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As business owners continue to learn and accept social media, urgency of branding awaits. The more social media is exposed to business owners on a personal level, the more acceptable and suitable it should become for their businesses to engage in these channels. The popularity of social media is too hard to ignore. But as business owners are starting to engage, one frequent incident they may encounter is the unavailability of acquiring their brand terms for page/profile names.
It’s an even greater challenge to try and have the same branding page name throughout all social media networks. To avoid this, business owners should look for emerging channels and preserve their branding names in new social media networks as they arise. If a business owner feels that social media is important to their business or that it could be, they should look into the availability of some of their branding terms.
So log-on. A good practice would be to go into Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn, and Twitter and begin to create accounts and get a feel for what’s still available in the order of your branding terms and try to create a “super-user” name in all the networks. This shows a strong branding presence and could precisely connect users to your profile across other networks.
Even if you don’t have immediate plans for setting up social media profile pages, you still need to secure your brand. If not, your competitors and venture opportunists will. If finding time to put into social media networks is your biggest obstacle, Morevisibility offers these services.
Not buying into the Facebook Frenzy? Sick of being asked to follow your friends on Twitter? Feel like you might burst if one more person tries to connect with you on LinkedIn? Don’t know or care what a blog is?
Even if these questions apply to you on a personal level, the truth of the matter is that now, more than ever before, large and small companies are testing out the waters with the implementation of a social media strategy
In this tough economic climate, social media is a cost-effective way to get your message out to prospective customers. Whether we are talking about a YouTube video, Facebook Profile, Twitter page, or an onsite blog, social media is sizzling hot right now and is literally all around us. Many clients I speak with are allocating a respectable budget for social media efforts this year. According to a recent article by the Aberdeen Group, a leading provider of fact-based research, 21% of best-in-class companies are looking to increase their social media marketing budgets more than 25% in 2009.
A concern I often hear from clients is that they do not fully understand social media enough to invest the time and/or budget to focus on it; especially when they do not utilize these networks on a personal level. The unknown is always a bit scary, but diving into social media and embracing the unknown is well worth it. MoreVisibility ran a social media boot camp series last month, which highlighted: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and YouTube, all of which are being professionally utilized by a growing number of companies. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the webinar series.
Don’t be such a skeptic. Embrace the art of “collaborative content” and experience all of the benefits! Let social media work for you the way it is working for a growing number of companies, large and small. Then, you can even “tweet” about it on Twitter!
By now I am sure that you have heard of Twitter. People are using it to connect with others to share small bits of information. “Twitterers” are using this service to keep in contact with old friends, follow celebrity gossip or even look for business products and information. As a business, it is important to have a custom Twitter channel to help capture some of these users who may be searching for what you are tweeting about.
As you build a following on Twitter, it can be increasingly difficult to manage. With more followers comes more interaction, and with thousands of followers, keeping those interactions personal and up to date can be difficult. Luckily, many third party developers have been designing applications to help with the management of your Twitter channel. Below are a few of my favorites that can help businesses manage their Twitter channel.
Tweet3 – This service is great for businesses that may have multiple Twitter channels. Some businesses have a channel for the main business and another channel for their customer service department. Tweet3 allows you to have one central place to log in and manage all of your Twitter channels. This can help you to organize your channels better without having to log into separate accounts. It also contains an analytics package that will help you to track your tweets, followers and interactions.
CoTweet – Some businesses have one Twitter channel with multiple people wanting to create tweets and interact with customers. CoTweet Beta is a great tool for that. It allows many people to share information through a Twitter channel, while retaining their personal identity if desired.
TwitterHawk – This is well suited for those with a larger budget. TwitterHawk allows you to create custom responses to users who search for “keywords” you predetermine. When a Twitter user mentions your search criteria, a tweet is sent to them automatically on your behalf. You can have up to 5 auto responses, and the cost is five cents per tweet sent.
Mobile Applications – With the advent of many mobile Twitter applications, now anyone can Tweet from anywhere, no matter what kind of device you have. Now you don’t have to be bound by your computer to make updates throughout the day. You can use your phone to send updates about what you are doing from anywhere. For a list of the most popular mobile twitter applications broken down by device, please visit: http://mashable.com/2008/12/21/twitter-mobile-applications/