Keep Your Social Media Fresh

HappySpring

It’s Spring! The time of year we all want to clean out & brighten up our lives.

Your Social Media strategy should be no different. Here are a few things you can do to keep your content Fresh & Engaging.

1.  Don’t limit your post to just things about yourself or your business. A good rule of thumb for posting is 80/20. 80% of your posts should be about lifestyles, customer interests & other updates; 20% of your content about you & your business. Always remember, Social Media is about building relationships. If you were talking to someone face to face, and only spoke about yourself or your business, how long do you really think they would hang around to chat? Use that motto for your Social Media too.

2. Utilize your employees. Having a team is what makes your business work. Your Social Media should be part of the team too. Encourage your employees to engage with your social media outlets. Having them like, share & re-post your company’s content increases your audience tremendously! By posting great content, your employees can be proud to share it with their friends & followers.

3. Refrain from being long winded. Short & sweet is the way to go with social media. Facebook posts that are short & to the point tend to get more interaction then longer more detailed posts. If you post something that shows the click-able “see more”, your posts may be too long. If you’ve got more to say, think about starting a blog. Blogs are a great place for your longer posts and you can use your social media to encourage people to visit your website/blog.

4. Keep things current. Having a hard time coming up with something to post about? Check the current events or something fun like holidayinsights.com. There are tons of fun Holidays to post about. Also, try keeping it local. Post about your favorite lunch spot, a new market that’s opening in your town, or the best place in town to stop & take a breather.

5. Don’t leave your followers hanging. All comments & engagement should be acknowledged in a timely manner. Show your followers you appreciate them taking the time to interact with you, by acknowledging their comments and starting a conversation.

6. Have fun. The most important thing is to HAVE FUN! Keep it light. It’s Social Media…stay social! Keep the conversation light and engaging, you’ll be amazed at how often your followers will jump right in to the conversation!

Chase Those Monday Blues Away

Well, it’s Monday again. You OK?

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I know that feeling all too well…Finishing up another lovely, South Florida weekend of beaching & family/friend get togethers, it’s hard to feel “refreshed” on Monday morning..

Have no fear, friends…I’m going to share with you my secret of getting your system ready for the world, first thing Monday morning!

First…COFFEE (or tea if you’d like). But seriously, Monday is not for the faint of heart. COFFEE is a must!

OK, see…you’re feeling a little better already, aren’t you?

Now, let’s get into the really good stuff. Most of us want to know what’s going on in the world when we get up in the morning. Let me just say, Don’t do it!! There’s nothing on those mainstream news sites that will help ease your pain of Monday. TRUST ME!

Your first stop should be: Huffington Post: Good News Section  –  All the news that’s worth reading this early on a Monday is there.

Like this article from last week: A Fantastic Glimpse At The Bond Between A Girl And Her Bulldog

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Still need a little more lightheartedness to get you up, next stop Pinterest specifically the HUMOR TAB!

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Feeling better? I know I am! Let’s make a few more stops before we have to face the real world.

Our third stop is Buzzfeed.com, the CUTE tab. Everything on that page will make you feel warm and fuzzy <3

Mashable.com is a great place for “real” news without all the super heavy and depressing stuff. Visit the Watercooler tab for plenty of articles that will help you have conversations that people actually like, in the office!

The next stop is a great site to see some very cool art stuff. Keep your eyes happy at My Modern Metropolis!

And last but not least, if all else fails to make your heart happy, CuteOverload.com can fix ANYTHING!

Seriously, JUST LOOK AT THIS!

So there you have it. No need to hide from Mondays ever again!

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Do you have a favorite place on the web that boost your happiness? Share it with us.

Happy MONDAY, friends!

 

 

 

Facebook’s Best New Feature

Finally! Facebook has been rolling out a lot of new features the past few weeks.

My favorite so far: The “Stop Notifications” option on photos.

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Now we can turn off notifications for super busy photos with tons of comments.

I don’t need an update for all of those…do you?

Google+ has had this feature for ever, now it’s on Facebook too. Finally!

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Recap

My family and I had THE best turkey day! Laughs, food, more laughs and MORE FOOD!

It was the prettiest day we’ve had all year. 47 degrees when i woke up that morning!

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We all took a moment to express what we’re thankful for.

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Then, this happened…

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It’s a good thing my sister in law gets his humor 😉 He keeps us laughing that’s for sure!

You can view the rest of our crazy pictures HERE.

Hope your day was wonderful as well.

 

Finally, Google+

So, recently I’ve been becoming more and more of a Google+ fan. I will admit, it’s taken me awhile, but it’s slowly been growing on me.

I love the layout and the “Communities” feature. The folks that are very active on Google+ are also friendly and eager to network.

I did have one pet peeve though, it was the size of the cover photos. I mean seriously, there is no reason we EVER need the cover photo to take up half the screen….am I right!?

But I was so excited to see this morning, an update to Google+ pages, that includes a lovely, SMALLER, cover photo! Hooray!!

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They look SO much better! Navigating the screen is much easier and I’m a happy social media girl, once again! Thanks Google+!

Do you like the new layout? Or do you miss the larger photos? Let me know, I’m always curious to see if my feelings match everyone else’s!

A Look Back At October 2013

Wow! October was a BIG month for me! Looking back I can’t believe all the stuff that happened!

Let’s start off with the BIGGEST thing…I turned 40! I know, CRAZY, right!??! I was lucky enough to celebrate it in the most low key way ever, in the Florida Keys! My parents gifted me a town home for a long weekend, I was joined by my boyfriend and a few friends. It was divine! You know, I’ve lived in South Florida my whole life, but I’ve only been down to the Keys twice before this trip. I’m not sure why….it’s beautiful down there! And so close! I made a vow to head down that way more often. It’s a slower pace and really great spot to get away. We ate some amazing food. I highly recommend getting the Tuna Nachos at the Island Grill in Islamorada. We found it by accident and had NO regrets. So tasty!! We stayed at the cutest place, right on the bay, Lime Tree Bay Resort on Long Key. It was perfect and SO relaxing! Then on our last day there we opted to head down to Key West for awhile. I’m so glad we did. We visited the Ernest Hemingway Home, had lunch and walked around. It was quick, but perfect. I could not have asked for a more relaxing birthday!

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Then during the month of October we celebrated even MORE birthdays! My boyfriend and both of his children all have October birthdays!! There is a LOT of Libras up in here, woot woot! With all the birthday happenings, I’m pretty sure I gained like 5 pounds in one week! So many treats!!

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After all the birthdays, we moved on to the pumpkin patch and Halloween preparations. Pumpkins were thoughtfully picked, and carved.  We even had time to roast the pumpkin seeds! Let me just say that the amount of seeds that comes out of three humongous pumpkins is insane! I should totally get a Martha Stewart hero award or something, for going through all that pumpkin goop!

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Another glorious milestone was celebrated when my Mister & I celebrated our three year anniversary. I seriously cannot believe we’ve been dating for three years! It went by SO fast! I guess what they say really is true…”Time flies when you’re having fun”! We have so much fun together. Thankfully we like a lot of the same things and even our children like each other, tee hee. He took me to my favorite restaurant to celebrate. Dada in Delray!! They have the best food paired with a VERY romantic atmosphere. We sat under the banyan tree with all the lanterns and enjoyed some terrific food, mojitos & perfect weather. It was wonderful!!

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We finished out the month with Halloween. My kid had the cutest costume, we celebrated with all our family and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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I’ve gotta say…October was a BLAST! There were so many more little things, but if I included all of those, well, this blog post would NEVER end! I do love this time of year and know that the next few months will be crazy busy. Here’s to a glorious Holiday season! *cheers*

The Most Thoughtful Gift

You know how there are nice people and then there are the sweetest people you’ve ever met, in your whole life!? Well, I’d like to tell you about the sweetest girl I know!

Her name is Nichole Lillian Ryan and she is AMAZING!

She’s been making these adorable little clay creatures for awhile now and selling them in her online shop. I adore every one of her pieces and have been watching her blog to see the process of how she makes each one.

Unbeknownst to me, she’s been hard at work,  making me a customized critter!

First, a little back story… My family and I lost the most precious dog ever, in May of  this year. Her name was Happy and she was a joy.

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The house is just not as warm and lively, now that Happy is gone. We miss her terribly. She left quite the impression on all of our hearts!

Now, on to why Ms. Nichole is the bomb diggety!

I got mail today! Don’t you just LOVE mail!? Especially when it comes in a cute little package with doodles on it!!?

Well, I opened it up and found a little note.

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and then I found a tiny little box.

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Inside the box was a tiny piece of felt, wrapped in pink string!

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And inside the felt was THE most thoughtful gift!

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It’s Happy!! I immediately burst into tears (happy ones of course!) at how amazing this little gift was.

Nichole captured her perfectly! It’s something so precious, I will treasure it always!

Thank you, Nichole! xoxoxox

 

Social Media Tip

A Social Media Tip for Success

Twitter Tip: If you only tweet about yourself & your brand, but never interact with other twitter users, it’s like going to a party full of fabulous people, but you go to a back room, close the door and talk to yourself!

Talk to everyone! Be friendly, be courteous and enjoy the party!!

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My Florida Blogger Conference Recap

I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Florida Blogger Conference st the amazing Full Sail Campus.

Let me just start off by saying WOWZA!! This experience FAR outweighed my expectations!

I had never been to an event like this and I was little nervous, but really excited too.

My friend Maria  who works for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida convinced me to go.

I’m so glad she did!

I learned a TON of stuff, met some amazingly talented bloggers and thoroughly enjoyed myself!

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I tend to be a little bit shy when I go anywhere that I don’t know a lot of people, but this conference made me feel right at home.

With just over 300 attendees, it still had that home town feel. Every single person I met was genuinely friendly and totally happy to talk shop and offer insight.

It was really wonderful!

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Bess Auer is the founder and host of the Florida Blog Conference. She deserves her own crate of champagne for pulling off such a fabulous soiree!

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Right away I met several lovely bloggers who were all friendly and chatty and just started the day off right. If you have a moment, be sure to check out their blogs!

Kevin Eagan of TripTipping.com

Diana Swart of dianabydesign.com

Kelly Zdrowak of  healthylivingrevelations.com

Amy Bailey of TheFunkyFork.com

Julie Deily of TheLittleKitchen.net

It’s wonderful to finally have faces to matches the twitter handles!

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My morning sessions were SO inspiring, you guys!!

Katy Widrick offered up her knowledge on how to make great looking Media Kits and J from J’s Everyday Fashion taught us all about how to make money blogging.

All of that even before lunch!

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 Bahamas Breeze served us up some delicious lunch AND gave us all free rum drinks called The Curly Tail.  So yummy!

After lunch we learned about making better content for SEO, from the very cool and laid back, Tom Jelneck.

We took a break and Maria got her head shots done by the official photographer of #FlBlogCon13, Macbeth Photography.

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Then it was off to “Psychotic Cross-Content Training”, by Justice Mitchel. Wow! This guy REALLY knows his stuff!

And last but not least, we went to listen to Clayton Pritchard tell us all about Google+ and the benefits it can do for our brands. I gotta say, I’m excited to re-vamp my Google+ account!

After that it was the Ford After Party with cupcakes from Gigi’s Cupcakes (I went with the S’mores) and the fabulous musical talents of The Mud Flappers!

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They even had a photo booth from Snap Studio Booth! You know we couldn’t resist that!

Maria, Wendy & myself had too much fun with all the props!

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Such a great experience! I will most certainly be attending next year’s event.

My only regret was not being able to be in three places at once. There wasn’t one presentation I didn’t want to see, but I could only see one per session.

Next year I’m bringing a clone of me!

I feel so inspired and I’m ready to start applying all my new knowledge to my daily work!