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Things we shouldn't do on social media

What are the don’t of social Media? 

What should men avoid doing on social channels? What should women avoid doing on their social channels?

How to abide by the Social Media etiquette?

Social Media and the internet are no longer the wild west, companies get in trouble, people get fired, friends get bullied, people get caught, revolutions start, and governments fall. People are starting to use this medium for more than just networking, it is part of their life, and its part of our daily life. 
What not to do on social channels

And we are starting to develop a mutual agreement among each other without knowing! A mutual agreement where everyone knows what is OK to be out there and what should be avoided.

I summarized most of the don't of social media to make it easier on users to maintain an etiquette.

List of don’t on social media: 

Never share personal information on social media sites.
Don’t befriend anyone and everyone
Please stop trying to sound cool.
Don’t be a stalker
Don’t just tag people in photos
Don’t comment on everything
Don’t embarrass your kids
Don’t be afraid to ‘untag’
Don’t bully other people
Don’t expose other people
Don’t create arguments where there is non
Trash your teachers
Trash your friends
Trash your parents
Don’t threat or even joke about threats
Don’t be an idiot
Don’t joke about airplanes, bombs, etc…It is not funny!
Don’t use unprofessional public profiles
Don’t rely completely on your privacy setting
Post emotionally or without thinking.
Don’t have private conversations that belong in your inbox
Don’t mention that you will be leaving your place unattended for a week because you are on vacation
Don’t post your problems 
Don’t abuse the hashtag
Don’t post company information
Don’t post your address or phone number
Don’t post financial information
Don’t put any information that you don’t want your grandma to see.

Things men should avoid doing on social Media

Post Inspirational Quotes Clearly Taken From Pinterest
Subliminal Messages
Take screen shots of what they are listening to
Use the #Humblebrag
Take screen shots of conversations that are not funny.
Post picture of breakfast dinner or lunch
Beg celebs to notice you
Being EMO
Be a racist asshole

Things women should avoid doing on Social Media

Don't activate auto-geotagging.
Don't "check in at every location you go to"
Don't give people reasons to stalk you
If you think you are posting too much, you probably are.
Don't upload anything you wouldn't want everyone to see.

Take away:What happens on Social Media Stays online forever.
Advice on what to post on social media

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Posted by Tarek Riman

Social Media Best Practices for Small Accounts and Growing Businesses

What are the social media best practices for small businesses?

Social Media Best Practices for Small accounts and growing businesses.

Source: marketing.wtwhmedia.com
As a small business most of us don’t know where to start or what to approach, and it leave us with either alienating or overwhelming followers and even is some cases we over think every post which leave us with a low level of efficiency.

Here are 30 best practices that every small business should keep in mind when it comes to social media:

1. Follow back and interact
2. Design an effective channel strategy
3. Be relevant to your goals, purpose and mission
4. Develop an editorial program
5. Establish conversational workflow
6. Reward your followers
7. Compose guidelines
8. Make sure you are benefiting from the peek time on social media
9. Determine your voice and tone
10. Keep your posts and ideas short
11. Create a good brand awareness
12. Don’t over share
13. Be as transparent as you can
14. Be proactive vs. Reactive
15. Always be positive
16. Set achievable goals
17. Learn where your customers and members are
18. Research your company continuously – Put yourself in the shoes of the client
19. Maintain your online image – always be supportive on review boards
20. Be an added value on forums, other channels, and conversations
21. Utilize social tools such as Hootsuite or twitter to see who is talking about you and what.
22. Stay classy
23. Track and report your progress – react accordingly
24. Don’t ignore the chatter – if there is bad news or a problem, fix it.
25. Fill out all your social profiles completely
26. Spend time learning the unique culture of each network
27. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, but don’t spread yourself too thin
28. Be responsive and accessible
29. Be personable
30. Be thankful
31. Always give before you take from your followers
32. Post native content to the right networks
33. Keep your customer’s interest in mind
34. Invite influencers to comment and participate
35. Focus on desired outcomes first
36. Incorporate brand personality and voice
37. Depend on the metrics to create an action plan
38. Build a dialogue keep your followers busy
39. Don’t be all promotional make sure you are keeping your followers happy, interested and engaged
40. Keep it light, bright and polite

This is just a small summary of the best social media practices to build your business online, make sure you are continuously researching new ways to stay on top of your social channels.



Posted By Tarek Riman

70 Facts on Social Media

70 Social Media Facts to keep in mind for 2014

Will Social Media be reaching a maturity phase?

Is social media growing the same way it did before?

Have you checked the recent stats of social sites?

what are the facts of social media for this year

With some information for Facebook.com, Twitter.com, statisticbrain.com, searchenginejournal.com, socialmediatoday.com, jeffbullas.com, blog.digitalinsights.in, techinfographics.com, likes.com, and huffingtonpost.com!

I collected 70 facts on social media that will make you rethink some of your perceptions and approaches on that matter.

1.    60% of Google+ users login at least once a day.
2.    23% of Facebook users check their account at least 5 times a day.
3.    80% of all Pinterest pins are actually repins.
4.    The +1 button is hit at least 5 billion times per day
social media stats 2014
Source: http://techinfographics.com/

5.    YouTube has over 1 billion unique visitors per month
6.    Social media is more popular than porn
7.    Almost 4% of YouTube visits originate in Russia, 1.4% Poland and under one per cent for other East European countries such as the Ukraine and Romania.
8.    46% of adult internet users post original photos or videos online that they themselves have created.
9.    LinkedIn is currently available in four East European languages: Czech, Polish, Romanian and Russian. It has around 1.5 million users in Russia.
10.    18-29 year olds have an 89% usage
11.    71% of user’s access social media from a mobile device.
12.    60 percent of 50 to 60 year olds are active on social media
13.    47% of Americans say Facebook is their #1 influencer of purchases
14.    70% of marketers used Facebook to gain new customers
15.    Google+ is growing at 33% per annum.
16.    Twitter was the fastest growing network with a 44% growth from 2012-2013
17.    Pinterest has 20 million active monthly users
18.    Instagram has 150 million active monthly users.
19.    There are over 10 million Facebook “apps”
20.    Twitter’s fastest growing demographic is 55-64 year olds
21.    60% of Twitter users access it from their mobile
22.    There are over 343 million active users on Google+
23.    More than 16 billion photos have been uploaded to Instagram
24.    Food is the top category discussed on Pinterest at 57%
25.    189 million of Facebook's users are 'mobile only'
26.    YouTube reaches more U.S. adults aged 18-34 than any cable network
27.    Every second 2 new members join LinkedIn
28.    LinkedIn has a lower percentage of active users than Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Facebook
29.    93% of marketers use social media for business
30.    25% of Facebook users don't bother with privacy settings
31.    If Twitter were a country, it'd be the 12th largest in the world
32.    Nearly 12 years’ worth of YouTube footage is uploaded every day
33.    There are twice as many smartphone users as cigarette smokers in the U.K
34.    30% of Twitter users have an income of more than $100,000
35.    1 in 5 couples overall and 3 in 5 gay couples meet online
36.    Over 5 million pictures are uploaded to Instagram every day
37.    97% of the fans of Pinterest's Facebook page are women
38.    YouTube originally started out as a dating site, influenced by HotOrNot.com
39.    3 million new blogs come online every month
40.    Links about sex are shared on Facebook 90% more often than any other kind of link
41.    There are 1.4 Billion Facebook users worldwide    
42.    98% of 18-24 year olds who already use social media    
43.    11% of people on Earth who use Facebook    
44.    700 billion minutes people spend on Facebook every month    
45.    15 hours 33 minutes is the average amount of time a person uses Facebook per month    
46.    250 million people access Facebook with phone    
47.    2.5 million Websites that have been integrated with Facebook    
48.    There are 490 million unique YouTube users per month    
49.    70 billion pieces of content shared on Facebook each month    
50.    There are 17 million articles hosted by Wikipedia    
51.    Almost 3,000 pictures are uploaded to Flickr every minute
52.    74% of the couples say that the internet has impacted their relationship in a good way
53.    51% of the users say social media changes their life in a negative way
54.    45% of the online users say that they feel worried when their Facebook or email in inaccessible
55.    73% would panic if they lost their smart phone
56.    54% of the online users check their smartphones while in bed
57.    189 million of Facebook users are mobile only
58.    46% of web users will look on social media when making a purchase
59.    Every 60 seconds there are 293,000 status updates on Facebook
60.    The number of fake accounts on Facebook is equivalent to the population of Egypt
61.    Canadian are the number one Facebook users worldwide per capita – 74% of the population checks their profile daily
62.    The population on Facebook is growing faster than on earth
63.    80% of the twitter users are mobile
64.    More than 500 tweets every minute contain a YouTube link
65.    70% of the YouTube traffic comes from outside the united states
66.    More than 60% of LinkedIn users are from outside the states
67.    80% of the companies use social media as a recruitment tool
68.    95% of the companies who use social media for recruitment are using LinkedIn
69.    Members of LinkedIn come from 200 countries and represent every continent
70.    An average visitor spends 15 min per day on YouTube

Out of the 70 facts stated above which all come from the reliable sources stated at the end of the article, you can realize that all we see is growth.
All social media is seeing is progress and growth for 2014, and as a marketer, business, or user; make sure you are utilizing this growth to your benefit and not letting it control you.

Neotericuk-  http://www.neotericuk.co.uk/an e-business solution company located in the UK, did a research on social media habits, and went through extensive social media stats and numbers, Coming up with a great infographic


Posted by Tarek Riman

A Shift Towards a Visual Social Media

From just social to a more visual social!

Is our tendency to be driven by visual content causing a shift in social media?

digital marketing changes

Well marketers seem to agree, 95% say that to capture mind-share in an ocean of information, visual marketing is key.

89% of marketers have already been using or planning to use visual content to increase their social media engagement.

While numbers and facts talk better than opinions, it seems that whatever the marketers are doing is towards better engagement. Here are some visual content facts that will convince you so:

Videos and Images statistics on social media
1. According to Hubspot:
a. Videos are shared 12 times more than links and text posts combined on Facebook
b. Photos are liked 2 times more than text updates (hubspot)
2. According to YouTube: 
a. Over 60 Hours of videos are uploaded each minute on YouTube.com
b. There are over 4 Billion Video views every day.
3. According to simply measured: photos and videos saw a 65% increase in engagement one month after timeline launched on Facebook 

4. According to SEOMOZ: Posts with videos attract 3 times more inbound links than plain text posts

5. According to Nielsen: 
a. Pinterest (visual social channel)  had the largest year over year increase in audience of any social network in 2012 
b. Also Pinterest is the largest driver of internet traffic worldwide.
the growth of social media marketing

the future of digital marketing

Visual Digital Marketing Tips:

How you should leverage visual media to your advantage

1. Don’t tell if you can show – make sure you use visual content instead of text when you have the chance

2. Create original sharable visual content – invest in a graphic designer if you don’t have one.

3. Crowd source visual content, engage fans to create, and share your visual content.

4. Showcase your story (images = emotion and connection) 

5. Add back the words – make sure you are associating your visual content with the right text content.

6. Mix it up – too much of anything might backfire at the end of the day, make sure you don’t abuse something if it works.

a. Overlay text on Instagram photosb. Tweet images and Pinterest pins on twitterc. Pin videos on Pinterestd. Use more images on Facebooke. Include quality images on blog posts


VFM Leonardo Inc. www.leonardo.com

Posted by Tarek Riman

Don't Drink and Social

The Effect of Alcohol on Social Media Behavior!
How is alcohol affecting your social media behavior?

Here are the drink by drink dangers of drinking and going on social media.
Alcohol and social media
Source: time.com

1. Drink 1: Harmless
Danger of using typos and excessive exclamation marks
2. Drink 2: Mild threat
In danger of posting selfies with “ur gurls”
3. Drink 3: questionable
Danger of posting selfies with drinks and statuses about drinking
4. Drink 4: irresponsible 
Texting your ex
5. Drink 5: shameless
Texting selfies to your ex
6. Drink 6: Dangerous
Posting a typo-filled status on your company’s Facebook

And we all know that this kind of thing can happen to the best of us check JCpenney tweets on the super bowl.

7. Drink 7: unemployed 
Posting a status directed at your ex from your company’s Facebook page
levels of embarrassment on social media
source: addvocate.com

So please don’t drink and social, because a wise man once said: “what happens on social media, stays on the internet forever”
There is an App that can help:

1. The Social Media Sobriety Test: New web app stops you posting on Facebook and Twitter if you're too drunk! 

Photo by M. Weinert (privat) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Infographic by Addvocate

Posted by Tarek Riman

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