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How to use SBC (4)
There are 2 parts… SHARING & SUBMITTING.
When you SHARE you are just buzzing out other people’s SUBMISSIONS… so they have the blue “share” button on them. You can see all available buzzes if you click BUZZ NOW in the nav bar.
My preferred way to share is to click the TITLE of the share first (that’s the blue bold text)… you’ll get a new window with a bar across the top and the blue share button on the far right. This gives you a chance to REVIEW exactly what you’re sharing with your network FIRST… sometimes, a post may not be exactly right for your network.
If you are already familiar with what the buzz is, then the quick method is to just click the blue share button right there in the Buzz Now stream.
Either way – once you click the blue button, you’ll see the available networks to share that particular buzz on.
Each member has set the networks they want available for their buzz.
Simply choose the network you want to buzz on and follow the steps.
When you SUBMIT a buzz of your own to be shared, THAT is when you’d indicate
a) which of the 5 networks you want it to be shared on, and
b) what the links are…
If you choose ALL 5 networks, you will require a total of 3 different links to share on that single buzz
THIS IS WHERE IT GETS CONFUSING AND A LITTLE LABOURIOUS. (we’re working on fixing this in phase 2… stick with us!)
a) a shortened original link – eg. the actual page URL shortened with bit.ly or tinyurl.com or something (this will be used by twitter, fb & linkedin)
b) the digg link (which you need to acquire by going FIRST to digg.com and submitting the original link there, in which case then digg will supply you with the digg link)
c) the stumbleupon link (same as digg, you have to go stumbleupon.com FIRST and submit the original link there)
YOU CAN GO BACK AND SHARE THE SAME BUZZ AGAIN ON THE REMAINING NETWORKS to get points quickly!
The system will automatically remove the networks you’ve already buzzed it on.
Ok, sharing on Digg & Stumbleupon require a little extra effort on your part.
- Open a new tab/window in your browser (while you’ve got your SBC submit buzz page open) and go to www.digg.com
- Log into your Digg account (if you don’t have one yet, then go ahead & set one up – that’ll just take a minute and you only have to do it once).
- Click the green “submit link” button in the top left, beside the “digg” link.
- Paste in your original link (the link to your content, not the shortened link).
- Click the “submit” button.
- Edit the title (if you wish) and add a description, then choose the main topic that your post belongs in. (Digg offers only a few very broad topics, so choose the one that fits best.)
- Click the “Digg it” button.
- The next page you see will be your “digg” link page – this is the page you’re going to submit with your buzz. So just copy the URL from the address bar and paste it into your DIGG LINK space on your buzz.
- Open a new tab/window in your browser (while you’ve got your SBC submit buzz page open) and go to www.stumbleupon.com
- Log into your Stumbleupon (SU) account (if you don’t have one yet, then go ahead & set one up – that’ll just take a minute and you only have to do it once).
- At the top you’ll see “Hi YourUsername” – click that
- You’ll see a new page called “Your Favorites” – and at the top right of that is an “add a site” button. Click that button.
- Enter the original url and a description. Click “add a site” button.
- Fill in the next set of blanks – be sure to choose if it’s safe for work or not. Choose a few good keywords for tags, 3-4 is enough, you can use more if you feel so compelled. Write/edit the review if you wish.
- Click Submit.
- To get your SU link, you can a) click the linked title to open a new SU page and then copy that URL from the address bar, or b) right-click that linked title and choose “copy link location”.
- Paste that url into the STUMBLEUPON LINK in your submit buzz form.
So there you have it. Not hard, a little bit labor intensive the first couple times til you learn the drill. But the benefits will outweigh the work!
Well, gosh, we hope you won’t! But, if you really must, click on My Account, then Update Profile. Then click the Change Account Status Link. Click Discontinue. If you have any questions regarding your membership or want to offer us feedback we read your email.
Important Update vs. Member Email Messages:
Members please note, receiving the “Daily Social Buzz” & “New Content for Buzz” email messages is part of being a member. You cannot unsubscribe from those without terminating your membership. In the future, this feature may be added. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to remember to use the Social Buzz Club and share content that is relevant to you.
If all you’re wanting to do is stop receiving our important update [SBC] email, then use the “Cancel” link at the bottom. Simply click that link and change your subscription preferences as you wish.
Important distinction – if you’re not a free or paid SBC member you’ll only get the important update emails. ALL of those have the cancel link at the very bottom. Member Emails start with “Daily Social Buzz” or “New Content for Buzz” and do not have a cancel link. Members will also receive SOME important update email messages.
Video Transcripts (3)
Social Buzz Club Account Set Up
Once you’re logged in, look on the left hand side and click “My Account”. Then you’re going to want to click “Update Profile” (top of page, center) and then “Edit My Profile” (bottom, center). From here you can upload an image (top left).
Make sure your contact information is correct (I’m going to show you why that’s important in a minute).
The most important areas are your time zone, (this way when you schedule a buzz it’s in the correct time zone), and your favorite categories and regions.
What types of people are in your networks currently and where do they live? This is important because one of the most beneficial things of the Social Buzz Club is getting the word out about you and your clients to relevant audiences. You can still share buzz that’s universal but if you want to customise your experience this is the best way to do it. For example, I wrote “The Parent’s Guide to Facebook” and I’m a mom so I have lots of parents in my network. I also have lots of social media people in my network and so on. You can select up to five categories. Also, I’m currently living in Connecticut but I have friends from New York and Boston area. If someone submits buzz that is local to one of those areas, you can bet I’m going to want to share it- so you can select five regions in here, as well.
You will get an email daily that includes buzz that’s posted specific to your categories and regions as well as any generic buzz you may want to share. The other reason this area is important is because when you become active on the Buzz Club people may want to connect with you off the network as well.
So if you come in to the “Buzz Now” area you can click on someone’s user id and it will bring up some information about them – a short bio and also the link to their Facebook page, Twitter page and their website. In the next video we’re going to cover how to earn the all-important Buzz Points.
Social Buzz Club Account Set Up
Hi there. Kathryn Rose here from the Social Buzz Club. Thank you so much for your membership. Laura and I want to be sure that you get the most out of your time in the network, so we’ve developed a few training videos.
In this first video, I am going to cover your account set up. So just come over here on the left hand side and click “My Account”. Then you’re going to want to click “Update Profile” and then “Edit My Profile”. From here you can upload an image.
Make sure your contact information is correct and I’m going to show you why that’s important in a minute. But in here the most important areas are your time zone, (this way when you schedule a buzz it’s in the correct time zone), and your favorite categories and regions.
What types of people are in your networks currently and where do they live? This is important because one of the most beneficial things of the Social Buzz Club is getting the word out about you and your clients to relevant audiences. You can still share buzz that’s universal but if you want to customize your experience this is the best way to do it. For example, I wrote “The Parent’s Guide to Facebook” and I’m a mom so I have lots of parents in my network. I also have lots of social media people in my network and so on. You can select up to five categories. Also, I’m currently living in Connecticut but I have friends from New York and Boston area. If someone submits buzz that is local to one of those areas, you can bet I’m going to want to share it- so you can select five regions in here, as well.
You will get an email daily that includes buzz that’s posted specific to your categories and regions as well as any generic buzz you may want to share. The other reason this area is important is because when you become active on the Buzz Club people may want to connect with you off the network as well. So if you come in to the “Buzz Now” area you can click on someone’s user id and it will bring up some information about them – a short bio and also the link to their Facebook page, Twitter page and their website. In the next video we’re going to cover how to earn the all-important Buzz Points.
In this video, we’re going to show how to accumulate those all-important Buzz Points. Remember, you need to have five points (for Basic and Premium Members) to share one Buzz of your own. Free members require ten points to submit a Buzz of your own. The easiest way to do this is by coming in every day and sharing Buzz that is relevant to you and your community – or just Buzz what you think is great content.
The Social Buzz Club is the easiest and best place to find good quality content for you to share on your networks. The first thing I’m going to do is show you how to share Buzz right now and then how you can schedule Buzz to share later.
So, simply click on the “Buzz Now” tab, (if you’re not already there), and if you see a post you like you can click on the title of the post and it’ll bring it up in a reading pane.
You can (and should) read the actual blog post and decide whether or not you want to share it. You can share it right from here or you can share it from the actual Buzz Club platform. Members share blog posts, videos, articles or posts without links – it’s up to the member. Once you decide you like the Buzz and want to share it, you click on the “Share” button and it gives you the networks the members have requested the content to be shared on. The Social Buzz Club allows you to share content on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Digg and StumbleUpon, but members may select all or only one of the networks – it’s up to them.
If this is your first time sharing content, you’re going to have to authorize your account on the networks. Be sure to authorize the account you want to share a Buzz on because this will be the last time you’re going to authorize.
So for example, we’ll click on Facebook and we’ll say “Share Now” and Facebook is going to ask us to authorize the application on the account. You want to make sure again that this is you.
It says here “Logged in as Kathryn Rose. Not you?”.
If it’s not you, make sure you change that.
If it IS you, Click “Allow”.
If you want to share a Buzz from another Twitter or Facebook account you’re going to have to go in and remove the application from one account and it will give you the option of reauthorizing. Then you go ahead, click “Allow” and you go ahead and read the message. If you’d like to edit it you can edit it from there and then click submit. “Thank you for posting”. Close that and you automatically received an additional point.
(Note, in phase 2 of our development, we’ll have an upgrade option for folks with multiple accounts so you can more easily post from different user accounts.)
The other option you have is to schedule a Buzz for a later date.
This way you can share Buzz in a way that’s natural to you. So for example, we’re going to go here and share this post and we’ll share it on Facebook again and we’ll click “Schedule to a Later Date”.
One thing I want to note, however though, is once you schedule the Buzz it cannot be undone. The reason for that is we automatically give you the points for scheduling the Buzz, so you want to make sure if you want to schedule it make sure you pick the correct date and time, click “Go” and then click “Schedule” and it cannot be undone. So I’ll say “today” and we’ll say it’s 6 o clock pm and click “Go”. Here is the time zone that I selected from the beginning and I go ahead and click “Schedule”. And the sharing is scheduled successfully. (Note, if you want to schedule, you much choose a time at LEAST 15 minutes into the future )
There are a couple of different ways to accumulate Buzz Points.
The first is sharing regular Buzz right from the feed. Those will give you one point each.
However, we also have 2 other options. One is Charity Buzz – that is for registered 501C3s – so these charities can get some visibility through the Social Buzz Club. Here is one of my clients, The Voices of September 11th. . Sharing Charity Buzz gets you 2 points. Charity Buzz can be recognised by the yellow line around the Buzz in the Buzz feed.
And the third is a category called Big Buzz. In this case, I know that there is one being shared for the California-San Diego area so I am going to find it here. Find it in here somewhere, click “Search”, and you can see Big Buzz. This is for larger corporations to be able get content shared through the feed. Big Buzz will also get you 2 points and Big Buzz can be recognised by a red line around it.
So, last thing I want to cover is how to find Buzz to share.
You can find it very easily. You can just go through the regular Buzz Now area and find any kind of Buzz that you’d like to share or you can search by keyword, you can search by country, you can search by category, (all these different categories here), or specific regions. It’s very simple to do.
In the next video we’re going to show you how to submit Buzz of your own.
In this video I’m going to cover how you can submit Buzz of your own into the Social Buzz Club feed.
Once you have enough points, (remember you need five to share one Buzz of your own), you can share your own Buzz. It’s very simple to do.
Just click on the “Submit Buzz” tab on the navigation bar and in this case we’re going to share a blog post I did about “What is Social Bookmarking”.
You want to put the buzz feed description, “great post”, (describe social bookmarking), and in here you want to put your shortened URL.
In my case, I just went to HootSuite and shortened it and cut and pasted it in here. You can put a Bit.Ly link or any kind of other link you’d like.
Go ahead and put some tags in here, so we’ll say “social bookmarking”, “Digg”, “StumbleUpon”. (tags are like keywords)
Then choose the category(ies) – let’s say its “blogging” – just for an example, and we’re going to submit it as myself and then I can decide how I want this Buzz shared. (In future releases of SBC, premium members will be able to have multiple accounts active, so you can submit as others who have authorized you).
I can select any of the networks here, or one of them, or all of them. So, in this case, I want my Buzz shared – let’s say – just on Twitter and Facebook. Once you select these, the messages are already pre-populated for you and then it also shows you how many characters you have left. If you want to go in here, you can edit them and take out characters or add different things you’d like.
Then decide which country. At this point you can share all, you can share individual countries, but if you want to share specific regions – it’s only in the United States. So you click on the United States, you can share all throughout the United States or specific regions. (As I showed you in the last video, that way when folks come in and want to share Buzz they can search for it by specific region.)
Emails go out once a day to the entire network letting them know if Buzz was submitted in their favourite categories or regions. So this way, it’s fairly important if this were a regional type post I would want to make sure I put the region in that applied.
And finally, the expiration date – let’s say it’s a coupon that you only want shared for a couple of days you can put that in here. It’s not required, however, so it’s up to you.
You have to click that you’ve certified that this is your own content or that you are authorised to post this content on behalf of a third party. Remember, we allow you to share content that’s about you, some of your blog posts, or content about your clients, (we want to make sure you’re authorised to do it), and then you simply click “Add My Buzz”. It goes right into the Buzz feed. And you’ll see it in just a second.
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