Trending on Social Media Pages

MayoCafeAndGoldNTreasuresNow that you have taken one of the social media courses at the Lafayette Library it is time to start a trend on Twitter and Facebook. We have created a couple of “hash tags” that we are using on our own Twitter posts and will start using them on the Facebook page as well. If you haven’t had a chance to take one yet we hope you will check our Calendar Page to see when the next one is being held. If you don’t see the one you would like to take please call Lafayette County Library [(386) 294-1021] and ask them if they could schedule one. These “Free” classes at the library require a certain level of attendance. Ask all you friends, family and other local business people to sign-up for the next class to guarantee that it will be held!

#LafayetteCoFlaFarming
#LafayetteCoFlaBusiness
#LafayetteCoFlaFun
#LafayetteCoFlaNews
#LafayetteCoFlaChurches
#LafayetteCoFlaServices
#LafayetteCoFlaGovernment
#LafayetteCoFlaLibrary

All you have to do to start a trend is to type one of these at the beginning of all your posts and when people want to know more about Lafayette County Florida and what is happening in the area Twitter will help them find all of us quickly. If you would like to add a couple to the list just use our “Contact” form and let us know and we will share them on our website. Social Media accounts are still a great way to get people to visit your website, let people know what is happening in our area, or a way for visitors to share their experiences while visiting the area. The more people who use these hash tags the more followers and, hopefully, the more visitors you will get.

It only takes a few minutes each day to compose a 140 word post, post a link to your website articles, mention a sale, upload a picture or just show people something fun happening in our area. Most Social Media consultants will tell you it is better to post at least once a day and at about the same time of day regularly so that your followers will begin to count on you posting and in the process you may begin to get more people to follow you. Yes, some people post every hour on the hour but you don’t really have to do that to get people to follow you. It is the content that people care about.

For the Facebook users with their own Facebook PAGE and not their personal Facebook account there is a little bit of difference. You must create a personal account with Facebook which you can then make private and only available to your friends and family. A Facebook PAGE is one created to be accessible to the public. More and More businesses, charities, national, state and local parks and groups are creating a Facebook Page to post upcoming events, share photos of past events, announce upcoming sales, get customer feedback, and just to share with people around the world what’s going on. These pages will only be as good as those who post to them. So long as you try to post something every day or at least once a week you will slowly begin to get “Likes” and people following your page. The more “Likes” you get and the more consistent you are with posting to that page the more exposure you will get. More exposure can lead to more business! Again, it is about “Good” content. You can’t just post links to your sales page you have to share with your readers other things as well.

Here is an excerpt from the Help Section on Facebook about Hash Tags:

Hashtags turn topics and phrases into clickable links in your posts on your personal Timeline or Page. This helps people find posts about topics they’re interested in. To make a hashtag, type in the # (the number sign) along with a topic or phrase (written as one word) and add it to your post. For example:

I walked up so many hills today! #SanFrancisco

When you click a hashtag, you’ll see a feed of posts that include that hashtag. You’ll also see some related hashtags at the top. You can search for a hashtag using the search bar at the top of any page.

Note that you’ll only see posts that were shared with you. Learn more about who can see your posts when you use hashtags. The hashtag feature isn’t available to everyone right now.

On the flip side of these things is that you have to spend 30 minutes to an hour each day following other people with similar interest, re-tweeting relevant tweets, “hearting” other relevant tweets, and “liking” other Facebook pages. You don’t necessarily have to follow the people who follow you nor do you have to “like” other Facebook pages that like you but it is considered a courtesy. The people you follow on tweeter and the pages you like on Facebook will show in your news feed. This will give you a place to start each day to check and see if there are some relevant tweets you can “heart” or re-tweet and Facebook posts you can like and/or even share on your page.

All of this takes time and patience to learn and grow. It will be worth it in the end as you get more people visiting your website, coming into your business and/or attending your events. I know it is hard to do and we haven’t been the best at doing this either. But we hope over the next 6 months to get better at it.

Here are our Social Media Pages for our website:

https://www.facebook.com/TownOfMayoAndLafayetteCounty

https://twitter.com/TownOfMayoFl

https://www.google.com/+TownofmayoOrg2014

Fun Around Lafayette County Florida

EdwardPerrySportsComplex (4)

There are lots of things to do in and around Lafayette County Florida:

28th of June – There will be a Beekeeping Class at the Lafayette County Florida Library at 6:00pm here in Mayo, Florida.

29th of June – the Salt Water Cowboys will be playing at the Suwannee River Rendezvous RV Resort.

4th of July – There will be free Fireworks display at the Edward Perry Sports Complex at 9:00pm at the Edward Perry Sports Complex.

If you have an upcoming event at your church, club, school or business and would like to share it with us, please use the CONTACT US form and send us the details. We are creating a community calendar and could use more information to share with friends, family, visitors and all the local residents. We can post pictures and flyers to the website for you.
Continue reading “Fun Around Lafayette County Florida”

Student Reporters and Business Websites

MayoFLA05062013 (32)LOOKING FOR STUDENT INTERN AND GUEST REPORTERS

We have finally gotten our website filled out with lots of information about Lafayette County Florida. And now we are looking for Student Intern Reporters and Guest Reporters to write about events, sports, business and general happenings within the county.

Each student intern will be responsible for their assigned area, research their own articles, interview their subjects, take pictures and write their own articles. Each intern will receive credit for their writing and a letter of recommendation at the end of their term of service. We prefer that the students be living in Lafayette County Florida and between the ages of 16 to 18. Those under 18 will need a parent’s signature on the application before being accepted. Each reporter needs access to a computer, the internet, a digital camera (or decent camera cellphone) and love to write. The interns will only have to post one article a week each as well as do their own editing, arrange the pictures on the post, updated our pages when necessary and promote our website and the articles to their friends and family. Continue reading “Student Reporters and Business Websites”