The Best Of The Web 16.11.13


Happy Saturday Everyone! It’s Mrs Queen Bee here taking the reigns this week! (That’s Clair for those of you who don’t know me!!)

Smack bang in the middle of November 2013 comes this week’s round up, and what a mighty week its been!  where has this year gone already! I can’t believe its heading into the holiday season, and the infamous “holidays are coming” from Coca-Cola is already on our screens!

So this week each of the Bee’s have been busy working on individual and group work (we had a successful team meeting via google hangout the other night – thrashing out more “HIVE” related stuff!)

So what’s tickled our fancy this week on the world wide web?

5 Ways To Ditch The Press Release & Reach Your Audience 

This article is over at one of my favourite social media places on the web Social Media Today, and written by Maggie Patterson.

It’s a really neat piece about how you can “repurpose” the traditional “Press Release” that invariably people have for their businesses and bring it in line and current in today’s web 2.0 world, so that will resonate with your audience.

With 5 great examples of how you can do so, and make your press release seen by the people who matter. Press releases are important for increasing your brand awareness and helping your public relations (PR). But if nobody sees your release, you won’t get very far. You need to distribute it effectively to get your story picked up by national newspapers, magazines, or blogs. NewswireJet is one of the best press release distribution services that for your news.

What Twitter’s New Rich Text Media Update Means For Your Business

It’s been a great week for content over at Social Media Today, with this post being written by Stephanie Frasco

Have you noticed a difference in your Twitter home feed? I certainly have, now with media being displayed in rich text format rather than third party links!

It certainly looks a lot prettier, but what does this mean for you as a business moving forwards? Stephanie touches on some great points with images and video and how it raises engagement with your customers and prospects.

How To Get Motivated To Write For Your Blog 

Because we all need a little motivation to work on our own stuff every now and then, none more so important than your own blog.

Daily Blog Tips is a firm favourite inside Bee HQ, a serious authority site that is forever sharing and helping bloggers of all kinds do better.

In this article DBT shares 5 really important tips to help you raise your own motivation levels – coming up with ideas in advance, planning your post before writing, set a timer, getting yourself into the right frame of mind, and lastly not worrying about the spelling and the grammar.

So, if like me (sometimes) you need a little kick to get going then check this post out!

Jamal Edwards – Amateur Film Maker Turned Millionaire 

This post was put forward by Matt this week, and I am really glad he did! Jamal Edwards is friends with a lot of my own personal group of friends, and he has made a big mark in the business world and a great name for himself, and is still only aged 23.

Starting out by creating videos and uploading them to Youtube Jamal, owner of SBTV has built himself an empire that most of your average business owners can only aspire to, even at the end of their working lives.

His story is inspirational and is proof that if you can “crack” online success then you really can change your life.

Read this article – it will motivate you.

3 Simple Email Marketing Tips That Are Often Overlooked

We have another fantastic post from Pro Blogging Success which is touching on some email marketing tips. People get so involved in email marketing campaigns and ensuring design is right, and its getting delivered to the right people, they often overlook / forget some simple yet, important points, which actually are very valid and count towards the success of an email marketing campaign

Jane Sheeba , owner of the site writes this article and actually points out the obvious, so to speak – testing your campaign before you start, make the emails personal, keep your opening texts short and sweet – like the excerpts, headlines, etc, be honest AND realistic, and ALWAYS give the option to unsubscribe.

This is worth a read if you are involved in email marketing in any way at all.

“Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)

This post was submitted by John this week and is written by Tim Ferriss of The 4 Hour Working Week, the title itself is pretty cool – yet don’t be fooled by thinking “I’m none of those, so this post isn’t for me”

It gives an overview of what he’s accomplished, and also his very own 8 step process to being consistently productive (imagine that!!) and its having something like that in place that let him hit some real milestones in his personal/work life.

I think we can all do with help on being more productive, so this post is a must read!

A Veteran Died With Nobody To Attend His Funeral – What Happened Next Was Incredibly Moving 

This post really is the power of Social Media at it’s best!

Remembrance day has just been and gone again, and one Harold Jellicoe Percival died age 99 years old. He served in World War II and as he had no family to attend his funeral his obituary ended up on the internet, and thanks to Social Media it went viral.

This post written by Tom Phillips over at Buzzfeed pictures the story, which lead to over hundreds of people turning up to pay their last respects to a man who fought for his country and give us the freedom we have today.

A very touching story indeed (it actually puts a lump in my throat when I read about it)

Great Ad Copy: How To Outsmart A Millionaire

A great friend of the Bee HQ wrote this excellent post, Eugene Farber – and with a very clever heading you instantly want to go in and read this post! Which kind of is the point of this article I guess.

Copy writing is a skill, and Eugene takes a look at a great advert and dissects it for you to understand why the ad is so great and the elements that have been involved in this particular advert’s writing process.

Having read this myself I came away from it with some very clear insight about appealing to the nature of my own customers.

Are You Holding Back From Taking Action? Here’s How To Get Moving

This post was put forward by Mizan this week, and what a valid and clever post this one is! Daily Blog Tips again, only this time with a really actionable post to help those people who “know what they want to do” but can’t seem to get off the starting block.

Most of the time the problem is internal, ie – from you, you are the reason things don’t happen – sometimes we don’t even realise this, and this post gives a few basic examples of that, and how you can overcome those, so you can really start building the foundations to get where you want to be.

Infographic: Everything You Need To Know About Facebook Privacy

Big fans of Infographics here, and when I saw this one over at I knew I wanted to share it.

Privacy is kind of a big deal for Facebook users, and the amount of data in this post is staggering. Justin Lafferty has compiled this post to help YOU manage the privacy and security of your account.

If it’s a worry for you, then this post is most definitely for you!

Ok so you have got to the bottom of the list and now it is time for our fun wildcard article.

Twins Were Born, But They Haven’t Realised That ….. 

Finishing off this week is a BEAUTIFUL video link, it’s been doing the rounds on social networking sites, so apologies if you’ve seen it, but in this incredible video you get to see a pair of twins who aren’t aware they have been born.

Life is an incredible thing, and this epitomises that, and also shows you exactly how strong a bond lies between them – a real insight to their connection!

Thanks for allowing me to write this for you this week! It’s been big fun taking charge and reading loads of additional posts!

Be inspired!

Clair 🙂

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