Watson Knowledge Services Christmas Tree

Seasons Greetings, The holiday season is well underway and over the weekend we had our lighting of the Watson Knowledge Services office Christmas tree. It’s no Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, but our tree works for us.   Held the Watson Knowledge Services office Christmas tree lighting over the weekend. A photo posted by Ken Watson (@watsonks) on Dec 12, 2014 at 8:55am PST

Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update

The optimal length for social media posts and all other forms of online content. Get best practices for tweets, posts, blogs, and more. Source: blog.bufferapp.com Insights from Ken Watson: Great infographic for those who still wonder what is the optimal length for a social media update. I would add and suggest, never include more than 3 hashtags per post, especially on Twitter.

Sorry Foursquare, but It’s Time For Us to Break Up

Recently, the popular social check-in app Foursquare debuted a brand new logo and refreshed app called Swarm. Users can no longer check-in via the Foursquare app that we’ve all come to love and know Source: www.linkedin.com Ken Watson: What a shame. I may not have been the most active person on Foursquare, I did use it for check-ins I really wanted people to know about. I originally fell in love with it because it had a much better pinpoint of where I was compared to … Read more…

4 ways to integrate Scoop.it with WordPress

See on Scoop.it – Tech and Digital Before we even launched our public version, we recognized that a lot of content curators were also occasional or regular bloggers and started to offer ways to integrate with WordPress – the leading blogging platform. Since then, we’ve seen a lot of our users leverage this integration as well as more and more of our Enterprise clients wanting to combine content curation through Scoop.it and the CMS capabilities of WordPress for their sites. So we’ve multiplied the ways … Read more…

How to Increase Your Google+ Engagement by 281%

See on Scoop.it – Google Plus Topics Whether you think Google+ is a successful or a failed attempt at competing with Facebook, you have no choice but to be on it. Why? Because with Google+ you can get your image listed next to you in the search listings, which can increase your organic traffic by up to 150%.   Ken Watson‘s insight: Great insight on increasing your Google+ engagement. See on www.quicksprout.com

Google Plus Workshop: What it is, How it works, and Why I should be on it

Join Ken Watson for a Google Plus Workshop in Baltimore, MD on Wednesday April 2, 2014 Ken Watson of Watson Knowledge Services, LLC will be giving a Preconference Workshop at the 28th Annual AIIP Conference. The Workshop is being held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland USA from 8 am to 12 pm. This Google Plus Workshop is a guide where you will learn about setting up a profile, finding people to follow, creating posts, building a relationship with your followers, understanding … Read more…

The Big 5 Glossary: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+

See on Scoop.it – Social Media News “A glossary of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+ terms. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished reading it, you will feel comfortable talking the talk and walking the walk on any of the big 5 social media networks.” See on blogs.constantcontact.com

Hashtags and Facebook and Marketing, via: Social Media Today

See on Scoop.it – Facebook News “Companies and brands with a specific target audience can use hashtags to draw their consumers into a deeper conversation, and encourage them further to interact with shares, likes, sales, and lead generation.”   Facebook #hashtags can help your brand Expand its reach – You can help people interested in niche topics find each other and join the conversation. Amplify the brand – You can help an idea or new product catch on by branding your Facebook page with your own special hashtag. … Read more…

45 Amazing Social Media Facts of 2013 [Infographic]

See on Scoop.it – Social Media News http://www.business2community.com   Everyday Social Media numbers are growing, and here are 45 facts in an infographic by Digital Insights.   A few of the statistics: 40% of marketers use Google+, 70% desire to learn more and 67% plan to increase Google+ activities 42% update their profile information regularly on LinkedIn Every second 8000 users like some or other photo on Instagram 80% of total Pinterest’s pins are re-pins 4.2 billion people use mobile device to access social media sites   Ken Watson‘s insight: … Read more…

It’s now Easier to Administer Promotions on Facebook, Facebook Policy Update

Facebook Policy Update See on Scoop.it – Facebook News “We’ve updated our Pages Terms in order to make it easier for businesses of all sizes to create and administer promotions on Facebook.”   Ken Watson‘s insight: Facebook has introduced an easier to use promotions policy for businesses. See on www.facebook.com

Getting around Google Plus: Expand your circles — and your influence

See on Scoop.it – Google Plus Topics Part 2 of our three-part how-to series on Google+ teaches you how to find your crowd, create a following and make your content pop.   Ken Watson‘s insight: Absolutely love this article on “How to get noticed on Google Plus” by JR Raphael. Lost count of how many times I have to tell people the importance of being on Google Plus and not to give up when you don’t get noticed right away. Just like most things, it takes … Read more…

Google Plus Stream

For those that are not happy about the new Google Plus column stream, there is an alternative. You can switch back to a single column stream by clicking on “More”, then click on the single column view icon. It may give you a less chaotic look by switching back to the single column stream, but it does not have the old Google Plus stream feel. At first, I did not like the new Google Plus stream. I mainly did not like it because it was … Read more…

Google Plus Hangouts Keyboard Shortcuts

  Here is the list of keyboard shortcuts you can use while you are on Google Plus Hangouts. Google+ hangout keyboard shortcuts for PC ? – Shows help dialog Ctrl + e – Enable / Disable Camera Ctrl + d – Mute / Un-Mute Microphone Ctrl + g – Switch to primary speaker Ctrl + b – Show / Hide Chat section Ctrl + y – Set focus on Apps menu Del – Remove or Close a Hangout app Alt + 1 – Open your menu Google+ hangout keyboard shortcuts for Mac ? – … Read more…

Special Characters For Social Media Posts

Are you looking for a way to dress up your social media post? Here is a list of special characters that can be used when creating a post on many social media sites. These special characters work on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Also keep in mind that these special characters require the use your number keypad (ALT + Number Pad.) ☺           ALt+1 ☻          ALt+2 ♥            ALt+3 ♦             ALt+4 ♣            ALt+5 ♠             ALt+6 •             ALt+7 ◘            ALt+8 ○             ALt+9 ◙            ALt+10 ♂          Alt … Read more…

Google Plus Extensions for Chrome

Whether you are new or experienced Google Plus user, here is a quick list of potential Chrome extensions to help enhance your Google Plus usage. Do Share http://goo.gl/owc0z Write and schedule your posts. Works for personal profiles as well as pages Extended Share for Google Plus http://goo.gl/mijZv Extends Google Plus to share to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and many more Replies and more for Google Plus http://goo.gl/1Fdd7 Reply and Reply to Author links for easy +mentions of other users Adds a dropdown next to share with … Read more…

Give-Back Intiative – Dress for Success Denver

  Ken Watson of Watson Knowledge Services was happy to help with the successful donation drive for the Dress for Success program at the 2013 AIIP Conference in Denver. “At the annual conference which was attended by more than 100 members of the international organization, the Association of Independent Information Professionals (AIIP) donated nearly $1,500 in cash along with clothing and accessories during AIIP’s annual convention held in Denver, Colorado to the Dress for Success organization.” Dress for Success is a national nonprofit organization that seeks to promote the economic … Read more…

Facebook Search History

We are always trying to protect ourselves by clearing out browser history, cache and so forth. But did you know that Facebook is storing your Facebook search history in the activity log? Good news, this is only visible to you. Bad news, if you leave computer on, or anyone gains access to your computer, they can instantly find your search history. This can lead to embarrassing questions such as, Honey, why are you looking up “I Love Justin Bieber” pages?   Here is a quickstep … Read more…

Pulse News APP

The Pulse App is by far one of my favorite news Apps. Pulse offers a wide variety of news sources with a slick and stylish design, and provides full integration with social networks. It also gives the ability to save and share articles with the aid of other Apps on your device. In the evenings while relaxing and watching TV I like to grab my Android phone and go directly to the Pulse App to check on the latest news that took place throughout the day. When I … Read more…