Follow Me: How to Use Social Networks to Build Visibility & Drive Sales

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Today I’ll be speaking on a panel at the 5th Annual Business Technology Conference, organized by the Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University. Our moderator will be Betsy Benson, Publisher and Vice President of Pittsburgh Magazine, and sharing the panel with me will be the delightful Victoria Dilliott, owner of Affogato Coffee Bar. Our session title: “Follow Me: How … Read More

Privacy, social networks, and our online selves

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Two interesting discussions of personal privacy and online social networks. First, this article about the permanence of online information and its implications for an individual’s reputation: “The Web Means the End of Forgetting,” by Jeffrey Rosen, New York Times Magazine. We’ve known for years that the Web allows for unprecedented voyeurism, exhibitionism and inadvertent indiscretion, but we are only beginning … Read More

How to simplify your privacy on Facebook (and everywhere else on the web)

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Yesterday the New York Times made a noble attempt to map Facebook’s new, super-complicated privacy settings, via a few well-designed graphics and an accompanying article (“The Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking,” by Nick Bilton, 5/12/2010). The new opt-out settings certainly are complex. Facebook users who hope to make their personal information private should be prepared to spend a lot … Read More

Results versus hype: can small businesses realize value from social media?

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An article in the Wall Street Journal last week (“Entrepreneurs Question Value of Social Media,” Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ 3/15/2010) said that a recent study showed that small firms were having mixed results in their use of social media. In and among the survey results, the article gives several examples of companies seeing a positive ROI on their social media … Read More

Handling negative chatter on Twitter

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Short and clear report from the Wall Street Journal on how companies can and should react when they notice negative posts on Twitter, and on blogs and other social media. Here are what I see to be the key points:

Social media, diversity, and human resources: a lively mix

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Yesterday I was a panelist for two sessions on social media at the WPDI Diversity and Inclusiveness Conference. The focal point of our discussion was human resources issues: how can social media tools can help recruit and engage great employees, and what issues social media creates regarding HR management. But as always, we also spent a lot of time talking … Read More

The 6 Types of Social Media Sites

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In introducing social media sites and tools to business people, I’ve found it helpful to group sites into categories based on what they do best and how a business or organization might find them useful. Here are the categories I use, and the strengths I see in each: Blogs and podcasts primarily value passion and interestingness. For business, they are … Read More

20 Presence Management Chores *for Business* You COULD Do Every Day

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Photo credit: enviziondotnet A few weeks back, new media marketer extraordinaire Chris Brogan shared ideas and suggestions for maintaining a personal presence online. (“19 Presence Management Chores You COULD Do Every Day“) The list is dense and ambitious, but the time you put into this kind of effort pays off. If you’re charged with maintaining the social media presence of … Read More

Registration Open for August 6th Workshop

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Are your web-savvy employees wondering when you are going to “get it” and start harnessing social networking? We are offering a workshop that helps busy executives to understand Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and the impact any online conversations can have on every facet of their business. We would love to introduce you to these new tools, provide a live demonstration, and … Read More

27 Twitter tips — not just for musicians anymore

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From musicradar.com, “27 engaging Twitter tips for musicians” that are great advice for non-musicians as well — anyone hoping to use Twitter for professional or business purposes would benefit: 1. Have an objective What do you want to achieve? If you want to widen your fanbase by building a Twitter community around yourself, talk about making music and eventually try … Read More

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3

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It’s back! Pittsburgh’s social media conference returns for the third year running, with great sessions, awesome networking opportunities, and unexpected unexpectedness. PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will take place on October 18 and 19, 2008, with a meet-and-greet the evening of October 17. WHEN: October 18 and 19, 9am to 4pm each day WHERE: Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the … Read More

Pittsburgh Blogfest 14

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Spring has sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the bloggers is. They’re getting ready for Pittsburgh Blogfest 14! If you’ve been curious about blogging, podcasting, and other social media — and if you’ve wondered how to integrate social media into your business marketing efforts — Blogfest is a friendly, informal setting for talking with people who share that … Read More