Pins Of The Day – April 28 – May 2, 2014

Newest Pins of the day from April 28 – May 2 2014.  Includes curated content discussing  design, video, branding and Instagram.

4 Ways Visual Design can Improve Your Social Media Marketing

Monday’s Pin Of The Day is from +Zach Kitschke  writing for +Social Media Examiner with a great “pinnable” image created by +Canva

This article gives some great tips on why visual branding is so important.  As mentioned in the article, “A strong visual brand helps you connect with your community and effectively convey your brand’s personality.”

The article shares that you need to:

1.  Set your color palette.
2.  Determine Your Brand Fonts
3.  Use Photo Filters
4.  Design Consistent Templates.

If you want to see a great example of someone who is doing visual branding right here on Google+, make sure you check out +Rebekah Radice’s posts.  She always does an excellent job using all the above tips IMHO.

Check out the entire article here  http://bit.ly/S35cUs


04-29-14 – Adding A Edited Video To Instagram

Tuesday’s Pin Of The Day is from me because I can….(cue maniacal laughter…)

Adding a video that I edited on my desktop instead of my phone is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.  There are some great apps to edit video on your phone, but I wanted to repurpose some video content that I had created for some Hangout trailers.

You can watch the +Instagram version of the Manly Show trailer here:  http://youtu.be/2hjBLZE_Axc

Here’s another funny little video that I edited and uploaded on my desktop as well:  http://youtu.be/p2aVLn5gZF8

Check out the entire tutorial here  http://bit.ly/1iCsAC2



04-30-14 – HOA Branding Tips

Wednesday’s Pin Of The Day is from my Manly Show colleague, the great +Mike Allton

In his article he gives some great tips on the how you can brand your HOA’s for maximum effect.

A couple of tips:
• Use a branded HOA banner photo
• Make a HOA teaser video that fits your brand.
• […]

Pins Of The Day – April 2014 – Week Two – Manly Tips

Here are the pins of the day for the second week of April 2014.  For this week I chose pins that  I believed men would find interesting.  Pinterest is viewed for a platform that is mostly for women.  They do outnumber the men, but  there are tons of interesting boards that men would find interesting.  Here are some great “Manly” pins that I found:

04-07-14 – 34 Things You Can Cook On A Campfire

Monday’s Pin Of The Day comes from +BuzzFeed Community

It’s getting warmer here in Texas and some great camping weekends are starting to shape up.

One of the things we look forward most when we camp is cooking over an open fire.  Here is a great roundup of camping recipes that you’ll love to try!

04-08-14 – WD-40 Survival Guide

Tuesday”s Pin Of The Day comes from WD-40. Every man should have a can in his garage.

Did you know you could remove paint with WD-40?

My uncle actually sprays it on his elbow because he says it helps with his arthritis. Of course, he’s well lubricated most days anyway if you get my meaning…

What are some strange uses you’ve seen with WD-40?


04-09-14 – What Every Man Ought To Know About Focus

Wednesday’s Manly Pin Of The Day comes from +Art of Manliness

Great article on improving your focus.  Some benefits of learning to manage your attention are:

•  Improves relationships
•  Boosts resilience
•  Increases happiness
•  Increases creativity
•  Deepens our wisdom
•  Improves our critical thinking
•  Gives us more flourishing and enjoyable life


 04-10-14 – Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Thursday’s edition of the Manly #PinOfTheDay

This Pin Of The Day comes from one of my favorite +Pinterest  boards simply titled Zombie Survival.

Here is everything you need to know to create your own survival kit just using a empty Altoids tin.


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    Email Marketing with Stephan Hovnanian and Wade Harman [VIDEO]

Email Marketing with Stephan Hovnanian and Wade Harman [VIDEO]

Stephan Hovnanian and I were on Wade Harman’s Google+ HOA show, Relationship Marketing, where the three of us discussed the importance of being trustworthy and creating personal relationships with your email subscriber base.

Wade, who now blogs at wadeharman.com, has a very interesting work history. Before he became a blogger, social media marketer and HOA show host, Wade was a coal miner in Southwestern Virginia, where he worked six days a week deep underground using a machine called a ‘scoop’.

A few years ago, he was injured on the job, and needed a find a new source of income. The rest, they say, is history.

In our time together, Stephan, Wade, and I went over how we manage our email lists, how we engage and build relationships with those who opt-in, where to locate opt-ins among your content, and how to grow and maintain your list.

Here’s a list of questions we discussed:

Why should you try to have a personal relationship with people who opt-in to your email list? (4:15)
How do you set up your blog for emails? What kind of opt-in techniques work best? (9:10)
Why did Stephan decide to put his email opt-in below his posts? (10:53)
What types of people respond to the free offers we use to get them to join our email lists? Are they responsive later? (13:06)
Why should you have a dedicated landing page for email subscriptions? (15:42)
Are exclusive offers useful to drive signups? (17:03)
Do you purge your email list? (19:35).
What’s the secret to growing email lists? (19:57)
Once you get people to opt-in to your email list, how do you build trust with them in your messages to them? (20:38)
What are some writing tips to help build relationships? (25:17)
Do you change your headline every […]

Random Planned Acts Of Kindness

According to Wikipedia, a random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.  This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to be deliberate and plan out random acts of kindness to people who follow you on social networks.

Your followers are people just like yourself who enjoy hearing from a real person.  There is a reason that they are reading the content you write.  You are providing something that adds value for them.  Think about how affirming it is when someone you admire acknowledges you.  Here are some ways that you can show appreciation to your followers.

1.  Thank them publicly by name. – It can take a long time, but I still recommend thanking everyone who shares your content.  By thanking them in the comments or a retweet, you’ll find that many times you’ll be able to start a valuable conversation.

2.  Follow them back. – On some networks it is just common courtesy to follow them back.  If someone is consistently interacting with your posts, following them back can show them your appreciation.

3.  Add them to a “special” list, then share the list.  John Paul Aguiar has a great list called 250 Follow Friday Favorite People.  This is a great way to honor your followers and show them that they are important to you.

4.  Give them exclusive deals. –  If you have products you sell, a coupon code or a discount that is exclusive to your followers is a great way to say thank you.

5.  Share reader accomplishments. – If a follower launches a new book, gets their article published, or has some other significant accomplishment, mention them.  It may […]