Does This Image by Buffer’s Pablo Look Pixelated to You?

I love Pablo by Buffer. But when I made this graphic for one of my client’s sites a coworker thought it looked “pixelated”. Here’s the offending image.

So..Is What’s The Deal?

Hmm…it does kinda look wibbly wobbly around those edges.

Thinking about it, I was just rolling with the default font with is Merriweather.

So I thought I’d output the same image in all the fonts to see if it’s the image output or the font choice. Let’s see if they’re all pixelated or just that one:

Fredoka-One
Fredoka-One
Hammersmith
Hammersmith
Josefin Slab
Josefin Slab
Lato
Lato
Merriweather - The Original Offender
Merriweather – The OG: Does this font make my image look pixelated?
Montserrat
Montserrat
Open Sans
Open Sans
Roboto
Roboto
Satisfy
Satisfy
Ubuntu
Ubuntu

Other Small Pablo Complaints

What’s Your Judgement?

Are they all pixelated or is it just Merriweather?

Raven Tools gets Linkedin

Boom! Now you can manage Linkedin from within Raven Tools

If you don’t know, Raven Tools kicks ass. They do SEO, Content, and Social media tools already. So it’s even better when they expand their service without increasing the price. You should know that there’s great news for your social media management because you can now manage and report on LinkedIn marketing with Raven Tools. Your life just got more simple.

  • Schedule and add images to posts
  • You can now add unlimited LinkedIn accounts
  • Post to a profile, company page or a group
  • Report on company or profile metrics

Getting a GIF as your thumbnail in G+

Get a GIF as your thumbnail on G+

I was parusing Gplus and noticed that a linked article had an animated GIF as it’s thumbnail, and it struck me that this new feature seemed to have snuck past me. So here’s my blog post to see if I can get it to work, so you can duplicate it for yourself.

Edit: It’s as easy as making your first image a GIF and sharing it on G+ apparently.

Reclaimed from GPlus #1

I came to a realization that I haven’t posted nearly as much to my blog as I have to G+ in shares, comments and posts of my own. I’ve decided to go back through my GPlus profile and create a series of blog posts of the best content and call it “Reclaimed from GPlus”.


The Brutally Honest Truth about Ghostwriting on Squawk by Demian Farnworth

Shared by AJ Kohn: A really in-depth look at ghostwriting, both offline and online and how it connects with social and SEO. I have my own opinions on the topic (which are referenced by +Demian Farnworth in this piece)…


The Duel: A fantastic use of a #gif  to create a clever cartoon of two very inaccurate duelists. Shared by Fungole.


My Daily Phrase German: Learn German by listening to it being spoken “day by day, week by week, phrase by phrase” in a lovely Scottish accent. Yes, that’s right. A Scottish rolling Scottish brogue applied to the German language is actually pretty enchanting listening!


Who’s there? Time Lord. Time Lord who? Knock Knock Knock Knock.

#doctorwho  


“Toronto-based designer Tyler Adam created a parody book cover design project called 100 Books that SHOULD be written. There are books that for one reason or another do not exist, but certainly should…”



“Over the last few weeks I have been spending a lot of time thinking about content strategy. What is it that makes people want to share? Is it humor, pop culture, wisdom or inspiration?

The answer is kind of complicated. There is no magic formula or secret sauce. The only thing you can do is be true to yourself and your brand.

In order to create something worth sharing, you need to be honest and know your audience. If the people that interact with you or your brand enjoy things on the lighter side, keep your content on the lighter side. If you know what is important to people, talk about it.

The easiest way to lose your audience is to bombard them with things that are unnatural, out of context and totally irrelevant. Don’t try to change who you or your brand are to entice your audience. The best way to engage people is to be true to your colors.

If you want to create something worth sharing, create something genuine.” –Peter Mcdermott

Best Times to Post to G+ – According to Google

The Best Time To Post To G+

I got an email today from Google with some tips on getting more out of my G+ page. The most interesting tidbit actually was related to the time you post to Gplus. So when is the best time to post based on Google’s suggestion?
The best time to post is 10AM to 2PM on weekdays.

Scheduling Reminders to Post with Google Calendars

I was super excited for just a moment, because I thought Google had added a scheduled G+ post option, but alas it doesn’t yet exist. However Google did have an alternate suggestion that might help you remember to post, if that’s an issue for you because for me it’s the opposite.
Basically you can set a recurring reminder in Google calendar to make a G+ post. Pretty basic, but I think it could help if you don’t have G+ as an addiction…like me.

New G+ Pages “Dashboard”

I was just trying out the new “Dashboard” experience for G+ pages (These screencaptures are from The Man Couch  project). Note: This one doesn’t have a connected, verified G+ local listing connected which I think seemingly is required to get an additional reporting dashboard according to Barry Wise of Knowem who said:

“I have a local listing and when you’re approved you’ll see Insights (graph of visitors), stats on people requesting driving directions, and a list of top search queries

Same data in Insights, and I can still access the Places dashboard.  The big change is the driving directions, mine says 0 right now because it’s new, but there’s a map marker and grayed out text which says “Requests” and “Data will appear when more people search for your business”, so I assume it will list everyone who requested driving directions.

Other than that the search queries seem to be the same as those listed in Webmaster tools (except it’s for a listing, not a website), and the Insights on visitors are a bit different.  You can view visitor stats by Local Search Views, Post Views and Profile Views.”

If you have more screen captures of a G+ dashboard with for a verified local listing, please message me and I’ll update the post with the images and give you appropriate link attribution.

Facebook Username Error – Still need 25 Fans?

I was happy as could be when I saw the post that stated that you no longer need 25 fans to get a facebook Username for your profile or page! So I hopped over to my profile, and created a Facebook Username “AroundClaremont” for my Around Claremont project.

So then I jump on the wagon for another one of my pages that hadn’t quite yet reached 25, and while it took me through the first steps it gave me a Whoah, hold on there” error, and now it says I still need to get more fans!

Trying to put together from others who tried to make Facebook Usernames, and find a pattern. It could be limited by page Type, activity of the profile owner, # of pages, or other criteria.

Can you give all your of your less than 25 fan pages Usernames? If you can’t post a link, and it’s category maybe we can spot the trend!

Control Your Facebook Preview Image

I was trying to post a link on Facebook, but it wouldn’t select any of the images I’d used and wanted to pull a picture from my template layout. This inspired me to find out how to control that, and thankfully the information was available on their Faceboook development page, and is done via “Open Graph” tags.

<meta property=”og:title” content=”This will be your Title” />
<meta property=”og:description” content=”This will be your description” />
<meta property=”og:image” content=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3217/2762458387_31207c1a81_m.jpg” />

I am still testing this myself, and it seemed to work initially.. Let me know if this works for you!

What I learned as a Facebook Page Noobie

So a few months ago I started dabbling with creating Facebook pages for a couple of different clients and projects. There was the Facebook page for The Riverside Home Source, a real estate and community site for Riverside, my site for Claremont and it’s Around Claremont facebook page and of course my Chino Roller Derby Team- The Prison City Derby Dames. Here’s a few things I learned as I got started a

  1. Most businesses have not leveraged their Facebook pages correctly. Either they don’t exist at all, or they don’t post anything useful, just shout at people deals and squeals.
  2. Most pages don’t have enough photos. You should have at least a profile picture, and then 4 more so they fill the bar at the top of your profile page.
  3. It’s not about likes, it’s about “engagement”. Don’t go begging “we’re trying to get to x # of likes” instead put out pics, comments and try to engage other pages. It’s worth far more to get people commenting on your posts then to get more likes.

Here’s the most helpful site I’ve found for Facebook tips, The MLS App , it’s admin’d by Jimmy Mackin who actually responds to your comments quickly and often uses yoru questions as fodder for video response blog posts. Take some time to read his Facebook guide, or watch a webinar. He rocks!

Observe, Participate, Engage – Social Media Coaching

Here’s a good phrase to use when you need to coach clients on effective social media marketing, “Observe, Participate, and Engage!”, let me break it down for ya:
Observe
You want to encourage your clients to observe the social media outlet they’re targeting and understand how it works.
Youtube: Liking, playlists and comments
Facebook: Liking, posting links, pictures, questions, videos on Facebook profiles and fan/business pages
Twitter: Tweet, @ Reply, Retweet, List
Yelp: Reviews, Comments
Blogs: Relevant comments, referencing posts in your own blog

Participate
Show your clients that they should participate in the conversations that already exist around blog posts, videos, posts, questions etc.It’s an opportunity to connect with a target audience and express a humanity and common interest. In most cases it also counts as an inbound link as their profile name leads from their comment/like etc to their profile.

Engage
Effective marketing on social media is fueled by good content, so post links to their own site’s resources, interesting articles they’ve discovered, video that is topical, interesting quotes or thoughts etc. By putting something out there you’ll engage active participants, gain recognition and with patience and diligence a following.