How To Create Sales With Online Social Networking
There are many different online social networking media sites available that offer the chance to market for free. The top social networking sites include:
Face Book was started by Mark Zuckenberg and some of his college roommates as an online social networking site and was originally limited for fellow Harvard students to use. It then extended to include other universities and high school students before finally being available to anyone aged 13 or over.
Face book now has more than 845 million active users…That is a huge potential audience to market to for FREE.
The important thing to remember when using any online social networking media sites is to build up a relationship with your followers before trying to promote your products or business. That way you will build up that all important trust with them that will then lead to them wanting to know more about what you do and will eventually result in sales.
Firstly, you will need to set up a face book account and your profile. Then add at least 50 friends and join two face book groups. You will need to continue to add friends and join new groups on a regular basis and contribute quality content that will help you to connect with others. One way to do this is by commenting on your friend’s postings, photographs and activities. You will also have the opportunity to link to your blogs and websites at the same time which will help to promote your business or brand.
Online Social Networking media, is all about being social and building up relationships.
You can send tweets to your subscribers known as followers. The message is in the form of a text and has a restriction of 140 characters.
Make sure that you keep your tweets interesting and informative in order to create interest so that people will want to find out more about you.
Again it is important not to try to hard sell at the beginning as people will want to get to know and trust you before they will commit to buying products from you.
A blog (which is made up from the words weblog) is a very powerful way to promote your business or products for free. A social media networking blog is a website that has regular entries or commentaries. Some can be personal in the form of diary entries whereas others can be on a particular subject like owning your own business etc.
One important aspect of a blog is making sure to provide the reader with the opportunity to leave comments in an interactive format.
You will need to set up your first blog, complete your profile and insert your domain URL. In an ideal world you would add content every day to your blog but in more realistic terms you will need to provide good quality content at least twice a week.
Squidoo is a website that allows users (known as lens masters) to create pages (known as lenses) on a given subject. Squidoo is in the top 500 most visited websites in the world and therefore is another powerful way to market your business for free.
Lenses are like a blog post except they are on a single subject. They will also allow you to earn revenue from referral links to sites like Amazon and E bay.
There are lenses on 22 different topics. Squidoo also has a unique payment scheme that donates 5% to charity 50% to lens masters and 45% to squidoo.
You can create unlimited lenses and you will need to add at least one lens per month.
Forum marketing is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to establish yourself on line.
Again it is a way of making those all important connections on line. Even though you cannot promote your business or direct sell any of your products on the forums, if you offer constructive and useful advice, then people will perceive you to be an expert on a subject and will hopefully want to find out more about you.
Linked in can be a very powerful way of promoting yourself on line. It is a good site to join as members generally have money to spend with average earnings being $100 dollars a year. Creating a good profile is a must in order to promote yourself to potential purchasers or to attract joint ventures to your business.
Linked in generally only allows you to invite a friend if you know their e mail. However if you type in LION (linked in open networker) after your name and e mail address then others can invite you to network with them
You will need to join 10-15 groups in your niche. Even though linked in isn’t as powerful as face book, it nevertheless is a useful one to join as it can attract a more targeted audience, especially if you are selling a higher cost item.
To close, If you own a business social networking can offer a powerful way of promoting yourself and your business for free through building relationships and trust with potential customers.
However with this line of online social networking marketing, it is crucial to be consistent and to post entries daily to create interest and momentum.
Many online opportunities offer products that are already a strong brand. Marketing these products will be easier as these opportunities will provide in depth coaching on the best tried and tested methods of selling products to the masses even when you have a shoestring budget. Some will also offer high commissions to you for selling these products.
Whatever business you choose to start it is important to have a strong sales strategy which will need to include marketing using the top social networking sites as online social networking is one of the most effective ways to create sales for your business.
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