Favorite New Tools

It seems like the more you learn, the more you don’t know.  There are so many new tools and features available on a daily, if not hourly basis, that no one person can keep up with it all.

Since the first of the year I have found out, or set up accounts in several new platforms.

Pinterest – a photo sharing social network.  Right now you need to be invited or be put on the wait list.  So many articles are out now to show you how to customize this for your business.

 

PitchEngine – a press release site for you to share your news and have your events or products found.

 

 

Google + – this platform is now up to 90 million plus users and growing exponentially. You can now have business pages and add admins to your pages.

 

Jing – a cool little tool that lets you grab screen shots very easily.  I love this tool and use it to grab screen shots to post to Facebook or Google+ to show people how to do things.

 

What new tool have you found for 2012?

Change

How do you adapt to change?  Do you handle it in stride? Do you accept it with good cheer and look at it as a potential for growth or as a nuisance?

Being in the marketing field has given me a chance to experience change at a rapid pace.  As we all know Facebook can change on a dime and not give notice about the changes. Twitter is undergoing some major renovations.  LinkedIn keeps adding new features.  Google + came onto the scene.  They are, sometimes, good and sometimes not so good. But, the community speaks.

Social media is ever evolving, growing, changing, ebbing and flowing.  I have noticed that the more things change the more they stay the same. Old becomes new – just like the hip- hugger pants of the 70’s are now called low-rise.   If you concentrate your efforts on the basics and add a few new methods, you will be fine.  The big change is – if you are not using digital media as a part of your overall marketing package, you will fall behind.

Overall, if you are incorporating a blog, a Facebook page, and a company page on LinkedIn, you should find a broader reach with your marketing efforts.  Using social media in your package allows you to reach the marketplace where the marketplace looks – on-line.  Gone are the days of people purchasing items based solely on what they see in advertisements.  Today, people purchase on the recommendations of peers with whom they can obtain opinions in a matter of seconds.  Review sites are now common i.e., Yelp, Insiderpages, Viewpoints or citysquares.

Peer review sites are the best way to find out the scoop.  You must remember that people will find a way to post a negative review much more quickly than they will post a glowing positive offering.  Here is a perfect example of that – over 11million views of a video about an airline breaking a singer’s guitar – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YGc4zOqozo. To overcome this you must “change” with the tide and use social media to address customer service concerns and provide positive testimonials to buffer any negative comments.

What changes are you experiencing with your marketing goals?

Learning New Things

As I am embarking on this journey, I am learning many new things. One of which is how to use WordPress. After having used Blogspot for a couple of years, the operations are a bit different.

Additionally, coming from total HTML website design to trying to incorporate a website into WordPress, you look at things much differently.

Have you learned any more about Google+? What are your feelings on that application?

How about the changes recently with Facebook? Are they attempting to change too many things at one time? Are they welcome changes by the 750m users?