Join us on @LinkedMoms Chat – Wed. March 26 at 8 pm ET for #LinkedInForBloggers–You need to be there!

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I have a passion for LinkedIn®. Long before others understood the importance of networking on-line, I was preaching to the doubters. LinkedIn® is a powerful networking platform. So much so that every second two more people join LinkedIn®. With that kind of growing professional network it is no wonder that we find many brands and brand managers listed there. Remember LinkedIn® has over 277 million global members.

Here is the thing, many bloggers have yet to discover the benefits of being on LinkedIn® feeling that it is not ‘social’ enough or that the platform does not welcome mom or dad bloggers. That is not true. LinkedIn® helps expose you to potential clients (brands, PR firms/agencies or digital marketing types) that are looking for professionals. So if you are a professional blogger that is always looking for opportunities, then you need to be on LinkedIn.

If you are looking to connect and work with a particular brand, then you need to be on LinkedIn® just to be able to see if you are connected to someone that works in that company. Working on the principal of six degrees of separation, you will be able to find someone that knows someone that works with someone that may be able to help you out.

Remember, as bloggers, we live in a very social world, but that does not mean that brand and marketing people are there. They may be in a boardroom or office with little to connection to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It also means that some owner and decision makers are to busy running their business and they just need to find you in a directory. That is what LinkedIn® is: a worldwide professional directory.

If you want to know more about why blogger need to be on LinkedIn®, you can read my 5 Reasons Bloggers Need to be on LinkedIn post that I wrote for Type A Parent. Please leave me a comment and let me know how you use LinkedIn®.

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Once again in an effort to help our Blogger Community grow, we will be hosting a #LinkedIn4Blogger Chat. Join me as I give you tips on working with LinkedIn® on #LinkedMoms Chat

DATE:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

TIME:
8:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
7:00 – 8:00pm (CST)
6:00 – 7:00pm (MST)
5:00 – 6:00pm (PST)

HOSTED:
@Linkedmoms

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MODERATORS

@DownshiftingPRO and @4LinkedLearning – Margarita Ibbott
@DownshiftingPRO on Facebook
@DownshiftingPRO Blog

@inkscrblr – Paula Schuck
@inkscrblr on Facebook
@inkscrblr on YouTube
@inkscrblr Blog

Another Amazon Giveaway–Twitter Blast

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DID YOU KNOW…

That you can follow me on a few different accounts?

My main account is @DownshiftingPRO

I share content from my blog as well as other resources.  Its where I interact the most and you can find me there 24/7… o.k. maybe 18/7…

My second account is @4LinkedLearning

I share content from my other blog and also content about social media points of interest.

My last and shared account with is @Linkedmoms 

I share this account with Paula Schuck from Thriftymomma’s Tips @Inkscrblr – we communicate with our community about Sponsored Twitter Parties, Twitter chats featuring tips, resources and general topic info.  Our LinkedMom’s Blog has a list of upcoming twitter parties and how you can get a hold of us to host a party for you!

You can also win a $100 Amazon gift card if you enter below…

amazon blast Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Twitter blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone 🙂 Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.

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#Instagram Blast–You Could win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

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Many already know what Instgram is but for the uninitiated, let me explain.  Instagram is a photo and video sharing social media platform.  It is an app that you use with your smartphone or tablet to capture life’s wonderful moments, funny videos (15 seconds or less), promotional shots or clever pictures.  You take the picture/video upload it and share it on Instagram immediately. 

The personal profile pages always has a collage of pictures or videos that have been uploaded (hence the different views – above & below).

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You can have a private or public profile.  If it is private, only people that you have accepted as followers can see your pictures.  If it is public, anyone can search and see your pictures but only followers will automatically get your feed.  You can also use # hashtags to track popular topics; tag others using the @sign (when you share it on Twitter, you can tag with the person’s twitter handle); and you also have the ability to like Red heart a pic or to comment on it.

Instagram introduced the capability to create videos after Vine became very popular with their six second video clips.  It is pretty easy to join Instagram and download the FREE app to your smartphone or tablet.  Instagram does NOT work on a laptop (other then to view content).  In other words, you cannot Instagram an image from a file on your computer.

So if you want, please follow my antics on Instagram by following the link in the contest listed below. 

GOOD LUCK!

You can follow people on Instagram and be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card. 

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Makobi Scribe and Sason and Pobi are bringing you this Amazon Instagram blast. The winner will receive an Amazon gift card for $100. The giveaway is open to Everyone 🙂 Good Luck! If you are a blogger, you can sign up for this blast here.