HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 Grumpy Cat Declares Twerking Totally Over

grumpy-miley-twerkThis is something that should have been over before it began.  I’ m not sure it is ever a good idea to shake your bottom in a public place and who thought of the ridiculous name for it – twerking. Am I missing something here or do you all agree?

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#2 4 Steps to Creating an Amazing Pitch Deck

130124-Pitch-Deck-275x275Even though this post was about pitching to investors, I found many points in it relevant to pitching to would be clients.  It is very hard to show why you are so much better than your competitors and what sort of areas you should address to stand out from the crowd.

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#3  Maps that will change the way you see the world

maps_offer_a_different_perspective_on_understanding_the_world_we_live_in_640_high_07A good map always provides a sense of perspective, but with a little tweaking, they can change the way you look at history, society and a whole host of other things beyond how to get from point A to point B.

Slightly Warped has a collection of maps showing everything from areas with the most lightning strikes to who has paid maternity leave, which should give you plenty to do for the rest of the week.  Can’t decide which one is my favourite – lightning strikes, Chinese translations, earthquakes or internet use.  What do you reckon?

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 16 Witty Sherlock Comebacks to Knock Out Your Enemies

sherlock-idiotSherlock Holmes is the master of one line put downs.  I guess because he has a very healthy ego and therefore an enormous feeling of his own self-worth.  This is not a bad thing to cultivate.  It is just one step past not caring what people think.

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#2 Great example of Social Media selfless value, outside Social Media

meetginaEmbedded in this great story of caring and great neighbours is another message.  That is that to make an impact, you need to show a little or even a lot of yourself and your personal life to succeed in social media.  People want to connect with you personally.

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#3  Psychology of a bad business decision

0074-01_bad_decisions_happen_thumbnailThis is a bit deceiving.  While it is on the outside, a post about bad decisions, it also deals with the way to make good decisions.  Putting yourself in the right head space and trusting your instincts seems to be the way to go.  How many times have you decided on a course of action, changed your mind a few times only to end up on the original course of action.

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 5 positive thinking tips for entrepreneurs

positiveIt’s no good to just sit back and blame the weather, the mood, the situation or the lousy economy.  Truth is  if you want to succeed, you need to think positively.

 

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#2 Uncluttering books: What to let go

080415-booksI’m not sure I’m very good at getting rid of books.  I have a life-long love affair with them that sees me keep every book I have ever owned.  I can see the wisdom of the post, however, but can never see myself giving any of my books away.

 

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#3  4 Reasons to be a “Breadcrumb” Producer

 

job-titles-1024x586This is actually really good advice.  It is hard to constantly deliver fantastic things and even harder to deliver them on demand.  This gives you good strategies to take the pressure off and set yourself up to succeed.
 
 
 
 

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

How to minimise comments that you don’t want on your Facebook business page

3376955055_0a76421a4c_mI’ve had a few people come and speak to me about the post I wrote the other week, on what to do when people post negative comments on your Facebook Page updates. Many were small business owners, for whom time was short and Facebooking was seen as a needed chore for their business – one which they could see was important, but about which they had pretty much zero inclination to spend  any more time on, than was absolutely necessary.

“I could spend all day just replying to comments!” was something I heard a number of times. For these types of people, commenting in general was something that they wanted help with. They were happy to get an update ‘out there’ – but then when it came to monitoring comments and providing feedback, that’s where they instantly recognised the time-suck that social media could be… and got discouraged by what they foresaw could be a huge problem for them.

What was interesting? When I looked at the examples they were showing me, one thing stood out above all else: they were inviting ‘unwanted’ comments due to the very nature of the updates that they were posting! For them, even a simple ‘please explain’ type of comment was unwanted, because it meant that they’d need to spend more time on Facebook then they had budgeted for. So I thought I’d dedicate today’s blog post to ‘How to write updates on your Facebook page that minimise comments’ – because maybe that will help more people out there who are already finding that “looking after my Facebook Page takes up even more of my precious time, and I’m too busy running my business to do that!”

So – here are my top three tips to discourage the types of comments that you don’t want on your Facebook Page…

Tip #1 – Give ALL the information they need.

If you are launching something new, give those people who’ve liked your page the ‘who, what, when, and where’ of your latest offering. Otherwise, you’re piquing their interest but potentially annoying them because they then have to ask you for more information. Keep them happy! Give them what they’ll want to know! To do this, read on  to Tip #2…

Tip #2 – Step into their shoes before you hit ‘Post’.

Think about your most recent ‘Liker’ and also about your very first one. Have you written enough to satisfy both? Or is there too little information? Too much? Maybe you could cut down on the number of words in your update and add a photo instead? (Facebook is getting more and more visual each day, don’t you think?) And let’s face it, it’s much easier to explain a new offering if your audience can actually see it! And as for seeing it…

Tip #3 – Post when you know they’re online.

Have you checked your analytics lately? Do you know when your message gets the most traction? Because really, there’s pretty much no point in posting an update when there’s no-one there to talk to. Get your update to be the best it can be – and then post it at exactly the right time. That way, you’ll get the comments that you want, rather than the ‘I didn’t know about this!!!’ ones.

So – these are my tips on minimising ‘unwanted’ comments. I’d love to hear of any others that you use or have come across! And, if Facebooking for your Business is something you’d like a little bit of help with, feel free to contact me – we’d love to help you sort our your social media management :-)

Happy Marketing!

- Ceridwyn

CC image courtesy Spencer E Holtaway on flickr

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 We are all descended from Adam

Y_puzzle_525Turns out we are all descended from the same man and woman.   Y chromosomes from men all over the world reveal that our male most recent common ancestor likely lived in the same time period as his female equivalent.  It was Adam!!!

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#2 Work Hard to Play Hard

5394721457_bd32e7211c_b-300x200Most posts tell you to work to achieve your goals or to advance your career or to make money.  This post interested me because it spoke to me of balance.  Work hard to you have time to play hard as well.

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#3  I choose to be formidable

icn.seths.headSo now, not only am I working hard so I can play hard but I am also choosing to be formidable.  I am awesome and I need to believe in myself!!

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 Two easy steps to get more done

two-easy-stepsThis is a very easy idea which I have started to use.  Instead of moaning about how much time I don’t have or how much I have to do, I divide my tasks up according to how much time they take.  Another interesting fact I have noticed is that I change which way I do it too.  Sometimes I start with the longest task and work the short ones in around it and other times I do all the short ones and then settle to the long one.  Variety is the spice of life!!

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#2 7 Negative people you need to ignore

7-negative-peopleThere are so many naysayers in this world.  Call it ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’, or just plain meanness.  This is a great list of them and some tips on dealing with them.  For me, my strategy is always to ignore them.  My ego is healthy enough that I can ignore the nastiness and for the occasional barb that makes its way through to my psyche, there is always red wine!!

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#3  The $4 Million Teacher

RV-AL211_TEACHE_DV_20130802162509Can’t quite believe this one!!!  What an amazing amount of money to make from a very simple idea.  This guy must be a really good teacher for people to continue to watch his teaching videos.  Not very much to pay per hour and yet he makes a huge amount of money.  As I said, can’t quite believe it!!

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

Negative comments on your Facebook posts – what do you do?

8546850049_98046f51b8_mSo your Facebook Business page is up and running, you’ve got Page likes and ‘Insights”, you’ve got people commenting on, and liking your content – maybe even sharing it! But then you get your first negative comment. And worse – it’s in response toe one of your own posts, which means that everyone who has ‘Liked’ your page also gets to see it, read it, and agree / disagree with it.

What do you do?

The way I see things, you have three choices here. You can:
1. Remove it outright
2. Leave it and don’t respond
3. Leave it, and respond.

As an Admin on your Facebook Business Page, you can go with Choice #1. Remove it, by clicking on the little ‘Edit’ pencil (top right corner of the post) and either edit the comment, or delete it entirely. However, if you choose this option; then you’re showing your other fans that you actively censor stuff. That can be good – but more often than not, it’s not a good image to have…

Choice #2. Leave it there, and don’t respond to it. This is what happens by default when you’re not actively checking your page, too, by the way! So if you notice the negative comment, by choose to not respond to it, then you may be sending the image that you don’t check what’s on your page – or that you check it, and you don’t particularly care. Again, possibly not the best look for your business…

Choice #3 is where you acknowledge the comment, leaving it there in its entirety, and respond to it in an appropriate (and timely!) manner. If you do this, then you also have the most control over the image that people will have of you / your business. Because you’re sending the message that yes, you read the page and are interested in what people have to say to you, and also that you are willing to take the time to respond to these people. And seeing as you are actively engaging with them in conversation as well, you also have the option to ask them what they mean, or to let them know politely that you don’t agree with what they said or the way that they said it, all of that type of thing.

Personally, I’d go with option 3 every time. Having said that though, I’d always also recommend ensuring that the response that you give will need a good thinking through first :-)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. What have you done in the past? Did it work? What would you change?<

And a huge thanks to mkhmarketing for the use of Facebook Burnout

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 Gel plumps up spine’s shock absorbers

spine_tattoo_525I know that I keep telling you about amazing discoveries but this is amazing.  This addresses a problem that most of us have had from time to time and some battle with daily.  I don’t know about you but I know a couple of people who are in constant pain and gosh is that hard!  Anything that will help is fantastic.

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#2 Facebook is about to introduce a new button called WANT

imagesFacebook is going from strength to strength.  Graph search is starting to be rolled out and now we have a want button.  Christmases and birthdays are going to be so much easier now.  Rather than spending hours and hours on trying to think of presents for people now at least I will get a clue from Facebook and the new WANT button.

#3 How Surfing The Internet Mimics Daydreaming In Your Brain

internetThis post was great!! On so many levels I liked it.  It excuses all the hours I spend mindlessly surfing things that interest me and things that just contribute to me as a person.  There are so many things that are amazing on the internet. I try to convince myself that it is good for me to stuff all these interesting facts in my head and please don’t tell me if you disagree because my world will fall apart!  At the very least if you want to know something obscure, you will be glad of my many hours surfing the net.

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1 The Royal Baby

I’m so over the Royal Baby but a Prince Harry Lion King joke will never get old. pic.twitter.com/p2TmrGluTu

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This had me giggling just because I am over all the hype over a baby.  I actually think that the new parents should be left alone to enjoy their baby like the rest of us!!  I know Prince Harry does not think this at all but gosh it is funny!!

#2 The 10 Commandments of Writing a Blog Post that People Actually Want to Read

jeff-jarvis-link-quoteI have read many many posts about blogging.  The do’s and the don’ts and the encouragers who tell you how they schedule it in.  One thing no-one says is that blogging is hard.  This post spoke to me about things I should not do if I wished to blog which was great.

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#3 7 Kinds of Social Media Fans and Ways to Interact With Them

fansI picked this post as one which didn’t just spout stuff but actually taught me and gave me advice on a specific topic to help me out.  I actually was told the characteristics of different social media fans and how to deal with them.

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!

HumpDay Happenings

Happy HumpDay! Welcome to our Wednesday blog where we share links to interesting things we’ve found over the past week. Stuff which we hope might interest you, maybe even inspire you, to finish out the rest of your week with  marketing news, tech / social media news, education news, maybe even the news that we found too hilarious to not share with you all!  At the very least it may help you to slide over the hump and into the safe arms of the weekend.

#1To hashtag or not to hashtag!

images (1)I don’t know about you but hashtags are still a bit of a mystery to me.  I’m not sue when to use them or even if to use them at all.  I know that they help you search for like ideas but some of the hashtags dreamt up now would not be searched in a million years.

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#2 Want to know a bit more about Graph search?

GraphSearchI don’t know about you, but the new Graph search from Facebook has me intrigued.  I can’t wait to have play with it and see what it does for myself.  Promises that it will help me chose where to eat based on my friends preferences has me looking forward to trying it out!

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#3 5 tips to meditation

Breathe.-Relax.-Meditate.
I’ve often thought meditation was the key to de-stressing and these simple tips have confirmed my theory and encouraged me to re-visit my classes.

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So – this is what took our interest this past week. We’d love to hear your thoughts! Was there some other news that we missed? Feel free to add a link in the comments!