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What does 2011 seem to have in store for us all, particularly those of us still stuck in the world of Social Media

posted 10 Jan 2011, 12:59 by Jess Maher   [ updated 12 Jan 2011, 23:55 ]

Blog writing tips for the start of 2011... 

Brain Clark posted this one; 5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang. 

1. Ask a Question

2. Share an Anecdote or Quote

3. Invoke the Mind’s Eye

4. Use an Analogy, Metaphor or Simile

5. Cite a Shocking Statistic


how-to-get-your-blog-noticed-and-promoted-by-super influencers

Memorize the Song Lyrics:
  1. Review every single blog post written to get a sense of their voice.  This helps when writing a blog post that fits their editorial voice.
  2. Understand which topics your influencer enjoys talking about. Hook into their passion and think about ways you can add value to their content.
  3. Find the hole that your influencer needs to fill to round out their message.  Remember that your influencer wants to offer a complete experience to their tribe.  Help them add the spice that keeps their audience interested and coming back for more.

Attend Every Concert:

  1. Consider attending a conference where your influencer will be speaking.  If you can’t attend, follow the conference via the #hashtag or do a search on Slideshare.net for the actual presentation. Re-tweet specific insights liberally.
  2. Register and listen-in on webinars.  Here’s a secret – actually ask questions. Don’t be obnoxious – just make sure you don’t melt into the crowd.
  3. Join Forums to possibly get some one-on-one interaction.  I’m a member of Third Tribe and find that it’s a great way to connect with  the movers-and-shakers.  Look for similar opportunities in your niche.

Recruit other Fans

  1. Twitter is my favorite way to get my followers excited about a new post or product offered by the influencers in my specialty.  Strive to add a bit of commentary before your RT to make it stand-out.
  2. Blog Comments – A well thought-out blog comment will go along way to separating you from the crowd.  Take the time to offer a comment that allows the writer the chance to expand on their post.  Referencing another post in their blog is also a nice touch.

Finally for now, this last blog post actually adopts a slightly different vein... but it appears that the world is many close to approaching what we require them to have understood before we cab introduce the concept of the required revolutionary reform which is expected,,, 

The time for the entrepreneur and small business to really feel some core advantage to their small size as markets continue to demand a less bureaucratic approach for the most part  (http://venturebeat.com/2010/12/31/2011-may-mark-the-beginning-of-a-golden-era-for-entrepreneurs/#disqus_thread) The other article which really demonstrates how anyone can choose to be motivated by their goals regardless of the hurdles experienced along the way:  How Your Blog And Ten Friends Can Save The World - http://pushingsocial.com/how-your-blog-and-ten-friends-can-save-the-world 

We are also continuing to see evidence of the benefits & changes of social media on daily life and normal main stream society... This cartoon from Anti-Social Media blog demonstrates how this kind of change is continuing to surprise and be received in an unexpected fashions had anyone taken the time to consider the implications 10 years on... does that mean we should make the same mistakes?? Looking at alternatives to the existing business model norms, there is plenty of information available to those who would otherwise not be able to conceptualize the possibilities of setting up a business http://steveblank.com/2010/10/25/entrepreneurship-as-a-science-%E2%80%93-the-business-modelcustomer-development-stack/

While on the topic of blog posts, there are a number of really valuable sites which can be instrumental to new bloggers, these include; http://www.blogussion.com/  http://www.copyblogger.com/   http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/finalists-top-10-social-media-blogs-2011/

It is also beautiful to see someone informing & empowering their workforce, even if this collective is not necessarily always and continuously employed by any one winery so in this instance, the importance & value of sharing this information with the workforce is more obviously relevant potentially then other cases and no data to this view can be found even historically (http://winejobsonline.com/cr_data/files/f_HowsWorkAug09_19.pdf) Have to say the employee guides on this site are potentially the best I have seen widely available to date, and http://winejobsonline.com/documents/Gettingajob-Discrimination.pdf

Real Change Jobs is another newer release from some clever Kiwis,  At realchangejobs you’ll discover career opportunities that have the potential to change the world. These are not your everyday jobs – but careers with a cause, incorporating socially responsible and ethical work.

Many New Zealanders want a job that makes a positive contribution to society; a job that makes them feel good about what they do. But it’s often difficult to find this type of work. That’s why we developed realchangejobs – a social enterprise and a central, niche job-site for people who want to make a real difference.                              http://www.realchangejobs.co.nz/news/

This has actually msnaged to conicide nicely for the launch of such a site, when its reported that 70% of Kiwis are currently looking for a new role.. http://www.thecorporatetoolbox.com/news_stories/70_per_cent_of_nz_workers_looking_for_new_jobs!_