Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#SocialMedia Advice By Musicians For Musicians

Greetings Dear Readers

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing some musicians and I asked them how
they use social media to market their music.

Let's hear what they had to say.

Leee John

This musician was far ahead of others and in the 90s he already set up his

Check it out at www.leeejohn.com

From there you can find his links on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace

He suggests you build up a huge database of leads and fans.
He sees Facebook as a way to interact with fans.
Twitter is something you check while you are walking on the beach.

The Village People

They use both Twitter and Facebook but use
Facebook more to interact with their fans.

I attended a concert they were at and noticed how live on stage they took a picture
of the audience and posted it directly to their Facebook page and announced to the
audience to check out their Facebook page.  A wonderful concept.

Take a look at what they do on their Facebook page.


The band also manages their Facebook page themself.

You have to be in the social media world or otherwise you are nowhere.

Nik Kershaw

He likes Twitter and sees it as a good tool.
Interact with him @NikKershaw on Twitter.

Rick Astley

Another Artist that uses Twitter.  You can find him on @rickastley
He also has a radio show and chats to interesting people on it.

Well hope you learnt some social media tips from the masters.

If you would like to read more about them and a review of the concert they were in
read all about it on Umhlanga Life.


Fly high, Fly free

Fred Felton
Social Media Strategist & Speaker
A Digital Media Agency
'Social Media Is Our Biz'
email: falconscove@gmail.com

email us to book Fred Felton for a talk or training workshop on Social Media

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What is Pinterest?

Greetings Dear Readers


Today I am talking about the word that is on everyone's tongues, Pinterest.
So many of my social media clients are asking me What is this Pinterest?

Well here are some tips all about Pinterest.

Pinterest is basically a digital scrap book.  You can post wonderful pictures
and put them into various categories.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Look for images that catch your eye

When you start up on Pinterest you will be bombarded with many images.
Look for one's that catch your eye and are in line with your style or image
and move your cursor over the image you have 3 options there
you can repin it on your own board, like it or comment on it.
I recommend you do all three.  Remember to repin it on a board
that fits in with the image so a picture of a fancy house would go well
in My House for example.  A image of good food would go well
in Food I like etc etc.  If you comment try and ask a question you may
get a reply from somebody and build a relationship.

Add it to your Facebook timeline

Pinterest gives you the option to connect Pinterest to your Facebook timeline.
I suggest you do this as you will benefit from cross marketing and if you are
building a brand it will be seen on both networks.

Start following Pinners

People on Pinterest are called Pinners.  Start looking for Pinners that have the same
style you have or have wonderful images or inspiring images and follow their pins
and connect with them.

Build your own boards

Create boards that you like with your own likes and let your imagination do the rest.
Go wild and put up your own pics, pictures or images that inspire you.

Tips for Writers and Photographers

You can even add pictures of your books on Pinterest to market your books.
The same for images from your book launches and images of your characters
the list is endless.  Photographers can put up images they have taken as a way
to create awareness of what they do and the kinds of photo's they take.

Pinterest is always refreshing

Always remember that as you go down on the screen Pinterest is always uploading
new Images so keep going down the screen you will be amazed at what you find.

Tips on Repinning

When you repin a image you also get the option to share it on Twitter.
Once again another wonderful cross marketing option.

Pinterest also has Videos

You also have the option of uploading Videos to Pinterest.  That means you can
show people what you get up to.  If you are in theatre you could show people your
new show or a excerpt from your show.

Pinterest Goodies

Take a look at the Pinterest Goodies link below which lets you integrate Pinterest into
your browser, your phone and your website or blog


What Pinterest Has to Say

A useful link is also what Pinterest has to say about the sight.  Worth a read.


Learn on the go

Finally like everything else in life you learn on the go.  As you use it you will pick up tricks and of course
watch what others do and learn from them.  However always remember use it as you want to
and share those wonderful images and ideas that are in your head with other Pinners.

Happy Pinning!

Do you have any tips worth sharing about Pinterest?

Fly high, Fly free

Fred Felton
Social Media Engineer & Keynote Speaker & Trainer
email: falconscove@gmail.com
cell: 076-977-5788

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

100 Social Media Influencers In South Africa and counting #followsa

Greetings Dear Readers

Been very busy guest blogging for @IdeaBounty and getting some wonderful writing
and social media workshops ready for the near future.

Along the way I came upon a article on the Top 100 Social Media Influencers in the World.
I tweeted it out and the likes of @PoppieSlops and @franki1 tweeted me asking why don't
we have a list of the top 100 Social Media Influencers in South Africa.

So I told them I would start it for South Africa along the way @MelAttree suggested
we make it a wiki file which means that all of South Africa can contribute.

So feel free to contribute and add who you think should be on the list.
It's over 100 people and counting at the moment.
Interesting note, I am getting most of the feedback and suggestions via Twitter.

Top 100 Social Media Influencers In South Africa

Click on the link and see if you or someone you know is on it.

The names you see on the list are their Twitter names so go see who they are and add them
if you don't know them yet and chat to them.  You might just make a good friend.

Tweet me on @fredfelton if you have any suggestions, like it?  hate it?
You can even jump right in and edit it.

At the very worst you can add them all to your twitter account and you will have
a very interesting timeline.

It's an ongoing experiment so keep sending me your suggestions and I will try add
it to the list when I can.

Hopefully we can make it a yearly list.

Fly high, Fly free

Fred Felton
Speaker  & Social Media Engineer & Author
A Digital Media Agency
Social Media Is Our Biz
email: falconscove@gmail.com
twitter: @fredfelton