Four sets of notecards were purchased yesterday by the same fan of Paul Creedon’s art! Here is what is in the 8 card set, 2 of each image:
But the online class I’m taking must use a previous version of Twitter. The examples don’t match what Twitter has currently available. Plus my WordPress dashboard doesn’t match the examples given. That’s the frustrating part of doing any course involving something like Social Media sites or software that’s constantly changing. I thought I would hit the ground running with my new-found knowledge. Instead I’m stuck in some mud right at the start! I’ll have to research online to see if my dilemmas can be solved by more recent posts or tutorials out there. I’m sure there are other tidbits in the course that I can apply but I have less enthusiasm now. Have you ever felt the frustration of incompatible versions from classes to the real world? Just add your comments below, or tweet me @pmcreedon (!)
Smart business owners have both a blog and a website. Often it’s combined in an easy to update WordPress website. I design these all the time for clients and they love them. They have built in SEO and can easily have a custom URL attached to them so it doesn’t have .wordpress in the address. The great thing about these sites is that it’s something the site owner themselves can update. If it’s a little opaque as to how to actually do that, I can help. I know there’s a learning curve to get used to the interface on the “dashboard” of WordPress. I work with my clients or even those that have not hired me to design their websites, showing them around the dashboard. It’s something that can be done over the phone or at a local Starbucks. I also make office calls and certainly can meet at my office too.
Hourly rates or monthly retainer rates are available depending on what works best for your business. The goal is to get you up and running with a confidence in your own ability to update your website. That will only help your business because search engines are always searching for new content to rank websites higher. In other words, if you have a WordPress website and blog, keep it updated with my help and you will have a definite edge for business growth!
I have several clients that must be pretty busy with their businesses (I assume) because I never hear from them even though we have ongoing projects. I know it couldn’t be because they are neglecting their marketing efforts, and yet…
Try the Ten Percent Solution
If a business wants to keep top of mind with its clients then I suggest they spend at least 10% of their time marketing their company. That’s 1 day out of every 10 work days devoted to promoting the business, reconnecting with past clients, following up with current clients, developing campaigns, etc. It’s important to schedule it like that so it doesn’t fall through the cracks causing business to dry up! Social Media Marketing is part of that as well but should be included in the schedule more often, as in daily. Effective scheduling of marketing efforts really pays off and should be part of every business plan.
I recently began “pinning” and though I am not addicted to it yet I can see how one could easily get that way. The site appeals to me a lot because I’m a visual person and it’s mainly pictures. I find people to follow that inspire me with beautiful images. I also like to find intriguing ideas like the new way I bring salad to work, thanks to Pinterest. I saw a photo of a jar with salad dressing in the bottom, vegetables, lettuce then cheese and croutons on the top layer—brilliant! The croutons stay crisp while the dressing stays out of harm’s way. The whole shebang is then dumped into a bowl and voilá, it’s ready to toss. So as a social medium it’s truly fun, helpful and a nice change of pace from the usual wordier sites out there!