Hootsuite, Seesmic, Sprout Social or Tweetdeck: Who Has the Best Social Networking Client?

I posted an article a couple of weeks ago (CLICK HERE TO READ) talking about the importance of engaging your online community and the importance of using social networks to keep your community informed about things that they will find relevant, but will also help you drive business. This can be difficult to do if you have Facebook, Foursquare, Linked In and Twitter pages, like Alloy Productions does. I know it can get confusing and be a pain in the butt to run around and post a status update to all of those pages! I’ve had to do that. However, technology can help with that! There are 4 major players in the game that are offering software dashboards, online dashboards and mobile apps that allow you to manage them all in one place. In this article, I plan to breakdown how these clients work and state, in my opinion, which of them I choose to use and why.

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Event: Web1.0 Workshop

Click “Attending” on this Workshop’s Facebook Event Page

The owner of Alloy Productions, Matt Jacobs,  is holding a workshop for people interested in expanding the web-presence of their band, brand or business. We are calling this workshop “Web1.0” and it will be the first of its kind to be offered in the area. “Web1.0” will focus on the importance of maintaining a website/blog and social networks. Matt will give a short presentation and will leave plenty of time to answer your questions. This workshop is not about how to get more “Likes” on Facebook or more “Followers” on Twitter, but we will touch on the importance of engaging that audience.

The event is open to all comers, but we would like people to email us or click on the “Attending” button on the Facebook event page if they plan to attend so we can be prepared. The purpose of signing-up, is so we know how many people to accommodate when it comes to refreshments, chairs, etc… We do have a limit of how many attendees will be permitted in the room, so we may need to setup a second date for the “Web1.0” workshop. We want to make sure that the people that are interested in this workshop get a chance to attend.

Sign-up is simple enough, just send an e-mail to matt@alloyproductions.org with “Web1.0” in the subject line. Make sure that you include you’re first and last name, the name of your business or organization, a link to your current website/blog and what type of organization it is (i.e. band, business, non-profit organization or self).

We are hoping that this will be the first of a series of these workshops. We will continue to host these “Web1.0” workshops as long as people are interested in attending. We also plan to hold “Web2.0” workshops in the near future that will focus on advancing your web-presence even further for those interested in audio/video podcasting.

If you have any questions about whether or not this workshop is for you, feel free to ask them here as a comment, asking them on any of our Workshop event page on Facebook or by e-mailing them to matt@alloyproductions.org.

“Web1.0” Workshop Details:

Place: Albany Public Library 2450 14th Ave. SE Albany, OR 97322

Date/Time: May 20th, 2012 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Cost: Free

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Providing Content to Create Interaction with Your Online Audience

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Interaction with your online audience is very important. Whether your online presence is strictly catered to business and your online audience is your customer/client base, or you’re a blogger trying to maintain a readership. There are a couple of important things to keep in mind about interacting with your online audience. The most important being to provide them with content. If you don’t engage your online audience, then they will go away.

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Mobile Blogging

20111028-055906.jpgWith the advent of smartphones and tablet computing, a new wave of blogging is out there for people to experience, mobile blogging. This is important to bloggers especially because it means they can do full blog posts from places where they were, not so long ago, limited to Facebook and Twitter posts. Being a blogger means you need to be able to cover important happenings in whatever field you work in, as it is happening so you can have articles available for your readers on the fly. Well, depending on where your blog is hosted, there are several apps out there that make mobile blogging not just possible, but fairly simple.

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