EscapeArtist Enters the 21st Century…Yes, We Now Have a Twitter Account… (@escapeartistcom) plus Facebook and Google Buzz too.
Social media is HOT, HOT, HOT, and it is redefining the digital landscape, so, we have decided to get off the sideline and enter the game. That’s right, EscapeArtist, the bastion of Web 1.0, now has a Twitter, FaceBook and Buzz account and we are looking for ‘fans, followers and buzzers’. Actually, we are not that superficial; we realize that “it is not the size of your list that matters”, but it is the influence of your ‘followers, fans and Buzzers’. The facts remain, EscapeArtist readers are unequivocally ‘the new, and old influencers’ of the international lifestyle.
For well over a decade, our readers and contributors have been instrumental in making EscapeArtist the #1 destination and authority on the subject of international living. Your emails, articles and experiences have uncovered many of the unique travel destinations, work opportunities and emerging growth investments that EscapeArtist has featured. You have contributed stories, pictures and wisdom that have earned the trust of our readership. This commitment to sharing your travel adventures, good and bad, has solidified the integrity of the EscapeArtist brand. For over a decade our readers have embraced the openness and candid commentaries of Roger Gallo, the founder and Senior Editor of EscapeArtist, and it is our desire to establish the same standard for our social media efforts. Participating in social media requires a high level of trust and a commitment to quality content.
But, before we open the floodgates on the social media adventure we thought it would be prudent to know how our readers are using social media in their personal and professional lifestyles. We would like to hear your stories so that we can best determine how social media can be utilized to increase the EscapeArtist reader’s quality of life results. We recognize that time is a valuable resource, so we don’t want to waste it with information that is not contributing to your interests.
It is our belief that social media can increase the ‘boundaryless’ opportunities for our readers and will be an important tool for realizing the ‘EscapeArtist Dream’…but we need your help.
As unorthodox as it may seem, we believe that for social media to add value to our lives we must establish a clear direction as to why we even need these technologies. So, we are embarking on a mission that will require some collaboration and commitment to defining EscapeArtist’s role in this social-venture.
There is a quote that says, “Until you start asking the right questions, you will continue to get the wrong answers”, so we have decided to put forth some pointed questions, in an effort to get the right answers.
Here is a sampling:
- What do you think is the best use of social media for EscapeArtist?
- How can our decision to move into social media benefit you?
- What role can our subscribers, readers and advertisers play in growing the social network of EscapeArtist?
- How can EscapeArtist help you grow the influence of your social network?
- How are you using social media in your personal and professional international lifestyle?
- Should we start a media network of EscapeArtist Travel Journalists?
- Would a catalog of Social Media Vlogs/Blogs provide useful information or entertainment?
(Incidentally, if you have a social media question that you want presented to the EscapeArtist readership, you will have that opportunity in our upcoming Special Edition Social Media EFAM. Simply submit your questions or ideas below)
In April, we are going to produce a special edition of Escape From America Magazine that will be dedicated to social media. We have lined up some of the biggest names in social media to provide their insight into the subject and they will be responding to your ideas. This special edition newsletter will be designed and driven by social media technology for social media virgins, like us, and mavens who can eat and tweet at the same time.
Are you ready to get your views read by our social media experts, hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of readers? If yes, put your best foot forward and become a voice on our social media strategy and help shape the future of the EscapeArtist’s leap into tweets, postings and buzzes.
Stay informed on the development of this Special Project and Future Social Media Topics of Interest. Join us in this collaborative effort and help us shape not only the content of EscapeArtist but also how it is presented.
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