Social Networking: Facebook – Get Involved

Start Putting Yourself Out There!

OK, you will more than likely be wondering to yourself what to next. You’ve got a Facebook account for your business, you’re adding friends (most of whom you don’t know) and people are adding you. What you need to do is GET INVOLVED!

The most inspirational entrepreneurs that I follow are the HARDEST WORKING! They are forever commenting on people’s status updates, posting on each other’s walls, uploading links to blogs, videos, podcasts etc to offer TRUE VALUE to the community as well as potential customers. They GET INVOLVED and this is what gets them noticed by hundreds and thousands of Facebookers and helps BRAND THEMSELVES.

Tip 1:

LIKE people’s STATUS UPDATES. Don’t be a spammer and like everything because people will think you have nothing to offer or are not really interested. Scroll through the news feed and like the status updates that genuinely appeal to you. This way you can comment freely on this status and continue any possible conversations.

Tip 2:

READ, WATCH and LISTEN to people’s posts. Then COMMENT. Whether it be a blog, video or podcast, there’s a chance it will offer you great VALUE and an opportunity to learn new tricks of the trade. Even if it doesn’t offer anything your feedback will be greatly appreciated and it puts your name out there once again.

I will never forget the kind comments I’ve received in the past and out of my 2,300 friends I can name each and every one of these entrepreneurs. Now THAT’S NAME BRANDING for you! What I find as well, is that ever since these people left an impression on me I’m always looking out for their posts and have developed a decent friendship with all of them. We regularly converse and share ideas, which is great for business.

Tip 3:

WRITE INTERESTING STATUS UPDATES. If you write regular updates you’ll appear in people’s news feeds more often and are more likely to get likes and comments. Do your best to become familiar with everybody. Don’t just write boring, generic updates. Try to alternate between your business and interests. If EVERY status refers to your business you may come across as a bit spammy and forceful. Remember, you’re here to offer great VALUE and people like to know a little more about the person.

Like football? Throw in the odd update about your favourite team. I’ve met many fellow football fans and we have regular banter. Like music, movies, painting, technology etc – pop a status up about what interests you. You’ll soon get regular comments and learn more about your friends.

Thanks for reading – stay tuned for more tips…

Social Networking – New Revolution – How To Capitalize

Do you guys remember when the internet first started? If you were born before about 1985 you can remember back to the days of dial up internet and newsgroups. It seemed as if the world literally fell in love with plugging their phone cord into the wall and listening to the computer dialup to the internet. People built communities, newsgroups, forums, and chat rooms. The smart people were the ones who created all these mediums for people to communicate on. In a way, social networking started a long time ago.

Now, let’s fast forward to 2008. Social Networking has literally taken the world by storm. Everywhere you look people are trying to start the next MySpace, Google, or Facebook. Marketers, advertisers, businesses, and ordinary people are looking for ways to capitalize and make money on these social networking sites. These people see opportunity knocking on their door from social networking and want to be a part of the game. Then there is the 95% of others out there who sit back and wait for things to happen. These are the types of people who enjoy “playing it safe” their whole life. They like to watch as others go out on a limb and try something new.

Isn’t it time you join the new revolution of Social Networking? The industry is now a multi-billion dollar industry, it’s time for you to find your niche. You don’t necessarily have to create a social network, but you should at least take the initiative to learn more about these amazing networks that are literally taking over the internet. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a way to capitalize for your business, hobby, or trade.

Facebook is quickly becoming the world’s largest social network, with over 60 million people signed up. The number is growing exponentially on a daily basis and is really starting to get up there. With a social networking so large, you know Facebook had to come out with their own advertising platform. Of course they did, Facebook Ads, formally Facebook Fliers are getting a lot of attention around the Internet. Since Facebook started offering advertising solutions, it seems their way of providing value to the marketer has improved with every update. At first, they had a program called Facebook Fliers. The basic concept of Facebook Fliers was you paid for per thousand impressions. While this was a good concept, it didn’t work as well as it way supposed to. The current program being used is called Facebook Ads, which has the option of paying per click or per impression. The targeting, pricing, and setup seemed to improve with Facebooks newest creation. The general consensus found with everyone I have spoke to is they are experiencing much better results using CPC versus CPM. If you think about it, if your visitor actually takes the time to read your ad, and then click it, they have to be interested.

Join the revolution today and learn about social networking, Facebook ads, and how they can help you grow your business.

2010 Top 5 Social Networking Websites (How To Apply to Your Business)

If you’re using social networking websites to market your business, you always want to keep in mind where your market is going. Chances are, they are going to be involved in at least one of the following websites. I checked out the top 5 social websites recently, and wanted to share with you what I found.

Top 5 Social Networking Sites:

Number 5 – Ning
You may never have heard of Ning, but its slotted in as the 5th most trafficked social networking website. According to Wikipedia, Ning is a social networking site that appeals “to people who want to create their own social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data.” Ning is a good place for companies that have success on other social networking websites to register. They offer you the opportunity to build a complete custom network, which can really prod viral marketing. The biggest drawback I see right now is that it is a paid membership site. So, you do have to pay to create your own site centered on a particular idea or niche (which I believe we used to call “websites”). I’m curious to see how this takes off, and if they decide to offer a free option as well.

Number 4 – LinkedIn
Not surprising to be in the top 5. It’s still really the only social networking site dedicated to connecting business professionals together. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares now that sites like Facebook and Twitter are giving business owners a lot more resources to market themselves to a greater audience. Also, a lot of people are starting to complain about how stubborn LinkedIn is about listening to its users, and adding new features. Unless LinkedIn chooses to evolve soon, I believe they will be replaced for business to business needs.

Number 3 – Twitter
No surprises to be one of the top three. Twitter really has started to gain a lot of popularity recently. The developers did a good job of making sure that it was easy to connect Twitter to everything, and allow you to send out a blast of your content in the smallest way possible.

Internally, a lot of companies are starting to use Twitter accounts to keep each other updated through the day, avoiding setting up a paid service that does basically the same thing. This has helped said companies run more efficiently, and keep in touch using the internet.

Twitter is launching a lot of new features for local businesses, so will probably continue to grow for the business person’s need.

Number 2 – MySpace
I’m going to be honest here, I was shocked that MySpace is still getting the second most traffic in online social networking. Granted it’s not too much more than Twitter, but it still seems like no one goes on MySpace anymore. I did a little research and found out why this is (and the reason your business should stay off of MySpace). A lot of artists and bands still use MySpace music to release information and connect with their fan base. MySpace music is still a huge thing, and pretty much the only thing, MySpace offers that other social networking websites lag on. Once the bands start taking these pages down and moving elsewhere, MySpace is going to have trouble remaining as a website.

Number 1 – Facebook
No surprises here, since if Facebook was a country it would be the third largest country in the world (as far as active users go). Facebook seems like it is going to be around for a while, as it answers the needs that people became obsessed with in using MySpace, however, Facebook learned from MySpace’s mistakes. If you’re new to business social networking, Facebook is becoming a must have to market your business online. Facebook is answering the call of entrepreneurs and business owners, and is seeking to improve the way that a business can interact with its customers.

-Jerry Nihen