Do You Use Your YouTube Playlist?

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Do you use your YouTube Playlist?  You Should!

If you have a YouTube Channel, you should definitely create a YouTube Playlist to highlight your videos you want your audience to view the most. Otherwise, they will continue to move further and further down the queue and unless tagged properly, won’t get viewed as often as you want them to.  Why put your audience through the head-ache of sifting through your videos when you know your best content?

Here is an instructional video to show you how to create a YouTube Playlist:

The great thing about YouTube playlists is you can create several, show a few, or just show one.  It’s entirely up to you.  You get to showcase the videos you choose.  They are easy to edit so if you only want one playlist, you can add and remove videos as necessary.   Have you set up your YouTube playlist?

 

A FEW DO’s and DONT’s of Twitter

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What are MY Do’s and Dont’s of Twitter?

If you’ve been dabbling in social media for any period of time, I’m sure you’ve read numerous posts with tips about Twitter.  Some may include links to 3rd party applications that work with Twitter, some may be tips how to get more followers or market yourself online using Twitter.  There are many sites out there such as JeffBullas.com,  Social Media Examiner, and Michael Q Todd just to name a few that offer great tips on Twitter and other social platforms.  In fact, I would recommend you subscribe to each of these blogs because they have valuable content you can use.

Below are my recommendations, that have worked for me to not only gain followers, but cultivate relationships through Twitter that ultimately allowed me to makes sales.

DO: If you notice someone has posted “Good Morning” or “Hello”, respond with a warm greeting! A long conversation is not necessary…  people just want to know there’s someone out there.

DON’T: Post and run!  I’ve seen so many people who are new to Twitter post links to their websites, “promotions”, etc… thinking this is the way to use Twitter to get new business, then they hop offline with no intention of getting to know their target audience.  Think about it this way… Would you turn on your television or radio just to watch or listen to commercials or infomercials?  Didn’t THINK so!

DO: Pay it forward.  Whether you are promoting another person’s blog, business, charity, contest or whatever, the general rule of thumb is to follow the 90/10 or 80/20 rule.  Promote others the MAJORITY of the time and yourself the minority of the time.    It was Zig Ziglar that said “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” and that’s true for Twitter as well.  As you promote others… you are building your own cheer leading team.

DON’T: Auto DM (direct message) a generic message asking your new follower to like your fan page, read your blog,  or buy your product!  This is just down right RUDE!  There are many many people (myself included) who will unfollow you just as quickly as they followed you if they see this type of message in their DM box.

These are just a FEW of my Twitter a Do’s and Don’ts… heaven knows there are SOOOOO many more!  Is there something people do on Twitter that really gets under your skin you would like to share?  How about something people SHOULD do?  I’d love to read what you’ve got to say!

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ManageFlitter: How-To Unfollow Multiples

If you’re not using ManageFlitter to manage your Twitter account you’ll want to check it out!

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ManageFlitter  is a tool I have grown to love.  ManageFlitter supplies you so with so much information, it’s just nuts!  You can see who is a “talkative” or “quiet” user on Twitter, or who is completely inactive and how long it’s been since they’ve signed onto Twitter.  That can be valuable information if you are serious about interacting with your followers.  You can also see the number of tweets each person has sent over the lifetime of their account, the number of followers each user has, what their bio says, and what their Twitter avatar looks like.  Of course, ManageFlitter lets you see who is following you, and best of all, if you have the pro account, you can unfollow en masse if you want to prune your account to make room for new followers.

If you want to see just a sneak peak how ManageFlitter works, I’ve created a video (just coz I like you) ~ naw… actually coz I’m a vizual learner and I figure it’s easier to teach this way too.

If you like this video, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more videos like this one, but subscribe to the blog too because this video and many more aren’t on YouTube!

Do you feel like there are some days when users just don’t respond on Twitter?  What are your experiences?

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HootSuite: How to Schedule Posts to Twitter

hootsuite social media O.K., so anyone who knows me, knows that I was not a big fan of HootSuite.  In fact, I went out of my way to try every product except HootSuite because they made me so mad when they started charging for their services about a year or so ago.  (Long story, I won’t go into details.)  When I did product reviews a few months ago several of my friends raved about HootSuite so I decided to give them another try – a fair shake so to speak and I’m glad I did.

HootSuite is a powerful tool and does so many things, but this is just to show you how to schedule posts with the scheduler to Twitter.

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Have you had a similar experience with a tool or software application or even a business where your first experience was negative or something happened that made you decide not to give them any more of your business?  Did you give them a second chance?  Share your story!

 

Social Media Engagement Tools: Part 2

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What are Social Media Engagement Tools?

If you remember, back in November, I wrote a post, Social Media Engagement Tools: Part 1.  In this post, I shared a few tools I reviewed you could use to engage on various social media platforms.  I won’t go into the technical definition as I did in the previous post, but basically, these tools allow you to post to multiple platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc… with multiple accounts.  The popular tools were covered in my previous post, i.e. TweetDeck, MarketMeSuite and HootSuite, but here are a few more for consideration.

  • Sprout Social  This social media engagement tool allows businesses to efficiently and effectively manage & grow your social presence across channels.  Like the others previously reviewed, the web application integrates with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, FourSquare and other networks where consumers are engaging with businesses and brands. In addition to communication tools, Sprout Social offers contact management, competitive insight, lead generation, analytics and more – all in a package that’s intuitive and easy to use.  When you first set up your account it takes a while to gather its data so be ready to wait, and wait… and wait.  In the time it took to gather data on my small Twitter account, I eventually decided to postpone this review because of the waiting.  This app currently only provides the web app, and offers a free trial for 30 days.  After the free trial the small biz price is $39/month up to $899/month for their premium package.  It is more than just engagement, it is also monitoring.
  • Twimbow  This engagement tool didn’t impress me.  It offered the ability to add multiple Twitter accounts and manage them, however, trying to schedule a tweet was confusing.  The rainbow colors reminded me of being in grade school.  You can view your sent, RTs, DMs, etc.. by clicking on the appropriate columns and they are color-coded, but you are only shown a few.
  • ArgyleSocial  This Social Media Engagement tool allows you to post from Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as update from your blog through rss feed.  It integrates web analytics and custom short urls so it’s a combination of an engagement tool and a monitoring tool which is why it has a little heftier price tag starting out at $199 per month on up to $899 per month for the Enterprise edition.  For the every day social media content manager, I would say this is overpriced as it only addresses Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Now these are different than social media MONITORING tools, which will be a different blog post altogether.  Please let me know if you found this post helpful, or if you know of other social media engagement tools I did not cover.  I love learning about new apps, what’s out there and how they work, if they’re worth using, etc…