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10 Quick Twitter Tips

Need a little more twitter-savvy? Use these quick tips and have fun!

  1. Save hashtags you like. I save them for offline events and tweetchats so I can go back and review the discussions I like. Think of it as building your own transcript.
  2. Build lists so you can target specific tweeters, and make sure you have lists for local tweeps, tweeps in your industry, and target clients to start. Lists will make a big difference as your following and timeline grow. Want to use an automated list builder? Try Formulists.
  3. You already know to get rid of that egg pic. Use a human picture, not a logo. Logos can’t tweet and we want to know who we’re talking to. Make sure it looks like you. Suppose we cross paths? I want to recognize you.
  4. Use your location in your bio. You’ll be found when people perform searches more often.
  5. Complete your bio – otherwise you’ll look like spam. Make it keyword rich too. Again, people perform searches to find interesting people to follow. Can you make sure your bio somewhat relates to what you tweet about?
  6. Tweet in 120 characters and you’ll increase your chance of being retweeted. You’re leaving room for a person to retweet and/or include a comment.
  7. Some people just tweet sales pitches, and we don’t like it. So don’t do it. Engagement is the name of the game.
  8. Don’t go backwards in your timeline. For the most part it’s a waste of time. Want to know why? Read my previous post on this.
  9. Don’t autofollow people simply because they’re following you. Not a good strategy if you’re on here to engage for business. Find people with whom you would like to engage, be proactive.
  10. Post at different times of the day to increase your visibility. We’re all in different time zones, regions and countries. If this is problematic for you, consider scheduling tweets throughout the day.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I occasionally tweet #TwitterTips. I figured I’d make it easy on us and compile an ongoing list of these #TwitterTips, and I’m sure this will become an evolving tip sheet. Do you have any #TwitterTips to share? Comment and let me know!

Until we tweet again…

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

3 Quick Tips for Marketing With Paper.li

We’ve introduced paper.li and what it’s useful for. Now I want to dig a bit deeper and suggest 3 simple ways you can use your paper.li newspaper as a marketing tool.   

1. Promote people you follow. I’ve notice people will often retweet my paper.li tweets when they’re mentioned in the “today’s top stories via” tweet, and I do the same. It’s a nice way to give a mention, and it lets people know you’re paying attention to their tweets. Who wouldn’t like that?

2. Provide a content source that directly relates to your industry, thereby demonstrating your understanding of the power players in your industry. For example, I’m in marketing – a rather extensive industry. So instead of creating a “Marketing Daily”, I created a niche paper called Social Media Minds that’s a compilation of the social media managers and marketers I follow. I follow them, they get to see me, and we build an online rapport. It’s that simple. Next I just might create a paper.li entitled “Brand Builders” or something along those lines, based on a list of branding experts, yet another niche within the marketing industry. Be creative and apply this concept to your own industry!

3. Show your personality. Who says it has to be all business? If the whole point of our revolutionized marketing industry is predicated on building relationships, why not show off your personality a bit? You can do this by creating specific lists that interest you  on a personal level (think cars, sports, music, etc.) or by simply giving your paper.li a funky name. There are millions of Twitter users, you can certainly find people who tweet about things you like. Your image/personality/uniqueness can shine through your paper.li, putting you one step closer to your goal of unique branding.

Bonus: You just might look like you’re on the ball with social media when you incorporate different platforms and apps into your profile. Definitely a professional win-win wouldn’t you say?

Is paper.li for everyone? I don’t think so – I’ve read various articles about people who dislike paper.li, who think users are too lazy to create original content blah blah blah… However, as with any new concept, you can think about your industry, your interests, and decide if paper.li works for you. I’ve learned to mix personal and professional interests on Twitter and paper.li is an easy way to catch the highlights in my Twitter stream. Quite frankly, it doesn’t have to be that deep, but it should be fun. Hence the term “social” media.

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

Quick Tip: Stay In The Know With Paper.li

Do you publish a paper.li newspaper? If not, do you subscribe to someone else’s paper.li? If you’re scratching your head wondering what I’m talking about, a paper.li is a free service that basically takes links from the people you follow on Twitter and organizes the links into a virtual newspaper.  You can create your own paper.li based on a list, hashtag, a user, or a custom setting with advanced features.  Once you choose your source, you can name your paper and set it to generate daily or weekly and receive the latest editions via email. Just like a newspaper, there are sections for Headlines, Business, Arts & Entertainment, etc. and popular hashtags.

So go ahead and create your own paper.li newspaper or subscribe to one you like. I’m sure you follow someone who has a paper.li you’ll find interesting (hint hint). I particularly like paper.li because it keeps me in the know when I don’t have time to “check in” with Twitter often. I can read a newspaper and stay up-to-date on the day’s topics. I currently publish 3 newspapers, feel free to read and/or subscribe to stay in the know!

  1. The Miss Kemya Daily is a myriad of interesting tweets from people I follow
  2. The Social Media Minds Daily is a collection of tweets from great social media guru’s I follow
  3. The Cool Atlantans Daily has all kinds of goodies from my Atlanta and surrounding-area tweeps. Of course I have to stay in touch locally!

Just another quick tip to manage your social media activities. Stay tuned, I’ll be exploring ways to use paper.li as a marketing tool…

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

3 Quick Tips To Inspire Your Blog Pipeline

Feeling a bit of irony here. I’m tweaking the blog and rummaging through all the different blog topics I have. It’s hard to choose just one to settle on, but I’m overdue on a post. So what better way to answer the “what to blog about” question than to share 3 quick tips to keep your blog pipeline full of ideas:

1. Subscribe to your favorite business related blogs, either via RSS or email. If you keep up with current discussion points, particularly as they relate to your industry, your blog topics will remain relevant. Face it, nobody wants to read old “breaking” news on your blog.  You can’t brand yourself as an “expert” if you’re showing up late to the party.

2. Make a specific web folder, bookmark a variety of blogs and websites, and check them weekly for updates. They don’t all have to be industry-specific. You can include general purpose sites that make you laugh, think, and ignite your creative juices.

3. Pick up a newspaper. No I’m not kidding. When you read the latest news, it can spur a slew of ideas that you can relate to your blog’s central theme. I subscribe to my local business newspaper – both in print and online – and I can find something interesting to write about every day. Now to actually set aside time to write every day, but that’s another subject.

For relatively new bloggers (like myself) the notion of writing a couple posts a week can be daunting. So make it easier on yourself and adopt these quick tips to make sure you have an arsenal of blogging subjects to choose from. Of course I actually use all three tips and then some. I only preach what I practice!

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

3 Quick Tips For Using RSS For Business

Ever been puzzled by this little orange symbol that appears on blogs and websites?


And why should your business be using RSS feed anyway?

If you are in business of any kind, here’s 3 quick tips for using RSS feed to subscribe to websites and blogs to help your business.

1. It provides one neat place to keep track of updated content from your favorite sites. No more surfing individual sites for content. aka time-saver

2. Makes industry research a much simpler task. Keep up on trending topics by following the leading sites, experts and authorities in your industry. aka easy-research

3. Your clients/potential clients can subscribe to your updates if you give them the RSS feed option. Not everyone wants to share their email address to receive your newsletters. But they still want to keep up with your content. aka non-intrusive

BONUS TIP:  Site owners can see subscribers, so think beyond the basic orange button. Think synergy, sales, and relationship building. If you have the RSS feed option on your site, you may be building a potential client base without realizing it. Think about it: there’s a reason I’m subscribing to your site.

Readers, how do you use RSS for your business? Do tell!

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

PS – Have you clicked the button to subscribe to this blog? What are you waiting for?

Twitter Is For Right Now – Not Yesterday!

There are many articles that tell you how little time it takes to use social media. Yet, if you’re a relatively new user, this will sound like hogwash! It can take several hours to understand how to use just one social media platform. However, once you’re up and running,  your time spent can be drastically reduced. You’d be amazed at how the pros manage their time using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs, etc. There really is a method to the “spend 20 minutes a day” advice you hear out there. Today’s quick tip is an invaluable lesson I learned several months ago from Warriorpreneur Ann Evanston:

When using Twitter, don’t go backwards in your timeline to get caught up. 

When you open Twitter, depending on which platform you’re using (Hootsuite, iPhone, etc.), it usually opens to the exact time period you last viewed. The problem is that this could be several hours (or days) ago. When I was a newbie, I’d scroll through old tweets to get caught up and it was a complete waste of time! It takes too long, and Twitter is about as live and “real time” as it gets with social media. You are essentially catching up on old news, and if you start reading and retweeting from too many hours (or days) back, you’ll never catch up to the most recent tweets! You’ll miss all the current news, or worse, the conversation will have already ended and you’ll show up loud and late! For the most part, if I’m “behind” in my timeline I scroll forward to tweets within the past 60 minutes or so, UNLESS I’m performing a specific search. This one little tip made a HUGE difference in my understanding and use of Twitter, so I thought I’d share the advice.

Ciao,
Miss Kemya 

A Business Card Can Be Your Friend

Most of us still use business cards on a regular basis to communicate who we are, what we do, etc. Yet so many seemingly professional people do not adhere to basic business card rules. Thus my cheat sheet on business card essentials. I didn’t think I needed to spell these out, but I’m often taken aback by how many times I meet a business owner that either runs out of business cards or doesn’t have pertinent information listed on the card. Tsk tsk… 

5 Business Card Essentials

 

  1. Make sure you have business cards with your current contact information on you at all times. You can’t predict when a business opportunity will strike.

  2. It’s 2011, please list at least one social media site you’re using.

  3. If you’re networking it’s usually for business purposes, right? Please put your company name, website and/or blog information on the card.

  4. Has your contact information recently changed, and you haven’t had a chance to order new cards? NO EXCUSE! I’m not letting you off the hook that easily. You can go to an office supply store and print your own cards, or go to a local print shop and order a small print run in the meantime. Scribbling a new phone number is a big no-no.

  5. Have you been out meeting and networking like crazy all day and ran out of cards? This is understandable, but stay prepared. Have a .vcf card already created in your phone so you can immediately email your contact information to the person you’re talking to.

Bonus Tip: Use the backs of exchanged business cards to take notes on conversations you’d like to remember – what you talked about with a person, what they wore, additional info not listed on the card, etc. You don’t have to rely on your memory when you need to follow-up with 40 people, just use the card for hints. You sound far more interested in building a relationship if you can refer to a previous conversation when you’re trying to connect via phone, email or social media. I do this faithfully and it works!

Ciao,
Miss Kemya

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