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Google plus, G+, should I say Google+, sometimes I get confused which way to say it!
I still remember joining ( going to say) Google+ and being one of the very first to see what it was all about. As many of you may know I love trying new things not just out of curiosity, well maybe a bit of curiosity, but more to understand and figure out how something might be useful.
I had started to write a post about something totally different when I saw a comment made at Adlandpro that made me pause and realize a startling fact, while all the social media savvy people are talking about social media or social marketing with know hows and how to’s, there are many people who really do not understand why social media/marketing is important to their business.
Most of my members are folks who grew up and came online during a time where throwing out links was the thing to do and it was a numbers game. Their focus is unbelievable by the way and if nothing else I would say to those who are experienced in social media, that we could learn a thing or two about having passion, determination and a consistency because these men and women have been doing their “form” of marketing day after day, year after year.
I know for myself, this social media stuff has been a learning curve, trying to figure it out, what it really means and like many of my members, the goal has always been about getting the sale, getting paying customers and what the heck does social have to do with anything?
So what is social media marketing? After thinking long and hard about it here is my definition:
Social media marketing is getting people from all walks of life in all the different social venues a way to see my business – to see me! When I talk to people about anything, then people are getting to know what I am about, my credentials if you will and I am exposing my business to the world -> this gets people interested ( I hope) with what I am offering and if people like what I am saying and doing, then people will want to join or buy the services I offer.
To further that thought when I talk to people who are interested in what I offer ( like-minded) and show them with words and images that I am a human being, that I am interested in many things, when I share with people everything from humor, to interesting stories that will hopefully help them in whatever they are doing, then an amazing thing happens -> people come to me and over the last month or so, I am finding that this works -> traffic to Adlandpro is rising, people are interested in what the business is about and people to want to pay for the services that Adlandpro is offering.
I don’t have all the answers by the way, I am still a novice when it comes to social media, but I will leave you with this one thought – If I can get people to like my page, like my tweet, like what I am offering just by talking to people, sharing good content, helping solve a problem and it comes back to me with the Karma of people buying my product, then I will say to you – Social Media Rocks!
For all the marketers who are experienced working on line there are many more who are new, who do not know how to do “content marketing” tweeting or anything else that has to do with putting something on line, so this post is for you ( but a great refresher for the experienced guys and gals!)
In my last post I had talked about going to jail when breaking the rules in email marketing, well stealing another persons work is right up there in the same thinking – it is called Plagiarism and it is WRONG!
How many ways can a person plagiarize – Let me count the ways! According to WriteCheckVideos, there are 10, but there are a few more which I will add after you watch this video. While this person is talking about schools and plagiarizing, everything being said can be applied to writing articles, blog posts and everywhere you would put content on Social media
How to NOT plagiarize on social media?
When you’re sharing someone else’s content in social media, the approach you take to give proper credit changes depending on the social network. Here’s the breakdown:
To Cite Someone’s Content on Twitter: Simply include a “via @username” somewhere in the tweet. If you’re retweeting someone’s content but you edit their original tweet, be sure to change “RT” to “MT,” which stands for “modified tweet.”
To Cite Someone’s Content on Facebook: Facebook makes it pretty easy to give credit when you’re sharing someone else’s content right from their own timeline — they have a ‘Share’ button ready and waiting for you!
To Cite Someone’s Content on LinkedIn: Proper source attribution on LinkedIn is easy as pie. Just include the link to the content you’re citing in the update, and mention the person or company name.
To Cite Someone’s Content on Google+: On Google+, it’s customary to include the name of the person or company whose content you’re citing in the text of your update, because you can then link to their Google+ profile, much like you would do on Facebook. Simply include a + or @ and their Google+ name — they’ll pre-populate just like they do on Facebook!
To Cite Someone’s Content on Pinterest: Pinterest is all about content sharing, so it’s no wonder proper source attribution is basically built right into the platform with their “Repin” button. When you go to repin content, however, sometimes the original creator has included a URL, hashtag, or other indicator of authorship. Don’t edit that link out — it’s poor form! And marketers, beware. If you include your link in the “Description” section of your pin, you may get flagged as a spammer.
Read more: How Not to Steal People’s Content on the Web via Corey Eridon
After reading everything…do you think its worth Plagiarizing anything? I sincerely hope not!
*This post was deliberately created using information that was found from sources who have talked/tweeted about plagiarizing and why you you should not do it and you will note that every single link is properly attributed, every image is properly pointing to the web site that I found it…this is how to not plagiarize – this is how to respect people and this is how show credibility to yourself!
People resent Facebook ads – Facebook started exclusively as an ad-free networking site available only to university students who had to register with their university email addresses. It later opened to the general public and was promoted as a free service, which would always be free to its users. Fast forward a few years later and Facebook is saturated with ads and whether it is true or not, users are beginning to fear that free exposure on their “Like pages” is being taken away to make room for paid advertising services. The problem is that Facebook reached 900 million users by selling the idea of a free and safe Eden to socialize with their friends, when they were really collecting information to use for a massive advertising program. Facebook users are annoyed by the presence of ads all over what they feel to be their own private domain and if you are buying out these ads, guess who is invading their private domain – YOU! Imagine having your friends over for coffee when a salesman knocks on your door and starts selling you weight loss products right in the middle of your living room, it’s unsociable. Tolerance levels are getting low enough for Facebook advertising, that softwares like “Facebook Purity” are being developed by third parties to block Facebook ads. Adlandpro (for those of you who don’t know, is a free classifieds site existing online since 1998) is different than Facebook because users come to browse for products and services and don’t feel bombarded by advertisements while they are busy doing other things. You aren’t invading their personal space, they’re coming to find you! Adlandpro does the work of finding people who want to buy, then you insert your product or service, and sell. This is the reason why Facebook users are resentful of the products and services they are being sold, while communities like Ebay, Etsy and Adlandpro thrive when new products and services are added. It’s what the people want.
To learn more about this, check out this CNBC article, “As Investors Fawn Over Facebook, Poll Finds User Distrust, Apathy“. Or Forbes article “GM Says Facebook Ads Don’t Work, Pulls $10 Million Account“.