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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Hemingway Editor

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Hemingway Editor, a proofreading tool which clears your copy of all unnecessary copy.

Just paste your text into the editor and you’ll get an analysis that highlights lengthy, complex sentences, adverbs, passive voice, and common errors.

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How Gens X, Y and Z Consume Video Content

As  I reported in a recent post, people around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTube’s content every single day.  But who is watching what? This infographic from Adweek helpfully breaks down how much Gens X, Y and Z watches video content on YouTube, as well as what types of videos they like to watch.

Unsurprisingly, younger respondents to the survey were more likely to visit YouTube on a daily basis, while 4  percent of Gen X (34 and 54-years-old) respondents indicated they don’t use the platform at all.

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When it comes to the type of video most watched by each generation, the breakdown  is as follows:

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Whichever demographic you’re looking to market to, YouTube is a valuable channel. For maximum impact, use these findings to understand just how your target age group interacts with the video-sharing platform.

Related Reading: YouTube: A Missed Opportunity For Patient Education 

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YouTube: A Missed Opportunity For Patient Education

Last month YouTube announced on its blog that it has hit a milestone – people around the world are now watching a billion hours of YouTube’s content every single day.  That’s  a huge amount of time spent watching diverse content on the channel.  Here are some more staggering stats to consider.

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YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world with added SEO potential due to its Google connection. YouTube also has live-streaming options and social tools, which it’s expanding as it works to keep in line with evolving consumer trends.

Mobile devices now account for 70% of all time spent on YouTube by adults in the US, according to recent research from comScore. Audience reach is bigger on mobile than on desktop for 99 of the top 100 YouTube channels in the United States.

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Mobile viewing is especially popular with younger adults (age 18-34) and women, the analysis found. YouTube mobile viewers tend to watch shorter-form videos than desktop viewers do. However, mobile viewers watch nearly three times as many videos per month, on average.

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As a form of patient education and health promotion, YouTube has great potential but recent studies show it is not being used to its full potential. A 2013 study which examined the effectiveness of YouTube as a source of medical information on heart transplantation found it time-consuming  to find high-quality videos and recommended that more authoritative videos by trusted sources should be posted for dissemination of reliable information. Similarly a 2015 study found that in YouTube videos related to skin cancer, there was a missed opportunity for cancer prevention and control.

These findings notwithstanding, there are some good examples of medical organizations who are already using YouTube to communicate health information. Mayo Clinic in particular stands out, with 50,917 subscribers to its channel and over 31,000,000 video views. 

If you don’t already have a YouTube channel for your practice, perhaps now is the time to consider it. Check out this article by Sendible which has some useful tips on how to optimise your YouTube channel for success.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Picovico

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week I’ve been having fun trying out Picovico, an online tool which converts your photos into videos. There are three different pricing structures – for now, I’ve gone with the free option to test things out – this comes with water-marked logo and a lower resolution, but it gives you an idea of how it works. Here’s a link to the video I created to show you. It was a really quick and simple process.

Try it out and let me know how it works for you!

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Create Screencasts With Quick Cast

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I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Quick Cast, an ios app to help you make quick 3 minute screencast videos.

Once installed, it’s easy to record. Simply select the QuickCast logo in your toolbar and then click record. You’ll get a 5 second count-in. The app allows you to record for up to three minutes and you can even talk, so it’s a great tool if you want to make a guide or a tutorial. The QuickCast icon will indicate how much time you have left and you can preview or re-record.

Your recordings can be saved directly to your device and/or you can share them online through the QuickCast portal. You can also embed them into blog posts and webpages  using a unique URL and embed code for your own site.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Text Readability Consensus Calculator

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week.

This week’s cool tool recommendation is the Text Readability Consensus Calculator. It takes a sample of your writing and calculates the number of sentences, words, syllables, and characters. It then takes the output of these numbers and plugs them into 7 popular readability formulas to help you find out the reading level and grade level of your materials and help you to determine if your audience can read what you have written.

Here’s what happened when I plugged the above paragraph into the tool.

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And the result

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So I come out with a difficult to read score – ironic given that I took much of the text from the description of the tool pasted on the website! That aside, it’s a good reminder to us to write more clear, accessible, and understandable copy when we write for a general audience.

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Monday Morning Cool Tool: Adobe Spark

I love learning about new tools to make social media marketing more creative and effective, so I’ve decided to share some of my favourite tools with you at the start of each week. This week’s cool tool recommendation is Adobe Spark, a free suite of apps which allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos.

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It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video.

  1. Spark Post is aimed at letting you create professional graphics in minutes.
  2. Spark Page is focused on helping you craft web stories. That means you can use it for things like magazine-style travel stories, photo albums, online newsletters, reports, or anything else that you want to present on the web. It’s basically a simplified web editing platform, with tools that let you mix text and imagery in a highly visual way.
  3. Spark Video lets you create animated videos. Note, this isn’t a tool for filming content – instead, you combine text, images, icons and themes in a presentation, then speak your voice over the story in order to create the video.

Here’s how I used  Spark Post to create a quick and easy quote graphic for Instagram:

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Top Design Tip!

Follow CoSchedule‘s best design practice to create even better graphics.

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How Should You Handle Social Media Trolls?

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One of the questions put most frequently to me when I speak to healthcare professionals is how to handle trolling on social media. It’s an important question. How do you decide when to ban someone from your social media accounts?

I covered the question of how to deal with trolls in a keynote presentation I gave this week. I drew on solid advice from Matthew Katz MD and his tutorial on dealing with Trolls, Malware and Spam.

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Let’s define what we mean by trolling. Dr Katz begins with a reality check.

  • Trolls are not people who disagree with you.
  • Expect debate on Twitter.
  • Be open to being wrong.
  • When conversations get heated and emotional, show respect so you aren’t considered the troll

He goes on to define the different types of trolls we might encounter online.

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And provides sensible advice for dealing with trolling behaviour.

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As I was writing this post today, I came across an article on this same topic at Social Times. It cautions against blocking or banning negative comments too readily, which echoes Dr Katz’s reality check – don’t label everyone who disagrees or complains as a troll.

Comments on Facebook or Instagram should not be removed if they refer to genuine customer-service issues. While this advice is based on patience and understanding through communication and conversation, it does not apply to persistent trolls and those intent upon abusing you/ You do not have to show “tolerance” for this kind of discourse, and you are within your rights to remove inflammatory or profane content and ban or block those who perpetuate its spread. The article points to the need for organisations to have social media guidelines in place to discourage harassment and trolling, and then take action against those in violation of those guidelines.

Tip If you don’t already have a social media policy in place, create one right away which details the kind of comments you will allow (for example, no racist or abusive comments).  Post your policy in a visible place on your social channels or share a link to a blog post on the subject.

Not sure whether to ban or block trolls? Dr Katz has some pointers for you.

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I’ve had my fair share of criticism online but thankfully I haven’t yet had to deal with any trolls. I am aware though of how nasty things can turn online and it pains me to see this darker side of social media.  The best piece of advice I’ve ever read is quite simply “Don’t Feed The Trolls”. Trolls want attention.  Simply ignoring a troll could be your best tactic  – according to the Pew Research Center, 60% of respondents opted to ignore online harassment.

Have you had to deal with social media trolls? How have you handled it? Please share your tips and thoughts in the comments below. 

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