Guest Blogger: Graeme Moore

Graeme Moore

Graeme Moore and I worked together in television news for several years at WSPA-TV.  Graeme moved to the field of real estate in the Midlands of South Carolina where he is enjoying a successful career selling real estate.  He has a great take on the power of social media and share it here on my blog.

What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?

I am on a number of different platforms including Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., but the one I use most often is Facebook. It’s my primary source for marketing, networking and gauging consumers’ interests, tastes and distastes. People love real estate, and they love seeing (and interacting) with content unique to their local markets.

What platforms do you feel are the best to engage your audience or ideal client?

Facebook, hands down. I target Facebook because it’s where the people who can buy and sell real estate spend their social media lives. Tweens and college kids on Tumblr and Instagram aren’t among my target demos. And Twitter is so old to me now. Plus, the platform isn’t conducive to broad marketing, IMHO.

Share one or a few things that have surprised you about using social media.

Hands down, I’m floored by its reach. Being right on the cusp of the millennial generation has meant a pretty healthy understanding of social media for me. Where many older sales agents have dismissed social media (and dug heels in quite aggressively against it), millennials don’t know what to do without it. There’s a fine line between being obnoxious on social media and being interesting, helpful and relevant. Social media has changed the entire sales game, and I bet we’ve barely begun to understand its power.

About Graeme:

I’m a recovering broadcast journalist who returned home to join my family’s real estate company two years ago. My days are spent helping folks buy and sell real estate, and I love every minute of it. I’m also part of The House Guys, an investment residential renovation company that turns the oldies into goodies all over again.

Connect with Graeme

Facebook

Instagram

Website

Thanks to Graeme for sharing his expertise with us.  It’s great to be able to share social media experience with others through this blog.   Do you have a comment or suggestion?  Maybe someone that should be featured in this blog?  Leave me a message below.

Mary Lu Saylor

Connect with Mary Lu:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

Blog : https://socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com/

Facebookwww.facebook.com/mary.l.saylor

Twitter: @marylusaylor

Instagram: @marylusaylor

Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media and Personal Strategist with GrowGreatCompanies.com

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Guest Blogger: Alison Lowry

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Alison Lowry and I worked together at WSPA-TV for many years.  She was a reporter out of the Greenville, South Carolina office.  After her marriage to an amazing man she has gone onto wonderful things in the world of publishing, mission work, co-hosting on HISRadio (a Christian radio station in Greenville, SC), and I’m sure she’d agree her best role as a mom.

Alison is a delightful person and is a huge promoter of social media in her personal as well as professional life.  I thought that it would be great to get her take on how she shares her messages.

What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?
I use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and, my current favorite, Instagram. I use social media to encourage others, make people laugh and promote my platform as a Christian radio host, magazine editor and big supporter of Water of Life.

What platforms do you feel are the best to engage your audience or ideal client?
In general, I seem to get the most “likes” on Facebook, although sometimes engagement is higher on Instagram. I also manage social media accounts for HIS Radio and we typically have the most engagement on Instagram. It’s so interesting how you can post the same image or video in several places and it will spark conversation in one place, but not another. Even after 8 years studying and using social media I still don’t understand how that works!

Share one or a few things that have surprised you about using social media.
I am constantly surprised by how social media shrinks the world. I happened to follow this lady on Instagram and she posted a picture of Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber’s new book. Although I don’t know her at all I left a comment that I would be interviewing the Brantly’s the next day. A friend of the Brantly’s living in Liberia saw my comment and asked me to tell them hi. So the next day I did that and the Brantly’s were amazed when I mentioned the greeting from their dear friends Pam and Eric. Immediately they seemed to relax and I think were able to feel more comfortable with me because of this random connection between their dear friends.

About Alison

My days start really early– 3:56am as a matter of fact. That’s because I host the morning show on HIS Radio, a Christian station that broadcasts across the Carolinas and part of Georgia. I’m blessed to be able to share my faith and encourage others by telling incredible stories on a daily basis. Since we are like a TV show for radio you can also watch live at HISRadio.com, through our app and on our Roku channel.

I was born, raised and educated in Iowa, but now live in the beautiful community of Greenville, South Carolina with my husband Tim and son Sammy.

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An Iowa State University journalism graduate, I began my career as a television reporter, working in newsrooms around the country.  I write for various publications and serve as the features editor of Belle, a local women’s magazine. I also serve as publicist for my family’s Christian publishing company Ambassador International.

I love to travel, especially with my husband. We have been to Belize, Guatemala, and the UK, but our most powerful journey was to Liberia, West Africa where we helped drill wells in remote villages with Water of Life. I also recently traveled to India and was blessed to see Water of Life’s amazing accomplishments for the Kingdom of Christ.

Connect with Alison

Twitter: @alisonstorm
IG: @alistorm
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/alisonstorm/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/alisonstormlowry
and
https://www.facebook.com/AlisonAStorm (Which I don’t use a lot, but someone once told me I needed. haha)

More about Alison: AlisonStorm.com

Thank you!

Thanks a bunch Alison for letting us peek in on your world. How cool is it to have friends that are so active in the social media world?!?  I am truly blessed. I hope you are enjoying the blogs featuring these great users.

I’d love to hear from the readers….leave a comment or a question in the box below.  I’d love to have you become a regular subscribers…click the follow button on the right side of the page 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and spending a couple of minutes with us.

Blessings,

Mary Lu

Mary Lu Saylor

Connect with me:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

Blog : https://socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com/

Facebookwww.facebook.com/mary.l.saylor

Twitter: @marylusaylor

Instagram: @marylusaylor

Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com

Guest Blogger: Timothy Martin

Timothy Martin

This week meet Timothy Martin who is the Communications and Media Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, Virginia.  I know Timothy virtually (we are planning on having lunch soon!)  He used to work with my dad at WFIR Radio here in our great city.

I’ve been intrigued with how Timothy has embraced his current role and think you will want to see what kind of success he has has. I can’t imagine managing the communication needs of a city?!?  I do know that photo sharing of our wonderful place to live is hugely popular and I love to send pictures in and see them pop up on the city’s platforms.  Pretty cool!   Read on and see what Timothy is doing!

What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?

In local government, social media is an important tool for both informing and engaging with citizens.   Frequent posts and engaging content has helped our 40+ social media pages attract a following of more than 100,000.  We use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, and Pinterest to showcase city news and events in various ways.

It’s important for us to reach as many people as possible on social media and utilizing the many platforms available allows us to do that.  Each platform offers something a little different and the audience isn’t always the same.

What platforms do you feel are the best to engage your audience or ideal client?

Facebook is by far the best social media platform to engage our citizens.  The City of Roanoke, Virginia – Communications Facebook page has a following of more than 46,000.  By promoting city news and events, and posting user submitted photos, our weekly reach is typically 150,000 or more.  We also use Facebook to capitalize on big events.  During the last two snow storms, around the clock updates helped us gain thousands of new likes and hit a record weekly reach of 600,000.  In 2014, we were recognized by 3CMA for our snow coverage, winning the Savvy award. We also focus heavily on social media customer service.  Citizens ask questions and we find the answers as quickly as possible.  That’s the serious stuff.

We also have a little fun with it too. On April 1, 2014, we announced the Roanoke Star was going on a world tour.  A fake news release and photos of the star at different landmarks around the world created quite a buzz on Facebook.  That prank won us the “Best Use of Humor on Social Media” award from Government Social Media.  Roanoke and its citizens get social media, and the team effort has put us on the map.

Share one or a few things that have surprised you about using social media.

One of the biggest surprises about using social media in local government has been the citizen engagement.  I learned early on that if you engage with citizens, they will engage with you.  A prime example is the 2014 snowstorm that really helped our main page take off.  During that event, I reached out to citizens to submit photos of the snow. Hundreds of photos were submitted during that storm.  Since then, we’ve received thousands of beautiful photos of the city.  It’s almost second nature now for people to take photos, and then send them to our page for all of our followers to see.  The use of photos has helped drive our numbers unlike anything else.  Something else that’s not really a surprise, but more of an insight is how Facebook distributes our posts to our followers.  A post with a photo gets more than double the reach than a post with a link or simple a text post.  The same can be said for videos. Embedding videos directly to Facebook will reach more users than linking to YouTube.  I would encourage any social media manage to study the stats that Facebook provides.  Those stats can help you direct the content on your page in order to reach the broadest audience possible.

A little about Timothy

The first part of my career was spent in broadcast news.  I was the anchor and reporter at WFIR Talk Radio in Roanoke.  After seven wonderful years at the station, I left to become communications and media coordinator for the City of Roanoke.  A prime responsibility has been managing the city’s social media pages. It’s been a wonderful learn as you go experience.  I often say that everyone is an expert on social media. Try something, if it doesn’t work, try something else until it does.

Timothy’s Connection Points

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoanokeVa

Twitter: https://twitter.com/City_of_Roanoke

Instagram: https://instagram.com/City_of_Roanoke/

You want to check out this cool page: https://roanoke.uberflip.com

Thank you

I want to thank Timothy for his willingness to share his time and a little of what has worked for him in his job.  Roanoke, Virginia is one of the most beautiful places and we would love for you to visit our great city!

I’d love to hear from the readers….leave a comment or a question in the box below.  I’d love to have you become a regular subscribers…click the follow button on the right side of the page 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and spending a couple of minutes with us.

Mary Lu Saylor

Connect with me:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

Blog : https://socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com/

Facebookwww.facebook.com/mary.l.saylor

Twitter: @marylusaylor

Instagram: @marylusaylor

Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com

Guest Blogger: Ariel Lev

Photo: Jeff Hoffman w/ Eddy Communications
Photo: Jeff Hoffman w/ Eddy Communications

I met Ariel Lev when I was helping my husband with a project he was working that involved the CoLab in the Grandin Village section of Roanoke, Virginia.  I will never forget being introduced to Ariel….she said, “I know you from social media!”  I had to catch my breath.  I’d never had anyone say that to me.

Ariel is a wonderfully talented and enthusiastic supporter of entrepreneurs in the Roanoke area.  Our area is so fortunate to have people like her helping to nurture the budding projects that take root at the CoLab.  I’m so pleased she agreed to guest blog!

What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?

I am a contributor or the lead social media human for a hand full of accounts, but I mainly use social media for myself and for CoLab, the coworking space I run in Roanoke, VA. Personally, I mainly use Instagram for sharing (@a_lev_) and Facebook for keeping up with old friends or discovering new articles to read (also known as: wasting time on the Internet).

For CoLab, I use Facebook Pages, a Facebook group (this one is members only!), Instagram (@CoLab_Roanoke) and Twitter (@grandinCoLab). I tend to do most of my work-related social media-ing during the work day or when I’m particularly moved, and I don’t do a lot of scheduled posts. This is helpful in keeping the content fresh when I’m not at my computer or thinking about social media.

Mostly, I use social media to provide an engaging voice for people who are listening. Social media expands our network and worth to those who are outside of our direct client base and keeps us on the minds of those who might one day become clients. These digital touch-points are endlessly rewarding, though hard to track.

What platforms do you feel are the best to engage your audience or ideal client?

I find that, for CoLab, Twitter is helpful in engaging the local business clientele. When I post on Twitter, I am speaking to an audience of people like me: marketing executives, media specialists, entrepreneurs who do it all. There are some individuals tweeting personally, but since the shelf life of a tweet is about 30 seconds or less, I don’t rely on it.

Our Facebook page is the only social media outlet I pay to use. At times, I’ll boost a particularly well-crafted post that shows off something special about CoLab for $5.00. Or, if there’s an event coming up, I’ll spend $3.00 on a quick boost, ensuring that people outside of our immediate followership are given a chance to check it out.

The Facebook group is a convenient way to get in touch with members, if they choose to engage with the platform. I send out a weekly email newsletter, but I’ll frequently duplicate content in this group so members have a better chance of seeing it.

Instagram is my ideal way to engage clients, but it takes a lot of work. I love this app and the networks that grow because of it — I have a huge soft spot and appreciation for strong aesthetics and put a lot of effort into my personal account, and have let that bleed over into the CoLab’s account. Entrepreneurs and millennials use Instagram to showcase their business, and I hope to one day be among the coworking giants with a feed that touches and inspires innovators around the globe. As you can tell, I have lofty goals!

Share one or a few things that have surprised you about using social media.

I think the most surprising social media lesson I learned was the afore-mentioned realization about Twitter being more of a B2B network than a B2C network. Though there is still worth to this network, I do sometimes feel like all of the accounts in my network are screaming from a podium into a room of empty seats. More possibly, I just have a lot to learn.

Meet Ariel

I’m the director of CoLab, Roanoke’s largest coworking space. As a millennial, I’ve grown up with social media: it helped shape me, and in some ways, I helped shape it.

A little history: I am from North Carolina originally and fell in love with the mountains when I attended Appalachian State University, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting / Communications. Shortly after, I tried my hand at city living while attending Graduate school in D.C. at Georgetown University. I earned an M.A. in Communication, Culture and Technology – and promptly left for more mountainous pastures. My husband and I chose Roanoke because it checked all our boxes: mountains, opportunity, low cost of living and proximity to parents. Little did we know that Roanoke is also home to people who care very much about the future of their home and who work relentlessly to make it the best it can be. We are excited to be a part of this culture!

Connection Points

Website: www.grandincolab.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/colabroanoke

Colab Instagram: @CoLab_Roanoke

CoLab Twitter: @grandinCoLab

Ariel’s Instagram: @a_lev

Thank you!

Ariel, thank you for taking time out of your super busy schedule to help collaborate (pun intended!) with me for this blog.  I love seeing how you use social media as a communication tool in so many ways.

Connect with me:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

Blog : https://socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com/

Facebookwww.facebook.com/mary.l.saylor

Twitter: @marylusaylor

Instagram: @marylusaylor

Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com

Guest blogger: Jaimie Moore

Jimmy, Jaimie and Spencer

I’ve been friends with Jaimie and her husband Jimmy Moore for a very long time.  We worked together at WSPA-TV.  Jaimie was a nighttime producer and Jimmy was an extremely talented photographer.  He was always interested in the stories he was telling and gadgets…yes, he still loves them!  There was a moment in August of 2011 that changed their lives forever.  Jimmy had an accident that left him paralyzed.  We immediately lost two precious people in our newsroom. Jimmy and Jaimie showed such strength through all of this.  I blogged about them a month after the accident…they continue to inspire me.

Jimmy and Jaimie are loved by so many.  Jaimie realized shortly after the accident happened that on that an enormous amount of people wanted to know how Jimmy was progressing.  She used the social media tool Caring Bridge to share news, pictures, and updates.  Jaimie is an incredible writer and she could use her skills to share the unfolding story.   At last check his page on Caring Bridge has over 54,000 views!

Jaimie took some time out of her extremely busy schedule to write this guest blog for me.  I’m very grateful!

What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?

I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Caring Bridge. I use social media after I publish each blog.  Social media throws my blog out into the internet world and sometimes lands in unexpected places. I get emails from people time-to-time who ask me questions or tell me they love my writing, or that our story is an inspiration to them or helps them. On the flip side, my blog has opened up so many doors to new friends and support that I didn’t even know I needed in this new life. A “blog friend” (whom I may never meet because she lives in Utah I think) had a two year old son that suffered a brain injury after a fence fell on him. He’s five now I think now, but, her life is drastically different now. So is mine. We blog through our hard stuff and support each other and before all this, I wouldn’t have known how to possibly begin to understand her life. Spinal cord injury and brain injury – way different. But there are so many similarities in the challenges we face. Just one example of how social media has helped me.

What platforms do you feel are the best to engage your audience or ideal client?

I think starting a “business” Facebook page — or a page dedicated to just my blog has helped. I could be doing more to get more followers probably but in the grand scheme of things, if someone wants updates about our life, they probably already like it. That’s why I use Caring Bridge for the important Jimmy stuff. Those people know what they’re getting when they sign up for those updates.

Facebook is a great way to get something out to our friends/family fast, and to update them on all events happening in our life, not just the SCI (spinal cord injury.)

Caring Bridge goes to those who purely want Jimmy medical updates.

Instagram allows for a more visual perspective of our life. I love telling our story through pictures.

Twitter, I can throw it into your feed. If you feel like clicking on it, you can. (I feel like adding blog/links to Twitter is the least effective platform for gaining readers.)

Pinterest can reach some really crazy-far places.

Share one or a few things that have surprised you about using social media.

I feel like I might have answered this question. Gaining support that I didn’t know I needed. Being opened up to others who are going through what I’m going through. Long distance relationships/bonds/tears/heartbreak happening over what I’ve written and what others have written. I didn’t expect to find an SCI community that would help me and I didn’t expect to form new kinds of lovely friends while living through a tragedy and sharing it on social media. While my introverted side wants to hide everything all the time, I know myself. I need support and even have to ask for it from time to time when everyone thinks I’m fine. I have to let them know sometimes I’m not and need some friggin’ help. 🙂

Moore family update

Jaimie and Spencer

A bundle of joy named Spencer arrived in November of 2014 for the Moore family.  This precious little girl is absolutely adorable and is the apple of both of her parent’s lives. I love seeing this sweet girl in my Facebook feed!

Jaimie’s Connection Points:

Facebook.com/theflyingtire

Twitter.com/prodgirl

instagram.com/jaimieleemoore/

www.pinterest.com/jaimielee/

www.caringbridge.org/visit/jimmymoore1

Jaimie’s blog: http://jaimiereda.blogspot.com/

Big Thank You!

Thanks Jaimie for taking time to put this together and share with my readers. Jaimie and Jimmy also deserve a big thanks for sharing their journey with the world.  I know that their story had touch thousands of people around the world.  There is so much to be learned from others.

Stay tuned for next week’s guest!  Make sure you follow my blog so it will come right to your inbox!

Blessings,

Mary Lu

Connect with me:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

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Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com

Guest Post: Jamarcus Gaston

I’m always looking for new ways to share information. I’ve invited some of my friends who are pretty savvy with social media to pop in as a guest blogger.  I think you will be pretty fascinated in how my incredible friends are using their platforms in so many unique ways.  I’ve asked each of them the same three questions to make things fair.

Guest blog kickoff

Jamarcus Gaston

We are kicking off our guest blog post series with Jamarcus Gaston. I met him when he was interning at WSPA-TV.  He was about to graduate from Furman University and you could tell he had lots of energy and enthusiasm.  After graduation he came to work at WSPA as an entertainment reporter and so many wonderful things happened for him.  He hosts a daily talk show (more info at the bottom of the blog) and honestly has more energy than a human should be allowed.  I’ve seen very few people accomplish so much in a day.

Q: What social media platforms are you on?  And how do you use social media?

A: The social media platforms I currently use are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and PHHHOTO.

I use these social media sites to bring viewers, family, and friends along for the ride.  As an entertainment host and storyteller, I get a chance to see and experience a lot of things from a unique perspective and social media allows me (through pictures, video and sound) to share those moments instantly to the viewer. I get to show them really cool things as I am seeing them.

I use it to spark conversation—whether it’s a big sports story, an awards show on TV, or a quirky story that has everyone talking, social media allows me to hear my viewers directly.

I use social media to peel the curtain back on television. Back in the day, only select people got to see what happens behind the scenes, not anymore!

I use social media to get new segment ideas. I book about 3-4 segments a week based on leads on social media, mostly from Instagram.

I simply use social media to grow closer to those that I serve—saying hello is on Facebook is the first thing I do each morning, and that is important to me.

Q: What platforms do you feel are the best to engage your audience or ideal client?

A: Currently, I would say Facebook and Instagram are the best ones for our clients/ viewers. Most of segments are very visual and interactive so these platforms allow for that to really shine through.

Q: Share one or a few things that have surprised you about using social media.

A: The thing that surprises me about social media is how easy it can be. Yes, it can be a lot to manage, but as soon as you forget about posting and START thinking about connecting and sharing, it becomes less of a chore and more of a tool.

A little about Jamarcus….

Hey everyone! I am Jamarcus Gaston and I host and produce a daily morning TV show in Spartanburg, SC called “Studio 62.” We highlight food, music, arts, and all things local to the upstate of South Carolina and Western North Carolina.  Our show is only on TV for 30 minutes a day, so social media allows us to connect 24/7 and that is important to me. One of my favorite series is #JGBackpack which was a sparked after a viewer told me she wanted to ride along in my backpack, just to experience all the cool stuff from my vantage point. So now, when I am out and about and I see something neat or interesting, I use that hashtag #JGsBackpack.

Connect with Jamarcus

I would love to have you all along for the quirky ride—Follow me on Facebook @Jamarcus Gaston TV Host or @Studio62CW on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

We are also on the cool Gif, photo sharing site Phhhoto

Thanks, Jamarcus for taking time to put this blog together!!!  I know he is destined for big things in the TV world.  I hope you enjoyed this installment and will sign up to follow my blog.  I guarantee you are going to want to see who is coming up next! 

Blessings,

Mary Lu

Connect with me:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

Blog : https://socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com/

Facebookwww.facebook.com/mary.l.saylor

Twitter: @marylusaylor

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Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com

The Positive Effect Of Engagement

If you are a social media manager or even a casual user of social media the goal is to have people interact with you on your platforms.  Seeing people “like” or comment on my posts gives me a little boost. I often wonder though why people pick a particular thing to go a little crazy on.

This weekend I posted a new profile picture of myself on Facebook and loads of people “liked” and commented on it.  Hmm, did they see all the gray hair? Or were they relieved I finally changed the picture?

ML picture

I joked to my husband tonight saying I wished that I could get 1/16 of the engagement on some of my regular posts.

I believe what I witnessed with the “changing of the profile picture” is the positive effect of engagement. Dozens of people that I know noticed that my profile picture (which has been the same since I started using Facebook a long time ago) changed and they cared enough to like or comment. I believe in using social media for positive things. On my personal pages I share scripture quotes every morning, lost dogs, some funny things, and I try to make sure that I am engaging with old and new real friends around the world. I very rarely comment on politics.  There are enough people doing that.

One area where I have seen an uptick of activity on my Instagram account is using a cool app called Repost.  There are many apps that allow you to share Instagram posts.  I saw someone else I admire in social media using Repost so that was recommendation enough for me.  It is easy to use and I try several times a week to find unique posts to share.

What has this done for me?  Well, I’ve noticed by making this effort three times a weeks sharing three unique posts on those days that I’m averaging about 10 new followers.  Not all of them are legitimate….the crazy spammers are everywhere.  But it is easy enough to kick them to the curb.

Here are some tips for engaging with others on all platforms:

  • Take time to like or comment on things that you truly do like.  Be sincere.
  • Look for people that are asking questions and answer them.  I find potential clients this way.  I also have been able to help a few people out because of areas where I have lived before.  This world is truly tiny!
  • If you are at an event snap a photo and tag that person or group in it. Weddings or school events..you might have the picture that no one else captured.

Do you have some tips on engaging others on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?  I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment in the box below.

Blessings,

Mary Lu

Connect with me:  

Email: marylusaylor@outlook.com

Blog : https://socialmediamarylu.wordpress.com/

Facebookwww.facebook.com/mary.l.saylor

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Mary Lu Saylor is an Emmy-award winning journalist who spent 30 years in the television news business. Her experience includes work as a videographer, newscast video editor, and ultimately as the newsroom Assignment Manager at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, SC. Mary Lu is currently pursuing her passion of social media, which began during her years at WSPA-TV. She is a Social Media Specialist with FindGreatCompanies.com