Quick and Easy Way to Find New Twitter Followers By Location

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Twitter is such an incredible place to connect with people from all over the world. The great thing about being a part of a global community is that we are not restricted by geographical boundaries from doing business or making friends.

There certainly are benefits of connecting and interacting with people within your city, town or state. Twitter makes it very easy to search for people within a desired location with Twitter’s  advanced search features.

If you are not looking for people within a specific niche, you can do a quick search by typing in  near:Addyourcityhere within:15mi here .

Make sure to also add them to a list for your targeted area! Next time we will discuss how to do a more detailed advanced search on Twitter.

How To Create A Dynamic Free Twitter Profile Header in Minutes

Dynamic Twitter Profile In Minutes

I really admire people that are can create incredible graphics for blogs and social media. I simply do not have a great artistic talent. I am a terrific critic after the fact, but like many people, I have not been too successful at accomplishing it without paying $$$ for it.

So what have I been missing all this time???

An EASY to use tool where I could drag, paste and upload!!! Where you can create an incredibly crisp and clean social media header with little effort.

The past few months, I have been using a tool that is incredibly easy and effective to create header graphics on Canva.com.

One of the issues with creating a graphic is getting the right resolution. I always found that when I tried to increase it to the appropriate size, the image would tend to get fuzzy. Have you experienced this??

With Canva.com, you can choose from a large selection of Twitter, Facebook and Google+ covers. You can use their designs, some for free and others only $1. I chose to create  my own background from their large selection and I believe I did pay $1. It’s certainly a lot less than the average price of $150 to hire a graphic designer. Best of all, you can go back later and modify your design!! Canva saves your banner!!

Below is my own Twitter profile header. You can be the judge. What do you think?

Twitter graphics

There are so many other ways you can use Canva for your blog and social media which I will be addressing soon.

Hope this has been helpful. Would love for you to tweet me @dede_watson or leave your comments below if you have used Canva before or if this post spurs you to create a new profile graphic. Show me your amazing new design!!

How Twitter Keeps Getting More Social With Photos

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Twitter rolled out 2 new features in March that are an attempt to match 2 of Facebook’s most popular features. They realize how important images are to their followers and have responded with 2 incredible ways you can turn your tweets into a higher level of social engagement with photo tagging and adding up to 4 pictures to a tweet.

Why is it important to add photos to your tweets?

  1. According to Twitter,  tweets that have images receive a 35% boost in retweets.
  2. Since people are visual, it tends to draw their attention to you. It can increase your following, create conversation.
  3. If you are promoting an event, chat, or product, it will generate more interest in what you are promoting. Quotes within an image are also  a great example of what tweets are well received with photos.
  4. Showing your “personal” side with your followers. People connect with those they feel comfortable with.  Personal photos normally are well received with retweets.

Advantages of Photo Tagging

  1. Tagging doesn’t affect character count.
  2. You can tag up to 10 people.
  3. If you are tagged in a photo, you’ll receive notification in your stream.
  4. Photo tagging and Tweets with multiple photos will display in an embedded tweet.

I use often use images with my client’s tweets to make an impact. This doesn’t mean that every tweet should have an image attached. Use them where you feel they will be most effective. Check your analytics through Twitter Analytics and other sites like Kred, They are both 2 free incredible resources that will give you a great overview and insight into what tweets are driving the most engagement. Love them both.

What success have you had with tweeting with images and do you find certain types of images are working better for you?

 

5 Tips To Maximize Your Event With Social Media

Social media and events

You have just received a booking to speak at a big conference.  What do you do next? How do you get the buzz going for this event and for you.

Here are 5 tips to help you use social media at your next event:

1. Find out from the event manager who the other speakers are at the event.

Have a look for them on Twitter and add them and start to interact with them and share their tweets.  Interact with them on the day and retweet their interesting tweets.

2. Find out if the event has a hashtag and twitter handle

Most events have a hashtag at the very least.  Some even have a twitter handle or the company running it will use their handle.  Follow them and start using that hashtag and tell your followers that you will be speaking at the event.  Use the hashtag on the day and tweet insightful tweets, upload pictures and videos from the event and share tweets from other people at the event.

3. Remind the audience what the hashtag is

Before you speak, during your talk and when you end it find ways to tell the audience what the hashtag is and encourage them to take pictures and videos of the event using the hashtag.  If the event has no hashtag create your own. Eg #FredFeltonBizWorkshop or #FredFeltonBizTalk

4. If you are the MC remember that hashtag

If you are booked as the MC on the day it is your job to remind the speakers and the audience what that hashtag is.  Find interesting ways for them to use it as well.

5. Keep the buzz going

After the event keep the buzz going by tweeting some more insightful tweets about the event with the hashtag and also interact with the other speakers on twitter.

In so doing you can keep the buzz going about the event and this could just lead to your next booking.

What other tips can you suggest?

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Top 3 Free Twitter Tools You Can’t Live Without

Free Twitter Tools

Twitter can become very time consuming if you don’t have an efficient system in place to reduce the hours you spend networking and promoting. You can literally spend hours daily and still not make a dent in what you are trying to accomplish.

Top 3 Free Twitter Tools:

1. Hootsuite- I still talk to people who are very active in managing social media accounts who tell me that they only tweet live. That they don’t like to automate tweets. I am a HUGE believer in live social engagement with other Tweeps. It’s extremely important that you don’t solely “automate” your tweets. HOWEVER, there are not enough hours in a day to tell your story and keep in the stream if you only tweet live.

Posting informative, relevant content can help you grow your following and get the attention of those you are trying to reach. You can accomplish this through a fantastic free Twitter tool called Hootsuite.

Hootsuite is a social media dashboard that allows you to manage multiple social networks, schedule tweets and messages, track brand mentions, and analyze social media traffic. You can manage your social media profiles from a single dashboard. It’s an incredible tool for those who are serious about growing their social media presence.

Hootsuite

2. Tweepi- Tweepi is great tool for cleaning  up your following. Twitter is very generous in allowing you to follow a lot of people without regards to count ratio until you reach 2,000. Once you follow 2,000 people, Twitter puts the breaks on and you must concern yourself with following to follower ratios.

You cannot follow more than 10% over who is following you. For example, If you are following 2,001 people and only 1,800 are following your account, you will have to wait until more follow you or you unfollow before you are allowed to  follow more people. More here in Twitter’s Help Section.

With Tweepi, you can “flush” followers from your account. You have the ability to see who is not following you and unfollow them. Tweepi allows you to also set filters to have a very broad overview of a profile. You can also follow people from Tweepi’s dashboard as well as utilize it to follow the followers of influencers.

 

Top 3 Twitter Tools

3. Kred- I love Kred for reasons that many people probably aren’t aware of. It’s great to have a high Kred score, but it’s not something that I focus on. What is really fantastic about this site is that you can use it as an overview of what is working really well for you on Twitter. You can use this very helpful tool to also set up your “evergreen” tweets with the best of your content.

Kred

These 3 free Twitter  tools are very powerful for really jump starting your social media. I love free tools and try to avoid paying for what can result in a very pricey monthly bill for tools that are not always extremely effective. I also utilize a few premium Twitter tools that I will be sharing with you soon!!

Please share with me your experiences using any of the Twitter tools mentioned here and also leave your questions below.

Twitter Analytics Now Open To All Users

Twitter recently opened up their analytics to everyone, not just ad customers. What this means to you as a Twitter user is that you will now have some free metrics to gauge your performance on Twitter. You can locate the analytics area on the Twitter Ads Dashboard.

 

There are 2 areas that are available for those who do not wish to purchase “sponsored ads”.

1. Timeline Activity-

 

You can view your mentions, follows and unfollows for the month. You can also see your most recent tweets and more metrics that can be helpful for content curation  and promotions such as click throughs, replies and rts. Being able to see the time stamp of your tweets and the most popular ones will give you an edge in creating better content for your followers and show who is engaging with you when.

 

2. Followers-

 

Being able to get an overview of the types of people who are following you as well as their demographics can be immensely important. It can help you evaluate if you are focusing enough on a specific industry or location.  Twitter’s new analytics provides us with a limited overview of your followers broken down into interests, gender and location.

A graph is provided to show your new follower count so that you can see the progression of your following which is updated weekly. Also, you can now download a CVS file with all of this data.  Especially helpful if you want to save your tweets to re-post later.

Have you used the new Twitter Analytics and how do you think it compares to other sites such as Sprout Social or Hootsuite?

 

 

 

5 Tips on How to Use Slideshare for your Brand

For those of you who do not know much about Slideshare it is a wonderful online and offline tool which you can use for presentations, mini-books, sales pitches, inspiration and so much more.

Here are 5 tips for you to use it for your Brand.

Join Slideshare and upload your first presentation

Visit www.slideshare.net and open an account. It is free. Read the help manuals and take a look at some of the presentations. Get some idea’s. Then start with one of your presentations. If you don’t have one, do one. It can be anything. If you have presentations or powerpoints or keynotes you can upload them.

If you are a professional speaker this is a powerful media for you

You will find that many professional speakers upload their presentations there. It is a great way to leave breadcrumbs for your audience. So at your next presentation tell the audience that your presentation is up on your slideshare account and they can download it for free.

Slideshare is a powerful learning tool

You will get regular emails from slideshare on their top presentations or you can visit their site and search for some. There are some wonderful idea’s in them and if you don’t have the time to read them then and there you can download it and read it at your leisure.

Share the presentations you love

Slideshare gives you a wonderful option at the end of each presentation to share it across social media networks. Do it. You never know you might just connect with the person who made it. It also works both ways. People will be able to share your presentations as well.

Watch and Learn

Have a look at some of the presentations on Slideshare. Look at the one’s with the most shares and likes and downloads. Ask yourself why are they so good? What are they doing right? The answers will help you develop better and better presentations.

Eventually people will be sharing your presentations.


About Author

Fred Felton is a keynote speaker, social media consultant, author business analyst and website designer. Fred is also owner of Falcon’s Cove a digital media agency based in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. You can also find Fred on Twitter and Facebook.

Twitter Introduces Keyword Targeting In Timelines

This morning Twitter announced a new advertising feature for businesses. It allows advertisers to reach people who have tweeted specific keywords in their recent tweets . What does this mean for you?

If you are a business that sells golf equipment, your tweet can reach people that have an interest in golf or have recently tweeted about it. You can even more narrowly target your search with Geotargeting by city, state and country and gender which you can see here.

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Not sure that keyword targeting will be incredibly effective yet as it has limitations. Twitter doesn’t really currently target habits, interests, age groups, etc as Facebook advertising  is able to do through your profile information and posts to integrate it into their advertising platform.

Have you used Twitter in an advertising campaign? Would love to hear your thoughts!

5 Blogging Tips for 2013


Here are 5 Blogging tips to get you started for 2013:

 1. Make sure you change your copyright to 2013

When you start out this year the first thing to do is to change your copyright to 2013.  This protects you and your work for the year ahead so that nobody can copy your work.

 2. A picture is worth a thousand tweets

Yes it is true what they say, a picture is worth more.  So make sure you include interesting and relevant pictures in your blog.   If they are interesting they may just be picked up by the news media and shown in newspapers or even on Television and that is priceless.  They may even find their way onto social networks and before you know it you will be famous.

3. Make sure you have an editorial calendar for the year ahead

If you are serious about your blog then invest in an editorial calendar and schedule what you will be writing about for the year ahead.  Therefore you will have plenty to write about and not have to worry about what your next topic will be.

 4. Take a new look at your blog

What do I mean by that?  Well take a look at your blog.  Does it look tired or does it load slowly.  Are there too many meaningless items on it?  Well if there are then it is time to trim the fat.  Cut out all items that are too old or serve no benefit.  You will be left with a blog that loads fast and looks great.

5. What do you blog about?

It is important to find your niche.  So whether it is cars or movies or social media, find something you are passionate about.  Become the expert in that niche and soon people will be contacting you asking for help.

Also remember to share your blog on all the social media networks.

 Happy Blogging!


About Author

Fred Felton is a keynote speaker, social media consultant, author business analyst and website designer. Fred is also owner of Falcon’s Cove a digital media agency based in Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa. You can also find Fred on Twitter and Facebook.

SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS – GETTING STARTED!

So you have read and followed my advice from my first post 4 Steps to Social Media Success BEFORE you start on Social Media:

1) Know what you want to accomplish
2) How much time can you spend on your social media
3) Narrow down the networks you will participate in
4) Plan your content

And now you are ready to get going with the next steps.
I know you are eager to get moving and to start seeing results, but don’t jump over these steps they are very important to reaching that success you so want and deserve. They are the foundation to everything in the future and believe me, it’s easier to do it right the first time than to have to go back and fix it later.

Am I suggesting you will never change these things once you have set them up? Not at all… in fact I recommend you review the previous 4 steps regularly as a way to evaluate the success of what you are doing and to review the upcoming steps often as well.

As your goals grow and change, as the social media world changes and as your business changes, you need to review these items regularly. That’s not the same as skipping steps now to get going and having to go back later to do them because skipping them shorted you on some success. So invest in yourself and go through the steps now!

So what do you do next?

1) Know and follow the rules of the networks you are joining: Most of these social networks are free so it’s their sandbox and you are getting to promote your business for free… the rules are there to make it fair for everyone so take the time to follow those rules so you aren’t penalized for breaking them. This could mean losing access to your accounts to having them shut down completely. It would be a shame to lose all your hard work because of a rule being overlooked.

2) Fill out your account info completely: This is a great opportunity to tell people who you are and what you do and it’s where people will make a judgement about you and your business. So take the time, fill it out completely and then review it at least quarterly to ensure all your details stay accurate.

3) Find the right people to follow to build your network: Use the search option on the network you using, try a variety of terms. Find a leader in your industry and follow them, then follow the people following them as well, these people are looking for your info, you just need to connect. Add your numbers, be selective about who you connect to, send a hello to them, start the conversation and connect.

4) Listen: Spend time on your social networks listening to other people’s conversations, contribute when you have something useful to say (not just “me too”). Use the search field to find conversations relevant to your industry to participate in.

5) Give before you receive: Start sharing and responding to other people’s posts. People notice this and usually then make an effort to do the same back for you. We all want people to engage with us, be the first to go and engage with them. It will be noticed.

6) Add value, be the go-to resource for information in your field to the people in your niche: Find useful information that the people in your niche need to hear and be the one to share it. Don’t worry about being the one to create the content; sharing content is a powerful way to position yourself as the go-to expert.

7) Ask for the action you want: When you post a thoughtful, useful or just fun item and you want people to engage with… don’t be shy to ask for what you want, sometimes people need to be guided. They are sitting at home nodding their head in agreement, but the thumbs up or retweet is the virtual head nod… ask them to do it!

These steps are the basics of any successful social media campaign on any channel. They will guide your interaction with the goal of growing your network, engaging with people in a caring way and building relationships. Don’t short change yourself or your business by not doing these steps; the results won’t be the same without them.

I’d love to hear how you are doing on your social journey!


About Author

Sherri-Lee Pressman is Your Social Media Minder, helping business owners use Facebook and Twitter to grow their businesses. She is a Social Media strategist, educator, speaker and coach. She lives near Vancouver BC, Canada with her two kids, one crazy cat and an even crazier puppy. You can visit Sherri’s site here.