Twitter Tip Tuesday


The following advice comes from one of my top resources,

Basic and wildly beneficial tactics that you can implement in just 5 devoted minutes each day? i’ll take it.

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Is your company active on Twitter? If you answered yes, then good for you. If you answered no, then you have to get with the program! Twitter is essential to your marketing strategy. Don’t believe me? Here are some statistics and facts that will have you running to your Twitter account before you can say “follow me”.

The Numbers

  • There are 554,750,000 active users on Twitter
  • 460,000 people sign up for Twitter every day
  • There are 400 million tweets a day
  • On average, there are 9,100 tweets per second
  • 24% of people check their feed more than twice a day


What this means to you:

From the numbers above, it’s crystal clear that a ton of people are spending a lot of time on Twitter. With such an active user base, you have the potential to market your product or service to millions of people – for free! Developing an effective Twitter outreach plan allows for an increase in brand awareness and consequently, an increase in sales. Be sure to take advantage of the millions of people in the Twitterverse – they could be dreaming of your product, but just don’t know it yet.

The Business Facts

  • 77% of top 100 companies are on Twitter
  • 70% of small businesses are on Twitter
  • 33% of Twitter users follow a brand
  • In the last two years there has been a 663% increase in users asking for business recommendations
  • 50% of shoppers have made purchases based on recommendations found through a social network
  • 79% of Twitter users are more likely to recommend brands they follow
  • 67% of Twitter users are more likely to buy from brands they follow


There is a direct correlation between following on Twitter and making that cash money!

What this means to you:

These statistics are black and white – there is a direct correlation between following on Twitter and sales. If this isn’t reason enough to get active on Twitter, I’m not sure what is. If you haven’t already started coming up with a plan to increase your brand awareness on Twitter, the time to start was yesterday (but today will also do).

From the numbers above, it’s crystal clear that a ton of people are spending a lot of time on Twitter. With such an active user base, you have the potential to market your product or service to millions of people – for free! Developing an effective Twitter outreach plan allows for an increase in brand awareness and consequently, an increase in sales. Be sure to take advantage of the millions of people in the Twitterverse – they could be dreaming of your product, but just don’t know it yet.

What you should be doing

  • Twitter engagement rates for brands are highest on Saturdays and Sundays, but only 19% brand tweets happen on these days
  • Engagement is 200% higher for tweets that include image links
  • Engagement is 17% higher for tweets that contain less than 100 characters
  • The retweet rate is 86% for tweets that contain links
  • 92% of engagement with brand’s tweets come in the form of link clicks
  • Tweets that ask followers to retweet have a 12x higher retweet rate than those who don’t (but only 1% of brands actually ask)

What this means to you:

The research has been done for you. Apply the information learned from these statistics into your own Twitter strategy.

  1. Don’t neglect Twitter on the weekends – just because fewer people are working, doesn’t mean they aren’t checking their Twitter stream.
  2. Include links to images.
  3. Less is more – don’t make your tweets to long.
  4. Include links in your tweets.
  5. Don’t be shy to ask your followers to retweet.

There are many resources out there that provide great information on Twitter best practices. a thousand words”. One of the best I’ve come across is from Search Engine People. It provides statistics, best practices, and the demographics of Twitter uThis post on 10 Twitter Best Practices, by Michael Brito is a great place to start. Infographics are also a great resource for information. As the saying goes, “a picture is worthsers.

Insights, courtesy of RivalIQ (who I am an instant fan of, btw.)

Start using some of these tactics, maybe 2 a week, nothing major and see how your network worth, engagement and interactions improve. Once the results can be seen, you’ll have no problem building a Twitter profile for your business that will be a constant source of lead generation, website traffic and credible online presence.

Oh, I almost forgot the most IMPORTANT tip.

Men, women, children, horses, dentists, florists and CEO’s will flock to your twitter stream like a baby’s hand to candy after implementing this one vital strategy…

Do you want to know it?

Can you handle the truth this tip is about to unfold?








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Five Best Social Networks for Artists

Top Five Social Networks for Artists

Another installment of creative gems in blogging via

As an artist who wants to make a career out of your talent and passion, you know how important it is to connect with other like-minded individuals. Being an artist isn’t just about creating art; it’s also about being part of a creative community. And while art is a true form of self-expression, it serves a greater purpose when it’s shared with others rather than kept to the artist alone. The Internet is one of the greatest resources you have as an artist to build your contacts and get exposure. There are lots of vibrant artistic communities online waiting for you to discover. Here are some of the best social networks for artists.

DeviantART is one of the largest and most diverse communities of artists online. It has more than 12 million members to date, and they’re showcasing more than 100 million original works. On deviantART, you can create your own personal gallery and portfolio with an unlimited number of works. You can get feedback from other artists, and there are many groups you can join in order to connect with more specific communities. You can even sell prints of your work and buy work from others.

For the more professionally-minded artist, Artrise is a great community for connecting with people who are active in the art industry. You can build and showcase your portfolio, network with other artists, and brose the awesome and diverse gallery. There are also event listing to help you connect with artists out in the real world, and art job listings that can help you find a position in the industry. There are also active groups like Opera and Classical Music where you can find others with similar interests.

Artslant is an artistic community focusing on contemporary and modern art. Here you’ll find information on all the latest developments, exhibits, news, and events in the contemporary art world. There are different Artslant sites for major cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. With an Artslant professional profile, you can exhibit up to 60 of your works and connect with many major players in the art world. Browse listings for shows, jobs, and get noticed.

ArtBistro is powered by Monster, so it’s an ideal place for artists looking to break into the world of paid and professional artistry. All types of artists can benefit from this community. Create your personal profile and portfolio, and get valuable career information and advice on becoming a professional artist. There are job listings, as well as information on art schools.

On Artists2Artists you can connect with artists of all different types, and along with your portfolio, you can keep a personal blog. There are groups and forums in which to discuss all sorts of artistic concerns and visions. You can view the events calendar to find happenings in the art world near you, and there is a hefty database of great articles and information that any artist will enjoy. You can also share your portfolio here with your Facebook friends and on your website.

   Jeffrey Bruma is an aspiring artist and entrepreneur who loves to blog when he has the time. He enjoys giving advice to other artists on how best to advance their reputation.   ♦

♦  Photo Credit: Oruhito

Military: Their Commitment and Ours

Military: Their Commitment and Ours.

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Murkowski Prevails Against A Mindless Sarah Palin

Lisa Murkowski

Image via Wikipedia

A “Re-Press” From one of My Favorite Blogs

The hippie cahier

M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I: Do the Math!

“I have always been a big fan of good spelling. This is because it’s one of the few things I’m relatively good at.

However, I know there must be fine and valid arguments against this anti-democratic practice and in favor of accepting the misspelled ballots.” –The Hippie Cahier

This is an amusing entry with a fine tuned mathematical breakdown proposal for grading future ballots in America. The Hippie Cahier has a great writing style, entertaining and charismatic. It’s a blog you should check out, if you’re into checking things out.                 

Hot Off The Virtual Press 

Murkowski Gate 2010 and Sarah Palins Backfiring Blunder

… More Shameless Political Mockery Coming Soon!

The fact remains that Lisa Murkowski has rightfully secured the Senate seat for Alaska in the recent mid-term elections. Murkowski already had a a landslide lead of 1,700 more votes than the poor loser, Joe Miller. This was the lead she held even prior to the upset of the thousands of ballots sent in her favor.

However you slice it, by way of spelling or grammar or Palin pursuasine power, Joe Miller did succeed in one very unique and unforgettable way. This man created an undeniable art form of embarassment and shame, brushed with the paintrstrokes to deny truth in numbers and etchings of desperate attempts to somehow steal the Senate seat. Miller is not worried, nor is he embarassed, as he spoke candidly when he spoke with Neil Cavuto of Fox News on November 17th.

When it is ponted out to Miller that even in the unlikely event that he wins every mail in ballot of the State that a victory still could not be obtained, as he already trailed Murkowski by nearly 10,000 votes, Joe retorted with a denial of the numbers. His work of art begins. Miller insisted to Cavuto that his pre-meditated stradegy of demanding a recount and challenging the state of Alaska if the election did not result in his favor would be entirely selfless. He claimed that he was not cocerned with winning or losing the election, only that he was dedicated to ensure that the result was one of integrity and accuracy to ensure consistency in the voting process. The art form develops further… The masterpiece has only just begun.

*Click Here For Highlights of The Interview Between Neil Cavuto and Joe Miller*

Miller is determined to pursue his lawsuit filed last week against the state of Alaska to overturn Murkowski’s win for the Senate seat. Sarah Palin has already endorsed Joe Miller’s lawsuit on Twitter, her new favorite political soapbox.

Now, The Life Lesson I’ve Derived From Murkowski-Gate 2010


either improve your precision in grammatical correctness


Become a politician,

where there’s no spelling bee and it’s completely acceptable if you are a prize idiot.

If grammatical precision is a pre-requisite to vote in Alaska, how is it that Sarah Palin is an elected
official? For that matter, why would she even be permitted to vote after these few gem statements:

“All of ’em, any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years.” -probably the greatest example of Palins complete lack on knowledge or credibility.

A woman who (at the time) is running for Vice President, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads! The chick even racked her brain for a good ten to fifteen seconds before Katie Couric looked at her with an awesome distain and probed once more for the name of ANY newspaper. No such luck, Palin had nothing and just responded with that classic line once more.  She “reads ’em all.” That she “reads ’em all.”

one more…

“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” — this Sarah Palin statement was made exactly 6 days before she was announced as Mccains running mate.

I mean really? REALLY?!?!?!?!  She must have really hit the books in those six days to research what exactly she was running for. There is no justification, she was a prize idiot from the very beginning.

last one, I promise…

“They are also building schools for the Afghan children so that there is hope and opportunity in our neighbouring country of Afghanistan.” Palins Geography skills showcased in a statement made in october of 2008.

Not that a statement like this would have surprised anybody by that time, as we’d already been informed that she could see Russia from her house.  🙂

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Even prior to mid-term Alaskan election, Palin endorsed Joe Miller was getting help from both the Tea Pary Representatives and strong Palin supporters, fighting desperately (and admittedly dirty) with tactics to remove the imposing threat of Lisa Murkowski.  Before the mail in ballots were near being concluded in thier pre-demanded recount by the Miller Campaign, Murkowski made the following public statement, “For the good of the state of Alaska I am now conceding the race for the Republican nomination.”

*Three short hours later, Palin pulled her signature jumping of the gun by posting this tweet:

‘Do you believe in miracles? Congrats Joe W Miller!’

I, for one have to believe in miracles now Miss Palin, as without any trace of knowledge, tact, integrity or credibility you have managed to become a National Political Figure.

Once again opening her big fat mouth a bit too soon, Palin made one more fumble. In a historical write-in campain for Murkowski, she prevailed over Palin and Miller in the greatest and most effective way, defeating a Palin-backed nominee from her very own dear, sweet Russia bordering state of Alaska.

Lisa Murkowski secured her seat in the Senate with honor and integrity, while Palin appeared as a toddler stomping her feet and social networking a premature victory.

Once all is said and done in this continuing Alaskan Atrosity, Murkowski will be viewed as a woman of integrity and moral standard through the duration of the election, her succession and still remaining strong and honorable when the State determined she was without any doubt the Senate seat for the State Of Alaska with a dynamic victory. While Palin, the woman who exhausted every possible angle to defeat Murkowski has succeeded only in supplying the priceless material for another Satuday Night Live worthy skit inspired by her exponential idiocracy. For Lisa Murkowski, I am glad that true Justice was served.

That said…


In your face Sarah Palin

The Being of Plugged In

Alex Press Begins

The Being of Plugged In: Action Sequence, Begin.

    A Quick Message To The Masses

A message more precisely intended for the evolving entity of Big Brother, as I am well aware that you will be reading this, have you not already done so. mainly intended for you. I will admit, You have succeeded, to a certain acute degree, in the intimidation department. This was undeniable, as I found myself in an eventual state of complete fear, consumed with hesitation by the impending possibilities of danger within this rapidly evolving and intruding technology of yours.

I can put my computer on my phone and my phone on my computer. I have an application for applications and a plethora of technological options to avoid any human interaction whatsoever. Every individual who utilizes this virtual vortex is instantly inviting the monitoring of all in which they read, write, type, see, do, show interest in, seek information on, schedule, purchase or sell is… public.

I am well aware of the Orwellian presence in all of that each of us is to write, see, do, consider, or show interest in, is being recorded. That it is accessible, and ultimately, controlled.

While remaining certain that, in no way, does there exist in me a pure sentiment that this technological tyranny, that what appears to be convenience, is comparative in any way to privacy, safety, finances, or relationships…To Identity. I tend to think not.

I can say with absolute certainty, that I will always prefer to grab my post it with the grocery list, as opposed to the grocery list application which you’ve made available on my phone.

Yet, the hesitation and precaution of action as a result of the risk in allowing your life to be accessed and monitored, to be live on the virtual press… from here forth is left behind.

Once in the water, you cannot choose to not turn with the tide. Just as I cannot deny your presence, I will also not be intimidated by it. It makes the most sense, at this particular juncture, to simply embrace and explore this universal element which I cannot control. I refuse to be limited or hindered by it. And so it is…  

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Ask America Van Assignment!


Santa Barbara's offshore drilling

Image by Way Out West News via Flickr


Stoked, Stoked, Stoked, I am!  Tomorrow, as an Associated Content Freelance Writer, I will be visiting the Ask America Van, part of the Yahoo! News social media friendly experiment to engage and inform Americans on Political Issues on an interactive platform.  The basis of Ask America is a website of layered information, where a literal spinning wheel of issues presents “tiles” of topics that act as onions to be peeled for information, with the capacity to be filtered both by State and Political Distinctions.  The innovative intelligence behind the Issues Wheel, of course, is that while you investigate the separate tiles of topics, every click made to further investigate ones original interest requires a yes or no answer to a clearly electorial based question of opinion.

The fashionable and intensely interactive display of rotating top contenders of concerning issues within the plethora of political catastrophes we face are presented for the user to investigate, while requiring your humble opinion at each turn.  What successfully occurs is the attainment of very helpful statistics for politicians to use in this and future campaign stradegy.  As the site simultaneously pulls information and statistics, with geographical insight no less, on hot button topics, it’s also providing a literal spinning wheel of information on the topic of your own choosing, pertinent to exactly who you are and where you live. Everyone wins, so to speak.  While I’m sure it’s not without it’s flaws and flops, the fundamental idea behind Ask America is an extraordinary machine.


Ask America Van


I’m quite excited to go and speak with other Floridians about the topics they are most concerned and invested in presently.  I’m not sure how I will successfully construct a 600 word piece that is up to my usual editing standards with less than a day to work with, but I’ll deal with that issue tomorrow evening and through the night until I have it submitted.  The pressure is on, and the adrenaline is surely flowing, as I fondly reminis my days of leading ‘Students For Wesley Clark‘ in the 2004 Primary Election in Texas and campaigning with GrassRoots in Los Angeles last year for the opposition of Proposition 8.  It’s been a little while since I’ve had some good old fashioned political involvement, true involvement, and as I stated earlier… I am stoked! 🙂

As for now, I’m off to read up on Alex Sink, Immigration and Offshore Drilling.  Happy Friday Everybody!  Hope you all have an awesome weekend.

Here are some “Highlight Reel” Links for Ask America, Yahoo! News, and other related topics.

Ask America: Yahoo! News

Ask America Official Blog

Columbia Journalism Review of Tiles, The Issues Wheel, and The Ask America Van (written by: Joel Meares)

Ask America Van Updates

Mike Byhoff, Yahoo! News Video Ninja

(*Brownie Points For This Guy Already* It’s very sweet that he says his one necessity on the road is the picture of his girlfriend!)

Sylvia Cochran touches on the vague and pliable definition of a recession.