Meet Jason Smith of Dream Dirt: An Iowan Utilizing Social Media Day In And Day Out

When I hopped on the Twitter train several years ago, I looked for Iowa folks to connect with. I will admit, that in 2009, it was hard to find Iowans on Twitter.  And my own first tweet was pathetic! It is clear that I had no clue what Twitter was and what the proper terms were.
                 First Tweet Screen Shot

I found Iowan Jason Smith, of DreamDirt.  I followed Dream Dirt on Twitter and found him to be a fun person to converse with. Fast forward to February 2014. After presenting a session on social media at the World Wide College of Auctioneering auction school, I saw a student sporting DreamDirt clothing. I began chatting with him and learned that he was a cousin of Jason Smith, the owner of Dream Dirt. I was ecstatic to have indirectly met the founder of Dream Dirt. I asked Jason Smith to tell his story here of how he uses social media. I think you will find it interesting and intriguing. He’s had a lot of success with social media, as I’ve watched him grow over the past five years into a social media success story!  Meet Jason Smith of Dream Dirt.

 

Jason Smith Broker/Auctioneer

Prior to my life as an auctioneer and real estate broker I spent nearly 20 years as a police officer and police chief.  I was no stranger to talking to people I didn’t know, and as a policeman I’d learned ways to communicate with every person I encountered.  When I retired I was faced with moving to my 2nd career.  The lure of selling appealed to me,as I would get paid what I was worth.  Meaning if I went to work and worked hard I’d get paid for it, if I decided not to I wouldn’t get paid.  I had already discovered as a police chief that the Internet was a quick and inexpensive way to get the word out about anything, but in 2006 when I left that job social media had not quite caught on.  Everybody had a website and that was great, but getting people to your website often cost something.  I can remember the first time I saw Facebook.  A light went on for me, I knew this was a way that I could get people to visit my website to read my blog posts and see what was for sale and it wouldn’t cost me much more than the effort.  I went on to join Twitter as well and the two are our main staples.  We have spent time experimenting with other sites but to be honest the big 2 keep us as busy as we want to be right now.  

Something we have learned over the years of using social media is that its always changing and if you don’t have something you have nothing.  We go to great lengths to portray the lifestyles of our client base.  Our company DreamDirt is a land brokerage and auctioneering firm.  Our typical buyer client is a hunter or a farmer.  Our typical seller client is literally anybody!  Connecting with sellers is much more difficult for us using social media than buyers but to date we have completed 9 real estate transactions with sellers that stumbled across us on social websites.

Our buyers have a dream to fulfill and the sellers will likely only once in their life work with a company that provides our services.  High quality photography has been the best tool we’ve found to connect.  We work to instill pride in the hunting or farming lifestyle through our own story of being hunters and farmers.  Because we do actually live the lifestyle of our buyer clients its easy to connect with them, its very natural for us to create photography that shows something that appeals to them. With today’s cell phones and photo apps life in social media has become almost unbelievable simple.  In the past we used to carry around a large DSLR camera and then transfer photos to a computer, edit them prior to posting.  Mixed between those things they like are short commercial messages, blog posts, occasional auction photos that are not overbearing, we try to make them as natural and tasteful as possible and we never reach beyond that imaginary boundary our followers would expect from us.  We prefer to show them what we do versus telling them what we do and it has worked very well for us.

Connect with Jason on Twitter and Facebook and be sure to visit his website, as you will have a new friend for life!

Thank you Jason for sharing your story with us!

Connections Are Vital To Growing a Successful Business

All because of blogging, Social Connections, LLC came about. My passion for connecting others and helping businesses grow is what I love to do. After all, who doesn’t like to be a part of something grand, right? I know I sure do!

 

Social Connections Connecting

I have met many leaders in the blogging industry over the past five years and it’s through their dedication that I was able to see myself in a leadership role. North Iowa is where I reside and I love that local folks are embracing social media and are grasping the idea that social media does matter. There is a lot of work to be done and I look forward to being a part of the positive changes that social media can bring to North Iowa. Social media reaches far beyond North Iowa, as it allows us to connect with folks all around the world.

Businesses and bloggers are working together 24/7. It’s through these partnerships that amazing things can happen! I am continually asked, “Where can I learn more about social media?” I can tell you that Social Connections, LLC, is planning several events that will help business owners understand and better utilize social media. There are also several events all around the world where you can meet industry leaders and learn a lot of information!

Pat Palmer, of The Computer Guy, recently attended EntreFest in Iowa City, Iowa, and this is what he had to say about this Iowa event. “It was a great time for entrepreneurs to get together to exchange ideas, learn from experts and to pick up valuable nuggets from the many guest speakers they had at the conference. This was my 7th time and I’m going back next year as well!” This is just one, of several, social media events where you can learn more about the industry.

Donna Hup, of DonnaHup.com, attended an event that Social Connections, LLC, hosted in Mason City on May 20th and she had this to say, “It was so great to see local North Iowa businesses come together to better themselves and our region.”

And then there was this from the great folks over at UdderlySmooth.  A huge to thank you to UdderlySmooth for offering such a “grand” door prize at Creating The “Buzz” In Social Media

Landon With Udderly Smooth

Bloggers often ask me, “What blog conferences are out there?” Here are a few that are out there and I might add, I have attended most of these or known bloggers that have, and highly recommended these conferences. These are the places where you meet fellow leaders in the blogging industry, connect with brands, and learn about social media.

It is true, when you step out of your comfort zone to learn new things and meet new people, exciting things will happen in your life. The people that I have met while networking at conferences have literally changed my life. The connections I have made, have helped me grow a successful business. If it can happen to me, it can also happen to you.

I challenge you to attend a social media event in the near future. Locally, nationally, or internationally- you will be grateful that you did!

I look forward to seeing you at one of the events that Social Connections, LLC, will be hosting in the near future!

Your Kids And Online Safety

Each day I hear someone say, “I really don’t know how to handle this.” What makes my head turn is the fact that this person is referring to the internet and social media. The internet is a part of our lives and it is not going anywhere. We all need to step up to the plate and do our part when it comes to keeping our kids safe online.

 

There has been discussion that kids are leaving Facebook, when in fact they are still there and actively involved in several other social media platforms that Mom and Dad do not know exist. Sue Scheff, really dove into the Are Teens Really Leaving Facebook issue. If you ask kids, they will tell you they are everywhere when it comes to social media.

Here are two tips to keep you and your family a little safer online.

#1 Tip: There Are No Do-Overs When It Comes To Online Activity

From words to pictures, once these are posted online they are there forever. Kids like to argue that Snapchat is great because the photos disappear. Keep in mind, there are data bases and screen shots everywhere in our world today. Once it’s online, it’s there forever. This is something our kids cannot hear enough of, it bears repeating day in and day out.

#2 Tip: Know Where Your Kids Are Going Online

Most major cell phone carriers offer parental controls for smart phone users. Parents can follow where their kids go online and help their kids choose smart apps. If your kids are under the age of 13, you may want to think how they will utilize their smart phones. Most social media platforms are not designed for a child under 13 years of age. If you do opt to lie about your child’s age, be sure you have the passwords to all of their accounts. Should a cyber bullying issue come to light between kids, law enforcement often contacts the owner of the account. If you have been an active participant in your child’s online activity, you should have an idea that this visit was coming.  It’s beneficial for parents to understand where their kids are going online and how to use all of the apps themselves. My advice- If a parent does not understand how an app works, there is no reason for a child to have the app installed on their smart phone.

Parents can lead the way when it comes to teaching their kids internet safety. By being active participants with their kids on their smart phones, families can utilize technology in a good way. If Mom and Dad are Facebook friends with their teens, it’s important for Mom and Dad to follow the rules, as well. The same rules apply to Moms and Dads that apply to kids, once it’s online it’s on the internet forever.

So, the next time you decide to post something online, maybe think about the “Grandma Rule.” If you would want to show your post to your Grandma, by all means, post it! If you even have to ask yourself, “Is this post OK?” Do NOT post it!

Are you and your family enjoying your smart phones or are you struggling with how to use them? I’d love to hear about your experiences, as I know we can all learn from each other.

 

 

Building A Community Through Social Media

Social Media Breakfast Club

 

Have you ever been a part of a community through Social Media? Here in North Iowa we are making things happen when it comes to Social Media. Several people from all across North Iowa gather once a month to chat about all things Social Media.

June of 2013, I took the plunge and decided that I was tired of having to travel hours away to find people that were interested in Social Media. I kept telling myself, “I know they are here but I just don’t know where to find them!” So, I set up a time to meet at the local coffee shop and was praying that three to four people would show up to set around a table to chat about Social Media.

At that first meeting we were six people and over the course of the past 11 months, we have had more than 45 different people attend. We have now graduated to a room that can hold 100 people. Real life connections still matter, Social Media is just the icing on the cake! This is exciting for me, as I have been involved in Social Media for more than five years and so many events have been out of state. I have had to travel many miles to find folks with the same interests as me. Five years ago people in North Iowa said to me, “Oh, Twitter? I don’t get that!” Now, five years later they say to me, “Oh, I’d like to learn about Twitter!”

If you have considered doing something different with your life or your business, I would highly encourage you to build a community through Social Media. The business connections that are being made at these monthly Social Media Breakfast get togethers are priceless. The friendships are fun to watch and after we meet, it’s all taken online to an online Social Media group through Facebook.

If you build it, they will come! Social Media is a terrific way to build a community and I would encourage anyone to do it. Whatever your passion is, make the real life connections happen and build your community through Social Media. Hey, if I can do this here in North Iowa, you can too!

Have you ever built a community through Social Media? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Creating The “Buzz” In North Iowa: How To Run A Successful Facebook Contest & More

Contests are a popular way for businesses to bring awareness to their products. Facebook and other social media platforms have rules that many do not know exist. It’s important to be smart when you use social media to promote your business.

On June 17, 2014, you have the opportunity to learn more about using social media to engage with contests. Attendees will learn how to run contests through Facebook that meet Facebook’s current (TOS) Terms of Service. Other platforms will be discussed, but not in as much depth as Facebook. We are offering a HANDS ON class at the North Iowa Regional Commerce Center at 9 North Federal, Downtown Mason City.

Donna Hup will be our lead presenter! Here’s the expertise that Donna brings to this class:

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Donna Hup blogs at donnahup.com. She blogs about giveaways, recipes, reviews and much more. She has 2 years experience of running daily giveaways on and with Facebook as well as other social media channels. She has worked with numerous companies including Disney, Staples, Build a Bear, Suave, Hasbro, P&G, Hickory Farms and more. She has run more than 3,000 giveaways and all have been Facebook and FTC compliant. She builds bridges between companies and their consumers. She is able to increase both fan base and interaction through giveaways on multiple social media platforms.

 

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Sara Broers of Travel With Sara and All In An Iowa Mom’s Day will also present at this session. Sara has worked with several companies to help them grow their social media presence by hosting giveaways through social media. From Universal Studios Orlando, Cedar Point Amusement Park, to  U.S. Cellular, Sara has participated in several social media promotions to help promote several businesses. Jane Fischer Century 21 and Hoover’s Hatchery are two local businesses she continues to work with.

Social Media promotions are a fun way to grow your business and even a better way when you do them the right way! Be smart and your presence through social media will continue to grow!

What: Creating The “Buzz” In North Iowa:  How To Run A Successful Facebook Contest & More

When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:30- 3:45 p.m.

Where: North Iowa Regional Commerce Center 9 North Federal Mason City, Iowa

Cost: $35 per attendee, payable at the door (cash or checks made out to Social Connections, LLC)

Please register here, as there is limited seating for 22 people!

To get the most out of this hands on session, it is recommended that you bring your laptop with you.

Once you attend this class you will understand why it’s important to understand the rules of contests through social media. You will also be inspired with new ideas on how to make your next Facebook Contest a successful one!

See you on June 17th!

 

 

 

Facebook Groups: Why They Matter

If you are like me, you often find yourself in a Facebook group and wonder why you are there. Well, take a glance through the last five threads and analyze the status updates. If you find relevant information there, you need to stay in the group. If you don’t, you will want to ask yourself, “Why am I in this group?” If you get to that point, it’s time to remove yourself from the group. But it’s not all bad- here are some reasons Facebook groups work and why you should connect with others in them. I’ve never been much of a gamer, so for me, interacting in groups is much more engaging than pushing a button and “farming” on line.

If you are launching into a new career or a new business, Facebook can give you the opportunity to grow your business through social media. The connections you will find in a group of like minded people can really give you a boost. Did you know there are groups for auctioneers? Imagine the ideas auctioneers can bounce off of each other, and the opportunity to help each other out along the way.

Are you navigating through your life with a troubled teen in the house? There are even Facebook groups for parents dealing with those issues. Facebook provides an opportunity for families to support each other and offer assistance in ways that many never dreamed were possible. And again, if you do not find a group that meets your needs, start one! You will surprise yourself at the connections you will make through a Facebook group.

If you are a homeschooling family there are several homeschooling groups on Facebook to support you. Several localized homeschooling families have their own Facebook groups. If you don’t see one for your area, why not start one? Through a homeschooling Facebook group you could help each other out with curriculum, p.e., crafts, and again, the information goes as far as the mind will take you.

Are you a roller coaster enthusiast? There’s even a Facebook group for National Rollercoaster Day. If you don’t see something being discussed in a group and you are interested in the topic, bring it up. Chances are that someone else in the group has the same interest you do.

Cedar Point Roller Coaster

 

Facebook groups are just one small place online for you to connect. They are an important place for you when you take the time to indulge in a positive manner. As with anything related to social media, if it’s not informative, fun, and educational- it’s time to move on to a new place online. Connect with people you enjoy, that’s what matters in social media. It’s all about being social and meeting new people!

Relationships matter and it’s no secret that it’s through these relationships you will grow as a business and as a a person. Facebook groups also matter and they can help you move forward in the next phase of your life. I have personally witnessed people in groups find jobs and help each other out in these Facebook groups. It’s a win-win!

So, tell me. What are your favorite Facebook groups and why? Do you ever find yourself involved in too many groups? If so, how do you handle the over load?

 

New To Twitter? Symbols and Abbreviations You Should Know About

Twitter seems to be where people are flocking to, when it comes to social media platforms. It’s also  interesting how Twitter has evolved. Four or five years ago people rolled their eyes when I said I was on Twitter. Today they are saying, “Will you show me how to use Twitter?” It’s a good thing, but thinking back; I guess I hopped on the social media train before many people realized what it had to offer.

I know many of you are new to Twitter and several of you have asked for an explanation of some of the symbols and abbreviations that are on Twitter.

# HASHTAGS – Hashtags are used when you want to identify a specific word. For example: Many farmers will be using #plant14 this Spring season. When you type in #plant14 in the search box on Twitter, you will see all tweets that are tagged with #plant14.If there’s a specific topic you are interested in, type in a hashtag with the word you would like to search in the search box on Twitter, and boom, there you have information about what you are searching for. I recently participated in Blog Chat which is held on Sunday evenings. Everyone that participates in the chat tags #blogchat in each tweet, so folks can easily follow the chat.

 

@USERNAME- Tag @Username when you want to interact with someone. When you find  a tweet that you want to share, be sure to give the person credit with their username. You can use “via” or “by” and then place their username in the tweet. Social media is all about sharing, this gives everyone credit where credit is due. Keep in mind if you type in the username before anything else in the tweet, only the recipient will see the tweet.

Here is an example of a blog post that I shared through Twitter from a local North Iowa blogger. One person favorited the tweet and the person who wrote the article will receive notification that I shared her content on Twitter.

RE-Tweet Button Highlighted

 

RETWEETS- There is a simple Re-Tweet button that you can use. It’s fine to use it occasionally, but not all the time. The Re-Tweet button is the middle symbol in the above tweet. It is between the  arrow and star. All you need to do is click on the button and hit send.  A nice variety to sharing a tweet is to notify the original Tweeter that you are sharing their tweet by sharing. You can use RT @USERNAME and then add your comment. Find a style that works for you. Here is an example of my interaction during #blogchat.

Blog Chat Tweet Interaction RT

Some common courtesy tips when tweeting:

  • Do not use more than two hashtags per tweet. One is ideal.
  • Social media is not a selling platform, do not use it to sell merchandise. Social media is for  interaction  and engagement with your friends and customers. The quickest way to kill your Twitter following is to constantly try to sell people something.
  • Be present. If you are using Twitter for business and cannot commit, remove the twitter account, as it makes you look lazy.

Hands on is by far the best way to learn Twitter. I jumped in and immediately found Twitter to be a great platform for meeting new people and developing relationships. Several of my closest friends today are people that I met on Twitter.

I’d love to hear about your Twitter experience. Follow me at @socialsarab and/or @travelwithsara and I will follow you back!

 

 

 

 

Tips From The Best Of The Best On Being Safe Online

I recently spent a week-end in St. Augustine, Florida, surrounded with some of the best of the best when it comes to keeping all of us safe online. The community of St. Augustine is blessed to be home to CES (Community Empowerment Series). I wondered if I would come home thinking, ” Should I go offline?” Well, of course not. What it boils down to is being smarter online. When we take the time to educate ourselves, it makes our online experience a whole lot safer.

I am proud to call each of these presenters my friends. These folks are truly the best of the best and they are making a positive difference in the lives of many 24/7.

Stacey Honowitz shared about her passion in keeping kids safe as she addresses stranger danger and sex crimes. Stacey offered great tips for parents on how to address “tough” issues with their kids. These sex crimes can happen on and off line. Stacey Honotwitz  works hard 24/7 to educate families on awareness of a topic that many are afraid to address. Stacey’s books are designed to guide parents as they talk to their kids about sex crimes. Child sexual abuse is the fastest growing crime in the country, which makes child sex crimes a huge national problem.

 

Theresa Payton, author of Privacy In The Age of Big Data.Theresa embraced a nice sized group of people, as they had several questions for her. Theresa is a cyber security expert as she works to keep individuals and businesses safe online. Theresa engaged with folks and answered several questions in regards to being smarter online.

Theresa Payton

 

It’s important to remember to change your passwords on a regular basis. Never share your password with anyone. You would be surprised at how many folks share their passwords on a daily basis. There’s a reason they are called passwords, so make sure you own them, not someone else. Be careful about what you share through social media. If it’s not positive, helpful information ask yourself, “Do I really need to put this out in social media?”

The day moved right along and the topics really flowed together nicely. Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, spoke on a popular topic, Cyber-bullying.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja

 

I loved how he shared how kindness works so well online. Social media opens the doorway of anonymity, but everyone needs to realize, once it’s out there online, it’s out there forever. His latest book School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying And Sexting One Classroom At A Time is available and one that families and educators should read.

Sarah Burningham launched her new book at CES, GIRL TO GIRL: Honest Talk About Growing Up And Your Changing Body.

Girl to Girl book

Sarah is a positive role model for young girls and moms looking for advice on the tween/teen years. Sarah is the “dear sarah” advice columnist for the ABC Family Network and is a regular contributor to many major media organizations.

Meet Sarah Burningham
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Burningham/CES

 

Mothers and daughters appreciated the information that Sarah Burningham brought to St. Augustine. I told you that this event had the best of the best…. the day just got better all day long!

Dr.  Michele Borba rounded the day out. Her message in regards to bullying is one that everyone should hear. Bully prevention programs are not working and she is on a mission to help communities change their attitudes about bullying. Take a listen!

Some statistics I took away from Dr. Michele Borba’s session.

  • 85% of students witness bullying when adults are not present
  • Bullies want an audience, it is not ok for bystanders to stand and watch
  • Zero tolerance is not working- empathy is not taught

Can you say wow? Then toss in the online activity and we’ve got ourselves into a mess. One big change that’s happening in our culture is the fact that narcissism is up and empathy is down. We all need to work on empathy, as that’s a HUGE contributor to success in everything we do!

Michele Borba is the author of several parenting books. Take a swing over to Michele Borba’s  website to view her books, upcoming events, and learn more from her.

This is just a small glimpse of my day at CES in St. Augustine, Florida. I wish every community in the United States had the opportunity to learn from these amazing people, under one roof, in one day! I am glad I made the trek to Florida to get to know all of these folks a little better. I learned so much and am much more educated on these serious topics thanks to the folks that put CES together and made it happen!

A special shout-out to my friend, Sue Scheff. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to your community. You are making a difference in the lives of thousands of people! Sue knows all about the good and the bad when it comes to being online. Read Sue’s book Google Bomb for insight into the untold story of the internet.

 

Finding The Ideal Marketing Mix For Your Business

 

Finding The Ideal Marketing Mix

 

Marketing today is very complex. Folks still listen to the radio, they still read newspapers, and they are involved in social media. So, what’s a business owner to do when it comes to marketing? Is it possible to be in all of these places?  Each community is different and your audience is as unique as your business is. Through trial and error you will find what works best for you and your business.

Radio

Folks still listen to local radio. Contact someone at your local radio station to see what your potential reach is. If you feel the demographics match with your business, by all means, give it a shot. Connect with someone in your area that may have a business similar to yours, they could give you insight as to how radio has worked for them.

Newspapers

Newspapers are in the news a lot. Many have online access as well as “real” newspapers to purchase. Print media, in general, has really changed the past five years. You may want to consider the demographics of your area. Communities that are home to older folks, do have more people purchasing actual newspapers than areas that have younger populations. Again, it’s worth a try, as newspapers offer another avenue of reaching your customers.

Twitter

Twitter is  a social media platform that allows you to share your experience and interact with others in 140 characters or less. Photos work great on Twitter and offer another tool of engagement. Most importantly, interact and engage with your followers. Social media was never designed to be a selling platform.  This may or may not surprise you, but the fastest growing audience on Twitter is adults age 55-64.

Facebook

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately, as Facebook Business pages have been around a long time. It is true, Facebook is not showing every fan that likes your page, your status updates. You will need to make some effort to be creative and remind all of your customers in person or through an e-mail blast to be sure to visit your Facebook Business page. Paid posts are also proven to work for many business owners.

Patrick Palmer, of The Computer Guy, has had great luck with paid posts through Facebook.

Pat is quoted as saying, “Well, for me, to pay $40 to boost a post to 12,000 people trumps the local media everytime. However, for local products or services, the local newspaper or radio may be a good choice. Find the demographic of the radio station and/or newspapers and compare it to the target market you wish to serve, and the local radio station and/or newspaper should be a good fit.” 

If you are engaging and providing content that is valuable to them, they will find you on Facebook. Most importantly, you need to be there. If you cannot be being an active participant on your Facebook Business page, take it down. Current and potential customers do not want to do business with someone that is lazy and does not appear to care.
Google+ 

Google+ is a big game changer for everyone. When you engage, share, and interact on Google+, it helps your business with SEO and page rank. Currently Google+ is not jumbled up with ads, but who knows? That day may come soon. Google+ is a great place to showcase who you and your business are.

Have you found your ideal marketing mix? Chances are, that once you think you have found it, your business is changing and growing. It’s important to remember that traditional marketing still matters and social media will plan an important role as you move forward with your business. Keep in mind that Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are just three small slices of social media marketing. If you don’t try, you will never what would have worked. Dig in, make things happen, and watch your business grow.

 

I’d love to hear about your experience. How are you reaching your customers and are you changing things up as you see needed?

People Or Gadgets?

It’s no secret that I love social media and I know many of you do too. In today’s world we have a gazillion ways to communicate and social media opens up a whole new way of communicating. I still say that the number one way to communicate is through face to face communication. Wow! What a concept, huh?

I see so many young kids that have no clue how to look at someone when they speak to them that it blows me away. Now I do realize that not every child loves to talk like I do, but they still need to know the basic skill of looking at others when they are speaking to them. Many of today’s youngsters, ages 5- 18 only want to text. Would someone enlighten me as to how these folks will ever get along in the real world?

The argument may be given that the kids of the generation of today will be able to order everything they need online. OK- I get that.  I fear that we may be losing the basics of communication due to all of our gadgets. Life is all about relationships, it’s not about the gadgets. Life to me is full of experiences, meeting new people, and interacting with others. It’s enjoying the company of those around you, not a gadget!

People or Gadgets

 

Most young adults will tell you that some of the fondest memories of their youth was when Mom and Dad took the time to spend time with them. That entails putting a phone to the side and talking as a family. Tossing a football or frisbee around in a yard has merits. And we can’t forget our pets, as there’s something to be said about the pet of the family. Our family pets communicate in ways everyone can appreciate and it usually entails eye contact.

Let’s not lose our basic skill of communicating through face to face interaction. Sitting down with someone and sharing eye contact is truly worth its weight in gold.

Social media has its place. It’s great that we have Skype, Google+ hangouts, Twitter, and Facebook to stay in communication with each other, but we all need to remember life is about people, not gadgets.

So, tell me! Is your life about the people or your gadgets? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!