Thursday, May 5, 2016

Social Networking Report May 2016

Google has provided us a domain email for free since we are a non profit.  We will create an email address for Board Members on request. 

The address will be your title or name, followed by The system is similar to gmail. It also provides a way to share documents and photographs. It is a little confusing at first.

Using the domain email is of course voluntary.  If you do use the email it might make it simpler to use it with a separate web browser - perhaps use the Microsoft browser for your regular email and use Chrome or Firefox for your Sister City email. That way you won't have to log in and out of the two email systems. Or you can choose to forward the Sister City email to your regular account.

A few of the new emails have started in the Estonian!! language. We don't know why. Great for internationalism but not so good for comprehension. If this happens give me a call at 309 634 5557 and I will help you get it back to English. This link explains how to change the language  I will be in the Sister Cities office one hour before our Board meeting if you have questions about using the new domain email system, or any of our communications systems.

We email our members several times each month with notices of events. We publish our schedules, info and photos on our Newsletter Blog click:

You can post information and photos and interact with others on the addresses below. All of our members and friends are encouraged to join us. These systems work best if we have a number of our members posting.

We continue our efforts with our Facebook page. If you use Facebook please check out our page, and contribute thoughts, ideas, and events.

If you use Twitter please join us. It is easy to create an account and post directly yourself. And prove to everyone that you are up to date.

We also continue our efforts on LinkedIn and Pinterest.



And of course our Web Site. We use a consultant to update the site, and we change it infrequently. It does pick up info from the blog automatically and has links to our social media.

In addition I will also use

We have many photos on line. You can see them on our Pinterest page or see them from the left column of the blog. Or
Click Here.

If any of you would like to help improve our social marketing systems give me a call or send me an email or just jump in and start posting to our Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Twitter addresses. And if you know anyone who can help with this effort please put me in contact with me.

I continue to post news releases with little success. It is easy to write a news release on the Tampa Bay News Wire and theoretically the papers will pick this up. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

News Release

If you have articles or photos to share, please send them to us and we will post them to the blog and social media.

The Most Popular Social Media Platforms

According to research by Small Biz Trends, these are the top 10 social media websites:

  1. Facebook. Biggest and has the most users.
  2. Twitter. Popular because it offers bite-sized content.
  3. LinkedIn. Most popular site for professional networking.
  4. Google +. Has 300 million active monthly users. It’s popular with those interested in relationship marketing.
  5. YouTube. Projected to gross about $5.6 billion by 2016. Each month, viewers watch 6 billion hours of videos. Each day, mobile users watch 1 billion videos.
  6. Pinterest. Has 70 million users. Its viewers fall in line with the Pareto principle—80% are women, 20% men.