Halloween photo books l snap & share

I think I take about 100 photos at Halloween. The little creatures are so darn cute. The sad part is I never did anything with the photos. I did put a few in Halloween frames,  but overall it is quite pathetic.

This year with my new Iphone 5 and ipad2 I have no excuse. Not only will I enjoy the photos  on my ipad, I am sending a book to close friends and family. No digital stuff, sending an actual printed book that someone can hold, admire and have for years to come.

Classic Capture by helloalbums

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Best Way to share photos between Android/PC and Apple devices

How do I get my photos on my IPAD?

Our family has a combination of Apple and PC based products: IPod, IPad, IPhone, Android, digital cameras, tablets and who knows what else I missed. I think we are quite typical. I get asked this question very often ” how do I get my photos on my IPAD”? Although I develop IOS Apps, I do use a few other solutions other than ITunes. ( sorry Apple). I may take that back when I eventually get everything switched over to  Apple’s ICLOUD.

My husband has an Android phone, loves to take pictures and email them to me. I don’t mind it now and then, but when he starts to send me 20 photos in multiple emails I get a bit annoyed.

So I finally went through a few of my favorite non-facebook solutions with him. 

Two options is enough for my husband. Really smart guy but doesn’t really like computer/phone stuff. He justs wants it to work.

DropBox: ( my favorite)

Download app and web-based appliciation on PC’s, and Apple products. I did this on all the devices we have. I login using the same account, but that is not necesary, it is easy to share and send photos as well as import from your camera if want multiple accounts. ( too confusing for me, though).

I use the IPAD camera adapter from Apple and my photos are automatically transferred into  camera uploads on DropBox. Or dump them into DropBox from your PC or Mac from your digital camera. Yes I still use a digital camera, can’t give up my Nikon.

Dropbox

Now my husband can upload those 20 or so photos to DropBox and I can get them on my IPad and start creating,  photo books.

 Google

Google has alot of advantages if you already use Google Docs and Google Plus. We all have Google accounts in our family.  Sharing using Google docs is ok, but Google Plus works very well. I finally set up a Google Plus account for helloalbums and personal. This solution is pretty darn slick.

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Good luck and happy sharing!

 

 

 

Lunch & Learn

Update:10/04/2012: Linkedin’s new company page format they are rolling out.

http://marketing.linkedin.com/companypages/

http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/224595

 

 

 

Social Media: engage, comunicate, educate and start the conversation

  1. Content
  2. Commerce
  3. Community
  4. Context
  5. Customization
  6. Conversation

High Level Blog Implementation

Investigate

  • Assses your Market Space
  • Determine Goals for Blogging
  • Map Blogging to Marketing Strategy
  • Consider Inherent Challenges
  • Develope a Webog Publishing Stategy

Create:

  • Select a Weblog Publishing Platform:
  • Blogger, WordPress, Posterous( domain name..- embed inside site)
  • Set guidelines for Organization

Activate

  • Blogger Recruitment
  • Implement Weblog Solution
  • Blogging
  • Promote your Blog
  • Track and Measure Blogging Initiataive

http://www.marketingsavant.com/webinars/2011/Blogging%20for%20Thought%20Leadership.pdf

Many Ways to Use Blogs

Write a blog yourself :

collaborative categorization of user-generated content

 

Build your Blog Hub:

  • one place where your content is housed (site/blog)
  • Contains real substance- not junk

Create Thought Leadership Content.

 

Hubspot says:

Each thoughtful post on your blog is a public demonstration of your thought leadership, personal integrity, humor, and professional insights. You don’t have to refute one of Einstein’s theories to get respect”

 

Where to get content?

1. Use Google Reader: check out the blogrolls you are reading and add to Google Reader

  • Follow links to other blogs who comment, ( Linked-In-good source in your field)
  • Comment on ( ok to do).
  • For example: I just recently read an article on concussions regarding impact testing.. ( expand your opinion, analysis)

2. Evernote ( to grab information into notebooks I find, but don’t want in my reader)

3. Dropbox.com ( easy to share across platforms) Google docs.

3. Compose Drafts ( schedule distribution)

 

Make your Content Work Harder for Your

Emphasize Your Orginal Content ( Twitter, Tumblr, Posterous, Friendfree, Facebook, You Tube….)

  • Change titles, revise shorter versions-SEO does not like autoposting as much as they used to.

Channels:Analyze, Select, Measure, Alter Plan

  • All social media channels that are relevant to your market ( Linked-In new company Pages)
  • Montior, analyze and update
  • Pick channels 
  • If you’re using social media for your business, you should be measuring it. But don’t measure just for the sake of having metrics. Instead, measure your social activities so that you can learn what’s successful, what isn’t and how you can improve.

Social media is generally measured in two ways: ongoing analytics and campaign-focused metrics. Ongoing analytics, which track activity over time, are necessary for keeping up with the overall pulse of general conversation about your brand and company. Once your brand tracking is set up, you can just let it run and check in regularly to see how everything is going.

Campaign-focused metrics, on the other hand, can help you understand the impact of targeted marketing initiatives and will vary from campaign to campaign, depending on your goals for each. An effective social media measurement program will likely include both ongoing and campaign-specific measurement.

Here are five easy steps to get started tracking your own social media campaigns:

Question to ask your clients: how are you measureing your social media goal? What type of metrics are you using? 

1. Determine your goals.
Before you jump into measuring every single tweet, photo and Facebook comment posted about your brand, first think about your goals with social media. What are you trying to accomplish or gain through these channels? Which channels are most relevant to those goals?

Social media can serve a variety of purposes, from broadcasting news and information, to answering customer questions and engaging with a community. Generate a list of what you’re trying to achieve from your social media efforts.

Next, think about what you want your audience to do with your content on the social channels you’re using. Are you trying to get them to read, share, reply, click, purchase or engage?

2. Create metrics to measure your goals.
Match your goals to actual metrics and behaviors you can measure. For example, if you’re trying to measure engagement, then what is the practical form of engagement you want to track? Is it retweets or reposts? Replies or comments? Clicks? Here are a few suggestions of behaviors to measure, based on a few common social media goals:

  • If you want to measure awareness, then use metrics such as volume, reach, exposure and amplification. How far is your message spreading?
  • If you want to measure engagement, then look for metrics around retweets, comments, replies and participants. How many people are participating, how often are they participating and in what forms are they participating?
  • If your goal is to drive traffic to your website, track URL shares, clicks and conversions. Are people moving through social media to your external site and what do they do once they’re on your site?
  • If your goal is to find advocates and fans, then track contributors and influence. Who is participating and what kind of impact do they have?
  • If your goal is to increase your brand’s share of voice, then track your volume relative to your closest competitors. How much of the overall conversation around your industry or product category is about your brand?

Related: How to Find the Right Person to Manage Social Media (Video): this is good trick ( method) inside blog add related articles.


3. Measure.

After you’ve listed the metrics you want to focus on, find tools that capture these metrics. In some cases, social media channels themselves provide some form of analytics. In other cases you might need to use third party tools or build your own using APIs.

If you’re not sure which tools to use for which channels, ask around or do a quick online search and you’ll find numerous options. SocDir can be a useful source with a list of more than 300 social media metrics tools.

5 Easy Steps to Measure Social Media Campaigns

Many social analytics tools work in real-time, so if you can plan ahead and set up tracking before your campaign begins, it can be easier to access the data you need later.

On Twitter, for example, accessing tweets that are more than a few days old can be difficult and far less reliable than collecting and archiving them in real time. When possible, set up your measurement tools before your campaign begins.

4. Monitor and report.

Use your initial findings to set a baseline for future measurement and share these early figures with your important stakeholders. Two important questions to nail down are:

  • How do your numbers compare to what you expected?
  • How do they compare to your competitors’ or related products and campaigns?

This can also be a good time to consider your schedule for regular reporting. Depending on your schedule, monthly or quarterly reporting may work best, but weekly reporting may work well for others. No matter the schedule, make sure you’re checking in regularly on your metrics.

In your reports, be sure to include benchmarks or other contextual information so that your stakeholders can quickly understand what all the figures mean. Also consider including visualizations of your data to help communicate your results quickly and clearly.

Related: How to Use Social Media for Research and Development

5. Adjust and repeat.
Review your measurement program. How are these metrics doing? Are you missing anything? Was anything superfluous or unnecessary?

Figure out what you can improve, make changes, and then measure some more. Check back in with the goals you set initially and make sure your new metrics help you address those goals.

If you’re participating in social media, you should understand how your content is helping you to achieve your company’s goals. Reliable and consistent analytics can help you track your progress and improve when necessary.

1.  Google Analytics

Google has a comprehensive analytics service that helps track user activity on your website in real-time. Within a matter of minutes, you can have Google Analytics set up to tell you, among other things, the number of daily visits to your site, the demographics of your users, how they got to your site, how long they stay, and which of your pieces of content are most—and least—popular. Once you’re set up, the real trick will be keeping yourself from spending too much time cutting and re-cutting your graphs.

 2.  Klout

The Klout Score measures influence, which Klout defines as “your ability to drive action on social networks,” and, increasingly, in the real world. Specifically, it tells you how many people you influence, how much you influence them, and the influence of your network across your social media platforms. Once you’re signed-up, Klout will let you see a map of your social media activity over the past 90 days, enabling you to cross-reference the exact moments your score increased (under their algorithm, at least) with the content you posted or ways you engaged at that time.

 3.  Wildfire’s Social Media Monitor

Wildfire is a social media marketing company that was recently acquired by Google. While the majority of its tools require payment, Wildfire does offer a free social media monitor that can help you understand your Twitter and Facebook presence versus that of your competitors. Wildfire’s tool will let you easily compare the number of likes, check-ins, and followers each page boasts.

 4.  My Top Tweet by TwitSprout

Want an easy way to know which of your tweets got the most retweets? Check out My Top Tweet, which ranks your top 10 most-shared tweets and the number of times they were retweeted. Not only is this helpful for your own brand, but it allows you to educate yourself on what works well for other brands—including for your competitors.

Bonus: HootSuite

And, here’s one bonus suggestion for good measure: social media dashboard HootSuite. While most of its analytics tools are behind a paywall, they do offer a complementary dashboard that allows you to manage social media activity for various accounts all in one place. A major time-saver when you have multiple brands, strategies, and sites to monitor.

Once you can see the analytics behind your social media outreach, you’ll have a much better idea of what’s working and what’s not. With this new intelligence, you can experiment, learn, and get smarter with the content you’re posting and your engagement tactics. Just remember to keep an eye on those analytics tools to see what sticks.

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For example: Small business Challenge ( Appleton) Or Make-Over ( City of Appleton). 

Promotional Tools For Facebook: ( combinging with Analytics)

1. North Social: owned by Vocus ( recently)

2. Tabsite ( create a separate page-better helps with SEO results)

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Pinterest! ( whole new ball game depending on who your customer is)?

See hand out from Marketing Savant.

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Overall solutions:

Hubspot : inbound marketing specialists.

Radian6 : monitoring, engagement, stategy, analytics -leader in social analytics