NICHOLAS ALTER                    ...AND I AM NOT A                  SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERTSaturday, June 11, 2011
IF SOMEONE DOES CALL                     THEMSELVES AN EXPERT,                     THEN DO TWO THINGS                     ...
SOCIAL MEDIA                          PROFESSIONAL     Which means I’m payed to get to know Social Media and I help       ...
MY COMPANY                    ALTERENDEAVORS.COMSaturday, June 11, 2011
SOCIAL MEDIA                           It’s not a magic wandSaturday, June 11, 2011
NO SOCIAL MEDIA?      In a way it’s kinda like marriage. If you aren’t in it to win it, then                              ...
...AND DON’T TRY TO DO                       EVERYTHINGSaturday, June 11, 2011
SET YOUR GOALS     What do you hope to accomplish?     Make them realistic.     Set a timeline     Evaluate and adjust reg...
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE?        Be interested        Be interesting        Be confident        Be bold        Be nice        Be ...
START WITH THE BASICSSaturday, June 11, 2011
WHAT ABOUT A BLOG?        Authors/illustrators should have one        Start with the basic setup           Wordpress.com  ...
WHAT ELSE ABOUT A BLOG?        Star with one post a week             Don’t over-commit, because that will be what people w...
RSS for blogs                          Real Simple Syndication...it’s        Use it to follow other bloggers        Look u...
FACEBOOK        Public Versus Personal            Create a complete profile in both cases            Consider what you can ...
FACEBOOK...OF COURSE THERE IS MORE      Public = Facebook Page         This is the space you want to create if you are loo...
FACEBOOK...AND MORE        How to Promote Yourself on Facebook           Comment on other people’s walls           Tag peo...
TWITTER         The most powerful discovery tool in social media            ...Use it wisely            Understand the lin...
TWITTER          Get Organized             Make Lists             Know your hashtags         Tweet well, meaning don’t jus...
AUSTIN SCBWI                          The power of this communitySaturday, June 11, 2011
AUSTIN SCBWI       Follow Austin SCBWI on Facebook and Twitter       Take the conversation y’all are having about children...
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Introduction to social media for the writer and illustrator Austin SCBWI members.

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Austin SCBWI Social Media Presentation June 2011

  1. 1. NICHOLAS ALTER ...AND I AM NOT A SOCIAL MEDIA EXPERTSaturday, June 11, 2011
  2. 2. IF SOMEONE DOES CALL THEMSELVES AN EXPERT, THEN DO TWO THINGS &Saturday, June 11, 2011
  3. 3. SOCIAL MEDIA PROFESSIONAL Which means I’m payed to get to know Social Media and I help guide businesses to grow their presence online.Saturday, June 11, 2011
  4. 4. MY COMPANY ALTERENDEAVORS.COMSaturday, June 11, 2011
  5. 5. SOCIAL MEDIA It’s not a magic wandSaturday, June 11, 2011
  6. 6. NO SOCIAL MEDIA? In a way it’s kinda like marriage. If you aren’t in it to win it, then don’t do it.Saturday, June 11, 2011
  7. 7. ...AND DON’T TRY TO DO EVERYTHINGSaturday, June 11, 2011
  8. 8. SET YOUR GOALS What do you hope to accomplish? Make them realistic. Set a timeline Evaluate and adjust regularly You cannot force it. If it’s not happening, do not get discouraged. Who are you targeting? Don’t try to do them alone.Saturday, June 11, 2011
  9. 9. WHAT SHOULD YOU BE? Be interested Be interesting Be confident Be bold Be nice Be flexible Be thoughtful Be funny Be creative Be patient Be careful Be REALSaturday, June 11, 2011
  10. 10. START WITH THE BASICSSaturday, June 11, 2011
  11. 11. WHAT ABOUT A BLOG? Authors/illustrators should have one Start with the basic setup Wordpress.com It does not have to cost a dime, but creating a more professional presence is not difficult and inexpensive if done correctly. Plan ahead Choose what you are going to write about in advance Remember your online audience, so develop your voice accordingly Develop a theme for your blog and stick with it. Embed images and videos Be aware of copyrights and give credit with a link back to where the image originally comes from Keywords: What do you want people to be searching for when they find you?Saturday, June 11, 2011
  12. 12. WHAT ELSE ABOUT A BLOG? Star with one post a week Don’t over-commit, because that will be what people will start to expect. There are no rules about length, but... Try not to go overboard. Most blog posts tend to be anywhere from 150 - 600 words. If you get into the 700+ word range, consider splitting the post into two pieces Have links to any other social media platform you use actively Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flickr, etc. Find other bloggers who relate to you and follow them (RSS) Comment on their walls, but do not SPAMSaturday, June 11, 2011
  13. 13. RSS for blogs Real Simple Syndication...it’s Use it to follow other bloggers Look up Google Reader as an aggregate tool for other blogs Get an RSS reader on your mobile device I like FeedlerRSS for the iPhone and iPad Android users should look at Pulse News Reader, FeedSquares & gReader iPad users should look at getting FlipBookSaturday, June 11, 2011
  14. 14. FACEBOOK Public Versus Personal Create a complete profile in both cases Consider what you can maintain, what you cannot You have to have a personal account in order to have a public page Personal = Friends & Some Personal Stuff 5,000 friend cap This is the real you, not the public you, but still be aware of what you are posting Don’t try to sell yourself on your personal account, that is not what this is about This is your space to share with friends, some who don’t know you as well as others There is no such thing as true privacy, so do pay attention to what you post here.Saturday, June 11, 2011
  15. 15. FACEBOOK...OF COURSE THERE IS MORE Public = Facebook Page This is the space you want to create if you are looking to gain an audience and offer something of value (Entertainment is a value by the way) Have to maintain daily Should be all about you as an author/illustrator, your books, your expertise, your public persona Can advertise and track No cap on followers Published authors should especially consider having a Facebook Page This is where the “Like” button comes into play Vanity URL after 25 Likes Look at http://facebook.com/neilgaiman as an example More flexible and can be manipulated to brand oneself better No SpammingSaturday, June 11, 2011
  16. 16. FACEBOOK...AND MORE How to Promote Yourself on Facebook Comment on other people’s walls Tag people in photos @ mention them in posts Add links to your email signature Add to your blog and website Have a link back to it from your tweets if you use Twitter (do regularly, but sparingly) Facebook Advertising (If you have a public page)Saturday, June 11, 2011
  17. 17. TWITTER The most powerful discovery tool in social media ...Use it wisely Understand the lingo: The “@” symbol: Used to “mention” other Twitter profiles in a public way. Place it in front of a Twitter handle you want to mention (ex: @abiferrin) so as to tag that profile in a tweet. A tweet with @(a profile) will show up on that persons Twitter wall and also land in their “mentions” stream so they are aware of everyone who has pinged them. The “#” symbol: The hashtag or “#” symbol is used to easily track certain elements of a conversation across the Twittersphere. Use #fashion in a tweet for example and it will become a clickable entity on a twitter platform. When clicked, a list of all tweets using that # will appear, allowing you to easily discover other Twitter users focused on that topic as well. Lists - Create lists to categorize people you follow. Lists show only the tweets from the people in the list. This is valuable when you are looking for tweets from specific interest groups DM - Direct Messaging is only allowable when someone follows you or visa-versa RT - Retweets are tweets others have posted that you repostSaturday, June 11, 2011
  18. 18. TWITTER Get Organized Make Lists Know your hashtags Tweet well, meaning don’t just... Don’t just RT what other people have to say Don’t just talk about what you are doing at the moment Note: Actually if you are talking about what you are doing at the moment, make it valuable Example that everyone uses is the sandwich. Don’t just say “eating a sandwich”, say “Eating a cuban panini of heaven @thegrove in Bee Caves. Good lord it’s so good. #austinfood” Don’t just link back to your Facebook page or your blog Don’t just talk about yourself, as a matter of fact, limit this Don’t just talk about one other person or profile Keep it under control Post 1- 3 unique tweets RT a couple of time Keep hashtags to 2-3 per post - too much of anything, well, you know.Saturday, June 11, 2011
  19. 19. AUSTIN SCBWI The power of this communitySaturday, June 11, 2011
  20. 20. AUSTIN SCBWI Follow Austin SCBWI on Facebook and Twitter Take the conversation y’all are having about children’s and YA literature onto these public spaces, where it can be shared, commented upon and followed. Invite librarians, schools, parents, kids to follow this space because a larger community can then get involved and multiple sources are creating valuable content that folks will keep coming back to. Also, it is easier to build up a personal following for your SM presence when you are fully engaged with a larger, better established community like SCBWI in Austin.Saturday, June 11, 2011
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