Stumbleupon as a marketing tool?


A lot of people use social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest to increase traffic to their blog, and to basically market their blog. Stumbleupon may be unknown to a few people, but if you’re into social media I’m assuming that you’ll have AT LEAST heard of Stumbleupon.
I’ve been thinking for the past week “what could my next blog post be?” and it occurred to me that I don’t, 100%, know what Stumbleupon is, so I thought I’d do a little research, find out what other people are saying and see what you think to it…have you used Stumbleupon? If not, maybe you’re like me and don’t really know what Stumbleupon’s purpose is. Well if you want to know, keep reading…

What is Stumbleupon?

It’s both a social bookmarking tool and a social voting tool.

Stumbleupon allows you to save (bookmark) the links to pages which you like, which is similar to other online bookmarking tools such as Pocket, Instapaper and Delicious.

Also it allows you to either thumbs up or thumbs down articles, if you like an article you are randomly shown when you press the “stumble” button you can hit the ‘thumbs up’ button, if you don’t like the article then you can hit ‘thumbs down’.

How to use Stumbleupon?

Go to www.stumbleupon.com

Sign up for free and what interests you – this will help Stumbleupon to find articles of interest to you

It’s that simple, then you can ‘start stumbling’.

 

I have shared my blog posts on Stumbleupon and have found that I have gained quite a bit of traffic, so it’s definitely a good marketing tool.

BUT could it be the next big thing in the marketing world? …I don’t know about that. I just don’t quite get it.

I will continue researching about Stumbleupon, researching how other bloggers/marketers are using Stumbleupon to promote themselves and I’ll get back to you with a “how to use Stumbleupon as a marketing tool” type post, or something similar.

Let me know if you’ve used Stumbleupon or point me in the right direction – let me know how you use stumbleupon as a marketing tool.

As always I enjoy hearing your thoughts and hearing about what methods for marketing you do.

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LinkedIn; an online CV?


LinkedIn; a social media site which is considered the ‘Facebook’ for business people, students, graduates and so on…

On LinkedIn you are able to add sufficient information to your profile to entice a potential employer, including; adding information about different types of experience you’ve gained, gaining recommendations from your connections, endorsing connections for skills you believe they have…the list goes on. LinkedIn is, effectively, a detailed online CV…Isn’t it?

In all honesty, even though I’m a fan of traditional methods, I do believe that using LinkedIn as an “online CV” would benefit you, especially because you can gain recommendations from people who are in the same/similar profession as you. This is a huge benefit over the traditional paper CV method, as secondary opinions regarding the skills you have (and the recommendations which you’re able to receive on your profile) would be much more persuasive to a potential employer than a list of your skills bullet pointed down a page.

LinkedIn, like any social media site, is accessible 24/7 and therefore you would be able to access your profile to edit and update it at any time of the day, likewise a potential employer could access your LinkedIn profile at anytime; also checking to see whether you’ve added more information, gained further recommendations or even more skill endorsements. Paper is static, the web is (most definitely) not. It’s ALWAYS changing!!

 

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What Social Media should I be using?


Browsing through my WordPress and Twitter feeds (where I have most followers and interactivity) I see a lot of people questioning; “what social media should I be using?”. It would seem that, even though people want to get their content (blog, website etc.) out there, they’re either A) reluctant to join dozens of social media sites, or B) just don’t have the time.

Personally, I am a member of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and, of course, WordPress!! This may seem a bit unnecessary to some people, while other people may also be members of these social networking sites. HOWEVER, and this (to me) is the most important part, even though I am a member of all these different social media sites, I have 3 primary ‘go-to’ sites – 3 sites which I will ALWAYS update (whether it be asking a question or posting a newly published blog post).

My ‘go-to’ sites consist of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook as I (personally) have found these create the most traffic to my blog! These are the 3 sites which work best for me…it may not be that way for you, though. If this isn’t the way you do it, how do you manage your social networking sites? Do you have 3 (maybe more, maybe less) ‘go-to’ sites? I’d love to know how you manage your social media sites.

Basically, if you’re new to blogging, or are just getting into integrating your social media; find out what works best for YOU. Maybe you’ll find posting a link to a couple of your blog posts every 3-4 hours (or whenever you feel is necessary) on 2 different social media platforms is enough. If that works best for you then I say go for it. It’s entirely dependent on yourself; how much time you have, and so..

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to connect with me, after all I’m on enough social media for you to reach me!Alternatively, you can contact me here (via email).

Thank you for reading, I’ll see you in my next post.

How do I make my LinkedIn Profile Anonymous?


If you use LinkedIn then you’ll know that when people view your profile you’re able to see just who viewed your profile, like so;

LinkedIn - Profile - Views - Social MediaUnless, of course, you have changed your settings to make yourself anonymous. Do you want to make your profile anonymous, so people don’t know you’ve viewed their profile? Keep reading to find out how…

Making your profile anonymous when viewing somebody else’s LinkedIn profile

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Go to privacy & settings > profile

When you’re at the following screen:

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click “Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile

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The box above then gives you the options to remain as a visible profile, be anonymous or appear as somebody from your organisation/school/workplace etc.

Don’t hesitate to ask me any further questions below in the comments or via. Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn

Why should you use LinkedIn?


Since publishing the blog post; ‘What is LinkedIn Used For?‘ I have seen questions online (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc), and have also had questions asked like; how to use LinkedIn, what it’s for, why you should use it and so on. So, I thought I would go into why you should use LinkedIn; not only for business purposes, but to market yourself (if you like).

With more than 270 million users, and the majority of those being professionals, LinkedIn is a great platform if you’re looking to network, engage and even to share your own experiences, skills etc. It’s also a great platform, much more so than the likes of Facebook and Twitter, for opportunity. LinkedIn also allows you to connect with people you could potentially work with/for; so enabling you to connect with people in the industry you’re involved in.

I don’t want to overload this post with a load of statistics and numbers because that doesn’t help solve ‘why you should use LinkedIn’, instead I’m going to use my own experience to tell you why you should use LinkedIn.

I know I haven’t been blogging for that long (compared to bloggers who have been blogging years), but I feel like I have learnt a lot in a couple of months. Since using LinkedIn I’ve learnt:

  • LinkedIn helps you to gain opportunities (if used correctly).
  • Fill in all required fields, as best you can, on LinkedIn and this will help increase your connections; it will enable people in the same field as you, i.e. media, to find you.
  • If, like me, you blog as well as use different social media (Twitter, Facebook etc.) then you’ll know that keeping on top of it all can be a handful. However, I have found that just by posting, for example, a new (or existing) blog post to LinkedIn this increases my traffic quite  vastly; i.e. posting as an update or on different groups you’re a member of.
  • BECOME A MEMBER OF DIFFERENT GROUPS!! Make sure these groups are related to the field you’re in or want to be involved in.
  • Interact with your connections, don’t just rely on them interacting with you. It’s as simple as thanking somebody for adding you to their network when you’ve accepted their request to connect.

In my opinion the above points are reason enough to join LinkedIn, after all if you maintain a professional appearance and do your best to connect with like-minded people, what have you got to lose?

The use of social media is a personal opinion, but if you are wanting to join ONE social media site then (especially if you’re starting out in an industry) that site should be….LinkedIn. It has helped me to gain opportunities which I didn’t have before, such as connecting with like-minded people, people in the industry (media) I want to be involved in and it has also helped me to gain exposure for my blog.

I am by no means an expert in LinkedIn, or any social media, however I enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences with you. So, if you have any further questions feel free to hit me up:

LinkedIn   |     Twitter      |      Facebook

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Mobile Blogging: Blogging On The Go


I will be doing a guest blog on Social Media Agency at the beginning of every month.

To read my “Promoting Your Blog” post published last month click here

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BBC Targets Instagram Users


The BBC is making more effort to reach out to new audiences who predominantly use tablets and mobile devices to access social media platforms. The BBC made the decision to join one of the biggest social media platforms of the year; Instagram. They’ve done this in the hope that they’ll reach out to more users online and in the hope that it will encourage more and more young people to read the news; as news consumption among younger audiences seems to be ever growing.

On the 16th January the BBC launched “Instafax” which;

is a throwback to the BBC’s former Ceefax service – the world’s first teletext service that ran on UK television until 2012.

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The BBC’s Instagram page will feature 15 second long video’s, three times a day; these video’s will aim to show the round up of the days news.

Why?

Corporation hopes to reach new audiences as mobile and tablet viewing figures overtake desktop

The BBC have decided to ‘step up’ and reach new audiences by getting their online audience more involved.  It’s clear that the BBC have new audiences online between different social media platforms; with “BBCBreaking” having over 8 million Twitter followers, “BBC News” having over 3.7 million “likes” on Facebook and the “BBC” having over 1.7 million subscribers on YouTube..and these are far from all of their social media platforms!!!!

As well as this viewing figures on mobiles and tablets have, for the first time in December, taken over desktop viewing figures!! Impressive, right?

There has been mixed reactions about Instafax, ranging from people saying “Instafax is a game changer” to others saying it’s the “worst idea ever”.

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Have you been following Instafax? If so, what are your thoughts on the BBC joining Instagram?

Don’t hesitate to contribute to the discussion below in the comments…

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As always I look forward to reading your comments and interacting

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Snapchat to release updated app!


After Snapchat was hacked into and 4.6 million users’ phone numbers and usernames were downloaded Snapchat have said;

We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.

On Friday 27th December 2013 Snapchat.com published a blog post highlighting the issue with their ‘Find Friends’ feature. They went on to say in their blog post that;

Theoretically, if someone were able to upload a huge set of phone numbers, like every number in an area code, or every possible number in the U.S., they could create a database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers that way.

The ‘Find Friends’ feature allows you to enter your phone number; so people who have your phone number can find you on Snapchat, and so allowing you to send Snaps to your phone contacts. However, in the new app which Snapchat are set to release they are going to make the ‘Find Friends’ feature even more optional than it is already.

The current app

With the current “Find Friends” feature you have the option to enter your phone number, or not. The ‘Find Friends’ app was originally introduced to help you find contacts in your address book; people you’re already friends with. Therefore, by entering your phone number it allows anybody with your phone number to find you on Snapchat.

The updated app

The current app will, according to Snapchat’s blog post on the 2nd January, allow users to opt out of the ‘Find Friends’ feature on Snapchat, so that hackers can’t obtain your phone number and link your number to your username on Snapchat. However, you will still need to verify your account with your phone number. Snapchat then went on to say

We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.

Do you use Snapchat frequently?

What do you think about the changes which are going to be made?

Don’t use Snapchat? Or don’t use it much? What social media site or apps do you prefer?

Let me know in the comments!

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If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask me via. my “contact me” page, you can also contact me/follow me on Twitter.

I look forward to all of your comments.

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How to Craft The Most Retweetable Tweets – Heidi Cohen


Want to expand your Twitter reach?

I enjoyed reading this post, so thought I’d share it with you all.

ENJOY!!

How to Craft The Most Retweetable Tweets – Heidi Cohen.