3 Tips for Using Twitter Effectively

I seem to spend the majority of my time working on the ListaLand brand with its Twitter account. I am constantly asking myself am I doing enough? Is all the time I spend reading articles and tweeting about them really even worth it? Am I gaining any traction in the Social world or am I standing still? Sometimes it’s hard to tell when there aren’t direct grades or numbers to prove your overall success… am I right?!

Here are a couple of ways that have helped me better my engagement with fellow bloggers and Social Media freaks like me.

1. Always give credit where credit is due

Some people tweet about random things like what the person next them in line just said or about dropping their toothbrush in the toilet. The unimportance of said tweets renders them excused from this rule, but for the rest of you I highly recommend tagging a person &/or company in anything about them.

Crediting people > free advertising for everyone > social media karma coming your way!

2. Schedule your tweets.

Do yourself a favor and schedule your tweets. It’s hard to remember to pump out a few tweets during your day. Are you really going to stop and tweet about that awesome Forbes article you read on your coffee break? Chances are no. Plus that’s so inconvenient!

I am forever indebted to Hootsuite for being my favorite posting platform. I recently started using the AutoSchedule feature which sends your posts at optimal times making this tweet scheduling thing a mindless activity in my book! > #EPIC

Hootsuite Dashboard

3. Be nice and RT/favorite things you LIKE!

If you like it, prove it. It’s that simple. Send out some good social vibes and share other people’s content.

I’m not saying have a hay day and RT the next ten things on your feed, but if something resonates with you don’t be shy and let the Tweeter know! You know you love it when some one retweets or favorites your content. #ShareTheLove

Your turn! What are some top Twitter tips you’ve learned?

 

Social Media & The Endless Summer

Who else feels like summer is never ending? I’m in San Francisco now and the warm weather won’t stop!

The reason I even bring this up is as a way for me to transition into all that you might have missed from @ListaLand and me, @siesiesanchez, during the really warm weather this summer!

Here are some Summer 2014 highlights brought to you by Twitter:

& now I’m back in the city working as a Social Media Intern for Hint Water! #DrinkHint

What Social Media platform did you share the most on this summer? Share a link with me in the comments below!

ListaLand Guest Post on Dear Serendipity

In case you haven’t noticed the excitement already exuded on Twitter about ListaLand’s GUEST POST on Dear Serendipity, I’m putting it out there once more!

My close friend Emily of Dear Serendipity, a fashion and lifestyle blog based out of San Francisco, contacted me about sharing a few Social Media tips for all the fashion bloggers out there… and boy-oh-boy did I have some! We’re talking “Pinning”, Tumblr Hashtags and using Bloglovin.

Interested? Go take a look! Enjoy 🙂

Dear Serendipity Guest Post

Turn Your Favorite Web Page into a Button

If you’re like me you have a few websites that you find yourself constantly looking up on your iPhone throughout the day. I mean these are important websites because obviously you can’t wait for a computer and that’s what 4G is for anyways…am I right?!

So here’s a trick that will help you bypass about 3 steps and take you straight to the page you’re looking for online.

1. Open Safari on your iPhone and go to the web page of your choosing.

Searching for website

 

2. Once you arrive at the web page, tap the arrow as if you want to send the page and this menu will pop up. When it does select “Add to Home Screen”.

Select Add to Home Screen3. Now you’ll have the opportunity to name your button what ever you desire. I chose to label it “ListaLand” because that is the blog I want to open to with ease. When you’re done select “Add” in the upper right-hand corner.

Label your web page

4. The button will now appear on your home screen and you can place it anywhere you like.

Place the button where you want

Now you’ll be able to open your most visited webpages super quick. I made buttons for ListaLand and the schedule for my gym!

What web pages would you like to be able to open easily?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

Social Media Hacks You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

This week while surfing the net I found an article that could be deemed one of the most useful articles of all time… (I mean as far as managing our social networks go!) I present to you Social Media Tips You’ll Wish You’d Known Sooner!

Here are my picks for the most useful tips:

1. Changing Facebook “friends” to “acquaintances”

We can all relate to scrolling through our Facebook news feed’s only to care about one of every six posts. I mean do any of us talk to really even talk to 1/12 of the people we’re “friends” with anyways? Chances are no. Thanks to Facebook and this link now you don’t have to look at those randos anymore! All you have to do is make sure you’re logged into Facebook and follow the steps.

Facebook's Organize

2. Save your photos with a filter from Instagram

Every photo looks better with a filter right? If you take photos on “Airplane mode” and try to upload it to Instagram, the photos will not be posted but instead saved to your Camera Roll. You can save them as nice photos or just upload them later and “double filter” them for extra photo editing.

Airplane Mode

3. All your accomplishments on hand thanks to LinkedIn

Need a resume in a quick minute? Well if you’re on LinkedIn getting one should be a simple as clicking your heels together three times. Just use the Resume Builder! Choose from over ten templates and the program will organize all of your information for you. BAM.

LinkedIn Resume Builder

Those are just some of the things that will help you take advantage of all of your networks. Visit the article for more tips on how to better use Pinterest, Twitter and more!

What are some of your favorite social media hacks?

Let us know in the comments below!

The Art of the Shout-Out

Here at ListaLand we’ve talked a lot about how to post and what you should be posting. What we haven’t talked about is how to properly share your work with someone and/or share their work with your world. We’d like to call this “The Art of the Shout-Out” or “S/O” for short…

Sharing helps you make friends. In the social media world the person with the most friends wins. Simple as that.

1. Sharing on Twitter

Today we’re pretty lucky to be able to contact anyone in the world just by writing them a quick 140 character note via Twitter. Whether they respond or not is -sometimes unfortunately- up to them (cough*@RyanGosling*cough). All you can do is send them a quick and positive tweet to share with them and your following why you liked their work!

Don’t forget:

  • Tag them with their respective Twitter Handle
  • Share a link to their work (Bitly helps you shorten links)
  • Use the appropriate hashtag related to what you’re talking about. (Hashtags are super important if you don’t have a link to share because they help you “join the conversation”)

2. Sharing on Pinterest

Pinterest is awesome because it is the best online filing system I’ve ever come across. What’s so cool about Pinterest is that not only can you “pin” ideas you like for yourself, but those pins are automatically shared with those who follow your profile and so on. This is the domino affect at its finest!

How to Share on Pinterest

Some websites have a “Pin It” button which makes for easy pinning, but for those that don’t you’ll have to upload it the ol’ fashioned way. In the upper right-hand corner of the Pinterest page there is button that offers different ways to add a pin. You can upload something from your desktop or add a link from a website too!

Don’t forget:

  • Include keywords in your description.
  • Hashtagging doesn’t really work on Pinterest

3. Sharing on Facebook

We all know what sharing on Facebook is. You go to your status, paste the link, press post. Easy-peasy right? The only problem is that sharing this way doesn’t ensure the people from the content you’re sharing know you’re sharing it. You are simply back-linking for them which is cool, but you won’t get any credit for it. What you should do is use the SHARE button.

How to Share on Facebook

Say I wanted to share this delicious recipe from The Gourmet Gab. I simply need to go to her Facebook page, find her post of the recipe, press share, write my own blurb about it, then post! This will help her “Sharing Statistics” on Facebook and she’ll definitely know that I’m the one who shared it.

Don’t forget: 

  • Explain why you’re sharing it to your Facebook friends

If you positively and consistently sharing content you might just gain some friends or at the very least appear to be super supportive and nice! #winning

How do you use social media to promote the things you like?

Let us know in the comments below!

 

Effective Online Writing from Your Friends @Yahoo

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am officially the proud owner of The Yahoo Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World.

The Yahoo Style GuideThe book expands on all things blogging, newsletters, email, UI text, SEO, mobile, HTML and copyright in its 512 pages. Mind you I have only made it to page six, but this is what I’ve learned.

Three guidelines for effective online writing:

1. Keep it short.

  • Make sure your words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages are short! It’s a good idea to include bulleted lists for organization.
  • Slim down your copy as if you’re making and brochure but for an online format.

2. Front-load your content.

  • Put most important content in the upper-left area of the screen (this is where the eyes naturally go first).
  • The most important elements of your content should be emphasized with headlines, boldface type and or other visual cues.
  • Make sure to use keywords that people might search for.

3. Keep it simple.

  • Only include 1-2 ideas per short paragraph.
  • Use simple language that is easy to scan opposed to more technical and sophisticated terms.

Write understandably

…And that’s just the start of the book! I can’t even wait to get into more!

Do you have any of your own personal guidelines for effective writing? 

Share with us in the comments below!