Social Media Marketing

Flicking around the web, I’ve come across two articles from Barnsley-based Social Media Agency, Bigfoot Digital explaining how a business (or indeed, a writer) can promote and market their products and blog content.

The first is looking at how you can make sure any Social Media accounts you have or want to open will have positive impact in increasing traffic to your blog and, for writers, gaining new fans. The article also includes tips on the sort of things you should be posting to your Social Media streams. Have at the check list by going to A Checklist for Every New Social Media Account You Open.

The second is looking at 4 ways you can create links to your content from promotion on various Social Media websites to the naturally made links when people find and like your stuff! Check it out by visiting 4 Types of Links: Why You Need Them and How To Get Them on the agency’s website.

I hope these links are helpful to people.

Some Other Social Media Sites

I can only comment about Google+, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn as they are the only ones I use. I might get more views if I used FaceBook and Twitter granted but I have personal reasons for not using those.
Google+ can be somewhat quiet but I find that if I share my blog posts with the right circles and put the occasional hash tag to make sure it appears in searches, I can get quite a few views from it.
I agree that Tumblr tends to be very visual and it is why I will always try to put a picture on a post if possible. I find though that tagging posts with as many appropriate tags as I can really helps posts to be found and to encourage people to read them. Find the right fandom on Tumblr and it will generate a view or two every day.
I have a YouTube (well, I have to have one since I have a Google+ account!) and admittedly, I do not post many videos on there. Mostly because I just don’t have the skills necessary to make and edit them. I did do a couple of vlogs for Camp NaNoWriMo a few years ago but I just was not disciplined enough to continue with it. Maybe I should try to do more…
Lastly but by no means least is LinkedIn. Since I have so few connections on there, maybe it’s no wonder it generates the least amount of views possible. I keep posting my posts there to try and keep it alive in the hopes that it will help me towards getting a job. Could be wishful thinking. I have noticed however that LinkedIn does report that at least one of my connections is looking and reading my posts so there could be something happening there that I am not aware of.

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There are many other social media sites.  I went into detail with the ones I use the most often.  Several I simply connect to my blog and leave it at that.  Here are a few more that you might want to play around with.

Pinterest

I do use Pinterest a lot more than the rest of this list, but I’ve never really done more than the basics.  It’s great for visual artists.  Authors can play around with it, but it’s really about the pictures.  You can ‘Pin’ books directly from their Amazon page, which makes the ‘Pin’ a doorway to the page.  It can help other authors to ‘Pin’ their books and make an album for eBooks.  Take some time to wander Pinterest and ‘Repin’ things that you like and build up a few boards.  The truth is that you can utilize this social media site…

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Blogging: Headquarters of the Indie Author

Excellent advice here for bloggers of all kinds.

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I only know about WordPress, so people from other mediums can share their thoughts in the comments.

This is the heavy hitter of Social Media Marketing because it is your realm.  Facebook always has that sense of someone else being in charge.  Twitter is limited to 140 characters, which forces some ridiculous shorthand.  Tumblr, Pinterest, Linked In, Google +, and all of their ilk are rather limited in getting your word out when they’re compared to blogging.  It is here that you speak of your books, dreams, life, thoughts, and whatever you feel like chatting about.  When people visit or comment, it is them coming to your little corner of the Internet.

Aside from being in ultimate control of content and delivery here, there are two other big boons.  One is that you can connect to other authors an interact through blogging.  It’s easier than Twitter…

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Social Media for Writers

I’ve found this excellent web page to help writers to make the most of social media networks to promote themselves and their work, looking at each of the big websites and how writers can use them to their advantage. You can have a read of it here: http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2014/01/22/making-the-most-of-social-networks-as-a-writer/

It doesn’t include ALL the  different social media websites, like Google+, in the main article but have a look in the comments where  Google+ is discussed and all the websites are compared.

Happy Holidays!

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Yes I am aware it is Christmas Eve but since I don’t know how tomorrow will pan out (or even if I am going to be able to watch the Doctor Who Special as it is broadcast), I wanted to post now and say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and, to the How To train Your Dragon Fandom, Happy Snoggletog to everyone reading this, either by the blog, e-mail, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn or any other way you follow me.

This year has been an, interesting, one. I’ve graduated university, started volunteering at a local National Trust property, gained a puppy to look after, have a novel that still needs major rewriting and editing but in general is in good shape and have been overwhelmed admittedly by how quickly this blog has grown since I started it in May.

On the downside, I have had a bad knee injury and problems with job hunting which have mired the end of this year. Hopefully, things will improve in the new year… Well, I guess I can live in hope that things will improve.

I hope you and your families have a good Christmas and New Year and a great 2014.

Is Britain the World’s Creative Capital?

Okay, I am now just starting to procrastinate enough to avoid working on my Word Count (wc) and yet not be distracted enough to forget it.

On LinkedIn, I have Sir Richard Branson on my Influencers list so I get articles from time to time from Virgin. Not written by him but still…

Anyway, today on my Updates Stream, I received this article: http://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/blog/is-britain-the-worlds-creative-capital. This is something I have considered true for many years and is part of the reason I went to university to do a Professional Writing degree. I have often seen articles on the BBC News website, the Daily Mail, the Guardian and various other news outlets saying and giving examples of how the British Creative and Media sectors are some of our biggest exports in the world. They are also arguably the toughest to get into and find consistent employment in.

I don’t really have much to say on this matter but I sincerely just wanted to share this article with you all.