February 28, 2010

2 plans to integrate your Social Web presence

Deltina HayKeeping your Social Web accounts up to date can seem overwhelming, but there are ways to make the process more painless. This presentation on Slideshare outlines two sample integration plans you can implement to help streamline your Social Web presence.

Let’s say that you have a blog as well as accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube. Using either plan, you’ll want to streamline such tasks as updating your status updates, distributing your images and distributing your video clips. Continue reading

December 10, 2009

Do you have a strategy for social bookmarking and crowdsourcing?

Excerpt from Survival Guide Chapter 7: Sharing, not self-promotion, should be top of mind

survival-guide-toDeltina HayHere is part 7 of the series I will post over the next few months based on chapters from my new book, A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.

The book is meant to be a guide to building an optimized foundation in social Web for beginners and advanced users alike.

Chapter 7 of the book is about social bookmarking and crowdsourcing using news aggregators, enabling users to save and share their favorite Websites and determine the popularity of a news story, blog entry, or Website through various voting and rating systems.

The following excerpts are from A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization: Strategies, Tactics, and Tools for Succeeding in the Social Web by Deltina Hay

Copyright 2009 by Deltina Hay. All rights reserved.

A Social Bookmarking Strategy

The first thing to do is get a good feel for a number of social bookmarking sites. (In the print edition, there are some popular sites listed at the end of this chapter and on the resource CD.) Choose a couple that represent your interests. If you don’t feel inclined to do the research, I recommend starting with Delicious.com, Technorati, and StumbleUpon. Using these three sites should give you a broad reach into the world of social bookmarking. Before you begin using a bookmarking site, it’s important to become familiar with the guidelines. Some sites are much more stringent than others about bookmarking your own sites, or representing a business of any sort. It is best to go forward informed rather than risk getting a reputation for ignoring the rules, or worse, getting banned from a site. Continue reading

December 1, 2009

How to advertise your business on Facebook

facebook advertising

A step-by-step guide — excerpted from Survival Guide Chapter 6: Social Networking

survival-guide-toDeltina HayHere is part 6 of the series I will post over the next few months based on chapters from my new book, A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.

This book is meant to be a guide to building an optimized foundation in social Web for beginners and advanced users alike.

Chapter 6 of the book focuses on one of the most powerful social media strategies: social networking. These sites are incredibly effective outlets for finding new customers and readers, but if you don’t choose the right strategy, it’s easy to find your message spread thin. Below you’ll find a detailed explanation for creating and optimizing a Facebook page, as well as a Social Networking Strategy to help you prepare information and build profiles in social networking sites.

The following excerpts are from A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization: Strategies, Tactics, and Tools for Succeeding in the Social Web by Deltina Hay

Copyright 2009 by Deltina Hay. All rights reserved.

Creating Facebook Pages

Once you have a Facebook account and have completed your profile, log in to Facebook, and go to the “Advertising” link at the bottom of your Facebook profile page, or go directly to the Facebook business link. Continue reading

September 21, 2009

Survival Guide Chapter 5: Podcasts, vidcasts and Webcasts

survival-guide-toDeltina Hay Here is part 5 of the series I will post over the next few months based on chapters from my new book, A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.

This book is meant to be a guide to building an optimized foundation in social Web for beginners and advanced users alike.

Chapter 5 of the book discusses in detail podcasts, vidcasts and Webcasts, including what they are and how to create and publish your own. This chapter provides tips for preparing a script and key terms, as well as tips for optimizing podcasts for search engines and podcast directories.

The following excerpts are from A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization: Strategies, Tactics, and Tools for Succeeding in the Social Web by Deltina Hay

Creating podcast episodes

Preparing the Script and Key Terms

Below is a typical podcast script. You can get royalty-free music for your podcast episodes at a number of sites on the Internet, such as PodsafeAudio. Always make sure that the music you use is royalty-free and offered freely for use in podcasts, and give the author credit. This script outline can also be found on the resource CD. Continue reading

July 4, 2009

Survival Guide Chapter 1 Overview

Deltina HayHere is the beginning of the chapter review series I will post over the next few months from my book, A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization. The book is doing very well, and I even have a couple of 5-star reviews. A big “Thank you” to the contributors and readers of Socialmedia.biz for your support!

This book is meant to be a guide to building an optimized foundation in the Social Web for beginners and advanced users alike. So, while some of the chapters may seem basic to many of you, they are essential for those who are just starting out.

smbcover100Chapter 1 of the book is about mapping a social media and Web 2.0 optimization strategy right out of the gate. A strong message throughout the entire book is to methodically build a solid and optimized presence in the Social Web that you can reasonably manage. Once that foundation is in place, adding and integrating new tools will be almost painless.

The following excerpts are from A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.

Chapter 1: Creating your social media strategy

There are three general areas to keep in mind when planning a strategy for optimizing your presence in the Social Web: interactivity, sharing, and collaboration. Interactivity can come in the form of writing blog posts, commenting on others’ posts, tweets, or participating in social networking communities. Sharing can be as easy as uploading images and video clips onto media communities. Collaboration can be achieved by contributing to social bookmarking sites or wikis…

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