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Before working with a anyone who claims to be a social media consultant, you may want to ask yourself a few questions.
Please Ask yourself The Following before choosing to work with a social media person:
10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Working with a Social Business Consultant:
1. Do I have the time to learn all this social media stuff and stay up to date on my own?
2. Do I want to be a thought leader online in my industry?
3. Do I have a willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed?
4. Do I see the value in having an on-going and ACTIVE social media presence for my business and brand?
5. How are my competitors activities on social media comparing to my business?
6. Do I have the time to dedicate to marketing my company on-line or do I want a social business TEAM of consultants to do it for me?
7. How much is NOT having a strong on-line presence costing my business?
8. Am I still trying traditional marketing approaches or expensive pay per click that are producing diminishing returns?
9. Am I currently having success in my business from doing social networking & social media?
10. Will someone at my company or will I be the one working with the social media consultant on an ongoing basis?
After being connected 3+ years to one of my favorite thought leaders in the social media space, Brian Solis and I finally had the opportunity to meet in Orange County at the Linked-OC event. We shared some laughs, he answered my questions, and I even got my copy of “End Of Business As Usual” signed that I had picked up at a local Barnes and Noble the first week it was out! Yes- I am a true Brian Solis fan but who wouldn’t be. Brian has been a huge inspiration to me and many others throughout their social media consulting journey and I did not miss this amazing opportunity to finally meet him in person. I wanted to thank him personally for all the valuable knowledge and insight he continues to share with the business community. His insights are always ahead of the curve.
Here are the Top 5 takeaways from Brian Solis at the Linked OC Social Media Event:
1. Meet in real life- Even though you may have connected with someone on-line, always take an opportunity to meet off-line as this will help strengthen the context of the relationship and create a deeper impact and emotional connection which can help reap huge benefits in your professional career. It’s sociology 101 people.
2. We are forever students- As Brian so rightfully mentioned in his presentation; these current times are trans-formative. Things are changing so quickly. I feel change is occurring in people not only personally but professionally. Embrace change. You must be constantly learning to stay relevant and current in today’s digital age OR risk being left behind. Life is a marathon so enjoy the music and March to the beat of your own drum.
3. Social Media is disruptive- just like Entrepreneurs. To get ahead in life, you MUST take an un-conventional approach. Conventional wisdom does NOT work anymore. You must think out-side the box, especially with your marketing. Just going to school, graduating, getting a job, and getting retirement after being with a company for 30 years is a RARE occurrence. This is now an exception to the rule, NOT the rule. The rule is to work your butt off doing something you love and make sure building a sustainable lifestyle you can be happy with at the end of the day saying you gave it your all each day before you go to bed.
4. Ask yourself and your clients- what defines success? How are you staying relevant to your connections on-line? How are you continually adding value? If you can’t answer these questions in your own life, you might have a hard time helping your clients see the social media success factors in their business. Think of yourself as a doctor. Ask questions. Really find out what impacts their business and help them to improve. Social Media Consultants have a rough job- convincing upper management, showing short term success even though it could take months to deliver ROI. If you are a social media manger or a social media specialist, you had better love what you do otherwise do something else and leave it to the professionals who are in the social media trenches every day. They eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff.
5. Big data is only valuable to you if you can translate it into decision making processes. Word of mouth online generally is positive or negative. This sentiment can be measured. But data overload still exists in today’s business climate. The REAL question is how are you using this data to help make better decisions on product development, risk mitigation, client retention, etc. This word of mouth online trend is becoming more and more appealing to big brands and we will continue to see this space develop more and more over the coming years.
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Have an amazing week-
Justin Results” French
How to Effectively Use All Your Social Media Platforms
As a business it’s beneficial for you to be a part of various popular social media sites. Reaching the various overpopulated networks creates maximum exposure. However, you aren’t actually doing any good if you aren’t presenting a unified front between them. You have separate accounts, but the multiple platforms should essentially be seen as one. You want your customer to move between them without knowing the difference.
While your networks present various degrees of customer engagement, each in their own unique way, together they should be a single unit, representing your brand consistently. Having a strong brand image is important to do this well. After employing new sharing techniques, and making a few tweaks to your profiles, you’ll have a free flowing social presence in no time.
As you know, your brand makes you recognizable. NetMBA.com pointed out that, “The brand can add significant value when it is well recognized and has positive associations in the mind of the consumer.” If this is the case, you want your brand to be consistent between the platforms. To do this, you should keep a few things in mind.
- Color scheme is important. This can be incorporated in the design of your Twitter page, welcome page on Facebook and blog theme.
- Your default photo doesn’t have to be your logo, but should be representative of the brand in a recognizable way.
- Present yourself as the same business online as you are off. When you are your authentic self, customers trust you.
Get Linked Up
Your business reaches one audience on Facebook, talks with another group of your customer base on Twitter, and presents thoughtful content to the ones caught in the blogosphere. Your business is in good shape to reach everyone you want, yet you are not as successful as you could be. In order to get maximum benefit from your social presence, you want customers to be visiting all your sites. There are a variety of ways to do this.
- On Facebook, make your “Follow me” button visible.
- On Twitter, have your website link immediately below your Twitter handle. Then create a custom background, like @Souplantation, directing followers to your Facebook page and blog.
- On your blog, set up a Twitter feed so you are then connecting with your readers as well.
Let the Various Platforms Supplement One Another
While having a blog is great, and you hope to build a community there, Facebook is more within the immediate reach of most of your customers. Putting exclusive deals on Twitter are great, but not when they only reach the people who already follow you. Keeping posts consistent between platforms is integral in getting as many people involved as possible. You want to reach your entire audience, not just the ones that happen to populate that one network. To do this, you want to spread any new content or information across all platforms.
- Get your blog post in a Tweet, so it can be shared. Then put it on Facebook so those who aren’t in the blogging world can see it and then post comments on their network of choice.
- When you give an exclusive Twitter deal, tell your Facebook fans to follow you for dibs on it too.
- If you put up photos from an event, make it known in all areas. Twitter and your blog aren’t conducive to albums or multiple photos, so put them where it is. Then bring everyone else there.
To effectively use all your social networks, you have to present them as one unified platform. You want your customers to move freely between the various platforms, getting the same business and familiar brand no matter where they are.
Bio: Jessica Sanders is an avid small business writer touching on topics from social media to phone systems. She writes for an online resource that gives advice on topics including medical billing software for b2b lead generation resource, Resource Nation.
Your Small Business and the Need to be Social.
If one of your regrets as a small business leader in 2011 was not being social enough with current and potential customers, is this the year you improve that issue?
As more and more businesses are discovering, being anti-social when it comes to social media is not only the wrong thing to do, it can also very directly lead to a loss on one’s return on investment (ROI).
Among the many pros of having a social media influence on the Internet is that it can be done at relatively low cost to your company, mostly consisting of time and effort.
Deemed by some to be a fad that will come and go, social media has helped many businesses reach out to customers in real-time, allowing them to offer products and services, deal with customer issues and questions, and promote items essentially 24/7/365.
Some Business Owners Just Don’t Get It
That being said, some surveys still show the reluctance by business heads to engage in this medium
According to a recent report from SocialStrategy1 and OfficeArrow, more than two-thirds of business owners (more than 300 executives were polled) indicated they would not be investing time and money in social media this year. While a large number of such owners say they understand just how social media can have a direct impact on their bottom-line, they are nonetheless not going to invest in it.
For those who are using social media, nearly 50 percent said they do in order to improve brand awareness, 33 percent look to increase their leads output, 32 percent are seeking to better their customer service, and 17 percent have been looking to enhance both ratings and reviews.
It appears one of the biggest hurdles for businesses in using social media is many of them question whether or not they are getting a good ROI in return because they don’t measure such numbers. The survey points out that an overwhelming majority of those polled indicated they do not have an accurate understanding of how their present SM efforts were performing.
In the event your company’s social media results have not been very social to date, here are some things to do to improve upon those efforts:
• Fresh content. If your content is not frequently updated, don’t be surprised when both present and potential customers don’t return to the site. Posting on a daily or several times a week basis is crucial in order to get return visitors;
• Promote the content. Make sure you retweet important industry news and events when on Twitter and share similar items on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and more. By doing so, you open the door to having others pass your message along, in essence, being free advertisers of your brand;
• Record the metrics. Make sure you spend the time and invest the necessary resources in recording and analyzing data. If you don’t know who is coming to your site, where they are coming from, when they are coming, etc. you are essentially taking a stab in the dark with your SM efforts;
• Have a game plan. Last but not least, make sure you know who is in charge when it comes to your social media campaigns. Some companies opt for their marketing or PR departments to handle SM campaigns. If your company is too small for such departments, then make sure the individual/s in charge of social media have some experience in this area. You may also look to spend the money and have your social media efforts outsourced to a company that does such work for a living.
If you haven’t already, take the time to invest the necessary resources into your social media campaign today.
Besides, you don’t want your company being known as one who is anti-social, do you?
Dave Thomas, who covers among other items small business loans, writes extensively for Business.com, an online resource destination for businesses of all sizes to research, find, and compare the products and services they need to run their businesses.
By now, I am no longer trying to sell people on the idea of needing social media. I’m over it. It’s a waste of time. I now speak to people (and businesses) that already see value in social media. This creates a more equal level playing field to have an intelligent conversation about what social media can do for their business. They have to see a need. If they are banking on social media to save their company their not ready.
1. I am a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator from my previous days while running my old IT consulting firm (for 8 years while going to college full time) and am always keeping an eye on what Cisco is up to because they are a company I greatly respect & admire.
2. This video represents the top reasons why businesses should be using social media as part of their business strategy because of the cost savings associated with it compared to purchased or traditional media.
Please Re-Tweet this and share this with others in your social circle, I’m sure they will get some value fro this video.
Justin “Results” French
My name is Jillian Woods and I am a Recruiter with PacSun. We are currently seeking someone who will serve as the social media voice of PacSun. Please find details of the position listed below. Any referrals are welcome!
What does our Social Media Strategist do?
This position will assist in the development, execution, and assessment of innovative, results-oriented digital marketing campaigns that leverage online communities, social media, and related Web 2.0 tools and methodologies. Primary responsibilities include refining our social media strategies, engaging in proactive link building, developing our relationships with related community and grassroots organizations, tracking the effectiveness of campaigns, and maintaining day-to-day social media conversations. The ideal person is passionate about “word of mouth” marketing, is an active participant in social media, and has worked with/for other entertainment companies.
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he/she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities:
• Four year College degree required
• 2-3 years social media experience – Facebook, Twitter etc.
• Experience with online content management, advertising, online promotions/events, music etc.
• Creative thinker – both visually creative as well as editorially
• Ability to appropriately translate the PacSun brand in our web content sections in terms of visual direction and customer experience
• Experience working with online design teams, marketing teams and writing creative briefs
• Some project management experience. Ability to prioritize tasks and projects.
• Passion for action sports and related lifestyle
• Must possess exceptional copywriting skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Will be the “Voice of PacSun”. Must be strong in communicating to an audience through social media.
· Must be creative in determining the best avenues to push messaging to the PacSun customer.
· Must have exceptional copywriting skills. This role communicates via a number of avenues, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Website, Fanpage etc.
To apply, please contact [email protected]