This week, a new free social media tool called Klouchebag hit the web. If you haven't played around with it already, it's a tool that tells you how ... uh ... annoying you are on Twitter
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February 1st, 2009, was a very memorable day for me. It was the day I arrived back at my family home in Newcastle, England, to start working for myself full-time.
I had just left a job which for the previous two years saw me working with companies like Nissan, Hewlett Packard and Land Rover as their social media manager. My position in the rat race was actually an awesome one, but it was nothing compared to being my own boss.
As some people here don't care about making their living from the internet, I understand that this post will not be for everybody. However, if you've just made the leap to working for yourself, currently run your own business, or you're looking to make your money online in the future, this article may be just what you need.
13 Lessons from 18 Months of Self-Employment...
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Via Martin Gysler
One of the great things about running a website, blog, or social media campaign is that there is an abundance of data and statistics to measure your performance. Hundreds of metrics are measured daily by social networks, your own host, and third parties whether you ask them to or not.
by Adam Justice
Social media has well and truly moved out of the marketing arena. Plugging in social media as a part of your marketing/ad campaign is one thing, but to really succeed in social media, you must establish yourself as a social business.
This means embracing social media or social technologies across every level of the business, allowing it to infiltrate established structures and processes. At least, you have to do this if you want your customers to believe what you’re selling or in any way stay ahead of the pack.
Since Google introduced "Search Plus Your World," most Google Search users have seen results that add more emphasis to sites shared on Google+.
It turns out having Google+ followers boosts the ranking the most, while a "+1" still does way more for your search ranking than Facebook or Twitter.
Twitter actually ranks the lowest — which, given the bickering between Google and Twitter, isn't all that surprising either.
Read more: http://read.bi/KBnIwo ;
Via Steven Healey
We recently had a look at stats complied by Mybroadband.co.za and got an insight into the state of broadband in South Africa.
Looking at various factors and aspects of the market we gain an insight into not only the South African broadband market but also how it shapes up against the rest of the world.
Via Jonha Revesencio
I selected this piece by Steve Rosenbaum for Mashable because there are some excellent tips to make you a trusted source, build a loyal following and add value to the community.
I don't know about you but everytime I read a post about curation, I see something different, this one is from someone who knows what he's talking about.
Here are some highlights:
Be part of the content ecosystem
**What a curator should do is embrace content both as a marketer and an organizer
Follow a schedule
**No matter what and how much you post, 2 new links a day and one big post per week, that's a schedule
**Be consistent and post at the same time everyday so your readers will know when to expect new content
**consistency and regularity brings new users and helps you build a loyal fan base
Embrace multi platforms
**Put your work where your audience is, today you have to go to them (more about this in the article)
Engage and Participate
**Select only the best content - read everything before you hit the send button - you'll build trust by helping your readers find great content and information
**This is a great way to build relationships with bloggers and other curators (more on this in the article)
Share, Don't Steal
**Last but definitely not least, you must acknowledge the source, there are no exceptions
**When people choose to listen to you, it's because you've proven to separate the signal from the noise
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://on.mash.to/Jk8uWH]
So you want to be more creative, in art, in business, whatever. Here are some tips that have worked for me over the years:
1. Ignore everybody.
The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. When I first started with the biz card format, people thought I was nuts. Why wasn’t I trying to do something more easy for markets to digest i.e. cutey-pie greeting cards or whatever?
Read more: http://bit.ly/IeXQ4d
Via Martin Gysler
This week, we’ve covered ways your business can use video on Pinterest, digital tools to help you reduce junk mail and tips on how to curate and share great content. We also have a list of the sassiest brands on social media, a rundown of essential tools for marketers and a gallery of iPhone cases that look good enough to eat. We even have video interviews with entrepreneurial trailblazers like Brian Solis and Mark Cuban.
by Matt Petronzio