Upon several requests to republish our presentations, we share them now here on our company blog. All slideshows cover the topics: Web2.0, Bloggging vs. Website, email marketing, online publishing and the measuring outcome of initiatives and campaigns.
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It’s time to go social! Are you taking advantage of Social Media? Is your website ready for Social Media? Will it help you reach and grow your audience? The power of Social Media allows users the opportunity to create/communicate with an online community to work for you, to increase traffic to your site. Although each social network has it’s own ways to display information and rules to engage with your audience, once you are past the mechanics and past setting up the space,you will be able to streamline publishing and interact with your followers.
This three-part course will teach you how to set-up your profiles to maximize search engine visibility and connect the profiles to your website. After this course, you will know how to make your website ready for the 21st century and increase search engine ranking. You will also learn how to publish and broadcast to the networks and how to listen to the influencers in your field and grow your network and interaction with the audience. A large part of the course will be hands-on and discussing case studies for various industries of successful ongoing blend of social networks with lead generation. The networks covered will be: Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
When: Fridays – Jan 13 + 20+ 27, 2012 (Time: 3pm to 6pm)
Our Social Media Summer Series at our monthly meetings of our Small Business Resource Network featured fascinating get-togethers and productive, lively, discussions.
The first session’s topic was: “It starts with a Blog Or Get Your Website Social Media Ready“.
We talked about how a blog – or website update – improves dramatically a static website’s search engine visibility and also serves well as a communication and information hub when venturing into the online communities on public social networks. We talked about the most important features of a blog.
One of the fundamental principles of Social Media is information sharing and we looked at the motivations of why people share information with their networks.
At the end of the first evening, we looked at the webstats of a client’s website converted to a blog four months earlier and now publishes four to five times a week. By comparing website traffic prior to the blog, we saw traffic increased 3 1/2 times after the blog and traffic increased 2.25 times on the website’s lead generation page. What we learned is a blog will get you two birds with one stone: It increases tremendously your search engine visiblity and it will provide great, relevant and sharable content for your online business network and will spread ideas & solutions.
The second session was All About Facebook and how to use it for your business.
We walked through the anatomy of a facebook page (as opposed to a facebook profile) and again discussed how to make social media really work with relevant content shared with your inner circle and by collaborating with strategic partners to enlarge the reach by multiplying the posts by, “liking,” commenting and sharing. Again we looked at a few ways to reach beyond your own group of friends by taging partner company pages, working with sponsors of the same event and doing something good for non-profits with whom you might be engaged.
The discussion after the presentation included suggestions for separating a personal profile from your company’s page, a very important part of Facebook marketing. For small business owners this is an important distinction. On one hand, you communicate with friends and family; but on the other hand, you have friend requests from members in your various business networks who also want to connect with you on a personal level.
It’s not uncommon for business owners to mix business and leisure on Facebook. A company’s brand page will also have “likes” or fans the owner has accumulated through a personal profile on Facebook. You don’t want to bore your friends with business items nor do you want to reveal too much personal sharing to business associates.
The potential conflict needs to be carefully navigated. If some posts or notes are boring to your friends, they might also be boring for your clients and company fans. And even if people are your friends, they still might be interested in your company’s project.
(To be honest, most of my life is related to my work on the Internet and quite a few of my friends are working in the same field so we share some common interests. On the other hand, I am very much involved in community projects as a volunteer and sharing information on the company page wouldn’t be appropriate but I have no scrupels when it comes to shout-outs for my favorite non-profit or cool events around town. Most of my friends seems to have been quite forgiving when I post business techie-stuff on Facebook and I also learned to live with the fact that there might be quite a few hundred people that “hide” my stream from their own newsfeed.)
A lot can be learned about the performance of your social media activities within your audience. Study members of your audience and find out what’s relevant to them. If it’s good enough, they will share it with their own friends. But if it’s not, you are just shouting into the warm summer breeze.
During August’s meeting, people gathered around to learn, “Why You Should Bother with Google+.“
We explored why search engine result pages change with different social signals around the Interwebs. We also looked at Google+ Killer Features – Circles, Ripples and my personal favorite Google+ Hangouts. A brief discussion also revealed a very interesting observation: Facebook is for talking to people you know. Google+ is very good to find new people that communicate in a particular space. That is also a phenomenon that Google+ has in common with Twitter, where I discover interesting people all the time.
The last few minutes on the 3rd evening we spent exploring the company pages on LinkedIn. How to create company pages,how to post and how it looks in followers’ news stream. The unique propositon of LinkedIn Company Pages is that you can also list specifically your company’s products and services and your followers, customers and business friends can give recommendations on specific services or products. None of the other social networks allow this kind of product/services-oriented communication.
The three presentations by Birgit Pauli-Haack have been posted on Slideshare.net for download, review and study.
In his post How To Boost Your Social Media Productivity – A Guide For Busy People, Robin Broitman collected blog posts by others on various aspects on making Social Media work for you in the long run. After I learned the ropes and started to get into a rhythm of listening, sharing and posting, I found myself doing various actions multiple times, many of which could be automated, if I found the tool or the time to program it myself.
Broitman’s blog post gives me a one-stop page, where I can start my research for new tools, that make my life online easier.
IÂ admit, I am always enthusiastic when trying out a new tool, service or method. So nothing new here, the new tool of the week is Feedly, an add-on for Firefox (also available as extension for Google Chrome, beta) and it lets me read my RSS feeds in a magazine style, using tags and topics to organize all feeds items. It has featured category, uses the pictures available in the feed to illustrate and to combine content and layout. Feedly makes it a pleasure to weed through my reading list.Â
This is a screen shot of today’s edition:
Doesn’t it look beautiful? It gives me the images, a headline, sharing links and fast access buttons to clear non-relevant headlines off the screen.
And if I wanted to join a conversation on Friendfeed, I would be able to do it directly from Feedly. Brilliant.
Ever since I was asked to volunteer to tap into my personal network of friends, family and acquaintances, I have obsessed over the topic. The tools provided by that particular organization were poorly designed, and wouldn’t integrate with other online activities, online tools or social media.
And, then I suddenly understood the power of one in the age of social media. There are multiple online advocacy tools for the personal support of causes. You can create personal fund raising pages, write petitions, or write politicians. However, the choices available to nonprofit organizations are still very, very limited.
The site, SocialActions.org, has brought 50 online advocacy sites together in one site, and you can find plenty of individuals that are on a mission for their cause, their classroom or their nonprofit. SocialActions.org, however, also pushes the integration outward, with their three month old public API, that lets developers and users tap into a wealth of information on the Social Actions site.
Yesterday, the submission deadline for ‘Challenge for Change’ passed, and, on Monday, the official voting begins for the best ideas to use the public API. The applications are available at netsquared: Change the Web
“Social Actions currently aggregates opportunities to make a difference from over 50 online platforms, such as VolunteerMatch, Kiva.org, DonorsChoose.org, Idealist.org, and Change.org. We’re looking for applications that will share these opportunities to take action on the websites, blogs, and social networks that people visit every day.”