BeMobileWorkSocial Offers Lessons in Working Smarter

I attended a technology event this week, #BeMobileWorkSocial, co-sponsored by Covinia and IBM. it was a “fireside chat” facilitated by storytellers: Scott Abbott and Louis Richardson. The talk centered on how the way we use technology at work may be improved by leveraging the “right” technology. Using the “right” technology would allow us to keep on top of our inbox and save time, so that we can get down to the work we’re paid to do and get home to enjoy the money we make.  Here is a Storified compilation of the tweets from the night.

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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

Brand Building?: Eat, Breathe, Live Social Media on #MakingFriendsMonday

Since my last #MakingFriendsMonday blog post issued on May 1, I have sent 138 tweets, earned: a 2.4% engagement rate, 45 mentions, 50 retweets, 169 favorites, 28 replies, and 24 link clicks. I have netted 128 followers, have followed a fair amount of those, and connected with many on LinkedIn. A fairly productive 10 days.

I attended a seminar discussing social media marketing at law firms, where I live tweeted during the presentations. I was also able to network in person and make connections. This was a great experiment in making connections online and off. As I watched and listened to the seminar, I tweeted away.

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Better Brand Strategy Comes From Social Listening [Webinar Report]

The 2015 Media Trends report indicates shrinking newsrooms leave more stories needing storytellers than there are reporters available. Social media is breaking stories (60 percent on Instagram) with reporters playing catch up to John Q. Public’s first-hand accounts. Search engines and social media are key places to stay abreast of current happenings. As new users join the various social media platforms daily, and the audience grows, social media continues is the desired destination.

I recently attended a webinar, Is Social Listening Part of Your Brand’s DNA? hosted by Social Media Today’s Robin Fray Carey, with panelists: Lauren Harper, Nick Ayres, and Apryl Pilolli. The live tweeting experience was particularly eventful and is found under #SMTLive, we were even “trending” at one point. Check out the recording and slide deck. Continue reading

#MakingFriendsMonday: A Lesson in Social Media Engagement

Courtesy of Frank Kilgour

I am three weeks into my #MakingFriendsMonday initiative. This week I was less productive on Monday, busy with my day job and life, generally. However, I have taken my one-day initiative and made it a way of life throughout the entire week, which I think is actually more powerful than only one day focused on interaction. I have had great interactions with my tweeps, even taking it off Twitter to grow my LinkedIn network.

So what are my stats now? Impressions versus engagements: my impressions increased by over 4,000 units from the last Monday (4/20) to  this past Monday (4/27), but my engagements went down by just over 1%. Not what you want to hear, but I think I know why, so I can correct it. 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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Live Tweeting an Event? 5 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

Attending a webinar? Live tweet it. Attending an event? Live tweet it. I am not one to tweet every moment of my life, but when I attend a professional webinar or event, I try to share my learnings with my followers-at-large. I have found live tweeting events are a great way to engage with new tweeps and add to your list of followers. Here are five ways I have tested on many occasions that have enabled me make the most of these sessions.

hashtag search screen1. Use the hashtag. Before the event begins, search for the hashtag on your device. You will notice at the bottom of the screen appears: Tweet #___________. This enables you to quickly send out a tweet without retyping the hashtag each time.

2. Know the speaker’s Twitter handle. If speaker or key participant Twitter handles are given out beforehand, make note of them and be sure to include them with relevant tweets. This will allow those key participants, speakers to retweet and favorite your posts, broadening the potential reach of each tweet.

3. Take your time. Events are typically fast paced with a lot happening simultaneously. The trick to tweeting insightful commentary is to stop and think, and then type. However, you can’t stop for too long as you may miss out on other key messaging to share. Carefully craft your message, spell check tweets before sending. This skill may take time to perfect, so be kind to yourself. Maybe you are only able to send 5-10 tweets on your first go round, but after a few sessions, you’ll be up to 30 or more tweets for the duration. Continue reading

Webinar Report: Is the Death of Social Greatly Exaggerated?

Is the death of social greatly exaggerated? That is the question Scott Monty, seasoned communications professional, sought to answer on today’s webinar offered by Social Media Today. Social Media Today’s CEO, Robin Fray Carey, moderated the call.

As the younger generation (millennials) lose interest in more established platforms, moving on to newer, perhaps untested ones, social marketing no longer has the pull it once did on them. As the landscape changes, what are the new best practices and strategies that marketers and public relations professionals must use to reach their intended audience?

You can follow the conversation on twitter using #SMTLive. Listen for the audio recording.

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