Social Networking for…Everything?

 

It’s no secret that social networks have quite literally taken over the world. With networks such as Facebook and Twitter boasting billions of users, social networking has become front and center for just about everything we do in life. So much so, that most people don’t ever unplug.  People are constantly on social networks primarily for personal endeavors, like posting pictures, videos, updates on everyday life, and talking with friends. Is there social networking for everything? New networks are popping up every day, many with specific purposes. In addition to dedicated social networks, many existing sites are also adding a social aspect as well.

Here are some industries that have recently been infiltrated by social media:

Real Estate

It only makes sense that renting or buying/selling a home or apartment would go social. In the past, if a person had a house to rent, they had to rely on a sign in the yard and word of mouth to let people know that the space was available. Now, there are several social networks dedicated to helping people find places to live. A few examples:

  • Trulia, which invites response from real estate agents
  • Crashpad, which can help you find an apartment as well as a roommate

Travel

Travel sites are nothing new; booking travel online has become a way of life for many people. But the social aspect of booking travel online is a relatively new scene. Sites like Trip Advisor and Home Away not only offer hotel and airline reservations, but they also have reviews of popular attractions and local businesses. Another idea that is new to the travel scene is home swapping. Website pair up people who are interested in travelling and they arrange to stay in each other’s homes, eliminating some travel costs. If this isn’t social, then I don’t know what is.

Restaurants

Social reviews of restaurants has probably been around the longest. Sites like Urbanspoon and Yelp have offered people the ability to rate and review restaurants (and with Yelp, other businesses as well) for several years now. I have to admit that Urbanspoon is one of my favorite sites to visit. It’s fun to read about other people’s experiences at restaurants. These sites can give you an idea of what to expect from the perspective of other patrons, not just food critics or the restaurant itself.

As always, it’s important to exercise caution when using any of these networks. Beware of how much personal information that you broadcast, the internet is an endless archive and once you put that information out there, it’s going to be there forever. And remember, just because a restaurant has great reviews on Urbanspoon doesn’t mean that it’s really all that great!

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

Effective Strategies For Bigger Social Media Exposure

 

Social Media is an important part of any Business. Social Media is the future. It is the biggest component of the Internet by which a Business can reach millions of people. With so many companies competing for the spotlight you need to have some clever techniques for staying at the top and get the maximum social media exposure possible. Social Media Exposure

1. Find the right time

There are two ways to find the right time. One is to use your own experience, and the other is to use different tools. Experience is the key in most cases. The only disadvantage is that experience is built over time. You will probably run some trial and error methods for a few months before you find success.

From my experiences, for Facebook and most other social media sites, the best time to share would be when most of your friends are online. When your friends are online, they would easily see your updates and if they comment you would be available to reply to them as well. Another advantage is that people tend to be online on multiple social media sites at once. Statistically, that gives you a great opportunity to convert.

In case of Facebook pages, the most clever way to share is to first understand the locations of your fans. For example, if you’re in the US and the majority of fans are Asian, you need to keep in mind the time difference. It doesn’t help when you post an update when the majority of the Asians are asleep at night. If you have fans from all over the world, then you need to schedule your posts in a cycle. We will come onto that a little later.

People visit social media sites predominately in the morning and late evening after returning home from work. These are key times when your prospects will be online. So, keeping in mind your time zones, you need to concentrate your sharing around these times.

There are plenty of tools available, especially for Twitter, which allow you to see when most of your followers are online. One such tool is Tweriod.

2. Never Reveal Too Much – Be Descriptive Yet Short

People like way too many things and follow way too many people on Facebook and Twitter. So, naturally when they login to their accounts, they are bombarded with hundreds of updates per minute. Within those hundreds of updates your updates needs to stand out.

On Twitter, there is a 140 character limit. You need to be more descriptive and to the point so that your potential customers click on that link. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ don’t have that limitation. Writing too much when you update can kill the suspense and curiosity in your reader.

You should write in such a way that it presents an opportunity for your readers to learn something new. Saying more with fewer words is the key to getting that click we all want.

3. Understand Your Own and Your Reader’s Psychology

Before trying to figure out the psychology of your readers and what they love, you should understand your own psychology.

For example, have you ever thought what kind of articles you read and why do you read them. What makes you come and read them in the first place? Was it the catchy title that everyone brags about? Was it something new? Was it your own curiosity? Was it something that’s closely related to your personal life? Just think about it.

Have you ever noticed how your readers interact with others in the social media environment. Have you ever noticed the type of updates they comment on and what they write in their comments. Reading others comments can give you an outlook of what he/she likes and he/she expects to read in the coming future.

This is applicable for any niche that you may be in.

4. Connect Your Social Media Accounts

Connecting your social media accounts is important because it helps spread your word quickly and simultaneously. Bloggers, webmasters, and business houses are very active on social media sites. Have you ever thought why?

It’s because their potential customers are lazy. Normal people come online to relax, take a break from their daily routine and chat with their friends. They don’t come online to buy something so that you can get a commission out of it. It’s a hard fact. In order to make a sale, you need to change your reader’s mindset from “Do I need it ?” to “I can’t live without it”. This is something which Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs did with revolutionary products like IPod, IMac and Iphone.

But in order to this, you first need to get their attention. Now, the good thing is that people remain online on multiples sites like Facebook and Google+ at once. This is your chance to show them what you have to offer. Chances are they may not click your link at first glance, but when they see your updates on multiple sites, they may have a second thought and click your link to see what you have to offer. That’s why connecting your social media accounts is important.

5. Schedule Your Updates for Bigger Social Media Exposure

To run a successful business, you need diversified income and that can only happen when you have a diversified audience. The problem with having a diversified audience is that it’s difficult to reach all of them, or most of them, because of different time zones and other factors.

Scheduling your updates is the key to this. The best way to achieve is this take your best 15-20 posts and schedule them in a timely manner with suitable intervals into multiple cycles that runs for 24 hours. Next day, you take another 15-20 of your posts and do the same thing with them.

This is a great way to get some pretty big social media exposure because if someone misses one of your posts or all your posts in a cycle, then he/she can easily find it in another cycle because the cycle runs multiple times in day.

6. Advertisements

Along with social media, the art of advertisements has also changed.

On Facebook, if you have a fan page, then you can advertise your fan page or your posts. Both of them are pretty great for increasing your likes in my experience. Recently, I spent about $40 on Facebook Advertising for two of my posts from my facebook fan page. It helped me get hundreds of likes and a great amount of traffic as well. Here’s a screenshot of one of them.

social media exposure

For $30, it reached 16k people

If you have a budget you can easily get this started.  It gets attention fast and a lot and it’s very effective.

Conclusion

All of the tips have to be implemented simultaneously to get some decent traffic to your blog. These things takes months to develop and you can’t stop when you start getting social media traffic . You need to constantly work them for continued growth.

 

Lahaul Seth is an engineering student who loves to write articles on blogging tips, seo, internet marketing, social media. He is also a programmer and an addicted web developer. He is the Founder and Administrator of Lion Blogger.

LinkedIn Endorsements and Why they are Important

 

A little while back, we published a blog that instructed you how to write a great LinkedIn profile. As we discussed then, LinkedIn has become a huge presence in the social media world. It has also influenced the hiring process of many, many companies. LinkedIn is a way for companies to find professional job candidates who have laid out their skill sets, talents, and employment history for the world to see. 

LinkedIn has a ton of great features that are beneficial to both job seekers and hiring managers alike. One of the most popular is the ability to endorse the skills of people you have worked with (and hopefully for them to endorse you). 

So what are LinkedIn endorsements? On your LinkedIn profile, you’ll need to complete a section that is titled Skills & Expertise. Here, you’ll be able to choose from a seemingly endless list of job skills. You should choose the ones that apply to you in all of your jobs, both current and past. From here, people who are in your network will be able to endorse those skills. 

An endorsement pretty much means that yes, I have worked with this person and seen them exhibit this skill or trait in person. Most often, former or current colleagues are going to be the ones who endorse your skills. Friends or family members can endorse you too. 

A recent infographic published by LinkedIn talks about endorsements. Their findings showed that the more endorsements a LinkedIn Endorsementsperson has, the more likely their profile is to be viewed by others on the site. In short, the more endorsements you have, the better you look to potential employers and other professional connections.

In fact, the article states that you are up to 4 times more likely to have your profile viewed if you have endorsements. This could be extremely beneficial to anyone who is actively seeking a job. 

While I’m not the leading expert on endorsement etiquette, I think it’s perfectly appropriate to drop a line to any former managers or coworkers who know you are a hard worker and ask them to please endorse any skills that you have listed that they think apply to you and your work ethic. 

This could be a good way to start building and managing your personal brand. Like with anything, you’ll need to put some effort and keep up with your LinkedIn profile. One thing you should do is list your best skills first. 

When someone endorses you that skill goes right to top of the list, making it easy for people to see. I suggest managing your list, so you can be in control of what skills show first. 

 

Check out your LinkedIn profile today and make sure that you have all of your relevant skills listed, that way people who view your profile can endorse you!

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for ChamberofCommerce.com. She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. ChamberofCommerce.com helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.