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Social Networking Jigsaw Puzzle

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A Noble Attempt at Piecing It All Together

A Noble Attempt at Piecing It All Together

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  • 1. The Social Media Jigsaw Puzzle: A Noble Attempt at Piecing It All Together
  • 2. Social networking truly is the new way of the world. So what is it, exactly? “Social media is, at its most basic sense, a shift in how people discover, read, and share news and information and content. It's a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monologue (one to many) into dialog (many to many.)”* *http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/06/29/the-definition-of-social-media So, in a nutshell, it’s about conversation.
  • 3. Just how many people, you might ask? Facebook: 90.8 million monthly users in the US alone You Tube: 72.5 million monthly users in the US alone MySpace: 62.7 million monthly users in the US alone Twitter: 26.5 million monthly users in the US alone Blogger: 20.1 million monthly users in the US alone And access to these audiences is free.
  • 4. With print on the decline and the number of bookmarking, sharing and blogging sites increasing every day, this is one medium that is demanding attention – and it’s either get in or be left in the dust. When used correctly and effectively, you have the power to deliver news to more people than you ever dreamed possible.
  • 5. Another shift? People are increasingly relying on word of mouth (WOM) to both get their message out and learn about products and services. “Marketing with is much more important that marketing at right now.” -Dave Balzer, CEO of BzzAgent Inc.
  • 6. Now it’s time to get to work…
  • 7. SOCIAL NETWORKING, MICROBLOGGING AND BLOGGING SITES
  • 8. Create profiles on the following top social networking, microblogging and blogging sites: Social Networking: Microblogging: 1. Facebook 5. Twitter 2. LinkedIn 3. MySpace Blogging: 4. You Tube 6. Blogger/Wordpress 5. Flickr
  • 9. It’s not enough to just sign up… The following explains the why and the how for your company's use of top social media sites.
  • 10. Facebook: this site is perfect for grabbing the attention of educated professionals. • Post new material at least twice a week, and join and participate in groups. Use the events, photos and notes features whenever possible to keep your page current. • Create a business page in addition to your personal page. LinkedIn: This is the go-to site for when you want to reach a skilled audience, as it allows networking among professionals. • Maintain a presence by joining relative groups and participating in the questions and answers section. Pose thoughtful questions, and only answer when you truly have something helpful to provide. Browse this section regularly.
  • 11. MySpace: do not disregard this site – you may not see it as your target audience, but with about 63 million people visiting a month, can you afford to ignore it? • This site is apropos in terms of music and visual arts -- interactivity is a huge part of its success. If you have videos or graphic design work, this is a great place to display it. • Maintain a personality on the site by updating your material often (at least twice a week), joining groups and conversing with people who take an interest in your posts. You Tube: Use this site for viral marketing • Post videos your company has created to an audience of millions. • Be sure to link back to your website or embed it in your site or blog – this directs viewers back to your company. Flickr: Share visual content in a way that engages viewers • Upload pictures and videos to share with your audience. • You can organize and tag them, which makes them easier for others to find. Blogger: There are many blogging sites out there, but Blogger is our personal fave. • Make the content useful and entertaining. Do not simply blog about company achievements – make the copy personable, and give readers a reason to return.
  • 12. TWITTER is a hugely popular service that is not going away any time soon. It is the best vehicle for frequency outreach and reaching the masses. It truly is the billboard advertising of today – minus the cost.
  • 13. Twitter: Interactivity on this microblogging site can put your message in front of a huge (and captive) audience • Find “friends” via sites such as search.twitter.com and nearbytweets.com. Follow them, and you will receive their updates. • Many will reciprocate and follow you, which means they will receive all your updates. • Interact by retweeting (RT), @messaging and direct messaging; acknowledge tweets sent your way and comment on things of interest • Before you know it, you will have a strong base.
  • 14. Case study: Zappos Companies can have huge success on Twitter. Zappos’ Tweets are posted by company CEO Tony Hsieh, and he keeps it light and fun. Example tweet: “Wanted to try to spend time this weekend being more cultured, so I changed my car's GPS settings to talk in an Australian accent.” Hsieh says he (along with over 400 employees) uses Twitter not as a direct marketing tool, but as a way to connect with his customers. And his approach works; he currently has over 967,000 followers.
  • 15. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING
  • 16. These sites are great because your material is shown to people who are interested in the things your company does. Traffic can be directed back to your site, relationships can be forged and your information can be shared with an educated, captivated community. It’s free advertising, placed in front of people who actually want to see your stuff. So basically, it’s a no brainer.
  • 17. Del.icio.us: • Save all your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what others are bookmarking StumbleUpon: • This is more of a promotional vehicle. Add images and short articles and expand your network so others see the sites you have in your arsenal. • Submit your articles here and see traffic – it’s worked for us. Digg • Use this for promotion by adding some new media to the mix. Submissions will be posted under “upcoming stories,” where viewers look and either “digg” them or don’t. • People see what you digg, so be active on the site and others will want to see your favorites. Add all forms of media to this site. Reddit • Use this as another promotional vehicle by uploading new sites — submission titles are key to gaining recognition. • Best for posting short articles and blogs.
  • 18. YOUR WEB SITE
  • 19. First and foremost, it is important to promote your company news and your social media connections on your Web site by: 1. Posting your news 2. Providing quick links to social sites 3. Adding bookmarking tools such as the “Add This” feature to your news, events and blogs
  • 20. REPUTATION MONITORING
  • 21. Social media allows people to voice their opinions to millions of listeners. Wanna know what they’re saying about you? There are many sites out there that allow you to monitor your online reputation... Try www.trackur.com
  • 22. And remember, if someone is talking badly about you or your company, instead of simply taking offense and dwelling on negative comments, address them — and take the criticism for what it’s worth: a chance to grow and learn.
  • 23. STRATEGY
  • 24. Once you have all your profiles set up and have gained some insight into the vehicles, you need to broadcast your info to reach a waiting audience. The following are the recommended steps to get the most out of social media.
  • 25. • Blatant advertising is not appreciated or respected. For every article you post that was written by your company, post 10 from another source that are relative to your audience. • Use budURL. It not only shortens long URLs, but it also keeps track of numbers as far as how many people are reading your articles. It will quantify your traffic and show you what is (and isn’t) working. • Build relationships on each and every site. Posting information is not enough. It’s important to converse with people by posting on others’ blogs, writing @replies on Twitter, answering questions on LinkedIn, etc. Engage with others – it will pay off. • Blogs: get your posts out to a larger audience. You can autopost your new blog entry through your statuses using ping.fm. If you use this site, it can also track your numbers via budURL.
  • 26. “If one understands the way social networks can deliver value, they have the opportunity to do more for themselves than ever before.” -Chris Brogan, President of New Marketing Labs
  • 27. The End