SCOPING TO REACH YOUR AUDIENCE

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If you are an early adopter and are looking for the next social platform, look no further! Periscope is a streaming app that allows users to broadcast live, while followers can view live and engage with the presenter while streaming live. You can also watch a replay of the scope for the next 24 hours. Users can "heart" the broadcast if they like what they see and hear. This app is owned by Twitter and it has already become a social media game changer.  . We have added Periscope into some of … [Read more...]

Choosing the Appropriate Social Media Platform for Your Content

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Developing a personal brand takes time, but social media is an essential tool that can help tremendously. We now have the ability to search with ease, have constant learning opportunities and various ways to communicate and interact with others. We have only had these tools in the last few years so lets utilize them! Many companies constantly post but do not receive the results they are looking for.  Once you know your readers, you will be able to promote not just what your company has to … [Read more...]

First #HootUpROA at Roanoke Higher Education Center

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Hootsuite is coming to town with the first #HootUpROA, held at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Our very own social media scientist, John Lusher has been working with Danielle Hatfield, a Hootsuite Envoy from North Carolina, to organize the event.  The event is directed to those professionals and students in and around the Roanoke community who want to learn social media best practices using Hootsuite, one of the most popular social management tools. Mark your calendar for#HootUpROA, … [Read more...]

Three Reasons to Take Twitter Seriously

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Twitter is one of the most mis-understood social networking platforms. Most people find it complicated and hard to grasp and understand.  How can you sell a product using 140 characters? Why does anyone care what you had for breakfast? Who wants to bothered with text messages from people you don't know? What value could you possibly gain from 140 characters? As an early adopter of social media, I have been using  twitter since 2007. Did I understand the value of  those early 140 character … [Read more...]

The Secret to Get Facebook and Twitter to Play Together

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If you’ve been surfing the Internet or watching TV you’ve noticed the shift in marketing.  Today’s active brands are sending you to Facebook and Twitter to get their message.   But, do they work well together? Do you need to use both Facebook and Twitter? Lauren Friedman with iMedia Connection describes the crucial differences in Facebook and Twitter. “On Facebook, the goal is user interaction, while on Twitter, it's all about brand evangelism, with retweets acting as the most valuable … [Read more...]

Is Your Head TOO Big to Show a Little Gratitude?

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I have built a fairly large social network.  Combining my contacts from all of my networks I have nearly 17000 connections!  How in the world can I manage that many connections? The funny thing is, that number is probably very low compared to many key influencers who have much larger and more active networks than I do. What are your expectations? Do you expect a seasoned blogger or a Twitter Superstar to show you gratitude for re-tweet's? When you receive a thumbs up or a like on Facebook do … [Read more...]

23 Ways to Integrate Facebook and Twitter with Traditional Advertising

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Facebook and Twitter have become a crucial piece of our marketing strategies.  Here is an excerpt of an article I wrote that was published on Social Media Today. In this piece I have listed ways you can integrate Facebook and Twitter with your traditional marketing. Integrated Media Marketing is when you effectively integrate social media with traditional marketing. Here are 23 ideas for integrating Facebook and Twitter in PR, direct selling, customer services, advertising and sales … [Read more...]

What the Heck is BUZZ?

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BUZZ... everyone talks about it, but what is it? In marketing, BUZZ is when people talk about your brand, many with enthusiasm and excitement.  Marketing Buzz, also known as word-of-mouth marketing, is the interaction of consumers and users of a product or service which serves to amplify the original marketing message. Today there is a rush to engage online influencers to create BUZZ. Brands are paying or rewarding popular bloggers and celebrities to talk about their product or service using … [Read more...]