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By Cynthia Sanchez | Friday, February 20, 2015

Freelancers: How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business

how to use pinterest to promote your business

A source of web traffic and increased revenue for many companies, Pinterest is especially popular with businesses in the home decor, fashion, and food industries.

But did you know that freelancers can also use Pinterest to attract and retain clients?

Here’s how to use Pinterest to promote your business.

By Maria Langer | Monday, November 03, 2014

See the Impact of Your Tweets with Twitter Analytics

Twiiter Analytics lets you see the impact your Tweets are having

Not long ago, Twitter quietly rolled out an analytics feature that helps you understand the impact of your Tweets.

It’s called the Tweet Activity Dashboard, and it graphically illustrates the total daily impressions—the number of times your tweets have appeared in other users’ timelines—for any given period.

Why should you care? Well, the stat lover in me just thinks Twitter Analytics is kind of cool.

But it’s also extremely useful for individuals and organizations that want to measure the effectiveness of their social networking activity on Twitter.

By David Rivers | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keep Up with Technology — and Keep Your Career Afloat


I’ll be the first to admit I’m no spring chicken. Over the past 20 years, I’ve personally witnessed major changes in the workplace and the way we do business, thanks to the evolution of technology.

They call it “progress” and for the most part, these changes have been for the better. But new graduates, who were born into a high-tech world and do almost everything with technology, have a distinct advantage over existing workers who feel like they’re being left behind while struggling to keep up with all the changes.

Yes, getting lazy about learning new technology is a great way to kiss your career goodbye. But staying relevant doesn’t have to be scary—or even difficult.

By Willem Knibbe | Monday, July 07, 2014

Introducing the lynda.com Marketing Segment


Ever since people have been trying to sell, people have been trying to market (I love the peek at early soap opera ads in our Content Marketing and the Art of Storytelling documentary).

The rise of the Internet provided an exciting new marketing channel, and now businesses are spending $7.3 billion on online advertising alone in an attempt to reach the 245 million people using the Internet. Social media and self-service tools like AdWords have also helped level the playing field such that businesses of all sizes can (and must!) leverage these channels to be competitive in today’s hyperconnected world.

lynda.com introduced our first marketing courses in 2010, and now—with more than 50 courses and plenty more in the works—the subject is leaving the Business nest to soar on its own as the new Marketing segment.

By Maria Langer | Saturday, June 28, 2014

Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page


If there’s one thing that’s true about any Web-based application, it’s that change is inevitable. While Twitter doesn’t often make major changes to its interface, the recent update to its user profile feature was a complete facelift, leaving a cleaner look and more features for sharing information about yourself with others.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Q&A With Best-Selling Author Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger spent a decade studying what makes products and ideas go viral. Now the research behind his New York Times best-selling book Contagious: Why Things Catch On is available in a lynda.com course.

In the example-rich, one-hour course Viral Marketing: Crafting Shareable Content, the Wharton School marketing professor shares the six steps to crafting messages and information that get people talking.

In a recent Q&A, Berger revealed some surprises in his own research, corrected a common misconception about viral marketing—and told us about the one product he loves to share.

By Ray Villalobos | Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Tips for approaching social networking

Facebook didn’t seem that big to me until a few years ago when I was running a network of web sites for a group of radio stations and I noticed that traffic was starting to wane suddenly without significant changes to the site. After some research, I found the problem—DJs had suddenly discovered social media. They were no longer promoting our station web site, but instead getting people involved in their own profiles on Facebook and Twitter. I found that the station listeners were also shifting their activities from participation on the station site to time on other social networks. Losing traffic to Facebook was scary at first, but eventually, we caught on and learned that we needed to treat shifts in the industry as opportunies to engage our audience, rather than a fight with the latest trend.

As Facebook fast approaches one billion users, it’s getting harder and harder to ignore social networking. If you’re new to social— it’s time to get ramped up! In this blog, I’ll share my thoughts on social media, and offer some quick tips for new brands just getting started with social.

Screenshot of the lynda.com Facebook page with 100 thousand likes.

Today the lynda.com Facebook page has 100,000 likes, but every brand page has to build their community up from zero.

Rethinking social, what it’s for, and how to use it

Ultimately the problem a lot of people have with social media properties like YouTube and Facebook is that we tend to think of them as time pits instead of resources. For web developers, designers, and anyone working freelance, it’s important to recognize that social media sites can be helpful tools that make reaching out to your clients quicker and easier. Every business has their own group of people they’re trying to reach and build relatonships with. Inherently, those people you’re trying to reach are your social network. Facebook, Twitter, and others give you the software you need to reach out to your social network, so it’s important to embrace these tools, become social, and work on discovering the best ways to serve your audience.

When you’re thinking about what to post on your social networks, consider what it is you’re trying to promote, what special thing about that promotion you’re trying to communicate, who your audience is, and what social communities your audiences are hanging out in—then you can work on deciding the most efficient ways to promote and share your message. Is enough of your audience on Twitter to justify opening up a new account for your business? Would your audience be responsive to a live uStream event? Where should you put photos of the event—Flickr, Facebook, PhotoBucket?

Instead of trying to spend your time chasing after the latest craze, be strategic. Really take some time to think about your target market, who they are, and where they socialize. Also, think about your own brand identity—what channels represent what you, and your brand, are all about? Are there some social venues that communicate what you do better than others? For example, if you have a lot of video content, but not a lot of news, you might find YouTube and Facebook to be better choices than a micro-blogging platform like Twitter. Try opening up accounts here and there, but limit the time you dedicate to them until you figure out what’s a good fit, what’s reasonable, and what gives you the most return.

Thinking beyond Facebook

As I mentioned before, it’s hard to ignore Facebook’s billion-user fan base, and you should definitely have a presence there, but what about the other social media channels like YouTube, and Twitter? I’d recommend trying to find ways to “mashup” the time you spend working with other services so your social media strategy is more manageable.

In my experience, I’ve found that Twitter is probably the best way to send quick updates on the go. You can update twitter through any phone (not just smart phones thanks to Twitter SMS) and it can be connected to your Facebook accounts so that a post in Twitter will feed to your Facebook page. Plus, I tend to think the 140-character limit helps you keep your messages focused.

YouTube is a much better venue if your focus is on video content and it, too, can be set to automatically update your Facebook and Twitter accounts any time a video is posted to your YouTube channel. Plus, you can record, edit, and post a video to YouTube directly from most smart phones, which makes account setup and maintenance easy.

If you’re considering going the Google+ route, one major benefit is Google hangouts. Google hangouts are a great way to hold meetings, and now with the addition of Hangouts on air, they’re also a compelling way to stream meetings. Aside from making yourself more accessible to a broader audience reach, having brand representation in multiple social networks also makes you more visible to search engines and can improve your ranking in search results.

Final thoughts and resources

If you’re feeling stuck, just remember to start by thinking of your audience—they are your own social network, after all— then use the tools the sites provides to engage with your followers and your business will naturally grow.

If you’re just getting started with social media, I recommend checking out Ann Marie Concepcion‘s course Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitterto learn more about dozens of ways to promote your brand, increase sales, engage customers, and drive site traffic using Facebook and Twitter.

Interested in more?• All business courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:• Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter• Google+ First Look• LinkedIn Essential TrainingYouTube Essential Training

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