Social Media Tools for WordPress

ID-10078955We have learned that social media is the new king of marketing… but make no mistake, your website is still critical, and should serve as the central hub for all of your online marketing. It’s home!

WordPress developers have created numerous tools that can help pull together all of your online real estate.  Check out these great plugins:

Social Media Widget: So simple, and the clearest way to direct people from your website to your social media. As the name implies, Social Media Widget adds a widget to your sidebar with icon links to each of your social media outlets. Install the plugin, add the widget to your sidebar, add the URL of each of your social media pages, and you’re off and running! Tip: Set each icon to open a new page/tab so that your website remains open. You can see this plugin in action on our homepage.

Sociable: Take your Social Media integration to the next level by adding “share” buttons at the end of each page or article. You can easily configure which media you wish to use, and the connection to each happens in the background automatically. Sociable also includes “print” and “email”, allowing full control of your viewers’ sharing experience.

Pinterest “Pin It” Button: Make it easy for your site visitors to Pin your images to their Pinterest board, sharing the wealth of great content you are posting! Install it, set it, and forget it… This plugin adds a “Pin It” button to your pages, and defaults to pinning the first image on each page.

Need help? We’re here to help you bring all of your internet pieces together to create a full online marketing plan. Contact us today to discuss!

(Photo courtesy Suphakit73, freedigitalphotos.net)

Networking

by Lisa Polce, Guest Blogger

iStock_000006680981MediumFirst, you probably won’t think of it this way, but you are better at networking than you think. Let’s face it, you network in the grocery store, in church, in an elevator, at your children’s school. Networking is having a conversation. Let’s take the stress out of feeling like you have to have a sales pitch.

Networking, at least, good networking is a skill. I don’t think it comes naturally. The art of networking and at the core is, don’t expect anything in return. When you genuinely want to help a colleague succeed, you will succeed. Networking is planting a seed. You never know where that conversation will go or lead. Many times, it will surprise you that it does come back to you. What you give out, comes back.

In my travels, I have heard over and over, people do business with people they know. Networking is another way of saying you are building on your relationships. With that, you build trust and trust leads to referrals.

Networking isn’t easy. As it does have the word, “work” in it. Network! It’s hard work and you have to keep doing it to get better at your skills. Networking isn’t a sales pitch. You are a farmer planting a seed, and with your hard work, you can watch that seed grow.

What can you walk away with from this article? If you are passionate about your career choice, like what you do, then simply be yourself. Keep in mind when introducing yourself, How can I help you gain more business? Plant the seed, water it and help it grow. Helping others builds your confidence and and in return, you gain trust with others.

Be on the look out for more information on networking. Feel free to share comments or feedback at http://www.hjgraphicdesigns.com/contactus.php.

Just be yourself and enjoy what you do, the talking comes easy!

About Lisa Polce: 

With 18 years of experience, I will meet and go beyond your expectations, multitask, have an incredible work ethic and strong customer service. My graphic design background involves not only creativity, layout and design, but extensive pre-press work for commercial printing. I understand the end result, in which it is not only a great design of visual communication, but that there is correct paper choice and correct choice of printers to ensure the outcome of your project will be the best possible.