Connect with Catherine Lockey

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Social media platforms are a wonderful way to make new friends, generate new business, and stay connected to loved ones.   Each platform has its own culture and preferred modes of communication.  Of course, as C.E.O. of oz 2 designs and  blogger for The Creative Marketing Channel, I often leverage social media to tactfully market my company and the companies of my clients.  Here is a list of some of my favorite social media networking sites and a quick blurb about each platform’s culture.

The Creative Marketing Channel – The Creative Marketing Channel is my blog and my preferred social media platform.  It’s a place where business owners, C.E.O.’s, like minded digital marketers, and bloggers can become part of my smart, thought-provoking community, ask me questions, receive free advice and suggestions, bounce ideas off of members of the community, and connect with me personally. It’s a place where people can feel free to be themselves and get the answers they need.

Linkedin – Linkedin a very serious business social network so I keep my posts and interactions quite serious and business related at all times.

Twitter – Twitter is a mixed bag; you name it, it’s on Twitter which means anything goes. I have a couple accounts: one to talk  business and the other to talk and share poetry.  One really nice benefit to participating  on Twitter is the way big businesses, like cable TV and cell phone companies, quickly respond  to individual concerns or complaints.

Facebook – I like Facebook because it’s a great way to stay in touch with family, old friends, and new friends. I use my Facebook account for fun, personal reasons.  Occasionally, I talk business.

Google+  I like Googe+ but haven’t fallen in love with it yet. Right now I, like most others, use it to post articles to benefit others in the same industry. Occasionally I’ll post a personal photo and in the near future I intend to start writing Google local reviews about my favorite places.  Google+ continues to play a STRONG role in Google search which is why it’s important to become part of that borg.

Pinterest  – Pinterest is fun, pretty, and interesting. Artists, designers, photographers, foodies, crafters and fashion lovers are drawn to Pinterest like moths to a flame.  I would love to have more time to spend on Pinterest.

Quora – Want to expand your paradigm as well as meet some of the smartest people on the web? Join Quora and read; it’s fascinating. Truly. I think everyone should spend a little time on Quora every day.

I didn’t cover every platform I’m involved in here; I’ll save the rest for another post. What is your take on  the social media networking platforms I listed? Do you participate in any of them? If so, please share your observations.

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20 Responses to Connect with Catherine Lockey

  1. Susan Cooper August 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    A very nice intro to you and your business. I agree with your primary list. The only one I am not familiar with is Quora. I will need to check that one out. You have intrigued and made me very curious with how it may expand my paradigm. It may be my next great interst. You just never know.

  2. Geek Girl August 12, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    I have never heard of Quora. No. I have not been living on a remote island with no connection to the outside world. I will definitely check it out. Thanks!

  3. Catarina August 12, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Catherine, if you compare Quora to Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Google + how would you rate it? Is it more useful than Linkedin, which I find works best for me.

  4. Adeline August 12, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    I participate on all of the social networks that you listed here, except for Quora. Among them, I am most active in Twitter and Facebook. I’m just starting to get the hang of LinkedIn, thanks to the groups.

  5. Catherine Lockey August 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Thanks for the visit Susan. I’d like your feedback on Quora after you check it out.

  6. Catherine Lockey August 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Ahh Geek Girl – you have to use Quora to be a total geek. Let me know what you think of it.

  7. Catherine Lockey August 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Linkedin definitely works best for me too Catarina although Twitter sends a lot of traffic to my blog. I haven’t delved deeply into Quora yet although I can already tell its primary purpose is to grow the mind. I think you could use Quora as a springboard for some of your posts – ask a few open questions and see what kind of answers you get.

  8. Catherine Lockey August 12, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Yes, the groups are quite useful Adeline – I learn a lot from them.

  9. Catarina August 13, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Thanks Catherine. Do let me know how Quora works out for you in the long run. Will be interesting to know.

  10. Sabline August 13, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    I love social media for both personal and business use, I find it so hard though to keep up with it all. When and how do you find the time?

  11. Catherine Lockey August 13, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    That’s a good question Sabline. I try to spend 1 hour total per day on social although Facebook is probably my biggest distraction because I love to keep up with friends and family.

  12. Catherine Lockey August 13, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Sure Catarina. If only we didn’t have to sleep – lol- think of all things we could do!

  13. Susan Oakes August 13, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi Catherine,

    For some reason I thought Quora had reduced in popularity. I don’t participate in Google + or Pinterest as I can’t see a business advantage being involved at this stage. Good to see you blogging again :)

  14. Catherine Lockey August 14, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Thanks Susan, it’s good to be back. Every spring I halt blogging because I need to organize and mulch my gardens before they bloom. Yet, this year I didn’t return. I had my reasons; yet, in retrospect, I should have at least blogged once every few weeks. Live and learn I always say. Quora isn’t as popular as it was when it started but there are bright bright minds on that platform who are willing to share their knowledge freely.

  15. Dennis Salvatier August 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I’m on most of those platforms and I definitely have my favorites, but I agree that with each platform you can have a different voice. With Instagram I’ve started sharing sketches and works in progress as tanoshiboy. It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks for the post, Catherine.

  16. Patricia Weber August 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Yikes. I’m on all those platforms and the question in my mind is – do I need to be? I’m glad you put the list here for me so I can now look at my ROI in the ones I’m on. I shutter thinking that I AM on others. FaceBook is a non-generator for me. I’ve tried soooo many things to get people engaged. I engage my friends and family but not my business connections. Thanks for this post.

    Patricia Weber, LinkedIn Group BHB

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  17. Jeannette Paladino August 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Welcome back, Catherine! I was a member of Quora and dropped out, not because it wasn’t an interesting site, but I felt I didn’t have time. I’m spread too think as it is. If I were to recommend any site where people should become more active (including me) it would be Google+. Google is definitely taking your activity on the site into consideration for search.

  18. Catherine Lockey August 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi Dennis, since you brought up Instagram I thought I’d check online and see if it’s offered on Android now and it is! I’ll look for you on it. :)

  19. Catherine Lockey August 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Yes Jeannette, Google+ have made themselves a necessity. It’s great to be back – no more long breaks for me. A short one maybe but not one for months at time.

  20. Catherine Lockey August 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Hi Patricia – nice to meet you here. Just take care how you determine ROI when it comes to social. Visits are nice and so are invites to speak as well as referrals, trackbacks, and mentions. The return on social is so convoluted.

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