Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest – Complete Social Media Image Size Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to social media or a savvy, seen-it-done-it-all veteran – when it comes to setting up a new Twitter Profile or Facebook Page, working out the heights and widths of all those images you positively need to make your channels look fantastic is a time-consuming and, unfortunately, regrettably forgettable business.

And what about those other social platforms, such as Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube? Wouldn’t it be really convenient if somebody put all this information within one, easy-to-read image?

Well, fret no more, fact fans. This super-handy infographic from those nice folks at Tent Social contains, in their own words, ridiculously exhaustive social media design information (that’s image heights and widths to you and me) for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube, all in one fact-packed blueprint. So go ahead, and enjoy. You’ve earned it.

(Source: Tent Social.)

How to Disable Facebook Comments (on a Facebook Page)

Facebook doesn’t give you an option to disable all Facebook comments with the click of a button. However, Amit Giri knows how frustrating it can be run a Facebook page when people are constantly posting nasty things as comments. Obviously, to disable posts on your normal timeline by others, you must go into your Page’s settings under “Manage Permissions” and uncheck the boxes labeled “Everyone can post to YOUR PAGE TITLE’s timeline”, “Everyone can add photos and videos to YOUR PAGE TITLE’s timeline”, then select “Hidden from Page” under “Default visibility of posts by others on YOUR PAGE TITLE’s timeline:“.

Now, there is no option to disable comments on posts made by your page. Thanks Facebook. However, you can work around this using something EasySites.org has come up with. Find the box labeled “Moderation Blocklist:“. This blocklist is a list of words you have banned from appearing on your page. If someone has a post that includes one of these words, the post will be hidden from your page and you will be the only one who can view the comment. We have come up with a giant master list of 1,000 of the most commonly used words found by EasySites.org (Source: The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists, Fourth Edition, © 2000 by Prentice Hall Authors: Fry, Kress & Fountoukidis) edited the formatting, and made it available for you here. Just copy and past the list below into the “ModerationBlocklist” section and people should have quite a hard time commenting on your posts. Obviously, they can still find a word or two not on your blocklist, however, all you need to do is add that word to your list if you find that someone managed to comment on your post.

Recap:

  1. Locate the “Moderation Blocklist” box under “Manage Permissions” in your page’s settings
  2. Copy and paste the master list of the 1,000 most commonly used words below into the “Moderation Blocklist” box
  3. Click “Save Settings”
  4. Add any additional words (separated by commas) to the list if someone manages to comment on a Facebook post in the future

Hope this helped and remember EasySites.org is available to manage social media such as Facebook pages as well as design and develop easy-to-use websites using WordPress!

 
Master List of 1,000 Most Commonly Used Words:
the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have, from, or, one, had, by, word, but, not, what, all, were, we, when, your, can, said, there, use, an, each, which, she, do, how, their, if, will, up, other, about, out, many, then, them, these, so, some, her, would, make, like, him, into, time, has, look, two, more, write, go, see, number, no, way, could, people, my, than, first, water, been, call, who, oil, its, now, find, long, down, day, did, get, come, made, may, part, over, say, set, new, great, put, sound, where, end, take, help, does, only, through, another, little, much, well, work, before, large, know, line, must, place, right, big, year, too, even, live, mean, such, me, old, because, back, any, turn, give, same, here, most, tell, why, very, boy, ask, after, follow, went, thing, came, men, our, want, read, just, show, need, name, also, land, good, around, different, sentence, form, home, man, three, us, think, small, move, try, kind, hand, picture, again, change, off, play, spell, air, away, animal, house, point, page, letter, mother, answer, found, study, still, learn, should, America, world, high, saw, important, every, left, until, near, don’t, children, add, few, side, food, while, feet, between, along, car, own, might, mile, below, close, night, country, something, walk, plant, seem, white, last, next, sea, school, hard, began, father, open, grow, keep, example, took, tree, begin, river, never, life, four, start, always, carry, city, those, state, earth, both, once, eye, paper, book, light, together, hear, thought, got, stop, head, group, without, under, often, second, story, run, later, miss, idea, enough, eat, face, watch, far, Indian, really, almost, let, above, girl, sometimes, mountain, cut, young, talk, soon, list, song, being, leave, family, it’s, body, order, music, red, color, door, stand, sure, sun, become, question, top, fish, ship, area, across, mark, today, dog, during, horse, short, birds, better, problem, best, complete, however, room, low, knew, hours, since, black, ever, products, piece, happened, told, whole, usually, measure, didn’t, remember, friends, early, easy, waves, heard, reached, listen, farm, wind, pulled, rock, draw, space, voice, covered, seen, fast, cold, several, cried, hold, plan, himself, notice, toward, south, five, sing, step, war, morning, ground, passed, fall, vowel, king, true, town, hundred, I’ll, against, unit, pattern, figure, numeral, certain, table, field, north, travel, slowly, wood, money, fire, map, upon, done, decided, plane, English, contain, system, road, course, behind, halt, surface, ran, ten, produce, round, fly, building, boat, gave, ocean, game, box, class, force, finally, note, brought, wait, nothing, understand, correct, rest, warm, oh, carefully, common, quickly, scientists, bring, person, inside, explain, became, wheels, dry, shown, stay, though, minutes, green, language, strong, known, shape, verb, island, deep, stars, week, thousands, front, less, yes, feel, machine, clear, fact, base, equation, inches, ago, yet, street, stood, government, filled, heat, full, hot, check, object, am, rule, among, noun, power, cannot, able, six, size, dark, ball, material, special, heavy, fine, pair, circle, include, built, can’t, picked, legs, matter, simple, sat, square, cells, main, syllables, paint, winter, perhaps, mind, wide, bill, love, written, felt, cause, length, suddenly, rain, reason, test, exercise, kept, direction, eggs, interest, center, train, arms, farmers, blue, brother, ready, wish, race, anything, drop, present, divided, developed, beautiful, general, window, store, energy, difference, job, subject, distance, edge, Europe, heart, past, moon, sit, sign, region, sum, record, return, summer, finished, believe, wall, discovered, dance, forest, wild, members, probably, happy, beside, gone, sky, glass, million, west, lay, weather, root, instruments, meet, third, months, paragraph, raised, represent, soft, whether, clothes, flowers, shall, teacher, held, describe, drive, cross, already, hair, speak, instead, age, solve, phrase, amount, appear, soil, scale, metal, bed, pounds, son, copy, although, either, free, per, ice, hope, broken, sleep, spring, moment, village, case, tiny, factors, laughed, possible, result, nation, gold, jumped, quite, milk, snow, type, quiet, ride, themselves, natural, care, temperature, lot, floor, bright, stone, hill, lead, act, pushed, everyone, build, baby, method, middle, buy, section, speed, century, lake, count, outside, consonant, cat, everything, within, someone, tall, dictionary, sail, rolled, bear, wonder, smiled, angle, fraction, Africa, killed, melody, bottom, trip, hole, poor, let’s, fight, surprise, French, died, beat, exactly, remain, dress, iron, couldn’t, fingers, row, president, yourself, least, brown, control, catch, trouble, practice, climbed, cool, report, wrote, cloud, straight, shouted, lost, rise, continued, sent, statement, itself, symbols, stick, else, wear, party, plains, bad, seeds, gas, save, suppose, England, experiment, woman, burning, engine, coast, design, alone, bank, joined, drawing, period, foot, east, wire, law, pay, choose, ears, single, clean, grass, touch, visit, you’re, information, bit, grew, express, whose, skin, mouth, received, valley, yard, garden, cents, equal, please, key, decimal, strange, caught, fell, team, God, captain, direct, ring, serve, child, desert, increase, history, cost, maybe, business, separate, break, uncle, hunting, flow, lady, students, human, art, feeling, supply, guess, thick, corner, silent, blood, electric, trade, lie, insects, rather, spot, crops, compare, bell, tone, crowd, fun, hit, poem, loud, sand, enjoy, consider, doctor, elements, suggested, provide, indicate, thin, thus, except, position, won’t, expect, entered, cook, flat, fruit, bones, seven, tied, tail, interesting, rich, board, sense, dollars, modern, string, send, compound, blow, sight, mine, famous, chief, wasn’t, value, Japanese, fit, wings, stream, addition, movement, planets, belong, pole, rhythm, safe, exciting, eight, soldiers, branches, science, major, observe, tube, necessary, weight, meat, lifted, process, army, hat, property, particular, swim, terms, current, park, sell, shoulder, industry, wash, block, spread, cattle, wife, sharp, company, sister, radio, oxygen, we’ll, plural, action, various, capital, agreed, factories, opposite, settled, wrong, yellow, chart, isn’t, prepared, southern, pretty, truck, solution, fair, fresh, printed, shop, wouldn’t, suffix, ahead, especially, chance, shoes, born, actually, level, nose, triangle, afraid, molecules, dead, France, sugar, repeated, adjective, column, fig, western, office, church, huge, gun, total, similar, deal, death, determine, score, evening, forward, nor, stretched, rope, experience, cotton, rose, apple, allow, details, fear, entire, workers, corn, Washington, substances, Greek, smell, women, tools, bought, conditions, led, cows, march, track, northern, arrived, create, located, British, sir, difficult, seat, match, division, win, effect, doesn’t, underline, steel, view
 
 
 

Facebook remains top social network, Google+, YouTube battle for second

According to eMarketer, a digital marketing analysis firm, Facebook is still the number one social network by a large margin, but second and third place go to Google’s Google+ and YouTube.
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Facebook is in the lead, but the Google’s double-team of Google+ and YouTube isn’t far behind.

21 Tips of Social Media Marketing for Real Estate Agents from Wispond.com

How to Promote Your Blog Through Social Media? What Steps to Promote Blogs Online

Writing blog is not the most difficult part in blogging but getting viewers is the important part.  After writing hundreds of blog posts but attracting no viewers is mere waste of time.  The viewership of blogs determines the popularity of the same.  Social media platforms have made the job easier to get connected to people having similar thoughts.  Here are certain tips that will help you to gain new readers:Facebook
Post your blog content or the URL of the blog post in your Facebook status or can be embedded on your wall.  Or go ahead and create a fan page for your blog and continue to update the same.  If you believe that your friend is interested to read your blog posts but often forget to come back to your blog, you can directly post the URL in their wall.  When you write about any other brands, you should tag them without fail.  You should also create a “Like” button for your blog post.  Remember to tell readers to hit the button if they find the content impressive.  Further, go ahead and post the URL on their wall, discussion boards, communities etc.

Twitter
One can tweet the title and link of your blog post along with  some relevant hash tagsl  Hash tag will bring your during the searches made by other tweeters.  When you have completed tweets, it is good to do a quick search on the keyword to find out others who speak on the same theme.  Look for questions on the same subject and try to be the first person to answer and divert the traffic to your blog.  Finding out people who are interested in conversation might help you to grow the traffic.

Google+
The traditional way to start is to place the URL of your blog posts.  It supports the same functionality as Twitter to add # tags to your posts.  Look for other authors who are discussing on the same topic and mention them in the tag.  You can call their posts to be an inspirational material and quote them in the tags.  This information might attract the readers and they might actually end up in your blog to go through the information.

LinkedIn
Update the URL of the blog post in your LinkedIn account and add them in the publication tab.  Prospective readers, employers and employees will go through the link if they are interested.  Make sure to install BlogLink application tool in your account.

Online Communities
Search for online communities who are interested in your topic.  Make sure that your posts aren’t blatantly promotional and engage with the rest of the community or you may be labeled as a spammer.

Email
At this time, email is still a popular way to send information.  Try to create an e-news letter or add a self updating RSS feed (like wise stamp) to your email signature.  Alternatively,  you can offer subscriptions via email on your blog.

Triberr
Triberr was created specifically for bloggers to promote each other.  Bloggers use it by creating ‘tribes” of fellow bloggers who are writing for a similar niche audience.  The tribe members all provide Triberr with access to their Twitter account and an RSS feed URL for their blog.  The site creates a stream of formatted tweets promoting all tribe members blog posts that, upon approval by each member, are scheduled for posting to their Twitter account.  The posts are staggered no less than one hour apart.

Pinterest
Pinterest is a social sharing site that allows you to collect & share images & links in a bulletin board format.  You can collect links on visually pleasing boards that you can categorize as you like.  Pinterest only works as an image-based link sharing tool and hence use images that are posted with your blog.

The most important part of your social media marketing campaign is strategy and keep in mind that all social media users are hyper-sensitive to sales & marketing.  Try to be authentic, engage them in a one to one manner, and strive to bring value regardless of whether doing so seems to directly benefit you.  Tricks and active sales will be counter productive and if you can generate trust they they welcome you into their communities. 

Compiled by Amit Giri, Digital Marketing Manager, DART Consulting.  He can be reached at amit@dartconsultng.co.in

How to Sell Anything Using Social Media Networks

Sales by Social Media

 

Whether your job is to sell cars, homes, insurance, antiques, camp, or widgets, you   absolutely can use social media to your advantage. But just like hard-selling doesn’t work in person, it doesn’t work with social media. Here are five simple reminders about the best processes to use when selling through social media:

1. Build relationships first.

It’s always easier to make a sale when you build a relationship first. Use social networks such as Twitter and LinkedIn to find prospects and get to know them online before you even think about selling something. Invest your time up front in these relationships, without asking for anything in return. Show your friendship first.

2. Listen carefully.

The most valuable business asset of social media is listening. Pay attention to what your prospects are saying online. Monitor their social feeds. Engage when you feel compelled, especially when the conversation has nothing to do with what you’re selling.

3. Uncover problems and needs.

If you’re listening well enough, you’ll notice when your connections, followers and prospects say something that’s a hint that they need what you have. That’s your opportunity to engage further in a conversation that will lead to a sale.

4. Help people solve those problems.

Demonstrate your expertise and your willingness to help, using great content, great questions and great care. This is your specialty, and whatever it is you’re selling, think not of the sale but of the help you’re providing to someone whose needs you’ve uncovered online.

5. Ask for the sale.

Social media purists will tell you that it’s all about listening and conversation. And as I said, listening and engagement is super important at the early stages of the sales funnel. But in the end, it’s essential to ask for the sale, whether through an online link or a request to take the conversation to a phone call or even an in-person meeting. You won’t get the sale unless you ask for it.

Those are the 5 key steps to selling anything using social media. If you’re paying attention, you’ll note that these are also five key steps to selling anything – anywhere. Long before social media, there was relationship-selling: listening, helping sove problems, and closing. Now, there are lots of social networks and technologies and tools that may overwhelm some people. But to those people who embrace it all, it allows you to sell at greater scale and efficiency than ever before.

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Now it’s your turn. How have you used social media to find customers and begin marketing and selling? Which of these tips do you think is most important for selling through social media? How do you think selling offline is similar to and different from selling online? Let me know your thoughts in the Comments below – and please do share this article with yournetwork of salespeople and business professionals.

 

Amit Giri,
Founder,
Virtual Consulting

How to recommend a Facebook Page to Friends

Abstract:
Give your friends the opportunity to ‘Like’ a Facebook Page that you administer

Do you administer Facebook Pages? Facebook Pages you’ve either created or become an administrator of? Then you have the ability to recommend your administered Facebook Pages to your friends!

I’ve been asked how to do this many times. I’ve decided to make a proper set of instructions and refer to this when I am next asked.

How to invite friends to your Facebook Page

  1. Visit the Facebook homepage. Click on the ‘facebook’ logo on the top left of the screen.
  2. Visit the Facebook Page that you administrate. I do this via the drop-down arrow on the top right. Then under ‘Use Facebook as:’ click on the Facebook Page you are about to recommend. If you administer many Facebook Pages you may need to scroll the mouse wheel over that list to see them all.
  3. Open the ‘Admin Panel’. Click the ‘Admin Panel’ button on the top right above the timeline graph if the ‘Admin Panel’ is not already open. The ‘Admin Panel’ has sections labelled ‘Notifications’, ‘Messages’, ‘New Likes’, ‘Insights’ and ‘Page Tips’ and sits on the very top of your Facebook Page.
  4. View your Facebook Page as your Profile (and not as the Page). With the ‘Admin Panel’ open, select the ‘Manage’ menu and choose ‘Use Facebook as (your Profile name)’. This switches you from seeing Facebook as your Page to seeing Facebook as your Profile. Note: If it says ‘Use Facebook as (your Page name)’ then leave this step; you are already viewing the Page as your Profile.
  5. Invite Friends to your Page. With the ‘Admin Panel’ open, select the ‘Build Audience’ menu and select ‘Invite Friends’. If you don’t see ‘Invite Friends’ then you are still viewing the Facebook Page as the Page – read ‘View your Facebook Page as your Profile (and not as the Page).
  6. Choose your friends. A dialogue box appears called ‘Suggest (Page name) to friends’. Tick people who you like to invite to the Facebook Page. Some people you may not be able to tick (you have invited them already, they are a fan already). Use the drop down on the top left of the dialogue box to filter the list of people. Refinements can be made for Recent Interactions, Search All Friends, by friends Locations, by Facebook Groups, by your friends list, Selected friends you ticked already.
  7. Submit your recommendation. Once you finalised your selection, click the ‘Submit’ button on the bottom right of the dialogue box. You receive a notification that your recommendation has been sent.

That’s it! You have successfully recommended Facebook Pages you administer to your friends!

Please read the following if you don’t see ‘Invite Friends’.
Not having ‘Invite Friends’ tells me that you are viewing your Page as the Page itself and not as your own personal Profile.
Pages do not have friends, therefore ‘Invite Friends’ is not available when viewing the Page as the Page itself.
Personal Profiles do have friends, and ‘Invite Friends’ does become an option when viewing your Page as your own personal Profile.
Step 4 is the one required to change viewing your Page from Page to Profile in order to see ‘Invite Friends’.

Reference: How can people suggest my Page to their friends?

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Regards,
Amit Giri,
Founder,
Virtual Consulting