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5 Ways Writers Can Break Out of the Tired Old Social Media Box

5 Ways Writers Can Break Out of the Tired Old Social Media Box | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

The social media world is changing daily. In other words, we must be alert and aware of the new tools that could support us in our approach. This interesting article speaks about some "new" tools that can also help us to go towards to success. [note Martin Gysler]

 

It’s time to teach that old dog some new tricks.

 

That old dog I’m referring to is social media.

 

Sure, you’re already blogging, and on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and more. Great.

 

But I’m telling you — there’s more to social media than meets the eye. The final chapter on social media hasn’t been written.

 

When I kicked off my writing business in April, I decided to use social media my way.

 

I approached these overused networks as if I’d never heard of them. I made my own rules. I set different expectations. You could say I wrote my own chapter on social media marketing.

 

Read more: http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-social-media/


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100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User

100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

That's a must read post, it'll learn you how you will become a Twitter power user! [note Martin Gysler]

 

CNNFortune reported 100 million Twitter users log in at least once a month. Half of those, 50 million, log in every day. About 55% check in with mobile devices, while about 40% just check in without actually tweeting.

 

Those numbers are huge for anyone who’s marketing online. But that’s not all.

 

Thirty-four percent of marketers who use Twitter have generated leads from its use…with 20% of those closing deals.

 

But how do you take advantage of this growing audience of Twitter consumers? You have to become a power user. So here are 100 proven tips to help you do just that.

 

And to make it easier to follow along, I’ve broken them up into 10 sections that each contain 10 tips.

 

Read more: http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/01/30/100-ways-to-become-a-twitter-power-user/


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7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter

7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of Twitter. It is a rocking hot social networking site that seems to be to be used by almost everyone today. It’s on the news, on the radio and on the minds of thousands of people everywhere, every single day.

 

There are many different types of people on Twitter. But, most of these people are on Twitter for a single reason. They want people to know about them. They want to connect with people. Lots of people.

 

Did you know that there are Twitter Rules for marketing and business success in what you do. I am a marketer and have been for many years. In the last few years my business has been expanding by leaps and bounds, because of social media and the internet. But, there are rules that all marketers must follow if they are going to have success in the marketplace, especially online.

 

Here are the 7 Simple Rules to Success on Twitter:...

 

Read more: http://tweetingandbusiness.com/articles/7-simple-rules-to-success-on-twitter


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21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success

21 Quick Actions You Can Do Today to Set Your Blog Up for Massive Success | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

You can read all the blogging advice in the world, but none of it matters unless you take action.

 

To set your blog up to be a massive success, you have to ruthlessly focus your efforts on things that work, and stop spending precious time on things that don’t.

 

Today I’m going to make it easier for you to take the action you need to take to make your blog better. All you have to do is set aside 10 or 15 or 60 minutes to tackle one of the 21 simple steps below.

 

The more you complete, the more progress you’ll make.

 

You’ve probably already completed some of these, but I guarantee you haven’t done all of them. If you have completed all of ‘em, please tell me in the comments. Better yet, share one of your own extra tips.


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3 Ways to Use YouTube to Drive Traffic to Your Website

3 Ways to Use YouTube to Drive Traffic to Your Website | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it
Are you wondering how to get people from YouTube to your website?

 

Are you looking for ideas to move people from watchers to clickers? Keep reading to learn how.

 

Why YouTube for Traffic?

 

With an impressive three billion daily views, this video-sharing platform stakes its claim as the world’s second-largest search engine (behind Google) and is considered the third most-visited website in the world. Think YouTube is only for Justin Bieber fans? Think again...

 

As a marketer, there’s an absolutely incredible potential with YouTube if you deploy the right strategy. Imagine each of your videos as “mini websites.”

 

First, your content can get found from within YouTube itself.


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Starting A Blog in 2012? Avoid These 7 New Blogger Blunders

Starting A Blog in 2012? Avoid These 7 New Blogger Blunders | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Are you thinking of starting a blog in 2012, or making significant changes to your old one?

 

One thing that you should always be 100% clear on is your purpose of writing. Is it to start a personal blog where you don’t really care if you have a total readership of 9 or is it to have a blog that you want to monetize at some point.

 

If you belong to the former camp, then do as you please, and skip this post. If not, read on.

 

1. Making Your Blog All About You

 

Your blog is not an online journal. Although it might feel like the perfect place to let everything out, be careful about what you write. Especially, when you have aims of making money from it.

 

Many people get offended at this advice. They indignantly retort that they are writing for their friends and family only. If that is your intent – and it is perfectly fine – go ahead but keep this in mind it would be fairly hard if not impossible to reach wider audiences with a personal blog...


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 8:10 AM
Thanks Tom! I'll publish it on IB if you have not done... have you?
Tom George's comment, December 30, 2011 8:56 AM
Yeah I did publish it on IB, but I will leave the next one for you :-) traffic is up and good things are starting to happen, so I hope to see you there soon. It's going to be a fantastic 2012. Let's get ready for a great new year!
Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 12:06 PM
OK, great! Yes, I'm sure 2012 will be amazing and successful :-)
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10 Key Facts, Stats and Findings about the State of Social Media in 2011

10 Key Facts, Stats and Findings about the State of Social Media in 2011 | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Social media has evolved rapidly and we have seen the emergence of social networks that 12 months ago did not exist.


Some surprises this year included the launch of Google+ (which acquired 25 million users in less than 30 days), Pinterest which grew at more than 512% and Tumblr (the microblogging platform) which is now approaching 50 million unique users a month

 

Mobile social networking and geo-location services such as Foursquare continue to make their impact felt and have not gone away despite the threat of Facebook “places”

 

Today 1.2 billion people worldwide access social networks and it is redefining the web...


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11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content

11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

After creating content -- whether it's a blog post, an ebook, a webinar, or a video -- it's important to promote that content through social media channels.

 

And when you do promote that content in social media, you cross your fingers that it generates a ton of shares, tweets, and interaction. For the sake of Twitter, if you follow a few simple best practices, more people are likely to retweet and spread the distribution of your content, giving it a much broader reach and a better opportunity to get found by a new audience of prospective customers beyond your direct followers. Marketers should know how to retweet the right way, but it's also critical for them to learn how to get others to retweet their content, too.

 

11 Tips for Getting People to Retweet Your Content...


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 10:43 AM
Thanks Tom, I'm glad that you like it :-). Have you seen the new post I published on Billboards?
Tom George's comment, December 20, 2011 3:12 PM
Hey Martin,

Hey the new post was great and I was happy to share it. Thanks. I have some new updates on the site you might like.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 3:50 PM
Hey Tom, Cool, I'm glad! OK, I'll take a look tomorrow, today it's a bit late 10PM and I have not finish my work from today... Cheers!
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The Ultimate Guide to Implementing Facebook Comments on your Blog

The Ultimate Guide to Implementing Facebook Comments on your Blog | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

An excellent guide for creating your own implementation of Facebook comments on your website. Easy to follow and implement. Test, you will be surprised! [note Martin Gysler]

 

Using Facebook Comments on your blog offers your readers a way to instantaneously comment on posts, as well as to share them without having to do any work. If you think this type of commenting system will suit your audience, read on to find out how you can implement it the right way.

 

Step 1: Create A Facebook App

 

Before you actually generate the Facebook Comments code and implement it on your blog, you need to create an app for your site.

 

Go to developers.facebook.com Click Apps Click Create New App Enter an App Display Name and Namespace

 

Read more: http://wp.tutsplus.com/tutorials/the-ultimate-guide-to-implementing-facebook-comments-on-your-blog/


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Carey Leahy's comment, February 4, 2012 5:12 PM
Well done Martin - I think you are 'curating' well in this environment by adding your perspective as a 'note' - I've noted it!
Martin Gysler's comment, February 5, 2012 10:30 AM
Thank you Carey, I'm glad you has noted it... .-)
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40 Social Media Curation Sites and Tools

40 Social Media Curation Sites and Tools | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Last month I shared 40+ networks that you could consider depending on your niche or interests. As part of my commitment to this community, I shared that I will expand on this list througout 2012. So here is the first addition to that build! The topic- Curation!I thought I would focus on curation because a) I have a favorite site and b) there has been a lot of “press” on Pinterest as a curation tool and as a result I thought the timing was right. However before I list the sites lets talk curation.

 

What is social media curation?

 

Today, with the exponential growth of social networks and blogs, it can be overwhelming searching for information on the internet. As a result, the act of filtering, selecting, reviewing and providing commentary with a perspective on an article, or collection of articles, have become increasingly important. This is known as social media curation. Recently, I had posed the question : What is a social media curator” on Linkedin.

 

Read more: http://socialmediapearls.wordpress.com/2012/01/22/40-social-media-curation-sites-and-tools/


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Shirley Williams (appearoo.com/ShirleyWilliams)'s comment, January 22, 2012 9:26 AM
Thanks Everyone for this feedback. Just wonderful.

Robin- absolutely appreciated the feedback. I did visit all the sites to ensure that they were still in operation however missed some very important details. So thank you so much for providing the clarification needed. :))
Carey Leahy's comment, January 22, 2012 6:56 PM
Martin you need to do a little of what the article says - add your own perspective! I read the info and thought you had written it until I went to the link.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 23, 2012 3:05 AM
Hi Carey, I consider scoop.it as a tool to provide interesting information and not really as a curation tool, but, maybe you're right and I should reconsider my opinion about my approach! Thank you for your feedback.
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#SocialMedia Tools #Oprah Style Favorite Things: Prepare To Scream Like a Girl

#SocialMedia Tools #Oprah Style Favorite Things: Prepare To Scream Like a Girl | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Social Media is evolving every day, or maybe even every minute of every day. It seems that new platforms are popping up all the time, so much so that it can actually be a tad overwhelming to say the least. I find that I am constantly tweaking the platforms that I use and honestly it has been an ongoing process. However I am so excited to say that I have found an amazing cocktail of social media tools recently that has really been working wonderfully for me.

 

Traditional Social Media allows an amazing avenue to share content. I consider it the vehicle to drive the content and can be a powerful thing if used properly. These channels are used to drive content based on particular demographics and I use each channel differently. The cocktail that I have compiled of traditional social media and the following channels has created the ultimate rocking social media tool kit for me!...


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Martin Gysler's comment, January 6, 2012 11:12 AM

It's my pleasure Anise, when the content is great it must be shared :-). Happy weekend. Martin
Fiona McCallion's comment, January 7, 2012 10:27 AM
Thanks for this, Martin - your scoop.its are always interesting and informative.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 8, 2012 5:19 AM
Hi Fiona! I'm glad you like my scoop.it :-) Happy Sunday!
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Twitter 101: 55 Tips to Get Retweeted on Twitter

Twitter 101: 55 Tips to Get Retweeted on Twitter | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Retweets, you have heard about them, you know what they are but you aren’t gettin’ them.


For some reason you just can’t seem to get the engagement you are seeking, desiring and yearning for in social media and Twitter.

 

You may be new to Twitter and simply don’t know what the heck you are doing, how to get a retweet or why the retweets even matter. This post won’t teach you what Twitter is but provides good tips for tweetable content which you need regardless if you know what you’re doing or not (joking).

 

Or you may be a Twitter and social media veteran who just wants to boost your ego, increase your Klout score or simply show off for Grandpa this weekend how popular you are on the social waves?...


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12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012

12 Essential Tips for Revitalising Your Blog in 2012 | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

As 2011 comes to a close, now is a better time than ever to evaluate your blog, its performance, and most importantly, what you can do to improve your blog in 2012!


A point I always like to drive home is that you will never find blogging success by turning into an “eternal student”, one who always consumes information but never creates or takes action.

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As I am in the process of taking a step back from my own blog to reevaluate what things I could do better, I wanted to present Problogger readers a list of actionable tips that they could act on right now to improve their blog for the new year.

 

So check this list out, bookmark it for later (or tweet it out to your fellow bloggers), and make sure you go through and see what quick actions you can take to improve your blog!


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, January 3, 2012 3:24 AM
Hi Martin,
it is interesting article. I posted it yesterday.
Have a nice day!
Martin Gysler's comment, January 3, 2012 4:14 AM
Hi Giuseppe, Yes, a great post. Sometimes we have the same interests and sources as well... it is a proof that it is a quality article... :-) Cheers and a great day too!
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4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog

4 Key Criteria to Build Your Dream Blog | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

Have you wanted to start a blog, a website or an online business, but you’re not sure where to begin? Are you already putting in the hard yards to build one or the other or both, but you’re not sure if it’s going where you want it to go?

 

Building blogs and online businesses is very exciting, but it’s a very challenging endeavor as well. Whilst the excitement helps, some days it’s never enough to prepare you for just what it takes to be successful, as always there’s so much to do...


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Chuck Bartok's comment, December 28, 2011 11:39 AM
Appreciate your curations. Have posted to our Network Blog Community.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 28, 2011 5:05 PM
Hi Tom, I'm glad you like it!
Martin Gysler's comment, December 28, 2011 5:06 PM
Hi Chuck, cool to hear that you like this post and that you share it with other people, great!
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The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site

The Most Effective Tools To Enrich Reader Engagement On Your Site | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

What do we mean when talking about reader engagement? Well, in terms of blogging the first things that come to mind are comments, sharing, questions, conversion rates. To sum up we could compare reader engagement with building a community. A community where readers care about each other, where action doesn’t stop after reading the final paragraph and where exciting discussions are born. Unfortunately, good content and neat design aren’t the only factors which affect reader engagement. You need to learn to focus readers attention and start a conversation. Developing an engagement is a win-win situation. Your visitors will want to explore more and join the conversation but you, as the publisher, will be looking at higher conversion rates.

 

Gamification is a whole branch in reader engagement which brings together game mechanics and marketing to create engagement and solve problems. What do we understand with game mechanics from a web standpoint? Well, that doesn’t necessarily has to be the traditional online games as we are used to seeing them...


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jeevanand's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:17 PM

Does outbrain really increase reader engagement? In most of the sites i hv seen Outbrain (taboolaa and similar others), they show quite unrelated and random stuff!

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Creating Blog Posts 101

Creating Blog Posts 101 | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

A comprehensive article on the subject, "how to create a Blog post." It gives you the procedures to be adopted to produce structured and professional articles... an amazing post! [note: Martin Gysler]

 

Content

 

This is the most important part of you blog post because it’s what your visitors have come for, so if you want them to enjoy it and come back, you need to make sure it’s up to a good standard. Having amazing knowledge is one thing, but if you can’t manage to organize it in a way that is easily understandable to your readers, then it’s completely wasted.

 

Planning

 

Before you even open up your website, you need to get yourself some good fashion pen and paper and start taking notes. Even if you don’t know the exact title of your post, you should atleast know what it’s going to be about, so put that in a circle in the middle of the page and work out from there with a spider diagram...


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Tom George's comment, December 26, 2011 8:49 AM
Hey Martin,

I hope your holiday season is going great. Did you by chance see this yet http://www.curate.us