Social Media Michigan: Live Training This Thursday

Topic: How To Use Social Media To Explode Your Income

Have You Heard of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn? Unless you are living in Cave for last 3 years; you certainly have heard of this and may be you are using it or started dabbling into it. But are you really making income from that? That’s where most of Entrepreneurs make their biggest mistakes in social media. Most Entrepreneurs are not using social media the way it is supposed to be leveraged.

You are in Luck! Social Media Michigan – Subsidiary of PReasy.com – A full service Online Marketing company is hosting seminar on How You can use Big 3 in Social Media to ATTRACT more customers/clients/buyers for your business.

Have You Heard of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn? Unless you are living in Cave for last 3 years; you certainly have heard of this and may be you are using it or started dabbling into it. But are you really making income from that? That’s where most of Entrepreneurs make their biggest mistakes in social media. Most Entrepreneurs are not using social media the way it is supposed to be leveraged.
You are in Luck! Social Media Michigan – Subsidiary of PReasy.com – A full service Online Marketing company is hosting seminar on How You can use Big 3 in Social Media to ATTRACT more customers/clients/buyers for your business.

Date: Thursday – 16th July, 2009

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: University Of Phoenix Building
18100 N. Laurel Park Drive,
Suite 150W
Livonia, MI 48152

(THIS MONTH’S MEETING IS IN LIVONIA NOT TROY)

Fee: Free for First Time Attendee & Members
Non-Members :$20

For More Information and a Free Report Visit http://www.socialmediami.com

Social Media Profile: The Beginning of Your Social Media Marketing

It is important to have a polished social media profile when beginning your social media marketing. Your profile is the branding of you and your business. You may think that social networking is just a way to connect with old classmates and relatives. On the contrary, social networking is building relationships with like minded people who may want to do business with you based on your common interests, their needs and wants or your needs and wants.

In order for your social media profile to work properly, you must have a fully completed social media profile including a complete Bio. You must include your username, some personal information to share, your company name and information. Make sure to fill in all the blanks, omitting information makes it difficult for others to relate to you.

Including keywords in your Bio helps others to find you when they are searching for something that you have in common. Choosing a keyword for your social media profile can be as easy as asking yourself, “if someone was looking for me or my product” what would they type in when doing a search? For Instance if your business specializes in property management, include the keyword property management in your bio to help drive new connections to you.

Adding your picture is one of the most important things you can do to complete your social media profile. Without your picture, you leave it up to the viewers imagination. You are like the person behind the curtain. People will find it hard to relate to you when you do not show yourself. Be sure that the picture is current. It should reflect what you look like now, not what you looked like back then. The photo does not have to be professional either. It is easy to upload a photo from your computer to crop and post to your social media profile. A great site I recommend is http://www.shrinkpictures.com. When converting your photo I recommend to covert it 100 pixels, this is a good size for all social media sites and remember to keep it simple, using no special image effects.

Using testimonials in your social media profile is a way to let people know that you’ve got credibility. When using your social media profile for LinkedIn, testimonials are viewed as recommendations, while Facebook has testimonial apps to use.

After completing the set up for your social media profile, you want to connect with liked minded people. Don’t be shy, engage with others. If it is someone’s birthday, say, “Happy Birthday!”. Be sure to keep your social media profile up-to-date. If something has changed at work or in relation to your business, update that information on your social media profile. Share helpful information by posting links to articles or blogs.

Your social media profile should be duplicate-able, for re-use on each social media networking site. Keeping a clear consistent message on every social networking site your a part of, gets you greater exposure and credibility. And finally, set up a time each week for your “Social Networking” time. This way, you can effectively manage your social media profile and the time you spend on it.

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Facebook vs. Myspace: Which do you use for Social Media Marketing?

I get asked all the time, do I prefer Facebook or MySpace for social media marketing?
The most popular answer you might give depends on who you are and what you are looking for.

Originally created in 2004 for Harvard Law students, and giving MySpace a one year start, Facebook has grown to more than 175 million active social media marketing users, with their fastest growth occurring within the last twelve months. Facebook has emerged to make the race to be number one a real competition.

MySpace has been described as a site directed toward younger users and accepted by people in the music, arts and entertainment industries for their social media marketing, including celebrities like Kim Kardashian who according to ibtimes.com prefers MySpace over Facebook.

MySpace artists benefit from the exposure and promotion while creating a connection to fans using this type of social media marketing. Users can discover new music and become friends with artists they like to stay up to date on and keep up with information on those bands. The artists have found this version of social media marketing an inexpensive way to build a following often long before they even have a recording contract.

Fans of MySpace love the ability to fancy up their home page with flash, slide shows, pictures and sound. Many former users have said this feature was unappealing or confusing and complained of too much advertising and the flashy customization gets in the way of the intent of social media marketing for most non-entertainment oriented businesses.

In contrast, Facebook does not currently offer any homepage customization. The advertising is limited and the approach might be considered to be more developer or business oriented. For example, Facebook allows users to create their own applications and possibly center all of their other social media marketing around their Facebook page (ie. Twitter, Digg).

Regardless of the audience, both sites are growing very rapidly and the question remains which one is going to stay? Both sites have their raving fans and their detractors. Will their specific differences and user preferences sustain each social networking site or will one grow faster to become the biggest internet tribe as described by Seth Godin? Only time will tell if Facebook can become one big tribe (entire internet population) or will user’s specific preferences continue to drive both sites?

I believe the right question to ask is not which one will survive, but rather based on my social media marketing targets, which site should I be on? What are your thoughts?

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