Twitter Tip Tuesday

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The following advice comes from one of my top resources, blog.rivaliq.com.

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

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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

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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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Love Life

Sean Michael Daley of 'Atmosphere'

Atmosphere – ‘Love Life’

Now, how many times must you prove you’re an angel

How many more demons do you have to strangle

How much longer must you remain in this dream

Before I finally figure out if you’re insane or a genius

The signature sound of  Atmosphere is a momentarily paralyzing, in perfectly structured, ‘individually wrapped’ musical packages with potent lyrics expressed through a powerful mix of precise timing, commanding composition and discernible delivery.

Photo Copyright: John Brunner

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‘Ant’ – Atmosphere

‘Slug’ and ‘Ant’ of Atmosphere

‘Slug’ of Amosphere

 
‘Love Life’ had me in tears within 40 seconds the first time I heard it.  The awe-inspiring rapidly ruthlesss and radically empowering lyrics of Atmosphere ignited a completely unexpected cry of contentment.  
There were no emotional extremes playing a catalyst in the background, though I do have a readily available daily assortment of choices in cheerful, phobic, panicked or lonely.
It was the strength in severity and sincerity within the lyrics and delivery of this impactful Little Ditty just hit that magic musical place, that I suspect lies within the solar plexus.  
An overwhelming appreciation was felt for this string of immaculately formed citings, simultaneously sewing the threads of life’s unavoidable tragedies through its unexpected joys.

Atmosphere on the Web:       http://rhymesayers.com/atmosphere/

Atmosphere on Facebook:    http://www.facebook.com/Atmosphere

Atmosphere on Twitter:         https://twitter.com/atmosphere

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Wondering what the solar plexus really refers to? 

The solar plexus chakra, the energetic vortex of dynamism and willpower (its animal association is the ram), is charged with assisting one in comprehending his or her emotional life, accepting one’s unique place in the life stream, clarifying the dynamics of ego, self-esteem and self-love.

On a psycho-spiritual level, this chakra is deeply involved in the mechanics of: self-sufficiency, self-image, personal power, issues of responsibility, sense of security and safety. Dysfunction of the third chakra manifests, in part, as an inability to fully acquire and adequately sustain personal power.Only when it is open and balanced can one have a deeply fulfilling emotional life wherein one can be expansive, outgoing, and sociable, have a sense of belonging and fitting in and be able to experience the sweetness of being alive.

The solar plexus chakra is also a seat of intuitive functioning – the nucleus of our sense of subtle knowing, intent of being and gut instincts. Of course, having confidence in one’s gut instincts is largely dependent upon a sufficient level of self-esteem. Self-confidence underlies effective decision-making and crisis management and the ability to take reasonable risks and so healthy operations within this chakra are crucial for the elaboration of leadership qualities and adventurousness.

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Vanity Fair and Favorite Quotes: Vintage Inspiration with Marilyn Monroe

Sunday Sweetness with a Buxom Blonde Legend

Marilyn Monroe in Memories, Quotes and Cover Shoots

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This quote is among my personal top five belonging to the legendary icon, Marilyn Monroe. 50 years have passed since the tragic death of this timeless beauty, each year exposing new discoveries on the history and struggles endured by the tortured soul of this American icon.

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American fashion, beauty and feminine evolution based publications have been, and will continue to offer significant memorable mentions and vintage collections of Marilyn Monroe, captured in images that translate the life, love and legend that was left behind. Features of Marilyn Monroe have been sprouting up across the web, television and in plans for printing!

The June 2012 issue of Vanity Fair magazine will feature a flawless capture of Marilyn Monroe. This issue will be the fourth time since her passing that Vanity Fair pays publication homage to Marilyn with a commemorative cover in her honor.

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Vanity Fair June 2012 Marilyn Monroe

Liz Smith, ‘Marilyn Monroe–Vanity Fair’s Favorite Cover Girl!’

Over the past four years, Marilyn Monroe–who is dead, you must understand–has been on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine three times! The latest cover shows a radiantly fresh-faced Marilyn, still a model, photographed by Andre de Dienes. It’s amazing, the hold that this woman–gone almost 50 years–still has on the world.

The VF story inside deals with MM’s famous nude pool scene, from her last, uncompleted movie, “Something’s Got To Give,” photographed by Lawrence Schiller.

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‘Marilyn Monroe–Vanity Fair’s Favorite Cover Girl!’

Vanity Fair on the Marilyn Monroe commemorative June 2012 issue…

“just before Marilyn Monroe’s shocking death, in 1962, photographer Lawrence Schiller hit the jackpot, capturing the world’s most famous blonde at her most seductive.”

To put it bluntly, I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation. But I’m working on the foundation.- Marilyn Monroe

Alex

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Writing Your Own Music: Sound and Lyrics

Writing Your Own Music: A My Blog Guest Post on Composition in Sound, Lyric and Musical Endeavors

An Intriguing and Impressive Guest Post from rising star in creative writingNicola Winters 

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Writing Your Own Music by Nicola Winters

(on behalf of Phoenix Software, a student store that provides software for students)

What happens to your musical skills when you leave school for university?  You may have spent years practising your scales on whichever instrument you chose to play when you first started secondary school.  Your parents probably forked out a small fortune in lessons and there have probably been hours spent arguing and nagging about not practising enough to warrant the expense and threats of sanctions unless more practise is done.

You’re probably glad to get away from it all, but, once you’ve got yourself established at university you may surprise yourself by missing the playing of an instrument.  It’s at times like these that you may find the urge to write some music of your own and this, in turn, leads to finding like-minded people, forming a band and dreaming of making it rich without the necessity to study and hand in that next assignment!

Whilst some people are quite self-contained, apparently needing no other collaboration and relying simply on their own creativity to write music; others benefit greatly from other people’s input and welcome constructive criticism from family and friends.

People often find it relaxing to write music simply because there’s no right or wrong way to do it.  Unless you’re a student studying music composition and are following a specific curriculum; you can never really make a mistake – a refreshing change!  Collaborating with others brings so much more to the completed product in terms of originality – no other band would have that same mix of minds so you could end up with a completely unique sound.

Involving a mix of people who have skills with different instruments can also help you create your own individual sound, and if you feel you’re not making progress or you’ve hit a rough spot, perhaps consider introducing a new instrument into the mix which will change the dynamics and may help you out of the rut.

If writing music is something you’d like to do but struggle to actually put into practice, then perhaps choosing specific music composition software would be the right option for you.  An example would be Sibelius 7 Academic Student Edition which is sophisticated enough for top composers but simple enough for beginners and students.  This software is described as being ‘the easiest way to write music’ – and if you’re unsure that you’ll be able to operate it you have the peace of mind knowing it comes with 90 days of complimentary assisted support.

Writing lyrics is a totally different skill – some artists prefer to start with the lyrics and compose the music around them while others work in reverse.  You may find that, whilst you have the talent to write a great melody, you lack the ability to actually put words to your music.  Working in collaboration with a wordsmith is a pretty good idea – famous collaborations like Elton John and Bernie Taupin who worked separately with little interaction still managed to write masterpieces which remain popular today.

Whatever you choose – remember to have fun – you’re doing this because you want to – not because you have to!

This is a guest post by Nicola Winters on behalf of Phoenix Software, a student store that provides software for students.

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Guitars and the Science of Making Music

Behind The Music: A Gulkin Gazette My Blog Guest Exclusive

Profound Insights on the Science of Sound from Stephanie at My Blog Guest

From the delicate jangle of indie pop to the screaming sound of a heavy metal solo, what is it that turns the simple striking of strings into an amplifies sound like no other? While there are a lot of different things that make up the sound of a guitar, it is the instrument’s pickups that make that all important link between the strings and the electronics.

So how do guitar pickups work?

The basic principle behind electric and acoustic guitar pickups is the science of magnetism. Pickups are magnets that ‘pick up’ the vibration of the guitar strings and convert them into an electical signal that is fed through the guitar’s tone and volume controls. This signal is directed through to the audio output to a processor, effects pedals or directly to an amplifier.

A pickup is built around an actual magnet, which are now mostly made from ceramic or alnico. Each of these magnets have their own benefits; ceramic can give a greater punch to a guitar’s sound, which is ideal for hard rock and metal music. Alnico seems to offer a more delicate tone, making it ideal for jazz guitars and as acoustic guitar pickups. Alnico isn’t actually an element in its own right and the name is an acronym of aluminium, nickel and cobalt.

The Physics of Sound

The magnetic core is then wrapped in very thin copper wire. The wire is enamelled, giving it the magnetic properties it needs. The wire is wound around the magnet thousands of times. This means that when the guitar is played, the vibration affects the coil’s magnetic flux, and the coil of wire creates an alternating current. From here, the signal travel’s to the guitar’s output.

Some guitar pickups have their own preamplifiers. Preamplifiers, or preamps, provides sound processing, acting as a middleman for the raw signal of an instrument. In guitars, especially in acoustic guitar preamps, a preamp will require a battery to help process the sound. These are particularly handy to manage the frequencies and tones of the guitar, reducing interference from external signals and other noise.

There are different styles of pick up too, the basic of which are single coil pick ups and humbuckers. You’ll find variations on these styles, such as lipstick pickups and soap bars pickups, but these are the two main versions found in the majority of guitars. These different pickups were developed as the older single coils could also pick up lots of electromagnetic interference.

This was combated by adding a second single coil and putting the two together. Modern single coil pickups don’t suffer the same problems with interference. There’s a notable difference in tone between humbuckers and single coils, the former able to offer a ‘beefier’ sound.

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The Gulkin Gazette Announces Launch of Bluestar Blogging Division!

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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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