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How Different Age Groups Consume Content

I came across this great article in Marketing Land, where they look at the habits of Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers when it comes to consuming content. What I took away was that “Blog Posts Are The Most Consumed Content By All Three Generations” and I should keep them at 300 words (or close). Good info.

Source: The Generational Content Gap: How Different Age Groups Consume Content

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YouTube’s Top 100 Brands Report

YouTube’s Top 100 Brands Report

In its first ever report on branded video content, YouTube says video views for the top 100 brands have nearly doubled during the last year, with monthly views of branded content up 55 percent since 2014.

Source: YouTube’s Top 100 Brands Report: Monthly Views Up 55% For Branded Video Content

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How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online?

I get this question frequently: “how do I make money blogging?” This guide from Tips and Trips HQ is the most comprehensive single source I’ve found that gives you info on everything you need — from getting a domain to creating content then making money off that content. Very useful page to bookmark.

This is a step by step and easy to follow guide that will help you setup your own blog from the start. This guide is not to motivate someone to start blogging.

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Source: How do I Start a Blog and Make Money Online? | Tips and Tricks HQ

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Instagram is the preferred social network for US teens

I found this on Business Insider:

… 32% of respondents named Instagram as the most important social network, while only 24% said Twitter was most important, and only 14% pointed to Facebook.

Source: Instagram is now the go-to social network for US teens

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Places To List Your Business Online

Places To List Your Business Online (more info at www.goingsocialhouston.com)

If you have a business, then your number 1 priority is getting it in front of prospective customers. Vertical Response pulled together a great resource you should check out: “The Top 20 Places Your Business Needs to Be Listed Online.

It’s vital to get business listed on all applicable online directories. Here’s a guide to the top 20 online directories and links to their sign-up pages:

The list includes some you will know, like Google Places for Business, some you may have forgotten, like the Yellow Pages, and a few that were new to me, like MapQuest. The complete list should go on your “to do” list as a business owner.

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Source: The Top 20 Places Your Business Needs to Be Listed Online | VR Marketing Blog

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2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet (more info on www.goingsocialhouston.com)

I’m always trying to figure out what size/dimensions I need to save an image in for a Facebook post vs Twitter vs Google+. I recently came across this handy (updated) easy to read 2015 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet on the Constant Contact website which gives sizes for most of the everyday social media images you’ll need to post.

Since I try not to reshare images that I don’t actually own or for which I’ve been given permission to share… I’m linking to the article instead of posting the image here.

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Apps for Success

Need suggestions on apps to help you in you productivity and success? Check out “10 Apps You Would Find in a Successful Person’s Phone.”

In this digital age successful people are taking advantage of getting more done with their smartphones. You can learn from them by using some of these apps.

I was pleased to note that I have a few of these on my own phone:

  • Flipboard
  • DropBox
  • Dragon Dictation
  • Mint
  • Evernote
  • LinkedIn

Which are yours?

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Source: 10 Apps You Would Find in a Successful Person’s Phone

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IFTTT recipes to help you share Instagram pics

IFTTT recipes to help you share Instagram pics (more info at www.goingsocialhouston.com)I recently started using my first IFTTT recipe, and I love it! For those of you who (like me) haven’t discovered IFTTT, it’s short for If This Then That. It lets you set up triggers on your social channels that prompt specific actions.

In my case, when I post an image onto Instagram, IFTTT subsequently reposts the image in Twitter as a native image, copying over the message. It’s awesome! That way I don’t have to post it twice myself and Twitter shows real photos in my posts instead of Instagram links.

I got the “recipe” link from this Mashable article, “5 IFTTT recipes to share Instagram pics like a boss.” The article includes other recipes like automating your Instagram Photos being added to a specific Facebook album and sending tagged photos to Tumblr.

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Social Contests to Help You Grow Your Email List

Want to grow your email list? Vertical Response suggests using social contests:

  • Host a Facebook giveaway (tool Rafflecopter).
  • Offer a deal or promotion (tool Justuno).
  • ‘Tweet to win’ contest (tool Binkd).
  • Facebook quiz (tool (Woobox).

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SOURCE: 4 Social Contests that Help You Grow Your Email List and Reach New People | VerticalResponse Blog

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Why You Should Avoid Hotlinking

Have you started using the new WordPress bookmarklet? It’s the “button” you add to your browser that basically turns the current webpage into a blog post. One of the new features is that it “suggests” embedding an image from that webpage … an image that doesn’t belong to you (in most cases).

Free Technology for Teachers defines hotlinking as “inserting a picture into a blog post through a URL rather than uploading the image file itself to your blog.” This is fine, if you own the picture. However, if you are bascially “stealing” someone else’s image, that’s when it becomes a problem.

So, don’t hotlink your images!

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Source: What is Hotlinking? – Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It | Free Technology for Teachers

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