How and who to ask for a recommendation or review

how to ask for online reviews or recommendations

There’s no doubt about it. Professional recommendations are a great tool to help further your personal career. And business reviews are known ways to drive traffic to your website, improve your SEO, and grow your business. We can ask people to do us a favor by writing them, but it’s important to go about it in the right way so we get genuine and effective reviews.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked to give people recommendations on LinkedIn or review someone’s business on Yelp, Google+, Angieslist, or other website. But the reality is that a good 90% of the time I’m asked to put in a good word for somebody, or their company, I don’t do it.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Why should we follow you?

Tell people why they should follow you on social media

I have a LinkedIn group for people in the pet industry, and once a week I post quick social media tip. A few days ago I posted one and got an interesting comment.

Here’s the tip I posted:

Make it about your followers. When you ask people to follow you on a particular platform, tell them what’s in it for them. Let them know if they’ll get free dog training tips, coupon for grooming services, free dog treat samples, special offers, etc. You want to give them a reason to want to follow you.

The response I found interesting was from someone who said she didn’t want to “bribe” her followers.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Social Media Hound blog subscribers

If you want to keep (or start) getting my blog posts in your inbox, please read this post.

Current subscribers . . .

I’m changing the way I deliver my blog posts to your inbox. I’ve been using a service called Feedburner, but am switching to AWeber.

In order to make the switch, I need current subscribers to verify you want to keep getting my blog posts. So, if you currently get the blog posts in your inbox, you should have received an email asking you to click a link to confirm your subscription. It’s important that you click the link if you want to keep getting my blog posts.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Have you found the new Facebook Save feature?

Facebook has a new feature that I’m pretty excited about, and my guess is you will be too!

The new “Facebook Save” allows us to save posts like links, places, movies, TV and music. They’re even respecting our privacy on this one and letting our saved items stay private, unless we decide to share them. And periodically, Facebook will show the saved items in our timeline to remind us they have been saved and are patiently waiting for our attention! Cool, huh?

Here’s a screen shot of where you’ll find the Save feature on a post.

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After you save something you’ll see a link to all of your saved items over to the left of your screen on a desktop, or by clicking “More” on your mobile device.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Web’s Biggest Social Media Event

Join 45 Social Media Experts at Web’s Largest Social Media Conference (Fully Online Conference)

Social Media Success SummitAre you looking for the newest tips and tactics for growing your business with social media?

My friends over at Social Media Examiner have just announced Social Media Success Summit 2014 (aff) –their “online” mega conference that has attracted thousands of marketers in the past!

This year is their 6th annual conference and it’s their biggest ever.

They’ve recruited the top social media experts for this special event–just for marketers and business owners.

They’ll share exactly what works so you can immediately implement new social media tactics and strategies to grow your business.  … [Click to Continue Reading]

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Facebook announces five levels of page admins

Facebook Page admins now have 5 different roles of admin, each with different abilities to manage the page. This is huge for Facebook Page owners! In the past, when a page owner set someone as an admin for their page, that person had the exact same rights to the page as the owner. This meant any admin could delete any other admin, which many times resulted in Facebook Pages being hijacked or deleted by disgruntled employees.

That’s all changed. (Yay!!!)

With the new admin settings, only the manager can remove another admin. As the manager, a person can appoint someone else as an admin, allowing that person to only perform certain roles.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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Has your Facebook Page been hijacked by an admin?

What to do if your Facebook page is hijacked by a page adminBecause all admins of Facebook pages have the same rights, it’s possible for any admin to remove any other admin. What this means is that the owner of a Facebook business page can set someone up as an admin, then that person can easily turn around and remove the page owner. This can be a huge problem when the page represents a business.

Recently I’ve had a number of people asking me about this very problem. Some of them have (had) active business pages but because a disgruntled employee or former web developer was able to hijack the page, they’re in a real bind.… [Click to Continue Reading]

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