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Blogs and Social Media

I have expounded before on the benefits of using the social media to advertise your blog and product. Here Michelle Shaeffer explains WHY and HOW without being preachy or overly wordy and she explains how to avoid your social media posts seeming like spam.

#1 It’s not all about you

I really like #1. It’s not all about you, but it’s not all about your product either. It’s about those who may want to use your product. You’re trying to seem personable without getting too personal.

You want to generate interest on your Social media account. The more interest you have the more chance you have the more likely you are to get new interest or followers because believe it or not word of mouth still works! Those who saw something you liked or posted or commented on will take a closer look at your product because what they saw made them think.

This could take a lot more time than simply writing up a post and sending it out on the web because you have to actually use those social media accounts. You need to be seen posting those silly YouTube videos or liking someone’s comment about a product they’ve used. If something you’ve seen or posted can be even remotely tied to your product even better because potential customers can see that you are thinking outside the box which will increase the likelihood that they’ll choose you over your competitor.

#2 People aren’t looking to be spammed or sold to on social networks.

This makes a lot of sense. You need to find that delicate balance, that line in the sand so it doesn’t look like you are desperate for business, even if you are.

You want to look like you care about your potential customers before they actually meet you. In this age of social media what we post is our first impression most of the time.

I just Googled Employers and Social Media and this as in the top five results so if our potential employers are looking at our social media profile then why shouldn’t the consumer public be doing the same thing?

We should be.

 

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Pillow talk

Carly Knobloch wrote a wonderful post about how much time is too much phone time in the bedroom and I thought I would give my response here.

I vote that any time is too much time.  My phone only makes it into the bedroom if it’s during the day and I’m barricading myself in because I’m a grouchy bear or I’m expecting an emergency phone call from family.

My phone stays in the living room on my table/file cabinet right along with my laptop, tablet and iPod.  None of that makes it to the bedroom since I much prefer to fall asleep to absolute quiet with no distractions in the form of things that can light up my dark room, ding or otherwise do things to disturb me during my downtime.

I do not use it as an alarm clock.  It’s way too tantalizing to check email or reply to texts when I pick it up in order to check the time.  I have one of those old fashioned gadgets called an alarm clock.  You know, that thing that makes an extremely annoying buzzing sound at the proscribed time each morning.  It is even newfangled enough to have a second alarm so I don’t have to fuss around with it in the dark to set it so my boyfriend will get up at the correct time several hours after I get up.

I may be the black sheep here but some days I regret ever getting a cell phone and internet.

Yes, a cell phone has allowed my family to reach me no matter what but that is a good thing AND a bad thing.  There are times when I just want to escape without leaving home, which I do  manage but I shouldn’t have to hide from everyone after I hide my phone and other electronic gadgets in order to do so.  Gone are the days where if I wasn’t near my landline they would have to call back or hope I checked the call display to find out that they called and call them back.  Gone are the days where I could enjoy a less stressful day with a good book at the beach because they always manage to find me even if they don’t know me personally or whether they are there physically or not.

What say my readers?  How much time is too much phone time in the bedroom?

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