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Sunday, January 25, 2015

How to use a Google Form at Events

Yesterday I was at a Health Fair with my Plexus Business and I was collecting entries for my giveaway via a Google Form,

I have found using these forms have multiple advantages to using the good old pieces of paper into a bowl!


The first advantage is that have you ever noticed people seem incapable of writing clearly their email / contact details? When I send follow up emails I have so many bounced emails that start to wonder if it's me!

Secondly, when you collect the email like this you can import the information in to something like Mail Chimp or another contact software to send follow up information. Sweet!

Lastly, everyone these days is used typing on their cell phones. they are used to the key positions... this comes naturally to them and I find more people actually enter when I do this electronically.

Here's a short video on setting your Google form up...

Open the video in YouTube for best view and click HD in right hand corner :-)


My name is Clare Jones, and I run FREE Social Media Training for online marketers from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clarejonestraining and I'm an independent ambassador for Plexus health and wellness products, www.clareljones.com


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Is your favorite Favorite App spying on you?




So how many apps are you connected with on Facebook? 

I bet it's more than you realize.

Could those apps be spying on you?

  • Without you knowing it, apps on Facebook might be:
  • Accessing your demographics
  • Accessing your friends list
  • Accessing your email address
  • Automatically posting on your Timeline
  • Automatically posting on pages you admin
  • Sending bothersome notifications
  • Accessing your page Insights
  • Targeting you for ads
Time to CLEAN HOUSE

Use a computer to do this... it's way easier!

Step 1 - Click on Down Arrow







Step 2 - Choose Settings























Step 3 - Choose Apps from Settings General Screen















Step 4 - Click Show All on Apps Screen 

Now you can see everything you are connected with.


Step 5 - Start removing!!

Hit the 'X" as you hover over each APP







You can even delete all of you activity with that App too




















If you want to keep an App, but only let yourself see you are using it use the edit function when you hover over the app instead!

Removing these apps will lessen the adverts you are served on a day to day basis!



My name is Clare Jones, and I run FREE Social Media Training for online marketers from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clarejonestraining and I'm an independent ambassador for Plexus health and wellness products, www.clareljones.com




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Facebook Algorithm changes AGAIN

I'm struggling to keep up with Facebook and all the changes we have to be on top of with our business pages.

One minute our business posts are showing, the next minute they aren't, and you better be on top of your game to use advertising without losing your hat!

In the last few days they are some changes that you actually may like.

Announced by one of their software engineers....

Our goal with News Feed is to show everyone the right content at the right time so they don’t miss the stories that are important to them. We’ve heard feedback that there are some instances where a post from a friend or a Page you are connected to is only interesting at a specific moment, for example when you are both watching the same sports game, or talking about the season premiere of a popular TV show. There are also times when a post that is a day or two old may not be relevant to you anymore. Our latest update to News Feed ranking looks at two new factors to determine if a story is more important in the moment than other types of updates.

1. Trending Topics

The 1st change deals with Trending topics... What are trending topics? 
On your PC or table look down the right hand side of your 
Facebook Algorithm,


For example in the post above, if you & your friends are posting about the Afghan Soldiers above you are more likely to see those posts in your news feed as a trending topic.
Facebook Algorithm,

One way we show timely content higher-up in News Feed is to show people stories about things that are trending as soon as they occur, so you can immediately know what your friends or favorite Pages are saying about the stories of the day. This means that when a friend or Page you are connected to posts about something that is currently a hot topic of conversation on Facebook, that post is more likely to appear higher up in News Feed, so you can see it sooner. Early testing of a small percentage of posts has shown that this update on average leads to a more than 6% increase in people engaging with these stories (e.g., more people share, comment, like or click). 

2. Timing and Likes and Comments

Currently one of the signals we look at is the total number of likes that a post has received when determining how high up to show it in News Feed. With this update, we are going to begin looking at when people are choosing to like, comment and share.
If people are engaging with the post right after it is posted, and not as much a few hours later, this suggests that the post was most interesting at the time it was posted, but potentially less interesting at a later date. Based on this signal it is more likely to appear higher in News Feed earlier on and lower at a later date.
So instead of looking just at the Like count of a post, Facebook now considers when people Liked & commented on the post when deciding whether to show the post at the top of the news feed.

Hopefully this improves what we see and when on our news feed.

So how does this affect your business page?

Facebook say
If a Page posts about a trending topic or if a post sees a high velocity of engagement early on that then drops off, that post may begin to see increased distribution early on and less distribution over time. Pages should keep producing great content that is relevant and resonates with their audience.
What it doesn't mean is that you should post articles that are non relevant to your page to get engagement. Stick to posting strong content.

Thank you to Scott Ayres, at Post Planner for the information

My name is Clare Jones, and I run FREE Social Media Training for online marketers from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clarejonestraining and I'm an independent ambassador for Plexus health and wellness products, www.clareljones.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Do you love Selfies? Here's some simple advice for more engagement.

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Are you a selfie lover?

Are you harming or helping your social profile?

Some of the most popular photos on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter these days are selfies.

Do you know that the word selfie has it's own Wikipedia page?

A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr and Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer.

This is not just a teen thing either... selfies are popular with celebs, almost everyone on instagram!and just the plain vain among us.

When done right selfies can be the best friend of a small business. Avoid being too narcissistic or salesy  and you could really boost your engagement.

So how do you guarantee more engagement?

Here are some simple tips.


  • Do we care?... If I don't care about the picture, then I'm not likely to engage. Narcissism is a no no.
  • Making the selfie look good is all important... think about the composition, crop out unnecessary features and by all means plan! Avoid the shoot and post if the picture isn't good enough to represent you or your brand.
  • Lighting is all important... never have the light behind you (remember that's like shooting into the light with a 'real' camera shot).
  • Don't post selfies with weird backgrounds.. we've all seen the unfortunate bathroom selfie where the mirror reveals children in the background or even worse! Practive before you post.. and again crop the weirdness out!
  • If you are a selfie pro you already know to take your selfie from slightly higher up (think about 10 degrees).. if not then the reason we do this is to minimize double chins and highlight cheek bones. Ever wondered why people all look better in selfies? Now you know!
  • There are so many cool apps to use out there, think about downloading one to make your selfies even more engagement worthy. Look for something with cool lens features.
  • Share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. 

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Thanks for reading

My name is Clare Jones, and I run FREE Social Media Training for online marketers from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clarejonestraining and I'm an independent ambassador for Plexus health and wellness products, www.clareljones.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blog Challenge - Identifying my strengths....

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I was recently challenged to write a post about one thing that I'm an expert in... this of course is very difficult as I'm being asked to boast about my abilities in something...try it for yourself, it's tough to do. Who really likes to stick their hand up and say... 'Heh..I'm the expert here!'

What I have always been fantastic at is learning... I'm a speed learner. Show me once and I will know it forever more. Some people say that this is a photographic memory but it's not quite like that. I can't remember where things are half the time, and if I had a photographic memory then I wouldn't have that issue. It's more of a process function... I have always applied it to software. So I can watch someone show me around a piece of software and then be in a position to then go and show someone else.

I recently applied this ability to a new piece of Recruitment software for a sub contractor who employed me. After two hours of being shown the software I was in a position to train new recruiters as they join the business. The owner of the business was pretty flawed.. I think I should have asked for more money LOL

Of course this isn't always the blessing it seems. I have been a software trainer all my life and the hardest thing is to remember that most people learn at a rate far slower than I. 


Where I am Speedy Gonzalez, they move at a more normal pace. I am constantly telling myself to slow down.

It's partly why I decided to start my Facebook Social Media Training page. I can learn quickly and then spread my knowledge to the community. It's a good feeling, and if I produce videos or blog posts people can learn at their own pace :-)

So what is your expertise.. I'd love to know in the comments..









Wednesday, August 6, 2014

But WHAT do I POST ? Boosting Organic Engagement on Facebook - it's what it's all about!

Are your posts being seen by less and less people? Don't worry it's happening for all of us...

Now is the time to work even harder to get your posts seen... that or pay huge Facebook advertising fees....



We must all think about getting more creative.

Post Fill-in-the-Blanks on Cool Graphics



Ever answered the a fill in the blank question on a cool graphic post on Facebook? 

Well guess what you were definitely helping that pages' edgerank. It's a super cute way of increasing your page / post views... and no money is changing hands for advertising...

These fill-in-the-blank posts can be fantastic for boosting fan engagement. 

Combine a fill-in-the-blank statement with a killer image & you’re sure to have a winning post. 


Ask Questions on Images



Similar to a fill-in-the-blank, a question asked alongside a beautiful image can send engagement off the charts.
Great images to encourage engagement:
Cute Animals (yes cats and dogs rule Facebook)
Vacation scenes - beaches / monuments / famous places

Quote images : Fun, Wisdom, Life, Love, Fact, Reality, Inspiration & Motivation - you choose.. just make sure to brand your images too  - and create your own content (don't use the same image as everyone else!!!)
















Post fun, quick games



I know I've played these... have you?

Ask Your Fans for their Opinions

Want fans to engage with your Facebook page? Ask their opinions about what’s happening with your company or in the news... (stay away from Politics though, it's derisive)
If I had a new logo I was considering, or changing up my FB cover, I'd ask for opinions in a post... even if I was buying a new laptop or car... it's all about engagement!
Here is a post I did on my Social Media training page
It achieved interaction, comments, likes...and gave value to the readership too 

Thanks for reading
My name is Clare Jones, and I run FREE Social Media Training for online marketers from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/clarejonestraining and I'm an independent ambassador for Plexus health and wellness products, www.clareljones.com

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Facebook - New Advertising Scheduling

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Hurrah I said in my best British accent.... Facebook actually have implemented something incredibly useful :-)

If you are not using the Facebook Power Editor for Advertising (where have you been?) then now is the time because they have added Ad Scheduling!!!!!

Imagine being able to schedule your Facebook Ads for the times when people are actually most on Facebook!


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How to...

First go to the Power Editor link here


(If you've not been here before now is the time download your ads to the Power Editor)

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So depending on your audience you can now schedule any advertising you do to only present when your target is online...

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Watch this short video to learn how....