Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

New Facebook is GREAT!

September 12, 2008

For the past month or so I have been playing around with the new Facebook.  It changed again the other day, and it was broken for an entire day.  I was losing my mind.  I am noticing that many of my non – internet – marketer friends are still not on the new Facebook as I believe we are still 30% away of everyone utilizing the new Facebook.

There is instant hate when people use the new Facebook.  However, it grows on you.

What I love about the new Facebook :

  1. The ability to comment on your friend status
  2. Live feed
  3. Ability to filter out  your feeds from Pictures, posts, updates, & top stories. This gives me much more organization as my friends list continues to grow.
  4. Application bar at bottom with favicons.
  5. Notification red flags. It is super important to know when I have an update (Even though I get it on my Blackberry too).

There are plenty of things I don’t like… including the top and bottom Application section (have to please the big spenders!) .. But since things are currently changing I will wait to post a “Things I don’t like about the new Facebook” post later!

Sick of The Blogosphere

June 13, 2008

Okay, it’s official.. I am sick of reading blogs.  I no longer want to read “social media” or “SEO” type blogs because they are honestly not saying anything new.  When I was first starting out, they were great, but now it is just the same old thing for a popularity contest.  Once something new comes out that is embraced, like Plurk, everyone rushes to their blog to be the first one to talk about it.  That’s fine.. and I get it but… I am too busy to care about blogging about these new tools and sites.  When something comes out, lets just assume I am using it!

I am also kind of sick of SEO blogs that are written in complete buzz words. Everyone is afraid of blogging seriously now because they might be accused of using poor strategies.  My opinion, if you a good strategist… you are probably too busy WORKING to blog.

I really respect bloggers who have slowed it down a bit and have decided to discontinue reading those bloggers who create bad SEO link bait to get traffic.  Sorry… I am too busy working to read these blogs now.

By no means am I upset about any of this.  I love my Twitter because I can see my peers links to their blog posts with titles and if I am interested, I will read it.  I no longer have to even go to my RSS reader.  In my opinion, if it is a Social Media or SEO blog and it is not using Twitter, than it is a bad blog. However, I am still reading some entertainment and music blogs through a reader.

From now on I am only going to use this blog when there is something really worth writing about.

Executing Social Media, Interactive Conference

May 19, 2008

I apologize for the lack of updating, I have been super busy at Morpheus Media. We are working on some amazing things over there, and in the midst of it all I have neglected this blog!

This week I will be attending Executing Social Media, Interactive Conference & Workshops in Los Angeles, California.  I was really interested in this conference, not only because it is purely about Social Media, but because it is an intimate conference with round-tables called; “How can brands survive in the new media universe?”, “Best Practices in Creating Online Communities”, and “Don’t Just Join, Participate and Contribute.”

Those titles definitely get me excited!  Additionally, Brian Solis will be speaking. I have been reading his PR 2.0 blog for quite some time now.  You might know him for Bub.blicio.us.

I am very excited because this will also be my first time in Los Angeles, California. And I am definitely interested in getting out of NYC for a little bit.

Definitely expect some more posts out of me here and over at SEO Chicks during the next week!

Pownce Me

January 25, 2008

tweettweet.jpgIf you didn’t hate this guy enough already….

Digg founder Kevin Rose launched Pownce to the public this month. I discovered that I already had profile, and logged in. I must have had an invite and signed up and forgot about it. So I do what I always do when I am faced with a new social media site, I looked at every possible page and got lost in it for an hour. Then, I started adding friends… the usual suspects.

If you don’t like Twitter, you will most likely hate Pownce. It has the same concept, except Pownce is more tied into Digg, almost shamelessly. In my opinion, it is a really quick way to ask all of your loyal friends to Digg your stuff in a “Twitter” style. The Scobleizer wrote a good comparison of the two.

Twitter for sure has better expressions, like “Tweet”, “Twittle”, etc. Pownce is kinda lame in that sense. This matters in my opinion because it all becomes part of our vocabulary, our langauge. Twitter also has that cute little bird.

I jotted down some things about Pownce:

  • Really easy find friend/ add friend feature.
  • Comment system that is easier to follow than Twitter.
  • To improve your Pownce you can Upgrade for $20 per year .
  • You can add your Profiles on other Social Networks, Screen Names, and Websites on your main page.
  • You can Forward other people’s posts to other friends.
  • Displays Youtube videos on posts. (I wish I could call these Tweets but it doesn’t work!)
  • There are advertisements/ sponsors every 5o posts or so with discount Pownce codes. (Eliminate this with Upgrade)
  • You can post a file up to 10MB (upgrade = 100MB)

Obviously, I get the idea but it’s not as good as Twitter in my opinion.

Pownce

Social Media is Fattening!

January 7, 2008

Fattening

Warning: This is a RANT. It is completely my opinion. There are no calories in Social Media…..

In every effort to keep the holiday spirit alive, I have been doing a lot of research on New Years Resolutions and how it played a big role on Social Media websites. Personally, I have made many New Years Resolutions not only for my usage of Social Media, but personally.   How lovely I can intertwine the two!

Call me a pessimist, but I feel that Social Media has a huge impact on my energy levels.  I notice that I have seriously put all of my energy and thought into Social Media.  It tires me out… I look at the time on my laptop and it is already 11PM by the time I am done with my nightly updates. I Sometimes choose to check my readers instead of working out, or walk the dog.  Now this is a contradiction to my Resolutions!!

How does one make Resolutions to do a better job of understanding and keeping up with over 25 Social Networks, reading more blogs and Working out more & Living a Healthy Lifestyle? I try to practice healthy balances… How does everyone else do it?

I saw this post once on Edgadget of a laptop on a treadmill…

I wonder how the people in my office would feel if I moved this into my cubical?!

laptop treadmill

Vote for Me to be a Social Media Ninja!

January 4, 2008

                 SM ninja

I am running for Social Media Ninja over at Collective Thoughts.

Even though I am a baby in the community… I would really appreciate if YOU could vote for ME.

Here are the contest rules:

1 – Please only vote for one candidate.
2 – Votes must be received by Tuesday, January 8th, 2008 at midnight GMT.
3 – Candidates cannot vote for themselves.
4 – The decision of the Collective Thoughts team is final.

VOTE HERE!

Me

(What are my chances of winning with this goofy picture!?)

PS: I think it is pretty cool to be best known for Mixx.

Kina Grannis, “Gotta Digg” Update

December 29, 2007

Kina GrannisKina Grannis is the Social Media Superstar of the month!

According to Snarfd, Kina Grannis popular song “Gotta Digg“, which I wrote about earlier this week has exploded on Digg and all around the blogosphere, has landed Grannis major attention in the music industry.

She recently appeared on The Drill Down, a show frequented by top Diggers and social media enthusiasts, where she spoke about the success of her video on Digg landing her management deals.

Her blog, (born Dec 15th, 2007!) was originally created to enter her in the Super Bowl Contest, is Two Weeks For Kina. Kina’s You Tube (born on November 14, 2007) video has acquired her Social Media success!

Kina GrannisStats:

Go Kina!

Gotta Digg

December 24, 2007

I was doing my usual morning rounds on the Social News Sites and went voting for things (a practice that I am trying to get down to 1-2 hours tops!) and came across something I thought I would support.

Having been in a band, and being a girl… I know how hard it is to be taken seriously in the music business. I also know how hard it is to try and score a recording contract….Really hard.

So I saw this girl, Kina, who entered a contest to win a shot at having her shot at the music industry during the Superbowl. Using tons of social media, the Myspace contest is pretty big and Kina is using her Social Media skills and her Blog to get the votes. Since I loved her angle, I felt the need to support!

Because I need to know everything about everything, I noticed that this Crash The Superbowl contest (which is obviously a way to spike the viewer-ship of the Superbowl amongst a younger age group)…. is sponsored by Yahoo & Doritos but most popular on Youtube… (Google wins again!)

“Social Media is about breaking down barriers to engage in conversations”

November 14, 2007

Social Media is about breaking down barriers to engage in conversations.”

“Relationships are the new metric for ROI.”

-These are just two quotes from an amazing blog post I read today. “Conversational Marketing Vs. Market Conversations”

It really gets me thinking… With all the hype on Social Networks and people being put together by grouping, and links, does everyone become a salesman/ or marketer?

In my experience, ever since customized AOL Member Profiles, people have been selling themselves. Now with the Myspace & Facebook evolution, everyone has a crooked picture (the angles) and they are promoting a blog that they are trying to sell ads on so they wont have to work at Starbucks….. (I guess that was harsh) But what about us, the online marketers who really have business to promote…. a lot of times we fall in the cracks.

It almost seems that all online marketers, must must must be  prominent figures amongst many in online communities.

A lot of marketers I have spoken to even do most of their work on online communities. Get to the top of your community, target your fans, and promote your product. This is the formula I see every day.

In “Conversational Marketing Vs. Market Conversations”, Brian Solis discusses the right way to be a marketer in a place where everyone is a salesman. We must all listen to the market, before we participate. This taught me a lot because many times I feel so eager to just jump into the industry, instead of sitting back and observing the entire spectrum.

The best way to do even the most important aspects of Search Marketing (PPC, Keyword Advertising, PPL, etc) is to analyze your market for a period of time until you feel completely ready to promote to the target. And these methods are considered “traditional”, yet still completely necessary.

So while it is tempting to jump head first into the industry, it is also important to understand how everything works and to prepare for the future, because this might be “The Year of Facebook”, but who knows what next year will bring.

… The ironic thing about this is the fact that I found this posted on Sphinn. It was posted by “Lyndon”, (a top “Sphinner”)and while I don’t know who he is… I know he posts some great articles on Sphinn!

Facebook for Business: This Changes Everything.

November 12, 2007

I recently took a short hiatus of a few days just to catch up. I come back and all of a sudden there is Facebook business. So I quickly go over to my favorite Facebook blog: Face Reviews and read this: ” The New Facebook Pages just went live 2 hours ago. Business, bands, etc. can now set up a Facebook Pages page. This is really a pretty solid experience and bug free right out of the gate. This is an easy way to get your brand onto facebook. The features are fairly robust and work very similarly to facebook groups. Except there are actually pushes of data to tell people about action from the pages. Nice! You can actually have “Fans” which is kind of cool.”

After taking a look into each section, it seems really wonderful. However, it is really confusing to search for other businesses, bands, artists, etc. Or that could just be me. I’m sure as time goes on, most people in the Social Media realm will catch on, changes will be made, and it will be another great tool to promote business online. It almost makes it simple enough to sell your product online without even having to have a website……Oh wait- That’s exactly what it’s doing!

After building your companies Facebook Page, you can promote your page to your target audience, Create Polls, Research your target, Get stats, etc. There is even an Overview section where you can track your progress with traffic reports. Of course I believe you still have to track your own sales.

It really is quite complex! You can add just about anything to your page and utilize different applications as well. Kind of makes me wonder what level of success I could have brought my band to with this tool, considering how we used our Myspace, and we did that the hard way (sending single messages to potential fans). We were lucky if we sold one t-shirt in a month.

In my opinion, Facebook Pages should be kept simple like Red’s. It is important to supply enough gloss to the page to promote the actual product but I certainly do not want to see things “pimped out” or blinking. The true appeal to Facebook is that it is consistent on keeping things simple….with the exception of Applications (which I will get into at another time).

For more updates on Facebook Business- read the Face Reviews Blog.