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!

 

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Are You Proactively Posting?

How often do you wish that things would magically happen for you?

  • Man, I wish my bed would make itself
  • Wouldn’t it be nice if my laundry was clean all of the time
  • It sure would be wonderful if my meals would just appear whenever I’m hungry
  • Boy oh boy would it be cool if everyone on Twitter followed me all at once!!

All of these things have one thing in common… they’re not going to happen!

This week we’re going to have a little lesson on being PROACTIVE. Let’s do this by learning to water our Social-Media-gardens and letting them grow!

1. Post Fresh Content Daily

If content is king, then consistency is the key. By posting fresh content everyday you are giving your readers a reason to come back time after time. The idea is to keep the things you share topic based. For instance, if you’re always posting “Celebrity Gossip” then you probably shouldn’t randomly share information on the “Financial World and Stock Exchange.” Not that it’s going to hurt you, but chances are it won’t help.

2. Schedule Content Ahead of Time

This might be seen as cheating a little bit in the Social Media world since everything is supposed to be right this minute and happening now. However I find that scheduling your Tweets and Facebook posts can really help on those busy days when you might otherwise forget. Many studies have been done to determine what the optimal times to post content for each platform are. If you apply those and find the right service to schedule content (I use Hootsuite) then you’re golden!

3. Actively Build New Connections

One of the biggest lessons we learned in preschool was to make friends. How did we do that? Usually by SHARING! Back then it was sharing our toys; nowadays it’s by sharing someone’s content and tagging them in it. Remember everyone likes to receive “props” and they’ll most likely share those “props” which in turn is free advertising for you to all of their followers. Ba-da bing, ba-da BOOM! (See example of sharing below…)

Your turn! How are you PROACTIVE on your accounts?

Let us know in the comments below!

So You Think You Can Hashtag?

To kick off the “Social Media Series”, let’s talk about hash-tagging.

Hashtagging hand symbol

** Hashtag-hand-gesture curated by Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake. If you haven’t seen the video watch it here!

Are you an offender of some major Hashtag felonies? No worries, ListaLand has you covered with a few tips on how to get out of Social Media jail and help you share your content! Don’t be that person with the meaningless hashtags that get you nothing (see below)! Just like most everything in life, it’s all about quality over quantity…

Hashtags

From all of the Social Media content and articles I have read these are three golden nuggets of wisdom I can share:

1. Use no more than THREE hashtags… and make them good. The amount of hashtags you use really does matter. Nothing cheapens your post quite like a million nonsensical hashtags. Often times you will see that there is a specified hashtag for certain events and causes. Try to use those as the meat of your hashtagging instead of the ones that everyone use like #love, #PhotoOfTheDay or even the dreaded and desperate #FollowMe.

2. Also hashtags won’t work that well if your profile is “private”  because no one other than your friends will be able to see your content…just something to consider.

3. Please optimize your descriptions and titles and links. I mean it’s a super simple way to gain credibility because no one wants to click-on/follow someone who has poor grammar or broken links.

For more SOCIAL MEDIA tips come back next week for another installment on the ListaLand Social Media Series!