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6 of our amazing +Globe University students got to participate in our annual hill day. What was it like? Check out our blog:
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Ways to to Get Readers to Jump From Social Media to Your Blog

Social media is a powerful source of blog traffic and a great way of engaging potential readers.  Bloggers post a link, readers see it and, often...not a whole lot.  Inducing readers to jump from a social media platform to blog site is far from a slam dunk but there are things bloggers can do to tip the balance.

Give us a smile, a real smile.  We are social animals and our brains are carefully attuned to the sincerity of facial expressions.  Being able to read true emotions is how we get along in the world.  Stock photos work well for inanimate objects, they are great for scenes and eye catching designs.  But stock photos of people can often look posed or insincere, sending the wrong message to potential readers.  Research shows that readers are compelled by candid, real life photos that speak to them. 

Don’t hawk your wares. Don’t tell us to "Check this Out". or announce “New on the Blog” as if  we, your readers, have all been sitting out here on our hands waiting for you to post.  We like you, we read, you so don’t make a formal announcement but instead tell us something interesting, give us an insight or elicit an emotional response.  Give us a taste of your post, something so compelling that we want to click through. 

Give readers your cred. If readers don’t know you give them a tiny taste of your cred.  Most of us glance through social media with an open mind, looking for interesting topics and interesting writers.  If you give your readers a taste of why they should read you, (e.g. your are writing about education and you are a teacher, or food and your are a chef) you have their attention.  They will assume you know something and give you the focus and the click it takes to get there. If you are not an expert or feel your expertise has limits, no problem, just bring in someone who knows more than you by citing their work and passing on (with attribution) their expertise. If you really know your field you know the experts, share them with readers and they will be grateful.

Give readers the best of your personality. Your potential readers may not know you.  On social media we are often speaking to strangers or near strangers, who don’t know that you are a friendly, polite and engaging person.  On social media, all we know is what you tell us so let your readers see the best of your personality.  This means posting introductions that make you seem likable and informed.  It is a potent mix, sure to attract readers. 

Know your platform.  It goes without saying that each social media platform has a different ethos and different technical capabilities. Knowing what these are is crucial to attracting an audience. Study, experiment and then make your forays.  Copying and pasting from Facebook to Google Plus to LinkedIn, is the kiss of death.  Short and pithy is clever on Facebook, but can look superficial in Google+. Fifty years ago McLuhan said, “The Medium is the Message.” and it is no less true today.   

Get to the point.  We all feel pressured for time, even when perusing the internet on a quiet evening at home.  This is one of the reasons we like lists, we think they will be succinct.  Convey to readers how you value their time by getting to the point and they will repay you with their viewership.  

#bloggingtips   #socilamedia   #blogging  

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Don't let self-doubt or negative thoughts stop you! #motivation #quote
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Start each day renewed to live and learn to be the best that you can be! #motivation
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What is your dream or goal? #motivationalmonday  
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Don't let something get in your way of achieving your goal! #quoteoftheday   #mondaymotivation  
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Today is my lucky day! Won these sweet #Packers vs. #Bears tickets from the Green Bay Distillery! 
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I will be putting this to use! #timemanagement  
 
How To Spend Your Time Wisely! Are you making yourself available for the important things in your life?

Good morning Google+! Here's an interesting graphic by +American Express to help you learn how to spend your most valuable time in a meaningful way.

Before you start your weekend adventures, take a moment to reflect, a moment to look at yourself, are you spending your time wisely?

I know, it's hard to do only those things that can make you happy. We've responsibilities and maybe a job that we don't like to do. But still, managing our time wisely could let us have time for things we love. Don't you think so?

I doubt it when people say they're busy. I do believe we have enough time for everything; it's just we are giving priorities or being lazy.. when we think we've time, we do have time. And when we don't think... hmm..

You can re-tweet this message here: http://goo.gl/u2kzPV :-)

Let me know your thoughts and have a fantastic weekend!!

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  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    Business Administration emphasis in Marketing
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Nicole Mader
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Community Manager, social media, adult education, and creative thinker
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As the community manager for Globe University Green Bay, I never imagined I could enjoy a career this much! I manage the school’s social media, facilitate and create the campus’ blog content, teach classes, present workshops for local organizations and the community and anything else that comes my way. In a nutshell, my job is communicating and working with the community to share our story. I am always seeking opportunities to partner with other people and organizations to collaborate on ideas, projects or for networking. I love education and am constantly seeking learning opportunities for myself and others. Some recent projects:
-Presenting a free community workshop at the Brown Country Library on Microsoft Word 2010
-Planning, organizing and facilitating campus visits with government officials: -Lt. Governor Kleefisch, Congressman RIbble, Senator Hansen
 
Skills: Social Media, Blogging, Presentations, Microsoft Office Training, Student & Faculty training
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Community Manager
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social media, blogging, social networking, adult education, training, Microsoft Office
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  • Globe University
    Community Manager, 2010 - present
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Castro Valley, CA - Stockton, CA
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