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Monday Morning Quick Tip – Using Social Media For Your Horsebiz? It’s Awards Time!

The horse world is getting used to the idea of embracing technology and social media for marketing purposes. Every week I hear from someone new that’s just started their Facebook page, has launched their own Twitter account, or is considering starting a blog. It’s all good.

A few weeks ago at my equestrian expo presentation on social media, I had attendees who were new to social media and some that had gotten started but wanted to improve; one trio included a couple who were the business owners, plus their newly hired assistant who was going to develop their horsebiz social media. All of social media, and how best to use it to achieve your own unique goals, has a learning curve; one way to learn about best practices includes looking at who the ‘movers and shakers’ are when it comes to horsebiz social media, and the Equestrian Social Media Awards provides a perfect opportunity to do it!

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52 Fridays – #45 Why It’s Essential To Integrate Your Horsebiz Marketing Across Platforms

52 Fridays is a year-long series for equestrian professionals and equine business owners and managers, with marketing and public relations information, ideas, tips, & resources shared here each Friday throughout 2011.

Over the past 11 months, 52 Fridays has looked at various aspects of horsebiz marketing, PR, and social media. This week, the Potpourri section of 52 Fridays continues with information about why it makes sense today to integrate your marketing efforts across these various platforms.

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Monday Morning Quick Tip – Plan Ahead For Horsebiz Anniversaries & Special Events

Several big anniversaries have come across my radar screen this weekend, so I thought it was time for this topic, that of not only planning ahead for your own horsebiz anniversary events, but also being aware of how to leverage related events and weave them into your marketing messages.

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Monday Morning Quick Tip – Are You Addicted To Facebook For Your Horsebiz?

This morning my local NBC station had a news item about average Facebook use increasing in 2011 by about two hours per month over 2010 usage. They billed it as ‘Facebook addiction,’ but how can you tell if you’re addicted when you can say you’re using Facebook for business use?

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52 Fridays – #30 How To ‘Fish’ For Media Coverage By Starting Small

52 Fridays is a year-long series for equestrian professionals and equine business owners and managers, with marketing and public relations information, ideas, tips, & resources shared here each Friday. New EMAIL blog subscribers receive a ’52 Fridays’ PDF when they sign up; existing subscribers and new RSS FEED & WORDPRESS subscribers can send a request for their own PDF here.

If you combine media outlets who are on a constant search for new content, trying to do more news with less budget and staff, with the availability of social media and social networking tools, you’ve got an equation that’s tailor-made to help your horsebiz get some publicity. But sometimes you gotta start small to get there.

When it comes to media coverage, don’t be afraid to work your way up. Many media outlets monitor the competition to see what they’re reporting on, and are now often using social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook to promote interaction with their audiences, plus using social media such as YouTube videos or Flickr images to illustrate news stories.

This image, taken one morning this week while I was watching my local NBC morning news show, illustrates how the anchors are watching items on their Twitter feeds, right at their desk.

How can you leverage this trend for your own horsebiz? By paying attention to local media such as TV and radio shows, daily or weekly newspapers, and local monthly or quarterly magazines.

Watch how they reference social media items, stories found in other media, or online videos; they’re all looking for news stories, and larger media often look at news that’s coming up on the local level, then take it up to a national scale.

For example: A recent segment on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams featured an Arizona equine rescue that saves horses abandoned by drug runners crossing the U.S./Mexican border as one of their Making a Difference features; while the rescue organization was the focus, it’s part of a larger national story about the drug trade and so made the ‘big’ media.

Are you ready to start ‘fishing’ for media coverage? Here’s how:

  • Start small: Use smaller media outlets to practice your skills, such as staying ‘on point’ when being interviewed, working successfully with editors, and building your library of high-resolution images. Learn how to make a case to mainstream media about how and why their audiences would be interested in ‘horsey’ stuff.
  • Build your media connections: If you’ve been a good resource for an editor, producer, or reporter, ask if they have suggestions for ways you can connect with other media folk such as journalists, editors, or bloggers.
  • Watch how the media are inter-connected and when ‘crossovers’ happen: Brian Williams from the Nightly News was recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and he’s hosted Saturday Night Live a number of times – all of those shows are on NBC. No surprise there…NBC wants you to watch other shows on their own network, and doing these types of crossovers exposes you to their other offerings. ESPN is another franchise that does crossovers well.

‘Buzz’ often starts small, then spreads as people start talking. No one can predict when or how a topic or idea will go ‘viral’ and spread, but you can improve your chances by being strategic, starting small, and looking for opportunities to go big. Who knows, you might get on a local TV or radio show someday which then gets noticed by an editor as a ‘trend’ so you get interviewed for a national magazine. It happens.

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Monday Morning Quick Tip – If Your Ears Are Burning, Check This To See What’s Being Said About You

Remember that old saying about if your ears are burning, it’s because someone was talking about you? With online conversations happening 24/7 via social networking, wouldn’t you like to be privy to what’s being said by others about your horsebiz?

Social Mention is one way to quickly search over 100 social media sites to see who’s saying what about you, including social media powerhouse sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, and Google. You can search for your own name, your business name, your Twitter or Facebook name, or a topic…even search and see what’s being said about others, including your competition.

For example, ‘secretariat’ was a trending term at the time of this article, so I looked to see what’s being said. Apparently the movie Secretariat was being shown on Starz, and folks were commenting about the movie via social media.

Don’t have time to search, or think it’s something you’ll forget to do? They’ve got a solution for that, with daily Social Mention Alerts you can set up based on search phrases, types of media, and mentions in 43+ languages. The alerts get plopped into your email inbox every day. There’s also a ‘Realtime Buzz Widget‘ you can embed into your blog or website, capturing ‘buzz’ mentions about your brand as they happen.

Knowing what’s being said, either positive or negative, gives you the opportunity to engage with the person saying it. Social Mention is a free, easy-to-use tool that can give you a leg up in both awareness and responsiveness in the social sphere.

What was being said about your horsebiz? Share your Social Mention results via the Leave a Comment link below. You can also give this article a score, from Very Poor to Excellent, via the new Rate This tool right under the title (hint, look for the stars!).

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Monday Morning Quick Tip – Did You Know June 30th is Global Social Media Day?

An ‘official’ Social Media Day (SMDay) was started last year by the influential social media site Mashable; the second annual event is this week, and growing. How will you participate in the conversation?

On Mashable’s announcement of SMDay last year, they had this to say:

Social media has changed our lives. It has not only changed the way we communicate, but the way we connect with one another, consume our news, conduct our work, organize our lives, and much more. So why not celebrate?

In 2010, Mashable urged readers to organize meet-ups to celebrate, and people responded, with over 12,000 people participating globally in 600+ meet-ups in 93 countries; over 30,000 tweets were posted on Twitter using the official #smday hashtag.

At this time, there are 1,374 meet-ups scheduled around the world for SMDay 2011Go here if you’d like to find a 2011 meet-up in your area, or you can start one yourself. Wouldn’t it be cool to have the first-ever trail ride meet-up to celebrate SMDay? Or to organize a meet-up at a horse show, tack store, barn, or feedstore near you?

Here’s how Mashable’s celebrating SMDay 2011. How will you?

Are you planning to do anything for Social Media Day 2011? Share your thoughts via the Comment link below.

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