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!
2 years, 3 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.
2 years, 3 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! :)
2 years, 3 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. :)
2 years, 4 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!
2 years, 4 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!
2 years, 4 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!
2 years, 4 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. :)
2 years, 5 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! :)
2 years, 5 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!
2 years, 7 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. :)
2 years, 8 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!
2 years, 9 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, 9 months 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, 9 months 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, 9 months 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, 9 months ago on 14 Ways New Facebook Betrays Small Business
@osakasaul I might have to disagree with this. Whether the content is good or not - does not really dictate whether someone leaves a comment. I have come across many blogs in which they get hundreds if not thousands of shares on social networks, but no comments (and some of these are from extremely well respected people in my field). Does that mean their blog sucks? Nope, sometimes, people would rather share content than comment about it. :)
2 years, 10 months ago on 8 Blogging No-No’s
Oh so true on all points! I especially agree with the multiple posts. I feel like this should only be encouraged when you have a bunch of different topics, but if you're just blogging about one topic, it confuses the audience and gives them too much information to read.
Thanks for the awesome post!
Wow. I relate with so many of these. :) The one that really resonated with me with Beth about the best part of going to a party is coming home. That is so me! I actually get separation anxiety sometimes and after an hour or so of having a good time with friends, I just want to go home so I can enjoy the day with my dog and my boyfriend.
I do also enjoy solitude, which is why I am grateful that I can work from home and enjoy that time to myself to focus and just be me.
Thanks for sharing such wonderful comments! :)
2 years, 10 months ago on I Know I’m an Introvert Because…
Completely agree! The term "going viral" seems to have lost all meaning these days. Everyone wants a piece of "going viral" but they try WAY too hard in order to achieve it. When, instead, they could just create awesome, valuable content! :) I've actually stopped working with clients who have the expectation of going viral; because it usually leads to a lot more impatience down the road.
2 years, 10 months ago on How to Make Your Content Go Viral
I do agree with you. I personally do not like QR codes and do not use them. I'd rather find their Twitter handle and then track their website down through Twitter than scan their QR code. That's also because I can instantly access Twitter & Facebook, add them and then move on.
In fact, it seems like 80% of every QR code I've scanned has either failed or been broken in one-way or another. I've also never really gotten anything of use from them. They're usually just ads, the same ads that I can find in the very magazine or paper that I just scanned.
I do like it when I scan a QR code and then it adds their information to my phone. THAT is awesome.
However, I do believe that QR codes will continue to develop and within a couple years, they could become a huge part of our day-to-day marketing strategy.
2 years, 11 months ago on Five Reasons QR Codes Suck
I am of the belief that nothing in life comes easy and only the best things in life are a struggle to achieve. However, when it comes to customers I do like to make it as easy as possible for them to, say, find me on FB or sign up for my newsletter or find my RSS feed. Simple things like that should be, well, simple. But what you're talking about, yes, being clever can get lost in translation when we're used to a certain way of doing things or seeing things for a certain extended period of time.
However, I think if there were a question mark or something next to the "build a tribe" button that explained in detail what the heck that meant in simple terms, people would get it. Or maybe instead of just sending them straight to the inside, you could send them to a tutorial or 'step by step' set up of how to use Triberr. Stuff like that can make the process easier so when you try to be clever, people have gone through the tutorial (at least those who choose to do it) and know what starting a Tribe really means.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Importance of Being Difficult
Love the advice, Jay! I have failed many times over and while it sucks to fail, just gotta get up and keep trying. If we don't even try because we're paralyzed with fear of failure, then we'll never get anywhere. Thanks for this!
2 years, 11 months ago on Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
Hi Allison! Wow, what an awesome breakdown! I remember starting my first LJ account back in 2005, I still have it active, just no longer post on it. I also remember when my friends brother had a blog way back in 2000. It was just a simple little blog without commenting ability or anyway to share it, but it was just posted so family and friends could see what he was up to. I thought it was awesome and I also remember thinking, "Wow, I wish I could have a blog like that!" Oh if I only knew. :) Thanks for the blast to the past (and present)!
2 years, 11 months ago on The History of Blogging: 12 Years of Blogs
I saw that ribbon when I was reading another post and was like, "I want that!" then I stumbled across this blog post that I seemed to have missed. But yes, I am installing the plugin now.
2 years, 11 months ago on SOPA Turns America Into China
@Jill T I totally agree! Nice to "meet" you, too. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Army of Darkness is a Better Blogger Than You. And Here's Why.
@dinodogan Because it's just THAT good. :)
My boyfriends best friend (and our roommate) LOVES Ash. He has his 'this is my boomstick' shirt on constantly. Anyway, I love the comparison. I think I'll be quoting from this for a while. :) Thanks!
I will admit that I have gamed the system a couple times. But I only gamed the system when I was competing with other people to be the mayor of one location. In order to become mayor of a location, you have to go to other locations, check in there and then go back to the location you want to be mayor. This way Foursquare knows that you're not just sitting in the same place, checking in every 4 hours trying to get mayor - I guess Foursquare thinks that cheating or something. Psh.
Anyway, I was as reluctant to use Foursquare as you were. I would always say, "Yes, that's exactly what was missing in my life, for everyone to know where I am at all times!"
But I quickly got over that when I realize I could get mayorship of my couch.
Really funny you mention Foursquare going to court...I think it's possible. If someone is dumb enough to check in somewhere when they're not supposed to (for whatever reason...say...robbing a bank, I can see it now, "Mark checked in at Allied Bank with this message, "Robbing the place, bitches!!!!"), then why can't it be used against them in a court of law?
2 years, 11 months ago on Why FourSquare Will Never Be Admissible in Court
This totally made my day. I don't care how old this post is, this will live on in infamy. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Klout Discovers a Renowned Sheep Expert in Mr. Danny Brown
@Wittlake I totally agree with this! To add to that, it's extremely important that the marketers fully understand the product and that the product managers fully understand what the marketers are doing. Working together to create an awesome strategy to get the best engagement from loyal customers.
2 years, 11 months ago on Brand Managers Who Want More Loyal Customers Need To Do This
Never considered myself as 'super social' I just really enjoy engaging and learning about new people and news - and in turn, help others. But Super Social really seems to fit! :) A lot of these I haven't been conscious of, but now that I see them, like #8 where there's more interaction on Facebook, that's definitely true! I get way more interaction on Facebook than on Twitter. Facebook seems a lot more inviting and a lot more 'personable' than Twitter. Twitter can be filled with a lot of noise (that goes by very quickly) but it's a lot easier to narrow down the news and friends to be more interactive on Facebook. Thanks for sharing! I'm really intrigued by these stats.
2 years, 11 months ago on 9 Surprising New Facts About Social Media in America
While I agree with all of these methods, there are times when comments on a Facebook page simply needs to be deleted. There was one occasion in which I kindly asked the person to refrain from the kind of language they were using. But they came back at me even more angry and irate. So after a couple more times of trying to reason with him, I eventually had to ban him and delete his comments. Obviously not all people are that bad and most of the time comments can be resolved simply by acknowledging them, whether on Facebook or Yelp. Thanks for the article!
3 years ago on Five Ways to Deal with Negative Online Comments
It absolutely rings true to me. I think doing research outside of your industry, such as reading People magazine, gives you a heightened sense of understanding when it comes to people in general. It can also open your eyes to a lot of different strategies and ideas you had never thought of before. Cools beans article, Dino!
3 years ago on John Jantsch's Dirty Little Market Research Secret
Twice a month isn't bad, but for us, we like to keep it with us just once a month, like you. It seems to work for us...I think. At this time, though, the company is still so small that we can't justify doing it more than once a month. I know I personally like to receive updates about once or twice a month, either is ok with me. Depends on what the company has to say and if it's really relevant. I've been unsubscribing from newsletters that get sent out once a day, just too much for me.
3 years ago on How Often Should I Send Email Newsletters?
Planning is SO essential! No matter what you're doing for your business; blogging, social media, offline marketing, etc, a strategy and planning are keys to success. Planning is great, but as Brian said, don't plan TOO much, otherwise you spend all your time planning and no time actually DOING. :)
Great blog with a lot of great points!
3 years, 1 month ago on Blogging Beginner: Is Planning Important for Blog Success?
Like you, I really hate that I'm addicted to my EVO. Every single moment in my life, every pic, every event; I feel COMPELLED to post it on Twitter and/or Facebook. It's a curse!
On the other hand, though, I like sharing things with my friends and have them share things with me. So it's a nice give and take.
I just wish I could relax, forget about my phone and just enjoy the moment.
Awesome post, Molli!
3 years, 1 month ago on Three Things I Hate About Social Media
The great thing about YouTube is that it already has such a huge audience. The moment you put your video up on YouTube, you have the potential to be found by millions of people. It's a matter of how you market your video that determines how often it's seen. LOVE the tips you give about how to get noticed, especially making comments on other videos. I suggest making comments on videos that aren't seen AS much as the super popular ones, so that your comment and username has a better chance of being seen. Because even though the video may not be as popular, you want to be seen instead of buried in a sea of comments. Great stuff!!
3 years, 2 months ago on YouTube Marketing: Smarter Ways to Market Your Business through Videos
My parents must have taught me well, because I am NEVER late and even if I'm on-time, I feel late and feel as if I'm being extremely disrespectful to the other person. I can understand if traffic is unexpectedly backed up, but then that's when you give the courtesy call to apologize for being late. :)
Trust can be gained in a number of ways and forethought of what trust means to you and what it means to your customer should be put into your business plan.Great article!!!
3 years, 2 months ago on What's trust got to do with it?
Hi Donina! Completely agree with you! I think the dress code definitely needs to reflect the organization. Like you, I used to work for a company that HATED denim. Even though, like you, they were a beautiful pair of jeans and were baggy, not tight. They looked more like slacks than jeans. But I got reamed for it, simply because it was denim.
I think the standards definitely need to change. A while ago I worked at an organization where I could wear anything - just as long as I looked good. I could wear jeans, a nice top and some ballet slippers and it was acceptable. I LOVED IT! I felt comfortable and still looked nice. That's a great comprimise for the workplace.
I worked at a call center once and they required us to wear business attire. ...Business attire! For a call center! Where we sat around all day in front of a computer talking to people on the phone! Crazy! I didn't last long at that job. The job was stressful enough, I didn't want my clothes to be an added stressor! lolAnyway, you're absolutely right. Dress codes need to reflect the environment a bit better and realize that people can still be fashionable, while being comfortable.
3 years, 2 months ago on Is It Time to Update the Workplace Dress Code?
@Tia Peterson You're absolutely right, they gotta be prepared for the bum rush! I also agree that Groupon is a great way to get your name on the map. As I said above, I've discovered some places that I never would have discovered without seeing it in a Groupon. So still totally worth it!
3 years, 3 months ago on Is Groupon a Biz Builder or Biz Killer?
@ayuboco Like you said, they gotta be strong and enforce the policy. But they didn't want to lose them as possible future customers, so they just took both Groupon's at the same time.
@Tia Peterson I just push enter twice to start a new paragraph and it looks great before I hit 'post comment', then it jumbles it all together in one paragraph.
Also, I'm not sure why my comments aren't formatting correctly...hm...