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Successful Social Media Tip of the Day . . . How to use Twitter Hashtags


So what is all this talk about Twitter hashtags?  You hear it on TV all the time, “follow us on Twitter at #(hashtag)news.  If you are new to Twitter and want to learn more about why you should be using hashtags then read on.

Hashtags can be a powerful force on Twitter.  They enable you to reach many that would normally not see you.  You can gain new followers by using hashtags.  You should put at least one hashtag in a tweet.  

Let’s talk about hashtags.

The hashtag symbol is usually above the number 3 on your keyboard and looks like this #. This little # is used to categorize tweets.  You mark keywords of your tweet by placing the # directly in front of a word, like this  – #world cup.

Hashtags enable people to find information on specific topics.  So someone looking for information on this year’s World Cup Soccer can use the hashtag symbol to find tweets about World Cup Soccer.  How do they do this ? On your Twitter account at the top menu line you see # discover.  Click on this to use the # symbol to look up information.

Hashtags can also allow you to participate in Twitter discussions of interest to you.  This is a way to find like minded folks to share your views with.

Tweets that have # receive far more engagement on Twitter because they are easier for people to find.  Use your hashtags wisely though.

Don’t load up your entire tweet with hashtags as can be annoying to folks who click on your tweet only to find it’s not relevant to what they wanted to see.

Be sure to place the # in front of your keyword or words, like this  – how #social#media can help your business.

Stats show that using 2 carefully placed has tags is an optimal number in a tweet.

So next time you tweet, be sure to include your hashtags and you should find your Twitter response rate increase !


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Do you feel you are always looking for great content or have a hard time keep all your resources where you can easily use them?  There are many social media content marketing tools out there to help unclutter the social media mess that can sometimes build up.  Whether it’s keeping track of tweets or putting together presentations that multiple people need to work on that are in different states,  here are 8  tools to try out.  Most are free.


1. Buzzsumo is a free and paid content marketing app that will help you find the influencers in any topic, track your competitors and show you what the most popular shared content currently is.  For content insights, Buzzsumo will show you the total shares across various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and Pinterest. You can apply filters to narrow your search for certain timeframes from 24 hours up to a year.  You can also filter by type of post you are looking for such as videos, info graphics, interviews and more.  Buzzsumo will analyze content performance and show you what is the most popular using Keywords to search topics.

2. Listly is a fun way to compile list on certain subjects.  You can follow other creators lists and create your own list which subscribers can add content to.  The content can be shared and voted on.  Listly is a good way to  keep track of resource lists, track of media publicity for your business and it’s free to sign up.

3. Buffer app will create a queue to let you share articles throughout the day on your social media platforms.  This is great for writing a bunch of posts when you have time and let Buffer spread out the posting.  Buffer  can give your post a short link,  analyze how well your posts are doing and tell you how many have clicked on your links.

4. Prezi is a cloud based app that enables you to give presentations right from your iPad or iPhone.  It is convenient to collaborate with co-workers who might be at another location.  You can manage privacy and sharing abilities.  They do have enhanced image editing and support.  A free trial offer for a month to try it out.  Good for businesses that give many presentations.

5. Ubbersuggest is a Keyword content search tool.  Input your keyword, choose your language and your search options  from the web or specific places such as the News or Videos.   You can keep your searches for later reference.  It’s free to use and can generate many leads for those days you need a little help finding topics.

6.  Gravity crawls and indexes web content and determines relevancy on what is a trending topic.  Gravity will show you content based on what you engage with the most on line to help you find the most shared and popular content. They use page views, social counts and uniques to help accomplish their indexing relevancy.

7. TweetDeck can monitor multiple timelines from you social media platforms.  Use TweetDeck to schedule your tweets, receive alerts for new information or  tweets and use it to create searches on various things like trending topics and hashtags.  Keep track of all your searches and activity in one place and of course, it’s free.

8. MailChimp is a source to get insights about your subscribers social media engagement. Send automated emails and keep records of important conversations.  MailChimp will help you target your email mailings with best send time optimization suggestions and help your analyze your customer base.  MailChimp has a free plan for up to 12,000 emails and 2,000 subscribers.  After that fees will apply.

 So get organized, try these tools to see if they make your social media part of the day a little easier and feel free to share or like this post if you found it useful !



If you want to promote your product or service using social media, Videos are an excellent way to do this because most social media platforms are visual and a video can easily capture the viewers attention. So you want to do a video but don’t know where to start.

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Here are a few tips to start you off:

1. First you need to define your purpose of your video – is it to sell a product, gain more brand recognition, establish a stronger connection with your customers ? Define and write out this objective so you can refer to it when things start to go off track.

2.  Know what kind of video you want to produce.  Once you have defined the video purpose you can move onto how you want to present that in video format. There are many kinds of videos, you can do a Q & A, testimonials, before & afters, educational, a tutorial, solve a problem, tell a story, present an interview or video about an upcoming event you are having.

3. Know who you are marketing to.  This may seem simple but knowing your customer base is important for sending the right message.   Your video already has your purpose defined, now you need an end goal.  Fill in the blanks to this question of  – if video does this________, then _______ should happen.  An example would be – If  I tell a story of how my business got started and the emotional road which lead to where I am today, then I am appealing to an emotional need of my consumer base that will help me gain more followers on my website.

4.  Use Keywords in the video language.  You can look up Keywords using web tools like and Plan your language carefully. You don’t want to come across rehearsed or to scripted.  Most small business videos are best done when non-professionals appear in them.  People will relate better to you and your business.  Remember, we are talking about Social Media Videos not TV ads.  That’s is entirely a different ball game.

5. Communicate in the first few seconds of your video what it is all about and let people know why they should continue to watch.  Don’t beat around the bush with a lot of wordy phrases.  The more visual and creative you keep your video the longer folks will watch.

6. Keep your video short – between 1 and 2 minutes is a good place to start.  The more traffic and sharing you get for your videos, the longer you can start to make them.

7.  Have a Call to Action – always let the viewer know what you would like them to do after they have watched your video – do you want them to like your page, visit a website, sign up for a newsletter, subscribe to your YouTube channel?  Let them know.  Also, it is important to let viewers know what will happen when they do what your are asking.  For example, don’t surprise or spam people – let them know when they visit your site they can expect to see  __________.  Or if you are looking for followers, you may want to let them know, if you follow, we will follow back or send a coupon, anything that you are planning to do for the folks who supported you.

8. Use Vine or Instagram to quickly and easily post your videos.  You do not need an expensive camera or a studio, iPhones and most smartphones are the easiest way to shoot and share almost immediately.  If you didn’t like your first try, just delete and shoot again.

Remember, Social Media is about sharing positive and useful information which may be letting viewers know about your great product or service.  So when shooting videos, be creative, be visual, be positive and fun.  That is how to get positive results.

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You started a blog and now you want to jazz it up a bit but don’t know where to start. Are you looking to add video or audio to your posts ?  

Here are a few WordPress tips to help you with those features.

Adding Video to your WordPress site – 

 Find the video URL to copy. Most URLs can be found in the reader bar or YouTube for example usually has the video link in a menu below the video. Open up a post in the Editor.  Place your cursor where you would like the video to appear. Paste the link.  Be sure that your video is not hyperlinked.  To tell if your video is hyperlinked see if the ink color of the link is the same as your theme’s ink color.  If it is then it’s hyperlinked. To unlink it, select by highlighting the link then click on the box with the broken chain link in the editor  to unlink the hyperlink. Click Publish and your post should have a playable video embedded in it.  Be sure to check out your post to confirm it works so if a search engine finds your post, it will not find a broken link.

 Adding Audio to your WordPress site -

There are many ways to add audio.  You can use an audio player like Spotify to easily add music to your site.  If you just want to upload a audio file from the Web  go to your Visual Editor.  Insert the word audio with  bracket before it  like this:

http://example.file.wordpress.com2014/mp3 .  Next insert the URL and put an end bracket on last.

A soundtrack player bar sound appear in your post.  If you don’t have a flash player installed then the direct download link will be displayed instead. To loop your track add more short code of |loop = yes before the end bracket like this:


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To do this, go to the Dashboard,  Appearance menu then widgets.  Add the Music Player widget into a widget space. Click on your audio link or upload from your audio files in your library.

To edit the songs titles or any information about an audio track, go to your Media Library to make any changes.

If your screen is blank when you try to add songs to the music player widget, try disabling the Accessibility Mode.  You can find this in the Appearance – widgets – click on the Screen Options tab in upper right hand corner and then click Disable Accessibility Mode.  Go back and try adding your song again.

By adding sound and video you can really customize your website or blog and show your creative side.

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