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top 8 – Sites that sparked interest this week

6 Mar

Bizzy recommends...


1. Bizzy is a place I can get lost in. This site assists in recommendations based on your favorite restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Easy to use interface and connectability to Facebook makes inputting your favorites addicting.

Mint Data

Mint Data

2. I know Mint isn’t a new site, but have you check out the trends in your location with Mint Data? I was very curious to see on average Jacksonvillians spend $110 on purchases and Five Guys is one of the most frequented restaurants. Even if you aren’t data junkie like me, you may be interested in other areas when traveling.

Fast Flip

Fast Flip from Google Labs

3. Most of us are constantly looking for some free time, Google Labs is here to help with Fast Flip. A visual overview of headlines, popular news stories and even topic news overviews helps get you news quickly while keeping it interesting.



4. Zeer helps you find nutritional information on packaged products. With an extensive database, it’s easy to find gluten information as well as ingredients.

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Quick Thoughts…

30 Nov

Turn Signals: Please use them, It’s not crazy drivers cutting me off that upset me! It’s that they could at least have the courtesy to tell me where/when they are going to do so. It helps me to avoid said crazy drivers. Where are your manners?

Patience: Definitely not my virtue, but I still try to wrestle it into submission.

Jack of all trades: Highly underrated and underpaid. If you were to hire someone for every job this person can do, why can’t you pay them the equivalent salary? Just baffles me how logic flies out windows so easily.

Google: If I can do it, so can you!

RSS Feeds: I love these bloodlines of content, but please use them well. If your company has a hand in every Social Media platform out there, please don’t feed all of them to your Facebook page. As a great song once said, “Gotta keep’em separated!”

Early Birds: Don’t know about any worm catching, but I sure do get my work done before the night owls try to eat me.

The “Deal” with Facebook Places and Pages

9 Nov

Recently, Facebook made an genius announcement about their Facebook Places feature. It will now included Deals for local business owners. Similar in concept to how Foursquare business owners can reward user check-ins with specials, Deals will allow business owners to reward Facebook Places user check-ins. Though an excellent way to increase exposure of a business’s Facebook Page, a merge of the Facebook Place and the Facebook Page must occur.

Pros of Merging your Place with your Page:
• Reward customers who check-in to your Place
• Increase number of check-ins due to exposure of larger fan base
• Map of your business location appears at the top of your Facebook Page
• Show your business’s charitable side by using the Charity Deal
• Increase awareness of Facebook Page by using Friend Deal
• Giving thanks to frequent customers by providing a Loyalty Deal

Cons of Merging your Place with your Page:
• Inability to send non-fans to custom landing tabs
• Navigation for tabs is moved from the top to the side of your Page
• It seems Facebook hasn’t gotten all the kinks worked out. Pages are loading below the fold (as seen below).
• The font is slightly smaller
• The icons for posting on the Wall have changed. The classic “What’s on your mind?” comment box isn’t there unless you click the new icons first.

If you’ve decided to make a Deal, watch this video from Facebook on the how-to’s. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new announcement. If you have any other Pros or Cons to add, that would be helpful as well.

Social Media in the Queen City of the South

19 Aug

This past Monday, I had the privilege of attending Social Fresh Charlotte. Being my first Social Media Conference, my expectations were beyond high, 150 on a 100 point scale. For the most part, the conference was a delightful community of information. Surrounded by people who do what I do, know the lingo and whose eyes don’t glaze over when I talked Twitter for more than five minutes, was an almost Utopian experience.

After 13 pages of notes, I decided not to overwhelm you with every detail I found interesting, but I would like to share somethings I learned. The Dalton Agency sponsored my trip to Charlotte and the conference, so I would like to thank them for making this happen. Now to share some wisdom from the 28 or so, Social Media speakers:

Your Social Media Toolset Panel: Most impressive award goes to Justin Kistner, his humor and insights were an instant success. Some sites he mentioned will be further featured in an upcoming Fascinating Links post. For now, the biggest takeaway from this panel was a decision tree concept and thoughts on interns.
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top 8 – Fascinating Links of the Week

11 Aug

1.Twazzup has a unique layout to give viewers real-time search results of Twitter. This site doesn’t just give you a dull boring stream of tweets containing your keyword. Pictures and influencers (twitter users that tweet the most about a specific subject) are shown as well, making this site fun eye candy!

2.ManageFlitter unfollow inactive, no-good Twitter users who are a waste of time and space while using this beautifully designed site.

3. Kottke, been coming to this blog for years. In-depth posts from a variety of subjects provide ample commentary to entertain and make you think.

4. Oh Joy! is a must for beautifully designed finds. Their Lust Lists keep me coming back for more. If you’re looking for unique house decor, visit this site.
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top 8 – Fascinating Links of the Week

5 Aug

1. Design*Sponge: Guide to Jacksonville I’ve been a fan of Design*Sponge for quite some time and always admire the city guides they feature. Well, Jacksonville, our guide has arrived! As someone who calls Jacksonville her hometown, I thoroughly enjoy this post. Be sure to read the comments to see some great additions!

2. Name Checklist You want to plan a social media strategy, but want to make sure the name of the brand/company will be available across all social media platforms. BAM! Enter Name Checklist! Should be a go-to site for all new social plans.

3. The Zine Collection is a spiffy blog by the Jacksonville Public Library, which contains quite the extensive collection of Zines in the downtown location. Zines are a culturally unique experience, which this blog explores to the fullest. They know their Zines, complete with a monthly update of the newest additions.

4. Get Glue is the movie, tv, music and book version of Yelp, well kinda. Add all of your favorites to get recommendations, stickers and become a guru for everything you love. I personally like the new releases part of the site because its sometimes difficult to keep up with all the new media coming our way. Warning: highly addictive
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top 8 – Fascinating Links of the Week

21 Jul

These sites are keeping me busy this week, hope you enjoy them! As always, let me know if you have any you’d like to share. 🙂

1. Think Traffic I’m determined to keep this blog going strong for years and years. This site gives me great ideas as well as important things to consider for running a blog/website. A really terrific resource!

2. Jane Nation Gotta go girly for a sec! A co-worker of mine mentioned this site and I have to say I regret not checking it out sooner. Great perspective on all things women! You must register to gain access, though you don’t have to be a woman. I enjoy how the site tailors to your goals/position/passions in life called Sisterhoods. The site also has a list of recommended sites, which if you haven’t noticed by now, I love my lists!

3. Dave Fleet’s site has extensive analysis of Social Media and PR topics. I find his perspective interesting, valuable and unique. Just wishing for more content!

4. Blurb Make your own book is a site worth checking out! I’m itching to do this. The prices seem pretty reasonable and would make an awesomely-terrific gift. Continue reading