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Small Businesses Benefit Most From Social Media, Study Reveals | Social Media Examiner.

Social Media has an impact on small businessesThis is an interesting article and report from the Social Media Examiner on how Social Media impacts the smaller business.  Let me know what things in this report you are doing – and if you are NOT doing them, why not?

Do you wonder if you have what it takes to compete in the social media marketplace? Who, after all, has the time or the budget to mimic Disney or Starbucks? Certainly not a small business!

Well, maybe that’s the wrong set of questions.

In fact, the 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report has some good news for small business marketers. Small business owners are seeing the greatest results from social media marketing.

Michael Stelzner authored the third-annual industry study in which he surveyed 3342 marketers, 47% of whom were either self-employed or small business owners. This group reports some amazing results from social media marketing. Let me show you what they found…

Click here for entire article and to download the Social Media 2011 Report from The Social Media Examiner.

Maddy Rose and Tom Sullinger at The Balcony Club in DallasHey everyone!   I am excited to tell you about my next gig (remember my stage name is Maddy Rose – click here to hear my music) -  I will be playing The Balcony Club at the historic Lakewood Theater in Dallas Tuesday, April 19 for the happiest of hours – 6 to 9.   This set will be me and my keyboard player Tom Sullinger, giving you soulful vocals of some of your favorite tunes, bluesy, jazzy and of course my soulful interpretations of love lost, found and conquered!  I hope you will come and join me, hang out, share some drinks, sing along, and catch up on life and what’s been going on over this past year.

—  PLUS I HAVE A SPECIAL TREAT FOR YOU  —

Sarah Sellers at the Balcony Club DallasSARAH SELLERS!  Sarah Sellers -click here to watch her videos – will be joining me at The Balcony Club and will be bringing you her version of some of the hottest tunes charting right now, plus some of her own.   Don’t miss “pretty little miss Sarah Sellers”, her soul and incredible vocals will blow you away!  Oh, and did I say she was my daughter?  Yes!

Looking forward to seeing you!
Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
The Balcony Club
“aTop the Lakewood Theater”
1825 Abrams, Suite B
Dallas, Texas 75214

Map it!

Book Maddy Rose for your next private party or event!
Contact:  Sandy Hibbard Wright at 214-208-3987 – sandy@lyricmarketing.com
Visit my site at www.myspace.com/maddyroseandsoulmix

lyric marketing oscar movie fun2011 Oscar Nominee List

Ok, it’s Oscar weekend, so let’s have some movie fun!  Here is a list of all the Oscar contenders that will be up for an award on Sunday night on the 83rd Academy Awards!   I borrowed this list from Moves with Mitch (he’s having a Best Buy contest so be sure and check out his site).  Be sure to check out the official Oscar site and see the videos and commentary and their own list as well!  You can keep track of your own picks there.  I’ve tried to get to most of the movies, but have missed a few – I am not sure how many I will get to this weekend but would really like to see Biutiful before Sunday.  Oh don’t cha love it!  All that glamour and sparkle!   See the list here…. View full article »

Steve Errey of Lifehack.org wrote this inspiring post I wanted to share with my readers:

Confidence is a tool you can use in your everyday life to do all kinds of cool stuff, not least to stop second-guessing yourself, manage your fears and become able to do more of the things that really matter to you.

But not many people realise that their self-confidence works just like a muscle – it grows in response to the level of performance required of it.  Either you use it or you lose it.  That’s why I’ve given you 63 ways to grow your confidence so that you can become a giant. View full article »

Social Media Productivity – 13 Tips to Maximize Your Time | Strategy Consulting and Strategic Planning.

I found a great article that is perfect for getting your social media planning ready for 2011 – here is the latest post from BrainZooming.com.  Lyric Marketing wants to know how you are planning to market your business in 2011?  Have you sat down to write your plan?  When will you launch your first marketing video?  How many do you plan to do each month?  What will be your subject?  Remember, it doesn’t exist unless it has been written!

Love and Peace!
Sandy

Sandy Hibbard Wright is devoted to providing premier marketing services to help you build your brand and LEAP to the next level in your business. Her company, Lyric Marketing and Design, has strategic plans that focus on social media, web, email and print marketing.  Email sandy@lyricmarketing.com or call 214-208-3987 to learn more and develop your strategic marketing plan for 2011.

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Social Media by ThirdsIt’s pretty common knowledge that implementing an effective social media strategy takes time. That makes tips on how to maximize your social media productivity, such as those shared by Todd Schnick, co-founder of #Innochat, on his strategy for allocating your time very valuable. Todd’s recommendation was to divide your social media participation time into thirds, with 1/3 of your time within each category:

  • Observing / listening in others’ social media outlets
  • Participating in others’ outlets through commenting, guest blogging, etc.
  • Creating content and being active within your own outlets View full article »

Here is a great article on tools to help you use Twitter better!  Thanks to SmartBlog on Social Media.

Admit it: You might love Twitter as a social network, but you probably don’t love it as a service. Twitter is the Yugo of social tools — it can take you wherever to need to go, but there aren’t a whole lot of bells and whistles. Of course, Yugos probably broke down less often.

Twitter’s simplicity is probably a big part of why it has attracted so many new users over the last four years, but once you master the basics, it isn’t long before you find yourself wishing there was an easy way to unfollow inactive users or send private messages to several people at the same time. The good news is that Twitter makes it easy for developers to create tools that can take your Twitter experience from Yugo to Lexus without too much fuss.

Here are eight Web applications that you can use to kick your account into a higher gear. Note: For simplicity’s sake, I won’t get into full Twitter clients, mobile apps or analytics tools today — those weighty topics will have to wait for their own posts.  Click the link below to read the entire article.

8 tools for upgrading your Twitter experience | SmartBlog on Social Media.

Last month I had a chance to visit my niece and her hubby, Melissa Hibbard and Hamid Rahmanian (they are independent documentary film makers in Brooklyn, NY – click here to see their latest film The Glass House).  Had a blast and got an local view of NYC.  They took me to their favorite restaurants, and Melissa and I shopped her favorite stores in SoHo and the lower east side and “alphabet city”.  What I love about NYC is that life is happening all around ALL the time!  Such diversity.  You wouldn’t believe the experience I had at the Whole Foods store at 14th and Union, 100 people lined up in 5 lanes to check out their groceries – I think in Texas we would have had several people going “postal” but there everyone just seemed to know what to do next and didn’t seem to be in any hurry.  It was a nice change from my suburban life I live here in Dallas.

I have lots of photos I am processing from the trip, so stay tuned and check back often to see more.  I will be publishing them all on my photo site www.LensQueen.com.   My first grouping is a small collection of photos I snapped using my “best camera” (Chase Jarvis says the best camera is the one that’s with you!) – my handy Apple iPhone 3GS (haven’t upgraded to the OS4 yet, waiting for my AT&T upgrade coming in February).   Here are a few to tease you, be sure to hop over to LensQueen.com to see the entire gallery.  Love and Peace!

The amazing Winspear Opera House in Dallas was the setting for the performance of Pucini’s Madame Butterfly.  I had the good fortune to attend the performance last night and had a blast.  The beauty of the architecture of the new Performing Arts Center in downtown Dallas was breathtaking!  Here are a few photos taken with what Chase Jarvis rates as the BEST CAMERA – the one that’s with you! In my case my trusty iPhone (to see all my photos visit me at my Facebook page):

Creating a demand for your servicesOne thing is for certain in today’s business climate, when there is no demand for your services, there is no business.  Creating the need then becomes one of the primary focuses for any business development professional.  Whether you are a musician who needs gigs, a photographer looking for a photo op, a graphic artist needing a project, a Realtor® looking for a new listing or buyer, or a loan officer needing to close a refi or mortgage deal, you need a steady influx of leads and prospects.  In the old days we were taught that you had to make X number of calls to have X number of appointments to make X number of dollars.  Somewhat true today.  But thank goodness we now have access to other methods than the telephone and are connected to the entire world through the web and social networking – our sphere has just been enlarged! View full article »

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