San Antonio, TX
I'm a social media specialist & CEO of Sociable Boost located in San Antonio, TX.
I love this list! :) It's very upbeat. I think we all need to create lists like this, along with our to-do lists. Positive affirmations like this can really get us up and ready to tackle the day!
1 year, 6 months ago on 7 Simple Things That Make Life Good
Medium kind of reminds me of Pinterest mixed with a Wordpress theme I saw this one time. I clicked through some of the "collections" and while they keep boasting that people haven't found a great way to publish online, I disagree. I really don't like the view or the format of the 'collections'. It's a bit jarring and while it may introduce me to something new, I don't see that it's introducing pics, with writing, with video. The mediums are all still separated. You're still going into the 'writing' collection and then the 'art' collection, and I have yet to see any video.I signed up and I'd love to check it out, but I'm really on the fence with how this is going to be more effective, than, say, a blog.
1 year, 6 months ago on What the F*@# is Medium?!
@MZazeela @douglaserice There's a little thing called common courtesy that seems to be lost on the internet, for whatever reason. I may just be a nobody but dangit, I want to be an acknowledged nobody! :)
1 year, 6 months ago on On Practicing What You Preach
@douglaserice I'm with Marc above, I'm saying that actions do speak louder than words. If you have an idea, you should run with it. But if you're constantly preaching for people to reply to tweets, as an example, and then you don't do it yourself...that's not being a good leader. You're just preaching just to preach and you're not leading by example.
I follow leaders who are leading by example, leaders who do as they say instead of just preaching a bunch of stuff just because they can.
If someone slips up once or twice or even three times, that's cool! But I continually try to chat with you in a conversational way and you're just not responding back, no matter what I say, yet you preach over and over again that businesses HAVE to respond to everyone, then that's not cool. YOU are a business, so why aren't YOU responding to everyone? See what I'm saying?
I never said that someone should quit just because they didn't reply to someone once or slipped up a couple times, we all do it, we're only human. But if I see it as a habit, as something that you just DO on a consistent basis, then THAT why I'll quit listening to someone. Because while we're all guilty of hypocrisy, there needs to be a point in which you ask yourself, "Does this person really know what they're talking about?"
It's just a matter of showing your character through your leadership, and if you continually show a lack of respect for people, even though you preach about showing respect to everyone, then there's a mixed message there and, to me, it's not a sign of a very good leader.
I think we're basically on the same page. Hypocrisy IS inevitable, it's when it becomes more than hypocrisy and becomes the way of life, THAT is when I begin to turn my head to the side and question their values.
Honestly, I'll unfollow/unlike/ignore people if I feel that they're not practicing what they preach. A good leader preaches, but they also practice what they preach.
If people are told one thing and then you do something else completely different, that makes people angry because you basically just lied to them.
I think people need to take more responsibility for what they're saying, instead of just saying it, ya know? I think too many people feel comfortable in saying something, they get people hearing them and they just stop doing whatever it is that they were saying - and that makes for a lot of confusion and mistrust.
So, while I hear what you're saying, I think we need to take more responsibility for what we're saying and be better examples to those people still learning the ropes.
I remember we talked about this in our interview together and it can be really scary for an introvert to be an extrovert online or to assume the position of someone who is actively engaged, even when they feel overwhelmed by the whole process. I think these are some great tips. People in general shouldn't feel stressed out about the process of engaging online. They should take their time and pace themselves, get to know people slowly and don't worry about trying to reach out to every single person online. :)
I connect with new people on a daily basis, but then there are some people that I'd rather connect with on a more regular basis. It's like BFF's and acquaintances; we just have to keep a calm balance. If you're not talking to someone anymore, then get rid of them, chances are they won't even know you've left. :)
1 year, 7 months ago on Why Being an Online Extrovert is Bad for Your Health
I can't relate to the grandma example because my grandma gave me amazing gifts because I was her one and only granddaughter. #spoiledmuch? LOL But seriously, I completely agree with you. I value the gifts that are given to me from people, whether it's particularly something I need or don't. I take it so seriously that if I don't have a need for their business, I'll refer them to someone else. There's ALWAYS someone in need of the services from the people that I meet and I try my best to find those people. That's my gift back. :)
Thanks for the reminder!
1 year, 7 months ago on Never Reject a Gift
Oh snap! This is happening all over. People contacting the wrong people because they didn't properly do their homework and connect with people that actually cared about them and vise versa. :) Great comic!
1 year, 7 months ago on The Social Life of Frank & Linh: Politics as Usual
I had heard of a friend who was dealing with a client who refused to post the same thing more than once. The client just didn't get the concept that her followers are not able to read her tweets THE moment they're released. She thought that if it was there, her entire following saw it and that was good enough.
I miss a lot of tweets and I'm thankful for repetition. If it weren't for repetition (and having followers who thankfully share some of the same stuff), I would never know about certain promotions or campaigns.
Since the internet moves so quickly, it's unrealistic to think that people are sitting there at their computer, dying and waiting for your next tweet/facebook status/whatever. :)
As mentioned, there are lots of tools like Buffer, Hoostsuite, Bundle Post and so on, that can schedule tweets to be able to schedule repetitive posts through out the day/week/month to save time.
Repetitive posts REALLY work. The type of responses vary completely based on time of day, who's looking at their stream that's interested in what you have to say, day of the week, how many followers they have, whether an event is going on, etc. So many variables. :)
I digress; Great post, Ken!
1 year, 7 months ago on Facebook, Twitter, and the Power of Repetition
My customers motivate me, honestly. My boyfriend motivates me for sure, but he's supposed to! :) Outside of family, my customers are my greatest motivation because without them, I wouldn't be here. :)
1 year, 7 months ago on Who Motivates You?
I love that, within the test portion, you mention that you can modify at any time. Most people feel that once they have a method or strategy that they CAN'T fix it. But they SO can! That's the beauty of social media; your fans won't know the difference! If you do something right, do it again and again and again! And in the process, keep trying new things. If they fail, then move onto the next.
Great article, Ken! :)
1 year, 8 months ago on Applying the Scientific Method to Your Social Media Plan
Thank you for posting this, Beth! I had a great time in the interview and the more I listen to it, the more I sound really nervous. LOL I promise I'm a lot more knowledgeable than what is heard in this podcast, haha. :) Thanks again for interviewing me!
1 year, 10 months ago on Connecting Online and IRL with Morgan Barnhart
@demik3 Hiya! :) Glad you enjoyed what you were able to listen to. Social media can definitely be overwhelming but it certainly doesn't have to be. There are a lot of techniques to overcome information overload and get engaged more. If you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me and let me know. :) Hope you're having a great week!
I have had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting the third; head up their ass and in the clouds. It was so exhausting being around them for even just a few minutes. I was not a 'yes gal' so I was quickly booted out of their presence, or rather, was never called to consult again because they hated it when I told them something negative about their business or how things were run.
As for myself, I started with the vision and I took the vision and turned it into milestones. Milestones really do help, as they keep me grounded and let me know that I have a set goal to get things done instead of just thinking about them and not acting on them.
Thanks for this funny post. :)
1 year, 11 months ago on 3 Entrepreneurs You Never Want to Meet
I LOVE Triberr. :) I have discovered some awesome people & stories from Triberr; like yourself. :) I truly think everyone needs to be apart of Triberr as it really does create awesome tribes and relationships. :) Great article!
1 year, 11 months ago on Attention All Bloggers: Why aren’t you on Triberr???
Automation can be great when it comes to setting up a few tweets of your favorite blog posts (and your own) but beyond that we still need to make the effort to create relationships and treat each other like human beings.
DM's, that's one of the most annoying things in social media. Because of the automation, I only look at my DM's maybe twice a month because a few good DM's do get through every-now-and-then. But overall, it's just disrespectful. There's nothing personal about it.
Even if the calendar saves time, the person asking for your time should have the common courtesy to just input the date & time themselves after agreeing on a time personally with you.
We wouldn't do these things in person, so why are we doing it online?
2 years ago on You Can’t Automate Common Courtesy
Number 2 just made me laugh because I LOVE that movie. :)
I have seen number 3 more often than the others (though the others do appear pretty often), and it blows me away that they could think that's a good idea.
I can understand being sensitive to criticism, especially when it's about something you have put your sweat and tears into, I have been sensitive a few times before. But then I realized, that person is saying those things for a reason; it can't be all about what *I* think. If I'm going to be in the business of helping, then I need to learn how to use that criticism to my advantage.
Good article. :)
2 years ago on Five Inappropriate Ways to Respond to Criticism
The more I hear about this book, the more I get excited! I'm eagerly awaiting my copy to appear on my doorstep. Or even in the mailbox, just as long as it's in my hands one way or another. Smart is sexy, hence why geeks are so damn sexy.
2 years ago on There’s Something Dead Sexy About a Geek
@flt3 She has the right to choose who she wants to date as much as anyone else. She obviously didn't have a connection - which is the point I believe she's trying to get across. :)
I agree with a lot of what you said. I feel more turned off with the new pages and rather apathetic to even using Facebook anymore.
At first I thought the look was pretty cool, but the more I looked at it and used it, the more I realized that it was flawed in so many ways. I was SO excited about the message system, but the fact that we can only get incoming messages and we can't initiate contact through the system...then why would I want to use it? If people want to say something, they'll do what they've done up until now: post it on the Facebook wall.
I agree that I didn't really care about landing pages. To be honest, the landing page did not coerce me into liking a page or shun me, it was just an obstacle to get through in order to reach the wall.
What is so disturbing about this whole thing is that Facebook is catering to big businesses, when it's the small business that has driven their success.
Facebook has always been changing their pages, but this is probably the most drastic change that I've seen in a very long time. Guess we'll just have to adjust and hope for the best.
2 years ago on 14 Ways New Facebook Betrays Small Business