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Top Facebook Tips with Amy Porterfield (#BWEchat Transcript)

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My head still hurts from this week’s #BWEchat – but in a good way! Our special guest was Amy Porterfield (@AmyPorterfield), who dropped tip and tip about using Facebook in conjunction with your blog. You can read the full transcript here, but I wanted to take a moment to compile her top tips and the tips other attendees gave to help you boost your presence on Facebook!

Q & A with Amy

First, let’s go over the questions we asked Amy during the chat, along with the helpful advice she gave to attendees (keep in mind this is a Twitter chat and I’m copy/pasting tweets directly, so answers are limited to 140 characters or given in multiple tweets)!

BlogWorld Expo: Big brands are on Facebook, why do content creators need to be on Facebook too?

Amy: Facebook is the perfect platform for content creators. When done right, FB will help you attract loyal, interested readers. PLUS, when you get conversations started around your content on FB, you will virally attract a larger audience to your site. When I post on my blog, I craft a few “teaser posts” for FB w/ links to my blog. This gets people curious enough to click! I also create short videos for FB to tease my content then link to my blog – mix up the media to attract different audiences.

BlogWorld Expo: Amy do you find people respond better to video than text?

Amy: On FB, I’ve seen users respond to and share photos the most. But second to that, video always grabs attention.

BlogWorld Expo: When we create FB pages for our blog, etc. what are the best ways to get people to “like” said Facebook page?

Amy: To get more “Likers” – get active outside of Facebook. Be interviewed, guest blog post, do webinars – this all drives FB LIKES! Also, Facebook Engagement Ads are a FANTASTIC way to attract your target audience to your Page. (More here: http://t.co/8Pfhl0ej). To get more FB Fans, consider adding a LIKE BOX to your website. It’s increased me FB Fans by 30%+! Wisestamp is a free tool that lets you pull in your latest FB post to your gmail email sig. Great way to get more fans!

BlogWorld Expo: It’s frustrating when you drop a discussion topic and no one responds. How do you get folks to participate?

Amy: To get more engagement on your FB page, ask questions that are easy to respond to-responses that can be short get more engagement. When you want more engagement on your FB Page, add a question to the front or end of your post, never bury it in the middle. On FB, don’t post & ditch! If u ask a question or start a conversation, stick around & jump into the conversation you started. It may seem silly to some, but quotes are hot on FB. But when you post an IMAGE w/ a quote in it, u can get massive engagement. Fill in the blank FB Posts are always a hit. Make your fill in the blank post entertaining & you will see even more engagement. Important: Most people are not on FB to do business with you. Meet your audience where they are at and mix biz with personal.

BlogWorld Expo: What is your #1 best Facebook tip?

Amy: My #1 best FB Tip: BE CONSISTENT. Show up daily. Constantly add value. Always engage. Just keep at it and you’ll see results.

Your Questions for Amy

The floor was also open for you to ask Amy questions about Facebook. Here are some of your questions – and her responses!

@GlendaWH: When you use “teaser posts”, do you also use NetworkedBlogs which also posts new blog posts to your FB Wall?

Amy: I’m not a fan of apps that pull in blog posts to a FB Page. Crafting an update about your latest blog gets MUCH more engagement.

@ideabloke: How do you feel about controversial topics to gain engagement/virality?

Amy: I’m not a fan of posting just to be controversial to create friction. But if it happens organically, I think it’s good!

@TomMartin: What’s your best suggestion for small companies that are having trouble getting traction?

Amy: Write a list of 10 hot topics (niche related) u know your target audience will engage with. This helps with FB posting. This list will help you stay on track and will get your creative juices flowing for some good ideas for posting. Also, check out your “external referrers” to see what’s already working for you. More here: http://t.co/SXYzqalw

@GlendaWH: After writing a blog post, how many teaser updates do you post? How far apart?

Amy: If you blog once a week, I would create 2-3 – & spread them out thru-out the week. And post these on Twitter and LI too!

@betterbloggingw: What’s the best way to separate ur Facebook personal profile from the business fan page?

Amy: With all the Timeline changes, I think you should not keep them separate. I say mix in biz with personal on both.

Advice from You Guys and Gals!

Amy wasn’t the only one with great tips to share. Here are some gems from other attendees:

@just_kate: Facebook is a great way to get people connected you content, especially of you have differs content types

@wordwhacker: FB is perfect for content creators, those who actually say something instead of just sell something. Also, FB is where our friends are. Followers too. But friends we talk to in more depth.

@connectyou: Facebook is where most are hanging out & they feel comfortable. If you provide both fun & value, it’s win/win!

@davekean: Because it’s far more familiar to many, FB seems to make people more comfortable interacting than other forms of SM

@ideabloke: I learned to mix up different content types as per @AmyPorterfield and it actually gets my engagement up!

@LindaSherman: Video personality has to do with practice, just like presenting does. Do more and more YOU will show up

@onezumi: Blog comments end up on Twitter, FB, etc, but I feel having a real, recognizable person behind what we do ties it together. The comments might not be all in one place, but if influence is tied to the person in charge you can still make many gains

@patdavis3: I also really like ‘caption this photo’ updates – they always go well

Thank you everyone for the great advice – and an especially big THANK YOU to Amy for sharing her Facebook wisdom! Next week, Simon Salt will be with us to talk about Pinterest for men, so I hope to see you all there (Wednesday at 9 PM EST).

Got a tip to share about Facebook but didn’t get to attend #BWEchat? Leave it as a comment below!

Overheard on #BWEchat: Kids at Conferences

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This week, #BWEchat‘s topic was kids at conferences in a town hall type of setting with no special guest. I personally don’t have kids, but I’ve definitely been to conferences and conventions where kids were welcome  – and have had both good and bad experiences. Some of the questions posed this week included:

  • Does a con’s child policy affect your decision to attend? More or less likely to attend if kids are allowed?
  • Under what circumstances do you think professional conferences should allow kids?
  • Does it affect your business networking having your child with you?
  • As an attendee, are you concerned about kids disrupting conference sessions? What about as a speaker?
  • Does the age range of the children allowed at a conference matter?

The topic at hand definitely sparked some great conversation from parents and non-parents alike. Here were some of my personal favorite tweets from the night:

  • @karonwarren: I don’t think it matters who the conference is for; it’s a professional environment & should be conducted as such.
  • @LindsayDianne: Any conference that I go to, I’m trying to learn. For me, it’s more likely to be effective without having to parent.
  • @nlowell: I’m more concerned abt ‘entitled adults’ highjacking the panel than kids
  • @theresesquared: Kids can keep the audience and speaker on their toes. That’s for sure. If they’re bored you’ll know it.
  • @2xKnight: Clear guidelines for what to do with disruptive children would help. No matter the kid’s age.
  • @BlackCanseco: Kids can disrupt a conference but so can really annoying adults.
  • @AngEngland: I think that part of the responsibility of being a mother going to conferences is to have back-up plans in place.
  • @SherylLoch: The tip is start teaching your kids to sit & be quiet LONG before the conference. Start at like…birth.
  • @OneBrownGirl: I think that the rules for blogging are still being invented. What works at one conference might not work at another..vice versa

Thanks to everyone who came out for a great discussion on this topic! Next week, we’ll be talking about how to ad humor to your blog with special guest Jordan Cooper (@notaproblog), so I hope to see you all there. Remember, #BWEchat takes place every Wednesday at 9 PM EST, hosted from @blogworldexpo, so mark us on your calendar!

Overheard on #BWEchat: Conference Sponsorship Advice

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This week at #BWEchat we covered the topic of conference sponsorship with our guest Kelby Carr (@typeamom). The discussion covered topics that ranged from why to have a sponsor to how to approach potential sponsors. I loved all the great tweets from Kelby and other participants.

Let’s take a look at some of the awesome advice, first from Kelby, then from other people at #BWEchat.

Awesome Advice from Kelby

  • I think there is a mix of things bloggers do in exchange for sponsorships. Some of it probably depends on what cos request
  • Very important to check what is allowed, read any guidelines, ask conference organizers if in doubt.
  • I think the ideal situation is when an official sponsor also sponsors bloggers to help. Such a win-win.
  • There are so many ways a blogger can support an official sponsor: help in booth, host party, be liaison to community
  • I do think most bloggers would agree ideal situation they pay their own way, but not always the reality.
  • I think, too, that the pitch to a company should be very professional, and give them a reason why. Other bloggers pitching too
  • And that gets to a very important point. Yes we network and have fun at cons. But be professional. Sponsored or not really.
  • I think you have to go with brands who you see are active in social media AND who are a perfect fit.

Awesome Advice from #BWEchat Participants

  • @AngEngland: I think it’s a nice partnership with brands and bloggers can work together to better a blogger + promote a brand
  • @chilihead: An issue I see w/sponsors is that bloggers don’t always see it as how they can benefit the co. Instead it’s scholarship
  • Also from @chilihead: If it’s true partnership, your proposal is about what you can do for company, not them sending you to a conference to better self.
  • @kirstenwright: The only way I would want sponsorship for a conference would be if it was a brand I really cared about (like my computer or car!)
  • @centsiblelife:I see some bloggers being sponsored who work w/ brand long-term, seems like a win-win. Blogger gets education, brand gets presence.
  • @phollows:If clothing [wearing it in exchange for sponsorship] won’t work for you, make suggestion that will help sponsor get noticed, spread message
  • @Elizabeth_N:use 2 believe sponsorships did not show ROI-I was wrong-very wrong!When executed properly sponsorship is hands down amazing return
  • @cebsilver:I go after ones [sponsors] I care about, engage, then they see how awesome I am and can’t help themselves.

Were you at #BWEchat? If so, feel free to share some of your favorite tweets of the night! If you weren’t there, we’d love for you to weigh in with your opinions – have you ever had a conference sponsor? What do you see as the pros and cons?

Join Us for #BWEchat: Conference Sponsorship

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It’s soon time for #BWEchat again! #BWEchat is BlogWorld’s new weekly Twitter chat that features conference-related topics, Q&A sessions with BlogWorld speakers, and more. You can see the complete upcoming #BWEchat schedule here or read more about Twitter parties here.

Here are the details for this week’s #BWEchat:

What: #BWEchat Twitter Party
When: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PST
Where: Twitter! (follow the hashtag #BWEchat)
Who: #BWEchat is hosted by Deb Ng (from @blogworldexpo)with support from other members of the BlogWorld team (@blogworld, @dave_blogworld, @nikki_blogworld, and @allison_boyer) – make sure you’re following everyone so you don’t miss a tweet!

This week’s special guest is Kelby Carr (@typeamom), and we’ll be talking about the pros and cons of receiving brand sponsorship to attend conferences. Some of the specific topics we’ll cover include:

  • Why to look for a sponsor (or not)
  • What you should offer sponsors in exchange for paying your way
  • Whether or not it is a good idea for companies to sponsor bloggers
  • Whether or not this is a credible way to attend conferences
  • The biggest mistakes bloggers make when looking for sponsors

We’d also love to include your specific questions. If you have a question to ask during #BWEchat (and want to make sure you’re not missed in the flurry of tweets), just leave a comment below and we’ll make sure to address it. Don’t be shy – my mama always told me the only stupid question is one that isn’t asked. Hope to see you all there!

Join Us For #BWEchat This Wednesday & Ongoing!

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Did you join us for our very first #BWEchat Twitter Party a few weeks ago? It was a virtual event where we chatted about the BlogWorld New York event, answered questions, and give away passes to the event!

Well, we thought it was a great success and had such fun interacting with everyone live – we decided to turn it into an ongoing Twitter chat, and our next #BWEchat is this Wednesday. After that, they will be hosting the chats every other week – same time, same place.

What: #BWEchat Twitter Party
When: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 8:00 PM EST
Where: Twitter!

Twitter parties (also called Twitter chats) are held online, with virtual attendees all following the same hashtag (in this case, #BWEchat). You can follow through Twitter’s main website or a desktop client like Tweetdeck, but they move really quickly, so I recommend using a site like Tweet Grid or Tweet Chat to follow along.

Who: Attendees, speakers, track leaders, BlogWorld staff, and anyone interested in learning more about the conference and meeting others who might be attending or have attended in the past. The chat host will be @nikki_blogworld so make sure you follow this account!

Topic: (NOTE: The topic has changed) This week we’re going to talk about the benefits of attending conferences. If you’ve ever been to one, share your tips! If you haven’t been, learn more and ask questions before buying a pass to LA. Either way, join us!

Upcoming events will cover a NY debriefing, LA announcements, chats with our speakers, chats with keynoters, giveaways and more.

See you on Wednesday!

Lessons and Winners from Our First #BWEchat

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Last night, we tried something different – we held a Twitter chat using the hashtag #BWEchat to answer questions, help attendees meet one another, and share BlogWorld tips. The response was overwhelming! I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but we had checked at 8 PM and the news about #BWEchat had already reached over 86,000 people. And that was before it even officially started. I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated. It was a lot of fun!

We gave out some free BlogWorld passes during the chat, so today I wanted to share the list of winners – and I thought it would be fun to also share some of the things these people tweeted during the chat! Without further ado:

Our 2-Day Pass Winners:

Two-day passes were awarded to people who correctly answered trivia questions from Rick and Dave. It was a lot of fun to play along! Here are the two pass winners:

@mami2mommy (aka Jennifer from Mami 2 Mommy)

Even the folks that are from NY look like tourists b/c we are still amazed what the city has to offer! 🙂

I asked everyone for their best tips about New York City and what to do while in town, and I think Jennifer hit the nail on the head with this one! The city has so much to offer – enjoy the conference, but if you’re still planning, think about spending an extra day or two in town to take in some of the sites. Even if you’re from New York, take an extra day or two off every so often to be a tourist!

@maggielmcg (aka Maggie from Mizz Information)

Anyone know how AT&T service is in NYC? There is NONE in Vegas–iPad/iPhone both were totally useless the whole time.

I wanted to highlight this post from Maggie for an important reason – at a conference like BlogWorld, where so many people are all posting, tweets, etc., it is important to ensure that your work tools are going to work. Are you prepared in case there isn’t wireless Internet at your hotel? Do you have an extension cord or power strip should you need it? Can you charge on the go? Did you bring enough batteries for your camera? Make sure you can work if you want to…before you leave so you can avoid spending top dollar in New York to buy extra pieces you didn’t bring.

Our 1-Day Pass Winners:

We pulled random passes for one-day winners. Originally, we only had two passes to give away, but during the trivia for the two-day passes, we had someone who was so close to winning that we gave him a pass too! Here are the three winners:

@Caraizzle (aka Cara from 25 Hours in a Day)

Tip for Speakers- If you have slides, don’t read off them! We can read them on our own

This is a great tip – I’m someone who actually likes slide presentations because I think they keep sessions on track, but they shouldn’t be a transcript of what you you’re saying. If you’re going to use slides, make them interesting and remember that everyone in the audience is capable of reading.

@7onashoestring (aka Staci from 7 on a Shoestring)

There is so much to learn! Aaaahhhh! 🙂

This was pretty much my response the first time I went to BlogWorld. Prepared to be overwhelmed. There’s more to see and do during this conference than a team of three people could see and do, so realize that you’re just one person and relax. Before you leave for BlogWorld, do some research and create a schedule for yourself so you’re able to attend the sessions and networking parties most important to you. Don’t try to be everywhere at once, though. You’ll just look like a crazy person (like me last year!).

@adrianchilders (aka Adrian from AdrianChilders.com)

For me the most value comes at the mixers and after parties RT @blogworldexpo: What are you most excited for at BlogWorld NY?

I have to agree with Adrian. The sessions are AMAZING. The keynotes are AMAZING. The exhibits are AMAZING…but the networking you can do in the BlogWorld halls and at BlogWorld mixers and parties is something special, something way beyond amazing. I’ve met people at BlogWorld who have becoming very good friends, despite living around the world, landed gigs and clients through networking there, and more. It’s an amazing experience that you have to check out for yourself to truly understand.

Our Exhibits Only Pass Winners:

I’d also lik to congratulate our six exhibits only pass winners: @TheErinRyan, @daniellemmiller, @gaynycdad, @FrankRamblings, @mmc67, and @AngArtemis – looking forward to seeing you all in NYC and thanks for helping to make our first #BWEchat so successful!

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