Yesterday. It was hosted by the Gympie Women in Business. A group I’ve watched from afar but never really jump on board with before. Nothing against them, more me being me. You know how it is. But I am SO glad I went. I mean, SO glad. There was the workshop, then a gorgeous lunch and then some more social media chats.

Not only did we hear from Jody and Nic of the hugely popular Stay at Home Mum {65,000+ LIKERS on facebook} but they asked me to speak a little about working with brands, new media and approaching bloggers. That was cool. You guys know me, I loooooove to talk. Especially about blogging. Mmmm, yummy.

So all for sharing the love, I thought I would share with you the top 5 things {in no particular order} I took away from the workshop;

  • Be as consistent on your social media as you are on your blog.
  • Facebook shout outs breed lazy likers.
  • Offer something of value that is unique.
  • Be personal and interactive.
  • Pick your focus and hit that.

It also got me thinking about all the information we as bloggers gather that our business friends may not know. That makes us a resource. Potential social media managers, consultants and freelance awesome’ists. An interesting concept, don’t you think? That a hobby could become a full time career.

I for one would be totally ok with tweeting and facebooking all day. Just saying.

  • Suzie C

    Some good tips Melissa.  Interesting about the Facebook shout outs, but I can understand it as well.   It’s always exciting to think that one day you may be able to take what you love and do it full time! 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you, I can’t take credit for them, but I will. Haha. And yes, it’s SO exciting to imagine.

      The theory comes that these likers participate very little and will usually unfollow at some stage. They are lazy likers.

  • Hmmm, I think I’m definitely doing it all wrong LOL I think I fail on all counts and I’m not sure what point 2 means… please explain? Ta x

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Ha. Do what works for you. I think that’s the big lesson. Until it doesn’t. Work that is. Then find someone who stuff is working FOR and ask them for tips. 

      Point two: The theory is that these likers participate very little and will usually unfollow at some stage. They are lazy likers.

  • My Vintage Vow

    I keep taking everything you say on board. Everything I learnt at workshop. I’m working towards all the greatness I see and hope for myself and my blogs. As much as I like to have goals to strive for I also like allowing things develop organically if you know what I mean. For example I’m still trying to get my head around twitter and interacting with people. I’ve tried interactig with brands, I have no idea if I’m doing things right or wrong…I’m just doing it. Hopefully it will all still get me to the end results I aspire to.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Great Trudie. There is so much new stuff, changes and movement in social media. Keep tweeting, you’ll get there. 🙂

  • Denyse Whelan

    In 2 months time I am running a course I am yet to write called “Making Connections” and it’s for Seniors…ie, people my age…who have a need to learn how to have a FB account, open a gmail account & send emails, learn about skype ….because they want to remain up to date and in touch with their kids and grandkids.
    I had no idea that when I enquirer about attending a meditation course (for seniors!) I’d wind up determining a course I could teach with groups of people who will feel less intimidated by another “oldie” teaching them rather than a young un. So…you never know where your on-line skills may take you! I didn’t!!
    Good luck with a social media role somewhere – you’d be ace!
    Denyse

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      This is SO wonderful Denyse. Exactly. When I was retired last year {haha} I helped set up a few computer, printers and iPads. It’s a gaping hole in the market, not to mention the riht thing to do. Good luck!

      • Denyse Whelan

        Thank you Melissa…pretty excited myself.. D

  • I’d also be happy with FBing and Tweeting all day. Surely there’s a profession in that!?!?!

    I went to a ‘writing for the internet/intranet’ thing at work last week and was surprised that I got something out of it as I wasn’t expecting to.

    I need to be more consistent with social media. I’ve only recently set up FB pages but tend to use FB and Twitter in bursts rather than with any regularity!

    Deb

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Uh huh, it’s a Social Media Manager. Hands up who wants THAT on a business card? {Meeeeeeeeee}

      Yeah, consistency is key apparently. With everything! 

    • Deb, there are people who do this all day! We have skills!!

      • Melissa Walker Horn

        Indeed they do and indeed we have. 🙂

  • Great post, Melissa, and thanks for linking up. It’s amazing the skills we have leaned – and practise – everyday as bloggers. We have a lot to offer companies.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you. This workshop really bought that home for me. A clear and extensive skill set.

  • abeachcottage

    Nice post Melissa, I have realized recently the wealth of knowledge, experience and skill many of us have built up in the medium…. and I have been approached to share that knowledge – it’s a lot more than just facebooking and tweeting isn’t it :-))) 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Sarah. Yes, you and me both. Great news about the opportunity that has arisen for you. I look forward seeing it come to fruition.

  • Penny

    Good tips here. I’ve just picked up a contract where I manage my clients social media 8 hrs a week. Getting paid to do what I would gladly do for free.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Congratulations Penny!