20+ Ways to Use Apple Watch for Social Media to Get More Done!

Do you spend a lot of time pulling out your iPhone to check your social media channels?

Maybe you’re managing social media for clients or constantly checking your own channels for new updates.

We’re all guilty of that.

The bottomline is that social media can be time-consuming and interrupt our focus if we let it.

This can lead to a loss in productivity and if you’re a business owner, lost revenue.

What if you could improve the time you spend on social media each day?

For example, spend 60 minutes a day instead of getting lost for hours in your newsfeed?

In this article I’ll show you some ways you can use Apple Watch for social media.

This way you can begin to improve your productivity and accomplish more in your business.

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Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use Apple Watch for social media.

This way you can stay on-top of conversations, capitalize on new content ideas, and get more done on your social media channels!

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85+ Time-Saving Social Media Keyboard Shortcuts – Infographic

Are you looking to become more efficient with your social media management?

This way you can spend less time managing your channels and more time creating content to grow your business.

One of the fastest ways is to learn social media keyboard shortcuts.

What are keyboard shortcuts?

For those of you not familiar with keyboard shortcuts, they’re a faster way to access features within a program without the need to access a menu.

Instead, you can press a combination of keys to perform the same function.

My favorite keyboard shortcut is Command + Shift + 4 to take a screenshot.

This particular shortcut has saved me lots of time when creating blog posts or writing articles because I can quickly take a screenshot using just my keyboard.

Why are social media shortcuts important?

Today, we aren’t just using keyboard shortcuts on the computer.

We’re also spending more of our time on social networks.

Because we don’t have a lot of time to waste, we need to be aware of the many social media shortcuts that are available.

This way we can work faster because of the demands on our time.

This article is going to take a look at social media keyboard shortcuts for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Tumblr.

Social media keyboard shortcuts

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10 Animated GIF tools to help excite your audience

How many of you have seen animated GIFs on Google+ and Tumblr?

While animated GIFs aren’t new, (they’ve been around since the 90s), many social networks are starting to allow them to be shared.

Recently, Twitter added support for animated GIFS like Google+ and Tumblr.

Here’s an example:

Note: According to TechCrunch, Twitter is converting animated GIFs.

This is great news if you are a Twitter user.

Now you can now include others types of media in your tweets besides just text.

Here are some examples:

By incorporating animated GIFs into your messages, you can make them more engaging for your audience and help get across a point better.

For example, instead of including a written tutorial, you can simply link off to an animated GIF!

So how do you create your own animated GIFs?

To help you learn how to create your own animated GIFs, I put together my favorite animated GIF tools.

10 Animated GIF tools

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5 Hashtag tracking tools to help track and measure social media performance

How many of you are use hashtag tracking tools to help you identify and plan out your social media campaigns?

Recently, I was giving a presentation on how to leverage hashtags and spent a lot of time answering questions from people wanting to know if there were social media tools to help identify which hashtags they needed to include.

In this article, I am going to cover five hashtag tracking tools you can use to find the right hashtags to use with your social media campaigns.

What are hashtags?

For those of you new to hashtags, hashtags are a way to group conversations together.

For example, I conveniently use the hashtag #AskCK to make it easier for users on Twitter to ask me questions.

This also makes it easier for me to track the conversation by simply clicking on the hashtag.

Hashtags are also very useful when you want to insert your information into other larger conversations.

An example of this is using the hashtag #BizTips when sharing updates that are business related or using #Socialmedia when sharing content that is social media related.

Benefits of using hashtags

As I mentioned, by including hashtags in your discussions, it makes it easier for people to follow the discussion that is taking place.

For example, many events create their own hashtag so that attendees can see who is saying what at an event.

If they did not include hashtags, it would be difficult to follow all of the conversations taking place.

The same holds true when trying to measure how effective your social media campaigns were.

Imagine having to go through thousands of conversations. By including a hashtag, you can quickly filter the conversations to only show conversations using a specific hashtag.

This way you can quickly see the conversations and measure your performance.

5 Hashtag tracking tools

Now that you are aware of what hashtags are, how do you identify which hashtags you should be using in your social media campaigns?

Fortunately, there are a number of hashtag tracking tools you can use to help identify, analyze, and measure the effectiveness of a social media campaign.

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An 8-step strategy to generate leads with social media – Infographic

There is a lot of talk about how you can generate leads with social media.

But a lot of times when you look at your own social media channels, things don’t exactly add up.

You put in the work, but you don’t see good ROI on your investments or many leads coming from your efforts on social media.

If you aren’t generating a lot of leads from your social media channels such as Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, it’s time to look at how you can change your social media strategy so that you are!

Today we’re going to go over tips on how to generate leads with social media.

Which social networks should you be on?

When social media first got started Facebook was the primary channel that everyone was on.

Today, it is best to be on multiple social networks – provided your business can commit to updating them regularly with unique content.

If you struggle to find time to manage your social media channels, check out this guide on Social media management in 60 minutes per day.

If video is your thing, the social video starter guide can help you learn to use video channels such as Vine or YouTube and YouTube Video Cards to generate leads with social media.

How can social media help your business?

While social media can help generate leads, it isn’t the only channel you should be focusing on when you are trying to generate leads for your business.

Besides using social media channels, you also look to use videos, your email list, as well as your own blog to continue generating more leads and filling your funnel!

Here are a few stats on how people are spending their time on social media and what it can do for your business.

Try these tips for generating leads using some of your favorite social media channels.

Generating leads with Facebook

If you want to generate leads using your Facebook Page, you can create a Facebook landing page using Shortstack and then drive fans to your landing page by sharing a link to your landing page tab.

Here is an example on how to use a Facebook landing page to generate leads with social media.

Generate leads with Facebook
A Facebook landing page to collect email address can be a great way to generate leads with social media.

Generating leads with Twitter

You can also use social media sites like Twitter to generate leads. They offer a lead generation card that can help you quickly collect email addresses for your business.

Twitter lead generation card
Example of Twitter lead generation cards.

Besides using Facebook and Twitter to generate leads, it starts with having a good social media strategy to generate leads.

The team at QuickSprout put together a great infographic complete with an eight-step plan to help you generate leads with social media. Check out the following infographic.

How to generate leads with social media

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The complete guide to social media dimensions – Infographic

Do you struggle with finding the right dimensions to use on your social media channels?

With  a number of social networks changing their social media dimensions, I understand how frustrating it can be to keep up.

For example, both Facebook and Twitter changed their social media dimensions in 2014.

Here is an example of their new layouts.

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Facebook Page redesign in 2014. Source: Facebook Page redesign news


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Twitter redesign in 2014. Source: Twitter redesign news

While I love the new look of both channels, it can be frustrating for community managers, social media managers and businesses.

This is because when new redesigns come out, they don’t always tell you what social media dimensions you need to update to.

Fortunately, the team at  Insight180 put together an extremely helpful infographic that features the latest social media dimensions for:

This infographic shows you which social media dimensions you need to use and also includes the right sizes for images you include in your posts as well.

So what social media dimensions you should be using for 2014?

Social media dimensions (May 2014)

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23 Twitter best practices for 2014 on how to use Twitter better

Do you wish your tweets received more engagement?

How would you like to leverage Twitter to grow your brand?

Today you are going to learn about Twitter best practices.

These best practices can help you generate more engagement in your tweets and build a stronger presence on Twitter.

Common mistakes made on Twitter

While there are plenty of Twitter stats telling you how to reach your followers, many of them only talk about fictional numbers.

I give a lot of trainings on using Twitter.

A lot of times I see a lot of common mistakes being made such as these.

  • Not tweeting enough
  • Low engagement with other Twitter users
  • Tweets are too long
  • Overuse of hashtags
  • Not sure which Twitter accounts to follow

While these don’t seem like major issues. If you continue to do this, don’t expect your Twitter presence to take off.

A lot of these activities are bad practices and stunt your growth on Twitter.

While they are helping you learn how to use Twitter and to be more active, they aren’t helping you get to the next level.

If you want to become an influencer on Twitter and to develop a strong presence, you need to be putting out less noise.

Fortunately a lot of these mistakes can be easily fixed with a few small changes.

Here are a few of my favorites from this Twitter best practices 2014 infographic.

Examples of Twitter best practices

Let’s look at the rest of the list of Twitter best practices.

Twitter best practices 2014 in an infographic

Twitter best practices 2014
Infographic featuring 23 Twitter best practices. Source: Passion Digital

Your turn

What did you think about the tips provided in this Twitter best practices 2014 infographic?

Did you learn anything new about your own Twitter habits?

Question: What is one habit on Twitter you need to fix and what will you do to fix it? Leave a comment by clicking here.

How to boost sharing with a Twitter retweet link!

Do you send out a lot of tweets on Twitter but don’t have a lot of people retweeting them?

Would you like to learn how you can generate more engagement on Twitter and build better awareness for your business?

In this article I’ll show you how to create a Twitter retweet link that can help you do that.

What is a Twitter retweet link?

A Twitter retweet link is a direct link to retweet your tweet.

With a Twitter retweet link, you can save your readers time by providing a way for them to easily retweet you without having to go to Twitter, find your tweet, and then click to retweet it.

Twitter retweet link example
Example of a link to a retweet on Twitter

Where can I use a Twitter retweet link?

You can include a retweet link anywhere you can add a hyperlink.

Here are some of my favorite places to use them:

  • In a blog post
  • Within an eBook
  • Email newsletters
  • Email signature

Follow these steps to learn how to create a Twitter retweet link to start getting more people sharing your content on Twitter.

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7 Types of Twitter accounts to follow (and not follow)

Do you know which types of Twitter accounts to follow? With over 550 million accounts on Twitter, it can be difficult to know which types of Twitter accounts can help and hurt your Twitter influence.

Knowing who to follow

For those of you who think it doesn’t matter who you follow on Twitter, it does.

For starters, there is the Twitter ratio that limits how many people you can follow at one time.

The way this works is if you follow too many people and they don’t follow you back, Twitter can block you from following more people until you gain new followers.

This is one reason why it is important to follow users who will follow you back and retweet your content.

If you follow a bunch of people who won’t ever interact with you, they’re essentially just taking up space in your Twitter stream.

For example, while you may follow certain celebrities on Twitter, don’t expect them to follow you back. At the same time, don’t expect them to ever retweet your content or mention you on Twitter.

As I mentioned, you also want to be sure to follow Twitter accounts that will follow you back. These are important because when they follow you, they are going to then see your tweets in their Twitter stream and hopefully retweet you, pushing your tweets out to their followers.

The more you tweet good content and they retweet it, the better chance you have of growing your influence on Twitter as a result.

So what types of Twitter accounts are out there and which one’s should you be following?

Here’s a breakdown on 7 types of Twitter accounts to follow (and not follow).

  1. The Social Star
  2. The Butterfly
  3. The Distant Star
  4. The Private Eye
  5. The Cycler
  6. The Listener
  7. The Egghead

Let’s learn more about each of these types of Twitter accounts to follow (and not follow).

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