Are you up to your eyeballs in snow, sleet, rock salt, and scarves? Yep, it's winter all right, something my Ottawa neighbours and I know all too well. Even though this year's season got off to a late start, Mother Nature is making up for lost time.
There really are apps for everything, and you better believe I was keen to find some that help me survive winter in style. And, at the very least, playing with your phone is a fun alternative to all the shoveling! Have we left any of your favourite apps of the list? Let us know!
I'll never forget my first social media consultation. The friend of a friend worked as a home inspector in the field of green energy and he was desperate to talk with someone about his Facebook page, which was permanently stuck on just six followers. Talk about stress!
In a busy cafe, over slices of apple pie, we chatted about the basics of social media and the first steps he needed to take on the road to social media success. Ever since that first consultation, I've retained a warm spot in my heart for social media audits, assessments, and strategy sessions - and, of course, for apple pie!
Time and time again I've seen social media assessments and strategy sessions transform a business but what I love most is how they transform the business owner. The confidence and enthusiasm someone gains when they have a plan and a firm sense of direction really takes the cake - or is that the pie!
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Have you ever heard the expression that if you want something done, you ask a busy person? It's absolutely true! The busier a person is, the more efficient they are at getting things done. There's no time to mess around - you become a lean, mean, list making machine! And some of the busiest people I know are small business owners. But even these productive people need a little help with organization and these 4 apps can help you keep on task.
There's more to these parties than snacks and drinks...
Have you ever seen a flurry of activity around a certain word or phrase on Twitter? The source may be a Twitter party. These activities generate buzz, reflect trends, and present huge opportunities for small businesses - if you know what you're doing.
Twitter parties and Twitter chats are not the same thing, despite the names being used interchangeably. Twitter chats are fun, informal opportunities for building social media relationships and small businesses absolutely should participate. These regularly occurring, mostly non-commercial conversations bring together participants from all backgrounds and embrace variations of a reoccurring theme each week.
Twitter parties are one time or periodic events that are almost always sponsored by a brand, business, or organization. Hosts are hired, prizes are offered, and, while the tone can range from casual and fun to serious and educational, there is almost always an element of self-promotion for the sponsor.
I think Twitter parties can be an excellent part of a social media strategy - if done right. Sadly, most parties rarely offer the desired ROI or results. If you're thinking about hosting a Twitter party, here's how to reap your desired rewards and have a great time as well!
These are the best apps if you love to cook, travel, dream & eat!
There are few industries that have been revolutionized by social media quite like the food industry. From popup restaurants earning fans on Twitter to children learning new cooking techniques by following chefs on YouTube, food and cooking are more accessible than ever before. And if you want some culinary inspiration on the go - or if you have a food based business you're looking to take to the next level - these 5 apps will have you reaching for your knife and fork.
Vanessa Chiasson is the founder and senior digital strategist of Sculpt Social.