No Twitter?! Heaven Forbid!

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by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator

Earlier this morning, I had been using our list of Twitter followers to compile a spreadsheet of autism/disability support organizations in Georgia.

While in the process, a thought occurred to me: how much traffic is Twitter actually bringing us? And if it hasn’t been a successful tool, what are some better options?

Well, thanks to SEO expert Gini Dietrich‘s entry, entitled Drive Blog Traffic Without Using Twitter, I’ve been reminded of a few of the many other options out there.

One, of course, is LinkedIn.  Personally, I’m already a member of LinkedIn, although I hadn’t really used it as a promotional tool for GCSS yet.  While it may not drive up our page views by the hundreds, there’s a chance that we may find interested readers who hadn’t heard of us before.

Scott Hepburn, Media Emerging

Gini Dietrich also recommended Scott Hepburn, author of Media Emerging (above), another PR consultant and media strategist.

In Hepburn’s entry, Wanna Help a Fellow Blogger? Think Bigger than a Retweet, he explains that, while retweeting a blog entry or link may be a kind gesture, going the extra mile for them (e.g. adding a related co-post to a topic of interest on their blog) is an even more effective way to network.

As a (hopefully) thoughtful gesture of my own, I linked to Hepburn’s entry above; he’ll definitely prove to be a valuable person to have in our extended network.

Which reminds me…initially, when I started this WordPress blog for Georgia Community Support and Solutions, I had used our logo as the avatar.  Later on, however, our Community Relations Director, Amanda Duckworth, actually suggested using my photo in the box.

Her reasoning?  Since I’m the only one who writes entries for the blog, she thought I might as well represent it.  And although I’m writing on behalf of GCSS, most of the inspirations have been mine individually.

However, I don’t want to mislead people: I’m not the CEO nor the Marketing Director for the organization.  I do work in the Community Relations department, but I’m still getting my feet wet, so to speak, and I always do my best to give credit where it’s due.

Which leads me to the question: what other known promotional tools might work for us, just in case Twitter does fall by the wayside?

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About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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