11+ Reasons It’s Not Too Late to Start Using #Twitter


Today, the ability to connect with people is easier than ever. Thanks to social media, all we have to do is Google a name and everything publically available will reveal itself—good and bad. Each search results offers a different way to explore and connect. If you grew up in the 90's or before, networking only happened if you "showed up." That meant that the only way you could get to know people was to show up and talk to them...face to face. I remember the first music industry party that … [Read more...]

Five Steps to Collecting & Using Business Cards Effectively


Stacked in my drawer are dozens, if not hundreds of business cards that I've collected over the years. Perhaps you have the same quandry as I do: what do I do with all of those cards? If you're like me, you don't dare throw them away. After all, you might need one of them some day. But, the problem is, most likely, you don't have a clue when and where you met those people. All you know is that somehow, you have their card. Good, but not helpful. Jeff Pulver, co-founder of the Vonage … [Read more...]

Eight Things I Learned at Social Fresh Charlotte


Today, I joined a couple hundred of my new closest socmed Charlotte friends for an all day conference called Social Fresh. Established and ran by former Charlottean, Jason Keath, this six-session event was packed full of topics that ranged from community development to corporate social policy. I really enjoyed the conference, mainly because it was small and intimate. I met a lot of new people like @jakrose, @yarby, @benjamingetz, @CaseyLBrewton, @MCDolphens, @GenevieveJooste, @Mysticle, … [Read more...]

Social Fresh – Charlotte

After being a Charlotean for a whole month, tomorrow I'm headed to the Social Fresh conference to jump in, with both feet, to the local social media community. The conference was founded and lead by social entrepreneur Jason Keith (@jakrose), and is targeted to marketers who use social media strategically. Personally, I can't wait to meet a bunch of people who love Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare like I do. But most of all, I'm looking forward to learning. This industry is ever-changing and … [Read more...]

How Nashville businesses can help flood victims using Foursquare


If you are a business in Nashville looking for ways to contribute to the relief from to the #nashvillefloods this past weekend, the new geolocation social networking app, Foursquare, may be an easy way to facilitate your contributions. What is Foursquare? Foursquare is a relatively new social networking tool that gives people the ability to "check-in" at all kinds of places: cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices—you name it. Think of it as an easy way of telling other users where you … [Read more...]

Does sharing your location in social networks scare you?

My wife sent me a link to an article and video (posted below) she found the other day with a short note that said, "Please be careful." The caution refers to my avid use of the usual social networks: Twitter, Facebook and my recent new interest, Foursquare (thanks Jeff Hamilton!). Over the past couple of years even my mom has spoken up on the topic of making people aware of where you are; which ultimately reveals where you aren't. To be honest, I am totally on the fence around this … [Read more...]

10 Best Practices for Social Media Success

In my new job, I do a lot of research specifically on the 18-34 "Millennial" demographic. If you're targeting the same demographic, you are well aware the social media is playing a strong roll in your strategies. The good news is, social media isn't waning one bit. In fact, it's on the rise. The question isn't should you market in the social space, but how? eMarketer.com recently release an article that offered their 10 best practices for social media success. These are so good that I wanted to … [Read more...]

How to change Twitter Usernames without losing Followers

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I recently decided to change Twitter usernames from "chownage" to "kylechowning." As to why, my main motivation is because people will know me before they'll know chownage. Moreover, there are SEO (search engine optimization) benefits and overall, it just makes it easier for people to recall and reference. After making the change, I got a few questions asking me how I did it and if there were any negative ramifications from doing so. The short answer is, it was easy and there weren't any … [Read more...]

5 Keys to Building Forever-Followers—Chris Brogan Style


Yesterday, I had the spontaneous opportunity to attend the Author's Way event and see social media "typist" Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) talk about his perspective and approach on all things social media. He also dived into the heart of his new book, Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust (Amazon link). A lot was said over the course of four hours and I took about six pages of notes. However, there were five things that I walked away with that have … [Read more...]