Social Media Comic: The Social Media Timesink

Do you let the timesink of online channels like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest take you away from your real life? How do you avoid getting “sucked in” to hour of online engagement?

10 Questions You Should Ask Your Social Media Consultant, Expert, Guru or Wizard

Finding a social media professional to help you with your online activities can sometimes be a tough process. There are plenty of “experts”, “gurus” and “wizards” out there and many of them don’t have the experience you need. Hopefully, these 1o questions can help you in the process of finding someone who really understands your business and can help formulate and execute a plan to engage with your community online.

2011 Round-Up Of My Social Media Cartoons And Comics

All my social media cartoons and comics linked in a single post. Feel free to use these in your blog posts or presentations with the proper attribution.

Employees Are A Critical Element To Your Social Media Success – Are You Leveraging Yours? Apple Isn’t!

Without people and their personal relationship information, social media sites like Facebook and Twitter would be reduced to…well…MySpace. A barren wasteland full of bots and spam. When I mention people, I’m not just talking about your customers, prospective customers, bloggers, tweeters, and professional contacts on LinkedIn. I’m also talking about your employees.

Comic: Newfangled Social Networking

I’m still amazed by how many people consider “social networking” to be a new phenomena and link it’s creation to the launch of sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Cartoon: Social Media Resources

Some organizations treat social media as a part-time activity and don’t dedicate the required time and resources. Be sure that you’re not undermining the success of your social strategy by expecting employees to maintain your social channels in their “spare time”

Cartoon: Social Media Overload

Let’s face it, there are a ton of social media sites out there and trying to participate in all of them may spread your resources and your budget way too thin. Instead of trying to be everywhere, take some time to analyze each platform and their potential benefits and then develop and entrance plan for those that meet your needs.

Social Media Cartoon: First Day On The Job Where Social Media Is Blocked

I recently participated in a conversation on LinkedIn entitled “Should Employees Be Allowed To Use Social Media?” in one of the social media groups where I participate. While the responses where overwhelmingly in favor of not only allowing, but encouraging employees to engage online, I was befuddled by the fact that this question even exists.

Update: Empire Avenue, new social game or social media timesink?

Well, it’s been nine months since Empire Avenue opened its doors to the public and it seems to have really established itself as one of the more addicting social games out there. The site has evolved significantly since it’s launch, adding a enhancements such as the ability to invest in Twitter accounts, regardless of whether they have joined the site.

Cartoon: The Social Media Budget

As social media engagement grows, organizations will need to begin adding social media expenses into their budgets as part of the cost of doing business. Like telephones, computers, and websites, having a Facebook page and Twitter account, and the appropriate headcount to support them, will soon be commonplace.

Attention Corporate Executives! Your Time For Social Media Leadership Is Now!

As a corporate executive, are you embracing the advantages that social media can bring your business? Or are you sticking your head in a hole, hoping that it is a passing fad? Now is the time to embrace social media and the opportunities it presents!

Is Facebook Really More Important To Us Than Food?

Facebook is rapidly becoming a large part of the everyday life of Americans. But is it more important to us than food? The US Department of Labor statistics, combined with usage numbers from Facebook indicate that we are changing our lives based on our Facebook habits.

Should the hunter shoot the bear? Great YouTube campaign by Tipp-Ex

Kudos to Tipp-Ex for creating the next evolution of the subservient chicken. Check out their new YouTube campaign and the wealth of interactive videos. Be sure to edit the story to get the full effect!

Another Win For Old Spice

Unless you were living under a social media rock a couple of weeks ago, you’re probably aware of the Old Spice Twitter/YouTube campaign featuring Isaiah Mustafa to took the social media world by storm. During the week-long campaign, a team of 35 people produced more than 100 video responses to Tweets and YouTube comments.

Farewell Old Spice Guy! You will be missed, but your legacy lives on!

After a fun week of watching the Old Spice guy interact with his Twitter follower via YouTube, I am saddened to see the campaign come to an end. His caring, sensitive, and often nonsensical responses offered two elements that are critical to social media: value and interaction.