I inivited some blogging friends to share their best social media tip or secret with me for this post. Many minds are better than one!
Here are 5 our five best social media tips. Help complete this list by posting YOUR social media tip as a comment below.
Create and Follow a Plan, Michelle Shaeffer of… Here :)
Effective social networking requires a plan. Posting once a week for a couple of weeks, or 10 times a day for a week then quitting, isn’t going to get the results you want. To use social media to drive traffic to your website or build your mailing list you have to know your goals and then work strategically towards them. Decide which networks to get active on, and how much time to commit, then be consistent! (I’ll share more about how to create your plan next week.)
Use Networked Blogs, Karen Banks of Office Help 4 Hire
One tip I included is using the Facebook ap here called Networked Blogs. After you register your blog, they syndicate it to whatever sites you want it: other Facebook pages, Twitter, etc. You use their code to set up a Networked Blogs “Follow This Blog” widget similar to Google Friend Connect. Then there is a whole community at Networked Blogs where you set up a profile; they keep a running list of your posts accompanied by thumbnail screenshot of your blog; other members can see and follow your blog, and you can browse other members’ blogs.
Add an Opt-In Form to Your Fan Page, Rhonda Neely of Your Marriage Restoration Station
I love the FBML app that allows me to use my opt-in form on my Facebook fan page. [Note: View Rhonda’s Facebook page for an example of an opt-in form at http://www.facebook.com/rhonda.s.neely?sk=app_6165549526]
Reward Your Blog Commenters, Diana Simon of From Coach to Entrepreneur
If you have a blog make sure you generously reward your commenters. I reward them by using the commentluv plugin and making my blog a Do-Follow which gives them backlinks.
Post Valuable Comments, Leanne Chesser of WAHM Solution
Post comments of value, encouragement or greeting on other people’s Facebook walls and don’t spam people with your link and requests to visit your page.
Okay, your turn! What’s your tip or strategy for making social media work for your business?