Here’s what I’m doing instead of daily quotes for 2015

No more daily quotes from me this year. I’ve decided to go with weekly videos in 2015. So that’s 52 videos on tips, lessons, and packets of knowledge gained in business, personal development, as well as investment opportunities.

See the Week 0 of 52 and intro video below

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Music Review – Taxi by Lindsey

She can sing!

Beautiful song from new artist on the block, Lindsey. She’s kind of a playful version of Asa with a more soothing voice. More work needed on the lyrics – in terms of creativity and depth.

Only if the taxi  in the music video was a more conventional type with the sign on top and Lagos/Abuja paint, but the story line was quite simple [in a good way] and straight forward.

In all, great tune and definitely worth adding to a 2014 playlist.

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’ Video Is Complete

I was psyched to hear that Ed Sheeran’s video was out, especially since I had been (still am) playing it in loops for days turning into weeks. I found out I was about 3o million views late, but I quickly forget about that after I hit the play button on the YouTube video.

Not only was I impressed about the narrative, I appreciated the fact that all types of love – straight, gay, 1-on-1, 2-on-1, and whatever labels are out there was portrayed in the 4:26 video.

That’s what I meant when I wrote – Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give Me Love’ Video is Complete.

Enjoy the video below and share what you think.

#CanYouSeeMeNow – 5 Tips For Better Twitter Visibility

Someone once defined twitter as a global chat room, where millions of users visit to share tweets using text, and links to photos, videos, and other content formats in 140 characters or less.

With half-a-billion (500,000,000) tweets published daily on the platform (and an expected 1 billion tweets per day in 2014), here are some tips to help your tweets stand out.

1. Line Spacing

This is a trick that gives your tweet much better visibility. The price you pay is 2 characters for every time applied, but it’s definitely worth it, as it quadruples the odds of followers and other tweeters spotting your tweet in a stream. A good example is the quoted tweet below.

2. Bright Coloured Avatars

Colours play a big role in visibility on social networking platforms. It’s been proven that content with primary colours – red, yellow, and blue get better engagement. However not to get restricted to these colours, you can use photos with bright and sharp contrast as your twitter avatar. Red stands out, but if not a fan, orange works too.

3. #Hashtags

Perhaps the best social media innovation, hashtags is now common place on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It all started at Twitter for trends, and group chats e.g. the popular Ashoka #SocentChat for Social Entrepreneurs.

Hashtags can be likened to keywords in Search Engine Optimization, so your tweets get found easily by those with interest in what you are posting. It has also been proven that tweets with hashtags get 2X more engagement.

Here’s a funny video about the abuse of  Hashtag

4. Collapsible URL formats

Do you know tweets with links are 86% more likely to be retweeted? That means more visibility but it doesn’t stop there. Tweeters like to be able to consume the content attached to those links within twitter, whether it’s an image, video, or audio file. While some URL formats support in-twitter previews, other don’t and you want to go for the former.

Good examples include tweeting with pic.twitter.com instead of instagram.com for images, and youtu.be instead of youtube.com for videos.

 

5. Twitpic

Tweets with images (that can be previewed inside twitter) also get 2X engagement rate, so you want to get into the habit of tweeting with images. It’s even more important now that twitter automatically previews the photos without the user interacting with the tweet in any way. This is definitely a good way to get the attention of anyone scrolling through a stream of tweets.

I hope these helps you get better tweet visibility in a very noisy twitterverse. Do check out the link below for more tips.

Extra: Tweet Like A Pro – Interesting Stats To Help You Perform Better On Twitter