Women of Google+ : Madeline Foster

Women of Google+ : Madeline Foster

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Madeline FosterFeatured G+’er : Madeline Foster

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I was invited by an old colleague named Kaspars Leines, he thought I could benefit from using Google Plus for my business. We often talk about Seo and social media stategies in our own circle.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I am building a bigger network than I have had in any other platform thus far. I like the circle features for targeting groups. This is helpful since I work in non profit, I can target donors, members and volunteers separately.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I will be using it more as I learn the extra features. I find it practicle because it links to most everything else that I do, I will be able to target specific groups for collecting donations.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I have many of them. I think people have forgotten how to be socially responsible and I am hoping that Google will be the answer to this growing concern.I think Google itself needs to be more socially responsible as well, this naming issue is setting a bad precedent and is something that I feel is unsafe for women.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I was born and raised in the Southwest area of Montreal in a suburb called Verdun. Verdun is a working class diversified community with a huge Irish population. My family has deep Irish roots in the community and it is here that I learned the value of hard work, respect and tolerance for others. Life is not something you get, it is something that you earn.

Currently, I am a professional blogger, SEO content writer, social media manager and marketer. My educational background consists of a D.E.C from Dawson College in Community Recreation and Leadership with two Associate degrees in Computer User Support and Computer Networking Concepts.

In the past two years, I have completed over five training courses and thirty webinars associated with social media, SEO and online marketing. During this time, I have written numerous blogs for numerous different companies, each with a different topic and targeted niche. I have created SEO website content, videos and well over 25 WordPress blogs and mini sites for small business.

My passion for writing began as a hobby, but has now developed into a successful online business. Two years ago, I decided to start my own free lance business, Seo-Socialmedia is the result of that effort.

They say, “An image is worth a thousand customers” and for SEO-socialmedia this means creating blogs, articles, SEO and Social Media Marketing without the use of any Black Hat tactics. It is our belief that you cannot cut corners when it comes to effective branding, social media and SEO techniques. We use only white hat SEO techniques, they may take longer to achieve, but they produce more effective long lasting results.

I believe that when I write, I create my own voice and it is that magical moment when I find that voice, the writing begins. That gives me an idea……….I have to go write, see you soon!

Here are some of my favorite blogs I have written if your curious. Happy Reading!

http://www.seo-socialmedia.net/blog-page/

http://www.examiner.com/local-heroes-in-montreal/madeline-foster

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Women of Google+ : Akvile Harlow

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Akvile HarlowFeatured G+’er : Akvile Harlow

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I heard about Google circles a few months ago before I even heard word of Google+. I was interested in knowing how these circles would evolve, tried to find more information about them to no avail, and even helped support them in a debate posted in USA Today. Then all of a sudden, Google+ appeared, someone I didn’t even know sent me an invite (thank you!), and have been on it ever since! I’m excited to see what new features will develop over time!

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Thus far it has been extremely user friendly, it is free of ads (for now at least), and I like how simple it is to group friends, family, coworkers, and people with similar interests in circles. Social media is very much about sharing, and with G+, the ease of sharing with people in different circles seems easier than ever because of how relevant it can be.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Google+ fits in perfectly to both my career and personal life. I’m enthusiastic about all things web related in general and it’s also interesting to see how the web and social media channels continuously evolve to improve the way we get our news, learn, and share with one another. Whether you use social media for work, fun, or both, it’s always interesting to see how it can impact your personal life and business strategies in new ways.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I look forward to seeing how Google+ will allow companies and brands to create a presence since they currently are not allowing them to do so. Some companies such as Mashable, Ford, Sesame Street, and even the one I work for have unfortunately been removed from G+. It will be interesting to see if they create a whole different layout for business specific pages.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I work for Search Marketing Expo / Third Door Media as their search engine and social media manager. If you’re interested in all things search engine marketing, such as SEO, PPC, or Social Media, check out our SMX conferences! If you have any questions about the expo or just want to get in touch, follow me on Twitter .

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Women of Google+ : Mary Long

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Mary LongFeatured G+’er : Mary Long

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A former colleague/good friend invited me. It was a surprise and I felt like it was Christmas in July (because I’m geeky that way).

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

The conversations are different. Sure, there are a bunch of animated gifs floating around and posts by popular folks quickly turn into a comment melee, with many of us competing for the ‘wittiest of all’ title BUT that’s not the whole story.

Unlike Facebook or LinkedIn where I limit my interactions to either entirely personal or professional (or the scattershot communications that are transmitted over Twitter), Google+ allows me to push it all out from one place. Once I’m able to link it to Twitter and Tumblr, I don’t know that I’ll ever leave. Good thing I have a comfortable chair. ;)

But best of all, it has this open environment feel to it where everyone can participate, like a real-time blog of sorts, with many, many diverse authors – or like a cohousing community where we’ve all committed to actively participating and making it work. Yes, I live near San Francisco – how did you guess?

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Well, I work for an entirely virtual legal industry PR firm so online is my office! I provide tips, resources and most of all – content! (every variety of content) – for lawyers and law firms seeking to enhance their public reputation (and brand awareness) online. I’m guessing this platform will become a powerful business development tool for both my clients and myself!

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

Yes. I want to start a weekly public speaking huddle (Toastmasters style but more freestyle, I guess) – details to follow once I know who’s in! It may sound silly but webcasting is as much of an art form as in-person speaking. Except you can wear flip flops.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

About Mary…

Promotional and creative writer focused on helping leaders in the legal industry enhance their public reputation by creating original, thought-provoking pieces to differentiate them from the pack. Leads a team of writers in the creation and revision of SEO-driven pieces, including:

  • biographies and social media profiles
  • practice and industry descriptions
  • blog content
  • white papers
  • articles

Also responsible for the tone and integrity of Jaffe PR website copy and promotional pieces. Collaborates with creative team on collateral marketing materials including brochures, newsletters, advertisements, positioning statements/tag lines and more.

Specialties

  • Crafting concise copy. Creating pieces that help law firms differentiate and capture their piece of the market.
  • Everything SEO. From understanding how it works to drafting pieces that seamlessly incorporate keywords and phrases.
  • Social media interactions. Helping lawyers and law firms establish a presence on various platforms and blogs to create business development opportunities.
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Women of Google+ : Kate Toon

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Kate ToonFeatured G+’er : Kate Toon

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A chum of mine sent me an invite. A Central Coast (NSW, Australia) orb of knowledge for all things digital, Mike Jones

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I’m still not 100% sure how I’m going to use Google+ but so far I’m enjoying connecting to different people. I use Facebook primarily for friends and family so Google+ is a good way to connect with business contacts in a more personable and meaningful way than on LinkedIn and Twitter. And like everyone else I do love dem circles!

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

At the moment, I want to use it but need to work out a Google+ strategy. I like that I can keep my work and private like much more distinct on Google+ – that’s a plus!

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I want a -1 button – It’s great to ‘like’ but ‘disliking’ is a much more powerful emotion!

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m an award-winning website, digital, SEO and advertising copywriter with over 16 years experience. I’m also a well-respected SEO consultant, Information Architect, Website developer, Strategist, Hula Hooper and CremeEgg-lover based in Sydney, Australia.

In my spare time I write plays, short stories, poems, TV scripts and am trying to finish a novel, one day, maybe.

Learn more about me at her site KateToon.com

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Women of Google+ : Lori Gama

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Lori GamaFeatured G+’er : Lori Gama

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I had applied for an invitation at Google+ invitation site then finally got in when a young man in my Twitter community invited me.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I’m seeing lots of benefits from being in Google+ …where do I begin?

One of the strategic benefits is that I can connect with VIP’s whom I admire and have promoted in other social networks. Right now, they have a few hundred people in their circles in G+ versus their 50,000 or more Twitter followers so I guess it’s like being in the elevator with them instead of the crowded room. Same for the celebrities coming on board now: you have a better chance of interacting with them now versus later when the gates are opened.

Another benefit is that I’m finding some very interesting people who are posting interesting content. Mashable called us the “technical elite.”

Another benefit: I’m growing closer to those whom I was already connected with in Twitter. Being able to write more than 140 characters helps quite a lot.

Though I haven’t tried the Hangout yet, where you can meet with people and do a video chat, I can see this feature being very useful to me for personal and professional reasons. I can see doing a coffee chat with friends there versus doing it in Skype. Google+ just feels cozier.

Google has made it so easy to keep Google+ part of my life by simply having the horizontal navigation bar always in my browser. BuddyPress originally started that trend, I think. And then WordPress started using it. It keeps Google+ always there. Facebook and Twitter had not thought of that.

But the biggest benefit is that my “Public” posts can be found in Google’s search results. You can’t do that with a Facebook profile. People are used to searching for information about products and services and people in Google. They don’t go to Facebook for that. So, Google has woven itself into my life even more tightly or maybe I’ve woven myself into Google more tightly?

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Right now it’s keeping me up late as I scour the G+ landscape for more people to connect with and more posts I can spray my “Kilroy was here” tag on.

In the coming weeks, I see myself continuing to rave about it in my other social networks (“People: you’ve GOT to check out Google+!”) and as a series of blog posts and screencasts in my blog.

I’ve already downloaded the G+ app on my Droid and enjoy the little buzz my phone makes whenever I get a new connection who’s added me to her or his circle.

Looking forward to collaborating with other entrepreneurs and co-hosted Hangouts on different topics.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

For the past five years, I’ve firmly believed that the Internet is evolving us as a human race and, as like-minded people around the world connect and collaborate, more problems are being solved, big and small. But now that I’ve become part of the Google+ network, I think we’re going to evolve even more quickly. I can’t help thinking of a Web that we’re weaving. All of our lives, our stories, photos and videos, all woven into the Web, tighter and tighter, can only make the Web stronger and stronger. Right?

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I serve entrepreneurs who want to build their business by using the tools of the Web.

I’ve been on the Internet since 1997, producing websites, doing SEO and now, for the past three years, also training entrepreneurs how to use Social Media Marketing to grow business. I think we can solve thousands of problems within a very short amount of time (sometimes just months!) by connecting people with technology and data. That’s why I’m passionate about Open Data, Gov 2.0, Open Gov and the Web itself.

Up until the late 90′s, I worked a job that really wasn’t “me” and I was quite unhappy but one day I bought a computer and discovered the Internet and my life was never the same. I taught myself HTML code and combined programming with my passion for writing and designing. I realized that businesses could profit a great deal when they had websites and when those websites could be found in Yahoo and Google. Sounds quite naive now, eh? But that’s how I transformed my life from an unhappy gal to a very happy gal. Getting ready for my next personal evolution/transformation by developing my products and programs to show people how they can build the life of their dreams by using the tools of the Web.

I would love to connect with you. You can Google my name and find tons of information about me or by me. Here are some links:

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