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Adding Video to websites, and social media pages. Custom Facebook Fan pages. Social Media Topics, Daily thoughts on Social media from the owner of Social Media Productions.

Get the new Facebook profile NOW

Andrew Conniff - Friday, September 23, 2011

This is part two to yesterdays video. I am going to keep this post short since the video says it all. It is important to thank those who first present the information in this video. So big thanks to the mashable blog post  written by 
with the written instructions on how to do this! 


Facebook 2011 f8 - "Making the Competition Look Ancient"

Andrew Conniff - Thursday, September 22, 2011

Facebook is billing the 2011 f8 as where the company will announce major enhancements and changes to facebook that will "...make the competition look ancient."  One big bonus for me is that I don't have to fly to San Francisco to experience f8; I can watch it on LiveStream

 

The setup is really exciting, and you can tell that a tremendous amount of preparation has gone into getting this information out. Once a section is completed, it is available for replay on LiveStream


On the right is an image from just before the Keynote.



The Future is called TIMELINE


The new layout is all about collecting your connections with less effort so you can tell your story in an intimate and open way. "We're going to make it so you can connect to anything in any way that you want" - Mark Zuckerberg The Activities go into the Ticker through the facebook open graph. This opens up a whole new class of Social Applications. 

The idea is that the applications are a "...frictionless experience." Something they are calling "real time serendipity" - picking up on what your friends are already doing and even listen to music that your friends are listening to at the same time as they are. 

      






The new changes are sure to allow a level of social interaction that currently does not exist on any social platform. The main focus is on discovery and sharing. Of course, these ideas have been the focus for facebook and facebook users for some time, but now the promise is that the new timeline, ticker and social graph applications will multiply the experience for the user by providing a safe place to keep your entire life online. 

So when do we get it? 

Plus ONE plus ALL!

Andrew Conniff - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

According to the official Google + blog the popular new social media site is now open to anyone who wishes to join. Prior to this announcement a person had to be invited to join the site so the company could iron out the bugs before launching to a larger audience. The number of people who have signed up so far is over 25 million, but is saturated with web developers, bloggers, photographers and the like. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but the true social nature of the site is still unknown. 


New Hangout Features Take on Skype  

In addition to opening Google + up to anyone who wishes to join, several other major features are now available. Among the most important for business users is the ability to use the Google API to allow users to hangout on your website - in a similar fashion as the option currently available on Youtube. 

This means you can create important marketing pieces and videos that your business partners or customers can visit and discuss socially. I'm thinking training videos, marketing tips, market updates; all can use the API to interact with your customers as they interact with each other. This is a powerful way to add value in a social way. 

Another new feature is the mobile hangout, which will allow (some) people with smart phones to hang out on their phones. This feature is a little limited but when this works on older phones (android 2.0) or when we all get newer phones this will take off...

Andrew

Is Facebook Real?

Andrew Conniff - Monday, September 19, 2011

OK, of course Facebook is real, but is the phenomenon of social media a real marketing tool - or just a lot of hype?

This question came to me this past week after a presentation where one of the people was pretty dismissive and I later found out this person  "...did not believe in Facebook." I found that this persons response was interesting because my presentation was on how to shoot video, upload it to a hosting site, and deploy to the web. Of course I mentioned Facebook as a premier place to deploy video and have a business presence, but it was not the main focus of my presentation. However, after finding this info-graphic on mashable I may change that. The graphic below is self explanatory, but I found the statistic (I imagine the information is empirical since Facebook publishes actual user data) that nearly half of 18-34 year-olds check Facebook when they first wake up very telling. 

SOAP BOX ALERT: I think that any person that is selling something is really selling themselves. Of course, there is usually a product or service involved, but really it is all about the relationship a person can create with a prospective customer. This is the whole reason I promote video - and the reason I always say that "The perfect customer for me is anyone who thinks a prospective customer might find them on the internet." 

Obsessed with Facebook
Via: Online Schools

Favicons: Those little icons set you apart...

Andrew Conniff - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What is a favicon anyway?

A favicon is the little icon that appears in the top of a web page right by the title.

Just like the Facebook "f" you can make your own favicon and add it to your pages. The general rule for icons is that they should be 16 by 16 (pixels) and saved as a .ico file. Many programs make great logo programs, but will not convert to the .ico format. The good news is that there are many online converters. I like iconverticons because you get a variety of sizes and even can get windows and Mac system icons.

Adding a favicon to your website. 

If your website uses templates, you can add the code to the master templates and it will appear in all of the pages that use the template. If your website does not use templates you will have to add the code to each page. 

Add this code before the /head> tag, I usually put it right after the <title></title> tages like so: 
   

 <head>
<title>Home page</title>
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" />
    </head>

The /favicon.ico part is your icon file. I usually just name it favicon.ico and upload it to the root folder,.but you can save it as whatever name you want, just make sure you change it in the code as wellAlso, don't forget the / at the beginning or you will have problems. 

Feel free to post links of your site with your favicon! 


RE Bar Camp Winner's Video is finished!

Andrew Conniff - Friday, April 29, 2011

Tracy Travers has her video...

...and a new Real Estate Brokerage in Montesano called West Coast Realty. Tracy won a free video from my company (Social Media Productions) at the 2011 RE Bar Camp in Seattle. After choosing her motion graphics and supplying us with photos, she drove up to our Studios and filmed this short video. Look for more videos from West Coast Realty soon as we all get to meet the managing brokers and learn more about there new and exciting business venture! 

Learn more at www.tracytravers.com
  


Video Winner from RE Bar Camp

Andrew Conniff - Monday, March 14, 2011

We have a Winner! 

At RE Bar Camp we put out a fishbowl; attendees put their business cards in for a chance to win a 2-3 minute video like the one on the display. This video is interview style and shot in our studio in Lynnwood.

And the winner is.....




No substitutions, cannot be redeemed for cash, video has no cash value. 

RE Bar Camp

Andrew Conniff - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
RE Bar Camp was an amazing event!

Here is a quick video from the Seattle Center. I made a lot of connections and tried out the new Steady cam system from SteadyDSLR. I need more practice but it adds a nice dynamic and is watchable for sure!






Here is the main room during the keynote address

Key note address

I really like this photo. Most of the group showed up early and we streamed part of the Keynote speaker onto our Facebook Fanpage and the internet using Livestream. The event coordinators even had me link it onto the big projector in the sponsor room... but back to the photo, I like the color tone and contrast. For any photography fans out there I used a Sony a55 with the kit lens for this photo and the video above.


Sponsor room LiveStream of the main room.

We streamed the Key Address to the sponsor room

That's all for tonight!
-Andrew

Linked In expands Company Profiles

Andrew Conniff - Monday, January 31, 2011
Social Media is taking off like never before and each social media site is evolving to offer integrated features. 
Today I want to talk a little bit about Linked In. If you haven't used Linked In before, you should know that it has been around since 2003 (founded in 2002 by Reid Hoffman) and is a place for professionals and business to connect. As of January 2011 Linked in has over 90 Million members worldwide Source. Until recently, Linked In has been faithful to the original business model, but appears to be ready to make major moves to integrate with other social media sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as flow content from businesses websites and online catalogs.
What does this all mean for you and me? Well it's one more way to deliver our online marketing efforts to business partners and potential clients for FREE. The new trend is that the expense is only wrapped up in the time and energy (or cost of hiring someone) to create digital graphics, video, or audio for businesses and distribute them across the social network. This is great news for entrepreneurs and sales associates that cannot afford massive mailing campaigns, television ads, or radio spots.
I still think Linked In is a bit clumsy compared to Facebook, but has some new functionality that adds relevance. As  Facebook continues to adjust for revenue it makes room for its competitors to ease the reigns a little bit and gain ground in the Social Media business.

Welcome to my Blog!

Andrew Conniff - Wednesday, December 01, 2010

This is my first blog post on this website - this online business to be exact!

Feel free to grab a cup of tea and a cookie, put your feet up and take a look around. You'll find heaps of great content and information about my business, and there's plenty of goodies.

I hope you enjoy and feel free to let me know what you think!