My Week at the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar

U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar

U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar

Little did I know that my overly inquisitive nature, and my love of Social Media, would get me nominated to attend the National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College! Long story short leading up to my nomination: our Army National Guard daughter was at AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Gordon. I met the Colonel of her Brigade, Colonel Stephen Elle, thru the admin of their Facebook page. Besides other similarities, we are both Minnesota Vikings fans! While my husband and I were at Ft Gordon for her graduation we met and chatted with the Colonel in his office. He mentioned the National Security Seminar and I was immediately interested! I honestly felt it was a huge long shot to be selected, but like I keep telling others “If you don’t try, you won’t know.” [Read more…]

What Kind of LinkedIn User Are You?

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What kind of LinkedIn user are you?

Rare

“I opened up an account but haven’t completed my profile, and don’t visit the site.”

The only thing worse than not having a LinkedIn account if you’re a professional, is to have a dormant one. If people see a dormant account they may think that is how you feel about your career or your business.

Seasoned

“I appreciate the LinkedIn platform, and respect the ways of using it properly. I try to only post important items; Like and comment on posts I find interesting, or are supportive of a colleague or business; and realize the potential to make important connections.”

Bravo!

Overdone [Read more…]

Five things brands can do to help them succeed in Social Media in 2014

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1) Stay active

      It doesn’t take much time, 10 minutes goes a long way.

2) Be honest & sincere

     Bullshit is easily noticed, and the smell lingers.

3) Talk to people, not at them

     Engage, get to know your Fans & Followers; let them get to know you.

4) Try new ideas

     Expand Social Media Channels, contests, different approaches to posts, etc.

5) Recognize that Social Media is a necessity, not an option

     Make it part of your Strategies, and budget it into your Marketing expenses.

Baby It’s Cold Outside – It’s All Relative

Now that Winter is officially upon us, many of us are seeing a dip in temperatures, and some of us have snow along with it.  It’s quickly become a joke on the Social Media channels to compare what people’s definitions of cold is.  There are news reports from Californians being super cold due to temps in the 40’s.  For those of us in the Midwest, that would feel blissfully warm right now.  This is the temp we woke up to this morning, and this doesn’t include the windchill 😉  To other locations -15 may feel better than what they have.  Personally, once it gets below zero I’m not sure my body knows the difference.

What is your definition or degree of cold?

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Facebook changes wording from Unfollow Post to Stop Notifications

While cruising thru my Facebook feed tonight I came across this adorable “caught ya” pic from my friend Aimee.  I left her a fun comment, but then wanted to unfollow as I knew lots of others would also have fun comments to make, and I would get lots of notifications.

I discovered that Facebook has now changed the wording to ‘Stop Notifications’.  Once you click on it the words ‘Get Notifications’ appear.

FB Unfollow now Stop Notifications