Using Social Media To Promote Live, Physical Events

Hosting a LIVE, Physical event in this day can be difficult to fill if you are not using all resources possible to promote. Even event promoters with large lists are finding it difficult to fill their events because there is so much information available online at people’s fingertips. I have put together 3 simple tips to help you fill your events.

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Be Creative

When crafting your event title, you want to be fun, creative and have something that is eye-catching to your prospect. You want to make sure that you have given a good description of what the event is going to be about and what they can expect to get out of the event. Also use images to help describe the event.

Be Everywhere

When promoting the event, you want to make sure you have it up everywhere! Leverage the online sites as much as possible and you want to make sure you have shared the information through your social media channels. I find it is best to create a page about the event on your website/blog and share it from there.

Some online websites you want to consider to market your website:

  • Eventbrite.com (paid if ticket sales)
  • Upcoming.org
  • Meetup.com (paid)
  • Eventful.com
  • Yelp.com

You also want to share the event information on the following social media sites:

  • Facebook (Events and through Engaging Posts)
  • LinkedIn (Post updates and Posting in Groups)
  • Twitter (send multiple tweets regarding event and use #hashtags)
  • Google+ (Post updates and share with your circles)
  • Pinterest (Pin your images on your event page)
  • YouTube (Create video teasers about the event or share clips from past events)

Be Simple

When you make the registration process simple, it helps to get people to register as well J I would recommend only collecting information really necessary to get them to attend. For example, we run local monthly social media training meetings here in Metro Detroit and we collect Name, Email, Phone and Mailing address. We don’t ask them about their social media presence or what their occupation is because when you ask for too much information it can deter people. Now the caveat here would be, if you only want a specific type of individual to attend, then it make sense to do this.

Bonus Tip: First Impressions

At your registration table when people first come in, make sure and have someone who is friendly, smiles and can build instant rapport with people. This is will help in creating that first, great impression.

Hope you found these tips to be helpful. Please post any questions or comments below. Do you have a friend or colleague that hosts live events? Would you mind sharing this post with them? Thanks in advance!

 

[HOW TO] Get Started With Pinterest

Pinterest is the hottest social network out there right now! It allows a user to create virtual pin boards  for organizing their interests, and capturing inspiration and innovative images they find on the web. The saying “A Picture equals a Thousand words”, is the best way to describe why Pinterest has become so popular.

If you have not created an account on Pinterest yet, you are really missing out on a HUGE opportunity to drive targeted traffic back to you. Pinterest actually brings more referral traffic than LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube combined? Sounds crazy but this little network has been able to do this in less than 2 years.  According to Shareholic, it is on the verge of driving more  referral traffic than Twitter as well.

When Pinterest first started they required an invitation in order to create an account, but that is not longer the case. You can simply go to Pinterest and create your account by connecting with your Facebook, Twitter or just with email. (If you are setting up your Pinterest account for your business, I highly recommend creating a Business Pinterest account.)

 

 

Setting up your profile on Pinterest is simple. You will setup your username (limited to 15 characters) and I recommend using your name for personal accounts and business name for business accounts. Now if you have a common name or someone has already captured what you would like as your username, think of some combination with keywords or something that describes you/your business. I do not recommend adding numbers at the end (unless it relates to your brand) as it looks like you were late to the party. :-)

Once you have set up your username and added a brief description (limited to 200 characters) and your profile photo (DO NOT forget to add this, after all this is a site all about photos!) then start creating your boards and start pinning away.

I can’t wait to see you on Pinterest. Please come and check out my profile and while you are there, check out some pins. You can find me at: http://pinterest.com/urvimehta

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Creating Your Social Media Personality

How do I create my personality on Social Media? What do I talk about so people will listen? Do I talk about my personal life or keep it strictly professional? Is it okay to talk about stuff I don’t like?

If you related to any of the questions above or have asked yourself any of those questions, then trust me you are not alone. During 1:1 consults and Q/A calls that I host for my clients, these are by far the most common questions I receive. I think that after creating the profiles this is the next biggest hurdle that people have to overcome in order to successfully start building their identity.

So, I am here to make it easier for you :) Here is how I answer this commonly asked question! First of all, be yourself. Talk about your interests, things you like to do and not do. I also recommend talking about your family. This doesn’t mean that you have to dish out personal information but it can be as simple as your kids making a sports team in school or boy/girl scouts meetings, trips you are planning to take, etc. You can also talk about your pets.

Controversy is great in creating conversations. So please do talk about what you like and don’t like. As always, this is information you are putting onto the web so just be careful in how you say it. Be professional and I do not recommend using foul language. Good rule of thumb is, “would my grandmother be okay with me saying this.”  :)

Don’t be afraid to show your good along with your bad. People are scared to put up pictures where they feel they may not look their best…I say put it all out there! I used to be extremely self-conscious about putting up pictures that were doing to go out on the web. I never used to show my teeth in pictures and deleted anything that showed my teeth and had my looking crazy. Not anymore!  :)

Social media is about building relationships and it is difficult to build a relationship without knowing what the other personal looks like or is all about. So I urge you to put up current pictures and start letting people know more about you.

I would love to hear your thoughts on how you are creating your social media personality. Please leave any comments and/or questions below.

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Social Media Marketing: Six Steps to Getting Started with Twitter

Social media marketing using Twitter doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow the six steps below to create, post and manage your twitter account and it will be easy. From deciding what profile name to choose, to sending out your very first tweet, you won’t believe how easy it is to get started with Twitter.

1. Get your free account- Go to twitter.com and click on the join button
2. Choose an appropriate username or brandable slogan
3. Complete and Update your Twitter profile.
4. Follow people of interest to you.
5. Connect with others – Send out your first tweet
6. Participate in the conversation

Some suggestions to make the most of your social media marketing on Twitter:

Choosing a unique username

The purpose of using twitter for social media marketing is to get your name out there, build your brand and to connect with others that have similar interests. So when choosing a username, try to use your own name or brandable slogan so that you can build an identity that others will see as an expert in your niche.

Personalize your profile

Personalize your Twitter profile by adding your name and a current photo; be sure to include your website/blog address (so others can learn more about you or your product or company). Include a brief bio about yourself that uses keywords that will associate you with. To personalize your profile even further you can change your background. TwitBacks.com is a great site that offers a ton of different templates to enhance your twitter profile page and make it more personalized.

Connect with others in your industry or niche

Don’t be shy, get it out there. Others will interact with you when you tweet about something that they have an interest in too. Find out who’s who in your industry or niche and follow them. An awesome site I like to use to find industry leaders is http://www.twellow.com.  You can search the twellow website using keywords that relate to your niche and find out what is being said about your industry and who is saying it. You can also find people on twitter that have interests that are similar, or follow users that are suggested from Twitter by clicking on the find people tab at the top of your twitter home page.

Participate

Be relevant, share, contribute and respond to the tweets of others. Ask questions and evoke responses. Not only tweet about your own contributions, retweet (RT) other tweets that are valuable to you and your niche. Promoting or attributing others when appropriate can help you to build a following faster as you will be considered trustworthy, knowledgeable about your subject and are portraying someone who is not just out to get you to buy something.


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Social Media For Business: Importance of Adding Yourself to Twitter Directories

You may be wondering how a business owner can possibly reach a target audience on Twitter. Twitter directories to the rescue. When thinking about social media and how you can use it to build your business and brand, Twitter directories play an important role to finding like-minded Twitter users. Adding yourself to Twitter directories will help you to find those you want to follow and they in turn will most likely follow you.

How do Twitter directories work?

Twitter directories work by allowing a person to search for people based on certain criteria. The criteria may be their geographical location or their interests that they have associated themselves with by using tags when they listed themselves.

What Twitter directories should I use?

Twitter directories are plentiful and they can differentiate from all inclusive to specialized practices such as Legalbirds.com, a directory devoted to lawyers, academics, and or legal professionals on Twitter. You can check them all out, but here are the three top directories that I would recommend: Twellow.com, Wefollow.com and Geofollow.com.

Twitter directories are very much like an updated version of the yellow pages. Twellow.com describes itself as the “Twitter Yellow Pages” and does resemble the yellow pages somewhat with the color theme they use. Twellow.com also allows you to sort your search criteria to really pinpoint who you are looking to connect with. Sort by username, registered users, or followers count.

Another Twitter directory that is useful in helping you to build your following is Wefollow.com. Wefollow.com is very easy to use. Listing yourself can literally take seconds. Wefollow.com also makes it easy to find others in your niche that you may want to follow. To find a person that loves bikes and biking, all you have to do is enter the tag word bikes. The auto fill will help you to find the right tag word and will also show you how many tweeters are listed under that tag. Search results are listed in the order beginning with the highest number of Twitter followers.

Geofollow.com is a location based Twitter directory where you list Twitter username by your location. You can search the directory by city, state, country, tag, name, twitter username, or keyword. This type of directory is especially helpful in locating local followers and or prospects to connect with.

Never before have we been able to connect so easily with others who have similar interests, to both promote our communities as well as our businesses. Twitter directories are far from the old fashioned yellow pages that the consumer searched through page by page looking for a business to serve their needs. And best of all their free. What are you waiting for? Get yourself listed and take advantage of the opportunity of connecting with others through Twitter directories, it just may improve your business.

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