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Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Simply Social Media | 2 comments

Make A Collage for Your Facebook Page

Make A Collage for Your Facebook Page

Make a cool cover collage photo for your Facebook Business Page or your personal Facebook page. It’s easy with Pic Monkey!

1. Go to www.picmonkey.com and choose the collage icon.

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You will be directed to select the photos you want to include in your collage.  Select your photos from images saved on your computer. (You can add them one at a time, or hold down the CTRL key while you select multiple pictures to add to the editor.)

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Click on blue color square “Open Photos” to continue to add as many photos as you want to use.

2. Select Your Layout.
Once all your photos have been imported, click on the Layout icon on the left.  This reveals all of the different layout options available.  Click on the Facebook Cover Photo option.  Now you will see different collage designs – choose the one you wish to use.

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3.  Add Your Images to the Layout.
Click on the Image icon to get back to the photos you imported earlier. Then drag and drop your photos into the locations you wish.

pic monkey 3If you want to add more photos than slots provided, just drag your photo in the place you wish to add it and the editor will add an additional slot for your photo.  If you want to delete a photo or photo slot, just hover over it and click on the X that appears in the top right corner.

If you wish, you can edit your photos.  Hover over any photo and an Edit button appears.  Select Edit and you can make changes to your photo such as zooming or flipping or rotating the image.

4. Save OR Add Text.
When you are satisfied the the photo layout – and do NOT want to add any text – you can hit Save. (Skip to #5.)   If you want to add text to your collage, click “Edit” at the top to finalize the photo collage and send to the text editor.  Then Click Open in Editor.

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Click on the “Add Text” button at top left.  A block of text will appear on your collage.  You can drag this to whereever you want your text.

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Choose which font you like, pick a color for your text and adjust the type size by sliding the indicator on the horizontal bar.  Just remember to NOT place text along the bottom left where your profile picture will overlap your cover photo.

There are plenty of other bells and whistles on the sidebar if you want to experiment further. Many of these features you could use when editing a single photo.

5. Save Your Collage.
Once you have all of your text added, click on Save at the top.

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You can give your collage file a name.  Pic Monkey gives you three quality settings to choose from – three names of monkeys, I guess!  I usually just pick the middle one.  Choose where you want to save it: I always save it to my computer.  If you use Drop Box, you can save it there.

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6. Upload to Facebook.
Now you are ready to upload your cool new collage to your Facebook Page. Hover over your current Facebook cover photo until you see the “change cover” option. Upload  your new photo and you are done!

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Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Simply Social Media | 0 comments

Not Enough Hours In Your Day For Facebook?

Not Enough Hours In Your Day For Facebook?

Is it hard for you to find the time to post to Facebook for your business?
Do you have new products to share, but you are covered up with paperwork all day?

Seems like we are always racing against the clock – Hopefully this Facebook tip will help You!

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One of the coolest features on Facebook for business pages is the post scheduler. Thanks to this handy feature, you can schedule all of your posts for an entire week at one time. You decide what you want to post, at what time, and Facebook publishes your posts for you!

Schedule posts from your couch at home, or set a time in your office to write your posts and schedule them for the day or for the entire week.

It’s simple to do! Here is how:

1. Write your post and/or select your photo or link in your Status Bar window – But don’t hit Post just yet.

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2. Select the Clock Icon in the bottom left corner of the status window. When you do this, you will see +Add Year appear above the clock.

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Select +Add Year and a menu will appear for you to choose the year.  Then options for month, day, hour and minute appear.  Select the date and time you would like for your info to be posted live on your page.

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Once you have all fields selected, click Schedule.

3. You will see a pop-up message that explains that your post has been scheduled. You can click the View Activity Log button to see your scheduled post(s).

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Here on your Activity Log, you will see all of the posts you have scheduled.

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Forget what you have scheduled?  No problem!  Just go to the top right of your Admin Panel and select Edit Page.  From the drop-down menu, click on Use Activity Log.

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This takes you to your activity log where you can view all your scheduled posts.

When you are on the desktop version of Facebook, you can make changes to your scheduled times or delete the post here if needed.  Just hover over the right corner of your scheduled post and you will see an icon to select a drop-down menu.  Then you can choose to either edit the time or delete the post.

Simply Angie Tip:
I personally do not like to use the Facebook iPad app.  Not all features are available in the iPhone and iPad app. Instead, I open Facebook in Safari on my iPad so that all the desktop functions are available to use.

I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s a good feeling to know that all my Facebook posts are written and scheduled! I can now focus on other tasks.

After explaining this tip at a recent workshop, one of the attendees was so excited she could hardly contain herself! Try it out and see if it helps you, too!


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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Simply Social Media | 0 comments

New Guidelines for Facebook Promotions

New Guidelines for Facebook Promotions

Do you like to run contests on Facebook?

Good News!!!

Facebook has updated its guidelines for hosting promotions and contests within its platform.  If any of you have attended any of my workshops, you know there were quite a few “No No’s” concerning contests on Facebook. Prior to these changes, small businesses were very limited as to what they could and could not do to promote a contest on their business page.

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Here are the new guidelines that were updated August 27, 2013.

Promotions

1.  If you use Facebook to communicate or administer a promotion (ex: a contest or sweepstakes), you are responsible for the lawful operation of that promotion, including:
a. The official rules;
b.  Offer terms and eligibility requirements (ex: age and residence restrictions); and
c.  Compliance with applicable rules and regulations governing the promotion and all prizes offered (ex: registration and obtaining necessary regulatory approvals)

Simply Angie advice:  Nothing has changed here.  It is your responsibility to take care of any legal issues surrounding your promotion.

2.  Promotions on  Facebook must include the following:
a.  A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant.
b.  Acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Simply Angie: Be sure to state in your promotion that your contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.

3.  Promotions may be administered on Pages or within apps on Facebook.  Personal Timelines must not be used to administer promotions (ex: “share on your Timeline to enter” or “share on your friend’s Timeline to get additional entries” is not permitted.)

Simply Angie: You cannot ask your fans to “share” a post on their timeline or a friend’s time-line to be entered in your contest….But….this is where the good news comes in!  

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  • You CAN now use the Like or Comment features that accompany your post for your contest entries!  This was not allowed before (even though thousands of Pages did this.)  You can ask your fans to comment or like, just don’t ask them to share.
  • You can now use the Like button at the top of your page as a means to enter your contest.
  • Contests which are run as “the most comments” or “the most likes” are now acceptable.
  • You can now notify a winner through a Facebook message.
  • You do NOT have to use a third party app to run a contest, but you might want to consider this for other reasons anyway.  I have used Rafflecopter and have been pleased with the results.

4.  We will not assist you in the administration of your promotion, and you agree that if you use our service to administer your promotion, you do so at your own risk.

Simply Angie:  Pretty self-explanatory.  The contest is your responsibility, not Facebook’s.

As you know, things change on Facebook quite often…..we’ll see how long these changes last before another revision is announced.  Happy Contests To You!


 

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2013 in Simply Social Media | 0 comments

What Honeybees Can Teach Marketers

What Honeybees Can Teach Marketers

I love this analogy!  I ran across this post by Don Peppers on Social Mediaopolis and wanted the share with you. 

Honeybees are social insects, always exchanging information with each other for the success of the hive. When a bee finds an attractive new flower with a good supply of pollen, it flies back to the hive and performs a sophisticated waggle dance for the other bees, communicating the distance and direction of the flower from the hive, the type of flower it is, and the potential magnitude of the find. Other bees watch this dance, then navigate to the flower themselves to harvest more of its pollen, which is good because producing a single pound of honey requires roughly two million bee-loads of pollen.

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So now imagine for a moment that your company operates a flowerbed, and you are in the business of “selling” your pollen to bees. Your first task is to attract an exploring bee to land and take a look, and for that you need to be sure that your colors are bright and your scent is attractive. That’s advertising.

But the bee is part of a social network, so when it returns to the hive after visiting your flower it’s only going to send for the other bees if your pollen was good. And that’s customer experience.

Advertising and customer experience are both important elements in making your business a success. You can’t grow and prosper without a steady stream of new customers, but you also have to be sure the customers you acquire are in fact satisfied. And the more social your customers are – the more they communicate and interact with each other – the more important the customer experience becomes, relative to advertising.

If customers don’t communicate among themselves, then advertising is all you really need. With an attractive look and a good smell you should be able to get a steady stream of new customers. But once your customers begin to interact with each other, you’ll only prosper if the customer experience you deliver to them is acceptable.

This is the key reason why delivering a truly frictionless customer experience has become so vital to every company’s success in the e-social era. Customers are technologically connected to each other more and more tightly, as social and mobile technologies proliferate.

We’ve all heard of Moore’s Law, of course, attributed to Intel founder Gordon Moore. Fifty years ago Moore noticed that the number of transistors that could be squeezed onto a square inch of silicon was doubling every 18 to 24 months. So every 20 years, computers were becoming a thousand times more powerful – that is, a thousand times faster in processing power and memory, per dollar of cost.

A corollary to Moore’s Law is sometimes known as Zuckerberg’s Law: Every 20 years we interact a thousand times as much with others.

And when it comes to managing the customer-facing side of your business, you can extrapolate this to Peppers’ Law: Every 20 years, customer experience becomes a thousand times more important to a business’s success.

Moore’s Law: Every 20 years computers get a thousand times more powerful.
Zuckerberg’s Law: Every 20 years we interact a thousand times more with others.
Peppers’ Law: Every 20 years customer experience becomes a thousand times more important to business success.
Recent research by Google, in fact, does show a distinct and dramatic rise in the volume of social interactions that surround individual buying decisions. In just the last two years, for instance, the percentage of consumers who say they consult the opinions of their friends and connections prior to making a purchase doubled, from 19% to 37%.

And guess what? When customers ask their friends about a product, they aren’t asking about the advertising. They’re asking about the customer experience.

They want to see the waggle dance.

Post Credit: Social Mediaopolis


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Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Simply Social Media | 0 comments

Welcome to Simply Angie Social

Welcome to Simply Angie Social

Are you a business owner who would love to find simple ways to manage your social media efforts?  Let me help!

You have just landed in my little corner of the web dedicated to Social Media resources – Welcome!

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My name is Angie Sivori and I’ve been learning the ins and outs of social media while starting a couple businesses of my own over the last three years.  I also work as a consultant to small business owners, and one of thing I have learned is…there is so much to learn about social media!

So…I’ve decided to start this blog as a platform to share helpful tips with other small business owners out there.  Most of us don’t have the budget to hire anyone for marketing, so we do all of the social media promotion ourselves.  And…don’t get me wrong…we CAN do it!  But it is always helpful to learn about a tip here, and a tool there, that can make the job a little easier, and even SAVE US SOME TIME!

Every month I will sift through the endless stream of social media information available and share a few tips and tools with you.  And, of course, I also invite you to share any tips with me, too 🙂

Stay Tuned!

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