Visit Us On Pinterest!

July 12, 2012

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Pinterest site!

Visit us there and you’ll find information on office furniture, seating, and our favorite office accessories. But, as always, we’re not just about all things office! We’ve also created “Books, Books, Books,” “Favorite Recipes,” “Inspiration,” “Made Us Smile,” “Favorite Places and Spaces,” and “Going Green!” boards.

We’re looking forward to interacting with the Pinterest community so do stop by and say hey!

More Adventures in Social Networking

May 4, 2010

Our foray into social networking continues amidst some changes on both Facebook and Twitter. In addition, we’ve discovered a couple of  sites that have enhanced our “tweeting” experience.

Facebook has adjusted the language on its site, replacing “Become a Fan” with “Like” links that are positioned with pictures, status updates, and pages. Facebook maintains that users are twice as likely to click a “Like” button than commit to being a “Fan” and the move is an attempt to capitalize on that tendency. That means if you’re asking visitors on your website, blog or elsewhere to become Facebook “Fans,” you might want to adjust that accordingly. Interestingly, though, Facebook has invited page owners to continue to call those who like their page “Fans” so the moniker hasn’t been stricken from the Facebook universe entirely.

We’re still digesting the change but our initial reaction is that it feels a little less awkward to ask visitors to “Like” our page than to commit to full-out “Fan-dom.” If you’re not already a “Fan” of our page, please check it out and let us know if you “Like” what you see!

Twitter has also initiated a few changes on its home page, including a sample of the Tweets that have been posted and the folks that are there.  In addition, the U.S. Library of Congress will now archive public status updates.

We’ve also found a couple of Twitter tools that are helpful.

Friend or Follow is a handy site that allows you to match the Tweeps you follow with those who are following you. You can also “follow” or “unfollow” other users directly from the site.

TweeTube enables you to post videos, links, photos and more on Twitter.

We’re happy to relay that we’re nearing 500 followers on Twitter.  If you’re not one of them, please start following us today!

Corporate Blogging: The Basics

February 3, 2010

The popularity of corporate blogging has increased multi-fold in recent years,  making it a primary method of organizational communication. Consistent with that, a number of how-to primers have been penned and released, offering every manner of advice to those who are about to enter the blogosphere. We’re reading The Corporate Blogging Book by Debbie Weil, an introduction to the basic elements of blogging and accompanying details about  those who do it.

The book begins with a chapter devoted to the twenty most frequently asked questions about blogging,  including an explanation of what it is and how it evolved. Subsequent chapters focus on a variety of topics, including an overview of organizations that generate blogs, the fears associated with affording the stamp of corporate approval, and the ROI or, in this case, the return on blogging that’s reasonable to anticipate.

Weil offers a fair amount of useful information for anyone who is considering implementation of a blog as part of an overall marketing strategy.  We’d also recommend Blogging For Dummies by Susannah Gardner and Shane Birley, another resource that includes detailed tips on selecting topics, comparisons of blogging software, and other effective blogging guidance that we found helpful.

Happy reading — and blogging!

Adventures in Social Networking

January 5, 2010

Several months ago we propelled ourselves into the world of social networking, venturing where some had gone before us. In addition to this blog, we launched our Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube pages. It’s been an interesting endeavor and we’ve learned a few things along the way.

The pundits proclaim that one should do unto other bloggers as you would have them do unto you, so we did. In the process, we’ve encountered a number of informative and entertaining blog entries and have left comments to express our appreciation for them.  There are countless articles on the Internet that offer tips on effective blogging and we have benefitted from them, too. Best suggestion that we’ve read so far, have fun with it!

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of advice on how to successfully exist in the world of Twitter either. We’re told to ask and respond to questions and we do! Other Twitter tips that we’ve happened upon include:

1.  Share what you’re doing and, likewise, ask others the same.
2.  Create interest or anticipation in an upcoming event, program, or product.
3.  Post pictures and videos. (We’re still working on the video aspect ourselves!)
4.  Try to be helpful.
5.  Remember to help promote your followers!  They appreciate it as much as you do.

The single most appreciated revelation on Twitter is that one can delete a tweet. Simply click on your own page and a list of your tweets will appear. To the bottom right of each tweet is the option to delete an entry. Click it, and it’s gone. Beware that there is no “undo,” though; once it’s deleted, it’s gone.

Our early assessment of Twitter is that it’s fun, informative, and engaging.  We’ve met a lot of great people!

We were all already familiar with Facebook on a personal level but didn’t anticipate that corporate pages are managed differently. The rationale for that is obvious but it does make it more of a challenge to connect with “Fans.”  However, there’s a “Suggest to Friends” option that’s provides an easy way to facilitate the process. It’s positioned on the left side of the page, under the logo.

If we’ve already connected on Facebook and Twitter, thank you, we’re enjoying our interaction with you! If  you’re not a Fan or a Follower, please join us. We’d like to get to know you, too!