Category Brian Solis

Why I use Ning as my Digital “Hub”

I have a large (for me) and expansive web presence. I have two blogs (this one and Setting Contexts, my GTD blog), a Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Jaiku, Pownce, Yahoo!Mash, my Upcoming page, etc., etc., etc. A lot of these services were initiated under my jquig99 moniker. As a woman, I felt a bit vulnerable having these under my real name.

Then Brian Solis wrote his great post on Facebook as a Digital Hub. It was a post that rang true for me and helped push me to look at my own brand strategy. And I was all about Facebook. Still am. My network was deep across Twitter and FB, easy to build and maintain. I wrote a entry here responding to Brian’s post (I read Brian’ PR 2.0 every day – his perspective on what’s going on in Silicon Valley and the space is fun, informative and gives me a crucial West Coast window). In the comments Chris Brogan made a case for Ning (which I had used to build a Social Network for one of my clients). He also gave me some great feedback on my web presence and has since encouraged me to be consistent and aggregate my content. And he’s inspired me to start working with video (In a small way, so far). Bought a FlipCamera (thanks Geoff Livingston) that I can carry around with me so that I can talk to people on my travels, do video updates on my blogs, transcribe panels and sessions, etc.

But back to Ning. Ning allows you to develop your own social network. It’s modular, so you can add and subtract features on the fly.

Here’s a list of features(from the website):
- Social Networking
- Full Customization
- Photo Sharing
- Video Sharing
- Discussion Forums
- Groups
- Music and Podcasting
- RSS feedreaders
- Widgets
- Member Profiles/Blogs
- Management Dashboard
- Ability to use Google Analytics
- and more…

In a couple of weeks I’ll be getting a new design and my own logo! I also decided it was time to use my domain name, www.janequigley.com, took the ads off and added some widgets – my upcoming page, my blog RSS feeds, video, my NewsGator shared links and a forum to stimulate conversation and interaction.

What’s challenging – building the traffic. It’s not as easy as Facebook to build my network. Ultimately, it’ll be worth it, as the readers will be here because I’m adding some value and (hopefully) people will want to be part of the forum conversations.

So any suggestions? Anything I should add?

Facebook Helps Define Your Personal Brand – Brian Solis

Facebook is the Hub for your Personal Brand

Chris Brogan poses a lot of questions on his Twitter feed. Some I answer, some I don’t – a lot make me think. Two of questions recently were a wake-up call – “What’s your personal brand?” and “What’s your social media strategy?”

As a marketing/advertising professional, I work on brand strategies all the time. And in the passion that I’ve developed for social media, I’ve been able to work on a number of SM tactics that support client strategy. Just hadn’t adapted them to my own profile.

These questions made me stop and evaluate my own web-presence strategy. Was I being consistent in how I portrayed myself? Were the tools and tactics that I used on an everyday basis supporting my personal strategy? How was I adding value to my network, profile and my company?

It’s a process. And for me, it started with Facebook.

Today, Brian Solis at PR 2.0 wrote this great piece about Facebook being the “hub” of your personal brand. He walks through the strategy of using Facebook as a social network aggregator – the place that combines and defines your web presence as well as your worth to your network. For those people who “don’t get” Facebook, or it’s value, this is a must-read (and share – with your company, peers, etc.).

(Via PR 2.0.)

Geoff Livingston – Facebook Marketing Primer

Now is Gone: Facebook Marketing Primer

Geoff Livingston has a great post in his “Now Is Gone” blog (his book of the same name, with Brian Solis of PR 2.0 fame, should be listed on Amazon soon) – Facebook Marketing Primer. In it, he discusses the different forms of marketing on Facebook, including Applications, community development and advertising.

I’m a big proponent of Facebook and Social Network marketing. I think that different demographics are using Facebook (and other Social Networks) in different ways. For example – I don’t know that many post-college adults would join groups for some companies/products (ie. pharmaceuticals/drugs) that might show up in their news feeds. I’m very much aware of the power of my network and what I want them to see. So how do you market to that demographic without it being intrusive?

(Via Now is Gone.)

bub.blicio.us – Is Mark Zuckerberg the New Bill Gates? (aka Facebook Sturm und Drang)

Is Mark Zuckerberg the New Bill Gates?–
bub.blicio.us

When you’re 23 and getting billion dollar offers for your company, people will crawl out of the (legal) woodwork. bub.blicio.us has a great post about all this Facebook Drama. ConnectU, houseSYSTEM…many of us who lived through the 1st Bubble (NOT that this is a second…) have seen this before.

We’ll see who has a case and who doesn’t-but there’s no denying that Mark Zuckerberg was able to bring it to market first and surround himself with the right people. Which is more than half the battle.

(Via bub.blicio.us.)

Brian Solis (PR 2.0)in PRWeek

PRWeek Interviews PR Pros on the Ascendancy of Facebook

I love the initial proposition:

“Facebook should first be viewed as a personal reputation management system. It really is, in its most simplistic sense, an online hub for your personal brand for you as individual or person within a company.”

I’ve much more aware of “personal branding” since becoming more involved with Facebook – not only the viral componet of what app/group my “friends” are installing/joining, but what I do on my profile says about me professionally.

I’m looking forward to reading the whole article.

(Via PR 2.0.)

Brian Solis: The Future of Communications: A Manifesto for Integrating Social Media into Marketing

The Future of Communications – “ A Manifesto for Integrating Social Media into Marketing

I was reading PR 2.0 – Silicon Valley (AdAge just named it one of the Power150) and Brian Solissent me this link. He also posted it on his Facebook.

In his manifesto (a must-read!), Brian talks about how all of these social tools are affecting Public Relations as a medium (I’ll add Marketing also!) and how conversations are the messaging of today/tomorrow.

I love the line, “Monologue has given way to Dialog”.

I’m a big believer in this line of thinking. My experience on Twitter and Facebook has opened me up to a new level of conversation with people who are creating the tools and services enabling this dialogue/messsaging. Brian talks about a new layer of influencers (my examples – Scoble, Winer) who are able to lead people to new tools and services (virally) because of their accessibility and exploitation of these applications.

(Via PR 2.0 – Silicon Valley)