Friday, October 22, 2010

Take Notes! A little bit of this and a little bit of that . . .

Artists and Aging Services, you can't ignore Social Media any longer. Social Media is here to stay.

Renee Philips shares excerpts from her teleclass on Publicity from her Artrepreneur Success Program and gives you  17 Basic Tips for Increasing Your Public Persona. In addition to Creating Extraordinary Artwork and Use Strong Connections from the Past, read Renee's tips about using Social Media:
  • Create an Email Newsletter - Probably one of the easiest ways to promote and publicize yourself and build a following is by sending out a free email newsletter. You can link your email news to your Twitter, FB and LI accounts. Take advantage of Constant Contact free trial offer. *
  • Post Comments on Other Blogs - You can add your knowledge to a plethora of blogs related to your typical market niche and customer profile. Place keywords related to your art and the word "blogs" in search engines and see what leads pop up. Offer to be a guest blogger. So many bloggers would welcome a day off. If you contribute something of value it will garner the attention you deserve and lead the blog readers to your Web site.
*(Artful Aging suggests you check out Mail Chimp. We use is it and it is easy and free.)

The Pew Research Center reports in Older Adults and Social Media that:
  • Between April 2009 and May 2010, social networking use among internet users ages 50-64 grew by 88%--from 25% to 47%.
  • During the same period, use among those ages 65 and older grew 100%--from 13% to 26%.
  • One in five (20%) online adults ages 50-64 say they use social networking sites on a typical day, up from 10% one year ago.
  • Among adults ages 65 and older, 13% log on to social networking sites on a typical day, compared with just 4% who did so in 2009.

Krishanna Spencer over at Creative Wonk shares 4 Tips for Social Media Beginners. Find out what she means by:
  • Always tell the truth about yourself.
  • Show yourself.
  • Stop cramming your business opportunities down my throat.
  • Be as generous and positive and as supportive and nice as you can be.

Over at Kyle Lacy's Blog, Randy Clark guest posts about 5 Tips to Connecting with the Boomer Social Boom. He tells you:
  • Keep it simple.
  • Explain boundaries.
  • Grammar does matter.
  • Teach us social network netiquette.
  • Speak our language.

And Ventureneer has an informative e-book to download. Check out Nonprofits and Social Media: It Ain't Optional and learn:
  • 10 Highly Successful Social Media Habits for Nonprofits
  • Rules of the Road
  • How Nonprofits Implement Social Media

Now go out there and get Social!

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