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Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices | SM | Scoop.it
Check out this overview of best practices to stand out from the crowd with your Twitter theme and follow the tutorial to create your own profile from scratch.

 

With Twitter quickly becoming the hottest site to be seen on, everyone wants to stand out from the crowd. There has already been a range of quality designs showcased on various sites, which has shown an emergence of trends such as the ‘sidebar’. Let’s take a look at some of the best practices around Twitter background design and get to work creating our own.

 

We all recognise the default blue Twitter background right? It’s not a bad design, it’s clean and trendy but it doesn’t stand out when the majority of Twitter users also have the same look. Furthermore, if you’re keen to achieve more followers, removing this background would probably help out by showing that you’re an active user, or if you’re tweeting on behalf of your company or service, it helps prove that you’re not a spammer.

 

Generally speaking, there are three main approaches when it comes to creating your Twitter background (other than a boring solid colour!):

 

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39 Web Apps and Tools We Use to Create Websites

39 Web Apps and Tools We Use to Create Websites | SM | Scoop.it

Probably not unlike you, we use a cadre of different tools to help us create websites and products we’re proud of. Every year it seems that this list morphs, evolves, shrinks and grows. So we thought, ‘Hey, it might be valuable to some people to get a look at how we build things and the tools that we use to get the job done.’ We looked at every step of our development process and highlighted our favorite technologies every step of the way. These divisions aren’t meant as hard and fast rules; but rather groupings that can help you if you’re looking for a tool to find efficiencies, process improvements or work product for a particular phase.

 

39 WEB APPS AND TOOLS WE USE TO CREATE WEBSITES

 

MEETING, BRAINSTORMING, STRATEGY
Our initial planning phases are all about collaboration. Here’s what we use to communicate, ideate and put the plan together.

 

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How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers

How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers | SM | Scoop.it

A simple guide to understanding how to effectively use Twitter hashtags in marketing and how you shouldn't! [note mg]

 

Every time we host live webinars (and as this long list suggests, that is quite often), quite a few attendees get confused about what to do with the hashtag we provide. What is it? What does it do? How do you create one? Let me explain!

 

What is a hashtag?

 

A Twitter hashtag is simply a keyword phrase, spelled out without spaces, with a pound sign (#) in front of it. For example, #inboundchat and #ILoveChocolate are both hashtags.

 

What does a hashtag do?

 

A Twitter hashtag ties the conversations of different users into one stream, which you can find by searching the hastag in Twitter Search or by using a third-party monitoring tool such as HootSuite.

 

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angel Graham's comment, May 8, 2012 7:26 PM
I need to learn more about hashtags and twitter. This should help out a bit more. I'm learning to use a few. Thank you.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 9, 2012 5:20 AM
It's my pleasure Angel! Using Hashtags is finally simple, which is sometimes difficult is to remember to include them in posts ... :)
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Your Place in the Marketing Mix | Outspoken Media

Your Place in the Marketing Mix | Outspoken Media | SM | Scoop.it

As Internet marketing consultants, I’m sure we’d all agree SEO is a vital part of a successful marketing strategy. Online visibility is essential for both branding and conversions. But I think because we are passionate about what we do (and therefore, perhaps a bit biased,) we can lose sight of the fact that SEO and Internet marketing are not the only ingredients in our client’s marketing mix. Print advertising, radio and TV commercials, e-mail marketing, direct mail – for most businesses, these forms of marketing are still heavily used.

And really, in many cases, they should be. We might all like to think that online is the single best way to reach our client’s audience, but depending on their product or service, that might not always be the case. My job as a Marketing Coordinator in real estate taught me the value of multi-channel marketing, and how different channels spoke to different demographics.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Goals in Google Analytics

A Beginner’s Guide to Conversion Goals in Google Analytics | SM | Scoop.it

There’s a reason that when companies call me about SEO, Paid Search, or Social Advertising, we always end up speaking about Analytics as well. The reason is simple. If you don’t have a rounded analytics strategy, then you won’t have a solid understanding of how your campaigns perform. In addition, if you don’t have the mechanisms in place to easily see how visitor segments perform, then important questions could go unanswered. And that’s not good for enhancing your business.


Enter the Conversion Goal
Concepts in Web Analytics can get confusing. You have event tracking, conversion goals, success events, multi-channel funnels, profiles, filters, dimensions, regular expressions, etc. This is one of the reasons that too many companies slap a tracking code on their websites and call it a day. The problem is that an “out of the box” Google Analytics implementation will only get you so far. Sure, you’ll get the basics, but that won’t necessarily help you glean insights that can boost ROI.

 

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Plan on a #SocialMediaFail | Social Media Explorer

Plan on a #SocialMediaFail | Social Media Explorer | SM | Scoop.it

Nowhere do the mistakes, poor practices and questionable judgement of individuals, organizations and brands get exposed with such glee as they do in the sphere of the social web. It’s no wonder some CEOs or senior decision-makers entrusted with the stewardship of brands break out in a cold sweat at the simple mention of the words “social media.”

 

Mark Schaefer wrote a great post about Negativity Bias as it relates to the social web and how this phenomenon has created a playing field rife with PR land mines for anyone active in the space. Schaefer sparks dialogue at the end of his post by posing the following question:

 

“In a world where Negativeity Bias is gasoline on a viral fire, and one misstep can overwhelm years of positive work cultivating raving fans, why would anybody take a risk on the social web?”

 

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8 Tactful Ways to use your Personal Facebook Account as a Marketing Tool

8 Tactful Ways to use your Personal Facebook Account as a Marketing Tool | SM | Scoop.it

The article posted yesterday asked the question "Should I Keep My Personal and Professional Identities Online Completely Separate?" that of today gives you an answer on this. Maybe it'll help you find your way ... [note mg]

 

Facebook personal profiles are not for business use. With that said, plenty of people use their personal profiles to interact with their target audience through sharing blog posts, industry news, and events. So today, we’re going to look at how to set up your personal profile for marketing and eight things you can do with your personal profile that can’t be done with Facebook business pages.

 

Before we begin, there are a few things that you will want to do before using your personal profile for marketing, in terms of privacy and making sure the right information is displayed on your profile.

 

Keeping Personal and Public Facebook Content Separate...

 

Read more: http://blog.kissmetrics.com/tactful-facebook-marketing/


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Roxanne Miller's comment, April 9, 2012 11:13 PM
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How to Create a Facebook Timeline Cover Photo

How to Create a Facebook Timeline Cover Photo | SM | Scoop.it
Hey, Facebook Page owners -- are you happy with the Cover Photo on your Timeline layout? Here's how to create a great-looking cover that meets all the terms of service.

 

Got a Facebook Page for your business?


Freaking out about creating a good-looking cover photo for your Timeline?

 

You’ve probably noticed that striking visual piece in the Facebook Pages timeline layout — a nearly-screen-width banner image, known as a “Cover.”

 

On March 30, 2012, all Facebook Pages were converted to the timeline layout with the cover photo.

 

But you may have noticed that not every cover image is a home run …

 

This how-to guide is designed to help Facebook Pages create a cover image that looks professional, makes a great first impression, and markets your brand’s best assets — without violating the Facebook Pages Terms.

 

Read more: http://www.copyblogger.com/timeline-cover-photo/


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Namita Patel's comment, March 31, 2012 1:03 PM
Another great resource - thanks Martin!
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30 Ways Your Business Should Leverage Social Media This Year

30 Ways Your Business Should Leverage Social Media This Year | SM | Scoop.it

Some very interesting ways to improve your business in this year. [note mg]

 

Social media is big in business circles and every business is scrambling to implement social media strategies to take advantage of this new opportunity. If your business is not already on the social media bandwagon, you still have time to create a social media strategy and start getting social.

 

Here is a list of the top 30 ways your business should leverage social media this year. The list is by no means exhaustive and any other ideas you may have are welcome.

 

Read more: http://www.instantshift.com/2012/03/28/30-ways-your-business-should-leverage-social-media-this-year/


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10 Effective Ways To Use Social Media

10 Effective Ways To Use Social Media | SM | Scoop.it

Social Media doesn’t have to be just about status updates, mobile check-ins and what you’re having for lunch. It’s definitely much more than the number of Fans or Followers you have.


Broadcasting can work when done in the right way, but engagement is better. Automation has benefits, but personal engagement is best. There are as many ways to use Social Media as there are Social Platforms. Here are 10 for you to try:

 

1. Collaboration

2. Customer Care

3. Product Research
4. Monitoring the Market

5. Build Authority

6. Events

7. Product Demos

8. Lead Generation

9. Target Marketing

10. Sell Products

 

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10 Effective Ways To Use Social Media

10 Effective Ways To Use Social Media | SM | Scoop.it

Social Media doesn’t have to be just about status updates, mobile check-ins and what you’re having for lunch. It’s definitely much more than the number of Fans or Followers you have.


Broadcasting can work when done in the right way, but engagement is better. Automation has benefits, but personal engagement is best. There are as many ways to use Social Media as there are Social Platforms. Here are 10 for you to try:

 

1. Collaboration

2. Customer Care

3. Product Research
4. Monitoring the Market

5. Build Authority

6. Events

7. Product Demos

8. Lead Generation

9. Target Marketing

10. Sell Products

 

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Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success

Step-by-Step Guide to your Social Media Success | SM | Scoop.it

Wow, an amazing way to start or improve your social media strategy. In this post you'll find all what you need to do a great job! [note mg]

 

Clarify your objectives and discover your route to social media success. This step-by-step guide will take you from tentative novice to intrepid explorer, and help you make the right decisions unique to your business.

 

Read more: http://www.simplybusiness.co.uk/microsites/guide-to-social-media-success/


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Neil Ferree's comment, March 16, 2012 12:03 PM
Nice one Martin!
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Thank you Neil!
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Before you can deploy your content marketing system its wise to read this content marketing guide by Simply Business

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5 Ways to Kick Start Your Social Business

5 Ways to Kick Start Your Social Business | SM | Scoop.it

The social business market is changing and evolving continually. Enterprise tools are about integration, fit to purpose and enabling capabilities, much of which will and does depend on current systems.

 

The line between marketing and HR appears to being redefined as we enter the era of the social business. Whilst a CEO will clearly be able to point to a set of strategic responsibilities for HR, the role of HR is evolving as employee engagement, branding and business strategies blend to create a broader social ecosystem.

 

Businesses are becoming more open and transparent as the line between customers and employees becomes blurred, communications open and people can clearly identify the match of an organisational culture to the brand promise. Do people act pro-actively in customer service, are they really focused on employee development, corporate sustainability….does this organizational still make sense?

 

Read more: http://www.tribalcafe.co.uk/social-business/social-business-10-ways-to-kick-start/


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how to customize facebook cover photos

how to customize facebook cover photos | SM | Scoop.it

To have a cool timeline cover photo can be an important thing for you, then you will find some tools and advices in this post. [note mg]


Ever thought of having a coolest timeline cover photos, there are many websites out there providing this service, and i will mention few and the best of them. How to customize facebook cover photos ?

 

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Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You

Living Self-Employed Online: The Manual They Forgot to Give You | SM | Scoop.it
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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Tweet Smarter not Harder – Part Two

Tweet Smarter not Harder – Part Two | SM | Scoop.it
Introduction

 

If you read Part One of this series, you recall I discussed targeting and third-party applications to save you time and help you market you business and product or service more effectively.

 

Goals For This Post (Part Two)

The beauty of Lists and how they can help you use Twitter more effectively Discuss branding, content tweets, and promo tweets and why you need to understand the difference A note on targeted following

 

LISTS


I mentioned lists briefly in Part One for the purpose of finding targets but they do so much more. Here are my top ten reasons you should be using lists:

 

1) The number one reason to use lists: each list allows you to add up to 500 people aka tweeps. You can have up to 20 lists (public or private though I recommend public). I suck at math but even I can figure out that’s 10K people!

 

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A Three-Step Process to LinkedIn Communication Success

A Three-Step Process to LinkedIn Communication Success | SM | Scoop.it

Get Organized and Be More Effective on LinkedIn

Successful communications on LinkedIn can come down to this three-part process.

Create a LinkedIn Checklist Create a Communications Calendar Schedule Your Communications

LinkedIn Expert Advice:

Create a LinkedIn Checklist of Daily Updates and Posts

The first thing you are going to want to do is create a checklist for your daily communications. You can use any number of tools that come with your computer, or make your own checklist.

A simple, easy and popular checklist tool you might use for your PC is RTM (Remember The Milk) http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ This is one of the most popular checklists around because it is intuitive and easy to use.

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Is Your Content Worthy of a Like, Share, Pin, Retweet, Google +1? | Social Media Today

Is Your Content Worthy of a Like, Share, Pin, Retweet, Google +1? | Social Media Today | SM | Scoop.it

This is a question that each person active on social media should ask himself a day or another. Have you ever thought? [note mg]

 

How many hours have you spent adding buttons, gadgets and widgets to your new blog or website? You research the right tools, share buttons, share bars, analytic tracking tools and more. You install them with a hope and a prayer that someone somewhere is going to use them.

 

However, unfortunately many business leaders find they don’t get used. The share buttons sit on their site with the lonely zero or default +1. Chances are your pocket book or wallet might be feeling a little lonely too.

 

What if you took the same time you spend on the share bars, share buttons and tools and instead first focus on something worthy of a share? I know it sounds like a crazy concept because after all it’s far easier to focus on the bright shiny objects, geeky tools and data analytics.

 

Trust me, I am a data junkie and could literally spend all day helping my clients dig into the heads of their target audiences with a goal of embedding their brand in their brains!

 

Is your content worthy of a share?

 

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6 Ways To Find Out If You Are On The Google List Of Blacklisted Sites

6 Ways To Find Out If You Are On The Google List Of Blacklisted Sites | SM | Scoop.it

This question should interest every entrepreneur and someone who is active in one way or another on social media. These different options will give you the necessary support. [note mg]

 

Imagine that you’ve spent years building a business and growing a website. You launch a promotion to email a list of potential customers with exciting new opportunities to save lots of money by doing business with you. Did you email too many people, or did you email the wrong people? Did someone turn you in as a “spammer” to one of the many spammer blacklist organizations out there?


Everyone hates real spammers, and the last thing you want to do is get labeled as one. That’s one kind of blacklist. The other kind is worse – the search engine blacklist. That’s the one that is basically a death sentence for your site because Google and other search engines stop crawling your site or even listing it in search results. No blacklist is good to get, because ISP’s and many content filtering services access Internet blacklists to figure out not only what email to block, but also what websites to block or to mark as potentially dangerous.

 

How do you know you’re on the Google List or any other database of blacklisted sites?

 

Read more: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-ways-find-google-list-blacklisted-sites/


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16 Terrible Social Media Mistakes You're Making

16 Terrible Social Media Mistakes You're Making | SM | Scoop.it
Experts sound off....

 

"What are the biggest mistakes that you find small business leaders make when using social media?"

 

Marvin Powell, a Small Business Growth Consultant in Washington DC, posted that question on LinkedIn and 97 people responded.

 

Here are the most common complaints.

 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/social-media-mistakes-2012-4?op=1#ixzz1qokSMW9U


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8 Creative Ways to Use Embeddable Tweets

8 Creative Ways to Use Embeddable Tweets | SM | Scoop.it

What if your Twitter conversations could expand to include more people from your online community?

 

Now you can thanks to embedded tweets, a new feature from Twitter.

 

Sharing Tweets Outside of Twitter


Embedded tweets allow you to take a tweet or a conversation and post it on your website or in a blog post. You can use this feature to share your Twitter conversation with a larger audience.

 

But more than that, the embedded tweets have interactive features. From an embedded tweet, a visitor to your website or a blog post reader can:

 

Reply to the tweet and join the conversation. Share the conversation with their Twitter community using retweet. Mark the tweet as a favorite. View the Twitter profile of the tweet author. Follow the tweet author. View tweet replies by clicking the tweet date.

 

Read more: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/8-creative-ways-to-use-embeddable-tweets/


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52 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Social Media Company

52 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Social Media Company | SM | Scoop.it

As a specialist in social media you should be able to answer these 52 questions ... and if you are looking for a company that will take care of your social media, you should ask them... there's a lot of work ahead! [note mg]

 

Confession time: I have a really hard time getting started. There’s just something about those awkward first steps that makes me delay projects as long as I possibly can. For example, last month I finally fixed the check engine light in my car so that I could get it inspected. It was actually pretty excited since the light had been on since October.

 

Of 2008. I wish I was kidding.

 

It’s not that I’m irresponsible, that I don’t value my safety or even that I didn’t know I was potentially creating a bigger problem – it’s that taking the first step and committing to something is scary. And it’s especially scary if you don’t know where to start. Because the not knowing makes you feel dumb. And no one likes to feel dumb.

 

Read more: http://outspokenmedia.com/social-media/quesitons-hiring-a-social-media-company/


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97 Ideas for Building a Valuable Platform

97 Ideas for Building a Valuable Platform | SM | Scoop.it

The social media world changes daily. We are bombarded on all sides with interesting information, useful as also totally unnecessary. For this reason, I think the words of Chris Brogan are true, he say, things will change in 2012. For this reason we should be heading in the right direction and in the right dynamics if we wants to be successful on social media in the future. [note mg]

 

2012 is the year where social media oversaturation hits hard. We will scale back on our participation in social networks, and we will most certainly scale back who we choose to follow as sources. This won’t be because someone is bad or good. It will be based on whether the connection with that person adds value to the stream of information we’re cultivating or not.

 

In determining how to deliver value and stay relevant and visible in this new landscape, I’ve written down 97 ideas to help you build a valuable platform. Note: some of this thinking comes from writing a new book with Julien Smith that isn’t out until Fall 2012. Want some up front hints? Read this post...

 

Read more: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/97/


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Without The Right Message, Twitter Is No Better For Your Brand Than A Fax Machine

Without The Right Message, Twitter Is No Better For Your Brand Than A Fax Machine | SM | Scoop.it

A great lesson in humility... I think this article touches the major problem of social media, too much blah blah and personal promotion and not enough real useful information for all. It's to each of us to finding the right ratio between the two... I have an idea about that, and you? [note mg]

 

Why brands have this endless fascination with social media is one of the more fascinating phenomena in business today--especially since many are missing the one key ingredient that, if ignored, will turn their most choreographed efforts into social media hell.

 

When it comes to branding and the ever-changing social media phenomenon, you’re not a mushroom. In other words, you shouldn’t be kept in the dark and fed a pile of...well, you get the idea.

 

Every once in while, a certain business mania surfaces. As you saw in the video above, history is filled with these blips: The telephone. Radio. TV. The fax machine. The Internet. And now social media. Within social media, it splinters further--it seems like there’s always a shiny new network. Before Pinterest, there was Google Plus. Before Google Plus, well, you know the drill. And on and on.

 

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John van den Brink's comment, March 16, 2012 3:41 PM
Martin, thank you for this one! Great weekend
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Social Media Friendly Content Marketing [Examples]

Social Media Friendly Content Marketing [Examples] | SM | Scoop.it

The definition from "Content Marketing" is to create and shares useful narrative information to engage prospects, current customers and the public. I think each business owner should be interested to do so. [note mg]

 

Is your content marketing social media shareworthy? In other words, does your non-promotional content invite readers to participate and extend the conversation by commenting and sharing it with their family, friends and social media colleagues? Further, when your content’s shared, is your brand readily discernable on other platforms or via other channels (such as email)?

 

To help you develop social media friendly content marketing, here are three examples that use social media to engage prospects and extend their reach along with related content marketing lessons.

 

Make bad feedback good for business. In their own words, “the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has been proudly disappointing travellers for forty years.” This hostel is definitely talkworthy. It’s got an amazing 182 colorful reviews on TripAdviors.

 

Read more: http://heidicohen.com/social-media-friendly-content-marketing/


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