Social Media: Choosing the Right Sites to Drive Business

Are you new to social media and overwhelmed by the number of sites to choose from? Is your time too precious to waste on social networking without payback? Come to the Powder Room in Algonquin and learn about the choices that are best for your business.

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April M. Williams of CyberLife Tutors will give you the basics to make an inform decision. Find out what the most used social media sites are, know how to tell if they are a good fit for your business, see how they can increase your credibility in your field and how you can use them to increase revenue.

The Powder Room is at 328 South Main Street in downtown Algonquin. Their phone number is (224) 241-8242.

Join us Oct 11, 2012 6:30-7:45. Tickets just $20 in advance. Get both an autographed copy of April M. Williams book “Social Networking Throughout Your Career” ($9.99 value) and the seminar just $25.

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8 Top Pinterest Tips for Beginners

Pinterest is a content sharing service where members “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboards. Pinterest also has standard social networking features so you can share with your friends. Learn how to set up your Pinterest account. Once you have an account, you can pin your cool finds on the internet.

Many interested patrons attended my Pinterest session at the Algonquin Library. For more information on upcoming sessions, visit our events calendar. Here are 8 top Pinterest tips for beginners to get you started.

  1. Create unique Pinterest boards for each of your favorite topics. Pin photos and videos about that topic to create a collection.
  2. Select a cover image that represents the theme of your Pinterest board. Our minds grasp visual concepts faster than text on a page. Be sure readers can tell at a glance what your board is all about.
  3. Pin clear, easily recognized images for your Pinterest boards. Bright colors and high contrast images are easier on our eyes.
  4. Describe your images and videos accurately without complex words. Pinterest allows up to 500 characters in the object’s description.
  5. Include words that invoke emotions and feelings in the reader. Choose colorful terms which inspire the imagination and memories.
  6. Increase your search engine visibility by using keywords and internet links in your description. Keywords may actually be a phase or group of 2-5 words.
  7. Post links to your Pinterest pins on your Facebook or Twitter accounts to share them with your friends. Ask others to LIKE and COMMENT on your pins and SHARE your pins with their friends.
  8. Design a unique visual resume and pin to your Pinerest board. Log on to Pinterest and search “resume” to see some incredibly creative ideas others have showcased their talents and skills.

Using these 8 top Pinterest tips for beginners to create your first Pinterest boards and pin your favorite pictures, movies and more. Click on COMMENTS and post a link to one of your favorite boards. Please tell us why this Pinterest board is your top pick.

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How To Get Join Pinterest Create Boards and Pin Pictures

Pinterest is a content sharing service where members “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboards. Pinterest also has standard social networking features so you can share with your friends. This weekend I will be demonstrating the features of Pinterest at the Algonquin Library. For more information on this session, visit our events calendar.

Pinterest members create virtual boards for different topics. Create a board for your hobbies, favorite restaurants, post your resume or to show off your professional portfolio. Search Pinterest for topics of interest. When you find an image or video you like, you can repin the object to one of your boards.

My Pinterest boards include food, travel and McHenry County happenings. Here is how you can get started with Pinterest.

How to create a Pinterest account:

  • Open a web browser and type http://www.pinterest.com in the URL bar
  • Create your Pinterest account by connecting with Facebook, Twitter or using an email address.
  • Click on a few of the images that capture your attention

How to create a Pinterest board:

  • Click “Add”
  • Click “Create a Board”
  • Enter your new board Name, select a category and add other pinners (those who can add pins to this board)
  • Click “Create Board”

How to add Pinterest Pins to your board:

  • Click “Add”
  • Click “Add a Pin”
  • Type or paste the URL
  • Click “Find Images”
  • Scroll and select an image
  • Choose a board
  • Enter a description up to 500 characters
  • Click “Pin It”

Have fun with your new Pinterest boards and pin what is interesting to you. Share your pins with your friends on Facebook and Twitter for greater visibility. We are always interested in hearing your ideas for using Pinterest. Click on COMMENTS and tell us how you are using Pinerest for yourself or your business.

Enter your email in the box on the right and click subscribe for more tips on Pinterest and other social media tools.

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Pinterest Marketing Cheat Sheet to Opitimize Your Pinterest Boards

Pinterest virtual bulletin boards are all the rage in the social media world. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan Learn how you can use Pinterest to market your business and gain attention.

The Algonquin Library hosts a Pinterest session Sunday August 12, 2012 where you can learn what Pinterest is and what it can do for your business. For more information or registration visit our CyberLife Tutors events calendar.

Below is a Pinterest Marketing Cheat Sheet from Pinely to give you a few ideas before the live session.

Pinterest Marketing Cheat Sheet from Pinerly

 

 

 

 

LinkedIn Advanced Hands On Class at Algonquin Library

Free LinkedIn class for professionals at Algonquin Public Library.

Are you on LinkedIn and wonder, ” Now what?”
See how you can leverage those connections for your career.

Learn how to leverage your LinkedIn network to discover the hidden job market and join groups to increase your chances of being found by recruiters.

April M. Williams demonstrates how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile. This is a hands on session and computers are provided.  Students must already have a profile and a minimum of five contacts.

Class is at the Algonquin Area Public Library District main library located at, 2600 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL. Call the library 847.458.6060to register for more information. Seating is limited.

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Effective Time Management: Getting the Most from Every Day

Do you find your days sometimes slip by before you know it? And your to-do list remains undone?

Learn how to be productive instead of busy. April M. Williams will share proven time management techniques to increase your daily productivity. Align your top priorities with your daily activities to achieve short and long term goals. Set goals and maintain focus to keep things in perspective. Develop a personal action plan with strategies and techniques to handle procrastination and interruptions.

“Winter is a time so many people vow to get and keep themselves organized,” said Lisa Guidarini, MLS, Adult Program Coordinator at Algonquin Area Public Library District. “Author April M. Williams effectively manages her business, coaching, teaching and personal life and we look forward to learning her time management techniques.”

The Algonquin Library hosts this session at their main location on Harnish on Sunday March 18 from 2-4PM. The session is free through registration is required. Contact the Algonquin Library at (847) 458-6060 or register online at http://www.aapld.org.

Social media coach, speaker and author April M. Williams

LinkedIn Advanced for Professionals Hands On Training Course

Are you on LinkedIn, have dozens of connections  and thinking “Now what?” Wondering how to really used LinkedIn in your job search? Then this hands on class is for you. See how you can leverage your network to discover the hidden job market.
Learn how joining groups can benefit your career. Find out how to increase your chances of being found by recruiters. April M Williams demonstrates how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile. Students must already have a LinkedIn profile and know how to add connections.

“LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and an important tool for careers. Patrons are interested in learning more about using LinkedIn while they are employed and during job transitions”, said Lisa Guidarini, MLS, Adult Program Coordinator Algonquin Area Public Library District. “Author April M. Williams is an active LinkedIn user and has seen the benefits for her career.”

These sessions held January 29 and February 5, 2012. A LinkedIn Basics class will be held January 15, 2012. The LinkedIn Advanced for Professionals class is one of the many career related services and programs offered by the Algonquin Library.

Check April M. Williams and CyberLife Tutors calendar for the most current schedule of events.

Connect with April M. Williams on LinkedIn.

April Williams
Speaker, Author, Executive Coach, Blogger
Mobile: 414.502.7745 Email: april@cyberlifetutors.com
 http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
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Getting Started With LinkedIn for Professionals at Algonquin Library

Learn the basics of using LinkedIn professionally and launch your career forward in 2012. LinkedIn is a recruiters first tool for finding job candidates. Whether you are currently looking for employment or not, it is important to have a LinkedIn profile.
Come out the Algonquin Main Library for this session with speaker, author and coach April M. Williams.
See the benefits of using Linkedin for professional networking. Determine if you are an active or passive candidate. Topics covered include basic account types, creating your profile, getting connected, and joining groups. We will cover researching companies and applying for jobs using LinkedIn tools.
“Our patrons are interested in learning more about social networking tools to help them connect with other professionals.” said Lisa Guidarini, MLS, Adult Program Coordinator Algonquin Area Public Library District. “This programs highlights the benefits of using LinkedIn to build an online network and stay connected. Author April M. Williams is a long time LinkedIn member who actively uses her LinkedIn connections and groups to benefit her career.”

This session is January 15, 2012 from 2-4PM. Contact the Algonquin Library to register for this session. Reach the Algonquin Library online or call 847.458.6060. The Algonquin Main Library is located at 2600 Harnish Dr. Algonquin, IL 60102.

Visit April M. Williams’ LinkedIn profile by clicking on the links below.

April M. Williams
Speaker, Author, Executive Coach, Blogger
Mobile: 414.502.7745 Email: april@cyberlifetutors.com
 http://www.linkedin.com/in/aprilmwilliams
Where Are You Today Travel Blog
CyberLife Tutors

We shorten your learning curve
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Algonquin Farmers Market

We live in McHenry County, Illinois and support our local business owners. Here is a video of our visit to shop with the vendors at the Algonquin Farmers Market.

Stop by the Algonquin Farmers Market any Thursday evening from 1 PM – 7 PM at the corners of Harrison & Washington Streets in the heart of beautiful historic downtown Algonquin. Plenty of free parking and a wide variety of vendors showcasing the best of McHenry County. The event runs now through September 30th.

Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce Gets LinkedIn

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Contact: April M. Williams

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847-207-7412

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Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce Gets LinkedIn

Social Networking Connects Business Community

ALGONQUIN, IL, July 1, 2010 – Networking means time, often taking us away from our business and family. Most business owners face the same problem. How can I be more effective in my networking to build my business?

Recognizing the need to connect with others to build business, twenty members of the Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce expanded their business networking skills with the “I’m on LinkedIn, What’s Next?” LinkedIn class. The session led by April M. Williams of CyberLife Tutors was co-sponsored by the Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce and Shah Center for Corporate Training.

“The enthusiasm of the class was contagious!” said Barbara Mikula, Branch Manager at Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. “We are so excited to be able to connect with other chamber members to promote growth in our businesses in a relaxed and fun environment!”

The “I’m on LinkedIn, What’s Next?” session provides business owners with the tools to create a LinkedIn presence that attracts clients. It focuses on updating your LinkedIn profile to make a positive first impression.

Monica Hamann, Branch Manager at McHenry Savings Bank in Richmond, had this to say about the session: “I liked it a lot, great marketing tool. The class was very informative and easy to follow.”

About CyberLife Tutors:

CyberLife Tutors, located in Algonquin, Illinois, specializes in integrating social networking with traditional marketing for McHenry County businesses. April’s book, Social Networking Throughout Your Career is available on Amazon.com.

More information on upcoming classes available at the following link: http://www.cyberlifetutors.com/blog/?p=606

EDITORS: If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with April M. Williams, please contact April at 847-207-7412 or email April@cyberlifetutors.com.

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