4 New Social Media Websites or Apps you need to check out!

Remember Myspace, Facebook or even Instagram in their early stages, before advertisers, or sponsored posts became popular? These four new social media websites or apps are all virtually ad-free (for now). As a digital media strategist, it’s important to know what’s becoming popular and what’s fading away. Even if your company can’t capitalize on these social networks […]

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Content Marketing Comes of Age

Insights from Brand2Global in London, October 1-2, 2014. You know something’s happening when leading brands like Google, LEGO, Lenovo, Nike, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Danone, Western Union and Accor meet to strategize about global content marketing. That’s when you know that content marketing has finally come of age. And that’s exactly what I saw in London at […]

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Tips for Creating and Managing Successful LinkedIn Groups

Your company LinkedIn page is up and running. You’ve done your research, joined a few groups, left a few groups and your contributions are, of course, among the most thoughtful in any group discussion. You are, all in all, a successful LinkedIn user. So, what now? Once you’ve established yourself in group discussions and feel […]

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Pinterest for Retailers: New Tools and Successful Strategies

It’s easier than ever for retailers and other businesses to use Pinterest to promote their products. Pinterest recently introduced a new analytics tool for business users that allows companies to gain valuable insight on how their content is being viewed, pinned and shared. According to TechCrunch, this tool can tell companies the number of impressions […]

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LinkedIn Empty Nesters’ Club

Starting this Saturday, I will be an Empty Nester. Yes, there are many of you who have come before me and have transitioned to the other side. The side that no longer includes daily instructions for cleaning up rooms, walking the dog, putting shoes back in closets. The side that no longer means reminders to unplug […]

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Small Businesses and Social Media

I often talk to small business owners or employees who ask about social media. “How do I find time for it?” “What should I post?” When you decide to venture into the world of social media marketing, it’s important to remember that things are not the way they used to be. Social media puts users […]

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LinkedIn and the In Group

It’s an understatement to say that curating your business’s social media can be a full-time job. There are so many different avenues that your company can use to engage your customers and colleagues that you often have to limit your approach to make an impact. Facebook, Twitter and Google + often dominate the top of a […]

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Pros and Cons of Multiple Social Media Managers for a Company

Between the tweets, hashtags and pins, you may find yourself wishing you had a dozen social media gurus to run your accounts. Or if your social media efforts have gotten out of hand, perhaps you’re wishing you had just one easily managed individual instead of a vast team. Social media presence is a powerful tool […]

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To Friend or Not to Friend?

In an education psychology class several years ago, my professor asked us if we thought it was appropriate to friend our students on Facebook. Several classmates mentioned the benefits of keeping an eye on their students for mentoring purposes, but I couldn’t echo their positivity. I have seen too many teachers and professionals embarrassed, disrespected […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Selfie

I went to a theatre-in-the-round production over the weekend here in Greenville—a zany take on Bill’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The theater hall was cool and dark, and the hanging incandescent bulbs and psychedelic-pastel-colored stage floor promised a creative show. I watched as Helena chased Demetrius and Lysander ask Hermia to marry him, while the […]

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