Social Tools, Tips and Tricks

Post written by Jason Terry, Entrepreneur|Social Coach|Shoulder to Cry On|Scuba Instructor|Lego Collector|Bodyguard for the Underdog

I’m sitting down to write this week’s blog article and just saw the date.  January 25th, 2013.  The last thing I remember is putting away decorations and beginning the process of goal setting with our clients for 2013.  What the hell happened to January?  Is it the same for you?  Now for news from Blue Gurus…

2013 – You Will See a Lot More Video

We see video being a bigger deal in 2013. Mic just found an interesting new iPhone App called Vine that lets you easily take short looping videos and post them on Facebook and Twitter.  We are in the process of adding video to our website and we might even go as far as a monthly blog video.  Why?  Video is the most popular way for people to consume content.  Our passion and energy will come out so much better in a video than through text.  We are excited about taking it to the next level!

Monitoring Your Social Mentions

I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about how to see when a company is mentioned on social media websites.  Some are just curious, some are trying to make sure they are in compliance and others are wanting an early warning system for negative press.

There are a ton of options out there from free to very expensive, so the answer depends on your need.  To get started, you might try Google Alerts.  This is a free tool that will alert you when new content matching your search terms are found by Google.  We use Google Alerts to monitor when “Blue Gurus” shows up anywhere.  On the paid side, Trackur is getting a lot of positive press… we haven’t used it but it would be worth taking a look at.

LucidChart

I needed a tool to help a client create flowcharts to map out their business processes.  The problem was that their onboarding methods for new employees were lacking, and the first step to fixing that was to do high level flowcharts around key processes that could be shared with new employees. 

I have done a lot of VISIO flowcharts, but wanted to see if there was something else out there that was easy to use and reasonably priced.  I found LucidChart and am VERY impressed.  If you are already a Google Apps user, even better, because LucidChart integrates with your Drive account in Google Apps.  If you need to do some flow charting, be sure to check out LucidChart.

Have a great weekend!

5 replies
  1. Andy Beal
    Andy Beal says:

    Thanks for the shout out. I hope you’ll give Trackur a shot. We have a 10 day free trial on all paid plans–and it works pretty well. Hence, why I’m here. ;-)

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    • Jason Terry
      Jason Terry says:

      Hi Brad! Yep! Mitch and I have been chatting about what a great experience we are having with LucidChart. Seriously impressed with his follow up and personal thank you for our signing up. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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