Basics on LinkedIn

Below are videos from the “Are You LinkedIn?” presentation that I did for Social Media Michigan Meeting.

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Social Media Michigan Meeting: Discover The Power Of Blogging

Discover How To Use The Power of Blogs to Significantly Increase Your Online Presence & Get You More Qualified Leads

You’ve heard the social networking buzz, you’re familiar with Web 2.0, and you’re thinking “Maybe we should blog?” Yes, you should blog! Mark Your Calendars to join Social Media Michigan on Thursday, September 17th, 2009.

Every business is built by getting, keeping and growing customers. And that requires sustainable relationships with those customers, to get them buying from you and then coming back. Blogging helps you connect with those customers at a personal level. But blogging can also help you win the SEO battle so prospects first find you online, and then convert to customers when they like what they find.

Blogging = SEO opportunities = Customers

What You Will Learn at Thursday’s Meeting:
* What are Blogs & How to use them in your marketing
* How to get started using Blogs & leverage Blogs to generate more leads
* Tips for making your Blogs go viral and SEO friendly
* Keys to Success with Blogs

Agenda:
6:00—Networking and Light Dinner
7:00—Marketing Minutes & Hot Seat
7:45—Power of Blogs

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
University of Phoenix Building
18100 N. Laurel Park Dr
Suite 150W
Livonia, Michigan 48152

First Time Attendees & Members Are Free

Non-Members $20
Seating is limited so don’t delay and reserve your seat TODAY!!!

Social Media Michigan – Subsidiary of PReasy.com – A full service Online Marketing company – is the host of this event.

Social Media Michigan is an organization for entrepreneurs to discover and implement social media marketing strategies to enhance their bottom line. Social Media Michigan Meets on the 3rd Thursdays of each month. Social Media Michigan is committed to help Michigan based Business Owners to “Remove Boundaries” in their business and grow faster globally.

For more information on Social Media Michigan, please visit http://www.SocialMediaMi.com

Social Media Marketing: Five Simple Steps to Getting Started on Facebook

Social Media Marketing for business using Facebook can build relationships and provide value to those within your Facebook network. Facebook allows you to be real, get to know other people with similar interests while building credibility and trust. In this article, we’ll discuss five simple steps to getting started on Facebook.

1. Create a profile in your real name

2. Connect with others

3. Communicate to others by wall posts

4. Update your status

5. Join and participate in FB groups

Create A Profile

When creating the perfect Facebook profile for social media marketing there are several things to keep in mind; like posting a great recent picture of you with a smile. People want to put a face with a name and posting a picture that does not include the whole current you doesn’t build credibility. Choose a tagline that grabs the readers’ attention while it explains who you are and what you do. Complete your profile by filing in personal information such as hobbies, favorite music, and maybe your goals and aspirations. Including personal information helps others want to get to know you better because you may have similar personal or business interests. Remember to be real, when you are fake, people can see right through you.

Connect With Others

Connecting with others is the reason Facebook was created in the first place. To get started, import your address book or search Facebook for people you may know or have done business with. You can also connect with new friends by viewing the friend list of your connections, you may find others that you would like to get to know better. Unlike Twitter were you can follow anyone, Facebook requires a friend to accept your friend request. When sending a friend request, send a personalized message with your request. There’s nothing like someone you do not know requesting to be your friend and not even introducing themselves. Include who you are and why you want to get to know the person, your chances of getting accepted will be much higher. Once accepted, you can view your new friends profile and they can view yours.

Communicate To Friends By A Wall Post

Start communicating with your friends by posting an interesting quote, asking a simple question or providing valuable information about your interests. You can post on a friends wall to say hello, give good wishes, or help friends find solutions to their business problems.

Update Your Status

Updating your status is similar to a wall post except it is where you post what you are up to, how your day is going and to encourage interaction between friends. This is how you develop and grow your credibility and contribute to your social media marketing. Friends will get to know and trust you. By contributing to the conversation and posting valuable information relevant to your niche or industry you will raise your trustworthiness and become a know expert.

Join And Participate In Facebook Groups

Joining and participating in Facebook Groups is a great way to expand your social media marketing and get in touch with others with similar interests. Simply type groups in the Facebook search and you will see a list that includes the groups that your friends belong to. You can also browse groups and sort them according to your interests. There are many groups to choose from and you can even start your own. Once you have joined a group, participate by adding to the conversation; this is the way you will make additional contacts. Don’t be shy, contribute to the conversation and introduce yourself.

Looking forward to connecting with you on Facebook!

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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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