Apr 112012
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Original Post:  9 Small Business Social Media Success Stories via Social Media Examiner


 ReBlog: 9 Small Business Social Media Success Stories
Apr 082012

Another great Infographic from visual.ly.  And please be sure to check out the Demographic Infographic section.  I have great fans!!!
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 The Facebook Social Life of Infusion Media
Apr 032012


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Americans need jobs — and you can help. Starbucks and the Opportunity Finance Network® have started the Create Jobs for USA Fund. Your $5 donation will spark $35 in financing to small businesses — money that will be used to create and sustain jobs. Learn more at createjobsforUSA.org.


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Mar 222012

MartisPlace FBLogo pre like v1 Martis Place   Facebook PagePlease join me in “Like”ing Marti’s Place on Facebook.  Marti’s Place is a Small Business in Marietta, Georgia which is owned by my Friend Marti Richardson.  Marti recently expanded her operations by opening a new storefront after working as an independent stylist at Stu’s Barber Shop which closed in November after the owner, Stuart Gowder, passed away.


If you live and/or work in the Marietta, Roswell, or East Cobb area, I highly recommend using Marti’s Place for your Hair Style needs!


Thank you for your support!! (and in helping Marti’s Place go Viral!!!)

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Mar 142012

QR (Quick Response) Codes…love them or hate them?

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Originally designed for the Automotive Industry then adapted to other industries due to it’s fast readability and large storage design.  Some believe they are an excellent marketing tool targeting mobile users with smartphones.  And since the QR Codes can hold four different types of data (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, Kanji), marketers can develop very diverse campaigns tailored to their product or campaign.

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QR Codes are popping up everywhere.  Not only on product packaging, you’ll find them on direct mailings, business cards, emails, bumper stickers…I’ve even seen them alongside the names of Journalists on the Local TV Newscasts.

As QR Codes become more popular, from a marketing standpoint, you will most likely to want them to stand out from the standard black and white block image.  There are tools out there now that allow you to insert your own logo, change the design, and colors.

 Fun with QR Codes!4 Ways Restaurants Should Use QR Codes | Social ShuffleHere are four ways restaurants can effectively leverage QR codes to improve the overall dining experience.

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Here are some QR Codes that I recently designed for Infusioni Media.  One note, you must be careful when using these generation tools.  Be sure to test them with different QR Code Scanning Apps prior to publishing.

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Infusion Media Website

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“Like” Infusion Media on Facebook

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Follow Infusion Media on Twitter

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Circle Infusion Media on Google+

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Connect with Infusion Media on LinkedIn

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Email Infusion Media

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Text Message (SMS) Infusion Media

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Call Infusion Media

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Infusion Media Contact Info

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What are your thoughts on QR Codes?  Have you used QR Codes as either a Marketer or Consumer?

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 Fun with QR Codes!
Mar 132012
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Kudo’s to Meineke on Social Media Customer Engagement!

Today I visited a local Meineke and checked in via Foursquare (which then went to Twitter…).  This afternoon, I then received this Tweet from Meineke:

@ Thanks for coming in today! Here’s some savings off your next oil change http://t.co/fzqLLWGK
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The link then led to these coupons that I can use on my next visit.

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Very impressive proactive customer engagement! 

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Mar 122012
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The Story of South African Wines (Photo credit: DimitraTzanos)

Ever created an Infographic?  You know…one of those graphs that combine Data & Graphics that give you that “Wow” impression when it loads a full web page? lol  There are some tools out there to help create specialized Infographics such as Resume’s or LinkedIn Profiles.  Or you can create your own with a graphics program such as Photoshop.  

Visual.ly is now rolling out a tool to easily create Infographics and makes it even easier to share it across your Social Media Networks, Blogs, Websites, email, etc.  They currently only have a limited amount of tools to start, but they promise a full list of new tools coming soon.

I decided to try it out.  One of their featured tools is to compare Twitter accounts with a SXSW Theme.  So I compared myself to my Twitter Friend Irene Kimmel (@irenekimmel).  The output was very impressive! (See below.).  My only complaint is that since I changed my Twitter Username last week, the graphic is only showing one week of stats.  Not sure if this is a Twitter bug or Visual.ly issue since by changing my name I kept my years and years of Twitter history.

So what do you think?

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Be sure to try your own (free registration) at visual.ly/create!

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Mar 112012
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Have you seen KONY 2012?  This is probably one of the most explosive viral videos so far.  In 6 Days, this video has been viewed over 70 Million times.  And that is just on it’s original direct link.

If you’re one of the few people are not familiar with it, KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.

Yes, there is a lot of Social “Fire Power” behind it such as Will Smith, Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Oprah, Rihanna…just to name a few who have supported this campaign.  But it still takes the average Social Media user to retweet, post, share in many different ways for it to make the mark that this viral campaign has made.

Also take note, that for something to go “Viral” doesn’t mean it has to be a world wide phenomenon.  Viral can be directed to certain demographics, geography, industry, etc.  Even reaching smaller groups, it can be powerful.

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