Overcome Fear of Video with This Easy #5DayChallenge

Video #5DayChallenge

Struggling to create your first video? Here’s a #5DayChallenge to help you change that! Each day will have a tip and challenge. #Day1: Record a video #Day2: Ask a question #Day3: What to talk about #Day4: Expand your reach #Day5: Put it all together Rules of Video #5DayChallenge Rules: No fretting Forget perfection Do the … Read moreOvercome Fear of Video with This Easy #5DayChallenge

These 6 Reasons Will Make You Want to Caption Your Videos

6 reasons to caption video

Do you caption your videos? Why or why not? Let us know in comments. World Health Organization reports that more than 5 percent of the world’s population is deaf or hard of hearing. [Source WHO] And guess what. The deaf and hard of hearing are not the main users of captions or subtitles! So captioning … Read moreThese 6 Reasons Will Make You Want to Caption Your Videos

Reaching Out to Readers on Social Media

Welcome to meryl’s notes blog (this here place you’re lookin’ at) in Plano, Texas. We’re honored to be a stop in Eleanor Vincent’s WOW! Women On Writing Blog tour. We’re giving away a copy of her moving memoir Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story. Read on to see how you can win. If you want … Read moreReaching Out to Readers on Social Media

The Trouble with Tribble-ish Content Marketing

Back in 2001, I connected with a fellow from InternetViZ and interviewed him about email marketing. A few months later, a client closed his business. It was one of the primary sources of my writing income. That taught me the importance of having a variety of clients instead of one or two that make up … Read moreThe Trouble with Tribble-ish Content Marketing

Relish the Past

My daughter and I went to her elementary school — where her little brother was a third grader — for the senior reception. Every year, the elementary schools hold senior receptions inviting all the graduating seniors to visit old friends and connect with their former teachers. Even the parents reconnected. I hadn’t seen some since … Read moreRelish the Past

Get on a First Name Basis with Online Prospects and Clients

Once upon a time, geography and the surrounding community limited the customer base for small businesses. Today, our connected world offers an unprecedented opportunity for small businesses everywhere because we can live anywhere and work with clients on a global scale. But what have we sacrificed? Sometimes we long for the days when an owner … Read moreGet on a First Name Basis with Online Prospects and Clients

5 Steps for Small Businesses Reputation Management

Online reputation management is not just the province of those businesses and public figures that have been subject to scandal. On the contrary, in this age of Google where anyone can look up anything and anyone, reputation management is vital. For small businesses, it’s not a vanity or a luxury, but a true necessity. Think … Read more5 Steps for Small Businesses Reputation Management

The Secret to Writing about a Popular Topic

Before reading Margie Clayman’s Avoid the temptation to write something popular, I saw articles on how to get ideas for blogging and how to write a bunch of blog posts quickly. These tired topics introduce nothing new. Same outfit, different color and style. Blog there, done that. I’d rather not blog than rehash something that … Read moreThe Secret to Writing about a Popular Topic

Guest Post: Recalibrate Your Online Presence in the Age of Pinterest

Watch out, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+! There’s a new kid on the block who’s gaining popularity by leaps and bounds. And the kid’s name is Pinterest. The social media world is changing and evolving all the time. Pinterest is only two years old but over the past several months, this precocious little kid has exhibited … Read moreGuest Post: Recalibrate Your Online Presence in the Age of Pinterest

Is Content Finally Getting Respect?

After a successful four-city tour, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs returned for three-city encore tour. The Dallas Museum of Art was one of those stops. I received an email from my cousins in Austins who planned to come to town for the exhibition. We set it up, reserved the tickets and had … Read moreIs Content Finally Getting Respect?