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!

 

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: Five Steps to Getting Started with LinkedIn

Social Media Marketing using LinkedIn is made easy by following five simple steps. LinkedIn is the perfect site to build your professional networks, keep in touch with connections, discover opportunities, develop relationships, build authority in your industry and also find leads and opportunities for you and your business. Keep it simple and check out these easy methods to getting started with LinkedIn.

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete and update your profile
  3. Create a summary
  4. Get connected
  5. Engage with Others

Creating an account

Go to http://www.linkedin.com and fill in your name, email and create a password and click the green join now button.

Complete your profile

Your LinkedIn profile is an important part of your social media marketing strategy. Upload a current, professional looking photo of yourself. You’ll want to complete your entire profile, and include previous work experience that you’ve had. Remember your profile is a representation of you. The little details are important to your profile; it should have substance, be grammatically correct and have no spelling errors. Include your chosen keywords liberally throughout your profile whenever you can so that others searching for those keywords can find you. Don’t forget your email addresses, new and old, to increase the opportunity for connections.

Summary tips

A summary should give a good snap shot of who you are and what you do. Use two to four sentences in your summary that incorporate your specialties or expertise. These sentences should include your keywords and add what you enjoy doing to help others to connect and get to know you.

Connecting on LinkedIn

Connecting with others on LinkedIn is controlled. In order to connect with someone on LinkedIn, you must show how you know them. Getting recommended by LinkedIn members who know you and what you are all about is a wonderful way to connect to with others.

Engage with others

Joining LinkedIn groups gives you the opportunity to maximize your networking and social media marketing efforts while connecting you with great people with similar interests. Start by joining employer alumni groups, were you will have connections with people you have something in common with. And finally, enhance your LinkedIn social media marketing experience by participating and interacting with others through posting, responding to posts and networking with other group members.

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Social Media Marketing: Five Simple Steps to Getting Started on Facebook

Social Media Marketing for business using Facebook can build relationships and provide value to those within your Facebook network. Facebook allows you to be real, get to know other people with similar interests while building credibility and trust. In this article, we’ll discuss five simple steps to getting started on Facebook.

1. Create a profile in your real name

2. Connect with others

3. Communicate to others by wall posts

4. Update your status

5. Join and participate in FB groups

Create A Profile

When creating the perfect Facebook profile for social media marketing there are several things to keep in mind; like posting a great recent picture of you with a smile. People want to put a face with a name and posting a picture that does not include the whole current you doesn’t build credibility. Choose a tagline that grabs the readers’ attention while it explains who you are and what you do. Complete your profile by filing in personal information such as hobbies, favorite music, and maybe your goals and aspirations. Including personal information helps others want to get to know you better because you may have similar personal or business interests. Remember to be real, when you are fake, people can see right through you.

Connect With Others

Connecting with others is the reason Facebook was created in the first place. To get started, import your address book or search Facebook for people you may know or have done business with. You can also connect with new friends by viewing the friend list of your connections, you may find others that you would like to get to know better. Unlike Twitter were you can follow anyone, Facebook requires a friend to accept your friend request. When sending a friend request, send a personalized message with your request. There’s nothing like someone you do not know requesting to be your friend and not even introducing themselves. Include who you are and why you want to get to know the person, your chances of getting accepted will be much higher. Once accepted, you can view your new friends profile and they can view yours.

Communicate To Friends By A Wall Post

Start communicating with your friends by posting an interesting quote, asking a simple question or providing valuable information about your interests. You can post on a friends wall to say hello, give good wishes, or help friends find solutions to their business problems.

Update Your Status

Updating your status is similar to a wall post except it is where you post what you are up to, how your day is going and to encourage interaction between friends. This is how you develop and grow your credibility and contribute to your social media marketing. Friends will get to know and trust you. By contributing to the conversation and posting valuable information relevant to your niche or industry you will raise your trustworthiness and become a know expert.

Join And Participate In Facebook Groups

Joining and participating in Facebook Groups is a great way to expand your social media marketing and get in touch with others with similar interests. Simply type groups in the Facebook search and you will see a list that includes the groups that your friends belong to. You can also browse groups and sort them according to your interests. There are many groups to choose from and you can even start your own. Once you have joined a group, participate by adding to the conversation; this is the way you will make additional contacts. Don’t be shy, contribute to the conversation and introduce yourself.

Looking forward to connecting with you on Facebook!

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