Send a message to All the Fans of Facebook Page

Recently, a few folks who I think of as very knowledgeable with regard to social media told me that they were not aware that you can send one message to All the Fans of your Facebook Fan page at one time.   Facebook hides this cool feature in the “Edit Page” settings.  It was my great pleasure to be able to share this with some great friends and colleagues and now I will share it with you.

To send a message to All the Fans of a Fan page, you must first be the “Admin” or administrator of that page.  Access “Edit Page”, which should be under your page’s graphic or picture.  In the “Edit Page” mode, scroll down and look at the right side.  There is a link which says “Send an Update to Fans” .

When you click on this option, it brings up a message / email sheet.  The “To” is already completed with all the fans of the page.  You may type in your subject, message and even add a smile or heart icon at the end.

I hope this tidbit of information helps!  🙂

Facebook Tagging (Part 2)

Hello All,

Thanks so much to those that are reading my stuff and gave me such great input on my last post entitled “Tag – You’re It”!  This was about how to tag people in a post or a photo on Facebook.

Here are a few items that may have been unclear in my prior post –

  • When tagging some one or a fan page at Facebook, here is how it should look:

@AnitaMHicks or @VirtualAssistancebyAnita

Please note that you should begin to see your ‘friends’ list appear as you type in the name or fan page name after the @ sign.  Choose from your list the person that you wish to tag or the name of the page. When you do this, it will become a ‘clickable’ or hyperlink to their profile or page.

In a photo – Below and usually to the right in a photo album, there is a place that says “Tag your Photo”.  Click on this and you will begin the process.  Just hover over the person in the picture and your list of friends should appear.  You can simply click on the person you wish to tag.

I am hoping this helps!  I wish you all a day filled with sunshine and may you see a few dragonflies, too! 🙂

Tag – You’re It!

Lately quite a few folks ask me about how to ‘Tag some one in a post or a photo’ at Facebook”.  Tag – You’re it!

Here are a few tips for how and when you might want to do this.

This is a pretty recent feature that Facebook has added. To Tag someone’s personal profile or their fan page at Facebook – Just follow these few steps:

To Tag someone or a fan page in a post –

  1. Type in @ + the name of the person or the name of the fan page (@ is the shift + number 2)
  2. This will bring up your list of friends or fan pages
  3. Choose the appropriate one from the list
  4. Now in the post you should see that this is a ‘clickable link’ or hyperlink to the person’s profile or the fan page
  5. This allows your friends to easily be able to locate this person or fan page
  6. In addition when you share your post, it will appear on that person’s profile (wall) or on their fan page

A very good use of this is if you want to thank them for something they have done for you.  For example you could post – “Thank you to @ + the name of someone and say thanks for helping me today.  This tells all of your network of folks that you appreciate this person.

To Tag a picture:

  1. Just click on the button below the picture that says “Tag someone in picture”
  2. Or click on the photo in the album
  3. Begin typing their name and it will bring up your list again
  4. This time check off the box next to the person’s name

I hope this little tidbit of information has helped some of you that have been asking! 

TAG – You’re it! 🙂

Hope

How much hope do you have in you life?

Most of us just feel like this is a word. Something that we use in sentences like “I hope that it doesn’t rain or I hope that I can achieve my goals in business.” But, do you really have hopes?  Moms will often say they hope that they will dance at their daughter’s wedding.

I said for the past 7 years that I would only be at my daughter’s wedding in spirit. She knew that I had little hope of seeing my now 12 year old daughter to her wedding day. She knew that mom did not have hope that her body would make it that far. However, I’ve had plenty of hope that God would give me all that I needed to be there in spirit. Quite often over the past 7 years, I would say to my husband or my best friend, “Please, be there for Hannah.”

Now, I have HOPE. The hope that I will dance at my daughter’s wedding.

My issues have been all about decaying teeth, which in turn infected my gums and then went into my blood stream. After many years of being a stay at home mom with no insurance, I had accepted my situation.  There was no way to financially repair the situation after all the 20 years that it took to get this far along.  And, After all, it was a sacrifice well made to be with my children, as they took their first steps, or went to the first day of school, or just walked in the door and yelled mom – and I was there.  It was a blessing to have that opportunity with my children.

Most folks don’t realize that decaying teeth, means infection, bacteria that creates not only a situation in your mouth, but also in your body This can have long term negative effects on your health.  Then there is the not eating.   How are you to eat fresh fruits, vegetables or even proteins, with very little teeth or ones that cause you extreme pain. It is a vicious circle. One that I have experienced firsthand.

If you are in need of dental work and you allow it to continue on without professional assistance, it will infect your entire body, take over your life and leave you in a place where there is no reason to hope.

I have HOPE now though. This year through the love of one of my best friends in this world, and many others caring and generosity, I have been given an incredible gift of Mother’s Self Care. My surgeries are completed and all the infection is gone. Soon I will have an extreme smile makeover.

But, more than that I have been given a healthier future. A chance to eat healthy foods again, gain weight, be less tired and less prone to sickness. To me though, the most incredible gift is that I have learned balance. I am learning to take care of myself and take care of my family, my volunteer work as a Girl Scout leader and my business.

Above all of that is the amazing and caring gift of HOPE. I have hope that I will dance at my daughter’s wedding, I may be able to live at the beach and volunteer for my beloved Girl Scouting program for many more years. There is HOPE that I have a future.  Lately many friends, who are like Angels on Earth to me, have given me hope that my new VA business will succeed, also.

Many thanks to Kim Wesley and all of my many Mother’s Self Care sponsors and friends that have helped me.
I am almost at the end of the process and now I will be able to smile on the outside with what I feel on the inside very soon.   My heart is filled with much gratitude.

Goals can be achieved…Dreams do come true!

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Happy May! I love May as this past week was my birthday, it’s warm and sunny and lots of good stuff seems to be happening to me always in the month of May.  I have to say that this week has brought a few exciting events to  my life and I just had to take a moment to share with all.  I have not blogged in a while and thought my wonderful network of friends might want an update.

My ‘Goal’ was set last fall as a result of being in a business that made me want to stay in bed every day.  My clients were wonderful people, but the work I was doing made me feel sad, lost and as if my life was not heading in the right direction.  This is where Kim Wesley entered my life with much support, help, encouragement and guidance.  Kim is a special friend and truly like a sister to me.  She introduced me to the career of being a Virtual Assistant.  Through her mentoring and connections, I joined social media networks.  She connected my life with people that have truly transformed my life.  Together by the end of 2009, we had come to the realization that the goal was to exit the old, ‘yucky’ business as soon as I could obtain enough clients.

It is my extreme joy and excitement to announce that – Goals can be achieved and Dreams do come true – because this week I gave notice to my old, yucky business.  I am now a full time, 100% Virtual Assistant!  Woo Hoo! I love being a VA!  It is one of the most exciting, wonderful and awesome decisions that I ever made (with great encouragement from my friends and family).

This year of 2010 has given me so many wonderful blessings, so many new friends and opportunities that are beyond any goal or dream I could have ever imagined by myself.  It would fill a book to name each of the friends that have helped me, guided me and surrounded me with a community of love and support.  It is my great pleasure to call some of these folks my clients, also!  Hmmm… A book is not a bad idea.  Maybe a future goal.  It could be entitled “Every connection really does count”  because that is how I feel.  My life has transformed because the people that I have connected with have helped me, with no thought of what they were going to get in return.

My life is already filled with all of these opportunities, but in addition, I have been given an incredible gift this year,   Mother’s Self Care – See Kim’s blog for more details – but the short version is that I was given a new extreme smile makeover.  This week my new smile will arrive and by next week I will be experiencing a new me that I could never envision before.  My new network of friends are teaching me to dream big dreams!   It has given so much new hope to my life.  Again, I could write a book to thank all the numerous people who I would love to thank over and over for this incredible, amazing gift, but maybe later with the book.  Back to work for me, now.  Thanks for tuning in for my dragonfly’s recent adventures 🙂

Since I shared – why don’t you – What exciting, wonderful opportunities are happening in your life?

The power of social media

Hey, now you know that term ‘the power of social media’ or  ‘the power of the Internet’ has crossed your path lately.  It is used in news about social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and by lots of business folks everyday.  It seems to be the new marketing phrase.  “The power of social media”  I didn’t buy into this 100% until recently when I had several direct personal experiences with it.

First, since becoming a Virtual Assistant, I have ‘the power of social media’ in my life everyday as I make new friends and am able to reconnect with old friends.

But, it is when I experienced ‘the power of social media’ as a direct result of a status update that made me really ‘believe’ in this creature.  Recently, I purchased a new ‘used’ car.  I was very impressed with the service that the dealership provided to me.  It seemed like the obvious thing to do to post a status update at Facebook on my personal profile on how great they were at Auto-Net Sales.  In just a few days, a friend called me.  She was having lunch with a friend of hers. During their conversation, the subject had arisen that her friend was in the market for a car.  My friend remembered my post about the car dealership and wanted to get more information.  She called me.  “The power of social media!”

Another especially great example in my life of ‘the power of social media’ was through a donation of Girl Scout cookies by a friend’s business, Mobile Car Wash and Detailing.  Ernest Reed purchased the cookies to help my girls and the U. S. soldiers.  I then posted a thank you on his Facebook Fan page for Mobile Car Wash and Detailing along with the link to the GSCM U.S. Mint program, where others could donate Girl Scout cookies to U. S. soldiers.

Business folks that I respect have been telling me for a few months now how important being involved on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and so many more that I am beginning to experience.  As a Virtual Assistant, I explain everyday to business folks the value of having a Facebook Fan page for their business.  “The power of social media” is really a true concept! 🙂

Virtual Assistant travels on new adventure

Travel has always been something that I said I would do when I was older and the children were raised, but here I am journeying on a new adventure.  Snowy road This travel is as a Virtual Assistant and my path is the world wide web! Like the snowy, icy road above, it has been a slippery way, but in this New Year and with my friends, I will take flight, like the dragonfly over the Ocean!

I have been given an opportunity to travel along with other self employed, small business owners as I launch my own business!   I have told quite a few folks lately,  “I am flying on my own now.”   This is inspired by the dragonfly that I so love.

Seriously though, Here I am.  I am starting a new Virtual Assistant business with a new self hosted website – www.anitamhicks.com !  The road here has been a bit rough and I think my dragonfly’s wings are still damp!   No matter – onward!   In 2010,  Virtual Assistance by Anita will take flight and soar into business.

This flight so far has been supported and guided by my wonderful husband, Danny.  He has, out of necessity, become my web designer, my ‘how does this code work’ person, my co-pilot and my encouragement!  A big thanks to him!

It is by the blessing of my friends and their excellent advice, help and encouragement that my business, like my beautiful blue dragonfly, is flying along this new path!  Great thanks must go to Kim Wesley and Glenn Garnes.  They are my solid rock that all dragonflies must have before taking flight.   A huge thank you to my awesome friend, help and WordPress Super Woman, Michelle Mangen.   Another amazing person in the creation and design of the new website, Deneen Wilson!  A huge hug goes to her for the beautiful, blue dragonfly and for many hours of support to me!  These folks are the reason that Virtual Assistance by Anita will fly over the snowy places and into the warmth of the sun  in 2010!

There are many more folks who have reached out to me via the Internet to give me their honest input and help with regard to my business.  I really appreciate you all — Marie, Sandra, and Kathleen, are  just a few!  It is a truly amazing place here in my virtual world.

Just a few short months ago, I read the book  The Go-Giver.  The principles of giving, without expecting anything in return, are outlined in this book!  It was one of my first inspirations for becoming a Virtual Assistant.  I can see that there are people in the world who are willing to help you, just because, without expecting anything in return.   It has been my personal experience in the past month alone that dozens of folks have reached out to me.   A select few have become my close friends.

Happy 2010!  Happy New Year!  Come on over and visit me at www.anitamhicks.com!  Leave a comment,  Please !  Tell me what you think!  I love input! 🙂

Let's Not Be Partners, by Glenn Garnes, (2nd half)

This book has been fabulous! Again, I have to say that I’m not in any place in my life  to have a partner, but the words of wisdom that Glenn writes in the book, Let’s Not Be Partners, are very useful in life!

“You’re dreams will be realized when you get connected with people that are on the way, not in the way.” Anon.  This was from Chapter VI and it is very true in my opinion.

Glenn writes in the final chapters of the book about the evaluation of relationships and what to do when the relationship falls apart. He brings his caring of people to the words on the page.

After Chapter X, there is a terrific set of forms to use as discussed in the book.

If you have a copy of the book and have not read it, you should set the time aside Now!  If you do not have a copy, follow the link and purchase one at Glenn Garnes’ website.

As always, I love input – Please tell me what you think 🙂

New Book I'm reading – Let's Not be Partners

I am reading this new book that I just had to share with everyone.  It is –  Let’s Not Be Partners, Things you must do before you tie the Knot (Not), by Glenn Garnes.

Being an honest person, I must first say that Glenn is my new friend.  My life was blessed this past October when he became my new friend.  The first time I met Glenn, I already knew quite a bit about him.  One of my most trusted friends recommended Glenn.  She was singing his praises as a Connector, as a friend and as a mentor.  I had learned that Glenn had been a lawyer and had done some really impressive things in connecting business professionals with each other.   When I met Glenn, the man immediately made me feel as if we had known each other forever.  His love of people shines through just like the warm sunshine of a summer day.

Having said all that about the author of this book, now let me tell you about the book !  I’ve only read 5 chapters, but I had to sit down and blog about it.  It is inspiring, whether or not you are considering a business partner, it has valuable information that we all should know.    The book is packed full of ideas of how to build relationships;  what to avoid in business relationships and generally will help you to focus your efforts.

I love Glenn’s quotes as they are always something that motivates, inspires or makes you think.  This book has them sprinkled in and here is one I especially like “All the ideas in the world are worthless without quality people to help you implement them.”

I’ll keep you updated on the rest of the book, but I suggest you all run to his website and buy one and Yes, I mean Now!

Then, Let me know what You Think – I love input 🙂 – Anita

Facebook Fan Pages – Do they add value?

Hey and Hi and How’s everyone doing after the Thanksgiving holiday!

It’s been a long week compared to our ‘shorter’ one last week.  And, Now we are in December; the month of holidays, extra activities, and a general rushing around.  I’ve already had my two favorite activities coincide like a train wreck for a December party on the same night / time – ugh.

Ah, to the question of the hour – Is having a Facebook Fan page worthwhile for your business? Will it add value to your business and how can it help?  I’ve been reading lately quite a few news articles and blogs about this.  Many folks seem to feel that a Fan Page for a small business, or self employed company / individual is not of value.  Some of the facts I’ve heard are:

  • Fan pages are essentially for Rock, Country, Music Super stars
  • Fan pages traditionally have been created for big name labels like Red, Macy’s
  • A good deal of Fan pages now have less than 100 fans

Ok – I have to disagree.  I am a new Virtual Assistant;  just been on this journey for about 3 months now, but I just think these peeps are wrong.  Here’s my data –

  • Emarketer – July, 2009,  said “81% of executives feel Social Media sites enhance their brand and build lasting relationships”  51% of businesses are Not using Social Media, as they just don’t know howOk, but 49% Are using Social Media!
  • Companies like Ford, IBM, and others long ago hired Social Media experts to assist them
  • If your business has a Facebook Fan page, then when someone does a Google search, the Fan page information appears (oooh, aww, like magic 🙂

Personally, my friends, I think the most important reason is that from all that I can gather – Facebook has 300 million active users worldwide – Wow.  That is just too many folks to ignore.

What about those that have less than 100 fans – I say “So, that is 100 x all of their friends x all of their friends” .   If someone knows your business and trusts you, then before you know it they will recommend you.  This is Why you have a Facebook Fan page for your company, but ya know, it’s just my opinion

So do you or your company fall into the “I don’t know how to create or maintain Social Media accounts – or the I don’t have time” .  I have excellent news for you!  There are awesome folks out there that will help you with this.  We are called Virtual Assistants.  We can figure out all the special things that you need to know to create Facebook Fan Pages for your business.  We are here to help your business.  My company, TKM Virtual Services, provides an array of services to help you to focus on the actual product or service of your business.

What do you think? To me as a Virtual Assistant, that is the most important issue – What do You think about Facebook Fan Pages? ?  – – Anita —