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social media management Chicago Indiana

social media management Chicago IndianaMore people are connecting via social media than ever before, and in many cases constantly. Establishing a social media presence is well worth it for any business, for many reasons.

Getting the Message Out

People expect to see activity when they visit your profiles, so it’s good to get into a routine of making regular posts in a timeframe they can expect. Once you develop a following, they will know when to look for your posts. Social media gets your message to them, instantly.

However, events don’t always happen on a schedule. There are times when it is critical to respond to a situation as it is happening. There’s a good chance your connections are using a social network to find details. Make use of your social profiles to give your message a chance at appearing directly in your followers’ feeds as the story unfolds.

Community Building

It’s not just a great communication system for the people you already know, but also an excellent tool for growing your audience. This, in turn, will generate more digital and physical traffic. One way this happens is through followers sharing your posts with those they are connected with on social networks. They open direct channels so anyone can be a part of the conversation regarding a specific trend or topic. Hashtags, which started on Twitter and have been adopted by other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, allow users to engage #topics that are interesting or important to them.

Lastly, a key point about social media is that it’s social, and allows companies to connect directly with potential customers. This can be beneficial for a lot of reasons. For example, customers often ask for assistance through social networks, and the company can answer them directly, more efficiently than going through traditional telecommunications methods. Favorable posts about a company can be shared (retweeted, in Twitter lingo) for free publicity. Interactive activities like live tweeting a current event or Q&A sessions where followers can engage also provide good opportunities to connect.

Let Us Assist You

Sound like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Indeed it does take up a decent amount of time to create and post social media content, to say nothing of keeping up with the direct outreach of any social media account. Let us develop and maintain an effective social media strategy and presence for you. Whether you are based in Southeast Connecticut, Northwest Indiana, greater Chicagoland or your business serves a national or international clientele; we can help to augment your current social media practices.

Mystic Waters Media Website 2015

Mystic Waters Media Website 2015Thanks for stopping to take a look at our new site. We were really eager to get some kind of update out the door for our third anniversary in business. It has been a long time coming and still needs a few issues resolved but it is live now. The site has been streamlined and updated in a number of ways.

The first thing you are likely to notice is the new imagery that has been integrated along side the service messages we have focused the site towards. These elements that accompany offerings such as social media management, website design, content development and public relations will be making their way into our print and promotional materials in addition to the digital placements.

This brings us to our second point. Mystic Waters Media is now more keenly driven to pursue this refined set of client needs. While mostly an issue of siloing what we do into palatable overviews, it is also an effort to establish a stronger identity in the industry of content creation.

Hopefully you find the site easier to navigate and digest. Getting onto a platform the integrated a responsive template was critical. Mobile devices are becoming the primary intake device for many people and we wanted to make sure the site runs natively on whatever device people are visiting it from.

Make sure to check back regularly as we continue update segments and features of the site.

On Developments...

After two years in business, many people ask us about the future. Whats next? Where is Mystic Waters Media headed?

Well, there is no intention to lose pace. In fact, this month we are turning on the gas with a collection of news-worthy announcements. First off, we will be showcasing at the Purdue Calumet Job Fair this Friday. Additionally, we will have a booth at the Northwest Indiana Comic Con on February 21st, which will also be the relaunch of an entertainment website that was in many ways was a spiritual predecessor to this entire company.

There are roughly half a dozen people involved in making this machine move forward and we have no intention of slowing down. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out and let's have a conversation about how to work together.

Contested Measurements

For a boutique firm based in a tertiary market like Northwest Indiana, Mystic Waters Media has turned out a significant amount of content. We have posted thousands of social media updates, hundreds of blog entries, scores of press releases and consulted clients in a variety of industries on how to improve their marketing strategy, improve websites and expand their footprint within the respective marketplace.

With that said, we have not rested in regards to our own territory as well. DunelandInnvators.com is quickly approaching its 200th original piece of content. Not bad for a niche publication focused on shining light at topics that affect all of us in Northwest Indiana. Look for new initiatives in the coming months to expand that brand.

2015 is looking to be an exciting year - stick with us to see what great new announcements we make in the coming months.

How has your summer been? We're rolling along here with some great strides over the season and throughout the year. There are a few internal projects that still haven't seen daylight yet but they continue to develop. We hope to reveal them at some point before the end of the year. *fingers crossed*

The focus on technology-oriented clients has been rewarding as we have begun working with organizations in cybersecurity, telecommunications and wellness.

DunelandInnovators.com has been branching out since the mobile-friendly redesign earlier this year. It continues to expand its readership thanks to regular contributions from Bill Koester, Tami Neumann of Conversations in Care and Jake Szemanski. The site has even begun to branch out into events with the first Business Showcase networking event. Look for more expansions in the future.

As always, if you are looking for a company to help with you social media management or assistance with content development, please get in contact.

Kurtis Iseminger Media Internship

My time here as an intern at Mystic Waters Media has been an eye opening experience. In this blog post I want to reflect upon my time  as an intern at MWM and share it with you. 

To begin with, I've never had much of a taste for the "corporate structure". As a communications major, I have always thrived in an place where the people you work with are real and where you are treated as an individual, not just another employee. When I was looking for an internship, I avoided applying for the ones that wanted me to fit myself into a fill-in-the-blank space. I didn't want to be a paper in a stack of papers, because I knew the real me wasn't defined by an 8.5" by 11" slice of paper. That is what drew me to MWM. I wasn't asked to submit my resume or fill out a questionnaire. I was asked to simply get in contact. I got a personal interview where I could use my skills to impress my employer and I walked out of the interview with an internship. 

Since then I have learned about things that I never knew existed. I have learned how the internet is a living, breathing organism with billions of connections that lead us to what we want to see. I now understand what the term "Web 2.0" means. I can tell you how Facebook knows what ads to put on my news feed. I can tell you that any business that wants to survive needs to be connected to social media sites like Twitter. My experience at MWM has revealed to me a world of opportunity that I never knew existed. Before MWM, things like posts, hashtags, tweets, and tags were just lingo to connect me to my friends. Now I know that there is so much more to it than that. These things are the lifeblood of any business that hopes to compete in this technological world. 

At MWM my skills as a writer have been vastly altered. I was once accustomed to writing pieces for a letter grade. Now I know how to write like a reporter. I know that there are stories everywhere that need to be told, and I now have the skills to give those stories to the people. As an intern, I developed and wrote blogs as well as other social media documents. Before, I would never have thought that a blog was something of importance. Now I know that I'm not just writing blogs, I am making connections. I am advertising and channeling people to new locations through my blogs.

My time here at MWM is not over, but I have already learned more than I had imagined I would. I no longer see the internet as I once did. I know that I have only seen the tip of the iceberg that is the internet, and I can't wait to learn more. 

What have you liked? Disliked?

I love being able to work from home and to have a schedule that is flexible enough to handle really any situation. It's also really nice having an employer who is real and understandable, that is really important to me. Disliked? Telecommuting is new to me. I don't have a clock in or clock out time so time can become very flexible. Really there isn't much that could be changed to fix that at this point. I guess it's just a trade off to not having to report to a place of work for the internship, which I am just fine with. 

How can this internship improve?

Hmm...well for me, nothing. I like it just the way it is. Now I know that I am not like everyone. I am good with little structure and lots of flexibility, however I don't know if everyone will feel as I do. Maybe a more detailed plan of attack for those kinds of people?