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How to expand your business with Social Media?

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Nowaday, social media is an important channel for businesses to do marketing, promote brands/products/services and also be a place to connect with their customers. To understand more about social media and discover how businesses can use social media to expand their business, we will talk about that in this article. This article will mention 4 biggest social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+.

Facebook

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Key to using it successfully:

  • Find the righ groups: facebook graph search gives you several ways to look for groups to join. You can also find groups by asking current peers and colleagues what groups they belong to.
  • Join groups that are relevant to your industry:  facebook groups can give you an opportunity to share valuable content with your peers, learns from others in your industry and connect with people who have common interests. If you can’t find or get access to a group that fits your needs, consider creating your own.

Keep in mind:

  • When interacting with a group on Facebook, you should keep in mind you’re communicating from your personal Facebook page.
  • Ensure that you set your privacy settings accordingly.
  • If you send a message to someone who’s not your Facebook friend, your message will probably end up in their “Other” folder.
  • If you’re not already a person’s Facebook friend, commenting on their post is a more reliable way to communicate with them.

Twitter

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Key to using it succesfully:

Make good connections:

  • Twitter allows you to communicate with anyone else who has a twitter account, even if you aren’t already connected. Your communication is limited to messages of 140 characters or less at a time.
  • Use twitter to connect with people who are influential in your industry. You can also see who they follow, you may consider following those accounts, as well.
  • Be sure to search for hastags relevant to your industry. This will help you find people that are talking about your given topic of interest.

Don’t be afraid to reach out people:

  • Twitter is ideal for having conversations with people you wouldn’t normally have a chance to talk to.
  • A tweet can feel more natural than a cold call or an email out of the blue.

Keep in mind that you can only send direct messages to twitter users who follow you.

Google+

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Key to using it successfully:

  • Use hangout: Once you have mad connections on G+, you can use Google Hangouts to chat with up to 9 people at a time. Hangouts can easily turn into group video calls that you can stream on Youtube.
  • You can also use Hangouts to: Create webinars on any topic you want, either pick a topic you can share with other people in your industry, or invite a guest speaker, find someone that you admire on G+ and ask to interview them in a Hangout.
  • Use G+ circles: Segment your G+ contacts in circles to keep them organized. You could create a circle for: people you’ve met at events/trade shows, bloggers that write about a particular topic or industry, thought leaders in your field.

Keep in mind:

  • G+ does not require users to use their real names, if you’re using the platform to expan your business network, avoid using a pseudonym on your G+ page.

Linkedin

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Key to using it successfully:

  • Linkedin’s search option: Linkedin is specifically devoted to business people and their needs. Take advantage of this by using its search functions to find business connections. Linkedin offers a number of different filters for you to use when trying to find connections, such as job title, company, school and more.
  • Make your profile easiser for people to find by optimizing your keywords: fill out the description parts of your profile as much as you can and be sure to use relevant keywords to your position and industry.
  • See who’s investigated your page: linkedin allows you to see: who’s visited your profile page, how your profile page compars to (your connections, people you work with and other people in your industry), use this information as icebreaker when contacting people.
  • Ask for introductions: Linkedin gives you the option to request an introduction from a contact that you and another person have in common. These introductions have no charater limit, while typical messages are limited to 300 characters. If you’d like to connect with someone but feel uncomfortable contaction them directly, try to fing someone on Linkedin who can introduce you.

Keep in mind:

  • You do not need to have a first-degree connection with someone to message them, if you are both a part of the same group.
  • Joining groups makes it easier to connect with people because of: social reasons – you have an interest in common, technological reasons – linkedin lets you bypass a common restriction.