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5 Useful Tips to Use Hashtags More Efficiently

5 Useful Tips to Use Hashtags More Efficiently

Twitter came into existence because of four nerdy dudes who were getting annoyed with Facebook statuses that could only be shared with friends. Therefore, they decided to build a site where people could post statuses and everyone could view them. And today, Twitter has changed our lives forever.

Well, not really, but kind of … I think … in a weird way.

Many of us use Twitter on different gadgets, and very well know one thing that has come from it: the hashtag. Whether you use it or not, it is here to stay – at least for now. It’s time for you all to utilize this powerful tool and give hashtags the respect they deserve: they aren’t just for fun! Hashtags have become the only way to organize feeds of information on social networks to make sense of the data and content we create. They help you to find unique and high-quality content on any topic that is updated and easily accessible.

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Individuals and companies are also using social media marketing services like digital firefly, to create and implement social media plans to amplify brand presence across various media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest. Hashtags are a prevailing way to give your content more strength and make yourself discoverable.

If you want to maximize your social efforts, master the art of using hashtags with these five useful tips.

1. Choose the right words

The main purpose of hashtags is to organize content and make it discoverable. For example, if someone wants to find news about their favorite cricket team, they’ll probably search for #Cricket rather than #ICC or #score.

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Hashtags are usually very focused, meaning always hashtag simple and frequently used words in order to send the most effective message.

2. Use them sparingly

Hashtags aren’t meant to be used for every word in your post. Putting a hashtag in front of every second word reduces your audience’s ability to read your content and can also look spammy. Always make sure your content uses no more than three hashtags. Well-crafted and sparingly used hashtags can help increase your visibility and even improve customer relations for businesses. The more sparingly hashtags are used, the more your followers will be interacting with you via social media. Hashtags are just like calls-to-action, they’re more real and attractive when used in a controlled manner.

3. Be trendy and selective

Trending topics are great way to join an active conversation. Don’t participate in trending topics that have no links to you, but join a hashtag that’s relevant. Trending topics are a great way to reach engaged and passionate users, but you also need to be more selective with your hashtags. Try to put your content in less competitive feeds. Rather than trying to compete with practically the entire world by using #Blogging, try something less competitive: something like #ProBlogging or #BeautyBlogging.

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4. Be consistent and up to date

It doesn’t really matter where you put your hashtags (before links or after links, #Caps or no #caps), just keep it consistent. Hashtags can become chat rooms, where people meet for a certain amount of time and talk to each other through a certain hashtag.

Another great way to utilize hashtags is to start live tweeting something. Whether it’s something like the #Olympics or a smaller event, live tweeting an event is a great way to boost your reach.

5. Select related keywords

Twitter, Google+, Instagram and even Facebook connect all posts, discussions and debates using hashtags. If someone is searching for information, your hashtags can help convey messages to people. Using industry or brand-related keywords can also help you to grab people’s attention even if they are not following your hashtag conversation. This is commonly used by marketers who create brand-related hashtags by selecting the right keywords.

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Effective communication is a must for everyone and when it comes to brand management, you just cannot ignore hashtags. Use them sparingly and wisely and start sending the right message with the power of the hashtag!

Have any tips of your own? Leave your comments below!

Featured photo credit: Cubicle Sherpa via flickr.com

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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