50500-Instant Electronic Business Cards!

On Saturday I went to another Pacific New Media Class.  The class was entitled:  “How to Use Social Media to Build your Professional and Personal Brand” taught by “Neenz” Faleafine. Neenz was the social media director for Governor Abercrombie, now works at Oceanit, and is the chief evangelist for Guy Kawasaki’s Alltop Website.

I personally think many of you would enjoy taking her class in the Spring, thus I won’t tell you everything I learned, but I will tell you a few pretty cool things:

1.  the Hottest, Newest social media site is called Chime.In.  It’s where all the cutting edge Techies are going to last week and this week. And did you know that there are over 500 Social Media sites in existence!!!  OMG! But Facebook still rules with over 800 Million people on it! So, for marketing purposes, if you only choose one SM avenue, I would still advise using and getting good at FB.

2. Check out contxts.com.  At this site you can set up your own electronic SMS business card.  First just go there. Then after you are set yours up, you just take a new friends phone, put 50500 in the “To:” section then in the text section write your name. Then within 6 seconds, an electronic business card pops on to their smartphone screen. in plain English”text your name to 50500″.  I love it, it’s almost as fun as QR codes, but I’m still pretty attached to those!

3.  Set up Google Alerts for your name at Google.com\alerts, purchase your own domain name with your real name, check knowem.com to see how many you can still get using your own name, tag all your photos, tag your content relevent to your brand and as we learned before…Create Content because as  Dan Z said “Content is King” and @NEENZrecommends that when you create content make sure it conveys what you want your personal brand to be, spell correclty and be specific!

I just got home from work a little while ago, so I need to go now, time to relax a bit before the new day starts.  If you need some free ideas for any type of promotion or marketing campaign you are working on, feel free to email me anytime at scott.mackenzie@coxradio.com  or give me a call at 275-1106.  Take care and have a Great Mega Halloween Weekend!




Facebook Facts

We’ve chatted about it a bit before, How I would recommend picking a Social Media medium and using it well instead of doing 4-8 different mediums  and doing them all haphazard. Well, today, it looks like if you want to pick one-pick Facebook.  Check these interesting facts out:

Research by DDB Worldwide and Opinionway Research finds 84% of  typical Facebook fans of business’ and products are existing customers. Tip here is you are marketing to people who already like your brand! Treat them this way and You’ll win in the end. Treat them like people who don’t know or care about your brand and you’re missing the boat. What I’d do is give them free things, secret specials only found on Facebook, Announcements about new products coming out  just to these “favorite” fans, some sort of frequent Facebook Club, etc

Social Media Products Director of web analytics firm Webtrends Mr, Kistner says 51% of people in the US HAVE Facebook accounts, 8% have Twitter accounts and only 4 % have geo location accounts like Foursquare.  That’s some pretty big numbers for Facebook! I personally like to goof around with Foursquare to get the badges, but as a business, I would for sure go with Facebook first, then pick one or at the most 2 other mediums that fit my brand and goals and work with them on a secondary level. But for sure go for Facebook first and foremost and do it well!

Note:  Visits to company websites are almost all down over a year ago and of course visits to Facebook sites are up compared to a year ago.  Another reason FB is the place to do your social Marketing.  But, like we’ve said before if you’re a new or newer brand the best way to get your Facebook marketing working is to use traditional media like TV, Radio, magazine, Newspaper, billboards to reach out to the masses and bring them to your FB page.

And we’ll leave you with one last fact Facebook fact from Jack Neff- 117 Brands already have at least a MILLION fans! with 40 on pace to join the million mark this year!! Wowza!

Today’s Social Media Update of Variousness…

First off, I’d like to say that a successful social media advertising campaign would benefit greatly by using traditional media-be it Radio, TV, Newspapers or Billboards (where legal).  And I dont just say that because I work at a radio station.  Just imagine how many more people will come to your blog, twitter or Facebook page if they were hearing or seeing it advertised somewhere else. Me, personally I would love to have an outside source of advertising for my own blogs. Yes, my SEO is getting better and yes more and more people are coming to my sites, but it’s a slow process.  Buy some traditional media and watch your social media number soar, but please make sure you buy enough of it to work, have the correct creative for your ads, they match the place they run on. AND include your “Call to Action!!” 

And check these nice radio listening numbers out that I didn’t make up:

On a typical Day, of people ages 12+
71% listened to over the air local radio
24% Visited Facebook
9%  Used Twitter
10% Visited Youtube
Sources: comScore Inc Ratings for March 2011:RADAR 108, March 2011, persons 12+, 24 hours.

Some up to date as of today things going on with Social Media:

Foursquare & Twitter:   Mashable lets us know that foursquare just released version 3.3 for iPhone. I don’t have it yet, so can’t tell you if it’s any different.  All I really want Foursquare to do is not let people who have never been somewhere be the mayor of that place! Yeah you Sara. She is the may of Media Shop 808 which I own and work in and she has never ever been in my area.  i tell you I will get my mayorship back before the end of the Summer! Mashable also wants to let us know that Jerry Seinfeld sent out his first tweet today. I don’t really care much, but I do find it interesting that Rihanna just passed up Lady GaGa as the Gal with the most fans on Twitter.  I bet GaGa does some sort of outrageous stunt this weekend to get her numbers back up to number 1!  and last bit about foursquare-they will soon offer deals with LivingSocial, Gilt and they are in talks with Groupon.  Me personally I dont much care, I’m trying not to use my credit card. So, until they get a groupon card similar to the iTunes Cards, I wont be using the 50% off offers. By using my credit card on anything, it ends up costing me way more than saving 50% on it today.

Google+s Speed of Adoption is quite quick. It’s expected to reach 20 million by the end of the weekend and so far most of the users are of the male gender. Ladies-might be a good place to meet some men.

Pandora is set to unleash its new site powered by HTLM5

LinkedIn has passed MySpace for US visitors, becoming the #2 Social Network with twitter not too far behind. Note to Myspace-even after you lost a bunch of your supporters, when you changed the way it looked you lost the rest of us-way too confusing and too much white space. I’m a color person myself.  And last thing for MySpace-it was my favorite social network and I still enjoy it sometimes to find and talk to bands, but get those crazy, blurry Girls out of there, they aren’t my friends, I never said they could be my friends, they aren’t real, and every time i go on your site, they pretend to say “Hi” to me..when all they are doing is trying to hack into one of my email accounts. Get rid of them. TU

And lastly, Look out for Spotify-Be the first on your block or in your office to be on the US version of this UK site. They claim you need to be invited to the site for their US beta version if you have a high Klout score, but after a bit of googlizing, I found them easily at spotify.com and requested and invite. I’ll let you know if I get invited.  If I do, I hear they have millions upon millions of songs from around the world and supposedly they are all free. We’ll see. Until next time, you can find me this weekend on my phone via voice or text:  808 479-9928  24/7.. I usually don’t sleep much on the weekends..well a bit during the day..LOL


Social Media Tips for Small Buisness’

I had the pleasure to see Social Media Guru Dan Zelikman talk a couple of weeks ago at the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Event. It was at Dan’s first Social Media Seminar that I first heard of Foursquare, now 12 badges later, i had the chance to hear what’s new in Social Media. This was a Seminar for Small Business’ in Hawaii. Dan currently works at Civilbeat.com- Hawaii’s on-line only newspaper. and you can find him at danzelikman.com Here are the Highlights:

Content is KING
Engagement is QUEEN
You need BOTH to make things work well
Dont do one way conversations, make sure you engage your audience in a two-way communication
Context-Stay Relevent and Human
Brand Voice and Consistency are key
Variety is good
Listen first, then share.
Social Media is a marketing Tool not a Miracle..but it’s a great Marketing Tool

Here are some helpful areas that Dan Recommends for starters:
– Type in something that interests you and follow and watch them and see how they do it. Then take tips from them and do your own.

And to keep you up to date on Current Social Media Trends check out:

I’d also Add a few things like Twitpic-makes it real easy to upload pictures to your twitter account for free and I really enjoy I web on the mac for making personal websites really easy and fun to do! There’s No need to know HTML.

Have a nice Memorial Day Weekend!! @scottmackenzie3 on Twitter