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Friday
Mar302012

Is your Facebook Page Ready? Bonus Infographic to help you with the New Images

Today’s the day!  Your Facebook Business Page is changing.  Are you Ready?   See some Key Resources below followed by a great Infographic showing the changes and image information for your new page.  Be sure to take a look at info about our new Social Media Coaching program as well.  Happy Timeline-ing!!

Key Resources:

WedBiz Facebook Tip Sheet {Download pdf}

WedBiz How-to Video {via WedBiz Channel on YouTube}

Facebook Pages Product Guide {Download pdf}

WedBiz Social Media Coach {Pre-register here for new coaching program}

What Every Business Needs to Know about the new Facebook Timeline {Forbes.com}

 

Wednesday
Mar282012

Are you Ready? Your Facebook Page is changing this week - Get Help from WedBiz Social Media Coach!

Here’s a great sneak peek of our new WedBiz Social Media Coaching program with how-to videos, tip sheets, Q&A forums and more.  Below find our WedBiz Coaching tips to help you convert your Facebook Page to timeline format.

 

Are you Ready?

Facebook has changed the Pages format again and added some great updates to help connect with your fans.

March 30 is the deadline to change your page (or they’ll change it for you!).  Are you Ready?

Use this Tip Sheet and the Checklist {below} to get ready and make your page a great source for marketing your wedding business.

WedBiz Social Media Coach gives you the essential Checklist for updating your page and learning the key points about the new Facebook Pages Features in 20 minutes or less.  Learn more about WedBiz Social Media Coach HERE.

 

  1. Download the Tip Sheet and Review the Facebook Pages Overview Sheets from Facebook.com {pages 2 and 3 of the Tip Sheet HERE}
  2. Create or locate the photo you’ll want to use for your Cover Image – this is a prominent, horizontal image, 851x315 pixels.  (NOTE: your page profile photos will cover part of the bottom left hand corner of this image)
  3. Watch the WedBiz How-To video here: http://youtu.be/01DoANJSRj4
  4. Read about the other Features in the Facebook Pages Product Guide such as “Pinned Posts” to learn how to highlight your important posts and “Milestones” to add important notes about your Company History.
  5. Sign-up for WedBiz Social Media Coach program to stay up on all future updates and all things social media marketing for your wedding business.  Pre-register here for notification of availability:  http://www.wedthemagazine.com/socialmediacoach/

Key Resources:

WedBiz Facebook Tip Sheet {Download pdf}

WedBiz How-to Video {via WedBiz Channel on YouTube}

Facebook Pages Product Guide {Download pdf}

WedBiz Social Media Coach {Pre-register here for new coaching program}

Friday
Mar232012

5 Interesting Pinterest Marketing Campaigns {from Mashable.com}

Here are some really creative ideas for marketing on Pinterest.  Read the full article on Mashable.com.

5 Interesting Pinterest Marketing Campaigns

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Pinterest is so new that a lot of major brands still don’t know what to make of it. However, there are a few outliers who have found creative ways to exploit the potential of the new social media destination.

As the following list shows, there are many ways to do this. One marketer made a puzzle out of Pinterest’s picture-heavy design. Another noted what people were pinning on Pinterest and sent them real-life gifts based on those pins.

 

If you’re a marketer looking to do something creative with Pinterest, we hope these will inspire you. If you know of any other interesting Pinterest campaigns, please let us know in the comments.

See all 5 and read the full article HERE on Mashable.com.

Monday
Mar192012

{Attention Virginia Wedding Professionals} Illuminate the Workshop coming to Richmond, March 27

Don’t miss this Workshop specifically designed with YOU, the wedding professional, in mind.  Hear from a series of experts about relevant topics that will get you ahead in today’s competitive market.

Topics will include:

The 12 Changes You Can Make Today to Book More Brides
Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy, Wedding Planner and Author, Dublin, Ireland

Surviving the “Big One:” Making a Mistake with a Bride and Living to Tell the Tale
Mita Moody, Response Solutions Now

Through the Looking Glass: Building Your Wedding Reputation
Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting

The early bird rate is only available through March 1, so don’t delay!
Admission includes seminar, breakfast and parking.


For those who would like the opportunity to sit down with Bláithín and talk more about her experiences overseas, we will be offering ten tickets to a VIP lunch at Richmond Country Club immediately following the workshop.

 

 

Richmond Country Club

 

12950 Patterson Avenue

 

Richmond, VA 23238

 

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)

 

{Get your tickets HERE}

 

 


About our Speakers

 Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy, Wedding Planner and Author

Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy is a Wedding Consultant & Author with over 8 years’ experience in the Wedding Industry. Until 2009 she ran the successful wedding consultancy Distinctive Weddings, under which she wrote her first wedding book Distinctive Weddings: Tying the Knot without the Rope Burns.  She now divides her time between a select number of Wedding Planning Clients, lecturing to Event Management & PR students, writing the successful blog, Wedding High, travelling in Ireland and Abroad on speaking engagements and on her latest project; ‘The Book More Brides Program’ which is aimed at helping Wedding Professionals do just that! Bláithín is regularly quoted and featured in the media around the world, most notably on E! Online and the bestselling book ‘How to Start Your Own Business’ by Robert Ashton.
 
Meghan Ely, Owner, OFD Consulting LLC

OFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of marketing, public relations and the wedding industry to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights.

Meghan is a regular contributor to national weddng marketing journal WedLock Magazine as well as The Wedding Planner Magazine. She co-authors a monthly column for brides in the Richmond Times Dispatch - Wedology 101: The Realities of Being a Bride, and shares wedding business tips in her own blog - Illuminate: Tips, Tricks and Bright Ideas for the Wedding Professional.

Meghan is a sought-after speaker on a broad range of wedding marketing and wedding PR topics at industry events and conferences. She served as the charter Marketing Director for the Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) and is a proud member of the Association of Bridal Consultants.  Meghan was recently honored as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by Style Weekly Magazine.

Mita Moody, Owner, Response Solutions Services
 Mita Moody is the owner and founder of RSVP guest!,  a guest tracking service started in 2008, that allows organizers and brides to stay in budget by knowing who is attending their event. Mita boasts over 20 years of experience in the entertainment and customer service training field.
 In combination with her wedding/event services, Mita branched out into the corporate side creating Response Solutions, an event/trade show follow up service, allowing organizations to track their clients that have interest in their service, as well as improve company services with regular call-backs. Mita never thought her college filler classes in business and marketing would become her career, rather than her formal track of education as a marine biologist, but she is thrilled at where her career has taken her.
Mita’s motto and passion is “If you are not in front of your customer… someone else is….” and “be a part of that bride’s budget” RSVP guest! has enjoyed recent press in  local wedding magazines as well as WTVR CBS 6 “Virginia This Morning”.

 

Friday
Mar162012

{Attention Miami Wedding Pros} Elite Bridal Network at The Four Seasons March 22

Join Elite Bridal Network at The Four Seasons Hotel Miami for a night of Bollywood glam and networking produced by Twenty7Events, Thursday, March 22.

We are thrilled to be back at this gorgeous property for our 3rd year! If you haven’t been there this is a must on your to do list. If you have, well then you know this is an event not to be missed!

Social Media Lounge Contest … enter to win dinner for two or brunch for two by tweeting the night away! You will be given the HASHTAG before event!

You must bring plenty of business cards!  Tickets are $20 and Valet is $10 per car.  Get your ticket on EventBrite HERE.

Sponsors

Four Seasons Hotel Miami

Twenty7 Events

NEOART Photography

Henna Party

Taj Tents

The South Beach Photo Booth Company

Anand Decor

Rupees Sarees Inc.

Narayani Indian Classical/Bollywood Dancer

Sasha’s Bridal Boutique

Chez Badeaux

Bollywood DJ’s

Always Flowers

Swank AV

Madra’s Café

Contempo Linens

Ana Paz Cakes

Stay tuned for more sponsors …

For more about Elite Bridal Network, visit: www.elitebridalnetwork.com