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Great list Danny and I do have one wee comment. A plugin like Google XML sitemap should never be required if a website is built properly (initially). When we run analyses on potential clients' websites and I see that the XML site map is missing, I shudder!
1 year, 10 months ago on 27 Highly Recommended WordPress PlugIns As Used on Here
I don't use Google+ much and like you, I have an account anyway. I was relieved when you said you didn't like it much anyhow. WHEW! Am I now free to say that myself because Danny Brown did?! :D I wrote a blog post myself a couple of weeks ago, directed to my clients and any business out there that wonders how important it is to their online presence. This is a very balanced blog post and I appreciate you writing it!
1 year, 11 months ago on On Loving and Giving Up On Google in Equal Measure
Great blog post - thank you very much for this!
2 years, 1 month ago on Drive More Traffic to Retail Sites With Pinterest
I have a following of bloggers in a particular industry and I share useful information to them like this. Some are beginners, some are more seasoned bloggers. This article is a great share. Thank you!
2 years, 1 month ago on 3 Goals That Every A-List Blogger Swears By
Okay before I even READ this post I have to comment on the first photo in the article. HAHAHAHHAHA
Okay so that was less of a comment and more of a howl. HILARIOUS!!!!!!!
2 years, 4 months ago on Will the Real Social Media Leaders Please Stand Up?
Aaron I would be lost without Sprout Social. I maneuver from one client to the next to the next to the next and handle all of their social media accounts in one place (for the most part). The reports, as you mentioned, is an excellent feature because clients don't want to be overwhelmed with analytics but they sure do like those graphs and pie charts! :) Thanks for the great review.
2 years, 4 months ago on My Honest and Unbiased Review of Sprout Social
This is so bang on, I feel like jumping up and down. It's exhausting sometimes trying to explain this to clients. As a researcher I realize that digging deeper is almost ALWAYS required in order to find out the source of the problem. Thank you Danny - so much appreciate this one!
2 years, 4 months ago on You Cannot Change What You Do Not See
Danny Brown I haven't seen "morose" used in any form for a good long time Danny! :)
2 years, 4 months ago on Can Social Media Make You Truly Happy?
Stuart Mills Thanks Stuart, I appreciate your feedback. I have to say though - I don't really see the difference between someone mindlessly "clicking" the remote or scrolling through Facebook pages. If someone is going to waste time they are going to waste time. I think social media can be used for a great deal of good (charities, promoting new entrepreneurs etc.) and I use it to truly engage with people (I'm a natural networker) but I don't think it HAS to be used that way :)
It's taken me a few days to get to this but I really wanted to comment because I think it's important. Stuart writes, " If I was to spend an hour on Facebook viewing other people’s profiles and checking for new photos, then I’m not going to get much out of it." Well... that's YOUR experience and YOUR perspective Stuart; we don't all share that experience. All of my family lives in other provinces in Canada (NS, PE, NL) so when I spend time looking at photos of their children as they grow, their dogs, their new cottage, their vacation photos, I am actually "connecting" with my family. As I work for my clients, I spend all day thinking - sometimes 16 hours a day. The last thing I want do do at night on Facebook is to engage in a heavy conversation about third-world issues or any other mind-bending topics. I need a break, I want to engage and connect with people who matter to me .... and I do :) A few days ago a cousin of mine passed away. We haven't seen each other in "real life" for 40 years but her death affected me as if I saw her regularly. Why? Because I connected with her regularly through social media platforms. I saw the beauty of her paintings and the love she had for animals; I got to experience her life, her talents and gifts BECAUSE OF social media.
The data that I have been accessing about time spent watching television versus time spent online tells me that we are watching less TV and spending more time online. So wasn't some of that TV-watching pretty mindless too? I cancelled satellite because nobody in my house was watching it and the money I saved paid for my daughter's braces HAHA! Nine hours a week is no big deal. People who don't spend time online but watch TV are spending more than that on their favourite shows.
Some of us REALLY connect. We are engaged in relationships that wouldn't be possible without social media. Social media has added a great deal of depth to the relationships in my life. In this instance, I will have to politely disagree with your position.
Is this ever the truth.
2 years, 4 months ago on Chasing Shadows
Some of the comments I've read after I posted a link to this article just freakin' amazed me (that's my nice way of saying they pissed me off). It's this disbelief that, "OH NO!!! Companies don't ACTUALLY ignore their customers.... definitely not!!!"
Why is it that some people have issues with research results? Become friends with the facts folks!
2 years, 4 months ago on 70% of Companies Ignore Customer Complaints on Twitter
There are other programs and apps that are far more useful with additional features (reports, discovery, that can benefit your clients (and you). I have tried Buffer and this is going to sound like a paid commercial haha, but my program of choice is SPROUT SOCIAL :)
2 years, 5 months ago on Holy Twit – Increased Tweet Volume Drives Results
Neicolec Funny that you should say that. There's that timing thing again. Last week I had a new assistant start with me. He lasted an hour. All I asked him to do was compose tweets for me to review. His response to my feedback/revisions on his tweets: "I don't think I can be as comprehensive as you need me to be." In other words, I'm not the social media guru I told you I was. EVERYONE thinks they know how to "do" social media work because they have the knowledge to put up a Facebook page or open a Twitter account. PUH-LEEEZE!!!!!
2 years, 5 months ago on Social Media Success is About the Wizard, Not the Wand
You are on a roll this week Jay! Just a couple of weeks ago I was feeling so overwhelmed and exhausted, I had to take a step back and examine what the hell was what. I had to decide that I can't POSSIBLY read so much or learn so much every, single, solitary day. The first thing I decided to do was hire an assistant; give up some $$$ in exchange for some sanity. This blog post is certainly timely for me since I've just come to grips with the fact that I can't know about every bloody new gadget, app, software, hardware, method, methodology, or metric that can help my clients. I think my standards are so high (I need to know EVERYTHING!!!) that I was starting to drive myself crazy. No exercise, no social life, just sitting at my desk 14-16 hours a day. I can relate so personally to what you've been writing lately....right down to the working treadmill! Thanks for being so real!
There's a very good reason I read your blog so regularly. EXCELLENT, relevant content. Thank you for this one Jay! Sure keeps things interesting for those of us working in an aspect of social media.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Real Reason Your Customers Don’t Like You on Facebook
Brilliant! People like us who sit at our desks too much (seriously, do we have a choice?!) need to get creative to find ways to exercise more regularly. I want to live for a good long time but I won't at this rate of sitting at my desk 14 hours a day and never getting up. Last night I took a walk at midnight just because I was so fed up at the condition of my conditioning ;)
2 years, 5 months ago on Treadmill Desk and Multi-tasking