December 17, 2010

Follow Friday – Scott Dawson

Filed under: Social Media,Twitter — webtechbc @ 12:00 am

Today’s Follow Friday profile is for Scott Dawson of Paragon Pacific Mortgages. Scott is a mortgage specialist that offers personalized service. He uses social media to promote his work on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. He’s an example of using multiple Social Media platforms effectively to attract customers.

Scott Dawson - Paragon Pacific MortgagesHow did you get started?

I signed up for Twitter in March 2009 but didn’t really tweet much at the beginning. I didn’t really “get it” at first. It has just been in the last year that I really started to follow more people I was interested in and use Twitter as more of a dialogue with my followers.

What is your social media strategy?

My social media strategy is just to engage and interact daily with my followers and people that I have built a relationship with. I do my best to answer questions people may have or put them into contact with people I know will. I also make an effort to meet at least one of my twitter followers in person for coffee each week. The power of social media comes from taking the online, offline.

What’s your favorite topic to tweet about?

I can’t say I have a favorite topic to tweet about. Although I am a mortgage broker, I try to keep the business tweets to a minimum and just try to engage. If someone asks a question about mortgages I’ll answer, but I’m also just as likely to help someone find a place to go for dinner or pick out a bottle of wine than talk business all the time.

What’s your favorite topic to blog about?

Well, in this case I’m all business. I have a blog on my website really centers around mortgages and real estate in Vancouver. I do also blog a fair bit about social media, marketing, and how I use technology in my business. I also have a YouTube channel and have begun video blogging.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?

For social media I recommend that you follow anyone in your business and complimentary businesses. Also follow people that have the same hobbies and interests as you. If you both have something in common you will be more likely to interact.

Do you own a business?

If so tell us about it.

I am a mortgage broker with Verico Paragon Pacific Mortgages. As a mobile mortgage broker I meet many great clients throughout the Lower Mainland.

What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?

Most people who follow me on Twitter will learn quite quickly that I am an avid golfer and take any chance I get when the weather is good to hit the course first thing in the morning. Fine wine and cars are also another one of my passions, although not at the same time. :)

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October 22, 2010

Follow Friday Blogger Profile

Filed under: Social Media,Twitter — webtechbc @ 10:49 pm

Follow Friday #FF blogger profile

I’m trying something new with @webtechbc. Instead of doing a standard #FF or #FollowFriday, I’m doing a blogger profile. I’ll also post in on twitter. Follow Fridays are great but when you group them all together it defeats the purpose. What I’m doing is nothing new, but I’ll be blogging about Vancouver area Social Media people & trying to keep it unique.

This Weeks profile is on Bob Songs. Bob is a song writer in the lower mainland who tries to share his social media knowledge with other musicians. He’s also a big Canucks fan & I know him from the hashtag #canucks.

Bob Gray
Twitter: @bobsongs
Twitter: @nucksbob

Here are a few of the questions I asked Bob and his answers.

How long have you been blogging & tweeting?

Started Blogging in September 2009, but have been writing and songwriting as long as I can remember. Started Tweeting March 2009

How did you get started?

Had a website with my songs on it, for a few years, but no one ever went there, so thought talking about musicians, songwriting and Social Media for musicians would create some traffic. However, I had a hard time “keeping to the message”, so I’ve recently split my Blog into two parts… The Music Blog: and everything else: (Rants, Op Ed, Stupid Bob, drunk cat, etc…)

What is your social media strategy?

Try to put the BobSongs brand out there, if somebody likes my songs… wonderful ! If not, I’m having a great time, having “conversations” on Twitter, connecting through Facebook, loving writing on my Blogs. As a bonus, if I can try to help other songwriters and musicians to use Social Media better… so much the better !!!

Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?

I had to create a separate account to “manage” and “control” my Hockey Tweets (Follow me at @NucksBob, but ONLY if you are an NHL Hockey fan.) Had more than a few @BobSongs Tweeps gently tell me that I was clogging their Twitter stream with #Canucks and #TeamCanada Hockey chatter.

Whats your favorite topic to blog about?

Part of the reason I had to split my Blog up, was because I was writing about so MANY different and varied topics. If I had to pick one topic, I would say the recurring topic of Social Media for Musicians & Songwriters.

Do you have any advice for those new to social media?

1) A combo of: “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression” tied in with “People judge a book by its cover”… means: fill in your bio, location, and post a picture.

2) It is called SOCIAL media, because you are SUPPOSED to have conversations. SM is like a cocktail party… don’t be a wallflower… get off the wall, and talk to someone new. THEN… Do it again… and again… and again…

If you would like to be profiled on my website next Friday leave a comment below. Ideally you live in the lower mainland and have both a blog and twitter profile.

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