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Azure Collier
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Thanks to +Donna Moritz for listing my tip! This is a comprehensive post. Lots of great info.

36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without http://ow.ly/IDhF2 
We asked 19 Social Media Pros to share their Top Visual Content Creation Tools. Here are 36 of their top tools and a handy cheat sheet for the Top 5.
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Thank you for YOUR great tips - it was only a post that could have been written with great people contributing!   Have a great weekend! 
 
Keep this handy if you're new to #emailmarketing  or need a refresh on the best practices.

[Infographic] Before You Send: Your Email Checklist

Every day, businesses send 89 billion emails.

With the amount of messages vying for attention in your recipients’ inboxes each day, you may be wondering how your email can stand out and make an impact.

If you’re just getting started with email marketing, or even if you’ve been using it for years, it’s important to cover all of the best practices before you press send.

To help you out, we’ve created the Before You Send: Your Email Checklist so you can increase your open rate and ensure each messages’s success.

View the infographic on the +Constant Contact blog: http://ow.ly/HAhI4 
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Fun first day of the #VisualChallenge  - today's assignment was creating an anchor image. I created this one using Canva and thought this would be a good #MondayMotivation quote. Do you agree? 
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You're welcome. :)

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Noticed a few changes on #Pinterest  lately? I have some tips on how to share pins since Pinterest launched Smart Feed: http://ow.ly/GDuaj 

5 Best Practices You Can Use to Get Your Pins Found in Pinterest’s Smart Feed

If you’re a regular Pinterest user, you’ve noticed some recent changes in the Pinterest feed.

Pinterest has introduced an algorithm — known as the smart feed — that has changed the way content is displayed for users.

Instead of seeing a stream of chronological content from the people you follow, you’re seeing content that is chosen for you by the smart feed algorithm. It was designed to improve the user experience by displaying relevant content based on a combination of criteria.

What does the Pinterest smart feed mean for your business?
The Pinterest feed is no longer based on chronological order, so your content isn’t always going to appear at the exact time and date that you pin it.

But don’t worry — there are lots of things you can do with your Pinterest content to make sure it shows up in the Pinterest feeds of your followers and as related pins for potential new followers.

Read 5 Best Practices You Can Use to Get Your Pins Found in Pinterest’s Smart Feed on the +Constant Contact blog: http://ow.ly/GDuaj 
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Want to dress up your visual content for your #socialmedia networks or your #blog  for the #holidays

I've got a new post on my blog that shows you how:

The holidays are a great time to experiment with your visual content, but if you’re not a designer or have paid the big bucks for software like Photoshop, how do you create seasonal visuals that look designer-made?

Fortunately, there’s a lot of available tools that are free or low-cost to help you create images that will help you stand out in a sea of holiday content. 

Read the full post: 3 tools you can use to create holiday designs ow.ly/Fgvga
The holidays are a great time to experiment with your visual content, but if you’re not a designer or have paid the big bucks for software like Photoshop, how do you create seasonal visuals that lo...
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My newest +Constant Contact blog post! 

How to Use #Pinterest Analytics to Create Content Your Audience Will Love

If you’re on Pinterest, it’s important to take full advantage of the site’s analytics dashboard, Pinterest Analytics.

Pinterest Analytics are designed to help you get the most from Pinterest by giving you the insights you need to create content your audience will love.

Pinterest recently updated the platform, introducing a new look and adding a number of powerful new features.

If you haven’t taken a look yet, here’s a summary of what you’ll find in the new Pinterest analytics - ow.ly/CKuIh. 
If you’re on Pinterest, it’s important to take full advantage of the site’s analytics dashboard, Pinterest Analytics. Pinterest Analytics are designed to h
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Thank you +Kimberly Reynolds :)
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Great post from +Hootsuite on optimizing your images when posting to multiple places>>  How to Choose Social Media Images 
Helpful guidelines for choosing the most effective and engaging social media images
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Something I need to bookmark because I always forget and need to look it up later!

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Day 2 of the #VisualChallenge - the theme is Put Your Spin On It - create an image using a quote. This quote from +Ann Handley was a perfect match for an image I had :)
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Keep this handy for visual content creation!
 
[Infographic] 2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet and Image Tricks

I updated the Social Media Cheat Sheet infographic from last year, check it out on the +Constant Contact blog! 
http://blogs.constantcontact.com/social-media-image-sizes/ 

This year's post also includes seven social media image tricks! 

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And thank you for sharing +Kim Vij!
 
 
I've been seeing this theme of quality vs. quantity on a couple of marketing blogs lately and it makes me happy! The best followers are the right followers - people who are invested in your business or brand. 

Quality Over Quantity: How to Get More Followers That Count via +Hootsuite 
Know how to get more followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is important. But is quantity of followers more important than quality of followers?
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Great Google+ branding advice via +Plus Your Business! - I need to carve out a little time and make sure I've done everything on this list! 
If you are looking to stand out from the crowd then this handy visual guide will give you new ideas, and a fresh perspective on how Google+ will help!
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Content Manager, Social Media and Core Curriculum
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  • Constant Contact
    Content Manager, Social Media and Core Curriculum, 2011 - present
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Manager of Integrated Media, 2009 - 2011
  • Fitchburg State University
    Public Relations/Publications Specialist, 2004 - 2009
  • The Times of Northwest Indiana
    Reporter, 1999 - 2004
  • Journal and Courier
    Reporter, 2007 - 1999
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Social media marketer, writer, blogger, educator, webinar host
Introduction
Former Midwesterner turned New Englander working in social media marketing
Education
  • Purdue University
    Communications-journalism, 1994 - 1998
  • Fitchburg State University
    Master's in applied communications, 2006 - 2009
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Female
Birthday
January 26
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Married
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Domschke
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