Archive for the ‘Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization’ Category

More Social Tools (ch.11)

April 21, 2010

 


Three main social tools that benefit most social media strategies are social calendars, wikis, and social pages.  Social calendars such as Upcoming offer an easy way for companies to post events and highlight the events on different social media tools and sites including blogs, RSS feeds, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Upcoming allows users to search for events by region and the users are able to RSVP to the evnt and share the event with other users.

Social pages are pages that are created about a specific topic.  Social web users can search for pages on certain topics.  Squidoo is a social page that is “about finding people when you care what they know instead of who they know” (Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).  The way that  Squidoo operates is through what’s called lens, better known as a page. In order to use  Squidoo successfully, it is a good idea to have more than one lens you write about or the type of service you offer (Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization). 

A Wiki is a “collaborative Website that allows anyone to update its content” (Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).  Wiki means fast in Hawaiian.  To find existing wikis rather than creating your own, Google “social media wiki.”  Wikis become “an ever-changing online database of information” (Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization). 

Of course there are more than these tools social media offers, but these three stood out to me to discuss because I didn’t think a site such as Upcoming even existed.  I didn’t understand what a wiki was or how to use it, which is why I chose to discuss “wikis” (plus my mom lived in Hawaii & my granpdarents have a house in Hawaii due to my grandfather being a U.S. Air Force Pilot during Vietnam, so it was interesting to me to know that wiki means fast in Hawaiian). Until now, I didn’t fully understand how to use social pages like  Squidoo, how they operate, and what their puropose is until now.

Social Media Newsrooms (ch.10)

April 21, 2010

A social media news room is a place where you can tell the media, clients, and others exactly what they want and need to know.  Social Media Newsroom (SMNR) is similar to the traditional online newsroom; it consists of having media coverage, news releases, events, and media contact information.  Social media news rooms are a plaee where these people can:

  • view all your media coverage
  • see all of your past and present news releases
  • look up your past and future events
  • read and link to all of your book reviews
  • see and link to all the social web places you are a part of (including widgets and badges you have available)
  • download multimedia material such as photos, podcasts, and vidcasts
  • view bios on each person within the company
  • Subscribe RSS feeds

Businesses that want or get alot of media coverage should have a social media newsroom.  Having a social media newsroom portrays to the media and to the prospective clients that you are making an attempt to make their jobs easier.  Also social media newsrooms have the opportunity to be optimized for search engines, RSS feeds, and social bookmarking services. Businesses who have or are thinking about having a social media newsroom have an advantage over the businesses who don’t tap into the social media because SMNR’s allow people to come across your information when using search engines.

Set Up Your Newsroom Sections

1. Media Coverage:

  • offer direct links to online sources & to PDFs of the media coverage your company has received

2. News Releases:

  • traditional Social Media News Releases links

3. Events:

  • a section or a list of events your company hosts

4. Social Media:

  • links to all the other places you are on throughout the Social Web

5. MultiMedia:  

  • hold images, audio/video clips
  • flyers/brochures

Media Communities (ch.8)

April 21, 2010

 “Media communities are social sites where you can save, share and comment on multimedia items,” Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.   Image and video sharing are tools that companies are utilizing to increase their social media visibility. However there are strategies into uploading images and videos.

Image Sharing Strategy

                1. Gather images that you can upload right away including logos, book covers, and event photos.

      2.  Prepare a key term list to use for tags for each image:

              – company name

               –  author name

                 – home city

       3.  Prepare these when you want to upload an image:

               – a short title that uses at least two key terms

              –  a description that uses several key terms

 

Uploading/Optimizing Videos Strategy    

       1.  Prepare a list of key terms and use them as tags and in the body of a video’s title and description

        2.  Add a date and a Google map to the video location

       3.  Determine the organization of your account:

          – Create titles, descriptions, and key terms to use as tags for each playlist

         –  Browse YouTube videos to add to your playlist

        –  Decide which playlists to create in your account by person’s name, company, authors, book titles, and products

        –  Create galleries on your Website or blog using the embed code from your playlists.

   People are connecting with one another not only just through participating in the social media web 2.0, but also through image and video sharing.  It’s important to know how to connect to your target audience or other people that share the same interest as you in unique styles rather than just being on social media sites. In other words, bring something to the table that will help you stand out. 

Social Bookmarking and Networking Strategies (ch.6 & 7)

April 13, 2010

 Social networking is a way to “build a strong foundation in the Social Web, not about how many thousands of friends or followers you can gather. Rather, it is about improving your reach to the people you are actually in your target market,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization).

LinkedIn is a “great tool for people wanting to connect with other professionals, or for those seeking professional positions.  It is also ideal for consultants and service firms seeking clients,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). 

Twitter is a micro blogging platform that answers “what are you doing?” in 160 characters or less. Also, businesses using Twitter also can link their site on Twitter since other social sites have similar features that Twitter offers. 

Once a business has chosen social sites they wish to be a part of, it is also important to be able to know how to social bookmark, what it is, what sites are social bookmarking sites, and how it works.

“Social bookmarking is a way for you to save your favorite blogs into one web space and tagged them with specific terms so you could easily search and find them later,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization).

One of the top social bookmarking site is Delicious.  You can bookmark a site by clicking on “post to Delicious” and enter tags along with notes to the site you want to bookmark,”(A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). With every social web tool, there is a strategy in utilizing social bookmarking.

Keep in mind what social web is all about: interacting, sharing, and collaboration. It’s not about self-promotion. In other words, choose a couple of social bookmarking sites first such as Technorati and StumbleUpon.  When you use these sites, you can bookmark your blogs, your company’s or business site, as long as you bookmark with others who share the same interest as you. 

After doing all of this and social networking and bookmarking, how do you know if your company or company’s site is successful and not getting left in the Social Web world?  Well, there are sites such as Digg that use crowd-sourcing. Crowd-sourcing  is a site that allows users to determine what news stories, blogs, or websites are popular (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). 

Digg encourages its users to “digg” stories they like, and as a result, determines if that story is popular or not through a voting or a rating system.  Once users “digg” stories that appealed to them, then the site will “dugg” up stories or blog posts closer to the front page of the site.  In other words, the more users “digg” social web content (blogs, news stories), the closer the content will move up to  the front page of Digg, (A Survival Guide to Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization). 

So there my friends is why  and how business can decide how popular their online social web presence is along with their social web content.

Building a WordPress Powered Website (Ch.4)

April 12, 2010

CMS is “an application that’s used to create, edit, manage, and publish content in an organized way” ( A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).  Some CMS applications that WordPress offers are sidebars, sidebar widgets, and plug-ins.

Before installing applications, a person should plan their site. In other words, it is helpful if a blogger makes a list of what they want to have on their site.  Bloggers can search WordPress for available plugins giving them ideas of what to add to their blog site. Here’s a list of what most entrepreneurs, small businesses, authors, and publishers are looking for:

  • image galleries
  • Amazon widgets
  • streaming video
  • podcasts/videocasts
  • RSS feeds
  • social media newsrooms

Plugins “are what give WordPress tremendous power and flexibility” (A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).  For example, if you’re looking for a plugin for a photo gallery, search WordPress for available photo gallery and decide what plugin meets your standards for your blog site. It is easy as that! Some plugins a blogger should start with are:

  • Askimet: (I use this) the purpose of this plug-in is to delete spam and works as a spam filter for blog comments
  • WordPress Stats: Tracks your blog statistics, your top posts and pages
  • All in one SEO pack: this optimizes your site for a search engine.

To see examples of WordPress powered websites, see websites such as:

  1. Social Media Power
  2. WordPress SEO Pack

Optimizing your blog (ch.3)

April 12, 2010

It wasn’t until I subscribed and have an RSS feed to Paull Young’s blog did I understand what an RSS feed is and how it works.  RSS (Real Simple Syndication) “is a way of sharing information across the Internet, according to A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization text. An RSS Feed is similar to a newspaper delivered at your doorstep. The content that a visitor subscribes to allows visitors to have the feeds in one place on the Internet than going to each site. Here are some ways that an RSS Feed works:

  • the “feed” is available for subscription to visitors
  • the subscriber can read each story without having to go to the original site

One RSS feed is a blog.  For example, I subscribed to Paull Young’s blog and the feed is on my yahoo page and I am able to read his blog on my yahoo page.  It is very  easy to use and can’t believe an RSS feed is this simple to use.  With RSS Feeds becoming a popular social media tool, it is important for bloggers especially but for any social media user to have effective, creative, and simple titles, descriptions, categories, and links.

“Your item descriptions may be the only thing a potential reader sees before they make a decision to read the full story,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).  Categories, links, titles, and descriptions have to have a “hook” your reader in a proper way while still describing the story. 

Blogs however, “is a tool for posting information chronologically and allowing others to comment” (A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).  Before a blogger begins blogging, it is vital for bloggers to know their audience.  Once  a blogger knows his or her audience, then he or she can decide what their purpose of the blog is. For example, my blog site discusses social media and how public relations is transforming an adapting to social media web 2.0. therefore, my blog site’s purpose is to share my knowledge based on what I’ve learned throughout my public relations college career with other colleagues, professors, and professionals. 

Blogs consist of interactivity, sharing, and collaboration, which are three general areas of A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.  Throughout the social web, users are sharing information freely which pertains to sharing. Even though users share information freely, the information is only effective if other users interact by giving feedback and post blog comments. Futhermore, this is when collaboration takes place. Twitter for example, gives Twitter users an opportunity to collaborate in sharing information creating and generating other ideas for blog posts.

There are tools provided by WordPress that can help your site become more visible. One tool is called excerpts.  When I was reading about excerpts, I could only think of an excerpt of a paper or a novel.  I just began using excerpts this past week.  “Excerpts are used to summarize your post, and to use as a good “hook” to get readers interested in your entire post when they stumble upon it in a blog directory,” (A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).

Other blog tools are :

  1. Tags: used to help organize and group blog posts and are used by RSS feed and blog directories as key terms, so you want to use tags wisely
  2. Categories: is a way to organize blog posts by topic. Readers are able to click on a category and see all the posts related to that one category
  3. Trackbacks: method of notification between websites.  “They are a way for you to comment on someone else’s blog from your own site, and have your entry show up on their site as a comment or as a notification on their WordPress dashboard. In order to use this, cite the blog you are commenting on and send a “trackback” to the blog you are citing. Then, your post will show up as a comment on the “trackboard” blog post,”  (A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization).

Word-Of Mouth Marketing to Podcasts

March 21, 2010

       We have all heard of downloading podcasts from iTunes..but exactly what is podcasting? Podcasting is a downloadable audio from iTunes on cell phones, computers, and iPods that people can listen to on their own time. As I have studied and researched this topic for my Social media & Pr online class to create my podcast, I am having a better understanding to why  podcasting is an essential feature that is becoming a phenomenon that’s taking over the communication field. Companies can now create their own podcasts so that their customers and employees can access the podcast through Twitter or email, which people can receive via cell phones.  Furthermore, podcasts are another way of being informed in real-time and engaging with customers. 

     It is not uncommon today that companies are implementing social tools such as blogging and viral videos for their company purposes along with social monitoring and tweeting. With that being said, podcasts can be uploaded to the company’s website or blogging website which then can be automatically linked to Twitter. In other words, once a company creates a podcast, the company can then upload the podcast link to their company website or blogging website. Why would a company want to upload the podcast to their blog? Well, we all know the benefits of blogging, but customers and the company’s employees can respond by leaving comments to the podcast blog giving the company instant feedback.  Linking the podcast into the blog and having it automatically generated to Twitter increases blog traffic and online visibility. What does this all mean?  For example, if I see Coca Cola’s blog link with check out this new podcast about our product launch on twitter, I can not only give feedback, but “retweet” the link to my “followers” giving the site more online visibility similar to the traditional word of mouth marketing. If I share the link with one follower, the word will spread rapidly.

 Let’s recap why podcasting is an essential social  tool companies can benefit from:

  1. Podcasts can be uploaded on a company’s website or blog post
  2. Podcasts can be shared via social websites, especially Twitter creating instant feedback and blog comments
  3. Podcasts are  the traditional “word-of mouth marketing”