How Important Are the Sharing Functions Here at WP.com?

If you have a WordPress.com account, you’ve most likely seen this option found on the left sidebar in the admin section. It is down below the “Settings” category. Clicking through you see some options to share information out to a select few social community networks you may (should!) belong to.
The question is, how important and useful is it to bother setting these automatic notifications up? Does it really matter that much in the grander scheme of things?
The first way to answer this question is with another question (typical, no?). What is the purpose of your blog posting? Are you simply capturing random thoughts that scurry through your mind with no real desire to seek fame and fortune from your scribblings? If this is the case, then don’t bother with the Sharing functionality here.
If on the other hand, you are attempting to promote your personal brand, or some new product or service, then obviously getting the word out to others is important. Plus, if you’ve ever had a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, you know there are greater limitations on functionality here at WP.com than there are on the seemingly endless number of plug-ins one can add to their own install.
But the good folks here recognize the need for functionality (safely implemented, hence the prevention of letting us jack up their installs with a bunch of potentially hazardous plugins!). As such, there are areas in the admin section, like this Sharing setting which provides additional features for those in the need.
The Perfect Meal
Clearly in this new world of independent publishing and writers running willy nilly posting up copies of their magna opera for the unsuspecting masses, getting the word out is paramount. These sharing features are just the option for those authors, like me, who have opted to maintain their online presence here at WordPress.com.Say you are an aspiring writer who, like myself, is nearing the end of writing and self-publishing his first novel (a little ditty entitled The Perfect Meal. If you, like me, are under the impression that once CreateSpace and Kindle have finished the approval process and placed the book into their systems, the only thing left is to check the sales stats, well, you, LIKE ME πŸ™ would be left wanting for more.
Most of us have accounts for the following, however if you are living under a rock, get with it!

So what these services do is every time you publish a new blog post, your title and link is pinged out to those communities. Simple, easy, automated. Just do what you do, write, and post, and forget worrying about sending a tweet to let your 621 followers know about it. Already taken care of.
A little further down the page is the “Share Button” section. This makes it easy for those folks that found out about your great blog post while playing in the one of the social communities you automatically pinged from above to share the news out to the communities they favor. I’m sure this functionality will vary from theme to theme, but usually the “share” button should display just below the text of your post, and above the author profile box. While you aren’t required to have accounts with the share button services, it certainly won’t hurt you to cultivate your personal brand in as many of them as you have time for.
To date, you can add easy share buttons for the following:

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google +1
  • Facebook
  • Word Press This
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Digg

There is also an easy button for emailing the page link and quick print. The print functionality is extremely cool in that it strips out all the web theme related colors and graphics and provides the visitor with a well laid out print page of the blog post content. Plus, it adds your WordPress.com user (author) information box at the bottom.
This info box is a great place to use the website and the printed pages to market yourself and your products/services. Or the release of your newest book πŸ˜‰
So, the round about answer to whether it’s worth messing around with the Sharing functionality herein? Absolutely. It is set and forget and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Pondering the Vidli.com Contest

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Still only a few hours left in the contest being run by soon to be released Vidli.com. If you spend any time at all reading the posts here at BG, you likely know that I’ve been participating in their Social Media challenge. They designed an interesting way to weed out the wannabe Social Media “expert” types from those that can actually produce results.
The rules? Simple: sign up, get URL that points people to Vidli’s Beta Invitation sign up form, get people to sign up for their free beta program to be launched early 2010. The top five referrers are then invited to talk with Vidli folk in order to be further considered for the new position they are hiring for.
Some saw this as an exploitation of unemployed workers to further Vidli’s cause. Obviously, even in a losing effort, I never considered this to be taking advantage of me. Just like my response to those that argue Boxing is an exploitive sport: no one makes fighters step into the ring and compete based upon mutually agreeable rules and regulations.
Hell, even Nelson Mandela is on record as being a big fight fan. It’s true!
Anyway, if you are into making videos for whatever topic or niche, being able to monetize them is usually a lofty goal. Sure some of them are simply created to market other products or brands, but of the billions of videos viewed everyday online, only a super small percentage have any sort of video monetization associated with them.
If Vidli.com lives up to its self professed promises, the opportunities for you Camtasia, Pling, screen grabbing, Audacity recording junkies to make some money seems quite good.
Even though I didn’t get into the top five, I know the methods I chose to employ in this contest were sound, longer tail applications of using both social media marketing and solid content creation. There were several contestants that started emulating my techniques after they observed my efforts in action. Must be something to that, you know?
In a nutshell, this pursuit isn’t over. 2010 is just a few hours away. As such, I’m already working on taking advantage of this exercise in its fullest. As those products are ready, I’ll be sure to post information here for you lucky friends of mine that subscribe to this feed. If you don’t subscribe to this feed, no worries, just click here.
If you were among the 35 who took the time and put forth the effort to sign up thank you so very much. I am grateful that you efforted to help me out. Promise to make you proud!

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Video Monetization Space Should Heat Up with Vidli.com in the Mix

Clearly there are a ton of companies that are trying to monetize your video for you. While they’re at it, they hope to take a piece of that transaction and keep themselves in the black.
Google New Logo For YouTube :)Proper video licensing and video monetization is no easy prospect. Take a look at the excerpt from the post below on Youtube’s attempt to monetize over a billion videos that are streamed EVERY DAY! It’s not easy, even for almighty Google.
And that brings me to Vidli.com and their desire to jump into the video money making machine. With their self proclaimed title as The Official Licensor of online video, Vidli.com is plans to provide content owners with the ability to sell, buy and rent their copyrighted video content.
And I’m attempting to get hired by Vidli to become their next Social Media Person. Should you find this post interesting perhaps you could take 37 seconds or so, and help Vidli hire James D Kirk (that’s me, BTW πŸ˜‰ )

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Pop Warner Selects Monetize Media for Live Video Streaming of their Events


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Partner content at the heart of YouTube monetization strategy


This means the vast majority of videos on YouTube have absolutely no advertising at all, because the company is only comfortable serving advertising against what it calls partner content. According to the partnerships qualifications and FAQ, people or organisations applying to be a YouTube partner they must meet the following requirements:

  • You create original videos suitable for online streaming.
  • You own or have express permission to use and monetise all audio and video content that you upload – no exceptions.
  • You regularly upload videos that are viewed by thousands of YouTube users.
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Marketing: Events vs. Processes

Seth Godin You know what I love about Seth Godin’s posts? They are quick, to the point, unusually poignant, and short reads (mostly). His post today, The reason social media is so difficult for most organizations, really brought it home today for what I’m doing in my career pursuit right now.
Hopefully you are aware that I’m attempting to get an interview with Vidli.com, The Official Video Licensor. They are a new startup that is offering free beta invites through the previous link. By clicking through and signing up for their no cost account, you’ll be helping get me closer to an interview with them for a new Social Media Marketing position they are offering.
The reason Seth’s post interested me so much is how it relates to what I’m doing in my approach to this contest. I’m doing my best to actually use a number of facets of social media to make my case to you, my friends and occasional readers. By creating what I hope to be genuine content that will benefit you and casually inserting a link and request the favor of having you sign up, I am focusing on the “process marketing” angle.
Some others attempting to get invited to interview with Vidli.com are effectively using Twitter and/or Facebook. From my perspective those attempts however amount to “event marketing”.
By that I mean those messages are all about the contest itself, the contestant, and not really about the longer tail advantages of creating quality content that could continue to drive traffic and interested users to Vidli in the long term future.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with pleading on Facebook and Twitter to help a lad (or lass!) out. I’m also inserting variations of those messages into my stream as well. My hope is that by attempting to do more than just beg for your action on my behalf, you’ll be more willing to take the 37 seconds or so and click through to the Vidli.com beta invite sign up form.
You would be helping me out tremendously. And if you told just 3 of your friends or family members about the good you did, that would help out 3X as much! Oh, did I mention that I’ll be buying beverages if/when I get hired by Vidli when this is all done (disclosure: you actually have to have signed up for me to qualify for this offer ;))
Thanks for your time!

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How I Use Facebook Pages to Help Get Hired at Vidli.com

Vidli.com should hire James D KirkAs I make progress with the project of getting an interview with Vidli.com, I felt it important to effectively use Facebook in spreading that message.
I’d never really made a page on FB before, so bear with me on the its development. There’s only the beginning of some Vidli.com stuff there now, but I was able to finagle the video that you see pictured in the screen grab below. Hoping that doesn’t piss anyone at Vidli off (hey, it was up on Youtube!)
The Facebook page I'm building to help get me an interview at Vidli.com
Oh, and don’t forget to drop over to Vator.tv and vote for Vidli in the Vator Splash Competition

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How Are You Busting Social Media Myths?

Loved reading Aliza Sherman’s post over at Web Worker Daily entitled Twittering Causes Blindness: Busting Social Media Myths. (Thanks @JosephCizek!) In her article, Aliza really simplifies the overriding thoughts about social media marketing and how businesses are trying to use it like they have used every other mass communications medium.

Aliza Sherman
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I was especially drawn to

Myth 6: Social media is the new advertising platform

It’s about communications not advertising! As simple as that. Really.
Clearly, smart folks are using the Social Media sites to express their thoughts and attempt to brand their offerings. Done right and that’s a great thing. Take a company like Vidli.com who is using the social media networks to find their next Social Media Expert. They’ve designed a contest (of which I am participating in) to see who can accumulate the largest number of sign ups for their beta services.
What’s important about this is that Vidli, and others maintain focus on their business models. Do they simply want a ton of possibly not truly interested folks signing up? Or is the longer tail of quality content being generated that eventually points highly qualified folks towards their business offerings going to make more sense at the end of the day?
I’m betting on the latter; however that takes time. And this contest ends on December 21st (Look on the Bright Side Day. Honest!) Not really a lot of time for genuine, quality content to take hold and start driving traffic and the message, but my gut tells me the Vidlians (my word!) will see my M.O. and entertain thoughts of inviting me to interview with them.
We’ll see. In the meantime, you should pay attention to what companies are doing in the social media space. How are they doing? Would you suggest ways they can use the medium better? Do share!

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What do Vidli.com Social Media and ROI have in common?

Take a look at this quick and interesting little video from Socialnomics. In it you’ll see all sorts of facts and figures about the suspected returns on investment that you’re likely to get when you employ an active social media campaign.
Take for instance Vidli.com. The up and coming “Official Video Licensor” is employing a social media contest to find their next social media expert.
Online marketing is growing every day, and when companies leverage the 2010 Web applications available, it can be quite easy to see real ROI on their social media marketing efforts.
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Social Media ROI: Socialnomics is by Socialnomics author Erik Qualman. This video showcases several Social Media ROI examples along with other effective Social Media Strategies. Music is by Bob Sinclair (“Tennessee”)