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Oh Google+, why do I keep on going away from you and then realising how awesome you are all the time?
Actually, it is the community that is awesome. And I think to get the most out of Google+ you need to spend time with it. It is like any relationship, quality time matters.

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+Hania Whitfield Yes ma'am, well said.  
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Think Pinterest is irrelevant for your business? Think again!

Mr. Manly himself, +Jeff Sieh​ of +Manly Pinterest Tips​ is the guest of the +Social Media Examiner​ podcast with +Michael Stelzner​.

Just oozing with tips and great advice, +Jeff Sieh​ gives a bit of history on how he came to be working with Pinterest and how listening to the wonderful +Cynthia Sanchez​ on the podcast put it on his radar. Some great tips and lots on how powerful a traffic driver Pinterest is.

I won't go on, but do have a listen!

#Pinterest #SocialMedia
 
Read/listen now: http://bit.ly/1IjgcFs

Do you use Pinterest for your business?

Want to know what works on Pinterest?

Click here to learn how to improve your Pinterest marketing as Mike interviews Jeff Sieh: http://bit.ly/1IjgcFs -Kim

#pinterestmarketing #smexaminer
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A fantastic resource from +Andrea Beltrami (as always). If you use blogging to market your business then you can't ignore visual content any longer. You need to see this right now!
 
The Ultimate Visual Blogging Resource Guide

I’ve gathered and categorized all the visual blogging badassery you need to step up your blogging game and propel your brand into the instantly recognizable stratosphere.

A one stop shop that will take you from half-ass to bad-ass on the visual mastery scale! To make sure you find what you need in the quickest amount of time I’ve organized this resource guide into 5 categories.

➽Blog Images
➽Tools & Resources
➽Design Best Practices
➽Visual Content Mastery
➽Miscellaneous Blogging Badassery

Today's post is packed with 50 of the most badass visual blogging tutorials, strategies, tips & resources for dominating your visual blogging game.

Devour the strategies here:  http://bit.ly/visual-blogging

#visualcontent #bloggingtips #bloggingforbusiness #digitalmarketing
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You're the best {as aslways!}, brotha - high five for allll the social love, +Ian Anderson Gray!!
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Stop being a Robot on Social Media and be Responsible!

It's so easy to hide behind our computer or smartphone screens and forget that we are still interacting with other human beings on social media. I don't know about you, but I find it so tempting to automate whilst forgetting about my audience.

I know I am not alone.

I passionately believe you can set up social media automation whilst being authentic, but it's not always easy to do. But that brings me on to something else, how honest can you be online? Is transparency always a good thing?

I'd love to know what you think. Do have a read of my article and let me have your comments!

#authenticity   #honesty   #socialmedia   #automation  
#TLF   #TW   #nq  
How honest can you be online? How honest should you be? Is transparency a good thing? How about authenticity? Is honesty and transparency the same thing? How do these come into play when you are marketing your business?
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Fancy winning a free ticket to The Big Social Media Conference in Manchester?

There’s a big social media conference coming to the UK this year, and it’s called…. wait for it… The Big Social Media Conference! Basically, it is what it says “on the tin”! I can’t tell you how excited I am about it- not just because it’s happening in my home town or because I am speaking at it (although I am so excited about both those reasons). There are actually many reasons why I am so looking forward to it, and why I think you should be excited about it too.

I have news for you, it’s not too late to attend and if you read on you even have a chance to win one of two free tickets for the 2-day conference worth £375+VAT.
All you need to do is make sure that you can attend the conference dates, share a tweet and let me know why you’d like to attend. I’ll then get some independent judges to whittle down the list to 10 and randomly select 2 winners. You’ll need to do this by Sunday 28th. I’ll announce the winner on Monday the 29th.

I got so much out of Social Media Marketing World back in March, and I wanted to share why attending a conference like SMMW or The Big Social Media Conference. So, I wrote 7 reasons and wrote an article about it!

#SocialMedia   #Conference   #SMMW   #BigSocial   #manchester   #TL   #TW  
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How to Reignite Your Social Media Audiences

How do you get your voice heard in the sea of noise? How do you reignite your social media audiences?

This week, I gave a talk this week at a Creative Pro Manchester breakfast event called “Porridge and Knowledge”. Although there wasn’t any actual porridge on offer there were some rather lovely pastries!

In my talk, I told a story of how effective use of social media turned me into a massive advocate of the Rare Tea Company. We then travelled back back in time to 50BC to discover the birth of Social Media!.You might think social media is a relatively new phenomenon- created by the likes of Facebook and Twitter. However, I argued that only the medium or technology has changed. Humans have interacted socially for millenia- not just on a personal level- but on a business level too. The medieval market place was the central place for goods and services to be bought and sold- and it was done on a social level.

The rise of mass media at the start of the 20th century (with radio, newspapers and then TV) changed things radically- the message to the masses was communicated from the few in power. The return of social media at the start of the 21st century allowed a return to the way humans have always interacted- allowing many to communicate to many. The only difference is that it is done much more quickly and on a global level.

I also explain why I am NOT a guru or an expert, and how +Ralph M. Rivera came to the rescue with a lovely article to back me up.What do you think about the word "guru" or "expert"?
#SocialMedia  #TFL
Knowledge and Porridge How do you get your voice heard in the sea of noise? How do you reignite your social media audiences? I gave a talk this week at a Creative Pro Manchester breakfast event called “Porridge and Knowledge”. … Continued
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Reigniting social media audiences
In the +Manchester Evening News 

I had the privilege and pleasure of speaking at the Creative Pro Manchester breakfast event this morning "Knowledge and Porridge" at Savills.

Great event. No actual porridge on offer but some amazing pastries! Yum!I was speaking on how you social media isn't exactly new- you can go back to Roman times and see how people used to write on each other's walls. I have to recommend +Tom Standage's book "Writing in the Wall- Social Media the last 2,000 years" for more looking at the history.

After the mini travel back in time, we looked at where we are today and how we can get our voice heard and reignite our audiences. Basically through communicating your story- your passion, being human, and embracing complaints.

It was all a lot of fun! And what I didn't realise was that the Manchester Evening News were going to write about it in this news story!

  #SocialMedia  

Oh and thanks to +Alisa Meredith for reminding me to post to Google+!
The breakfast meeting, held at Savills on Booth Street, saw social media guru Ian Anderson Gray tackle some of the key questions around the future of social media.
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Haha, you're welcome. And big congrats, +Ian Anderson Gray !
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Want to know how to get started with +Friends+Me to manage your Social Media Empire?

Have a read of this detailed article that I wrote for +Friends+Me on how to get started.

If ever there was a power tool - particularly a power scheduling tool, Friends+Me is it!

#SocialMedia   #SocialTools   #SocialMediaTools  
 
Introduction to Friends+Me

Have you ever wanted to know how to start with Friends+Me and how to use its powers to manage your Social Media Empire?

This is the first article of a larger series crafted by awesome +Ian Anderson Gray Thanks Ian!

Enjoy everybody and please reshare!
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Social Media Tools to Boost your Effectiveness in a Noisy World

Do you have the same problems as me?
Do you find you aren't as effective with how you use social media to market your business? Are you inefficient? 
If so, you're not alone!

Whilst social media tools aren't going to be the answer to all your problems, they can certainly help you be more productive, effective and even help you make smarter business decisions!

So, I'd love to know what tools you couldn't do without?

A few weeks back I was speaking at the Big Social Media Conference in Manchester. It's still not too late to buy a virtual ticket which will give you access to all the talks, but I'd like to share the tools from my talk.

In this article I mention +Buffer , +Friends+Me, +IFTTT, Latergramme, +BuzzSumo, +agorapulse and Quill Engage.

Of course there were so many other tools I wanted to mention, but I did put together a resource of over 30 tools which is free to download. Details in the article!

So, tell me about your fave tools- I'd love to know!

#SocialMedia   #SocialMediaTools   #SocialTools  #TL  
7 social media tools to help you boost your business and become more effective, productive and smarter!
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Be nice if you could include Instagram.
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Want to learn more from 12 great experts on these topics?

+Mike Allton is broadcasting live throughout July and is being joined by 12 experts discussing entrepreneurship, writing & blogging, social media and search.  Definitely worth watching!
 
Join us each Monday throughout July as we dive into discussions on Entrepreneurship, Writing & Blogging, Social Media, and Search. These panels, presented by SiteSell, will feature tremendous guests and are hosted by Mike Allton.

This week we are talking about Search and will be offering insights and discussion from +David Amerland, +martin shervington and +Mark Traphagen.

David Amerland is a professional advisor to companies globally, blogs for a number of websites, including Forbes, journalism.co.uk, and socialmediatoday, and writes for magazines and newspapers. He explores the implications of semantic technology in daily life.

Follow David: https://twitter.com/DavidAmerland

Martin Shervington is a Speaker, Consultant, Author, Professional Coach, and Marketing Psychologist. He has written several books and even the non-verbal communication section in Professor Robert Winston's book, "Human".

Follow Martin: https://twitter.com/MartinSherv

Mark Traphagen is the Senior Director of Online Marketing for +Stone Temple Consulting. His mission is to help businesses get seen and heard, to get their message out and bring in people who want and need what they have to offer. His special know-how is in the intersection of social and search.

Follow Mark: https://twitter.com/marktraphagen

Full Schedule and Lineup: http://www.sitesell.com/blog/2015/06/sitesell-presents-an-incredible-series-for-entrepreneurs.html 

SiteSell offers a free eCourse on Entrepreneurship that will help you recognize and overcome the most common fears that stop budding entrepreneurs: http://www.sitesell.com/entrepreneurship/ 

Make sure to RSVP, and feel free to share your questions on the Event Page as we will be pulling the best comments and questions into the broadcast for our panel to respond to.

If you want to make sure you don’t miss any future shows, be sure to RSVP to this one, and we'll add you to a special VIP circle and invite you to all future shows.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by David Amerland. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Are you going to the Big Social Media Conference in Manchester?
 
I can't believe the conference is almost here! The Big Social Media Conference is happening in my home town of Manchester in the UK- next week 9th and 10th of July.
 
Just wondering if any of you are coming along? Please let me know- it would be great to meet up!
 
#socialmedia #BigConf
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Win a Free Brandtastic Blogover from the wonderful +Andrea Beltrami!

There's something exciting happening and that is a cool giveaway from the Queen of Brand herself, +Andrea Beltrami! Head on down for your chance to win a logo, website, hosting, maintenance and 5 blog posts!

What are you waiting for?!  
 
Win a FREE Brand-Freaking-Tastic Blog Makeover

How would you like a new logo & website, free hosting and blog maintenance on top of 5 custom blog posts written specifically for you?

Did I hear a 'hell yeah' slip out??

+Sue Anne Dunlevie, +Daniela Uslan and I have joined forces to put together one gargantuanly EPIC blogger giveaway.

The winner will receive…

➽A brand new Premium Genesis Theme ($99)
➽Complete blog site makeover or a brand new site ($750)
➽A one on one consultation with Sue of Successful Blogging to choose your domain name, custom palette, and theme ($175)
➽A logo graphic package from Dre at The Branded Solopreneur, including a new logo, a submark (i.e. logo for watermarking), and custom social media icons ($750)
➽A blogging strategy session & 5 custom-written blog posts by Daniela at DanielaUslan.com ($600)
➽A year of hosting and domain name by Bluehost (worth $87)
One month of blog maintenance from WP Radius ($37)

Enter for your chance at winning this amaze-balls blog branding package: http://bit.ly/brandtastic-blogover

Goodluck, I can't wait to dive in with the winner!...

#bloggingtips #bloggingforbusiness #smallbiz #smallbusinessmarketing
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I'm co-founder and partner of
Select Performers Internet Solutions.
I'm a social media consultant & trainer and a
web developer specialising in PHP, MYSQL, HTML5 and CSS3 using web standards.

I blog at Seriously Social about social media tools, social media strategy and digital marketing as well as the psychology of social media.

I love converting the technobabble of geek speak to plain English.

I organise a local monthly tech meet up called Cheadle Geeks and a regular co-workers day called Cheadle Jelly.

I'm also a freelance baritone (I studied at the Royal Northern College of Music) as well as a vocal consultant & singing teacher.

I'm a dad, husband and Christian.
I'm interested in technology, social media, music, faith, politics, photography, travel, food and drink and many other wonderful and varied things!

I''m passionate about social media and (in addition to G+) am an avid user of Twitter (@iagdotme @ 
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