Google+ Hangouts On Air for Everyone: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Google+ Hangouts On Air Now Available Worldwide: Google+ Hangouts On Air was launched last September to a limited number of broadcasters and is now rolling out to the rest of the world.  This means “you can now go live in front of a global audience.” Here’s a reminder of what you can do:

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8 Small Business Social Media Tips From the Pros

social media how toAre you looking for some social media tips to grow your small business?

We asked eight small business pros for their hottest social media tips.

Here’s their advice for you to take your business to the next level.

#1: Show Them the “Real You”

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Ed Gandia

Use Facebook to show prospects, clients and customers the “real you.” Sure, provide the occasional business tip. Or link to your new blog post. But that’s what everyone else is doing. So why not show them you’re a real person by posting updates about things you’re passionate about?

I love to cook, so I’ve been known to post pictures of my grilled masterpieces. Or I’ll quote something one of my silly kids just said. Or I’ll pose a question, such as “How can we encourage more young entrepreneurs?” Either way, I try to keep it interesting, humorous and different. And always authentic.

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Connect With Your Customers: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Foursquare Makes Business Page Set Up Easy: Foursquare Business Pages are now self-service.  “Any brand, organization, or publication can now create their own page, gain followers, share tips, check in, and reach their fans.”

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How to Create a Custom Twitter Background Design

social media how toAre you still using the standard Twitter backdrop? If you’re looking leave a lasting impression, you should consider swapping out that plain-Jane image for something more exciting.

Your Twitter background helps convey your brand and convey a positive first impression.

This is the second of a two-part series of tips to create a strong Twitter profile.  In the first part, we covered the first five steps to creating your Twitter profile.  Now let’s talk about your image.

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