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Looking for Free Stock Photos for Social Media?

Jan 24, 2017   //   by Raylene   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Looking for Free Stock Photos for Social Media?

Awesome images can help to increase engagement on social media and on your website.

But where does one find stock photos to use LEGALLY?


Please do not just do a Google image search and use the images you find there. Even if it’s ‘just’ a quote image, SOMEONE made it, and the copyright belongs to that person. Using it without their permission constitutes copyright infringement.

We have a few sources of free stock photos we like to use. Read more >>

115 Cool Social Media Facts [Infographic]

Nov 18, 2016   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Personal Social Media, Social Media for Business  //  Comments Off on 115 Cool Social Media Facts [Infographic]

Did you know that:

58% of adults use facebook

58% of adults use Facebook?

8796 snapchats posted every second

8,796 Snapchats are posted every second?

59% of Instagram users log on every day

59% of Instagram users log on every day?


Check out these fabulous stats and more in this extensive 115 Must Know Facts about Social Media infographic by Skilled.

115 facts about social media


Social media is very much a part of our everyday life and business. The timeline and statistics on this infographic point to how online and offline worlds are no longer separate – we’re a fully integrated internet society.

Thanks to Skilled for the stats and the huge social media facts infographic!

“Verify your Google Business Listing” phone calls

Jun 27, 2016   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Google, Lethbridge  //  Comments Off on “Verify your Google Business Listing” phone calls

press 1I just got a phone call from Texas, which began with a recorded message:

“Please press 1 to verify your Google Business Listing. Press 7 to be removed from the verification services.”


I thought to myself, “Well, that’s interesting, seeing that:

  • my Google Business Listing is already verified.
  • And it’s not connected to this number.
  • And Google doesn’t call you to verify – you have to call them…”

So I pressed 1 to see what this was about.


After a few rings, I think it was “Tim” who picked up, and said,

Hello, thank you for holding, this is Tim. Can I start your verification process with your first name, please?

ME:  “Hi Tim. I’m interested to find out why Google is calling me, because I work with Google Business listings, and Google has never called me or my clients before.”

Tim: *pause* Yes, well… We are not Google. We are a data verification service that helps businesses to be sure their listings on Google are properly verified.

ME: “Oh, I see. Well, Tim, I am a social media manager and I help businesses to set up their Google listings, so I’m pretty familiar with the process. We verify our own listings, as well as our clients’, so I think we’re OK here.” Read more >>

Why did 115k people watch the BuzzFeed Talcum Powder Balloon video?

Jun 24, 2016   //   by Raylene   //   Blog, Facebook  //  Comments Off on Why did 115k people watch the BuzzFeed Talcum Powder Balloon video?

BuzzFeed Talcum Powder Balloon Video (Facebook LIVE)

So this happened today, and I watched it as it was unfolding:

BuzzFeed was on Facebook Live, trying to pop a huge balloon filled with talcum powder.


I watched The Talcum Powder Balloon video from about 1/2 way through the balloon filling.  I just saw it in my news feed while scrolling (as you do) and was intrigued enough to stop and watch.

When I started watching, there were only (yah, ‘only’) a few thousand people viewing the video live, and the balloon was a LONG way from popping.

When the balloon finally popped, there were something like 115,000 people watching!!!!!


Waiting (and waiting…) for the balloon to pop

Several times throughout the live video, my daughter (who was watching with me) and I mused about why we were watching the video.  A few minutes later, we wondered, out loud and with no good answers, why were STILL watching the video, even though the balloon still had not popped.   Read more >>


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