Social Media Blogs- Online Marketing
If you are in sales and need to boost your credibility online marketing and joining social media blogs will certainly establish you as an "expert" in your profession and could even result in more sales and a better established business. The internet is here for business owners, entrepreneurs and personalities to take advantage of. LinkedIn should be utilized as much as possible as it has quickly become one of the first things people look for when viewing a business profile. If you are a business owner who depends on attracting customers and needs to have credibility by all means get your LinkedIn profile now. Another social media page that helps to attract and sometimes keep customers is a facebook business page.
When you have a facebook business page you can attract "likes" and post interesting information can create a buzz that establishes a friendly level of communication. After luring in several hundred fans to your page you can periodically post a link to your website or put some promotions up that remind your audience of who you are. Think of your "likes" as leads. You have 200 likes that are essentially people you can put your banner up and peddle to.
Another avenue of web presence that few people use is writing here at Hubpages. This platform has excellent Google juice and can be used to link to your website and more than double the amount traffic you currently have viewing your website and or blog. To join Hubpages now just CLICK HERE.
Flickr! Another photo sharing site? Well, not exactly! Flickr is one of the biggest and most active social networks built around photo sharing currently on the internet. This service allows users to store photos online and share them through social media sites, emails, groups and networking.
With Flickr's photo sharing options you may either choose to set images for "Public" and be visible to everyone, Private, or the "sharing photos only with friends" setting. You may choose a specific setting for each photo individually to make some of them visible to family and block others from business contacts.
Flickr is primarily a site for sharing high-quality photography with an audience who has an appreciation for the art. Amateur and professional photographers use this photo sharing site to get feedback on their work, however, this site can enhance your business by joining a group of a particular theme.
You may post photos related to a theme and join relevant discussions. This should be used in a non aggressive, way. This site is strictly against joining just to push products, aggressive salesmen and spammers. Do not post photos just for the sake of advertising a product and business. If you want photos to be seen, it is best to join a group. There is nothing wrong with being a genuine Flickr user who participates in groups related to businesses and displays photos.
Also, many bloggers use this site to host their images, and consider Flickr to be a branding tool, by sharing photos related to their business.
You may make a custom URL: This may also be beneficial to a business for the sake of branding. Just be sure and use an URL and a user name when signing up that are related to your business. That being said, a username that pertains to the business and a buddy icon, (the image that accompanies your profile and user name whenever you leave a comment) would also be a wise branding move.
Use social websites to promote your photo album by uploading the URL to sites such as Digg.
You may also instal a Flickr badge on your blog or website.
Besides joining groups, you may also create one of your own. Flickr groups are a valuable way to build connections and interact with other users. If you decide that there are currently no groups that match your specific topic, you may create a new group of your own. Your Flickr group should be selected as "public" if you are branding.
Flickr has a free or pro account:
A free account allows one to upload 2 videos of 150MB each and 100MB's worth of photos per month.
The pro account gives you unlimited bandwidth and storage, and costs $24.95 per year.
Promoting your account
After uploading photos on your Flickr account, You should upload your album URL to social bookmarking sites such as Digg, and StumbleUp
Make sets: You may create albums that Flickr calls "sets" and organize them into categories. If you own a pool service, you could have photos of your staff, and you beautiful swimming pools, and their families. After naming the set you may send a specific set to a particular group of people, and anytime you wish to send those particular photos, you just choose that name file to send.