These days, it appears almost anyone can declare him or herself an expert at social media content. But falling for the self-promoting hype can be costly to your campaign — and your business".
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Social Media doesn't work for the vast majority of small businesses.
That was the main message in the USA Today article titled, Study: Social media a bust for small businesses, published on April 17th, 2013. From the news item:"About 61% of small businesses don't see any return on investment on their social-media activities, according to a survey released Tuesday from Manta, a social network for small businesses. Yet, almost 50% say they've increased their time spent on social media, and only 7% have decreased their time. What businesses are trying to get out of social media: 36% said their goal was to acquire and engage new customers, 19% said to gain leads and referrals, and 17% said to boost awareness. Facebook was most cited as the hardest to maintain social-media platform, according to the survey." There is a big lesson in this data...
What you want from social media may be very different from what it is.
Via Martin Gysler
Jan Gordon: My commentary
This is one of the suggestions that was mentioned in tis article but I can't stress this enough, it should be #1
After you've discovered who the right influencers are, always look for ways you can sincerely contribute to them that is meaningful, then find ways to leverage the relationship and make it a win/win for both of you.
"if you want to grow your business, you need to know who the influencers are in your field, learn from their expertise and build a productive professional relationship with them".
Why leverage influencers?:
"Influencers are hubs of information, they have many followers who respect their recommendations and opionions and being featured by them sends a powerful amount of targeted traffic your way - It's good old fashioned word of mouth recommendations on steriods"
Here are a few ways to discover influencers that I personally do myself:
**Twitter Lists - Twitter is a great untapped resource for finding influencers and keep track of what they are posting
**Groups and Forums - These are valuable sources of information.
**Podcasts and webinars - This is a great way to find key influencers - whether it's through interviews, presentations, information products of their own or curated information by others
Here are a few ways to build relationships that I've found very effective in finding influencers in my industry:
**Connect through the social media platforms they use
**Share the posts that are of value to your audience, retweet & quote their content, share, comment and like their Facebook posts
**Help promote what they are involved with, including charity causes, seminars, conferences, publiations and promotions
Selected by Jan Gordon covering, "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
See full articles here: [bit.ly/Nw9xqY]
This video and article and download full report is from Deloitte Consulting. It is timely and relevant!, If you're wondering what social business is all about and how it relates to your business, you'll find lots of insights to help you understand and act on this information for your business today.
Here is an excerpt from a response by Sandy Petland from MIT Labs that gives you just a glimpse into what you'll find in this material:.
"Social business is built on top of social networks, which most organizations already have in place.
For years I've been studying connection science” – studying how relationships and personal interactions shape society and business.
**Social business is a manifestation of that thinking, with companies transforming how they organize and operate based on
individual roles, social networks and the power of connections.
**Social business can have huge potential inside and outside the enterprise, across employees, customers, prospects and business partners.
Here is a takeaway that caught my attention:
Start at the beginning -
**Map the individuals in your potential social networks
**know what behaviors you are trying to affect and how you might meaningfully engage these into persistent communities
**Use this information to guide the development of tools, roadmaps and roll-out plans – not the other way around.
**Focus on results that can be measurable and attributable
Selected by Jan Gordon coveriing "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
See article, video and read more about social business here: [http://bit.ly/MZUSmK]
used in this document social data revolution - January 2012 http://blogs.hbr.org/now-new-next/2009/05/the-social-data-revolution.html
Triberr’s mantra (or mission statement, if you went to business school :-p ) is to help bloggers be succesful.
And to bloggers, “successful” means three things:
1. Content Distribution
This is where Triberr began.
Triberr enables bloggers to form tribes and effectively establish a long-term Tear 1 supporter networks.
Since everyone on Triberr is a blogger -and therefore audience builder- each share is worth much more than a share by your average Joe Facebook user. Gross generalization of course, but accurate for our purposes.
Read more: http://bit.ly/KM4q8b
Via Martin Gysler
Spend some quality time with Reddit -- you'll find it an essential resource, a self-correcting marketplace of ideas. Get started with our guide.
To the uninitiated, Reddit looks like a mess — text links, comment threads, points, upvotes, downvotes. At best, posts seem contextless — at worst, totally random.
But spend some quality time with “The Front Page of the Internet,” and you’ll find it’s an essential resource, a self-correcting marketplace of ideas that’s nearly impervious to marketers.
Simply put, Reddit is a message board wherein users submit links. What differentiates it from a real-time information network like Twitter is that the stream of content is curated by the community. Items of value are “upvoted,” and those deemed unworthy are “downvoted.” This determines a post’s position on the site, and items that hit the front page are seen by hundreds of thousands of people (consequently, sending boatloads of traffic to the linked website).
Read more: http://on.mash.to/Ke9Bil
Via Martin Gysler
With over 800 million active users, Facebook is by far the biggest social networking website at present. The number of users is increasing on a daily basis, with thousands of people setting up Facebook accounts. The traffic and usage is sufficient to judge Facebook’s stature in the social media industry. It has grown in leaps and bounds and is far ahead of the competition.
Read more: http://bit.ly/KUeh5U
Via Martin Gysler, Mike Barnes
Today everybody should know that social media are much more than a mode effect. This excellent post will convince you, if you aren't yet. [note mg]
Social media is more than a digital water cooler for TV and movies. The global conversation that takes place around events and the experiences people share based on what they watch teaches us about consumer preferences. More importantly, their activity influences behavior. Behavior counts for everything. Studying it is just the beginning of course. In order to understand and eventually steer behavior, we must translate activity into insights and in turn, translate insights into actionable strategies and programs.
According to the study, 88% of respondents view social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook as a new form of entertainment.
Read more: http://bit.ly/JRgjbp
Via Martin Gysler
Personal Branding With Social Media Infographic via Chris Voss
Why having the right social media tools matter:
"Social media tools have the tremendous power to put you in contact with thousands of people in order to build your online brand you need to know all of the possibilities, as well as how all of your activities are working together.
It's important to be consistent so that each part of your social media network is contributing positively to the brand you are trying to build.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Busines and Beyond"
See full infographic here: [http://bit.ly/JMXlS0]
Get Organized and Be More Effective on LinkedIn
Successful communications on LinkedIn can come down to this three-part process.Create a LinkedIn Checklist Create a Communications Calendar Schedule Your Communications
LinkedIn Expert Advice:
Create a LinkedIn Checklist of Daily Updates and Posts
The first thing you are going to want to do is create a checklist for your daily communications. You can use any number of tools that come with your computer, or make your own checklist.
A simple, easy and popular checklist tool you might use for your PC is RTM (Remember The Milk) http://www.rememberthemilk.com/ This is one of the most popular checklists around because it is intuitive and easy to use.
Read more: http://bit.ly/I2Konq
Via Martin Gysler
There is a Twitter tool that synergizes, feeds and enhances the Twitter and Blogging ecosystems that promises to make your tweets live longer and as a marketer and a blogger that sounds like something I may be "very" interested in!
The web is a seething mass of people sharing on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and they are monster networks with hundreds of millions of participants that drive billions of shares and tweets.
On Twitter this hyperactivity continues with 1 billion tweets shared every week.
Underneath these social media giants sits secondary and tertiary social networks and applications that feed off their activity. These platforms provide niche communities with places to play, share and explore in an ever changing landscape of ecosystems that tempt you with features and tools that are designed to engage you and addict you.
Are You a Hyper Active Social Media Participant?...
Read more: http://bit.ly/H3cxwo
Via Martin Gysler, Becky Gaylord
At its first Smarter Commerce Global Summit this week in San Diego, CA, IBM is announcing new software and services that address a broad spectrum of enterprise commerce activities -- new ways to buy, sell and secure greater customer loyalty in the...
John van den Brink's insight:
Great "picture story" and insight via Jan Gordon