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Great list Arik,
I'm putting together a free Instagram bus tour on Nov. 17 led by Instagrammers Tim Landis and http://instagrid.me/curious2119/ and Ben Madison @benjamin_Edward. We're going to take a Jefferson Lines bus around Minneapolis and St. Paul, stopping every so often at cool locations, so the group to do some Instagramming. Should be fun. Anyhow, once we have the details in place I'll post a link.
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Ok Arik, you've convinced me to give it a shot.
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You've certainly given me a lot to think about DJ. I just got an iPad, so I was thinking I might just return to my old phone, since realistically I rarely need e-mail or anything else I have on my iPhone, now that I have an iPad nearby. I totally agree with you on the points above. While it feels more efficient to be able to check and send e-mail at a moment's notice, is it really? Not often.
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I feel like Facebook is just doing to the social media world what Wal-Mart did to mom and pop stores across the country. Gobbling up all that is good in social media, not letting anyone else have a piece of the action.
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ElenaVerlee Too kind! Thanks Elena. I've already learned a lot about how to use Twitter effectively, thanks to you!
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simplynonna Thanks for the note!
tressalynne Thanks! Yes, I don't think reporters want to be pitched period. But my point is mainly that Twitter is the best way to build a relationship so you're not pitching a reporter. You're just passing along a good idea to a reporter who is alway on the lookout for good stories.
3HatsComm Thanks for the comments. I agree that it's hard to actually pitch via Twitter. Frankly, it's hard to do anything on Twitter beyond launching a new relationship. Twitter is really the tool I use to follow and begin building relationships online, that build into DMs and E-mails and phone calls. I also agree on the dummy accounts. You have to click through to see how often they post, what they post, and whether they ever respond. But that's the kind of due diligence that I think most people would assume they'd have to do. I think the moral is if you want to connect with reporters, then get in the mix and actually connect via Twitter if possible. Social in general is the easiest way to go from zero to something. IMO.
ginidietrich Seriously? So did I! Class of '98 (Man that sounds old). When did you graduate? Also lived in Chicago where I think you're at. Worked as a reporter for the Daily Herald. Many of my friends currently work for the Sun Times or Tribune.
ginidietrich Thanks so much Gini! Glad to be able to provide an example. Also funny you should mention Omaha. That's my hometown! Yes, I think Twitter is terribly undervalued by people trying to get traditional media attention.
Long time reader, first time commenter. Love the blog!
Anyhow, I've struggled with this as well. Two things to add:
1. Often people will pay for something, just because it's sort of an unofficial promise they'll get a better version than what's free. For example, my friend charges for blog post ideas here http://needatopic.com/ he charges $7 a month for blog post topics that probably are about as valuable as what you get from free here http://bestbloggingtipsonline.com/ but people pay because they like my friend, or they believe it's better than what they can get for free. (In full disclosure he says he's doing really well with it, and I personally haven't seen the topics he gives. So perhaps they are much better than what other blogs provide for free. And there are other benefits for the money you pay.)
2. Another way I distinguish what I charge for, is we charge for the "how" and give away the what. So we might teach the mechanics of what goes into good blog content. But we'll charge for the granular information necessary to build a blog, launch it, get traffic to it, etc. Because in theory putting together a blog is easy. But learning the how of making a successful blog is much more challenging.
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