An abundance of Facebook changes have occurred in the past few months, a common theme when it comes to Facebook, and with these changes it creates many benefits to be overlooked or go unseen, including a capability to create a quick and easy business card from Facebook.
This change has been made possible through Facebook’s Timeline, a new look to profiles, and with the help of Moo.com, a well know site for customizable business cards. Here is how you can use what is already on Facebook to conjure up a quick and easy Business card.
- Go to Facebook
- Go to the “About Section” on your profile
- Go to “Contact Info Section”
- Beside the words “Contact info” is a small square icon, click on it to see a preview of what your business card will look like.
- Click on “Print Cards” and it will take you to Moo, where you can create and customize your card. After allowing Moo access to your Facebook simply click “do not merge” (if you so choose) and continue to see that the card is made up of your current profile picture and background photo, as well as pulling your Facebook URL and listed contact information.
- On the back it places one of your listed favorite quotes.
- Remember, you are able to change any and all of this quickly and easily.
- With Moo, they will send a free batch if it is your first time using their service, however, it is a service that is not free and will cost a small fee for professional looking business cards.
This is just one of many undiscovered abilities that you as a Facebook user has access to and we thought you may find this information useful, since it is important to network even when socializing.
Business cards are something we all need to gain contacts and now Facebook allows you to do just that.
Would you create your business card using Facebook?
The Social-IST has completed the facebook integration into our wordpress platform and will be included in our PRO blogging package. It will include the following features:
- Facebook Connect – Allow, or force, users to register and login with their Facebook info – a login widget included
- User Profiles – Automatically fill in fields in user profiles when they register
- Autopost – Make it simple to post new content (custom post types as well!) to user’s walls, fan pages, events, or notes
- Comments - Import comments made on Facebook about a post into your Social-IST WordPress site
- Like and Send Buttons – With every customization option imaginable – place on posts, pages, custom post types, or with available shortcodes
- OpenGraph - Have complete control over the thumbnail image posted to facebook when users like/send or you autopost
- Facebook Albums – Display images from a Facebook album – as a widget or using new icon in page/post editor
- Facebook Events - Show upcoming facebook events in a sidebar or with shortcodes
- Fan Page Widgets – Like box, facepile, and recommendations – with complete customization options built right in
For decades, Silicon Valley has been synonymous with innovation. It is difficult to dispute this claim given that it’s the home to technology and Internet giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook. While it hasn’t lost its staying power, other hotspots for entrepreneurship and technology have emerged over the past ten years, in particular, New York’s “Silicon Alley”.
Although cities like Chicago, Austin, and even our own Research Triangle have produced a number of web-based businesses in recent years, New York’s startup scene is growing exponentially. The amount of capital and seed funding continues to rise as well as the success of local companies like foursquare, Gilt Groupe, and Tumblr. The city’s ecosystem also has the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who recently appointed Rachel Sterne as the city’s Chief Digital Officer along with Steve Rosenbaum, the city’s first Entrepreneur at Large.
There’s no shortage of debates in the blogosphere as to whether one coast has the advantage over the other. Regardless of what side you’re on, many would agree that there’s no better time to be an entrepreneur. Organizations and incubators like the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), Startup America, Y-Combinator and Tech Stars are providing an unprecedented level of resources and support. In a recent TIME article, the YEC’s Scott Gerber even posited 2012 as “The Year of the Entrepreneur”.
Interested in seeing the growth that has been present on both coasts over the last 5 years? Interact with the graphic below to explore some noteworthy companies in both Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley, quotes from stakeholders, as well as the rise in Seed Funding from 2009-2011.
Via MBA@UNC: Online MBA
To any of our readers who are into social gaming, please do not take this as an insult. It’s definitely not intended that way.
I’m not a social gamer. It’s not that I don’t like games – I do. It’s not that I don’t like social media – I do (obviously). At this point, I haven’t found a true social game that appeals to me. It will come, but I am somewhat still put off by them simply based upon the endless invites I once got (thank you Facebook and Twitter for fixing this) and the bias has yet to completely wear off. With that said, I am still definitely interested in learning more about who the social gamers are as there is a tremendous future in the industry.
The demographics of the social gamer are not as predictable as one might think. One part that truly surprised me was the skipping of ages – 30-39 year old people and 50-59 year old people are more likely to be a social gamer than 40-49 year old people. That’s not the only surprising part.Read More
Preparing for 2012
Preparing for a new year is never easy no matter what line of work you’re in. In social media, it’s damn near impossible. Regardless of how much analysis of the previous year you complete or how strategies you put in place to start the year, things change… rapidly.
That all said, if you aren’t at least thinking about how you can improve or tweak your social strategy on a big picture basis, you’re already behind. Throw in Google’s announcement of their social search integration and you’re plain out of sight.
While they may be basic, here are some things you should be thinking about while you’re building your plan for the next month, 6 months, or even the whole year.
What is the connection between social and the bottom line?
Time and time again, we see businesses jump into social media with a bunch of buzz words at the helm of their strategy. They say that they’re doing social to converse with their customers, find new customers, have authentic engagement, etc. Those reasons aren’t wrong – they’re at the core of our values. That being said, business owners aren’t asking themselves how their efforts will connect to the bottom line.
We are far enough along in social media where the ROI is meaningful. We should never lessen the value relationships and authentic conversations, but we should be thinking about why we are spending the time and money and what the benefits will be in the end.
The line between social media to the bottom line may not be a straight one, but in the end, they should connect.
What networks actually matter and why?
I don’t need to be the one to tell you this but that said, the networks we use are evolving and all serve a different purpose. That also means that each network might not be important to your bottom line or message. This is where ROI is very important. It is important to evaluate each network separately and then determine whether it belongs in the mix of your social media strategy.
Where does social rank as a priority?
In my current position, I try to focus on social media as much as I can but in reality, social is often not the most important form of marketing for our goals (especially when you’re competing for Google ranking in “online mba programs“. That isn’t to say social doesn’t matter or isn’t a continuous part of our communications strategy. Instead, we have figured out what its importance is and how many resources should be dedicated.
Because we have evaluated its importance, we understand how to maximize our efficiency and what the most direct lines of success are within our overall marketing mix.
What is your voice?
Sometimes, being conversational and open isn’t the way to go for brands. Some brands need to be more authoritative or resourceful rather than being a friendly face. That doesn’t mean they don’t understand the nature of social that just means they understand what their public persona is and what is the best voice for their brand to possess. Find your voice and you’ll carve your place in the social atmosphere.
What defines success?
All of these questions lead into the final one. What defines success in your social strategy? This may be the most obvious question, yet it is the most important. If you don’t understand what you are working towards or what you will be evaluating at the end of your reporting period, it makes it extremely difficult to understand how to move forward.
Social is always evolving, but your overall goals shouldn’t waver past minor adjustments. They should stand firm from the beginning – otherwise your messaging and path will change to where your original goals are unrecognizable.
Everyone’s success in 2012 will look different from one another – it’s your job to understand what you are aiming to toast to in 2013.