SOCIAL STATUSA BASIC Introduction to Social Media
Social Media Social Media is defined as new media/new marketing.Social Media can be easy to access, easy to share sites/blogs and resources, easy to use, it promotes immediacy and when used correctly it can promote trust in your business/brand.Social Media is dynamic; it is rapidly evolving and there is always something new to use, share and learn! Social Media works on the same basics/principles of traditional marketing. Just as a business has time for traditional marketing, in 10 years time social media will be just as normal as using emails and websites. And more necessary because social media is dynamic, global, entertaining and educational.
BlogsBlogs are daily journals/posts which can be publicly used to share information about your business/brand. Blogs drive content and can be found on search sites. Blogs give a business the opportunity to write more in depth information, i.e. valuable content and you can add widgets/links and information to your blog to drive SMO (Social Media Optimisation).Blogs give businesses an opportunity to add content, to keep theircommunity informed, to add photos, advertising, marketing and to keep people updated.Blogs are interactive and can be used to promote and market yourbusiness and brand. The more you update; the more you can drive awareness about your business.
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Social networkingAny form of networking is great for business. Either being involved and present at programmes, events, launches, sales etc Or attending events for networking. People want to connect and if they see a business offline and actually form arelationship with the brand; this is beneficialbecause your advocates will share links and content with their friends.
Facebook Facebook helps businesses connect with community and individuals.By creating a business page, you can build a brand and community on Facebook.This page has to be interactive and checked/monitored on a daily basis. I would recommend at least one update 5 times a week (during business hours); write original content, share links from your website/blog, add images, videos, quotes, resources and information. New Marketing/New Media is all about relationships and building them.
TwitterTwitter is considered a virtual newspaper. You can find any informationon any subject matter; so people use Twitter to interact, communicate, market and promote their business as well as sharing personal information (about their lives, interests etc) Twitter is a highly interactive and public site. It has a huge reach and it is an incredible way to communicate and build a brand. Most people on Twitter communicate, market, promote, converse, engage and add links. Twitter is primarily used to connect and interact with others. Twitter is also used to share and exchange information.Tweet at least 3 times a day; check/monitor your account daily and use Twitter to find content, communicate and share.
LinkedIn LinkedIn is considered as a networking site for business. This is a site to promote your professional skills, share yourexpertise with others, join groups and discussions and promote your own business products and services Build a brand and profile on LinkedIn. You can add all your sites on there including your website, Twitter account and RSS from blog.It’s a great site to recruit, to interact with other business people, to share content, to answer questions and to source information.
Other Social Media Sites to use: Image Sharing sites – such as Picasa, Flickr or Photobucketamongst others to display pictures and use to share images on other social media accounts Pinterest.com – a great site to share visual content such asimages, quotes, Infographics as well as connecting with others Instagram – a photo sharing app Google+ - which collates all your Google links and profiles – shares to Google and is considered another social network which would be beneficial for business purposesOther social networks – which has communities of like mindedusers such as moms, educators, bookworms etc (just search Google to find the one you are after! And join)
ProfilesRemember when you met or made a connection and you had a 5 second spiel?!Social media sites gives you a chance to put your best spiel, the best overview of your business online. That profile or spiel is marketing YOU 24/7 and you can put THAT spiel on any site. Set up information (profiles/bios/brief information) aboutyourself, business or brand online which reflects your business, your style and your interests.
Privacy and Etiquette The Internet is generally a public domain. Anything you put online stays online and can be easily found. List the original source of content (images, videos, quotes, articles,blog posts etc); link back to the blog, the image or the video that you have sourced. Answer questions, respond to others, share resources, build a community.Be mindful of what you say online and use Social Media to engage and interact with others and to build a community online.Go with your instincts, never put ANYTHING that can affect you or your business at a later stage. Adhere to the terms and conditions of each account. Know your own companys’ policies and set up a social media policy, a customer service and a PR strategy.
Safety Issues This is more applicable for youngsters and teens.Don’t put up any addresses or personal details that can hurt you later. Stay away from negative nasty comments, inappropriatepictures, contentious issues and details of things that are not applicable to your business and brand. Check bios, profiles, images and links before putting up information. In terms of being safe online again use your instincts!
Enjoy social media: Check your accounts everyday. Entertain, educate, inform yourself and others. Curate content; find, read, research, source and share information with people. Join conversations Communicate and engage online and socially.You can meet like minded people, post valuable information, promote, market and network your business.It can change how you market and promote and it can help you grow a business and community online and reach people who you didn’t imagine you could connect with!
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