I’ll admit there were times when I thought I would never finish experimenting with Twitter and get this book written. We’ve spent months researching all things Twitter and I tested, experimented and played with Twitter almost full time for a couple of months.
This is a collection of what I’ve found that works or doesn’t work. What I like, and things I really don’t like.
I’ve been doing a lot of research about Twitter lately – Tweets, Tools, Tweeps, Twits – I’m not quite the ‘Social Media Scientist’ Dan Zarrella is, but I am researching methods for a Twitter book and am so pleased with my results, I didn’t want to save it all for the book. Beyond numbers of followers (we all want more) and writing gigs (I want more) there are the friendships that arise unexpectedly, seemingly from nowhere.
Aside from the obvious perks that are listed on the Klout website (and this is just a small sample) there are unannounced perks companies are willing to bestow after they check your Klout score.
I’ve just discovered Wordle and I LOVE IT! This is a wordle created from my Traci Gregory Blog:
I read today in an article by Emily Maltby (WSJ) that entrepreneurs are more interested in word of mouth referrals than the social proof offered by Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Small-business insurer Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. hired Opinium Research LLP to conduct online interviews in May of 2011. They polled 304 U.S. business owners & managers of companies with less than 250 employees. The results were surprising to me:
the companies who are using social media are using it to increase brand awareness and generate sales
Ms. Maltby noted
The Hiscox study supports other research showing that the majority of owners haven’t found social media to be a vital part of their businesses.”
Other related small business posts: Is Google Place Page beneficial for local business promotion? and How to Set Your Facebook Landing Tab
Interesting info in the help section of Google+: there will be no private Google+ profile.
The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.
Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.
If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.”
Skulk on Facebook . . . Google+ is going to put you out there.
He has a list of screen credits that is incredibly impressive, and he’s good lookin’. (You need to hear me say that with a Southern accent, it will mean more!) But the reason I want you to know about him in this moment is the way he has leveraged social media in his indy movie productions, and how very successful he’s been at it.
His new movie “Newlyweds” had a reported budget of only $9,000 which he tweeted was broken down into “5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can.”
He has a slick, sexy blog at http://www.edwardburns.net/
Yeah, look closely. Built on WordPress. (just sayin’)
He posts to his Twitter @edward_burns (no college interns for him!), and has a Facebook page, that he uses to interact with fans.
And, of course, a YouTube Channel, edward burns films for the trailer and film information.
No more lectures; here’s the trailer from “Nice Guy Johnny” – it is funny, and touching. Watch the trailer; rent the flick from Netflix. And when you’re done, work on that social media campaign of yours!
Edward Burns is known for acting, but he writes, produces, directs
In fact, his film credits are too many for me to list through the keyboard
This video shows the staggering numbers of activity on the internet in one form of ‘social media’ or another.
Part of the world’s most watched Social Media video series; “Social Media Revolution” by Erik Qualman. Based on #1 International Best Selling Book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. This is a shorter version that includes new social media statistics for 2011.
If you aren’t in the social swim, what’s keeping you?
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