Whether you’re establishing your presence on Facebook, LinkedIn or any of the other social networking sites, it’s important to get the most out of your experience for it to be effective in your marketing efforts. Basically, it’s important to optimize your social networking presence. In the book, The New Rules of Marketing & PR, the author, David Meerman Scott, detailed how to get the most out of social networking sites for marketing with the following suggestions:
Target a Specific Audience – Create a page that reaches an audience that is important to your organization. It is important to be thinking about a small niche market.
Be a Thought Leader – Provide valuable and interesting information that people want to check out. It is better to show your expertise or at solving problems than to blabber on about your product or company.
Be Authentic and Transparent – Don’t try to impersonate someone else. It is sleazy and could do irreparable harm to your company and to your reputation.
Create Lots of Links – Link up to your own sites and blogs, and those of others in your industry and network!
Encourage People to Contact You – Make it easy for people to reach you online, and be sure to follow up personally on your fan mail.
Participate – Create groups and participate in online discussions. Become an online leader and organizer.
Make it Easy to Find You – Tag your pages and add your pages into the subject directories. Encourage others to bookmark your pages.
Experiment – These sites are great because you can try new things. If it isn’t working, tweak it, or try something new.