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5 Great Tips To Facebook Marketing Success!
“How to” get your vanity URL and why it’s important
Just like any www website having a defined URL to your Facebook Fan page is important!
Here’s how: Once you have a minimum of 25 Likes to your page go to http://www.facebook.com/username -
Click on the Page you would like to Name, and check for the Availability! Please note, once you set your Vanity URL you can’t go back! SO make sure it is a name that you are willing to keep and share!
To make sure you are giving true credit, be sure you are “Liking” pages as yourself NOT as your business page. A Like from a personal page counts, a Like from a Fan Page does not. Here is an article explaining the difference and why you should be engaging personally.
How to engage with your new likes
So you’ve “Liked” them… now what? It’s vitally important to keep the connections that you have made. It’s not just about the numbers, but also about keeping them coming back. You could have 3,000 Likes, but only 3 engaged customers writing and posting on your wall, not so great.
You may also want to create a marketing calendar and schedule these posts out to your network. We use SendSocialMedia.com to schedule all of our posts for up to three months at a time. Then we can sit back and watch over the posting and engage with the audience every day.
Remember: Social Media is a two way street, make sure you are talking with your fans not at them.
How to run a contest on your Fan Page
Contests are a great ways to create engagement with your fans and customers; however, Facebook has a very strict policy against contests being run on their turf. Don’t worry, there are ways around this.
How to ask questions
“Are you hungry?” – “What do you think of my new shoes?” – “Why are you people not posting to my wall?” Fail. All not so great questions to be asking your Fans, faithful or not.
The objective is to ask questions to get them engaged and want to answer, not roll their eyes. (We’ve all seen those pages before)
Asking questions to your Fans is “Undercover Marketing Research” (no degree required). What do you want to know from your fans, what do you want to know about your business from the outside, etc. Remember: Even negative feedback can be positive, as long as you know how to respond and work with it.
Always answer with a smile (no need for an emoticon) and know that the feedback is being used for improvement. Two way street, people LOVE to tell businesses what they think, let them!
Take advantage of the Question Option in your status to gain insightful feedback in a fun way!
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In this video I answer Troy’s question about how to add a Youtube Subscription Widget to your site or WordPress Blog. Here is Troy’s question:
Hi Carl, Please tell me what you use to have one of my channels show up on the right sidebar of this site for a request to subscribe to your channel?? What triggered it and why wouldn’t it pick up my other channels?
Troy, thanks for your question, now, rather than trying to type it out I decided to do a video to answer your question.
Here is the code to copy to your site. Make sure you change the RED code to your own channel name.
<div style=”text-align:center;”><iframe id=”fr” src=”http://www.youtube.com/subscribe_widget?p=[ADD_your_channel_ID]” style=”overflow: hidden; height: 105px; width: 325px; border: 0;” scrolling=”no” frameBorder=”0″></iframe></div>
Now, once you are done you should be able to see your Youtube Subscription Widget like you see here.
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40 Online Generators for Web Designers Should Bookmark
40 Online Generators for Web Designers Should Bookmark
Online Generators for Web Designers can be a great way to save time in your web design projects. High-quality generators can create graphics or code or even layouts in a matter of seconds or minutes, things that might take an hour or more if done by hand. Online generator are those tools that help us to create those popular “XHTML valid” CSS banners, micro buttons or css website templates in seconds. In such cases online generators can be of great help which do the necessary job and some tools don’t have to be downloaded also. We all know that backgrounds play a crucial role in a design. Web Designers sometimes spend a lot of time in making pattern or stripe backgrounds and there are also tool to help you out here. In this article, I have listed some of the online generators that can save you some time and still give you great results.
1. XML Charts
XML /SWF charts are used to create attractive graphs and charts from XML data, Create a source either manually or generate dynamically then pass it to the XML chart’s flash file.
The web form generator from Web Form Factory automatically generates he necessary backend code to tie your form to a database.
Typetester is used to compare three different type of fonts on screen making your designing job easier , Just specify the specifications and compare them
4. 256 Pixels
256 Pixels creates favicon designs where you can upload a picture or color the pixels by choosing any color and save it or create a favicon for any new challenges posed by the website.
Create 80 x 15 dimension buttons with 80 x 15 brilliant button maker where you can customise by setting the borders, left and right boxes and uploading the images separately for left and right boxes.
6. AJAX Info
Create your own AJAX loader icon by selecting the type of indicator, background and foreground color and clicking in ‘Generate It’.
AJAX Loading GIF generator create your AJAX loading GIF image by defining the indicator type, background color, foreground color and controlling the speed of the loading indicator.
A unique background maker where you choose the colors from the pixelised tile which depicts the tiled background and fill each tile or pixel with a different color to watch it live in the background as a pattern.
Tiled background designer is quite an interesting tool to create tied backgrounds which allows you to change the background color, size of the canvas, image to be displayed and also rotated your tiled design as per your design.
Color Scheme Designer 3 has a really fantastic user interface that’s both attractive and easy to use. Just select a color, the type of color scheme you want to create (mono, complement, triad, tetrad, analogic, or accented analogic) and then make adjustments. It also lets you preview the color scheme right in light and dark website layouts
Adobe’s Kuler is one of the best color scheme tools available, with multiple options for both creating and finding color schemes. To find a color scheme created by someone else, you can search or browse by newest, mot popular, highest rated, or random. They also include tools for creating a color scheme based on an images.
Adhesiontext creates dummy text for various languages, including specific characters. In addition to Latin characters, you can also create dummy text in Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic.
pForm is a free HTML form builder. Just choose from their pre-designed templates and then customize your form. It’s fast and they have a good selection of form designs to choose from.
Badges can be used to display a big ‘Beta’ message on your website or emphasize a price or a promotion. No web 2.0 site is complete without one.
Barcode label printer is an online barcode generator where a CGI form is used to enter a text and generate a printable and scannable barcode in Interleaved 2 of 5, Code 39, Code 128 A, B, or C symbologies.
Buttonator is a free web button maker to create your own personalized web buttons. You can customise the button’s font, color, style and apply different effects for your button.
This @font-face kit generator from Font Squirrel lets you create full kits for any font you can legally use with @font-face.
Faary lets you create forms quickly and easily, by just entering the form elements in a list format.
20. Pure CSS Menu
This site lets you create a menu with dropdowns that only uses CSS, no images. It’s simple, but it’s also quick to set up.
To create CSS sprites with this generator, just zip all your images and upload them. Specify the space you want between images, as well as the aspect ratio, build direction, and if there should be a background or transparency color, as well as your image specs and any CSS specs you want. It will output the sprite file, as well as the CSS for each image.
This generator is great for when you just need a quick, simple drop-down menu.
23. Tabs Generator
You can choose height and width, border size, corner radius, background color and style, fill style and colors, and orientation.
This Favicon Generator lets you create a favicon from scratch or based on an image you upload.
25. Color Mixer
Create a new color by mixing colors, Color /mixers is a fun tool to fine tune and fiddle with a color with editable RGB colors and adjustable lightness and darkness.
26. Tartan Maker
Plaid backgrounds aren’t often seen in web design, and part of that is likely due to the complexity of creating a tiling plaid pattern. Tartan Maker makes it as easy as choosing a few colors and using sliders to determine the size and boldness of your plaid.
Stripe Generator 2.0 lets you create repeating-stripe backgrounds. Just choose size and spacing, colors, stripe orientation, shadow, and background style.
Stripemania is a striped background image generator. Pick the strip width and spacing, the orientation, and the colors, and it generates a repeating stripe pattern.
All you have to do is enter the border radius for each corner. It automatically fills in all four when you enter the first one, but you can then change each one individually.
30. CSS3 Sandbox
This CSS3 Sandbox has five different generators: linear gradients, radial gradients, text properties, box properties, and transforms.
31. CSS3.0 Maker
Here’s another CSS3 generator that lets you create a variety of different effects using CSS3. There are generators for border radius, gradients, animation, text and box shadows, and more
32. CSS Type Set
CSS Type Set lets you create typography designs and generates the CSS for you. Just paste in text you want to modify, and then use the options at the bottom to customize it and it will generate the CSS in real-time.
ColoRotate lets you view and create color schemes in 3D. Being able to manipulate the color palette tool in 3 dimensions can lead to better understanding of how the colors in a palette relate to one another.
Templatr is another simple generator for creating quick WordPress layouts. It lets you edit virtually every element in the design, all using a visual editor.
This generator lets you create a WP theme, and while it’s not extremely powerful, it is a quick way to create minimalist themes (both in terms of style and functionality).
Contact Form Generator is used to create form to email scripts for your ASP, PHP or Perl website with no programming. Just enter the email header fields like email from, email to and subject to create the form.
If you like using Blueprint for your CSS layouts but want something more flexible, this generator is for you. Just enter the number of columns, column width, and margin width and it generates your CSS for you. One caveat, though: it’s no longer in active development and is not supported.
38. YAML Builder
Here’s a visual tool for creating a YAML (Yet Another Multicolumn Layout) design.
39. Create Graph
Create a graph as bar graph, line graph, pie chart etc.. by selecting the default graph type and defingin the design such as style, shading, data set ie number of fields, data labels and your graph is created.
40. CSS Optimiser
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Online CSS Optimizer/Optimiser is a web tool for reducing the file size of cascading style sheets. In order to save more space optimized files would be messy even so you may output it as a file. Non-valid or hacked (for certain browsers) CSS files may result in error.