Why So Serious?

Every morning on my way to dropping my children off at school, I pass an older gentleman in his 60’s running along a 3 mile stretch of wooded area.  He always flashes us a gregarious smile as he enthusiastically waves hello.  He displays this same bright smile  to each passing vehicle, every morning, rain or shine.  Regardless of how my morning is going, whether we are running late or I’ve just spilled coffee all over my white blouse, this man can always bring a smile to my face.  I’ve never met or spoke to this man, but I like him.

Keep Your Friends Close, and Your Enemies Closer….

Alright, perhaps that’s a little harsh, of course the competition is not your enemy!  So why should you care what your competition is up to, anyhow? Your competition can be a great source of measuring your success, seeing what’s working (or not) for them, and motivation for you!  You’ll gain a better understanding of  what you could improve, how their audience and brand differs from yours and even what tactics are working for them that you may emulate.

Identifying and Overcoming Negative Reviews on Your Facebook Business Page

Recently I came across a Facebook Business page of a woman who unknowingly had her home address and Ratings and Reviews enabled on her page; neither of which she wanted on the page.  She had received a 3 star review, in my opinion…

Instagram Hack to Make Your Life Easier

Social media is so vital to our roles in growing our business yet can also cause a great deal of frustration when it seemingly won’t cooperate with what we want it to do. It leaves us yelling at our laptops and phones and sometimes having the urge to throw these devices across the room.  Or is that just me?  I digress.  I’d like to walk you through a problem we encountered the other day and the simple fix.  Now THAT’S Social Media SOLVED!

You so Trendy!

Here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it:  Find trending topics relevant to your business and contribute to a trending topic once a week.. If you can find a trending topic relevant to your business to comment on once a week, you should be able to attract more followers and increase brand awareness.

So why should this matter to you? What would that do for your business if you could attract one new customer or potential client a week?  You’re probably thinking “sign me up!” So where to start?

Is Social Media Powerful Enough to Cure Disease?

I’ve witnessed the growth, influence, and power of social media since it’s inception and it never ceases to amaze me.  Social media delivers news from around the world in an instant, keeps us in touch with family and friends, and can raise awareness for social causes and disease. Most recently, the #icebucketchallenge has been in the spotlight raising 53.3 million as of Friday, August 22, 2014.  In contrast, this time last year donations were only at 2.2 million.  The social media campaign, Ice Bucket Challenge, can be credited for this more than a 2,400% increase of donations.

Creative Marketing vs. Content Marketing

By now you’ve seen Coke’s summer campaign “Share a Coke with….”, if not, this is what I’m referring to.  This encourages folks to look for their names, friends and significant others name’s.  Then of course snap a photo with the Coke can and share to all their friends on Instagram, thereby exposing MORE advertising for Coke.  Sigh….I was looking at this the other day thinking, how can otherwise small or midsize companies keep up with the content marketing in the ways Coca Cola does?

Creme de la Twitter

As you go through your day, updating and connecting with potential clients on your Social Media sites, you may begin to wonder if it’s really worth the work.  You aren’t alone, according to this only 12% of marketers feel confident in measuring their Social Media Return on Investment.

This online marketing game is all about engaging first and selling second.  Ah, but you want to sell, sell, sell.  Of course.   The value of social media is not always immediately apparent or measurable.  In fact, it’s a bit of a contradiction to rely on reports to measure “social” interaction.  Social media sites are where your customers are going to go to get to know you and your product.  As convenient as it is for your customer, it can take time to build rapport, customer trust, and brand awareness via these channels. 

Oh my Google!

Despite being tied to the most popular search engine in the world, Google+ never quite took off as a social media platform the way Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest did.  Google did their fair share of marketing and hype, but it seemed to fall flat on its face. While I gave it a valiant effort, I found I was left looking…

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Sometimes it’s Okay to Have a Split Personality

You have your Fan Page on Facebook humming away portraying you as the world’s BEST graphic designer, interior designer, business consultant, what be it.  People naturally will be curious about what’s going on in your personal life.  So let’s talk about your Personal Facebook and Social Media sites and your online persona.  I personally believe…