Recording Blog Posts is a Way to Find a Different Audience

Mic

It’s not for everyone. Some people just don’t like to hear their voices played on audio or video. I know. I used to be one of them.

If you can get over that fear and if you want to get your YouTube channel some watches while helping to get your content seen and heard, it’s a quick and easy way to kill a couple of birds with a single stone. The concept is pretty simple. Write a blog post, then read it off while recording a video. Attach the video to the story and now you have an easy way for people to either read your blog post or watch it.

Perhaps more importantly, it takes the art of writing and allows you to get creative in the fastest growing medium. Remember, everything is going mobile. While it can be annoying trying to read a blog post on a smartphone, listening to it on YouTube is often much easier. If you get good at recording the audio from the posts and applying it to either a visual of yourself reading it, a slideshow, a scrolling transcript, or other images that are pertinent to the video itself, you can make for an alternative experience for your content.

Some people are readers. Others are listening. There’s even a few people that like to do both. I tend to listen to a video or podcast playing in the background while reading something else. Here’s an example:

The Rise of the #Selfie

JD Rucker Selfie

Call it a kick that I’m on, but I’ve officially doubled the number of “selfies” that I’ve taken just in the last couple of days. Prior to this week, I had taken 2. Now, I’ve taken 4. It’s a selfie phenomenon. The reason for all of these selfies is that I just uncovered a second infographic about the photo type that is also worth sharing, officially doubling the total posts about selfies on this blog as well. The first selfie infographic was posted just the other day with a much-less admirable attempt at my own image.

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How to Take a Selfie

Selfie

There’s a certain art to the “selfie”. It has risen from a poor way to do self-photography to the accepted method. Not sure how that happened but I’m not the biggest fan. The rise of sites like Instagram have made them a part of our social media lives.

With that said, it’s important to know the right way to make it work. The image above – that’s not a good example. It’s not stereotypical, either. Most make sure that they look good (at least having their hair brushed) and in a position to where the background is appropriate. Nobody wants to have their selfie photobombed by something they didn’t want in there.

Here’s an infographic from izzigadgets that should give you all the information that you need to perfect the art of the selfie.

How to Take a Selfie Infographic

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5 Tools to Improve Your Pinterest Strategy

Pinterest for Business

You’ve finally got your Pinterest strategy up and running. And you can tell it’s working because your photos and videos are getting more likes than you ever thought possible. But like any marketing strategy, it could be just a little bit better. Fortunately, Pinterest has a wide range of tools that can help.

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Social Curation: Monetizing Instagram One Hashtag at a Time

Instagram

With over 130 million users, the Facebook owned photo sharing app, Instagram is being utilized by 67% of top brands. Marketers have been swift to realize the potential impact of Instagram by quickly integrating it into their offsite social strategies.

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7 Social Media Tips for the Aspiring Musician

Harmonica Musician

There are two sides to being a musician, as you surely know. There’s the creative side — writing, recording, and performing songs — and there’s the business side that requires you to book shows, update your website, and answer emails.

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Five Great Places to Promote Your Music Online

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The Internet has become the world’s kiosk. For almost 15 years, active listeners have turned to the Internet to find new music. So when a person recommends one of your songs to a friend, he or she can go to a handful of sites with the expectation of being able to instantly find it online.

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A Quick Way to Get Search (and social) Benefit from Google+, Pinterest, and Tumblr

Easy

There are those who think that Facebook and Twitter are the only relevant social networks when it comes to business. There are those who go so far as saying that Facebook is all that you need. In truth, both may be right, but that’s strictly from a social perspective. Once you throw search into the equation, Google+, Pinterest, and Tumblr start having a bit more relevance than before.

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Will Pinterest Or Tumblr Provide A Better Marketing Strategy?

Pinterest and Tumblr

Most people now acknowledge that any marketing strategy should include a social media component. The problem is that working with social media requires a goodly amount of human effort and there are so many social media, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, FourSquare, Instagram, and on and on, to choose from.

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Never Upload Pins to Pinterest. Ever.

Pinterest Board

Yesterday, I found myself utterly mortified. I caught a Pinterest page that my team was managing uploading images to Pinterest. After several deep breaths, I talked to my teammate and corrected this for the future.

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