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12 Most Powerhouse Habits of Social Media Pros by +Becky Gaylord 

"What’s the secret sauce of social media? Well, it’s not just one recipe. After all, far too many apps, sites and tools exist for there to be a definitive source of success on social media. But it seems the pros share some common habits." From Becky:

1. Help
It doesn’t matter whether they have 1,000 followers or 100,000, social media pros often help others. If it could be harnessed, the karma flying around the Twittersphere (and on G+ and Pinterest and so on) might just be sufficient to advance all humanity closer to world peace.

2. Share fairly
The pros never steal. They don’t have to because they’ve figured out that it’s not actually content that’s king. It is the creators of content that rule the kingdom. Social media stars create amazing content. And they also share content liberally, crediting generously as they press the words: publish, pin or post.

3. Thank
The smoothest social media folks are also among the kindest. Just check out the Twitter streams of those with hordes of followers eager to sop up the social savvy. Tweets from the pros often contain thanks and kind words for others.

4. Remember
To have an effective social presence, you need to be mindful of others. Social media pros remember what it was like not to know that RT stood for ReTweet (or to not know what retweet meant!) I think it is, in part, their own memory of feeling like a newbie that keeps the social media pros so generous with their tips and advice.

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This is brilliant! Love how well-written it is and can't wait to follow, share, and stalk.
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One of my fave sites for color inspiration is Design Seeds
Where do you get inspired?
Here's my Design Seeds Pinterest Board:

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You know, since you mentioned color inspiration and asked where others find theirs, I found a great deal of inspiration for palette colors at Club Stripes. Really quite vivid colors on their work. But I did think their landscapes were a little dull, so I definitely watched The Joy of Painting (Bob Ross, thirty seasons available from his estate on a DVD box set for $200 a go) for more classical palettes.
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Can you take a minute to vote for +Canva?
We're nominated for a Webby Award and we're in 2nd place. A little help from the awesome Plusser community could bump us to 1st place.

If you love using Canva, you can support us by voting here

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We're thrilled that Canva has been shortlisted for The Webby Awards. It's awesome to have the team's hard work recognized!

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12 Most Earth-Shattering Realizations that Every Writer Needs to Come to by +Kathleen Krueger 

"Whether it’s starting your blog or publishing your first book, every writer has mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation when it comes to releasing their words to the world. You put your heart and soul into your writing. When you finally have the opportunity and courage to make the big leap, you wait with bated breath for the world’s reaction.

If you haven’t taken the time to sit under the counsel of experienced mentors, you will eventually come to these earth-shattering realizations on your own. Perhaps reading them here will lessen the blow and give you some perspective.

1. Writing is work
As much you may love to write, serious writing requires work. It requires writing when you don’t feel like writing. It requires thoughtful consideration of your writing from the reader’s perspective. Does it make sense? What haven’t I told them that they all they need to know?

2. You will write some really bad stuff
Even the best of writers write some really bad stuff — we don’t see it because it gets cut out or improved during the revision process. Don’t be afraid of doing bad writing. Get it out of your system so that the really good stuff can follow.

3. Revision is required
The first draft is never the final draft. This is part of the work of writing. We write, we revise and we revise some more."

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When asked the simple question “what makes you stand out,” do you have an answer?

Thoughts from +Helen Ryan 
My first LinkedIn blog post. Thanks to +Peg Fitzpatrick for inadvertently inspiring me to actually jump on this. I am trying to keep up with her...
Looking at your friends, acquaintances and even co-workers it’s easy to see what makes each and every one of them unique.As an outsider, their passions, skills and talents are easy for you to spot.
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+Helen Ryan Ha ha! An internal "dramaloque."
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12 Most Strategic Ways to Use Pinterest for Marketing
Pinterest is fun and boosts creativity but at it’s social media heart, +Pinterest is marketing. Very smart marketing!

Are you wondering how you can use Pinterest to market your small business, company, blog, or to promote your next book or product? Visual marketing on Pinterest is a low-key, self-paced way to reach people and get the word out.

Having a strategy for your Pinterest activities will help you reach your goals and objectives. You have those in place, right? Here are my tips and strategic ways to use Pinterest for marketing:

1. Create boards with keywords in your title
2. Use the description to spread your ideas
3. Create vertical images to maximize your real estate
4. Build relevant links back to your website or blog

I can't stress this enough:  have a pinnable image on every post that you publish

12 Most doesn’t have a big image but does have an image that pins with each post. I like to create a bigger image of 735 x 1102 because Pinterest loves tall, vertical images. I’ll create a big image, pin the large image, and then share the pin with the blog link. 

How are you using Pinterest for marketing?

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Great post my friend
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Join me! For "The digital customer experience" Twitter chat at #CXO
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+Peg Fitzpatrick me neither but when I saw that you can, I was like YES!!!! :-)
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Solid Ways to Provide Value to your Blog Readers
Are you providing value with your blog content? Great tips to bring solid readership to your blog.

• Create an ebook (via +Rebekah Radice
• Create a Pinterest resource board (via (+Stephan Hovnanian
• Create pinnable images for each blog post 

From +Jay Baer 
Be a utility or Youtility

“Create content that’s useful. Solve problems. This is where you can get into publishing presentations, and creating free social media tools (in my case). Spend some time thinking about (or even surveying) your readers about their most common challenges, and then create content on occasion that addresses those challenges directly.”

Make your blogging goal to bring value by being a resource for your readers.

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+Rebekah Radice Thank you Rebekah! I think that you do all the same things. A webinar that I listened to a long time ago by ProBlogger talked about the different ways to monetize your blog and how many blogs make money. (which isn't many) This made me think about that not being the goal but hopefully a great by-product down the line.
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Be a baker, not an eater (Advice from +Guy Kawasaki)
I believe there's plenty of great things to go around for everyone.

A baker believes they can always make more pie and that the pie won’t run out. Their generous, giving spirit helps others bake their own pie and even shares their pie. If you can always make more, you have an endless supply of pie. No need to be selfish. Being a baker allows you to grow and enrich other’s lives as you share your ideas.

Michael Hyatt calls this scarcity vs. abundance. “One leads to success, joy and fulfillment, while the other leads to failure, fear and discontent.” Having an abundant mentality allows you to be optimistic about your life while being an eater is a negative, smaller view of the world.

Baker traits: generous, optimistic, and open
Eater traits: greedy, limited, and negative

I chose to be a baker. I feel there's plenty of awesomeness for everyone. Which do you choose?

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+Peg Fitzpatrick exactly :-) 
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Rockin' a positive attitude • Head of Social Strategy for Canva • passionate about social media • writer • innovative idea girl • marketing maverick • naturally caffeinated • Google+ evangelist • travelista • and so much more.
Hi! I'm Peg — nice to meet you! 

I'm  the Head of Social Strategy for Canva, an online service for graphic design. I'm the co-author of an upcoming book called The Art of Social Media with Guy Kawasaki. 

Social media is my passion. I'm here sharing my professional experience working day to day in the trenches of social media, marketing, and blogging. I work with global brands and leaders in the social media sphere every day. I'll share tips and tricks, provide positive inspiration and answer social media questions through the content that I create and curate. I'm a Google+ evangelist but I'm active across all social media platforms. I work with the best brands and make them even better!

What sets me apart? I'm an innovative idea girl that follows through and gets the job done. Social media is my career, not just a hobby. 

If you're looking to pick my brain, you can rent a little piece with a consulting call via Clarity.

I travel frequently and love to share my experiences and photos. I love photography! I'm currently shooting with a Fuji X100S and my mobile. 

You can find my writing on my blog I'm also a Huffington Post contributor and Co-Editor-in-Chief at 12 Most.

A few of my most favorite posts are:

Oh Snap, Can I Legally Use That Photo - guidelines for online photo usage and where to find free, legal photos.

Goodbye, SEO - Hello SMO (Social Media Optimization) - learn about the importance of social media to optimize your blog and online presence.

I'd fit great in these circles:
  • Social media
  • Travel
  • Google+ Evangelist
  • Writers or bloggers
  • Positive people :)
  • Social media marketing
  • Pinterest Lovers
I love Pinterest. Check out my Pinterest Boards! To find out how I use Pinterest and Google+ together, check out one of my most popular articles: How Google+ and Pinterest Go Together like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

To learn how I post on Google+, see my ultimate guide on Google+ posting: Five Easy Steps to Bake the Perfect Google+ Post.

Follow me on Instagram! Why not, right?

Co-moderator of the APE Community for writers, it's a closed community but open to all requests. Here's the APE Pinterest board.

Founder of the Closing the Google+ Gap community for social media.Sharing ways to work Google+ into your socialsphere and your social world into your Google+. Come and say hello!

Are you interested in writing a book?
APE: How to Publish a Book by +Guy Kawasaki and +Shawn Welch is THE guide for writers. Excited to have a feature in it about marketing with Pinterest. I also work on the social media marketing for APE.

Thrilled to have contributed a chapter in What the Plus!the unofficial guide to Google+, by Guy Kawasaki.