One of my most popular blog posts last year was "Top 10 Gifts for Veterinary Social Media Lovers." Throughout the year, I met a few people in person who mentioned a product they loved and were still using! In honor of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday, and general holiday craziness right around the corner), I've updated the list with just a few tweaks.
I know these are good, because I actually own all of them! Some are fun, some are super handy, and some are downright essential. Whether these are gifts for a friend, colleague or yourself, they promise to make social media even more fun.
Happy holidays! -CD
DISCLAIMER: You'll notice that these are almost all Amazon links for a few reasons: 1) Who doesn't love and need Amazon 2 day shipping right now?! and 2) I'll earn a small fee if you follow the links below to order. However, I will be donating any and all affiliate link proceeds to a St. Louis Spay/Neuter program!
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1. Joby GripTight ONE Magnetic Impulse: $59.95
I loved this tripod so much I did a video review of using it in my clinic. The Joby GripTight ONE GP Magnetic Impulse is portable, flexible, super sturdy, and MAGNETIC! It holds my iPhone 7 plus just fine, and adjusts to fit any smartphone. It wraps around sink faucets, IV poles, sticks to metal window frames and exam tables, and goes wherever you want it to go. Best of all, it comes with a bluetooth wireless remote so you can snap pictures from afar or start your live video without that awkward lean in/giant finger footage. My number one favorite gadget this year, hands down! Check out my blog for the write up and/or the Facebook video review and see how I used it around our hospital! For whatever reason, this particular model is only available on Joby's website or at Best Buy, but you can find a similar Joby model on Amazon here- it also is magnetic and has the remote, but I suspect the smartphone adapter may not be as flexible.
ILast week, I was surprised to hop onto my clinic's Facebook page and see a new marketing feature, called "Our Story," asking me to add information to complete our business' profile.
It took just a few seconds to add the requested info: a title, a cover photo, and a much larger space than the traditional "about" section you probably haven't seen in a few years since you set up your page to begin with :-)
I opted to share our standard "About Us" message, detailing our history and a brief description of the things that sets our hospital apart. I'm still not sure why Facebook decided to add this feature, and it's only appeared on about half of the pages I manage so far. Ultimately, even though it's basically the same info that appears elsewhere on your social media and website, it's another opportunity to showcase your practice and what makes you rock, so I'm all for it. When you're all done, it lives on the right hand side of your profile on desktop, and has a prominent placing on mobile view as well, just under your likes and above your reviews.
Check out the screenshots below to see the process and the end result, and let me know if your practice has this feature yet!