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Social Media for the Project Manager

16 Aug

Since beginning my Project Management Blog and Twitter accounts in February of this year, I must say it has been quite a fun journey!  I have enjoyed meeting new people from around the world, learning more about project management from others posting fantastic content, and providing me the opportunity to put myself out there for others to judge in the hope that I can provide provides useful tips for other project managers.

I honestly cannot believe this is my 60th blog post, but I would not have met this milestone if it wasn’t for an MBA course I heard from a friend called “Personal Branding” and was taught at the University of Nevada, Reno by Professor Bret SimmonsBret has truly opened my eyes to social media and showed me the great value and opportunities it can bring to not only an individual, but for any organization.

Some Things I Have Learned Through My Social Media Journey:

  • Blogs Allow Back-and-Forth Conversation: Most websites have information about their business, such as their: company name, contact information, services they provide, a few photos, where they are located, and basically a blast of information to the user. Blogs provide others with the opportunity to communicate back and forth between people, which provides a personal touch between your business and consumers.
  • Blogs Provide Helpful Information For Others: It is important when you add a blog onto your website that you focus your content on helpful tips or information that will help the user.  You want to appear as “the” expert in your field, so people will come to you for help and if they ever need your service or product, they know exactly where to go or who they will recommend to their friends.  Don’t just focus on special deals that are going on in your blogs, but helpful how to tips or history or something useful.
  • Adding Content Acts = SEO: By posting content on your blog, it acts like a search engine optimizer that will improve your google search results.  Google yourself today, then start blogging!  See how fast your name will start moving it’s way to the first page, if it’s not already on the first page now.
  • Jump On The Social Media Bandwagon: People are using social media platforms to talk and share content with others, so you want to be where others are to see what they are saying about your business (good/bad), what you can offer to the social media community, and most of all, it’s a free way to showcase your business for others to learn more about your products/services.
  • Put Yourself Out There For Others To Judge: Although it may be scary to post content that the entire world can access or better yet, post a video post so others can see what you look like and sound like, in the end, it can really help you grow as an individual by allowing others to comment and provide you with feedback to improve upon.  Another great benefit is you can help reach others to learn more about you if they only watch videos, read content, listen to audio, etc.
  • It’s Fun And Provides A Great Learning Environment: I have really enjoyed getting to know several project managers from around the world, read about their experiences, learn more about project management, ask for advice, and implement a lot of what I have learned through my social media experience in my day-to-day job.

I want to thank Bret for introducing me to this new experience of social media! I also want to thank all of my loyal followers for your support and advice with me, so I can continue to learn more about the project management field!

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