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Using Social Media for Personal Gain

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This book will introduce you to the main forms of social media and how to use the tools in the most time efficient way possible to communicate with others and promote your personal brand.
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“Social Media” – A growing, important, public method of communication and engagement between people you know and people you don’t know. A fantastic way of communicating with brands, receiving customer service, learning new information and taking an active part in entertainment and news programmes.

This book will introduce you to the main forms of social media and will give you tips to use the tools in the most time efficient way possible to communicate with others and promote your personal brand to ensure you use this public medium to show yourself in the best light to others.

During the last five years, society has seen an explosion in the use of ‘social media’ as a way of communicating over the Internet. You may see ‘social media’ being discussed in the media, in your social life and in your work life, but what is meant by the term ‘social media’?

Social media is the use of tools on the Internet to find news (world, sports, celebrity, etc.), share what you are doing with others and communicate with businesses, brands, media agencies, etc. It is a way of “engaging with a large number of people in a time efficient and cost effective way”1. Social media tools are used by businesses for marketing, brand awareness, education and to provide customer service. News agencies use social media as another medium to broadcast news and promote their brand. Celebrities use social media as a way of keeping in contact with their fans. Social media is being used by recruiters looking for somebody to fulfil a position. Children as young as 10 and people in their 90s use social media to communicate with their friends and family rather than the phone, email or even talking! Are you feeling left behind?

The purpose of this eBook is to give you an introduction to the terminology surrounding social media, explain the differences between varieties of social media tools and get you started using the main tools for your personal use. The focus of the eBook is how to get the most out of social media for your personal use; it does not include the way businesses can use social media for marketing.

  1. Personal Brand
    1. Why Should You Have a Personal Brand?
    2. What is your Personal Brand?
    3. How to Represent Your Personal Brand on Social Media
    4. Being Aware of Other Factors
    5. In Summary
  2. Why Use Social Media?
  3. Social Networking
    1. LinkedIn
    2. Twitter
    3. Facebook
    4. Google+
    5. Social Networking Summary
  4. Blog
    1. Reading Blogs
    2. Writing Blogs
    3. Blogging Tools
    4. Blog Comments
    5. Blogging Communities
    6. Summary of Blogging
  5. Image Sharing
    1. Why Share Images?
    2. Pinterest
    3. Instagram
    4. Flickr
    5. Using Social Networking to Share Images
    6. Summary of Image Sharing
  6. Video
    1. YouTube or Vimeo
    2. Using YouTube
    3. Using Vimeo
    4. Vine
    5. Using Instagram to See and Share Videos
    6. Summary of Video
  7. Instant Messaging
    1. Skype
    2. Snapchat
    3. WhatsApp
    4. Social Networking Messaging
    5. Summary of Instant Messaging
  8. In Conclusion
  9. Resources
    1. Social Networking
    2. Blogs
    3. Picture Sharing
    4. Video Sharing
    5. Instant Messaging
  10. Endnotes
This book is perfect for those who want to be more productive in an accessible way. Social media is a powerful tool and this book will lead you somewhere you can be someone.
There’s something for everyone in this comprehensive guide to using social media. Whatever you use social media for – learning, following your favourite celebrities, engaging to promote your business or finding a job, this book will help you chose the right tools to use. It provides a useful overview of each tool together with hints and tips on getting started and how to get the most out of them. There’s also a section on using blogs, video and image sharing that, as a graphic designer, I found particularly useful.
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About the Author

Mary Thomas

Mary Thomas is a qualified trainer with expertise in social media and digital marketing as well as Microsoft Office. 

Mary started Concise Training in 2008 to offer Microsoft Office and Social Media / Digital Marketing training by face to face and distance learning methods. She has trained learners worldwide. 

Mary can offer the training in the following subjects:

  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Excel
  • All social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Digital marketing and social media marketing strategies
  • WordPress, SEO 

Training can be offered in a variety of formats:

  • Bespoke Face to Face at client site (1 to 1 or group)
  • Bespoke Webinar based training (normally 1 – 1 or small group)
  • Short CPD accredited e-learning courses
  • City & Guilds distance learning qualifications
    • Certificate in Social Media
    • Diploma in Social Media for Business
    • Diploma in Digital Marketing 

Mary also runs Concise Digital which acts as an outsourced digital marketing agency offering branding, website design and development, social media management, e-newsletters and blog posts. 

Mary is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has the following qualifications:

  • Professional Diploma in Marketing (Digital Strategy)
  • ECDL Advanced Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Databases
  • Assess Candidates Using a Range of Methods (A1)
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (Post Compulsory) 

Mary has written the following books:

    Word 2013 (English, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Czech) Bookboon

    Using Social Media for Personal Gain (English) Bookboon

    Social Media made Simple