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What I learned at MN Blog Con 2017! October 19, 2017

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One of the presenters at MN Blog Con, Donna Hup, related a story of bloggers floating down the Chicago river on a tour of Chicago architecture:  all wrote posts, all were very different. Thus, this post is a take on Saturday’s events at Concordia, but a very personal take and focuses only on what popped out for me.

I had a secret mission; should I blog again?   I put my personal blog, Shareology, to sleep after 5 years.  I was in the midst of 4 years of corporate blogging; after 9 years of blogging, what did I have to say?

So, I arrived at Corcordia Saturday at 7:00 am toying with picking up my laptop and tapping away again, but doubtful about the whole rebooting process.

The first 2 speakers, Arik Hanson and Suzanne Yang Jaochico, pretty much kicked me into Go mode.  This is how they did it.

Arik Hanson is My Hero

His blog is the only one I subscribe to; he is always smart and focused. So, I was super excited to be there for his Keynote.  Several things had changed in the 8 years since I started Shareology; would he talk about them, and how would I use this in a decision?

  • He doesn’t use a content calendar!
    • Granted, if you’re blogging for Target you need to plot out your Halloween and Valentine posts. But for people like Arik who are reacting to today’s events, a calendar can be overkill.
  • He doesn’t focus on making money through the blog!
    • This is a big one. Huge change since I started blogging in 2009.  So Huge that this was a gigantic barrier for me.  Per Arik, do what feels right to you.  For me, that means no revenue generated by Shareology.  (Yep, I have an MBA, and I’m aware of basic financial principles.)
  • He is consistent (Boy, is he ever!)
    • He publishes 2 or 3 times a week. He has consistent features which appear repeatedly.  Being consistent is a key reason he is around after 8 years.
  • He is willing to Piss People Off.
    • He states opinions when he has them. You can’t make everyone happy; if you do, you are not offering your particular perspective.  Sense the freedom Arik is offering us?

Bottom line? Arik just killed off a lot of the “Ya gotta do it this way”s that were standing in my way.  Next up, Suzanne Yang Jaochico!

Utilizing Your Heart to Grow Your Blog

Suzanne really hit the core of how I blog.  Yes, I can behave in a left-brained manner if necessary. But I soon scurry back to the right-brained side of life.

  • Suzanne told us how she arrived where she is now.
    • She listens to her heart. And she is willing to take a break if it is not working for her.
  • To truly blog from your heart, you may have to abstain from analytics for a bit.
    • Being obsessed with analytics (guilty!) can really get in the way of listening to your heart. Wait until you nail it to then use analytics to create next steps.

 I can also highly recommend Haley Nelson’s session on 5 Mistakes Even the Most Experienced Bloggers Make with their Content.

Decision?

I’m resurrecting Shareology.  Consider this the first 2017 post.  I’ll focus on Events that interest me, and hopefully you.  I’ll include my first five years of Shareology content because some of that stuff was pretty good!

I will not be afraid to Piss People Off.  And I’m gonna be oh so glad people like Arik and Suzanne exist and are willing to share!

Kay Roseland

@KayLoire

Shareology:     https://kayroseland.wordpress.com

 

Fast Company just gave me a new title: The Social Butterfly! September 24, 2013

Somedays it’s just random…. (thank you Julia Cobbs!)

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Cruising Twitter I came across an RT of someone looking for a person who had used social media to find a new position and who was over 40…. hmmmmm.  I sent a reply to the writer, and the result can be read on Fast Company!

Click here to check out my new title!

 

The Power of the #Hashtag July 5, 2013

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Today we’ve got a wonderful guest blogger, @SocialNicole, writing on one of my favorite topics!

They’ve been popping up for quite some time – on Twitter, Instagram, and have now recently joined Facebook. The beloved hashtag. But this symbol isn’t just a typo slapped onto the beginning of a word or phrase – it’s powerful, even more powerful than you might think.

                       

The hashtag or “#” is a common tool used to organize topics and discussions. Social media such as Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ and Instagram all use hashtags. Hashtags are a great way to organize topics or posts. Think of a hashtag as a cyber file folder to store all common posts. Hashtags categorize topics and discussions so users can quickly and easily connect with a group with a common interest.

Hashtags can connect businesses and individuals within an industry, so making careful and intentional choices about which hashtags to use and how to use them is crucial. On some social media sites, users can choose to subscribe to certain hashtags and receive posts with that particular hashtag. This means that hashtag use can potentially allow you to gain followers – but you can also lose connections by using hashtags incorrectly. Read on to master proper use of hashtags and learn to avoid the missteps of improper use.

Proper Hashtag Use

1. Relevancy

As fun as it is to come up with your own unique hashtags, remember that over hashtagging can become annoying to readers and distract from your intended message. Only hashtag tags that are directly relevant to your post or your industry. As a general rule, use a maximum of four hashtags per post.

2. Length

Make sure your hashtag isn’t too long. If it is, chances are the hashtag is not a popular one, meaning you run the risk of no one seeing that post unless they’re already one of your followers. Hashtags should be general, in common terms, and relatively short while still being relevant to your post.

Improper Hashtag Use

1. Do not write sentences using hashtags.

Avoid writing an entire sentence using a hashtag. This makes it difficult to read and your post will have a difficult time falling into a category or topic for discussion.

Bad example: Avoid #writinganentiresentencelikethisoneusinghashtag!

2. Do not use irrelevant hashtags.

Though it may be tempting to use a hashtag simply because it’s popular, don’t force the connection. Never add a popular tag that doesn’t support or describe your post. Using trending hashtags just to get followers can confuse users and distract them from the true focus of your post.

3. Do not get hashtag-happy.

Hashtags are really fun, but avoid over hashtagging your post. Remember the rule of four – don’t go beyond four hashtags per post.

Bad example: Today is the last day of the semester. I can’t wait for summer to begin! #summer #friends #semester #college #hangout #roadtrip #summerplans

Not only do hashtags organize the millions of posts per day happening all around the world, but they also connect us to each other. Hashtags are a powerful tool when used properly. They create networks, initiate conversation and allow you to connect to others with similar interest. If used correctly, hashtags can help your online community soar to new heights.

– See more at: www.SocialNicole.com

 

It’s Your Brand!! Don’t put it in the hands of a Brand Buster!!!! April 28, 2012

Shareology has seen too many examples lately of companies hiring unprepared college graduates and putting them in charge of social media.  Ya gotta learn somewhere, right?  They can post Facebook entries, right? They’re born with a cell phone in their hands, right?  They should be great at social media, right?

Wrong!   Assuming that someone whose recent social media activity includes uploading their latest kegger photos can be left in charge of your brand… oh, so dangerous.

The steps to fix this little train wreck?  Oh, so simple.

  •  Do a Google search on the person.

Your new hire can lock down Facebook, stash all their kegger photos there, and not get in the way of being an effective brand evangelist for you.

  •  Check their LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.  Double check their Twitter stream.

Can they spell?  Can they construct a sentence?  Does the twitter stream consist of nothing but reality TV references?  Danger, Will Robinson!!

  • Share Strategy and Tactics!

Explain to them what your brand stands for and what your strategy is for your company, your marketing, your social media. Explain how you expect them to contribute to those strategies with specific tactics.

Three oh so simple steps.  This would stop oh so horrible brand massacres. Oh, and after you hire them, read what they are saying about your company.  It’s your brand.  Protect it.

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

Hive, War Room or Social Media Hub? February 5, 2012

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Shareology was having lunch as part of her “Coffee or lunch with all social media peeps in the Twin Cities” campaign….when the mention of a social media war room popped into the conversation.  Shareology charmingly asked if she could take a peek, and what a peek it was!

Bolin Marketing hosted Shareology to a peek at their Hive.  It consists of 4 stations, staffed by social media whizzes with some nifty tools for tweeting and liking:

One thing Bolin is particularly proud of with the Hive is the macro view of  clients on the large wall monitors and then the micro view at desktop.

Brilliant repartee on social media followed and an hour flew by!!

The room setup allows for each to concentrate on their work, with an easy exchange of information and to see what is happening in other communities that may spur ideas for other clients.

Interested in Bolin’s expertise?

Contact Dane Hartzell at Bolin Marketing,  800.876.6264   or

check out their website at http://www.bolinmarketing.com/

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

Pioneer Press, Marty and Me November 13, 2011

Many thanks to Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the Pioneer Press for his article on “Does ‘getting away from it all’ include your iPhone?”  Special thanks to photographer John Doman for his suggestion that we take the above photo on a bench next to the sculpture of former mayor of Richfield, Marty Hirsch.  Just one of a number of fun, beautiful sculptures within a block radius.   Richfield, home of art:  who knew?  

Full article available at:  

“Does ‘getting away from it all’ include your iPhone?”  Sunday Pioneer Press story with @kayloire (also in photo) http://www.twincities.com/ci_19317335

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire

 

foursquare: social media connector or stalking tool? November 8, 2011

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I’m having reservations about foursquare.  Let me start by saying that I get the social component; if I was meeting people at bars and restaurants on a regular basis, I’d be all for foursquare.  Checking in to something like Minnebar or Product Camp: awesome, I get it. 

What I’m questioning is why people I do not know want to follow me on foursquare.   One of my 30 (yep, only 30!!) foursquare friends actually has over 500 foursquare friends!   If my Droid X made tweety sounds for the checkins of 500 people, I would send it permanently to a time out.  

I want to know who those 30 people are that I am shadowing.   Honestly, one of my friends checks into Weight Watchers on a weekly basis.  Another (I am not making this up!) checked into Sex World on almost a daily basis.   TMI, people!!!  

If you have 500 friends, how do you know one of them is not waiting for you to check into Mall of America so they can case your home for some shopping of their own? 

For my final rant, why are we telling our friends every time we check into Target or Depot?   The one nifty feature of foursquare is that you can check in but NOT tell your friends….just click NO to the share question.

Feels better to get that out on the written screen. 

When I check into Hacks & Hackers Twin Cities tomorrow night, I’m gonna love finding out if I’m the first to check in, or who I know who already is there…. So I do use foursquare.   For now.

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

 

Shhhhhhh….don’t tell Facebook!!! October 24, 2011

Having lunch last week with an author, I discovered yet another person who hasn’t drunk the Facebook Kool-Aid.  She’s focusing primarily on LinkedIn, her blog and her website.  As you can imagine, when her book came out, there was spirited discussion of whether to produce a Facebook page.  Turns out, she didn’t.

Wow:  so there is more than one of me.  It is really hard to ignore 800,000,000 Facebook members. But I am pretty much doing it.  

When gistr.com was launching, as I considered the social media strategy, LinkedIn groups and Twitter were a no-brainer.  But, Facebook?  When I realized that most folks spend 55 minutes a day on Facebook, I was concerned I would never get them to leave and click on gistr.com.  Now the amount of time the average person spends on Facebook is still growing.  Five minutes ago, I had yet another Smart Brief article hit my email why we should all get social.  (This translates to spend yet more time and marketing energy on…….Facebook!)

I do find Facebook handy to keep track of nephews:  getting pictures from Peru and Afghanistan has been wonderful to keep up as they travel the globe.  When Stephan Pastis hit Minneapolis two weekends ago and posed in front of Charles Schultz’ former home in St. Paul and posted it to his Facebook page, I lit up like the 4th of July. Yes, occasionally I do post a new Shareology item to both Google+ and Facebook.

But in general, I think it is very freeing to know you can participate in social media without being on every platform in existence.  Yes, even one with 800,000,000 members.  In my case, the primary platforms are LinkedIn, Twitter and Shareology. In the case of gistr.com and Shareology, most traffic has been generated by 1.  LinkedIn groups and 2.  Twitter.

So if never-ending changes and privacy concerns worry you, be assured you can live a fruitful, satisfying life without significant Facebook presence.  Heck, you can even drop the electronics for a few days and rediscover the beautiful of falling leaves and walks in the crisp air.  But that’s another post.

Kay Roseland @KayLoire

 

Master of Social Media May 11, 2011

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I passed!   Just got the word that after three days of classes and an exam, I am now a Master of Social Media.

After two years of LinkedIn, Twitter, Shareology, Facebook and, yes, three videos on YouTube, I am now certified. (Write you own caption….) 

Two years ago, I attended my first Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis St. Paul and promptly declared myself a Social Media Enthusiast.  (Yes, it went on my business card.)  Gistr came calling and asked me to prepare and implement a social media strategy for their website.  (Never did get around to ordering cards with Social Media Strategist on them; it did, however, land on my Twitter profile.)  Two days after the exam results (a 95!!!) I ordered new cards with Master of Social Media on them.  Thus you can track my social media history in a progression of titles and business cards, and now classroom learning.

To learn more about this program, cosponsored by Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis St. Paul and Dakota County Technical College, check out:  http://smbmsp.org/2011/05/whats-a-cmsm-and-why-do-you-want-one/

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

Shareology Speaks! Social Media and Blogging! April 28, 2011

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Social Media and Blogging

May 3, 2011, 12:00-1:00pm, International Market Square Conference Room B, FREE

Kay Roseland, social media strategist, will be presenting and leading a discussion on social media with an emphasis on blogging. She is currently a social media strategist and project manager for gistr.com, a marketing, public relations and sales events website for the Twin Cities area. Kay has a blog called Shareology that focuses on social media, retail marketing and networking. Kay has an MBA in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

The Lunch Break Series is an, informal roundtable discussion on various In-House related topics sponsored by AIGA. These discussions are free and open for anyone to attend. They are held over the lunch hour at International Market Square.

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire

 

 
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