Meet The Contestants for Twidiot of the Year 2019

In our March Social Media Madness bracket, we are exploring Twidiots. A Twidiot is an person who has made a great example of making a foolish post on Twitter. Our contenstants for Twidiot of the Year 2019 are:

Number 1: This one makes us want to throw up a little in our mouths. Ok, maybe not a little, but a lot. There are some things that even spellcheck can’t fix.
Number 2: Oh honey… Perhaps making a contest for a new song release on social media isn’t the best idea. Especially if you fail to get the retweets. Think before you post.
Number 3: We are all for remembering those who have made a great impact on the world, but be sure you have the right photo!
Number 4: Another mistake that spellcheck can’t help. But, in her defense, time does heal all wounds and wombs.
Number 5: We have a couple of posts to highlight what we’ve dubbed #MuricaForTheWin. This would be one of those. Public education has failed us.
Number 6: Another #PublicEducationHasFailedUs post. I hate when another year rolls around and you have to honor birthdays yet again. It’s so annoying!
Number 7: This would be an excellent post to use in a #WhatNotToTweet episode. You know, credit cards, social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, mother’s maiden name, etc.
Number 8: This one leaves me smh… There are so many things – where do I start? Annovesry? Martin Luther king? Dying on the cross? #ICantEven (my spellcheck has gone crazy on this caption.)
Number 9: I would try the butter. #LookIMadeAPunny
Number 10: And now we have 45 presidents. #Mindblown
Number 11: I don’t either, I use Android.
Number 12: Some things you should ask Google, not Twitter.
Number 13: And it’s number 13 on our list. #Mindblown #WeDidntReallyPlanThat
Number 14: This is a prime example of why we have doors that say Push or Pull… #ISeePizzaWarningsInTheFuture #ConsultMacDonalds
Number 15: I always hated when my 90s phone required my voicemail code to start with a #.
Number 16: This is why people hate tourists!

Now that you are familiar with the contestants, be sure to visit our Facebook page to participate in the poll.

The bracket will be updated as each poll completes. Be sure to vote for your favorite Twidiot!

Branding Style Guide: The Basics

One of the fundamentals for all types of marketing is a brand style guide for your company. Having this information in one place for reference will make all your branding item creation easier! Your branding guide contains things such as all variations of your logo, the fonts you use on all your branding pieces from website to social media posts to print advertising, the colors of your brand, and makes it easy for someone to step in and help with content creation. Organizing this information and having the formatting handy will help cut down the time it takes for your marketing person or graphic designer to put together your advertising pieces. I highly encourage you to take the time and create this guide to save yourself both time and money in the future.


To start, you need to put your logo variations into one document. Do you have a larger logo that you use on your letterhead and website? Is there a smaller one that is used on other items? All the designs should be listed and have a clear description of where each logo is to be used. Remember to list things such as your letterhead, website, social media, print marketing, educational pieces, brochures, etc. Any content that your company creates needs to be listed.

Font is a HUGE one that people tend to forget. The fonts used on all your marketing pieces should be consistent with one another. If you are using one font as a header on the website, it needs to be included as the main header font. Same goes for sub headers, paragraphs, letterhead, etc. The fonts should be listed along with font size for reference. You can even go one step further and download the fonts and save them into your marketing folder along with your logos and branding guide. This way, if you hire someone to help with a design piece or have your marketing team work on something new, they have access to everything they need.

Another thing that is crucial to be in your branding guide are the color choices for your company. This information needs to include the various color codes (RGB, Hex, CMYK, and the name of the color). It is easy to replicate colors if you have the codes associated and it’s a way to guarantee that your branding colors are consistent. Be sure to also note where each color is used and how they work together. If you make all your headings in one type of social media posts a certain color, you need to put that into your guide under social media posts. Same goes for your website and the color integration. If you used a graphic designer, they should have sent you a document with all colors and fonts used for your brand. If they didn’t, reach out and see if this is something they will send over. If you have done all your color choices in house, take the few minutes to update this information in the guide to save time and money later.

Once you have the basics in your design file and style guide, now is the time to get creative. Take a snapshot of your letterhead and how it is designed so that all future pieces can be based upon what you already have in place. Same goes for your business card and any other print marketing pieces you have previously designed. Be sure that all fonts and logos are consistent with the information in the style guide and save copies of all pieces for reference.

Do you advertise in Serenity, the local paper, at high school sporting events, or sponsoring your local non-profit events? Be sure to include copies of the previous advertisements and that they follow your guide. Make updates as necessary and utilize these changes in your next print. Having this template available helps to make the design process faster. If you have the original files used to create the piece, be sure to have that as well! This could help you save an immense amount of time so that you only must update a graphic or some word choices to create a new ad.

This same rule for print marketing applies to your social media content. To promote brand awareness, your graphics should have the same overall feel. If you are posting diverse types of content, be sure to save each of the designs to replication is simple. Your followers on social media should be able to recognize it is a post from you just by the color choices, font, and style without even seeing your logo. This is a part of brand awareness that can be overlooked when creating content. Consistency is key here. Once you find a design you are happy with, be sure to keep that style in future pieces.

Another thing you should list in your guide is your favorite site to get stock photos for marketing. Using free tools such as Pixabay and others are crucial! Use images that have a free license for use. If you find the perfect image for your company on another site, be sure that you pay for the image and save a copy of the license in your marketing file. Many people are cracking down on the unauthorized use of their images and a DMCA take-down notice is a quick way to take several hours out of your day and possible several hundred dollars out of your bank account. Use only images that have been created for you and be sure that your graphic designer is using images that are licensed for your use. You are responsible for any content that is created on your behalf so be sure you ask the question. A simple mistake could be very costly for you down the road.

For a sample of a branding guide, please visit our reference materials. This template is something that you can use to build your own. If you have any questions or would like assistance, SMM is here to help! You can schedule a free consultation here.

Now get out there and be social (with consistent branding, of course!)

12 Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Blog

Having a blog on your website is a great way to get traffic on a continuous basis. Thanks to Google indexing, you can appear on Google searches and find your next client! Here are a few ideas to help you gain more traffic and let people know about your business and services.

How-To’s and Tutorials

How-To's and TutorialsThis one might seem counter-productive. One theory of thought is that you don’t want to show your customers how to do what you do because you want them to use your services. However, in the world of DIY, it’s important to provide information for those who want to do it themselves. While not giving away your trade secrets, show your potential clients how to accomplish the task at hand. You will become the expert and in some cases, you will gain business once a customer recognizes they are in over their head. If you are the one to provide the information – you will come to mind as the one to help them!


Top 10 Reasons You Need Lists

The internet loves lists! You don’t have to go far to see the Top 10 reasons why you need so-and-so or 5 ways to gain new clients. Use this marketing technique to market your own business.

A Resource or Link List

Resource or Link List

Chances are you are always researching and learning more about your industry. Why not share that information with your potential clients? Resources are a great way to share knowledge and show your customers that you are invested in your industry.

Cheat Sheets, Checklists, and To-Do’s

Cheat Sheets and Checklists

Often, your potential clients are searching and have found you because they are looking for direction on how to accomplish their task at hand. A cheat sheet or a checklist can help guide your customer and make it easier for them. This might seem like a way to give them information on how you do what you do, but it’s a great way to highlight how your company works and how you accomplish tasks on their behalf. Show them your process and they will have an idea of what to expect from your services when they hire you.



Do you have software that is specific to your industry? Are there a lot of options available to potential clients? Give reviews of the products and let your customers know which ones are the best – in your professional opinion. They will appreciate the guidance and you let your industry rock-star shine!

Controversial Posts

Controversial Posts

What a better way to get a rise out of the internet than by taking a stance on a controversial topic. Getting into politics or religion can be tough subjects for a business, but you can always try something controversial within your industry. Are you a health insurance agent who thinks that ACA isn’t the best option for your clients? Are you a realtor with ideas on how the real estate boom is negative to the industry? Always be sure to be true to yourself and the beliefs you have set forth for your company. Make sure your talk accurately represents your walk. And prepare for the haters to come forward and give their two-cents on why you are wrong.


Create Infographics

Another thing the internet loves is an infographic. You won’t have to go far in a newsfeed or a Google search before you find one. You can create one specific to your own business or you can share (and credit) one that has already been made.

Podcast Scripts

Podcast Script

If you run a podcast, putting notes on your blog is a great supplement to the information you provide. Since we all learn in different ways, a set of notes can enhance the experience of a visual learner while they listen. Plus, it’s a great way to introduce new people to your podcast!


12 Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Blog

If you are using videos in your marketing plan, be sure to post those on your blog as well. It’s one more avenue for potential clients to find the information you are providing. Be sure to post a link back to your YouTube channel so you can gain more followers there as well!


Conduct Interviews

This is a fun way to get more followers to your blog. Interview industry leaders or satisfied customers about topics and post that information for your followers. Chances are you will find potential customers that have the same problem that you solved for your satisfied customer and it will bring business! Interviewing industry leaders shows potential shows that you are vested in your work. When you do interviews, be sure to ask about how the information will be shared on their networks. Chances are you will find your interview on their website with a link back to yours. These types of links and referrals will help you with your Google indexing, too. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Guest Posts

Guest Posts

Getting experts in your field to provide content to your blog can help bring new viewers your way. It also is a way to get fresh content onto your site without you having to create it. Keep in mind that guests are posting on your website to get more viewers on their own, but by providing unique and fresh content, your own viewers will keep coming back for more.

Blog Series

12 Ways To Get More Traffic To Your Blog

A blog series is a great way to take one large topic and create several blog posts. If you pick a topic your audience is interested in, the anticipation of the next series will keep them coming back for more. This technique is also a great way to build SEO. You can post links to the previous posts from the new blog posts and provide your readers with ways to get more information easily.

12 Ways To Get More Traffic To Your Blog

If you are interested in learning more about blogging and how it can help your business, Social Media Maiden can help! Schedule a complimentary 30-minute meeting here.