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I’ve been replying to a lot of Public Relations (PR) requests on PitchRate for my shop, Affordable Coin Shop. I want to open the dialog and hear what others think. Please feel free to comment, reply and post your own responses. Carol Roth of Business Unplugged wanted to know….
I am looking for business owners, advisors, experts and entrepreneurs to share their ONE best social media tip, trick or hack. What’s your best tip for improving social media efficiency, getting more followers/likes/retweets, converting followers to customers or just grabbing attention? *Please note that only constructive, on-topic submissions related to a social media tips will be included.
I’ve been running the social media for a small family owned coin shop for years, Affordable Coin Shop. My number one social media tip is kind of a combination of things. I lined several of my facebook fan pages to go with their coinciding Twitter accounts. (Click here to link your account) For example, all my posts on Affordable Coin Shops facebook page automatically show up on the Affordable Coin Shop’s Twitter account. Tweriod to create a posting schedule of when your twitter followers are on and based on that and the peak times on Facebook I create a posting schedule on Buffer. What use to take me a day to do for a week now takes me mere hours for a month’s worth of posts. Combining with tools like IFTTT, Zapier and Pocket also helps expedite the content curation.
It’s standard that your PC has spell checker although many fail to understand that squiggly red line under those misspelled words. Chances are you are not a grammar wiz either. I know I am certainly not! Grammarly to the rescue. You can pay for it but there is a free version. Helps you with using the correct version of ‘here’, ‘hear’ and ‘There’, ‘Their’ and ‘They’re’. Not to mention correcting punctuation.
Copromote is free to use and is a cross promoting tool. You agree to share 10 posts (Twitter, YouTube or Tumblr) and in return you earn points based on your followers to get your content shared. I can get 10 – 20 shares in a day depending on the content.
I don’t consider my tips trade secrets so if you want help setting things up for automation just contact me or leave a message on this post. I do charge for this service, but we can always work it out.
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Looking for CMOs, marketing execs, or social media managers who can talk about keeping in mind legal concerns while handling social media for a company.
I felt their question was a bit open ended. I wasn’t sure if they meant what companies do to avoid legal concerns or what are their concerns.
I currently handle all the social media for Affordable Coin Shop LLC. Recently our Twitter account, (@OldSouthMK) was shut down for a day. Why? Well, it’s unclear. They say I was either aggressively going after followers or had been spamming. I was able to get my account back up and running, but it was a pain and Twitter never did answer me back as to what it was that caused them to shut me down.
Since my response to Erin, I’ve not had any further issues, but Erin’s question had me wondering. I know here in the US we have freedom of speech, but Defamation of character can have consequences as well as unlawful use of a trademark, but what else is there?
To name a few. Luckily here at Affordable Coin Shop, we don’t have too much of that to worry. Although I did think twice before divulging the management issues we were having through 2013, I have been the only person handling the social media account.
It is against our policy to harass anyone but in the world of coin collecting, I’ve seen in social groups as well as on LinkedIn dealers harassing others to sell their items to them. Personally, I find this behavior deplorable and do recommend that any dealer applying pressure to sell to them prior to giving disclosure of item’s value is not someone to do business with.
With Sony, Target & Home Depot all having been hacked this year anyone not worried about hacking is, dear I say, “Naive or Crazy”. This is an issue I’ve never taken lightly. We here at the coin shop, have never retained people’s credit card numbers. We do have contact information but beyond that, there is little else. In the past, however, we have noticed many of our customers have had their email accounts hacked. So on that note here are a few articles to help you prevent being hacked.
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I personally have been dealing with this issue for several months like many other Chrome & Facebook users. I find it funny that I’ve seen numerous articles saying the same thing over and over for years as a solution to this issue. One of the hardest parts was finding alternative solutions that might work. So I decided why not share what I’ve learned. Now honestly of course I started my search off with some kind of search of ‘Google freezing with Facebook’. Below is a list of the different solutions and the results I got.
Before trying any of these first make sure that updating Chrome, Adobe, Java and Windows. Granted this may not solve your issues but hey it’s worth a shot. I highly recommend this site called Ninite. A very good friend who works in tech support recommended this site to me. It allows you to install & update several software at the same time. Even though these didn’t work for me they might work for you. Please feel free to comment if one of these suggestions work for you.
Although Facebook’s Help Center was not my first stop I did find several response to this problem there. In all due honesty that is where I got the idea to write this post. To read the entire question and all the banter back and forth you can read the whole 66+ response & replies to those responses here, “Why does my computer freeze only on Facebook?”
This first one is my least favorite. Why? Well, here’s the suggested solution…..
One fix I found is to go to “Facebook.com/login“, which is an older page they don’t use any longer. Instead of freezing for 30-60 seconds, it simply works.
This doesn’t work for me because I’m logged into Facebook and I want to open an new tab with Facebook to find a photo to add as a comment to someone’s post. Logging out and back in is just not going to solve this freeze up issue. I do have to say the suggestion of completely logging out of Facebook when your done is a wise idea as my husband can attest to the fact that then crazy wives go changing one’s profile picture.
This next solution also didn’t work for me but I did find it interesting.
Log In to Facebook and immediately go to the padlock up at the top and click on that. (or you can skip this and click on the link in # 3.)
Click on ‘Where You’re Logged In‘ for a list of active Sessions and then Clear All Activities.
I found up to 4 sessions of my account still opened from the beginning to mid way through October 2013. I’m posting this as of now October 29, 2013. Why these sessions were still running? I do not know the answer! I log out completely every time. Facebook has a mind of its own when it comes to all the spy-ware, add-ware and everything under their Sun of tracking all of our activity. Since I cleared all the sessions, no more freezing up as of now. I will keep you posted if this changes. Hope this helps!
I did do this and found like 10-12 open sessions of Facebook going as far back as 2013. Wild! Some were on mobile devices, others were messenger & my computer. I choose to close them all. Didn’t seem to really make any kind of a difference but hey it was worth a shot.
This next one seems to have lots of merit, but alas it didn’t work for me either. Oh and you can click on the word Extensions in #2 and skip the 1st step.
SCROLL DOWN TO: SMS from Gmail™ & Facebook™ (MightyText) 4.31
UNCHECK THE ENABLE BOX.
CLOSE CHROME AND THEN RE-OPEN.
Although there are several Chrome extensions that are reported to cause freeze up issues none of the ones I’ve seen others list were ones I use. I have tried removing all the extensions I had and still didn’t resolve the issue.
This next solution is the most common one but alas still not working for me. Among the freezing up only on Facebook, Google would also freak out and start flashing. This issue seems to be associated with Shockwave and I was getting crash messages constantly for Shockwave as well. If your a visual person, How to Geek has pictures of step by step process. How To Fix Shockwave Flash Crashes in Google Chrome
After you press enter, you’ll see a list of all the plugins installed in Chrome. Look for the Flash entry and expand the details of these files by toggling the label [+] Details, found in the upper right-hand corner of the browser.
Click the Disable option for Chrome’s internal installation of Flash. (Make sure you disable the file located in Chrome’s AppData folder and not the stand-alone Flash installation).
You’ll now be using the Flash installed on your operating system. Now ensure that you have the latest version of Flash! Do this for both Shockwave & Adobe Flash player.
In address bar type in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
You’ll find “Local State” file there. Delete it
Open Google Chrome and see if has helped.
If that didn’t work here is their other suggestion in the same folder. I’ve removed my extensions before and didn’t see any change, but this seems to work. Let’s see how long I can go without my beloved extensions before I crack & re-install them.
Close Google Chrome
Open Windows Explorer
In address bar type in %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
You’ll find the Default folder here. Rename it to “Default.old”
Open Google Chrome and see if this has helped stop the crashes.
*Note if you’re having a hard time renaming the file and Chrome is closed, go to the hidden icons tab on the start-up bar. Close all open notifications of Chrome.
Cafe world is a really a silly click monkey Facebook game. Not sure why I love it but I do. Unfortunately after a while the quests dwindle and You wonder what else is there. You try to do Catering only to find out you can’t complete it on your own due to not having a recipe. So what can you do. This won’t solve all those issues but can help.
You know those events that tend to be 2 weeks long? The ones where there’s 12 days of quests with 3 parts, 2 catering jobs and 2 click building stages (Sorry lack a better term for that last option). Now maybe you’re like me with a 100 friends who some what play or not but I never seem to finish those click monkey buildables. I thought once the time was up they were gone. I was wrong! So below is a list of recipes that you can unlock by completing the stages you didn’t finish. I am going to start by having 2 types of list. There are stages you can complete to get recipes and then there are stages you can complete for a stove or better stove. If you discover one I don’t have listed please comment below and thank you! These lists will be a work in progress and I will post when last updated.
Please note that if I can find a way to link them I will.