Tag Archives: social media

Three ways to dump the junk from your LinkedIn news feed

Have you heard the rumblings about LinkedIn lately? Every week or so I see unrelated posts or someone in my LinkedIn feed complaining that it’s starting to look a bit too much like Facebook, with posts about celebrities and politics and other silly nonsense. I love spending time on LinkedIn for business related content and I agree it can be annoying when these posts pop up – like the ones I featured in the image above.

There are actually some easy things you can do to make your LinkedIn experience better, beyond complaining and dramatically logging off forever. Here are three ways to clean up your news feed:

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How three innovative physicians use Periscope

Periscope, the live-streaming app, launched nearly three months ago. Owned by Twitter, the app can be used with either a Twitter account or a phone number and allows anyone with a smart phone the ability to share their view with people around the globe.

Scoping tourist attractions and beautiful views are a staple of Periscope broadcasts, but one of the best ways we’re seeing it used is for education. Experts or advocates for a topic important to them can live stream themselves talking and answering questions that come through in the comments.

You’ll find Periscope accounts by physicians across many specialties, but so far most of them are lurking to see what it’s all about. Yet there are a small handful of innovative, early-adopters who are making their mark and finding a way to make a difference in people’s lives through live-streaming.

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Are doctors using Twitter? Yes, they are!

This week I attended the Health Care Social Media Summit at the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media in Rochester, Minnesota.

One of my colleagues from WCG, Greg Matthews, presented the afternoon keynote about physician social media trends: How hospitals and doctors use online channels to communicate in partnership. Greg is the genius behind MDigitalLife and is highly regarded by physicians and marketers around the world for his efforts in this space.

I work with many different health care clients and the question I hear repeatedly is, “Are doctors really using Twitter?” and “Are you sure it’s not just their marketing team doing it for them?” The answer is definitely yes and yes.

Every person in the room during Greg’s presentation will now answer that question with a big yes, too! Doctors are tweeting and blogging, and many of them are using LinkedIn as well.

Here are some of the highlights I captured from Greg’s presentation, via my tweets:

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Health Care Social Media Summit 2014 at Mayo

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to attend the 6th annual Health Care Social Media Summit Presented by Ragan Communications, PR Daily and Health Care Communication News – hosted by Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media in Rochester, Minnesota.

In addition to a great day for learning from peers in the health care community, I also had the opportunity to hear one of my colleagues, Greg Matthews, present about physician social media trends. Learn more about his presentation in my post: Are doctors on social media? Yes they are!

Since I live-tweeted the event, I pulled in some of my tweets below to share highlights of the day. And because these tweets are connected back to my Twitter feed, so you can actually “favorite” or RT any of them from right here on this page if you’d like.

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5 tips for PR pros working with bloggers

Creating memorable blogger experiences can pay off. Cub Foods held an in-store blogger event focused on nutrition. Pictured are Liz from Kitchen Pantry Scientist, Kate from Kate in the Kitchen and Crystal from Cafe Cyan.

I’ve heard quite a bit of negative chatter lately from bloggers about the PR pitches coming their way. This isn’t a new thing, of course, there’s been a rub between PR folks and bloggers for as long as there have been blogs.

There are many insightful PR folks out there doing great things with blogger outreach. I’ll mention a few of them later in this post. My perspective on the topic is fairly broad. I’ve been blogging for more than 6 years, I’m a marketing and communications professional in my day job, and well, I know a lot of bloggers through my work as founder of the MN Blogger Conference.

I started my lifestyle blog Marketing Mama as a place to write about things that are important to me. The majority of pitches that come my way are not relevant and not personalized. However, it can be pretty amazing when the stars align and a great opportunity comes my way. I’ve had some awesome experiences via my blog, such as a VIP night at a U2 concert and an all-expense-paid trip to NYC. And those are just a couple of them off the top of my head.

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