Graphic of an acronym ASK - always seek knowledge

When you are working for yourself it is incredibly easy to rest on your laurels and never attempt to learn anything new – particularly when there is so much else to do. More and more I am realising that you need to give yourself permission to learn and invest in yourself.

With this in mind, I enrolled in the Social Media Success Summit – an online conference held throughout October and coordinated by the fabulous folk over at Social Media Examiner. The format is inspired – 3 x 45 minute sessions a day across 3 days a week. This is repeated throughout October for a total of 36 sessions. I am sure if you attempted to attend that many sessons face-to-face you would hit overload fairly quickly but this allows you time to reflect, learn, read and put a few ideas into practice.

Session One was presented by Mari Smith (@marismith) – How to Create a Facebook Content Plan that Maximizes Your News Feed Exposure. The first session at any conference is always the one to test out the technology and this one did not disappoint. Glitchy sound, dropouts and slide lags were the order of the day but there were some delicious bits of nuggety goodness in the bits I could hear.

Following up at the slightly more convenient hour of 7am (AEST) was Amy Porterfield (@AmyPorterfield) with How to Use Facebook Video Ads to Sell Your Products and Promote Your Content. This one scared me. A lot. Whilst the gist of the session was that you can create lovely, long and rambling video ads to engage your clients (which is awesome) I couldn’t get past the tracking and behind the scenes stuff which I logically know is happening but it still kinda freaks me out. There were still some incredible information shared and a lot of things I now need to investigate.

And lastly, Jon Loomer (@jonloomer) and How to Drive Tons of Traffic by Building a Facebook Page Around a Passion. This session provided some great ideas – namely that creating a Facebook page about a passion will often garner a greater following than if you went straight into creating a page for your brand. An example he gave was Darren Rowse (@problogger) who has created the page “Do you love photography?” which has 89,000 followers. He could then monetise this following by sharing information and posts from his business page which is “Digital Photography School” and potentially reach people who were unaware of who he was. This page has almost 800,000 followers so you know, not doing too bad.

 

Graphic showing 5 different takeaway foods

To share what I am learning and to embed the best ideas in this very tired little brain of mine, I have decided to blog each day about that mornings sessions and hereby present to you my top 5 takeaways.

 

 

 

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