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5 reasons why you should be blogging

I started this blog at the start of my PhD. To begin with, it was a way of telling my thoughts, documenting my diary and sharing what I was learning with others along the way. Now it is also a way of sharing my work and enjoying thought provoking conversations with others. Here are 5 reasons why I believe that you should be blogging too.

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1. You have a brain, a voice, and something to say…why keep your amazing thoughts in your head?…By writing them on a blog, you can start conversations with some of the other great brains in the world…what an opportunity! You could literally reach millions on the internet. Once people start to read your work, you can also become established in your field…don’t hold it all in!

2. Have you been to a good conference or seminar lately? Why not share your learnings via your very own blog?….not only will this help you to organise your thoughts and reflect on your own learning, but it will also help your peers and readers to learn from your own experiences…That’s a good thing…right?

3. Stand out as someone who creates new content online. Not only will this help you to stand out as an expert in your own field, but perspective employers, funders and collaborators will also see that you are not just another online spectator. You will fast become known as an online innovator. Think that you aren’t anything special?…By blogging, you are already doing what most people are not!

4. Blogging is free, yet it could be an invaluable tool in helping you improve your writing and your confidence. It could also help you to become more mindful, a reflective practitioner and an inspiration to others.

5. Blogging enables you to join an online community, grow your followers and develop positive and reciprocal relationships online. One way you can do this is by guest blogging (as I did recently). You can also interact with other blogs and offer constructive comments to the conversation. If you would like to practise by guest blogging here on this blog…feel free to drop me a message and I will be glad to help 🙂

Go on…see these benefits for yourself!

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If you would like to follow the progress of my work going forward..

Follow me via @SallyPezaro; The Academic Midwife; This blog

Until next time…Look after yourselves and each other 💚💙💜❤

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Round up summary blog of the Digital Health and Care Congress at @TheKingsFund #kfdigital16

#KFdigital16 Sally Pezaro

What does digital future look like?  I have spent this last week at @TheKingsFund enjoying the Digital health and Care Congress or

Presentations from (5/6 July) at available here

Twitter transcript here

Presentations available here

This was a detailed and busy conference, and probably the one I have enjoyed most so far! Everyone was really friendly and engaging…I also enjoyed the best audience I have seen in a while…It was too detailed and complex to outline everything within this blog post, so I will just highlight a few of my favourite moments below.

I was enamored by the work being done at Guy’s and St Thomas’ (@GSTTnhs) with the DrDoctor app…Guy’s and St Thomas’ had a challenge around DNA rates and patient engagement. They worked with DrDoctor to deliver improved clinic efficiency and better patient experience in outpatients, dropping DNA rates by 40% and saving hundreds of thousands of pounds in a matter of months. This really is exciting when you think of the implications for other acute areas.

DrDoctor (@DrDoctorApp)

DrDoctor helps patients talk to the NHS. Manage care online. Better outcomes and productivity for hospitals, better experience for patients. See the video below to see how they do this…

Thinking of my own project in developing an online intervention, I was also really interested to see the work of  The online mindfulness course. These guys really did have some impressive outcomes to share, which was great learning for me as I look to harness the best components of online support.

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Also, thinking about my own midwifery work, it was great to see new online connections being made in the world of safeguarding and child protection with . CP-IS services  allow multiple alerts to come up in acute areas of hospital trusts when a child enters the services who is deemed to be ‘at risk’. This means that clinicians over a wide geographical area can work together and save every child before they fall through the net.

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Also in relation to my midwifery work, it was wonderful to see that one of the top 10 priorities of the Kings Fund is to provide integrated support for perinatal health. Doing this digitally will make this process so much more effective I’m sure…

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I also very much enjoyed speaking to the iaptus team, who have created a patient management and reporting solution for psychological therapists providing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other related treatments. Great that this service can now move towards the digital age…

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I also wanted to introduce you all to ClinTouch: A mobile support technology for people with psychosis

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ClinTouch: Is a mobile support technology for people with psychosis

University of Manchester • clintouch.com

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As we introduce new technology to patients, clinical staff often have preconceived ideas of how new interventions will impact upon the patient. This is what found in practice..This really highlights the what we perceive to be true as health professionals often is not the reality of the situations. Our patients can surprise us everyday, and we must always remain open to finding new ways to support them to use technology in health care as it emerges.

Lastly, we were introduced to the Caldicott review, and the national data guardian’s data security standards by Dame Fiona Caldicott ( National Data Guardian) …

Following this review.. an Independent patient data task force was announced The new task force will build on the work of the Caldicott review. It will be really interesting to see how this work develops…

Research into public attitudes towards commercial organisations accessing health data showed that people tended to accept others accessing their health data when it was clear that there was a public benefit. It also mattered who the organisation was, what kind of data was used and how it was being protected from misuse.

As the ‘NHS to scrap single database of patients’ medical details’ – We need to look at new ways to keep data secure and use it wisely and ethically…But what resources will be provided to help clinicians and staff have the difficult conversion with patients about the opt-out/opt-in options?? – A challenge awaits…

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You can hear Dame Fiona Caldicott ( National Data Guardian) in the video below speaking about the Caldicott review….

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I also wanted to thank Chris Ham (@profchrisham) for announcing me as the winner of this fabuolus Fortnum and Masons hamper (devoured over this weekend). Apparently I was the most engaged with the conference app. This is what you get for being a social media geek ☺

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The most poignant phrase put forward at this conference for me was that “People often have a warmer relationship with their smartphone than their psychiatrist” – This was said by Prof Shone Lewis at 

And lastly, for anyone who is too busy, or reluctant to change and embrace new technology in health care…remember….You may be standing in the way of vital improvements to make your working lives easier and your patients experience of care much better….

Let’s make sure we are all life long learners who are never too busy to improve..

Until next time – Take care of yourselves and each other…

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Maximizing your Academic Potential Via Social Media: Part One

This week I was asked by the Research Excellence Unit at Coventry University to host a seminar on how academics can maximize their academic potential via social media as part of the wider research impact agenda…

I could not possibly cover every aspect of social media (its too huge)…

Some participants were beginners, and some were looking to expand upon what they are already good at doing…Twas a great crowd 🙂

Following this event I was going to slowly publish this seminar over a series of 6 blog posts over a few weeks…However, this event was very popular and many are asking for the slides and blog posts this week…

Also..many others could not attend but really wanted to!….and so…this seminar will be published as a few blog posts over the next week or so….Enjoy!

Many people ask the following questions:

  • How do academics use social media?
  • How can  social media be used for research?
  • How can social media be used to promote businesses?
  • How can social media be used to promote Community interest companies (CIC)?
  • How can social media be used for networking?
  • How can I use social media to promote my academic research?

You can find the entire 4 part blog series which answer these questions by clicking here

Maximizing your Academic Potential Via Social Media: Part One

By Sally Pezaro

Follow me on Twitter: @SallyPezaro

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As a background…I am a midwife, academic and Social Media Ninja. My research is embedded within health and social care, with a topical focus on supporting the midwifery workforce. As such, this blog series will focus largely upon engagement within the health and social care research scene. However, many people have found this seminar easy to extrapolate to their own fields of research. I hope you do too 🙂

 

Social Media

Are you ready to be a Social Media Ninja?..Then I’ll begin…

Firstly, its important to know why you are using social media. What for?.. Just because this blog post says you should? (That is a good reason by the way)!

There are many reasons, and none are really wrong…but some may be better than others…and some really should be separated out from the rest.

Which reasons would you choose?

  •  – Personal reasons?
  •  – To show the world how to party?
  •  – Professional reasons?
  •  – To get another job?
  •  – Promote your research centre?
  •  – To comment on what Justin Bieber is doing this week?
  •  – Raise your academic profile?
  •  – Find and collaborate with the global research community?
  •  – To get grants
  •  – To vote for my favourite Big Brother Housemate?
  •  – Self promotion?

All are possible.. and yes…I am also keen to vote for my favourite Big Brother house contestant…But Big Brother is also watching me online, and Big Brother may be my next employer, funder or collaborator. I would rather they see my latest research output presented with a little bit of my own personality… wouldn’t you?

We all slip off the wagon sometimes (including me) – But set yourself up in the foundations of keeping your personal and professional online profiles separate.

When you create your online profile, you are projecting yourself digitally…This profile will become your online profile, so come out of your comfort zone and connect. Everything and everyone is connected online some how….This is a good thing.

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As this is only a relatively short blog series, and the world of social media is huge, I will only be covering the major platforms which I see being used most productively in online.

So..As we are trying to work out who and what you want to be online…and of course define a wonderful ‘online profile’ Lets break these platforms down and see how they might be used best.. Who are YOU online?

LinkedIn: This is YOU professionally. Nothing silly, unprofessional or slanderous goes here. This place is for your professional thoughts and opinions, your online CV and forms an online advert to the world as to who you are professionally. If you do not have a LinkedIn account, people can become frustrated to find that they cannot read more about your professional work when they look for it. LinkedIn is generally the ‘go to’ place for scouting employers, collaborators and employers. You want them to see how great you are don’t you?…You wouldn’t want to frustrate any potential future leads?…OK then. Nuff said.

Facebook: This is YOU casually/socially. You can be more relaxed on Facebook. However, this does not mean that potential leads may not see what you post here. So, ensure that your privacy settings are set to your taste and try to keep this medium for family and friends….It is never a good idea to post anything that you would not want your mum or the community noticeboard to see…Think before you post.

If you do want to use Facebook professionally, it is far better to set up a professional Facebook page rather than a duplicate account. Facebook makes these pages a really receptive medium for advertising and tailored recruitment campaigns. Advertise your professional profile via these pages if you feel the need.

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Blogging: Your blog posts show YOU as a ‘thinking being’. Again, you can be more relaxed and friendly in a blog. Depending on the purpose of the blog, you can share either personal or professional posts. Occasionally a blog can be both personal and professional….Tailor this to the audience you think your blog may attract. Also, remember not to share anything you don’t want your entire audience to see. Big Brother is watching!…More on setting up blogs later.

Twitter: This is YOU as an active part of the research community. In my experience this is the platform that proves to be most engaging for the research community. It is one of the only few places you can directly message your research hero’s… How cool is that?

It’s fast paced and has a real community feel. You may get to know others in your field online before you meet in real life, be able to collaborate at conferences, be the first to hear the latest research news and ensure that your research gets a wide viewer reach.

YouTube: This is YOU as a dynamic part of a professional team. YouTube is the worlds largest search engine and it is owned by Google. You may choose to set up your own channels and share public videos of you speaking, your lectures or promotional videos. This medium is very good for commercialising research projects along with other platforms, as you can create and share promotional videos for yourself as an academic, for your research centre or for a particular stream of research that has a particularly high profile. In my opinion, Kings College London achieves this to perfection.

Here is just one example of how YouTube may be used to promote research…I imagine that their funders might be quite happy to see this 🙂

 

YOU as an academic researcher also need to ensure that you have your digital imprint all over the web by connecting your work with the global community..This means using academic social platforms frequently..Such as…

  • Get yourself an Orcid ID
  • Engage with Research Gate
  • Look at your Google Scholar Profile
  • Use Repositories
  • Are you on academia.edu ??
  • Be mindful of Altmetrics
  • Use slideshare!
  • Make sure you adopt new online research directories early.

There will be more on all of this later…. Don’t panic…

This is just your online profile in a nutshell…

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Now: Before we go on…Here are a few terms and jargon you may want to refer to before you head into the social media sphere… not all of them will be used….but just in case:

  • BRB – Be Right Back
  • ASL? – Age? Sex? Location?
  • BTW – By The Way
  • CTA – Call To Action
  • DFTBA – Don’t forget to be awesome
  • GTG – Got To Go
  • IM – Instant Message
  • PM – Private Message
  • JK – Just Kidding
  • LOL – Laugh Out Loud
  • LMAO – Laughing My Ass Off
  • ROFL – Rolling On the Floor Laughing
  • YOLO – You Only Live Once
  • TBH – To Be Honest
  • IRL – In Real Life
  • TTYL – Talk To You Later
  • TLDR – Too Long Didn’t Read
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • IMO – In My Opinion
  • YW – You’re Welcome
  • OIC – Oh I See
  • SMH – Shaking My Head
  • IDK – I Don’t Know
  • FTW – For The Win
  • HBD – Happy BirthDay

Now…you have a couple of homework tasks to get through before we go on to part 2:

  1. Decide how you want to project yourself online…What are your goals?

  2. Explore the topics and platforms I have introduced within this first blog post.

  3. Google yourself! – What do people see?….If you want them to see something else….Tune in for the rest of this blog series!

 

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One day you will become a Social Media Ninja. Until then, look after yourselves…and each other…

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Maximizing your Academic Potential Via Social Media: Part Two

Welcome to part 2 of this blog series exploring how you might maximizing your academic potential via social media.

Many people ask the following questions:

  • How do academics use social media?
  • How can  social media be used for research?
  • How can social media be used to promote businesses?
  • How can social media be used to promote Community interest companies (CIC)?
  • How can social media be used for networking?
  • How can I use social media to promote my academic research?

You can find the entire 4 part blog series which answer these questions by clicking here

This series reflects a seminar I was asked to give at Coventry University by the research excellence unit. Enjoy.

OK, so let’s start with Twitter…. (My personal favourite)

 

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The basics:

This is a fast paced micro blogging site where you have 140 characters to say something catchy about your research, a conference or a contemporary issue. It can be used both personally and professionally. However, I do not recommend mixing your personal and professional online profiles within the same account.

As you set up your profile, use a professional image for your profile picture. Your cover photo might want to reflect your current work or a campaign you feel strongly about. Your profile can have personality and be quirky, but generally, I hope you will be using this professionally….so…keep it professional? OK.

Your twitter handle or ‘identifier’ should be simple. Preferably your name rather than @sexygurly1234. In addition to this, you can also add a calling name. If you are an academic, you may want this to show your academic status….perhaps ‘Dr.Doolittle’? ‘Professor Plum’? or such like.

NOTE: Anything you do set up (Names, URL’s & academic accounts)…ensure that it has longevity.

  • For example...don’t add a date/year to anything that might change…
  • If you are going to need a (.com) at a later date, choose it sooner rather than later….
  • Are you going to change institutions?..Then be careful not to commit to anything permanent in this regard online.
  • Going to change the name of your research centre?… Then you may well loose followers when you do…so think carefully.

Chessboard thinking = Think 2 moves ahead!

People will ‘tag’ you using your Twitter handle. You should tag them back! – Twitter is very social and interactive. Tagging someone in a tweet means using the @ symbol in a tweet followed by their name @SallyPezaro. This will get their attention, and yours. You will be notified as to who has tagged who and what the conversation is. See this in the notifications tab on Twitter. You can play with your settings to set who and what you want to see. Have a play once you set up.

Also, you may want to pin a tweet. This should be your favorite tweet – perhaps you latest paper or research work? – You can change this as frequently as you like.

Here is an example where I pin a Tweet showing my latest research citation. I tagged 10 key researchers in my field to let them know of this new content and shared the link to the full article for people to explore. I also tagged the Royal College of Midwives (@MidwivesRCM) who used my research to form their new guidance on Work-related stress.

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Ready to set up and have a go?

 

Once you are set up, use and share visual content such as videos or pictures as often as you can. This is most engaging. (You can tag up to 10 people in a picture to draw their attention to it). Tag and re-tweet interesting content, and search for people you find interesting in your field. Follow them. Interact with them… Where else would you get the chance to do that?

Next, explore some hashtags to find out what conversations are happening. A hashtag (#) is a filing system which sorts out various conversations.

Interested in sandwiches? – Search for  and you will find every twitter user from around the world who likes to talk about them. Now replace  with something interesting….

When a certain hashtag is used very heavily over a short period of time, it will start ‘Trending’ – This is when content, or a conversation goes ‘Viral’…Who knows… maybe one day #SallyPezarosLatestPaper will go viral. I can but hope. When a Trend is planned, it is called a ‘ThunderClap’. In this case, many users will plan to tweet a certain Hashtag at the same time to force a trend. Fun to get involved with 🙂

Here are some hashtags to get you started:

Use them where you can in your own tweets and perhaps follow them?

MondayFunday #Mondaze #MondayMadness

#MondayMotivation #TransformationTuesday #TravelTuesday

#TuesdayTips #WednesdayWisdom #WednesdayWellness #HumpDay

#ThrowbackThursday or #TBT #ThursdayThoughts #TGIF #FridayFeeling

#FollowFriday or #FF #FollowBackFriday or #FBF #FridayReads

#Weekend #SaturdayPlans #SocialSaturday #Weekend #SundayFunday

#SundayNight #SelfieSunday #SundayBlogShare

FOR ACADEMICS

 #ScholarSunday

#higheredchat

 #womenalsoknowstuff 

#Academictwitter

#whywedoresearch

Now..Who should you follow?

  • People you want to work with
  • People you respect
  • People you want to share work/ideas with
  • The We Communities (For healthcare).
  • The Royal Colleges
  • Key opinion leaders in your field
  • Academic Media (Times, guardian higherEd etc…)
  • National Institute of Health Research (and other key funders in your field).
  • Universities (and their relevant departments)
  • NHS, DoH etc… (Anyone who will disseminate the latest white papers)!
  • Journals you want to publish in (tag them when they do publish you!)

My personal favourites- @PhD2Published @AcademicPain @AcademiaObscura @TheLitCritGuy @AcademicsSay @GameofAcademics @HigherEdUnDead @fasttrackimpact  @AcademicBatgirl  @researchwhisper @PHDcomics @PhDForum @WriteThatPhD @academia@PhD_Connect

Don’t know what to Tweet?

Anything professional

  • Who are you going meet today? – Tag them
  • What are you working on today? – Share it
  • What was the last paper you published? – Pin it and tag those you want to read it, including the journal
  • Your opinions on hot professional topics
  • Your contributions to popular professional conversations or (Trends)
  • Your appreciation for other peoples work you admire
  • Your celebratory comments to colleagues
  • Reciprocal congratulatory tweets
  • Everything about key conferences using the conference hashtag (photos and quotes)!
  • Share and ‘like’ other things you like or want to promote

Twitter is most useful for academic networking during conference season….

Conference will (or should) provide a conference hashtag. Use it to follow the conversation, find out who else is going and join in! Tag and follow those you want to network with. Let them know you will be there..ask to join them in a coffee break.

Be bold.

Other people will be watching the conference hashtag even though they are not in attendance at the conference. Tweet some quotes and pictures of them… share the learnings. Reflect and build the community.

Here is an example:

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Lastly, I wanted to draw your attention to the benefits of community and shared learning on Twitter. The We Communities are a great way to connect with other health care groups and professionals..They really embrace research and collaborations with academics. They also host regular chats using various hashtags which are great to learn from and engage with…

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If none of these chats take your fancy, why not try looking at the Healthcare Hashtag project, which catalogs a wider range of healthcare discussion topics.

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Looking to join an online school or Journal club on Twitter? The School for Health and Social Care radicals is a great way to get started…

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I do apologise that these tips largely relate to the health and social care communities…As I find new information on other Twitter fields I will share….It just so happens that this is my professional field in particular.

If you have other suggestions please share them in the comments section below…

As this blog series continues, we can explore how Twitter can be used for research purposes…In the next post we can look at other social media platforms and relate them all back to how we might use them for research and for academic promotion.

For now, I hope you have found this post on Twitter for academics useful….

Homework for next time:

  • Set up your Twitter account
  • Start Tweeting, following, sharing and connecting
  • Let me know how you get on

Until next time…Look after yourselves and each other.

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Maximizing your Academic Potential Via Social Media: Part Three

Welcome to part 3 of how to maximise your academic potential via social media. This blog series summarises a seminar I was asked to give by the research excellence unit at Coventry University.

Many people ask the following questions:

  • How do academics use social media?
  • How can  social media be used for research?
  • How can social media be used to promote businesses?
  • How can social media be used to promote Community interest companies (CIC)?
  • How can social media be used for networking?
  • How can I use social media to promote my academic research?

You can find the entire 4 part blog series which answer these questions by clicking here

Hopefully you will either be setting up and using your social media accounts by now, or you will already have your social media accounts set up and ready to go.

If not, here is another user friendly guide on how to do so..

 

So before we go any further, it is probably a good idea to discuss ‘netiquette’ i.e. the etiquette of online behaviour. The ‘do’s and don’ts’ online….Here are some simple rules:

  • Be human and remember the human behind the screen
  • Stay away from the negative, even if things get unpleasant, try to diffuse the situation or walk away (digitally).
  • Nurture a culture of reciprocal support and celebration as you congratulate those who achieve (including yourself)!
  • Respect others’ privacy, confidentiality and anonymity
  • Remember that real world codes and laws still apply online
  • Be forgiving of others mistakes (and your own)!

OK, so now we have explored Twitter, lets go on to the others in brief…

Facebook

Facebook:

Facebook is slower paced, and in my opinion, is best used for casual friends and family use. Remember, it is still important to remain professional in any case. Big Brother could always be watching!

That doesn’t mean that Facebook cannot be used professionally. I’m sure your friends and family (perhaps a few colleagues) would love to know about your achievements as well as how you are enjoying a pub lunch with your dog.

More importantly, I think Facebook can be great for recruitment strategies in research. This is because you can pay for very effected and extremely targeted advertising if you know how. This means that if you want to study elite athletes who practice Nordic walking for instance…Facebook will know where they are and target your advert directly at them.. Clever huh? (Or a little scary!)..

You can also follow large scientific groups and pages who will sometimes want to promote your work (if you talk nicely to them)! The British Psychological Society have been particularly helpful for me and my work on Facebook.

Facebook is also great for commercialising or monitising your research ideas should you want to move your project into becoming a business or Community Interest Company (CIC). This is because Facebook enables you to set up business, personal or front facing pages. These pages are separate to your account (no need to set up a new account for a new business). These pages work really well as stand alone websites, as you can download apps to them to suit your needs and even sell from them.

See my academic Facebook page here -> THE ACADEMIC MIDWIFE

Trending and hash-tagging features are still available on Facebook so don’t forget to use them!

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YouTube:

YouTube is the largest search engine and is owned by Google, therefore the usual Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) rules apply. (More on that later).

This platform is great for generating viral and visual contest. Videos.

Once you set up your YouTube ‘channel’ you can link it to Google plus and share the content easily and quickly with others to achieve maximum reach. This can be a personal channel where you upload your interview, lecture and promotional research videos. Or it can be great for a research centre looking to promote their work collectively.

There are many innovative ways academics can attract some positive attention online: Be creative!

 

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Linkedin:

Quite simply, this is your online CV. In my experience, it is where potential collaborators, funders and employers will go to find out more about you….So it can be frustrating if your profile is absent, out of date, or incomplete.

You can also engage in professional discussion and blog directly onto the LinkedIn platform. this can be useful for getting your thoughts known, especially if you join groups or follow organisations with shared interests.

Here are some top tips for LinkedIn

  • It is your online CV
  • Keep everything very professional
  • Keep it up to date
  • Use professional images and photos
  • Celebrate the achievements of yourself & others
  • Connect with people & shared interests
  • Add your papers, grants, honours and awards.
  • Join in group conversations
  • Blog more professionally on Linkedin
  • Create groups and company pages
  • Check out advertised jobs
  • Be found by recruitment agents (by using strategic key words).
  • Let people ‘Scout you out’ at conferences
  • Scout others out who you want to connect with
  • Professional sharing only!

Now, there are other social media such as Google plus, instagram, snapchat and Pinterest etc…However, I have found these less useful in research. This is unless of course you are wanting to conduct research via these social media?

However, I would create a google plus account if only to link your YouTube account into this platform and share things for the benefit of Google. Google decides what to show and what not to show, and so with everything you write, you need to think about what people will search for if they are trying to find you and your work. With this in mind, use keywords to ‘maximise your academic potential via social media’.

BE SEEN

This is what Google (and other search engines) will look for:

  • Unique names come out on top
  • The volume of incoming links from related websites
  • Time within website
  • Page titles
  • Quality of content
  • Relevance
  • Page descriptions
  • Quantity of content
  • Technical precision of source code
  • Volume and consistency of searches
  • Spelling
  • Page views
  • Revisits
  • Click-throughs
  • Technical user-features
  • Uniqueness
  • Regularity of updated content (like news, weather or a regulary updated Twitter feed)
  • Functional vs broken hyperlinks

Lastly, I wanted to talk about Blogging:

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This is where you can share your learnings, knowledge, thoughts and ideas fairly casually as I am doing now. As you will see on my blog, everything is interlinked, as people can arrive here and see my other social media channels and connect with me. I also make it very easy for people to share and comment on what I post.

I am sharing my research journey. Everything I publish on here is automatically shared on all of my other channels, because I have set it up this way to avoid duplication (working smart)! I also recruit my participants from here, share my papers and conference talks. I reflect on things I have seen and done. This is a great way to absorb what I have experienced and can also be very therapeutic in some cases.

I would highly recommend blogging your research journey and keeping people posting on what you are doing throughout your academic career. For this reason it is important to choose a unique and catchy title for your blog which will capture the nature of your work on a long term basis (You don’t want to start all over again because that specific part of your research ended and you named your blog ‘MyLiteratureReview.com’).

There are all types of blogging platforms to choose from:

As you can see, I use word press because I find it easier to connect with other blogs. You can also make your page here as snazzy or as simple as you like. You can also upgrade at any time (this blog is free).

Top Tips on Blogging:

  • Share your professional thoughts values and opinions
  • Build a picture of ‘Who you are’
  • A hub to link others to your other profiles
  • A place to share your work
  • Reflect on conferences/events
  • Reply to the public
  • Document your academic journey
  • Create community debate
  • Add your blog to an academic blog directory
  • Connect blogs together within organisations
  • No more than 1000 words (ish) per post weekly/monthly – Keep it consistent!
  • Interact with other blogs and join the conversation
  • Stay positive & professional (even if you get negative responses)!
  • Never release research before publication!
  • Think of Google and SEO! (avoid jargon)
  • Have ever changing content (Twitter feed/news/weather)
  • Think about your audience & who will engage
  • Connect everything together in a ‘hub’
  • Use social media to share and promote your blog (Use hashtags too!)
  • Use visuals, quotes, slide shares, hyperlinks, videos and engaging content

So, That’s it for part 3 of this blog series. There will be one more part to this blog series where I will take you through a few things on how to use social media for research and academic promotion. Until then, why not start to build your social media empire?

You are nearly qualified as a Social Media Ninja!

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Until next time, look after yourselves, and each other.

 

 

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Maximizing your Academic Potential Via Social Media: Part Four

Welcome. This is the final part of a 4 part blog series designed to help academics to maximize their professional potential via social media.

Many people ask the following questions:

  • How do academics use social media?
  • How can  social media be used for research?
  • How can social media be used to promote businesses?
  • How can social media be used to promote Community interest companies (CIC)?
  • How can social media be used for networking?
  • How can I use social media to promote my academic research?

You can find the entire 4 part blog series which answer these questions by clicking here

This blog series reflects a seminar I was asked to give by the Research Excellence unit at Coventry University. I hope you find it useful 🙂

How do we relate social media to academia?

Ok, so we have largely gone through how to set up social media accounts and use them for the purpose of promoting our academic ‘selves’… But how does this relate more specifically to academia?

Here are some academic platforms which all academics should embrace.. we touched upon these earlier:

  • Orcid ID’s
  • Research gate
  • Google Scholar Profiles
  • Repositories
  • academia.edu
  • Altmetrics
  • Slidshare

The social media data you collect can be used in grant applications and impact studies

I would also recommend the early adoption of new online research directories. It can’t really hurt to jump on board early, and you may get ‘found’ or ‘discovered’ before anyone else!

Google yourself! – This is what future funders, employers and collaborators will see –  What comes up first? Don’t like it?… Then optimise your online presence to project the best possible ‘YOU’.

Academic on Social Media

Once you are optimised, you might be interested in tracking your success. Altmetrics is growing fast as a tool and platform with which to track the success and reach of certain papers.

The Altmetric score for a research output provides an indicator of the amount of attention that it has received.

The score is derived from an automated algorithm, and represents a weighted count of the amount of attention we’ve picked up for a research output. Why is it weighted? To reflect the relative reach of each type of source. It’s easy to imagine that the average newspaper story is more likely to bring attention to the research output than the average tweet.

This is reflected in the default weightings:

News

8

Blogs

5

Twitter

1

Facebook

0.25

Sina Weibo

1

Wikipedia

3

Policy Documents (per source)

3

Q&A

0.25

F1000/Publons/Pubpeer

1

YouTube

0.25

Reddit/Pinterest

0.25

LinkedIn

0.5

A more detailed description of how Altmetrics works can be found here.

For a live example of how Altmetric works, here is an example from one of my recent papers. I can see who, where and how people have accessed and shared my paper. For this paper so far, Altmetric has seen 70 tweets from 52 users, with an upper bound of 86,999 followers.

WOW!

Altmetrics page

This Altmetric score can only grow

->  Check out the updated progress of this paper right now by clicking here

Now imagine if your whole research centre was active on social media, they each had 1000 (relevant) followers and everybody shared each others work in a celebratory way!….How far could your reach spread?

Below, you will see the papers with the highest Altmetric scoring…Within these articles so far, Altmetric has seen 2467 tweets from 2308 users, with an upper bound of 5,064,475 followers.

Double Wow!

top altmetric papers

Check out the latest top 100 Altmetric articles here

How to increase your Altmetric score:

The Altmetric scores will always follow the interactions made with your article, and the reach and spread of its URL link. So make sure you use this link wherever you can

It usually looks like this: http://www.womenandbirth.org/article/S1871-5192(15)00326-1/abstract

  • Now that you run a blog (after reading this blog series of course you will right?) add a post about your article.
  • As your contacts to blog about and share your paper
  • Ask your press office of institution to promote the link of the article in news stories (and everywhere really).
  • Tweet about your paper (more than once!) – Try pinning it to your profile page with an image and tag people who might be interested to ready and share it.
  • Start a discussion about your paper and invite people to comment online.
  • Highlight your paper at conference, raise its profile and ask people to share it online. Make this easy for them by connecting with them and tagging them.
  • Promote reciprocal sharing where you share and celebrate the work of your colleagues in return (You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours)!
  • Share your work with fellow academics on Mendeley
  • Take a look at Wiley’s Journal Author Promotional Toolkit.

Health Research via Social Media

As you will know, I am a midwife by background and my work largely focuses upon workforce issues, health and well being. Therefore, this section will introduce you to some cool work being done via social media in the health and social care fields. I hope you can extrapolate this to your own work…

There is much to talk about, so I consolidate some of this section here:

These are some groovy ways to use social media huh?

I myself have used social media and this blog to recruit participants for my own Delphi study research… See the summary of this recruitment strategy below…Paper protocol here.

Multimedia Appendix 1 - Social media engagement and recruitment summary.

More recently, I have been involved with a research study on Twitter. This study was designed to explore what  for healthcare staff This was done with a vision of helping healthcare organisations to become more compassionate towards their staff. See info here. See metrics here. I will be promoting the results of this study within this blog, once the paper is published of course!

#ShowsWorkplaceCompassion

And so last but not least, it is time to leave you with a few of my top tips before I send you out of this social media nest to fly out on your own as social media ninjas. Unfortunately I of course have not been able to cover everything about social media and its academic uses within this blog series. Nevertheless I hope you have found this introduction useful.

I would be very happy help you or your organisation, so please do contact me via the contact pages of this blog if you wish to talk further.

Social media is one of my many passions, and I really do think it has great potential to achieve so many things. Lets all maximise our potential together by lifting each other up and supporting one another to achieve wonderful things.

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Final Top Tips

  • Be wary of changing your brand (Think 2 steps ahead)
  • Stay away from the negative –> follow the positive
  • Be consistent, human, reflective, sharing, collaborative, brave!
  • Use Bitly– Condenses long URLs to make them easier to share – Also generates stats.
  • Never use Social Media whilst drunk!
  • Think of spellings – American or English? Who are you trying to attract? Going global?
  • Exploit your email signature (Add your social media links etc for imprints online).
  • Exploit your presentation slides (Add your social media links to them)
  • Use photos on Twitter (tag up to 10 people in them)!
  • Treat everything you post as public – Think before you post!
  • Respect Google and other search engines
  • Join blogging directories (or create one?)
  • Join online communities (or create one?)
  • Follow and engage with key influencers in your field
  • Explore HOOTSUITE! (This allows you to schedule your outgoing content to save time)
  • KEEP ACTIVE – 10 minutes a day goes a long way 🙂

 

The Last Word

When people are looking down at their mobile devices, they may actually be online looking directly at you….What do you want them to see?

Be fabulous

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Maximising your academic potential via social media

This is just a short blog post to say that I will be hosting a seminar on …

Maximising your academic potential via social media this week at @covcampus

Many people have said they would like to come… but cannot attend on this occasion…..

As such, I will be publishing this seminar in a series of blog posts designed for academics looking to maximise their potential via social media – Hope this helps 🙂

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