Category Archives: Social marketing

Why be positive? Why I started daily #Motivation memes

Monday through Friday on Facebook, I post a daily “Motivation,” a positive, inspirational message. Many people have responded to it “positively,” and I get quite a few thank yous and shares. I’m happy when a message I’ve posted helps somebody, … Continue reading

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How you can use MailChimp star ratings for newsletter subscriber maintenance

Did you ever notice that MailChimp gives your newsletter subscribers a star rating? The stars rank your subscribers according to their engagement with your newsletter. The higher the rating, the more engaged they are. 1 star is a negative rating. … Continue reading

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30+ Instagram hashtags for authors to promote their books

You think Instagram is about photos? Wrong! It’s all about the hashtag. If you want to draw followers and enhance your visibility on Instagram you have to use hashtags. Here is an alphabetized list of the most common ones for … Continue reading

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Instagram hashtags for #booklovers & #readers plus a #giveaway

To connect with like-minded people or to attract like-minded people, on Instragram, it’s all about the #hashtag. To get more traffic, you need to tag your photograms. If you love books and reading, here are some popular Instagram hastags you … Continue reading

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My most popular writing blogs of 2016

I blog, therefore, I am. I like blogging. It’s me. As a kid, I kept a diary. I was “opinion editor” of my college newspaper. I wrote a weekly column when I worked as a newspaper reporter. I was born … Continue reading

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Things they don’t tell you about being an author…#writetip

I’ve been writing for more than twenty-five years and have been published since 2009 (twenty-seven or so titles). I had 15 books published by four  epublishers before going Indie in 2014. As an indie, I’ve published another dozen or so … Continue reading

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I’m on Instagram, are you? #AuthorsofInstagram

Recently, I joined Instagram and have begun uploading photos from my cell phone. It’s amazing how fun it is.  If you’d like like to see snapshots of my life, come follow me at carabristol. Instagram is kind of Pinterest, except … Continue reading

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Is blogging dying? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Is blogging dying out? Are people deserting their blogs for Instagram? For Facebook? In updating my blogroll and scheduling a blog tour f I discovered a lot of inactive blogs. Some blogsI I visited had been removed, others hadn’t been updated … Continue reading

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Important info for Cara Bristol newsletter subscribers

Do you subscribe to my author newsletter? Have you looked at it? Before long, I will have to pay for my MailChimp newsletter service based on the number of subscribers, so I will begin removing inactive subscribers from the list. … Continue reading

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For authors: 10 tips to get the most out of your ‘snippet hop’

A“snippet hop,” is an online event in which authors present short (6-10 sentences) excerpts from their books and visitors go from one blog to the next to read and comment.  I estimate I have visited thousands of snippet blog posts … Continue reading

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