41 Social Media Tips for Omani Small Business Owner

  1. What’s your social media goal? If you don’t know where you want to go, it’s pretty hard to get there.
  2. Promote your most popular posts – and that goes for blog posts as well as social media posts.
  3. If you hate tracking, at least track with Facebook Insights. It’ll show you a lot about your Page progress.
  4. How do you get the conversation going on social media? Try humor and controversy. They’re very powerful.
  5. Social media is a powerful thing, but never mistake fooling around with being productive. Stay focused!
  6. Click FB Insights’ “Posts>When Your Fans are Online” to see your audience’s peak posting times. (Post during these times!)
  7. Look for questions repeated over and over on your chosen social networks. Provide the definitive answer.
  8. Analyze your own tweets. Which types got most retweeting? Most Interaction? Questions, graphics or ?
  9. Don’t be shy with your social media presence. Go for it – but be authentic – and be social!
  10. Still trying to be everyone’s “friend”? Each connection counts – and speaks loudly about who you are to your other connections.
  11. If you want your social content to social content to attract, do your best to share quality tips that are really unique.
  12. Make sure you speak with an identifiable, individual voice when posting social content. Your posts should never sound “canned”.
  13. Be consistent and post regularly during your audience’s peak posting times on any social networks you’ve chosen to frequent.
  14. If you use Pinterest regularly, make sure you also access http://nitrogr.am/ for powerful, easy to use Pinterest analytics.
  15. Use http://nitrogr.am/ for easy hashtag monitoring. (Let your social networking friends know about this, too.)
  16. Posts people skip most? Highly personal negative posts complaining about illness and problems.  (Do you agree?)
  17. Include a mix of rich media in your social content. Video, photos, Instagram and Vine looping video clips.
  18. Vine video clips loop. Instagram video clips don’t. Vine streams on Twitter; Instagram videos on Facebook.
  19. Vine videos are 6 seconds long. Instagram are 15 seconds. How can you use this information for your marketing?
  20. Tapping your screen for a Vine video starts filming. Tapping your screen for an Instagram video just adjusts focus.
  21. Be sure you don’t use any banned hashtags with your Instagram photos or videos: http://thedatapack.com/banned-hashtags-instagram/
  22. Use Instagram hashtags to crowd-source user-generated content as well as extend your own reach.
  23. Remember that Instagram hashtags are not case-sensitive and don’t work with spaces or special characters.
  24. If your preferred social platform doesn’t have good native analytics, look for third party sites that provide it.
  25. Give your new product campaign a name – and start talking about it on your social media.
  26. Make sure all new product posts are made regularly. Don’t let gaps occur. Keep it fresh in people’s minds (without overdoing it.)
  27. Don’t tell everyone too much at once about your upcoming project. Mystery breeds interest! Hints and teasers are part of the fun.
  28. Use surveymonkey.com to create free surveys. You can ask questions for your new product idea and share the link on social media.
  29. If you’re advertising on Facebook, remember your ad images, including the thumbnail, cannot include more than 20% text.
  30. Take advantage of the fact you can now use text, arrows and calls to action in Facebook Cover –photos.
  31. Facebook Profile photos are square and display at 160 x 160 pixels – but remember Facebook wants you to upload at 180 x 180.
  32. At the very least, include a Facebook app tab leading to your sign-up page or form (and use a clear, easy-to-read call to action.)
  33. You can display 3 custom app tabs of your choice in your Facebook header section. Make the most of this “real estate”!
  34. Only your short description displays in your Facebook header section, but fill out your Profile 100% for max searchability.
  35. Select “Replies On” in your Page Admin panel “Manage Permissions” section to increase the conversation on your Page.
  36. If you consistently get endorsements that are not relevant on LinkedIn, be aware you can remove endorsements completely.
  37. Check “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” in LinkedIn to see who is finding you – as well as the keywords they used.
  38. In your LinkedIn Privacy and Settings page, "Select what others see when you've viewed their profile” to keep it private - or not.
  39. In Google+ posts, encase text in asterisks for bold and underscore it to create italics. (Share this tip!)
  40. Did you know Google+ makes animated .GIFs from your photos? Just type the keyword “motion” in your Photos section to find them.
  41. Use the Google+ Ripples feature to track your posts by clicking the top-right arrow in your post.

Ward+Robes Designer Gowns Offer Individuality for Hospitalized teens

Boring pale blue gowns with snowflakes don’t exactly make a hospital stay any better. That’s why the agency Rethink Canada partnered with the non-profit organization Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada to help young patients feel like they’re more than just their illness.

With Starlight’s mandate to brighten lives of hospitalized teens in mind, Rethink got thinking. “Teenagers seemed underserved in hospitals. We wanted to come up with an idea that they would like and make them feel better,” says Lia MacLeod, art director at Rethink Canada. At this in-between age, the décor at pediatric hospitals feels a bit too juvenile while an adult hospital can be overwhelming. “What are teens actually interested in? Clothing and fashion,” MacLeod adds.

Thus, the resulting Ward+Robes initiative reached out to designers across Canada to create original hospital gowns as full of personality as the wearers. The country’s top designers, including Izzy Camelleri, who’s worked with David Bowie, and tattoo artist India Amara, got enthusiastically on board using the hospital gown as a blank canvas, and the project evolved as a range of original creations came to life.

“A hospital gown does have to be functional, but it can be fashionable as well,” says Rethink copywriter Krista Raspor, who brought her personal experience as a teen hospital patient to the project. Ward+Robes worked with nurses and medical staff to determine a gown’s parameters—for example, to avoid things like tassels or latex that can interfere with procedures—to make gowns not only stylish but efficient.

The program launched in 2016, then expanded with a new smattering of colorful gowns debuted at the annual Starlight Children’s Foundation Gala. For its first in-hospital foray, teens at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario could pick out their own gowns, ranging from camouflage to lightning bolts. “No two gowns were the same; each one was handmade and individual,” Raspor says. “Depending on which kid gravitated toward which gown, you could see how their personalities matched the gowns.”

Now, anyone in the design community can get involved; design teachers are using it as a project in their classes, or creative people inspired by the online video with access to a sewing machine can get on board. After mailing in the gown, Starlight takes over and works with the hospital to get it in use.

Patients have become attached to their gowns, some seeing it a good-luck charm to wear to each series of tests, and families are grateful for the morale boost. “Obviously, having a sick child is heartbreaking. To see their child light up a little or a lot, is really important,” Raspor says.

Entries for the 2017 Clio Health Awards are now open. The first deadline for submissions is July 14. For more information, please call 212.683.4300 or visit Clios.com. 

Source: Clios.com


We Launched a New Website and Social Media

You deserve the freedom to do what you need to do for yourself, your family or for clients. At Mirros Oman, our website and how we communicate with you is a big part of that goal.

To kick off 2017, we took a first step to making our website easier to use. We want you to get the phone number, email or information you need quickly and easily. Here are some of the steps we took:

  • We reorganized and re-wrote the majority of pages on the Mirros Oman part of the website - most notably the home page.
  • We made contact information easier to find.
  • We focused on the services you need, not on the divisional structures within our organization.

We also launched a blog (what you’re reading now), Facebook, Twitter, a YouTube channel and a new way for you to get email updates from us.

We know people spend a lot more time in email or on social media than they spend on our site. So, it makes sense that we deliver information to you where you spend most of your online time.

Most of all, we aim to serve and support you. We aim to be open with you. We will be consistent, while experimenting. We’ll be here to take your feedback. Please let us know what you think.