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Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users

Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users

Evan Williams on listening to Twitter users

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll see hat we’re huge fans of TED Talks. Here’s another talk, this time from Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter. This video is a few years old, but I think the message is still relevant today.

It’s interesting that Twitter started as a ‘side project’ and not the main focus, but because the founders followed their gut instinct and listened to users, we now have the explosion in usage that is seen on Twitter today. Especially as the concept of Twitter is incredibly simplistic – say what you’re doing in 140 characters or less.

Evan talks about how Twitter lets people share instantaneously, snapshots of moments in their lives, no matter how momentous or mundane. People feel more connected by sharing these moments in real time. What they didn’t anticipate, according to Evan was how Twitter would be used in real time events. He also talks about how users shaped the way Twitter evolved.

Here’s the video:

How do you think Twitter has transformed our everyday lives

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How to schedule a post on a Facebook Page

How to schedule a post on a Facebook Page

How to schedule a post on a Facebook Page

Many businesses with a Facebook page manage it internally – and plenty of them are not doing it effectively, perhaps only posting one or twice a week or month. I’ve seen one page that only gets updated once every three months or so!

Why schedule posts ahead of time?

To be successful and be seen by your followers on Facebook you have to put in the effort. This means updating your page every single day. No excuses. Have a look at the best performing pages and notice how often they are updated; sometime up to 5 times a day. Also have a look at the times. These are optimised so that they are in the most newsfeeds at any given point during the day.

A barrier to updating regularly is not being able to log onto Facebook at the time they want to update. What is not necessarily known is that there are tools that can help you.

Many social media managers use third party applications such as Hootsuite to schedule updates in advance. That way when you have decided on your updates for the week, you can set it up so that they ‘roll out’ automatically and all you have to do is periodically check on them for likes and comments.

Though it’s important to say that automating updates should be a last resort! When you can, post directly onto your Facebook page when you want to post an update and use these tools for when you are going to be away from your computer.

How to schedule on Facebook

Facebook now allows you to schedule status updates in advance so that you don’t have to use a third party tool. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Make sure you are using Facebook as your business page
  2. Create your status update as you normally would but DON’T press ‘Post’
  3. Instead, immediately to the right of the ‘Publish’ button, there is an arrow. Click on this arrow.
  4. Select ‘Schedule’, then you will be asked to select the date and time for your post.
  5. Once you’ve selected these options, click ‘Schedule’

You can view any scheduled posts in your Activity Log. This function can also be used to ‘back date’ status updates.

It’s really that simple! So there is now no excuse to forget to update your Facebook page because you can do it in advance.

Over to you

Now that you know how to schedule Facebook posts, how will you increase the amount of content you publish on your page? Don’t forget, you can find Possum Digital on Facebook!

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Digital marketing blogs I like to follow

Digital marketing blogs I like to follow

Digital marketing is a fast changing world

The digital marketing world changes quickly, and often. It’s can be very difficult and time consuming to wade through all of the information on the internet to find out exactly what you need. What information is useful for you and what information deserves to be on the very last Google search page!

Importantly, for my own clients, I ensure to take my information from reputable sources, so that I’m getting the best, most up-to-date information. It’s too easy to spend hours and hours just reading and not doing.

To help you out, here are the blogs and websites that I follow regularly. Not all of them are strictly about social media, but they do give diverse perspectives (and a lot of handy hints and tips!) on lots of related topics like digital marketing, language and building community.

In no particular order:

If you like all things technological, Mashable is the website for you. It curates a lot of interesting content around technology and social media. And there is an Australian version, so you can read a local flavour to your digital content.

For a site with more of a digital marketing focus, Likeable Media is the way to go. I also follow them on Twitter, where they provide lots of great content to read and share. These guy really know their stuff, and are specialists in the US on all things relating to community building on social. I love their approach to social media marketing for small business – it’s all local!

Mumbrella and B&T are Australian based websites with a particular focus on marketing and advertising. They will often have interesting information on trends in these industries.

No list of social media blogs can be complete without the inclusion of social media and technology guru Brian Solis. If there is one blog you should read, it’s this one. He has worked in the industry for many years and really knows what works and what doesn’t.

Over to you:

What are the blogs you follow?

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Digital Marketing blogs I like to follow

Digital Marketing blogs I like to follow

Digital Marketing blogs I like to follow

What digital marketing information do I need to read?

When it comes to the fast changing and expansive world of digital marketing, it’s often very difficult and time consuming to wade through all of the information on the internet to find out exactly what you need. What information is useful and what information deserves to be on the very last Google search page!

To help you out, here are the blogs and websites that I follow regularly. Not all of them are strictly about social media, but they do give diverse perspectives (and a lot of handy hints and tips!) on lots of related topics like digital marketing, language and building community.

In no particular order:

If you like all things technological, Mashable is the website for you. It curates a lot of interesting content around technology and social media. There is an Australian version of the site, so you can get a global, and local view of all things digital.

For a site with more of a digital marketing focus, Likeable Media is the way to go. I also follow them on Twitter, where they provide lots of great content to read and share. If you’re a small business owner, there’s a wealth of excellent information on community building and creating warmth for your brand.

Mumbrella and B&T are Australian based websites with a particular focus on marketing and advertising. They will often have interesting information on trends in these industries.

No list of social media blogs can be complete without the inclusion of social media and technology guru Brian Solis. If there is one blog you should read, it’s this one. He has worked in the industry for many years and really knows what works and what doesn’t.

Over to you:

What are the blogs you follow? What’s your favourite article so far this year?

How much has the smartphone taken over our lives?

How much has the smartphone taken over our lives?

How much has the smartphone taken over our lives?

Does anyone remember a time when the humble mobile phone (which was definitely not a smartphone!) had just two functions – calling and texting? What about a time before everyone had mobile phones and they only way to reach someone was by landline.

With the flooding of smartphones into the market (and the fact that everyone seems to have one!) has it changed the way we live our lives?

I made a throwaway comment to a friend last week – “My phone has become my second office”. It seems innocent enough until I realised that I would be more stressed about losing my phone than my wallet.

Sure my phone still does the simple things like call and text, but now it does so much more. I can email, update my various social media platforms, listen to music, watch videos, surf the internet and take photos. Like a lot of people, I have become reliant so much on my smartphone to organise my work and social life (if it’s not in the calendar it doesn’t happen!)

I love the fact that I can run my business from my phone, but does that become a device that runs much more than that? We talk a lot about being free to work from anywhere, including our favourite coffee shop, but are we truly able to switch off from our work?

With all of the extra functionality on the modern mobile phone, unless I turn it on silent, I find that it goes off more often every time I get an email or a text message or an update on social media. And unlike a computer that you can turn off and put away, your phone is always on.

How addicted are you to your smartphone? Do you have an boundaries in place for when and how you use it?

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