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Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Moods-Interested

One thing that has caught my interest in joining the A to Z Blogging Challenge is meeting all the new writers/bloggers.
Karen Jone, Coming Down the Mountain, has some super posts. Here's one of my favorites about MARKETING. She poses some great questions and the comments she received added so much information that I decided to post a link in case some you hadn't read her blog post.
 
I still consider myself a novice at this social media/marketing business, but I've been taking notes from people who seem to have experience and, most importantly, success.


Alex Cavanaugh's launch of his Cassa Fire was a great example of how to use the blogOsphere to get the word out about your book.

It's a lot about Connecting.
Some of my MARKETING experiments using SOCIAL MEDIA.
For my published books I've used Goodreads' ads and found them somewhat successful as far as people adding my book to their TBR list.  Of course, if gave them away I stirred a lot of interest.

Facebook, no. I didn't think anything much happened when I took out an ad there, and I've heard that echoed by others.

As to Twitter, I changed the default home page so that it showed my book cover and I ran MANAGE TWITTER to clean out Tweeps that didn't 1) Tweet 2) Follow my Tweets. That freed me up to follow those interested in what I have to say in 140 characters. You can "unfollow" 50/day, but I'm not sure about how Twitter reacts if you do that repeatedly. I'm thinking the "unfollow" should be done over some time. Anyone know more about this?


Jump in and add your ideas or please tell me if I'm totally wonky. I'm off to experiment with more MARKETING and maybe find out something I can share about BRANDING and BOOK REVIEWS (I know there are some pros and cons on this topic). I'll post what I find out next week. 

28 comments:

  1. Ooh I am so heading over to the manage twitter link. ^_^

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  2. Thanks, I'm glad you thought my tour was a success!
    I discovered a site that reveals who doesn't follow you and I think I unfollowed a hundred that day...

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  3. Mmm, you know I love marketing! :)

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  4. Marketing is such a big task nowadays - and social media is a big part of it. I'm not at the stage where I have a book to market yet, but I'm learning a lot from all my blog buddy friends!

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  5. Oh, I must go to the Twitter Management and look into this.

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  6. Found your post interesting about marketing.....never thought
    about it before.


    Thanks for visiting my blog and the lovely comment,
    Alas my mother is now longer with us but is still so sadly missed.
    Yvonne/

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  7. Your comment on my blog made me go "Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" I can't wait to hear more! As far as social media though, I love Twitter but can't stand the new Tweetdeck and still haven't figured it out yet. :(

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    1. You Squeeeeeed? I should have written some fantasy stuff much earlier to make you happy.

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  8. Now you're talking one of my favorite topics. I've always been interested in marketing. I've written about it often and have a series that I still need to finish up--I keep get interrupted with new topics though.
    I just started on Twitter and trying to understand the ropes there.


    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge
    Blogging from A to Z

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  9. Ack! I have so much to learn. I haven't even attempted Twitter yet.

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    1. That's probably to your credit. It takes time away very quickly.

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  10. I've used FB ads with no positive results, And yes, weeding through Twitter people is necessary. I just did a purge of people I follow but did not follow back earlier this month.

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    1. I'm wondering about FB being worthwhile on many marketing fronts. So much to learn.

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  11. Good luck with your marketing research! I was just reading reviews on Goodreads today to decide between two books on a subject I'm wanting to read about - I found the reviews very helpful.

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  12. I think everyone needs to find the level of promotion that fits them. Sometimes, I am really into it and sometimes I just want to write. Writing wins out most of the time!

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  13. Interesting post. Try friendorfollow.com and log in with your twitter account. You'll be able to see who follows you and who you follow but they do not- so you can unfollow as well.

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  14. I agree that both Alex and Lee are great at marketing. I haven't tried Twitter yet, as I'm afraid I'd become addicted to it. Julie

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  15. I'm so ignorant. Untweet? Is that like, "I'd like my coffee untweetened?" :)

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    1. Good one, Bish. I feel a poem coming on. Somebody stop me before it's too late.

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  16. I'm going to try the A-Z challenge this April too. Looking forward to meeting some new bloggers!

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  17. There is always more to learn about marketing! Good luck with your research, and with the A to Z.

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    1. You're right about that. Hope the research pays off. See you around the A to Z.

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  18. I haven't had to do much in the way of marketing. I've done modest promotion for anthologies that have housed my short stories. I feel like it's training wheel for the (someday, I hope) big league.

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    1. Be ready, Theresa! You never know when that offer will arrive.

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  19. What an interesting post! With technology ever- changing there is so much to learn. I appreciate you sharing what you learned with us! :)

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  20. I'm diving in the A to Z frenzy this year. I've readied bookmark folders (definitely one on marketing tips) so I can snag some great ideas and be able to refer to them when I need them.

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  21. I have no idea about social marketing and am in super duper AWE at you writers all geared up to do this/are doing this!! Good luck and all the best!! All I can do is give you waves and waves of support hugs and positive energy!! Take care
    x

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