Empire Avenue Strikes Back #EmpireAve

Duleepa Wijayawardhana

Statement from founder and director of Empire Avenue Inc.  Duleepa Wijayawardhana

Congratulations to the Empire Avenue Community!

The Dev Team has asked for me to put a post on behalf of the organization:

We’ve hit 800 in those who have upgraded to become Leaders .

Volunteers and Moderators are here to help make Empire Avenue fun. Admins and Moderators chat regularly with the Dev and Support team at Empire Avenue and continue to share what is practical, what is possible.

We sincerely, Board Directors and all, thank you, the entire community for being positive and helping move Empire Avenue forward through your activity, comments and support for new players. We also acknowledge the invaluable work that our Admins and Moderators and particularly our hard working Team Leaders group have done and will continue to do voluntarily! Thanks to the voluntary organizational work of our Admins and Moderators we have been extremely impressed with the metrics of our site through this Summer and we are looking forward to them continuing through the Winter!

The Summer of Fun and September activities were refreshing, energizing, and engaged both active and casual players. The data on activity, mission engagement and feedback, and revenue ALL show that these are positive for the site. People are here to have fun! What you’re doing is working. Keep it going.

And of course Sir Rudiger Esquirel  joins Dups by saying

The Team Leaders ROCK! Special thanks to the team leaders, volunteers, and community who have driven Summer of Fun (and now Fall) activities!

I, Sir Rudiger, can not claim all the credit for this NUTFABULOUS news from Dups: “The Summer of Fun and September activities were refreshing, energizing, and engaged both active and casual players. The data on activity, mission engagement and feedback, and revenue ALL show that these are positive for the site. People are here to have fun! What you’re doing is working. Keep it going.”

I must give credit to the dedicated team leaders (e)STEVENJH, (e)ERINBOYKIN, (e)INKBOTDESIGN, (e)KNIKKOLETTE and (e)ROBBYBA who have helped with organizing, supporting, and promoting events weekend after weekend.

And, to the super-volunteers who have led so many events, including the amazing (e)NANCE who is always first to volunteer for everything from organizing events to recruiting volunteers and (e)EDUPRENEUR of [X]PendaPalooza fame along with [X]Bar and the army of volunteers who have helped on all the events. And, (e)DESDAUGHTER and all the #EAvGangstas for creating and managing the monthly Full Moon Event. I have had to use all my #SQRLPOWER to think of new silly moon missions each month.

All this activity has been overseen (and managed day to day ) by our volunteer Brand Admins – Lynn O’Connell , David Sanger , Steven L Johnson , Richard Townsend , Kita Champion and  Vince Perriello who collectively would like to thank everyone who plays Empire Avenue.

6 Steps to Writing Great Content for Social Media

The advent of social media has opened new doors for everyone. You probably use Twitter while your mom browses Pinterest, your dad cares for LinkedIn connections and your youngest sibling might be posting a selfie on Facebook right now.

All this social activity naturally attracts businesses (around 90% of US based small businesses use social media) because social platforms are free, allowing them to easily generate leads, reach new customers and communicate with existing ones.

For any business, the goal behind a social media strategy is basically ‘engagement’ – and the key to that is fantastic content. If you are tasked with writing content for social media, here’s a guide you can follow.

Know your medium
Before you begin writing social media content you need to know the platform you will be posting on. Every medium has its own advantages and a peculiar user base.

For instance, Twitter only allows 140 characters along with an image attachment, and is a medium suited to brands and celebrities. Facebook on the other hand lets you write 420 characters and is effective for a host of different purposes.

Knowing the pros and cons of your medium is essential to crafting effective content for it.

You can read more of Hunain Naseer ‘s blog post here 

Hunain-New

Hunain is a Professional Content Developer, experienced in Copywriting, Content Marketing, Editing, Blogging, Graphic Design and WordPress and can be found on Empire Avenue 

This is the third of a series of blog posts by the members of Empire Avenue who took part in the Empire Avenue Blogathon

Empire Avenue Twitter chats Today at 7pm UK and 7pm EST #EmpireAveChat

Today sees the start of Empire Avenue twitter chats and we invite you to join Steven , Michelle and Nance for an hour of discussions on Social Media.

As this is the first chat , anything could happen and probably will .. we can assure you though it will be both informative and fun

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday .. and if you want to help just message us .

See you tonight .. the hashtag is #EmpireAveChat

The chat is being hosted on Twubs , you can join us here

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Awards celebrate generosity of North Devon online business community

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When I was about to move to North Devon in 2003, broadband was a big concern for me. I had become used to working with clients online and feared a return to a dial-up internet connection. Fortunately, Ilfracombe exchange was upgraded that September and business broadband was installed the day after we moved.

How do you meet business people in a remote area?

My next challenge was how to meet business people in this picturesque, but remote area. I belonged to ecademy.com and found a North Devon club started by a certain Kevin Woodward. I joined the club and began networking online in North Devon in January 2004.

Since then, online networking, blogging and social media have all progressed and been widely adopted. Not all businesses have a web site, but almost all have a Facebook page or Twitter account.

You can read more of Robert Zarywacz’s blog post here 

 

RobertZarywacz

 

Robert provides a comprehensive PR service from developing communications plans to writing and placing press releases, delivering long campaigns and promoting them through social media.

You can see his Empire Avenue Profile here

 

The Hunter’s Moon #FullMoonEngageMe Social Media Event N°6 #EmpireAve #SocialNetworking

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There are native American names for the full moons that you can find here,here or here.

October month full moon was namedHunter’s Moonbecause after the fields have been reaped, the leaves begin to fall and the deer are fat and ready for eating. Hunters can ride easily over the fields’ stubble, and the fox and other animals are more easily spotted. October’s full moon is also known as the Travel Moon, the Dying Moon, the Moon of Falling Leaves and/or the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon because of its bright color.

#FullMoonEngageMe Social Media Event N°6 Schedule

The event will start on Tuesday 7th of October at 18:00 UTC and will last until Monday the 13th in HERE.

What is this about?

A great opportunity for you to super charge your social networking, to meet Empire Avenue Leaders, to connect with top social media engagers and more… May 2014 initial SoMe event was followed by thestrawberry, the buck, the sturgeon and the harvest moons.  In the Empire Avenue EAv Gangstas community, you can still access May‘s,June‘s, July‘s, August‘s and September‘s conversation threads.

Questions?

  • Please read our FAQs and use the comment section to ask any question about the event.
  • You can join – for FREE – Empire Avenue at anytime – before and after any FullMoon EngageMe Social Media Event.
    You can use this link – with no strings attached – to get some extra “eaves” at start !
    See you soon ;-)

The event is organised by Dominique and the EAV Gangstas Forum …

You Are A Bad Blogger. But That’s OK!

Bad-Blogger

This is for the new bloggers out there. The ones that are still struggling with their first post or first few posts. The bloggers who read what they’ve typed up and just want to delete the whole mess and forget about.

For the bloggers who spend hours staring at a blank Word document wondering what to type.

For the bloggers who, on the other hand, spend hours type more and more words and never really get to the point.

For the bloggers who can’t stop looking for one more mistake to fix, and never publish their post.

It. Will. Get. Better.

It’s true, you’re a bad blogger now, but all that’s going to change! It takes time to become a good blogger, just like it takes time to become good at anything

You can read more of Mike Allton‘s blog post here 

 

 

Mike Alton

 

Mike  is a Social Media and Internet Marketing Consultant. He works with small to medium businesses and organizations to help them with their entire online presence. Read his articles and stories at The Social Media Hat and you will find his Empire Avenue profile here

6 Qualities of Content That Gets Socially Shared and Goes Viral

Who doesn’t like shares and retweets? They’re addictive, they spread the word about your brand or website and they’re free promotion. But unfortunately, they aren’t very easy to get, especially given how crowded and noisy the web has become. Even as you read this, hundreds of posts are being published and thousands of updates are being posted on your favorite social media channels and you are probably going to miss out on most of them (that doesn’t mean you should close this and go back to your social streams).

The point I am trying to make is that getting your content promoted on social media has gotten tougher, especially the free aspect of it. Gone are the days when you could put up something interesting and you’d get tons of engagement on it. Now you really need to invest time and effort into making a return. But all is still not lost, which is why we’re going to look at 6 qualities of content that gets socially shared and goes viral.

You can read more of Hunain Naseer ‘s blog post here 

Hunain-New

 

Hunain is a Professional Content Developer, experienced in Copywriting, Content Marketing, Editing, Blogging, Graphic Design and WordPress and can be found on Empire Avenue 

This is the first of a series of blog posts by the members of Empire Avenue who took part in the Empire Avenue Blogathon