New Media New Year’s Resolutions…

In 2009 I think I’ve begun to embrace Social Media and integrate it with my current business.

From my own personal blog writing, to using twitter and facebook both personally and professionally for networking and building community, I’ve pulled my head out of the sand. I’ve put aside my butter churn and my oil lamp and joined the new media stream with my exploration and use of social media.

So where should I go next with New Media in 2010?

While I believe that it’s important to identify a few key platforms to stick to when building your social media presence online, there is still room to expand once you master the basics. But you don’t want to be all over the place without rhyme or reason. Diversifying your use of social media may be as simple as embracing new applications and adding in some automation between existing platforms in use to make it easier to carry out your social media plan. And it may mean slowly adding in more platforms to complement your existing plan. For me there are a few elements I plan on investigating and incorporating into my current uses. In the coming months I’ll be sure to share with you, these further adventures into New Media.

These are a few of the things on my list for 2010:

  1. I’d like to learn more about Static FBML – customizing a facebook fan page through facebook’s own application.
  2. I’d like to get into Vlogs (Video Blogs) and Video emails. Right now I’ve seen other sales agents finding much success with these types of videos and they add a new dimension to email and customer service. There are several platforms out there that will allow you to create and send these so I’ll be investigating some of these in the coming months.
  3. I’d like to learn more about live streaming and figure out how to utilize it for my business in 2010. I have much to learn on this front and to decide how and what kind of content I’d use on a live stream.

Now I know there’s always so much more for me to learn, and I don’t always even know where to start. If you’ve read my early blog posts, you know that I used to have my head buried in the sand hoping technology would go away.

I held out on buying a cell phone until 2001. First I traveled around the world with a back pack. Then I hitched a ride on a sailboat from Honduras, through Cuba and then on to Florida. After spending a year working in the Caymans I finally entered the mobile phone age.

Laptops were not on my radar until my return from Africa in 2003 when I finally broke down and invested in a Mac. And digital cameras? I’d been attached to my Pentax K1000, all manual camera, throughout my travels around the world shooting slides on 6 continents. I only gave in to digital cameras last year this same time, December of 2008, and purchased a Nikon D-60.

I’m finally speeding up in my acceptance that the world is changing and I must change with it. So if you have more ideas for me to add to my list to explore and investigate in 2010 please throw it out there for me!

I’d love to know where you think I should go with New Media in 2010.