Love this infographic about the 30 most popular plugins available for WordPress. Over the past 3 years I have spent a great deal of time trying out new plugins to meet personal and client-driven needs. This list is great because it takes a lot of the guesswork out of selecting new plugins for your WordPress website. Plugins break often, but if you pick a popular one then its likely to be updated as WordPress evolves. Major time savings. On all my WP sites I use Askimet, Google XML Sitemaps, Google Analytics for WordPress, WordPress SEO by Yoast, W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache. I’m also looking forward to incorporating some new plugins I heard about here – thanks WP Template for sharing this!
2013 is off to an exciting start with several new partnerships beginning for myself and Art Nerd New York. untappedcities, another well-written, New York based, online magazine, has approached me to do business development and ad sales for both websites. There is the possibility of us expanding this venture into a larger ad network over the coming months so stay tuned.
Art Nerd New York is making a splash in the travel industry as the new art-niche media sponsor for the New York Travel Festival in April 2012. The inaugural New York Travel Festival will be April 20-21, 2013. NYTF is a reinvention of the consumer travel show, designed for younger, more tech-savvy travelers.
NianticLabs@Google is interested in including our content in the new Field Trip app which is currently available on Android and coming soon to iOS! Field Trip is your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you. Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card with details about the location.
This was a great weekend to see some contemporary art in Seattle! The Affordable Art Fair came to Seattle Exhibition Hall and injected some vibrancy to the local art scene. Was nice to see a cross section of art all the way from Barcelona Spain to Bozeman MT. Read my recap on Art Nerd New York: http://artnerdnewyork.com/aaf-seattle/ and enjoy the slide show. Special thanks to Joleen from Creativello for the preview passes.
Haven’t blogged in a bit…been busy working with my local community council to develop a new communications plan, website and social media strategy. If you are interested check out the Madison Park Community Council (MPCC) on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor is an interesting new social platform for neighbors to share news, local business recommendations and organize community activities. Great place to ask other to help find a lost pet or promote your weekend garage sales. If you are a resident of Madison Park, Washington Park, Broadmoor, Canterbury, and Denny Blaine and like to be “in the know” please follow the MPCC on one of the above mentioned platforms. Thus far it has been a very enjoyable experience sharing my SMM skills with the community. I look forward to integrating all their communications platforms on the web and expanding their reach online.
MPCC Social Media Highlights:
- Facebook Album - Very cool Historic Photos of Madison Park Seattle
- Nextdoor Invitation – We are only 12 new neighbors away from winning a block party!
- @MPGreenways project advocated to @SeattleCouncil10/25 Budget Hearing
Hosting #artsmgtchat was a great time! It was fun facilitating a discussion about how arts groups could leverage Pinterest & Instagram to their advantage. There were some great theater, arts council, arts advocacy groups currently using the various platforms (less orgs. than I had hoped but all doing great work). Several folks asked about ways to measure their pinterest ‘pins’ and instagram ‘photos’ so I mentioned PinPuff during the chat but also wanted to mention Statigr.am and PinReach. The inspiration for this blog post. The research for resources was so ‘pinteresting’ I had to make a new board to collect them.
Pinterest + Instagram Influence Monitoring Tools
PinPuff has evolved to help answer this question. Essentially, at the moment it’s the Klout of the Pinterest world. To get started with PinPuff, you’re encouraged to get into the system yourself. Enter your email address and Pinterest name in order to get your Pinfluence score. Your score profile will also give you a few ideas as to how you might become more popular, have more reach, and generally become a more influential Pinner yourself.
PinReach (formerly PinClout), is a web analytics tool for Pinterest, which aims at being for Pinterest what Klout is for Twitter. At the moment, PinReach is still a bit half-baked, but can still provide some useful and fun information about your Pinterest account.
Pinerly – Optimizing tool that allows you to post your visual content from any website, easily measure performance and optimize content, posting times, descriptions to drive more traffic. Rachel Zoe uses it so it must be good!
Statigr.am – It gets great reviews as the best Instagram app on the web for its account statistics and community management tools. I’ve heard of other tools (Webstagram, Extragram, Followgram), but Statigram is the mother of them all. It’s again, like Klout for Instagram. The robust platform allows you to view and respond to comments, see stats about your images and followers, and even send a private message (!)—the equivalent of a Twitter DM—to an Instagram user.