Keep Social Media Simple

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The way to keep social media simple is to be selective.

Social Media can be overwhelming. Don’t get me wrong: I love social media. 

Social Media exists for three reasons:

  1. to connect with people
  2. to share with others
  3. to learn from others

If you feel like you are spending to0 much time with social media.

Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why do I want to go to this social media site?
  2. Is this site more conducive to broadcasting or engaging in a network of people?
  3. What’s the benefit of this social media site to me?
  4. Am I looking to pass the time using a social media?

Here are the Apps I use:

  • Instagram. I love taking pictures. I love learning form others. Some great connections have been made over the last years.
  • I use the free Buffer App to schedule the sharing of things I think are important. This saves me lot’s of time and I don’t have to be online all day.
  • I used the JustUnfollow service to unfollow some people on miss out on what my friends have to say when I log in to join the conversation.
  • Hootsuite. I enjoy being involved in chats, and answering and asking questions online.  I respond to nearly everything…just not necessarily the very second you contact me.
  • My goal is to check in on Twitter and Facebook at least twice a day to keep the conversation going.

I’ve turned off notifications on my phone for my Social Media apps. By having these social media apps off on my iPhone means I’m fully present locally but able to connect without distraction online when I do log in each day.

Tell me…How do you keep social media simple?

This post is inspired by Dana Byers

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Social Media For Business

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4 social media tips to send your business off to achieve social media success:

1) Strategy
First, decide which social networks make most sense for your company. It’s better to have a limited, strategic presence on social media than to be everywhere without purpose.

Define your desired goals. For example, do you have the goal of growing your Facebook community? If so, you should be brainstorming content, promotions, and posts that will attract your target customer.

2) Respond
Assigning an intern to manage the social media channels a few hours per week is simply not enough anymore. Your online community expects to receive responses to inquiries in a timely manner (typical accepted response time is within 24 hours). If you aren’t willing to invest the time and money it takes to respond to your online followers, then you probably shouldn’t be on social media.

Customers want to know someone is listening. The simple task of responding speaks volumes to your customer service. If you don’t have the answer and need some time to find it, let that person know that you have seen their question and you are working to get the answer for them.

3) Content
Don’t just broadcast anything to make it look like you’re active on social media. If you want to build a following, create content that makes you a leader in your industry.

If you don’t have enough time to regularly produce original quality content, share the good content that’s already out there or approach the experts to create content for you.

4) Conversation
In real life, when you’re trying to make friends, talking about yourself won’t get you far. It’s the same with social media. Your participation in the space should foster conversation. It’s okay to tell your online community about a new product or promotion, as long as that’s not all you’re doing.

Make it easy for your community, customers, and industry leaders to share content on your social pages. Be an active listener to better understand what your community wants.

How do you use social media for your business?

Share your social media tips with us.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

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Steven Johnson, one of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on the key questions:
Where do good ideas come from?
I think this video has great thoughts and inside on how much we need each other in order to develop an innovative culture.

What sparks the flash of brilliance?
How does groundbreaking innovation happen?

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Stay Human

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Don’t let the Internet with all it’s social media close your life in a box.

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. Bill Gates

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. Dave Barry

Right now, with social networks and other tools on the Internet, all of these 850 million people have a way to say what they’re thinking and have their voice be heard. Mark Zuckerberg

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How To Create More Web Traffic

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Here are five stupidly simple ways to attract visitors to your website and keep them coming back.I love this pic. It's incredible what you can do with an iPhone 4.

1. Start a newsletter list

Without a doubt, the number one thing you can do to increase traffic is to start a newsletter list.
Here’s why.
An e-mail list is the best way to build recurring traffic. By sending out e-mails to your newsletter list about new articles on your blog, you can guarantee that visitors will continue to return to your site instead of hoping that people will show up when you have something important to say.

2. Get the word out with guest posts

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How To Write A Blog Post

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Here are 4 ways that have helped me create content for my blog.

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1. Make Notes

Go through my notes and harvesting ideas. This, of course, requires that I am actively making notes for blog posts consistently. I am one that needs to take notes, because I have a new thought every 30 seconds and forget almost as quick.

He listens well who takes notes. Dante Alighieri

2. Open Mind

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What is Leadia?

I had Will Mancini for a learning community last weekend and he told me about Leadia – a brand new app for iPhone and iPad.
What exactly is Leadia by Leadership Network?
In short it’s “leadership + media”.


It’s a short digital book, combined with embedded video, links, audio and social media for iPhone and iPad.
Here is my take on why leaders are going to love this innovative app.

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I had reached my limit on how many friends I could add to my Facebook Profile.
The limit is 5000, but I still keep getting friend requests. So I started a separate Facebook Page and asked new requesting people to join my Page.

For a while I had a Facebook Profile and a Facebook Page to update. I tried to post the same things on both.
People would comment on both and it took me more time than I wanted to keep it social.
By the time I had 5000 on my Profile and 430 on my Page I made a decision:

“I will turn my Profile into a Page and merge it with my Page.”

3 reasons for a Facebook Page

1. One Place
Now I have just one place to post and engage with people on Facebook.
This will give me a better overview and I can interact in one place.

2. No Newsfeed
I don’t have a newsfeed anymore.
As (only) a Page, I loose my newsfeed. Now I can’t scan the posts of 5478 “Friends” all the time.
I will spend more time with engaging with the people who comment on my Page.

3. No Inbox
A Page has no inbox. There will be no messages from people, groups, events, games,… in my inbox. I love it. If someone want’s to contact me private it’s alway possible through my e-mail.

I like having just a Page on Facebook – for now.

The downside is that I can’t like your posts anymore. Sorry.

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