5 tips for Twitter chat success

Twitter chats have been around for about as long as Twitter, but there has never been more to gain from sharing your thoughts with an engaged audience. Putting yourself out there is fantastic for your personal brand as it establishes you as a thought leader in your chosen niche, and can raise your status to industry influencer in no time. In the end, you’ll have more followers, more engagement outside the chats, and you’ll find some likeminded, interesting people to fill your feed. Continue reading 5 tips for Twitter chat success

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10 quotable quotes on communication

We don’t often connect Albert Einstein [pictured above] with insights about communications, but as one of the most brilliant minds in the last century, I think it’s fair that we at least hear him out. I often draw on minds greater than my own to help me get a point across, for if there is one truism in this world, it’s that it has all been said and done before.

So, whether you’re looking for guidance, inspiration or validation, quotes from notable communicators can be just the thing to remind you why you got into public relations and communications in the first place. Continue reading 10 quotable quotes on communication

The slow demise of paper.li

There was a time, in the not-so-distant past, when paper.li was a powerful tool for those with interests and hobbies to aggregate pertinent news and social media musings from thousands of sources into a neat, tidy, and branded online newspaper. It was great! The options were plentiful, the integration with other distribution channels was seamless, and most of the content was relevant. Continue reading The slow demise of paper.li

1,000 followers and counting!

It happened! Since the end of May, I have been on a quest to attract 1,000 followers on my Twitter account before the end of the year. Now, I know that is not the loftiest, nor the most valid, goal I could be striving towards, but for someone who is still quite green in this social-media-for-personal-brand experience, it seemed like a good place to start. After all, what good is producing great content if no one is listening? Continue reading 1,000 followers and counting!

A picture tells a thousand words: Instagram for business

For my social media presence, I have concentrated my efforts on places like Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging. I’m feeling like it’s time to branch out, so I’m getting interested in Instagram and how it can be used for business. The following provides a great overview for those who may be on the fence.

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Businesses today are very much familiar with the inner workings of all things social media. From innovating catchy hash tags on twitter to generating a mass of ‘likes’ of Facebook, most organisations have social platforms covered.

In saying this, while almost every brand appears to be on twitter or Facebook, there is one platform, that isn’t quite receiving all the attention it may deserve.

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It is time for brands and businesses to start taking the instagram platform seriously. This year Instagram announced its brand new clickable links in its multi photo carousel ads. This allows users to swipe through carousel ads to “learn more” with links that will open up a URL.

In conjunction with advertising, there are many other ways businesses can take full advantage of the Instagram platform. Effective ‘instagramming’ has the potential to significantly enhance the human qualities of your brand. Here are some tips to get…

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Trinkets & Trash: A Tradeshow Survival Guide

In all my years in communications and public relations, I must have been to hundreds, if not thousands, of tradeshows and conferences. I have attended them as a delegate, as a presenter, and working the trade floor.

It’s in the booth that the rubber meets the road. That is where the comms work you’ve done around your company’s brand is proven true or false. In an instant, customers will form an opinion that will last years. If it’s a good impression, they will let a few colleagues know.  If it’s a bad experience, they will tell everyone they’ve ever met not to do business with you, then jump on social media and make sure the rest of the world is also well aware!

On that note, have a read of these handy tips for when you’ve been tasked with a major tradeshow. Continue reading Trinkets & Trash: A Tradeshow Survival Guide

In search of the next 250

What a ride! I am now fully three quarters of the way to my target of 1,000 followers on Twitter, and I am happy to report that I am one step above ‘quietly confident’ that I will manage to reach my goal before the end of the year.

With that said, after all that I’ve learned with this experiment, from its humble beginnings, to my midpoint achievement, it seems a bit silly to strive for a specific number of followers on any social media platform. Let alone by a specific end date. Quality must trump quantity, right? Well, that remains to be seen. Continue reading In search of the next 250