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How I use Utterli August 4, 2009

utterliAll the rage right now is Posterous for their backward cross posting aggrigation.  I love the premise & can’t wait to start using it, just other things to conquer right now (j.o.b being one).

The cross posting tools in Utterli are fantastic for sending text, audio, video & still pictures to your blog.  When we (Mike Boss & I) were at MPC Computers we used Utterli (what was then called Utterz) for this very reason to reach out to publication editors at one education/tech conference in particular.  Mike set up interviews with editors to talk about the changing hardware needs of the education market and where they saw the need for certain pieces in the future.  After the interview (which he recorded for a future pod cast) he would take a picture of the editor, with text & send a “voice mail” with-in 10 minutes of each other & it would show up on Mike’s blog as one post.

In doing this and nurturing other relationships via email and Twitter, Mike was able to get MPC off of the blacklist & get coverage in an industry magazine (physical & web) with-out “paying” for it.  Traditionally, MPC would spend their media dollars (around $250,000) to get the inside front cover of a magazine & a few banner ads on the website.  ROI sucked.  Honestly, I don’t know the end result ROI of Mike creating relationships…but it was a whole lot cheaper than $250k!

On a personal level, I use Utterli for my personal blog for the Grandparents.  I take pictures of the kiddos on my Blackberry & send it and audio to the family blog at least 3 times a week.  The kids sing Happy Birthday, tell of their first poops on the potty & I just recently let them jabber in the background for a few minutes on the ride home.  Grandma said she felt like she was in the car & how nice it was for me to share something like that with her.  🙂

How can you cross post to your blog to engage others on a daily basis & make them feel like they are “right there”?

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Just Another Twitter Notch August 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenharris @ 10:04 am

Just a very quick post about Twitter etiquette and your social media strategy.  Oh, please tell me you have a Twitter strategy and you are not just one of those people who sign up for some spammy way of following 5000 people in one month.  Remember, it’s about engagement & reaching out to connect….

Please don’t make me another notch on your Twitter Bed Post – it makes me feel used & dirty.

Much love,
-jen

 

My First Zemanta Post August 1, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day — jenharris @ 4:05 pm
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I have known about Zemanta for quite a while & heard about Live Writer about a year (?) ago…and here I am, late adopting.  I am writing this in LiveWriter & I am not sure where Zemanta comes into play…it won’t completely download & says their are errors…help would be nice.

What do I want to accomplish? I want to find other interesting people that like to help companies getting on this Social Media train….and not coddle them.  I like to hold hands, but I will be harsh, critical & then we will hug.

🙂

Not sure I see the purpose of LiveWriter so far…kinda looks like it does exactly what the back end of WordPress does…hmmmm.

Ohhh, this is My First LiveWriter Post, not Zemanta as stated above: cant change that though. that sucks.

The “edit, preview & source” buttons are a good idea & fairly quick.  I like that.

I think I am a moron…..I don’t see a publish button. ARGH! help!  Oh, wait, I see it….wow, this is a program downloaded on my system….I haven’t done that in a while.  When I look at the top of my screen, I expect to see my browser stuff….not this. Interesting.

Ahh, just figured this out….LiveWriter are for those on Drupal and want the WordPress feel & ease.  Got it!

Thanks for any help friends. xoxo -jen

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