Unique is that Brian writes a story about every photo session. He write about the shoot, where they went, his thoughts, humor that happened along the way, what it was like working with the person and their unique style and ideas. He puts all his photos on his blog and wants people to share and generate traffic/buzz.
Blogs updates from letters sent by people who’ve gotten puppies from them. The blog posts tell great stories, while features appealing photos and testimonials from happy clients.
Small business called “Solutions by Scott” who focuses on professional organizing and installation of systems. He blogs about all kinds of related topics, but uses video blogging and “how to” videos to actually show people how it is done. If he recommends a specific product, then he demonstrates it.
Fantastic real estate agent example. He writes his take on news articles, 10 ten reasons to relocate to “his” selling area, and incorporates traditional web applications like home estimate calculators, featured homes, etc. he also uses a Facebook fan page and networked blog application to reach more people.
Tool Supply company sells their tools to mechanics and repair shops. They blog about products related to the season, etc., they uses, how to be ready for specific situations and service calls, how to save money using their products, etc.
90 students, one teacher, limited class participation until the teacher implemented Twitter as a class discussion tool to receive questions in real time from students. Now over 30 are actively engaged in discussion and have notes and can go back and look through fellow students questions/notes later.
Baker tweets what is fresh/hot out of the oven from breads and cakes to cookies and treats. Some customers like to stop in and buy what is very fresh or still warm. Plus they know what is being baked that day.
Bakery treats that come to you. They tweet where they are going, so customers can meet the truck.
How one local coffee shop used Twitter to double their clientele. The strategy was to start following all the local people he could: people who were or could be customers. Within a short time, he had 1000 followers in his target market. The owner started tweeting and receive a tweet from a hungry customer asking if he could tweet a breakfast wrap and drive thru to get it. He had limited time. The coffee shop owner tweeted back “what do you want on it”. The tweet exchange got lots of attention from the Twitter community. The coffee shop hosted a TweetUp party for 100 twitter enthusiasts, sold tons of food/coffee and became the first and largest Houston Texas Tweetup to date!
Sumbit your packages to the Direct Message feature of twitter to be able to track any packages using any shipping service, going anywhere.
Are you Personal Trainer helping someone be accountable changing lifestyle eating habits or keeping a food journal? Maybe you are a teacher helping children do a food unit or a dietician looking for a fun exercise with clients. Maybe you have a computer/desk job and guilty of eating at your desk? Now use Twitter to track what you eat, calories, and weight loss. What a unique use of Twitter!
Instead of models nobody knows, Dawn features her customers in before/after shots, makeovers and other events. With frequent status updates and information flowing, she is quickly establishing an online presence. She used Facebook to chronicle a Training trip to New York this year, sending pictures, new fashion tips and trends, and other interesting tidbits back to MN. Her fans were waiting to hear about the trip when she got back.
TGIF Restaurant using “Woody”’s fan page to give free burgers and get 1 million fans before the end of September. They are cleverly using Woody to travel around and make guest appearances at TGIF’s and use the EVENTS section of Facebook to let people know where he is going AND gather confirmed guests. In essence they are pre-selling and with the estimated numbers be prepared with staff/food and of course, plenty of publicity. People come to get their picture taken with Woody and then go back to post it on Facebook for a FULL CYCLE!
Selligcd’s via Facebook fans, demo music on Facebook music feature, networked blogs, and fan photos/events related to CD release
Local small business; professional cleaning and organizing updates facebook frequently with money saving tips, clutter tips, cleaning ideas. Engages fans in conversation; new business/new customers via Facebook “word of mouth” and referrals. High participation from fans. Photos, links, coupons and more.
A flight attendant by trade, she tweets and blogs (actually won an award for best flight blog 2009) with her sole business purpose to be your liaison to a more enjoyable inflight experience.
Librarian who blogs about all things related to and highlighting the positives of using the library. Interesting videos and article topics, engaging site, yet clean and simple.
Improving Your Competitive Advantage Using Social Media
How Blogs Help Achieve Expert Status in your field Promote Your Name, Brand, Product/Service Deliver Traffic to your Website Increase Your SEO Rankings Creating a real dialogue with those who matter Lead Generation Education is the new marketing Differentiating your business, products and services Develop marketing materials by repurposing your posts
Video blogging of ‘how tos’ to show people how it is actually done. Recommends specific products and then demonstrates!
More about human interest than selling…really ‘sells’ his community!
They blog about products related to the season, the uses, how to be ready for specific situations and service calls, how to save money using their products, etc.
Blogging Strategy One Post Per Week Brainstorm What can you educate your clients on What are new trends happening in your industry What are all of the things that make your company unique What are all of the things that you care about outside of work; things that make you more than just work Steve’s Plan M – Inspirational posts for Small Businesses; Encourage steps T - Tools Tuesday W - Case Study on business or tool T - Publicly answer a question that came up from a client, employee, or friend F - Best of the week – what I am reading, fascinated by
Submit your packages to the Direct Message feature of twitter to be able to track any packages using any shipping service, going anywhere.
What business could use this? How could you use this?
Twitter Strategy Decide: Who do you want to follow you? Find 10 people each day for 10 days whom you want to follow you, and follow them first- watch your followers grow! Beth’s 30 day plan Commit 15 minutes every day to Twitter. Day One: Listen Day Two: RT Day Three: Follow back. Day Four: Check your DM and @ messages Day Five: Choose one person you are following, who has a large number of following/followers. Go through who they are following and follow people to build your own list. Day Six: Strike up a conversation, answer someone’s question or offer assistance Day Seven: In the search bar, type in some keywords with and without a #hashtag and see all the current twitter chatter on a topic you care about. You may find more people to follow and/or conversations to join.
Facebook Strategy #1 Competitive Advantage you can have in Facebook is “Presence”. 80% of Fan Pages are stagnant for months! Engage your fans daily with something; status updates, photos, links, and ongoing comments in threads. Beth’s Strategy 1 update every day Integrate with other tools (YouTube, etc) Add photos
Social Networking at its FinestNovember 2008 John McCain Facebook Fans: 620,359 Twitter Followers: 4,603 YouTube Views: 2,032,993 MySpace Friends: 217,811 Barack Obama