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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2013

These were the most popular blog posts on The Social Media Hat of 2013. Thanks for all of your support!

Best Mobile Apps for Business [iPhone Edition]

Published on Jul 12, 2013. Have you ever wondered how so many other business professionals are able to get so much done with their iPhone or iPad? Chances are, they've found some apps that you haven't, and that's allowing them to be far more produtive, even when they're out of the office.

How to use HootSuite for Social Listening

Published on Sep 20, 2013. HootSuite is a tool for social media management that we've talked about and referenced many times. I am a Certified HootSuite Solution Pro, which means that I have been trained on not only how to use HootSuite, but how to help business owners understand how they can use HootSuite to manage and monitor their social media accounts.

Secret Tips to Using Google+ Circles

Published on Mar 29, 2013. In our Google+ Primer article, we briefly covered Google+ Circles and how they can be used to organize the people you want to be connected to. In today's article, we're going to go into more detail about these Circles.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Google Plussers

Published on Jul 19, 2013. In 1989, Dr. Steven R. Covey published the landmark book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. If you haven't read it, put it on your Summer reading list right now. In the book, Dr. Covey suggests seven daily activities that we should adopt in our lives to become more effective personally and professionally.

Why You Should Opt Out of Facebook Advertising

Published on Dec 06, 2013. Do you have a Facebook Page for your business? If you do, you're probably aware that Facebook uses an algorithm called EdgeRank to limit who sees your posts. So even though you may have 1000 people who have liked your brand Page, only a fraction will be shown your latest post.

How to write LinkedIn Recommendations

Published on Mar 08, 2013. One of the great features of LinkedIn is the recommendation system. You can ask people that you've worked with to provide you with a recommendation and when they do, you get to display it on your profile. Nothing helps sales like positive testimonials!

How I promote my new blog posts

Submitted by Mike Allton on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 9:30am After I have finished writing, editing, deep linking and have published a new blog post, my work has just gotten started. Simply creating content isn't sufficient to gain readership. You need to actively promote that new post so that people can see it and have a chance to read it.

Top Google+ Influencers and Educators

Submitted by Mike Allton on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 8:30am One of the best ways to learn how to use and thrive on Google+ is to circle some of the best, most active, most engaged Google+ users. That's true on every social network.

6 Ways a Formatted Google+ Post Will Increase Engagement and Interest

Published on Oct 05, 2013. One of the major differences we've discussed in the past between Google+ and other social networks is the ability to format your posts. I've shared tips and techniques, and the renowned Peg Fitzpatrick recently ran through her style for creating the perfect Google+ post, and it's right in line with how I share new blog posts.

How Not to use Google+

Published on Jul 01, 2013. Have you noticed some people on Google+ doing the same annoying thing, over and over? For most, it's not on purpose. It's not their fault that they don't know any better. But the fact is, there's something they're expected to do, or expected not to do, and they're messing it up.