Kathy Sipple: Social Media Tips For Business


10 Ways Your Business Can Use Social Media
This is the slideshow from my presentation at the B2B Networking Expo last night in Schererville, Indiana.


Look Who’s Talking: Reputation Management with Social Media

I usually like to focus on the up-side of social media marketing for business. After all–it’s free, not too difficult to learn and manage with proper training and a great way to build and maintain relationships with customers. So what’s the “other” side? Reputation management. In a nutshell, businesses need to think about what they could be losing by refusing to participate effectively in social media. I have a bit of bad news for those businesses–just because you decide you don’t have the time or inclination to participate in social media doesn’t mean negative comments and conversations aren’t Continue reading



Social Media as Social Lubricant?

I began thinking about how Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn have changed the nature of the networking events I attend. Curious whether others had already commented on this phenomenon, I tried Googling a few related words and stumbled onto a post from the Chicago Tribune that said, “Just as beer is a social lubricant in real life, Twitter and Facebook are social lubricants Continue reading



No Reservations?

I stumbled onto this blog post today about Kristie Lu Stout, an anchor on CNN and mother of a 7-month old, reserving the URL, Twitter ID and Gmail account for her infant child. Talk about forward thinking!

A lot of people I encounter are interested in social media, but have some concerns about jumping in. What reservations, if any, do you have about social media? Some of the common objections I hear are: Continue reading



Speak the Local Language

When I teach my social media classes, I tell students that each social networking site has different customs and expectations. Different types of conversations are going on in each place, depending on who is there and what they want to accomplish. I find metaphors helpful to explain…

LinkedIn is a little like an executive cocktail party. It’s pretty much all business all the time. People who are on this site are there for the most part to form business connections, period. And you better like blue, because that’s what your profile will look like. Don’t expect to find fancy “skins” that allow you to have a Continue reading



Your Digital Marketing Strategy: What Do St. Bernard Puppies And Gardening Have To Do With I

Last week I met with a group of real estate agents hungry for information on social media marketing. Besides just learning about it, they were curious to know “how much time is this going to take?” and “what return will I get on my investment?”

An effective social media program does require some time. It’s not a magic machine that you set up once and forget about. By definition, that form of media would not be very social or interactive, which are two of the things that make social media marketing such a potentially effective vehicle for connecting with other people.

The social media marketing tools I showed are free. That doesn’t mean that they come without “cost” Continue reading



March Tweetup Re-Cap

Thanks to all who turned out for the 2nd Northwest Indiana Tweetup (#nwitweetup) at Coladas Pizza in Valparaiso last night. Thanks also to Coladas Pizza for providing us with the flower leis (a big hit!) and the complimentary munchies. Those little bread bubbles are highly addictive…and go very well with beer, as it turns out.

Thanks also to Pat and Jerry Yocom from Lake Effect Embroidery (@LE_Embroidery) who donated two more #nwitweetup ball caps. Leanne Hoagland Smith (@coachlee) won the first one and Dave Continue reading