@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

SEO content

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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Employee Advocacy Unpacked

On the heels of my recent blog post, Webinar Report: Empowered Employees Build Brand Awareness, social media strategist, Neal Schaffer,  favorited my blog post tweet and sent me his ebook, The Definitive Guide to Employee Advocacy Programs to read. A joint effort between Schaffer and PeopleLinx, which offers a social selling tool, the book outlines requirements for an effective employee advocacy program. Among those described, Schaffer discusses the three I’s as key to a successful program:

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Webinar Report: Is Your Social Media Adding Value?

This week I attended a webinar, How Law Firms Benefit From Social offered by Hootsuite, The guest speakers were Kevin O’Keefe of Lexblog and Nancy Myrland of Myrland Marketing & Social Media. Hootsuite promoted #HootLegal as the place for attendees to share their thoughts, check out the tweets.

As far as I can tell the webinar was well attended and fairly informative, especially if you are looking to launch social media in a professional service or B2B environment and have no clue where to start, what to share and why, what’s your voice, etc. Having been at this since 2009, I didn’t hear anything that I hadn’t heard before, but the idea of adding value resonated with me, as key to the entire social media experience.

For the marketer, social media is a place for storytelling, with each story unveiling a little more of your character, your core values: cleverness, altruism, intelligence, inclusiveness. Is your activity on social media doing that for you? You defined your strategy before entering social media’s nebulous arena, but is your strategy clear in your posts? Are visitors learning who you are and what you stand for?

Courtesy of Mimi and Eunice comic strip by Nina Paley.

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I’m back!! Becoming a Social Cow

I took an 18-month hiatus from my digital self, @techymarketer. In that time, I maintained my The Keelsday job and kept up with the digital trends, but I took time away from my digital brand to enjoy life  with my family. Finding that balance between consistently creating blog posts, tweets, and status updates and living a life for the people who need me daily has been tricky.

In my next act, I hope to be better here. My digital me is as important as my flesh and blood me.

So what’s been happening since I left? Well not much has changed:

1. Google still runs the world. No responsive or mobile optimized site yet? Think you will cease to exist after April 21? Make sure you enjoy 4-20. (Just kidding, unless it’s legal where you live.) Can’t you just see the Second Life cemetery running out of plots? Have no fear. Google published a hour-long Q&A video on what the lack of a mobile optimized site really means for you. They even have an assessment tool to help you figure out how your site will fare on D-Day. Do what you can to prepare, though it’s not really dooms day, this is a sure sign of things to come. Continue reading