Is Facebook fan page advertising useless?

This week, a controversial Gallup poll declared that social media was all but useless, and that nobody was influenced by social media ads and it was all a bunch of hooey. I was immediately suspicious that results from the Gallup survey were skewed by the print and TV media. Mainstream media are late to the … Continue reading Is Facebook fan page advertising useless?

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Is your Facebook fan page a cocktail party, a barbecue, a conference or a drum circle?

The funny thing about social networking is...we often forget that it's just a virtual party. It's not about amassing tons of "fans" so you can have the biggest party -- it's about inviting the right people and serving tasty snacks and drinks. It's about playful banter, music and laughter. You know what happens when you … Continue reading Is your Facebook fan page a cocktail party, a barbecue, a conference or a drum circle?

8 free (or cheap) ways to give your web branding a new look for the New Year

Eight cheap (or free) ways to give your online image a new look for the New Year.

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This down time between Christmas and the first week of the New Year is a perfect opportunity to give your personal branding a lift and start the New Year with a fresh image.

Here are eight ways you can use free templates and other inexpensive tools available on the web to give your business or personal brand a lift.

1. Reinvent your name for the new year.

Is your business name unique–or is it lost in the crowd? Consider finding a new name for your business and a unique URL — an identifier that people type into the browser to find your website. Do a little research on  Go Daddy or directly from WordPress, and see if your business name (or your personal name, or the name of your book) is available. If your name is generic, hard to remember or hard to spell, change it today before you start…

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Personal branding: Think like a search engine. It’s all about attraction

When it comes to marketing and promoting yourself or your business, think like a search engine. A search engine is all about the Law of Attraction. It is about Pull not Push. Search engine marketing is about creating content with specific key words and waiting for it to be found by the exact people seeking … Continue reading Personal branding: Think like a search engine. It’s all about attraction

Is your LinkedIn profile embarrassing?

Here are some ridiculous profiles and titles of people who did not make the cut and get to be one of my 2,200 connections on LinkedIn: Anyone who still hasn't paid me yet. Your title and every word in your profile is written in lower case. Passport photo or driver's license photo used as your … Continue reading Is your LinkedIn profile embarrassing?

8 free (or cheap) ways to give your web branding a new look for the New Year

This down time between Christmas and the first week of the New Year is a perfect opportunity to give your personal branding a lift and start the New Year with a fresh image. Here are eight ways you can use free templates and other inexpensive tools available on the web to give your business or … Continue reading 8 free (or cheap) ways to give your web branding a new look for the New Year