Social Media Machine See’s it’s Reflection

I LikeThroughout the past few months i have been taking a course on Social Media, the course required for me to start a Facebook page, foursquare account, twitter account, Instagram account, and yes this WordPress account. At first i had mixed feelings thinking to myself “How hard could all this be” and now with the semester coming to an end i can say to myself and you my viewers “It’s pretty tough staying up with all the social media accounts”. For the most part WordPress and blogging were my least favorite, however as time continued my views on blogging has changed!

At first i saw blogging as nothing more than a bunch of people ranting about bullshit and crying for attention, however as i have now blogged and followed blogs i can say that it is really not that bad… In fact i am enjoying blogging!!! To me, it still is basically people ranting,however if you dig deeper you will find excellent information presented in a way that’s easy to read and quite interesting.

I was asked by my professor throughout the year if i would continue to blog and continue to tweet  after this course came to an end. And up until about October my answer was NO!”I despised twitter prior to this class” But in the past few weeks we have been able to write about things we wanted to write about not some silly topic that was assigned to us, and this is where my passion for tweeting and blogging started to grow.

Since we have been able to blog “Rant” about topics that we considered interesting my passion for this has started to grow!! Ive been refining my blogging style into a style that actually fits blogs because at first my posts looked more like a formal report of some sort! Now that i have been able to refine my blog writing i find it more comfortable to talk about, the things i wished to talk about “If that makes sense” which ironically is what we have been learning about, how social media and technology is affecting the younger generations. Although for myself i am more specifically speaking about hot it affects the mid to late 90’s babies. Everywhere i go all i see is people on their smartphones indulging in some sort of social media based application, seeing 10 year children cooped up inside on their ipads all day instead of outside playing! Let me tell you that really grinds my gears!”Refer to my other posts for more information on this”

So as this course comes to an end, I would like to thank my professor for pushing us to do our best and also for adapting parts of the course to better engage us! She has sparked a fire in me that will continue to grow! This whole social media machine is about to ramp up into full gear as i continue to blog,tweet,post, etc even after this course comes to and end! I now see the good impact social media can have in bringing people together in order to be the change we want to see in society!

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Step your Game Up!

In today’s age business practices have evolved and continue to evolve as technology is consistently  changing, one of the main practices that has evolved rapidly is that of marketing. Marketing your business today is not how it used to be, although the good old fashion advertising methods are still used and available, with technology literally at everyone’s finger tips now you can market your business/product to millions instantaneously with the click of a button…. and for FREE!! Facebook,Vine,Instagram, LinkedIn, Foursquare, MySpace, Tumbler ,Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ just to name a few are all great ways to market your business for FREE and will instantly help with brand recognition, Sales, and will also provide valuable customer feedback.

Although these many social networking sites are available to just about everyone, businesses still seem to be missing out on the opportunity to utilize such a great and effective marketing/promotion tool. Randy Milanovic of www.kayakonlinemarketing.com has recently wrote a short article titled “What’s Holding You Back From Online Marketing Success” that points out five main reasons why he thinks some are holding back from online marketing. The first bulletin he listed states “They don’t understand online marketing.” and personally, i feel this is the biggest problem/obstacle businesses face in starting an online marketing campaign. Randy continues on to say “To some, the process of online marketing can seem daunting, or even overwhelming.” which to me is the only reason people don’t develop their online marketing strategies, this is because they feel incompetent about their skills and understanding of online marketing.

The Social Media Machine may look/sound intimidating however with all the information available on the internet this should not be an excuse for anyone to miss out on the great opportunities Social Media has to promote,develop,and market their businesses and products! There are countless How-to videos and endless step by step write-ups on how to go about implementing an online marketing campaign. These helpful links can be easily googled and understood by even the most incompetent of business professionals!!

I challenge Business owners to teach themselves how to successfully design,build, and carry out an online marketing campaign!

Sources:
Milanovic, Randy. “What’s Holding You Back From Online Marketing Success?” RSS. Social Media Today, 6 Dec. 2013. Web. 06 Dec. 2013.

Can You Put It Down?

   Image In this day and age it deeply disturbs me to think that children sit inside and stare at some kind of electronic device, whether it’s a tablet, cell phone or laptop they spend hours upon hours inside, not being active and most importantly not gaining the valuable moments that childhood has to offer. If you are a parent you should be setting limits to the amount of time your child can use such technology, not only the time but when and where they can use it. Personally I don’t believe that a child should even have a cell phone until their mid teens. However this just may be because I and probably most of you have grown up in a time without all this technology.

    By now you all know that Social Media is becoming a severe problem! I cannot remember the last time I was at a family function or just hanging out with friends and not witnessing someone being completely oblivious to their surrounding because they were on some form of social media. Quite frankly I find it extremely rude to be on your phone checking your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc while in the company of others. So for this holiday season I am going to be leaving my phone home during thanksgiving in order to be fully engaged with family and friends. Not only will I leave my phone home and avoid social media on the day of thanks, I will be asking all my family members as well to turn their electronic devises off as well. My hope is that we can all sit and eat dinner without anyone staring at their phone or Instagramming pictures of the dinner “instead of enjoying it”.

So for my readers I would also like to ask you to do the same, leave your phone home or turn it off for the day of thanks and enjoy the precious moments with friends and family. Better yet if you want to take it to another level see how long you can go without some form of social media. Get back to me and let me know what happens!

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On behalf of Living in the Media I want to wish all the readers a Very Happy Thanksgiving!