How to Market You or Your Product Using Social Media

How to Market You or Your Product Using Social Media

Today’s Ask Dr. Diane: I just wrote a book that is available through Amazon.¬† I’m just not sure¬†about the best way to market it?¬† Any suggestions?
 
That is a good question.¬† The tips I’m about to give can also be used to market things other than a book.¬†
 
You could market it through several ways.¬† I would¬†create¬†a link to it on your site like I have links on my main website to Amazon.¬† If you don’t want to do that, you could offer it directly from you as a PDF through your site and charge them using PayPal.¬†
 
You might want to make a video (3-4 minutes at most) and put it on Youtube.  At the end of the video make mention of a free offer or newsletter and where to go for more information.  If they go to that site, it should be a capture page to get people signed up  to receive free newsletters (through a site like aweber.com) to get them interested in you and your book. 
 
You definitely need to be on Facebook and create fan pages like the ones I have for each of my books there.  See:
 
 
I would be on Twitter as well.  You can tie all of your Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, etc. accounts into one area on sites like Hootsuite . . . but I like to use Posterous a lot. It is like a blog but it has a great share information toolbar that you can get that and it also allows you to share your updates on multiple sites like Hootsuite does. 
 
If you want to learn about social networking and “how to do it” . . .for a reasonable price¬†you can¬†go to¬†¬†Letsgetsocial and sign up to get their videos.¬† I watched them and they are really very informative.¬† They are designed to teach people how to be media managers but people who don’t want to do the job of media management can learn how to do their own media management from them.¬†
 
I gave a presentation yesterday to a local group here where others were presenting to career-seekers … they¬†all agreed that Youtube is one of the biggest things you can do to get noticed.¬†
 
I watched a video a while¬†back¬†on Pitchengine.com about¬†videos and they had some good information.¬† They are¬†more costly¬†though. You might watch their video for information.¬† If you are¬†going to spend that¬†kind of money, you need to have a major¬†product to promote.¬† Books¬†probably won’t¬†have the return to support that.¬†
 
Talks are another great way to promote your book . . . so are radio interviews.   You can go to radioguestlist.com or other sites like that to find people looking to interview you.
 
Blogging is one of the best ways to get your name out there.   I like to use WordPress because it is free and uncomplicated. 
 
You can also release press releases on prweb or other such sites.  I am on wooeb who also has press releases that are not as expensive.  You can send out free releases on pitchengine.
 
You might check out some books . . . .I liked a book called Career Renegade . . . had some good ideas.  (on a different side topic . . .I liked the book The Happiness Advantage written by ex Harvard professor Рvery entertaining)

How Online Learning Compares to Traditional . . . Continuing the Debate

The New York Times recently reported, ‚ÄúAn analysis of 99 studies by the federal Department of Education concluded last year that online instruction, on average, was more effective than face-to-face learning by a modest amount.‚ÄĚ

However, in this same article, they noted that not all results have shown this to be true.  Mark Rush of the University of Florida’s researched students who watched lectures online vs. traditional students who attended regular live in person lectures. Their study showed more online students let the lectures pile up and got behind.  To find out more about this study, check out the New York Times Article.  

While I find this to be an interesting study, almost none of the online classes I teach include recorded lectures.  Therefore I don’t find this data to be representative of the online experience that I have witnessed in my over 5 years of teaching for many different online universities.

Although many people find the lecture experience a big part of education, not everyone finds this to be the most effective way to learn.  When I attended a traditional college, I personally did not enjoy having to sit through long lectures.  Perhaps that is why I was drawn to online learning later. 

I am more inclined to look at the 99 studies from the Federal Department of Education than one study that looks specifically at how well students keep up with watching lectures in determining the effectiveness of online learning. I personally think that people are drawn to the type of education that fits their needs.  For those that enjoy long lectures, traditional universities may be the best optino for them. For those who don’t, online has a lot to offer.

For those considering taking an online education, check out:¬† The Online Student’s User Manual:¬† Everything You Need to Know to be a Succcessful Online Student.

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The Top 10 Most Common Writing Mistakes

 

Ask Dr. Diane: What are the most common writing mistakes that your students make?

While it is not unusual to see spelling and grammar issues, I’ll assume that readers realize that they should check for such things and just list the top 10 most common other issues I see here. I hope this posting will give some insight into how to set up your papers so that you can avoid making these common mistakes.

  1. Papers not set up¬†with double-spacing¬†–¬†To set your paper to be double-spaced, be sure you are on the home tab in Word and go to the paragraph section of the tool bar.¬† There is an up and down arrow icon that you can click on.¬† When you do this, it will give you choices of how to set up your spacing. Pick 2.0 to set double-spacing.¬†
  2. Papers should not have an extra space between paragraphs –¬†Remember that papers must be double-spaced throughout in APA.¬† Word sometimes defaults with an extra space between paragraphs.¬† To change this, click here.
  3. Papers must have headers/numbers set up correctly through the header/number function in Word –¬†To learn how to do this, click here.
  4. Papers must be set up with an introduction/body/conclusion –¬†Your introduction and conclusion need to be strong summaries of what the paper will or has included.¬† For more about how to write an essay, click here.
  5. Papers should not be written in first person – Remove the ‚ÄúI‚ÄĚ or ‚ÄúMe‚ÄĚ from your writing.¬†For an explanation of the meaning of¬†first person, click¬†¬†here.
  6. Citing and References confusion – Citing is the act of quoting a source.¬† For example:¬† ‚ÄúCiting is the act of quoting a source.‚ÄĚ (Hamilton, 2010)¬† This is not to be confused with references.¬† References are included on a separate page with the title References at the top.¬† You must include references whenever you cite.¬† The reference explains who deserves credit for the citation.¬† Many students list references but no citations.¬† That is not correct.¬† You need both.¬†
  7. Paragraph length confusion РStudents often either write in overly short or overly long paragraphs.  A good size paragraph is at least 3-4 sentences but should not be so long that it takes up an entire page or more.
  8. Papers should be left justified and not blocked РStudents sometimes write in blocked format.  That is not correct.  Papers need to be left justified.  The setting for this is on the home tab under the paragraph part of the toolbar.
  9. Over citing РI see a lot of students who tend to write entire paragraphs of citing and forget to include their own writing in their work.  Although citing is important, it is also important to have your own points and statements.  Remember to make your point and then follow that up with citations to back up what you have written.  As a professor, I am looking to see that you have learned the subject and are not simply restating what others have said.
  10. Forgetting title page РStudents often forget to include a title page.  It is very important that all papers include a title page that is correctly formatted in APA format. For helpful examples of APA formatting, click here.

For more help, see the following articles:

15 Ways to Improve Writing Skills for Students and Everyone Else

Removing Extra Spaces Between Paragraphs

How to Add Headers and Page Numbers in Word

APA Style:  5 Essential Tips for APA Style Headings

Citing Long Quotations in APA 6th Edition

Sample APA Paper – 6th Edition

Adding 2 Spaces After a Period to Meet APA 6th Edition Requirements

What is the Difference Between a Citation and a Reference?

Is Wikipedia Reliable?

PowerPoint – Resources and Examples to Make the Perfect Presentation

The Top 100 Vocabulary Words Adults Should Know

Sample APA 6th edition paper in PDF Form

Explanation of First, Second and Third Person Writing

Anthropomorphisms:  When Not to Use Them

Have Some Fun With Common Grammar Mistakes

TerriblyWrite Blog

What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal?

How to Paraphrase and Avoid Using Direct Quotes

How to Get a Job Marketing You as the Product

Click on the picture below to watch the video of Dr. Diane Hamilton’s presentation:¬† “How to Get a Job Marketing You as the Product”:

College Costs . . . Good News Bad News

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image via online.wsj.com

If you are considering going back to college, you may be interested to know that tuition rates are going up.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that the Pell grants are on the rise.  I give a lot of advice about paying for college in my book, The Online Student User’s Manual.  For more information, you can also check out some of my recent articles by clicking here.   

According to an article in WSJ.com by Stephanie Banchero, ‚ÄúThe average price of tuition and fees for in-state students at public four-year institutions is $7,605 this school year, a 7.9% increase over last year. At private nonprofit colleges and universities, the average price is $27,293, a 4.5% rise. Two-year state colleges saw a 6% rise to $2,713.‚Ä̬† To read the entire article, click here.