- Producer19/01/2017A Unique Approach to Social Media Marketing - When Your Business Isn't So Social..."When your business doesn't seem like it is a good fit for Facebook, or other social media pages, think about what you do in the community to help to create positive social media marketing outreach, search engine optimization, and content for your...
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- Producer18/01/2017LinkedIn – a social media platform needing repair.Part 3 of 3.Some days ago I published this within LinkedIn - where, quite understandably it has gained remarkable little in the way of 'traction'. Where I was seeking argument/discussion/debate I gained little of these - ensuring in my mind that...
Comments19/01/2017 #6 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝Identifying that LI is broken is a sign of discernment and perception. Thinking that it can be fixed is a sign of naivety though. There is a reason why there are alternatives to it and some of them are doing surprisingly well (e.g. beBee). If LI was going with its own steam instead of being part of MS, then maybe it could eventually be fixed (that's a big "if" though). The way things are, it's seems like it's going to linger in limbo, just like all other services that have been acquired by a company that has the money to sustain them, but not the initiative (or the creativity) to make them better. Besides, FB is becoming more professional now so LI has to compete with all the other professional networks and FB. I doubt it can handle that, no matter how many patches are applied on it.18/01/2017 #5 John White, MBAThanks for writing this piece and sharing it with us here on beBee. In addition to sharing it into more hives here on beBee, tweeted out to my followers. Here's the link in case anyone wants to retweet it, etc: https://twitter.com/juanblanco76/status/82183455344257433818/01/2017 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador@Rob McNaughton, good comments here with your post, beBee.com will continue to take the lead here. LI is only looking to add advertising dollars as a main goal from hundreds of emails I receive about people not being happy with many of the new changes. All these folks I point to beBee & the great leaders here Juan & Javier , with the great application that is taking root throughout the USA. I speak about beBee at every conference I attend & am here to help them succeed in continuous growth. Best regards, Bill Stankiewicz, www.savannahsupplychain.com18/01/2017 #3 David B. GrinbergRob, I agree with your astute assessment of LI, which is plagued by numerous customer service issues -- all of which have contributed to less user engagement and a bad user experience on LinkedIn, among other detrimental consequences. Hopefully LI will shape up or else more users will ship out. I commend you for speaking out about this despite any backlash on LI. Keep buzzing👏🐝🐝🇺🇸18/01/2017 #1 Mohammed SultanIt seems the bright days which were done by the same tools have gone.The competitive situation on social media is day-on and day-out and the pace show no sign of slacking.The platforms which get a head and stay ahead are those who recognize how and when to innovate and what changes to adapt to.The success of social media is not measured by the share of voice or the number of contents aired or the number of users ,but by the number of the active users engagements.Nowadays, Linked in fill the air with repetitive contents that people have no time to read.It's not a matter of quick fixes.It seems that Linked in either have no strategy or have lost the desire to lead,and these quick fixes may well prepare them to follow. Bebee is taking the lead because its founders have the passions and decided to put their weight behind the brand.There could be hard times a head facing Linked in.Thank you Rob McNaughton and you are welcome to show your "core interests" at beBee.
- Producer18/01/2017How To Integrate Social Media Into Your Website To Increase Your Ecommerce Sales[This article was written by Brent Barnhart for the Photoslurp blog] When it comes to selling ecommerce products via social media, it should be a matter of when, not if. If you aren’t already boasting social sales, perhaps it’s time to rethink...
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- Producer18/01/2017Explaining beBee to your friendsI live in the USA and beBee is on it's way to growing here and being the next big thing for Social Media trends in the USA. I forget that part about "on it's way" as beBee gets ready to make it's North America push. I am often talking to my local...
- Producer18/01/20175 Reasons why you shouldn't use your real name for personal brandingUsing your real name for personal branding can create problems for you in the future. Here are 5 reasons why you should try not to use your real name when working on a brand.1. You may make a mistake with your brand. Some brands have been badly...
Comments18/01/2017 #12 Jennifer DepewSharing some hard won experience - both using or not using your name may lead to trouble. Using my name in blogging and social media sites led to slander/rumors about my motives being due to being a celebrity wanna be/narcissist but my not using my name led to rumors that I must be secretive or even worse labels (evil sociopath :( ).
What might help: Being clear about the goals and purpose of a site and providing information in a variety of formats would be some take home lessons I learned. It seemed to me that people are scared by only providing words on a blog and many seem to need information in video formats rather than just offering written articles but they prefer high quality video at this stage of internet/youtube competition.
Having a real person with a real photo for the profile pic does seem to be preferred and trusted to having an anonymous name and photo. However if the goal for anonymity is to protect family or because the topics being addressed are about mental health or child or sexual trauma then just saying that in the About/Profile section would likely be well received by the audience. People understand that sensitive topics are uncomfortable for everyone and do seem to prefer anonymity in those cases rather than knowing the person's real name - take home point would be clarifying your goals in the first place and start as you intend to proceed - ideally, (and stay out of politics if you don't want all of your skeletons to dance out of your closet ;-).18/01/2017 #11 Mohammed Sultan@Billy Grande.I think you are calling for a corporate brand ,not a personal brand.The personal brand must be tied to your identity and to your initiatives which should be consistent with your core skills and core interests ,otherwise it's going to hurt your integrity.Creating such a corporate brand inside companies may be confusing for the employees and the company itself.It's better to brand the out put of your personal brand rather than branding what's branded.Branding your personal brand will get you trapped into continuous change,controlled by specific PLC and may be the need to get sponsored by a second party when you regress to bad performance.18/01/2017 #10 Valerie Schmidtvalid points made, BG. - a "persona" is acceptable to be used for personal branding, I don't see why not.
I must admit, it will not be as personal as without a pseudonym, but the points you made are strong for not using a real made.
Well argumented, I do not say why you shoul not.
-Val18/01/2017 #6 Phil Friedman#4 Harvey, this is an interesting conversation and an important one for social media. And I think we owe a thank you to Billy for opening the topic up. However, I don't think that you and I should hijack the comments thread, so I'll withdraw from the conversation for now. Cheers!18/01/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd#3 My thinking, any business adventure you have to determine outcomes or long term goals. Personal branding has an end game. What is that Game. If you are and want to become that brand ("Martha Stewart") Then that is a play. But if you are looking to design a company that is salable and can stand on its own then your name in the brand is self defeating.
Personal branding for me is a little bit of a misnomer. Personal brands are created for a reason. So i see them as an endgame that is funneling something to or away from the individual.
Regardless whether its benevolent or profitable.18/01/2017 #3 Phil Friedman#2 Harvey, what you say is true... but it completely removes the core concept of "personal" brand from the equation. You can take the Branson out of the Virgin Atlantic, brand but you can't take the Richard out of the Branson brand. So what we seem to be talking about here is whether "personal" branding is a good idea or not.18/01/2017 #2 Harvey LloydYou make some excellent points. I would imagine the first question is why do you need a brand? Once decided, then your points would certainly apply to certain answers. If the brand is expected to have some sort of ROI i would think you would want to sell it in the end game or design a legacy around the brand that you don't participate. It would probably be difficult to walk away or find interest in the brand if it were you.18/01/2017 #1 Phil FriedmanExcuse me, Billy Grande or whoever you really are, but if one uses a fictitious name for his or her brand, how does one then distinguish that brand as a "personal" brand from just a brand that employs a company or other fictitious name? The entire rationale behind "personal branding" is that it is authentic and personal, not a buffer facade. If you are questioning the wisdom of personal branding as such, that is understandable. But what you appear to be saying seems to me to be self-contradictory and inconsistent with the essence of personal branding. Cheers!
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- Producer17/01/2017The verdict is in... beBee beats LinkedIn for content sharingIf you follow me, you will know that back in April I posted a piece on beBee titled 'LinkedIn, We have a problem.' It showed the stark contrast between page views and post engagements between LinkedIn, where I'd been publishing for over a year. And...
Comments18/01/2017 #48 Robert BookerThis is so true. I have pointed this out to many who are following me on Linkedln. They don't answer. I have been posting to Linkedln and beBee and get feedback on beBee and nothing on Linkedln. It seems to me, Linkedln is more about getting people to follow you than it is about information.17/01/2017 #40 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Sandra. I think you hit the proverbial nail on the head yet again.
Put simply, when it comes to blogging and personal branding:
beBee = fostering user engagement and a satisfying user experience.
LI = intentionally trampling user engagement and a frustrating user experience.17/01/2017 #39 Lisa 🐝 GallagherThis is one reason I moved to beBee about a year ago @Sandra Smith. I had engagement on LI but it was dropping due to changes they were making, thanks to their algorithms, many of us were not receiving notifications of those we followed and read regularly. I also find the climate on beBee more conducive and supportive. Also, it's articles like this that benefit from the many hives because people actually see them, re-read the buzzes and repost, hence more views, comments/engagement. Nice to have you here! By the way, we share something in common, I have written about Mental Illness too because I'd like to see the stigma end one day. Have you repurposed your article above to beBee? If you haven't, I would love to read it here. Thanks!17/01/2017 #38 paul wayneGreat Article / Post Sandra and completely agree with some of your comments LinkedIn has changed so much over the last 12/18 Months I have not seen any changes on there platform if anything all I see are problems and faults which never get dealt with from there lack of decent customer services .
I spent lot of time on there platform with building dedicated group networks for Marketing purposes but looks like there rules and regulations are different depending on who you are . Since they made few changes on the LinkedIn pulse I use to get views of 5,000 - 10,000 per article and now lucky if 100 people even view it .17/01/2017 #32 Larry BoyerThanks for sharing your experiences @Sandra Smith. As a data guy I find it interesting to compare beBee with the other social platforms. From my personal experience I see there are different flavors of writing and information shared on beBee and LinkedIn. On my posts, which are more business/IT oriented I get a lot higher engagement on LinkedIn, more views on beBee, but more people liking, commenting and sharing on LinkedIn. Of course it's also not a fair comparison as my LinkedIn network is orders of magnitude bigger. What it does suggest to me is that different types of people are attracted to each platform, at least at this point, and that it underscores the need to find and build your audience on each. By emphasize a full 3-D personal branding approach no doubt beBee will catch up and surpass the other social networks.17/01/2017 #31 Mohammed Sultan@Sandra Smith.After your final analysis ,one is reminded of what people used to say about thoughts and feelings and why they are being in love with beBee.When you are, you will know you are.You will recognize that the feeling is here.It's the same with the platform strategy ;when it's good ,you will know it's good ,you will recognize that the feeling and the more satisfying depth of understanding is here.What makes beBee platform unique is that it enable readers to manipulate their own perception,behavior and attitude,and even uncover their "core interests" which they were unaware of or unable to articulate at Linked in .17/01/2017 #30 Donald GrandyThanks @Sandra Smith for this excellent post. I share your frustration with LinkedIn. If "Happy Birthday" ,"Happy Anniversary" or Congrats on the new job/position are important to you, then rock on. Not what I would call engagement. The only positive I can see is the B$$$ the principles hauled in when they sold to MS. Share your frustration on articles posted on LinkedIn. Love your post. I work full time in Mental Illness. "beBee On"
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Comments11/01/2017 #9 Chad Carroll#8 Right on @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. A week ago I read someone else suggest that approach (and that it worked for them) and it reinforced my discovery even more. That is wasn't just a fluke, but something anyone that puts their mind to could do. I'm all for diligence, but I'm also all for reinventing oneself. Thanks so much for the read!11/01/2017 #8 Deb 🐝 HelfrichChadical! This buzz scores! This is SUCH a wise approach; "So I wrote down a list of questions. A LOT of questions. That would be my starting point. Now came the research to answer them. The results would be my finished plan, my strategy, and my mission."
Way to not get daunted by resistance or succumb to obstacles. Simply by understanding this was part of the process, and venting accordingly, you set yourself up for moving forward.
@Chad Carroll, I am with you. I love seeing and meeting people who are doing something meaningful to them, while paying the bills. It is part of a life well-lived.
- Producer17/01/2017How To Use Customer Lifetime Value In Your ECommerce Marketing Plan[See the original post written by Bill Widmer in the Photoslurp blog] I’m sure you’ve heard of Customer Lifetime Value (CLV). It’s a fascinating metric used to calculate how much your business can potentially make over the lifetime of your...
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- 17/01/2017The 8 Personal Branding Steps I Took To Go From Feeling Like a Failure To Career Enlightenment | The Huffington Postwww.huffingtonpost.com Before I invested in my personal brand, I was in a field I no longer liked and working for a company that didn't listen to a single one of my ideas,...
Comments17/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich"Be prepared to work hard and don’t give up easily." This is really the key, @John White, MBA.
I am honored to be mentioned. I love to help people see that commenting 'professionally' is an astute way to build relationships, an online network, and a personal brand. But it does take more work than scrolling quickly while clicking like, heart, or relevant.... It is important to try to add to the conversation and if you add value, people WILL notice.
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Comments16/01/2017 #13 Sandra SmithCandace, I loath bathing suit shopping. If the bottom fits, the top doesn't and vice versa. I really wish bathing suits came in different shapes and sizes to meet the needs of real women. I believe that's what you are trying to do with bikini luxe, so well done for that.16/01/2017 #12 Phil FriedmanDear @Candice 🐝 Galek, I greatly appreciate your conscientious approach to this topic. I am sending under separate private message some nude photos of me from various angles -- and would appreciate your advice on choosing appropriate swimwear that will maximize my beach image. Thank you for your kind help.16/01/2017 #9 Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín#7 Hecho! Lo que pasaba es que había marcado el recurso de lista en todo el artículo, por lo que la sangría de la izquierda aparecía así en todo el artículo. En la nueva versión no permitiremos incluir fotos en la lista para que no den estos errores. Gracias!
- Producer16/01/2017Why an Empath/Intuitive makes sense in business An Empath has a perception that is deeper than most people and in the business world this can give you a strategic edge over the competition. Human ResourcesAn Empath sitting across from a candidate in an interview is reading the whole human. They...
Comments18/01/2017 #20 Max🐝 J. Carter#19 That was my journey and could take a book to explain that I will never write.
I have met thousands upon thousands of others who took a similar journey and came to the same answer of Empath after doing a lot of exploring on their own as I did on my own. I thought I was just crazy until I was 37 when my journey led to this self discovery.
I have seen a few mental health professionals since then and have explained it to them and each of them gave me a clean bill of mental health that was given to a judge at one point to certify my mental health and that it is indeed true and factual that I am an Empath and what that means.18/01/2017 #19 Devesh Bhatt#18 why disprove being and empath and why prove being an empath. The answer would be really personal and I do not want it.
Let me rephrase, why prove or disprove anything if it is a matter of feeling?
I won't write a buzz on what I feel . I would rather write on why I feel the conflict of feeling and rationality, but all paths intersect, they do here.18/01/2017 #18 Max🐝 J. Carter#17 Key part of all of this is where you said this.
I ask questions because I feel some disconnect but it cannot be stated without further introspection.
Key word introspection.
I understand where your questions are coming from and you identified the best course of action for you.
I could type comment after comment and buzz after buzz it may or may not help you in finding your understanding. That is your journey.
All I can do is present my understanding as I have come to it. I looked for every way to disprove my being an Empath and what that means. It was in this journey that I discovered my understanding of it that I have shared and on occasion will continue to share in my writing.
I try to get off this topic for a while and give it a rest at and take time to explore the rest of me in what I write.
Lately for me this has been heavily on my mind and I have been writing a lot about it the last few days. It might help you with that introspection to write about it in a journal for you if you are not comfortable exploring it in your own buzzing here on beBee.
Enjoy your journey.18/01/2017 #17 Devesh Bhatt#16 everybody feels, people chose not to go with it. Feelings are linked with weakness. Some like the way they feel , even hurt is looked up as an indicator of being emotional. Sensitivity is for the good and the bad, emotion is seen as strength of the heart.
Isn't endurance the strength of the heart, don't these things get muddled.
Intuition is polished by experience and behind the curtain rationality, it's a response that doesn't have the time to justify but we do.
Feelings don't have the need to justify but we do.
On one hand, a person has to practice intuition and empathy, which requires tuning out excessive analysis, on the other hand seeing oneself as an empath or intuitive seeds unnecessary analysis.
Isn't is better to be an empath among other things which is the case with everybody.
Empathy need to be other things via empathy and others need to use other things to discover empathy.
The tool of intuition only works when it's not the way things are, but how we grow with rationality hand in hand
People say instincts don't change, I've seen them change with the environment. They are different in the city, different in the village and different in the forest. Within the context of applicable instincts they change.
Wouldn't the resonance of these words , just like resonance of the word addiction in one of your posts, cripple imagination?
I ask questions because I feel some disconnect but it cannot be stated without further introspection.
Sometimes people arrive at feelings, the chemical and logical triggers don't give an instant output, there is more inside to be figured out
Transition should not be considered as a permanent state.18/01/2017 #16 Max🐝 J. Carter#15 Devesh while yes everyone of us has a certain level of empathic sensitivity there are those who have a much higher sensitivity to the extent of being classified as Empath. An Empath will take on your emotions as if they are their own and most often the ones you are trying to repress or suppress.
They are so sensitive that they can feel the emotion behind comments left online or while engaged in chat or in an email. An Empath can and will ride your emotional wave with you if they own themselves to you and focus on you alone. They don't just sense the emotion they feel it deeply with you or for you at times.18/01/2017 #15 Devesh BhattAnd eing an empathy, being intuitive, being rational,being a telepath, being a walled up defensive person, being a free bird, being a person of service, being a person of self service, being is in being.
A person is everything, you just persist with so many posts and so many posts and frankly speaking the silly ones look more interesting and then you give a small line worth pondering for the new endless embedded somewhere along with so many inconsistent contradictions and yet the inconsistencies are easily ignored for the worth.
Why does a person have to be an empath when everybody naturally is , why be when we already are, when we choose not to be what we are.
Does it come with practice or simply embracing the moment and the practice is an automatic way of being.
In short, you look like a contradiction, maybe I am the contradiction, maybe this is an experiment, I am a dissenting follower. This doesn't feel good.17/01/2017 #10 Robin BartonMax, exactly what I was talking about with my "weird" things. I've often wonder if I was an empath as I have a lot of the signs. For instance, I can spot things when I'm interviewing a potential employee that other people don't see. I just always tell myself it's because I'm so experienced at it. Sometimes I am so sensitive inside that I consider it a failing, not an asset.17/01/2017 #8 Preston Vander VenGreat article. I hear people say "Stay on the track of success". But in today's society, that track is more like a river which is always changing. What worked yesterday may not work today. To be successful we have to jump into the current of change and build our boat while on it. To many of us try to fight the current wanting to stay in the same position. It is exhausting and futile.17/01/2017 #4 Mike RanaJim, I just took a look at his piece and I don't see any typos or grammatical issues. I've also read several of Max's pieces and I haven't seen any errors that are that egregious.
We all screw up here and there, and we all have different writing styles. I've had people tell me that I have some typos in my work, and sometimes it boils down to whether I type "Fourth" or "4th."
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