Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label internet. Show all posts

Monday, March 5, 2018

Voices Of Social Media

It is amazing how much social media dominates people's lives.

I started my journey into the internet way back in 1996. I was twenty years old.

It's really hard for my kids to understand that no, the internet did not exist in my life until I was 20. They have always had the internet. 

Windows 95 had just hit critical mass and everyone had a desktop computer in their house. I was a new mom and started out looking for tips on pacifiers in a chat room and twenty one years later, I literally would not have a job without the social aspect of the internet. 

It is insane to sit back and think about how important social media is not to just us, but the entire world.

A virtual global free market has sprung up because of it! 

I started out with chat rooms, was a moderator on a forum for awhile, started my blogging career on XANGA, and then MySpace happened. 

Then onto Facebook, and Twitter, and Instagram, and now Pinterest. It is ever moving. A new social media site was just announced last week. You guys can join it, but I am exhausted.

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Social media is where the majority of people get their fake news, nowadays. I love Twitter, I go to Twitter first for news. Facebook is friends and family stuff. Instagram for photos and Pinterest for everything I am planning. It's like the first and last step of every day. Wake up, check, have a day, check, sleep.

Back to that virtual global free market, did I mention that I love it? I have met and done business with people from all over the world due to social media! I have found some great products and met some great folks to network with. Sometimes, because of luck. Sometimes because of social media optimization. There are many different ways to call attention to yourself on the internet, that's for sure. Social media and advertising are besties because of it!

In order to do business, you have to attract business, right? I never thought I would be the type of blogger to use any SEO tactics but now I am surprised I hadn't sooner! Sometimes, it can feel like you are screaming into the wind but because of the internet, specifically social media, there is always the chance that someone will hear your voice through the jumble. And that's all bloggers really want, I think. To be heard through the noise.

How do you drive traffic to your brand?  Have you noticed how well social media and advertising work together? 

Monday, February 26, 2018

App Addicted

Hi, friends! 

I have a confession: I am terribly addicted to apps. 

I mean, really addicted. 

I just got a new phone after years of having an older phone and I am blown away by all of the advances in technology (I went from an S5 to an S8). Of course, I am downloading apps for it like crazy, considering I can actually FIT all of them on my phone now.

I want to share some apps with you that I am really enjoying. They were made by the lovely people at AppeKapps powered by UM Tech so if you're interested in developing your own apps, they can definitely help you with that.

The first one is Beditations. As most of you know, I have a really hard time sleeping. Well, once I am asleep, I have zero problem with sleeping but getting there is another story. I just can't seem to shut down at night. So, I tried this app for about a week and I can definitely say it's working pretty well. I don't know what it is but it just relaxes my brain and body and before I know it, I'm ready for bed! 

The other one I am really enjoying is ReferLocal. Having moved to a new city, I am out of my comfort zone when it comes to good places locally to shop, eat, play, etc. This app has definitely come in handy with my "shop local, buy local" mentality and has been a lifesaver! I have found so many great new places all because of this app! Richmond is ALIVE and I am helping it breathe. I love it!

These apps are so well made. I haven't had any issues with them at all. I am certainly glad I found them. I hope you enjoy them as well. You can find them in the Google Play store or the Apple store. 

Now, for those of you more-techie-than-me types, I highly recommend visiting the AppeKapps website. If you are looking for a great team to help develop your app for your store, website, anything, they are amazing at what they do. They  have won quite a few awards for their mobile and desktop apps. I can't say enough good things about their development team, that's for sure. They provide a multitude of services including app development and an app calculator that helps you find out exactly how much it will cost to develop your app. Tell them Steph sent you! If you download any of the above mentioned apps, let me know what YOU think in the comments!