Social Media Marketing
Using social media as a free marketing tool for your business.
✤ What is Online Social Networking?
✤ Social Networking is not a new idea, it has existed forever and we
have always used our social networks to ﬁnd things such as jobs, new
friends and even new partners. In a normal friend network you
might know Paul, John and Sally however most of the connections in
your social network are hidden because your network is only as good
as the connections that you can see.
Online social networking sites solve these problems by allowing you
to add friends, as you add friends you are allowed to see their friends
which starts to open up hidden opportunities for creating new
✤ “Web log” Allows you to report and publish information.
✤ Discussion held alongside the article.
✤ Text, pictures, video, audio.
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site which was
launched in May 2003. Mainly used for professional networking. As
of February 2009, it had more than 35 million registered users,
spanning 170 industries.
✤ Online resumes.
✤ Contact list.
✤ Discussion groups.
✤ Researching possible new hires.
Google Groups is a free service from Google where groups of people
have discussions about common interests. Users can ﬁnd discussion
groups related to their interests and participate in threaded
conversations or they can also start new groups.
Facebook is a social networking service that lets you connect with
friends, co-workers, and others who share similar interests or who
have common backgrounds. Many use it as a way to stay in touch
after ﬁnishing school, or as a way to share their life publicly. What
makes Facebook different from other social networks are its extensive
privacy controls, its development platform, and its large and quickly
growing user base. Facebook has been called the "thinking person's"
✤ 140-character or less “micro-blog” entries.
✤ Mobile text/SMS notiﬁcations.
✤ Direct, brief communication with huge audiences.
Social Media/Networking Links
✤ YouTube - Post your own ✤ MySpace - Social networking.
videos. Embed them in your
homepage. ✤ Plaxo - Social networking.
✤ Twitter - “Micro-blogging” ✤ Orkut - Social networking.
✤ Flickr - Share photos. Groups ✤ Bebo - Social networking.
and comments supported.
✤ Tagged - Social networking.
✤ SlideShare - Post presentations
(such as this one) for others to ✤ Ning - Create your own social
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✤ Get a proper business website.
This will be the hub of your online business presence. Integrate! Draw trafﬁc to your
site with meaningful links.
✤ Start networking online.
Don’t be afraid to make new connections. (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc.) Provide
value to your audience with meaningful content.
✤ Commit to routinely providing value.
Provide valuable, fresh content on your website. Get attention, become an authority,
build trust and make make sales. (Google Groups, ListServs.)
✤ Tell people!
In person, over the phone, business cards.
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General SEO Strategy
✤ Integrate relevant online activities.
✤ Publish clear, consistent, meaningful, professional messages.
✤ Regularly update content.
✤ Maximize relevant inbound links from relevant external sites.
✤ Work with a developer to set meta, image tags etc.
✤ Do not spam. Search engines are a lot smarter than they used to be!
✤ Google’s opinion of your websites importance relative to other sites
on the Internet. 0-10 scale.
✤ Exact calculations kept secret.
✤ Google Toolbar reveals your PageRank.
✤ 0 Completely new website. (Lowest possible.)
✤ 1-3 Most small businesses with little/no marketing and PR.
✤ 4 PrestonLee.com (Established but small.)
✤ 5 ChandlerChamber.com
✤ 6-8 azcentral.com, phoenix.edu (Medium/Large scale sites.)
✤ 9 Microsoft.com, NYTimes.com (Extremely important.)
✤ 10 Google.com (Highest possible.)