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Unlink your Social Media Accounts Today!

Again and again we hear about this wonderful way to be more efficient in the world of social media. Sadly, SOCIAL media isn’t about being efficient it is about relationships and they take time!

One of the tips and tricks shared with you from many self-proclaimed Gurus, Masters, Rockstars, and Ninjas is to save yourself time and be more efficient by using linking your social media profiles to share updates.

  • Ich verstehe nicht
  • No entiendo
  • ik niet begrijp
  • Je ne comprends pas
  • 我不明白 (Wǒ bù míngbái)

They all mean the same thing…I don’t understand.

I don’t understand why these “experts” think that this is a wise choice at all.

Would you go to China and speak Spanish thinking anyone would understand you? Would you go to Germany and speak French? You either learn the language of where you are going or you understand that there will probably be some communication challenges.

Then why would you go to Twitter and speak Facebook? Or go to Facebook and speak Instagram?

Each social media platform has its own language and must be respected if you want to develop relationships and not just sound like a fool.

  • Twitter is limited to 140 characters
  • Instagram is focused on photos and hashtags
  • LinkedIn is business talk and job searching
  • Facebook is conversational and sharing and bragging and over-sharing

These sites and all of the other social media sites out there, use different languages so UNLINK your social media profiles from each other and speak the correct language for each of them.

Here are some examples of what we are speaking about…

Here is a posting that was made on Facebook and because the accounts are linked you can see how it also posted on Twitter. Notice the hashtags on Facebook that didn’t make it to Twitter? Twitter is the profile to use hashtags on and because these were linked they were lost and the user probably doesn’t even know it!

Facebook to Twitter

Here is someone using Instagram and sharing it on Facebook. We have all heard that images work great on Facebook and still, the hashtags are meant for Instagram and should stay there.Instagram to Facebook

Take the time to speak to people in the correct language and stop attempting to save the 30 seconds it takes to make an additional posting. You will be rewarded with true conversation, better relationships and more success on the social media platforms that you have decided to use.

 

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Cell Phone Etiquette

Can you hear me now? How about now? Now? Is this better? Forget it I will call you later!!!

Sound like words you have said before? Everyone has at one point or another and we are here to help you understand some cell phone etiquette. After you master these, share them with others so we can all show a little more respect to people around us, people on the other end of the phone and to our phones themselves!

Here are the Top 10 tips we can share with you…

Yelling into cell phone1)Yelling at the phone doesn’t make it easier for the other party to hear you. Actually it probably makes it more difficult to understand what the heck you are yelling into my ear. The only people who will hear you better when you do this are all of the people around you that don’t want anything to do with your conversation! Keep it down PLEASE!

2)There are just some moments that the phone should not be answered and while you are in the bathroom is one of them. See number #8 for another opportunity to leave the phone alone. If you are in the bathroom, be in the bathroom. If you insist on having your phone in there with you, check email, check Facebook, play a game of Temple Run, just don’t answer the phone. The person on the other end will appreciate this as will all of the other people in the bathroom if this is a public bathroom. Want to communicate with someone while in the john, well that is what text messaging is for!

3)Just as we don’t drink and drive, we shouldn’t cell phone and drive. That means talking or texting. If you are going to use your phone in the car make sure your car has bluetooth, or you have an ear piece and you are able to be hands free. Wait until a red light or a stop to start dialing please.

4)Now and then we all have a moment when we pull out our phone to play a game to pass the time. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor once again and get headphones so we don’t have to listen to the annoying background music from Subway Surfers or whatever you are playing at this time.

5)We know that you think they aren’t talking to you although when you are at the movies and they ask you to turn your phone off, that doesn’t just mean so it doesn’t ring. Turn your phone off! There are few things more aggravating then right as the killer is about to be revealed that someone checks their email and the dark atmosphere of the theater is now completely filled with the light of your screen.

6)Did you know that there is a delay in conversation over cell phones? Stop cutting the other person off and let them finish their thought before you jump in and are both speaking at the same time. Come to think of it this is a lesson in life etiquette as well!!!

7)If you find yourself without your phone or the battery on your phone has died and you must make a call, be considerate when you borrow someone else’s phone. Our phones become a personal extension of us and even our secret keepers. If you can actually remember the phone number you are calling (since most of us don’t remember phone numbers anymore thanks to our phone doing it for us) stay out of their messages while on their phone.

8)We mentioned in tip #2 that there are times to not answer your phone. It is sad that we even have to add this one to our list. PLEASE do not answer during intimate moments with another person.First it will be considered rude to the person you are talking to at that time. And probably more importantly it will be considered very rude to your partner.

9)Another life lesson that we will share with you in regards to our cell phones is this. If you are with someone in person be with that person in person! Stay off the phone when you are supposed to be at a meal with someone, out for the day with someone or otherwise engaging in some personal face to face time. If it is too difficult for you to resist the vibration or the ring of your phone, flip it off. At least set it to airplane mode so you can use your camera if needed and not worry about the call you really didn’t need to answer.

10)The last tip we want to share with you about cell phone etiquette would be to control your ringtones. It might be cute to have “your song” play when your spouse calls you or your school song play when you college friends ring you. Control your ringtones and choose wisely so we don’t have the foul language coming from your phone, the annoying dogs barking or other unneeded sounds that you let ring longer than needed because they entertain you.

If you can remember just half of these tips, the people around you and the people you are communicating with on the phone will all appreciate you just a little bit more. And what more could we ask for?

broken iPhone

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Hashtags: Do and Don’t

What is this elusive hashtag that so many are hoping to capture, tame and train to bring success?

According to en.wiktionary.org, a hashtag is defined as a tag embedded in a message posted on the Twitter microblogging service, consisting of a word within the message prefixed with a hash sign.

A hashtag is easily recognized by its odd shape. It has been known as a tic-tac-toe board, a pound sign, the number symbol and other fun terms.

The purpose of a hashtag is to group messages together on social media. In other words, branding. By creating a hashtag (just put # in front of your word – it does not have to be a real word) you turn the term to a searchable term and an instant link to other messages containing the same term. Check out the hashtag #mindset to see what we are speaking about (we are not responsible for what you might find)

Before we get into the DO’s and DON’Ts of hashtags let’s be clear on this one thing. Hashtags are a language of social media. Keep hashtags to the social media sites that embrace them such as Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus and keep the hashtags off the social media sites they don’t belong on such as Facebook!

DO

  • Create a hashtag to keep conversations together on a set topic. This will be creating branding for you. Create your hashtag well for your business and your conversation topic.
  • Use hashtags often to keep them top of mind. If you create a hashtag and use it once or twice people will never catch on.
  • Promote your hashtag on marketing materials so people can find your conversations. People don’t randomly search for hashtags. This means you will need to get your hashtags out there in front of people
  • Follow some other hashtags to follow conversations on topics of interest. You do not need to reply or respond as you can be a lurker and just listen and learn – a great way to develop a hashtag is to watch how others are using them.

DON’T

  • Use them with the wrong platforms. Hashtags have a home, and Facebook is not one of those places. Keep the hashtags off Facebook and speak the right language.
  • Attempt to stuff too many hashtags into a social posting. Keep the total number of hashtags to three or less – if your postings are stuffed with hashtags there is no information of value and people will quickly stop listening to you.
  • Give up on a hashtag just because others aren’t using it in the first 24 hours. It will take time for you to develop a hashtag that is worth following – as mentioned in the DO section it will take time and marketing before people are using your hashtag as well. Have patience and it will come together.
  • Keep changing your hashtag. This is a way you brand a topic and conversation and if you use a different hashtag each time you have an event people will never know where to find you – We see too often that people have an event and use a hashtag and the same company will have another event the next month and change hashtags. This is usually done to standout with their hashtag and it works for the shelf life of the day before fading away and not followed up with. If the company had used a consistent hashtag they would have improved their branding and continued conversations

When we say Wednesday what do you think of? Hump day most likely.
When we say Friday what do you think of? TGIF and the start of the weekend probably.
When we then mention Sunday what do you think of? Football day possibly? Day at church? End of the weekend?

Whatever the answer to this you think the same thing each time. Sunday, Wednesday and Friday (as well as the other 4 days) have branded themselves with specific triggers for you. Imagine if each week the names were changed? Doesn’t make sense does it? Neither does changing your hashtags!

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6 Warning Signs That You Are Using Social Media Wrong

We have heard from many “gurus” “experts” and even “ninjas” about making sure we develop relationships on social media. Do any of them really help us figure out how to use Social Media correctly or do they just come up with cool sounding titles for themselves?

Where else can you post to 1 billion users? How many other places are there that you can tweet to millions of people? Are there other places to connect with that many other professionals without even getting out of bed?

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so many other platforms have come onto the scene and every company is looking to social media to solve all of their challenges.

Here is a list of 6 warning signs that you are using social media wrong AND tips to help you with each of them so you can move in the right direction.

1) Your profile is not up to date
The first thing that people learn about you is what you have in your profile. If you are not up to date, then you are doing it wrong! Check to be sure you have the important jobs showing up and not all of the odd jobs you have had.
What about your contact info? If you are hoping to have people reach out and contact you make sure you are openly sharing your correct contact information. Get over the issue of someone might spam you!

Now let’s take a look at some of the things that you are posting, tweeting, and sharing on the different social media platforms and the warning signs that you are using social media wrong…

2)It is all about you
Take a look at your recent postings. Are they all about the wonderful things you are doing? Then you are doing it wrong. Make sure you are helping others solve problems. Make sure you are you sharing with others something you learned, read or saw. Make sure you remember that success on social media comes from listening, not talking

3)You post and run
When you do post something of value and people comment or retweet your posting do you return to engage with them? If you aren’t then you are doing it wrong. Take a moment to say thank you, to answer the follow-up question, to stay part of the conversation.
4)You are in it for the Klout perks
The point of a posting or a tweet is to share and engage, not get 500 people to like something so your Klout score can climb. If that is why you are posting, then you are doing it wrong! It is better to have 5 people comment and engage with you fully then 500 people comment and not really care. Care about Klout, then get Klout Klarity
5)You tag everyone for no reason
Are you are the person posting a photo, making a comment or writing a tweet and tagging or mentioning everyone possible for no reason other than you hope they will engage with you? You are doing it wrong! Tag people in photos with you. Tag someone who you are talking about. Mention someone who you are engaging with. Do not just tag hoping people pay attention to you.
6)You are extremely negative
Everyone has a bad day. If you are having a bad life and sharing it all the time, you are doing it wrong! Be transparent on social media and don’t post about some perfect life you aren’t really living. Don’t be the person that never has anything positive to say and wants to complain and bring everyone else down.

You can do it right and these 6 Warning Signs That You Are Using Social Media Wrong should help you make steps in the right direction.

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The greatest gift from Apple

Just as you get ready to start working on your big rock for the day…your phone rings.
Now you are really ready to get to work on that project…a text message beeps and pulls your focus
Finally, this time you have got it! Here you go as you tune out everything and dive into your one big task of the day. You are making a dent, things are going well….buzz, beep, ring, tweet…whatever it is this time that distracts you.

Squirrel Syndrome is something that many people suffer from today. Your phone lights up, beeps, vibrates and you just can’t avoid it. You want to know what it going on in the world that you can’t focus on your work.

Time to thank Apple once again. Not for iTunes, not for the iPhone, not for the iHouse (oh, you don’t have one of those yet? I am sure they will be available soon)

This time, let’s thank Apple for the greatest thing that they have ever given us…

Do Not Disturb

Have you taken a moment to set this up yet?

1) Select the SETTINGS Application

2) Turn on Do Not Disturb. As you can see this is in a very easy to find location on the Settings screen

It is that easy. If you would like to set this up once and schedule it just follow these steps…

1) Select the SETTINGS Application

2) This time, just below the Do Not Disturb option select Notifications

3) On the Notifications page, select Do Not Disturb

4)Now it is time to set your options…

You can turn on Schedule and set times to not be disturbed. This works well if you have some place you should be each day. Set this from bed time until after your morning blocked time and really get some work done

You can allow calls from your favorites to still come through (or you can select a specific group in your contacts) This will allow you to take a call from your spouse, your boss or anyone that you know if they are calling during this key time it must be an emergency

You can even set the Do Not Disturb setting to allow a repeat call to come through. This means anyone that calls you twice within 3 minutes will be let through.

Now you have been able to figure a way to focus better at work and avoid the Squirrel Syndrome that many people suffer from in today’s world of shiny objects. With all of that figured out…Get back to work!

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10 Commandments of SEO

Speaking at the Keller Williams Mega Technology Camp event on the topic of Google. With a mix of the Keller Williams belief system of God, Family and Business and the steps to success on Google we wanted to bring you…the 10 Commandments of SEO

While the true 10 Commandments are carved in stone and have stood the test of time, please understand that the commandments of SEO change often and by the time you read this who knows what changes Google has created.

1)Thou shall use proper grammar and spelling
This is a big one now as Google is reading the blogs and if you can’t write like an expert then you probably are not an expert. Learn the difference between, there, their and they’re!

2)Thou shall write naturally
If you are writing and then inserting your keywords it will make your work sound spammy. If it sounds spammy, it will be considered spam.

3)Thou must title correctly
When you title your blog postings you need to make sure you include your keyword or key phrase if you are planning to hope people find you while searching.

4)Name thy images properly
When you upload a photo change the name from img4657.jpg that shows up automatically and name the photo with your keyword (and make sure that your image is what you say it is!)

5)Thou must update regularly
If you want Google to know that you are alive you need to give it signs. The easiest way to do that is to update your website or your blog on a regular basis.

6)Take advantage of the press
Help your local papers and other press outlets by creating press releases about you, your company and other things news worthy.

7)Thy shall write white papers
People go online and search for solutions. Write white papers to solve problems and bring information to people

8)Thou shalt remember links
These are the veins that bring the blood to the heart of your website. Get links from reputable sources that Google looks kindly upon.

9)Thou must alter thy anchor text
Change the terms you use as your hyperlinks to different ideas on the theme. For example in one location use the link Things You Shouldn’t Do On Facebook and in another location use 7 Deadly Sins of Facebook

10)Thou must be geographically specific
Google is watching us all and knows where we are. Make sure that you are geographically specific with your keywords. If your product has nothing to do with geography be specific on your key phrase as terms like “SEO” or “training” won’t bring many results.

Follow these commandments and you will be rewarded. Of course as these commandments aren’t carved in stone…make sure you check back for future updates!

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8 Things You Should Think Twice About Before Doing on Social Media

It is amazing the things we learn in school and how they can help us in our business life as we grow.

This is a challenging time for many adults as social media was not around as we were in high school and college. There was an article the other day about the 12 Things Students Should Never Do On Social Media and it was interesting how many of those things could apply as lessons in life that adults should learn as well. Future employers and future clients will want to know who they are working with and as of now social media is the place they can quickly check on you.

We have taken the 8 from the student’s list that you should keep in mind. The other 4 can stay in school.

1)Post Illegal Activity
You would think this would be a given and we see many people posting things that could get them in trouble one day. Maybe it is that photo of your speedometer as you attempt to break speed records in a school zone or maybe it is something else that you should think twice about.

2)Bash Your Boss
Just don’t do it! If you are working somewhere why would you bash the person that can make or break your life in the office? If you just lost your job and think who cares anymore, your next boss cares, that’s who.

3)Bullying
This is a concern in the adolescent world right now and the problem doesn’t end there. You might think you are posting generically and all that time people know whom you are posting about and bullying. Think twice.

4)Post Confidential Information
Ever see some of the things that people are posting today? Photos of their driver’s licence, photos of other forms of id and photos of things that they should think twice about. People are posting their confidential information such as their Social Security Number without thinking about it. Pay attention!

5)Lie
Everyone makes their life sound amazing on social media and the challenge is that you can’t keep up the lies. Remember that many of the people you work with, spend time with are also probably your social media friends and followers. Play sick and then post from the golf course…not a good idea!

6)Ignore Company Policy
Depending on where you work you might have a company policy that you should be aware of. Topics you cannot post about, images you cannot share and other restrictions. Learn these!

7)Don’t Trust the Privacy Settings
About 4% of the social media world understand privacy settings properly and even those people can get in trouble. Post an image or a comment to a group that you believe you are safe posting to and see what happens when one of those people downloads, saves or accidentally openly shares your image or posting? If you don’t want your parents, spouse, children or boss to ever see it, don’t post it! Be safe.

8)Post While Emotional
This is the worst mess we can all create. When you are worked up about something many people now turn to social media to vent…once it is on social media it is always on social media so take that moment and breathe…think about it…rethink it…then post if you are still sure.

Follow these 8 simple rules and when you do post you can feel confident that you have learned your lesson without having to go back to school.

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