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The Wonderful World of Global Strategic Management

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Strategic Aligment Cycle

Strategic Alignment Cycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Strategic Management involves  the “Art of Winning.” If you want to win, you must embrace change with entrepreneurial passion to create a sustained competitive advantage. You are the master of your destiny! Your diligence will enhance your success in all of your future endeavors.

What is your end game? Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Commerce is a game of skill which many people play but which few play well.”

Watch these videos:

 

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Look at my Pinterest Board for Strategic Management Concepts and infographics: http://www.pinterest.com/socialmediaevie/learn-about-strategic-management/

In my class, you will build an arsenal of Global Strategic Management skills that will help you win in life! You will optimize your personal value chain!

Components of the Value Chain http://www.pinterest.com/pin/237213105346949860/

 

The over-riding intent of topic is to help you become a more savvy participant in the game of commerce. This will prepare you for a successful management career. This is a big picture course; it cuts across the whole spectrum of business functions that you have studied in your previous coursework. You will synthesize what you have learned in prior classes to make fact-based decisions.

You must focus on the total enterprise: (1) the industry and the competitive environment (2) long run direction and strategy (3) resources and competitive capabilities and (4) prospects for success. You will seek strategic harmony; a blend of sound strategy formulation and effective strategy execution!

 

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Marine Institute Ireland, Strategic_Planning_Symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The skills that you build in class, will ultimately maximize the value of your personal and professional assets with a strategic plan that you will deploy.

Change Management

Change Management (Photo credit: larry_odebrecht)

First, you must analyze the Drivers of Change in the External Environment by conducting research using the following model:

Drivers of Change in the External Environment Mindmap: http://www.xmind.net/share/socialmediaevie/drivers-of-change-in-the-external-environment/ #xmind

Michael Porter’s Five-Forces: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/237213105346371411/

What is business level strategy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14kuqYEsxE&list=ULrJ2tmqRkiCM

Position yourself in the industry http://www.pinterest.com/pin/237213105346371408/

There are many topics that you need to master. Your Strategic Management Toolkit will be brimming with intellectual assets.

Here’s an overview of these Strategic Management Tools:

Strategy Toolkit Mindmap: http://www.xmind.net/share/socialmediaevie/strategy-tools-1/ #xmind

Using XMind for Mind Mapping

Using XMind for Mind Mapping (Photo credit: Wesley Fryer)

In order to win, you must maintain a positive digital reputation. You will build this with another toolkit. Here are the components of your Social Media toolkit:

Social MediaToolkit Mindmap: http://www.xmind.net/share/socialmediaevie/create-and-promote-a-wordpress-blog-1/ #xmind

Click on the “Follow me on Pinterest” You will find “Business Boards” that highlight some of the concepts that we cover in class: http://pinterest.com/socialmediaevie/

When you click on a pin, they generally take you to more in-depth information about the concept.

Here’s an outstanding Introduction to Strategy Video for you to watch:

http://youtu.be/rJ2tmqRkiCM

Conduct a SWOT Analysis http://www.pinterest.com/pin/237213105343137805/

Create a Boston Consulting Group Matrix:http://youtu.be/vNoI3yOE-os

Start with a Mission:

http://www.pinterest.com/socialmediaevie/mission/

Try this exercise:

“Vision-Craft-O-Meter[1]

Use this easy and humorous class-opener to craft a vision statement for any organization.  The point here is that its easy to come up with some blather of a vision statement, but it is meaningless if it not backed up by executives actions and widely shared and understood by all members the organization and its external stakeholders.

 

OUR VISION IS TO BE A:

A) growing; leading; worldclass; premier; benchmark; first-mover

ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES

B) dynamic; innovative; creative; breathtaking; cost-effective; diverse; high-quality

C) products; services; people; products and services; people and services

TO

D) thrill our shareholders; delight our customers; enrich our stakeholders’ lives

IN THE

E) hyper-competitive; emerging; growing; attractive; thriving

F) business-solutions; health-solutions; consumer-solutions; financial-solutions; environmental-solutions

MARKETPLACE.”

Set your objectives:

revenue

profit

productivity/efficiency

Market share

globalization

on-line presence/social media

favorable financial performance

manage debt appropriately

Enhance liquidity

more favorable brand image

maximize shareholder wealth

enhance customer satisfaction

behave in a socially responsible/ethical manner

Identify your strategies: Using the Ansoff Matrix

http://youtu.be/AORoMxgp428

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Select your entry mode:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/237213105346371423/

Establish an organizational structure:

Apple $156,508,000,000 comes from: Macs, iPod, iPhone, Music Related, Peripherals, Software and Services

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/237213105344405444/

Steve Jobs talks about how Apple is structured: http://youtu.be/f60dheI4ARg

Richard Rumelt talks about business strategy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43kZDnyDXOc&feature=share&list=PL4ED265C0A251C2EF&index=5

Hard Rock Cafe strategy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvF_lH9NRqM&list=PL4ED265C0A251C2EF&feature=share&index=6

 


[1] Adapted from Stewart, T. 1996. A refreshing change: Vision statements that make sense.  Fortune, 134: 6: 195-197.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero teaches Strategic Management and International Business at Lewis University. She writes Travel Guides at www.vino-con-vista.com

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It’s a Wonderful World (1939 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Conduct Company and Industry Research and Analysis Internationally

 

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Swot analysis image (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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SWOT analysis diagram in English language. Français : Matrice SWOT en anglais. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your first assignment will involve industry and company research.
I will give you a table that you will complete and turn in on the second class meeting. This project will be completed using Google Drive.

Go to EBSCO and search PepsiCo in Company Profile. Then search “Global Food Products” in Industry Profile. Go to IBIS and search “Soft Drinks”.

Go to Lexis-Nexis search Company directories and Profiles to find Worldscope and Hoover’s. Then go to Proquest-modify the search and go to advanced search add “strategy and search recent 12 months..

Strategic direction requires insights in the form of market intelligence, market size, market growth rates, competitor analysis and other key variables. Industry reports are available for: Telecommunications, Healthcare, Energy and many other industries.

Your Research will be an organized effort to gather information about markets, customers and industries. It is a crucial component of our class. This exercise will offer important information that will allow you to identify and analyze the market and the competition.

You will systematically gather and interpret information about your organization. You will harness the power of research during the semester to support your decision-making and presentation efforts.

Watch these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD7WSLeQtVw

ProQuest search results

ProQuest search results (Photo credit: The Shifted Librarian)

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Hoover’s Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your research will be conducted using the Library Databases. You will also create a stock portfolio on Yahoo Finance. At the end of the semester, you will submit your data in a “Market Study” Binder.

For example, go to the website “academics” and click on “library”. Then go to EBSCO and click on Business Searching Interface. Type in “Global Wine Industry” and you will find the MarketLine pdf report. It includes the following information that you need to know:

Executive summary, market overview, market data, market segmentation, market outlook, five forces analysis and leading companies.

Here’s an EBSCO list of some of the industries that we will cover in Class with industry participants:

Global Spirits: Diageo

Global Electronics: LG, Toshiba,

Global Hypermarkets and Supercenters and GLobal Food Retail: Metro, Carrefour and Tesco

Global Household Durables: IKEA

Global Consumer Electronics: Phillips, Sony

Global Automobile Manufacturers: Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagon, Daimler

Global Food Retail:

Global New Cars

Global Semiconductors

Global Oil and Gas: Gazprom, Petrobras

Global Audio and Video Equipment: Samsung

Global Telecommunications: Telefonica

Global Pharma: Novartis

Global Metals and Mining: Rio Tinto

 

 

If you search “Global Air Transportation”, the link will look like: http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.lewisu.edu/bsi/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=10&sid=cf49c074-c7b2-4e02-84cc-af4bdc2b60e5%40sessionmgr114&hid=125

Search “Global New Cars”:

http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.lewisu.edu/bsi/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=7&sid=7a83dc31-a7fa-406f-b0a5-8f5b99241ec8%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4106

If you search “Global Precious Metals and Mining”:

http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.lewisu.edu/bsi/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=10&sid=18d85859-83d2-423d-9c79-77ecb3216c92%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4106

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English: Figure 10: SWOT-Analysis of the organic business idea. Belongs to The Organic Business Guide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can also search for a “company profile” that will provide the following information: company overview, key facts, business description, history, key employee biographies, major products and services, revenue analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors, company view and locations and subsidiaries.

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Swot analysis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then you will search the Lexis Nexis database for companies. Click on “Company Profile”. Enter the company name and put a check in the Worldscope box. Enter search and you will get a company description, key financials, income statement information, information regarding foreign assets and income margin. The “Ratio” section will provide three years of ratios for your company. At the end of the report, you will find a geographic sales breakdown and sales and operating income by business unit.

Use the snipping tool to enter some of the diagrams into your industry table. To find this tool, go to all programs, accessories and “snipping tool”.

If you were researching Apple, these are some of the resources that you would use to conduct an industry analysis:

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Angel with mobile phone (Photo credit: Akbar Sim)

EuroMonitor Passport: Mobile Phones in the US

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Various cellular phones from the last decade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IBIS World: Computer Pheripheral Manufacturing #33411B; Computer Manufacturing #31141A; Operating Systems and Productivity Software #51121A; and Internet Publishing and Broadcasting in the US #51913B

In Lexis Nexis, under company profile search Hoover’s, Disclosure and Worldscope

In EBSCO, find Company Profiles:  look at the SWOT Analysis, Key Executives, and Company overview. Gather global information in the “Global Industry Reports” including: Global Computer and Electronics Retail; Global Mobile Phones and Global Computer Storage and Peripherals.

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English: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) one week before iPad 2 announcement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get the Company’s 10K and look for: Company background, business strategy, products, risk factors, stock performance and “Management” discussion of financial issues and segment operating performance. Pay attention to the Corporate Governance Issues.

Fo to Yahoo Finance and generate a Stock Portfolio. Include as many competitors as possible so that you can get a customized daily news bulletin. Buy 100 shares of stock in each company.

Go to the website and get the annual report under “Investor Relations

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This plan was created for the Wikimedia Foundation’s strategic planning process and will be used during that process. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Use Proquest to find articles on strategic alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures.

If you wanted to conduct research on a global food company like Sara Lee; look at some of the following reports:

IBIS Meat, Beef and Poultry Processing #31161

Baking Mix and Prepared Food Manufacturing #31181

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Cookie, Cracker and Pasta Production in the US #31182

Coffee Production in the US #31192a

For Global information, use:

1. Packaged Foods and Meat;

2. Global Meat , Fish and Poultry

3. Global Hot Drinks

4. Global Frozen Food

5. Global Bread and Rolls

Here’s an excellent resource:

http://globaledge.msu.edu/industries/food-and-beverage

When you have gathered all of your data, you can complete your Team SWOT Analysis and start your TOWS Matrix.

Use these templates:

1. This worksheet will help you visually organize information about the external environment:

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/worksheets/PESTAnalysisWorksheet.pdf

2. After completing a SWOT analysis, you will engage in a matching and converting process using a TOWS Matrix. Matching strengths to opportunities to leverage competitive advantages. Develope conversion strategies to convert or mitigate weaknesses or threats by dinding new markets, diversifying or developing new products. Generate a TOWS Matrix for your project using this format:

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/worksheets/TOWSAnalysisWorksheet.pdf

3. Generate a Porter’s Model Worksheet:

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/worksheets/PortersFiveForcesWorksheet.pdf

Here’s a Rudyard Kipling Quote to think about:

“I keep six honest serving , they taught me all I knew. Their names were What, Why, When, How , Where and Who.”

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Figure 10: SWOT-Analysis of the organic business idea. Belongs to The Organic Business Guide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero teaches Strategic Management and International Business at Lewis University in Illinois.

You can research companies like:
Nestle Switzerland Food Producers 206,440 7.40

Novartis (REGD) Switzerland Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 188,471 6.76

Roche Hldgs (GENUS) Switzerland Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 176,552 6.33

HSBC Hldgs UK Banks 157,075 5.63

Bayer AG Germany Chemicals 103,823 3.72

Sanofi France Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 99,669 3.57

Royal Dutch Shell A UK Oil & Gas Producers 98,243 3.52

GlaxoSmithKline UK Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology 90,773 3.25

Banco Santander Spain Banks 89,312 3.20

Vodafone Group UK Mobile Telecommunications 86,207 3.09
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Brand You: Enhance Your Digital Reputation with Social Media and Create a Website-Lesson #2

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I love the World of Social Media; I find it intellectually stimulating. This semester, I will teach you how to enhance your digital reputation with a series of social media strategy lessons. I will show you how to create a website that will enhance “Brand You”.

These personal strategies will enhance your social media reputation and allow you to create a “Brand You.” Hopefully, this should help you get a better job.

The term Social Media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue. Social Media allows your customers to know you on a personal level. Here’s an interesting video for you to watch  http://vimeo.com/46745200

Social Media gives you an opportunity to share engaging content and enhance your digital reputation. Social media, blogs and Twitter allows you to share your knowledge with a vast audience of savvy, inter-connected people. Build your digital reputation with online activities and high-quality content that you post.

Social Media activities can enhance your job opportunities. My students are getting job offers from LinkedIn because they are blogging and delivering credible, relevant, high-quality business content.

Eventually, you will join a passionate community of like-minded people with common interests. Sometimes, you will meet them in the real world at a networking event.

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Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This semester, you will obtain an ISBN number and become published authors on Amazon.com. This activity will build brand awareness for your name.

We will continuously integrate Social Media strategies into this class throughout the semester. Eventually, you will build your own “Personal Brand” to promote your books and enhance your “Digital Reputation.

There are various platforms, applications and features that you will need to deploy to accomplish your social media goals. This process will optimize searches for your name using your “Vanity” URL. Mine is www.eveannlovero.com.

The website and all of your Social Media activities will become your professional “Window to the World.” Since your Facebook activities fall within the realm of Social Media, it is important for you to adjust your “Privacy Controls” on your Facebook Page so that only your friends have access to your personal activities. Furthermore, it is essential for you to post content that enhances your persona in the digital world.

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When you engage in Social Media activities and integrate social outreach activities into your Web SIte, these references generally show up with your “name” page on a Google Search. You want to control as many links to your name on the Internet as possible. You want all links to your name to represent your character in the most favorable light; think of this process as “Reputation Management.” You will use these Social Media Tools to enhance your digital reputation:

http://www.xmind.net/share/socialmediaevie/create-and-promote-a-wordpress-blog-1/ #xmind #SocialMedia

Your LinkedIn Profile is a good example of managing your digital reputation. When I type my name “Eveann Lovero” into Google’s Search Box, these are some of the items in the results:

You will create a similar “Digital Profile” when you start engaging in Social Media Strategies. Here’s how it works:

  1. The first step involves claiming your personal web domain. Your personal domain name is your identification label. When you claim your own name it is called a “Vanity” URL; mine is www.eveannlovero.com. It defines your realm of administrative autonomy, authority and control in the Internet. Go to www.BlueHost.com to register your personal domain name and then create an email account. I created eveannlovero@eveannlovero.com. I also have a Travel Website
  2. The second step involves setting up a www.WordPress.com website at www.simplescripts.com. Using my WordPress Dashboard, I selected the “Twenty Eleven” Theme. Here is a link to a Bluehost Video instructional video that will help you get started : https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/wordpress. Follow the directions and use the “Help” Center Button on the BlueHost web page and put in “set up WordPress”. Look at the Theme Options and select the one that you like best. You do not have to use “Twenty Eleven.” Use the WordPress “Support” button for clarification; it is very helpful.
  3. The third step involves creating an informative blog that your audience wants to read and share. Fill your blog with photos, videos and in-text links. Eventually, you can move data from Google Docs into your blog. Check out the interesting Google Docs Templates that are available to you, including the “Resume Template” and the “Project Management Template.”  Using templates will save time and dramatically enhance your blog posts.
  4. The fourth step involves signing up for a www.twitter.com account so that you can micro blog your blog posts and re-tweet other blog posts that you think are worthwhile to your followers. You want to target a specific audience with your posts, so I will show you how to optimize your Twitter Profile for SEO. I selected the Twitter user name “Social Media Evie” to enhance SEO. It is a good idea to use a Dashboard Widget to show your Tweets on your webpage. These issues will be addressed in more detail in a later posts.

Let’s begin our adventure by entering the wonderful world of WordPress. This is my first demonstration post for my students. I will blog every step of the process so that my students will not get frustrated or lose pertinent data. My students should print this checklist:

  1. Give your Website an interesting or provocative title. All of your blog posts will become SEO opportunities for you. The text in your posts will be analyzed by a program that you will install on your computer called Zemanta. Zemanta will also allow you to select from a designated list tags, categories and stock photos. I selected the Search Engine pie graph for my first post and then I changed it to the Apple Inc. Dashboard. This is very easy to do with Zemanta.
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6w8eIVq6l4 Watch this video to download zemanta as a Plug-in on your WordPress Site.
  3. Add a photo to your post through the Zemanta Feature and/or click on the photo icon button next to “Upload/Insert” to post a photo from your computer, gallery or media file.
  4. Select a photo from your computer and insert it into your post. Select the appropriate area using your cursor. You can add many photos to your post later.
  5. Add tags to the photo for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes.
  6. Add a caption and click on “Update”.
  7. Look at the bottom of your post and add any “In-Text Links” that you like from the Zemanta text analysis. I inserted “SEO” and all the other highlighted terms in this post. This process allows me to turn my post into a mini-lesson; college professors love opportunities like this.
  8. Then add any relevant “Categories” and “Tags” that will enhance your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This will improve the performance of your website in search engines like Google. Your goal is to optimize your place, prominence or rank within the search results. Hopefully, your Social Media efforts will allow you to be found on the first page of the “search engine’s results” page. Your SEO activities will allow you to target different types of searches, including image search, local search and video search. I like to incorporate images and embed videos into my blog posts when possible.
  9. Allow all tags that are relevant from the Zemanta search box by clicking on “Apply All” or select specific terms. I generally add a few extra terms for long tail searches.
  10. I will add “How to Create a WordPress Blog” in both categories.
  11. View your post and carefully “Edit” the text and then Publish your Post. Edit your spelling and grammar from the toolbar “ABC”. Correct errors before you publish your post.
  12. Monitor your “Dashboard” statistics to see if your Social Media Strategy is working.
  13. Go to your Dashboard and load “Widgets” under the “Appearance” Tab. I loaded the following widgets to my website:
  14. Custom Menu
  15. Pages
  16. RSS Feeds
  17. Jetpack
  18. Add RSS feeds to your site using widgets in the “Appearance” tab:

I added CNN Money: http://www.money.cnn.com and The Wall Street Journal: http://www.onlinewsj.com

GO to “Settings” and add a site title and a tagline.

Under “appearance” enable sharing bottons like Twitter and Facebook.

Go to Pages and add sub-categories like “Pinterest Boards” or “Travel Videos”

 

Graph of social media activities

Graph of social media activities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero teaches Strategic Management and International Business at Lewis University in Illinois. She writes a Travel Blog @ www.vinoconvistablog.wordpress.com and she writes books about Italy @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

 

 

Optimize SEO with YouTube Videos: Social Media Lesson #11

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English: A graph to show the increse in subscibers on YouTube to Anonymous’ videos. All dates indicated on the graph are 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The three biggest web search engines

English: The three biggest web search engines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Effective SEO strategies will help your site rank higher and more accurately in search engines, like Google. If I write about travel in Italy, I want my posts to rank high in the search results. When someone searches for Italy Travel Guides, I want my blog to rank on the first page of the search engine site.

The ultimate goal of SEO is to increase your website’s SERP (Search Engine Results Page) ranking.You can optimize SEO with YouTube videos. Creating and publishing videos will help enhance your social media reputation. You will enhance SEO efforts, reach more people with videos and drive traffic to your website when you create and upload videos into your posts.

Here’s a San Diego Video that I created using Google Picassa: http://youtu.be/beH01nziAIs. I can check my “Insights” to monitor the traffic

YouTube is a very popular search engine. I like to integrate videos or photo slide sharing into my blog posts. Go to www.youtube.com/create for information

or https://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/register to set up a free account.

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Image via CrunchBase

When you log into YouTube you will see many options for creating videos. Pick an option and click on the “Create Video” button. I like to use the Stupeflix option or the “One Media” option for my photo slide shows. If you have an iPad 2, it’s easy to video and send it to YouTube immediately.

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youtube (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

After you load your photos, you will select some music from the music menu. Make sure that the song is long enough in duration to match the video.

Videos serve as effective linkbait; they will generate more links and more traffic for your site. They will bolster your ranking with search engines.  Check out YouTube’s most popular videos to see what makes them so popular. Oftentimes, the video is funny or teaches a meaningful lesson like our WordPress Tutorials. Watch this very helpful SEO video so you can effectively tag your videos.

http://www.searchengineland.com/guide/what-is-seo

Here’s an interesting video about page rank: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYWlEItizjI&feature=g-vrec

To optimize the video, follow these rules initially:

1. Create a sexy title

2. Keep it short

3. Tag the video to enhance SEO

4. Use the word “Video” in the Title.

5. Optimize the introduction, description and comments.

6. When you embed the video in your blog, make sure it has words (text) around it so the search engines can find the tags.

7. You can do an “audio swap” on YouTube if you don’t like the music.

8. Publish your video on YouTube. Then follow the WordPress instructions for embedding your video in your blog. Make sure that you create your own YouTube Channel. Monitor the “Insight” stats on YouTube to find out how your channel is doing.

9. You will need the URL of your video to embed it on your blog. Copy the complete YouTube URL from the address bar and follow the WordPress instructions. It is also helpful to use www.prlog.com to create a free press release about your new video feature.

You can subscribe to other YouTube Channels via RSS Feed and add it to your reader. http://www.youtube.com/user/username. For example

http://www.youtube.com/user/vinoconvista

You can embed the video in YouTube by following these steps:

1. Go to www.youtube.com and click on your video.

2. When your video starts to play click on the “Share” button under the video.

3. Click on the “Embed” button and Copy the “code”.

4. Click on the Facebook Share Logo or the Twitter Logo and add the video to your Facebook “Home” tab and to your Twitter Followers.

 

 

Twitter Tips for Beginners: Social Media Lesson #6

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Twitter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: A pie chart created in Excel 2007 showing the content of tweets on Twitter, based on the data gathered by Pear Analytics in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Free twitter badge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The growth of the Internet has catapulted our society into a digital global village.Twitter allows us to follow our passions and communicate in a very efficient and effective way through microblogging. If you are an “information junkie” like me, you will be very fond of Twitter.

Here are some Twitter Tips:

We generate sub-cultures and niches in the Twitter-sphere. Twitter is the most popular microblogging platform.  If you create a tiny URL for your blog post, it is easy to send it to Twitter so your followers can read it and hopefully retweet it.  Twitter only allows 140 characters so use your words carefully. Remember to use hashtags with your tweets. You can easily set up an automated Tweet to your Facebook page. You will also have an opportunity to Retweet your favorite blog posts. You can check my Twitter stream @vino_con_vista to see a history of my blog posts and tweets.

 

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English: The content of tweets on Twitter, based on the data gathered by Pear Analytics in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Pick a user name that includes the keyword that you want to use to identify yourself in the Twitter Sphere; I picked @SocialMediaEvie. Your Twitter “Handle” could just be your name if you prefer.

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twitter logo map 09 (Photo credit: The Next Web)

2. Add your website “vanity” URL (www.eveannlovero.com) to your profile on Twitter. You can grab a Twitter Follower Widget while you are filling out your profile on Twitter.

3. Tag your Twitter. Profile photo for SEO using Picasa. Rename the photo before you upload it. Click on “Settings” and the “Picture”.

4. Use an RSS feed for Twitter so your followers can subscribe to our Tweets. I have the Twitter widget installed on this web page. Use RSS feeds with your blog to increase your popularity with Search engines. Go to Feedburner and sign up with your Google account. I have an RSS feed on my computer using Twitter #Hashtags: #SEO and #SocialMedia.

English: Twitter headquarters at 795 Folsom St...

English: Twitter headquarters at 795 Folsom Street, San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Find some quality people and companies to follow on Twitter. Think about Twitter as a digital cocktail party. Who do you want to meet? Who do you want to work for? Who do you want to learn from? These are the groups/people who will send you timely information; hopefully, they will follow you back. Google has a handy tutorial on how to use Google search commands to find Twitter users here.

  • Search.twitter.com: this works well for finding your friends, celebrities, or organizations. Search for specific topics you’re interested in. In the search box, I like to do a #Hashtag search by #SocialMedia or #Chicago or #Rome or #Italy; those are my favorites. Try it and see the results for yourself.

6.  Make sure that your tweets contains keywords and phrases that you want search engines to pick up. Also, make sure to use #hashtags in your tweets but do not use more than 3. When you send a tiny URL to Twitter, give your post a compelling headline with a #hashtag included.

7.  Twitter Favorites with Keywords: Make sure that some of your favorite tweets contain keywords, key phrases and relevant links. Your Favorites will serve as a receptacle for things you want to save.

8.  Tinyurl.com your links from your blog post. By Using a shortener like Tinyurl, search engines will recognize the link and rank them.

9.  Become a Twitter Evangelist! Make sure that you are submitting your Twitter profile and RSS feeds to directories to enhance your SEO efforts. Also, be sure to add your Twitter user name in blog posts and forums to bolster your brand recognition. Put you Twitter @user name on your business card.

10. Generate a Bio using your keywords. I used “Social Media” in my Bio. You only have 160 characters to describe yourself. Use words that maximize search value.

11. Compile a list of Twitter users that you want to follow. Hopefully, some of them will follow you back. Look at the people your followers are following. Use Tweetscan.com to search a variety of criteria or Twellow.com. Check the Twitter suggestions on “Who to Follow” on a regular basis. “Tweetdeck Directory” and “Listorious” for directories of Twitter users.

12. Promote your blog posts through your Twitter account.

13. Communicate the nature of the post using social media hashtags. This is your Headline!

14. Build reputation and brand with interesting and engaging Tweets. Use Infographics to capture your audience. Use pictures and graphics above the fold of your blog post. When you Tweet them, they will grab your followers attention.

15. Be courteous and remember to promote other social networking sites with interesting content  by re-Tweeting. Maybe someone will offer you an incoming link. This is a technical relationship that is created from the WordPress toolbar. I will discuss this in more detail in class.

16. Interact and network at local events, conferences and Meetups. Bring plenty of business cards with your vanity URL, vanity email address, LinkedIn and Twitter addresses.

17. Monitor your followers and delete spammers. Check your twitter statistics to measure your influence. You can install the same widget on your site that I have added in my sidebar.

18. Check your Klout score.

19. Check your “Mentions” and “Retweet” stats and thank followers for mentions and retweets.

21. Create a Twitter Newpaper @ paper.li. I created the Social Media Daily and the Social Media Weekly.

20. I found this “Cheat Sheet” for Twitter RSS feeds:

  • Academic librarian Valerie Forrestal has documented a simple way to score RSS feeds for any Twitter search result, i.e. for hashtags. Following her cheat sheet, we see that it’s simple matter of plugging in the search keyword into this formula:
  • http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23hashtag
  • Replace the bold “hashtag” with your own keyword, drop this URL into an RSS reader, and you’ve got yourself a continuous RSS feed of that hashtag. For example, to follow the #SocialMedia stream, this is the URL you need:
  • http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=%23SocialMedia
  • The “%23″ takes care of the actual hash (pound sign), so you don’t need to include an “#” in the URL.
  • Despite Twitter seemingly eliminating RSS feeds for hashtags, it’s that easy!

Look up :Twitter Blackbird Pie and see if you want to use it. Now you can all become my official “Tweety Sweeties”!

Dr. EveAnn Lovero has a Travel Website @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

 

 

LinkedIn Resume Builder: The Ultimate Social Media Lesson #10

This UML diagram describes the domain of Linke...

This UML diagram describes the domain of LinkedIn social networking system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nederlands: Linked In icon

Nederlands: Linked In icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LinkedIn

During this semester, you have learned that social media is dramatically transforming how we communicate. High value content allows you to build a relevant audience so that you can connect and share. Add as many sharing buttons as you can to your website including Pinterest. Now it’s time to build a LinkedIn Resume.

You now know that you must link your business-related social media activities into a mosaic by linking your blog posts to your LinkedIn Account, your YouTube Account and also to your Twitter Account. The social network that you create, will ultimately build your digital brand and drive traffic to your site. Your Dashboard statistics allows you to monitor where your referrals are coming from.

In LinkedIn, you should spruce up your profile for recruiters. Then check out the new “Resume Builder” feature with a step-by-step guide. It will save you time in updating your Resume! Click here for instructions: http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Here’s a sample resume http://read.bi/yNMU1Q

Watch this CBS News video “Trapped in Unemployment “- 60 Minutes http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7399352n&tag=re1.galleries

You may want to consider a visual resume that you can create using www.visualize.me for time-line graphics or www.re.vu. You can also create a Pinterest board with your resume and pin your work accomplishments to the board.

You are the creator of your destiny. Gook luck-I hope you find your dream career!!!

Infographics and Pinterest: Social Media Lesson #4

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria d...

Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci, Galleria dell’ Accademia, Venice (1485-90) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge.

It is easy to create an infographic by generating a pie chart for your industry. Explain the industry revenue and the key participants. Explain the impact of the market share on the HHI and industry concentration Then post your blog to Twitter and LinkedIn.

These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly. These “Visual Representations” include: time-lines, a matrix or a Venn Diagram. They are well-suited to blog posts.

Infographics are a useful way to convey meaningful information. Leonardo da Vinci‘s Vitruvian Man is an outstanding representation of an Infographic. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in two superimposed positions with his arms and legs apart and simultaneously inscribed in a circle and square. The drawing and text visually depict the concept of the Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.

Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Red chalk....

Self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. Red chalk. 33 × 21 cm. Turin, Royal Library (inv.no. 15571). NOTE This image is in red chalk. Do not revert to the black and white image. Deutsch: Kopf eines bärtigen Mannes, sog. Selbstbildnis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leonardo da Vinci  (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was an “Italian Renaissance  painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination.”

Leonardo

Leonardo (Photo credit: Arenamontanus)

Leonardo’s drawing represents the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in De Architectura. Leonardo’s drawing is named in honor of the architect.

We are in a visual content revolution vortex! The  infographic craze and Pinterest, Facebook and Google+ are growing exponentially.

“By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful.” (David McCandless)

Check out his video about visual information:

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang/en//id/937

Read these tips on how to optimize your images:  http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/32567/A-Marketer-s-Guide-to-Optimizing-Images-for-Google-Search.aspx#ixzz1tAiuGj2t

In business we use pie charts, bar graphs and stock charts to convey trends. Videos, Pinterest, Flickr, Slidesharing and Podcasts can all be useful infographics. We want to disseminate our information to the collective knowledge of our “digital cocktail” party crowd.

Great headlines and engaging content coupled with outstanding Infographics can help us with our efforts. In addition, insert some eye-catching pictures or graphics above the “Fold”. Timing the release of your post is also critical. I find that lunchtime posts are effective.

Here’s a list of useful infographics for you to incorporate into your Social Media Arsenal:

1. Slideshare is a great way to share high-quality content. Think about how we use BlackBoard in our course shells. You can use an embedded video Zipcast tool.

2. Short Videos like “The Fountains in Rome” series on my YouTube Channel provide an example of a powerful infographic tool that can drive traffic to your site.

3. Embed a YouTube video or “Food Truck” photo slide show into your post. This is a fun way to tell an interesting story or convey information.

4. Don’t forget the mind mapping concept we discussed in class. Download the www.xmind.net software. Incorporate a mind map into your post. You can search my mindmaps at “SocialMediaEvie” on the site.

Red Pinterest logo

Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Check out my Pinterest Boards by clicking on the button on my websites. Create your boards at www.pinterest.com. Give your boards an interesting title and place them in the proper category.

Pinterest is a social catalog service or virtual pinboard where you can categorize and share the things that you love. You can create a collection of pins for your board. I have added the widget to this site bar of this site with a link to the travel “Boards” that I have created. As a blogger, create pins or boards with a theme that is relevant to your content. Add a Pinterest share button to your site. I have created lessons for my students on Pinterest that link back to my website.

Watch this video to learn how to add Pinterest to your toolbar

http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/

More Pinterest info: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pinterest-pin-it-button/

Pinterest widgets http://wordpress.org/search/pinterest

Check out this mindjet manager software: http://www.mindjet.com/products/mindmanager/

6. Add a “TinyMCE” button to your toolbar in your dashboard settings. This will allow you to enter tables into your posts.

7. You should consider installing and activating a plug-in called “Google Doc Embedder”.

Here’s the checklist that I distributed to the class. I have embedding the code using Google Docs and I am publishing this link to the Web. Anyone with the link, can use the document.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ei502Vr4M7Zfo4C7u3QFI7mDFbLwEf2x4IK-hIvg09s/edit?hl=en_US

I changed the privacy settings under the “Share” button and I copied and pasted the “iframe” code into the blog post.

If I change the Privacy settings to Public this happens: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ei502Vr4M7Zfo4C7u3QFI7mDFbLwEf2x4IK-hIvg09s/edit?hl=en_US

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Embed Google Docs into WordPress: Social Media Lesson #7

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We will use Google Docs to manage our group projects online. It is easy to embed your Google Docs: spreadsheets, documents, forms, and presentations into your WordPress.com blog by copying and pasting the “iframe” embed code.

To embed Google Docs into Wordrpress and publish any of your docs, follow these guidelines:

1. Open the document you want to like to publish.

2. Click the Share drop-down menu on the top right of the page and select Publish to the Web….

3. Click the Start publishing button. A link to the published doc appears in the publishing dialog.

4. Send this link to anyone you’d like to access your doc.

Create a post for your company’s mission and business description using the library databases in your Google Doc. Use these instructions to embed the information into your blog post.

 

Spreadsheets

To add a spreadsheet from Google Docs, open it and click on the share button at the top right corner of your screen. Click on the “Publish as a web page” link.

Click on the “Start publishing” button:

From the second dropdown menu select the “HTML to embed in a page” option:

The last step is to copy/paste the iframe code into a Post, Page or Text Widget in your WordPress.com blog.

To share a form click on “More Actions” and select “Embed”:

Copy/paste the iframe code into your blog:

Presentations

To share a presentation set the privacy settings then click “Share”:

Click on “Publish document”:

And then copy/paste the iframe code into your blog but change to toolbar to HTML instead of Visual:

Google Docs Documents

To share a document, click “Share” then select “Publish to the Web…”:

Click on “Start publishing”:

And then copy/paste the iframe code into your blog. Watch this video for instructions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvEWDbPK10M

There are many useful templates in Google Docs. You can find them at the “Create” drop down menu.

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