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Facebook for FanPage Changes

This was a post featured in Tire Review Magazine(http://www.tirereview.com/Article/84578/big_changes_at_facebook.aspx)

I’ve been bemoaning for some time the fact that Facebook Fan Pages could not become fans of other Fan Pages. You had to use your personal profile to make comments on brand Fan Page walls. I guess many others shared my opinion.

Facebook instituted some major changes this month, and the best one in my opinion: Fan Page administrators are now able to communicate as the “Page” (as opposed to as a person) to post content and “likes” on other Fan Pages.

For instance, if you’re a tire dealer with a Facebook Fan Page and you would like to post a comment or photo on the Fan Page of a target group, say a local off-roading enthusiast group, you can now do so as the tire dealership and not as yourself. Essentially, Facebook has made it much easier for business-to-business networking.

[Of course, if you still want to add your personal “like” to a Fan Page, feel free.]

I can think of several types of Facebook groups that a tire dealer would want to communicate with – auto racing enthusiasts, professional women’s groups, a local trucking fleet, local community groups, local school districts, etc.

Another great development for all of you Fan Page administrators out there is user notification. Previously, one had to use a third part application to be notified of a fan commenting on our page.

Now you can get instant notifications on-site or by email. This is key because if a fan posts a positive (or negative) comment or asks a question, you want to respond immediately. Likewise, if a fan posts something that is obscene or clearly inappropriate, you want to see it immediately and take it off.

One thing I’m worried about in regards to the new look of Facebook is the picture rotation at the top of the page. It’s nice but could be a problem if someone posts an inappropriate photo; everyone will see it immediately front and center. It just means that you will need to be more vigilant than ever in regularly checking your pages.

Stay tuned as someone will probably develop an application to give us administrators more control over this new feature.

One of the other changes to note is the demise of FBML and the use of iframes. This will give Facebook Fan Pages the ability to work more like a traditional website.

Here are a few resources that I am using:

1. Facebook Page redesign: 10 things admins should do RIGHT NOW.

2. How to create iframe applications by Hyperarts.

3. How to create the perfect Fan Page.  This discussion has been going on since 2009 so scroll to the bottom.

Don’t need a Facebook Fan Page? Think again….

• There are now 149 million Facebook users in the U.S., and 70% of them use Facebook on a daily basis.

• 40% of Facebook users are 35 years or older.

• 55% of Facebook users are women and 45% are men.

For more information see about this data:  http://www.slideshare.net/360digitalinfluence/facebook-state-of-the-union

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I stalked Chris Brogan:)

T-shirtThis is an image off of a t-shirt my husband John bought me as a joke from Despair.com. I thought it was pretty funny.  It captures  brilliantly the three behavioral disorders propelling the continued phenomenal growth of today’s most widely-trafficked social media sites. And the personality dysfunctional forces of Narcissism, ADHD, and Stalking  that reside today’s in the fast growing area of social media.

As a social media practitioner I freely admitted to the ADHD, (not a bad trait for a multi-tasker). Narcisissim not so much, but I must admit I do like it when my posts are re-tweeted. ( I call it being informative.) But I didn’t get the Stalking category.

I do Now. I am a big fan of Chris Brogan and read his blog eagerly every morning as I drink  my coffee. When I heard that his book “Trust Agents” needed a launch push and he offered to be a speaker for anyone willing to buy 200 books. I jumped at the chance.  I pulled out my credit card and bam, I had 200 books.

Then the shock set in. How was I going to move 200 books? Well the Nashville tech community came to the rescue.  Lynn Bennett at Stage Post Studios offered to host the event. Social Media Club of Nashville (who JTMarCom is donating some of the proceeds to) has helped promote the event with Jessica Murray and Georgia Cross of SMCNash helping any way they can. And most of all, Chris Brogan and his great mother Diane Brogan have helped pull this all together.

Below is our press release: Three days and counting. I am nervous and excited. We could not have done this without many fine people involved.

It’s not too late to sign up HERE for the live portion of the event and if you live elsewhere please tune in HERE to the  Free Video Web Cast provided by Author’s Way.

RELEASE

In their new New York Times best-selling book, “Trust Agents” co-authors Chris Brogan and Julien Smith make the case that the Internet has made it easier than ever to reach your customers.  It’s less likely, however, that they’ll listen.  Today, the most valuable online currency isn’t the dollar, but trust itself.

In the video streaming webinar, Brogan will discuss how social networks and personal connections have far more influence on consumers than a company’s marketing messages ever well –unless your business knows how to harness them.  He will provide valuable insights on how to tap into the power of these networks to build your brand’s influence, reputation, and profits.

Brogan contends that trust agents aren’t necessarily marketers or salespeople; they’re digitally savvy people who use the Web to humanize businesses using transparency, honesty, and genuine relationships.  As a result, they wield enough online influence to build up or bring down a business’s reputation.

During the first two hours of the webinar (10 a.m. to 12 noon EST), Brogan will discuss how to build profitable relationships with trust agents and his six basic principles for becoming a trust agent yourself.

During the final hour of the webinar (12 noon to 1 p.m. EST), audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions to Brogan  via phone, Twitter and email.  He will respond to as many questions time permitting and will sign books for these individuals.  Brogan’s book and a DVD of the webinar will also be available for purchase to all audience members through Authorsway.com.

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Common Social Media Mistakes

By Erik Qualman, Search Engine Watch, Jun 29, 2009

A lot has been written about what to do within social media (this column included). As a refreshing change of pace, let’s look at some things to avoid.

1. Not Every Company Needs a Big Social Media Presence

Every social media tool isn’t appropriate for every product or service. Most of the common mistakes are happening within Facebook and Twitter because of all the media publicity these platforms are receiving. Executives think, “Wow, all I hear about is Twitter and Facebook, let’s make certain we get on those ASAP!”

But, as has been discussed in this column several times, sites such as Digg, Delicious, and YouTube may be more appropriate platforms or best first steps for companies, rather than the latest media darlings.

A good reality check: not too long ago, Technorati, Friendster, and MySpace were about to conquer the world. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any news about these companies at all. That should show you the fickleness of online media.

Companies sometimes go for the latest “shiny object” because the younger personnel within agencies and companies have fun designing programs within social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

While it’s fun for the employees to implement these initiatives, it may not make the most sense from an ROI standpoint. Almost every under-30-year-old uses Facebook every day, and hence they have an affinity to do a program with something they know. Not every 20-something knows how to adjust a Wikipedia entry, set up a company LinkedIn profile, or use Delicious.

The shiny object syndrome is illustrated by this example, when I saw an advertisement ingrained on a table within the food court of a mall in Cambridge, Mass. This table was some prime offline advertising real estate, and promoted that the mall now had a Facebook Fan Page.

Why on earth would I want to be a fan of a mall? If anything, I’d want to hear from the merchants in the mall — Apple, Anne Taylor, Taco Bell, etc. My guess is the mall FEARed (False Evidence Appearing Real) they were going to be left out.

2. Companies Overinvest Rather Than Keeping Things Light

Social media is changing faster than you can say swine flu, and it’s tough to spot the trends, even for the experts. That’s why it’s important to keep your investments as light and as nimble as possible.

Imagine if you’d invested heavily two years ago in MySpace development. This might be a little unnerving because MySpace just laid off 30 percent of their U.S. employees and more than 60 percent of their international employees. However, if you invested light and fast, then you aren’t in such a precarious position.

Even take a look at Facebook. Just a few years back, companies had to pay Facebook $150,000 for a sponsored group, which Facebook then changed to free fan pages, which then again were changed earlier this year to fan pages that resembled profiles.

3. Companies Believe Social Media Efforts Must Tie Into Existing Systems/Databases

This relates to keeping investments streamlined, particularly scarce internal IT resources.

I recently worked with one of the world’s largest cruise operators. And for their singles cruises, people wanted to meet before they departed. The cruise operator had hundreds of cruises that went to similar destinations at different times during the year.

Their internal system had the ability to identify which passengers were on which cruise, based on the assigned trip number and if that passenger was listed as single. Hoping to help reduce cancellations, they wanted passengers to meet prior to their cruise and the passengers also desired this “meet-up” functionality.

The cruise operator thought it would be best if their social media applications tied into their existing backend systems by this trip number. There were three main problems:

  1. Customers often didn’t know their trip number, hence this was a barrier to entry for the social media application.
  2. The system could only tell 90 days out who was specifically on which trip.
  3. It was going to be costly and time-consuming coding to allow the various systems to speak to one another.

This forced the cruise line to do what they should have done in the first place: think creatively. Companies don’t hold all the answers/information anymore. Hence, the cruise line simply allowed the travelers that were interested in meeting singles to tell where they were going and when they were going.

Some simple coding within the social media application then matched the travelers up. It also allowed travelers to see everyone going on the “Greek Paradise” cruise throughout the year, not just those users on their particular ship. This type of creative thinking saved the company time and money and delivered what the passengers wanted.

Everyone should “do” rather than “deliberate” in social media, by making light, smart investments that allow for flexibility. At the same time, make certain that the social media strategy is right for your particular company, not because everyone else is doing it. One size doesn’t fit all.

Submissions are now open for the 2009 Search Engine Watch Awards. Enter your company or campaign before July 17, 2009. Winners will be announced at SES San Jose.

100 Terrific Twitter Feeds for Young Entrepreneurs

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Twitter is an excellent resource for learning, especially those who are building a business. You can learn about marketing, news, and more, and see what other successful young entrepreneurs are up to. Check out this list to find 100 feeds young entrepreneurs should watch on Twitter.

Groups

These groups on Twitter cater to young entrepreneurs.

  1. Mediabistro: Mediabistro is a great community for news, opportunities, and more for media professionals.
  2. @yeos: If you’re a young entrepreneur in Sweden, be sure to follow @yeos to learn about networking, inspiration, and idea exchanging.
  3. @texasventures: Texas Ventures is an entrepreneur network and student organization for Texans.
  4. #yep: Tweeters taking part in #yep are young entrepreneurs and professionals on Twitter.
  5. the_pitch: You can learn a good deal about pitching from this contest for entrepreneurs.
  6. @thestartupeu: @thestartupeu represents a group that supports startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, and more.

News & Advice

Follow these Twitter feeds to find news, advice, and more.

  1. @EntMagazineAmy: Amy Cosper is the editor in chief of Entrepreneur Magazine.
  2. @guykawasaki: Check out Guy Kawasaki for news in business and more.
  3. @digg_frontpage: Find out what’s on the Digg front page from this Twitter bot.
  4. @smallbusiness: Follow @smallbusiness to get updates on small business news.
  5. @entrepreneurpro: Follow Ben Lang’s Twitter to learn about teen entrepreneurs.
  6. @JohnChow: John Chow is a great person to follow if you’re interested in learning how to make money blogging.
  7. @WebWorkerDaily: Follow WebWorkerDaily, and you’ll learn about better using the web for work.
  8. @ginatrapani: Gina Trapani is the founder of Lifehacker, and guru of all things productivity.
  9. @JasonCalacanis: Jason Calacanis shares news and more about social media, blogs, and online entrepreneurship.
  10. @StartupGuru: Brian Tsuchiya’s feed is full of useful startup news links.
  11. @IncMagazine: Follow @IncMagazine, a magazine for entrepreneurs.
  12. @College_Mogul: @College_Mogul reports on startups, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.
  13. @EntMagazine: Follow Entrepreneur Magazine on Twitter here.
  14. @barefoot_exec: Carrie Wilkerson aims to educate, empower and encourage entrepreneurs young and old.
  15. @wiredmag: Get the official news feed of Wired magazine here, especially useful if you’re a young entrepreneur into technology.
  16. @onstartups: Read about startups from the founder and CTO of HubSpot.
  17. @teenbizcoach: Check out Shonika Proctor’s feed to learn how to use your talents for business.

Marketing

If you’re interested in learning how to better market and brand your business, be sure to check out these Twitter feeds.

  1. @zappos: Follow @zappos to learn a thing or a thousand about good customer service and marketing.
  2. @missrogue: Tara Hunt is a great person to follow if you’d like to learn about marketing that works.
  3. @mashable: @mashable will help you make sense of the social web.
  4. @chrisbrogan: Chris Brogan is the president of New Marketing Labs, a social media agency and education company.
  5. @adbroad: Helen Klein Ross shares information about social media and more.
  6. @WillieCrawford: Willie Crawford is an excellent resource for learning about Internet marketing.
  7. @eMarketing_Tips: Get tips for emarketing, social media, and more from @eMarketing_Tips.
  8. @problogger: Follow Darren Rowse to learn how you can more effectively use your blog as an entrepreneur.
  9. @nichelady: On @nichelady’s feed, you’ll learn how to make payday come every day.
  10. @smmguide: Social Media Guide shares information about social media marketing.
  11. @darrenmonroe: Darren Monroe shares lots of tweets about leadership and web marketing.
  12. @marketingwizdom: Follow Robert Clay to learn about low risk/high return marketing strategies.
  13. @adhustler: @adhustler is all about affiliate marketing.
  14. @wbaustin: Bill Austin shares news from Internet marketing and beyond.
  15. @oudiantebi: Oudi Antebi is a social marketing expert and entrepreneur.
  16. @MrSocial: Mr. Social is a marketing guru and social media expert.
  17. @ScottAllen: Scott is an expert in social media, and loves to help entrepreneurs.
  18. @TYSONtheQUICK: Tyson is a marketing student and COO of Meisab Labs.
  19. @Debbas: Check out Debbas to learn about promotional items and printing from a professor of marketing.
  20. @brianadrian: Read Brian Adrian’s tweets to learn about social media and web 2.0 marketing.
  21. @DiyanaAlcheva: Diyana is a marketing specialist and Internet network marketing business coach.
  22. @danschawbel: Dan Schawbel of Personal Branding Blog will help you brand yourself and your business.
  23. @BrandKarma: Check out @BrandKarma to learn about branding for your business.

Coaches

Follow these business and life coaches who can help you get a better handle on what you’re doing.

  1. @sacca: Christ Sacca offers advisement to startups.
  2. @mariaandeos: Check out Maria Anros to learn how to attract a following and new clients.
  3. @socrates_soc: Socrates is an Internet marketing expert and coach.
  4. @MariSmith: Mari Smith is a friendly social media trainer that loves to help others grow their business.
  5. @RonDavies: Follow Ron Davies to get coached in making the most of Twitter.
  6. @AndrewWindham: Andrew Windham is a professional speaker, entrepreneurial and business coach, and more.
  7. @GabeStrom: GabeStrom is a coach inspired to help you reach your full potential.
  8. @Rob_Moshe: Rob Moshe is a life success coach that can help you with attraction marketing.

Entrepreneurs

Get inspiration, ideas, and more from these entrepreneurs on Twitter.

  1. @randfish: Rand Fishkin is the CEO of SEOmoz, a search optimization and Internet marketing firm.
  2. @richardbranson: Chairman of Virgin Group, Richard Branson is one of the most recognizable and successful entrepreneurs on Twitter.
  3. @boutiquegirl: Maiken Jepsen is a work at home mom, designer, and the owner of a boutique clothing shop.
  4. @RobMcNealy: Rob McNealy is full of inspiration for new entrepreneurs.
  5. @tferriss: Tim Ferriss is the author of #1 NY Times bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek.
  6. @kevinrose: This founder of Digg is full of random ideas.
  7. @r27: Rajesh Pancholi owns and operates the creative UK studio known as R27 Creativelab.
  8. @TEDchris: Chris Anderson and his organization share ideas worth spreading.
  9. @tonyrobbins: Get inspired by @tonyrobbins.
  10. @teenceo: Patricio Quezarda shares the details of being an emerging teen CEO and digital media mogul.
  11. @StaceyMonk: Stacey Monk is an entrepreneur and dogooder.
  12. @calbucci: Marcelo Calbucci is the founder and CTO of Sampa.
  13. @IncSpring: Wes Wilson’s IncSpring is a social marketplace for entrepreneurs.
  14. @stanleytang: @stanleytang is a 16 year old internet entrepreneur and best-selling author.
  15. @davesnyder: Check out Dave Snyder to learn about search and social media marketing.
  16. @sumaya: @Sumaya is a founder of The Cultural Connect, and has been recognized by Business Week as a top young entrepreneur.
  17. @nlw: Nathaniel Whitmore is the founder of Assetmap.org and a founding organizer of Change.org.
  18. Jeremy Schooley: Jeremy Schooley is the COO at Digital Labz.
  19. @gotmelik: Melik Yuksel is a 14 year old blogger, web and graphic designer, and entrepreneur.
  20. @sundaycosmetics: Beverly Davis is the entrepreneur behind Sunday Cosmetics.
  21. @rseanlindsay: Sean Lindsay wears the hats of entrepreneur, creator, connector, technologist, and builder.
  22. @darbydarnit: Petri Darby is the “Chief Darn Officer.”
  23. Joann Sondy: Joann is a seasoned entrepreneur and owner of Creative Aces.
  24. @netgeek06: Thomson Chemmanoor is the founder of Digital Labz.
  25. @chrispund: Chris Pund writes a blog for young entrepreneurs and even manages two web-based companies of his own.
  26. @RickM: Rick Myers is the founder and CEO of Talent Zoo.

Finance & Venture Capital

These Twitter feeds will teach you about economics and funding.

  1. @freakonomics: Get more of the goodness found in the Freakonomics blog from @freakonomics.
  2. @mintdotcom: Learn about finance, money tips, and more from Mint.
  3. @turbotax: Check out Turbo Tax to get the tax help every young entrepreneur needs.
  4. @planetmoney: @planetmoney will help you get a handle on the global economy.
  5. @vctips: Get a look into the minds of venture capitalists from @vctips.

Blogs & Writers

Check out these Twitter feeds to find excellent advice from bloggers and writers concerned with young entrepreneurs.

  1. @YoungGoGetter: @YoungGoGetter will keep you up to date on the latest for young entrepreneurs.
  2. @Retireat21: This blogger is all about helping young entrepreneurs make money online.
  3. @TPEntrepreneur: The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur will help you go from aspiring young entrepreneur to industry leader.
  4. @socialentrprnr: If you’re an entrepreneur focused on social change, be sure to check out @socialentrprnr.
  5. @yarostarak: Yaro is a professional blogger full of advice for bloggers and Internet marketers.
  6. @garyvee: Check out @garyvee to see how social media can improve your business.
  7. @shoemoney: Jeremy Schoemaker is a blogger that can help you learn how to make money with your blog.
  8. @Gladwell: Malcolm Gladwell’s Twitter will have you always thinking about success.
  9. @venturehacks: @venturehacks aims to be a business school for entrepreneurs.
  10. @MattWilsontv: Matt Wilson supports entrepreneurs under 30.
  11. @doshdosh: @doshdosh is a great resource for Internet marketing and making money online.
  12. @copyblogger: Brian Clark will teach you about new media content.
  13. @thebizguy: Find tweets from Adam, a cofounder of YoungEntrepreneur.com on @thebizguy.
  14. @penelopetrunk: Follow Penelope to learn about the intersection of work and life.
  15. @ramit: Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to Be Rich and PBWiki is a goldmine of knowledge for young
  16. entrepreneurshttp://www.selectcourses.com/blog/2009/100-terrific-twitter-feeds-for-young-entrepreneurs/

Optimizing Conversion Rates

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/05/optimizing-improvig-conversion-rates-less-effort-more-customers/