Interview with beBee Co-Founder Javier Camára Rica

beBee Brand Ambassador Those of you who know me will have a hard time believing that I (of all people) was appointed as Brand Ambassador for a Social Network. How could that happen? beBee is refreshingly different. It´s a “no rules” site. Whether you want to share information about Change Management or a cute cat picture – everyone is welcome. Job searchers and recruiters find their place just like plumbers, philosophers, managers, bloggers … The affinity-based approach makes sure that we can connect with exactly the people or topics we chose. It could not replace LinkedIn and the German pendant (I´m expanding!) XING. A particular group of corporate management will… Read More

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3 Essential Tools For Online Businesses

The tools mentioned below are either free or they offer a free and paid version. What they have in common is that they can help you run your business better. In no particular order: Buzzsumo https://app.buzzsumo.com Buzzsumo comes in a free and paid version. The free version allows you to get valuable insights about your influencers. You can see who shared your content, who engaged with it on sites like Facebook and Pinterest. Even though the amount of information in the free version is limited, it can help you to understand who is engaging with your content and which of your articles and photographs have the biggest impact. I learned a… Read More

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Review of ConnectAudience Retargeting

Wilco de Kreij´s Re-Targeting Email Tool You have probably already played around with Facebook advertising.  You might have learned that it is a quick way to burn a lot of money for little or no results. You probably also have noticed that the opening rates for your e-mail campaigns are going down. Part of the reason for that are the changes that e-mail providers are making, but the other part is that it’s just not working the way it used to. You might or might not have used Google´s retargeting option. So when somebody visited your website, you can present them with advertisements, customized advertisements, on other sites he visits.… Read More

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Content Repurposing

When genius doesn’t strike Old posts made new Let’s face it; we can’t come up with an ingenious article every day. Luckily, there are several ways of repurposing your content that not only help you over “those days” but also enables you to reach people that are not into reading blog posts. Some people prefer to listen to a podcast or watch a video. Content repurposing can attract new readers to your site. Depending on the kind of content you are offering there are many great possibilities of repurposing your content. Here are some of the best ways to turn a rainy day around SlideShare The benefit of sharing a… Read More

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Why Affinity-Based Social Networks Are Booming

Spanish Startup beBee takes America by storm. Why are so many writers, bloggers, companies and social networker leaving traditional networks? Why I left Facebook and use LinkedIn less First of all: beBee is free. It does not have a “members recruit members” function. I feel it is important to mention that the only reason I am writing this hub is to share the joy. Most of you who will be reading this are writers, blogger, and small businesses. While beBee is not limited to small businesses and hosts large corporations as well – as of today it is the only community where size or marketing budgets do not impact your… Read More

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How to not be annoying on Twitter

Use of Twitter auto messages A quick Twitter tip from my personal point of view: I might be particularly sensitive to spam, but rest assured that there are others who feel just like me. You know what I find surprising? Meanwhile, the only group of people besides porn stars I am not following back on Twitter are social media experts. First off: It makes sense to automate Twitter to reduce the workload. There are many social media experts with tons of know-how on the market. But it´s also a title (like Entrepreneur, Leader) that is trending and free to wear. Therefore, many brand new marketers call themselves “social media experts” right… Read More

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Facebook Alternative beBee? A Review

beBee vs Facebook First off: beBee is not in direct competition with Facebook. In all honesty, I am not exactly sure about Facebook´s mission. If we say that it´s a platform to connect with your family and friends, Facebook wins. beBee, the affinity-based network, has a different mission. I´ve shared some general info about beBee in “Linked in vs beBee” and my concern regarding the data quality and changes to privacy at facebook HERE. Many people on Facebook use it in a different sense: Winning clients Building a brand Playing games Sadly, these days one can get the impression that the site has become a huge playground for advertisers and spam. The huge… Read More

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WhatsApp To Give Phone Numbers To Facebook

Are you like me someone who rarely or never reads the “changes to our TOS.” Well, maybe we should start reading them. Facebook plans to increase ad revenue Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $ 22 Billion. If you agree to the new TOS (if you don´t you´ll have another 30 days to do so) WhatsApp will begin to share information about your usage of the app as well as your phone number with Facebook.  Currently, Facebook is losing a few ad clients and is looking for ways to increase revenue. I have sold data mining projects for six years of my life, and I am fully aware of the… Read More

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5 Most Annoying Social Media Tactics

Please understand this as a humorous list, created with love. There is always a hint of truth in every joke, though. “How I deal” is merely an info on how I react and in no way to be seen as “social media advice”. So here is my list of the most annoying social media people (and I commit to exaggerating): The Tag Spammer This type is very common on Facebook – but all other sites as well. They post a picture of a sunrise. Nice. Who were they with? They tag about 300 people into the post. In the spirit of fabricating worthless social proof, half of the tagged people… Read More

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16 Free Pictures Sites For Bloggers / Writers

While I am searching for pictures of brains (so far without success) I was thinking that others might be looking for sources of pictures they can use as well. Best of free stock photos Here are my picture resources, in no particular order: 1. Unsplash I would describe this site as artsy. Wonderful pictures, some very professional looking. https://unsplash.com/ 2. Refe Real Life Photos The name says it all… http://getrefe.tumblr.com/ 3. picjumbo Free and premium membership. https://picjumbo.com 4. Morguefile Another huge collection. Not all pictures look professional. Lots of  “people” photos. https://picjumbo.com 5. Pixabay Images, vectors, and videos. https://pixabay.com/ 6. Death to the stock photo Lovable, artsy, different. http://deathtothestockphoto.com 7. Little… Read More

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