Using social media in your business

CONNECT

The internet could be called “The Connect”. We are all connected 24/7. Your business can no longer afford to stand apart from the digital revolution. Social media is here to stay. The conversation will go on, with you or without you, so be part of it and get connected.

I have included links here to getting started with a business account/account on each of the main social sites. Get started with TWITTER, FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, LINKED-IN, and PINTEREST and see where connections take you and your business! There are lots more articles on MASHABLE, TECHCRUNCH and HUBSPOT for further information.

CHAT!

The old ways of marketing are dying. Brands and businesses still need to think about their values and the “tone of voice” of the brand but of supreme importance in this new digital world is the TRANSPARENT, HONEST and AGILE voice of the socially connected brand. Consumers want to interact with brands and they want to do it NOW. This is a grew opportunity for SME’s who can be social ninjas compared to their slower larger competitors. 

Get started by talking WITH your customers instead of AT them. This will result in valuable feedback from valued customers, which is the breeding ground for adjustment and innovation – the tools of the social entrepreneur. The goal is to be a LOVED brand – loving your customers and they loving your brand in return.

CREATE REMARKABLE CONTENT

The wonderful team at Hubspot coined the phrase “Inbound Marketing” and their book will tell any social entrepreneur how to create remarkable content. Buy it here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inbound-Marketing-Google-Social-Series/dp/0470499311/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1346275904&sr=8-1 (guys, you can thank me later!!). Seriously, it is invaluable for any SME. In a nutshell, blog, blog and blog some more, curtesy of WordPress. Click away photos to your hearts content on Instagram and pin everything on Pinterest!

LINKED-IN

Optimise and reach out! I wrote a blog a while back on optimising your linked-in profile here.

Reach out to everyone that is in your industry in your town and across the world. Go global, baby! Thats the beauty of Linked-In! Reach out politely and with grace and see what happens. The sky is the limit. It is a wonderful business tool. Enjoy!

PINTEREST

Pin, pin and pin some more! I wrote a blog yesterday about this site here. It is the fastest growing site since Facebook and your brand/business HAS to be on it. Have a read of the article and get pinning!

And watch out, your customers might get addicted to your pins, tweets, pics!

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4 tips for using Pinterest for your business

I have a tea business, Mama Tea and we started using Pinterest at the start of the year. When we started, like most people, we found it addictive, compelling and fun! However as a business, there are a number of things that you can do to really increase traffic to your site or blog from Pinterest.

TIP 1 – OPTIMISE – Pinterest SEO

OPTIMISE your profile, boards and pins. You can add your top keywords to all of your company’s areas on Pinterest, be it a board description or a pin!

On the Mama Tea Pin below, we edited the “Mama Tea Bouteaque” board”

http://pinterest.com/mama_tea/mama-tea-bouteaque/

TIP 2  – PIN PIN PIN!

There are two ways to get started with pinning – 1. create your own content (ie photos, blogs, etc) and 2. Pin other people’s content.

Its a good idea when creating photos or infographics to embed them in your blog before pinning as anyone clicking on your photo will then be taken straight to your blog!

Pin others content (always remembering to acknowledge the source) and comment on pins. One of the power pinners is a blogger, Joy Cho / Oh Joy! – http://pinterest.com/ohjoy/?d. Have a look at her wonderful pinboards. She pins lots of content from others including some of the power bloggers. You can do the same in your industry.

TIP 3 – Analyse

Repinly is a fantastic analytical tool for Pinterest. It helps you to find the most popular pins, boards and pinners on Pinterest. You can even sign up and analyse your own “Pinterest klout”! Jane Wang is the founder’s mother and is consistently the top pinner – have a look at her boards! http://www.repinly.com/popular-pinner/Jane-Wang/12137/1/follr/1/

TIP 4 – Follow

ZOOMSPHERE is an excellent tool to help you find the top people to follow on Pinterest (and a host of other social networking sites).

This infographic is great!

Guide to Using Pinterest for Business

Get pinning!!