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20 Reasons to switch to Google+ [Infographic]

Google+ is a very powerful Social Networking site.  I have not been able to crack the code yet.  However, a couple  things I like about Google+ is the circles, hangouts and search Read more

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Happy Twitter Birthday to Me!

Today is my Twitter Birthday! 3 years ago I joined Twitter.  Who would have thought that my decision to join Twitter to chat with my friends would turn Read more

Mom Bloggers By The Numbers [Infographic]

Did you know that there are about 4 million Mom Bloggers in the United States? Mom Bloggers are very powerful and influential voices. Mom Bloggers are also very picky about the brands they

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How Tech Savvy Are Today’s Dads? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Today’s 2.0 dad is very Tech Savvy! There are 67.8 Million Dads in the U.S.   82% of today’s modern dads share the responsibility of caring for their children and do more shopping, cooking and Read more

Wordless Wednesday: Celebrating Bloggy Bootcamp Day #bloggybootcamp

I’m celebrating Bloggy Bootcamp Day today! About one year ago I attended my very first blogging conference for women.  Bloggy Bootcamp is my favorite blogging conference for women because Read more

Pinterest is a Game Changer

Pinterest growth is explosive!  The site boast over 11 million visitors per week.  The biggest attraction to Pinterest is the ability to organize pins on boards and share information on multiple social networks.  You can share your pins online via the web, Facebook, Twitter.  If you have an iPhone you can also install the application very Read more

Tech Thursday – How and When to use Klout.com +K

Last week Klout.com  introduced +K on their corporate website.  +K is peer influence recognition program. It gives users the ability to vouch for your friends influence.   The influence topics are created by Klout.com’s algorithm.  Users can not create their own influence topics.  So how and when should you use a +K influence voucher?   Read more

Whoops! How to retract a Facebook Invitation

Have you been in a situation where you accidentally sent a Facebook invite and need to retract the request?  Or you sent an invite a couple weeks ago and still waiting to be added as a friend?  Would you like to retract the request? Read more

Happy 5th Birthday Twitter! We’re celebrating Twitter Birthdays.

The following post was featured on Latinos in Social Media Tech Tuesday post on March 22, 2011:

It’s Twitter’s Birthday this week!  Twitter was created by Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006, and launched in July 2006.   The Twttr project was created after a brainstorming session between board members of podcasting company Odeo when Dorsey introduced the idea of an individual using an SMS service to communicate with a small group.   Read more

Business for Blogging – Live Blogging from Bloggy Bootcamp

Speakers: Lisa Leonard, Amy Bradley Hole, Danielle Liss, Francesca Banducci and Tiffany Romero

Intro Speaker – Tiffany Romero (@TiffanyRom)

How many of you have a separate bank account for Blogging Business.  If you are making more than $3000 you want to have a separate bank account

Education write-offs: Blogging, Website, Web hosting site. You want to be aware of setting up business by obtaining Lawyers. Do not google the lawyer.

Francesca Banducci: You want an attorney to help you make heads or tails of the contracts.

Tiffany Romero: Get the help that you need. Act as though you are owning a business. Get that .com. When you get the media kit make sure it matches your blog design. Ask for help

I.  Branding yourself – Speaker Amy Bradley-Hole (@Amybhole)

Branding isn’t a bad word.

How a personal brand can help your blog:

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What are my distinguishing characteristics and personality traits? Think about the stuff that people recognize about you right about the time they meet you?  When your friends describe you what do they notice about you?
  2. What are my guiding principles and values? Things about you that will never change?
  3. Role on the web? What are you going to do on the internet?
  4. What is my promise? What do you promise readers they will get by reading your blog?
  5. What is my story? Think about what is your story.  You better claim your story before someone else does.  What brought you to the point where you are today?  Think about it like an “About you” page.

Once you answer the questions above.  If there is someone else doing the same thing, scratch it out and start again.  You have to be different.  Promises if you think long and hard you will be different.  Figuring out what your Brand is simple.  If it’s simple why is it so hard.  Of you ask to own it.

It is however, harder for women to brand or change your brand.  When you get to root of who you are can sometimes be painful and uncomfortable.  However, it is so so worth it.    If you know your brand.   Every time you consider writing a blog post or have a question and ask yourself – – Does this opportunity match my brand?

Brand does not equal niche.

For more information about Branding check out Amy online at following:

http://bebetterbranding.com
http://twitter.com/letsbetter
http://facebook.com/BeBetterBranding

Speaker – Tiffany Romero (@TiffanyRom)

  • Her brand is connecting women. The secret to success is support.  She uses the same handle. She uses the same picture on her Twitter, Facebook and all online profiles.
  • Blogging Business relationships: Word gets out about how you are to get along with.  Don’t bad mouth people.  If you become a bad liability – – its over.
  • Any idea on blogging she buys the .com.  This is her interesting hobby.  Put the word “the” in front of the blog business.
  • Take legitimate feedback about your brand.
  • If she gives out every secret.  She gives it up.  Every time one of us gets better – – we ALL get better.
  • Question – Do you need to be making income to start a corporation.  Answer:  No.  It costs money to set it up.  It is worth it.

II.   10 Business Tips for Business Blogging – Lisa Leonard (@lisaleonard)

Intro – Lisa Leonard is one of the first person who took Blogging for Business to the next level.  She has a great presence online.  She is in the jewelery business. (Tiffany Romero).

Here are 10 tips for Business Blogging:

  1. Use amazing photos – Whatever your product is make a storyboard.  If you have beautiful pictures, people will come back.
  2. Have a unique story – If you can be unique.  You have a market.  Even if you are selling someone else’s products have
  3. If you are selling business – Have a unique approach to selling a business. People want to see what is happening behind the scenes.  People will feel more connected to you.
  4. Network with other bloggers – She started partnerships with other bloggers and that is what launched her business into new levels.    Marketing ToolsTwitter, Facebook, Pinterest (insanely beautiful pictures), Instagrm.  You can do it well.
  5. Build your newsletter – My emma email marketing tool was used to build newsletter.  Generated a lot of sales.
  6. Hire and delegate your tasks – Don’t hire your best friend.  Shipping
  7. Keep good data and consult your gut –  Put together profit and loss sheet.  What does it really cost and what your charging.  What is next product going to be.
  8. Get inspired – What inspires you.  Know what inspires you.   Refreshes you and gets you excited about business.
  9. Keep brand image that is consistent – From business cards, to your pictures on your blog. Don’t get pissed off & blog about it.
  10. Keep debt to a minimum – In current economy you want to keep costs down.  It can cause stress if you have a lot of debt.  Not having lots of debt causes freedom.

Speakers – Tiffany Romero (TR) & Francesca Banducci (FB)

  • Learn to use different tools (ie Instagram, etc..) (TR)
  • Everyone in this room has a  unique experience.  80% of business don’t have that experience and you can make this your business. (FB)
  • You may want to consider tweeting for other businesses and know how to engage properly.  Use hashtags #. (TR)
  • For products – Make sure you know how to isolate and identify demographic for twitter followers. (TR)
  • Put together scope of work. Set time points.  For example.  After 3 months we will evaluate the work to see if this works out for you.
  • Stand up for yourself. – Don’t do stuff for free.

III.   Contract Law for Bloggers – Speaker – Danielle Liss (@danielleliss)

Intro – Daniel is an attorney.  Her passion is to help Bloggers with Contract Law.

Who do you enter contracts with? Brands, Ad Networks, Hosting companies, Corporations

Types of contracts
Formal written contracts, oral contracts, written contracts in multiple parts, like email chain.

What is a contract?
In order to have a contract there needs to be an offer and a contract.

Contract Fundamentals (Translation)

  • Consideration – How much you’re getting paid.
  • Term – Don’t sign a contract without a term.  Make sure contract states that everything needs to be done in writing.
  • Confidentiality – Don’t disclose what you learn on the job.  Blogger will not disclose information learned during performance of the agreement.
  • Non-disparagement – Don’t trash talk your company
  • Non-compete – You can’t do similar work with X for a period of X years.  Highly litigated.  Negotiate length of time or distance.
  • Choice of Law – Agreement was drafted in state governed by the laws of the State of California.  Common provisions and states where the company is located.  Important this is to have a provision so that you know which state law will govern.  If no Choice of law provision, try to get one in.
  • Indemnity – If a company gets sued you will pay for companies defense.  Make sure it states due to your negligence.
  • Brands – If you are working with Brands, inquire as to whether or not they carry advertising insurance.  This may a part of their companies liability insurance.  Ask them if they have advertising insurance.  This may only apply to larger companies.

Terms you want!

  • Modifications to be made in writing, signed by both parties.
  • Don’t agree to type 1 indemnity claim
  • Indemnity only if there is negligence.
  • Termination of the agreement after 30 days upon written notice.
  • No non-compete or shortest possible term.
  • No AAA Arbitration – EXPENSIVE!!! More expensive than regular lawsuit.

IV.   Developing A Media Kit That Works for You – Speaker Francesca Banducci (@SITSgirls)

Download Media Kit Worksheet to help you prepare your Media Kit here: Hands on Media Kit Workshop Worksheet

Pretend your a brand and asked  for a media kit.  A media kit talks about you and what you can offer an advertising company detailing various options for advertising.

Why do you need a Media Kit?

  • You decide to take monetizing seriously.
  • You need way to tell people why they should work with you.
  • Your blog is growing
  • You want to effectively communicate with PR & Branding.

Your job as a bloger is to sell your best asset. Make sure to highlight whatever you do best in your media kit.

Common elements of Media Kit:

  • Blog focus or niche.
  • Social Media influence.
  • Traffic Stats
  • Reader demographics
  • Sponsorship opportunities and rates.
  • Publicity your blog has received.
  • Editorial calendar

Traffic Generation & Monitoring Tools:

  • Everyone should have a google alert.
  • Crowdbooster.com measures true twitter reach
  • Spend time writing good content. (example of good content @childhood)
  • Where you focus attention is where you get results.

Five Essentials for media kit:

  1. Provide call to action – Be specific about what you offer. Include list of services you provide, 125×125 graphic, sponsored posts, giveaways, sponsored tweets.
  2. Offer testimonials of work with other brands – Postive reviews, facebook posts or mentions.
  3. Get visual – Add professional looking headshot, Provide screenshots of your site, show graphic of stats.
  4. Highlight your elevator pitch – 31 day challenge day one.  Be enthusiastic
  5. Cover Basics

Additional Reading:
How To Fire Your Ad Network And Start Making Money From Your Blog
Blog to Business
30 days of SEO

The Power of Social Media

Yuzu Tea

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I will be attending a tea cupping at California Tea and Coffee Brewery today.

I want to show the world the power of social media.  Will you help me?

I will be giving away 2  tea samplings to one lucky follower on twitter and one lucky follower on Facebook.  The samples contain 8 delicious loose leaf teas  from California Tea and Coffee Brewery.

Here is how to participate:

1.  Check out California Tea and Coffee Brewery website and write a comment below about your favorite tea and why?  Be creative.

2. Twitter followers: Follow @CA_tea and @Eva_Smith on Twitter so that we can DM you.

3.  Facebook followers:  Follow California Tea on Facebook and write a comment on the tea of the Day post.

4. Tweet “I just particpated in The power of social media in tea giveaway: http://ow.ly/442u9

5.  Follow my tweets from the event and retweet the teas you love.  I’ll be tweeting lots of pictures of delicious tea. Follow the hashtag #catea

The winners will be announced randomly after the event.

This is not a paid post my honest opinions were used.  I did not receive any products or compensation in return for this post.

Upcoming Social Media, Blogging & Professional Networking Events

Moon over San Diego.

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Latinos in Social Media
Largest Professional Network for Latino Professionals. Connect with other Latinos or get to know Latino market by joining and following events. Weekly Twitter parties on Thursdays, periodic meetups are being planned throughout the United States.   For list of upcoming conferences check out Latism Conference Lineup.  For list of all events check out the Latism.org calendar.

Bloggy Bootcamp:
The conferences give women the opportunity to increase their understanding of blogging and social media, while sitting next to their favorite people from their online world. The 2011 tour will be hosted in San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Denver & Atlanta, the conference covers everything from photo-editing to social networking to branding. Dates: Various Dates. Tips: Purchase tickets early as tickets go fast.

BlogHer:
Annual conference creates opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. Date(s): August 5-6, 2011 — San Diego, CA Cost: $198 (early bird pricing by Feb 28) Student Price: $75. Tips: If you can not afford the conference pass consider signing up to volunteer in exchange for BlogHership to cover $300 conference fee. You must submit application by February 13, 2011.

LinkedOC 1 Night Only with Seth Godin
Join the largest Orange County Professional Networking group for night of networking and evening with Thought Leader, Seth Godin–best-selling author, A-List lecture circuit speaker and marketing expert. Date(s): March 2, 2011 7pm-9:30pm. Cost: General Admission: $99 VIP $199.

Hispanic Business Showcase:
The Hispanic Business Showcase | Hispanic business Expo/ San Diego Business Showcase offers a unique opportunity to connect with local and regional business leaders and key decision makers from the private and public sector to explore business opportunities, build business relationships and to establish strategic alliances that promote the growth of the local and regional economy. Date(s): April 7, 2011 2pm-7pm — San Diego, CA Cost: Admission $10. Exhibits: starting at $345.00

Hispanicize:
The 2nd Annual Hispanic PR & Social Media Conference is the premier marketing event devoted to provide in-depth professional development and networking opportunities for brand marketers, bloggers, non profits and marketing agencies focused on Hispanic public relations and social media. Date(s): April 6-8, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA

LinkedOC 1 Night Only with Gary Vaynerchuck
Join the largest Orange County Professional Networking group for night of networking & expert marketing insights from one of the most passionate and energetic business people on the planet, Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is a best selling author (Crush it!) and businessman. Date(s): May 18th, 2011 7pm-9:30pm. Cost: General Admission: $99 VIP $199.

Blogging While Brown:
Conference provides Bloggers of Color with an opportunity to meet each other for the first time, discuss current issues affecting Bloggers of Color, and learn about the latest technology that will assist them with publishing their work. Date(s): July 8-9, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA Cost: $199 Register Now.

Wordcamp:
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike. Wordcamp sessions will be held in Irvine, San Diego, Seattle, San Fransisco and more. Check out the schedule for details. Cost: varies.

Current list of events will be maintained on Upcoming events page.

Which conferences are you attending? If your conference is not listed above, which sessions do you recommend?

5 Reasons to attend #ConnectOC 2.0: Children & Community

 

 

 

OC Professionals!  Mark your calendars for ConnectOC 2.0 .  It’s time to get your business cards ready and come on out and connect with new or existing ConnectOC friends!   Read more

How to add a Linkedin Badge to your Facebook

Promote your LinkedIn account with a badge on your Facebook profile. Just enter your LinkedIn username or full url to your LinkedIn profile and choose the style of badge.

Here is a step by step guide to add a Linkedin Badge to a Facebook profile.

Before you begin, log out and then back into Facebook. The site is buggy and often times things should work but don’t.

Step 1 – Assuming to have ADMIN privileges for your Facebook page, login to your Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com

Step 2 – In the upper right “Search” text box, enter “My LinkedIn Profile” and press ENTER.

Step 3 – The app is the first at the top of the list, click “My LinkedIn Profile”

Step 4 – Click ADD TO MY PAGE (top left) and then select the page you want to add it to and click “add to page”

Step 5 – Go back to your Facebook page, and click EDIT PAGE again

Step 6 – You should see “My LinkedIn Profile” in the list of applications, click the pencil/edit icon and select EDIT

Step 7 – You are now on the application details page for your Facebook profile, enter the appropriate LinkedIn url or LinkedIn username and click SAVE

Step 8 – Go back to your Facebook page, and click on the BOXES tab.

Step 9 – The “My LinkedIn Profile” box should be there somewhere, find it and then click it’s pencil/edit icon and select MOVE TO WALL TAB.

Step 10 – Go back to your Facebook page, the box should now be on your wall page.

How to claim your Facebook Fan Page username

1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/username/

2. Select personalized username to see if it is available.

3. Publish your personalized Facebook Fan Page.

PLEASE NOTE: You need a minimum of 25 Facebook Fans to select a personalized username. Make sure that you want to select the name, as Facebook will only allow you to change it once.