I’ve been coming across a large number of posts, articles, tweets and links for tips on using Social Media. Everything from, “10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly,” to, “30 Kick-Ass Premium WordPress Plugins and Themes.” In the article about the 10 tips on writing I especially enjoyed some of the author’s humor and candor, “#4. Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, ‘I do my best work at the last minute.’ Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure.” That couldn’t be more true! And I suppose I have to point out that I’m writing this on Monday, the day it’s due.
The article on the 30 WordPress links was largely links to premium plugins and themes, but even on these, I gain knowledge by seeing what’s new and often there are great comments at the end of the article that give me more insight into areas I’ve not previously been aware of. “I really do think the occasional roundup isn’t as bad as you put it. Remember that roundups occurs maybe twice or thrice *a month* here. Our focus is still squarely on in-depth articles and useful tutorials.” This let me know that I might want to either save a bookmark or subscribe to the page’s RSS to keep an eye on future posts that may hold more hints, tips or possible freebies and tutorials.
The next article deals with Twitter and the humorous title grabbed me, “Useful Tips For Network Marketers On How NOT To Become A Total Twitter Twit!” The author goes through 10 tips to keep you from being a Twit and the humor is carried throughout. I enjoyed several of them, but found myself going all the way through tip #10, which was really a list of some must follow people on Twitter. Check it out – if you are into Twitter (which of course you MUST be as a Social Media/Internet Marketer) you’ll enjoy this one. There’s even this great cartoon!
The next post was “Social Media Marketing in 8 Simple Steps.” Right off the opening paragraph grabbed me! “Online social marketing and social networking has been around a long time, but only recently has it been experiencing an explosion in participation and promotion from around the world, in every market imaginable. It has definitely gone ‘mainstream’ and is now even more important as a tool in your internet marketing strategy.” That term “mainstream” means a lot – it means more and more businesses are recognizing the need for and the importance of Social Media.
The article is only attributed to a “guest blogger,” which I found annoying, because I would have liked to read more by this author. They’ve written it as another list of things to do. And the closing grabbed me, just as the opening had, “Begin to learn and implement these strategies so you can see for yourself how an integrated social media marketing initiative will not only increase your web presence but will ensure your continued success on the internet and put this powerful social marketing initiative into play...”
The last post I’d like to bring to your attention is one that covers one of the “heavy hitters” of Social Media, Brian Solis and one of the groups I’ve written about before, Social Media Club. SMC is hosting an event called, “Social Media Masters.” Mr. Solis will be their keynote speaker, giving a speech on, “A Master Workshop for Marketing Professionals from Social Media Club and OMS.” These programs are often streamed live on the web and are certainly worth checking out. Again, I’ll say, if you live in an area with a chapter of Social Media Club you should do yourself a favor and check them out (you can find a list of the local chapters here). I am very much looking forward to what our Detroit Chapter has for us in the coming year.