November 30, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Have you heard the proverb, “If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing?” I would take it one step farther. You don’t even need to walk to dance. You just need to be strong and claim your life as your own.
So please don’t think I’m arrogant if I tell you I’m an artist. You are one too. If you create art, you are an artist who creates through art. If you don’t have a creative outlet, you are an artist without an outlet.
I know that people make fun of those who use their cell phones to take photos considering themselves photographers. I reject that attitude. I am a photographer because I love to take photographs. My photos are my art. Am I good? Good enough to please myself, and a few other people. Good enough to keep growing and enjoying.
Yesterday I did a sketch with pencil and paper for the first time in a long time. It made me happy and I’m looking forward to doing more. I’d like to improve my drawing skills over time with more regular drawing, so that I have the ability to more easily communicate design ideas when I need to. I’d also love to be able to create logos.
Here are more photos from yesterday.
Do you have an artistic outlet? What do you do to express your innate creativity? Let me know in the comments.
October 16, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Hello there dear reader!
There have been some changes around here lately, and you might be wondering where you can find me. Here’s the run down…
Show Up Online Columbus
I’ve opened up a social media coaching company. I give face to face social media coaching sessions to local small business owners in Columbus, Ohio. If you want to check out the website for the business, the address is www.showuponlinecolumbus.com.
If you have questions about social media and you want me to answer them FOR FREE come to the Show Up Online Columbus Facebook Page and leave your question in the comments on one of my status updates. Or leave your question on the timeline. I’m encouraging folks to post a link to their website on the Show Up Online Columbus Facebook Page. For those who do, I will give the website a quick look and then share some advice about how to tweak it to better support your online presence.
You can also be one of the first people to follow and interact with the Show Up Online Columbus Twitter Account.
Would you like to win a free updo from a local salon? Of course you would. Come check out Columbus Updos.
Come check out the Columbus Updos Facebook Page too. Post photos of your own updos, and see links to articles about how to give yourself awesome updos. Get updated when there’s a new blog post. Share the page with your friends who are into Columbus beauty and fashion.
This is a website I created to keep me motivated to take good care of my body. It has four different blogs on it. One daily blog for what I eat, one for how I exercise, one for how I restore myself, and one weekly blog to gauge my progress. I haven’t promoted it at all yet, but eventually I hope that in the comments section readers will share what they did in those various health areas each day. It’s not just Get Fit Lauren it’s Get Fit You Too. However, even if no one ever reads this blog, it’s serving its main purpose, which is just to keep me on track to maximize my fitness level.
September 5, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Everyone knows how important small businesses are to the Columbus economy. Right?
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total United States private payroll, according to the SBA.
~ Quote from J. Mariah Brown in “How Important Are Small Businesses to Local Economies?”
Social media is a vitally important tool for small business owners. The world around us is changing at lightening speed and those who can adapt quickly are the ones who will thrive. That’s where I come in. The Internet first started being developed in the late 1960′s. In 1971 the first email was delivered. In 1972 I was delivered. The Internet and I have grown up together.
Blogging came along in 1997. In 2001 Wikipedia was started. MySpace was born in 2003. YouTube started in 2005. I began blogging in 2008. The world of social media is a wild wild west. We are all brave explorers in this ever expanding terrain. We’re all trailblazing here.
I’m a huge proponent of teaching small business owners the ins and outs of social media. What if every small business owner in Columbus, Ohio understood social media? What would that mean for our economy? How much more successful and vibrant could our city become?
Because social media is still such a new field of knowledge, there’s an incredible opportunity here. I intend to do all I can to make Columbus, Ohio one of the most social media savvy cities in the world. Our small business owners will thrive at an extraordinary level because of the skills I will help them possess.
Am I dreaming big? Of course I am! It’s much more fun to run a small business when you have a big dream.
Are you dreaming big? What do you think of my vision? Please share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.
Show Up Online Columbus, Because When You Show Up – So Do Your Clients!
Thank you for your presence,
Lauren Michelle Kinsey
Show Up Online Columbus
August 22, 2013 § 4 Comments
Let’s face it, there are some downsides to being online. Trolls are one of them.
“Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier…”
~ Arianna Huffington
I talk with my social media coaching clients about trolls. I teach them that a troll is a person who enjoys upsetting other people. For most people I know, this is a completely foreign concept. Most people want to make other people happy. Trolls are not like that.
I also teach my clients to happily ignore trolls. What a troll says bears no resemblance to what the majority of your audience thinks and feels. Block your trolls and move on. You won’t have a happy experience online if you let the haters get you down. Dust yourself off and move on! Think of the people who are giving you good feedback, and keep showing up for them.
Here is my magic formula for navigating the rapidly changing waters of your social media experience.
Saying no to what you don’t want + Saying an enthusiastic yes to what you do want = Enjoy showing up online!
The most important tip for making your experience online a positive one is, “Garbage in = Garbage Out.” You are in control of what you surround yourself with online. Choose educational people and content. Choose uplifting people and content. The online universe is almost infinite. You can find anything in it.
Even if you are marketing your business online, you will still make choices. You still have this kind of control over your experience to a large degree. Of course you will have to patiently respond to customer’s concerns and sometimes criticisms. However, there are many ways to keep your spirits up, and your growth continuous, in your time online.
How do you make the most of your online experience? Tell me in the comments section. I’d love hear from you.
August 20, 2013 § Leave a Comment
One of my Instagram Photos was selected for the top ten photos tagged #SoColumbus for August 16th. It could happen to you too! Just tag your photos from around Columbus with #SoColumbus when you post them on social media.
So Columbus http://www.socialcolumbus.com is on a mission! They say…
“Our mission is to make Columbus a more social city by getting the people of Columbus to invest locally. We are Columbus PROUD. #SoColumbus”
I am madly in love with them because they exist at the intersection of two of my biggest passions- 1) Social Media 2) Columbus
Make sure to Follow them on Instagram @SoColumbus, like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SocialColumbus, and Follow them on Twitter @SocialColumbus. You can even search the hashtag #SoColumbus on Pinterest and find people in Columbus posting iconic Columbus moments.
And since we’ve talked about Instagram, it would be swell if you would come follow me there. I’ll follow you back. I didn’t use Instagram as a social network until just recently, so although I have a ton of photos there I’m not following or being followed by a lot of folks. Come and help me set that right. @LaurenMKinsey
August 14, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It is the act of spreading your brand across the popular social media platforms, and being active on all of them. You can’t say you integrated social media marketing into your interactive campaign if all you have done is create presences on Facebook and Twitter and then never revisited them.
Having links to your social media on your website. Posting on Facebook and Twitter daily, and interacting with and engaging your audience there. Maintaining accounts at Yelp and LinkedIn. Being able to create simple photos, graphics and videos. Blogging daily. These are the skills you must master to achieve true social media integration at a beginning level.
There’s always more to learn. However I’m a strong proponent of teaching small business owners the basics. Once they themselves have the core skills, they can make better decisions about who to hire and how to manage their online presence. If a small business owner tries to delegate before they themselves have learned and practiced the skills, they are likely to have a bad experience.
Social media is a language. All small business owners should be fluid.
If you’re a small business owner in Columbus, Ohio, let me help you learn the language. I can be reached at 614-743-0652 to schedule an appointment.
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Visit my website at www.showuponlinecolumbus.com
August 12, 2013 § Leave a Comment
So you think you know all there is to know about how to market your business using your website and social media? You are happy with your website and you’re in control of it so you can update it should your web person ever flake on you. You’ve got this Facebook, Twitter, Yelp thing down. You know how to take good photos to share. You can do basic graphics. You can put together a video to help tell your story.
You’re all over it. You don’t need any help.
You might be wrong. There might be more to learn. It might be worth $20 to find out. Consider sitting down with your laptop and a coach (namely me – Lauren Michelle Kinsey – if you live in Columbus, Ohio).
This morning I read this excellent article, “Small Businesses Struggle to Manage Online Image.” It’s worth a read. You’re busy, but it’s quick, so take a peek.
Some key quotes are…
Restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and other small businesses often face an abundance of frustrating complications during start-up — construction delays and supply shortages being among the top obstacles.
Now, managing online presence is joining the headache-inducing list.
With more consumers relying on the Internet to decide where to eat and shop, setting up a website and social media accounts, responding to reviews on websites such as Yelp and weighing the purchase of online ads have become key factors in the success of a business — or its demise.
Even if you really do “know it all already”, sometimes applying the knowledge is where people can get stuck. You owe it to yourself to see if you start getting better results if you commit to a weekly, or even monthly coaching session. Sometimes the opportunity to have someone holding you accountable and holding the space for you to exercise what you know is something worth taking advantage of.
You may think to yourself, “I could be doing this on my own.” But let’s be honest. Would you? Would you be doing it on your own? If you’ve read this far in this article chances are, something is telling you it’s worth seeing what a coach might do for you. You’ll never know until you try. If you live in Columbus, Ohio, call Lauren Michelle Kinsey at 614-743-0652 to set up a coaching session.
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