Posts Tagged ‘social media’

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I’m doing most of my posting over on, but you can find details about what Helper B can do to assist you here, by viewing my pages.  Of course, if you have any questions about tasks I can help you accomplish, feel free to contact me at 623-688-0541  or

I enjoy providing a quick, economical path to helping businesses create a larger internet presence.  I can set you up on social media platforms, blogging, and/or free business listing services on the internet.   More importantly, I make sure you understand how to access what has been set up for you, and how to utilize it.  I also provide coaching and consultations on creating content to post out on social media.  Social media won’t do you any good if you don’t create and post relevant content consistently.  No matter how much you hear people tell you that you need to be everywhere, a good solid strategy developed around what works for YOU and YOUR business is a necessity.  Contact me today to get your business buzzing…Cindy

Facebook 101 Tips and Tricks


I have been posting numerous tips and tricks about using Facebook on my alternate blog at  So buzz on over there if you want to learn more about how to navigate around in Facebook and fully utilize it to get the buzz about your biz going!

Facebook Places

Facebook rolled out a new feature called “places” not too long ago. I hadn’t paid much attention to it, because I don’t have internet on my phone. Even if I did, I don’t know if I’d be inclined to take the time to “check in” when I arrive at stops along my way. However, I can see the potential exposure for your business if you have loyal customers who take the time to “check in” when they arrive at your establishment. It goes on your friend’s wall and they see where you’re hanging out. It might be a restaurant they hadn’t heard of yet, or a great secondhand store.

What’s so exciting about having a “place” page you ask? More exposure, of course! You can broadcast on your business page that people can now “check in” when they come for a visit, to help give your business more exposure. You can also add a “deal” to your “places” page. I’ll explain more about that in my next post. When you initially find your “places” page, the profile picture will be a blue teardrop, like the placemarkers on google maps. That will be your clue. Unfortunately, it is another seperate page, so put a post on it’s wall for your fans to keep in touch with your business through your official business page. You are able to merge your “places” page with your business page, but I have not had success in getting that accomplished yet.

I am assisting a Cafe owner, and discovered she had a “place” page the other day. I’m not sure how she acquired it – according to Facebook they are gradually rolling out this feature, so not every business automatically has one. It may have been due to one of her customers ‘checking in’ on their cell phone. We may never know, but it’s there so we’re going to take full advantage of it!
I thought I’d share this short explanation with you, on how to use the feature.

Who can use the Places feature?
At this time, the Places application is available to users in select countries with mobile access to the Facebook application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry v1.9, or Places will be rolled out more broadly and to other mobile devices and the web in the future. Please make sure that you are using the most up-to-date software version for your iPhone, Android, or mobile device or the Places application may not function properly. Alternatively, you can access the Places application through your device’s web browser by following these steps:
• Point your browser to
• Tap the Places tab.
• When you are prompted to share your location, tap “Share Location.”

If you are still experiencing problems, please note that you may not yet be able to use the Places application because it is a new feature that is being gradually rolled out. In the meantime, you can check The Facebook Blog for updates on product launches and other Facebook-related stories.

Here is a link to a comprehensive list of questions and answers related to Facebook “Places”.!/help/?page=1159

I’ll have further explanations about “places” and “deals” in my next post, so stay tuned. Until then…Cindy

Blogging Advice – It’s Everywhere!

While I am proud of myself that I completed the 31 Day Blog Challenge, sponsored by, I have still yet to decide how I want to continue with my blog posts in the future. I ran across this blog this morning and thought I would share it with you. The title is “Do you recognize these 10 mental blocks to creative thinking?” Here’s just a snippet of the content and I hope you will read the entire post if you’re either contemplating or currently are blogging and struggling, as I am.

“People like to call this “thinking outside of the box,” which is the wrong way to look at it. Just like Neo needed to understand that “there is no spoon” in the film The Matrix, you need to realize “there is no box” to step outside of.

You create your own imaginary boxes simply by living life and accepting certain things as “real” when they are just as illusory as the beliefs of a paranoid delusional. The difference is, enough people agree that certain man-made concepts are “real,” so you’re viewed as “normal.” This is good for society overall, but it’s that sort of unquestioning consensus that inhibits your natural creative abilities.”

He touched on those boxes we are supposed to step outside of, but noted that those boxes are self-imposed. This is so true. In one of my previous posts titled “What’s Inside Your Box?”, I tried to focus thoughts on what is actually inside of my box, before I actually decide how I’m going to step outside of it.

Social media is the big buzz around town now. Everyone is either talking about it, blogging about it, or teaching it. Who do you listen to? How much information do you really need before you go into overload and just give up? Here are my suggestions to those of you out there who are in the same boat as I am – wanting to conquer all of this social media stuff but wondering if it’s worth it in the end:

  • Find someone who is at the level you’re currently at.  There is advice out there from beginning baby steps starting up your social media plan, to complex advice that will make your head explode just trying to read it. 
  • Look for good, consistent content being put out.  Search the internet for resources on websites and blogs.  There is much out there available to read.
  • Subscribe to those blogs who you enjoy so you can stay up with their content and do share with others if you find it useful.  The author will greatly appreciate it.  Most blogs usually have mutiple ways to connect with them – either subscribe and get e-mails, ‘like’ them on Facebook and get their posts sent to your Wall, Twitter, RSS (really simple syndication).
  • Don’t be afraid to ask.  Someone at my networking meeting this week asked “what is a blog and why do I need on”?  She said she was afraid to ask that question because everyone always shakes their heads like they understand while people are discussing it.  “Where do I get one” she asked. 
  • Pick friends and fellow entrepreneurs’ brains.  People are usually willing to share what they have figured out because they know it took them some effort to do so, so why not pass along your  knowledge is my philosophy.
  • Don’t try to get everything up and running at once.  Decide what you’re going to start with.  If you love writing, then start a blog and let people know you’re broadcasting.  Put links to it on your website, Facebook page, Twitter account or LinkedIn.  Wherever you hang out the most.
  • If it’s going to just be another frustration, then don’t do it.  The alternative is to have someone else do it for you and see if it benefits your business.

In the end, don’t stress yourself out and go into ‘information overload”!  Find a few reliable sources, ask questions and keep moving forward.  That’s what I’m determined to do.  Until next time…Cindy

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