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Managing Your Social Networks Effectively

Everyone is going social these days.

We’re all tweeting, posting status updates, digging, stumbling – you name it.

The only problem is keeping on top of all the social networks you use.

How are you managing yours?

Are you getting the most out of them all?

The problem with social media

Managing my networks is a problem and I’ve long searched for the perfect solution for me.

In my quest I came across this post on SocialMediaExaminer.com that looks at 3 new apps to help you manage your social networks.

They take a look at:

  • Alternion – ideal for managing your accounts on various networks across the internet
  • LiveGO – great for keeping up with several accounts on Twitter, Facebook pages and your email
  • Netvibes – a simple way to monitor brand mentions or specific topics all in one place

Go and take a look – one of them could be just what you’re looking for.

    Can You Really Sell Anything Through Social Media?

    Selling through social mediaOne of the main barriers preventing businesses from getting stuck into social media is that they don’t believe you can actually sell using it.

    Other than the time issue, many people don’t utilise social media because… ‘Why do I want to know what someone had for lunch?’ Yes, people do talk about sandwich preference, but that is all part of building relationships and allowing people to get to know you.

    And those that do dabble give up after just a week or two because they aren’t seeing results. Well, first off it takes time for your social media activities to bear fruit. And, if you’re just using Twitter or Facebook to bombard people with lame sales messages, you’re not going to have any success because you’re just turning people off you and your business in their droves.

    You see, although it is possible to sell just about anything through social media, it’s not somewhere people hang out who are looking to buy a particular product. They are there to see what people are saying, or looking for information to a particular problem they have, or an expert to give them a helping hand.

    How to get results

    As more and more people become ‘comfortable’ with social media, they are increasingly turning to it to find out information. And that’s where you come in.

    So, if you are going to make the most of this golden opportunity to reach out to a whole new marketplace, you need to have a strategy in place.

    1. Test

    The only way you are going to find the right approach is by testing.

    Which method produces the most engagement?

    Once you’ve discovered what works for you, stick to it, but continue to monitor your results.

    2. Target

    If you want to use social media you have to ensure you are targeting the right people. Use keywords within your tweets and updates and hash tags.

    So, make sure you know who your audience is and what’s important to them.

    3. Trust

    People will only buy from you once they trust you.

    How do you get them to trust you?

    Giving away great information, engaging with them and making your content easy to share will help to build trust.

    4. Engage

    Social media isn’t a one way street. If you want people to like you and trust you, you have to engage with them. Ask them questions, post a poll on your Facebook page, do a question and answer session and ask for feedback.

    All of these activities will make you more accessible to them. And if you’re accessible, you’ll be seen as approachable – a business they would want to buy from.

    5. Call to action

    Of course, once you have their trust and engagement you have to ask them to do something – don’t assume they will automatically buy.

    Direct them to your website, make them aware of your offers, or ask them to sign up for your newsletter. Whatever it is, make sure it’s clear.

    So, can you really sell anything through social media?

    Yes, you can if you get your approach right.

    Over to you

    What successes have you had with social media?

    As a copywriter I’ve gained several new clients through Twitter – leave a comment below and share your experiences.

    Who do you follow on Twitter?

    For many new tweeters, that is probably the first question that springs to mind.

    After setting up your account, you probably searched for friends, family and colleagues and then came to a grinding halt.

    What happens next? How do you find new followers?

    Let Twitter give you a helping hand

    If you go to your Twitter page, you should see something like this:

    Twitter followers

    At the top of the screen you can see #Discover, clicking on this brings up this screen. As you can see, it gives you the options ‘who to follow’ and ‘find friends’.

    But what happens when people follow you?

    Should you automatically follow them back?

    The simple answer is no. Take control of your Twitter stream and follow only those people you want to follow.

    Here are 5 very simple ways to make sure you get value out of your Twitter experience:

    1. Say farewell to spam

    When someone follows you, take a look at their tweets. Are they excessively promotional? If so, they are more than likely going to be a spammer. Unless you want your stream full of their plugs, don’t bother following them back.

    2. What are they saying?

    Someone’s Twitter feed will tell you a lot about them. Take a look at their past tweets – do you find them interesting? If so, follow them, if not, don’t bother.

    3. OTT

    Tweeters come in all shapes and sizes; some have a lot to say, others very little. If someone follows you who is a prolific tweeter think carefully before following them back. Do you really want them to be filling your Twitter stream 24/7?
    If what they’re saying is interesting, go ahead and follow. But if you’re not so sure, it may be better to pass.

    4. Silent night

    Twitter is all about being social and that means interacting. If you’ve been trying to engage with a particular follower and they’ve just been ignoring you, you’re not really getting any value out of that relationship so it may be time to unfollow and find someone who’s a little chattier.

    5. Bio and interests

    The best way to find out a bit about your followers is through their biography. Personally, if there is no avatar (i.e. uploaded their own rather than using a generic one), or there is no bio (or a very poor one) I won’t follow back.

    Your bio is where you can add details about you, your likes and dislikes. It’s the best way to work out whether you have something in common with your follower or not. If you do, you are far more likely to enjoy a great Twitter relationship.

    At the end of the day, Twitter is about being social. It’s not about a band of silent stalkers that don’t interact with each other.
    Choose who you follow carefully to make sure you get the most out of your experience. By following these 5 very simple ‘quality checks’, you’ll be able to ensure your Twitter followers will add value to your social media activities.

    Sally Ormond – Copywriter and Tweeter

    Social Media – Why You Should Watch What You Say

    Using social media has become a part of our everyday lives.

    Once upon a time, we would pick up the phone or pop round for coffee when we wanted to catch up or arrange outings.

    Today, it’s a whole different ball game. You can maintain relationships through outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. But there is one major difference with the social media age compared with the ‘olden days.’

    91% of employers use social media to screen applicants

    When you post a comment on Facebook or send out a tweet, it’s not something that just disappears after your conversation has ended.

    Before, you could say anything to anyone (within reason) and you could get away with it. Your private life and social life were completely separate from your employer. Unless you told them about the bender you went on at the weekend, they were unlikely to find out.

    But, social media changes everything.

    The rather sobering statistic above was recently reported by The Drum.

    Because your status updates on your social media sites are there for all to see, they are an invaluable source to perspective employers.

    Let’s face it, when in an interview situation, we all just tell the panel what they want to hear, so the impression they get of us isn’t always the whole truth. But now, by using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, they will see the bigger picture.  In fact (according to the Reppler survey):

    • 47% of employers check social networking sites to screen prospective employees immediately after receiving their job application
    • 69% have rejected a candidate based on something they saw
    • 13% of candidates were rejected because they’d lied about their qualifications
    • 11% were rejected because of posting inappropriate comments, inappropriate photos, posting negative comments about a previous employer or demonstrating poor communication skills

    But before you head off and delete all your social media accounts, it’s not all bad.

    68% were found to have employed someone because of what they saw about them on a social networking site, with a positive impression on their personality and organisational fit being at the top of the list.

    The moral is…

    Social media is great, but be careful what you post.

    As the above shows, more and more employers can use these channels to dig below the surface and discover the type of person you really are.

    So next time you are about to post in haste, stop and think about what you’re typing.

    Sally Ormond – copywriter and social media addict



    Are You Missing the Point of Twitter?

    Despite the number of blog posts and articles you see about Twitter, I was flabbergasted to read a recent post on The Drum.

    Apparently 71% of companies are still ignoring consumer complaints on Twitter.

    Social media has opened up communications between consumer and business. Now, someone can complain through Twitter about poor service or product quality and within seconds potentially thousands of people will know about it.

    And yet, there appear to be an alarming number of companies who are not monitoring Twitter effectively.

    According to the article, in a survey by Maritz Research, only 29% of those who tweeted a company with a complaint received a reply. This shows a worrying trend – namely, businesses are still not ‘getting’ Twitter.

    The post goes on to say that…

    The American research looked at 1,298 consumers over the age of 18 who frequently tweet and have used the micro-blogging site to complain about a specific product, service, brand or company.

    • 49% of respondents had expected the company to read their tweet
    • 64.9% of older tweeters (aged 55+)  expected a reply
    • 38.4% of younger tweeters (18-24 year olds) expected a reply

    Of those who received a response from a company, 34.7% were very satisfied and 39.7% were somewhat satisfied with the response.

    While 86.4% said they would love/like it if the company had got back to them regarding their specific complaint, 63.3% said that they wouldn’t like or would hate it if the company contacted them about something other than their complaint.

    The power of a tweet

    Once upon a time, if a customer was unhappy about something they would pick up the phone and have a rant. But because they would be speaking with someone representing the company, in theory, their complaint wouldn’t go unnoticed.

    But today, consumers have the ability to tweet their anger. Not only would this be directed at the company’s twitter name so (you would assume) they would get to hear about it and take action, it would also be seen by all their followers.

    Whether companies like it or not, Twitter (and other social media channels) is the new ‘social telephone’.

    The above research shows that most people (84%) liked it when companies got a response form their tweet.  Just by listening, a company could greatly improve its customer service satisfaction levels.

    Monitoring the noise

    If a company is going to use social media, it must ensure it has the resources to use it effectively.

    A Twitter account must be monitored to offer timely responses to customer queries and complaints. If you quickly make contact and resolve the issue, you can turn a potentially bad situation into a positive. Your customer will see you as a company that cares about its customers and listens to them.

    Make sure your company isn’t one of the 71%:

    • Monitor Twitter for any mention of your brand
    • Respond quickly to tweets you receive from customers
    • Never get into a Twitter argument
    • A quick response will turn a bad situation into a positive outcome

    Over to you

    Does your business use Twitter?

    How are you making sure you monitor it?

    If you have any tips to share to help other businesses get to grips with the ‘social media telephone’, leave a comment below.

     Sally Ormond – Freelance copywriter