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Social Media Engagement

When I first got into social media marketing, I admit that I really had no idea what I was doing. I had never used sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ before. Now, I’m no Luddite, but I just never had a reason to use these sites. I don’t need to know what everyone is doing at all hours of the day, and they don’t need to know it about me. However, I found I was in desperate need of social media marketing etiquette when I began publishing my novels and had no idea how to market them outside of ads and blog spots. (Which I also had to educate myself on.)

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Everyone told me to get into social media. Now, once I made all these accounts, I had no idea what to do. I barely knew what a tweet was. Sure I dabbled a bit, and eventually got the hang of hashtags, but I was at my wits end making it work for me as a marketing tool. I ended up buying a book on ebook marketing that basically told me to shout into the ether.

I’m not proud of this, but I turned into a spammer without realizing it. I scheduled tweets for every hour on the hour. I packed my tweets with terrible hashtags. Not only that, but I would friend people for the sole purpose of having them friend me back. Sure, I had about 10,000 friends by the end of the first month, but they weren’t “friends.” Or followers, I guess. Either way, they had no interest in my tweets. Or my status updates. Or my whatevers. In fact, they got sick of them pretty quickly. Instead of boosting my sales or seeing my tweets retweeted until the end of time, I steadily began to lose followers. In some cases, users completely blocked me from communicating with them.

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What had happened? My friend soon told me she was this close to defriending me because she couldn’t take it anymore. She said, “If I didn’t know you so well, I would be inspired to never buy a book from you. Because if this is the way you do business, then I can only imagine the quality of your writing.” That took me aback and made me rethink a few things. If even my own friends didn’t want to be friends with me online because I was so annoying, then what was I telling total strangers? I was mortified. I promptly stopped for a while and reassessed what I was doing.

Social Media Engagement

Social Media Engagement

I studied popular authors. I noticed that they rarely promoted their own works, and instead engaged their followers in conversation. By George, they were people! You may laugh, but this was an interesting concept to me. I tried it out. Soon I had real friends on social media, and they actually bought my books. Then we would talk about my books.

I cringe when I think about how I started of marketing online. But now that I know what I know, I want to make sure that other authors don’t make the same mistakes I did.

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You can get more out of life and help broaden your horizons when traveling.

There are many downsides to it, though. The following information offers tips to help ensure your travel experience is wonderful.
If use a computer that is…

Travel is a great way people learn about the world and themselves.

There are many opportunities when you travel to different countries. Using some of these tips will help you get the most out of your travel adventures, giving you…

Before you begin traveling, you need to find some great advice on where to get started.

The following tips can help you make solid travel decisions at every stage of your trip, including the planning process.

You should plan ahead and find time to have fun; use these suggestions to your benefit.

When you are in a foreign country, get pocket money at an ATM rather than changing cash for local currency. Banks
usually have better exchange rates that are significantly better than those available to individuals. You can save a
lot of money later by doing this.

You should not take any extra belongings that are worth a considerable amount money. Too many items often burden
travelers with additional responsibility, which increases the possibility of these items getting lost or stolen.

Only pack things that are necessary. The less items you have, the less risk of having valuable items stolen or lost.
Limit the amount of shoes you take.

Look at the alarm clock in the room when you check in. Many people have been awakened up by early hotel alarm clocks
because they were still set on the old alarm. Turn the alarm off, or set it when you want to get up, if you want your
vacation to start in a relaxing way.

A good safety tip for a hotel stay is to bring along a door stopper.

There are times when extra security is a good idea. This added security will make it more difficult for a thief to enter your room.

When driving or taking a plane with a toddler, it is important to have enough interesting things with you to occupy
your toddler during the long trip. Familiar and favorite toys are a great start. You may even want to buy a new toy
specifically for your travels, as they will be fascinated with it and will keep busy.

Use melted hotel ice to brew your morning coffee. Ice water frequently tastes better than tap water, so fill up your
ice bucket so it can melt as you sleep. Upon awakening in the morning, you can use that water to make fresh coffee that
does not have an offensive taste.

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Join travel forums and social networks. Getting information and sharing experiences with fellow travelers is a great
way to prepare yourself for a trip. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new friends, and through sharing your stories
you can help others avoid your mistakes — and avoid the mistakes that others have made.

Try avoiding rush hour when on your road trip. If it’s impossible to avoid rush hour, consider stopping during this
time to refuel or grab something to eat. It can be a good time to get something to eat or to just let the kids get out
and run around for a bit.

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These tips were designed to give you good insight on getting started with your own traveling adventure. These tips are
great for new or seasoned travelers, and offer basic ideas, as well as cool techniques they can use to plan their next
trip.

 

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